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Falcon Basketball is on a Roll!

Saint Augustine’s University opened its men’s basketball season in electrifying fashion on Monday, November 11, 2013. The Falcons defeated the Hornets of Morris College by 20 points in the head coaching debut of Tony Sheals. The final score was SAU 108 and Morris 88.

“Anytime you start the season off winning the first game, it is a priority because you can’t go undefeated unless you win the first game,” said Sheals, with a laugh. “So having my first victory as a Falcon is a proud moment for me, and we hope we can continue to do the same thing over and over again.”

The Falcons will be in good shape if they continue to rebound the way they did Monday. The rebound total is the most in recent memory for the Falcons but is far off the Division II national record of 111 rebounds by Central Michigan against Alma in 1963. Both St. Aug and Morris (47 rebounds) combined for 123 rebounds which was 18 away from tying the Division II record of 141. It is uncertain if the 76 rebounds by the Falcons set a CIAA record.

The Falcons hit the road for their second game. They visit Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C. for a 5 p.m. non-conference matchup on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

The Center for Teaching and Learning has a New Director!

Dr. Sarah Freeman joined Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) October 15, 2013 as the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and chair of the Department of Education. A meet and greet reception is scheduled for Friday, November 15 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Benson Building, Room 205.

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a series of professional development workshops centered on various aspects of the duties and responsibilities of faculty at SAU. Session topics generally fall within three major categories: rigor, relevance and relationship. The training and resources provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning are designed to assist faculty in expanding their understanding of both the science and the art of effective teaching.

Previously, Freeman served as the director of the Office of Faculty Professional Development at North Carolina Central University and also worked as an educational consultant in the Assessment Development Section of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Her professional teaching experiences include several years as a high school science and mathematics teacher with Wake County Public Schools, an adjunct instructor with Edgecombe Community College and a science and mathematics instructor with the then Saint Augustine’s College Upward Bound Program under the direction of Mr. Antonio Stephens.

She has a B.S. in biochemistry, a MAED in science education and a Ph.D. in education with a concentration in curriculum, instruction and assessment. Her areas of expertise include curriculum development, assessment and differentiated instruction. She has a deep-rooted passion for the educational process and strongly believes that continued growth, learning and understanding are essential for stages of educational development, birth through post-doctoral.

Saint Augustine’s University Students Meet Poet Nikki Giovanni

Members of the Saint Augustine’s University's (SAU) Falcon Poetry Club traveled to Virginia Tech University on October 20, 2013 to meet poet Nikki Giovanni and participate in a poetry event. The members who participated were Donveyea Watson, Briana Arrington, Janae Franklin, Elijah Cain and Sayvon Stubbs. They were accompanied by their advisor Chris Massenburg, assistant professor of English.

The trip was a part of the ArtBus: A Moving Model for the Arts in Higher Education created and coordinated by Kimberly McCrae, program coordinator at the Duke Women's Center. McCrae is the advisor to Spoken Verb, Duke's poetry club. The vision was to begin a creative cultural exchange between students on various campuses. The SAU students met and traveled with students from Duke University to Virginia. While there, they met with members of VT Expressions, Virginia Tech University's poetry club. Members of Spoken Verb and the Falcon Poetry Club were able to share their original work as part of Virginia Tech's inaugural poetry slam.

Alumni Honored During the William Jefferson Jackson Honors Banquet

Several Saint Augustine’s University alumni and a former administrator were honored during the William Jefferson Jackson Honors Banquet hosted by the Washington DC Metropolitan Alumni Chapter. The honorees included Mrs. Hazel Knight Lewis (Class of 1957); Dr. Elvin R. Jones (Class of 1967); Mr. William Sterling Goodwin (1971); Mr. William Watson Jr. (1979); Dr. Mabel Jones Matthews (former administrator and professor); and Darnell Lambey, who was just graduated in 2012.

“Darnell was recognized as a young alumnus for his commitment and active effort in support of his alma mater and the Washington DC Metropolitan Alumni Chapter Saint Augustine's University," said Debra Samuels, current president of the chapter. “Darnell has been an active member of the chapter since joining in 2012, one month after graduating from SAU.”

The honors banquet was established to recognize area alumni and former faculty and staff for their contributions to Saint Augustine's University, their local chapter, the community and for their personal and professional achievements. The banquet was renamed (posthumously) in tribute to alumnus William Jefferson Jackson.

WAUG-Power 750 AM will broadcast NewsOne Now with Roland Martin

WAUG-Power 750 AM will broadcast NewsOne Now hosted by award-winning journalist Roland Martin. It will air from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Martin is chief political editor for TV One Cable Network and host and managing editor of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” a one-hour Sunday morning news show. He is also a CNN Analyst appearing on a variety of the network's shows.

NewsOne Now will provide listeners with a morning news program that for the first time in history, will offer news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports and culture from an African-American perspective. The morning show, based in Washington, D.C., will feature a broad spectrum of experts, newsmakers and celebrities who will share their insights on current affairs with Martin. Additionally, the program will implement a “Skype Net” component giving various Radio One hosts a platform to provide daily weigh-ins on News One Now content, as well as inform the audience on hot topics in their respective regions.

“African Americans are some of the most highly engaged cable news consumers, and it’s vital that we meet that thirst with a daily morning show that speaks to our issues, our concerns, from our perspective,” Martin said. “NewsOne Now will launch as the pre-eminent destination for the pulse of Black America.”

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