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SAU Students Participate in Voter ID Hearing

On Tuesday, March 12, Saint Augustine's University students voiced their opinion about a proposed voter identification requirement. Students attended a public hearing at the NC General Assembly on the topic.

Several students spoke with community activist Octavia Rainey on her radio show that morning about the potential impact, on college students in particular, of a new voter ID law. Back in 2011, many Saint Augustine's University students lobbied against a voter ID bill. The bill was not successful, but with new leadership in the state, the issue is up for discussion again.

Faculty, staff and students participated in the hearing, as well as a voter ID educational meeting at First Baptist Church (101 S. Wilmington St.) sponsored by the NAACP. The meeting was followed by a rally, where the Rev. William Barber and others spoke to a small crowd of concerned citizens. SAU Junior Class President Kamya Jabari was invited to speak at the podium during the rally.

The voter ID public hearing was held at the Legislative Office Building. SAU Senior class president Malcolm Richbourg and Communications major Johna Mitchell shared the microphone with Nathan Weeks, a political science major from Shaw University.

CDC Hosts Ribbon-Cutting for Heck Street Unit

The Saint Augustine's University Community Development Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, March 22, for a recently completed duplex unit at 307 Heck Street in downtown Raleigh. The Heck Street unit is part of a project funded by a $2.1 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant the University received from the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Community Assistance.

The Heck Street duplex features two 930-square-foot residential spaces, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The units will be rented to low and moderate income families.

Saint Augustine's University Featured at City of Raleigh Museum

Artifacts and images from Saint Augustine's University are on display at the City of Raleigh Museum through the month of February. The exhibit is based on the North Central CAC's historic walking tour created in 2011.

In addition to pieces from Saint Augustine's University, the exhibit also features items from the Richard B. Harrison Library, the Tuttle Center and the museum's collection.

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Pictured: A wheelchair from St. Agnes Hospital and historic photos from Saint Augustine's University.

McCrory Visits St. Aug Campus

Saint Augustine's University served as host for UNCF's Annual Governor's Luncheon on Wednesday, March 20. Gov. Pat McCrory was the keynote speaker for the event, which was a fundraiser for UNCF.

During his speech, McCrory highlighted three issues related to education he plans to work on during his term. Connecting commerce and education, reducing the cost of education, and taking advantage of technology to improve education will be a few of the issues the governor plans to take on, he said.

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Dr. Suber Meets With UNCF Officials

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, President Dianne Boardley Suber met United Negro College Fund senior officials on campus to discuss their support of the potential St. Paul’s College acquisition. Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF, and Mr. Early Reese, COO of UNCF, have committed the support of UNCF as Saint Augustine’s University works to create a unique model for other institutions with similar financial challenges. Saint Augustine’s University is still doing its due diligence on the viability of an acquisition. A final board decision is expected early April.

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