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SAU Women's Basketball Volunteers with BackPack Buddies

The Saint Augustine's University women's basketball team kicked off their community giving by working with the Inter Faith Food Shuttle's BackPack Buddies Program. Several athletes helped sort and pack food for children who may not have food or meals to eat over the weekends.

“It is important for our young ladies to lend a helping hand in the community,” said fourth-year head coach Rachel Bullard. “It is something we enjoy doing and it helps us to understand how fortunate we really are.”

The BackPack Buddies Program provides children from food-insecure homes with weekend meals during the school year. Local corporations, civic groups, and individuals help collect and pack bags with kid-friendly, non-perishable food. The children receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week. The children are selected by school principals, guidance counselors and various after school programs.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS) pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in the community. Since 1989, FFS has served children, adults, families, and the elderly through proactive programs; moving beyond emergency food provision to sustainable, local solutions to food hardships. From farm to fork, IFFS teaches, grows, prepares, cooks and delivers healthy, nutritious food to people experiencing food hardship. Their programs currently serve Wake, Durham, Edgecombe, Chatham, Orange, Nash, and Johnston counties. For more information on the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, visit their website at

Political Awareness Forum Provided a Platform for Questions and Answers

Nearly 100 individuals attended the SAU Student Government Association’s (SGA) Political Awareness Forum held in the MLK Ballroom. Moderated by Octavia Rainey, host of Straight Talk, and Ashley Nelson, president of SGA, the forum provided a platform for SAU students, faculty, staff and the community an opportunity to hear first-hand from candidates on various issues from the voter ID laws to the rising cost of tuition. Other concerns raised by a group of panelists, which consisted of SAU students and a SAU professor, included the SAU‘s athletic stadium, the restoration of the St. Agnes Hospital and the revitalization of businesses near the campus. The panelists included Dr. Zaphon R. Wilson, dean of the School of Social Sciences; Kamayha Jabari, vice president of SGA; Robert Gray, SGA’s chair of Community Outreach; and Colliet Bramwell, SGA’s executive secretary.

Members in the audience sat attentively and were extremely engaged. One attendee stated “the forum was very much needed.”

The candidates that participated in the forum included mayoral candidates Venita Peyton and Robert Lewis Weltzin. The city council candidates included Brian Fitzsimmons, Raleigh City Council District B; Russell Stephenson, Raleigh City Council District A; Eugene Weeks, Raleigh City Council District C; Racquel Williams, Raleigh City Council District C; Jim Kemp Sherron IV, Raleigh City Council District D; and John H. Odom, Raleigh City Council District B.

Saint Augustine’s University Tops ECSU for Season's First Volleyball Win

Saint Augustine's University defeated Elizabeth City State University 3-1 on the final day of the CIAA Round-Up I for its first women's volleyball victory of the season on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.

Skyla Isadore, a junior from Morne Castries, St. Lucia, had 17 kills while Olivia Porter, a freshman from Bakersfield, Calif., and Jamie Goff, a senior from Rubonia, Fla., both added 11 kills each for the Lady Falcons. Julieesa Thomas handed out 42 assists and Chelsea Farrior, a junior from Tampa, Fla., recorded 19 digs.

The Lady Vikings won the first game 25-23, but the Lady Falcons rebounded to win the next three games 25-17, 25-14 and 25-20. Rosetta Becerra led ECSU with 11 kills.

The Lady Falcons were 1-2 at the event. They lost to Chowan University 3-0 and Virginia State University 3-1 on Saturday. The Round-Up was hosted by Chowan University at the Helms Center.

Victoria Davis, a senior from San Diego, Calif., led the Lady Falcons with 17 kills and Isadore added 10 kills against Virginia State. Davis also added 11 digs while Thomas and Meghan Mahon, a freshman from Houston, Texas, added 23 and 12 assists, respectively. Davis had six kills and Mahon had 12 assists against Chowan.

St. Aug is in action again in a CIAA match against Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 19. The match starts at 6 p.m.

SAU’s Fall Convocation Opens the Academic Year on a High Note of Change

Saint Augustine’s University officially opened the 2013-2014 academic with its annual fall convocation ceremony with keynote presenter, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP.

Throughout his speech, Rev. Barber provided the audience with an emotional walk through history of events that have shaped our country. He carefully painted a picture that challenged everyone in the Emery Gymnasium to do more — now.

“Here we are today, 237 years ago, the Declaration of Independence was signed; 148 years ago the Civil War ended; in 1867, the doors of Saint Augustine’s University opened; in 1953, the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed killing four little black girls; and 53 years ago we had the sit-ins in Greensboro,” Rev. Barber said. “Here we are today, what will you do now in the times in which we live. It’s your time to do something, now!”

Before taking his seat, Rev. Barber challenged the Saint Augustine’s University student body to be the best students that they could be, put Saint Augustine’s University on the forefront of social justice, build a great NAACP chapter, engage themselves with the issues of today and to register everybody on SAU campus to vote.

“Live with some character not with craziness,” said Rev. Barber, whose father is a graduate of Saint Augustine’s University. “You only get one shot, so do your best. As young as you are, as gifted as you are, as smart as you are, it’s time for you to stand up.” Jayelyn Richardson, a freshman from Los Angeles, Calif., said he felt uplifted after hearing Rev. Barber’s message.

“His message was very inspirational,” Richardson said. “He made me want to work harder.”

Brittany Dunigan, a native of Chicago, Ill. and a senior majoring in biology, echoed Richardson’s comments.

“He [Rev. Barber] was very motivating and inspirational,” Dunigan said. “I know that I have to make sure I stay on my path in pursuing a career in the medical field.”

President Dianne Boardley Suber closed out the ceremony by giving words of wisdom to the entire student body.

Blood Drive a Huge Success

Last week’s blood drive was a huge success. Saint Augustine’s University surpassed its goal of saving lives by donating 63 pints of blood.

The Office of External Relations and the Office of Community Outreach and Volunteerism partnered with Rex Blood Services to host the blood drive on campus. The blood drive was held in observance of National Sickle Cell Month as well as aimed at increasing blood donations from African Americans, which can help patients suffering from diseases such as sickle cell anemia, cancer and heart disease. This was Rex Blood Services’ first blood drive at a historically black university.

“We would like to thank the entire SAU campus for their support for the first Saint Augustine’s University and UNC REX Healthcare Blood Drive,” said Ann Brown, director of the Office of Community Outreach and Volunteerism. “It was a success because of everyone’s commitment to help save lives.”

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