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St. Aug Student Featured at North Carolina Museum of Art

September 10, 2012

In April of 2012, Isaiah Johnson, a senior at Saint Augustine’s University was one of three college students to win the “Art in the Park” competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). Since April, Johnson’s work, which is entitled, “One Brick, One Seed” has been installed on a billboard, which is located along the NCMA’s nature trail!

This is not the first time Johnson has had one of his photographic pieces featured at the NCMA. In October of 2011 he won yet another arts exhibition, entitled “Self Observered.” To view images from Johnson’s billboard, visit the NC Museum of Art blog by clicking here

Pictured: Isaiah Johnson seen here with his photographic piece.

SAU’s Students Attend 2012 Congressional Black Caucus UFuture Summit

September 10, 2012

Written by student contributor- Princess Goodridge, New York native and Senior in Communications at SAU- Goodridge is a Presidential Scholar, Fox Ailes Scholarship Recipient and recently returned from studying abroad in China and Morocco.

Saint Augustine's University was one of several Historically Black Colleges/Universities selected to participate in the 2012 Congressional Black Caucus Institute UFuture Summit held at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., September 3-4. Saint Augustine’s University selected 10 students to attend the summit:

Kayla Cohen- Sophomore in Political Science from Durham, N.C.

Chelsea Aladekoba-Junior in Political Science from Silver Springs, M.D.

John Newman- Senior in Psychology from Richmond, V.A.

Brandon Gwaltney-Junior in Criminal Justice from Baltimore, M.D.

Keianna Evans- Senior in Sociology from Fayetteville, N.C,

Lakeisha Ford- Junior in Sociology from Madison Heights, VA.

Tanisha Perry- Senior in Public Health from Warrenton, N.C.

Malcolm Richbourg- Senior in Public Health from Thomasville, N.C.

Princess Goodridge- Senior in Journalism/Mass Communications from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ashley Nelson- Junior in Sociology from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The forum allowed students to ask Congress members and other elected officials questions as they pertain to their present and future. The cyber-interactive summit also allowed students to tweet, email and upload video questions for the government officials. Amongst local and nation elected officials, and business leaders, there were also various entertainers in attendance, such as: Alfre Woodard, Hill Harper and Nicole Ari Parker.

Financial debit and job opportunities were the main topics of discussion during the forum. Tony Hadley, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy stressed the “3 steps to building personal credit” for students preparing to graduate.

“Business vendors look at credit history to see if graduating students have credit worthiness,” stated Hadley. “There are things you can do now to make sure you get the most affordable and fair credit score in the market.”

Hadley went on to offer three steps to building personal credit:

• Pay your bills on time, every time! Gym memberships, utilities, rental and etc. are the start of

credit and if you pay your bills late, it can and will show on your credit history.

• Build a budget: ONLY take out the EXACT amount of loans needed for financial aid while in school.

If so, it will lessen the financial burden post graduation. Work with financial aid officers ensuring you have the right payment schedule.

• Get Active in Credit: apply for a credit card, make timely payments and build your credit.

Closing the UFuture Summit was actor, author and activist, Hill Harper. Harper encouraged students to continue voicing their opinions and presenting solutions via social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

For many Saint Augustine's University students the UFuture Summit was their first opportunity to participate in a governmental forum, in which they got to voice their opinions and concerns to elected officials.

“My favorite memory from the Summit was when we read the letter that Michelle Obama took the time to write to college students,” – stated Keianna Evans, Saint Augustine's University senior.

Pictured: Left to right: Zaphon Wilson-SAU faculty member, Ashley Nelson, Keianna Evans, Lakeisha Ford, Chelsea Aladekoba, Princess Goodridge, Tanisha Perry, Kayla Cohen and Elizabeth Fournier-SAU faculty member. Back row: Malcolm Richbourg, John Newman and Brandon Gwaltney.

Congratulations to Miles Valentine, St. Aug Alum

September 8, 2012

Miles Valentine, alumnus of Saint Augustine’s University, has produced a documentary, "Brace of the Valentines," that has been selected for inclusion in the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival to take place in Norcross, GA, October 12-14, 2012.

This festival is sponsored by The Urban Mediamakers Association which is a not-for-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) consortium of aspiring and professional individuals in animation, film, gaming, music, new media, print and television. The three day film festival attracts filmmakers from all over the world. Another Saint Augustine’s University alumnus, Eric Barstow's film, "Bi-Racial Me" won first place in the Documentary Shorts category in this same festival in 2011. Congratulations Miles!

Pictured: Miles Valentine.

Saint Augustine’s University Announces 2012 Fall Convocation Speaker

September 10, 2012

alt Saint Augustine’s University is pleased to announce the 2012 fall convocation speaker, Reuben Young, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Fall convocation will take place, Thursday, September 20 on the campus of Saint Augustine’s University.

The Department of Public Safety was formed in January of 2012, making Young the first secretary of its kind. Young attended Howard University and went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University. Throughout his career, Young has served as chief legal counsel for Mike Easley, Assistant District Attorney for Travis County in Texas and practiced private law, while residing in Texas.

“Reuben Young is the kind of change agent we hope our students will one day become,” stated Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber, president of Saint Augustine’s University. “We are excited to have him on campus and know he’ll serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for our students.”

St. Aug’s Testing Center Leading the Way

September 5, 2012

The Testing Center of Saint Augustine's College is a bustling place that is available to test takers from all over the world. Recently, the Testing Center hosted a Puerto Rican native who came to take a veterinary test at St. Aug because it was the only location offering the test.

The Testing Center of St. Aug offers standardized, monitored and foreign services tests. "Whatever certification someone needs for their job, we offer it," stated Shanae Barco, testing coordinator.

St. Aug's Testing Center is the only ACT test location in Raleigh.

"Last semester we started offering GRE prep courses for our students in conjunction with the Belk Professional Development Center," stated Barco.

For more information on the Testing Center and all that it offers, contact Shanae Barco at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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