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Saint Augustine’s University Holds First Faculty Institute

August 13, 2012

Saint Augustine’s University kicked off their first Faculty and Education Support Professional Development Institute as a university, Monday, August 6 in the MLK Conference Center. This year’s institute was themed, “Transforming Our Institution: The New Saint Augustine’s University.” During the institute, President of the University, Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber brought forth her “State of the University” address.

“This institution started out as a high school for freed slaves, then a normal school and now, one step closer to offering graduate level courses that will expand the educational opportunities we can offer our students...thinking outside of the box needs to be more than something we just say,” stated Suber.

Suber went on to say, “The bar has been raised and so have our expectations.” Suber encouraged faculty and staff to meet and exceed the expectations of their jobs.”

The institute is through Tuesday, August 14, and will feature University updates and various presentations from Human Resources, Office of Marketing and Communications, athletics and much more.

Pictured: Dr. Suber seen here delivering remarks.

Saint Augustine’s University Welcomes the Class of 2016!

August 13, 2012

More than 400 freshmen moved into their dorms on Saint Augustine's University’s campus Friday, August 10, 2012. The move in was a culmination of First Year Experience’s 2012 Welcome Week , which is designed to help new students transition to college through a variety of activities that will prepare them for success in and out of the classroom.

President Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber welcomed first year students to the University and assured their parents that faculty, staff and administrators will do the best they can to prepare the students to be competitive in the real world.

“They will learn to have the image and knowledge and the network needed to succeed,” stated Suber during her address to freshmen and their parents.

The freshmen participated in various activities throughout the weekend, including a pep rally and class picture.

Pictured: A member of the freshman class moving in.

St. Aug Hosts NCAA Leadership Institute

As part of the 2012 NCAA Leadership Institute, Saint Augustine’s University was selected as one of the interview sites. As a Division II member institution, St. Aug provided a unique and diverse perspective for institute participants to validate the career direction they will be mapping throughout the week.

The annual NCAA Leadership Institute assists more than 45 ethnic minorities (male and female) in planning their careers through networking with various NCAA professionals of the intercollegiate athletics community. The Leadership Institute was designed to provide customized programming to participants on NCAA member institution campuses.

The administrators at Saint Augustine’s University participated in action learning, panel discussions and facilitator-led sessions presented throughout the week long institute. In sharing their career experiences, divisional expertise and personal work philosophies, they will aid participants in the process of career exploration in the areas of culture, organizational structure and communication practices. The interview sessions gave participants additional perspectives to the decision making process as they navigate their careers moving forward.

“We are pleased to have served as an interview site for the NCAA Leadership Institute participants, especially given the recent institutional name change,” stated Kristene Kelly, associate athletic director. “As an athletic administrative team, we were able to share our career paths and experiences with a dynamic group of up-and-coming administrators. We look forward to hosting future groups such as the participants of the Leadership Institute on our campus.”

Pictured: Kristene Kelly, associate athletic director seen here conversing with a NCAA Leadership Institute participant.

SAU Hosts Annual Student Leadership Institute

August 13, 2012

Saint Augustine’s University hosted the annual student leader institute Sunday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 8 in the Seby Jones Fine Arts building on the campus of SAU.

The student leaders learned various lessons, including: how to register to vote, event planning, conflict management, program planning, personal branding and professional development. The institute ended with remarks from president of the University, Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber.

“Effective leaders aren’t always popular decision makers, it’s not about popularity,” stated Suber. She went on to say, “You set the model, you are the model.”

Pictured: SAU's 2012 Student Leaders.

Saint Augustine's College officially becomes Saint Augustine's University

For Immediate Release

August 1, 2012

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Saint Augustine’s College officially becomes Saint Augustine’s University

Raleigh, NC (August 1, 2012) - The name change of Saint Augustine’s College to Saint Augustine’s University is official today, August 1, 2012. From Saint Augustine’s Normal School, to Saint Augustine’s College, Saint Augustine’s University is building upon a 145-year legacy of academic excellence.

Campus signage has been updated, major construction projects are in progress and the new branding package is complete. Cosmetic updates will continue throughout the academic year. University administrators have been hard at work preparing for not only the physical change, but also the shift in mentality that is required when any significant organizational change is implemented. “It’s more than just a name change” became a mantra of faculty and staff and drilled home the declaration that Saint Augustine’s University will not be business as usual.

"The expectation is that students will return to campus and know that something is different," states President Dianne Boardley Suber. "The change is not only aesthetic, but also in mindset. Moving to the next level will require commitment from students, faculty and staff and I am confident that we will rise to the challenge. We have the right people, in the right place and this is the right time.”

Saint Augustine’s University will expand its programs for nontraditional students to include students seeking a four year degree that includes online courses and expanding off-site access to campus programs. The University has established Centers of Excellence that will serve as the anchor programs of a Saint Augustine’s University degree.

The Center for Forensic Discovery (forensic science, forensic accounting, and forensic psychology) and the Center for Applied Medical Sciences are two signature academic programs that are expected to enhance and expand students’ marketability for a global workforce. The third Center of Excellence will be the Center for Athletic Facilities and Sports Management. This center affords students a unique concentration in the operational and administration aspects in the world of professional, collegiate and leisure sports. Graduates from this center would have the competitive advantage to secure positions in the “front office.”

An additional center of excellence being considered is the Center for Athletic Scholarship and The University will move towards offering its first master's degree program as early as 2014. The Physician Assistant (PA) Master’s Degree Program will focus on training PAs for rural and other underserved communities.

About Saint Augustine’s University
Saint Augustine's University, formerly Saint Augustine’s College, established in 1867, is a four-year historically black college in Raleigh, N.C. With an average annual enrollment of 1,500, the College offers 27 undergraduate degree programs in five academic divisions. Saint Augustine’s University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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