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Saint Augustine’s University Holds 2012-2013 Student Leaders Installation Ceremony

September 17, 2012

The Student Government Association (SGA) installed the 2012-2013 student leaders, Thursday, Sept. 13, during its annual student leader ceremony. The student leaders were encouraged to uphold the integrity of the institution and lead by example.

The student leaders were sworn into office by their peer, 2012-2013 SGA president, John Newman.

Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber, president of the University charged Newman and all student leaders to, “ make decisions with character, high integrity and moral standards.”

“I am confident that we have the right student leaders in place to move this University forward,” Suber said. “I encourage them to perform the duties of office with honor and dignity.”

2012-2013 Student Leaders:

SGA Vice President- Ryan Mattress

Senior Class President- Malcolm Richbourg

Senior Class Vice President –Kenya Thomas

Junior Class President- Kamya Jabari

Sophomore Class President- LaCara Rogers

Sophomore Class Vice President- Jamonica Facyson

Freshman Class President- Colliet Bramwell

Freshman Class Vice President- Christopher Acevedo

Gabrielle Cause- Executive Secretary

Derrick Ford-Executive Assistant

Angelee McCray- Business Manager

Brandon Gwaltney- Chair, Internal Affairs

Pictured: Left to right/front to back: Kamya Jabari-Business Administration major of Chandler, Arizona, LaCara Rogers-Business Administration major of Charlotte, NC, Jamonica Facyson-Business Administration major of Pfafftown, NC, Christopher Acevedo-Undeclared major of Jacksonville, NC, Kenya Thomas-Engineering major of Washington, D.C., Malcolm Richbourg- Public Health major of Thomasville, NC, Angelee McCray- Criminal Justice major of Morven, NC and Brandon Gwaltney- Forensic Science major of Baltimore, MD. Back row: Ryan Mattress-Psychology major of Charlotte, NC, Gabrielle Cause- Business Administration major of Gainesville, VA, Colliet Bramwell- Undeclared major of Kingston Jamaica, John Newman- Derrick Ford- Criminal Justice major of Salisbury, NC.

Saint Augustine’s University Wins Science Grant

September 17, 2012


The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced that Saint Augustine’s University is the award recipient of a $300,000 grant. The NSF grant is for the support of a project entitled, "Targeted Infusion - Academic Enhancement of Biology Degree Programs at Saint Augustine's University," which is under the direction of Dr. Mark A. Melton- Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and Dr. Doreen Cunningham- Department Chair of the Department of Biological & Physical Sciences.

The primary goal of the Targeted Infusion project is to expand the course offerings in the biology degree curriculum to include courses in plant biology and environmental science. The overall outcome of this project is to increase the number of students who obtain baccalaureate degrees in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) discipline that pursue graduate degrees in biology, specifically in the areas of plant biotechnology and environmental science. Melton and Cunningham’s goal is to increase the number of students who graduate with degrees each year from a current average of four to five percent to seven to eight percent by 2016.

“The School of Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering is excited to be awarded this grant to enhance the biology program,” stated Dr. Mark Melton of the Biology department. “This grant will provide funds needed to assist in the development and implementation of these courses. Now the work begins.” This award is effective Sept.15, 2012 and expires Aug. 31, 2015.

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.

Falcons Win Big On The Road

September 15, 2012

Saint Augustine's University had a brief scare, but the Falcons scored 30 unanswered points to put away Southern Connecticut State University 30-14 at Jess Dow Field on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

The win improves the Falcons' record to 2-1 overall after their first road game. It was the final non-conference tune-up before the Falcons enter CIAA play next Saturday in a key home game against Bowie State University. Game time is 7 p.m. at Durham County Stadium. Southern Connecticut State fell to 0-3 after jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The chance to extend their streak of 11 consecutive winning seasons is in jeopardy.

“[S. Connecticut State] was hungry,” St. Aug Head Coach Michael Costa said. “It was their first home game, but we met their fire with our fire.”

The Falcons relied on the arm of Teddy Bacote (Jr./Hampton, Va.) and the playmaking skills of Tyron Laughinghouse (Sr./Greenville, N.C.) and Roderick Davenport (Fr./Orangeburg, S.C.). Bacote completed 20-of-32 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Laughinghouse grabbed five passes for 112 and two touchdowns, and Davenport added 12 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns including a long scoring run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. The Falcons gained a season-high 394 yards in the win.

Hard-hitting linebacker Chaz Robinson (Jr./Hampton, Va.) led an opportunistic defense with a season-high 16 tackles. Defensive end Javarous Faulk (Jr./Macon, Ga.) added two sacks for the Falcons, who prevented Southern Connecticut State from scoring twice inside their 10-yard line in the final quarter with the game on the line. The Owls gained 345 offensive yards but only 226 after the first quarter.

Jacob Jablonski completed 20 of 34 passes for 249 yards and a score but 136 of those yards came in the first quarter on 10-for-11 passing when the Owls jumped to a 14-0 lead. The Owls had only scored six points in their first two games. Vaughn Magee rushed 27 times for 104 yards and Vito Fornarelli had three receptions for 100 yards for the Owls, but the Falcons' defense tightened and slowed down the Owls in the final three quarters. Jablonski finished the day with three interceptions, including one each to Kharea Roseboro (R-So./Statesville, N.C.), Derrick Manning (Sr./Waldorf, Md.) and Robinson of the Falcons.

Roseboro intercepted a pass on the sideline on the game's first play, but the Falcons failed to capitalize. A penalty negated a 32-yard touchdown run by Phillip English (So./Albany, Ga.), forcing the Falcons to punt. The Owls then drove 80 yards on 11 plays, capped by a one-yard run by McGee. The extra point gave the Owls a 7-0 lead midway in the first quarter. Jablonski completed 4 of 5 passes on the drive.

After a three and out by the Falcons, the Owls engineered another scoring drive. Jablonski hit Jayson Holt for a six-yard touchdown pass after he completed a long bomb near the St. Aug goal line. The extra point was good to stretch the Owls' lead to 14-0.

The Falcons re-gained life on the first play of the second quarter. Laughinghouse caught a short pass, broke a tackle and outraced the Owl defenders for a 56-yard touchdown pass from Bacote. Michael Lima (Soph./Miami, Fla.) made the extra point to cut the Owls' lead to 14-7.

The touchdown rejuvenated the Falcons, who forced a three-and-out on the Owls' next series. Brian Richards (Jr./Waldorf, Md.) returned a punt 42 yards to midfield. After a roughing the passer penalty on third down kept the drive alive, Rowdy Batchelor (R-Sr./Jacksonville, N.C.) rambled 33 yards up the middle to the Owls' 2. On third down, Davenport outraced an Owl defender around the corner for a two-yard touchdown. Lima's extra point bounced off the left goalpost, however, and the Owls remained in front 14-13.

The Falcons took the lead a short time later when Robinson, a two-time CIAA linebacker of the week, intercepted a pass, juked a defender and almost broke away for a touchdown. He was stopped deep in Owls' territory, but the drive stalled. Lima put the Falcons' ahead with a 30-yard field goal.

The Falcons were in Owls' territory late in the first half, but turned the ball over on downs. Manning of the Falcons intercepted a deep pass to end the first half. The Falcons led 16-14 at halftime.

The first half was an offensive explosion by both teams, but the second half turned into a defense battle. Neither team generated much offense until late in the third quarter. After forcing a punt, the Falcons gained good field position near midfield. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Laughinghouse capped a five-play, 59-yard drive with his second touchdown catch of the day. He caught a slant pass from Bacote, shook off a defender on his back and ran 24 yards for his third touchdown of the season. Lima's extra point pushed the Falcons' lead to 23-14.

The score seemed to wake up the Owls, who marched downfield to the Falcons' 3 on the ensuing possession. But the Falcons' defense stiffened, and stopped the Owls on four consecutive plays. The Owls regained possession in Falcons' territory after forcing a punt, but the Falcons held firm again after the Owls drove to the 9. Davenport iced the game with a 54-yard touchdown jaunt up the middle. Lima booted the extra point for a 16-point lead, and the Falcons were on their way to victory.

While the Falcon football team was competing in Conntecticut, the Lady Falcon volleyball team was in Pennsylvania vying for their own victory to bring back to Raleigh.

Saint Augustine's University picked up its first two wins of the season on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at CIAA Round-Up I held at Lincoln (Pa.) University. The Lady Falcons defeated Bowie State University 25-16, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24 and Virginia Union University 25-22, 25-21, 27-25. The victories give the Lady Falcons a 2-0 CIAA record.

In the win over Bowie State, Victoria Davis (Jr./San Diego, Calif.) led the Lady Falcons with nine kills while Brittany Hicks (Sr./Louisburg, N.C.) and Na'Chanelle Brown (Fr./Columbia, S.C.) both added seven kills apiece. Julieesa Thomas (Fr./St. Croix, US Virgin Islands) added 28 assists, six service aces and 10 digs, and Chelsea Farrior (So./Tampa, Fla.) contributed 18 digs. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Paige McIntosh with seven kills and 10 digs while Kasi Eisenzimmer added 16 assists. Marissa Martinez finished with 19 digs.

Against Virginia Union, Jamie Goff (Jr./Rubonia, Fla.) had a team-high 10 kills for the Lady Falcons. Thomas collected 21 assists and four service aces while Farrior totaled four service aces and 12 assists. Kristal Woodard led VUU with 12 kills and five digs.

The Lady Falcons (2-6 overall) completes play in the CIAA Round-Up on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. They play host Lincoln (Pa.) at 11 a.m.

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.

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