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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.

Hyatt, Gittens Representing St. Aug at London Olympics

Saint Augustine's University will be represented by its future and its past at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which begins today on Friday, July 27, 2012 and concludes Sunday, August 12, 2012. Future runner Dane Hyatt and former sprinter Ramon Gittens will both be in London, England for the track and field competition, which will be held Aug. 3-12 at Olympic Stadium. Hyatt is competing in the men's 400 meters and the men's 4x400 meter relay for Jamaica and Gittens is running in the men's 100 meters for Barbados. Hyatt, a native of Trelawny, Jamaica, is currently a St. Aug student who will run for the Falcons during the 2012-13 season. He ran a personal best 44.83 seconds to win the Jamaican national 400 meter title on July 1. The preliminary heats for the men's 400 meter dash begin Aug. 4 at 5:35 a.m. eastern standard time. The men's 4x400 meter relay heats start Aug. 9 at 6:30 a.m. est. Gittens, a native of St. Thomas, Barbados, was an indoor and outdoor All-American and CIAA champion in 2011 for the Falcons. He graduated magna cum laude from St. Aug in 2011 with an accounting degree. The preliminary heats for the 100 meter dash start Aug. 4 at 5:00 a.m. est. Go to for complete Olympic information, schedule and results.

St. Aug Hosts YMCA for Fifth Year

July 16, 2012

For the fifth consecutive year, Saint Augustine's University’s has opened its doors and campus to the YMCA and various local youngsters during its summer camp. “Saint Augustine's University is the perfect fit for our camp,” said Dexter Hebert, senior director of Community Outreach at the YMCA. “Not only are we serving the community but we’re giving kids a chance to be on a university campus. St. Aug is our home.”

The YMCA’s summer camp is a fairly inexpensive camp despite the various amenities offered to campers. “We host community fundraisers, receive donations for locals and St. Aug doesn’t charge for hosting the camp, which has allowed us to subsidize the camp’s costs.”

“We are not just a typical summer camp. We are intentional in all the activities and character building we do in this camp. We believe in skill development of our kids and understand the academic challenges our kids face, so we have tried to incorporate an academic component to help them in every area of their lives.” During the camp, participants are taught to play various sports such as lacrosse, but also the campers have reading hour, participate in math activities and a weekly devotional with local ministers.

In addition to offering a wide variety of activities both academic and physical for the campers, the YMCA being on campus has also afforded many St. Aug students employment opportunities. “A number of our counselors are Saint Augustine's University students and we’ve gone on to hire many of them post college,” said Hebert. Each counselor is required to undergo an interview process and 30 hours of staff training.

Furthermore, the YMCA and St. Aug hosted Healthy Communities Day, Thursday, July 12, in MLK Conference Center, an annual event focused on providing health screenings for the campers. For more information on the YMCA’s Summer Camp, click here.

Pictured: Camp participants seen here being examined by local physicians.

Saint Augustine's University Provides Real Estate and Right of Way Program

August 1, 2012

Did you know that Saint Augustine’s University is the only historically black college or university in the nation with a full fledged Real Estate Department? Additionally, did you know that Saint Augustine’s University is the only school in the state of North Carolina offering an undergraduate degree in Real Estate? Impressive to say the least.

The university's Center for Real Estate Management and Development also offers the Right of Way (ROW) Program. ROW involves the conversion of private property to public use and is used by governmental agencies for a variety of tasks such as creating new highways or parks, widening of streets, and establishing utility easements (laying of communication cables, natural gas pipelines, erecting power lines.etc.)

Students who graduate from St. Aug with a ROW concentration or minor enter a lucrative career field. “The starting salary is $40,000 to $45,000 with an industry median salary of $67,998" said Elizabeth Shareef, ROW administrative assistant. Glenn French, executive director of ROW went on to say, “Our real estate students increase their employment opportunities when they graduate from this institution.”

The ROW program began offering its minor and concentration in 2011. For more information on ROW contact Elizabeth Shareef at 919-516-4540 or Glenn French at 919-516-4182. The email address for is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pictured: Glenn French, Executive Director of Center for Real Estate Management and Development.

2012 Summer Leadership Bridge Program Concludes-Another Successful Year!

July 16, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, the Summer Bridge Leadership Program held their closing program in the Arts Gallery of Seby Jones Fine Arts Gallery. The Bridge program is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Andrew Mellon Foundation provides grants in five different areas, including: scholarly liberal arts programs, such as the one offered at St. Aug. More than 15 students participated in the 2012 summer session. “We celebrate the achievements of students who have excelled in all areas of life,” stated Marjorie Newman, assistant professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and Principal investigator of the Bridge program.

The Bridge program provides incoming freshmen with tutors, mentors and teachers. Additionally, the students took courses in math, communication, social issues, history, emotional coping skills, etc. For more information on the Bridge program, contact Marjorie Newman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pictured: Joseph Pelesasa and Christian Kama, Class of 2016 members, (to the right) seen here performing a native Hawaiian dance during the students' skit displaying all they had learned during the program.

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