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Meadowbrook To Host Annual Juneteenth Celebration-June 23

June 18, 2012
President Dianne Boardley Suber will host the annual Juneteenth Celebration and Inaugural Summer Blues Festival, Saturday, June 23 starting at 12 p.m. at St. Aug’s very own Golf Course and Recreational Complex at Meadowbrook. Juneteenth and Meadowbrook are both rich in history. Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of American slavery, which makes hosting the event at Meadowbrook rather appropriate due to its own history.

Meadowbrook was founded in 1959 by 45 black men who were prominent members of society. Barred from membership at segregated clubs in the area, the men worked together to build Meadowbrook so their families would have a place for recreational and social activities.

Saint Augustine's University bought Meadowbrook in 2007. Original members wanted to ensure that its legacy as a traditionally black country club was preserved. President Dianne Boardley Suber said the University plans to continue the legacy started by the 45 charter members through the students who now benefit from their investment.

“(Buying the golf course) was not just an investment in property, but an investment in the future,” Suber said.

Currently, Meadowbrook is a 9-hole golf course located in Garner NC, just south and east of Raleigh. It is a public course offering one of the best golfing experiences in the area.

Meadowbrook has undergone an intense face lift within the past year, including: new bathrooms, windows, doors, paint, ceilings and light fixtures. When asked why such renovations were necessary, Robert Hinton, General Manager of Meadowbrook stated, “The physical upgrades were part of my vision for Meadowbrook. We want to make this a family oriented place.” Hinton went on to say, “If you look at golf as a whole, it lacks diversity. The reason we don’t see as much diversity is because minority kids aren’t introduced to golf. We need to introduce them to golf at an early age. Golf needs to also be affordable. That is my mission.”

Meadowbrook is now a part of the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information on Juneteenth, click here. To rsvp for Juneteenth, email Ms. Woodside at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Various activities are offered at Meadowbrook for all ages including, golf lessons, putt-putt, fishing and the meeting room is available for rental. Meadowbrook is open to the public-8 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 919-516-5010 or click here.

Class of 2016 Register For Their Future- 2012 S.O.A.R. Sessions Begin

June 18, 2012
Saint Augustine's University held its first session of the 2012 Summer Orientation Advising and Registration (S.O.A.R.) Friday, June 15 on campus.

The S.O.A.R.’s sessions focus on introducing incoming freshmen to the collegiate atmosphere and the S.O.A.R’s staff covered various topics, ranging from the introduction of deans, residence halls staff, campus tours and Greek life.

“These S.O.A.R. sessions are an opportunity for students to have a clear idea about what it takes to complete registration and gather information about student programs and services,” stated Roland Bullard, Vice President of Student Development and Services.

Wilmington, North Carolina native, Shae Ford recently confirmed that she will be attending St. Aug in the fall as a freshman. “A couple of my friends go here and encouraged me to come,” stated Ford. “Today is going very well.” Tyrone Ford, Shae’s father considered the S.O.A.R. session an emotional day, "it’s a big day for me as well as her,” stated Ford. He went on to say, “I’m so proud of her completing 4 years of high school, I’m glad she wants to continue her education. A proud father I am.”

The next S.O.A.R session will run June 29-30.

Pictured: Incoming freshman seen here getting ready for their fall semester at St. Aug.

St. Aug's Testing Center Leading the Way

June 11, 2012
The Testing Center of Saint Augustine's University 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 .

Pictured: The multimedia facilities available to test takers while in the Testing Center.

Hawaiian Islanders Come to Campus

June 11, 2012
The 2012 recruiting class for Saint Augustine's University's football team includes two players from Hawaii. Christian Kama, a 6-5, 275-pound offensive tackle, and Joseph Pelesasa, a 6-foot, 245-pound linebacker, will arrive on campus later this week. The recruits hail from Waimanalo, Hawaii, a small community on the island of Oahu.

Saint Augustine's University football coaches recruited Kama and Pelesasa while in Hawaii to support the Lady Falcons basketball team during their tournament on the island.

Assistant coach Tremayne Henry said the players are tough kids and hard workers. Out of all the potential recruits the coaches met in Hawaii, Henry said these two were the ones who had the most initiative and enthusiasm.

"They were excited about the opportunity to come to the mainland," Henry said.

Kama and Pelesasa are just two players in a solid recruiting class for the Falcons.

"The rule is, you want to recruit better than what you have," Henry said. "I think we've done that."

The attraction of playing in the new stadium has been a good recruiting tool, Henry said.

Saint Augustine's College Students Gain Experience

June 11, 2012
The experience gained from internships serves as an invaluable opportunity for any university student. At Saint Augustine's University's Belk Professional Development Center (BPDC), Nichole Lewis, director of the BPDC, and her staff work tirelessly to express this notion to each student on campus.

According to Lewis, there has been a substantial increase in the amount of internships St. Aug students have received in comparison to past years. Lewis attributes this influx of internships to various factors. "We [BPDC] work closely with faculty, the Registrar's Office, Career Counselors, etc. This increase is a team effort," stated Lewis.

Additionally, the BPDC has launched an ambassador program, in which students serve as liaisons between the BPDC and the student body and increased its presence on social media websites.

Taia Reid graduated from St. Aug in 2010 with a degree in Business Administration and is now a graduate student at Old Dominion University pursuing a masters in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs. Reid is currently interning at her alma mater, Saint Augustine's University. When asked about returning to her alma mater as an intern she stated, "I love this school, they demanded the best out of me and look at where it's gotten me!"

Reid and Lewis both encourage students to seek internships, "be open to doing an unpaid internship during the semester in your field," stated Lewis. "The best experiences can come from unexpected opportunities... so be open."

Pictured: Taia Reid, a 2010 graduate, seen here interning in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Saint Augustine's University.

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