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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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