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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.

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.

Where Do You Fit In?

July 9, 2012

The President's Office and the Office of External Affairs are working with the Department of Alumni Affairs to establish the organization of Pre-Alumni Councils. The Pre-Alumni Councils will be made up of students enrolled from eight regions of the United States. These students will form "chapters" based on their home regions and will work together throughout the year participating in activities designed to strengthen their relations with each other and to build a sense of future alumni connections and friendships which will continue once they become actual alumni.

Each chapter will be assigned three or four advisors to work with them in planning activities - cultural, entertaining and fundraising. The Department of Alumni Affairs will sponsor chapter competitions throughout the year with a grand prize at the end of the year for the chapter that presents the best gift to the University/University.

This is an excellent way to become more engaged with the students and student life on campus. It's a great way to participate in the leadership development of our students and the process of molding and expanding their university experience. If you are interested in participating in the inaugural student program, please send an email to Mrs. Doris Bullock, assistant vice president for External Affairs, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and give her your name, campus information, and the region in which you are interested in supporting. It may be your home state, where you went to school, or any reason that peaks your interest. The important thing is to seriously consider getting involved.

Prior to the start of the fall semester, Sheryl Ximines, Office of Alumni Affairs, and Mrs. Bullock will conduct a training session, and a handbook is available to assist you in keeping it all straight.

Congressman Brad Miller Visits Campus

July 16, 2012

Congressman Brad Miller visited the campus of Saint Augustine's University, Friday, July 13. Miller attended the Office of TriO’s Summer Bridge program graduation ceremonies in the Martin Luther King Ballroom. During the ceremony Miller presented Antonio Stephenson, director of the Office of TriO a check for more than $500,000.00 in federal dollars. “Kids can do better than the circumstances to which they were born through education and educational programs such as those offered by TriO,” said Miller.

The keynote speaker of the event was Pam Saulsby, former news anchor. “Students, always remember the opportunities, purpose and power of you,” said Saulsby. “You have been singled out and you can have it if you want it.”

For more information on the Office of TriO and all that it has to offer, call 252-446-1921.

Pictured:Congressman Brad Miller (center) seen here with TriO students.

St. Aug Hosts 2012 Summer Film Workshop

July 9, 2012

For the past 12 years, during the last two weeks of June, Saint Augustine's University holds its annual Summer Teen Film Workshop. The 2012 workshop was June 18-29 and took place on the historic campus of St. Aug.

Film faculty member, Ellen Shepard, created the workshop and leads it annually. "They learn a little of a lot of stuff," stated Shepard. "They learn professional film making techniques, directing techniques, screenwriting, camera work, sound, three point lighting, camera angles, acting for films, auditioning and casting."

In addition to learning film techniques and skills, students are required to write a short screen play during the first week of the workshop.

During the last day of class the students premiere their screenplay to their family, friends and peers.

"More importantly than them learning how to work a camera, I want them to learn teamwork, how to work together as a family," stated Shepard. "The workshop is supposed to be a place where students can be safe to take creative risks and to learn how to become critical thinkers... This workshop is truly a combination of art and craft."

For more information on the Teen Film Workshop, contact Ellen Shepard at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pictured: Shepard (green shirt, back row) seen here with her staff and the 2012 summer workshop students.

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