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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.

Saint Augustine's College Student to Work for U.S. Department of Energy

May 30, 2012
Sophomore, Candice Brown, an Engineering and Mathematics major at Saint Augustine's University will participate in an internship with the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. this summer. Brown will serve as a program aide in the Office of Energy Information Administration.

The U.S. Department of Energy's internship program focuses on providing students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining hands on experience in the science, technology, math and engineering fields.

Additionally, Brown has been selected to take part in the "Gateway to Science and Mathematics" Research program at Stanford University in Stanford, Ca. The research program is geared towards encouraging more minorities to pursue careers in mathematics and sciences.

"Saint Augustine's University students are some of the most competitive students in the nation," stated Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber, president of Saint Augustine's University. "Our students are consistently excelling in all avenues. We are quite proud of Candice."

Pictured: Candice Brown, Sophomore Engineering and Mathematics major from Charlotte, N.C.

College Holds Annual Faculty Institute

May 14, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012 Saint Augustine's University kicked off their annual Faculty and Educational Support Staff Professional Development Institute. The theme of the 2012 Institute was, "Transforming Our Institution."

President Dianne Boardley Suber delivered the "State of the University" address, in which she challenged faculty members to raise their own bar and take risks. "As an institution, we are taking a risk by becoming a university," Suber said. "You've been able to be a great faculty doing what you do comfortably. I invite you to step out of your comfort zone."

The Institute ran through May 11, 2012.

Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics- 2012 Student Accolades

May 29, 2012
The students in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are spending their summer break honing their professional skills through internships and research programs. Working throughout the nation, our students are with various companies and programs, including: Morgan Barham who is working at NC State in the Plant Pathology/Bioinformatics Center, Zlati Gardev who is working at Fidelity Investments in the Durham, NC branch as a Technical Intern.

Additionally, many of our students are continuing their education by pursuing graduate degrees. Below is a list of our recent alum who have been accepted into graduate studies programs.

Ariel Brown- North Carolina A&T State University - M.S. Program in Biology

Tyshawn Colter (2011)- Elizabeth City State University - M.S. Program in Applied Mathematics

Shantia Gardiner (2011) -The University of the West Indies - Pharmacy Doctoral Program

Quinton Gray (2011)- The University of The West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago -Veterinary Medicine

Shenelle Moolenar-Saint James School of Medicine, Anguilla - M.D. Degree Program

Roxanne Smith- North Carolina A&T State University - M.S. Program in Biology

Summer Program Acceptances

Morgan Barham- North Carolina State University Plant Pathology/Bioinformatics Center – Centennial Campus

Mia Burks- North Carolina State University University of Veterinary Medicine Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics

Jerome Bute-University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - University of Engineering Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Brittany Dunigan University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - NC Health Careers Access Program-Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP) Program

Zlati Gardev-Fidelity Investments - Durham, NC Branch – Technical Intern with Veritude at Fidelity Investments

Joaquin Green North Carolina State University, Raleigh - Plant Genome Program Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Lauretta Ihenatu University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - NC Health Careers Access Program-Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP) Program

Dezerae Little Elizabeth City State University – Undergraduate Research Experience in Ocean/Marine Science and Polar Science

Kacey McHoney University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - NC Health Careers Access Program-Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP) Program

Shonquez Nelson- University of Michigan School of Dentistry Pipeline Program

Martize Smith- University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Alexander Tucker- University of Michigan School of Dentistry Pipeline Program

Jennifer Plair-Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP)- Wake Forest School of Medicine Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences summer Research Program for Diversity

Michael Thomas Howard University Universitys of Arts and Sciences Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

Nicole Sciortino University of Virginia VA-NC Alliance for Summer Research Program – Center for Chemistry of the Universe

Brandon Scott Lehigh University Department of Physics Lewis Laboratory Summer Research Participation Program REU Summer Scholar

Arizona State University Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center Summer Research Internship

Kayla Walker-Virginia Tech Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences MAOP Summer Research Internship

Derrick Williams Fort Valley State University Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Biotechnology Program

Graduate Program Acceptances

Morgan Barham University of Kansas at Lawrence Post-baccalaureate Research Program KU PREP – Apprentice Research Scholar

Ariel Brown North Carolina A&T State University – M.S. Program in Biology and North Carolina Central University – M.S. Program in Biology

Tyshawn Colter (2011) Elizabeth City State University – M.S. Program in Applied Mathematics

Shantia Gardiner (2011) The University of the West Indies – Pharmacy Doctoral Program

Quinton Gray (2011) The University of The West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago – DVM Program in Veterinary Medicine

Tuskegee University – M.S. Program in Veterinary Science

Shenelle Moolenar Saint James School of Medicine, Anguilla – M.D. Degree Program

Roxanne Smith North Carolina A&T State University – M.S. Program in Biology- North Carolina Central University – M.S. Program in Biology

Upward Bound Program Receives More than $2.9 million in Federal Funds

May 14, 2012
The Saint Augustine's University Upward Bound Program will receive $2,978,140 in grant funds over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education. This year, Saint Augustine's University was fortunate to have an existing program refunded, as well as gain funding for a new program.

The existing Upward Bound program will receive $345,628 annually over the next five years. The new Upward Bound grant will receive $250,000 annually over the next five years.

The Upward Bound program serves low-income, first generation students in grades 9-12 in Edgecombe, Nash and Southeast Halifax counties. “The program helps students complete secondary school, apply, enroll and be successful in matriculating at a post-secondary school,” said Antonio Stephens, director of the Office of TRIO Programs at Saint Augustine's University.

The Saint Augustine's University Upward Bound program serves 80 participants at nine high schools. The new program, the Saint Augustine's University Southeast Halifax Upward Bound Program, will allow the university to serve an additional 60 students at Southeast Halifax High School.

“I’m excited that we have an opportunity to continue serving our current students and that we have the opportunity to expand our program to reach more students,” Stephens said.

Upward Bound, established in 1964, is one of the federal TRIO programs created by President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of his War on Poverty. Saint Augustine's University’s Upward Bound program began in 1987. Other TRIO programs include Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services, which is known as Academic Achievers at Saint Augustine's University.

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