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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.

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.

New Campus Police Officers

July 9, 2012

Saint Augustine's University recently welcomed three new campus police officers. The officers were hired in June of this year. The new officers are: Jared S. Ollison, Dustin Q. Pennington and Ralph L. Viuex.

Officer Jared Ollison is a native of North Carolina. He served honorably in the United States Air Force and has thirteen years of law enforcement experience. Ollison comes to us from GS4 Company Police, Morrisville, NC. He began his career with the Wake County Sheriffs' Office in 1999.

Officer Dustin Pennington is a native of North Carolina. He comes to St. Aug from Randolph County Community University. Pennington is a recent graduate of its Basic Law Enforcement Training program.

Officer Ralph Vieux is a native of Haiti. Vieux joins the Saint Augustine's University Police Department from Newton Grove Police Department, where he gained more than twelve years of law enforcement experience. He holds certifications in General Instruction and Firearms Training as well as being trained in Investigations.

Officer Kevin Merritt is a native of North Carolina and earned his state police officer certification through Johnston County Community University. Merritt previously worked for Crabtree Valley Mall Special Police Department.

Pictured, left to right: Cpl. Eric L. Townes, Ralph L. Viuex, Dustin Q. Oennington, Jared S. Ollison and Chief George H. Boykin.

NOBLE Comes to Campus

July 9, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, the Saint Augustine's University Criminal Justice Department, in conjunction with the Eastern North Carolina (ENC) Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), hosted a day of criminal justice/law enforcement related activities for children attending St. Aug's 2012 Summer Enrichment Program.

The students were exposed to law enforcement through a variety of planned activities. The morning began with a presentation and demonstration from Officer C. Rodriguez and his K-9 partner Bruno from the Morrisville Police Department. They learned about Bruno, his training, what he does for the police department and how he protects Officer Rodriguez. The students got an up close view of the K-9 special purpose SUV and a loaded unmarked Radio Patrol Unit.

Before lunch, NOBLE member, Captain C. Wilson Morrisville Police Department, spoke with the students about physical fitness requirements for a law enforcement career and how good nutrition plays a role in their physical well-being. The students participated in a physical fitness regiment similar to one that most law enforcement officers and/or agencies use for physical training to maintain a high level of fitness. Some of the exercises included push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, jump rope, knee lift-squat thrusts, arm and shoulder extensions and a sprint exercise.

During the afternoon, Chief Ira W. Jones of Morrisville Police Department and alumnus spoke with the students about state and local law enforcement and how they differ, as well as how they work together. Saint Augustine's University alumna and ENC NOBLE chapter president, retired US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) supervisory special agent and adjunct professor Rosalynde Fenner spoke with the students about federal law enforcement and how it differs from state and local law enforcement.

Fenner also shared a video clip of a DEA raid in Detroit from the 2008 Spike TV series, "DEA." The students learned about the requirements for becoming a police officer and a federal agent, and what it takes to be successful and safe. They were able to get all of their questions about law enforcement answered. The ENC Chapter of NOBLE provided the each student with "The Law and You" pamphlet and a DNA registry kit, donated by the Morrisville Police Department, to take home.

The students were shown a Sherry Dorsey film, "Justice For All: The Documentary," a three-year comprehensive study of juvenile justice in America and abroad.

For more information on NOBLE, contact Rosalynde Fenner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pictured: Summer campers seen here with Bruno, the K9 officer.

Office of Student Activities & Engagement Hold Inaugural Fourth of July Cookout

July 9, 2012

The Office of Student Activities & Engagement hosted a celebration to commemorate the significance of the fourth of July, Tuesday, July 2, on the mall of the MLK Conference Center. "We wanted to do something special not only for our students, but faculty and staff who have served in the military," stated Tonya Gooch, interim director of Student Activities & Engagement.

"This event is so important because the Declaration of Independence is more than just a piece of paper. It is a symbol of our country's independence and commitment and we wanted to convey that message to our students," said Gooch.

The Office of Student Activities & Engagement plans to make this an annual event.

Pictured: Summer Program attendees smile for a picture during the cookout.

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