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Lady Falcons Won CIAA Highest GPA Award for Fifth Straight Time

The Saint Augustine’s University women’s basketball team received another award for their performance in the classroom on Monday, February 24.

The Lady Falcons won the CIAA Highest Team Grade Point Average Award for women’s basketball during the CIAA Basketball Tournament Tip-Off Luncheon at the Charlotte Convention Center. This is the fifth consecutive league Highest GPA Award for the Lady Falcons, including four straight years under St. Aug Head Coach Rachel Bullard, who is in her fourth season.

“I am so excited about this team award!,” Bullard said. “Our ladies were diligent with study hall hours and making sure they communicated with professors in terms of missing classes due to away games. My coaching staff [Crishna Hill, Jarita Crump and Autumn Smith] did an excellent job with monitoring classes and holding our ladies accountable. I have to thank the professors for their diligence and for always being willing to help and assist with make-up work and tests. This award not only belongs to the women’s basketball team, it belongs to the SAU family.”

Three players on the St. Aug men’s basketball team were honored at the luncheon. Junior guard Amere May (South Haven, MI) and senior center Jonathan Crawley (Richmond, VA) received awards for being named to the All-CIAA Men's Basketball Team. Freshman guard Anthony Gaskins (Greenville, NC) picked up an honor for making the All-CIAA Men's Basketball Rookie Team.

Men's and Women's Teams Visit Charlotte School

It is more than basketball games during the CIAA Tournament. The men's and women's basketball teams will do a community service project while in Charlotte.

The Lady Falcons and Falcons will spend time with students at Bruns Academy located 501 South Bruns Avenue in Charlotte on Monday, Feb. 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Dr. Poole orchestrates stellar performance

Dr. Eric Poole, director of Choral Activities, led the way at the 54th Annual Intercollegiate Music Association Concert Choir Conference in Elizabeth City, NC. Participating choirs comprised of students from Saint Augustine’s University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Central University, Virginia State University and Winston-Salem State University. According to Poole, within a short time, the wonderful students and talented singers were blended into “one” he led them through two days of intensive rehearsals to a triumphant performance on February 8.

“These students set aside their rivalries and focused on a single goal, to make beautiful music,” Dr. Poole said. “I am thankful to my choral conducting colleagues for the opportunity to work with their students and most appreciative of the students’ cooperative spirit in the rehearsals and performance. My time with these singers was inspiring and renewing.”

The choir’s performance included the final chorus of angels, “Hallelujah,” from Beethoven’s oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives; a sublime setting of A Spotless Rose by Paul Mealor; Carolos Fonseca’s combination of two popular Northeastern Brazilian folk songs into an exciting setting of Muie Rendera; and Howard Robert’s thrilling setting of Wade in the Water, a feature piece in Alvin Ailey’s ballet Revelations. Also receiving its premiere was This We Pray on a text by Dr. Poole and set for choir and soloist by leading American composer Adolphus Hailstork.

Falcons are honored for leading the way

Russell Brodie, director of the Office of Global Study Abroad and International Programs, and Jill Ricks, a junior from High Point, NC majoring in psychology, are recipients of the 2014 Lawrence M. Clark Awards. They will be honored at the second annual Lawrence M. Clark Community Dinner on March 25 at the McKimmon Center located at 1101 Gorman Street. It is sponsored by the North Carolina State University’s African American Cultural Center.

The dinner celebrates a collaboration involving North Carolina State University, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University and diverse members in the community. The theme for this year is “Opening Doors” recognizing the humanitarian leaders, faculty and students for academic excellence and engaged scholarship.

Brodie will receive the Lawrence M. Clark Faculty Excellence Award. This award honors the achievement of a faculty who has demonstrated excellence in research, engaged in scholarship as well as engaged in developing, improving and building culturally competent communities locally and nationally.

“I am excited and humbled by my recognition for this award,” Brodie said. “Receiving this honor when Dr. Dudley Flood and Ambassador James Joseph are also being honored is very special because of all that they have accomplished in our community. The award just inspires me to work even harder to advocate for our students, engage our community on an international level, and continue to open doors for young scholars.”

Ricks will be awarded the Lawrence M. Clark Student Achievement Award. This award is given to a student that exemplifies academic achievement, demonstrates a commitment to dedicate time, talent and resources to transform the campus and/or the local community, leads in social justice initiatives and is incompliance with university academic criteria.

Dr. Lawrence M. Clark was committed to international engagement and research. He worked on local, national and transnational initiatives to provide opportunities through which students, faculty and members of the community could engage internationally. He also created numerous, sustainable programs focused on academic achievement, cultural awareness, a commitment to social justice and a demonstrated commitment to giving back to the community.

Falcons are the champions for the second year!

Saint Augustine’s University swept the league men’s and women’s titles for the second consecutive year at the CIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at JDL Fast Track on Monday, February 17. The Falcons captured their 17th straight CIAA indoor crown and 29th conference championship overall. They are the defending NCAA Division II indoor and outdoor champions. The Lady Falcons won their second CIAA crown in a row and their 17th in 18 seasons. St. Aug has won 33 NCAA Division II crowns and over 150 CIAA championships under legendary Head Coach George Williams.

“I am proud of our teams,” Williams said. “They worked very hard to achieve success. I am extremely proud of the young ladies.”

The Falcons scored 194 points to win easily over their league opponents. Virginia Union was second with 99 points and Virginia State was third with 72 points. The Falcons are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation among Division II men’s teams.

The Lady Falcons scored 117 points to outdistance the field among the women. Virginia State University was second with 90 points and Johnson C. Smith University was third with 87.

The trio of DeJon Wilkinson (Sr./,Summerville, SC), JaQuan Demiel (Jr.Suffolk, VA) and David Shaw (Jr./Red Springs, NC) of the Falcons were named CIAA Men’s Tri-MVPs in the field events. Wilkinson captured the men’s triple jump and placed fourth in the long jump. Demiel won the long jump and was fourth in the triple jump. Shaw was second in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Each jumper scored 14 points apiece for the Falcons.

The Falcons dominated the men’s events. Moussa Dembele (Sr./Dakar, Senegal) won the 60 meter hurdles and Ty’reak Murray (Sr./Portsmouth, VA) finished second. Murray also won the heptathlon. Jermaine Jones (Soph./Wilmington, NC) took the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash while Joshua Edmonds (Sr./Jacksonville, FL) won the 400 meter dash and placed second in the 200.

Elhadji Mbow (Sr./Dakar, Senegal) was first, Jameel Walcott (Sr./Piarco, Trinidad & Tobago) was second and Jalen Robinson-McCoy (Soph./Mitchellville, MD) placed third in the 800 meter run. The foursome of Roxroy Cato (Sr./Jamaica), Dembele, Edmonds and Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Soph./Raleigh, N.C.) claimed the 4x400 meter relay.

Eddie Shelton (Sr./Deltona, FL) was second and Alex Louden (Jr./Zebulon, NC) was third in the high jump. Torion Bailey (Sr./Compton, CA) was second in the one-mile run. The quartet of Bailey, Kevaughn Hewitt (Soph./Miamar, FL), Robinson-McCoy and Walcott won the distance relay medley.

The Lady Falcons won one event and placed among the top three in many other events. The squad of Tia-Adana Belle (Fr./Barbados), Courtney Bowman (Fr./Washington, D.C.), Akeisha Dumont (Jr./Brooklyn, NY) and Sherri-Ann Ashman (Jr./Brooklyn, NY) crossed the finish line first in the 4x400 meter relay. Shamia Lassiter (Soph./Chesapeake, VA) was second in the 60 hurdles and Kandace Thomas (Jr./Canton, OH) finished second in the 60 dash. Cherrisse Lynch (Jr./St. Lawrence, Barbados) was second and Dumont third in the 400 dash. Dumont also was second in the 200 dash. Fanta Fofana (Jr./Amiens, France) placed third in the 3000 meter run, the 800 meter run and the mile run.

Belle was second in the high jump and Shakinah Brooks (Fr./Raleigh, NC) placed second in the long jump. Kirsten Bowens (Sr./Mahwah, NJ) placed second in the pentathlon. The quartet of Lynch, Daisia Robinson (Soph./High Point, NC), Fofana and Belle was second in the distance medley relay.

Full results of the indoor championships can be found on

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