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The Significance of title IX at St. Aug

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 6 June 25, 2012

June 20, 2012 marked 40 years the Title IX educational amendment was signed into law. Title IX is an amendment to the Higher Education Law of 1965 which forbids sexual discrimination in any educational arena, whether athletically, academically, socially or professionally. It requires that all individuals be treated equally.

Not only did Title IX change the tone of the educational environment, it also spawned substantial changes for women’s athletics. “The passing of Title IX in 1972 has done a great deal for women throughout all facets of education,” stated Kristene Kelly, Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator at Saint Augustine's University. Kelly went on to say, “I know most often, people associate Title IX with athletics and in fact, that is an area which has seen significant growth for women. However, the intent of the law was to give women more opportunities in education.”

Title IX had a monumental impact on the athletic scene at St. Aug. “Athletically, Saint Augustine's University has experienced huge growth in opportunities for women in leadership and coaching positions as well as opportunities to participate in different sports,” stated Kelly. “ Our president, Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber has made it a point to enhance the scholarship dollars for our women’s sports as well as increase the number of women we have employed in athletics. When I was hired three-and-a-half years ago, we had just three full-time females in athletics. Now, we have nine full-time female employees. Think about it, forty years ago, there would not have been a woman with the decision-making authority to help other women. Title IX helped make that happen.”

Pictured: The women's basketball team during the 2012 CIAA basketball tournament with the first female president of the University, Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber.

Provost's Office Uses 3 T's to Improve Academic Experience

June 18, 2012
During the 2012 Leadership Retreat, Dr. Connie Allen, Provost of the University, rolled out the action plan for the Transformative Education Program (TEP). The TEP will take effect in the fall of 2012. The TEP will operate on a 3T model. By the time of graduation, students should have skills that are transparent, transferrable and transportable.

According to Allen, TEP is an overhaul of the general education core, “we want to shift our focus to skills and competencies rather than specific courses,” stated Allen. The goal of the program is to produce graduates that are competent in communication, wellness, critical thinking, global perspective, identity, servant leadership, teamwork, civic engagement, stem and quantitative literacy, innovation, creativity, artistic literacy and capstone courses or experience.

“We are committed to graduating well rounded, marketable students,” stated Allen. She went on to say, “we want to make sure what we’re doing as an institution is relevant and will ensure student success. We want to make sure things are done better as we move into university status.”

Passing the Baton was the theme of the 2012 Leadership Retreat in Hilton Head, SC, June 10-13. The retreat was packed with presentations from various offices on campus that discussed the direction the University was headed and included team building activities. Dr. Suber stressed the importance of working together towards a common goal and encouraged retreat attendees to stop out of their comfort zones to achieve different results.

For more information on the TEP, contact the Provost Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pictured: The leaders of Saint Augustine's University during the 2012 Leadership Retreat.

Class of 2016 Register For Their Future- 2012 S.O.A.R. Sessions Begin

June 18, 2012
Saint Augustine's University held its first session of the 2012 Summer Orientation Advising and Registration (S.O.A.R.) Friday, June 15 on campus.

The S.O.A.R.’s sessions focus on introducing incoming freshmen to the collegiate atmosphere and the S.O.A.R’s staff covered various topics, ranging from the introduction of deans, residence halls staff, campus tours and Greek life.

“These S.O.A.R. sessions are an opportunity for students to have a clear idea about what it takes to complete registration and gather information about student programs and services,” stated Roland Bullard, Vice President of Student Development and Services.

Wilmington, North Carolina native, Shae Ford recently confirmed that she will be attending St. Aug in the fall as a freshman. “A couple of my friends go here and encouraged me to come,” stated Ford. “Today is going very well.” Tyrone Ford, Shae’s father considered the S.O.A.R. session an emotional day, "it’s a big day for me as well as her,” stated Ford. He went on to say, “I’m so proud of her completing 4 years of high school, I’m glad she wants to continue her education. A proud father I am.”

The next S.O.A.R session will run June 29-30.

Pictured: Incoming freshman seen here getting ready for their fall semester at St. Aug.

Meadowbrook To Host Annual Juneteenth Celebration-June 23

June 18, 2012
President Dianne Boardley Suber will host the annual Juneteenth Celebration and Inaugural Summer Blues Festival, Saturday, June 23 starting at 12 p.m. at St. Aug’s very own Golf Course and Recreational Complex at Meadowbrook. Juneteenth and Meadowbrook are both rich in history. Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of American slavery, which makes hosting the event at Meadowbrook rather appropriate due to its own history.

Meadowbrook was founded in 1959 by 45 black men who were prominent members of society. Barred from membership at segregated clubs in the area, the men worked together to build Meadowbrook so their families would have a place for recreational and social activities.

Saint Augustine's University bought Meadowbrook in 2007. Original members wanted to ensure that its legacy as a traditionally black country club was preserved. President Dianne Boardley Suber said the University plans to continue the legacy started by the 45 charter members through the students who now benefit from their investment.

“(Buying the golf course) was not just an investment in property, but an investment in the future,” Suber said.

Currently, Meadowbrook is a 9-hole golf course located in Garner NC, just south and east of Raleigh. It is a public course offering one of the best golfing experiences in the area.

Meadowbrook has undergone an intense face lift within the past year, including: new bathrooms, windows, doors, paint, ceilings and light fixtures. When asked why such renovations were necessary, Robert Hinton, General Manager of Meadowbrook stated, “The physical upgrades were part of my vision for Meadowbrook. We want to make this a family oriented place.” Hinton went on to say, “If you look at golf as a whole, it lacks diversity. The reason we don’t see as much diversity is because minority kids aren’t introduced to golf. We need to introduce them to golf at an early age. Golf needs to also be affordable. That is my mission.”

Meadowbrook is now a part of the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information on Juneteenth, click here. To rsvp for Juneteenth, email Ms. Woodside at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Various activities are offered at Meadowbrook for all ages including, golf lessons, putt-putt, fishing and the meeting room is available for rental. Meadowbrook is open to the public-8 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 919-516-5010 or click here.

Hawaiian Islanders Come to Campus

June 11, 2012
The 2012 recruiting class for Saint Augustine's University's football team includes two players from Hawaii. Christian Kama, a 6-5, 275-pound offensive tackle, and Joseph Pelesasa, a 6-foot, 245-pound linebacker, will arrive on campus later this week. The recruits hail from Waimanalo, Hawaii, a small community on the island of Oahu.

Saint Augustine's University football coaches recruited Kama and Pelesasa while in Hawaii to support the Lady Falcons basketball team during their tournament on the island.

Assistant coach Tremayne Henry said the players are tough kids and hard workers. Out of all the potential recruits the coaches met in Hawaii, Henry said these two were the ones who had the most initiative and enthusiasm.

"They were excited about the opportunity to come to the mainland," Henry said.

Kama and Pelesasa are just two players in a solid recruiting class for the Falcons.

"The rule is, you want to recruit better than what you have," Henry said. "I think we've done that."

The attraction of playing in the new stadium has been a good recruiting tool, Henry said.

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