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Sheryl Lee Ralph's, Artist in Residence Visits to Saint Augustine's College

March 27, 2012
Sheryl Lee Ralph visited the campus of Saint Augustine's University March 22-23. She hosted various events for students and administration.

Ralph held a seminar for students on how to start a non-profit foundation, surviving in the entertainment industry and a book signing featuring her new book, "Redefining Diva: Life Lesson From the Original Dreamgirl."

Sheryl Lee Ralph originated the role of Deena Jones in "Dreamgirls" on Broadway and was nominated as best actress for both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards. The star of numerous TV shows-including Moesha and Designing Women-her extensive film credits include costarring with Robert De Niro in "Mistress" and Denzel Washington in "The Mighty Quinn." A mother of two with a blended family of four, Sheryl is married to Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes.

Pictured: Sheryl Lee Ralph and President Dianne Boardley Suber

St. Aug's CDC Rebuilds Local Home

March 27, 2012
John Snipes, a resident in the University Park Community was a victim of the tornado that ravaged a large part of southeastern Raleigh when it hit land in April of 2011. The damage Snipes' home sustained, led him to reach out to the Saint Augustine's University Community Development Corporation (CDC) for help.

The CDC partners with many organizations throughout the area to provide an array of services to the surrounding community. The CDC commissioned "Rebuilding Together of the Triangle," to help reconstruct Snipes' home.

"Rebuilding Together" is the nation's largest nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods. There are nearly 200 affiliates nationwide.

"Rebuilding Together" of the Triangle provides critical home repairs and modifications at no charge to the homes of low-income homeowners residing in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake County in North Carolina. "Rebuilding Together" helps to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities by providing these services to make homes safe, warm and dry.

"Thanks to the CDC and its resources," stated Snipes. "I now have assistance to repair and improve my home."

Pictured: The house after the volunteers completed their cleanup project.

Sheryl Lee Ralph To Visit Campus

Saint Augustine's University | Sheryl Lee Ralph To Visit Campus [422] | All Press no archive March 19, 2012
altBroadway, film and television and Broadway extraordinaire Sheryl Lee Ralph, will visit Saint Augustine's University, March 22-25. Ralph will participate in various events including, seminars on how to establish a foundation, a book signing and a reception and screening of her movie, "To Sleep with Anger."

Ralph is the original "Dream Girl", she got her start in the early 80's when she portrayed Deena Jones (later played by Beyonce Knowles in the motion picture, Dream Girls) in the Broadway play. She has worked with the likes of Denzel Washington and Robert DeNiro. Many know Ralph from her role on the syndicated television series , Moesha, in which she played, Dee Mitchell.

List of events:

Thursday, March 22-

Event:“Working It: The Business of Film, Television, Theatre and Establishing a Foundation”

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Seby Jones Auditorium

Event: Book Signing

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Prezell Robinson Library

Event: Shop Talk Pt. 1

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Seby Jones Fine Arts Auditorium

Event: HIV/AIDS Awareness forum

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Seby Jones Fine Arts Auditorium

Event: Screening of “To Sleep With Anger”- The movie runs 101 minutes

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Seby Jones Fine Arts Auditorium

Saturday, March 24-

Event: Master Class

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Ballroom

College Announces 12th Annual Teen Summer Film Workshop

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 6 March 22, 2012

The Department of Film & Interactive Media at Saint Augustine’s University will host its 12th annual Teen Summer Film Workshops June 18-29 and July 9-20. These hands-on workshops are open to teenagers, ages 13-18 years, who have a strong interest in learning the craft of professional filmmaking.

These 10-day workshops meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday. Experienced production professionals at Saint Augustine’s University will provide students with hands-on training in digital camera operation, screenwriting, shooting in our soundstage, camera angles, composition of shot, sound, casting, auditioning, acting for the camera, and more. By the end of each workshop, students will have completed a short video.

The fee is $325 for each 10-day workshop. The last day of each workshop will include a screening of the short videos produced by workshop participants, with a reception for parents, family and friends.

Each workshop is limited to 16 teenagers in order to offer one-on-one instruction and facilitate maximum participation. 

Applications for the Summer 2012 Teen Summer Film Workshops are now available. Email Ellen Shepard at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 919-516-4371 for an application. There is no audition or prerequisite for this workshop, only a desire to learn filmmaking.

Suber Honored at inaugural women's day luncheon

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 6 March 12, 2012

The Student Government Association (SGA) of Saint Augustine's University honored President Dianne Boardley Suber on Thursday, March 8 at their first annual Women's Day Luncheon. The keynote speaker for the event was Regina Brooks of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services-Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Brooks spoke on the importance of an individual education plan (IEP) in the educational setting but also stressed the importance of a personal IEP. IEP as in, inspire, empower and pursue. "Seek to inspire someone, you don't know the power you have," stated Brooks. "When you inspire someone, you automatically set them up for empowerment. Then, pursue your goals! You have it [capabilities and talent], so don't sit on it!"

The SGA honored President Suber for her hard work, her professional accomplishments and her ability to be a role model, leader, mentor and mother to many members of the Falcon family.

Pictured: President Suber and Mrs. Regina Brooks, keynote speaker for the luncheon.

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