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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.

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.

Saint Augustine's College Commissions New Officer

May 7, 2012
Senior Ruthfee L. Kollie was commissioned as an officer during the annual United States Army Commissioning Ceremony on Friday, May 4, at the University's Historic Chapel.

Kollie recited the oath of office, signaling her new title as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Kollie talked about the difficulties she endured as a cadet in the ROTC program. Although the training was rigorous, Kollie decided to stick with it.

"The decision I made was the right one," she said.

Keller graduated from Saint Augustine's University Saturday, May 5, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance and Wellness.

Col. Anthony Keith Chambers, a 1985 Saint Augustine's University graduate, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Chambers serves as inspector general at the headquarters of the Army Materiel Command.

Chambers advised Kollie and cadets to hold onto their integrity as they pursue their military careers.

"You will be called on to make tough decisions. Not only will these decisions be tough, at times they will be unpopular," Chambers said. "The opportunities to compromise will be abundant. Whatever you do, don't fall in that trap."

Saint Augustine's University president Dianne Boardley Suber congratulated Kollie, but noted that the event was a bittersweet one.

"You are being asked to serve in a tumultuous time," Suber said. "You reflect the kind of leadership we depend on to maintain the quality of our lives."

Pictured: Newly commissioned 2LT. Ruthfee L. Kollie seen here with President Suber during the ceremony.

Residential Life Hears the "C.A.L.L."

May 14, 2012
Residential Life staff members attended the fourth annual "Hear the C.A.L.L. (Collaborate, Access, Listen, Learn)" Conference at North Carolina Central University, Friday, April 20. The focus of the conference was academic affairs, student affairs and athletics. This was an opportunity for the staff to attend sessions and share information with other higher education officials concerning the three areas of focus.

Additionally, Andre Richardson-Assistant Dean of Students & Residential Life and Marquita Wood-Associate Director for Residential Life, were presenters at the conference. Their presentation was entitled, "A Seat at the Table: Housing and Residential Life's Approach, Involvement and Assessment Using the Early Warning System for Students At-Risk."

Pictured: Left to right, back to front- back: James Graham-Residence Hall Director, Marquita D. Wood- Associate Director for Residential Life, Andre Richardson- Assistant Dean of Students & Residential Life, Michael Dobson- Residence Hall Director, front: Cynthia Williams- Residence Hall Director, Kimber-lee Suiter- Residence Hall Director, Crystal Pugh- Residence Hall Director and Tiffany Downing- Residence Hall Director.

Saint Augustine's College Partners with the University of Arkansas for the George Washington Carver Research Program

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 6 May 7, 2012

In the fall of 2011, Saint Augustine's University embarked on a new venture with a dual purpose of providing summer internships and research opportunities for students and to guide students into top graduate school programs. Saint Augustine's University recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Arkansas (UofArk) to become a partner institution for the George Washington Carver Summer Program. This is the first partnership agreement between the two institutions and one of few that expands beyond a relationship that solely focuses on research.

The George Washington Carver Research Program is an initiative of the University of Arkansas designed to increase the racial diversity of the graduate and professional student body.

The partnership was spawned by Nichole Lewis, Director of the Belk Professional Development Center. "I was just following up on a cold call lead from Mr. Newman in IAD," Lewis said when asked how she learned about the opportunity. " He literally sent me a text that read, ‘contact Alfred Dowe (Assistant Director of Recruitment and Community Outreach) at UofArk. Might be worth pursuing,' and included the number."

This summer, the following students will spend ten weeks at the University of Arkansas. The students will receive round-trip airfare, housing, a stipend and attend GRE preparatory courses. Each will work within their area of study on a project that is both professional and research based.

• Gabrielle Cause - Junior Business Administration major from Gainesville, VA: Business Administration Internship under the Sam Walton School of Business;

• Rory Nixon - Junior Business Administration major from Hampton, VA: Business

Administration Internship under the Sam Walton School of Business

• Jerome Bute - Junior Engineering Mathematics major from U.S. Virgin Islands: Computer

Science/ Computer Engineering internship under the University of Engineering

• Martize Smith - Sophomore Biology major from High Point, NC: Cell and Molecular Biology REU

under the Program in Cell and Molecular Biology

According to Nichole Lewis' original contact, Alfred Dowe, "to have that many students selected in the first year, is pretty remarkable. We definitely are glad Saint Augustine's decided to become a partner institution."

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