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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.

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

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 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."

St. Aug Students-Agents for Change!

April 30, 2012
Several Saint Augustine's University students participated in a student lobby day organized by Common Cause North Carolina, Monday, April 23 in downtown Raleigh. Common Cause is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens' lobby organization located in the heart of Raleigh.

The event, dubbed "Student Lobby Day," gave students the opportunity to voice their concerns on voter suppression laws to various law makers, including representatives and senators from across the state of North Carolina.

Students from Shaw University and North Carolina State University joined the Saint Augustine's University students. Their protest highlighted four major points that disenfranchise voters:

1) Imposing state voter ID

2) Eliminating same day voter registration

3) Cutting early voting days nearly in half in comparison to previous elections

4) Freezing of the "Help America Voting Act" (HAVA), funds (federal money used to train poll workers

and update voting machines).

The Saint Augustine's University students who attended "Student Lobby Day" were:

Noah Nunn- Sophomore

Tiana Young-Morris- Junior

Anthony Ross-Junior

Zechariah Jackson- Freshman

Jamonica Facyson- Freshman

Click here to watch the students in NBC 17's coverage of the day.

This event was sponsored and supported by: NC Common Cause, St. Aug Student Government Association

(SGA) and the Political Science department.

College bids farewell to 210 graduates

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 May 5, 2012

Saint Augustine’s University awarded bachelor’s degrees to 210 seniors during its 2012 Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 5. The class of 2012 makes history as the last graduating class of Saint Augustine’s University. Effective Aug. 1, the school becomes Saint Augustine’s University.

President Dianne Boardley Suber encouraged students to pay themselves first by investing; to be decision-makers; to have integrity; and to give back.

“(Success is) yours for the asking,” Suber said. “All you have to do is reach out and pull it to you.”

Veteran political strategist Donna Brazile delivered the commencement address. Brazile charged students to continue the hard work begun by those who came before them.

“We worked hard, we struggled, we believed in our cause. We heard the call and we stepped up,” Brazile said. “Now it’s your turn. Why you? Because there’s no one better.”

The University also recognized members of the class of 1962, who commemorated their 50th reunion this weekend.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Gives Back Through Blood Donation Drive

April 30, 2012
The Kappa Epsilon chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held their annual blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross, Monday, April 23.

"We wanted to raise awareness amongst minorities concerning blood donation," stated Michael Swann, campus advisor of the Kappa Epsilon chapter of Omega Psi Phi, when asked why they felt the need to bring such an event to campus.

"This event was very important for students. It showed the need for young donors to help save lives through blood donation," stated Brandon Gwaltney, president of the Kappa Epsilon chapter.

The event was considered a success by the chapter. More than 25 Falcons donated blood, 12 of which were first time blood donors.

The fraternity hopes to host another blood drive in the fall of 2012 and eventually facilitate a blood drive each semester.

This event was sponsored by the Kappa Epsilon chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc. and the American Red Cross.

Pictured: Brandon Houston, an Omega seen here registering a donor.

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