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Phi Alpha Theta Inducts New Members

April 16, 2012
Thursday, April 12 the Psi Gamma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta inducted 5 new members into their honor society. Phi Alpha Theta is a national history honor society.

Members of Phi Alpha Theta demonstrate excellence in writing and history.

The new inductees were: Starla Ford Ishmael Campbell Lacura Venable Shannon Rush Zachary Quirk

Congratulations to the St. Aug SIFE Team!

April 9, 2012
The Saint Augustine's University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named "Rookie of the Year" at the 2012 SIFE USA Regional competition, April 2, in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Our rookie team was extremely excited to give their presentations to a packed room- uncommon for rookies," stated Valerie Evans, SIFE faculty advisor. "The entire team worked very hard, developing and conducting the projects that took us to the regional competition. Next year we are determined to make it to Nationals!"

Participating SIFE students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects, such as their 2011 collaboration with NC State University's University of Textiles' Fashion Group, in which the Falcons helped teach young girls at the Raleigh Girls Club about the fashion industry and its relevant educational paths.

For more information, contact St. Aug's SIFE at 919-516-4051

Pictured: The award winning 2012 SIFE team!

Community Policing: Homeownership Training Program Empowerment Workshop Session

April 9, 2012
As part of the Homeownership Training Institute Program of Saint Augustine's University's HUD/HBCU Grant, Mr. Michael Ballen, Program Coordinator for the City of Raleigh Community Policing Department and several Raleigh Police Officers were presenters on March 20, at an Empowerment Session for the program participants as part of their 48 hours of required training.

Ballen explained that community policing is a "specialized unit" within the Raleigh Police Department, focusing on developing community partners and stakeholders through an increase in face-to-face contact with citizens in the neighborhood.

Ballen said the philosophy is "people are the police, the police are the people". A question and answer session followed facilitated by the Southeast District Supervisor, Sgt. Woodard.

Individuals interested in becoming a first time homeowner should call 919-516-4754 for information.

Pictured: Ballen seen here presenting to members of the spring 2012 homeownership training program.

Community Day this Saturday, April 14!

April 9, 2012
Saint Augustine's University's front campus will come alive, Saturday, April 14, as the University hosts its annual Community Day. The event is free and open to the public and features food, games and rides for children, vendors and entertainment for all ages.

The event is another way the University continues to show the importance of its relationship with neighbors in the surrounding community. Community Day begins at 10 a.m. A blue and white football scrimmage begins at 1:30 p.m.

For more information about the event, call Vince Bayyan at 919-516-5087.

Pictured: Face painting was one of many activities offered during the 2011 Community Day.

Students Rally for Justice

April 2, 2012
Saint Augustine's University held a social injustice rally, Thursday, March 29, in remembrance of slain Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin. Martin was gunned down February 26, by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman who deemed Martin "suspicious." At the time of Martin's murder, he was armed with a bag of Skittles candy and iced tea. Martin's murderer has yet to be arrested.

Dr. Ron Brown, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, encouraged students to register to vote. He reminded students that Martin's killer is still free due to a law entitled, "Stand Your Ground," which permits one to match force with force if they feel their life is threatened. "You can change laws like this by voting," stated Brown.

During the rally, Falcons were also asked to sign a memorial wall in honor of Martin. Various student leaders presented facts on the Martin case and some Saint Augustine's University's film and theater performed an emotional re-enactment of Martin's last moments alive.

The fight for justice on Martin's behalf remains ongoing.

Pictured: Film and Theater major, Dante Sellers, seen here holding a bag of Skittles and iced tea; items Martin was carrying at the time of his death.

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