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Legendary track coach George Williams to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 Feb. 16, 2012

George Williams of Saint Augustine’s University will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Greater Raleigh Sports Council’s Evening of Champions, presented in partnership with 99.9 The Fan, ESPN Radio and 620 The Buzz. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at the RBC Center starting at 5 p.m., and will recognize outstanding Triangle area athletes, coaches, teams and volunteers.

“To receive the Lifetime Achievement Award is an honor,” Williams said. “I’m really pleased that the city of Raleigh continues to recognize me and support the things I’m doing at Saint Augustine’s University.”

Williams, who was head coach for the 2004 Olympic men’s track team, has led Saint Augustine’s University to 31 NCAA championships in track and field and coached 32 Olympians during his 36 years at his alma mater. His student-athletes have a 95 percent graduation rate.

“Saint Augustine’s University has enjoyed a long standing partnership with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Raleigh Sports Council,” Suber said. “We look forward to celebrating local sports teams, athletes and coaches during this event. We are excited that our very own George Williams will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Saint Augustine’s University President Dianne Boardley Suber will be the honorary chairperson at the ninth annual Greater Raleigh Sports Council Evening of Champions.

President Dianne Boardley Suber to serve as honorary chairperson at Evening of Champions

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 Feb. 14, 2012

Saint Augustine’s University President Dianne Boardley Suber will be the honorary chairperson at the ninth annual Greater Raleigh Sports Council Evening of Champions, presented in partnership with 99.9 The Fan, ESPN Radio and 620 The Buzz. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at the RBC Center starting at 5 p.m., and will recognize outstanding Triangle area athletes, coaches, teams and volunteers.

Suber is the first female ever to lead Saint Augustine's University. She is responsible for bringing football back to Saint Augustine’s University in 2002 after a 37-year hiatus. It was her vision that led to the current construction of the football stadium on campus which includes a state-of-the-art field turf and track. Suber was the catalyst behind the football team playing its first ever game on campus during homecoming in October 2011.

During Suber’s 12-year tenure as president, Saint Augustine’s University has won 13 NCAA championships, 69 CIAA conference championships and produced 33 All-CIAA scholar-athletes. Saint Augustine’s University topped the CIAA with seven conference championships and seven league grade point average team titles in the 2009-2010 athletic season.

Several individuals will be honored at the event, including iconic track and field head coach George Williams of Saint Augustine’s University, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The former Olympic coach has led Saint Augustine’s University to 31 NCAA championships in track and field and coached 32 Olympians during his 36 years at his alma mater. His student-athletes have a 95 percent graduation rate.

“Saint Augustine’s University has enjoyed a long standing partnership with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Raleigh Sports Council,” Suber said. “We look forward to celebrating local sports teams, athletes and coaches during this event. We are excited that our very own, George Williams will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Saint Augustine's College Offers Smart Classrooms

Feb. 13, 2012

Saint Augustine's University students have access to cutting edge technology here on campus. The institution has 32 Smart classrooms and labs. These rooms feature the Smart Board interactive whiteboards, which allow professors to share notes, video and audio presentations, websites and other reference information.

The location of each Smart room was determined after formal assessments were performed by Carlene Morgan, director of Academic Computing, and department chairs, deans, audio visual experts and electricians. The project cost approximately $275,000, excluding the costs for delivery, assembly and installation of power and Ethernet connections. The project was paid for with federal Title III funds.

There are three levels of Smart Classrooms here on campus: • Level 1: electric screens, LCD projectors, speakers and amplifiers • Level 2: Smart Boards, LCD projectors, laptops/desktops, speakers and AV carts • Level 3: Smart Boards, LCD projectors, control panels, laptops/desktops, speakers and AV carts

According to University of Virginia researchers, Smart Board technology enhances student learning and teacher quality. On campus, professors are using the technology to enrich their lessons and share more information with their students.

In addition to the Smart technology, faculty and staff have access to telephone systems, webcams, document cameras, camcorders, response clickers, and Smart Board slates.

All the equipment can be checked out by faculty and staff for classroom instruction, seminars, webinars, conferences and meetings by submitting a technology request form to Carlene J. Morgan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pictured: Confucius Classroom instructor Cheng Chen uses the Smart Board to demonstrate to her students the proper technique for writing Chinese characters.

St. Aug Faculty and Students Perform Flash Mob in Preparation for General Education Proficiency Exam

Feb. 13, 2012

Thursday, February 9 students and select faculty members performed a flash mob to remind students of the upcoming General Education Proficiency exam. This exam is mandatory for all juniors and through random selection various freshmen and seniors will be tested. Juniors will take the test on February 14, the randomly selected freshmen and seniors will be tested February 15.

A flash mob is when an assembled group of people suddenly perform an unusual act for a brief time, then disperse. Often the purpose of the flash mob is for entertainment, satire and/or artistic expression.

"This is a fun way to get the students' attention," stated Dr. Celeste Evans, Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Theatre. "We wanted to remind the students of the importance of this test." According to Evans, the test will examine the students general knowledge of general subjects such as math, science and english. The results of the test will determine what changes need to be made to the curriculum of general education classes.

Pictured: Film and Theatre, seniors, Dante Sellers and David Johnson leading the flash mob.

Division of Social Sciences Present: Black History Month Program

Feb. 13, 2012

In honor of Black History month, the Division of Social Sciences hosted a panel discussion on multiple racial issues, including the role current students are playing in the movement of equality, on Thursday, February 9. The panel took place in Seby Jones auditorium.

The panel consisted of social sciences professors and students, the faculty participants were, Dr. Mary Brown-Scott-Assistant Professor of Introduction to Political Science, Dr. Willie Fullwood-Assistant Professor of Political Science, Shirlkeymu Winston- Assistant Professor of African American History and Moses Greene-Assistant Professor of Communication Skills. William Martin and Vionna Kelly were the student panelists.

The panel was asked to compare the role of university students in the '60's and the current role university students play in the equality movement. Professor Shirlkeymu Winston responded to the question by pointing out the crucial role NC A&T University freshmen played in the 1960 Woolworth Lunch Counter sit-in. "Four freshmen started that movement, just like those students, we have to take ownership... iron sharpens iron," stated Winston.

William Martin, a junior in psychology, sociology and social work expressed a thought provoking perspective on the role students should play in the current movement."Our role should be sticking together. We are no longer fighting for rights, we are now, battling for each other and for unity," said Martin.

Pictured left to right: Panelists Dr. Mary Brown-Scott, Professor Shirlkeymu Winston and Professor Moses Greene.

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