Press Releases

St. Aug Students Compete in Virginia-North Carolina Alliance Symposium

April 16, 2012
Dr. Mark A. Melton and Mrs. Sheila Spence accompanied twelve students to Charlotte, North Carolina to participate in the 5th Annual Virginia-North Carolina Alliance Symposium at Johnson C. Smith University on the weekend of April 5.

Three students participated in poster and oral presentations (2 poster & 1 oral), which led to Brandon Scott, an Engineering Mathematics major, winning 1st place in the Oral Presentation section of the competition. He received a $100 gift certificate to Best Buy!

The National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance (VA-NC Alliance) is led by the University of Virginia

Saint Augustine's University is a member of the VA-NC Alliance, an extension of the National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliance for minority participation (LSAMP). LSAMP offers activities to support students during their undergraduate experience including: annual symposia; tutoring, bridge programs, workshops and colloquia; faculty exchanges; common reading experiences; and summer research experiences.

Pictured: Left to right: Unique Gupton, Joan Higginbotham,- 3rd African American Female Astronaut and symposium keynote speaker and Amber Weaver.

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

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.

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.

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