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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.

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.

Saint Augustine’s College announces name and status change

March 30, 2012
The Saint Augustine's University Board of Trustees announced today that the University is moving into a new phase as it joins peer institutions in moving to the status of University to become Saint Augustine's University (SAU) effective August 1, 2012. The change to university status aligns the University’s public identity with the structure and breadth of academic, athletic and student development programs currently being offered at Saint Augustine's University.

"This isn't just a name change," states President Dianne Boardley Suber. "We're committed to changing the way we do business. Our guiding principle will continue to be the training of leaders and change agents. All of our curricula, student organizations and student life will have leadership training as its backdrop – the common thread that runs through and drives, all of our standing programs and new initiatives.

We've completely retrenched the general education core of courses for the freshman class of 2012. The new general education courses, which are required of all freshmen and sophomores, ensure that the content and objectives of all courses are relevant to the goal of retaining and graduating students who are prepared to compete and succeed in today’s challenging work force or graduate and professional level programs following their graduation.”

Saint Augustine’s University will expand its programs for nontraditional students to include students seeking a four year degree that includes online courses and expanding off-site access to campus programs. The University has established Centers of Excellence that will serve as the anchor programs of a Saint Augustine’s University degree.

The Center for Forensic Discovery (forensic science, forensic accounting, and forensic psychology) and the Center for Applied Medical Sciences are two signature academic programs that are expected to enhance and expand students’ marketability for a global workforce. The third Center of Excellence will be the Center for Athletic Facilities and Sports Management. This center affords students a unique concentration in the operational and administration aspects in the world of professional, collegiate and leisure sports. Graduates from this center would have the competitive advantage to secure positions in the “front office.”

An additional center of excellence being considered is the Center for Athletic Scholarship. “The University will focus on being NCAA championship contenders while continuing to raise the four-year graduation rates of student athletes,” says President Dianne Boardley Suber.

The University will move towards offering its first master's degree program as early as 2014. The Physician Assistant (PA) Master’s Degree Program will focus on training PAs for rural and other underserved communities.

While the complete branding package is still under development, preparations for the name change will begin next month. Full implementation will take place this summer including the launch of a new Saint Augustine’s University web site and revised materials for new student orientation and prospective student events.

“When students return in the fall, we will officially be Saint Augustine’s University not only in name, but also in look and feel. There will be a full overhaul of paraphernalia in the bookstore and our presence throughout Raleigh and the country will be seen as Saint Augustine’s University. We’re very excited and look forward to sharing our new look with the world,” says Marc Newman, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development.

Pictured: President Suber unveiling the new identity of the University.

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.

Sheryl Lee Ralph's, Artist in Residence Visits to Saint Augustine's College

March 27, 2012
Sheryl Lee Ralph visited the campus of Saint Augustine's University March 22-23. She hosted various events for students and administration.

Ralph held a seminar for students on how to start a non-profit foundation, surviving in the entertainment industry and a book signing featuring her new book, "Redefining Diva: Life Lesson From the Original Dreamgirl."

Sheryl Lee Ralph originated the role of Deena Jones in "Dreamgirls" on Broadway and was nominated as best actress for both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards. The star of numerous TV shows-including Moesha and Designing Women-her extensive film credits include costarring with Robert De Niro in "Mistress" and Denzel Washington in "The Mighty Quinn." A mother of two with a blended family of four, Sheryl is married to Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes.

Pictured: Sheryl Lee Ralph and President Dianne Boardley Suber

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