Press Releases

Saint Augustine's College Celebrates Black History Month

Feb. 28, 2012

St. Aug's Division of Liberal Arts and Education hosted a Black History program on February 23 in the auditorium of Seby Jones. The program consisted of a multi-media skit, "Freedom's Legacy," a panel discussion and a question and answer session.

The Freedom's Legacy skit was performed on the premise of an elderly man teaching his granddaughter about the plight for equality amongst African-Americans. During the skit, the elderly man played by Dante Sellers, senior in Film and Theater, covered not only the Civil Rights movement but also slavery and Egyptians.

"This play helped the audience understand the various figures that fought for our freedom," stated Sellers. "We have to continue working to gain freedom because freedom is not guaranteed, it's all up to us."

Pictured: Keaven Russell, junior, seen here portraying an Egyptian pharaoh.

First Year Experience and Academic Advising Host a Majors Fair

Feb. 28, 2012

First Year Experience and the Academic Advising Center of Saint Augustine's University recently held a majors fair. The fair took place in the MLK ballroom and had various booths set up including: the Belk Professional Development Center, academic majors representation, Army ROTC and the registrar's office.

"We want freshmen and sophomores to become more familiar with the majors offered at the University, meet their professors and declare a major," stated Michael Swann, Assistant Director of First Year Experience.

The fair provided students the opportunity to research a major, select a major and register for classes in their chosen major.

"We had a list of almost 300 undeclared students but after this fair, that number will have greatly decreased," stated Swann.

Pictured: Students seen here registering for classes in their newly declared majors.

College eyes Home Depot’s “Retool Your School” improvement grant

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 7 Feb. 17, 2012

The Home Depot will award $185,000 to historically black colleges and universities to make campus improvements through its Retool Your School grant program. Saint Augustine’s University is competing to receive one of the grants.

The University has an opportunity to receive a $50,000 grant to landscape the George Williams Athletic Complex, a $10,000 grant to upgrade the Goold Hall Student Center to be ADA compliant and handicap accessible, or a $25,000 grant to create a garden through which students will grow food and donate it to less fortunate residents of the surrounding community.

The community can help the University win grant funds by voting online. Voting is under way and ends April 10. Winners will be announced May 4.

For more information, or to vote, visit

St. Aug's Center for Real Estate Hosts Networking Luncheon

Feb. 21, 2012

The Center for Real Estate Management and Development (CREMD) hosted the 1st Annual Art of Networking Luncheon which was held, February 7 in the MLK Ballroom on the campus of Saint Augustine's University.

The event was in partnership with the Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW) organization. By invitation only, the luncheon consisted of 15 student attendees and each had the benefit of learning from seasoned business operators. TCREW is a chapter within the International CREW Network and its membership, while focused on commercial real estate, also includes lawyers, bankers, accountants and residential property management.

Topics discussed during the luncheon included: optimizing networking opportunities, business lunch and dinner etiquette and the do's and don'ts of handshaking.

Additionally, an award was presented to Leroy Reynolds, president of Reynolds Construction to recognize his contributions to the Right of Way Program as its first instructor. This one of a kind program provides students the necessary knowledge to gain employment with federal, state, county and city departments of transportation, utility and private consulting companies. Starting positions range from $40,000 to $45,000.

Pictured left to right: Glenn French-St. Aug's Center for Real Estate, Amy Mayer-Duke Realty, Soberina Traywick-Mechanics and Farmers Bank and St. Aug board of trustee member, Kara Phillips-Phillips Architecture, Kim Kamens-HPG, Denise Bennett-Wells Fargo, Minnie Sudan-Wells Fargo, Lucille Zane-American Asset Corporation and Leroy Reynolds-Reynolds Construction Co.

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.

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