Press Releases

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.

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

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 8 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 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.

Legendary track coach George Williams to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Saint Augustine's University | Press Releases | Page 8 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.

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.

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