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New Saint Augustine's College stadium makes history

Oct. 20, 2011


altThis Saturday, Saint Augustine's University will host a football game on campus for the first time in the University's history. The occasion, which comes just in time for Homecoming, is the result of the fearless leadership of President Dianne Boardley Suber.

Just 10 years ago, Saint Augustine's University, a historically black university in Raleigh, N.C., didn't have a football program. The program was cut in 1965 due to budget constraints. It was Suber who pushed to bring it back in 2002.

The Board of Trustees asked Suber about athletics when she first came to the University.

"It occurred to me that we didn't have a football program. It seemed outside of my concept of collegiate life to not have football," Suber said.

Suber thought back to her experiences of going to football games at Florida A&M University and Hampton University.

"I realized the impact football has on student life and connecting alumni to their alma mater," Suber said. "We tried to host Homecoming around basketball season, and it did not work for us. It provides additional value to the campus. It gives alumni a reason to come back."

With the resurgence of football, Suber led the University in the construction of the George Williams Athletic Complex. The state-of-the-art stadium includes a nine-lane internationally sanctioned track and a FieldTurf playing field.

"We accomplished a goal no one else could. It's a good feeling," Suber said. "We were able to complete this project in a recession with no borrowed money. It's a testament to where we are as an institution." The stadium is named in honor of the college's athletic director and world renowned track coach George Williams. Williams has won more than 150 CIAA titles and 31 NCAA titles in track and cross country. He was also head coach of the men's 2004 U.S. Olympic track and field team, which he led to a Gold medal at the games in Athens, Greece.

Although his name is tied to the stadium, Williams takes more pride in the opportunity students and alumni will have now.

"It is a great thing that we can play on our own campus,” Williams said. “Our students can come out of their residence halls and see the game. Give praise to our president — Dr. Suber — for this. We give all those involved a big round of thanks, and hope it will be an everlasting relationship between the community, the city of Raleigh and the college."

The football program has already produced some great success stories in the nine years since its reinstatement. 2008 graduate Alex Hall was drafted by the NFL's Cleveland Browns and also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals.

In 2010, the football team made its first bowl game appearance in the Pioneer Bowl, an annual postseason matchup between CIAA and SIAC teams. The Falcons captured the win, becoming only the third CIAA team to win the bowl in its 13-year history.

"The continued growth of our football program is a source of pride for the entire Falcon family," Suber said. "I am pleased that our alumni who have supported the football team and the stadium project will finally be able to come back to their alma mater and watch the homecoming game on campus. Saturday's game will be a moment when this journey of the last nine years comes full circle."

St. Aug Hosts Basketball Media Day

Oct. 18, 2011


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On Thursday, October 13 the Saint Augustine's University basketball program held their annual Media Day. Media Day is an opportunity for the Falcons to discuss their upcoming season and take questions from the media.

Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber charged students to "excel, be the model and establish the high standard of the University. Win on and off the court."

Both head coaches, Ken Spencer and Rachel Bullard made remarks. Bullard plans on going into the upcoming season with "a vengeance." Spencer acknowledged that the conference ranked the Falcons rather low on the preseason polls, yet, he vowed to "return Saint Augustine's University to the championship team we deserve to be."

The event was sponsored by Chick-fil-A

Saint Augustine's College Hosts Candidates Forum

Oct. 5, 2011


alt Saint Augustine's University and Common Cause North Carolina co-hosted a Candidates Forum on Monday, October 3 in Seby Jones Auditorium. The forum featured candidates for the Raleigh mayoral race and City Council, District C, which includes Southeast Raleigh. Each candidate outlined his or her background and platform.

Common Cause North Carolina is a non-profit, non-partisan organization designed to encourage participation in the political process.

Saint Augustine's University is non-partisan and does not endorse any candidates.

The 2011 Municipal elections will take place on Tuesday, October 11.

St. Aug to host 2011 Homecoming game on campus

Oct. 10, 2011


alt For the first time in over 40 years, Saint Augustine's University will host a home football game on its campus.

History will be made Saturday (Oct. 22) when the Falcons face Johnson C. Smith University in the first game at the George Williams Athletic Complex. The CIAA contest, starting at 2 p.m., is the centerpiece of homecoming weekend, which starts Oct. 20.

The stadium features a FieldTurf playing surface in addition to a state-of-the-art scoreboard and track surface befitting the person the stadium is named after – George Williams, the school’s athletic director and iconic track and field coach.

The 2004 U.S. Olympic Head Coach, Williams has led his track and field teams to 31 NCAA Division II championships and approximately 150 CIAA titles in his 35 years as St. Aug head coach.

“It is a great thing that we can play on our own campus,” Williams said. “Our students can come out of their residence halls and see the game. Give praise to our president – Dr. [Dianne Boardley] Suber - for this. We give all those involved a big round of thanks, and hope it will be an everlasting relationship between the community, the city of Raleigh and the college.” After playing the previous three home games in Durham, N.C., Head Football Coach Michael Costa is certainly looking forward to this moment. His Falcon teams have played at various off-campus sites in Raleigh, N.C., since football was re-instituted at St. Aug in 2002. “It’s a beautiful thing,” Costa said. “We have been waiting 10 seasons for this. We appreciate the opportunity to showcase our talents to our fans and our alumni and finally have that home field advantage.”

Saint Augustine's College Celebrates Constitution Day

Sept. 30, 2011


altThe Division of Social Sciences at Saint Augustine's University observed Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Seby Jones Auditorium. Judge Wanda Bryant, with the North Carolina Court of Appeals, was the guest speaker for the event.

Bryant explained to students the significance of the Constitution in their daily lives and the importance of becoming familiar with the document.

"The Constitution is not just words on a paper," Bryant said. "It's the subject of ongoing discussion and litigation."

President Dianne Boardley Suber challenged students to commit to learning more about the Constitution.

"It governs generations," Suber said. "Imagine a document — a piece of paper — that has that much power. It's something you want to understand."

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