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College Provides Thanksgiving Dinner for Local Families

Nov. 21, 2011

Saint Augustine's University is helping to give local families something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The University is donating 65 baskets filled with all the fixings to make a full Thanksgiving feast. The food items were donated by faculty, staff and students.   

“This annual event is just one of the ways that Saint Augustine’s University acknowledges its accountability to and presence in our community. Just as importantly, it demonstrates our commitment to the University’s core value of community and diversity,” President Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber said.

The families who received baskets were identified by Wake County Human Services.

Communication Honors Society Partners with Belk Center to Host Panel

Nov. 21, 2011
alt On November 16, 2001, the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society in conjunction with the Belk Professional Development Center hosted a panel discussion entitled, "Exploring the Vast Assortment of Career Paths in Communication." The event was moderated by Marjorie Newman, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The panelists were: Cash Michaels, Chief Reporter at the Carolinian newspaper, Tamara Holmes-Brothers, Director of Corporate Foundations at Fayetteville State University, Michelle D. Crawford, a Saint Augustine's University Alumna and Parent Educator/Wellness Life Coach at Wake County Child Care Subsidy, Alana Allen, Internship and Special Groups Coordinator at Gov. Perdue's Press Office and Shelley Willingham-Hinton, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Saint Augustine's University.

The panelists stressed to the students the importance of having a positive attitude as they work to build successful careers as well as the importance of networking, volunteering and paying your dues. Tamara Holmes-Brothers said, "You have to make your situation work for you and look at each experience as a building block in your career."

Left to right: Marjorie Newman, Cash Michaels, Michelle Crawford, Tamara Holmes-Brothers, Alana Allen and Shelley Willingham-Hinton.

2011 CDC Board Meeting

Nov. 21, 2011

The Saint Augustine's University Community Development Corporation held its Board of Directors meeting on November 18th to review the Saint Augustine's University Planning Study jointly developed by the university and the City of Raleigh.

On July 18th, the Raleigh Urban Design Center hosted a group of Saint Augustine's University leaders, key staff and alumni of SAU to discuss long term plans and visions for the SAU campus and community. The CDC board reviewed the draft document and will make recommendation to the City of Raleigh. Ms. Angela Dunston from the Governor's Office also attended this meeting.

St. Aug Quiz Bowl Team Wins First Place at Hampton University Competition

alt Saint Augustine's University's Honors University Quiz Bowl Team won first place in the quiz bowl tournament at the National Association of African American Honor Programs. The event was hosted by Hampton University, Virginia State University and Elizabeth City State University on Hampton's campus. The theme was "Transforming Lives through Honors."

The Saint Augustine's University team defeated all competitors to take home the quiz bowl trophy.


Game 1 - Saint Augustine's University: 140, Elizabeth City State University: 10

Game 2 - Saint Augustine's University: 110, Florida A&M University: 40

Game 3 - Saint Augustine's University: 180, South Carolina State University: 40

Game 4 - Saint Augustine's University: 140, North Carolina Central University: 70

Pictured from left to right are the members of the Honors University Quiz Bowl Team:

Front: Ernest Swan, Quietshone Howell, Antwoine Coleman and Dale-Ajee Alexander, Back: Shaia Scott, Patrick Hill (Captain), Ms. Brandi Geary (Coach),and Laura Davion

Pep Rally Honors St. Aug CIAA Championship Volleyball Team Tuesday

Nov. 8, 2011

altThe Saint Augustine's University volleyball team is still savoring its CIAA championship victory.

A pep rally was held Tuesday, November 8 to honor the Lady Falcons, who stunned two-time defending champion Chowan University 3-2 Sunday. The championship is the 18th in school history.

A large crowd circled around the Martin Luther King mall on campus to watch the celebration, which included the cheerleaders and marching band. The volleyball team showed off its championship plaque after they were introduced. Head Coach Nikki Bynum and Athletic Director George Williams spoke during the event and President Dianne Boardley Suber took photos with the team.

Bynum is still trying to grasp the moment. In a span of four days, the Lady Falcons went from almost being eliminated from the CIAA Tournament on the first day to celebrating their title run.

“I am still waiting for somebody to wake me up,” Bynum said.

A first-year university coach, Bynum guided the Lady Falcons to third place in the CIAA Southern Division during the regular season with nine players. The team survived pool play on a tiebreaker which sent them to the semifinals against Winston-Salem State, which beat the Lady Falcons twice during the regular season.

The Lady Falcons turned the tables on the Lady Rams in the semifinals, winning 3-0 in dominating fashion. That set up a showdown against Chowan, the two-time defending champions, in a repeat of last year’s championship match. Down 0-2, the Lady Falcons were facing match point but rallied for the five-set victory.

The Lady Falcons were led by the senior trio of Kathryn Tokarski (Saskatchewan, Canada), Keisha Parris (St. Catherine, Jamaica) and Roxanne Smith (St. Catherine, Jamaica). Parris finished with 20 kills and Tokarski added 15 kills while Smith had 46 assists in the finals. The pep rally was especially satisfying for the three seniors, who had to wait a year to avenge last year’s title loss to Chowan.

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride this season but we showed how much we wanted it in the championship match,” Tokarski said.

The students, faculty and staff showed their appreciation at the pep rally judging from the turnout.

“It is nice to get the support,” Smith said. “This is great.”

The season is not over for the Lady Falcons yet. With the championship win, they gained the automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament. They find out their opponent Sunday during a selection show on

“The pep rally is additional motivation to go into regionals and do a good job,” Parris said.

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