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Blood Drive a Huge Success

Last week’s blood drive was a huge success. Saint Augustine’s University surpassed its goal of saving lives by donating 63 pints of blood.

The Office of External Relations and the Office of Community Outreach and Volunteerism partnered with Rex Blood Services to host the blood drive on campus. The blood drive was held in observance of National Sickle Cell Month as well as aimed at increasing blood donations from African Americans, which can help patients suffering from diseases such as sickle cell anemia, cancer and heart disease. This was Rex Blood Services’ first blood drive at a historically black university.

“We would like to thank the entire SAU campus for their support for the first Saint Augustine’s University and UNC REX Healthcare Blood Drive,” said Ann Brown, director of the Office of Community Outreach and Volunteerism. “It was a success because of everyone’s commitment to help save lives.”

The Episcopal Church Recognizes Saint Augustine’s University

President Dianne Boardley Suber along with administrators, staff and students, attended the annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Recognition Event in Atlanta, Ga. sponsored by the Office of Black Church Ministries of the Episcopal Church. Voorhees College was also recognized and is the only other HBCU in the US with Episcopal roots.

The Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori met with President Suber and the SAU family doing their visit. The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori challenged the SAU students to take their places among other leaders.

“Saint Augustine’s University and other schools were founded to help African-American students develop their capacity for leadership in their communities and everywhere – so that more of the world might enjoy abundant life,” Schori said. “The schools represented here today have shaped many, many leaders in the context of a community of support, challenge and encouragement. We expect that you students will take your place among other strong leaders who have walked the halls of St. Aug and Voorhees and other HBCUs – as scientists and journalists, academics and politicians, musicians and artists, bishops and judges, athletes, actors, teachers, and parents. That diversity of leaders is needed because we’re still looking for abundant life everywhere.”

During the two-day recognition event, President Suber gave a presentation and musical selections were performed by the SAU choir.

Career Development Week

Mark your calendars to attend the 2013 Career Development Week scheduled for September 23 through September 27. Sponsored by the Belk Professional Development Center, some of the scheduled companies and universities to participate are Nationwide Insurance, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wake County Public Schools, Widener School of Law, North Carolina A& T State University, North Carolina Central University, Massachusetts School of Law and Liberty Mutual.

The tentative schedule of events are as follows:

Monday, September 23

Kick-Off Panel

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

External, corporate presenters

Prezell R. Robinson Library

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Career and Graduate School Suite

Open for the School of Business and Technology and the School of Continuing Education

Tuesday, September 24"

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Career and Graduate School Suite

Open for the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Boyer Classroom Building, Lobby

Wednesday, September 25

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Career and Graduate School Suite

Open for the Schools of Science, Engineering and Mathematics and Applied Health and Medical Sciences Prezell R. Robinson Library

Thursday, September 26

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Career and Graduate School Suite

Open for the School of Liberal Arts and Education

Seby Jones Art Gallery

Friday, Sept. 27

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Freshmen Day at the Belk Center

Belk Center, Goold Hall

Fun, trivia and prizes for college registrations and resume approvals

Also on September 27, the “Ask Me about My Graduate Program” is scheduled. Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear a t-shirt from their respective graduate schools and talk to students, classes or visitors about the school’s programs. Individuals who did not attend graduate school are asked to wear a SAU shirt to promote the upcoming graduate program Saint Augustine’s University will offer.

Business professional attire is required to attend any of the sessions. For more information, call 919.516.4242.

New Student Government Association Officers Installed

The energy and excitement was on high in the Seby Jones Auditorium for the 2013-2014 installation ceremony for the student government association (SGA).

President Dianne Boardley Suber installed the 2013-2014 Saint Augustine’s University Student Body President Ashley Nelson. Nelson is a senior from Brooklyn, New York majoring in sociology.

“I am excited to have been selected as the student body president,” Nelson said. “All we [student government association] ask of you is to continue to support us. Let’s look to the future with high hopes.”

During her installation address, Nelson stated the SGA’s mission is to enhance the learning environment for the student body. She also provided SGA’s initiatives for the academic year which included political awareness, community service and health and wellness. At the beginning of the academic year, Nelson said that SGA registered 280 freshmen to vote and organized the Falcon Pep Rally.

The members of the 2013-2014 Student Government Association are as follows:

Ashley Nelson President

Kamaya Jabari Vice President

Justin Miller Board of Trustees Representative

David Frasier Senior Class President

Justin Williams Senior Class Vice President

Jamonica Facyson Junior Class President

Jacques Griffin Junior Class Vice President

DeAsia Lewis Sophomore Class President

Cadine Bramwell Sophomore Class Vice President

Kelvin Mitchell Freshman Class President

Shirece Anthony Freshman Class Vice President

Coach Williams Receives Award from Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Coach Williams

Athletic Director and legendary Head Track and Field Coach George Williams was honored as the recipient of the Thad Eure Jr. Memorial Award at the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting Luncheon at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The prestigious award recognizes an individual in Wake County who has a positive impact and has taken a leadership role in increasing the hospitality industry in the Raleigh area. Dennis Edwards, the President and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, says Williams is certainly deserving of the honor.

Thomas Hill, the vice president and division manager of Highwoods Properties, Inc., highlighted Williams’ achievements to the luncheon audience before presenting the award. The iconic coach has won 33 NCAA Division II National Track and Field Championships, coached 19 Olympians and graduated 95 percent of his student athletes, of which he is most proud. Williams received the trophy after giving a speech.

“I want to thank the City of Raleigh, Wake County and my two long-time assistant coaches,” Williams said after the event. “I have stood on their shoulders so this award belongs to a lot of people. I appreciate the award but I wish I could share it with everybody.”

Williams has won numerous awards in his illustrious coaching career. During the 2012-2013 season, he was named NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year after leading the Falcons to national titles in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. He also won Atlantic Region and CIAA Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year honors for both seasons, and guided the Falcons to the men’s indoor and outdoor conference titles. His men’s and women’s cross country teams and women’s indoor track and field team also captured CIAA championships.

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