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St. Aug Rallies Past Chowan For CIAA Volleyball Title

Nov. 6, 2011

Championship is the Lady Falcons' 18th and first since 2003

altHAMPTON, Va. – Saint Augustine's University ended its amazing tournament run with a CIAA championship.

The Lady Falcons rallied past two-time defending champ Chowan University 3-2 Sunday (Nov. 6) for its 18th league crown in school history at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. It is the first championship since 2003 for the Lady Falcons, who earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

It was the second year in a row that St. Aug and Chowan met in the finals. Last year, Chowan eked out a 3-2 victory for the title. Sunday’s match also went five sets but it was the Lady Falcons who were victorious this time after trailing 0-2.

Tournament MVP Keisha Parris clinched the victory with a kill for a 17-15 win in the deciding fifth set which sparked off a celebration on the Lady Falcons’ side of the net. The score was typical of how the match went. All of five sets were close with Lady Falcons winning 20-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-23, 17-15.

“To see the faces of the players and coaches after we won was unbelievable,” Lady Falcon Head Coach Nikki Bynum said.

Bynum led the Lady Falcons (17-17 overall) to their first CIAA title in eight years in her first year as a university coach. She carried nine players to the tournament, but three of them – rightside hitter Parris, outside hitter Kathryn Tokarski and setter Roxanne Smith (Sr./St. Catherine, Jamaica) – made the All-CIAA team.

Parris amassed 20 kills, 13 digs and five assists while Tokarski added 15 kills and 18 digs. Smith added 46 assists and Brittany Hicks (Jr./Louisburg, N.C.) chipped in 13 kills in a balanced attack for the Lady Falcons, who came back from a 0-2 deficit in the five-set stunner. Chowan (26-8), the Northern Division top seed, had suffered only one CIAA loss before Sunday and were unbeaten against league teams during the regular season.

The Lady Falcons, the third seed out of the Southern Division, showed tremendous resolve during the tournament. A tiebreaker saved them from being eliminated the first day when they finished in a three-way tie in their pool. In Saturday’s semifinals, they won in three sets against Winston-Salem State, who swept them during the regular season. In the finals, the Lady Falcons were on the brink of losing after facing set point in the third game.

“I told them to remember what happened last year,” Bynum said. “And they dug in.”

The Lady Falcons fought back to tie the match at 2-2 and force a fifth set. With a championship at stake, both teams battled to the wire, but the Lady Falcons were more resilient in the end.

Four Lady Falcons were named to the all-tournament team. They were Parris, Tokarski, Smith and Victoria Davis (Soph./San Diego, Calif.).

Saint Augustine's College Celebrates 2011 Pink and Denim Day

Oct. 28, 2011
alt Friday's Pink and Denim day was a huge success for Saint Augustine's University. Faculty, staff and students donned pink tops and denim bottoms as a symbolic gesture of support for Breast Cancer patients and survivors.

Pink and Denim day is not only important because it raises awareness concerning breast cancer, but it is a testament to the importance of annual mammograms and breast exams.

Belk Professional Development Center's Career and Graduate School Suite

Oct. 20, 2011
alt In a time of economic uncertainty, the Belk Professional Development Center is still trying to get students employed! On Tuesday, October 18th, almost 20 organizations were on campus looking to hire or recruit students for summer employment, full-time management training programs or graduate/professional schools. These groups included long-time supporters such as Wells Fargo, SunTrust, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine. New partnerships include: Kroger, Sanderson Farms and Meharry Medical University's Public Health program.

Feedback from the organizational representatives was positive and each commented on how professional the students were in their presentation and conversation. The Career Suite provides space for on-campus entities like the Army ROTC and the Testing Center to make students aware of the resources and career opportunities that exist in their own yard. Continuing the Belk Center's reputation for experiential learning, student ambassadors played a vital role in assisting with registration, directing employers and coaching new jobseekers on techniques on making an impression on a recruiter.

Governor Perdue's Press Office Internship Presentation

Oct. 26, 2011
altAlana Allen, Press Office Internship Coordinator for Governor Bev Perdue was on campus on October 26, 2011 to meet with 7 students who have been selected or recommended by faculty and Belk Professional Development Center staff to apply for a semester-long internship. Alana spoke very candidly about the opportunity and her desire as a graduate of another HBCU in North Carolina to see a more diverse pool of internship candidates. This unpaid internship is a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity that is offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer (semesters), to work up-close-and-personal with the governor of a state (North Carolina).

While they do target communications and business majors, there are assignments given to the interns that would match almost any area of study. The biggest benefit is the immersion into the culture of accountability and organization that is required to be successful in this type of role. Of the students in attendance which spanned from sophomore to senior, the following majors were represented: Communications, Business Administration, Engineering Mathematics and Elementary Education.

St. Aug Board Chair Honored

Oct. 31, 2011
alt Saint Augustine's University alum and board of trustee chairman, Hilton Smith was recently honored by his employer, Turner Construction Company, for his incredible leadership skills. Smith is the Senior Vice President for Turner Construction Company and has worked diligently in providing opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.

"These achieverments are due to the ongoing commitment of individuals in our local offices as well as through the leadership provided by our Director of National Community Affairs, Hilton O. Smith." stated Peter Davoren, President and CEO, Turner Construction Company.

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