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College dedicates Confucius Classroom


Saint Augustine's University celebrated the dedication of its Confucius Classroom on campus Thursday, Aug. 25. The Confucius Classroom at Saint Augustine's University is the first of its kind at a Historically Black University or University. It is one of three Confucius Classrooms under North Carolina State University's Confucius Institute. The other classrooms are at Central Carolina Community University in Sanford and Enloe High School in Raleigh. The Confucius Classroom will offer classes in Chinese language and culture for the campus community and the community at large.

"The establishment of a Confucius Classroom at Saint Augustine's University is in line with our institutional mission of preparing students to be competitive in an increasingly globalized society," said President Dianne Boardley Suber.

The Confucius Institute's mission is to promote intercultural understanding between the U.S. and China, said Dr. Bailian Li, director of N.C. State's Confucius Institute. Programs like the Confucius Institute support President Barack Obama's initiative to send 100,000 U.S. students to China to study.

Saint Augustine's University's Confucius Classroom is the culmination of a partnership between Saint Augustine's University and N.C. State that began in 2009, which is when Saint Augustine's University students began traveling to China along with N.C. State students to study at the Nanjing Normal University. Leaders at both schools said they are excited to be able to offer the same instruction to people locally.

"This is an opportunity to bring China here to Raleigh — bringing the global to the local," said Anna Lamm, deputy director for the Confucius Institute at N.C. State.

College to host exhibit of renowned artist Synthia SAINT JAMES' work


Saint Augustine's University will host an art exhibit for the internationally acclaimed artist and illustrator, Synthia SAINT JAMES, Oct. 21. The alliance between SAINT JAMES and Saint Augustine's University formed after SAINT JAMES and President Dianne Boardley Suber met on the 2009 Fantastic Voyage cruise hosted by Tom Joyner.

“I had recently decided that I wanted to establish a scholarship fund for young ladies that wanted to pursue the visual arts. Dr. Suber immediately offered Saint Augustine's University, and I most definitely answered yes,” SAINT JAMES said.

In the years following the cruise, SAINT JAMES remained diligent in establishing a scholarship at Saint Augustine's University. The first Synthia SAINT JAMES scholarship award will be presented in the fall of 2012 in accordance with the grand opening of the Synthia SAINT JAMES Fine Arts Institute of Saint Augustine's University.

SAINT JAMES said she knew early on that she wanted to be an artist. “I have known since I was 5 years old that I wanted to be an artist. I started speaking it at 6 years old and confirmed it by the time I was 13 years old,” she said.

St. Aug will host an exclusive Synthia SAINT JAMES pre-exhibit for faculty and staff Aug. 29. Both art exhibits will be in Seby Jones Art Gallery on the campus of Saint Augustine's University. For more information, contact Vince Chandler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Saint Augustine’s College to open Confucius Classroom


Saint Augustine’s University will officially open its Confucius Classroom at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. The Confucius Classroom at Saint Augustine’s University is the first of its kind at a Historically Black University or University. It is one of three Confucius Classrooms under North Carolina State University’s Confucius Institute. The others are at Central Carolina Community University in Sanford and Enloe High School in Raleigh. The collaboration between Saint Augustine’s University and N.C. State primarily provides an opportunity for students to learn Chinese language and culture.

The Confucius Classroom and courses offered through it will be open to all Saint Augustine’s University students.

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College welcomes nearly 600 first-year students


Nearly 600 first-year students moved in to dorms on Saint Augustine's University’s campus Thursday, Aug. 11.

The move-in kicks off Falcon Welcome Week, which is designed to help new students transition to university life through a variety of activities that will prepare them for success in and out of the classroom.

"Institutionally, it is our time to acculturate our new students into the traditions, expectations, and mission of the University," said Michael P. Jackson, director of First-Year Experience. "We hope, by the end of this week, they see and feel the Saint Augustine's University community as their home away from home and as their place of work. If we pass this feeling on to them, the probability of retaining them raises exponentially."

The freshman class comprises students from throughout the United States. States represented include North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas.

President Dianne Boardley Suber welcomed first-year students to the University and assured their parents that faculty, staff and administrators will do the best they can to prepare the students to be competitive in the real world. Suber told students to remain focused on the desired end — graduation.

Activities for the week include various informational sessions and seminars, and social activities to help the new students get to know one another. Welcome Week will culminate with an honor code ceremony where students will commit to academic integrity during their time at the University.

Upperclassmen have an important role in Welcome Week also. Members of student organizations help throughout the week with check-in and registration. The student organizations assisting this year are: Peer Mentors, Student Leaders, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta.

City of Raleigh and Saint Augustine’s College develop long-range plans for development of Southeast Raleigh


On Monday, July 18, 2011, Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber, president of Saint Augustine’s University, along with senior-level university administrators, joined City of Raleigh Planning Staff to work on a long-range development plan for Southeast Raleigh. The day-long planning session was spearheaded by Mitchell Silver, Raleigh Planning Director, and the Executive Director of the Saint Augustine's University Community Development Corporation, Dennis Davis.

This planning session provided comprehensive direction for the long-term growth of the areas around Saint Augustine's University. “The fact that the city requested the University’s input shows the respect that the University is receiving for its community development efforts. We look forward to playing a significant role in the re-birth of Southeast Raleigh,” said Dianne Boardley Suber. This meeting was the first in a series of meetings that will take place over the coming months to discuss long-term development plans.

Through Saint Augustine’s University’s Community Development Corporation, the University continues to build on the success of the completed Cooke Street project, in which Saint Augustine’s University constructed and sold 14 houses to first time home buyers. The program was such a success that Saint Augustine’s University received the “Sir Walter Raleigh” award for the quality of its construction. The planning session was held at the city’s Urban Design Center.

About Saint Augustine’s University
Saint Augustine’s University, established in 1867, is a four-year historically black university in Raleigh, N.C. With an average annual enrollment of 1,500, the University offers 30 undergraduate degree programs in five academic divisions. Saint Augustine’s University is accredited by the Commission on Universitys of the Southern Association of Universitys and Schools.

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