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Saint Augustine's College Hosted First Annual Music Festival and Scholarship Fundraiser

alt Saint Augustine's University hosted the first annual Labor Day music festival and scholarship fundraiser on Friday, September 2, 2011 in the quad area of campus.

Many were in attendance, including students, staff, alumni, vendors and members of the local community. In addition, the festival attracted Pepsi as a sponsor.

There were performances by Pam Saulsby, Moment's Notice (Bobby Moody), Uniquely Different, Sweet Dreams Band, Jus Once, Carrington and Alexis Jones.

All proceeds will go towards the Access Granted scholarship fund. St. Aug plans on making the Labor Day music festival and scholarship fundraiser an annual event. To view the photo gallery from the festival,click here

Saint Augustine's College's celebrates second year with the Wal-Mart Success Program

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Saint Augustine's University held a luncheon Tuesday, August 23, to kick-off the second year of the Saint Augustine's Wal-Mart Success (SAWS) program.

In addition, Saint Augustine's University recently received a $50,000 award from the Council on Independent Universitys and the Wal-Mart Foundation aimed at funding programs designed to increase the retention rates of first-generation university students.

The SAWS program was created by Nichole Lewis, director of the Saint Augustine's University Belk Professional Development Center, which established seven professional-level externships for first-generation freshmen and sophomores.

The goal of each position is to expose students to career paths that increase the awareness of industries where minorities are under represented in professional roles. Each participant took part in a year-long process that included attending professional development workshops, cultural events and seminars on balancing and avoiding the pitfalls of being a first-generation student/employee. At the conclusion of the 8-week summer assignments, the SAWS externs made formal presentations at their respective employers.

SAWS alumni will be serving in various leadership and ambassador roles on campus. For more information on the SAWS program contact the Belk Center at 516-4242.

College dedicates Confucius Classroom

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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 CDC offers path to homeownership

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Saint Augustine's University’s Community Development Corporation (CDC) is helping local residents get on track to buy their first home through its Homeownership Institute. The CDC works with community partners to offers classes such as financial literacy, credit repair and debt counseling.

“A lot of people have credit issues, but many of us don’t realize that the problems are not that major, and there are people out there who can help clean it up,” said Brenda Williamson, CDC program coordinator. “It might take three to six months to clean it up or it might take two to four years. If you don’t start, you’ll never finish.”

The goal of the Homeownership Institute is for participants to finish mortgage ready. But even if they aren’t ready to buy a home at the end of the 12-week course, Williamson said they will at least be closer to buying a home than they ever were before.

“This is a chance to change their future,” Williamson said.

Those who participate may also be eligible for the city of Raleigh’s mortgage assistance.

The institute is free. The next information session is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the CDC office, 311 N. Tarboro Road. For more information, call 516-4754.

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

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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 .

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