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Moroccan Scholar Visits College

Oct. 18, 2011
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On Tuesday, October 18, Moroccan scholar Dr. Larbi Touaf visited Saint Augustine's University to participate in a panel discussion on the Muslim world's youth-led revolutions.

"Dr. Larbi Touaf is a scholar who is also engaged in supporting democracy in his country, Morocco," said Dr. Lucy Melbourne. "I invited him to Saint Augustine's University because, having lived there myself for several years, I knew he was the perfect spokesperson for showing our students parallels between two youth-led movements: the Arab Spring in North Africa and the civil rights movement in the United States. Both movements are and were a struggle for human rights that should inspire and empower our students."

Touaf has a Ph.D. from Brown University, is chair of the English department at the University of Oujda, Morocco, has numerous publications, and worked with Melbourne as co-editor of the book "Voices of Moroccan Youth." He is currently a state department sponsored fellow at Syracuse University.

SAINT JAMES Unveils Signature Painting in Honor of St. Aug

Oct. 24, 2011
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Renowned artist Synthia SAINT JAMES unveiled a signature piece she painted for Saint Augustine's University on Friday, October 21. The unveiling was part of an exhibit of SAINT JAMES' work in the Seby Jones Art Gallery.

SAINT JAMES' piece, entitled "Elevation," depicts graduating students reaching for the sky as they are backed by President Dianne Boardley Suber, their families and future Falcons.

"This has been a total labor of love," SAINT JAMES said. "The art will always be a part of Saint Augustine's University."

The University will be able to use the signature piece on merchandise to raise money for the institution.

"When (SAINT JAMES) indicated she was creating a signature piece for Saint Augustine's University, I was thrilled," Suber said. "She has made her mark on this campus, and we are delighted to call her kin."

New Saint Augustine's College stadium makes history

Oct. 20, 2011


altThis Saturday, Saint Augustine's University will host a football game on campus for the first time in the University's history. The occasion, which comes just in time for Homecoming, is the result of the fearless leadership of President Dianne Boardley Suber.

Just 10 years ago, Saint Augustine's University, a historically black university in Raleigh, N.C., didn't have a football program. The program was cut in 1965 due to budget constraints. It was Suber who pushed to bring it back in 2002.

The Board of Trustees asked Suber about athletics when she first came to the University.

"It occurred to me that we didn't have a football program. It seemed outside of my concept of collegiate life to not have football," Suber said.

Suber thought back to her experiences of going to football games at Florida A&M University and Hampton University.

"I realized the impact football has on student life and connecting alumni to their alma mater," Suber said. "We tried to host Homecoming around basketball season, and it did not work for us. It provides additional value to the campus. It gives alumni a reason to come back."

With the resurgence of football, Suber led the University in the construction of the George Williams Athletic Complex. The state-of-the-art stadium includes a nine-lane internationally sanctioned track and a FieldTurf playing field.

"We accomplished a goal no one else could. It's a good feeling," Suber said. "We were able to complete this project in a recession with no borrowed money. It's a testament to where we are as an institution." The stadium is named in honor of the college's athletic director and world renowned track coach George Williams. Williams has won more than 150 CIAA titles and 31 NCAA titles in track and cross country. He was also head coach of the men's 2004 U.S. Olympic track and field team, which he led to a Gold medal at the games in Athens, Greece.

Although his name is tied to the stadium, Williams takes more pride in the opportunity students and alumni will have now.

"It is a great thing that we can play on our own campus,” Williams said. “Our students can come out of their residence halls and see the game. Give praise to our president — Dr. Suber — for this. We give all those involved a big round of thanks, and hope it will be an everlasting relationship between the community, the city of Raleigh and the college."

The football program has already produced some great success stories in the nine years since its reinstatement. 2008 graduate Alex Hall was drafted by the NFL's Cleveland Browns and also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals.

In 2010, the football team made its first bowl game appearance in the Pioneer Bowl, an annual postseason matchup between CIAA and SIAC teams. The Falcons captured the win, becoming only the third CIAA team to win the bowl in its 13-year history.

"The continued growth of our football program is a source of pride for the entire Falcon family," Suber said. "I am pleased that our alumni who have supported the football team and the stadium project will finally be able to come back to their alma mater and watch the homecoming game on campus. Saturday's game will be a moment when this journey of the last nine years comes full circle."

First Homecoming on Campus a Success

Oct. 24, 2011
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Saturday's Homecoming game, a 34-15 win over Johnson C. Smith University, was the culmination of a weeklong celebration that featured several events on campus and in the area. But Saturday's game, the first on campus in the school's 145-year history, was also the culmination of nearly 10 years of planning, fundraising and negotiating.

More than 5,000 alumni and friends flocked to campus for Saint Augustine's University's first true homecoming. From the yard, to the tailgating area, to the field itself, the excitement and pride were palpable. Alumni raved about the good time they were having during the history-making Homecoming.

"This, to me, is a brand new experience, being able to come with my fellow alumni and see football," 1960 graduate Eric Nelms told the News & Observer. "This is a homecoming."

We all have to thank President Dianne Boardley Suber and others who worked tirelessly to make this day happen. It was Suber, who realizing the importance of football to collegiate life, brought back the program that had been scrapped in 1965. Her vision made this day happen.

The Falcons’ nomadic journey is coming to a close, and there are many more home games and homecomings to look forward to. We are reveling in the success of this year’s homecoming and the stadium’s opening, but we know there is more work to be done.

Thanks to our alumni and friends, we accomplished a great feat in building the stadium with no borrowed money. As we move on to the next phases in the completion of the George Williams Athletic Complex, we will continue to need your financial support. Call 919-516-4092 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out how you can support the stadium project.

Other events throughout the week included the Miss Saint Augustine's University coronation, a wing eating contest, gospel explosion, go-go concert, step show and a comedy show.

To relive the fun or see what you missed, check out the photo galleries from the homecoming parade and the game.

St. Aug Hosts Basketball Media Day

Oct. 18, 2011


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On Thursday, October 13 the Saint Augustine's University basketball program held their annual Media Day. Media Day is an opportunity for the Falcons to discuss their upcoming season and take questions from the media.

Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber charged students to "excel, be the model and establish the high standard of the University. Win on and off the court."

Both head coaches, Ken Spencer and Rachel Bullard made remarks. Bullard plans on going into the upcoming season with "a vengeance." Spencer acknowledged that the conference ranked the Falcons rather low on the preseason polls, yet, he vowed to "return Saint Augustine's University to the championship team we deserve to be."

The event was sponsored by Chick-fil-A

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