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St. Aug Supports Band Together

Sept. 29, 2011

alt More than 5,500 music lovers attended the 2011 Band Together concert in downtown Raleigh on May 7. Band Together is an organization that annually focuses on raising funds for various local non-profit organizations. The 2011 Band Together concert raised money for Alliance Medical Ministry, an organization that provides health care to uninsured Wake County residents.

Saint Augustine's University served as one of many 2011 Band Together sponsors.

"Saint Augustine's University was a true partner working to expand access to healthcare in our community," said Mendi Nieters, Director of Development for Alliance Medical Ministry. "This spring they provided leadership, volunteers and energy to help promote Alliance Medical Ministry through Band Together. Students even produced a video to raise awareness through the student TV station."

Pictured left to right: Mendi Nieters, Director of Development for Alliance Medical Ministry and Shelley Willingham-Hinton, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Saint Augustine's University.

Office of Marketing and Communication Hosted Social Media Etiquette Seminar

Sept. 29, 2011

alt Saint Augustine's University's Office of Marketing and Communications hosted a Social Media Etiquette seminar Tuesday, Sept. 27. The seminar was the first in the Office of Marketing and Communications' new Lunch and Learn series.

The social media seminar was facilitated by Wayne Sutton. Sutton is an entrepreneur, advisor and technology journalist. He recently co-founded NewMe Accelerator, the first minority led startup accelerator in Silicon Valley, which will be featured on CNN's upcoming "Black in America 4" that airs Nov. 13.

Sutton warned attendees that their content on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites could come back to haunt them if they are not careful.

"How you use social media is important because it reflects who you are, what you represent online and offline, and how people decide to connect with you," Sutton said. "Your social media presence is becoming your new resume, and your online behavior tells the world who you are."

The next lunch and learn seminar is scheduled for Oct. 11. The topic will be Marketing your Program for Success. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Saint Augustine's College celebrates 145th academic year

Sept. 23, 2011

alt Saint Augustine's University celebrated the official opening of the academic year during its 145th Fall Convocation at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, on the campus quadrangle.

"Over the course of 145 years, we have continued to grow from an institution established to educate newly freed slaves to a university ready to meet the demands of a 21st century globalized society," President Dianne Boardley Suber said. "St. Aug continues to charge forward."

The convocation ceremony came on the heels of the Raleigh City Council's unanimous approval of the college's Special Use Permit for the George Williams Athletic Complex. Suber commended the university community for how they united in support of the stadium project.

"We had to deal with resistance that, in all honesty, we did not anticipate," Suber said. "The St. Aug family came together to stand for what is good for the university and the entire community. We are indeed a family, and we will continue to be good stewards in this community."

Bishop Curry encouraged students to follow that same spirit and continue working toward their purpose no matter what opposition they may face.

"We were put here not just to take but to give," Curry said. "You have come here to train and learn and equip yourself so you can lead this world."

It was fitting that Curry, bishop of the North Carolina Episcopal Diocese, joined the university in celebrating the start of the 145th year. It was Episcopal clergy and lay members who established the university in 1867.

Student featured on UNCF telecast

Sept. 26, 2011

alt Saint Augustine's University senior Amber Thomas was featured on UNCF’s “An Evening of Stars,” which aired Sunday, Sept. 25, on BET. Thomas is one of many students who have benefited from funds from UNCF to help pay for their university education.

Thomas’ video segment highlighted her journey as a university student and how financial assistance from UNCF is helping her achieve her goal of becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. President Dianne Boardley Suber was also interviewed in the segment.

UNCF’s “Evening of Stars” featured performances by Jill Scott, Patti Labelle, Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton and Musiq Soulchild. The show has aired annually since 1979, becoming one of the longest-running televised events in U.S. history. Over the years, the broadcast has helped UNCF raise more than $200 million to support student scholarships.

Click here to view the video.

Raleigh City Council approves College stadium seating plan

Sept. 21, 2011


The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 20, unanimously approved a 2,500-seat plan for the George Williams Athletic Complex. With the approval of the plan, the University's football and track teams will have an on-campus venue for home games. The plan requires St. Aug to offer free on-campus parking and limits the University to a maximum of 15 events in the stadium each year.

"We are pleased that the city council recognized the importance of this stadium, not only to Saint Augustine's University, but the community at large," President Dianne Boardley Suber said. "Our student-athletes, coaches and alumni deserve to have a place to call their own.”

Amid opposition from community members, student leaders, alumni, members of the Saint Augustine's University Board of Trustees, community residents and various others spoke on the potential positive impact of the athletic complex. Amber Thomas, a Saint Augustine's University senior, encouraged City Council members to remember the students.

“Think back to your university and even high school football games. Give us the same opportunity, the same memories," Thomas said. "Remember the students and the experiences you had as a student.”

Not all community members were opposed to the stadium.

"I look forward to the day when I can see Olympic track stars in my neighborhood," said Oakwood resident Scott Meiser. "This stadium is a blessing.”

Construction is complete on the project's first phase, which includes a nine-lane internationally sanctioned track and a FieldTurf playing field. The installation of the seating is included in Phase II.

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