Press Releases

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.

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.

St. Aug ROTC Perform for Medal Ceremony

Oct. 17, 2011


The Saint Augustine's University Army ROTC Color Guard recently performed in a ceremony where U.S. Representative Brad Miller presented the Soldier's Medal to Dr. Lyle Parker of Raleigh for courage and valor during the rescue of four crewmen from a burning helicopter at Camp Rainer, Dau Tieng, Republic of Vietnam in 1968.

The long overdue honor was awarded to Dr. Parker at a ceremony Saturday, October 15, at the North Carolina Museum of History in the Call to Arms Room in front of the Vietnam War display.

Pictured from left to right: MSG Marcus K. Macon, Dr. Parker, Congressman Brad Miller, Dr. Lyle Parker, Cadet Robert Bruce, Cadet Ruthfee Kollie, Cadet Rashan Adams, Cadet Antwon Moss, Cadet Sherwood Moss and Cadet David Frasier

Falcon Alumni Give Back

Oct. 21, 2011
altOn the morning of October 19, 2011, the Office of Alumni Affairs, in conjunction with the Belk Professional Development Center, hosted a series of seminars presented by Saint Augustine's University alumni.

"It is important for current students to see how successful many of our alum are, they need to see they can be successful too," said Sheryl Ximines, director of Alumni Affairs.

Cyril Burnside, class of 1997 and owner of a semi- professional basketball team, stressed the importance of internships in his presentation. "GPA proves you can be taught and are reliable but an internship gives you hands on experience."

Military officer and Iraqi veteran, Voris McBurnette, class of 1991, encouraged students to set goals. "What are you trying to achieve? Set short, intermediate and long term goals to determine what you want to accomplish."

For more information contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 919-516-4343.

Moroccan Scholar Visits College

Oct. 18, 2011

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.

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