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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.

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.

Academic Achievers Host SAWS Externship Seminar

Sept. 19, 2011

alt On Thursday, September 15 the Academic Achievers Program partnered with the Belk Professional Development Center to host an externship seminar.

Various former externs presented to the freshmen on the benefits of an externship and their professional growth and development through the Belk Center. The student speakers implored freshmen to utilize the Belk Center and the various opportunities available to them.

Nichole Lewis, Director of the Belk Professional Development Center stated, "By seeing what others in their peer group have been able to accomplish toward a career path in just one year, it opens up the possibilities in an individual's mind who may not have a supporting corner in this fight called life and certainly in this journey called college. The Class of 2015 t-shirts say "What's Your Next?". Yesterday's presentations are almost a tangible response to that question."

Saint Augustine's College Welcomes 2011-2012 Student Leaders

Sept. 20, 2011


The Student Government Association welcomed the 2011-2012 student leaders on Thursday, September 15, 2011. The new student leaders were charged with upholding the integrity of the institution and pinned with a Saint Augustine's University lapel pin.

Anthony Ross, the 2011-2012 student body president stated that he considers it "an honor to have been selected to represent the student body."

Saint Augustine's College CDC Cleans Up Tarboro Street

Sept. 13, 2011

altOn Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 the Saint Augustine's University Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Poplar Springs Christian Church conducted a street clean up on North Tarboro Street.

The street clean up is part of the CDC's new initiative to keep local neighborhoods clean. Volunteers collected discarded paper and litter along the street. Rev. Charles Brooks, Alumni of Saint Augustine's University and Pastor of Popular Springs was among the volunteers. This activity is a true example of volunteers "working together to build a better community".

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