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Interim President Ward is now on canvas

Keith McLaurin, a local Raleigh artist and a son of Saint Augustine’s University, recently presented a portrait on canvas to Interim President Everett Ward. McLaurin stated he was very motivated to do the portrait because Interim President Ward is a new beginning for Saint Augustine’s University.

“I commend Mr. McLaurin for giving back to the university by sharing his talents,” said Interim President Ward.

McLaurin, who attended Saint Augustine’s University, said, “It was a humbling experience to meet Interim President Ward. It was a once in a lifetime experience. It was wonderful to meet and speak with him.”

McLaurin has done portraits of numerous celebrities such as Tyler Perry, Katt Williams, Fantasia, Mary J. Blige, Ice Cube to name a few.

Students are on the move this summer!

Several Saint Augustine’s University students have opportunities this summer to travel abroad, conduct research, work at Disney and even work in human resources with a major banking institution. These students are ready to take flight and leave their mark as Falcons who are ready to transform, excel and lead.

Austin Keith, a junior majoring in sociology from Chesterfield Va., was selected by the United States Army Cadet Command International Programs Division to participate in the 2014 Culture and Language Cadet Overseas Training Mission. Cadet Keith will train in Fort Knox, Ky. before being deployed to the Republic of Georgia for a month-long cultural outreach and education program.

This was a highly competitive process as the program received more than 2,100 cadet applications to fill fewer than 1,200 funded quotas.

DeAsia Lewis, a rising junior biology major from Carrollton, Ga., has been accepted into the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Scholars Connect Program (SCP). SCP is designed to provide an opportunity for highly-motivated science, technology, engineering and math undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities and other academic institutions with students from underrepresented groups. The program allows students to connect with NIEHS and engage in many of its educational, informational, training and career-oriented outlets.

In addition to lab research, Lewis will attend workshops, present project results and have the opportunity to be published. She will receive a monthly stipend during the summer and continue her work into the 2014-2015 academic year.

Ebony Ellis, a rising junior from Lithia Springs, Ga., will work as an intern as part of the Disney College Program during the summer and fall of 2014. She will have the opportunity to advance her strengths and interests, meet guests and cast members from around the country and take part in educational opportunities students cannot get anywhere else. This unique program allows participants to network with leaders, take part in personal and career development classes, and build transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, guest service and effective commun

ication.

Ellis, who is majoring in psychology, will continue her Saint Augustine’s coursework in a study away format.

Shaquitta Clark is a rising senior from District Heights, Md. This summer, she will be interning at PNC Bank’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, Penn. She will be working in the Department of Human Resource as the only minority on her student team. Clark was granted this opportunity as a result of being chosen as one of the 250 minorities fellows of Management Leadership for Tomorrow’s Career Prep Program.

Clark, who is majoring in psychology, is a Presidential Scholar. She was recently elected as the 2014-2015 vice president for student government association.

Professor Valerie Evans was a guest on NPR!

Valerie Evans, director of the Honors College, was a guest on NPR’s national political correspondent Mara Liasson’s show on May 5. The topic of discussion was All the Single Ladies: 5 Takeaways About Unmarried Female Voters.

To listen to the interview, click here.

National Alumni Association keeps giving and giving!

The National Alumni Association (NAA) recently held their alumni reunion weekend on Saint Augustine’s University campus. Alumni had a fun-filled weekend which included meetings, a picnic, a banquet and lots of picture taking. The 2014 reunion classes were 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 2004 and 2009. The Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th anniversary. Alumni traveled as far as New Mexico, New Jersey, across North Carolina and Washington, D.C. to reminisce about their fond memories of their beloved alma mater.

During their annual banquet, alumni gave donations to the 2013-2014 Alumni Reunion Campaign. To date, alumni have donated more than $202,000.

Click here to view photos of alumni enjoying their weekend with Falcon Pride.

Commencement was a huge success!

The university celebrated its 83rd Commencement by awarding more than 200 graduates their diplomas on Sunday, May 4. The university’s newest members of alumni were full of excitement, tears and smiles as they walked across the stage into their next chapter of life. Proud parents and loved ones were there to celebrate one of life’s highest achievements.

The guest speaker was Dr. Darryl Scriven, who encouraged the graduates to stay grateful, keep working hard and keep believing.

To view photos from the commencement ceremony, click here.

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