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Falcons are the champions for the second year!

Saint Augustine’s University swept the league men’s and women’s titles for the second consecutive year at the CIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at JDL Fast Track on Monday, February 17. The Falcons captured their 17th straight CIAA indoor crown and 29th conference championship overall. They are the defending NCAA Division II indoor and outdoor champions. The Lady Falcons won their second CIAA crown in a row and their 17th in 18 seasons. St. Aug has won 33 NCAA Division II crowns and over 150 CIAA championships under legendary Head Coach George Williams.

“I am proud of our teams,” Williams said. “They worked very hard to achieve success. I am extremely proud of the young ladies.”

The Falcons scored 194 points to win easily over their league opponents. Virginia Union was second with 99 points and Virginia State was third with 72 points. The Falcons are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation among Division II men’s teams.

The Lady Falcons scored 117 points to outdistance the field among the women. Virginia State University was second with 90 points and Johnson C. Smith University was third with 87.

The trio of DeJon Wilkinson (Sr./,Summerville, SC), JaQuan Demiel (Jr.Suffolk, VA) and David Shaw (Jr./Red Springs, NC) of the Falcons were named CIAA Men’s Tri-MVPs in the field events. Wilkinson captured the men’s triple jump and placed fourth in the long jump. Demiel won the long jump and was fourth in the triple jump. Shaw was second in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Each jumper scored 14 points apiece for the Falcons.

The Falcons dominated the men’s events. Moussa Dembele (Sr./Dakar, Senegal) won the 60 meter hurdles and Ty’reak Murray (Sr./Portsmouth, VA) finished second. Murray also won the heptathlon. Jermaine Jones (Soph./Wilmington, NC) took the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash while Joshua Edmonds (Sr./Jacksonville, FL) won the 400 meter dash and placed second in the 200.

Elhadji Mbow (Sr./Dakar, Senegal) was first, Jameel Walcott (Sr./Piarco, Trinidad & Tobago) was second and Jalen Robinson-McCoy (Soph./Mitchellville, MD) placed third in the 800 meter run. The foursome of Roxroy Cato (Sr./Jamaica), Dembele, Edmonds and Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Soph./Raleigh, N.C.) claimed the 4x400 meter relay.

Eddie Shelton (Sr./Deltona, FL) was second and Alex Louden (Jr./Zebulon, NC) was third in the high jump. Torion Bailey (Sr./Compton, CA) was second in the one-mile run. The quartet of Bailey, Kevaughn Hewitt (Soph./Miamar, FL), Robinson-McCoy and Walcott won the distance relay medley.

The Lady Falcons won one event and placed among the top three in many other events. The squad of Tia-Adana Belle (Fr./Barbados), Courtney Bowman (Fr./Washington, D.C.), Akeisha Dumont (Jr./Brooklyn, NY) and Sherri-Ann Ashman (Jr./Brooklyn, NY) crossed the finish line first in the 4x400 meter relay. Shamia Lassiter (Soph./Chesapeake, VA) was second in the 60 hurdles and Kandace Thomas (Jr./Canton, OH) finished second in the 60 dash. Cherrisse Lynch (Jr./St. Lawrence, Barbados) was second and Dumont third in the 400 dash. Dumont also was second in the 200 dash. Fanta Fofana (Jr./Amiens, France) placed third in the 3000 meter run, the 800 meter run and the mile run.

Belle was second in the high jump and Shakinah Brooks (Fr./Raleigh, NC) placed second in the long jump. Kirsten Bowens (Sr./Mahwah, NJ) placed second in the pentathlon. The quartet of Lynch, Daisia Robinson (Soph./High Point, NC), Fofana and Belle was second in the distance medley relay.

Full results of the indoor championships can be found on theciaa.com.

Falcon on the Move!

Rodneisha Clark, a junior majoring in accounting, completed tax preparation training for three weeks along with students from North Carolina State University. Rodneisha passed the exam given by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is now a certified tax preparer for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program. She will begin providing free tax return preparation for low-income families through the NC Family Resource Center in downtown Raleigh.

Given her IRS certification, community involvement and academic achievements, Rodneisha was also offered an Internal Audit internship at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She started interning at the AICPA headquarters on January 27, 2014.

Due to her achievements, Rodneisha earned the School of Business and Technology’s Student of the Month Award.

Connecting the Present with the Past-2014 Founders’ Brunch was the Highlight of the Week

Friday, January 31 will forever be remembered as a pivotal moment in the history of Saint Augustine’s University. The university hosted 15 descendants representing 6 of the 11 founders at a very special brunch that was the highlight of the Founders week activities.

During the brunch, the university honored the past, present and future of Saint Augustine’s University and remarks were given from some of the descendants of the founders.

Descendants in attendance for the celebration included Smedes York, the great, great grandson of Rev. Aldert Smedes, founder of Saint Mary’s School (now St. Mary’s College) in Raleigh; Stanley Black, who is the Georges Lurcy Professor of Economics, emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and John Mebane, the great grandson of Dr. Kemp Plummer Battle, who in 1867 accepted the office of treasurer without salary for the newly formed Saint Augustine Normal School and Collegiate Institute.

“I am really proud to be here today for this celebration,” said York, who was accompanied by his son, George York.

Smedes York served two terms as mayor of Raleigh, serving from 1979 to 1983. From 1977 to 2009, he was president of York Properties.

Atty. Joseph B. Cheshire V, whose great, great grandfather, Rev. Joseph B. Cheshire Sr. supported the development of SAU, stood before the audience and expressed with joy in his voice how proud his father was of their family involvement with the university.

“He would always tell us that one of the greatest things that our family has ever done was to participate in the developing of this school [Saint Augustine’s University],” said Cheshire, who is a local Raleigh attorney and was rated as one of North Carolina’s top 10 lawyers in 2012 and 2013 by SuperLawyers.com.

Virginia Wilkes Strickhouser, the great, great granddaughter of John Wilkes, stated how wonderful the event was.

“This truly was an excellent program,” she said. “All the information about the history of the school was great!”

President Suber gave remarks on how momentous the program was for the university.

“What makes today’s event even more extraordinary is the fact that our students have an opportunity to be part of this ceremony,” Suber said. “Our students are truly the light of the future for Saint Augustine’s University.”

The SAU Readers Theatre paid homage to the founders with a thought-provoking performance and the lyrical sounds of the SAU Choir showcased the many talents of the gifted students in the music program.

Although members of the Saint Augustine’s University family were celebrating, they were also mourning the death of Mr. Alpha Howze Jr., the university’s former archivist. Mr. Howze, who died on January 22, was instrumental in connecting with the founders descendants which made this event a success. His untimely passing was a shock to the university family.

“He will be remembered as a hard worker who was dedicated to preserving the rich legacy of Saint Augustine’s University,” President Suber said. “He will be missed.”

The founders whose vision helped created the rich legacy of Saint Augustine’s University are as follows:

Rev. Jacob Brinton Smith (Episcopal Clergy) 1822-1872 First principal of Saint Augustine’s Normal School and Collegiate Institute

Bishop Thomas Atkinson (Episcopal Clergy) 1807-1881 North Carolina Diocese; he led the move to open the Episcopal school for blacks near Raleigh that eventually became Saint Augustine’s University.

Dr. Kemp Plummer Battle (Episcopal Lay) 1831-1919 He held the position of office of treasurer in 1867.

Rev. Joseph B. Cheshire Sr. (Episcopal Clergy) 1814-1899 He supported the 1867 development of Saint Augustine’s College (now Saint Augustine’s University), a private Episcopal school to train black ministers and teachers. He also helped establish St. Luke’s as the first African-American parish in the Diocese of North Carolina.

Gen. William Ruffin Cox (Episcopal Lay) 1832-1919

Dr. Armand John DeRosset (Episcopal Lay) 1807–1897 (1899) Saint James Church, Wilmington, NC

Rev. Edward McCartney Forbes (Episcopal Clergy) 1811-1893 Christ Church, New Bern, NC

Rev. Dr. Richard S. Mason (Episcopal Clergy) 1795-1874 Rector, Christ Church, Raleigh

Rev. Aldert Smedes (Episcopal Clergy) 1810-1877 Founder, Saint Mary’s School (Now St. Mary’s College), Raleigh

Richard H. Smith (Episcopal Lay) 1812-1893 One of the founders of the Trinity Episcopal Parish, Scotland Neck, NC

John Wilkes (Episcopal Lay) 1827-1908 A member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte

Congratulations Dr. Melton!

Dr. Mark Melton, dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and associate professor of biology, along with his colleagues at North Carolina State University and Oakland University, had an article published online in the journal PLOS ONE, which is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication.

According to Melton, most of the work was done in Dr. Patricia Estes’, who served as the principal investigator, Laboratory of Genetics at North Carolina State. However, work was done in the laboratories at Saint Augustine’s University.

“Some of the funding came from a National Science Foundation Grant that I wrote as a supplement to the existing grant at North Carolina State to support my summer research in the lab there from 2009-2011,” Melton said.

To view the article, click here

The Superior Sound Marching Band Participated in HBCU Experience

The Superior Sound Marching Band participated in the 2014 “HBCU Experience” on January 19 in Wilmington, NC. This event, which was associated with Wilmington’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Parade, was designed to inspire youth to take an in-depth look at historically black colleges and universities. The youth also had an opportunity to meet with admissions counselors to gain information of various admissions qualifications and scholarships.

The Saint Augustine’s University Superior Sound marching band and the Blue Chip cheerleaders performed. “The day was an incredible experience for our students as well as the Wilmington community,” said Mr. Thurman Hollins, director of Bands.

To view photos from the event, click HERE

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