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Have F.U.N. was the message of Honors Convocation

Alumnus Atty. Bruce Mount Jr. encouraged Saint Augustine’s University honors students to have F.U.N. during the university’s annual honors convocation.

“I’m going to take a few minutes to issue a call to action and implore each and every one of you to have F.U.N., the fierce urgency of now,” Mount said. “I encourage each of you to get involved here at our beloved institution. At a time like this, it is incumbent upon all of us to be a part of the solution and not the problem.”

Mount is a partner at Stuart, Mount, Bleakley & Boylston P.A. in Orlando, Fla. He earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration in 2010.

During the convocation, the university commended nearly 800 students for their distinguished academic achievements. Scholars were recognized for numerous honors such as being on the Dean’s list, being a presidential scholar as well as being a member of an honor society such as Alpha Kappa Mu, Alpha Psi Omega, Beta Kappa Chi, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Lambda Pi Eta, Sigma Tau Delta and Lambda Pi Eta, to name a few.

Several students were also recognized by the university deans for their success in each school. The following students were honored in their respective school.

School of Applied Health and Medical Sciences

Public Health - Gwendolyn Janelle McKnight

Human Performance and Wellness - Dwayne Lee Hyman

Outstanding Senior Student - Dwayne Lee Hyman

School of Business and Technology

Accounting - Rodneisha Chequanda Clark

Business Administration - Donveyea Lashay Watson

Computer Information Systems - Alisha Juanita Ford

Real Estate - Victoria Ra’shonda Davis

Sport Management - Joshua Michael Easter

Outstanding Senior Student - Byron Alexander Munro

School of Liberal Arts and Education

Education - Chelsea Farrior

English - Devonte Jenkins

Journalism & Mass Communications - Brittany Brown

Film & Interactive Media - Hayden Folger

Visual Arts - Kaili Sharyce Ingram

Liberal Studies - Candice Brown

Outstanding Senior Student - Candice Brown

School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering

Biological & Physical Sciences - Kacey McHoney

Mathematics & Engineering - Justin Williams

Computer Science - Li’esa Alexcus-Michelle Barnett

Outstanding Senior Student - Brandon Scott

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Criminal Justice - David Frasier

Political Science - Colliet Bramwell

History - Antwoine Coleman

Psychology - Chanae Samuels-Wilson

Sociology - Kaitlyn Harrison

Outstanding Senior Student - Antwoine Coleman

School of Continuing Education

Criminal Justice - Cassey Louise Milam

Organizational Management - Carey Eugene Christian

Religious Studies - Anthony Sherwood Harris

Outstanding Senior Student - Tonya M. Pruitt-Lyons

Division of Military Science

MS: Basic Level - Austin J. Keith

MS: Advanced Level - David L. Frasier

Following the convocation, each school held a reception and an award ceremony for their honor students.

Falcons are recycling

Aurielle Jones, a senior majoring in biology from Alexandria, Va., is the Toyota Green Initiative Ambassador for Saint Augustine’s University. The Toyota Green Initiative is a movement to help individuals find smart, simple ideas that can make an environmental impact in the community and their lives. As an ambassador, Jones is leading a campaign to get the university to go “green” and recycle. Recently, Jones was a semifinalist winner and received $500 to implement her idea of starting a recycling program on campus. To kick start her mission, Jones has placed recycling bins in each building.

“We have to plan for now and for the future,” Jones said. “Recycling is important because it redefines a healthier future for generations to come.”

Currently, Jones is competing to be finalist. If she is selected, she will receive a $2,500 scholarship, $500 in cash and received a leased Toyota Prius for one year.

Aurielle also has helped Saint Augustine’s University lead as the #1 institution in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in the Toyota Green Initiative Pledge Contest. Saint Augustine’s University is also the #3 overall in the CIAA and Southwestern Athletic Conference category. The school with the most pledges will receive a $10,000 UNCF scholarship and an individual, who takes the pledge from the winning institution, will receive an iPad or tablet valued at $750.

Take the pledge today to help change the world and the world of tomorrow’s generation at

Make a positive change!

Making a positive change in the world was the Most Reverend Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, message to the Saint Augustine’s University community on March 31. Bishop Jefferts Schori preached in the university’s historic chapel as part of her visit to Raleigh.

“We are all here to help this world become a better place, to heal what’s broken, to reconcile what’s divided, to bring the kind of justice and peace that Jesus taught,” said Bishop Katharine. “When we love our neighbors as ourselves, the kingdom of God can be found in our midst. The journeys of discovery that begin and grow here at Saint Augustine’s University can and do help to make that kind of transformation possible in the world around us.”

After her sermon, Bishop Katharine had lunch with university’s administrators and later sit down with student leaders for a roundtable discussion. Her visit ended with a campus tour.

Presiding Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in June 2006. She serves as chief pastor and primate to the Episcopal Church’s members in 16 countries and 110 dioceses. She joins with other principal bishops of the 38-member Provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion, seeking a common cause for global good and reconciliation.

Open house and community day was a hit!

Success has a new definition. It can be defined as Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Open House and Community Day. On Saturday, April 12, the university began the day with its annual spring open house. Parents and prospective students traveled to the university to learn about the various academic programs as well as meet faculty, administrators and current students and tour the campus.

“The Office of Admissions welcomed more than 300 guests to our annual Spring Open House,” said Dean of Enrollment Management Jorge E. Sousa. “This year’s attendance for open house was a record turnout for the university. Our guests traveled from as far as Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and across the state of North Carolina to join us. I personally want to thank everyone involved for making the open house so successful!”

The open house began with the Superior Sound Marching Band having everyone in the filled to capacity Seby Jones Auditorium get on the feet and move to the Falcon beat. They also moved to the cheers of the Blue Chips cheerleaders. Following all of the excitement, parents and prospective students attended workshops. Following open house, they had an opportunity to enjoy the university’s community day which took place on the lawn in front of Goold Hall. Community Day featured face painting, slide inflatables, music, vendors, video games and food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn.

The day of information and festivities ended with the Blue and White scrimmage game at SAU stadium. The Blue was victorious over the White with a final score of 26-24.

Faculty on the move

Professor Virginia Tyler is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a special week-long seminar on Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context. The seminar on “The Uses of Antiquity” is for full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history at smaller colleges and universities. It will be hosted by the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, Illinois, July 13–18, 2014. The goal of the seminar is to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergraduates at smaller colleges and universities.

CIC selected 21 faculty members to participate in the seminar Rebecca Zorach, professor of art history and the college at the University of Chicago, will lead the program, which is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

“Strengthening the teaching of art history at colleges and universities—many of which have limited faculty resources in art history—is critical,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “The seminars will have significant value for the faculty members who participate, the colleagues with whom they will share their new knowledge, and the students who enroll in their courses.”

The seminar will take as its starting point European objects spanning the years 1300–1800 at the Smart Museum. Participants also will have the opportunity to examine prints and rare printed books in the Regenstein Library’s Special Collections Research Center, principally the large collection of the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae and related prints after Roman monuments and antiquities, considering the role of prints, books, and other small objects in disseminating and popularizing classical styles and imagery. Participants will visit local sites such as the university’s Oriental Institute, campus and neighborhood murals, and the nearby Museum of Science and Industry to consider how participants can use their own local resources creatively to discuss with students ways in which artists, architects, patrons, and others have understood and reinterpreted the past. Pedagogical discussions will address close looking, the relationship of texts to objects, and ways faculty members can help students think critically about the texture of history and the practices and decisions of artists. For more information, visit the CIC website at .

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