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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.

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 .

Congratulations Dr. Bullard!

Dr. Roland Bullard, vice president for Student Development and Services, has been selected as a board member for the Adult Learners and Students with Children KC, National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Region III Board. His two-year term will conclude on March 15, 2016.

The Adult Learner and Students with Children KC increases awareness, disseminates information, identifies resources and tracks academic and demographic trends concerning these typically under-represented but growing, and frequently intersecting, populations of students.

Falcons earn All-American Honors

Eleven Saint Augustine’s University student-athletes earned 18 All-American men’s indoor track & field honors according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

To win All-American honors, a student-athlete has to finish among the top eight in his individual or relay event at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships. His school must also be a USTFCCCA member.

St. Aug, the NCAA Men’s Indoor Champion, led all Division II schools with the most All-American accolades. Senior Joshua Edmonds (Jacksonville, FL) was one of three male student-athletes in the nation to claim three All-American awards.

Senior DeJon Wilkinson (Summerville, SC), the national long jump and triple jump champion, was one of five Falcons who won two All-American awards. The others were senior Roxroy Cato (Jamaica), sophomore Jermaine Jones (Wilmington, NC), sophomore Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Raleigh, NC) and junior David Shaw (Red Springs, NC).

Below is the list of St. Aug Men’s All-Americans and their respective events:

Roxroy Cato – 400 Meters, 4x400 Relay

Moussa Dembele – 60 Meter Hurdles

JaQuan Demiel – Long Jump

Joshua Edmonds – 200 Meters, 400 Meters, 4x400 Relay

Burkheart Ellis Jr. – 200 Meters, 4x400 Relay

Jermaine Jones – 60 Meters, 200 Meters

Ty’reak Murray – 60 Meter Hurdles

James Quarles – 4x400 Relay

David Shaw – Long Jump, Triple Jump

Eddie Shelton – High Jump

DeJon Wilkinson – Long Jump, Triple Jump

Three women student-athletes also won All-American indoor track & field awards according to the USTFCCCA. They were freshman Shakinah Brooks (Raleigh, NC), junior Brittni Finch (Centreville, VA) and junior Kandace Thomas (Canton, OH).

Brooks was selected an All-American in the long jump and Finch claimed All-American honors in the triple jump. Thomas was named an All-American in the 60 meters.

Falcons are part of the Great 48!

Four Saint Augustine’s University students have been selected to participate in the 25th Annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament from April 12 to April 16 at Honda’s headquarters in Torrance, Calif. The students are part of the Great 48 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that will compete for a $50,000 grant.

Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge is a knowledge game of quick recall for America’s HBCUs. Now in its 25th year, more than $7 million in grants have been awarded by Honda to participating HBCUs and nearly 100,000 students in 22 states have participated.

The SAU team consists of Antwoine Coleman Jr., a junior majoring in history; Devin J. Carlos, a freshman majoring in engineering; Cianna C. Fisher, a sophomore majoring in fine arts; and Charles Taylor, a junior majoring in psychology.

“The journey started at the beginning of the school year and has included long hours of hard work, practice and study, in addition to the regular academic course load,” said Mr. Stephan Morikawa, assistant vice president for Corporate Community Relations, American Honda. “We look forward to greeting the Great 48 in Torrance in April.”

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