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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

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

Falcons Serve!

Saint Augustine’s University students celebrated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by helping individuals in the community by helping them paint and clean their apartments.

“My MLK day of service experience gave me a sense of happiness,” said Brionna Snowden, a junior from Dallas majoring in criminal justice. Vionna Kelly, a junior from Patterson, N.J. majoring in human performance and wellness, said, “It was truly a humbling experience to be able to give back to my community.”

Other Saint Augustine’s University students, who are members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march and volunteered at the local Boy’s Club.

To view photos of the students lending a helping hand, 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

Congratulations Kristene Kelly and Sheria Rowe!

Congratulations to Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Kristene Kelly and Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems Sheria Rowe for successfully defending their dissertations last week. Kelly completed her doctoral studies in sport management at the United States Sports Academy. The St. Croix, V.I. native received her master's degree in human performance and sport studies from the University of Tennessee. She earned a bachelor of science degree in sports management and a bachelor of arts degree in public relations from JCSU in 2000.

Rowe, who is an alumna of Saint Augustine’s University, completed her doctoral studies in business administration/management at Argosy University In 2009, she received her masters of information science from North Carolina Central University. She earned her bachelor of science in accounting in 2007.

Way to go, Falcons!

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