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Blood Drive a Huge Success

Last week’s blood drive was a huge success. Saint Augustine’s University surpassed its goal of saving lives by donating 63 pints of blood.

The Office of External Relations and the Office of Community Outreach and Volunteerism partnered with Rex Blood Services to host the blood drive on campus. The blood drive was held in observance of National Sickle Cell Month as well as aimed at increasing blood donations from African Americans, which can help patients suffering from diseases such as sickle cell anemia, cancer and heart disease. This was Rex Blood Services’ first blood drive at a historically black university.

“We would like to thank the entire SAU campus for their support for the first Saint Augustine’s University and UNC REX Healthcare Blood Drive,” said Ann Brown, director of the Office of Community Outreach and Volunteerism. “It was a success because of everyone’s commitment to help save lives.”

The Episcopal Church Recognizes Saint Augustine’s University

President Dianne Boardley Suber along with administrators, staff and students, attended the annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Recognition Event in Atlanta, Ga. sponsored by the Office of Black Church Ministries of the Episcopal Church. Voorhees College was also recognized and is the only other HBCU in the US with Episcopal roots.

The Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori met with President Suber and the SAU family doing their visit. The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori challenged the SAU students to take their places among other leaders.

“Saint Augustine’s University and other schools were founded to help African-American students develop their capacity for leadership in their communities and everywhere – so that more of the world might enjoy abundant life,” Schori said. “The schools represented here today have shaped many, many leaders in the context of a community of support, challenge and encouragement. We expect that you students will take your place among other strong leaders who have walked the halls of St. Aug and Voorhees and other HBCUs – as scientists and journalists, academics and politicians, musicians and artists, bishops and judges, athletes, actors, teachers, and parents. That diversity of leaders is needed because we’re still looking for abundant life everywhere.”

During the two-day recognition event, President Suber gave a presentation and musical selections were performed by the SAU choir.

President Suber Establishes the University Fellows Program

President Dianne Boardley Suber has established the University Fellows Program to make Saint Augustine’s University a stronger institution by providing opportunities for selected staff to take part in a structured program of professional development. The program includes skill and leadership development and the opportunity to gain broader knowledge of the University.

“Saint Augustine University’s has a wealth of talent within its staff ranks; however, few staff members have the luxury of availing themselves of national professional development experiences because of distance and cost,” President Suber said. “To assist university staff in their professional development, the Staff Fellows Program allows selected staff the opportunity to explore higher education administration during regular work hours.”

Dr. Eric Poole, assistant professor of Music, department chair for Visual and Performing Arts and director of Choral Activities

Ms. Erica Ray, assistant registrar

Ms. Rachel Bullard, head women’s basketball coach

Dr. Shirlkeymu Winston, assistant professor, Department of History

Mr. Christopher Massenberg, assistant professor, Department of English, Philosophy, Religion and International Studies

Ms. Valerie Evans, director of Honors College

Mr. Andre Richardson, dean of Student Services

Mr. Leroy Butler, assistant director of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Mr. Jason Perry, assistant professor, Sport Management

Ms. Kasimattie Cox, post award specialist

Ms. Natalie Bullock Brown, chair and assistant professor, Department of Film and Interactive Media

Ms. Shanae Barco, director, Testing Center

Mr. James Lyons, assistant professor, Department of Criminal Justice

Ms. Laurie Limbrick Thompson, assistant professor, Liberal Arts and Education

Ms. Sarah Straud, assistant professor, Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Fellows will work and study together to learn leadership theory and practical applications. There is also the possibility that community partners will be invited to participate. The commitment for fellows will be approximately four hours per month during the academic year. A portion of the time will be spent exploring various aspects of the larger administrative structure at SAU and addressing internal processes which may require a team approach to reach higher efficiency. There is no stipend for this experience, and the applicant’s supervisor will be asked to make a recommendation for participation and to allow release time to participate. This program is primarily for professional development.

Application to this program is open to staff members who have been at SAU for at least two academic semesters and who have the support of their supervisor. Both exempt and non-exempt professional staff, full-time faculty and university support staff are eligible and encouraged to apply.

The ideal appointee/applicant for the program will possess:

- A history of exceptional work at the University as documented by a supervisor’s letter of endorsement addressing the candidate’s potential for leadership;

- The ability to work collaboratively with a cohort of other fellows in a seminar style of learning;

- Innovative ideas that impact SAU’s future;

- Enthusiasm for the larger mission of SAU and desire to engage in that mission; and

- The ability to commit to a two-hour time block, twice per month.

For more information, call the Office of the President at 516.4201.

New Student Government Association Officers Installed

The energy and excitement was on high in the Seby Jones Auditorium for the 2013-2014 installation ceremony for the student government association (SGA).

President Dianne Boardley Suber installed the 2013-2014 Saint Augustine’s University Student Body President Ashley Nelson. Nelson is a senior from Brooklyn, New York majoring in sociology.

“I am excited to have been selected as the student body president,” Nelson said. “All we [student government association] ask of you is to continue to support us. Let’s look to the future with high hopes.”

During her installation address, Nelson stated the SGA’s mission is to enhance the learning environment for the student body. She also provided SGA’s initiatives for the academic year which included political awareness, community service and health and wellness. At the beginning of the academic year, Nelson said that SGA registered 280 freshmen to vote and organized the Falcon Pep Rally.

The members of the 2013-2014 Student Government Association are as follows:

Ashley Nelson President

Kamaya Jabari Vice President

Justin Miller Board of Trustees Representative

David Frasier Senior Class President

Justin Williams Senior Class Vice President

Jamonica Facyson Junior Class President

Jacques Griffin Junior Class Vice President

DeAsia Lewis Sophomore Class President

Cadine Bramwell Sophomore Class Vice President

Kelvin Mitchell Freshman Class President

Shirece Anthony Freshman Class Vice President

Career Development Week

Mark your calendars to attend the 2013 Career Development Week scheduled for September 23 through September 27. Sponsored by the Belk Professional Development Center, some of the scheduled companies and universities to participate are Nationwide Insurance, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wake County Public Schools, Widener School of Law, North Carolina A& T State University, North Carolina Central University, Massachusetts School of Law and Liberty Mutual.

The tentative schedule of events are as follows:

Monday, September 23

Kick-Off Panel

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

External, corporate presenters

Prezell R. Robinson Library

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Career and Graduate School Suite

Open for the School of Business and Technology and the School of Continuing Education

Tuesday, September 24"

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Career and Graduate School Suite

Open for the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Boyer Classroom Building, Lobby

Wednesday, September 25

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Career and Graduate School Suite

Open for the Schools of Science, Engineering and Mathematics and Applied Health and Medical Sciences Prezell R. Robinson Library

Thursday, September 26

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Career and Graduate School Suite

Open for the School of Liberal Arts and Education

Seby Jones Art Gallery

Friday, Sept. 27

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Freshmen Day at the Belk Center

Belk Center, Goold Hall

Fun, trivia and prizes for college registrations and resume approvals

Also on September 27, the “Ask Me about My Graduate Program” is scheduled. Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear a t-shirt from their respective graduate schools and talk to students, classes or visitors about the school’s programs. Individuals who did not attend graduate school are asked to wear a SAU shirt to promote the upcoming graduate program Saint Augustine’s University will offer.

Business professional attire is required to attend any of the sessions. For more information, call 919.516.4242.

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