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Alum Elected to a Fifth Term as a Senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands

SAU alum Senator Terrence A. Nelson has been elected to serve as a senator for a fifth term in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Nelson, who lives in St. Croix, is a former teacher. Nelson got involved in politics because he noticed the lack of resources in the classroom. He prides himself on being a public school graduate of St. Croix Central High, Class of 1985. While a teacher, Senator Nelson said he would often encourage his students to get involved in the community and expressed the importance of college.

While a student at Saint Augustine’s University, he was a member of the National Black Accountants and the International Students Association. He is also a proud membeer of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

“The university provided me with such a nurturing environment,” he said. “I loved every moment. I truly thank Saint Augustine’s University for making me who I am going to be because I am not finished, yet.”

Senator Nelson is a member of and past president of the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship, Class of 2007, and also holds leadership certificates from the Eastern Leadership Academy and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Saint Augustine’s University in 1989.

Jerissa Lake . . . An Alumnae on the Move

Jerissa Lake, a 2011 graduate, is featured in the alumni on the move section, page 24 of the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of HBCU Connect Magazine. Lake, who earned a bachelor’s of science degree in engineering mathematics, is a scientist at the United States Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. She is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Women in Science and Engineering and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. To view the story, click HERE.

Endless International Opportunities await Saint Augustine’s University Students

Saint Augustine’s University’s International Education Week was a week full of endless international opportunities for Saint Augustine’s University to celebrate the benefits of international education. Throughout the course of the week, presenters and professionals from various organizations and industries such as American University, Aramark, Skyware Global, Nomadigo and First Group America engaged SAU students in dialogue and discussions about study abroad opportunities and international professional opportunities. The week ended with interactive classroom demonstrations of the Confucius classroom.

“International Education Week provided opportunities for our students to begin thinking about the potential for international experiences while still in college and career opportunities following graduation,” said Dr. M. Iyailu Moses, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education.

According to Moses, international travel was not on the radar for many of SAU students nor was the thought of international employment.

”The week’s events opened up new vistas of potential activity for them, and some have expressed genuine interest in some type of study abroad or international travel experience in the future,” Moses said. Dr. Bernard Luscans, chair of the Department of International Studies, expressed how important it was for students to interact with individuals who have international experience.

“During the International Education Week, students had an opportunity to discuss with decision makers or fellow students who are actively involved in an international experience.”

International Education Week was a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It is an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

SAU Biology Major Wins First Place at Biomedical Research Conference

Lauretta Ihenatu, a junior majoring in biology won first place for her oral and poster presentation in the molecular cell biology category at the 13th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Nashville, Tenn. Professors Dr. Doreen Cunningham and Dr. Marino Green accompanied Ihenatu along with 9 other students to the conference. The others students were:

Laurian Bashay, forensic science major from Suffolk, Va

Brittany Dunigan, biology major from Chicago, Il.

Adazae Egolum, biology major from Forestville, Md.

Unique Gupton, biology major from Raleigh, N.C.

Justin Jones, biology major from Fort Valley, Ga.

Cherrisse Lynch, biology major from Christ Church, Barbados

Kacy McHoney, biology major from Bonneau, S.C.

Jennifer Plair, biology major from Hampton, Va.

Derrick Williams, biology major from Greenbelt, Md.

During the conference, the students networked with other students while navigating the many summer research internship and graduate schools opportunities. More than 1,100 vendors from colleges, universities and companies were in attendance to actively recruit some of the best and brightest minority students in the world.

ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference for biomedical, bioengineering and behavioral mathematic students. The conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, engineering and mathematics and to provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success.

This conference was sponsored by a grant for which Dr. Mark A. Melton, dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, serves as principal investigator.

Saint Augustine’s University Campus Police sponsored Watch for Me Campaign

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Campus Police in partnership with the Watch for Me Campaign educated and promoted pedestrian and motorist safety during the SAU vs. Claflin men’s and women’s basketball game. Through education and enforcement, the Campus Police along with the help of others will work toward increasing safe pedestrian habits by promoting the use of crosswalks and educating walkers on ways they can better interact with drivers. Also, Campus Police will remind drivers of their duty to safely share the roadway, yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and reduce speed in school zones and where conditions warrant. SAU Chief of Police George Boykin III stated, “Our goal is to raise awareness of pedestrian safety on and off campus and also to educate people on relevant laws and to encourage safe behaviors.”

At the game, Chief Boykin passed out wristband lights to fans which were donated by the Watch-For-Me program to promote the campaign.

For more information, visit the statewide Watch-For-Me program www.watchformenc.org

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