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Biology student wins a recognition travel award

Lauretta Ihenatu, a junior majoring in biology, was recently awarded a Recognition Travel Award from the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) for winning the ASPB Award at the recent Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students Conference. Ihenatu, who is from Charlotte, N.C., won first place for her oral and poster presentation in the molecular cell biology category.

“Congratulations are in order for Ms. Lauretta Ihenatu,” said Dr. Mark Melton, chair of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering. “We are very proud of the professional manner in which she represented the school at the recent Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.”

This award will cover the costs for Ihenatu to attend the Plant Biology 2014, the annual conference of ASPB scheduled for July 12 through July 16, 2014. ASPB will pay for Ihenatu’s round trip travel to Portland, Ore. up to six nights shared hotel accommodation, registration for the meeting, local transportation to and from airports in her hometown and Portland, a modest per diem for food during the meeting and membership in ASPB through 2015.

2013 Circle of Lights was a Beaming Occasion

A beautifully lit and decorated Christmas tree is a wonderful and jolly way to prepare for the Christmas holiday. The faculty, staff and students of Saint Augustine’s University decorated more than 50 Christmas trees as part of the university’s annual Circle of Lights tree lighting celebration. The tress will be donated to families in the community.

A highlight of the program was a performance by the University Choir. The students sang delightful holiday songs which had the audience singing and full of holiday cheer.

"This annual event is an opportunity for Saint Augustine's University to acknowledge its presence in our community," President Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber said. “We want to do our part to make sure some families in the area have a tree to adorn their home this Christmas.”

Faculty, staff and students competed in a tree decorating contest. The winners for the best decorated tree were ABL Educational Enterprises (faculty and staff) and Tau Beta Sigma (student group). To view photos from the Circle of Lights celebration, click HERE

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.

SAU Business Students Win Galaxy Tablets and a Flat Screen Television

Some Saint Augustine’s University students received Christmas presents early this year. Dr. F. Perna Carter, dean of the School of Business and Technology, hosted a finale reception for the State Farm Financial Literacy/Financial Planning Series. At this event, there were drawings for wonderful door prizes that students were eligible to enter when they attended the Financial Literacy/Financial Planning Workshops/Lectures that were held during the 2013 spring and fall semesters as well as the summer school session.

The grand winners of the Financial Literacy/Financial Planning were as follows:

• Joseph Pelesasa, a sophomore majoring in visual arts, won a 7” Samsung Galaxy Tablet

• Daquan Clark, a junior majoring in sports management, won a 7” Samsung Galaxy Tablet

• Chanel Jones, a junior majoring in computer information systems, won a Beats Solo On-ear headphones

• Jaquan Leary, a sophomore majoring in communication, won a 39” Toshiba LED flat screen television

Several door prizes such as study break snack and “pamper me” baskets were also given during the finale reception. To view photos of the reception, click HERE

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.

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