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School of Business and Technology continues Partnership with State Farm

This year, the School of Business and Technology received an $8,000 sponsorship from State Farm Insurance Company to create a financial literacy and financial wellness program for Saint Augustine’s University students. Currently, the School is sponsoring a marketing contest as well as a freshman writing contest. During the course of the year, various sessions were provided such as the following:

- Financial Literacy….What You Do Now Will Impact Your Future

- Investing for Tomorrow………..By Starting Today

- Your First Car

- A Slice of L.I.F.E. – Lessons in Financial Education

“My desire is that this partnership will continue to grow into an ongoing, long-term endeavor between State Farm and the School of Business and Technology that will prepare our students for the work force.”

Saint Augustine’s University Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Saint Augustine’s University President Dianne Boardley Suber, faculty, staff and students joined together to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. President Suber expressed to the crowd that it is time for each and every person to make sure his or her voice is heard in order to make a difference in the world.

Ashley Nelson, president of Saint Augustine’s University Student Government Association, gave remarks expressing what the March of Washington meant to her. Nelson along with 11 other students and two faculty members traveled to Washington, DC on August 24 to participate in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary. Nelson shared with the audience what she felt being a part of the anniversary celebration.

“I wouldn’t say I'm happy because we haven’t reached where we need to go...more like inspired, humbled and honored to have shared this experience with people from all walks of life,” Nelson said.

The program concluded with everyone marching around the university’s quad area, which is located in the heart of the campus.

Students and Faculty Attended the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Twelve Saint Augustine’s University students and two faculty members had a once in a lifetime experience when they traveled to Washington, DC in observance of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. While in the nation’s capitol, they joined representatives from other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) at the National Education Association building for a pre-March rally. This collaboration was organized by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education to bring attention to recent policy changes that have forced tens of thousands of HBCU students to drop out of school. In addition to participating in the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, they also visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and made a walking tour to see other memorials, monuments and museums.

“The 50th Anniversary March on Washington was a critical introduction for our students to the relevance of civic engagement to their own lives,” said Dr. Elizabeth Fournier, chair of SAU’s Department of History, Government and Public Policy.

Below are some quotes from the students reflecting on what the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington meant to them.

“Going to the 50th Anniversary March on Washington was a memorable experience and I’m glad I could be there to share that moment with my fellow peers and American citizens.” – Electa Miller

“It is our duty as educated people to keep the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. alive by giving our youth hope in pursuing their dreams.” – Robert Gray

Student-Athletes Receive Academic Achievement Award

Twenty-four student-athletes are the recipients of the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Awards for the 2012-2013 season. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division 2 level. In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the student-athlete must: • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; • Have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work; and • Have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his or her last academic year

The recipients are as follows:

Joshua Easter Baseball

Briana Arrington Women's Basketball

Temperance Jacobs Women's Basketball

Tahsha Mitchell Women's Basketball

Autumn Smith-Faulkner Women's Basketball

Jordan Baber Men's Basketball

Aru Kok Men's Basketball

Teddy Bacote Football

Anthony Haste Football

Dominique Marsh Football

Byron Munro Football

Rory Nixon Football

Abeje Carrington Women's Volleyball

Victoria Davis Women's Volleyball

Chelsea Farrior Women's Volleyball

Jill Ricks Women's Volleyball

Ramadana Simmons Softball

Jo'Landa White Softball

Dwayne Hyman Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

Devonte' Jenkins Men's Track & Field

John King Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

Brittany Brown Women's Track & Field /Cross Country

Jasmine Cobbs Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

Cherrisse Lynch Women's Track & Field /Cross Country

Freshmen Packaged More Than 10,000 Meals for the Stop Hunger Now Program

Students at Saint Augustine’s University know what it means to help others. In the MLK Conference Room, more than 100 students adorned in “I Am SAU” t-shirts and hair nets participated in the Stop the Hunger Now community service project. Within an hour, SAU students packaged 10,152 meals. Each package contained six meals

The Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. The program targets school feeding and transformational development programs.

Dr. Jan Rivero, university relations director for Stop Hunger Now, stated that she would come back to Saint Augustine’s University in a ‘heartbeat.’

“Bringing our program to a university campus is always great,” said Rivero. “It brings students together and it creates team building and after today, I would absolutely love to come to Saint Augustine’s University again. I would do it in a heartbeat.”

Students were energized and excited knowing that they were helping numerous people.

“I feel honored to be here to help others,” said Akilah Jones, a junior from New Carrollton, MD. “This community service project means a lot. Giving back is the best feeling ever.”

Ann Brown, director of the Office of Community Outreach and Volunteerism, expressed what a great experience it was for the students to participate in the Stop Hunger Now program.

“What an awesome and fun experience our students,” said Brown. “The Stop Hunger Now program makes you feel like you are making a difference because you are physically packaging meals that will be eaten around the world. Our students made a difference and they were proud of their accomplishment.”

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