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Alumnae Donates Her Birthday Money to the University

Mrs. Maureen Brown, a graduate of the Class of 1955, recently celebrated her 80th birthday with family and friends. It was a beautiful celebration and she received many hugs and gifts which included $2,285. How did Brown spend her birthday money? She donated all of the money to Saint Augustine’s University in support of the stadium campaign.

When asked why she decided to donate, Brown said without hesitation and happiness in her voice, “Well, one good deed deserves another."

According to Brown, after she received the money for her birthday, she remembered getting a letter from the university asking for donations to complete the football stadium. While reading the letter, she had a flashback to 1953. In 1953, she was a sophomore at the then Saint Augustine’s College. She was faced with the situation of not having paid her tuition, which was extremely late.

“I remembered Dean Boyd calling me into his office and told me that my check for my tuition had not arrived,” Brown said. “I explained to him my situation and after I did, he looked at him and said, ‘I tell you what do not worry about it now.’ I was so happy,” Brown said with joy in her voice. “He probably looked at me and thought this poor child needs help.”

Brown continued by saying she could not think of a better way to support the university. “I believe it is best to give than to receive." Brown Said. "It was pleasure to give the university the money and I do not regret.”

Brown, a native of Wilson, N.C., is a retired elementary school teacher.

Athletics Honors Faculty and Staff at Football Game

The Saint Augustine's University Department of Athletics honored its faculty and staff when the football team took on Winston-Salem State University. The department sponsored a tailgate for faculty and staff prior to the game and recognized 16 faculty and staff members at halftime.

“To me, it's just as important for my students to see me around campus supporting them in their events as it is to see me in the classroom,” said Harman Barnard, instructor of Marketing and Management. “It was nice to be recognized.”

Faculty and staff were selected by the coaches and athletic administrative staff for their service and commitment to the student-athletes. Each honoree was escorted by members of various sports teams and presented with a gift bag from Athletic Director George Williams. The honorees were as follows:

• Harman Barnard, Instructor of Marketing and Management

• Jane Bass, Director of Food Services (ABL Educational Enterprises)

• Leroy Butler, Financial Aid Counselor/Pell Grant Coordinator

• Harod Demby, Chief Information Officer

• Glestessa Ferrell, Fixed Assets Manager

• Nadine Ford, Director of Financial Aid

• Thomas Foreman, Automation Manager

• Deidra Gary, Program Director

• Thurman Hollins, Director of Bands

• Dr. Charles Ibeziako, Assistant Professor of Management

• Durrell Johnson, Production Manager, WAUG Power 750AM

• Terence Ross, Director of Mail Services

• Alpha Njai, Assistant Professor of Sociology

• Renee Swain, Assistant Professor of Physical Education

• Carla Washington, Assistant Director of Admissions

• Crystal Williams, University Registrar

The department plans to hold another Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day during basketball season which starts November 11.

SAU Makes “Human” Ribbon in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) administrators, faculty, staff and students joined together to make a “human” pink ribbon around the falcon logo on the SAU football field in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

“I was thoroughly pleased with the campus coming together to show their support,” said Ann Brown, director of the Office of Community Outreach and Volunteerism. “This was just our way of bringing awareness to the fight against breast cancer.”

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.

Freshman Writing Initiative Conference Opened the Minds of Many

If the success of the inaugural Freshman Writing Initiative Fall Conference is indication of next year’s conference, individuals may want to register as soon as they can. Between the workshops and presentations, the nearly 200 individuals that were in attendance were informed on ways to reach today’s student, how to integrate popular culture into curriculum, how to improve students writing and critical thinking skills and how culture affects students’ identity, expression, competency and learning.

“The 3 Rs conference was a transformative experience!,” said Dr. Erica Russell, executive director of the Freshman Success Initiatives. “The featured presenters and guest facilitators were engaging, and they provided the attendees with practical strategies for working with students across disciplines. They challenged our thinking and reminded us of the value of culture as a point of connection and as a teaching tool. The Freshman Writing Initiative team aims to introduce faculty, staff and students to innovative approaches to fostering the development of writing and critical thinking skills, and the 3 Rs conference embodied that mission.”

The featured presenters for the conference were Dr. James Peterson and 9th Wonder. Peterson is a critically-acclaimed writer, lecturer and speaker. He is also the director of Africana Studies and associate professor of English at Lehigh University and founder of Hip Hop Scholars, LLC. 9th Wonder, whose real name is Patrick Douthit, is a Grammy Award-winning music producer, record executive, DJ, lecturer, a Harvard University Fellow and an adjunct professor at Duke University.

9th Wonder kept attendees listening to his every word during his presentation on Hip Hop from the underground to the University. He shared with the audience that as a Fellow at Harvard University his responsibilities is to select the top 200 hip hop albums of all time to be catalogued in the Harvard library.

Throughout the conference, Saint Augustine’s University students as well as students who traveled from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) were engaged and intrigued.

Quishawnya Parker, a senior from Wilmington, DEL majoring in psychology with a minor, expressed how excited she was that she attended the conference.

“This conference is very powerful and insightful,” Parker said. “I am very glad my professors encouraged me to attend. This [conference] truly was worthy of attending.”

Cheri Broussard, event coordinator for Student Activities and Engagement at WSSU, stated that her students had an awesome experience.

“The students of Winston-Salem State University were not only excited, but inspired!,” Broussard said.

The two-day conference was aligned with the goals and objectives of the Freshman Writing Initiative which aims to improve the writing proficiency and communication of first-year students and to train faculty in innovative writing and learning activities.

Professor Moses T. A. Greene Selected as a 2013 Faculty Seminar Fellow

Assistant Professor Moses T. Alexander Greene has been selected by the EMMY Organization as a 2013 Fellow for the 25th Annual Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar in Los Angeles, Calif. Greene, who works in the Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Department of Film and Interactive Media, is one of 20 educators nationwide and the first SAU faculty member to receive this honor. He will be one of two educators representing the State of North Carolina.

Administered by the Television Academy Foundation’s Education Programs Department, the Faculty Seminar offers college professors opportunities to view the behind-the-scenes operations of the television industry. The 20 faculty members, who were chosen by a selection committee, will participate in five days of discussions, presentations and interactions with major studios, production companies, the networks as well as their top production and programming executives.

Greene, who began in the Department of English in 2011 and joined its film and interactive media department last year, was thrilled when he learned he was selected.

“This is an incredible opportunity and frankly, one of the biggest honors of my professional career,” he said. “The fellowship is a testament of years of devotion to research, commitment to collaboration and a passion for the science, craft, and technique of the film and television industries.”

While Greene knows first-hand the inner workings of making good television – he was an extra on the critically- acclaimed television show “Cosby” in 1999 and 2000, worked with the producers of "The View" (1998) and served as a writing assistant for the Emmy Award-winning iconic former daytime serial “All My Children” from 1997 to 1998 – he looks forward to the fellowship and plans to bring back a wealth of knowledge to share with his students, whom he affectionately refers to as “scholars.”

One such scholar, Arianna Kendall, a senior mass communications major from the Bronx, N.Y. currently enrolled in Greene’s History of Black Cinema and Introduction to Film courses, said Greene has had a profound impact on her.

“He really makes students look within themselves,” Kendall said. “He wants the best from his scholars so you have to come with your “A” game,” calling him a “no-nonsense professor.” She relishes her “scholar” title, adding “I want to own up to what he calls me.”

Greene, 40 years old and a Long Island, N.Y. native, is a graduate of Syracuse University with a master’s degree in Media Management and a dual bachelor’s degree in Writing for Television, Radio and Film and African American Studies. He was a two-time red carpet correspondent for the GRAMMY Salute to Gospel (on behalf of the National Recording Arts & Sciences) and a special correspondent for Radio One for the 2008 Presidential Election in Washington, D.C.

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