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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

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.”

President Suber Speaks at Local Church in Support of Education Awareness Day

President Suber was the speaker at Lincoln Park Holiness Church located at 13 Heath Street on Sunday, August 18 in observance of their Education Awareness Day. Bishop Eli Ratcliff Jr. and his congregation welcomed and thanked President Suber for participating.

During the service, President Suber, along with other administrators and staff members, presented elementary, middle and high school children in the congregation with school supplies to help make their transition back to school a success. Student Government Association president and vice president, Miss Saint Augustine’s University as well as the SAU Volleyball Team were in attendance to help pass out the supplies.

Inaugural Resource and Involvement Fair was a Success

altThe MLK Mall on Saint Augustine’s University’s campus was filled with the Falcon Student Body for the inaugural Resource and Involvement Fair. Sponsored by the Freshman Success Initiative and the Belk Professional Development Center, the fair gave students an opportunity to speak with campus-based organizations as well as outside vendors regarding their specialty and/or resource. Some of the vendors included the Office of Financial Aid, the First-Year Experience Program, Gordon Health Center, NOBLE, WAUG-AM, Global Studies, Big Brothers and Big Sister of the Triangle, and Loaves and Fish.

Students went from table to table gathering information on volunteerism. Freshman Kayla Cason said she thought the fair was really good.

“It was a good [resource] fair,” said Cason, who is from Virginia Beach, Va., and member of the volleyball team. “I had no idea that there were so many different ways I can volunteer.”

YMCA representative Shiona Caldwell said she was very impressed with the students she met.

“I am so impressed with the students I spoke with today,” said Caldwell. “The students are just as interested if not more in volunteering as they are in the job opportunities at the YMCA.”

AD George Williams to be Inducted in the Raleigh Hall of Fame

George Williams

Athletic Director George Williams will be inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on October 7 during a gala dinner at the Raleigh Convention Center. The Raleigh Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and non-profit organizations, past and present, who have made significant contributions to the City of Raleigh.

Williams is a member of six Halls of Fames: the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame, the Saint Augustine’s University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Booker T. Washington High School (Miami, Fla.) Hall of Fame and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame.

Coach Williams, who has built a dynasty in track and field and cross country at Saint Augustine’s University, began coaching in 1976. His track and field programs have won an astounding 33 national championships including the 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

Williams has coached 39 Olympians, including three gold medalists. He has been the recipient of more than 100 track and field coach of the year honors, including the 2013 NCAA Division II National Indoor and Outdoor Men’s Coach of the Year Awards by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Under his leadership, the Falcons have amassed more than 150 CIAA track and field and cross country conference championships. Additionally, his scholarship student-athletes have a 95 percent graduation rate.

In 2012, Williams was selected 13th among the CIAA 100 Greatest Athletes and Coaches during the year of the conference’s 100th anniversary. On February 16, 2012, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Raleigh (N.C.) Sports Council. In 2008, Williams received the Bighouse Gaines Unsung Hero Award from the Winston-Salem State University Alumni Association.

Additionally, Williams has received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award three times - from Governor Jim Martin, Governor James Hunt in 1996 and Governor Michael Easley in 2004. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award is the highest civilian honor presented by the Governor of North Carolina. Coach Williams received this honor because of his career achievements, and his extraordinary service to the state and the community.

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