15 Mar 2018

SAU Staff, Local Sorority to Make Surprise Presentation to University President

Life for college students can be demanding. From making sure you maintain a satisfactory grade point average to dealing with financial demands of paying for school, most students do not have time, and for many, the funds to make sure they have professional clothing for job interviews, college fairs and internships.

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) recently formed a partnership with Dress for Success of the Triangle to assist SAU’s female students to obtain professional clothing at no cost. With no similar program available for the male students, an on-campus clothes closet was created. But that collection is about to expand.

Thanks to months of donations received from SAU staff, community and the Chi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, the items will be unveiled to University President Dr. Everett B. Ward and Dr. Linda Love, Director of Professional Development during a surprise presentation, this evening, March 15, 6:30 p.m., in the MLK Building, on the campus of Saint Augustine’s University, 1315 Oakwood Ave.

The goal was to collect approximately 150 gently-used suits and accessories. The campaign has
collected to date:

Suits: 155
Suit Jackets:160
Ties: 255
Button-down shirts: 173, as well as other accessories.

The sorority began collecting items in November of last year. The initiative is part of the national sorority’s “Think HBCU” campaign that highlights Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their contribution to the sorority and society. Members of the media are invited to cover the surprise reveal as well as interview Dr. Ward, members of the sorority and students about this wonderful donation to the University.

About Saint Augustine’s University
Founded in 1867 by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, the mission of Saint Augustine’s University is to sustain a leaning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world.