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Saint Augustine’s University Receives $40,000 Donation from Alumnus

Raleigh, N.C., August 22, 2018 – Saint Augustine’s University alumnus, Dr. Ruben Cowart (’64) and his wife, Evelyn, made a $40,000 gift to the University, following a commitment to assist his alma mater in its effort to return to, and maintain a stronger position of financial stability.

“I’m thankful for Dr. Cowart’s gift and his investment in our students,” said Saint Augustine’s University President Dr. Everett B. Ward. “When our alumni invest financially in our mission to serve students, it reaffirms my faith that the University’s future remains bright.”

Dr. Cowart, who is a retired dentist and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, says he’s committed to devoting his time and energy to assist Saint Augustine’s University.

“Families of students at historically black colleges and universities rely heavily on loans, to help pay for tuition, said Dr. Cowart.” As sons and daughters of our beloved institution, it’s imperative that we commit ourselves in providing financial support on an annual basis.”

Dr. Steven E. Hairston, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and Chief Operating Officer says the donation is a part of an ongoing commitment Dr. and Mrs. Cowart made a few years ago.

“Dr. Cowart is one of the first alums I reached out to when I arrived at SAU in 2014,” Dr. Hairston added.” Our relationship has grown as we talked about his alma mater and the state of HBCUs. The love and commitment from the Cowarts are evidenced by this gift.”

Dr. Cowart founded the Syracuse Community Health Center in 1977 and served as president and chief executive officer until he retired in 2014. He also a U.S. Army veteran, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


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 learning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world.

SAU Alumni Awarded UNCF Honors

Congratulations are in order for SAU alumni, Dr. John Larkins ‘66 and Ms. Erin Davis '07 for receiving the UNCF Alumni Hall of Honor Award and the Young Alumni Award, respectively. 

SAU's National Alumni Association selected both Dr. Larkins and Ms. Davis to receive their honors. Dr. Larkins' technical and leadership accomplishments while serving the federal government, and his consistent financial support, recruitment and advocacy for SAU are among the factors that influenced his selection.

It was Ms. Davis' rapport with the SAU student body, her contributions to improved student engagement through her role as Assistant Director of Student Activities, and her philanthropic efforts in coordinating SAU's St. Baldrick's event that contributed to her selection. 

The University community applauds Dr. Larkins and Ms. Davis for their accomplishments and thanks them for their contributions.

Nominate our next 45 Under 45

It is that time again to nominate alumni for the 45 Under 45 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The University's second-annual Stone of Hope Gala was a huge success and forty-five star-studded young alumni who have developed impressive track records in a wide-range of industries including music, finance, academia, and entrepreneurship were honored. All nominees will be honored on the third-annual Stone of Hope Gala, which is scheduled for May 11, 2018.

To nominate someone please complete the 45 Under 45 Alumni Nominee Data Form. Self-nomination is allowed, but each nominee will need two letters of support from at least one workplace colleague or supervisor, and one from a member of the community at large. Each nominee will be judged on their professional success and achievements as an active member of the community.


 For a look at our previous nominees click here!

Homecoming to Foster Connections between Alumni and Current Students

It's homecoming at Saint Augustine's University (SAU) and the entire University community, as well as alumni near and far, are preparing for the 2017 Blue & White Experience. While everyone is eagerly awaiting the parties, tailgating, parade, and of course, the football game, one other highly anticipated component is the networking and the opportunity for alumni to share their knowledge with the current students of SAU. This year, three alumni will return to campus to visit with classes from their previous majors. This will be just one of many opportunities during homecoming for alumni to connect to current students. 

Ms. Kendra Sharp '11, a criminal justice major, is the Director of Stewardship at North Carolina Central University. She will speak to a Criminal Justice Theory class, and to students in an Introduction to Corrections class. 


Mr. Stavien Harrison '96, a business administration major, is a Team Leader for BlueCross BlueShield NC. He will speak to a Strategic Management class. 


Ms. Tammy Thurman '95, a communications major, is the Community Relations Manager for Piedmont Natural Gas. She will speak to students in the classes, Principles of Marketing and Advertising. 












SAU announces 45 Under 45 honorees during the second annual Stone of Hope Gala

On Friday, May 12, 2017, Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) held its second annual Stone of Hope Gala. A highlight of the gala, which is the university’s largest fundraising event, was the recognition of the second class of 45 Under 45 honorees. The 45 Under 45 is a distinction extended to SAU alumni who are excelling in their career and/or the community. Honorees are nominated by their classmates and selected by committee. This year’s honorees have impressive track records in health care, technology, higher education, media, and more.


Pictured below: Honorees who attended the 2017 Stone of Hope Gala


Mr. Ty Arnold, Class of 2005
Owner/Writer/Director/Designer/Programmer at Visual Pro Elementz, LLC


Ms. Gentel Blair, Class of 2016

News Producer at ABC 57



Mr. Grady Bussey, Class of 1996

Recreation Facility & Program Supervisor III at the John P. "Top" Greene Community Center/Courtney T. Johnson Community Center (City of Raleigh)


Dr. Shenique Carmichael, Class of 1999

President of Leah's Hopes and Dream / Program Manager-TIAA Cref


Mr. Adrian Carroll, Class of 1994

Business and Sports Marketing Teacher at  North Point High School

Owner/Operator of Adrian Carroll Entertainment Celebrity Agency



Mr. Abdul S. Cole, Class of 2004

Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at North Carolina Administration of Courts



Ms. Vonda Easterling, Class of 1995

Student Success Coach/Manager at Talbert O. Shaw Women's Living and Learning Center of Shaw University



Mrs. Sabrina F. Edwards, Class of 1996
Assistant Professor of Business at Edward Waters College



Rev. Frederick Faison, Class of 1995

Servant Leader, Lincoln University's Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel




Mrs. Terrika Foster-Brasby, Class of 2010

Digital Content Producer for ESPN Radio



Mr. Arun Gomez, Class of 2013

Defensive Coordinator/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Saint Augustine's University



Mr. Stavien Harrison, Class of 1996

Team Leader at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina



Dr. Timothy Hatchett, Class of 1995

Director of Academic Advising and Retention at the University of the District of Columbia



Mrs. Cykeithia Burnette Henderson, Class of 1993

Health Care Coach/Certified Nursing Assistant at Doctors Community Rehabilitation Center



Ms. Kiawanta Hunter-Keiser, Class of 1994

Policy Specialist at Department of Education


Ms. Tamika Johnson, Class of 1996

Owner & Write Tyme Book Coaching and Ghostwriting Services and Editor

Chief/Creator of N'Deavor Magazine



Ms. Latoya Jones, Class of 2006

Program Director (Infant, Toddler and Two's) at Private School in Fairfax, VA



Councilman Marlon Lee, Class of 1999

Dean of Students and Girls Basketball Coach at Clayton High School



MAJ Jimmie B. Leonard, Class of 2004

Executive Officer, Army Field Support Battalion



Dr. Wanida Lewis, Class of 2005

Product Development Scientist at General Mills


Ms. Marcia Lomax, Class of 1999

Owner/Founder and Mental Health Therapist at Lomax Counseling Services, LLC




Lieutenant Colonel Crede Lyons, Class of 1995

Lieutenant Colonel at U.S. Army



Mr. Patrick Gerald McDonald, Class of 2011

The Program Director of Curriculum The Raleigh School




Ms. Kacey R. McHoney, Class of 2014

PharmD/MSPS Candidate 2019/Intern/CVS Pharmacy at Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences



Mrs. Shauna I. McNeil, Class of 1995

Associate Director of Student Activities/Director of Greek Life and Student OrganizationsNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University



Mr. John Moore, Class of 1996

President at Control EHS Consultants



Mrs. Che'Landra Moore-Quarles, Class of 2000

Owner, Quarles Professional Counseling and Consultation


Mrs. Rachel E. Morris, Class of 2001

Executive Director at Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.



Ms. Leigha Morris, Class of 2008

Media Coordinator at Wake County Public School System



Mrs. Janae Nash, Class of 2014

Owner at Berry Bomb Cosmetics



Ms. Devonia L. Nixon, Class of 1994

Health and Physical Education Teacher-First Female Baseball Coach at Sussex Central Middle School



Ms. Rachel Pierce, Class of 1997

Athletic Director/HPE Teacher/Basketball Coach at Sallie B Howard School of the Arts and Education


Mrs. Charisse Pinkett Dudley, Class of 2000

Supervisor at NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund, US Dept. of Treasury

North Carolina Housing Finance Agency



Ms. Miyoshi Polk, Class of 2011

Owner/Lead Coordinator at Lavish Impressions



Ms. Stepheca Sawyer, Class of 1996

Retention Program Coordinator for the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University (MSU)



Ms. Kendra M. Sharp, Class of 2011

Director of Donor Relations at Wilberforce University-Office of Institutional Advancement



Mrs. Tori Nikole Smith, Class of 1997

Resource Teacher for Special Education at Wake County Public School System



Ms. Jada Tabor, Class of 2000

Team Leader of System Support Services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina



Mr. Eric Terry, Class of 2000

IT Asset Management Analyst at State Employees Credit Union

CEO/Principal for the Eric Terry Group



Mrs. Shantell Thomas, Class of 1997

Partner Marketing Manager at Avalara



Ms. Michelle Thompson, Class of 1999

ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist at EBS Healthcare



Ms. Tammy S. Thurman, Class of 1996

Community Relations Manager (NC-East) at Piedmont Natural Gas Company



Mr. Julius West, Class of 2013

English Teacher and Head Track Coach at Frank W. Ballou High School



Ms. Gloria Whitehurst, Class of 1999

Family and Community Outreach Manager at A and *Advocacy and Outreach



Mr. Christopher Withers, Class of 2001
Director of Admissions at Saint Augustine's University



Lynch selected NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

Saint Augustine's University recent graduate Cherrisse Lynch (Bridgetown, Barbados) was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which was announced Friday, June 19, 2015.

Lynch, who graduated in May 2015 with a biology degree, is one of 480 female scholar-athletes nominated for the honor. The number of nominees is the most ever in the history of the award.

The Woman of the Year Award honors graduating female college scholar-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership. Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics. Saint Augustine's University is a NCAA Division II member.

During her four-year career at Saint Augustine's University, Lynch garnered All-America accolades on the track and in the classroom. A six-time Track All-American, Lynch was a key runner on the Lady Falcons' women's 4x400-meter relay squad which captured a national title and placed second four times during her career at the NCAA Division II national meet. The Lady Falcons' runner also captured nine all-region awards. Lynch was named Academic All-American twice by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

In conference meets, Lynch earned 17 All-CIAA honors and was a key member on three CIAA championship teams. She was a part of three 4x400 relay teams, one 4x100 relay squad and one distance medley unit which won CIAA conference crowns. Lynch also was selected to the CIAA Commissioner's All-Academic Team in 2014 and 2015. In cross country, Lynch helped the Lady Falcons win the CIAA championship in 2012.

In addition to her athletic and academic achievements, Lynch was active in the community. In February 2015, Lynch was one of eight CIAA track & field scholar-athletes who donated supplies to The Bethesda Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Bethesda Center is the leading provider of shelter and services for homeless men and women in Forsyth County.

On the same month, Lynch helped to increase the number of donors for the Project Life Bone Marrow Drive on the Saint Augustine's University campus in Raleigh, N.C. Lynch is a member of the University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) which sponsored the bone marrow drive. In October 2014, Lynch was among the CIAA cross country scholar-athletes who donated items to the N.C. Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Lynch, who graduated with a 3.8 cumulative grade point average, was one of seven CIAA nominees for the Woman of the Year Award. The CIAA will select two nominees and send their names to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which will choose the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.

The selection committee will determine the top three nominees from each division out of the 30 honorees and will announce the top nine finalists in September 2015. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine nominees.

The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony in Indianapolis on October 18, 2015.

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