Professor Baucum earns doctorate

The Saint Augustine's University (SAU) community extends a big congratulations to Natalie Baucum, who successfully defended her dissertation, earning her doctorate just last month from the Bryan School of Business at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Dr. Baucum's dissertation was titled, "A Critical Analysis of How Susceptibility to Interpersonal Influence, Social Comparison and Ethnic Identity Influences Consumers' Status Consumption, Desire for Unique Products and Preference for Prominent Brand Markings."

Dr. Baucum now serves SAU as an Assistant Professor of Business and the Interim Chair of the Department of Accounting and Business Administration. 

Congratulations, Dr. Baucum!

SAU student attends Why Serve Episcopalian Conference in Chicago

Last week, rising sophomore and honor student, Leroy Dean attended Why Serve, an Episcopal vocational discernment conference for young adults of color. The conference, held at the Chicago-based Episcopal Center for Learning and Discipleship, Bexley Seaberry, was sponsored by the Episcopal Church Department of Ethnic Ministries. 

Leroy Dean, an English major and Religious Studies minor, had the following to say about his experience at the conference:

My experience at the 'Why Serve' Conference was a very humbling one. Coming from a very high-church tradition, my participation in the conference helped me realize that our worship can have a spiritual richness within a variety of liturgical expressions. 

I entered the conference with a lack of trust and many doubts about who I would meet in Chicago, but I left with a sense of courage and boldness. The people whom I met were like a family and it was an enriching experience.

The Why Serve conference is an intentional effort by the Episcopal Church to encourage vocational leadership among young minority populations of the church. The conference is designed to help young adults discern vocation for both lay and ordained ministry, and features workshops on leadership and what to expect in seminary. Conference attendees are also exposed to the global diversity of the Episcopal Church, which is reflected by the presence of Asiamerican, Black, Indigenous/Native American and Latino/Hispanic communities of the Church.

The Office of the Chaplain at Saint Augustine's University, in part with the Episcopal Church, sponsored Leroy's trip to the conference.  Mother Nita Byrd, the University chaplain, stated, "The Why Serve conference is integrally connected to the Episcopal Church's Becoming Beloved Community initiative, which will look at issues of racial equity and reconciliation." It is the goal of the Office of the Chaplain to continue to provide enriching opportunities for students to be exposed to and participate in the wide range of the Church's initiatives. 

Leroy Dean is a prime example of an SAU student with the desire to engage with the Church. A Bahamian native, Leroy is extremely active in Saint Augustine's Chapel, and has a high level of commitment to the Church as a ministry leader for the Lay Eucharistic Ministers. As an English major and Religious Studies Minor, Leroy is also a high-achieving scholar, named to the President's List and honored as a Freshman Scholar at SAU’s Honors Convocation. Following his matriculation at Saint Augustine's University, Leroy plans to attend graduate school. Reflecting on his biggest takeaway from the Why Serve conference, Leroy stated:

I now know that there are lots of young leaders still left in the Episcopal church, and I left the conference with the realization that the Worldwide Anglican Communion will not die away; we still have a very rich heritage left.

The University looks forward to ongoing opportunities to support students as they grow in spiritual formation. 


Assistant Professor of International Studies awarded Ph.D. degree

Last month, Javier Pabón, Assistant Professor of International Studies, was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Cultural Studies from Simon Bolivar Andean University. 
His dissertation, titled, "Afro- Andean Literature and Oral Tradition: Ancestral Representations, Symbolism, and Media," was directed by Professor Michael Handelsman from University of Tenessee, Knoxville. 
Dr. Pabón's research focused on the work of contemporary intellectuals who lead the dialogue about race within the context of Afro-descendent communities in South America. His analysis centers on the relationship between oral tradition, literature, and media, and seeks to approach practices rooted in Afro-descendant communities, and their relationship with the lettered establishment. His work received honors distinction.
The University is proud to have faculty who thirst for knowledge and continue to learn so they can better serve the University's scholars. 

Dr. Kanton Reynolds announced AIEA Presidential Fellow

Dr. Kanton Reynolds, Director of International Programs and Dean of the School of Business, Management & Technology, was recently named a Presidential Fellow by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

Dr. Reynolds was one of three fellows selected based on: 1) need and perceived benefit from the fellowship; 2) professional potential; and, 3) quality of application materials.

Through the AIEA Presidential Fellows Program, Dr. Reynolds will --

*Observe how an experienced Senior International Officer and his/her institution address international education challenges and solves problems.\

*Participate with a knowledgeable Mentor in structured week-long campus site visit at the Mentor 's institution.

*Learn about national and international issues and how they affect individual campuses.

*Become a member of a national network of Fellows.

Additionally, as a result of Dr. Reynold's fellowship, Saint Augustine's will be awarded a $2,000 stipend. Please congratulate Dr. Reynold's on this great accomplishment. 


​Click here for more information on the AIEA Presidential Fellows Program.

SAU student receives prestigious scholarship to fund international study

On Thursday, April 20, Isis Thomas, a sophomore Chemistry major at Saint Augustine’s University (SAU), was announced a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International (Gilman) Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will fund Thomas’ participation in the US-Brazil International Research Experience for Students (IRES) Program, where she will study analytical applications of nanomaterials and microfluidic devices. 

According to a program officer within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, “The U.S. Department of State sponsors and oversees the Gilman International Scholarship Program as part of a larger U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and interning abroad.” Thomas’ scholarship was one of 960 awarded out of a pool of more than 3,970 applications. 

Receiving the Gilman Scholarship is one of many academic accolades for Isis Thomas, who was recently recognized multiple times for scholastic achievement during SAU’s spring honors convocation ceremony. “I am extremely blessed and excited to receive such a prestigious opportunity to study abroad, and I cannot wait for this summer. I’m very excited about taking my first international trip and seeing the historic sites in Brazil,” stated Thomas. 

SAU, now in its sesquicentennial year, looks to increase the number of study abroad opportunities for students in the coming years. The Dr. Thelma Johnson Roundtree Academic Enrichment Foundation, which was recently gifted $5,000 by WTVD ABC11, was launched in 2016. The foundation’s goals are to provide financial support for students studying abroad, and to provide stipends to students who take unpaid summer positions related to international studies or global education.


SAU scholar selected to attend innovation and entrepreneurship program

Nathan Royster, a senior sport management major​​​, has been selected to attend the Opportunity Funding Corporation (OFC) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Durham later this month. 

​The three-day conference will encourage participants to, "use critical and creative thinking skills to solve business, social, and educational problems​. On the final day of the conference, teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges comprised of entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives, venture capitalists and other investors.

Nathan is no stranger to business case competitions, and earlier this year, along with three other SAU scholars, ​participated in an ​​international business case competition​ at Georgia University. 

SAU Students Participate in International Business Case Competition

Last week, four SAU students participated in a two-day international business case competition at Georgia State University (GSU). The students were accompanied by Dr. Kanton Reynolds, Dean of the School of Business, Management and Technology. 


Paulette Addison (student-athlete, Business Major), Edward Faison, Jr. (Accounting Major), Hector Pichardo (student-athlete, Business Administration & Management Major) and Nathan Royster (Management Major) represented SAU in the competition, which is hosted by GSU's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).  



The students collaborated with peers from other universities to solve real-world business problems focused on principles in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, and Management & Operations. Paulette Addison's team placed 2nd in the competition, earning a plaque and $200, while Hector Pichardo's team placed 4th, earning $100. Other universities present were Alabama A&M, Albany State, Bowie State, Chaflin, Florida Institute of Technology, Georgia State, Howard, Johnson C. Smith, and Savannah State. 

Students walked away from the competition with enhanced business and cross-cultural communication skills and new perspectives on problem solving.   


I had a really good experience at the case challenge. To my surprise it was not all work and no fun, which is a great thing because it was a well balanced atmosphere, and it allowed us to approach the actual case analysis with clear minds. Being that there were ten schools, and all of the teams were integrated, it was a wonderful opportunity for networking. I met new people from all along the east coast, which provided for a diverse group, and therefore many different outlooks and opinions. I feel this experience enriched my networking, presentation, and analysis skills which are essential in my career goals specifically in the field of business.

-Paulette Addison 

The case competition was a fun and thrilling experience. After a cool tour of the Coca Cola factory, we were separated from the colleagues we arrived with and broken up into four groups with people from different institutions. This was one of the biggest learning opportunities for me: communicating and working with people from different backgrounds. My group was composed of people of different ages and cultures, and I learned that it's important to understand that people think differently from one another based on their own experiences. Presenting to the judges was also great, and was a completely different ball game than presenting to peersThat aspect of the program gave me real-world experience that I might not have otherwise gotten.

-Nathan Royster  


Dr. Reynolds, who coordinated the trip, was pleased with the experience and the students' performance. 
"The Georgia State University CIBER International Business Case Competition was an opportunity for our students to actualize their learning. By taking theory and putting it into practice they were able to make a tangible link between the classroom and a realistic scenario found in a contemporary business environment. The fact that this was a mixed competition where students were randomly assigned to teams instead of collaborating with their institutional cohort added a level of intercultural engagement that made it a more robust learning experience. I am elated that Miss Paulette Addison (2nd Place team) and Mr. Hector Pichardo (4th Place team) made it to the finals; the fact that our student-athletes (women’s basketball and baseball, respectively) were leading the way is even more edifying and indicative of the culture we are building at Saint Augustine’s.”  

-Kanton Reynolds 





About the Case Competition (via 


The International Business Case Competition is an annual event in which students from several different universities, especially minority serving institutions are placed in groups to solve a real-world business problem. The challenge provides students with the opportunity to meet students from other universities as well as gain insight on real-world business issues. As the program provides each student with beneficial skills and experience, it also has strict criteria that need to be followed. The students are assigned to teams of four students, but with the requirement that every student from the team is from a different university and majoring in a distinct field area. This will allow students to work through multiple cross-cultural obstacles, including different study habits, learning methods, and even diverse university cultures. The fields represented during the Case Competition are Finance, Accounting, Marketing, and Management & Operations.

Alpha Kappa Mu welcomes its newest SAU inductees

On February 22, 2017, 9 scholars were inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society. Officers of the Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu conducted the formal induction ceremony recognizing university students for their scholastic achievements. The inducted members were:

Alexis Gaddy, Junior, Accounting major, 3-time recipient of Dean’s and Provost’s List 
Brittany Jennings, Junior, Sociology major
Willie Mosley, Junior, Religious Studies major, Previous Pastor of Evans Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Marley Parker, Junior, Exercise Science major, Scholar-Athlete (Softball)
Elisa Ray, Junior, Exercise Science major
Karen Redmon, Senior, Organizational Mnagement major
Shawn Rowe, Senior, Criminal Justice major, Scholar-Athlete (Track and Field)
Genele Tulloch, Junior, Engineering (Mathematics) major
Terria Vaughan, Senior, Exercise Science major

The new members were led through the ceremony, which emphasizes the Society’s values of character, scholarship, citizenship, service and leadership. Alpha Kappa Mu invitations are extended to upper-class students with 60 credit hours or more with a grade point average of at least 3.3.

Congratulations to these scholars for all their accomplishments and their rigorous pursuit of academic excellence.

Alpha Kappa Mu was founded in 1937 and its purpose is to recognize and reward high academic achievement and encourage young men and women to appreciate the roles they must play as participating citizens in a democratic social order.



Dr. Jefferson goes to the White House

On April 13, 2016, Dr. Lynne Jefferson, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education, attended A White House Convening of Operation Educating the Educators:  Sharing Successes and Setting Sights for the Future, which was sponsored by the Office of the Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden.   Operation Educating the Educators is committed to recognizing and supporting our military-connected students.  

While there, Jefferson attended two general sessions: 1) Insights:  Operation Educating the Educator Guiding Principles in Practice and 2) Future of Children:  Military Children and Families – Fostering Resilience.  Following the general session, there was a Policy and Practice Brief followed by a working group session entitled “OEE-Rubber Meets the Road” in which attendees shared resources, experiences and research agendas in an effort to create action plans for next steps at our various institutions and organizations.

“Attending the White House Convening was an invaluable experience,” Jefferson said. “Operation Educate the Educator is a national effort to support military-connected students and their families.  And one of the overarching messages of the workshop was that military-connected students represent a very diverse population for university recruitment and that partnership opportunities are endless.”

Congratulations to the Newest Members of Alpha Kappa Mu

On March 30, 31 scholars were inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society. Officers of the Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu conducted the formal induction ceremony recognizing university students for their scholastic achievements.

The new members were led through the ceremony that emphasizes the Society’s values of character, scholarship, citizenship, service and leadership. Alpha Kappa Mu invitations are extended to upper-class students with 60 credit hours or more with a grade point average of at least 3.3.

Alpha Kappa Mu was founded in 1937 and its purpose is to recognize and reward high academic achievement and encourage young men and women to appreciate the roles they must play as participating citizens in a democratic social order.

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