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.”

Professor Zane'e articles in the New York Times?

J. Peder Zane, an assistant professor in the Department of Media & Communications, published two articles in the Museums section of the New York Times.

The first article, “A Park as an Extension of the Museum Itself,reported on the North Carolina Museum of Art’s $13 million project to break down the walls of the traditional museum and attract new visitors by transforming some of the land that surrounds its art-filled buildings into a space that offers culture experiences.

His second article, “Framing Your Digital Art,described a new iPad app that allows users to share their selfies with high-end style.

“Working in the field is one of the best ways to stay sharp in the classroom,” Zane said. “Journalism is ever-changing and writing for the New York Times helps me stay abreast of developments that our students must be aware of to thrive when they graduate.”

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.

Leah Waldo wins a $1,000 Scholarship

Leah Waldo, a university writing center consultant, resident assistant for Weston Hall and a talented spoken word artist is now $1,000 richer, and her entry in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Essay Contest was the golden ticket. This year’s prompt asked students to write about the growing concern regarding school shootings across the nation. Campus safety is very important to Leah, who wrote: “Safety is just as important as the quality of the education offered.”

The CIAA, Food Lion and Coca-Cola Zero sponsored the essay contest. There were 420 entries from all of the colleges and universities that are part of the CIAA. Leah was one of 15 first prize winners.

When asked why she entered the contest, Ms. Waldo explained, “The Writing Center staff encouraged me to apply, and the prizes were very enticing.” She went on to add, “When I got the e-mail that said I won, I wondered if anyone else from Saint Augustine’s University was selected, then the excitement followed.”

Leah felt that her role as a writing center consultant helped her gain this victory, and she encouraged all students to visit the Center. She also expressed that “The faculty in the Saint Augustine’s University Department of English truly prepared me for this contest. They are exceptional teachers, who care about me, and ensure my writing only gets stronger and stronger.”

Institutional Grant worth up to $35,780 for New Students

Saint Augustine’s University is pleased to announce three institutional grants for new students which is effective for the 2016-2017 academic year.  A renewable grant worth $8,945 annually, which represents a 50 percent discount off the annual tuition and fees of $17,890, will be awarded to students in three categories:

·   Children and grandchildren of Saint Augustine’s University graduates (Legacy Tuition Grant)

·   Episcopal students (Absalom Jones Tuition Grant)

· Community college graduates from Vance-Granville and Wake Tech Community Colleges and other select community colleges (Community College Tuition Grant)

 

This administration made this decision to help ease the financial burden of new students and increase enrollment for the fall semester.

 

“We recognize that many families struggle with the costs associated with higher education,” said President Everett B. Ward. “Subsequently, this administration evaluated how we could fiscally afford to support these students and established this program for a certain percentage of our prospective student population. If we can responsibly remove a financial barrier

to provide prospective students access to a quality education, we have a responsibility to do so.”

 

For more information about the institutional grants and to apply for admission to Saint Augustine's University, please contact the Office of Admissions at 919.516.4012 or apply online at admissions.st-aug.edu.

Falcons: AT&T’s Elite 10

When an employer interviews numerous college students for an internship, he or she looks for a candidate who is the right fit for their company.

However, what happens when an employer interviews 10 candidates and all candidates are exactly what their company wants? The
only thing that makes sense— hire all 10. In December of 2015, ten Falcons were hired by AT&T’s Area Manager for Network Operations
Mr. Robert Wilson to be part of the AT&T Operations Internship. The AT&T Operations Internship will provide each Falcon with the ins and outs of planning, designing, building and maintaining one of the largest networks in the world. The internship will also include challenging projects and the chance to work with multiple teams with different perspectives. Furthermore, they will interact with senior leaders and gain valuable insight as part of AT&T’s Executive Speaker Series. At the end of the internship, Falcons will have an opportunity to present their accomplishments to AT&T’s vice presidents and show the value their brought to the company.

“The AT&T Operations Internship is a professional development opportunity for our scholars to gain practical hands-on experience,” said Dr. Cindy Register Love, director of the University’s Professional Development and Career Services. “In order for each scholar to be selected for the internship, they were engaged in a rigorous process of a “Brand Called YOU” to include resume and interview preparation, and dress for success etiquette.”

The Falcon Elite 10 are as follows:

Beatrice Beaubrun
Freshman, Business Major
Sicklerville, NJ

Carneisha Cosby
Junior, Public Health Science Major
Richmond, Va.

Ashley Crawford
Sophomore, Elementary Education Major
Franklinton, NC

Kendrick Cunningham
Sophomore, Elementary Education Major
Charlotte, NC

Tamiya Dortch
Junior, Political Science Major
Goldsboro, NC

Stephen Gumbs
Junior, Exercise Science Major
Hartford, Conn.

Kyrie Givens
Sophomore, Business Administration Major
Washington, DC

Reshae Green
Junior, Theater Major
Upper Marlboro, MD

Carlisa Maxwell
Sophomore, Psychology Major
Charlotte, NC

Alexandria Saunders
Junior, Sport Management Major
Baltimore, MD

SAU and United Way Partner on MLK Day of Service

On January 18, Saint Augustine’s University partnered with the United Way of the Greater Triangle to host a Community Baby Shower in observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a day of service.

With the support of faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community donate more than 6,000 diapers, nearly 11,000 baby wipes and other baby essentials such as baby food, bibs, bottles, pacifiers, baby wash and baby formula to aid families in the Triangle area.

Ann Brown, dean of women and director of Camp Life, shared that statistics show that in the Triangle area, one in three families struggle to buy diapers for their children. Without basic items like diapers and wipes, infants and babies are at risk for health issues and are not able to enroll in child care centers, impacting their parents’ ability to work or attend school.

Brown, who spearheaded SAU’s Community Baby Shower, expressed that the community baby shower could not have been successful without the generosity of others.

“The University could not have reached our goal of donating 6,000 diapers without the support of our Falcons and the Raleigh community,” Brown said. “I truly thank our volunteers for their time. However, I was especially proud of two youngest volunteers, who were a sixth and seventh grader.”

Each volunteer received a T-shirt, a thank you card and SAU hand sanitizer wipes.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time at SAU

The holiday spirit was in full swing during the annual winter holiday concert in the Seby B. Jones Fine Arts Center Auditorium on December 4. Administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community were wonderfully enchanted by the musical selections from the University Wind Ensemble. Following the wind ensemble, the Readers’ Theatre Troupe took the stage and gave the audience a visual image of all of the mouth-watering smells and food of a Christmas dinner as well as the real reason for the season. The end of the program featured the University Choir. The Choir performed Christmas songs from Christmas Time is Here to O Holy Night to Deck the Halls.

The holiday concert ended with everyone in attendance singing Joy to the World.

Miss SAU wins the2016 Ailes Rising Apprentice Scholarship

Gentel Blair, a senior mass communication major with a concentration in broadcasting at Saint Augustine’s University, has won the prestigious 2016 Ailes Rising Apprentice scholarship from Fox News.

The scholarship, which is awarded to two minority students from across the nation, includes a $10,000 education grant and an internship at the Fox News offices in New York City or Washington, D.C.

Blair, who is currently the 2015-2016 Miss Saint Augustine’s University, is the fifth Saint Augustine’s University student – following Sakeeda Freeman in 2012, Princess Goodridge in 2013, Naomi Afari in 2014 and Clayshawn Marie Moore in 2015 – to earn this coveted award.

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to intern with Fox News,” said Blair, who is from Lexington, Ky. “You never know where God will place your footsteps. This is such a blessing and honor. I cannot wait to contribute my talents to the Fox team.”

Blair is a Falcon that has achieved several accomplishments during her collegiate years. She has job shadowed with NBC Sports in Sacramento, Calif., the Raleigh News and Observer and in the media department with the Charlotte Hornets. During her junior year, she was the speaker for a domestic violence event titled “Saving My Sista.” Also, she was selected as the Toyota Green Initiative Campus Ambassador for the University to keep the campus green for a greener tomorrow. In September 2015, Gentel was one of the top five finalists for the Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame competition in Atlanta, Ga.

Aspiring to be a sports reporter, Blair has interned with the University’s WAUG-TV/Power 750 AM, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and with the USA Track and Field Entertainment Properties.

Scholars are transformed into PR Strategists

Scholars in Assistant Professor Moses T. Alexander Greene’s Introduction to Public Relations class learned firsthand on how to help a handle a media crisis as part of their final examination. The scholars were presented with a public relations scenario centered on a fictitious hospital in Afghanistan. The hospital was the target of a U.S. government airstrike that killed at least 12 of its hospital staff and seven patients. Scholars were challenged to become public relations strategists for the CEO of the fictitious hospital.

Falcons had the opportunity to prepare their tactics for their presentation with assistance from Nicole Harris-Williams, who serves as media relations manager for CARE International in Atlanta, Ga., which is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. On November 11, Harris-Williams joined Greene’s class via Skype to answer questions and assisted the scholars on how to prepare for this public relations crisis.

“What better way to measure learning than to see its application in real-world scenarios,” said Professor Greene. “The Skype session and subsequent presentations are about empowering our scholars to apply the theories of the classroom and Code of Ethics of the profession into a strategy which meets the need of the client.”

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