Veteran University Administrator Set to Retire

Dr. Gaddis Faulcon, Saint Augustine’s University’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, will retire from the university, effective January 31, 2018.

“Dr. Faulcon’s commitment to the university, and particularly to the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, will be missed,” said university President, Dr. Everett B. Ward. “Under his leadership, the division has instituted a number of initiatives that have, and will continue, to benefit our students and the university for years to come. Not only has Dr. Faulcon been an important part of the University’s executive leadership team, he’s been a dedicated colleague and friend. I wish him the best as he prepares to begin the next phase of his life.”

The Saint Augustine’s College alumnus (B.S., 1974) returned to his alma mater in 2016 following a distinguished career at Shaw University in Raleigh, where he served as interim President. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Faulcon served as dean of the school’s graduate studies program, and chair of Shaw’s Department of Allied Health.

Under his leadership at Saint Augustine’s, student enrollment increased from 210 new students in 2015, to 435 new students in 2017. In an effort to improve the management of the University’s residential halls, Faulcon implemented a number of initiatives aimed at improving the students’ residential hall experience. Faulcon was also instrumental in adding staff in the Division of Student Affairs, which significantly improved student morale and campus life.

“It has truly been an honor and blessing to culminate my career in higher education leadership at my alma mater,” said Faulcon. “It was on this campus 44 years ago where I cultivated a desire to help students reach their highest potential. For 150 years, Saint Augustine’s University’s mission has been to prepare young people to become leaders, globally. I’m blessed to have been a part of that mission.”

Dr. Ward has announced that Dr. Faulcon will continue to work with the University periodically, through his consulting firm which focuses on studying the issues of retention and recruitment of minority students and faculty. Dr. Faulcon will be missed by the entire University community. 

SAU Student to Pitch Social Enterprise Idea for a $30,000 Prize Pool

Saint Augustine's University (SAU) student, Brandon Gray, a sophomore communications major from Wilson, NC, is slated to present his social enterprise idea during The Institute and United Way of the Greater Triangle's (UWGT) Idea Generation Next: College Edition final pitch event. The event will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.

Brandon will present his idea for Vybez, a clothing company that strives to bring awareness to mental illness and suicide in the young community. Brandon and a friend developed the idea for a motivational clothing line in 2014, and, through the UWGT initiative, was able to refine their idea and maximize the social impact of the brand. “United Way provided access to a mentor who helped us determine how to separate our brand from others,” Brandon said. "Ten percent of all proceeds from Vybez will be donated to the Jed Foundation, which promotes mental and emotional wellness in teens and young adults."   

Brandon and the other competitors who qualified for the final round began the competition this past fall. He and his peers, who consist of students from William Peace University, Meredith College and North Carolina Central University, advanced through a series of steps that included creating, submitting, pitching and refining their ideas. The final step is the presentation on Monday, which Brandon will make alongside his company’s chief financial officer, Jamie Steen, who is a student of North Carolina A&T State University.

Judges for the event will vote on the students’ submissions and presentations, and prizes from the $30,000 prize pool will be designated accordingly. The audience will also vote on the recipient of a People’s Choice Award.

The Idea Generation Next: College Edition series is part of UWGT's Innovate United initiative, which "connects, engages, and collaborates with innovators, intrapraneurs, entrepreneurs, and individuals to improve the lives of families and children in low-income households in North Carolina’s Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties," according to the Innovate United website.

On the participation of an SAU student, Melanie Davis-Jones, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement for UWGT commented, “We’ve partnered with [SAU] several times in recent years on MLK Day so we’re pleased to continue the partnership.”

Ann Brown, Director of Student Activities at SAU stated, “It is the goal of the University to facilitate and provide students with opportunities to grow and excel beyond the classroom. This is an example of how getting students involved with the surrounding community can be truly beneficial to their overall development and college experience.”

The SAU community celebrates Brandon's accomplishment of making it to the final round of the competition and wishes him well during his final presentation.

For more information about the competition, visit http://bit.ly/2CVjOA5.

 

Veteran Business Executive, Van Sapp, Joins SAU Faculty

Fortune 500 executive Van B. Sapp has been appointed to the position of Dean of the School of Business, Management & Technology at Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) the historic university announced this week.

Sapp’s experience spans over 25 years with PepsiCo, Kraft Foods and private companies. While a Senior Vice President at PepsiCo, he was responsible for driving sales, creating ground breaking marketing programs and developing customer relations. Under his leadership, key strategic partnerships were created with top retailers, entertainment brands, and several professional sports organizations. Immediately prior to his departure from PepsiCo, Mr. Sapp led the $12 billion U.S. selling organization responsible for Gatorade, Tropicana, and Quaker Oats. 

Sapp is excited to share his executive-level business experience with SAU students. “In addition to a robust curriculum, business students today require development and skills to accompany them on the first day of their job,” said Dean Van Sapp. “We expect that our students will be advantaged by this hands-on development in our unique teaching environment.” 

A graduate of Tuskegee University, Sapp went on to earn his MBA in Marketing from Clark-Atlanta University. He is currently working on his PhD at Concordia University – Chicago, in the field of Organizational Leadership.

School of Business, Management & Technology

The mission of the School of Business, Management and Technology is to prepare students to compete in the global marketplace through effective instruction, technology application, relevant curricula, and professional development. The School consists of three Departments:

  • Business, Accounting and Sport Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Extended Studies

Students in the School can major in Business, Accounting (Major and Minor), Sport Management, Computer Information Systems (Major and Minor) as well as complete their degree requirements as non-traditional students in the Extended Studies program.

For information about SAU’s School of Business, Management & Technology, visit https://www.st-aug.edu/division-of-business.html, Like the School's Facebook page, or follow along on LinkedIn.

Prof. April McCoy and Birchie Warren Secure HBCU-CFE Behavioral Health Workforce Capacity Expansion Sub-Award

Congratulations are in order for April McCoy, Program Assistant/Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Exercise Science, and Birchie Warren, Director of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Ms. McCoy and Mr. Warren secured an award from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) Behavioral Health Workforce Capacity Expansion Sub-Award Program, which is contracted with the Morehouse School of Medicine.  The program provides an opportunity for HBCUs to participate in unique learning environments designed to develop leadership, promote best practices and to create a career ladder and pipeline through expanded knowledge and internship opportunities. 
 

Through their participation, Ms. McCoy and Mr. Warren will be implementing "University Students' Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse: An Intervention Plan" project on the campus of Saint Augustine's University. The project will target college-age students who engage in substance and alcohol abuse behaviors in a university setting.   

  

The purpose of the project is to help create an environment that is both safe and supportive of all students. Efforts will be taken to identify and address the emotional hurdles that may result in academic failure, student maladjustment, or that may negatively affect the mental health of students. One goal is to train Peer Health Educators in alcohol and other drug education so they’ll be better equipped to address those students struggling with a substance and/or alcohol issues. Another goal of the project is to retrain CAPS staff and train selected Peer Health Educators in the "Seven Challenges" curriculum as a pilot study. Students and staff will also undergo Motivational Interviewing training. The last goal is to increase the knowledge of alcohol and drug abuse on campus as well as in the surrounding Raleigh community by facilitating educational forums and events. 

  

The University community congratulates Ms. McCoy and Mr. Warren on their achievement and looks forward to the successful implementation of the project.  

Dr. Kelcy T. Walker presents at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo

Dr. Kelcy T. Walker, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Exercise Science within the School of Math, Science and Public Health recently presented research at the Annual Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, GA. This annual meeting brings over 12,000 public health professionals from across United States and other countries.  

Dr. Walker’s research, “Unraveling Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Insured African American Men and Women” was selected by APHA for poster presentation in the Cancer Forum Poster Session 5: Disparities in Cancer Screening, Outcomes and Care.

This action research study explored the perceptions of screening beliefs for colorectal cancer among insured, African American men and women who were age-appropriate for screening but who had not completed it.  Nine men and women were recruited from three predominantly African American churches in North Carolina.  The goal of this qualitative research study was to gain in-depth understanding of the health beliefs related to screening recommendations for colorectal cancer among African American men and women who had never engaged in any form of screening for colorectal cancer previously.  

This study sought to elicit dialogue with participants about their reasons to delay or refuse this preventive screening.  To gain insight, the researcher collected data through one-on-one interviews using a health beliefs model framework (Rosenstock, 1966). This approach explored the viewpoints and perceptions of African Americans as to their reasons for not completing this highly publicized (Colorectal Cancer Statistics, 2016), and highly effective preventive care screening (ACS, 2016).  

A number of health belief themes emerged regarding why screening for colorectal cancer was delayed or refused by African American men and women for whom it was appropriate, including: a lack of knowledge about colorectal cancer screening, a perception of a lack of physician engagement in the process, the lack of culturally appropriate care availability, a belief in greater vulnerability to developing cancer among certain populations, a belief in a relationship between poor diet and colorectal cancer, fear about the screening procedure itself, and lastly, fear of cancer diagnosis. 

The University is thrilled to have distinguished faculty such as Dr. Walker who continue to push their fields of research further while inspiring the students of Saint Augustine's University.

Coach Parker is now Dr. Parker

The Saint Augustine's University (SAU) community extends a big congratulations to Dr. Alvin D. Parker, who successfully defended his dissertation, earning his doctorate from Northcentral University. 

Dr. Parker's dissertation was titled, “Low Graduation Rates among HBCU Student Athletes: 'A Case Study Exploring Sophomore and Junior Student-Athletes at HBCUs perceptions on low graduation rates and perceived stakeholder leadership styles.'”​

Dr. Parker serves SAU as Assistant Professor of Sport Management, and Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator of the mighty Falcon football team.

Congratulations, Dr. Parker!

Students of SAU Walk to the Polls on Election Day

On Tuesday, October 10, the Saint Augustine's University (SAU) Student Government Association (SGA), along with president, Dr. Everett B. Ward, the Superior Sound Marching Band, and other University officials led students to vote in the 2017 Raleigh Municipal Election. The students gathered in the University quad, where they were addressed by Isis Thomas, SGA president; Kendrick Cunningham, student trustee; and Dr. Ward. From there, they walked to the Tarboro Road Community Center where they were greeted by candidates and volunteers. 

Here's a recap of the event, by way of photos and an Instagram story. 

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 Just last month, Saint Augustine's University hosted a forum to extend the opportunity for candidates running for office to address the University and surrounding community. 

Public Health Student to Showcase Work at National Conference

The Department of Public Health and Exercise Science is excited to announce that Mr. Keshawn Carter, senior Public Health major, will showcase his PSA about the Falcons Fly Tobacco-Free Project at the American Public Health Association (APHA) General Meeting and Expo in Atlanta, GA November 4th-8th as part of the Global Public Health Film Festival. 

Mr. Carter has worked countless hours as the Public Health Intern under the direction of April McCoy, Program Assistant/Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health. He has worked diligently on establishing a tobacco-free policy, conducting various activities and programming on campus to support the passing of the policy. In addition, he is spearheading the planning process of the Saint Augustine’s University and Shaw University Presents: Together We Can: One Health, One Body HBCU Summit to be held on November 2, 2017 on our campus from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (registration coming soon). 

The department is proud of the work Mr. Carter has put in and continues to do to make our campus a safer environment for all students, faculty and staff. Falcon Pride, Personified!!! 

To view the PSA click here: https://youtu.be/SzaboMCG2oo​

SAU Student Leader Urges a Response to Charlottesville

Kendrick Cunningham, the student trustee for Saint Augustine's University's (SAU) Board of Trustees, has charged the SAU student body to rally together to counter the actions that took place in Charlottesville on the campus of the University of Virginia. Read his message below--

Dear Falcon Nation, 

Every second that ticks away is a moment of history that engraves in the past of our minds. Last weekend, there was a group of people who marched on the campus of the University of Virginia (UVA) to rally against the removal of the Robert E. Lee Confederate monument in Charlottesville. The marchers then confronted counterprotesters who were at the UVA march in support of the removal of the Confederate monument. In response, the marchers began to surround and attack the counterprotesters, sparking a violent uproar. Due to the violent emotional interaction that occurred at UVA, protesters from both opposing sides violently clashed the next day at the Unite the Right rally. 

It is important to realize that the Charlottesville Race Riot is the history of our generation. In that moment, the morality of the people of Charlottesville was tested in the wake of local officials' decision to advance civil rights by removing a Confederate monument. Unfortunately, this moment revealed that there is still a group of citizens who wishes to exclusively advance our nation in the favor of one sociological group. As students of Saint Augustine’s University, it is important that we answer the call that the universe has bestowed upon us to assist in the advancement of civil rights in modern society. We must begin to mobilize and show politicians that we are not content with the environment and experience we live through every day. Right now, the grounds of our state capitol is adorned with confederate monuments and we have the power as North Carolina residents to have them removed and replaced. 

We are the next generation of leaders who have the independence to become change agents. The urgency of now calls us to replace the discriminatory narrative that has been articulated for many generations. We can transform this narrative into an uplifting paradigm that embodies resistance, liberation, and hope that progresses all communities. We are studying in academic disciplines that are doorways to a world of information. We must begin to use our intellectual capital to develop unbiased solutions that socially impact all communities in positive ways. Together, we can make history that creates a better today and tomorrow for many generations to come. Let’s show the world that the color of our skin and the origin of our ancestors do not politically or socially define who we are as individuals. That alone can spark change globally. Enjoy your semester! 

 

In preparation for the battle, 

Kendrick D. Cunningham 
Student Trustee, 2016-2018 

 

 

 

 

 

STEM students back to campus after summer internships

As Saint Augustine's University (SAU) students begin classes after enjoying a summer off, some students are returning having just wrapped up a summer of continued study and internships. Of those, are six students from the School of Sciences, Mathematics & Public Health. These scholars spent the summer immersed in research in various STEM disciplines in programs across the country.

As one of SAU's core academic areas of focus, STEM programs include rigorous research to prepare students for graduate school programs and entry into their respective career fields. According to Dr. Mark Melton, Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics & Public Health, "Summer research and academic enrichment programs are an integral and important component of the ongoing STEM Mentoring Program that has been established in the School of Sciences, Mathematics & Public Health. Students have been actively engaged in on- and off-campus research as a part of their matriculation through their respective undergraduate STEM program. This activity has helped to dramatically increase the number of Saint Augustine’s University science majors who graduate and go on to obtain to graduate degrees in a broad range of STEM disciplines. These experiences have also helped our graduates to matriculate directly into the STEM workforce."

The SAU community congratulates these scholars on a successful summer full of research and continued learning. Below find the students' pictures and descriptions of their research.


Student
Genele Tulloch

Summer Program
North Carolina State University NIH RISE Program

Genele Tulloch, a senior Engineering Mathematics major at Saint Augustine’s University, presents her summer research during the closing poster session. Her project, entitled ‘Modeling Fluid Flow in an Experimental Aerobic Granulation Reactor for Treating Wastewater,’ was well received. Ms. Tulloch conducted her research at North Carolina State University in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering as a NIH RISE Summer Research Intern. 


Student
DeQuante McKoy

Program
Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation 2017 Summer Research Program

DeQuante McKoy, a junior Engineering Mathematics major at Saint Augustine’s University, hard at work during his summer research program at the University of Virginia. His research was conducted in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the laboratory of Dr. Devin Harris. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, the 8-week program gave him the opportunity to receive general instruction in the physical sciences, guidance on navigating a laboratory setting, and advice on graduate school and career planning. Mr. McKoy’s research was supported by the NSF Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (SAU is a partner) at the University of Virginia.


Student
Malika Wood

Program
National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences

Malika Wood, a senior Biology major at Saint Augustine’s University, presents her summer research during the NIEHS Scholars Connect Program (NCSP) 2017-2018 Poster Session. Her project, entitled ‘Targeting Lentiviral Integration into the Host Chromosome via AAV CRISPR-dCas9 System,’ was well received. Ms. Wood conducted her research in the the Laboratory of  Neurobiology under the direction of Dr. Negin P. Martin. Ms. Wood will participate in the NSCP during AY 2017-2018 and will e a co-author when the research results are published in a scientific journal.


Student
Ka'shawn Robertson

Program
Iowa State University REU Biorenewable Chemicals

Ka’shawn Robertson, a sophomore Biology major at Saint Augustine’s University, presents his summer research during the closing poster session. His project, entitled ‘Cuticular Lipid Profiles of Juvenile and Adult Leaves from 13 Genetically Diverse Maize Inbeds Show Metabolome Variation,’ was well received. Mr. Robertson conducted his research at Iowa State University in the Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals as a 2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates participant.


Student
Tevin Williams

Program
Plant Genomics @ Michigan State University Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

 

Tevin Williams, a senior Biology major at Saint Augustine’s University, presents his summer research during the closing poster session. His project, entitled ‘Exploring Tropane Alkaloid Diversity within the Solanaceae Family,’ was well received. Mr. Williams conducted his research at Michigan State University as a Plant Genomics 2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates participant.


Student
Khadijah Payne

Program
North Carolina State University NSF REU Program Summer Research Internship Participant