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.”

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

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.

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