SAU Students Participate in Voter ID Hearing

On Tuesday, March 12, Saint Augustine's University students voiced their opinion about a proposed voter identification requirement. Students attended a public hearing at the NC General Assembly on the topic.

Several students spoke with community activist Octavia Rainey on her radio show that morning about the potential impact, on college students in particular, of a new voter ID law. Back in 2011, many Saint Augustine's University students lobbied against a voter ID bill. The bill was not successful, but with new leadership in the state, the issue is up for discussion again.

Faculty, staff and students participated in the hearing, as well as a voter ID educational meeting at First Baptist Church (101 S. Wilmington St.) sponsored by the NAACP. The meeting was followed by a rally, where the Rev. William Barber and others spoke to a small crowd of concerned citizens. SAU Junior Class President Kamya Jabari was invited to speak at the podium during the rally.

The voter ID public hearing was held at the Legislative Office Building. SAU Senior class president Malcolm Richbourg and Communications major Johna Mitchell shared the microphone with Nathan Weeks, a political science major from Shaw University.

2013 William Jefferson Jackson Scholarship

The Washington DC Metropolitan Alumni Chapter is accepting applications for the 2013 William Jefferson Jackson Scholarship through March 28.

Who Can Apply: Full-time students, actively pursuing undergraduate studies at Saint Augustine's University, who will be classified as first-year seniors in September are eligible to apply. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required to apply. The scholarship is open to students regardless of their field of study. See application for more information.

How to Apply: Scholarship applications are available on campus in the Financial Aid office. Also, contact Coach George Williams. Applications can also be completed on the Washington DC Metropolitan Alumni Chapter web site at Scholarship applications and all supporting documents must be received by March 28, 2013.

About the Scholarship: The William Jefferson Jackson Scholarship is a memorial scholarship to honor William who graduated from Saint Augustine's College in 1949. William's family established the scholarship and distributes the annual scholarship of $2,000 to honor his legacy; his commitment to Saint Augustine's University; and his belief that alumni should give back to their alma mater in the form of money and/or time.

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Hollins Invited to Present at National Band Conference

Band director Thurman Hollins has been invited to serve as a presenter/clinician at the The Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Band Directors’ Consortium's ninth annual HBCU-NBDC Convention, which will be held April 4-7, 2013 in Atlanta, Ga.

Click here to learn more about Hollins.

Student film selected for festival

Film major Jamal Hubbard’s short narrative video “Nothing Personal Just Business” has been chosen as an Official Film Selection for 12th Annual North Carolina Black Film Festival. The festival takes place March 14-17 in Wilmington, N.C. Jamal’s narrative video was produced/directed in the Motion Picture Directing class.

The short film chronicles the rivalry between two siblings. Take a look at Jamal's work below.


National Alumni Association donates $11,000 for student aid

The National Alumni Association (NAA) of Saint Augustine’s University, Inc. recently presented a check to the University for $11,000 to assist students with an immediate financial need. While this was the first time NAA has made such a contribution, NAA’s President, Pattye L. Brown, said “it was the right thing to do and the right time to do it.  What we did was in keeping with one of the objectives of NAA, and that is to support our University financially so that students can remain in school and focus on their educational goals.”

The National Alumni Association, supported solely by alumni, award annual scholarships to the University, which includes the Lloyd E. Quarterman Scholarship and the General Scholarship. The Office of Alumni Affairs is the point of contact for students to apply for NAA scholarships.

Woods, Jacobs Win CIAA Basketball Weekly Honors

Basketball players Percy Woods (Sr./Washington, D.C.) and Terri Jacobs (Fr./McDonough, Ga.) of Saint Augustine's University were honored by the CIAA on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Woods was named men's newcomer of the week and Jacobs was named women's rookie of the week.
Woods, a 5-10, 160-pound guard, averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games last week. He had 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists versus Shaw on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, and 13 points and four assists versus Johnson C. Smith University on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Woods has won four league weekly awards this season including three newcomer of the week honors. He is one of two players on the Falcons' basketball team to be honored by the CIAA this season.
Jacobs, a 6-1 forward, averaged 12.5 points, seven rebounds and 1.5 steals in two games last week. She had 13 points and six rebounds against Shaw on Feb. 16, and 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block in a victory over Johnson C. Smith on Feb. 13. She shot 5-for-8 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line versus JCSU.  Woods is the fourth Lady Falcon to win CIAA rookie of the week honors this season. This is her first conference weekly award.

SAU Students Selected for Leadership Program

Accounting majors, Rodneisha Clark and Roy Cofield, were selected from a national pool of candidates to attend the Leadership Excellence in the Accounting Profession (LEAP) Program taking place February 8-10, 2013. This program is being hosted by the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

During this conference, Rodneisha, Roy, and other accounting scholars will enhance their career development skills, improve their leadership skills, and learn about graduate school opportunities. Beyond the conference, they will continue to receive one-on-one mentoring from accounting professionals employed by the "Big Four" international accounting firms (i.e., Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers). This network may lead to internship offers, graduate school fellowships, and full-time employment in audit or tax after earning their graduate degrees.

Student Represents SAU at Episcopal Convention

Freshman Kayla Mills was born and raised in the Episcopal Church. It was Saint Augustine's University's ties to the Episcopal Church that influenced her decision to come to school here. So, there was probably no better student to represent the University at the 197th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, held Jan. 25-26 at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

During the convention, Kayla voted for the sixth bishop suffragan and helped with resolutions regarding immigration reform and donating money to the families affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Her trip to the convention wasn't Kayla's first involvement with the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina's work. She's active with youth ministry through the diocese and her home church, St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church in Oxford.

For results from this year's convention, visit

Happy Birthday!


Faculty and staff members born in December and January celebrated at a birthday breakfast in their honor Wednesday, Jan. 30. The breakfast is hosted by the President's Office. Happy birthday to all those born in December and January!

Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Ellen Shepard

Film professor Ellen Shepard has been invited by David Potorti, literature and theater director for the NC Arts Council, to serve as a judge on the NC Arts Council Fellowship Panel in the playwrighting/screenwriting category. This would entail reading, evaluating, and rating 60 work samples from applicants, consisting of a minimum of 20 and up to 30 typescript pages, double- or single-spaced, taken from scripts for theatrical production, scripts for film and television, or an adaptation of a nontheatrical work for the stage or for film.

Additionally, Shepard is judging the Experimental, Animation, and New Media category for the University of Film and Video Association Carole Fielding Student Grants Competition. All the students in this finals category are attending graduate film programs from across the country.


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