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.

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.”

Falcons Help Save Lives

hi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Freshman Council joined together to host a blood drive with the American Red Cross on November 11. With the pints of blood that were donated, the Falcons will help save 75 lives.

Ja’Quice Oates-Bethea, who is a senior from Laurinburg, N.C. majoring in engineering mathematics, organized the blood drive to show that Falcon pride by serving the community.

“I couldn’t think of a better way for Falcons to show our commitment to helping others,” said Oates-Bethea, who is the University’s first Mr. Saint Augustine’s University. “We extend our heartfelt thanks to the entire campus for their support.”

Community Service Is A Way Of Life At SAU

Led by University Chaplain the Reverend Nita Byrd, Falcons conducted a Stop the Hunger Now community service project in observance Veterans Day with the Christ Church Youth Ministry on November 11 in Emery Gymnasium. Within two hours, the nearly 60 participating individuals packaged 10,000 meals. Each package contained six meals. Following the community service project, the youth ministry joined the Falcons for a service of Holy Eucharist in the Saint Augustine’s University Chapel.


The Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. The program targets school feeding and transformational development programs. For more information about Stop Hunger Now, visit

Early College Students ACT scores are higher than the State Average

The male and female students enrolled in the Wake Leadership Academies (WLA) for Men and Women at Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) set a record by scoring higher than the state average ACT scores in each subject area for the 2014-2015 academic year. The ACT is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college.

The WLA male students ACT results showed that in English, WLA’s male students scored 22.2 compared to the state average score of 17.1. In math, WLA’s male students scored 24.4 compared to the state average of 19.0. In reading, the WLA’s male students scored 24.3 compared to the state average which was 18.8, and in science, the WLA’s male students scored 22.7 and the state average was 18.7.

Ian J. Solomon, principal of the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy, noted that the early college African-American male students also scored higher in all subject areas on the ACT than the state average for African-American males.

In English, WLA’s African-American male students scored 16.9 while the state average score for African-American males was 13.8. In math, WLA’s African-American male students scored 20.6 compared to the state average of 16.6. In reading, WLA’s African-American male students scored 19.5, while the state average was 15.7. Lastly, in science WLA’s African-American male students scored 19.0 and the state average for African-American males was 16.0.

“While I am excited at our overall performance as a school, seeing the work and efforts that these young men have put forth and the results on this college readiness indicator is true confirmation of why this work is important,” said Solomon. “Their performance counteracts many of the stereotypes that are prevalent in our society as it relates to African-American males. It is my hope that these results can play at least a small part in reshaping that prevailing narrative into one that trumpets the true potential of African-American males.”

The WLA females also made their mark on the ACT.


The WLA female students ACT results showed that in English, WLA’s female students scored 19.3 compared to the state average of 17.1. In math, WLA’s female students scored 20.9 compared to the state average of 19.0. In reading, WLA’s female students scored 20.5 compared to the state average which was 18.8 and in science, WLA’s female students scored 20.1 and the state average was 18.7.

Carla Jernigan-Baker, principal for the WLA women’s leadership academy, expressed how proud she is our students.

“I am very proud of our young women,” Jernigan-Baker said.  “These scores confirm and validate that these young women are college ready. I am also proud of our relationship with Saint Augustine’s University which proves that early college works.”

In the fall of 2013, the Wake County Board of Education secured Saint Augustine’s University as a college partner for the Wake Leadership Academies. The partnership allows Leadership Academy students to enroll in university courses to pursue the early college portion of their rigorous academy experience, through which they may earn a high school diploma while also earning transferable college credit.

Introducing the 2015-2016 SGA Leaders

The Student Government Association held an installation ceremony for their new officers for the 2015-2016 academic year on September 15. The officers are as follows:

Student Government Association Board of Trustees Representative – Denard Haney
SGA President – Henry Capers
SGA Vice President – Stephon McLeon
Mr. Saint Augustine’s University – Ja’Quice Oates-Bethea
Miss Saint Augustine’s University – Gentel Blair
Senior Class President – Colliet Bramwell
Senior Class Vice President – Dondre Banks
Senior Class King – Craig Johnson
Senior Class Queen – Warel Smith
Junior Class President – Shakeisha Washington
Junior Class Vice President – Jermaine Goods
Junior Class King – Zamir Andrews
Junior Class Queen – Re’shae Green
Sophomore Class President – Kendrick Cunningham
Sophomore Class Vice President – Kyrie Givens
Sophomore Class King – Sterling Raynor
Sophomore Class Queen – Shidoris Williams
Freshman Class President – Freeman Devega
Freshman Class Vice President – Lorraine Henderson
Freshman Class King – Keyshawn Dunwoody-Spears
Freshman Class Queen – Giana Walton

Congratulations Falcons! 

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