in this issue Cover Story Annual Report 2011-12 SAINT AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE OFFICIALLY BECOMES SAINT AUGUSTINE’S UNIVERSITY 2 SUBER APPOINTED TO HOMELAND SECURITY ACADEMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES 145 3 YEARS WITH FOUNDERS WEEK OBSERVANCE 4 INNOVATIVE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS 5 NEW STADIUM MAKES HISTORY 6 SPORTS 10 ALUMNI NEWS 10 FACULTY / STAFF NEWS 10 2011-2012: YEAR IN REVIEW 14 UNIVERSITY UNDERGOES RENOVATIONS IN 2011 photo: President Dianne Boardley Suber announces name/status change. SAINT AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE OFFICIALLY BECOMES SAINT AUGUSTINE’S UNIVERSITY “the change is not only aesthetic, but must also be a change in mindset. moving to the next level will require commitment from students, faculty and staff, and i am confident that we will rise to the challenge.” - President Dianne Boardley Suber The name change of Saint Augustine’s College to Saint Augustine’s University became official August 1, 2012. From Saint Augustine’s Normal School, to Saint Augustine’s College, Saint Augustine’s University is building upon a 145year legacy of academic excellence. Campus signage has been updated, major construction projects are in progress and the new branding package is complete. Cosmetic updates will continue throughout the academic year. University administrators have been hard at work preparing for not only the physical change, but also the shift in mentality that is required when any significant organizational change is implemented. “It’s more than just a name change” became a mantra of faculty and staff and drilled home the declaration that Saint Augustine’s University will not be business as usual. “The expectation is that students will return to campus and know that something is different,” states President Dianne Boardley Suber. “The change is not only aesthetic, but must also be a change in mindset. Moving to the next level will require commitment from students, faculty and staff, and I am confident that we will rise to the challenge. We have the right people, in the right place and this is the right time.” Saint Augustine’s University will expand its programs for nontraditional students to include students seeking a four year degree that includes online courses and expanding off-site access to campus programs. The University has established Centers of Excellence that will serve as the anchor programs of a Saint Augustine’s University degree. The Center for Forensic Discovery (forensic science, forensic accounting, and forensic psychology) and the Center for Applied Medical Sciences are two signature academic programs that are expected to enhance and expand students’ marketability for a global workforce. The third Center of Excellence will be the Center for Athletic Facilities and Sports Management. This center affords students a unique concentration in the operational and administration aspects in the world of professional, collegiate and leisure sports. Graduates from this center would have the competitive advantage to secure positions in the “front office.” The University will move toward offering its first master’s degree program as early as 2014. The Physician Assistant (PA) Master’s Degree Program will focus on training PAs for rural and other underserved communities.