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Volume 7 | Fall 2011

A quarterly newsletter of Saint Augustine’s College

First phase of long-awaited stadium nears completion

Raleigh City Council approves seating plan The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 20, unanimously approved a 2,500seat plan for the George Williams Athletic Complex. With the approval of the plan, the College’s football and track teams will have an on-campus venue for home games. The plan requires St. Aug to offer free oncampus parking and limits the College to a maximum of 15 events in the stadium each year. “We are pleased that the city council recognized the importance of this stadium, not only to Saint Augustine’s College, but the community at large,”

President Dianne Boardley Suber said. “Our student-athletes, coaches and alumni deserve to have a place to call their own.” Amid opposition from community members, student leaders, alumni, members of the Saint Augustine’s College Board of Trustees, community residents and various others spoke on the potential positive impact of the athletic complex. Amber Thomas, a Saint Augustine’s College senior, encouraged City Council members to remember the students. See STADIUM COMPLETION, page 4


College welcomes nearly 600 first-year students home and as their place of work. If we pass this feeling on to them, the probability of retaining them raises exponentially.” The freshman class comprises students from throughout the United States. States represented include North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas. President Dianne Boardley Suber welcomed first-year students to the College and assured their parents that faculty, staff and administrators will do the best they can to prepare the students to be competitive in the real world. Suber told students to remain focused on the desired end — graduation.

Nearly 600 first-year students officially became new members of the Falcon family when they moved in to the dorms Aug. 11.

Nearly 600 first-year students moved in to dorms on Saint Augustine’s College’s campus Thursday, Aug. 11.

Activities for the week included various informational sessions and seminars, and social activities to help the new students get to know one another. Welcome Week culminated with an honor code ceremony where students committed to academic integrity during their time at the College.

The move-in kicked off the annual Falcon Welcome Week, which is designed to help new students transition to college life through a variety of activities that will prepare them for success in and out of the classroom.

Upperclassmen had an important role in Welcome Week also. Members of student organizations helped throughout the week with check-in and registration. The student organizations that assisted this year were: Peer Mentors, Student Leaders, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta.

“Institutionally, it is our time to acculturate our new students into the traditions, expectations, and mission of the College,” said Michael P. Jackson, director of First-Year Experience. “We hope, by the end of this week, they see and feel the Saint Augustine’s College community as their home away from


Saint Augustine’s College reopened for classes Tuesday, April 19, less than 72 hours after a tornado ravaged the campus.

“Although there was severe damage, we worked very hard to get the campus back to a place where it is safe for our students, faculty and

With the nine-lane track and FieldTurf playing surface installed, it won’t be long before Falcon fans are cheering for their favorite team from the George Williams Athletic Complex.

internationally sanctioned track and a FieldTurf playing field. The installation of the seating is included in Phase II.

STADIUM COMPLETION, continued from page 1 “Think back to your college and even high school football games. Give us the same opportunity, the same memories,” Thomas said. “Remember the students and the experiences you had as a student.” Not all community members were opposed to the stadium. “I look forward to the day when I can see Olympic track stars in my neighborhood,” said Oakwood resident Scott Meiser. “This stadium is a blessing.” Construction is complete on the project’s first phase, which includes a nine-lane


College hosts Labor Day music festival on the campus quad

WRAL’s Pam Saulsby was one of the featured performers at the college’s inaugural Labor Day Music Festival and Scholarship Fundraiser. The college plans to make the festival an annual event.

Saint Augustine's College hosted its inaugural Labor Day Music Festival and Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 2, on the campus quadrangle. Attendees included students, staff, alumni, vendors and members of the local community. The event included performances by Pam Saulsby, Moment's Notice (Bobby Moody), Uniquely Different, Sweet Dreams Band, Jus Once, Carrington and Alexis Jones. All proceeds from the event will go toward the Access Granted scholarship fund. St. Aug plans to make the Labor Day fundraiser an annual event.


College celebrates beginning of its 145th academic year they united in support of the stadium project. “We had to deal with resistance that, in all honesty, we did not anticipate,” Suber said. “The St. Aug family came together to stand for what is good for the college and the entire community. We are indeed a family, and we will continue to be good stewards in this community.” Bishop Curry encouraged students to follow that same spirit and continue working toward their purpose no matter what opposition they may face. “We were put here not just to take but to give,” Curry said. “You have come here to train and learn and equip yourself so you can lead this world.” It was fitting that Curry, bishop of the North Carolina Episcopal Diocese, joined the college in celebrating the start of the 145th year. It was Episcopal clergy and lay members who established the college in 1867.

Bishop Michael Curry encouraged students to keep going no matter what obstacles they face along their journey.

Saint Augustine’s College celebrated the official opening of the academic year during its 145th Fall Convocation at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, on the campus quadrangle. “Over the course of 145 years, we have continued to grow from an institution established to educate newly freed slaves to a college ready to meet the demands of a 21st century globalized society,” President Dianne Boardley Suber said. “St. Aug continues to charge forward.” The convocation ceremony came on the heels of the Raleigh City Council’s unanimous approval of the college’s Special Use Permit for the George Williams Athletic Complex. Suber commended the college community for how



Saint Augustine’s College hosts YMCA High Hopes camp for fourth year Three hundred and fifty students converged upon Saint Augustine’s College during the summer for the YMCA’s High Hopes camp. This was the fourth year Saint Augustine’s College hosted the camp. The seven-week camp serves rising graders through rising ninth-graders live in the Southeast Raleigh area. YMCA provides transportation to from campus for the students.

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The YMCA camp is one of the only camps in the area that offers physical activity as well as an educational program, said Dexter Hebert, the YMCA’s senior community outreach director. Camp participants had access to golf, soccer, basketball, flag football and track and field clinics in addition to a reading and entrepreneurship programs. There will also be a leadership curriculum presented by the Raleigh Police Department.

For the fourth year, Saint Augustine’s College hosted the YMCA’s High Hopes summer camp. Three hundred and fifty students attended the seven-week camp.

an education” helps them aspire to the same goals.

The activities, meals and transportation offered through the camp would add up to about $181 per week, but the YMCA only charges $5 per week. The YMCA raises money to subsidize the true cost of the camp.

Campers aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of the YMCA housing its program at Saint Augustine’s College. In the four years Camp High Hopes has been at the College, the YMCA has employed 100-150 St. Aug students during the summer.

Housing the program on Saint Augustine’s College’s campus offers campers a glimpse at college life. Hebert said putting the youngsters in an environment where they see students “who look like them getting


College receives nearly $500,000 grant from HUD

affordable, Wi-Fi equipped, universally designed homes, and selling them to lowto moderate-income homebuyers who have successfully completed the college’s homebuyer institute. Additionally, the neighborhood will be provided with wireless network service to increase access to Internet services.

Saint Augustine’s College received $498,682 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The college is one of 10 historically black colleges and universities that received HUD funding to help revitalize neighborhoods, promote affordable housing and stimulate economic development in communities across the nation.

Suber, students recognized at gala

“All across this country, historically black colleges and universities are cultivating young minds and helping to revitalize local communities,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a release. “I’m proud that HUD can be an important partner to assist these institutions of higher education in their efforts to strengthen our nation’s communities.”

Actress Vivica Fox and Miss North Carolina Adrienne Core presented an award to President Dianne Boardley Suber at the Sisters for your Journey Gala.

Saint Augustine’s College will use the grant for its East College Park Redevelopment project. The major activities of this project will include: providing homeowner training and supportive services to low- to moderate-income participants; increasing the capacity of community organizations through awareness building, leadership training, and development of a neighborhood leadership council; and redeveloping the neighborhood by buying 10 deteriorated properties and redeveloping them with energy-efficient,

President Dianne Boardley Suber was among the honorees at the Sisters for your Journey Inaugural Diamond Gala held Friday, April 29, at the Grand Marquis Ballroom in Garner. Suber was awarded the Diamond Leadership award. Students Sakeeda Freeman and Ranell Jenkins, both juniors, each received a $5,000 scholarship from Sisters for your Journey. Wal-Mart presented a $5,000 donation to Saint Augustine’s College at the gala.


St. Aug interns spearhead community cleanup campaign

Pictured from left to right are student Dorian Harvey, Alphonza Stevens with the city of Raleigh, and student Jerome Bute. Harvey and Bute worked with the city of Raleigh to install trash cans along Tarboro Street and Oakwood Avenue.

The city of Raleigh recently installed 11 trash receptacles along North Tarboro Street and Oakwood Avenue as part of the “College Park Community Love Our Neighborhood Campaign.”

receptacles. “Do Not Litter” signs were also placed along Tarboro Street and Oakwood Avenue. “One of the College’s goals is always to actively make a positive impact in our surrounding community. I am pleased to see our students carrying on that spirit of volunteerism,” President Dianne Boardley Suber said.

Saint Augustine’s College student interns Takika Harris, Christopher Minor, Dorian Harvey and Jerome Bute worked with the city to obtain and refurbish the


Student featured on UNCF telecast

Senior Amber Thomas was featured on UNCF’s “An Evening of Stars” on Sunday, Sept. 25. The broadcast, which aired on BET, highlighted students from across the country who have benefited from assistance from UNCF.

Saint Augustine’s College senior Amber Thomas was featured on UNCF’s “An Evening of Stars,” which aired Sunday, Sept. 25, on BET. Thomas is one of many students who have benefited from funds from UNCF to help pay for their college education.

Dianne Boardley Suber was also interviewed in the segment. UNCF’s “Evening of Stars” featured performances by Jill Scott, Patti Labelle, Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton and Musiq Soulchild. The show has aired annually since 1979, becoming one of the longest-running televised events in U.S. history. Over the years, the broadcast has helped UNCF raise more than $200 million to support student scholarships.

Thomas’ video segment highlighted her journey as a college student and how financial assistance from UNCF is helping her achieve her goal of becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. President


College named to College hosts presidential U.S. state honor roll department official

Cheryl Benton, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of State, recently visited the college and President Dianne Boardley Suber.

Saint Augustine’s College welcomed Cheryl Benton, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Public Affairs, on Monday, April 18. Benton’s visit was to increase the awareness of the available opportunities within the U.S. Department of State.  Despite the damage sustained from the storm, Benton was able to meet with administrators, tour the Saint Augustine’s College library and eat lunch with student leaders in the College cafeteria. A conversation with President Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber concluded her campus visit. Benton committed to return to campus during the fall 2011 semester.

Saint Augustine’s College was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year by the Corporation for National Community Service. “Being honored with this award anchors how we live and breathe our mission everyday and how committed we are to building future leaders and innovators,” said President Dianne Boardley Suber. “We are honored and thankful to the Corporation for National Community Service for its recognition.” More than 500 colleges and universities were named to the honor roll, six received the Presidential Award. Various factors contributed to Saint Augustine’s College receiving the Presidential Honor Roll award, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.


St. Aug dedicates Confucius Classroom

Saint Augustine’s College recently dedicated its Confucius Classroom, which will bring Chinese language and culture classes to campus. The classroom is the first of its kind at a Historically Black College or University.

Saint Augustine’s College celebrated the dedication of its Confucius Classroom on campus Thursday, Aug. 25. The Confucius Classroom at Saint Augustine’s College is the first of its kind at a Historically Black College or University. It is one of three Confucius Classrooms under North Carolina State University’s Confucius Institute. The other classrooms are at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford and Enloe High School in Raleigh. The Confucius Classroom will offer classes in Chinese language and culture for the campus community and the community at large. “The establishment of a Confucius Classroom at Saint Augustine’s College is

in line with our institutional mission of preparing students to be competitive in an increasingly globalized society,” said President Dianne Boardley Suber. The Confucius Institute’s mission is to promote intercultural understanding between the U.S. and China, said Dr. Bailian Li, director of N.C. State’s Confucius Institute. Programs like the Confucius Institute support President Barack Obama’s initiative to send 100,000 U.S. students to China to study. Saint Augustine’s College’s Confucius Classroom is the culmination of a partnership between Saint Augustine’s College and N.C. See CONFUCIUS CLASSROOM, page 15


College to host exhibit of renowned artist Synthia SAINT JAMES’ work

Saint Augustine’s College will host an art exhibit for the internationally acclaimed artist and illustrator, Synthia SAINT JAMES, Oct. 21. The alliance between SAINT JAMES and Saint Augustine’s College formed after SAINT JAMES and President Dianne Boardley Suber met on the 2009 Fantastic Voyage cruise hosted by Tom Joyner.

In the years following the cruise, SAINT JAMES remained diligent in establishing a scholarship at Saint Augustine’s College. The first Synthia SAINT JAMES scholarship award will be presented in the fall of 2012 in accordance with the grand opening of the Synthia SAINT JAMES Fine Arts Institute of Saint Augustine’s College.

“I had recently decided that I wanted to establish a scholarship fund for young ladies that wanted to pursue the visual arts. Dr. Suber immediately offered Saint Augustine’s College, and I most definitely answered yes,” SAINT JAMES said.

SAINT JAMES said she knew early on that she wanted to be an artist. “I have known since I was 5 years old that I wanted to be an artist. I started speaking it at 6 years old and confirmed it by the time I was 13 years old,” she said.


College CDC classes offer path to homeownership

Saint Augustine’s College’s Community never finish.” Development Corporation (CDC) is helping local residents get on track to buy their first home through its Homeownership Institute. The CDC works with community partners to offers classes such as financial literacy, credit repair and debt counseling.

The goal of the Homeownership Institute is for participants to finish mortgage ready. But even if they aren’t ready to buy a home at the end of the 12-week course, Williamson said they will at least be closer to buying a home than they ever were before.

“A lot of people have credit issues, but many of us don’t realize that the problems are not that major, and there are people out there who can help clean it up,” said Brenda Williamson, CDC program coordinator. “It might take three to six months to clean it up or it might take two to four years. If you don’t start, you’ll

“This is a chance to change their future,” Williamson said. Those who participate may also be eligible for the city of Raleigh’s mortgage assistance. The institute is free. Call 516-4754 to find out about upcoming information sessions.


CONFUCIUS CLASSROOM, continued from page 13 State that began in 2009, which is when Saint Augustine’s College students began traveling to China along with N.C. State students to study at the Nanjing Normal University. Leaders at both schools said they are excited to be able to offer the same

instruction to people locally. “This is an opportunity to bring China here to Raleigh — bringing the global to the local,” said Anna Lamm, deputy director for the Confucius Institute at N.C. State.

President’s Chatroom

President Dianne Boardley Suber addressed students’ questions and concerns during one of her recent President’s Chatroom sessions. During the sessions, Suber meets with students in Goold Hall to talk about issues that are important to them. The chatroom is one way Suber keeps the lines of communication open between her administration and students.


College celebrates second year with Wal-Mart Success Program

Pictured from left to right are participants in the college’s Wal-Mart Success Program. Back row: Tanazia Lodge, Dawaun Dawson; front row: Tanaia Williams, Desiree McCray, Christopher Coleman-Johnson, Fatimah Waliyyuddin; not pictured: Jerome Bute, Dorian Harvey, Martize Smith, Aaron Thomas.

Saint Augustine’s College held a luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 23, to kick-off the second year of the Saint Augustine’s College Wal-Mart Success (SAWS) program.

The goal of each position is to expose students to career paths that increase the awareness of industries where minorities are under represented in professional roles.

In addition, the college recently received a $50,000 award from the Council on Independent Colleges and the Wal-Mart Foundation aimed at funding programs designed to increase the retention rates of first-generation college students.

Each participant took part in a year-long process that included attending professional development workshops, cultural events and seminars on balancing and avoiding the pitfalls of being a first-generation student/ employee. At the conclusion of the eightweek summer assignments, the SAWS externs made formal presentations at their respective employers.

The SAWS program was created by Nichole Lewis, director of the Saint Augustine's College Belk Professional Development Center.

SAWS alumni will be serving in various leadership and ambassador roles on campus. For more information on the SAWS program contact the Belk Center at 516-4242.

Through the program, Lewis created seven professional-level externships for firstgeneration freshmen and sophomores.


David Shepard retires after 51 years at Saint Augustine’s College

President Dianne Boardley Suber presents David Shepard with a plaque commemorating his 51 years of service at Saint Augustine’s College. Shepard grew up on the college campus, and his father and grandfather also worked here.

David Shepard recently retired from Saint Augustine’s College after working here for 51 years — 48 full-time and three part-time. But, Shepard’s time at the College began long before his first day of work.

several capacities. He kept guard as a night watchman, he fired up the boilers and kept heat in the buildings, and, as a farmer, he raised food and milked cows on campus. The dairy Arthur Shepard helped operate was where the gravel parking lot is now behind the Martin Luther King Building.

Shepard was born on campus Dec. 1, 1938, at St. Agnes Hospital. And like his father, Shepard also grew up on campus. In fact, many of Shepard’s immediate family members spent time living and working on the Saint Augustine’s College campus.

The Shepard family lived on campus near Boyer Hall. The well they used for water is still there on the hill. Before coming to St. Aug, Arthur Shepard lived in Asheville. The man he worked for there helped him get a job at the College.

It all began with his grandfather, Arthur Shepard, who worked for the College in


“My granddaddy loved the College and the people that worked here,” Shepard said. “He raised his children here on campus and in the surrounding community, and all of them were in love with the College.” Shepard’s father, Reuben, worked in what is now the Hermitage Building. Back when Reuben Shepard worked at the College, the building was the carpentry shop where he built furniture. “When my father worked here, I loved coming back and forth here,” Shepard said. “I was excited to come here and work here as well.”

of the time, I had experienced some things they had been through. I was able to help them. A lot of students come back now and tell me how much I helped them.”

Shepard’s philosophy is that it “doesn’t hurt to speak or to smile, or to let someone know “My granddaddy you care.” Many people loved the College on campus will recall his and the people that familiar greeting — “Hello young lady” or “Hello worked here. He young man.”

raised his children here on campus and in the surrounding community, and all of them were in love with the College.”

Now that Shepard’s working days at the College are done, he’s looking forward to enjoying retirement with his family, which includes nine children, 23 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

— David Shepard In addition to his grandfather and father “For 48 years, I didn’t working at the College, spend a lot of time with my Shepard’s uncle, and four of his siblings family,” Shepard said. “I plan to visit with also worked here. them and show them love.” Shepard worked in Physical Plant, helping tend to the campus grounds and buildings. But, he also drove a bus for the College for 21 years.

President Dianne Boardley Suber said Shepard left a mark “that says you were here, you gave, that you truly left it better than you found it.”

Throughout his time at the College, Shepard said he’s most enjoyed being able to help make college life a little easier for the students he met along the way.

“It’ll be different when you aren’t here,” Suber said. “It’ll be like a piece of history walked away.”

“Some of them had problems, and they liked to talk to me,” Shepard said. “A lot


Faces of St. Aug:

Alison Sikes

Alison Sikes’ story is one of redemption, acceptance, and strength.

death experience that things changed for her. “She’s my angel on earth, and seeing her in that hospital bed was one of the hardest things I have ever had to witness — I began to pray. I wanted God to show me through her who He was.”

After only six weeks of life, Sikes (who is African American) was warmly adopted into a white family. As a child she struggled with being “different” than the rest of her family. “One time I was out to dinner with my dad and a person called the cops because they thought he had kidnapped me. And waiters always assumed that my check was separate from the rest of the family,” Sikes said.

Sikes’ grandmother is alive and well today. “Prayer is the only thing that kept her alive and I now have a new appreciation for my grandmother and God.”  After high school Sikes had several offers to play college basketball, she chose Saint Augustine’s College for various reasons, including the fact that it is driving distance from her hometown and she really liked what she heard about the school.

When asked how she overcame her feelings of isolation and difference, she gives all the credit to her family and their relentless love and acceptance towards her. It is evident that Sikes shares an incredibly nurturing relationship with both of her parents. “My mom is always there for me, always. And my dad is my best friend, motivation and the reason I am where I am today.” Early in her adolescent years Sikes began to struggle with her sexual orientation; she eventually announced to family and friends that she was gay while in high school. “It was horrible, I was kicked off the basketball team and all organizations I was involved in, and I was told I was going to hell. I felt God hated me and I hated Him in return.” It was not until her grandmother’s near

“When I came here everybody spoke and was so respectful. That meant a lot to me. But St. Aug was an adjustment for me since I had grown up in a white family. I had never been around so many black people in my life, but I love it here!” Sikes attributes her smooth transition into a historically black college to her best friend Chanel Kinard and her Lady Falcon teammates. Despite Sikes’ many accolades and achievements she has many more goals to meet. “I am looking at going to Puerto Rico for ball but I also want to pursue a master’s degree in psychology. I want to be a high school coach or school psychologist. My passion is kids so I want to work in the educational sector.”


Faces of St. Aug:

Grace Njuguna

The life story of Grace Njuguna is one of self pride, resilience, loss and triumph.

tragically after a horrific fall off a cliff in Kenya, and Njuguna felt she was to blame for her friend’s death because the outdoor excursion was her idea. Njuguna was around 10 years old at the time.

The first 11 years of Njuguna’s life were spent in Nairobi, Kenya. In preparation of a better life for his family, Njuguna’s father moved to America when she was young.

“I blamed myself for a long period of time but I began to understand that life is not promised just because you are young,” Njuguna said. “I realized that I had to embrace life for what it really is … short. Through my best friend’s death I began and solidified my relationship with Christ. I accepted Him into my heart.”

“I spent part of my childhood without him [her father] so I was excited when he came back to move us to America. America gives you a second chance, it presents you with better opportunities,” Njuguna said.

In addition to developing a spiritual relationship with a higher power, Njuguna adopted a new mantra that she still lives by to this day. “Everything I do, I must do to my fullest potential,” she said. “I ask myself if I passed right now what kind of legacy would I leave behind. Since birth I have loved serving people, daily I have to serve.” This service driven desire is part of the reason she ran and won the title of Miss Saint Augustine’s College.

She recalls the transition to America as a culture shock to say the least; she said she was surprised by the vast amount of diversity within America. “The first day of school in America I sat beside a blond haired, blue eyed little girl. I had never seen so many white people,” Njuguna said. “I couldn’t help but wonder if she saw the world like I did.”

Njuguna gives her parents all the credit for helping make her who she is today. “My dad has always spoiled me, he always wanted me to know my worth, and that I am a child of the King, which makes me royalty, so I must carry myself in such a way,” Njuguna said. “My mother taught me how to survive — that innate strength that all women possess.”

When asked how she acclimated to her new life, she said: “I had to learn quickly to embrace who I was and what made me different from my classmates, my culture was my platform.” Njuguna considers the loss of her best friend a huge turning point in her life. She died


Faces of St. Aug: Masac Dorlouis’ story is one filled with rich culture, inspiration and the unbreakable bond of family. Dorlouis’ birth was u np l a n n e d yet completely embraced by his parents. As the youngest of six children he learned quickly the power of literacy and education. “My older siblings taught me the importance of literacy — their passion for reading and rhetoric was contagious. They reinforced phonetics, numbers and Biblical stories through playing ‘school’ with me often,” Dorlouis said. He said his older siblings are “the epitome of what I strive to be. They are focused on family and do what is required to provide for their families.” Dorlouis’ parents, natives of Haiti who migrated to the U.S. years before his birth, were vigilant in teaching him early on the importance of his Haitian heritage. Masac is the Creole translation of Meshach — Meshach as in Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the infamous Hebrew boys who were thrown in the fiery furnace as told in the book of Daniel in the Bible. Dorlouis is fluent in Creole (his parent’s native dialect) and English. As a young child Dorlouis was enrolled in the ESL (English as a second language) program, a provocative

Masac Dorlouis thought considering his current mastery of the extemporaneous speaking style. Dorlouis’ vast knowledge of the English language and rhetorical finesse showcase his colossal hunger for excellence and extreme intelligence. Furthermore, Dorlouis is a living testament to the power of mentors. He attributes much of his success, dapper mannerisms and growth to Kevin Perry, his mentor of more than four years. Dorlouis consistently finds inspiration and motivation to be a better man, student and diplomat from Perry. Dorlouis refers to Perry as his “Pops” due to the tender yet profound father/son bond they share. “I met my ‘Pops’ while attending a youth program sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., in conjunction with the Men of Tomorrow in 2005. I saw myself in him, and I think he saw my potential,” Dorlouis said of Perry. Perry also played a critical role in Dorlouis joining Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., in the spring of 2009. With his eyes on Harvard Law school post graduation, Dorlouis plans to spend his summer preparing for the LSAT.  He foresees a thriving career as a lawyer, judge and public servant (politician). When asked if we may one day see his name on a presidential ballot, he flashed a smile, chuckled and retorted that it is a possibility.


Union of Black Episcopalians, city of Norfolk establish scholarship in honor of Rev. Joseph Green community. Green, who is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and a former chaplain at the school, was pastor of Norfolk’s Grace Episcopal Church for 30 years before retiring in 1994. Green has been a force in the community. He served four years on the Norfolk School Board, 20 years on the Norfolk City Council and 10 years as the vice mayor of Norfolk. Green was instrumental in The Union of Black Episcopalians recently honored the Rev. Joseph Green’s contributions establishing Tidewater to the community by establishing a scholarship in his honor. Community College’s The Union of Black Episcopalians and the Norfolk campus, on city of Norfolk established a scholarship in which the administration building was honor of the Rev. Dr. Joseph Green, a 1949 named in his honor in 2009. Saint Augustine’s College graduate. The “Rev. Green has made significant endowment fund was announced during contributions to the Saint Augustine’s a special tribute to Green at the Union of College community as well as the Hampton Black Episcopalians 43rd Annual Meeting Roads area,” said President Dianne and Conference, held June 27-July 1 at Boardley Suber. “He serves as a wonderful the Marriott Norfolk Waterside Hotel in role model for our students and is truly Norfolk, Va. a living example of what we are teaching The scholarship was established to honor our students – to be change agents in their Green’s contributions to the Episcopal communities.” Church and the Hampton Roads


Saint Augustine’s College Educational Talent Search receives nearly $405,000 The Saint Augustine’s College Educational Talent Search Project has been selected to receive funding from the federal Department of Education. The college’s Educational Talent Search Project will receive a $404,981 grant for the budget period of Sept. 1, 2011, through Aug. 31, 2012. The program will be funded for five years. The Educational Talent Search is one of the federal TRIO programs created by President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of his War on Poverty. TRIO programs include Upward Bound and Student Support Services, which is known as Academic Achievers at Saint Augustine’s College. The goal of Educational Talent Search is to provide students with the information and the tools they need to apply for and enroll in higher education. Saint Augustine’s College’s program, which was established in 1970, serves low-income and first generation college students in Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, Martin, Franklin, Vance, Warren and Northampton counties. Ninety percent of the seniors who come through the program enroll in a two- or four-year college, or a trade school, said Antonio Stephens, director of the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs.

Brandi Whitaker, a senior at Rocky Mount Senior High, and Xavier Bunch, a sophomore at Rocky Mount Prep, both say they feel they have an edge over their peers because they’ve participated in TRIO programs. “(The program) taught me that I can’t be lazy,” Whitaker said. “You have to be determined, even if that means getting up early on a Saturday or giving up your summers.” Bunch said he already knows he wants to major in business administration and work with computers like his dad. He said the program has taught him he has to be dedicated. “If you are going to make a good life, you have to work hard,” Bunch said. “Saint Augustine’s College is committed to educating and preparing a new generation of leaders and change agents,” said President Dianne Boardley Suber. “The efforts of the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs are in line with the College’s mission, and renewed funding from the Department of Education allows us to continue offering this valuable service to young people in northeastern North Carolina.”


Feline Falcon: Catherine Flowers The feline species is known for being mysterious, cunning and relentlessly vigilant — all characteristics Catherine Flowers must possess as a spy. She is a private investigator, CEO of Cat’s Eye Private Investigations, retired law enforcement officer and a Saint Augustine’s College graduate. She started her private investigation business more than 12 years ago. Flowers, a former ROTC cadet, majored in Criminal Justice while attending Saint Augustine’s College. After graduation, Flowers entered the police academy and eventually became a police officer.  Flowers’ law enforcement background made the transition to private investigation an easy choice. “I retired from the police force in 1996 due to an injury, so working as a spy came natural to me.  Investigation was all I knew,” Flowers said. Flowers credits Saint Augustine’s College for adequately preparing her for the work force post college. “St. Aug prepared me physically and educationally for the real world,” Flowers said. “The ROTC program was physically rigorous, and as a criminal justice major I

was consistently challenged in the classroom. I was dually prepared.” As a private investigator no day can be routine or mundane. “Probably the craziest moment for me was when a woman hired me to find out whether or not her husband was cheating,” Flowers recalled. “Her husband was an older white man and was cheating on her with a younger black woman.”  “The husband had taken the mistress to their home. He had to be 30 years her senior. Once the wife found out they were in the house, she went in the house, against my advisement. Long story short, the wife ended up finding her husband and his mistress in her bed. Being that the mistress was black, the wife started hurling racial epithets at her. It was hard for me as a black woman to be sensitive and professional towards the wife despite her foul language. I ended up having to call the police.” Flowers offers valuable advice for current Saint Augustine’s College students. “Be sharper than sharp. It’s stiff competition out here so you must be sharp. You must be professionally prepared.” Flowers was recently featured on WRAL for her thorough and clever work that she does day in and day out. This Lady Falcon deserves many accolades and recognition for the passion she has for her clients and alma mater.


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St. Aug’s Duffus, Copeland repeat as academic All-Americans Both Orolando Duffus and Christopher Copeland of Saint Augustine’s College were named to the Capital One Academic AllAmerica college division men’s track and field/cross Duffus country teams for the second consecutive season. Duffus was a first-team selection for the second straight year. A six-time track AllAmerican, Duffus placed fourth in the NCAA Indoor Meet and eighth in the NCAA Outdoor Meet in the triple jump as a senior. He graduated in May with a business administration degree and a cumulative 3.92 grade point average. A native of St. Catherine, Jamaica, Duffus was named 2011 Division II Atlantic Region outdoor field athlete of the year by U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He was the men’s Field MVP in both the CIAA indoor and outdoor meets, won by the Falcon men. A two-time selection on the CIAA Commissioner’s All-Academic Team, Duffus also made the Academic All-District team, which made him eligible for All-America

academic honors. In 2010, Duffus was the CIAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Copeland, a senior from Suffolk, Va., is a third-team choice for the second time in a row. He reached track All-America status after finishing second nationally in the high jump during the 2011 indoor and outdoor seasons. The CIAA high jump champion, Copeland majors in sports management with a 3.66 grade point average. Copeland is a member of the Academic All-District and CIAA Commissioner’s AllAcademic teams. In 2010, Copeland was named USTFCCCA indoor field scholarathlete of the year and was NCAA indoor high jump champion. The Capital One Academic All-America men’s track & field/cross country teams were selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).



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Ingram promoted to Class A baseball team


Laughinghouse named CDS preseason football All-American

Former Saint Augustine’s College baseball AllAmerican Rashaad Ingram recently was promoted to the E u ge n e ( Ore .) Emeralds of the Class A (Short Season) Northwest League.

Tyron Laughinghouse (Jr./Greenville, N.C.) of Saint Augustine’s College gained national attention for his talent on the football field. The t wo - s p o r t standout was named to the Consensus Draft Services preseason Division II AllAmerica second team as a kick returner. One of the nation’s top return men, Laughinghouse earned All-CIAA first team honors after leading the conference in kick return average (29.5 yards per return) in 2010.

The Emeralds are a minor league baseball affiliate of the San Diego Padres of the major leagues. Drafted by San Diego in June, Ingram was playing for the Arizona Padres in the Rookie League before being called up to the Emeralds.

The sixth best kick returner in Division II this past season, Laughinghouse is one of four CIAA players named either preseason first- or second-team All-American by CDS. The others are running back Nic Cooper of WinstonSalem State, cornerback Darnell Evans of Shaw and safety Andre Lyles of Fayetteville State.

In 10 games with the Arizona Padres, Ingram batted .353 which was third highest on the team. He had 12 hits, 10 runs, 5 RBIs, 8 walks and 3 stolen bases. Ingram was a second baseman for the rookie team after playing shortstop as a college senior at St. Aug, where he was named 2011 CIAA baseball player of the year. Ingram, a Savannah, Ga., native, was the NCAA Division II stolen bases leader (80) and a Daktronics third-team All-American in 2011.

Laughinghouse (6-3, 175 pounds) was also a threat at wide receiver, where he caught 19



Sports News LAUGHINGHOUSE, continued from page 27 passes for 402 yards. He averaged 21.2 yards per catch. His six touchdown catches led the Falcons, who finished 9-2 overall and won the Pioneer Bowl in 2010. A two-sport standout, Laughinghouse was a valuable contributor at guard on the men’s basketball team.

College announces men’s basketball signees Head men’s basketball coach Ken Spencer recently announced the signing of five studentathletes that he believes will bolster the Falcons’ roster for the 2011-12 season. The incoming class includes interior players Chris Campbell, Daniel Clark and Tristan Harris, and guards Michael Murray and Chris Rhodes. The newcomers will join a Falcons’ squad led by CIAA rookie of the year Joel Kindred (rising soph./Raleigh, N.C.), the team’s leading scorer in 2010-11. The Falcons are looking to bounce back as CIAA contenders in Spencer’s second season at the helm. “This is a class that we can build our program on the next few years,” said Spencer about his first full recruiting class. “Rhodes has three years left while Murray, Campbell and Clark are coming straight out of high school. We are still looking to get one more big man. If we can complete that, then we will be well on our way to building our program the way we want to build it.” Below is a brief bio on each player:

•Chris Campbell is a 6-foot-6 forward from Cape Henry Collegiate School in Chesapeake, Va. Campbell was selected to play in a regional all-star prep game featuring North Carolina and Virginia players after averaging 8.3 points and 11 rebounds as a senior at Cape Henry. Campbell was also an outstanding volleyball player at Cape Henry. •Daniel Clark is a 6-foot-8 power forward from George Washington High School in Danville, Va. The fourth-ranked prep power forward in Virginia by, Clark averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks last season. He is an all-district, all-region and honorable mention all-state selection. A late bloomer, Clark received recruiting attention from Division I schools such as Virginia Tech, Georgetown and (Miami, Fla.) during his fouryear prep career. •Tristan Harris is a 6-foot-9 center from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C. Harris led Cape Fear with 69 blocked shots for a 2.2 average per game last season. He helped Cape Fear post a 26-9 overall mark, win a region title and reach the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Tournament. Harris played prep ball at Wilmington Hoggard High School. •Michael Murray is a 6-foot shooting guard from Covenant Christian Ministries Academy in Marietta, Ga. He helped Covenant Christian win the 2011 National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) national championship. Murray was named to the NACA all-tournament team. The Douglasville, Ga., native averaged 18 points last season. •Chris Rhodes, a 5-foot-10 guard, was second on the team with 2.6 assists per game last season at USC Salkehatchie. A Greenville, S.C., native, Rhodes helped Southside High School win consecutive South Carolina state AA titles.


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Whitaker coaches HBCU All-Star baseball game


Coach Charles Whitaker of Saint Augustine’s College was selected to coach the Second Annual HBCU Baseball AllStar Revue game June 25 at Mundys Mill High School in Jonesboro, Ga.

The contest featured players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from the Southeast. Whitaker, who directed the Falcons to a modern school record 36 wins in 2011, was one of several coaches picked to lead the East team, which featured CIAA, MEAC and NAIA players. The West team consisted of SWAC, SIAC, and NAIA players. The East team included former Saint Augustine’s College players Joe Pierce (Wetumpka, Ala.) and Brandon Stewart (Riverdale, Ga.). Pierce, a center fielder, was the Falcons’ second-leading batter (.384) who ranked ninth in Division II in stolen bases (40). Stewart tied for fourth in Division II in pitching victories (12) after leading the nation for most of the season. Both players graduated from Saint Augustine’s College in May. Former shortstop Rashaad Ingram

(Savannah, Ga.) of the Falcons was an honorary member on the East team since he was not able to attend. A 2011 CIAA player of the year and Daktronics AllAmerican, Ingram is playing in the Arizona rookie league after being drafted by the San Diego Padres.

Former St. Aug stars help USA win 4x400 world title Former Saint Augustine’s College track stars Bershawn “Batman” Jackson and Jamaal Torrence were instrumental in the United States winning the men’s 4x400 relay title Friday, Sept. 2, at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Jackson, the 2005 world champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 400 hurdles, ran the second leg for the United States in the finals. The USA ran 2:59.31 to hold off South Africa, which finished second in 2:59.87. Jamaica, featuring former Johnson C. Smith University standout Leford Green, was third in 3:00.10. Torrence competed for the United States in the preliminaries the day before. He helped USA win its heat and qualify for the finals in 2:58.82.


Men’s basketball team helps build Habitat for Humanity home

Members of the Saint Augustine’s College men’s basketball team helped build and renovate houses for Habitat for Humanity.

On Friday, Sept. 2, the men’s basketball team assembled to construct and renovate various Habitat for Humanity houses.

bonding as a team,” Spencer said.

Among the group were 12 current men’s basketball players and three coaches, including Coach Ken Spencer.

“I needed to give back, I knew that helping to build a house would help others; plus it gave me an opportunity to do something I have never done,” said junior guard Nick Chamblee.

“I thought it would be a great way to give back, a way to do something positive while

In addition, the players were eager to help the community.


President ...................................................................................... Dianne Boardley Suber Vice Pres., Institutional Advancement and Development .................. Marc A. Newman Assoc. Vice Pres., Marketing and Communications.............Shelley Willingham-Hinton Senior Communications Specialist ........................................................... LaToya Sutton Communications Specialist .....................................................................Tiffany Gladney Sports Information Director .................................................................. Anthony Jeffries

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