St. Augustine's University (Raleigh, North Carolina)
|Motto||Veritas vos liberabit|
Motto in English
|The truth will set you free|
|Founder||Jacob Brinton Smith|
|President||Everett B. Ward|
Raleigh, North Carolina, |
|Campus||Urban, 105 acres (0.42 km2)|
Blue and White|
Founded in 1867 as Saint Augustine's Normal School, the institution first changed its name to Saint Augustine’s School in 1893 and then to Saint Augustine’s Junior College in 1919 when it began offering college-level coursework. It began offering coursework leading to a four-year degree in 1927 and changed its name to Saint Augustine’s College one year later with the first baccalaureate degrees awarded in 1931. In 2012, the institution again expanded its focus and changed its name to St. Augustine's University.
In April 2014, in the midst of what The Chronicle of Higher Education characterized as "significant turmoil" and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education described as "financial problems...stemming from a loss in enrollment and revenue," the university's board of trustees fired university president Dianne Boardley Suber one month prior to her planned retirement. At the same time, the board reinstated two senior employees that Suber had recently fired. Suber had led the university for nearly 15 years.
Saint Augustine’s University was the nation’s first historically black college to have its own on-campus commercial radio and television stations (WAUG 750 AM, WAUG-TV 8, and Time Warner cable channel 10). It is also the only school in the Raleigh/Durham area to offer a degree in film production.
Of the 5 colleges in the Western world which have awarded honorary degrees to controversial Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, Saint Augustine's College is one of only 2 which has not revoked the award (in this case, a Legum Doctor).
2011 social media controversy
In 2011, the university barred a student from participation in the 2011 commencement exercises because of a negative comment he had made on the College's Facebook page. Shortly thereafter, the student initiated a lawsuit against the College in North Carolina State Court which was later settled out of court.
2013 summer camp employees controversy
In the summer of 2013, local news affiliates reported that two convicted murderers had been hired by the university to work for a children's summer camp. Although the university defended the employees as "exemplary employees and productive members of the community", the university reassigned them.
St. Augustine's College Campus
|Location||Oakwood Ave., Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Area||20 acres (8.1 ha)|
|Architectural style||Late Gothic Revival, Romanesque|
|NRHP reference #||80002903|
|Added to NRHP||March 28, 1980|
|Latham Hall, 1974
|Weston Hall, 1986
|FalkCrest Court, 2007
|Atkinson Hall, 1961 |
|Boyer Hall, 1990
||Baker Hall, 1963
|Lynch Hall, 1961|
Athletic Upperclassmen Residence
The school’s size is 105 acres (0.42 km2) of historic land in an Urban setting and large city (250,000 – 499,999), just minutes away from downtown. The main area of the campus is approximately 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land housing the following facilities:
Emery Gymnasium, George "Pup" Williams Track & Field Stadium, Penick Hall of Math & Sciences, Charles Mosee Building (Office of Academic Affairs), Delany Hall (Office of Financial Aid & Admissions), Martin Luther King, Jr. Reception Center, Joseph C. Gordan Health & Science Center, The Prezell R. Robinson Library, Cheshire Building (Division of Business), Tuttle Hall of Military Sciences, St. Agnes Hospital, Goold Hall Student Union, Charles H. Boyer Administration Building (Office of the President), Hunter Administration Bldg., Hermitage Faculty Bldg., Benson Bldg. of Technology, Seby Jones Fine Arts Center, and The Historic Chapel.
- Saint Agnes Hospital- Rev. and Mrs. A.B. Hunter founded St. Agnes Hospital in 1895. I.L. Collins gave $600 of the $1,100 raised to start the hospital, which was named for Collins' late wife Agnes. The hospital opened in the residence of Robert B. Sutton, the school's third principal. By 1904, despite improvements, St. Agnes needed to expand, and Mrs. Hunter raised half the $15,000 needed. Under the direction of Bishop Henry Beard Delany it became a 75-bed center "built of stone quarried on the St. Augustine's campus" that opened in 1909. For many years St. Agnes was "the only well-equipped hospital ... with one exception" for blacks between New Orleans and Washington D.C., and served 75,000 black people in the three states. The building was severely damaged by fire in December 1926. One of its most famous patients was Boxer Jack Johnson, who was taken there following a fatal 1946 auto accident near Franklinton, NC. Part of the building still remains, and is regarded as a historic property, but the hospital has not operated since 1961.
- Saint Augustine's College Historic Chapel- The college cornerstone was laid in 1895 under the guidance of Reverend Henry Beard Delany, the first African-American Bishop elected to the Episcopal Church and the first Bishop to graduate from the college. The chapel was made possible through the acquisition by the Freedmen's Bureau and is one of the oldest landmarks at St. Augustine's University. Current chaplain of the chapel is the Rev. Nita Johnson Byrd.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Center- Built in 1973, it was previously the school's Student Union and now holds the cafeteria, mailing room, bookstore, and ballroom.
In recent years, the university's annual enrollment has approximated 800-1000 students, about half from North Carolina, the remainder from 37 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, and 30 other foreign countries. Its faculty consists of nearly 100 persons.
|Division of Business||Division of Liberal Arts & Education||Division of Social Sciences|
|Visual & Performing Arts||Division of Natural Science & Mathematics||Division of Military Science|
Clubs and activities
- Student Honors Association
- Student Leaders Organization
- Student Government Association
- Homecoming Committee
- CAB (Campus Activities Board)
- CFO (Christian Fellowship Organization)
- New Beginnings Gospel Choir
- BlueChip Cheerleading Squad
- Collegiate 100 of the 100 Black Men
- Carter G. Woodson History Club
- FAME (Federation of Artist in Media Entertainment)
- Falcon Poetry Club
- Phi Beta Lambda (National Business Association)
- Nubiance Modeling Troupe
- Belle J'Adore Modeling Troupe
- ISA International Student Organization
- Marching/Jazz/Pep Band
- Falcon Battalion/Army ROTC
- Falcons 4 Obama
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Foreign Language Club
- Falcons for the Cause
- Falcon Fanatikz Pep Squad
- Residence Halls Association
- Psychology Club
- SAC Association for Black Journalists
- Sociology Club
- Students in Free Enterprise
- Students North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE)
- TRIO Academic Achievers Program (Federally Funded Program) (First Generational Students)
Greek letter organizations
- Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity – Gamma Psi chapter
- Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority – Gamma Xi chapter
- Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity – Gamma Omicron chapter
- Omega Psi Phi fraternity – Kappa Epsilon chapter
- Delta Sigma Theta sorority – Gamma Rho chapter
- Phi Beta Sigma fraternity – Beta Xi chapter
- Zeta Phi Beta sorority – Phi Beta chapter
- Sigma Gamma Rho sorority – Nu chapter
- Iota Phi Theta fraternity-Theta Phi chapter
- Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity – Upsilon Kappa chapter (Inactive)
- Kappa Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity – Nu Eta chapter
- Tau Beta Sigma national honorary band sorority – Prospect
The mission of "The Gateway Lifelong Learning Program" is to offer non-traditional, continuing and alternative academic educational opportunities for adult learners. The Gateway Program is designed to give working, non-traditional and community college transfer students an option to pursue a degree and / or personal/professional development. These academic programs address the learning needs of employed adults who prefer an educational delivery system that is participatory and experientially related to the workplace. An example of an educational program consistent with the lifelong learning philosophy is the Organizational Management (OM) major, which is offered through the university's Gateway Program. This unique program offers an ideal alternative academic opportunity for the employed adult to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in an accelerated format while attending classes during the evening each week.
|Bernard Allen||1962||Educator and long-time lobbyist for the North Carolina Association of Educators; North Carolina House member, 2003–2006|
|Hannah Diggs Atkins||first African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives (1968–1980)|
|Luther Barnes||1976||Gospel music recording artist|
|Ralph Campbell, Jr.||former North Carolina State Auditor; the first African-American elected to that position in North Carolina|
|Travis Cherry||Grammy Nominated Music Producer|
|Anna Julia Cooper||writer, educator, one of the first African-American women to receive a PhD.|
|Bessie and Sadie Delany||Bessie, 1911
|African Americans who published their best-selling memoir, Having Our Say, at the ages of 102 and 104, respectively|
|Henry Beard Delany||first African-American Episcopal Bishop|
|Hon. Hubert Thomas Delany||American civil rights pioneer, a lawyer, politician, Assistant U.S. Attorney, the first African American Tax Commissioner of New York and one of the first appointed African American judges in New York City|
|Ruby Butler DeMesme||1969||former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower, Installations and Environment|
|Ramon Gittens||Sprinter at the 2012 Summer Olympics|
|Robert X. Golphin||Actor "The Great Debaters"|
|Trevor Graham||former track & field coach|
|Alex Hall||former NFL linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Giants and currently in the Canadian Football League|
|Maycie Herrington||documentarian of the Tuskegee Airmen and social worker|
|Ike Lassiter||the first NFL player ever from St. Augustine's College|
|William McBryar||Medal of Honor recipient|
|Angelique Monét||1998||Former Ms. Black South Carolina, multi-media talent, and world's only stage actress ventriloquist, also appointed nobility title Princess of Aquitaine|
|Hon. James E.C. Perry||1966||Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida|
|Antonio Pettigrew||2000 Olympic gold medalist in the men's 4 × 400 meter relay for the United States. He also won the gold medal at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.|
|Chaz Robinson||professional football player|
|Lloyd Quarterman||chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project|
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