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The Saint flugustine's College Student Neuuspaper
Congratulations Class of 19961!
Volume 5, No. 1
by Debra Derr
FIRST LADIES EMERITI- First Lady Shirley Franklin, wife of President Bernard Franklin, presented Mrs. Lula Robinson and Mrs. Emma Boyer with special First Ladies
Emeriti Honors. From left. President Emeritus Dr. Prezell R. Robinson, Mrs. Lula Robinson, Mrs. Franklin, President Emeritus Dr James Boyer and Mrs. Emma Boyer.
College, business owners
plan venture on Tarboro st.
By L. Michelle Fox
Business students may soon have another experience to
add to their resumes, a student-run enterprise that would serve
as an entrepreneurial laboratory.
In an interview with^^e Pen, President Bernard Franklin said
the project would involve the purchase of a site at Tarboro and
Oakwood Streets, directly across from St. Augustine’s College.
The projected cost of buying and renovating the site, which
now consists of a strip mall with three or four stores, and
several houses is $ 1.8 million.
President Franklin said the project is in line with the
college’s goal of community involvement. “It creates the vision
that the college is an active partner in the life of the community.
We want to renovate the center and put in it different types of
businesses that currently are not located in the community.”
He said the school has appealed for a $500,000 U.S.
Housing and Urban Development grant, which it hopes to use
to obtain additional funding through bank loans. He is also
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Former first ladies Robinson, Boyer
honored at autumn convocation
By Saralee Johnson
Emma Perry Boyer and Lulu
Harris Robinson received First
Lady Emeriti awards during St.
Augustine’s College annual
convocation held October 8. The
awards were presented by Shirley
Franklin, wife of Dr. Bernard
“I felt humble to have been
chosen, and joyful to have been
given the award. The plaque is a
very beautiful one made of solid
mahogany with a bronze plate and
a blue background which bears the
seal of St. Augustine’s. I would
like to give special thanks to the
Board of Trustees and to James
Wade, chairman of the board, and
Dr. Franklin,” said Mrs Boyer.
Mrs. Robinson exclaimed that
she, too, felt very happy and
grateful for being honored by such
a prestigious award. “The college
means a lot to”my husband and me
for it is our alma mater. I, too,
would like to give special thanks to
Dr. Franklin and the St.
Augustine’s Board of Trustees.”
Mrs. Boyer, wife of Dr. James A.
Boyer, the sevenui president of
St. Augustine’s College, received
her early education at Crosby
Garfield School and St.
Augustine’s High School. Later
she received a certificate from
Bishop Tuttle School of Reli
gious Education and Social Work
at St. Augustine’s College, after
which she pursued a Masters
Degree at the Atlanta University
School of Social Work.
A wife and a mother, Mrs.
Boyer’s personality won a
multitude of friends nationally
and internationally for St. Aug,
as a hostess during her
stories pages 4-5
Rukel's summer in the
city page 7
Why are you
thankful? page 3
The women are
husband’s tenure. Noted for her
community service, Mrs. Boyer
was characterized by Franklin as
a “Living Legacy.”
Mrs. Robinson, wife of Dr.
Prezell R. Robinson, the
College’s eighth president,
received her early childhood and
adult education at St. Mary’s
High School. Mrs. Robinson
attended Fort Valley College,
obtaining her Bachelor of Science
degree in Religious Education in
She went on to matriculate at
Gammon Theological Seminary,
Union Theological Seminary,
Columbia University, the Univer
sity of Wisconsin and Duke
University Divinity School. Mrs.
Robinson received her Master of
Religious Education degree from
Mrs. Robinson served as
Director of Christian Education
and Associate Professor of
Philosophy and Religion at Saint
Augustine’s College for 25 years.
She also served on the Board of
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Hurricane victim begins long road to recovery
Photo by Omar White
KEEP IT CLEAN- Hurricane Fran left no stones unturned as she
leashed her fury on North Carolina. Here, Charmus Burnside,
president ofZeta Phi Beta, helps to clean the campus.
By Wanda Henderson
When people think of hurri
canes they think of mass destruc
tion, heavy rains, and hostile
winds. Students at Saint
Augustine’s College think of
Martin Dixon, junior history
major from Rochester, N.Y., was
severely injured while walking
between Baker and Latham Halls at
11 p.m. when he was struck by a
falling tree limb.
Onlookers estimated 12
students, including Dixon, were
out in the quadrangle area during
the hurricane. One student
reported, “When Martin was
struck we tried to lift the limb off
of him, but because of the flying
debris, we had to lay the tree
back on him until the winds had
After the limb was lifted
Martin was rushed to Wake
Medical Center. He had multiple
injuries and had immediate
surgery. He was in surgery for
nine hours due to the severity of
Now in stable condition at
Wake Medical, Dixon is unable to
walk. Doctors believe that with
time and patience, however,
Dixon may regain his ability to
Dixon’s reasons for being
outside at a dangerous time are
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