Saint Augustine’s University Wins Sixth Annual HP HBCU Business Challenge

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) has won the sixth annual HP HBCU Business Challenge, with students earning computer-related prizes and mentorship from HP executives.Marbella Alvarenga, Breanna Dorway, Dr. Van Sapp, Ashley Weekes, and Emmanuel BryantMarbella Alvarenga, Breanna Dorway, Dr. Van Sapp, Ashley Weekes, and Emmanuel Bryant

The competition – ended Oct. 27 – has approximately 30-40 business programs at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) participate every year. SAU has reached the top five twice in the last three years.

Dr. Van Sapp, dean of the SAU School of Business, Management, & Technology, selected SAU’s team of students: Ashley Weekes, Breanna Dorway, Marbella Alvarenga, and Emmanuel Bryant, with Bernard Zandonda being student assistant coach.

The team won with their idea of a Hybrid Optimum Work Package that touched on all security, collaboration, and accountability aspects.

“Winning this challenge is the evidence of SAU’s leadership in adapting to dynamic environments by solving the problems in the rapidly changing technology industry,” said SAU President Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail. “I commend Dr. Sapp and our students for their dedication, and HP for creating a platform showcasing how SAU’s mission aligns with their commitment to diversity.”