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Esports is coming to LC in fall

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A state-of-the-art esports complex is coming to Livingstone College this fall. Under the leadership of President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College has taken the progressive and bold steps to enter into the esports arena by establishing the Livingstone College Athletics Esports Facility, to be located inside its School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. South. The venue, projected to be completed in September 2021, will comprise five components: competitive esports; simulation golf; iRacing; broadcasting; and an abundance of space for social gatherings. Upon completion, Livingstone esports anticipates an active schedule and has already established facility hosting plans for 100-plus events annually. Livingstone has contracted with Ohio-based Meridian HD to develop the estimated $1.3M project that will include a more compact facility in the Walls Center at its West Monroe Street campus, designated for students only. The larger off-campus venue will be open to the public as well as students. Livingstone esports will include 16 competitive gaming stations; 16 social play stations; a pre-game strategy and coaching room; two golf simulation stations; a broadcasting center; two iRacing simulation units positioned in the College’s pit room; uniquely-designed esports hotel suites; and a concessions/beverage bar. The facility will include overnight hotel rentals; large gathering halls for community and professional association meetings; and expanded athletic boarding for the College’s existing athletic programming. “In collaboration with Meridian HD and the leadership of Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., we have an exciting concept that no other HBCU, or any …

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New head women’s basketball coach named

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced Friday a new addition to the Blue Bear athletics family. Athletic Director Lamonte Massie-Sampson announced that Chiante Wester was the new head women’s basketball coach during a press conference on the Salisbury campus. Wester comes to Blue Bear country after serving as assistant women’s basketball coach for the Virginia State University Trojans since August 2006. She joined Virginia State University after reuniting with former Shaw University Assistant Coach James Hill, Jr. During her tenure at Virginia State, Wester participated in five regular-season division championships in the CIAA Conference, four NCAA appearances and a CIAA Championship as VSU captured more than 200-plus wins. Wester has mentored several all-conference players, league players of the year, first-ever VSU HBCU/CIAA players of the year and academic All-Americans. She worked primarily with the guards in her role at Virginia State and assisted Hill in all facets of player development, on the court coaching and individual skill instruction as well as recruitment. Her administrative responsibilities consisted of coordinating and directing community relations, outreach projects, and managing and organizing team managers.  She also oversaw the academic study hall and academic progress of the student-athletes within women’s basketball. In 2013, Wester was selected to attend the NCAA Black Coaches and Administrators Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) Program. In 2008, she attended the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy. “We strongly believe this is not only a next-level move for Coach Wester, but for our women’s basketball team,” said Massie-Sampson. “She is ready and eager to excel …

Division of Business

DIVISION OF Business   Location: Ballard Hall, 201-A701 W. Monroe St. Salisbury, NC 28144704-216-6827Hours:Monday – Friday9:00 – 5:00 Ms. Washington, SheilaAdministrative Assistant for School of BusinessSWashington@livingstone.edu Dr. Sharma, R. D.Professor of Accounting and Business & Dean for School of BusinessRSHARMA@livingstone.edu In 2015 Fall semester 72 Freshman students declared Business Administration as their major. Of those students 12 students graduated in 2018-19 (after 4 years) which is 17% on time graduation. Total Business graduated in 2018-19 were 29. Two students started on Fall 2014, and remaining 15 students changed their major to business during their tenure in Livingstone College. The Livingstone College Division of Business offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in the following areas: ▸ Business Administration The main goals and objectives of the Business Administration program are as follows: To provide students with a broad perspective of the modern business organizations and their operations through sound management principles To offer a program of study designed to equip students with analytical tools based upon logic and critical thinking for decision-making To prepare students for responsible professional positions in various sectors of the economy To prepare students for graduate studies in businessn Business students are encouraged to become active members of at least one student organization such as Livingstone College Enactus Team, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), International Economics Honor Society, and Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). ▸ Computer Information Systems The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program combines the study of system analysis and design, computer architecture and operating systems, networks, …

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3 inducted as HBCU Living Legends

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What do two former NFL players and a community activist have in common? They were each recently honored as HBCU Living Legends. Romus Jefferies, a former Buffalo Bills football player; Marjorie Kinard, speaker, community activist and fundraiser; and Joseph “Jo-Jo” White, who played for the Canadian Football League and the Tampa Bay Bandits of the U.S. Football League, all Livingstone alumni, received the distinction as HBCU Living Legends at the N.C. HBCU (Historically Black College or University) Living Legends Scholarship Gala on Sept. 4 in Charlotte. The event, the vision of William and Vanessa Hairston and other community volunteers, celebrates the significant legacies of North Carolina’s 11 historically black colleges and universities by honoring three alumni from each school every two years. Livingstone Golf Coach Andre Springs was inducted as a Fayetteville State University alumnus. Honorary co-chairs of the event were Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., who was inducted in 2019 as an HBCU Living Legend of Elizabeth City State University; Congresswoman Alma Adams; and N.C. Senator Toby Fitch. The purpose of the event is to provide scholarships to currently enrolled students of the state’s HBCUs. The funds are generated through the gala and an HBCU Living Legends calendar. Students can apply for an HBCU Living Legend Scholarship by visiting www.hbculivinglegends.com Romus Jefferies Jefferies, a graduate of Dunbar High School in East Spencer, became a four-year letterman at Livingstone College. He was named Coca-Cola Golden Helmet and Most Valuable Player, and was selected to the all-CIAA team three …

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Livingstone Athletics fills four positions

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SALISBURY, NC — Livingstone College Athletics has hired four new employees to fill the roles of compliance, sports information, sports performance and assistant to the athletic director. Aaron Williams is the new sports information director; Kyle Dexter joins the team as director of sports performance; Alexis Anderson has been named associate athletic director for compliance and business operations; and TyNiece Sutton is the new assistant to the athletic director. “I am excited about the talent that we have added to our team,” said Athletic Director Lamonte Massie-Sampson. “As we get ready for growth in our athletic department, it’s great to know they will be instrumental in that progress. They will hit the ground running, executing and leading.” Aaron Williams Williams has spent the last four years in retail operations management with stints at Walmart and CVS Health, driving store operations’ metrics and aiding fiscal partnership formations with local businesses and institutions. But he is no stranger to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). He served as a tournament media relations assistant for more than eight years, aiding in the video compliance for NCAA tournament requirements and press room management during post-game press conferences. In concert with his retail employment, Williams served as an athletics contractor for game day production for Howard University Athletics. At Howard, he sharpened the overall live broadcast and production strategy, creating a foundation of more than 26,000 viewers across the power four sports on the Bison Sports Network. Williams has also served as the communications manager for Voices …

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Livingstone College to host virtual events for Big Read in Salisbury this month

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College awarded $15K grant for project   SALISBURY – Livingstone College will hold a virtual kick-off celebration followed by a number of events for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read celebration beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 15. The NEA Big Read in Rowan County will focus on Adrian Matejka’s, “The Big Smoke.” The selected text is an exquisite collection of poetry that depicts the heavyweight champion Jack Johnson as a social phenomenon through a literary lens, said Dr. Da’Tarvia Parrish, Big Read in Salisbury program director and history and African-American studies professor at Livingstone College. The Big Read will include book talks, film viewings and panel discussions led by Parrish and other Livingstone faculty members including Dr. Charles Pinckney, Dr. Tarsha Reid, Dr. P. Jane Splawn, Shannon Allen, Michael Connor, Christopher Davis, Damein Greatheart and Phyllis Mahmud. Livingstone College student leaders Shanique Brinkley, William McCorn, Miss Livingstone Eryka Praileau, Deborah Walker and Kameron Wilson will join in the fun as reader leaders to grades K-5. Alumni who will lend their expertise consists of Dr. Momodu C. Taylor and David Gaines, as well as William McKee of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Big Read will also feature Livingstone College’s WLJZ 107.1 FM radio host, Mz Good Newz. Livingstone College was awarded a $15,000 grant to host the NEA Big Read in Rowan County. It is presented in partnership with the Rowan Public Library and Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) with support from the NEA. The college was one …

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LC students volunteer at 2021 Super Bowl

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 Among the Buccaneers and the Chiefs this weekend in Tampa Bay are a pair of Blue Bears. Livingstone seniors Kyle Wright and Quintasia McLane are volunteering at Super Bowl LV, under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Charles Crowley, department chair of sport management, hospitality management and culinary arts. The students were selected to volunteer at the Super Bowl Experience, which is a program designed for students to teach the business side of sports and to offer insight on what it’s like to run a major sporting event.  This week, Wright and McLane volunteered at the NFL Experience for fans, but were invited to also work inside the Raymond James Stadium on game day, which will have limited in-person attendance. Extreme precautions are being taken to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus including daily screenings and testing. Masks must also be worn at all times. “They are being very COVID conscious,” Crowley said of the organizers. This is the second year that Livingstone students participated at the Super Bowl through the program.  Crowley said Livingstone was selected based on an extensive application process. The students each received official Super Bowl credentials along with paraphernalia.

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Sport Mgt. students attend Super Bowl

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SALISBURY – There was a den of Blue Bears among the Chiefs and 49ers at Super Bowl 2020. Eleven Livingstone College sport management students served as hosts at Super Bowl LIV held Sunday in Miami, Fla. Livingstone was only one of two historically black colleges and universities selected to participate in the Super Bowl Experience. Deonna Young, Semaj Williams, Cory Jones, Antwann Abernathy, Damoni Johnson, Breanah Brown, Alfred Patrick Jr, Marcus Thompson, Precious Wood, Tianna Deberry and Daruis Gwynn were selected to attend based on academics and engagement. The students left for Miami on Jan. 29 and returned Tuesday from an unforgettable experience. Livingstone was selected for the program through an extensive application process, said Dr. Charles Crowley, department chair of sport management, hospitality management and culinary arts, who also accompanied the group. But it’s also about connections, and this wasn’t Crowley’s first rodeo of super bowls. Only in his second semester at Livingstone, Crowley worked the Super Bowl in 2000 and 2004 while working for other entities. The purpose of the program is to teach the business side of sports and to offer insight on what it’s like to run a major sporting event. Students worked the NFL Experience that featured the football players, NFL Live and served as way finders inside the stadium on game day. “They got to meet so many people, celebrities and stars,” Crowley said. “Every day, they saw someone famous.” Students had to complete application packets and background checks, and undergo online customer service …

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Livingstone athletics surprises admin assistant with Hall of Fame induction

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced that it was inducting five into its Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming Week, but there were actually six recipients. The sixth inductee remained a secret until the day of the dinner program. Blanche Ford, administrative assistant for Livingstone’s athletic department, was surprised when she learned at the Hall of Fame dinner that she was being inducted for meritorious service. Ford started her career at Livingstone in 1970 in the physical plant department as administrative assistant and eventually transitioned to athletics. She was also cheerleading coach from 1993 to 1998. She ventured out from Livingstone in 1998, but returned in 2006 to the athletic department to reprise her role. “She has impacted the lives of many students, taking them under her wings and treating them as her own,” her bio reads in the program. “With that being said, Ms. Ford has a lot of Blue Bear children.” One of those children is Troy Veale, a 2006 inductee into the Livingstone College Athletic Hall of Fame, who introduced Ford at the dinner, held at the Livingstone College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. “She is number one for several reasons,” Veale said. When he was dropped off at Livingstone as a timid freshman, the first place he went was the athletic department and there was Ford, offering him maternal nurturing. “She told me it’s going to be OK,” he recalled. “Until this day, when I see her, she says, ‘It’s going to be OK.’” Ford …