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Biden’s health official to visit campus

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SALISBURY – A member of the Biden Administration whose work is dedicated to bridging racial gaps in healthcare and within the COVID-19 crisis will visit Livingstone College next week. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, appointed by President Biden to chair the Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, will visit the historic black college on Feb. 8. There will be a brief program at the college’s new F. George Shipman Science Annex, where STEM students will participate in scientific demonstrations during her tour of the facility. Livingstone’s science program will also unveil a new instrument at the program that no other HBCU in North Carolina its size can boast. “It is an honor to have one of the nation’s leading public health experts on the campus of Livingstone College, especially during the month that we celebrate the contributions of African Americans,” said Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis. “Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is among those highly regarded in her field, coupling her passion for medicine with her commitment to social equity. Consistent with the population we serve, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith’s insight will significantly impact our students and the greater Rowan Salisbury community.” The Health Equity Task Force is part of the government’s efforts to identify and eliminate health and social disparities that cause disproportionately higher rates of exposure, illness, hospitalization and death related to COVID-19, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Nunez-Smith was there when the first COVID-19 patient arrived at Yale New Haven Hospital at …

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Jamal Bryant is Founder’s Day speaker

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SALISBURY – Popular civil right activist and pastor, Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, is the keynote speaker for Livingstone College’s Annual Founder’s Day program at 10 a.m. on Feb. 10 at Varick Auditorium, located on its campus. Founder’s Day celebrates the founder and first president of Livingstone College, Dr. Joseph Charles Price, and is the first formal convocation of the new year. Bryant has served as pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., since December 2018. His ministry is described as one that combines sound Biblical teaching, business acumen and political insight to propel the body of Christ to action and greater levels of faith. Since his youth, Bryant has prevailed against the odds, rising from earning a G.E.D. to his Ph.D. Prior to pastoring, he served as the national youth and college director of the NAACP for six years, where he helped to mobilize more than 70,000 youth worldwide in non-violent campaigns. A third-generation minister, Bryant was the founding pastor of Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, Md., acclaimed as the fastest-growing African Methodist Episcopal church in the denomination’s 200-year history. With an undeniable gift to bridge generations from the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Lives Matter era, Bryant incites change in the faith community. His ability to reach across social, economic and political barriers has helped people to not only experience the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ, but to activate success in their everyday lives. Bryant is a graduate of a historic black college, having received …

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Golf team puts a ring on it

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The Livingstone College Men’s golf team was honored for its successes during the 2021-22 season and was awarded the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championship rings on Saturday during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Winston Salem State University. Following a successful regular season, the Blue Bears finished the two-round championship tournament with a team score of 582 (+14) to capture their first title since 2018. The team was also ranked the No. 1 HBCU (Historically Black College or University) Division II team in the nation. Xavier Proctor of Livingstone College was also named 2022 CIAA Player of the Year while Graham of Virginia Union was named 2022 CIAA Rookie of the Year. Livingstone College Head Coach Andre Springs was named 2022 CIAA Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Bears to four first-place finishes in CIAA Southern Division matches during the regular season. Following the championship event, the 2022 All-CIAA Golf team featured the top five players from both the CIAA Northern and Southern Division based on average scores during the regular season. Those selections included four members of the Livingstone College men’s golf team, Xavier Proctor, Ronald Otile, Emmanuel Jakisa and Joel Basalaine.   2022 CIAA Golf Championship All-Tournament Team Joel Basalaine, Livingstone – Low Medalist Xavier Proctor, Livingstone .  

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MBA cohort gets free laptops

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Livingstone College gave away free laptops again – but this time, to a unique set of students. The college’s inaugural Master of Business Administration program began this semester and each student in the alpha cohort received a free and new laptop computer this week. “We wanted to provide this history-making class with some tools that will help them as they navigate their way through our inaugural MBA program,” said Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis. “We are advancing on this campus and this alpha cohort is evidence of more great things to come.” Livingstone College received approval last year from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer its first graduate degree program. The graduate business degree is specifically designed for students and professionals who desire to advance their careers in business, excel as business executives or become successful entrepreneurs. Upon completion of the MBA program, students will have increased their business knowledge; grown their professional network; and boosted their career and salary prospects. Though the spring semester has started, interested students for the summer cohort can apply and get more information by calling the Office of Admissions at (704) 216-6001. The MBA program will be offered on the main campus of Livingstone College at 701 W. Monroe Street Salisbury, NC. Instruction will be a 100 percent traditional face-to-face format. To accommodate family responsibilities and employment, graduate students will have the flexibility to take classes during the evenings (Monday through Thursday) with some classes also being …

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Serving up love for MLK Holiday

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  Livingstone College observed the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the way it was intended: A Day of Service. The college fed homeless individuals of Rowan County at the Salisbury Civic Center on Friday, providing hot meals, toiletries and conversation. The college gave away 41 packaged lunch boxes of turkey and cheddar sandwiches, roast beef and Swiss sandwiches, cookies, chips, fruit and water. They also served homemade chicken noodle soup with crackers. Each person also received a bag filled with hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, tooth paste and other personal hygiene items. The N.C. Counts Coalition, a nonprofit organization, were on hand distributing bags filled with hats, gloves, hand warmers and COVID-19 tests. Livingstone College Culinary Arts students, under the leadership of chefs Elizabeth Marquez and Carl Brown, prepared and packaged the meals and served them from the college’s impressive and branded 53-foot mobile food unit. The event was in partnership with the Salisbury Police Department’s victims/homeless program, in which Dennis Rivers is the program liaison. “We reached people, but the goal is to reach more,” Rivers said. “We made an impact because if we feed one, that’s one less hungry person. We will continue to collaborate with Livingstone College and Rowan Helping Ministries to tackle homelessness.” Social work majors, student leadership, football players, faculty and staff joined Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis throughout the two-hour event. “Everybody can be great – because anybody can serve,” said Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Today …

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Feeding our neighbors for MLK

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53-foot mobile unit will be on site for meals SALISBURY – Livingstone College will deploy its mobile food unit into the community to feed homeless individuals in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. On Friday, Jan. 13, Livingstone’s Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts’ 53-foot mobile food unit will be stationed at the Salisbury Civic Center parking lot from 3-5 p.m., where culinary arts students and college volunteers will serve food to those living without housing. The center is located at 315 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue South. This will be the first time the unit has participated in a service project such as this, said Elizabeth Marquez, director of Livingstone’s Culinary Arts Program. The students will serve chicken noodle soup with crackers, turkey and cheddar and roast beef and Swiss sandwiches, complete with lettuce, tomatoes and condiments, cookies, chips, a piece of fruit and bottled water. The mobile food unit is a captivating feature of Livingstone’s culinary arts program. It has a TV and fireplace, fully functional kitchen and dining space. The college is collaborating with Dennis Rivers, victims/homeless liaison with the Salisbury Police Department, on the project. According to Rivers, the Salisbury Civic Center is a central location for the concentration of homeless individuals in the area. Livingstone will also collect gloves, socks and scarves to distribute to the homeless at the event. Social work majors from the college will also be on hand for community engagement and conversation. The King holiday is the only federal …

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Brooks, Bedford join Livingstone College in key posts

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Livingstone College welcomes Mr. Anthony Brooks as vice president of enrollment management, and Mr. Robert E. Bedford as dean of students/housing and residence life. Brooks returns to Livingstone College after 17 years, when he served as assistant vice president for enrollment management and strategic planning from 2001-2005. He has more than 25 years of higher education experience, having most previously worked with Atrium Health’s Carolinas College of Health Sciences in Charlotte as dean of student affairs and enrollment management. Brooks’ higher education experience spans across historically black institutions within and outside of North Carolina, including N.C. Central University in Durham, Saint Augustine’s and Shaw University in Raleigh, and Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC, where he broke enrollment records at each institution. Additionally, he has served as a consultant and executive recruiter in higher education. Brooks received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from N.C. Central University and earned his Master of Business Administration degree in management and marketing from Claflin University. In his free time, Brooks enjoys traveling, reading and all aspects of fashion including shopping for others. One could typically find him relaxing on the couch reading a Ralph Lauren fashion book or other fashion magazines, he said. He and his wife, Sherri, have one son, Christian. Bedford Bedford has a dual master’s degree in counseling psychology/student development in higher education. Among his accolades are former Administrator of the Year at Northeastern Illinois University; Alpha Man of the Year of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and …

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LC awarded Carolina Farm Credit grant

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Carolina Farm Credit is digging in to help Livingstone College’s farm. The financial farm cooperative presented a $5,000 grant to Livingstone on Tuesday that will be used to help buy equipment for the college’s farm. “The company’s focus has been on HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities),” said James Taylor, senior vice president of Carolina Farm Credit. He said with Salisbury being his hometown, he wanted to ensure Livingstone College was aware of the grant opportunity. Taylor reached out to Pete Teague, special assistant to the president for community development and interim vice president of Institutional Advancement at Livingstone College, to plant the seed – and the rest is harvest. “We’re excited to be here,” said Carrie Barnhardt of Carolina Farm Credit. “This is a great opportunity to keep funds local; to help pursue agriculture within the local community; and for folks to see the importance of agriculture.” “We have some great things coming so we want to keep you abreast of what we’re doing,” said Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis at the check presentation. “There will be a number of expanded ways to partner with Livingstone College. Agriculture is a big push on this campus under my leadership and the best is yet to come.” Teague provided a brief update on the farm, located at 1300 Locke Street. Electricity has been connected to the property and the college is awaiting certain permitting from the City of Salisbury. Some equipment has been purchased and will eventually be stored on …

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Dixon receives honorary degree

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Livingstone College has added another distinguished member to its family of honorary degree recipients. Wells Fargo’s Georgette “Gigi” Dixon received an honorary doctorate degree from the historic black college in Salisbury on Dec. 9 during Livingstone’s ninth annual December Conferral of Degrees. Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis, by authority of the college’s Board of Trustees, conferred upon Dixon the honorary doctorate degree in humane letters, following her commencement address to the graduating seniors. Dixon serves as executive vice president and head of External Engagement for Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion for Wells Fargo. She received the honorary doctorate for her work with the company and as a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also a member of the national NAACP Board of Directors; vice chair for the NAACP Foundation; vice chairman of the U.S. Black Chambers Inc.; a corporate advisory board member of UnidosUS; a trustee of the Trust for the National Mall; a member of the Rainbow Push/Coalition Board of Directors; and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “This has been a very emotional and moving day for me and my family,” Dixon said. “Never would I have thought that I would receive this honor.” She thanked Davis for the invite and the honor as she mentioned how proud her mother would be if she were alive to witness this because she believed education was the great equalizer. Dixon spoke to the graduating class about resiliency, relevancy and readiness – three branding points of …