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New head women’s basketball coach named

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Press conference to formally introduce new coach is Thursday, April 27, at 11 a.m. in the Hilliard Room, Hood Building SALISBURY – Livingstone College President Dr. Anthony J. Davis has named Queen Smith as the new head women’s basketball coach. A native of New Haven, Conn., she was a standout tri-sport athlete competing in volleyball (All-Area), outdoor track (All-State) and basketball (All-State, All-Conference). She was a highly recruited full-scholarship athlete to play basketball at Quinnipiac College in Connecticut. During her career, she was the three-time Northeast Conference-10 Player of the Year, a feat no one else has ever accomplished in league history. Smith became the 10th player in school history to score 1,000 points and earned an All-Star selection on the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Star Team. She ended her career in the top 10 of all time in school history in scoring and top five all time in assists (476) and steals (394). To date, while remaining in the top 20 all time in scoring, she still holds those rankings. Smith is a five-time Hall of Famer including at Quinnipiac University, the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame chosen for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. She graduated in 1996 with dual bachelor’s degrees in sociology, health and science studies. When asked what sparked her drive, Smith said, “Let your work do the talking on the floor,” and “You can win, but you’ll never outwork me.” Smith brought her unyielding work ethic forward to her scholastic, athletic and mentoring endeavors. She returned to …

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Cockerham to launch book Sunday

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College alumnus James V. Cockerham is adding the title of author to his decades-long journey as a recognized African-American music composer. Cockerham will kick off his book tour on the campus of his alma mater, Livingstone College, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, in Varick Auditorium with Kay Wright Norman as mistress of ceremony. Cockerham knew his life-long love of music was a story that needed to be shared. His debut book, Looking: Past, Present, Future, is a collection of stories told from a creative writer’s viewpoint. Cockerham is maximizing the momentum of his 2019 performance of his orchestral arrangement of “Fantasia on Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The arrangement was performed by the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra at the historic Carnegie Hall in 2022. It was the first time in the venue’s history for an all-black symphony orchestra to perform. He is also the recipient of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award by Gospel Choice Music Awards. Inspired by the music program at his beloved alma mater, Livingstone College, his book release will coincide with Livingstone’s “All Steinway School” initiative music program to achieve the honored status to bring funding, awareness and support. Portions of the proceeds will benefit this project. Cockerham lends his creativity to the book tour as much as he does his book and music, making this no ordinary book tour. Cockerham has taken songs from his seventh album, “Looking,” and turned them into a book that has become a stage production. String and …

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STEM makes magazine cover story

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STEM to hold Open House on Saturday  SALISBURY – It’s a new day for STEM at Livingstone College. The opening of the new F. George Shipman Science Annex that features an immersion theatre and the college’s recent acquisition of a unique research instrument has set it apart from its peer institutions. So much so that the April edition of Salisbury the Magazine featured the college’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program on its front cover. Specifically, the cover photo features freshman Sydney McDonald and international student Eve Beyan of Liberia, West Africa. The feature story focuses on Dr. Dawn McNair’s influence on the science program at Livingstone and her vision of exposing students to more extensive and in depth research projects, and the progress the college has made thus far. McNair is the dean of math and science and associate vice president of research at Livingstone College. She earned the latter title after securing a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the largest in the college’s history. Part of that money was used to purchase the liquid chromatography mass spectrometer (LCMS). The instrument is typically reserved for schools with doctoral students and highly active research projects, but Livingstone College was able to secure it. In the article, McNair says it is an “anomaly” to see this equipment in a school that serves only undergraduate science majors. Livingstone is making the equipment available to high school teachers and local law enforcement, since it can also be used for …

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Lamar Campbell to present at Worship Institute Saturday

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Spots still available for workshops  SALISBURY – For the first time in recent history, Livingstone College, a historic black college founded by the A.M.E. Zion Church, will host a Worship Institute. The event will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Walls Center Chapel, 800 W. Thomas Street, Salisbury, on the campus of Livingstone College. The program is cosponsored by Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, all of Salisbury. The various sessions will include the following topics and presenters: What Worship Is – by Pastor Christopher Gray, director of the Livingstone College Gospel Choir, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.; What Worship Does – by Dr. Will Harris, minister of music at Lewis Chapel Baptist Church in Fayetteville, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and What God wants to do with you in Worship – featuring gospel recording artist Lamar Campbell, minister of music at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Ind. Campbell was born and raised in Indianapolis, where he was active in the church and musically gifted from an early age. Playing piano in his home church from the age of eight, he became the music director of a church when he was only 15 years old. After graduating from high school, Campbell pursued studies in several different areas in search of a vocation before feeling a call to the music ministry as his God-appointed career. He studied music at the Jordan Music College …

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STEM Kids Open House Saturday

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Livingstone College is hosting a STEM Open House for kids this Saturday. The drop-in event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the F. George Shipman Science Annex. Parents or guardians can sign up their children for a FREE STEM summer camp during the program. Two 30-minute feature films will be shown in the immersion theatre and there will be science demos as well. Show up and get STEMulated!

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Statement on viral ‘stunt’ video

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Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis: Recently, Livingstone College went viral on social media, though I’m not happy with how we went viral. Two of our student-athletes participated in horseplay that was very dangerous. However, no one was injured as a result of the incident. We have disciplined those who participated in this act of horseplay consistent with our student handbook and our student code of conduct. We are moving forward from this incident and using this as a teaching moment to ensure that other student-athletes do not engage in this kind of behavior. I want to thank you all for your support as we continue what we do: Having students graduate from Livingstone College with the capacity to compete and contribute in a global context with confidence and competence.

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President 13 on magazine cover

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Livingstone College president graces cover of ‘HBCU Matters’ magazine To also be honored among Power 100 in state of North Carolina SALISBURY – Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis is featured on the front cover of a nationally-distributed magazine and will be honored this summer among the 100 most powerful and influential people and/or organizations in the state of North Carolina. Davis appears on the winter/spring 2023 edition of HBCU Matters as the cover story under the headline, “A Story of Triumph: From a foster care home in the north to college president in the south.” In it, the writer shares Davis’s journey of growing up in foster care his entire childhood to becoming President 13, the moniker he uses under his administration as the 13th president of Livingstone College. He is an anomaly in that regard, as less than 1 percent of former foster care children rise to the ranks of college president, while just 3-4% obtain a four-year college degree. “He was born when his mother was only 14 years old. His grandmother, their intended caregiver, died the night he was born, and both he and his mother became wards of the state,” the article, written by Drexel B. Ball, reads. “Davis remained in foster care until he emancipated himself 90 days prior to aging out.” Davis is leading the institution from which he earned his undergraduate degree, becoming the first alumnus in 25 years to serve as president. HBCU Matters is a biannual magazine published by Black …

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President has zero-tolerance policy for fighting

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Statement by Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis: As we reimagine Livingstone College under my administration, all students will have an opportunity to live and learn in a violent-free environment. We have instituted a zero tolerance policy, where individuals who commit and/or participate in acts of violence are required to leave our community by 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. based on the time of the infraction. A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the appropriate disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion As always, I am available to discuss the facts with any parent consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

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Actress Erika Alexander coming to LC for reparations debate

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‘Living Single’ star directed film, ‘The Big Payback’ Ben and Jerry’s to serve up special flavor of ice cream for event  SALISBURY – Erika Alexander, who played attorney Maxine Shaw on the hit TV show, “Living Single,” will be on the campus of Livingstone College on March 20 to debate national reparations. Alexander co-directed her first film, “The Big Payback,” a documentary that follows Alderman Robin Rue Simmons and her pursuit to pass the first government-funded reparations program in Evanston, Ill. Meanwhile, U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee faces a 30-year uphill battle to pass HR40, a national bill to study reparations and make recommendations. Both women are met with racism and historical resistance, as well as assistance from allies and abolitionists within. Alexander and Whitney Dow, co-founders of Color Farm Media, are the team behind the documentary and are partnering with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to hold a series of National Reparations Debates, inspired by the 1965 James Baldwin-William Buckley debate. The first phase of the initiative incorporates 10 HBCUs in North Carolina with Livingstone College being the second occurrence. The program will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Tubman Little Theater, located on the campus at 701 W. Monroe St., Salisbury. “Students will use spoken word and rap battles to debate for and/or against reparations,” said Nailah McDowell, LC Connect Coordinator and sociology instructor at Livingstone College. In preparation for the Monday program, the documentary will be shown twice this week on campus. The film debuted …

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In-person Open House is Monday

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Livingstone College will host its first in-person Open House since the pandemic on Monday, March 20, from 9:30 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. Open House is an opportunity for perspective students to experience Livingstone College in action i.e., its classrooms, cafeteria, student body, student activities and the like. The theme for this year’s in-person event is “Field Trip.” Since it will be held during a school day, students will be bused to the college campus. But the event is still open and walk-ins will be accepted as well. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. with check-in, followed by a kickoff featuring the Livingstone College Blue Thunder Marching Band and cheerleaders at 9:30 a.m. At 9:45 a.m., the admissions team will be introduced, followed by an introduction of Livingstone College’s 13th President Dr. Anthony J. Davis. Also on the program are the gospel choir, athletics, student affairs and the Royal Court, which includes the queens and kings of Livingstone. There will be department overviews for academic affairs, student affairs, financial aid, registrar, retention and student accounts. Lunch and tours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “The Livingstone College experience is like no other. You truly will have the opportunity to take full advantage of your college experience here at the ‘Stone,” said Dr. Wilbur Lucas, associate vice president of Enrollment Management. “With the hard work of our faculty and staff, we work diligently to connect with the students to assure their path here at Livingstone College is tailored …