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Livingstone begins classes with students back, new safety measures

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SALISBURY – Later than usual, but well prepared, Livingstone College began classes on Thursday. Chief Operating Officer Anthony Davis said if the college did not feel confident in its safety measures, it would not have invited students back to campus. The college has taken on a litany of prevention measures as part of its re-entry plan. Everyone on campus, faculty, students and staff, were tested for COVID-19. The campus was also sanitized with electrostatic sprayers ahead of students arriving. An antimicrobial finish was applied to surfaces, and there are hand sanitizing stations throughout the campus, along with enhanced cleaning protocols and a mask requirement. Davis is happy the college is able to have in-person classes at all and said the college saw some transfers from students who felt safer with the level of prevention measures at Livingstone. Davis said it is especially important for the college to take on the additional protocols, which by and large exceed those of other nearby colleges and universities, because Livingstone is a historically Black college, and the African American community has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Davis described the campus as a masked community. Students who live on campus and arrived over the past week were tested before they moved into their rooms. The college wants to identify anyone who could be an asymptomatic spreader so it can stop people from unknowingly infecting others. Putting it simply, Davis said the college wants to keep its students safe. Senior SGA President and criminal justice major …

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The Sumter County School District welcomes Dr. Lamont Moore

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The Sumter County School District welcomes Dr. Lamont Moore as Director of Testing, Accountability, Gifted and Talented and Title III. Lamont received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Livingstone College (class of 1999), a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton and Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Gardner Webb University. He has educated, tutored and mentored students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. He began his professional career in 1999 in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district serving as teacher, lead teacher and Gifted Education Program Facilitator. In 2007, he became a school administrator in the Cabarrus County school district and served as Assistant Principal of Instruction for 6 years. In 2013, he began work with the South Carolina Department of Education as Director of Advanced Academic Programs (Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate). In 2016, Lamont began his service as principal and served in both Lee and Chester County School districts. Lamont has presented at district, state, national and collegiate conferences (including the National Association of Gifted Children) on a range of topics related to instructional leadership and gifted education. He has published several articles with the K-12 Teaching Alliance and writes lessons (K-12) for TeachHub.com. While serving as principal in the Spring of 2020, Lamont provided graduate-level instruction to teachers for the Gifted and Talented endorsement. This was in partnership with Winthrop University. He is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina, a proud father of two (Lamiyah and Christopher) and husband to …

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Livingstone College Professor Selected as Scholar-in-Residence at Oxford Summer Institute

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Dr. Da’Tarvia A. Parrish of the department of history and political science at Livingstone College was selected as a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Oxford’s Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. This interdisciplinary program aims to examine socio-economic, political, historical and cultural processes, in the age of globalization, that impacts notions of antisemitism, with the ultimate goal of developing antisemitism studies as a recognized academic discipline. Under the guidance of leading international academics, Scholars-in-Residence are required to develop a course syllabus and curriculum in the interdisciplinary study of critical contemporary antisemitism. While considering the program’s goals, Parrish said, “2020 has demonstrated the necessity of the mosaic world to yield to diversity, equity, and inclusion; for the human race cannot withstand the chastisement of its lacking. As narratives are constructed to convey and combat the times, successful authorial perspectives must center organic culture, and interrelate ethics and freedom as central elements of the narrative; to reclaim, reinvent and even, transmogrify humanity. What better place to start than an HBCU classroom?” Intended for professors with full-time college or university positions from across the globe, this international program aims to create a space for issues of antisemitism at a high level of scholarship. The course syllabus and curriculum is to be taught at the Scholar-in-Residence’s home institution for course credit, on at least two occasions, upon completion of the program. “As I journey into this opportunity, I aim to engage with the central purpose of producing curriculum that evolves in redemptive projects tugging …

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Natasha Wright – Director Announced For Career And Technical Education And Human Resources

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Berkeley County School District leaders announced the selection of two directors at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting of the Berkeley County Board of Education. The board voted unanimously to name Sonya Addison-Stewart Director of Career and Technical Education and Natasha Wright Director of Human Resources. Their contracts will begin July 1, 2020. Director of Human Resources Natasha Wright brings nearly 20 years of valuable education and work experience to her new position as Director of Human Resources. Ms. Wright received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Livingstone College and her Educational Specialist degree and a Masters in Educational Leadership from The Citadel. She also received a Masters in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University. Ms. Wright is currently working toward her Doctorate in Educational Systems and Improvement Science from Clemson University, and expects to complete that program of study in December 2020. Ms. Wright served Berkeley County as teacher and district evaluator for eight years before joining Charleston County School District as a Coordinator of Partnerships and Projects in 2014. She returned home to BCSD in 2015 as a teacher evaluator and worked for two years supporting schools in that role until accepting the position as a Certified Employment Coordinator in 2017. Early in her career, she worked as a Special Assistant to the President at Livingstone College and as Agency Relations Director for the Lowcountry Food Bank. “I am immensely honored and humbled to served as the new Director of Human Resources for Berkeley County School District,” Ms. Wright said. “For me, regardless of my position, it all leads back to providing excellent service because ultimately …

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NEA awards $15K grant

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Livingstone College was awarded a $15,000 grant to host the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read in Rowan County. Livingstone was one of 84 nonprofit organizations selected to receive an NEA Big Read grant to support a community reading program between September 2020 and June 2021. The NEA Big Read is an Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest. Its purpose is to broaden the understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The NEA Big Read in Rowan County will focus on Adrian Matejka’s, “The Big Smoke.” Activities will take place April 2-May 7, 2021. “Our 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, program director and history and African-American studies professor at Livingstone College. “As literature allows the imagination to exist where often perceptions can be reconstructed and redefined, I’m eager to unfold how this communal lesson can increase the complexities of self-awareness and acquire new perspectives.” Livingstone College will host shared activities with several community partners to include the Rowan Public Library, Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) and Hornets’ Nest Girl Scouts Troop 454. “For over 140 years, Livingstone College has provided leadership to the global society whereas our effort in the Big Read is simply another way the college does its best to serve,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “We are thankful for the …

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Dr. Shawn Foster named new superintendent of Orangeburg County School District

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Dr. Shawn Foster, chief officer of operation and student services for the Aiken County School District, has been named the new superintendent of Orangeburg County schools. The Orangeburg County School District Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that Foster had been selected as the district’s new superintendent and will start the job July 1. Read More…