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LC to require vaccine for fall

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Livingstone College will require COVID-19 vaccinations for its faculty, staff and students beginning fall semester 2021. The announcement was made Monday to the campus community by Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., as recommended by the college’s COVID-19 Task Force, chaired by Dr. Anthony J. Davis. “For more than a year, we have executed our mission in this ‘new normal.’ We have learned that managing COVID-19 is a major undertaking, and it requires significant monetary and human resources. As we bring this semester to a close, we are focused on the fall of 2021,” the letter reads. “During the next academic semester, fall 2021, we will require the entire campus community (faculty, staff, administration, students and ancillary services) to verify that they are fully vaccinated. This will be a requirement to work on our campus and to attend in person – thus enabling the College to effectively and efficiently advance our mission in the ‘new normal,’” the letter reads. “Livingstone College has been responsive and responsible related to managing COVID-19,” said Davis, who is also senior vice president and chief operating officer. “However, in order to do so effectively, it requires a significant amount of human and monetary resources.” Davis said he has received mixed reaction from the campus community, but as he shares the rationale as to why the requirement is necessary, individuals see the relevance and are eager to comply. As a convenience, courtesy and demonstration to the college’s commitment to making the vaccine available, Livingstone …

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Drive-thru event is April 28

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Livingstone College will hold a drive-thru event on April 28 from 5-7 p.m. on its campus to raise awareness about Livingstone to undecided college-bound students and to those who might be interested. The event, sponsored by the Office of Admissions and alumni, will feature Livingstone’s cheerleaders, band, student organizations, and fraternities and sororities, all showcased on its historical front lawn. Each car driving through will receive a gift bag from admissions that will include literature on Livingstone and its offerings, as well as a Livingstone souvenir. Members of the Livingstone College National Alumni Association will distribute snacks. Visitors, from their cars, will be entertained by cheerleaders and members of the Blue Thunder Marching Band performing on the lawn, and greeted by members of student clubs and organizations. Graduating seniors are encouraged to bring their transcripts, which can be reviewed by admissions’ counselors. Through a partnership with HBCU Hub, interested students wanting to apply can do so contact-free by scanning a QR code. Once completed, qualifying students may be admitted on site. “Due to the ongoing pandemic, recruitment counselors are developing creative ways to reach more college-bound students, such as this drive-thru event, where students and parents can be exposed to the campus and receive information from the safety of their cars,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “This drive thru is ideal for those students who have yet to make a college choice for the 2021 fall semester and for those students who have been admitted and would …

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Former AD Wiggins dies

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Mr. Morris Lee Wiggins Sr., 81, of Salisbury, NC, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at the Novant Health Hospice House after a long illness. Mr. Wiggins was a 1962 graduate of Livingstone College, having earned a degree in history. He transferred to Livingstone College from Voorhees Junior College in Denmark, S.C., on a football scholarship. Mr. Wiggins was a star halfback in the 1960 and 1961 seasons, and was a student assistant in basketball during his senior year. In 1969, Mr. Wiggins returned to Livingstone College as assistant football and basketball coach, later becoming head basketball coach in 1970. He held various positions while at Livingstone including dormitory director, director of student activities and athletic director. In all of his positions, he mentored students about life situations and endeavors. He was an inaugural member of the Livingstone College Hall of Fame, having been the first running back to gain 1000 yards. He also won the National Black College Golf Championship as golf coach for Livingstone. Memorial services are at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7, 2021, in the A.R. Kelsey Memorial Chapel. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.nobleandkelsey.com.  

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Virtual homecoming Oct. 8-10

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SALISBURY – What would have been a bevy of Blue Bears congregating at 701 W. Monroe Street this weekend for Livingstone College’s annual homecoming is now – like most events mid-COVID – a virtual experience. Livingstone will host a virtual homecoming Oct. 8-10 on a screen near you. The event is being sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs and will include as much fun as one can have virtually. Under the theme, “Homecoming Reimagined – The Virtual Experience,” there is something for everyone from young alumni to the young at heart, from rocking the vote to rocking the beat, from praise and worship to a hat parade. And at the center of each virtual engagement experience is the opportunity to give to support Livingstone College. “All of the events are free, and with the absence of hotel costs and cover charges for in-person events, this is the perfect opportunity for alumni and friends to give like they have never done before,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. Vincia Benjamin Miller, Livingstone’s director of alumni affairs, said it was important to continue to keep Livingstone’s alumni and friends engaged this homecoming weekend despite not having in-person events or a football season. “It was also an opportune time to raise awareness about this upcoming election and the importance of voting,” she said. A complete lineup of homecoming events and Zoom links can be found on the college’s website at www.livingstone.edu under the Alumni Affairs tab, or by visiting our …

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Dr. Gavin named Mentor of Year

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College Board of Trustee member, Dr. James R. Gavin, III, has been selected to receive the Endocrine Society’s Laureate Award as Mentor of the Year for 2021. The Endocrine Society is the foremost professional organization for endocrine scientists, researchers, practitioners and educators in the world. The annual award recognizes a career commitment to mentoring and a significant positive impact on mentees’ education and career, according to the Society’s website. Gavin has served as a direct mentor to more than 50 early stage physician-scientists and has touched the careers of countless others through his leadership of both the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP). During his more than 35-year involvement with the RWJF AMFDP, he has contributed to the career development of more than 300 minority physician-scientists. “This is a very special award to me and a pinnacle personal honor because the award is driven by nominations from young scholars who feel that I have had a positive impact on their lives and careers,” Gavin said. “This is as meaningful and important to me as any brick-and-mortar award. I am humbled and honored by this designation.” Adding even more sentiment to the award is that one of Gavin’s mentees, Dr. Anne L. Peters, is also a 2021 award recipient in the Outstanding Public Service Award category; and one of his own mentors, Dr. Phillip Gorden, is recipient of …

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Freshmen move in, get tested

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SALISBURY – Excited freshmen brought life onto the campus of Livingstone College Friday as they moved into their new homes for the next nine weeks. It’s been five months since the college hosted students in person due to the global pandemic and the energy was contagious. A deejay at the hospitality tent gave rhythm to the cadence of activity as more than 100 students facilitated a streamlined five-step registration process. “The process has been smooth,” said Dr. Tony A. Baldwin, enrollment manager and associate vice president for the operations of Student Affairs. “We have not heard one complaint from parents. In fact, they have said we are doing a great job in moving students in and out.” In addition to a fast-track registration process, students and their parents were allowed only 30 minutes to unload luggage and other belongings into the residence halls to minimize public contact and social gathering. Donning their own masks, students were also presented Livingstone branded COVID-19 kits, which contained five reusable masks, hand sanitizer and an ID badge. And in accordance with the school’s screening protocol, everyone who entered campus received a temperature check by an officer of public safety. “I feel like you guys have over prepared,” said parent Theresa Tudor, whose daughter Ronee is a student-athlete on the track team. “You all probably won’t run into the issues these other schools have had that went back in August, so I feel very confident that she’ll be fine.” Parent Karen DeLoatch, whose daughter is …

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Kinard heads up national park sites

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ATLANTA — National Park Service (NPS) South Atlantic-Gulf Regional Director Robert Vogel announced the selection of Dr. Joy G. Kinard as the new superintendent of Alabama’s Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site and Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, effective March 31. “Joy’s knowledge of U.S. and African-American history, coupled with her experience, enthusiasm and Alabama roots make her ideal for this role,” Vogel said. “Joy offers a refreshing approach to park management that will position her for success through innovation and meaningful collaboration.” Kinard’s 20-year NPS career reflects an abiding interest in the preservation and advancement of stories pertinent to African-American and American heritage. She has held multiple leadership roles, including her current four-year tenure as the first superintendent of Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument; a term as National Capital Parks-East Central district manager, where she managed the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site; National Archives for Black Women’s History; and Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, among other units. Among her assignments are acting chief of interpretation, education, and cultural resource manager at the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. She also served as a park ranger at various sites in Virginia and Maryland, educating visitors on the stories of prominent figures in American history, including George Washington, Frederick Douglass and Robert E. Lee. A scholar of African-American history and culture, Kinard contributed to the seminal African-American National Biography Encyclopedia …

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LC mourns death of ‘Gus’ Jones

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April 2, 2020 To All Faculty, Staff, and Students, On yesterday, we were profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of a distinguished Livingstone College alumnus, colleague and friend. Mr. Augustus Jones, Sr. transitioned April 1, 2020, into the loving arms of almighty God, following a brief illness.  “Gus, as he was affectionately called, is the husband of Mrs. Stephanie Jones, director of the Livingstone College Holistic College and Success Center. Mr. Jones’ love for and devotion to his alma mater was demonstrated throughout his lifetime in varied and significant ways. Mr. Jones served on the Livingstone College Board of Trustees, was a member of the selection committee for the Livingstone College Athletic Hall of Fame and was a former president of the Livingstone College National Alumni Association. Most recently, he worked as director of the Reading Center, where his quiet calm and larger-than-life presence was sought after and appreciated by the students in his charge. Please join us in fervent prayers for Mrs. Jones and the Jones family as well as the entire Livingstone College family as we grieve his loss and celebrate a purpose-driven life well lived.  Even as we grieve – as Gus would remind us, “All things considered” – we thank God for Gus Jones, his leadership, his work, his love for his wife and family, his dedication to Livingstone College and his Love for the Lord. In the coming days, we will inform you of ways in which you can express your love and offer …