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Freshman Larkins earns 3 CIAA All-Conference awards

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College freshman cornerback Kevin Larkins Jr., who ranks No. 1 nationally in interceptions per game with .9, has been named Defensive Rookie of the Year, First-Team All-CIAA, and Defensive All-CIAA Rookie Team, the CIAA organization announced on Friday. “Coach Williams was out recruiting and called me and said he found a special one,” said head coach Sean Gilbert. “We could see it during spring practice as well as fall camp. His confidence was growing, his technique and his awareness were getting better and better.” The honor is the second for Larkins Jr. this year as he has been named player of the week. Larkins finished the season with eight total interceptions, 161 interception return yards, one interception return touchdown, and .9 interceptions per game. Kevin ends the 2022 season number one in the nation and the CIAA for interception per game. “Every practice, every play and every game he remained focused, and his mind was set on his preseason goals,” Gilbert said. “Defensive coordinator Mike Austin told him before the season started that his goals should be 8-10 interceptions.” Larkins, who is a true freshman at Livingstone College, became the first CIAA player since 2019 to record three interceptions in a single game. In the 28-14 loss to Shaw, he logged nine total tackles (seven solo stops), three interceptions, and two pass deflections. The freshman had two interceptions inside the Blue Bears’ 10-yard line and a third interception occurred on Livingstone’s side of the field. The Ft. …

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Rod Clodfelter inducted into CC Hall of Fame

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 SALISBURY – In celebration of the 130th anniversary of black college football, Livingstone College inducted Rob Clodfelter into its Commemorative Classic Hall of Fame. Clodfelter received the honor during halftime of the Commemorative Classic, hosted at Livingstone College on Nov. 5. A 1993 alumnus of Livingstone College, Clodfelter boasted many accolades in 1992. He was voted Sheridan Broadcasting Network All-American; CIAA Offensive Player of the Year; CIAA Single Season Rushing Record at 1,425 rushing yards and rushing attempts at 282; CIAA Single Season Scoring Record at 102 points; was Jet Magazine’s Player of the Week; and received the varsity letter award for track and football. In his post athletic career, Clodfelter has served as a high school track and football coach. He is a four-time PAC Six Athletic Coach of the Year in women’s track and field; and coached a men’s track and field team to a 4A State Championship in 2016. He was inducted into the Livingstone College Hall of Fame in 2003 and Livingstone College retired his jersey, No. 22, in 2016. He has dedicated his life to educating and developing students in and out of the classroom.  He and his wife, Alicia, have raised five children. “It is always an honor to celebrate a Blue Bear for doing great things on the field and for continuing that level of excellence in their careers, as exemplified by our 2022 honoree,” said Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis. “Congratulations to Rob Clodfelter as a member of the 2022 Class …

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Livingstone announces death of business professor

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SALISBURY –  It is with profound sadness that Livingstone College announces the passing of one of our own, Dr. Colin A. Pillay. He died on Nov. 2, 2022, after a battle with cancer. Dr. Pillay has been a distinguished member of our faculty since 2010. He was a tenured professor of business and economics who elevated our business program on many levels. Under the leadership of Dr. Pillay, Livingstone College students achieved top ten rankings in the CAPSTONE Business Strategy game among 2,000 international competitors. Their outstanding results were the subject of an article published in the Salisbury Post and the students also made a presentation to the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Pillay presented research papers in many conferences and published many articles in academic journals. Dr. Pillay is the driving force to the students for achieving leadership skills through the student organization, Phi Beta Lambda. Through this organization, Dr. Pillay engaged extensively with the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, and attended Business After Hours programs and the Power in Partnership Business Breakfasts. He guided two students in the Phi Beta Lambda organization at Livingstone College to take first-place positions in Impromptu Speaking and Sports Marketing in the State of North Carolina. Dr. Pillay created the first entrepreneurship course at Livingstone College and also created the minor in entrepreneurship. He assisted in initiating the Study Abroad Program by leading the first team of Livingstone College students to India. Since then, he had been extensively involved with the program …

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Livingstone, JCSU celebrate Commemorative Classic

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SALISBURY – One hundred and 30 years ago, Livingstone College awaited the arrival of Johnson C. Smith University (then Biddle Memorial Institute), who traveled by horse and buggy to Salisbury to play football. But it wasn’t just any game. That contest, held on a snowy Dec. 27, 1892, on the front lawn of Livingstone College, was the first black college football game played in America. This year marks the 130th anniversary of that game as the two teams go to battle again on Nov. 5 in what is now known as the Commemorative Classic. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. The annual classic game started in 2009 to celebrate the history of the inaugural game and has continued ever since, alternating between the two campuses of Livingstone and JCSU. The two historically black colleges met this week via Zoom to discuss the history and importance of the game. There is more awareness about HBCU college football today than in the past 30 years due to Deion Sanders, nicknamed “Coach Prime,” a former NFL player who is now head coach of Jackson State University, an HBCU, said Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis. “He has brought attention to black college football, but we can’t celebrate Coach Prime and Jackson State unless you revisit the snowy game in Salisbury in 1892 between Johnson C. Smith and Livingstone College,” he said. “Tomorrow, you play as a part of history. You are where it all started. This is the game that gave birthh to all …

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Arrest made in shooting

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One arrest has been made in the shooting incident that occurred on the campus of Livingstone College and more arrests could be forthcoming. Capt. P.J. Smith of the Salisbury Police Department announced Tuesday that Talib Latrell Kelly, 21, of Salisbury, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, discharging a firearm on educational property and possession of a firearm by felon. The alleged shooter is also a victim and remains at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte. Kelly is not a Livingstone College student. The Salisbury Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in this ongoing investigation. Anyone with videos of the shooting incident is urged to send them to Salisbury Police. Send videos as a private message to the Salisbury Police Department’s Facebook page; email them to the Rowan Regional Crime Information Center at rrcic@salisburync.gov; or call the criminal investigation division at (704) 216-5262. You do not have to reveal your identity. Livingstone College’s 13th President Dr. Anthony J. Davis spoke at the historic press conference along with Mayor Karen Alexander. This is the first time in recent history, if ever, that Livingstone College has held a joint press conference with the Salisbury Police Department. “I want to thank all of you who are standing with the ‘Stone – Livingstone Stone,” said Davis, naming Salisbury Mayor Alexander and the city of Salisbury, the first responders, law enforcement agencies, and Catawba President Dr. David Nelson, who had to deal with an act of violence on his campus this past …

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MEDIA ADVISORY Joint Press Conference today

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Who: Salisbury Police Department (SPD) and Livingstone College What: SPD and Livingstone College will provide an update to the criminal investigation of the incident on Livingstone’s campus on Saturday, Oct. 15. When: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at 1 p.m. Where: Salisbury Police Department, 130 E. Liberty Street., Salisbury Media contacts:        City of Salisbury –  Linda McElroy (704) 756-4925 Livingstone College – Kimberly Harrington (704) 371-9757

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Joint media statement on shooting

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Joint media statement from Livingstone College and Salisbury Police Depot on shooting incident Salisbury Police Department: Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Livingstone College family, and the victims of the incident that occurred on campus late yesterday evening. Although the Salisbury Police Department is still very early in its investigation, additional information is being made available by law enforcement. An altercation occurred on the campus of Livingstone College last night during its homecoming concert. During the altercation, a person, who is not a student of Livingstone College, fired one or more shots. The investigation up to this point indicates that there was no exchange of gunfire by those involved in the altercation contrary to earlier rumors. Salisbury Police Department is still investigating the incident and is devoting additional resources to solving this crime. The City of Salisbury continues to coordinate and work closely with Dr. Anthony Davis and the entire staff at Livingstone College. We appreciate his leadership, patience and full cooperation with law enforcement through this difficult situation. Livingstone College President Dr. Anthony J. Davis: Our priority is and remains to ensure the mental wellness of our students and to evaluate our public safety measures to create a safe, living, learning and working environment. I am saddened because our students, alumni, family and friends were exposed to this senseless act of violence. We are working collaboratively with our local law enforcement agencies as they are conducting a thorough investigation. Please pray for us in the coming days …

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Davis named 13th president of Livingstone College

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The Livingstone College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Anthony J. Davis as the 13th president of Livingstone College. The announcement was made Thursday, Sept. 22, during the Board of Trustees’ annual fall meeting held on campus, following an executive session. Davis, an alumnus of Livingstone College, currently serves as senior vice president of Institutional Advancement and chief operating officer. “The Search Committee was very intentional on finding someone that would embrace students, understand the culture of the school and be familiar with the community,” said Bishop Kenneth Monroe, chairman of the board. “We had good candidates. We had to look at the vision of the person and if that person was able to connect with the ideals we were looking for.” In his current role, Davis led the college through the COVID-19 pandemic as chair of its task force and managed the day-to-day operations of the college, all while supervising and providing leadership for the entire fundraising enterprise at Livingstone College. “I recognized Dr. Davis’ talents and his willingness to roll up his sleeves and to work hard. That’s why I appointed him chief operating officer,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “In essence, he has been practicing to step into the seat of president.” “I’m happy, I’m humbled, and I’m honored to be selected to serve as the 13th president of Livingstone College,” Davis said. “Twenty-one years ago, I started on this journey to become president. It is true what poet Langston Hughes said, …

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Actor Malik Yoba bringing jobs to LC

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The ‘Empire’ actor is taking his honorary degree seriously In May of this year, “Empire” actor and director and serial entrepreneur Dr. Malik Yoba was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Livingstone College for his work in real estate development, education and community capacity building. During the ceremony, Yoba committed to partnering with Livingstone College to continue to help equip students with the resources they need to be successful in life, particularly in the areas of entrepreneurship and real estate development education. One way he’s honoring that commitment is through his company, Yoba Development. Yoba Development has partnered with Charlotte based, Libra Management Group, and its CEO Stacey Mollison, a real estate investor/developer and Prime contractor for Amazon, to offer jobs to current and former Livingstone College students as Amazon delivery associates/delivery drivers. Yoba Development and Libra Management Group will host a career fair at Livingstone College on Sept. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. to provide students with jobs and internship opportunities. “I started my real estate development company, Yoba Development, in 2017 with a mission to not only make money but to build people, places and things in that order. For us, young people and our disenfranchised community are always at the center of our work in development and building human capacity by providing education and access to the process for not only how cities and towns are built, but also how businesses are built,” Yoba said when asked about the partnership. Commercial real estate is …

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LC collecting water this week for Jackson, Miss.

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Livingstone College has partnered with NC Black Voters Matter to help address the water crisis in Jackson, Miss. Livingstone is one of four water collection hubs for NC Black Voters Matter this week. The nonprofit organization has collaborated with three other historically black colleges and universities in the state (Elizabeth City State, Winston-Salem State and N.C. A&T State universities) to collect water for the 150,000 residents of Jackson, Miss. The city has been without safe drinking water after a historic storm in late August coupled with an aging water system damaged its drinking water treatment plant. “I always say that love is an action word,” said Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “These are our neighbors according to our biblical teaching and they need our action. Everyone should have access to clean drinking water.” In a memo to faculty and staff, Jenkins said, “We are asking every Livingstone College student, faculty, and staff to join this critical effort by donating at least one case of bottled water, but you are encouraged to donate many more,” he said. “This water collection initiative is well aligned with our Holistic Learning Model of social responsibility, political action and health.” NC Black Voters Matter will pick up the Livingstone water donations on Friday, September 16, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Mean Mug Coffee will also be on campus during these hours with a morning beverage for the first 250 people donating a case of water, compliments of Livingstone College. Donations are …