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Dr. Davis Visits Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Connecticut — With Acceptances Ready

In News by Garette Hunter

Hillhouse High School senior Chamar Lee came to school never having heard of North Carolina’s Livingstone College — until he was surprised with a visit and ​“opportunity of a lifetime” by the college’s president. Fifteen of Hillhouse’s Class of 2024 were given on-the-spot acceptances to the private Black Christian college during a 10-city tour stop on Friday by the college’s president, Anthony J. Davis, who himself is a New Haven native. The Friday event was arranged by Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile, New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) Youth, Family, and Community Supervisor Kermit Carolina, and Taneha Edwards, a college access advisor at Hillhouse for Higher Heights. Out of 25 applications received on Friday, 15 local student Academics left the Sherman Parkway school’s auditorium as potential future Blue Bears. Seven seniors received full rides. Shari Hill, a senior recruiter at the college, reported that a total of $215,000 for students’ first years at Livingstone was given out Friday. Chaka Felder-McEntire, the founder and executive director of Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc., was also in attendance Friday. In addition to Hillhouse, Higher Heights is in partnership with New Haven Public Schools at High School in the Community and Hill Regional Career High School.     Davis told the Hillhouse class of 2024 that he grew up in foster care in New Haven. That obstacle didn’t stop him from having hope, he said. He said during his senior year of high school, he had 90 days to make a decision for his future before he aged out of the system and would become homeless. He decided …

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Brockton High School students earn scholarships to Livingstone College

In News by Garette Hunter

BROCKTON, Mass. | Several Massachusetts high school students were surprised Wednesday with the offer of scholarships to a historically Black, Christian college in North Carolina. “I am the president of Livingstone College, a college founded in 1879,” Anthony Davis announced to the seniors gathered in the auditorium of Brockton High School. “If you have a 3.5 and higher on a 4.0 scale, I want to offer you a presidential scholarship to Livingstone College if you want to leave Brockton.” “I feel very thankful. This is such a nice opportunity, honestly. This is a great school; I love HBCUs,” said student Aniyha Hill, who plans to study biology as part of a pre-med program. “These are the opportunities that we want all of our students to be exposed to,” said Principal Kevin McCaskill. “We understand the problems and obstacles we have, and we look forward to tackling those, but this is Brockton High School.” Tuition, room, and board at Livingstone College total $26,000. Davis advised students to complete all their federal financial aid forms and assured them the school would fill any remaining gap. For more information about this event, please visit WCVB5 ABC Boston’s website at https://www.wcvb.com/article/brockton-high-school-students-surprised-with-scholarships-to-livingstone-college/60384657. This article was written by Jennifer Eagan, anchor/reporter for WCVB5 ABC Boston.

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Livingstone College Students Learn from Leading Business Executives in Real-World Experience

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Livingstone College students had a unique opportunity to learn from a successful business executive on March 14. Led by Dr. Nisha Singh, Professor and Chair of the Department of Business & Entrepreneurship, and Mr. Pete Teague, Special Assistant to the President for Community Development, the students gained valuable insights from Nick Means, a Vice President and Community Banking Officer at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Salisbury, NC. As part of the Risk Management Association’s Credit Essentials Certificate class, offered in partnership with the North Carolina Bankers Association to select HBCUs in N.C., the students had the chance to get up close and personal with Means. He shared the secrets to his success and the sacrifices he’s made to build a thriving career as a business executive. Means drew from his professional career, his time as an all-around athlete at Thomasville High School, and his record-setting football career at Catawba College (where he’s in the Athletics Hall of Fame) to emphasize the relevance of his lessons to the students’ future careers. During the session, Means stressed what it takes to be successful, including recognizing opportunities when they present themselves, being prepared when they do, and continuing to sharpen one’s talent and skills to take full advantage. Students asked questions and discovered the personal and business lessons Means has learned – sometimes the hard way, and the tremendous sense of fulfillment he gets from helping others reach for and achieve their financial dreams. This real-world learning experience was a phenomenal opportunity for …

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Livingstone College’s Class of 1973 Raises Over $300,000 in Support of Alma Mater

In News by Garette Hunter

The Class of 1973 of Livingstone College has raised more than $300,000 to support the institution in honor of their 50th reunion. The remarkable gift was made during Stonecoming 2023 and is expected to have a significant impact for years to come. “We are thankful for the Class of 1973’s efforts to support the mission of Livingstone College,” said Chanel Quick, AVP of Institutional Advancement and Director of Alumni Affairs. “Their 5-year total was $305,802.31, and their gift for Stonecoming 2023 was $138,960.00. The Class of 1973 has set the bar in giving and supporting Livingstone for classes in reunion years going forward.” The Class of 1973’s gift included an antique framed plate of the Price Building, which was presented to President Dr. Anthony J. Davis. In addition, they also played an integral role in providing Toiletry Storage Center supplies for the students, who appreciate their collaborative effort to provide them with hygienic items. “We, the Class of 1973, are much appreciative of your support in our efforts to support Livingstone for classes in reunion years going forward,” said Jackie Astrop, a member of the Class of 1973. Senior Bishop Kenneth Monroe, the Convocation keynote speaker, was a Golden Graduate of Livingstone College. The Class of 1973’s remarkable gift will undoubtedly inspire future generations of alumni to give back and support their alma mater.

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Livingstone College thanks Larry Somerville for his generous contribution to our Study Abroad Program.

In News by Garette Hunter

Salisbury, NC – Livingstone College sincerely thanks Mr. Larry Somerville for his generous contribution to the college’s study abroad program. Proud graduate of the class 1973, Mr. Somerville’s dedication to fostering global education has significantly impacted the opportunities available to Livingstone’s students. Thanks to Mr. Somerville’s commitment to supporting international experiences, aspiring students can broaden their horizons, engage with diverse cultures, and gain valuable insights that will undoubtedly shape their academic and personal growth. Mr. Somerville’s philanthropic spirit has facilitated the pursuit of knowledge and contributed to the development of globally-minded individuals who will undoubtedly make meaningful contributions to society. “We are proud to acknowledge Mr. Somerville’s invaluable support, and we look forward to continuing to provide transformative study abroad experiences to our students, thanks to the generosity and vision of individuals like him,” stated Dr. Nisha Singh, Chair of the Department of Business and Computer Information Systems. Livingstone College’s study abroad program allows students to travel and study in different parts of the world, including Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The program enables students to experience different cultures, learn new languages, and develop a global perspective while earning academic credits. “We are grateful to Mr. Somerville for his unwavering commitment to advancing global education at Livingstone College,” added Dr. Singh. Livingstone College invites its community to express their deepest gratitude to Mr. Larry Somerville for his generosity and vision in supporting global education. For further information, please get in touch with Dr. Nisha Singh at nsingh@livingstone.edu.

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Livingstone College is deeply saddened by the passing of one of its own.

In News by Garette Hunter

Student-athlete Eric Henderson, a member of the Livingstone College Men’s Basketball Team, died tragically in a car accident on Dec. 26, 2022. Mr. Henderson was a sophomore at Livingstone College, but a freshman on the basketball team, where he played the small forward position. He was an honor’s student and lived in the Honors Residence Hall. A native of Virginia Beach, Va., he was committed to the team and to Livingstone College. “He wanted to be at Livingstone College. He took pride in being a Blue Bear,” said James Stinson, Livingstone Men’s Basketball head coach. “He was willing to sacrifice to make sure everyone else was OK. He was the ultimate student-athlete. ” “Our thoughts of comfort and peace during this difficult time is extended to Eric’s family, friends, teammates and college family,” said Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis. Eric was also the great-nephew of Livingstone’s faculty assembly president, the Rev. Dr. Johnnie P. Henderson. While it is difficult as a campus family to lose a fellow Blue Blue, we send our love to Eric’s family as they deal with this tragedy during the holidays, Davis said. “I understand Eric was well-mannered, a hard worker and always smiling and upbeat. May the memory of who he was bring some comfort to those who loved and knew him,” said Davis. The Livingstone Men’s Basketball team is expected back to campus on Wednesday.

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Former professor and author of Priscilla Series guest speaker at Women in History program

In News by Garette Hunter

 Grab a front row seat from the comfort of your home this Saturday as Livingstone College celebrates women in history with a virtual program. The Livingstone College Katharine W. Osborne Women in History Program will begin at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom on April 10 featuring author M.J. Simms-Maddox, Ph.D., as the guest speaker. Simms-Maddox is an independent author and the publisher of the Priscilla Series. She earned her doctorate degree in political science from The Ohio State University; has served as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate; operated a public relations agency; and is a retired tenured professor in political science for thirty-odd years at Florida A&M University, Livingstone College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College and Wilberforce University.  Her debut as a fiction writer was “Priscilla Engaging in the Game of Politics,” for which the author’s background, education and early life experiences form the foundation for the fictitious Priscilla.  Also on the program will be Mrs. Kim Sheeks, also known as “The Hat Lady.” A retired educator and storyteller, Sheeks will share humorous stories about hats – and she has lots of them. Deborah Johnson, United Negro College Fund (UNCF) director at Livingstone College and program coordinator for the luncheon, is encouraging all women to adorn their hats on Zoom as the annual hat contest will be taking place. Rosalind Mitchell of Livingstone College will serve as mistress of ceremony for the program, of which Food Lion is a corporate sponsor. The Women in History Brunch started in 2000. Katharine …

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Livingstone College to host virtual events for Big Read in Salisbury this month

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College awarded $15K grant for project   SALISBURY – Livingstone College will hold a virtual kick-off celebration followed by a number of events for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read celebration beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 15. The NEA Big Read in Rowan County will focus on Adrian Matejka’s, “The Big Smoke.” The selected 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, Big Read in Salisbury program director and history and African-American studies professor at Livingstone College. The Big Read will include book talks, film viewings and panel discussions led by Parrish and other Livingstone faculty members including Dr. Charles Pinckney, Dr. Tarsha Reid, Dr. P. Jane Splawn, Shannon Allen, Michael Connor, Christopher Davis, Damein Greatheart and Phyllis Mahmud. Livingstone College student leaders Shanique Brinkley, William McCorn, Miss Livingstone Eryka Praileau, Deborah Walker and Kameron Wilson will join in the fun as reader leaders to grades K-5. Alumni who will lend their expertise consists of Dr. Momodu C. Taylor and David Gaines, as well as William McKee of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Big Read will also feature Livingstone College’s WLJZ 107.1 FM radio host, Mz Good Newz. Livingstone College was awarded a $15,000 grant to host the NEA Big Read in Rowan County. It is presented in partnership with the Rowan Public Library and Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) with support from the NEA. The college was one …