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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…

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He Walked!

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Last week the Livingstone College W-S alumni Chapter distributed exam (goody) bags to students from W-S. We met Kendell Horton, a recent recipient of a $500 scholarship from the Chapter. We learned that he had a $1, 081 balance to clear before he could walk and receive his diploma last Saturday. The Chapter members present (Carolyn Anderson, Mertice Williams, Natalie Harding, Jackie Astrop and me, along with President Jimmy Jenkins) provided the funds for him. He is the first in his family to graduate and his family was present to witness it. #OurBrothersKeeper #HBCULove Nigel

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Food Lion donates 17,000 meals to Livingstone College food pantry

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SALISBURY — According to the Urban Institute, one in seven college students is food-insecure: lacking in reliable access to sufficient quantities of food. This can have a devastating impact on a student’s ability to achieve academic success. But Livingstone College has offered a solution for two years. Through a partnership with Food Lion, the Blue Bear Food Pantry offers shelf-stable items for commuter students. Click Here to View the Entire Article

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Alexis Smoot

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Name: Alexis Smoot Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia Classification/Major: Senior Computer Information Systems major. My Livingstone Journey:  Prior to being recruited to play softball, I had no knowledge of Livingstone College. I am excited to say that if everything goes as planned I will be graduating May 5, 2018, with Honors. I am currently a member of the Livingstone College Honors Program, Alpha Kappa Mu Honors Society, Phi Beta Lambda Business Society, and the Pitcher for Livingstone College Softball Team.  I have been on the Dean’s List, a Merit Scholar, and a President Scholar since my arrival here at Livingstone College. Upon graduating with my Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems, I plan to attend graduate school at Northeastern University to obtain my Masters in Computer Science and a certification in Project Managing with a concentration in Data Analytics. On tutoring: I have been a Writing Tutor for two years. I wanted to be a tutor so I can help students not get lost in the curriculum and become just another statistic. I am in the honors program, and when I arrived here I received proper guidance to help me succeed. All students don’t receive that type of guidance. I am older, wiser, and I have been here at Livingstone since my freshman year, so I want to be able to guide those who need it. Fun fact:  I have been a Lifeguard since I was 15.

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Writing Personal Statements

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Whether you are applying for graduate school, an internship or a scholarship, chances are you will be asked to write a personal statement. These personal essays can range from 250 words up to 1,000 words depending on the opportunity. Regardless of length, here are a few tips to make your personal statement shine: Plan—Take the time to brainstorm your response to the questions given. You want to answer them as thoughtfully and fully as possible using strong examples. Be strategic—Write your essay in sections, being sure to spend time on each of the questions asked. If you are not given questions, try to organize you statement into parts: Biography/Personal Background: Who are you? What events/experiences have defined you or impacted your outlook/decision-making? Professional and personal goals: What are you looking to do in the future? What are your short-term (4-5 years) and long-term (10 or 20 years) goals? Be as specific as possible.   Connections: How will the program/internship/scholarship help you achieve your goals? What about the program/internship/scholarship stands out to you? Show that you’ve done your research and you know that you what outcomes or resources offered by the opportunity are going to benefit you most.   Pitch: Why would you be a good candidate for the role? What will make you an asset to the program or a good fit for the opportunity? Remember that there may be dozens, even hundreds, of people applying for the same position. How do you stand out from the crowd? Get a …