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LC awarded Carolina Farm Credit grant

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Carolina Farm Credit is digging in to help Livingstone College’s farm. The financial farm cooperative presented a $5,000 grant to Livingstone on Tuesday that will be used to help buy equipment for the college’s farm. “The company’s focus has been on HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities),” said James Taylor, senior vice president of Carolina Farm Credit. He said with Salisbury being his hometown, he wanted to ensure Livingstone College was aware of the grant opportunity. Taylor reached out to Pete Teague, special assistant to the president for community development and interim vice president of Institutional Advancement at Livingstone College, to plant the seed – and the rest is harvest. “We’re excited to be here,” said Carrie Barnhardt of Carolina Farm Credit. “This is a great opportunity to keep funds local; to help pursue agriculture within the local community; and for folks to see the importance of agriculture.” “We have some great things coming so we want to keep you abreast of what we’re doing,” said Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis at the check presentation. “There will be a number of expanded ways to partner with Livingstone College. Agriculture is a big push on this campus under my leadership and the best is yet to come.” Teague provided a brief update on the farm, located at 1300 Locke Street. Electricity has been connected to the property and the college is awaiting certain permitting from the City of Salisbury. Some equipment has been purchased and will eventually be stored on …

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Dixon receives honorary degree

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Livingstone College has added another distinguished member to its family of honorary degree recipients. Wells Fargo’s Georgette “Gigi” Dixon received an honorary doctorate degree from the historic black college in Salisbury on Dec. 9 during Livingstone’s ninth annual December Conferral of Degrees. Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis, by authority of the college’s Board of Trustees, conferred upon Dixon the honorary doctorate degree in humane letters, following her commencement address to the graduating seniors. Dixon serves as executive vice president and head of External Engagement for Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion for Wells Fargo. She received the honorary doctorate for her work with the company and as a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also a member of the national NAACP Board of Directors; vice chair for the NAACP Foundation; vice chairman of the U.S. Black Chambers Inc.; a corporate advisory board member of UnidosUS; a trustee of the Trust for the National Mall; a member of the Rainbow Push/Coalition Board of Directors; and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “This has been a very emotional and moving day for me and my family,” Dixon said. “Never would I have thought that I would receive this honor.” She thanked Davis for the invite and the honor as she mentioned how proud her mother would be if she were alive to witness this because she believed education was the great equalizer. Dixon spoke to the graduating class about resiliency, relevancy and readiness – three branding points of …

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Wells Fargo’s Gigi Dixon is graduation speaker

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Livingstone College will hold its annual December Conferral of Degrees on Friday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. at Varick Auditorium, located on the campus. Georgette “Gigi” Dixon, executive vice president and head of External Engagement for Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion for Wells Fargo, will deliver the address to the graduating seniors. The college’s Board of Trustees also approved for Dixon to receive an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters during the program. Dixon is no stranger to Livingstone College, but her reconnection to the historic black college has been renewed through Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis. This will be his first commencement as the new president of the college. “Mrs. Dixon is a key influencer who uses her platform and insight to support communities and organizations who are executing the critical work that impacts society, Davis said. “As the 13th president, I am committed to exposing our students to individuals that will assist them in unlocking their potential and unleashing their power.” Dixon is an HBCU graduate herself, having earned a Bachelor of Science with distinction from Tennessee State University (TSU) in speech communications and theater. She has certificates in Corporate Community Involvement and Nonprofit Leadership from the Boston College Carroll School of Management. Her upbringing in the South during desegregation and accomplishments at Tennessee State paved a career and life work for her in diversity and inclusion. She was one of two girls to desegregate her middle school; and she became the first woman president of the …

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Tree-lighting, concert is Thursday

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Livingstone College will officially kick off the holiday season with a “Christmas at the Stone” concert on Thursday, Dec. 1. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Varick Auditorium featuring Christmas selections by the Livingstone College Gospel Choir, Concert Choir, band and opera singer Theresa Moore-Mitchell. There will be a special performance by Livingstone’s version of the Temptations, singing “Silent Night.” Following the program, attendees are encouraged to grab a hot beverage and goodies from the lobby of Varick and head to the Blue Bear Plaza for the official tree-lighting ceremony. “As an ordained minister and president of a historically black college founded by the A.M.E. Zion Church, celebrating Christmas and the birth of Jesus is paramount in our tradition,” said Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis. “While the world may appear bleak, our hope resides in the faith of what this season means. Gathering together to sing carols and fellowshipping with one another helps to spread good holiday cheer. We hope our entire campus family and friends will join us,” Davis said. First Study Jam under Davis Following the tree lighting, a Study Jam for students will be held in Aggrey Cafeteria at 8 p.m. Students can use this time to study and prepare for final exams, as tutors will be available. Once study time is over, a deejay, photo booth and food will culminate the event, sponsored by Davis and the First Lady of Livingstone. “Since our library is undergoing repairs and is closed, this is an …

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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