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Student activities canceled due to coronavirus

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced Thursday it is canceling all student activities and sporting events until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. Student activities affected by the protocol include an upcoming Student Probate Show, Student Government Association candidates’ forum and the ever popular Mister and Miss Livingstone Pageant, which could be rescheduled for the fall. Dr. Orlando Lewis, vice president of Student Affairs, said SGA candidates will conduct “soft campaigns” via social media and flyers to relay their platforms rather than meet for an assembly. All Livingstone softball, volleyball, tennis and golf games are suspended until further notice, as well as the school’s basketball and flag football intramural programs. Spring Open House, scheduled for April 4, has also been canceled. The college will contact those high school students who were registered with an alternate plan of introducing them to campus life. Livingstone students returned from spring break on March 9. There are no cases of the coronavirus on the campus of the college or in Rowan County as of the date of this news release. Classes are operating on normal schedules, but the college’s emergency response team is closely monitoring the progress of the virus and will reevaluate its protocol daily to ensure the best health practices are in place for its students, faculty and staff. In case the progression of the coronavirus forces the college to operate off campus, the Division of Academic Affairs has prepared a remote teaching plan of action to ensure students successfully complete the …

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Culinary grad makes TV debut

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https://www.wbtv.com/video/2020/02/29/chef-jordan-walker/ Congratulations to Jordan Walker, a 2019 Livingstone College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management graduate, on his Feb. 29 appearance on WBTV for a cooking segment, where he prepared a shrimp coconut rice bowl. Click on link above to watch segment. If it wasn’t for the white chef jacket, his mad skills in the kitchen would be unassuming. Jordan Walker portrayed a typical student while at Livingstone College, one who shared the same highs and woes of such. But when he spoke culinary, his distinction and passion for food spilled out like a poached egg. The December 2019 graduate earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and his associate’s degree in culinary arts from the Livingstone College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. He was a member of the second class of the college’s culinary arts program, which began in 2012 in the former Holiday Inn at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. South. So what has Walker been up to since graduation? Glad you asked. Last month, Walker made his TV debut as a guest chef on Charlotte’s WBTV On Your Side, where he dished up a shrimp coconut rice bowl. In a Facebook post, he wrote that since he was a little boy, he always dreamed of being on TV, where thousands, if not millions of people, could see him. “Today, I had that opportunity to showcase my talents in a place it could be appreciated.” He said the opportunity came to him through his current employer, Divine Appetit …

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Antonio Davis inducted into CIAA Hall of Fame

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  Recognized among greatest college basketball shooters in history SALISBURY – Livingstone College graduate Antonio Davis, one of the greatest shooters in college basketball history, was inducted into the 2020 CIAA Class of the John B. McLendon Hall of Fame. The induction took place at the Charlotte Convention Center during the the 75th anniversary of the CIAA Basketball Tournament on Feb. 28. Davis shot 56 percent on two-point field goals, 53 percent on three-point field goals, and 94 percent at the free throw line for his career. He is the only known player to have finished with 50/50/90 career shooting percentages, according to the CIAA. “To put these numbers into perspective, no other college player in NCAA history has ever completed even a season with 50/50/90 shooting percentages,” the CIAA program reads. Davis averaged 22.4 points for his career and led the nation in scoring at 35 points per game during the 1987-88 season. He also led the nation in free throw percentage three times throughout his career, shooting 90 percent, 94 percent and 96 percent from the line over those seasons. “You didn’t pass the ball at all, did you?”  joked Charlie Neal at the event, who interviewed each inductee in talk-show fashion. He earned All-CIAA, All-District 26 and All-American honors while at Livingstone College and finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,800 career points. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Livingstone College and his Master of Science in history from N.C. A&T …

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Roger Ray wins Player of the Year

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Men and women’s teams win Highest GPA award It was a great start to the CIAA Tournament for Livingstone College as its basketball standout, Roger Ray, was named CIAA Player of the Year. The CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) presented Ray with the award at the annual Tip-Off Awards Luncheon, held Monday at the Charlotte Convention Center, in which All-Conference and other superlatives were named. Ray led the CIAA in both scoring and assists during the regular season with 23.8 points and five assists per game while shooting over 43 percent from the field, seventh best in the CIAA. The Raleigh native ranks second in the conference at nearly 38 percent from three, and his 82.8 free throw percentage is top four in the league. One of the top scorers in Division II, Ray’s 45 points against Virginia State were the most by a player in the CIAA this season. The 5-10 lead guard will finish his career as Livingstone’s all-time leader in both scoring and assists. All Conference Ray (back court) alongside Blue Bear Lydell Elmore (front court) were named to the 2019-2020 All-CIAA Men’s Basketball Team. It was Ray’s third consecutive year receiving this honor. Daisa Harris of the Blue Bears women’s basketball team was named to the All-CIAA Women’s Team for the third consecutive year. Freshman Jada Richardson was named to the CIAA All Rookie Team. Highest GPA Award Livingstone College also shined with performances off the court as the college received double wins for the CIAA Highest …

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Bishop Battle honored at Founder’s Day

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SALISBURY – Each year, Livingstone College Founder’s Day program memorializes its founder, Dr. Joseph Charles Price. But this year’s event also marked the celebration of another giant figure in the college’s history, Bishop George E. Battle Jr. Battle, who is senior bishop of the AME Zion Church and a 1969 graduate of Livingstone, is nearing the end of his eight-year term as chairman of the Livingstone College Board of Trustees. The college celebrated Battle’s leadership and distinguished service at the Feb. 6 program, where Battle’s pastor, the Rev. David A. Williams of Gethsemane AME Zion Church, was guest speaker. The college showed a video tribute to Battle that captured his humble beginnings to his rise to bishop, as well as presented him a resolution and gavel plaque. The resolution outlined Battle’s extensive contributions to the college including, but not limited to, his generating nearly $1 million in corporate support for scholarships and academic programs; his creation of the George E. Battle Jr. Endowed Scholarship that has helped numerous students attend college; and his chairing of the Vision 2004 Capital Campaign, where the college raised more than $20 million. His philanthropic work has made him one of the single largest contributors to the college. “This is his (Bishop Battle) last Founder’s Day as chairman of the board and we found it fitting and proper to recognize him at this time,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., who referred to him as a “giant on our campus,” one who has …

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Sport Mgt. students attend Super Bowl

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SALISBURY – There was a den of Blue Bears among the Chiefs and 49ers at Super Bowl 2020. Eleven Livingstone College sport management students served as hosts at Super Bowl LIV held Sunday in Miami, Fla. Livingstone was only one of two historically black colleges and universities selected to participate in the Super Bowl Experience. Deonna Young, Semaj Williams, Cory Jones, Antwann Abernathy, Damoni Johnson, Breanah Brown, Alfred Patrick Jr, Marcus Thompson, Precious Wood, Tianna Deberry and Daruis Gwynn were selected to attend based on academics and engagement. The students left for Miami on Jan. 29 and returned Tuesday from an unforgettable experience. Livingstone was selected for the program through an extensive application process, said Dr. Charles Crowley, department chair of sport management, hospitality management and culinary arts, who also accompanied the group. But it’s also about connections, and this wasn’t Crowley’s first rodeo of super bowls. Only in his second semester at Livingstone, Crowley worked the Super Bowl in 2000 and 2004 while working for other entities. The purpose of the program is to teach the business side of sports and to offer insight on what it’s like to run a major sporting event. Students worked the NFL Experience that featured the football players, NFL Live and served as way finders inside the stadium on game day. “They got to meet so many people, celebrities and stars,” Crowley said. “Every day, they saw someone famous.” Students had to complete application packets and background checks, and undergo online customer service …

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Former Carolina Panther new head football coach

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., announced Thursday, Jan. 30, that former NFL standout Sean Gilbert will usher in the new decade for the Livingstone College Blue Bears. Gilbert graduated from Aliquippa High School in Aliquippa, Pa., in 1989 and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He left college in his true junior year to declare for the NFL Football Draft in 1992. He was drafted as the third pick in the first round to the Los Angeles Rams, and would go on to play 11 years in the NFL for several teams including the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders. He retired in 2003. Gilbert has a passion to help others and is committed to serving his community. He and his mother, Aileen, started Nerih, a non-profit organization that helps build youth and adults through quality educational programs, and assists in developing affordable housing. Nerih partnered with local organizations to build a sports complex to provide recreational programs, and received a federal grant from the Department of Education to start a leadership and development center. Beyond question, Gilbert knows football, Jenkins said, but it was his work off the field that was most impressive and set him apart from other candidates, such as starting a nonprofit and his commitment to building character in young men. “I believe he will be a great role model for our student-athletes in particular and our entire student body in general,” Jenkins said. “Needless to say, we expect to win …

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4 Livingstone students injured in off-campus shooting

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From the Division of Student Affairs: Four Livingstone College students were injured in a shooting overnight that occurred at a restaurant at the West End Plaza Shopping Center. One of the students was transferred to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem and is listed in stable condition. Three students were transported to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury and have been discharged. This shooting happened off-campus and the event was not sponsored by Livingstone College.  At no time was campus safety compromised as a result of this incident, in which two other people also suffered non-gunshot injuries. The Division of Student Affairs will have counselors available to any students who were present and/or know the injured students to help manage the distress of this traumatic event and to deal with any resulting anxiety, if needed. Livingstone College is grateful that no lives were lost, and is praying for the full recovery of those injured and the well-being of those who experienced this unfortunate event.  

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Getting ‘froggy’ with it

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Livingstone CIS student, White House scholar participates in STEM research project at Indiana University SALISBURY – Livingstone College student Tenecious Underwood is charting a path to success that is uniquely his own. The senior computer information systems major began his academic year with the coveted honor of being selected as one of 44 White House HBCU Competitive Scholars in the nation, based on academic achievement, campus and civic involvement and entrepreneurial ethos. This is the highest student recognition by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities that illustrate that HBCUs produce – often against the odds – strong, impressive educational, economic and societal results that impact the communities in which they serve. Further proving his scholarly edge, Underwood, a Fayetteville native, was also recently recognized for his participation in a research project that is leapfrogging the science of frog language. Everyone knows that a frog says “ribbit,” but did you know that their calls have a deeper, more impactful meaning? Frogs are considered “canaries of the coal mine,” for their ability to indicate ecological or environmental crises before humans notice a broader impact. Frogs have permeable skin, making them vulnerable to even small changes in their aquatic environment. As a result, 32 percent of frogs are in decline due to a combination of habitat loss, disease and climate change. This statistic worries scientists, so ecologists across the nation are eager to study declining frog populations. Underwood had the distinct opportunity to participate in the Jetstream Research Experience …

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Livingstone alumna wins Chamber small business award

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The new year is off to a great start for one Livingstone College alum. NSC Behavioral Concepts Inc., owned by Dr. Nicole Sherrill-Corry, a 2003 graduate of Livingstone College, was the 2020 recipient of the Chamber Champion Small Business Award. The award was presented at the 94th annual Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Gala held Jan. 9 at the West End Plaza. NSC Behavioral Concepts began as a one-person shop in 2015, providing quality care for those living with critical mental health and substance abuse issues. The company now employs more than 50 employees and provides peer support services, substance abuse intensive outpatient services and counseling, according to its website. Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., said accomplishments from alumni such as Dr. Sherrill-Corry validates the mission of our institution and offers hope to students that success is attainable. Dr. Sherrill-Corry serves as a great example of leadership and business success in this community and “we are proud she is a Blue Bear,” Jenkins said.