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Livingstone to receive $100,000 endowment from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

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First installment to be made this month  SALISBURY – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation, has pledged an endowment in the amount of $100,000 to Livingstone College as a part of the organization’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund. Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., will join 31 other presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on Feb. 28 at the AKA International Headquarters in Chicago to accept the first installment of the award. “Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented the AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund with the goal of investing in the future of our young people and the sustainability of our treasured HBCUs,” said Dr. Glenda Glover, AKA Inc. international president. “Our organization has pledged to donate a total of $10 million dollars toward the endowment, and we are honored to provide Livingstone College the first $50,000 during our February event as we celebrate Black History Month and the legacies of all HBCUs.” “Livingstone College will benefit tremendously from this generous gift by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated,” said Jenkins. “Colleges such as Livingstone are in need of more endowments to assist with its sustainability and to ensure that we are always here for the student population we serve. It is said that philanthropy is contagious, so I hope what the AKAs are doing will spread like wildfire to others who are in positions to do the same.” The historic event will feature remarks from Glover as well as a tour of the iconic and recently …

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Joyner: Rebuild Black America

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School raises $3.3M in philanthropic support SALISBURY – Livingstone College’s celebration of Founder’s Day went as smoothly as the Tom Joyner Morning Show’s jingle. There weather was balmy and the mood was equally bright as crowds of people filed into Varick Auditorium to near capacity to hear nationally syndicate radio host Tom Joyner deliver the keynote address. His remarks connected the exceptionalism of Livingstone College’s founder, Dr. Joseph Charles Price, to the missing link of today’s survival of black America. “What kind of brother was Price and why did he think he could open up a school and become president of a college? He was a good preacher, a fine orator, a brilliant scholar, but a lot of black men have those credentials,” Joyner said. The difference, he noted, was that Price “demonstrated faith in his people.” “That is something that we used to do; that is something that we stopped doing; and it’s something we need to begin doing again more, or we will continue to lose our churches, our businesses, our media outlets and our HBCUs,” Joyner said. “In other words, if we don’t start demonstrating faith in our people, we will lose our power.” Joyner outlined an action plan to reverse this course: give back, support black businesses and causes, and be intentional about improving the state of Black America. In giving back, Joyner recommended choosing one thing in which you are passionate about and becoming hyper focused on making it work. For him, it is a …

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National radio host Tom Joyner is keynote speaker at Livingstone’s Founder’s Day

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Makes appearance in Salisbury during final year on the air SALISBURY – Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner will be the Founder’s Day speaker at Livingstone College next week as he completes his final year on the air. Founder’s Day will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Varick Auditorium and celebrates the life and legacy of Livingstone’s founder, Dr. Joseph Charles Price. This is an especial occasion for three reasons: Livingstone College has been selected as the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month for February; the college is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year; and Joyner is retiring from radio at the end of the year. Also on that evening, Livingstone will induct recipients into the United Negro College Fund “Share Your Love” Hall of Fame. “Founder’s Day is an extraordinary time on campus each year as we celebrate Dr. Price with pomp and circumstance,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone president. “Having Tom Joyner here adds an extra special touch to the occasion as we incorporate School of the Month and our milestone anniversary into the celebration, but particularly because he has chosen to spend part of his last year in radio with us.” A legendary radio personality, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Joyner is host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and is one of the most recognized media icons of today. A 1970 graduate of Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college, Joyner has used his influence to support …

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Livingstone business professor honored for leadership and research at Las Vegas conference

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By Kimberly Harrington Livingstone News Service Dr. Colin Pillay, associate professor in business administration at Livingstone College, was awarded for his leadership and research at the Institute for Business Research Conference in Las Vegas in January. For leadership, Pillay was recognized for his ongoing commitment to faculty development and in appreciation of research support provided to academic communities. For research, he received an Outstanding Research Award for a paper titled, “Development of an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Rowan County, North Carolina.” The paper was also accepted for publication in the Review of Business and Finance Studies Journal. “Dr. Pillay is a progressive thinker, who always supports with vigor the ideals of our mission, which is to prepare students for a global society,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr., Livingstone College president. “We are proud that this conference recognized his invaluable contributions and exemplary scholarship as we do here at Livingstone.” “I have observed that in working with his students, Dr. Pillay teaches them the importance of academic excellence as well as professional behavior. He believes that both technical competence and ethical conduct are the key for students to be successful in the global economy,” said Dr. R.D. Sharma, dean of Livingstone College business department. Pillay has served at Livingstone College since 2010. Two years upon joining the faculty, he created and taught the first entrepreneurship course and subsequently created the Entrepreneurship Concentration Program. He has been the advisor to the Phi Beta Lambda organization since 2010. Students in this organization have …

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Livingstone College participates in statewide math conference in Greensboro

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SALISBURY – Math professors and math majors from Livingstone College attended the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) 48th Conference at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro Nov. 1-2. The conference, under the theme “Cultivating Coherence and Connections,” gathered more than 2,000 K-12 math teachers, principals, administrators and college professors from every school district and county in the state. The lobbies and conference rooms of the Convention Center were abuzz with activities both days. Some of the back-to-back workshops on site included “Uncommon Ways to Solve Equations,” “Hands-on and Self-Correcting Math Centers,” “Math Digital Escape Rooms,” “Drain The Dread: Changing Mathematical Mindsets,” “Building A Coherent Progression of Proof” and “A Better Way to Build Math Fluency.” Livingstone College math professor participated in workshops on digital technology use in the classroom and formed a partnership with the N.C. Network of Math Teachers’ Circles.  The participating math students were intrigued and inspired by workshops that included, “Making Worksheets WORK!” and “Digital Technology: Activities and Ideas for your Classroom.” The second day of activities for Livingstone College students consisted of a visit to the N.C A&T State University Mathematics Department, where the participants were introduced to graduate mathematics faculty to develop connections for possible graduate studies in the field. Subsequent to the visit, both math majors and math faculty of Livingstone College attended a seminar in W.T. Gibbs Hall for a didactic lecture from Dr. Stephanie Kelly, associate professor of business communication, on how to modernize the formats for résumés and …

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Livingstone alumna turns 90

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https://www.salisburypost.com/2018/11/04/mrs-fannie-tillery-butler-celebrates-90-years/ Submitted to the Salisbury Post Mrs. Fannie Marie Tillery Butler celebrated her 90th birthday on at Livingstone College Event Center on Oct. 27, 2018. Mrs. Butler is a 1949 graduate of Livingstone College where she met and married David T. Butler Sr., a local principal. She has spent the last 73 years serving the Salisbury community. She was the first director of Miller Recreation Center and went on to teach mathematics at several high schools in the area. She retired from Salisbury High School in 1989 after teaching for 38 years. She was born in Morehead City and likes to say that she came to college to get her BS degree and M.R.S. and she got both. She was a founding member of the West End Community Organization (WECO), a member of the Salisbury Beautification Committee, Habitat for Humanity Homeowners Committee and the Rowan Iredell Credit Union Board of Directors. Mrs. Butler has received the Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Humanitarian award, the City of Salisbury “Our Community Appreciation Award” and many others. However, what is most important to her is family: daughter Cynthia and late son David T. Butler Jr. (Charlotte’s Butler High School was named for him). Family came to the event from Morehead City, Raleigh, Havelock, Durham, Kingston, Lumberton Charlotte and Columbia, S.C. plus members of organizations and her church as well as friends from the community. Entertainment was provided by a sax player and a comedian from Charlotte. There was a toast by her brother, Dr. Winfred …

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Slain officer attended Livingstone College

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SALISBURY – Terrence Carraway, the officer killed in the line of duty in Florence, S.C., on Oct. 3, attended Livingstone College. College records show that Carraway was a student from fall 1984 to spring 1985. Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., the Livingstone College Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, alumni and students extend their deepest condolences to Carraway’s family and to his fellow officers. Carraway, 52, was a 30-year veteran with the Florence Police Department. According to news reports, Frederick Hopkins, a 74-year-old disabled veteran, opened fired on officers when they tried to execute a search warrant. Carraway was minutes away when he got the call to help his fellow officers. He was killed and six others were wounded. He was described by Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler as “the bravest police officer” he’s ever known. Carraway’s Facebook page listed Livingstone College as the school where he studied. “It was clear that he was proud to have attended Livingstone College,” Jenkins said. “We’ve already heard from alumni who knew him while he matriculated here. This is our homecoming weekend, and we intend to pause throughout our events to reflect and honor the braveness of this veteran law enforcement officer, this fallen Blue Bear.”                      

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Livingstone awarded $500,000 grant from National Park Service to rehab library

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By Kimberly Harrington Livingstone News Service The National Park Service announced Monday that Livingstone College received a $500,000 grant to help rehabilitate its Andrew Carnegie Library. The grant award, funded through the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service (NPS), was announced Aug. 27 as part of $8.6 million in total grant funding to support projects that preserve significant historic structures on the campuses of 18 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). “This award will enable Livingstone College to repair the roof, update the HVAC and electrical systems, and install more connections for high speed internet,” said Dr. Carolyn Duncan, vice president of Academic Affairs and author of the grant. “We will bring in 21st Century conveniences for our public while retaining the historical grandness that makes this building so special.” Laura Johnson, library director, had been looking for funding grants to preserve the 110-year-old library for several years. In 2017, Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., formed the Federal Grants and Contracts Committee, which began seeking a funding project. The committee and Johnson started working together in the fall of 2017, collecting historical information, quotes from contractors and input from people such as Karen Hobson of the Historic Salisbury Foundation. “Hobson loves historical buildings and wants to preserve them for the heritage they add to the community,” Duncan said. Duncan, who is also a Livingstone College graduate, led the committee in crafting the winning proposal. “It was a labor of love,” she said. “It …

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Professor attends ‘Black Girls Write’ institute

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Livingstone College faculty member and recent children’s book author, Dr. Da’Tarvia Parrish, was selected to attend the “Black Girls Write” UNCF/Mellon Faculty Teaching and Learning Institute at Hampton University. She was among 16 applicants selected that included scholars, writers, artists, activists, filmmakers, and others who produce work in the creation of and representation of Black women/girls in Speculative Fiction. Parrish is the author of “Seven’s Heaven,” which addresses family displacement and the experiences children undergo when living with extended family members. “I am excited about this opportunity because I plan to make “Seven’s Heaven” a seven-text series whereas the main character, Seven, introduces her young readers to moments in time with a magical journal and pen. This institute is exactly what I need to give me that push as our workshops will include dialogue about our research and crafts while also investigating/sharing how our work speaks to larger cultural, political or societal concerns such as health, violence and sexual violence, global economics, religion, politics, education, access to resources including food, clean water and air, and so much more.” “Seven’s Heaven” will address many themes, but the focal point is children with imprisoned mothers,” Parrish said. “This is extremely critical in today’s society since women are the fastest growing segment of the prison population and more tragic, the average women are mothers to at least two children under the age of eight. My goal is to address the challenges of meeting the needs of children with imprisoned mothers.” The institution was held …