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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 …

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Pete Teague joins Institutional Advancement team at Livingstone College

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SALISBURY – President Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. has announced the appointment of Pete Teague as special assistant to the president for community development. As a 34-year resident and local leader of Rowan County, Teague is very familiar and well invested in the community, and intends to leverage his existing relationships to better tell the Livingstone College story. “I want to help the community and the region become more aware of Livingstone and its ministry,” he said. Teague began in mid-April and will be working in Institutional Advancement, helping with community involvement, government relations and increasing financial support for the College. A CPA, he retired in December 2017 as partner with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP after serving in public accounting for 40 years. For the past nine years, he worked out of the Winston-Salem office. He said he wanted his next position to be local and to “matter” on a different level. “I’m vested here, so I wanted to do something impactful to make a difference in the community and in people’s lives. I was determined it was going to be some kind of ministry and I believe I found what I was looking for.” His philosophy of life is, “It’s not about me. God comes first and then other people. If I didn’t believe God wanted me to be here, I wouldn’t be here. That was non-negotiable.” He has heard numerous times a popular quote by Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr.: “We want to take students from …

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‘All I wanted was a chance’

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Livingstone SGA president Terrell Richardson, left, works with Salisbury Mayor Al Heggins. He was the first intern for the City of Salisbury mayor’s office and will graduate May 5 with a bachelor’s in social work.   Livingstone’s Terrell Richardson found life at the stone When he steps to the podium, the audience quiets with anticipation. He’s developed a reputation of saying something so arousing that even bishops stand to their feet. Following electrifying introductions, he gives his name: “Greetings, I’m Terrell Richardson, the 89th president of the Student Government Association of Livingstone College.” Though he has the mannerisms of a clergyman, he shuns those references, at least for now. His dream, he says, is to become a college president of a historically black college or university. On Saturday, he will become one step closer toward that dream as he walks across the stage as a Livingstone College graduate. “I didn’t choose Livingstone College. Livingstone College chose me,” he said. “I didn’t have a choice. Livingstone College was the only place that gave me a chance.” Richardson took advantage of his only chance and excelled during his matriculation at Livingstone. In addition to being the SGA president, he was the junior class president and a member of the Rotaract Club, the Livingstone NAACP chapter, Phi Alpha Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and a resident assistant. A social work major, he was also a member of the Social Work Action Group. Last summer, he was selected as a Walton Fellow, …

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First Lady of Livingstone presented Key to the City

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Dr. Faleese Moore Jenkins, second from left, the First Lady of Livingstone College, is presented with a Key to the City by Salisbury Mayor Al Heggins, left. Joining in the presentation are Jenkins’ daughters, from left, Attorney Ginger Cartwright and Dr. Lisa Lopez.   Dr. Faleese Moore Jenkins, the first lady of Livingstone College, admitted that it’s hard to pull a surprise on her. But on Monday, she got one of the biggest shockers of her life. During a Sorority Luncheon on the school’s campus, Salisbury Mayor Al Heggins read a proclamation proclaiming April 30, 2018, as Dr. Faleese Moore Jenkins Annual Sorority Day. Following the announcement, Heggins presented Jenkins with a Key to the City. “I am just overwhelmed, humbled, surprised and appreciative that the mayor would think about me to present such a cherishable token,” Jenkins said. “When I travel – and travel abroad – I will tell them about this.” Awarding Keys to the City is up to the discretion of the mayor, Heggins said. “Dr. Faleese Moore Jenkins meets the criteria of someone who does outstanding work, one who is a collaborator and someone who is doing everything to enhance our community and bring different voices together.” Heggins presented the award with Jenkins’ daughters, Attorney Ginger Cartwright and Dr. Lisa  Lopez, by her side. Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College president, said he is extremely proud of his wife and the honor bestowed upon her. “She is the wind beneath my wings and is deserving …

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Livingstone College wins $30,000 Home Depot grant

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Above, Livingstone College staffers are shown at the awards ceremony with “A Different World” cast members. Shown, from left, are Kadeem Hardison; Patrice Evan Saunders, Babcock Residence Hall director; Cree Summer; Jasmine Guy; and Anthony Brown, director of student activities.   Actor Laz Alonso of “Jumping the Broom” fame, shown far left, and Melissa Brown, Home Depot senior marketing manager, shown far right, present a $30,000 ceremonial check to Livingstone staffers, Anthony Brown, director of student activities, and Patrice Evan Saunders, Babcock Residence Hall director, at the Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., Monday.   SALISBURY – Livingstone College has won a $30,00 grant from Home Depot’s Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program. The award was announced and presented Monday, April 30, at The Home Depot Store Support Center in Atlanta, Ga. The Home Depot Retool Your School program gives Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) an opportunity to make upgrades to their campuses. Nine campus improvement grants totally $360,000 are awarded each year. Schools are divided into three clusters based on their student enrollment population. All grants are awarded based on consumer voting (unlimited) and project proposal scores, which are determined by a panel of judges Livingstone College placed third in Cluster 3. The grant money will be used to upgrade the outdoor student pavilion next to the cafeteria. The Home Depot Retool Your School Campaign was led by Anthony Brown, student activities director; Justin Walker, communications project and technical specialist, and Vincia Miller, director of Alumni Affairs. …

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Senator Dan Blue keynote speaker for Livingstone College commencement Saturday

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Bishop Proctor is Baccalaureate speaker Friday night  SALISBURY – The 2018 graduating class of Livingstone College will experience a full circle moment on Saturday during May commencement. Senator Dan T. Blue Jr. was the guest speaker during Fall Convocation in 2014 when these class members were freshmen. Four years, later, he is returning as the keynote speaker for their graduation. Livingstone College will hold its 136th Annual Commencement on Saturday, May 5, at 9 a.m. at the Alumni Memorial Football Stadium. “Having Senator Dan Blue to return to address the same student body he did four years ago is serendipitous,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College president. “He welcomed them in on the first leg of their journey and now he will bid them a fond farewell on the next chapter of their lives with what I’m sure will be great advice for success.” A native of Lumberton, Blue was first elected in 1980 to the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing Wake County, and has been re-elected 10 times. He held several leadership positions in the House, including chairman of Judiciary and Appropriations committees. From 1991-1995, Blue was twice elected Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives and is considered a leader and mentor among his peers. After serving 22 years in the N.C. House, he left the Legislature to run for the United States Senate in 2002. He returned to the House in 2006 and now represents Wake County in the N.C. Senate, where he is …