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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 …

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Students earn second chance at Livingstone

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By Kimberly Harrington Livingstone News Service SALISBURY — For a contingent of students at Livingstone College, the next six weeks will not be a walk in the park but more like basic training to prepare them for college life. “This is boot camp. I hope you survive,” Livingstone President Jimmy Jenkins told parents and students gathered in Trent Gym on Saturday morning. “We believe in you. You may not have done as well as you could have in high school or you might not have been able to get into another school, but you can get life out of a stone – at Livingstone,” he said.   View the rest of this story on the Salisbury Post Website

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N.C. governor urges students to get back to basics for life of purpose

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By Kimberly Harrington Livingstone College News Service “As a people, we are all connected,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, speaking at Livingstone College’s Fall Convocation. Quoting Desmond Tutu, Cooper said, “None of us comes into the world fully formed. We would not know how to think, or walk, or speak, or behave as human beings unless we learned it from other human beings. We need other human beings in order to be human. I am because other people are.” The nation is evolving into a “me-first” society, Cooper said. “We should encourage efforts to make all lives better – and that goal should be set by elected political figures.” Fall convocation, held Sept. 22 in Varick Auditorium on campus, is the official induction ceremony of the freshman class. Cooper shared with the freshmen six points to live a life of purpose: Be involved in a cause greater than yourself; learn from lost; take the long view; read; be nice; and explore their faith. “A faith in God can be your rock,” Cooper said. “You can be wealthy and famous, but if your only purpose is to serve yourself, you may find yourself lonely.” Cooper grew up in Nashville, N.C., not far from the hometown of Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy Jenkins Sr., who hails from Selma. He spent his summers working on the family farm and attended public schools. His mother was a school teacher and his father practiced law in addition to being a farmer. Those humble beginnings …

Livingstone relocating students after broken pipe damages dorm

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SALISBURY – This is Makaela Marsh’s last semester at Livingstone College. She’s managed to not have a roommate her entire college experience – until now. As unusual sub-freezing temperatures spread throughout the region, it put strains on heating systems and pipes. Livingstone College’s Honors Residence Hall was not exempt as it experienced frozen and broken water pipes on Wednesday during this artic-like weather phenomenon in one wing of the facility. The damage has displaced about 115 students who live in Honors Residence Hall. Marsh was one of those students. She is now sharing a room with a classmate at College Park Apartments. “We’re grateful that she has a place to stay,” said her mother, Marcella Marsh. Mikaela Marsh agrees with her mother that this is a teaching moment. Life will be this way. Things can be going smoothly then suddenly something can happen and interrupt your comforts – like moving from one dorm to another, like sharing your space. “It’s nobody’s fault,” said student Tristen Coleman who also had to move. “It shows everybody coming together to make peace.” Elizabeth Lee, who manages College Park Apartments, is also using this as a teaching tool. “This is what we do as a people, we look out for each other, we make room,” she said to students who waited to hear their room assignments. Dr. Orlando Lewis, vice president of Student Affairs, said the broken pipes only affected one wing of Honors Hall. The other wing is habitable and those students will …

Mayor Heggins charges Livingstone College graduates to continue showing up

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SALISBURY – There is a popular religious phrase and song that goes, “show up and show out.”                                                                                               Newly-elected Mayor Al Heggins charged students to “show up” during her remarks at Livingstone College’s winter commencement held Dec. 15 at Varick Auditorium. “I decided to show up. I decided to show up for military duty. I decided to show up even in junior and high school when I was on student council. I decided to show up when I went to college. And I want to thank you and everyone in this audience for showing up because you showed up to vote,” she said to applause. Heggins won the most votes in the race for Salisbury City Council in November, becoming the first African-American female elected to council. On Dec. 5, she was elected by the new City Council as mayor, making history again. Speaking at Livingstone College was among her first speaking engagements since the historic win. “Showing up is very important,” she told the graduates. “Today, you have shown how you have showed up. Because you showed up for your classes, you showed up for orientation … and now you are showing up today for your graduation. So today begins your new season.” Heggins …