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Our deepest sympathy to SAU

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Oct. 16, 2020 Statement from Livingstone President regarding the passing of Dr. Irving McPhail It is heartbreaking and shocking to hear of the passing of my colleague, Dr. Irving McPhail, the 12th president of Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, N.C. Dr. McPhail was only three months into his role as president of Saint Augustine’s, but his impact in that brief amount of time will leave an indelible mark in the chronicles of that institution. I, along with the Livingstone College Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, extend our sincere condolences to Dr. McPhail’s wife, children, family and friends, and to the campus community of St. Augustine’s University. May you all be comforted during this time of bereavement and rely on your faith for strength. With deepest sympathy, Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Ph.D. President  

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Virtual homecoming Oct. 8-10

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SALISBURY – What would have been a bevy of Blue Bears congregating at 701 W. Monroe Street this weekend for Livingstone College’s annual homecoming is now – like most events mid-COVID – a virtual experience. Livingstone will host a virtual homecoming Oct. 8-10 on a screen near you. The event is being sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs and will include as much fun as one can have virtually. Under the theme, “Homecoming Reimagined – The Virtual Experience,” there is something for everyone from young alumni to the young at heart, from rocking the vote to rocking the beat, from praise and worship to a hat parade. And at the center of each virtual engagement experience is the opportunity to give to support Livingstone College. “All of the events are free, and with the absence of hotel costs and cover charges for in-person events, this is the perfect opportunity for alumni and friends to give like they have never done before,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. Vincia Benjamin Miller, Livingstone’s director of alumni affairs, said it was important to continue to keep Livingstone’s alumni and friends engaged this homecoming weekend despite not having in-person events or a football season. “It was also an opportune time to raise awareness about this upcoming election and the importance of voting,” she said. A complete lineup of homecoming events and Zoom links can be found on the college’s website at www.livingstone.edu under the Alumni Affairs tab, or by visiting our …

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Football season canceled

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SALISBURY – After careful consideration, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Board of Directors, in conjunction with its Athletic Directors Association (ADA), has voted to delay the start of all winter sports seasons, which includes men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and women’s bowling. Men’s and women’s basketball will begin their seasons on January 9, 2021, while start dates for indoor track and field and women’s bowling are still under review. Additionally, at the recommendation of the CIAA and ADA, and with approval from the Board of Directors, the conference has opted not to sponsor championship seasons for football as well as men’s and women’s cross country during the 2020-21 athletic year, while women’s volleyball will proceed with a 2021 spring season. “Delaying the start of our winter seasons acts in the best interest of our student-athletes, coaches, and support staff as it ensures proper resocialization for all parties while affording our membership the opportunity to implement recommended health and safety measures prior to competition,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “Although unfortunate and unprecedented circumstances this year will prohibit athletic seasons for some, we remain committed to bolstering opportunities that amplify the experiences of our student-athletes, member institutions, partners and fans.” “This difficult decision was made with the best interest of our student-athletes, coaches and staff in mind,” said Livingstone College Athletic Director Lamonte Massie-Sampson. “There are so many unknowns as it relates to this pandemic so it behooves us to be proactive in every …

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Dr. Gavin named Mentor of Year

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College Board of Trustee member, Dr. James R. Gavin, III, has been selected to receive the Endocrine Society’s Laureate Award as Mentor of the Year for 2021. The Endocrine Society is the foremost professional organization for endocrine scientists, researchers, practitioners and educators in the world. The annual award recognizes a career commitment to mentoring and a significant positive impact on mentees’ education and career, according to the Society’s website. Gavin has served as a direct mentor to more than 50 early stage physician-scientists and has touched the careers of countless others through his leadership of both the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP). During his more than 35-year involvement with the RWJF AMFDP, he has contributed to the career development of more than 300 minority physician-scientists. “This is a very special award to me and a pinnacle personal honor because the award is driven by nominations from young scholars who feel that I have had a positive impact on their lives and careers,” Gavin said. “This is as meaningful and important to me as any brick-and-mortar award. I am humbled and honored by this designation.” Adding even more sentiment to the award is that one of Gavin’s mentees, Dr. Anne L. Peters, is also a 2021 award recipient in the Outstanding Public Service Award category; and one of his own mentors, Dr. Phillip Gorden, is recipient of …

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Livingstone begins classes with students back, new safety measures

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SALISBURY – Later than usual, but well prepared, Livingstone College began classes on Thursday. Chief Operating Officer Anthony Davis said if the college did not feel confident in its safety measures, it would not have invited students back to campus. The college has taken on a litany of prevention measures as part of its re-entry plan. Everyone on campus, faculty, students and staff, were tested for COVID-19. The campus was also sanitized with electrostatic sprayers ahead of students arriving. An antimicrobial finish was applied to surfaces, and there are hand sanitizing stations throughout the campus, along with enhanced cleaning protocols and a mask requirement. Davis is happy the college is able to have in-person classes at all and said the college saw some transfers from students who felt safer with the level of prevention measures at Livingstone. Davis said it is especially important for the college to take on the additional protocols, which by and large exceed those of other nearby colleges and universities, because Livingstone is a historically Black college, and the African American community has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Davis described the campus as a masked community. Students who live on campus and arrived over the past week were tested before they moved into their rooms. The college wants to identify anyone who could be an asymptomatic spreader so it can stop people from unknowingly infecting others. Putting it simply, Davis said the college wants to keep its students safe. Senior SGA President and criminal justice major …

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Campus reopens with COVID testing

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College officially reopened its campus Thursday with staff members reporting to their offices for a virtual opening session followed by COVID-19 testing. The virtual opening session began at 10:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., who highlighted events during the past five months in which the campus was closed due to the global pandemic. The world was attacked by an invisible enemy and like many other college campuses, Livingstone shut down its in-person learning in March and transitioned to distance learning. “It seemed surreal for all of us – more like a nightmare,” Jenkins said. “This enemy has taken away a major part of our DNA. We are social beings, but we now have to learn to curtail socialization. It is disturbing, but it is what it is. We have to follow the protocols so we can survive this pandemic.” Jenkins commended his senior staff members and faculty for adjusting efficiently to the new normal in organizing distance learning and maintaining their engagement with students over the past few months. Jenkins also commended the college’s Reopening Task Force, led by Dr. Anthony J. Davis, senior vice president of Institutional Advancement and chief operating officer, which developed eight protocols to safely reassume campus operations. Davis outlined those protocols in a series of short videos played during the virtual opening session, where staff members participated in from their respective offices. The protocols range from screening, security, protection and prevention, and space utilization to …

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The Sumter County School District welcomes Dr. Lamont Moore

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The Sumter County School District welcomes Dr. Lamont Moore as Director of Testing, Accountability, Gifted and Talented and Title III. Lamont received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Livingstone College (class of 1999), a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton and Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Gardner Webb University. He has educated, tutored and mentored students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. He began his professional career in 1999 in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district serving as teacher, lead teacher and Gifted Education Program Facilitator. In 2007, he became a school administrator in the Cabarrus County school district and served as Assistant Principal of Instruction for 6 years. In 2013, he began work with the South Carolina Department of Education as Director of Advanced Academic Programs (Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate). In 2016, Lamont began his service as principal and served in both Lee and Chester County School districts. Lamont has presented at district, state, national and collegiate conferences (including the National Association of Gifted Children) on a range of topics related to instructional leadership and gifted education. He has published several articles with the K-12 Teaching Alliance and writes lessons (K-12) for TeachHub.com. While serving as principal in the Spring of 2020, Lamont provided graduate-level instruction to teachers for the Gifted and Talented endorsement. This was in partnership with Winthrop University. He is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina, a proud father of two (Lamiyah and Christopher) and husband to …

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Livingstone College Professor Selected as Scholar-in-Residence at Oxford Summer Institute

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Dr. Da’Tarvia A. Parrish of the department of history and political science at Livingstone College was selected as a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Oxford’s Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. This interdisciplinary program aims to examine socio-economic, political, historical and cultural processes, in the age of globalization, that impacts notions of antisemitism, with the ultimate goal of developing antisemitism studies as a recognized academic discipline. Under the guidance of leading international academics, Scholars-in-Residence are required to develop a course syllabus and curriculum in the interdisciplinary study of critical contemporary antisemitism. While considering the program’s goals, Parrish said, “2020 has demonstrated the necessity of the mosaic world to yield to diversity, equity, and inclusion; for the human race cannot withstand the chastisement of its lacking. As narratives are constructed to convey and combat the times, successful authorial perspectives must center organic culture, and interrelate ethics and freedom as central elements of the narrative; to reclaim, reinvent and even, transmogrify humanity. What better place to start than an HBCU classroom?” Intended for professors with full-time college or university positions from across the globe, this international program aims to create a space for issues of antisemitism at a high level of scholarship. The course syllabus and curriculum is to be taught at the Scholar-in-Residence’s home institution for course credit, on at least two occasions, upon completion of the program. “As I journey into this opportunity, I aim to engage with the central purpose of producing curriculum that evolves in redemptive projects tugging …

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Natasha Wright – Director Announced For Career And Technical Education And Human Resources

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Berkeley County School District leaders announced the selection of two directors at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting of the Berkeley County Board of Education. The board voted unanimously to name Sonya Addison-Stewart Director of Career and Technical Education and Natasha Wright Director of Human Resources. Their contracts will begin July 1, 2020. Director of Human Resources Natasha Wright brings nearly 20 years of valuable education and work experience to her new position as Director of Human Resources. Ms. Wright received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Livingstone College and her Educational Specialist degree and a Masters in Educational Leadership from The Citadel. She also received a Masters in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University. Ms. Wright is currently working toward her Doctorate in Educational Systems and Improvement Science from Clemson University, and expects to complete that program of study in December 2020. Ms. Wright served Berkeley County as teacher and district evaluator for eight years before joining Charleston County School District as a Coordinator of Partnerships and Projects in 2014. She returned home to BCSD in 2015 as a teacher evaluator and worked for two years supporting schools in that role until accepting the position as a Certified Employment Coordinator in 2017. Early in her career, she worked as a Special Assistant to the President at Livingstone College and as Agency Relations Director for the Lowcountry Food Bank. “I am immensely honored and humbled to served as the new Director of Human Resources for Berkeley County School District,” Ms. Wright said. “For me, regardless of my position, it all leads back to providing excellent service because ultimately …