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LC offers full ride to Liberian teen hero

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Liberian Ambassador to the United States to visit campus Wednesday Livingstone College is offering a full scholarship to a Liberian teenager, who became a national hero in his country after finding and returning $50,000 to its rightful owner. Emmanuel Tuloe, 18, was driving his motorcycle taxi in northeastern Nimba County on a highway when he saw a bunch of money wrapped in a plastic bag on the road. It contained $50,000 USD and $100,000 in Liberian money. News reports say the teenager took it home and gave it to his aunt to keep until he found out to whom it belonged. Later that day, the owner, businesswoman Musu Yancy, went on the radio appealing for the money to be returned, and he took it to her. Tuloe’s gesture has earned much-deserved public commendations including from the President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah, with whom he met in person on Oct. 18. The President said he would present the teenager with one of the country’s highest Orders of Distinction in a future ceremony. Upon meeting the President, Tuloe was prepared to discuss one thing: his education. Like many teenagers in the country, Tuloe dropped out of school in the seventh grade to run a motorcycle taxi service to make money for his family. Tuloe told President Weah on Monday that his desire was to finish his education. He also asked him to encourage other young people to leave the taxi business and focus on going back to …

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$2.24M STEM grant largest in college history

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  Livingstone College has received $2.24 million from the National Science Foundation, the largest single grant received in the history of the college. The grant will fund a program called “Livingwell@Livingstone,” a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) innovation ecosystem to enhance persistence, retention and graduation rates in underrepresented minority students. “Livingwell@Livingstone” will create opportunities, as early as freshman year, for students to explore the commercial potential of research and how it addresses community challenges. The program will leverage partnerships with community science entrepreneurs to create a “Science Mastermind,” providing tools and resources to expand bench research into the entrepreneurial space. Using a convergent research design, the project advances the capability to meet current and future challenges of food production/accessibility, renewable energy and artificial intelligence, said Dawn McNair, dean of the Division of Mathematics and Science and principal investigator of the project. In addition, it will provide a collegial support structure to share wins, set goals, and solve peer challenges related to the STEM student experience. “We are excited about the opportunity to implement ‘Livingwell@Livingstone.’ This project will equip students with the needed skills to meet the STEM workforce demand and be valuable contributors to the future of scientific enterprise,” McNair said. The award comes just as Livingstone College is poised to occupy its new 16,000-square-foot F. George Shipman Science Annex. The annex will feature dedicated laboratory/research spaces for microbiology, human anatomy/physiology, biochemistry and general chemistry, with smaller laboratory spaces for specialized research and a tissue culture lab. One of …

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Livingstone hosts new ‘Fridays at the Stone’ series

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Everyone looks forward to Fridays, and now Livingstone College wants you to reimagine Friday mornings. Livingstone College will host its first of a monthly series called “Fridays at the Stone,” beginning Friday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 a.m. at its School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, located at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. South. The inaugural breakfast event series, to be held monthly in October, November, February, March and April, is sponsored by First Legacy, a division of Self-Help Credit Union. Each hour-long program will feature three elements/speakers: A Livingstone College program spotlight; a minority local business/nonprofit spotlight; and an alumni spotlight. Friday’s inaugural program will spotlight the college’s Evening and Weekend College with Dr. Curtis Dean, director, as speaker. Nicole Holmes Matangira of Holmes Iron and Metal will represent the minority local business; and Carmen W. Harper, director of alumni engagement and annual giving for Hood Theological Seminary, will be the featured alumni. “Fridays at the Stone” is an intentional effort by Livingstone College to network and engage more with the community and business leaders, to facilitate relationship building and community partnerships, and to provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about Livingstone College and its programs. The series is being spearheaded by Pete Teague, Livingstone College special assistant to the president for community development; the Office of Communications and Public Relations; and the Office of Alumni Affairs. “At Livingstone, we have a desire and goal to be an integral part of Salisbury and Rowan County,” Teague said. …

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Homecoming safety protocols announced

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As the Blue Bears plan to come out of hibernation to celebrate homecoming 2021, Livingstone College administration has announced its safety protocols to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Homecoming will take place Oct. 2-9 with a myriad of activities under the theme, “The Awakening,” with the hashtag #hibernationszover. The Livingstone College COVID-19 Task Force proposed the following protocols that were approved by Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr.: All faculty, staff and students have received the COVID-19 vaccine as mandated for in-person instruction and employment for fall 2021. However, as the college seeks to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the entire campus footprint, Livingstone College will require a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of any homecoming event for all faculty, staff and students. To gain entrance onto the campus beginning Oct. 2, all campus guests must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test within the past 72 hours, accompanied with a photo ID. The college understands that some members of the community are vaccinated, however, although minimal, breakthrough transmission can occur among the vaccinated population. The test result can be a printed or digital copy. As an example, anyone planning to attend an event on Oct. 3, should take a COVID-19 PCR test no later than Sept. 30. Extra personnel and officers will be on hand to ensure this protocol is enforced. This protocol is also in effect for events at the college’s School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, located at 530 Jake …

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‘Evening on the Green’ Sept. 17 kicks off UNCF campaign

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In the mood for some down-home blues mixed with some hand-clapping gospel music? Or how about the classical tunes of a symphony quartet capped with toe-stumping rhythm and blues? Access to all of this takes place this Friday, Sept. 17, on the historic front lawn of Livingstone College as it kicks off its annual UNCF campaign. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will include refreshments. The program will feature a variety of entertainment including the Livingstone College Gospel Choir; a quartet of the Salisbury Symphony; Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen; and R&B local sensation Divided by Four. The Livingstone Gospel Choir, under the direction of pastor and professor Christopher Gray, released a new single this year titled, “Exalt,” that is available on all digital platforms. The choir has also performed with Grammy-award winning artists such as Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Erica Campbell and James Fortune. Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, known as the “Queen of Bourbon Street” in New Orleans, relocated to her home state of North Carolina after Hurricane Katrina. She spends her time today singing at nursing homes and senior-living facilities near and around Salisbury. Divided by Four will belt out classic R&B tunes, singing something for everyone, while a quartet of the Salisbury Symphony will delight the audience with its musical performances. There is no charge for entry, but it is a fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund, said Deborah Johnson, Livingstone’s UNCF director. Contributions to UNCF will be accepted during the program. The college’s goal is …

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3 inducted as HBCU Living Legends

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What do two former NFL players and a community activist have in common? They were each recently honored as HBCU Living Legends. Romus Jefferies, a former Buffalo Bills football player; Marjorie Kinard, speaker, community activist and fundraiser; and Joseph “Jo-Jo” White, who played for the Canadian Football League and the Tampa Bay Bandits of the U.S. Football League, all Livingstone alumni, received the distinction as HBCU Living Legends at the N.C. HBCU (Historically Black College or University) Living Legends Scholarship Gala on Sept. 4 in Charlotte. The event, the vision of William and Vanessa Hairston and other community volunteers, celebrates the significant legacies of North Carolina’s 11 historically black colleges and universities by honoring three alumni from each school every two years. Livingstone Golf Coach Andre Springs was inducted as a Fayetteville State University alumnus. Honorary co-chairs of the event were Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., who was inducted in 2019 as an HBCU Living Legend of Elizabeth City State University; Congresswoman Alma Adams; and N.C. Senator Toby Fitch. The purpose of the event is to provide scholarships to currently enrolled students of the state’s HBCUs. The funds are generated through the gala and an HBCU Living Legends calendar. Students can apply for an HBCU Living Legend Scholarship by visiting www.hbculivinglegends.com Romus Jefferies Jefferies, a graduate of Dunbar High School in East Spencer, became a four-year letterman at Livingstone College. He was named Coca-Cola Golden Helmet and Most Valuable Player, and was selected to the all-CIAA team three …

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West End to honor the late Fannie Butler

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Livingstone College will host its first home football game since the 2019 season this weekend with the Seventh West End Classic. The first home game for the past six years has been dedicated to the community in which the historically black college resides, the West End of Rowan County. The West End Classic is a partnership between Livingstone College, the City of Salisbury and members of the West End Coalition (West End Pride and West End Community Organization combined). The game begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Livingstone Alumni Memorial Stadium. There will be a certain amount of complimentary tickets available for West End residents. Livingstone College and the West End Coalition typically meet for breakfast meetings throughout the year to discuss improvement issues related to the community and to vote on West End residents who qualify for Community Spirit Awards during the West End Classic game. This year due to the pandemic, the two entities have not been able to meet and no awards will be presented. However, Livingstone College has decided to rename the award after a special member of the West End Coalition, who passed away earlier this last year. The West End Community Spirit Award will now become the Fannie. T. Butler Community Impact Award. It will be given to an individual, group or organization that have made significant contributions to the community. Fannie Tillery Butler, a 1949 graduate of Livingstone College, was a founding member of the West End Community Organization and served as president …

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Library awarded third $500K grant

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Livingstone College has been awarded another $500,000 grant from the National Park Service (NPS) to rehabilitate its Andrew Carnegie Library, for a total of $1.5 million received in the past three years. The National Park Service announced the first award in August 2018. The second grant award was made last spring, a welcomed announcement during the coronavirus pandemic. Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) made the recent announcement of the third award of the competitive federal grant that will assist in Phase III of the library’s rehabilitation. “I’m proud to announce that Livingstone College won these federal dollars and this new funding will help them complete the Carnegie Library rehabilitation project,” Budd said. “This project will help preserve the historic character of this iconic building on Livingstone’s campus.”   The award was made possible through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) grant program, funded by the Historic Preservation Fund, and administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior. It is part of $7.7 million in grants to 18 projects in 12 states for the preservation of historic structures on campuses of HBCUs. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is named after the 19th century industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who funded many libraries with 18 of them being on the campuses of HBCUs. Only two academic libraries were allowed to use the donor’s first name: Livingstone College and the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie. Pa. Livingstone’s library was funded with …

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Track team sprints toward good deed

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  Members of Livingstone College’s track team sprinted into action on Wednesday to help an alumna and her husband. Tara White has been by the side of her husband, Tito White, since July 15 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. He has been battling a rare cancer called leiomyosarcoma for the past seven years. When Tara White learned on Tuesday that her husband would be discharged from the hospital the following day, she wondered how he would be transported into the house because his mobility is compromised. He has temporary immobility in one of his legs and their home is not yet handicapped accessible. She called First Baptist Church of Salisbury to inquire about its ramp program. The church’s secretary connected her to Pete Teague, who is head of the Men’s Ministry, and the rest is no coincidence. Teague and Tara White both share a connection to Livingstone College. Teague currently serves as special assistant to the president for community development there, and Tara White is a 1995 graduate of Livingstone. Then the two realized they knew each other through the Rowan County Habitat for Humanity program. Tara White said she and her husband were the first married couple to move into a local Habitat for Humanity home, and Teague has been a member of the Habitat board since 1997, serving as president from 2001-2015. Teague informed Tara White that the Men’s Ministry would need more time to respond to her request, but that he might be able to …