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A taste of college life

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By: For The Record Contributed photos Vincia Miller, left, director of Alumni Affairs at Livingstone College, recruits two Anson High students for a “Name That Tune” activity during the Livingstone College motivational tour kickoff at Anson High School. Anson High School students tour the Livingstone College School of Culinary Arts’ 50-foot mobile food unit during the college’s visit to Wadesboro March 22. A culinary arts student served cookies and punch from the unit. Livingstone College is the only N.C. Historically Black College and University with a culinary arts and hospitality management program.   The Livingstone College Mighty Blue Bears rolled into Anson County recently and left an indelible impression on what college life is like. Anson High School hosted an assembly for juniors and seniors March 19 that was a part of the college’s motivational tour, dubbed #ExperienceLC, in conjunction with HOLLA! (Helping our Loved Ones Learn and Achieve), the high school and with support by the YCC program. The Blue Thunder Pep Band, led by band director Anthony Jones, rallied the crowd as student activities director Anthony Brown taught the high-schoolers the college’s chant: “Who ya wit?” To which the crowd responds, “LC!” (Repeat three times), concluding with “LC too hype!” And hype it was. “You all can’t begin to believe how good I feel today,” said Leon Gatewood, HOLLA! founder and CEO and a 1981 graduate of Livingstone. “Today, I’m here with my alma mater. Do you know how good it feels to say y’all come see me …

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Livingstone launches radio station, new website, app

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  Livingstone College is on the air. Tune in to WLJZ 107.1 FM, the heart and soul of Blue Bear nation, for music, campus news and updates on the happenings of Livingstone College. WLJZ 107.1 FM is a low-powered FM radio station, which was deemed operational on Dec. 7, 2017. The official launch was in February during the winter meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees that coincided with Founder’s Day. The purpose of the station is to serve as a bridge between the campus and the local community of Salisbury and surrounding areas, said Justin Walker, Livingstone’s communications project and technical specialist, who spearheaded the project. The student-operated radio station will feature programming that highlights campus information; student/faculty-led discussions on local, national and international news; community event spotlights and announcements; and music from various genres including jazz, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, R&B fusion, gospel and more. The station’s current wattage is 70, but it is licensed for 100 watts. The college plans to install a 100-foot tower to expand the reach of the station beyond the city limits and cover all of Rowan County, Walker said. Currently, the station’s local coverage area includes Salisbury, East Spencer and Spencer. Distant coverage consists of Granite Quarry and Faith. Woodleaf, China Grove, Rockwell, Churchland and Linwood are on the edge of the coverage area. The station is located on the first floor of the W.J. Walls Center in the former music studio. “The possibilities for this station are exciting, including using students to help with production, programming and …

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Livingstone mourns passing of Irwin Belk, supporter and donor of the college

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Irwin “Ike” Belk SALISBURY – Livingstone College mourns the loss of Irwin “Ike” Belk, who was laid to rest on Monday, March 5, 2018. Belk, a philanthropist, businessman and public servant, died on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. He was 95. Belk was passionate about education and athletics, and took on the cause of helping educational institutions create tracks and procure sculptures of their mascots – often the largest of their kind in the world. Livingstone College’s track is named after Belk, and the menacing Blue Bear that adorns the front lawn of campus was made possible by Belk’s generosity, said Dr. State Alexander, Livingstone College executive assistant to the president and vice president of communications and public relations. “Our mascot is the featured attraction on the front lawn. It is where alumni, students, future Blue Bears and their parents gather for photo opportunities when visiting our campus. Belk created an indelible footprint at Livingstone by helping us secure this monumental sculpture of our mascot,” Alexander said. Belk served more than 50 years as an executive with Belk Stores, his family’s namesake department store; four terms in the N.C. House and Senate; two terms as a United Nations delegate; and served on numerous boards. As a state senator, he introduced the legislation creating UNC-Charlotte as the fourth member of the University of North Carolina system. He later served on the UNC System Board of Governors and the UNCC Board of Trustees. Belk was born on April 4, 1922, in Charlotte, the …

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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 …