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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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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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Freshmen move in, get tested

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SALISBURY – Excited freshmen brought life onto the campus of Livingstone College Friday as they moved into their new homes for the next nine weeks. It’s been five months since the college hosted students in person due to the global pandemic and the energy was contagious. A deejay at the hospitality tent gave rhythm to the cadence of activity as more than 100 students facilitated a streamlined five-step registration process. “The process has been smooth,” said Dr. Tony A. Baldwin, enrollment manager and associate vice president for the operations of Student Affairs. “We have not heard one complaint from parents. In fact, they have said we are doing a great job in moving students in and out.” In addition to a fast-track registration process, students and their parents were allowed only 30 minutes to unload luggage and other belongings into the residence halls to minimize public contact and social gathering. Donning their own masks, students were also presented Livingstone branded COVID-19 kits, which contained five reusable masks, hand sanitizer and an ID badge. And in accordance with the school’s screening protocol, everyone who entered campus received a temperature check by an officer of public safety. “I feel like you guys have over prepared,” said parent Theresa Tudor, whose daughter Ronee is a student-athlete on the track team. “You all probably won’t run into the issues these other schools have had that went back in August, so I feel very confident that she’ll be fine.” Parent Karen DeLoatch, whose daughter is …

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Kinard heads up national park sites

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ATLANTA — National Park Service (NPS) South Atlantic-Gulf Regional Director Robert Vogel announced the selection of Dr. Joy G. Kinard as the new superintendent of Alabama’s Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site and Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, effective March 31. “Joy’s knowledge of U.S. and African-American history, coupled with her experience, enthusiasm and Alabama roots make her ideal for this role,” Vogel said. “Joy offers a refreshing approach to park management that will position her for success through innovation and meaningful collaboration.” Kinard’s 20-year NPS career reflects an abiding interest in the preservation and advancement of stories pertinent to African-American and American heritage. She has held multiple leadership roles, including her current four-year tenure as the first superintendent of Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument; a term as National Capital Parks-East Central district manager, where she managed the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site; National Archives for Black Women’s History; and Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, among other units. Among her assignments are acting chief of interpretation, education, and cultural resource manager at the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. She also served as a park ranger at various sites in Virginia and Maryland, educating visitors on the stories of prominent figures in American history, including George Washington, Frederick Douglass and Robert E. Lee. A scholar of African-American history and culture, Kinard contributed to the seminal African-American National Biography Encyclopedia …

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LC mourns death of ‘Gus’ Jones

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April 2, 2020 To All Faculty, Staff, and Students, On yesterday, we were profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of a distinguished Livingstone College alumnus, colleague and friend. Mr. Augustus Jones, Sr. transitioned April 1, 2020, into the loving arms of almighty God, following a brief illness.  “Gus, as he was affectionately called, is the husband of Mrs. Stephanie Jones, director of the Livingstone College Holistic College and Success Center. Mr. Jones’ love for and devotion to his alma mater was demonstrated throughout his lifetime in varied and significant ways. Mr. Jones served on the Livingstone College Board of Trustees, was a member of the selection committee for the Livingstone College Athletic Hall of Fame and was a former president of the Livingstone College National Alumni Association. Most recently, he worked as director of the Reading Center, where his quiet calm and larger-than-life presence was sought after and appreciated by the students in his charge. Please join us in fervent prayers for Mrs. Jones and the Jones family as well as the entire Livingstone College family as we grieve his loss and celebrate a purpose-driven life well lived.  Even as we grieve – as Gus would remind us, “All things considered” – we thank God for Gus Jones, his leadership, his work, his love for his wife and family, his dedication to Livingstone College and his Love for the Lord. In the coming days, we will inform you of ways in which you can express your love and offer …

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Antonio Davis inducted into CIAA Hall of Fame

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  Recognized among greatest college basketball shooters in history SALISBURY – Livingstone College graduate Antonio Davis, one of the greatest shooters in college basketball history, was inducted into the 2020 CIAA Class of the John B. McLendon Hall of Fame. The induction took place at the Charlotte Convention Center during the the 75th anniversary of the CIAA Basketball Tournament on Feb. 28. Davis shot 56 percent on two-point field goals, 53 percent on three-point field goals, and 94 percent at the free throw line for his career. He is the only known player to have finished with 50/50/90 career shooting percentages, according to the CIAA. “To put these numbers into perspective, no other college player in NCAA history has ever completed even a season with 50/50/90 shooting percentages,” the CIAA program reads. Davis averaged 22.4 points for his career and led the nation in scoring at 35 points per game during the 1987-88 season. He also led the nation in free throw percentage three times throughout his career, shooting 90 percent, 94 percent and 96 percent from the line over those seasons. “You didn’t pass the ball at all, did you?”  joked Charlie Neal at the event, who interviewed each inductee in talk-show fashion. He earned All-CIAA, All-District 26 and All-American honors while at Livingstone College and finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,800 career points. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Livingstone College and his Master of Science in history from N.C. A&T …

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Livingstone alumna wins Chamber small business award

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The new year is off to a great start for one Livingstone College alum. NSC Behavioral Concepts Inc., owned by Dr. Nicole Sherrill-Corry, a 2003 graduate of Livingstone College, was the 2020 recipient of the Chamber Champion Small Business Award. The award was presented at the 94th annual Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Gala held Jan. 9 at the West End Plaza. NSC Behavioral Concepts began as a one-person shop in 2015, providing quality care for those living with critical mental health and substance abuse issues. The company now employs more than 50 employees and provides peer support services, substance abuse intensive outpatient services and counseling, according to its website. Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., said accomplishments from alumni such as Dr. Sherrill-Corry validates the mission of our institution and offers hope to students that success is attainable. Dr. Sherrill-Corry serves as a great example of leadership and business success in this community and “we are proud she is a Blue Bear,” Jenkins said.

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Livingstone’s Antonio Davis to be inducted into CIAA Hall of Fame

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CHARLOTTE – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the nation’s oldest historically black conference, has announced the 2020 John B. McLendon Hall of Fame Class and among inductees are basketball standout Antonio Davis of Livingstone College. One of the greatest shooters in college basketball history at any level, Davis shot 56% on two-point field goals, 53% on three-point field goals, and 94% at the free throw line for his career. He is the only known player to have finished with 50/50/90 career shooting percentages. To put those numbers into perspective, no other college player in NCAA history has ever completed even a season with 50/50/90 shooting percentages. Davis averaged 22.4 points for his career and led the nation in scoring at 35 points per game during the 1987-88 season. He also led the nation in free throw percentage three times throughout his career, shooting 90%, 94%, and 96% from the line over those seasons. Davis earned All-CIAA, All-District 26 and All-American honors while at Livingstone College and finished his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,800 career points. Other inductees include  Albert “A.J.” English of Virginia Union University; LeVelle Moton, N.C. Central University, men’s basketball; Leslie Speight, CIAA basketball and football official; and the 1983 women’s basketball team of Virginia Union University. The CIAA recognizes inductees for their excellence in the conference, significant contributions in the community, leadership in CIAA sports and commitment to the CIAA mission. This year’s class focuses on basketball honorees as the conference celebrates …