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President, daughter, headlines next ‘Fridays at the Stone’

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  Livingstone College will host its fourth installment of ‘Fridays at the Stone’ on March 25 and it will be a family affair. The featured speaker will be Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., as he reflects on his 16-year tenure at Livingstone. The business spotlight speaker is Dr. Lisa Davis of Smiles by Design, the president’s daughter. Networking begins at 7:15 a.m. at the Livingstone College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, 530 Jake Alexander Blvd., South. The program will start promptly at 7:30 a.m. Fridays at the Stone is a series of networking and relationship building events, hosted by Livingstone College. Each program typically features three elements: A Livingstone College program spotlight; a minority local business/nonprofit spotlight; and an alumni spotlight. There will not be an alumni spotlight in March. Jenkins announced his retirement in February, effective July 1. He is the second longest-tenured president in the history of the college. Most recently, he was inducted into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Hall of Fame and the CIAA announced it was creating a scholarship in his honor. Davis has 20-plus years of dental experience, specializing in cosmetics, oral surgery and pediatric dentistry. A graduate of Rutgers Dental School, she completed her residency at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She has also had specialty training at the University of Texas at San Antonio. “Fridays at the Stone” is an intentional effort by Livingstone College to network and engage more with the community and business leaders, …

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President inducted into CIAA Hall of Fame

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Athletic association also creates scholarship in his name  SALISBURY – Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., was inducted into the CIAA 2022 Class of the John B. McLendon Jr. Hall of Fame on Feb. 25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The induction was among several recognitions for the outgoing Livingstone College president, who announced his retirement two weeks prior to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament, held in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 22-26. CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams also announced on Friday during the semi-finals that the CIAA was creating a scholarship in Jenkins’ name. Jenkins is the longest-tenured president among the CIAA-member institutions and currently serves on the CIAA’s Board of Directors. “I couldn’t believe it,” Jenkins recalled when McWilliams informed him he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame for his 28 years with the CIAA. The CIAA recognizes inductees for their excellence in the conference, significant contributions in the community, leadership within CIAA athletics, and commitment to the conference mission. “When I first joined, I was the youngest member on the board. And now as I depart, I’m the oldest member on the board,” Jenkins quipped during a talk-show style interview at the induction ceremony. “And just to have my colleagues who are younger than I to see something in me to the point where they voted me into the Hall of Fame is something that I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life.” Jenkins is credited with saving the historically black college …

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‘Fridays at the Stone’ returns this Friday

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Livingstone College will host is third installment of ‘Fridays at the Stone’ on Feb. 18 at its School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, 530 Jake Alexander Blvd., South. Networking begins at 7:15 a.m., followed by an hour-long program that starts promptly at 7:30 a.m. Each program features three elements: A Livingstone College program spotlight; a minority local business/nonprofit spotlight; and an alumni spotlight. The February program will spotlight the college’s Department of Sport Management, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, featuring Dr. Charles Crowley, associate professor and department chair. Under Crowley’s leadership, a delegation of Livingstone students has participated in the past three Super Bowls for experiential learning. The business spotlight is Harry McLaughlin of McLaughlin’s Grocery, located directly across the street from Livingstone’s main campus. He is also a new member of the Salisbury City Council. The alumni spotlight will feature Dr. Bryant and Kay Wright Norman, both 1964 graduates of Livingstone College. Dr. Bryant Norman is a retired dentist and his wife, Kay Norman, is a former educator and music teacher, who served many years on the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education. “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 spearheaded by Pete Teague, Livingstone College special assistant to the president for community development; the Office of …

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President Jenkins announces retirement

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Dr. Jenkins is second longest tenured leader in college’s history  SALISBURY – Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., announced to the Board of Trustees on Feb. 9 that he will retire from his role on July 1, 2022, after 16 years of service. Jenkins was appointed to lead the historically black college in February 2006. He is the second longest tenured president in the history of the school. Prior to Livingstone, Jenkins served as president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla, where a gymnasium there bears his name. Before that, he made history by becoming the first alumnus of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) to serve as chancellor, after earning both his master’s and doctorate degrees in biology from Perdue University. A science building at ECSU is named in his honor. The Livingstone Board of Trustees reluctantly accepted Jenkins letter and recognized his constructive feats as president. New board chairman Bishop Kenneth Monroe said that Jenkins will remain in his role as president until a successor is appointed, and trustees and the college prepare for a series of events commemorating his tenure. “Having labored 38 years as a college and university president has been exhilarating and exhausting,” Jenkins said. “I am grateful for the great support from the Livingstone College Board of Trustees, our alumni, the people and leaders of the City of Salisbury and Rowan County, donors and friends of the college. There is a strong sense of melancholy in the realization that a long career …

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History maker Cheri Beasley is Founder’s Day speaker Thursday

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Livingstone College will host its annual Founder’s Day on Thursday at 10 a.m. on the college’s official YouTube channel. This is the second year the program has been virtual due to the global pandemic. The keynote speaker will be Judge Cheri Beasley, former chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court. Beasley made history in 2019 by becoming the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and only the fourth black woman nationwide. She was appointed to that position by Gov. Roy Cooper. Prior to serving on the North Carolina Supreme Court, she was a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 2008-2012 and a judge for the North Carolina 12th Judicial District from 1999-2008. When Beasley was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2008, she became the first black woman to be elected to any statewide office in North Carolina without being first appointed by a governor. Beasley received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from Rutgers University in 1988, and earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1991, after spending a summer at the University of Oxford in England. She has devoted her life to public service and to the people of North Carolina. From a young age, she was taught that no door should be closed to her, and that with hard work and faith, she could accomplish anything. Beasley’s mom was a trailblazer, earning a …

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STEMulating grand opening set for new annex

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College is preparing to celebrate the grand opening of its state-of-the art F. George Shipman Science Annex, named after its sixth president. The event will be held on Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. in front of the new science center on campus, followed by a reception and tour inside the building. Among special guests will be immediate and extended members of Dr. F. George Shipman’s family, including his only child, Rev. Sheldon Shipman, as well as former co-workers and local, state and national educators. The grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new science annex punctuates the college’s growing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program and focus on encouraging more African-American students to major in STEM areas of study. The new 16,000-square-foot science 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 the significant highlights of the facility is its planetarium/immersion theater with SciDome IQ 2400 technology, where students have a virtual-reality experience in human anatomy, physics, astronomy and earth science In addition to the planetarium, the annex includes a SCALE-UP classroom that facilitates active and collaborative learning, and a hydroponic greenhouse. The new annex will allow Livingstone College the proper environment to implement a $2.24 million STEM grant it received in the fall from the National Science Foundation. The grant was the largest, single grant received in the history of the college and will fund a …

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In-person Winter Graduation is Friday under safety protocols

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Livingstone College will hold an in-person winter Conferral of Degrees on Friday at 10 a.m. in Varick Auditorium, featuring retired District Court Judge Edward A. “Ed” Pone as guest speaker. The ceremony, which was held virtually last year due to the global pandemic, will be conducted under COVID-19 safety protocols. All guests must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 diagnostic PCR test within 72 hours of the program to attend. Proper mask wearing – covering the nose and mouth – will also be mandatory during the duration of the program. All guests must have a general entry ticket to attend. Each graduate will be given eight tickets to distribute. “Adhering to our COVID-19 protocols have proven effective during this academic semester,” said Dr. Anthony Davis, Livingstone’s COVID-19 Task Force chairman, senior vice president and chief operating officer. “We are attempting to manage our way through a global pandemic, which has been responsible for 260 million cases and 5.2 million deaths. Every protocol must be followed and executed fully to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community, our graduates and their families as we head into the holiday season.” Pone, a lifetime resident of Cumberland County, will address the graduating seniors. In February 1996, he was appointed as a District Court Judge for the 12th Judicial District by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., and was elected by the citizens of Cumberland County in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and most recently in November 2020. In …

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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

In Campus update - (COVID-19), News, News & Events by KHarrington

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 …