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Livingstone to forgive debt of returning students

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced today an initiative that will forgive the debt of students who attended Livingstone during the spring 2021 academic semester. The Livingstone College Debt Forgiveness Persistence Initiative (DFPI) will award more than $2.8 million in persistence grants to qualifying students of the spring 2021 semester who have outstanding student account balances. This is in addition to the more than $4 million in need-based student aid Livingstone College already provides from its general operating budget each year. “The economic hardships created by the COVID-19 virus is unprecedented and has made it extremely difficult for students to pursue their dreams of obtaining a college education during this period of economic uncertainty,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. in a letter to qualifying students. “The population we serve relies heavily on student loans to pay for their college education. Therefore, as we look forward to the fall 2021 academic semester, we would like to remove one of the primary barriers related to persistence – student debt.” This initiative will enable students to pursue their college education in the absence of student debt, he said. The college will utilize the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to support this critical initiative. “Access and affordability must work in tandem,” said Dr. Anthony J. Davis, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Livingstone College. “The population we serve has been significantly impacted by this pandemic. Therefore, we are deploying every resource possible in support of our students and …

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LC accredited through 2031

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SALISBURY – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reaffirmed Livingstone College’s accreditation through 2031. The SACSCOC Board of Trustees made the announcement at its June 17 meeting. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. To maintain SACSCOC accreditation, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the “Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement,” and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. “Reaffirmation validates that Livingstone College has the resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain our mission,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “We remain on task with setting clear educational objectives and successfully assessing and achieving them.” “Livingstone’s Compliance Certification Report was submitted 15 months in advance of the College’s scheduled reaffirmation,” said Dr. Kelli V. Randall, Livingstone’s vice president for Academic Affairs and SACSCOC accreditation liaison. The report demonstrated the institution’s judgment of the extent of its compliance with each of the SACSCOC core requirements and standards. Following the Compliance Certification Report, Livingstone completed a Focused Report in advance of the virtual On-Site Reaffirmation Committee visit, which was conducted Oct. 19-22, 2020. The next step included completion of the Response Report of the Reaffirmation Committee and final Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) document, which were submitted for the highest level of review by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees at its June 17 meeting, Randall said. Livingstone’s QEP is “Write for Life: Improving Student Writing …

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Esports is coming to LC in fall

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A state-of-the-art esports complex is coming to Livingstone College this fall. Under the leadership of President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College has taken the progressive and bold steps to enter into the esports arena by establishing the Livingstone College Athletics Esports Facility, to be located inside its School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. South. The venue, projected to be completed in September 2021, will comprise five components: competitive esports; simulation golf; iRacing; broadcasting; and an abundance of space for social gatherings. Upon completion, Livingstone esports anticipates an active schedule and has already established facility hosting plans for 100-plus events annually. Livingstone has contracted with Ohio-based Meridian HD to develop the estimated $1.3M project that will include a more compact facility in the Walls Center at its West Monroe Street campus, designated for students only. The larger off-campus venue will be open to the public as well as students. Livingstone esports will include 16 competitive gaming stations; 16 social play stations; a pre-game strategy and coaching room; two golf simulation stations; a broadcasting center; two iRacing simulation units positioned in the College’s pit room; uniquely-designed esports hotel suites; and a concessions/beverage bar. The facility will include overnight hotel rentals; large gathering halls for community and professional association meetings; and expanded athletic boarding for the College’s existing athletic programming. “In collaboration with Meridian HD and the leadership of Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., we have an exciting concept that no other HBCU, or any …

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Blue Bear heads to Olympics

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Livingstone’s Quanera Hayes is headed to the Tokyo Olympics Livingstone alumna and track star Quanera Hayes is headed to the Tokyo Olympics after becoming the USA national champion during the Olympic Team Trials on June 20 in Oregon. The 2015 Livingstone College graduate and Hope Mills native finished first at 49.78 seconds in the women’s 400-meter race, besting Olympics-decorated champion Allyson Felix, who came in second at 50.2 seconds, with Wadeline Jonathas rounding out the top three. All three women qualified for a spot at the Tokyo Olympics next month. Justin Davis, track coach at Livingstone, said he was glued to the TV all weekend for the Olympic Trials, cheering on his former student-athlete. “I have followed Quanera’s career extensively since she left Livingstone. I have always known she would make an Olympic team,” Davis said. “She has the experience because I was able to travel with her to two USA Outdoor Championships while she was a Blue Bear.” In an interview posted by HBCU Gameday after advancing to the final round, Hayes was asked what it would mean to represent Livingstone College at the Olympics. “Honestly, it would mean everything. And for me, it wouldn’t be just representing Livingstone College, it would be representing the CIAA and all Division II schools,” Hayes said. “A lot of people out here — they’re from HBCUs — but I’m literally the only one from a Division II school. So it’s much bigger than me just representing HBCUs, it’s me representing Division II …

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Seeking nominees for ’40 under 40′

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SALISBURY – The Livingstone College Office of Alumni Affairs is looking for a few exceptional men and women – under the age of 40. Livingstone will hold its inaugural “Forty Under 40” recognition program this fall and is seeking nominations for the society that highlights young, successful alumni. The deadline to nominate an honoree is by 11:59 p.m. on June 18, EST. In order to qualify, nominees must be an alumnus of Livingstone College and under age 40 on Oct. 7, 2021. “The Forty under 40 Society recognizes young alumni who have made significant contributions in their careers, community, the nation or the world,” said Vincia Benjamin Miller, director of Alumni Affairs. “Among Livingstone alumni are many examples of young professionals who are making strides in their respective fields and we are looking forward to honoring them.” Once nominated, the nominee will be sent a link and required to complete the full application process, and must submit a resume and two short essays regarding their career and educational achievements and community involvement. A committee of judges will review each application with scores based 50 percent on career and education, and 50 percent on community involvement. Finalists will be announced on July 16 with the 40 honorees being recognized at an Alumni Ball on Oct. 7 during Livingstone’s homecoming week. Anyone can nominate an alumnus under the age of 40. Click here to get started: Forty under 40 nomination form. For more details on nomination rules, click here: Nomination rules for …

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King Carter is graduation speaker

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Livingstone to hold in-person graduation Saturday with rising music mogul King Carter as speaker   SALISBURY – Livingstone College will hold its 139th Commencement at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, at Alumni Memorial Stadium, the first in-person ceremony since the pandemic. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony will have limited access. Each graduate will receive five tickets each: two for premium admission and three for general admission. In case of inclement weather, only premium ticket holders will be allowed inside Varick Auditorium for the ceremony. General admission ticket holders will be admitted into the New Trent Gym, where they can watch the ceremony on a jumbotron. The College will use both sides of the stadium to accommodate social distancing, and there will be two jumbrotrons on the field for better viewing. Everyone attending must wear masks at all times. Livingstone will also perform COVID-19 tests on May 12 for all graduates. Those receiving negative results will be allowed to participate in the ceremony. The traditional baccalaureate service will be virtual this year and aired on the Livingstone College official YouTube channel at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 14. The speaker will be Bishop Kenneth Monroe, vice chairman of the Livingstone College Board of Trustees. The keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony is rising music mogul Da’ud Ramiz Carter, also known as King Carter. Carter rose to prominence in the music industry by managing the Grammy-nominated rapper, DaBaby. Today, he is focused on building an empire of his own to …

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LC gifted $200K for mass comm program

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Broadcast legend William “Bill” Reid Rollins has donated $200,000 to Livingstone College to support the genesis of its communications program. Rollins, former chairman and chief operating officer of Suburban Radio Group, visited the Salisbury campus on April 30 with his attorney, Mark Prak. During a business luncheon in the Hilliard Room, Rollins presented Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr., with a check for $200,000. The gift will go toward the college’s proposed communications program. In making the presentation, Rollins said the donation stemmed from his relationship with Dr. State Alexander, Livingstone’s executive assistant to the president and vice president of communications and public relations. Alexander started his career in the radio industry and worked at WPEG 97.9 FM in Charlotte when Rollins owned the major urban market radio station decades ago. The two were recently reunited due to a stroke of serendipity. Last year, Rollins was featured on a PBS series highlighting North Carolina broadcast legends. Alexander was having trouble sleeping one night and decided to watch some late-night TV, where on the screen was a rebroadcast of Rollins’ episode. It has been the vision of Alexander to start a communications program at Livingstone for several years, and he had often thought of reaching out to Rollins to help jumpstart the project. “Waking up and seeing him on TV was all the confirmation I needed,” Alexander said. He later sent a proposal to Rollins and the rest is the beginning of history in the making. Rollins, who is former …

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Former professor and author of Priscilla Series guest speaker at Women in History program

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 Grab a front row seat from the comfort of your home this Saturday as Livingstone College celebrates women in history with a virtual program. The Livingstone College Katharine W. Osborne Women in History Program will begin at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom on April 10 featuring author M.J. Simms-Maddox, Ph.D., as the guest speaker. Simms-Maddox is an independent author and the publisher of the Priscilla Series. She earned her doctorate degree in political science from The Ohio State University; has served as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate; operated a public relations agency; and is a retired tenured professor in political science for thirty-odd years at Florida A&M University, Livingstone College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College and Wilberforce University.  Her debut as a fiction writer was “Priscilla Engaging in the Game of Politics,” for which the author’s background, education and early life experiences form the foundation for the fictitious Priscilla.  Also on the program will be Mrs. Kim Sheeks, also known as “The Hat Lady.” A retired educator and storyteller, Sheeks will share humorous stories about hats – and she has lots of them. Deborah Johnson, United Negro College Fund (UNCF) director at Livingstone College and program coordinator for the luncheon, is encouraging all women to adorn their hats on Zoom as the annual hat contest will be taking place. Rosalind Mitchell of Livingstone College will serve as mistress of ceremony for the program, of which Food Lion is a corporate sponsor. The Women in History Brunch started in 2000. Katharine …

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Freshmen to get free, new laptops

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Other incentives offered to offset pandemic woes  Livingstone College will offer each incoming freshman and new transfer student in the fall of 2021 a free new laptop computer. All freshmen and new transfers who are fully enrolled and registered, have completed their 2021 FAFSA, cleared the student health services office and satisfied all related fees will receive the new laptop. “An area of concern for the college is closing the digital divide,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “We have discovered that as a result of this pandemic, many students do not have the necessary tools to render their matriculation successful. A critical tool is having access to a laptop computer, which is compatible with the upgraded campus network.” The gift is consistent with Livingstone’s historic mission, which is to serve the underserved, underrepresented and under-resourced, while removing any and all barriers that impede academic success. “We understand the economic hardship that has been placed on families as a result of this pandemic,” Jenkins said. “However, as we seek to establish lifelong partnerships with students and their families, this is our way of investing in our students.” In addition to offering brand new laptops to students, Livingstone College is also offering the following incentives: Freshmen, transfer and readmit students who enroll in one of the college’s extracurricular activities and has a 2.5 GPA will automatically receive a $3,000 Incentive Scholarship. Additionally, if any of these students live within a 50-mile radius, they qualify for an extra $1,000. Every …

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LC wins $30K for podcast cafe

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Livingstone College has won $30,000 in the Home Depot’s Retool Your School Program, which will be used to build a podcast café and upgrade its game room. The Home Depot Retool Your School Program strives to give back to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) what they have so generously given to their communities: a strong foundation, renewed purpose and distinctive character. This year, Home Depot deepened its commitment to HBCUs by increasing its support by $1 million in campus improvement grants across 30 schools. The grants, ranging from $20,000 to $75,000, are awarded based on consumer voting. Livingstone will use its $30,000 to repurpose its existing game room, located on the first floor of the Walls Center, into a Podcast Café and Game Room that would benefit students and serve the community. The Podcast Café will include three sound-proof podcast cubicles and a control room within a space separate from the main game room area. Each cubicle will be outfitted with a podcast microphone, and audio and video components for broadcasting. The main game room will be reconfigured to include a stage for performances and small events. The game room will also feature lounge seating, a pool table and an air hockey table. “Podcasts are rising in popularity as a simple way to communicate to the masses,” said Dr. Orlando Lewis, vice president of student affairs. “This project would provide a professional venue for amateur and expert podcasters. It will also provide students a platform for self-expressions lending to …