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Early-bird incentive for registration

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Open letter to students from President Jenkins                    July 2, 2020 Dear Blue Bear Nation: Recently, I shared that Livingstone College will resume on-campus operations for the Fall Semester on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The Reopen LC Task Force has developed and are deploying eight critical protocols that will enable the college to execute our mission safely in the “New Normal” – fostering a safe living and learning environment. As we are excited about reassuming in-person campus operations and your return, we are engaged in thoughtful planning and execution, preparing the campus for your arrival. However, in order for us to adequately prepare for your arrival, we need for you to register as soon as possible.  Livingstone College has moved to online registration. By registering online, we will reduce face-to-face interaction on our campus while automating the registration process. Online registration opened on July 1, 2020.  Students who fully register, complete their 2020/2021 FASFA, and pay their room deposits by July 15, 2020, will receive an early-bird incentive grant between $500 and $1,000. This incentive grant may be applied to your student account thus reducing your preexisting balance or your tuition and fees for the Fall 2020 Academic Semester. Our goal is to provide an economic stimulus for our students and their families during these critical economic times. Please note: The funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. On behalf of the entire Livingstone College family, we are looking forward to seeing you in the …

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NEA awards $15K grant

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College was awarded a $15,000 grant to host the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read in Rowan County. Livingstone was one of 84 nonprofit organizations selected to receive an NEA Big Read grant to support a community reading program between September 2020 and June 2021. The NEA Big Read is an Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest. Its purpose is to broaden the understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The NEA Big Read in Rowan County will focus on Adrian Matejka’s, “The Big Smoke.” Activities will take place April 2-May 7, 2021. “Our text is an exquisite collection of poetry that depicts the heavyweight champion Jack Johnson as a social phenomenon through a literary lens,” said Dr. Da’Tarvia Parrish, program director and history and African-American studies professor at Livingstone College. “As literature allows the imagination to exist where often perceptions can be reconstructed and redefined, I’m eager to unfold how this communal lesson can increase the complexities of self-awareness and acquire new perspectives.” Livingstone College will host shared activities with several community partners to include the Rowan Public Library, Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) and Hornets’ Nest Girl Scouts Troop 454.  “For over 140 years, Livingstone College has provided leadership to the global society whereas our effort in the Big Read is simply another way the college does its best to serve,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “We are thankful …

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Livingstone secures second $500,000 grant for library

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SALISBURY – In under two years, Livingstone College has been awarded a total $1 million to rehabilitate the historic Andrew Carnegie Library, located on its Salisbury campus. The National Park Service announced the first award in August 2018. The second grant award was made this spring, a welcomed announcement during the coronavirus pandemic. The award was made possible through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 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 first grant award was designated for Phase I, which included the engineering architectural survey, water infiltration work to stabilize the foundation, and roof repairs/replacement. “We were able to complete the engineering and architectural survey of the condition of the building before the coronavirus pre-empted further work,” said Dr. Carolyn Duncan, Livingstone’s grant writer. “We expect work to proceed again in June.” The recent grant will be used to complete Phase II, which includes installing an HVAC system to adequately heat and cool the building, keeping the climate at a temperature that will help extend the life of paper documents, which consists of  historical African-American archives and memorabilia; replacing outdated electrical wiring and increasing electrical outlets throughout the building; replacing obsolete light fixtures throughout and providing adequate lighting; situating Ethernet portals and internet charging stations for students and patrons; and repairing plaster and painting …

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$500,000 grant to preserve Monroe Street School

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College has been awarded a $500,000 grant to preserve its historic Monroe Street School property. The award, announced and administered by the National Park Service, is part of $14 million in African American Civil Rights Historic Preservation Fund grants that will finance 51 projects across 20 states and the District of Columbia to preserve sites and history related to the African-American struggle for equality in the 20th Century. Monroe Street School, located at 1100 West Monroe Street across from Livingstone College, was the first high school – J.C. Price High School – constructed for African Americans in Salisbury. It was a high school from 1923 until 1938 when a larger high school was built due to overcrowding. The new facility on Bank Street became J.C. Price High School and the former school on Monroe Street was renamed Monroe Street Elementary School, serving as a public school in some capacity until the 1980’s when it was sold to Livingstone College. It’s currently named the S.E. Duncan Education Center, in honor of the fifth president of Livingstone College, Dr. Samuel Edward Duncan. In 2003, the property met the historic designation for both education and ethnic heritage and was designated an historical site by the U.S. Department of Interior National Park Service. The building, last used as the West End Head Start Center and Livingstone’s Education Department, has been vacant for approximately 15 years due to unabated asbestos. Dr. Carolyn Duncan, Livingstone College director of grants, student scholarships and special projects, said …

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LC to host virtual open house

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College will host a virtual Open House May 21 via its official YouTube page. The college’s spring Open House in April was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual Open House is from 1-3 p.m. May 21 and will feature opening remarks by President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., as well as information from financial aid, residence life, student activities, health services, athletics, band and Summer Bridge Program representatives. The speakers will accept questions via YouTube’s chat on the day of the event, or students and parents can submit questions in advance by emailing them to admissions@livingstone.edu. While the on-campus Open House affords students an up close and personal experience of Livingstone College, this abbreviated virtual event is designed to offer a snapshot of campus life, provide important information regarding the fall semester, and answer parents and students’ questions, said Dr. Tony Baldwin, enrollment manager and associate vice president for the operations of student affairs. “Our Office of Communications has created an immersive virtual tour for students and parents that allows them to feel as if they are on campus in lieu of onsite visits,” Baldwin said. “We have to adapt to the times and today, virtual meetings and tours are the safest way to conduct business due to social distance practices.” The virtual tour can be found here: Livingstone Admissions. No registration is required for the Open House. Students and parents can simply tune in at 1 p.m. May 21 on Livingstone’s official YouTube page …

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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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Powell leads Board of Bishops

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Appointment covers oversight of church membership on six continents  SALISBURY –Bishop Staccato Powell, presiding prelate of the Western Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AME Zion) and a member of the Livingstone College Board of Trustees, has been elevated to president of the Board of Bishops. The new appointment was made during the AME Zion Annual Winter Board of Bishops Meeting, where bishops from across the United States as well as Central Southern, Western and Eastern West Africa were in attendance. “It’s humbling to occupy this pinnacle privilege at such a seminal moment in time,” Powell said. “I look forward to serving the denomination in this new leadership capacity, propelling Zion into a new decade of service and kingdom building.” As president, Powell will serve as head of the 12-member Board of Bishops, which provides oversight for the global AME Zion Church. He will continue to serve as presiding prelate of the church’s Western Episcopal District, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado and Arizona. “As shepherd of the vast six state western region, my overarching mandate has been to make sure that our church’s number one task is to be good stewards of that which God has entrusted to us,” Powell said. “That mandate covers concerns ranging from community development opportunities and economic growth to mental health initiatives and environmental justice. We expect to continue our work and to expand its impact throughout the length and breadth of the 1.4 million member AME Zion Church and …

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Graduation moved to December

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced today that it was postponing its May commencement ceremony to December due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control forecasted that this COVID-19 pandemic may not abate for months to come. Measures designed to slow and arrest this virus could escalate to a public, mandatory quarantine. “With all of the uncertainties, we have decided, in concert with our other institutions of higher education, to postpone commencement, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020, until December 2020,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. Livingstone started holding winter commencement ceremonies in 2014. Combining the May and December commencements seemed the best option that afforded the May graduates an opportunity to participate in a ceremony within the same year of their graduation. To stay up-to-date with news and events of Livingstone College, please visit our website at www.livingstone.edu and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @Livingstone1879. About Livingstone College Livingstone College is a private historically black college that is secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction, academic excellence and student success. Through a Christian-based environment suitable for holistic learning, Livingstone provides excellent business, liberal arts, STEAM, teacher education and workforce development programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds designed to promote lifelong learning, and to develop student potential for leadership and service to a global community. For more information, visit www.livingstone.edu.

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Classes suspended this week as students return home

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced Friday that it was suspending classes this week (March 16-20) so that students can prepare to return to their permanent residences due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to students from Dr. Orlando Lewis, vice president of student affairs, residential students are encouraged to vacate on-campus housing and return to their permanent residences. The original deadline of Wednesday, March 18, has been extended to Saturday, March 21, for those students who are moving out. International students and those with transportation limitations will be allowed to remain on campus upon approval of the Office of Student Affairs. Those students must complete a form that has been provided in a letter to all students via email and the college’s website: www.livingstone.edu. Remote teaching will begin on March 23. All students are expected to check Blackboard on or before March 20 for details from their professors for their remote learning plans. This coronavirus has been a “fluid situation that has required examination of the best course of action,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “As we seek to create a safe, living learning community, and understanding the sensitive population we serve, we have to be strategic in how we execute processes on this campus.” A team of college leaders, including emergency management and campus health officials, have been meeting daily all week monitoring the situation to determine how best to safeguard the health of students, faculty and staff, and to ensure quality and continuity of …