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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 …

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Student activities canceled due to coronavirus

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced Thursday it is canceling all student activities and sporting events until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. Student activities affected by the protocol include an upcoming Student Probate Show, Student Government Association candidates’ forum and the ever popular Mister and Miss Livingstone Pageant, which could be rescheduled for the fall. Dr. Orlando Lewis, vice president of Student Affairs, said SGA candidates will conduct “soft campaigns” via social media and flyers to relay their platforms rather than meet for an assembly. All Livingstone softball, volleyball, tennis and golf games are suspended until further notice, as well as the school’s basketball and flag football intramural programs. Spring Open House, scheduled for April 4, has also been canceled. The college will contact those high school students who were registered with an alternate plan of introducing them to campus life. Livingstone students returned from spring break on March 9. There are no cases of the coronavirus on the campus of the college or in Rowan County as of the date of this news release. Classes are operating on normal schedules, but the college’s emergency response team is closely monitoring the progress of the virus and will reevaluate its protocol daily to ensure the best health practices are in place for its students, faculty and staff. In case the progression of the coronavirus forces the college to operate off campus, the Division of Academic Affairs has prepared a remote teaching plan of action to ensure students successfully complete the …

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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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Culinary grad makes TV debut

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https://www.wbtv.com/video/2020/02/29/chef-jordan-walker/ Congratulations to Jordan Walker, a 2019 Livingstone College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management graduate, on his Feb. 29 appearance on WBTV for a cooking segment, where he prepared a shrimp coconut rice bowl. Click on link above to watch segment. If it wasn’t for the white chef jacket, his mad skills in the kitchen would be unassuming. Jordan Walker portrayed a typical student while at Livingstone College, one who shared the same highs and woes of such. But when he spoke culinary, his distinction and passion for food spilled out like a poached egg. The December 2019 graduate earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and his associate’s degree in culinary arts from the Livingstone College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. He was a member of the second class of the college’s culinary arts program, which began in 2012 in the former Holiday Inn at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. South. So what has Walker been up to since graduation? Glad you asked. Last month, Walker made his TV debut as a guest chef on Charlotte’s WBTV On Your Side, where he dished up a shrimp coconut rice bowl. In a Facebook post, he wrote that since he was a little boy, he always dreamed of being on TV, where thousands, if not millions of people, could see him. “Today, I had that opportunity to showcase my talents in a place it could be appreciated.” He said the opportunity came to him through his current employer, Divine Appetit …

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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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Roger Ray wins Player of the Year

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Men and women’s teams win Highest GPA award It was a great start to the CIAA Tournament for Livingstone College as its basketball standout, Roger Ray, was named CIAA Player of the Year. The CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) presented Ray with the award at the annual Tip-Off Awards Luncheon, held Monday at the Charlotte Convention Center, in which All-Conference and other superlatives were named. Ray led the CIAA in both scoring and assists during the regular season with 23.8 points and five assists per game while shooting over 43 percent from the field, seventh best in the CIAA. The Raleigh native ranks second in the conference at nearly 38 percent from three, and his 82.8 free throw percentage is top four in the league. One of the top scorers in Division II, Ray’s 45 points against Virginia State were the most by a player in the CIAA this season. The 5-10 lead guard will finish his career as Livingstone’s all-time leader in both scoring and assists. All Conference Ray (back court) alongside Blue Bear Lydell Elmore (front court) were named to the 2019-2020 All-CIAA Men’s Basketball Team. It was Ray’s third consecutive year receiving this honor. Daisa Harris of the Blue Bears women’s basketball team was named to the All-CIAA Women’s Team for the third consecutive year. Freshman Jada Richardson was named to the CIAA All Rookie Team. Highest GPA Award Livingstone College also shined with performances off the court as the college received double wins for the CIAA Highest …

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Bishop Battle honored at Founder’s Day

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SALISBURY – Each year, Livingstone College Founder’s Day program memorializes its founder, Dr. Joseph Charles Price. But this year’s event also marked the celebration of another giant figure in the college’s history, Bishop George E. Battle Jr. Battle, who is senior bishop of the AME Zion Church and a 1969 graduate of Livingstone, is nearing the end of his eight-year term as chairman of the Livingstone College Board of Trustees. The college celebrated Battle’s leadership and distinguished service at the Feb. 6 program, where Battle’s pastor, the Rev. David A. Williams of Gethsemane AME Zion Church, was guest speaker. The college showed a video tribute to Battle that captured his humble beginnings to his rise to bishop, as well as presented him a resolution and gavel plaque. The resolution outlined Battle’s extensive contributions to the college including, but not limited to, his generating nearly $1 million in corporate support for scholarships and academic programs; his creation of the George E. Battle Jr. Endowed Scholarship that has helped numerous students attend college; and his chairing of the Vision 2004 Capital Campaign, where the college raised more than $20 million. His philanthropic work has made him one of the single largest contributors to the college. “This is his (Bishop Battle) last Founder’s Day as chairman of the board and we found it fitting and proper to recognize him at this time,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., who referred to him as a “giant on our campus,” one who has …