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Livingstone to host 50-year tennis reunion

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SALISBURY – Did you play tennis for Livingstone College? Then this is not only homecoming week, but a celebration of 50 years of tennis at Blue Bear Nation. Livingstone will hold a 50-year tennis reunion on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. at the tennis court on campus. All former members and tennis supporters are invited to attend free of charge. “The reunion is an opportunity to acknowledge past tennis team members, make presentations to benefactors and talk about plans to build our women’s tennis program,” said Gwen Jackson, head coach of Livingstone women’s tennis. Jackson is the first female head coach of the college’s women’s tennis program, having started in 2010. She played competitively herself from 2002 through 2008 in the ALTA League in Atlanta, Ga. Livingstone was once a force to be reckoned with in the game of tennis. In 1990, the men’s team won the CIAA tennis championship. Prior to that, Livingstone captured the CIAA Southern Division titles in 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978 and 1980-82. The inaugural All Women’s Team for CIAA Conference was formed in 2003, coached by Joseph K. Enoch and assistant coach Pierre Spivey. Prior to that, two women, Pam Hurt and Natalie Campbell, joined the Livingstone men’s team in 1975. After the reunion, Abdul Idi, a former Livingstone tennis player, will conduct a tennis clinic for HOLLA! youth tennis team of Morven, N.C. Idi is a tennis professional at Rivers Strand Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, Fla., and was a member of …

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Homecoming Sunday brunch to feature The Tams

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SALISBURY – Be young, be foolish, be happy and mosey on over to Livingstone College’s Sunday Brunch on Nov. 3 featuring beach music’s classic band, The Tams. The event, which is Livingstone’s homecoming finale, is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Livingstone College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, located at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. South, Salisbury. Sponsored by the President’s Office, the Sunday Brunch will feature music by The Tams, food prepared by culinary arts students and remarks by Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. Admission is $35 per person and is payable at the door. Dress attire is casual. The Tams is one of America’s all-time favorite recording acts, world renown for their special blend of music that makes up the beach music sound. The Tams entertain crowds around the globe nearly 300 days a year and are best known for their 1968 gold hit, “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy.” Their first album, “Presenting the Tams,” produced a number one record, “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am),” propelling the group to professional status and national popularity, playing to sold-out auditoriums from Washington, D.C., to the famed Apollo Theater in New York City. A string of hits followed including “You Lied to Your Daddy,” “Hey Girl,” “I’ve Been Hurt” and “It’s Better to Have Loved a Little.” The Tams developed a spectacular revue touring with their own 14 Karat Gold Band. After years of appearances and 10 albums, The Tams have been honored with …

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Ghanaian author lectures on African history, bridging diaspora’s gap

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College considers possible collaboration with Ghana university  SALISBURY – “Until lions have their historians, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter,” says an African proverb. Author Kojo Yankah of Ghana in his recent book, “From Jamestown to Jamestown: Letters to an African Child,” tells the lions’ tale of African history to a young African girl in the form of letters. As part of his American book tour, Yankah visited Livingstone College last week and led a stimulating lecture to Dr. DaTarvia Parrish’s African-American history II class. His tour includes stops in Georgia, Delaware, New York City and Boston. His only other visits in North Carolina were at N.C. State and Duke universities. As founder, board chairman and past president of the African University College of Communications (AUCC) in Ghana, Yankah also included as part of his visit to Livingstone the possibility of exploring a collaboration with AUCC. In 1994, Yankah was chairman of the Pan-African Historical Theater Festival in Ghana and was invited to participate in a symposium and event in Jamestown, Va. It was during that visit that he pondered the link between that Jamestown and the one in Ghana. His research and discovery is what led to his 10th book and its title. Yankah’s book release coincides this year with the 400th anniversary of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. “Four hundred years ago, the first 20 Africans were shipped out of Angola in south west of Africa to America,” he said to the class. The question is, why …

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Livingstone fills top posts

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College filled three major leadership positions as the new school year began. President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. said he is confident that the recent appointments will help advance the mission of his holistic college approach in preparing students for the global society. The recent appointments follow: Dr. Dawn Brown McNair, Dean of Mathematics and Sciences For more than 25 years, McNair has been a devoted mathematics educator and researcher. She most recently served as an associate professor of mathematics and mathematics coordinator at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, where she made considerable gains in recruiting, retaining and graduating students with a mathematics degree. During her tenure, the division exceeded institutional projections for graduates by 40 percent; graduates had higher GPAs; and students were accepted to graduate school at much higher rates. McNair was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She received her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As change agent, principal investigator and co-director, McNair was instrumental in the procurement of more than $10 million in grant funds from the National Science Foundation, Department of Education and the Belk Foundation. She has served as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and Association of American Colleges and Universities, and has been invited to speak before such organizations as the Charlotte Rotary Club, National Society of STEM Women of Color …

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Miss North Carolina to visit Livingstone as part of HBCU tour

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SALISBURY – Miss North Carolina 2019, Alexandra Badgett, will visit Livingstone College on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Badgett will be the guest speaker at the college’s weekly Wednesday assembly, which begins at 11 a.m. inside Varick Auditorium, and will include installation of the Student Government Association officers. A native of Denver, N.C., Badgett earned the title of Miss North Carolina 2019 on June 22, representing Jacksonville. Collectively, she has received more than $22,000 in scholarships from participation in the Miss America Organization. Badgett graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. Her platform includes a social impact initiative referred to as N.I.N.E (No Is Not Enough), which aims to deepen the message of the anti-rape anthem “no means no.” As Miss North Carolina, she plans to implement an “EPIC” marketing plan, stressing the importance of educating individuals on preventive measures and public policies, providing survivor outlets, informing students of resources and confirming Title IX regulations are being followed. In addition to her personal platform, Badgett will spend her year raising awareness and donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Badgett danced competitively for 18 years and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. “We are honored and ecstatic about having Miss North Carolina visit our campus as part of her HBCU tour,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “It is especially significant to have her here for our SGA installation. As our student leaders are charged to serve with integrity …

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Freshman class is ‘fired up and ready to go’

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SALISBURY – The Livingstone College freshman class was officially inducted on Friday during Fall Convocation and charged to embrace their distinction in history. The freshman class enters Livingstone as the college celebrates its 140th anniversary and as the country recognizes the 400th anniversary of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. “It was exactly 400 years ago that the first enslaved Africans from Angola were brought to the shores of the United States and sold off as human capital in Point Comfort, near Jamestown, Virginia,” said Bishop W. Darin Moore, the keynote speaker. Moore is treasurer of the Livingstone College Board of Trustees and is presiding prelate of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District of the AME Zion Church. “Your class is beginning your journey at Livingstone at this critical juncture in the history of our country and for our people,” he said. “We’ve come to charge you and to acknowledge the calling that is on your lives. You will impact the future unlike any other generation that has come before you.” Moore spiritedly offered advice to students and the audience that prompted many to their feet with “Amen” approvals. Using the story of character Kunta Kinte from Alex Hailey’s TV miniseries, “Roots,” Moore told the audience to be confident in their identity. Kunta Kinte as a child was raised affirming his name. But when he became enslaved, his master tried to change it to Toby, having him whipped relentlessly until he surrendered. “The oppressor starts by trying to make you forget who you are,” …

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Livingstone to ceremonially induct freshman class at Fall Convocation

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College freshmen will officially earn their rites of passage during Fall Convocation on Friday. The annual program begins at 10 a.m. at Varick Auditorium, where Bishop W. Darin Moore will be the keynote speaker. The occasion honors the freshman class of Livingstone College, which will participate in a special ceremony, as well as recognizes the senior Class of 2020. Moore is a member of the Livingstone College Board of Trustees and is presiding bishop of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion Church, which includes Allegheny, Barbados, East Tennessee-Virginia, Guyana, Philadelphia-Baltimore, Ohio, St. Vincent and Virginia conferences. A native of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Bishop Moore began his college education at Livingstone College. He graduated from Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He pursued his theological studies at Yale University Divinity School, obtaining his Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from UTS as well as an honorary Doctorate from Livingstone College in Salisbury. In July 2012, Bishop Moore was elevated to the episcopacy from Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church, Mt. Vernon, NY, as the 99th bishop in succession. During his tenure as pastor of Greater Centennial, the congregation grew from a few hundred to more than 6,500 members. He is a member of the World Methodist Council, Board of Trustees for Hood Theological Seminary, and is the treasurer of the Livingstone College Board of Trustees. He is also chairman of the National …

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Davis returns to alma mater as senior VP, COO

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. announced Thursday that alumnus and former vice president of Livingstone, Dr. Anthony J. Davis, is returning to serve his alma mater as senior vice president for Institutional Advancement/chief operating officer. In this role, Davis will serve as chief fundraiser of the college, supervising and providing leadership for the institution’s entire revenue generating enterprise. “Additionally, he has been tasked with providing strategic oversight in key areas on the campus as we seek to create a campus-wide synergy that promotes a high performance culture, which will promote economic growth and sustained revenue generation,” Jenkins said. Davis will serve as the day-to-day operations supervisor and represent the president, in his absence, both on and off campus. In the spirit of collaboration, he will also coordinate the work of the senior staff and develop processes and procedures that will promote efficacy and excellent execution in support of the college’s mission and its economic ecosystem. Prior to this appointment, Davis served the college as a consultant for philanthropy and development, and led the college’s Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month campaign in February. As a result, the college raised $3.3 million in philanthropic support with $200,000 earmarked for scholarships. He has spent the past 11 years employed as vice president for development with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the nation’s oldest diversity pipeline organization. The Consortium secures and provides scholarship support for qualified underrepresented minorities (African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans) …