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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 …

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LC to require vaccine for fall

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Livingstone College will require COVID-19 vaccinations for its faculty, staff and students beginning fall semester 2021. The announcement was made Monday to the campus community by Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., as recommended by the college’s COVID-19 Task Force, chaired by Dr. Anthony J. Davis. “For more than a year, we have executed our mission in this ‘new normal.’ We have learned that managing COVID-19 is a major undertaking, and it requires significant monetary and human resources. As we bring this semester to a close, we are focused on the fall of 2021,” the letter reads. “During the next academic semester, fall 2021, we will require the entire campus community (faculty, staff, administration, students and ancillary services) to verify that they are fully vaccinated. This will be a requirement to work on our campus and to attend in person – thus enabling the College to effectively and efficiently advance our mission in the ‘new normal,’” the letter reads. “Livingstone College has been responsive and responsible related to managing COVID-19,” said Davis, who is also senior vice president and chief operating officer. “However, in order to do so effectively, it requires a significant amount of human and monetary resources.” Davis said he has received mixed reaction from the campus community, but as he shares the rationale as to why the requirement is necessary, individuals see the relevance and are eager to comply. As a convenience, courtesy and demonstration to the college’s commitment to making the vaccine available, Livingstone …

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DJ K.i.D visits to promote K20 water

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Livingstone College first HBCU to sell K20 water in its bookstore The official deejay of Grammy-nominated rapper, DaBaby, will be at Livingstone College on Monday to unveil his new brand of water to the campus. DJ K.i.D of Charlotte will announce his partnership with Livingstone during a visit to its campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the Livingstone College bookstore. The visit is coordinated by the campus radio station, WLJZ 107.1 FM, where Keith “Synphany” Anderson is station manager. According to its website, K2O Water is a micro-filtered water from the Blue Ridge Mountains created by “the original waterboy,” DJ K.i.D. As a rising entrepreneur, DJ K.i.D is changing the narrative of millennials by encouraging them to drink more water. The water brand has been co-signed by Da Baby, music artist Timbaland, and rapper K Camp, the website reads. “I created K2O to inspire the youth to be healthy and encourage them to drink their water, so this partnership with Livingstone means a lot to me and my brand,” said DJ K.i.D. “I appreciate Livingstone for being the first HBCU to sell K2O in their bookstore and wanting to grow with me in what I’m trying to do.” It was at a college homecoming when DJ K.i.D got the attention of DaBaby. He was deejaying and the DaBaby liked the way he hyped up the crowd. That led to him becoming the DaBaby’s deejay, engineer and multi-platinum producer. “I’m only 22, so just a few years …

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Drive-thru event is April 28

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Livingstone College will hold a drive-thru event on April 28 from 5-7 p.m. on its campus to raise awareness about Livingstone to undecided college-bound students and to those who might be interested. The event, sponsored by the Office of Admissions and alumni, will feature Livingstone’s cheerleaders, band, student organizations, and fraternities and sororities, all showcased on its historical front lawn. Each car driving through will receive a gift bag from admissions that will include literature on Livingstone and its offerings, as well as a Livingstone souvenir. Members of the Livingstone College National Alumni Association will distribute snacks. Visitors, from their cars, will be entertained by cheerleaders and members of the Blue Thunder Marching Band performing on the lawn, and greeted by members of student clubs and organizations. Graduating seniors are encouraged to bring their transcripts, which can be reviewed by admissions’ counselors. Through a partnership with HBCU Hub, interested students wanting to apply can do so contact-free by scanning a QR code. Once completed, qualifying students may be admitted on site. “Due to the ongoing pandemic, recruitment counselors are developing creative ways to reach more college-bound students, such as this drive-thru event, where students and parents can be exposed to the campus and receive information from the safety of their cars,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “This drive thru is ideal for those students who have yet to make a college choice for the 2021 fall semester and for those students who have been admitted and would …

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LC event switches to Pfizer

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced Tuesday it will move forward with its scheduled vaccine event “In Your Spot – Get Your Shot” on Saturday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the New Trent Gymnasium on its campus but with a different vaccine. The Rowan County Health Department will supply 12 vaccinators who will administer 500 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. A second clinic will be held on Saturday, May 8, to administer the second dose. This change was necessary after the CDC and FDA announced they were pausing the use of the popular one dose, one shot Johnson and Johnson, vaccine. This vaccine event is in partnership with the Rowan County Health Department and Rowan County Emergency Services, and is open to all students, faculty and staff at Livingstone, as well as members of the community at large. “This remains an unprecedented opportunity and will enable Livingstone to provide vaccine access to our campus community including students, faculty and staff, while assisting the Rowan County Health Department in reaching historically marginalized populations in our surrounding community. We are fortunate that 500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were available and secured in support of this effort,” said Dr. Anthony J. Davis, Livingstone’s senior vice president, chief operating officer and COVID-19 Task Force chair. “We are proud to partner with Livingstone College to ‘Conquer COVID-19.’ This event is an essential part of efforts to make sure everyone has access to a vaccine. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated …

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LC to hold vaccine event

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College, in partnership with the Rowan County Health Department and Rowan County Emergency Services, will hold a vaccination clinic on its campus next weekend to provide protection against the coronavirus to its campus and community at large. The Livingstone College “In Your Spot – Get Your Shot” Vaccination Event will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, at the Livingstone College New Trent Gymnasium. The clinic is open to all students, faculty and staff at Livingstone, as well as members of the community. The Rowan County Health Department will supply 12 vaccinators who will administer 800 doses of the popular one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. “This unprecedented opportunity will enable Livingstone to provide vaccine access to our campus community including students, faculty and staff, while assisting the Rowan County Health Department in reaching historically marginalized populations in our surrounding community. It’s all about access,” said Dr. Anthony J. Davis, Livingstone’s senior vice president, chief operating officer COVID-19 Task Force chair.  “We are proud to partner with Livingstone College to ‘Conquer COVID-19.’ This event is an essential part of efforts to make sure everyone has access to a vaccine. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect our families and our community to ensure we can get back to normal,” said Alyssa Harris, interim Rowan County health director. Those interested in getting the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine should make an appointment by calling (980) 432-1800 and choosing Option 1; or register on …

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Virtual Women in History Program Saturday

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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. A South Carolina native, she grew up in the Snowbelt of Western New York and resides in North Carolina. 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. Simms-Maddox found her passion for writing fiction later in life and has written mostly mysteries and thrillers since 1999. 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. Called “MJ” by fans and close friends, the author is affiliated with the African Literature Association, the American Association of University Women, the Chanticleer Authors’ Conference, the North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Women’s National Book Association. 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 …

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Quiz Bowl vie for win

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SALISBURY – Hundreds of study hours and intense preparation have paid off for a team of Livingstone College scholars, who have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen Playoffs in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC). Now in its 32nd season, HCASC is America’s premier academic competition between students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through which Honda annually awards more than $350,000 in institutional grants to the participating HBCUs. Due to the pandemic, HCASC will shift from in-person events to virtual tournaments. On March 20-21, Livingstone College will compete in the HCASC Sweet Sixteen Playoffs with the goal of advancing to the National Championship Tournament, April 17-20. Livingstone’s team includes William Elijah Benjamin McCorn of Charlotte, a senior, majoring in sociology; Emile Delal Dogbe-Gakpetor of Accra, Ghana, a sophomore, majoring in business administration; Juliet Mwende Makena of Nairobi, Kenya, a sophomore, majoring in business administration; and Varvara Papakonstantinou of Athens, Greece, a sophomore, majoring in business administration. Dr. Da’Tarvia Arnikka Parrish, associate professor of English, will coach the team. This is the 18th year Livingstone College has participated in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. The college aims to be the last team standing and win the top prize, a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda. “Although we are experiencing unprecedented times, we are fortunate corporations such as the American Honda Motor Company found ways to continue to support our institutions. We thank Honda for this opportunity, and we thank the College Quiz Bowl Company for its commitment,” said Livingstone President, Dr. …

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Former AD Wiggins dies

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Mr. Morris Lee Wiggins Sr., 81, of Salisbury, NC, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at the Novant Health Hospice House after a long illness. Mr. Wiggins was a 1962 graduate of Livingstone College, having earned a degree in history. He transferred to Livingstone College from Voorhees Junior College in Denmark, S.C., on a football scholarship. Mr. Wiggins was a star halfback in the 1960 and 1961 seasons, and was a student assistant in basketball during his senior year. In 1969, Mr. Wiggins returned to Livingstone College as assistant football and basketball coach, later becoming head basketball coach in 1970. He held various positions while at Livingstone including dormitory director, director of student activities and athletic director. In all of his positions, he mentored students about life situations and endeavors. He was an inaugural member of the Livingstone College Hall of Fame, having been the first running back to gain 1000 yards. He also won the National Black College Golf Championship as golf coach for Livingstone. Memorial services are at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7, 2021, in the A.R. Kelsey Memorial Chapel. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.nobleandkelsey.com.