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Funeral plans for Dr. Larry Melton

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Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., and the faculty and staff of Livingstone College are deeply saddened by the death of alumnus Dr. Larry Douglas Melton. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 26, at Greater Gethsemane AME Zion Church, located at 531 Campus St., Charlotte. Viewing will begin at 11 a.m. followed by the service at noon. Burial and a repast will be held immediately afterward. Flowers may be sent to Long and Son Mortuary Services, 2312 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte. Dr. Melton was a member of the Class of 1972, having earned a degree in sociology. He served on the board for two periods: the first was from 2000-2009 and his second term began in 2017. Dr. Melton’s football success at Livingstone led him to a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins in 1972. From there, he started LD Melton Financial Services in Charlotte and has provided employee benefits to Livingstone College for the past 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and three sons.

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Mr. Henry earns citizenship

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SALISBURY – At Livingstone College, there are several consistencies that students can count on – assemblies on Wednesdays; the singing of the school’s alma mater; and Mr. Henry always having a piece of candy in his pocket. Henry Mawolo, a towering figure with a distinct foreign accent, works with the IT (information technology) Department at Livingstone College, but has made himself useful in so many other aspects of the school’s operations. He’s a big brother, a father-figure, a chaperone, an ambassador – and runs his candy ministry. He shares candy with an intended purpose; whether it’s to an anxious incoming student at registration; a nervous parent of a first-time college student; a staff member having a bad day; or simply to spread good cheer. On last week, Mr. Henry became something more and can add another title to the list: a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. A native of Liberia, Mr. Henry, as he is affectionately called, participated in his naturalization oath ceremony on June 25 in Charlotte, after having taken his naturalization test on May 28. On Sunday, Mr. Henry celebrated his citizenship with his church family at Soldiers Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Salisbury. “It is God who makes things happen,” he said. “I am now a citizen. I am no longer an immigrant and my church recognized me for that.” It has been a long road from Liberia to citizenship for Mr. Henry. He came to America during the second Civil War in Liberia …

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New head women’s basketball coach named

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced Friday a new addition to the Blue Bear athletics family. Athletic Director Lamonte Massie-Sampson announced that Chiante Wester was the new head women’s basketball coach during a press conference on the Salisbury campus. Wester comes to Blue Bear country after serving as assistant women’s basketball coach for the Virginia State University Trojans since August 2006. She joined Virginia State University after reuniting with former Shaw University Assistant Coach James Hill, Jr. During her tenure at Virginia State, Wester participated in five regular-season division championships in the CIAA Conference, four NCAA appearances and a CIAA Championship as VSU captured more than 200-plus wins. Wester has mentored several all-conference players, league players of the year, first-ever VSU HBCU/CIAA players of the year and academic All-Americans. She worked primarily with the guards in her role at Virginia State and assisted Hill in all facets of player development, on the court coaching and individual skill instruction as well as recruitment. Her administrative responsibilities consisted of coordinating and directing community relations, outreach projects, and managing and organizing team managers.  She also oversaw the academic study hall and academic progress of the student-athletes within women’s basketball. In 2013, Wester was selected to attend the NCAA Black Coaches and Administrators Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) Program. In 2008, she attended the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy. “We strongly believe this is not only a next-level move for Coach Wester, but for our women’s basketball team,” said Massie-Sampson. “She is ready and eager to excel …

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And the GPA award goes to …

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SALISBURY ­– Livingstone College’s athletic department stresses that its student-athletes are students first – and the awards keep proving it. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) awarded the Blue Bears football team with the Highest Team Academic Award for the 2018-2019 year. The is the second consecutive year the team has won the academic honor. “This is a tremendous honor for our student-athletes,” said Head Coach Daryl Williams. “We are very pleased and proud of our student-athletes’ academic achievements. The coaching staff does a great job of helping them to stay focused and pointed in achieving their college degree.” This award is given annually to the team in each of the CIAA’s sponsored sports with the highest cumulative grade point average.  The Blue Bears football team’s cumulative GPA was 2.89. “We are continuously proving that our student-athletes take their education seriously,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “We are proud of them for focusing on their education first and are grateful to the coaching staff for guiding them in the right direction on and off the field.” The football team first won the highest GPA award for the 2017-2018 academic year. The CIAA Highest Team GPA Award was renamed prior to this academic year in honor of former Bowie State University faculty athletic representative, Dr. Freddie Vaughns, who died in 2015. The Livingstone College Men’s Basketball Team also earned the CIAA Highest GPA Award with a cumulative average of 3.2 for this academic year and was recognized during …

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Will McCorn speaks to Legislative Black Caucus Foundation

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Brings greetings of gratitude at annual scholarship banquet SALISBURY – Livingstone student Will McCorn delivered powerful remarks at the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Annual Scholarship Banquet held June 7 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. Officially named the William L. Wainwright Annual Scholarship Banquet, the purpose of the event is to raise scholarship funds for students of historically black colleges and universities. McCorn, an award recipient of the Foundation’s scholarship, was selected to be the only HBCU student to give remarks at this year’s program on behalf of all scholarship recipients. “In a political climate that encourages us to tuck our blackness into our back pockets, our HBCUs admonish us to wear it on our chests like Superman does; to wear it on our sleeves and walk around proudly,” McCorn said. “Livingstone was my last chance,” he said. “But the success I have achieved since being there would not have happened had it not been for organizations like the Legislative Black Caucus. Your belief in and support of students like me will continue to fuel our fire and propel generations to go forward into success.” (Like Livingstone College’s official Facebok Page @Livingstone1879 to hear entire speech) A former Morehouse student, McCorn is a senior at Livingstone College, majoring in sociology. He is an honor student who works at the campus radio station as an on-air personality as well as announces campus basketball games. A native of Ellicott City, Md., McCorn aspires to dedicate his time and energy toward …

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LC to host multiple sports camps this summer

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SALISBURY­- Livingstone College’s Athletic Department is hosting multiple camps to offer children and teens an active and healthy summer vacation. Whether a beginner or skilled athlete, Livingstone’s camps will accommodate students ages 7-18 in men’s basketball, football, golf, softball, volleyball and tennis. Golf camp The Blue Bears golf team will kick off the summer camp season with its kids’ golf camp for ages 7-10 on June 10-11 on the front lawn. The youth camp will follow on June 12-13 for ages 11-14. Both co-ed golf camps will include golf clubs, balls and snacks for $40 per camper. One-day volleyball camps The women’s volleyball team will host a one-day volleyball camp on June 20 for students in third through seventh grades at New Trent Gym on campus. A second one-day camp for eighth through 12th graders will be held June 21. The cost for each camp is $25 per student. Lunch will not be provided by the camp, but the college’s cafeteria will be open as an option to buy lunch. Basketball The men’s basketball team will host two camps on June 24-28 and July 8-12, welcoming third- through eighth-graders at New Trent Gym for an exciting week-long skills camp. Cost is $150 per camper per session with a sibling discount. Lunch will be provided, and campers will receive a T-shirt. An award ceremony will be held on the last day of camp. Two-day volleyball camp A two-day comprehensive volleyball camp will be held July 15-16. This camp will focus on challenging …

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LC to host first music camp

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SALISBURY – Calling student musicians to Livingstone College this summer. Livingstone College will host its inaugural summer music camp for middle and high school students, ages 11-18, who play piano or a band instrument. The one-week camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10-14 at Varick Auditorium, sponsored by the college’s Music Department. All campers will participate in chorus and perform in a final concert on June 14. Band instrumentalists will participate in daily ensemble and sectional rehearsals. Pianists will have the opportunity to attend and perform in master classes, theory classes and daily presentations, said Dr. DaVaughn L. Miller, chairman of the Music and Theater Arts Department. “This is an opportunity for student musicians to become more proficient on their instrument and to hone their skills. It’s an affordable master class close to home,” Miller said. All classes will be taught by Dr. Lawrence Quinnett and Mr. Anthony Jones, both Livingstone College music professors. Quinnett teaches piano and music theory, and is an active concert pianist. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University. He has given concerts, conducted master classes and adjudicated competitions in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and the U.S. He has been featured repeatedly as a performing pianist and harpsichordist at the Colour of Music Festival. Jones is the Livingstone College band director, overseeing all aspects of the band program. He teaches instrumental and marching band techniques, and music seminar. He holds a Master of Music Education degree …

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Fall Honor Roll students named

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The following Livingstone College students made the Fall 2018 Honor Roll. The honor roll is based upon full-time enrollment, a semester GPA of 3.00 or higher and no grades below “C.” Antwan Abernathy, Claremont, NC Kierra Acuff, Detroit, MI Brandon Adams, Bronx, NY Kayla Adams, Charlotte, NC Jahmeel Aiken, Williamsburg, VA Antoine Akundu, Saint Michael, MN Chavante’ Alexander, Charlotte, NC Dominic Alexander, Jonesboro, GA Adel Allen, Washington, DC Anita Allen, Salisbury, NC Dashia Allen, Washington, DC Nia Almond, Charlotte, NC Jeff Andrew, Hinesville, GA Corey Angle, Salisbury, NC Alexis Archie, Salisbury, NC Ashley Ash, New Providence Marcus Baisy Jr., Fort Worth, TX Cherice Barber, Salisbury, NC Steven Bard II, Salisbury, NC Jasmin Barksdale, Rural Hall, NC Raymond Basurto, Riverside, CA Sharon Bates, China Grove, NC Kenya Battle, Washington, DC Jamyse Bell, Tobyhanna, PA Treasure Bell, Detroit, MI Aisha Berry, Washington, DC Kenyon Blackshear, Decatur, GA Loritta Blanding, Salisbury, NC Diamond Blocker, Charlotte, NC KiJa Bobbitt, Enfield, NC Christiana Bockarie, Washington, DC Merveille Bofefo, Charlotte, NC Natasha Bourn, Washington, DC Sierra Boyd, New York, NY Harold Boykin, Atlanta, GA Kedra Bradley, Danville, VA Shanique Brinkley, Graysburg, NC Arick Brown, Winston-Salem, NC Breanah Brown, Monroe, GA Cardinal Brown, Miramar, FL Corey Brown, Knightdale, NC Darren Brown, Akron, OH Diamond Brown, Charlotte, NC Gi’Anna Brown, Jacksonville, FL Monique Brown, Seven Springs, NC Terell Brown, N. Miami Beach, FL Johnathon Brunson, Augusta, GA Armahn Bryan, Winston-Salem, NC Aishia Buie, Jacksonville, FL Cameron Burhannon, Indianapolis, IN Christa Burkes, Atlanta, GA Loghan Burkes, Charlotte, NC Autumnreign …

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National NAACP chairwoman to address Livingstone graduates

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Bishop Seth Lartey is baccalaureate speaker  SALISBURY – A new chapter begins this weekend in the lives of more than a hundred students as Livingstone College holds graduation ceremonies on Saturday. Commencement exercises will begin at 9 a.m. May 4 at the Livingstone Alumni Memorial Stadium on campus. In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be held in the new Trent Gymnasium. Each graduate will receive four tickets for their special guests if the program is held inside. “There is a 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday. While we hope for the best, we are preparing for rain and want to ensure it does not dampen this special day for our graduates and their families,” said Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “Many of our graduates are the first in their families to earn a college degree and this is a momentous occasion for the entire family,” Jenkins said. “We will try to accommodate as many family and friends as possible in case of rain, but seek your patience and understanding for any inconveniences that may be caused by the weather.” Livingstone has secured Roslyn M. Brock as its 2019 commencement speaker. Brock is the youngest person and fourth woman to chair the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). An active member of the NAACP for nearly three decades before becoming chairman of its National Board of Directors in 2010, Brock founded the NAACP Leadership 500 Summit, a …