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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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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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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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Sport Mgt. students attend Super Bowl

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SALISBURY – There was a den of Blue Bears among the Chiefs and 49ers at Super Bowl 2020. Eleven Livingstone College sport management students served as hosts at Super Bowl LIV held Sunday in Miami, Fla. Livingstone was only one of two historically black colleges and universities selected to participate in the Super Bowl Experience. Deonna Young, Semaj Williams, Cory Jones, Antwann Abernathy, Damoni Johnson, Breanah Brown, Alfred Patrick Jr, Marcus Thompson, Precious Wood, Tianna Deberry and Daruis Gwynn were selected to attend based on academics and engagement. The students left for Miami on Jan. 29 and returned Tuesday from an unforgettable experience. Livingstone was selected for the program through an extensive application process, said Dr. Charles Crowley, department chair of sport management, hospitality management and culinary arts, who also accompanied the group. But it’s also about connections, and this wasn’t Crowley’s first rodeo of super bowls. Only in his second semester at Livingstone, Crowley worked the Super Bowl in 2000 and 2004 while working for other entities. The purpose of the program is to teach the business side of sports and to offer insight on what it’s like to run a major sporting event. Students worked the NFL Experience that featured the football players, NFL Live and served as way finders inside the stadium on game day. “They got to meet so many people, celebrities and stars,” Crowley said. “Every day, they saw someone famous.” Students had to complete application packets and background checks, and undergo online customer service …

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Former Carolina Panther new head football coach

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., announced Thursday, Jan. 30, that former NFL standout Sean Gilbert will usher in the new decade for the Livingstone College Blue Bears. Gilbert graduated from Aliquippa High School in Aliquippa, Pa., in 1989 and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He left college in his true junior year to declare for the NFL Football Draft in 1992. He was drafted as the third pick in the first round to the Los Angeles Rams, and would go on to play 11 years in the NFL for several teams including the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders. He retired in 2003. Gilbert has a passion to help others and is committed to serving his community. He and his mother, Aileen, started Nerih, a non-profit organization that helps build youth and adults through quality educational programs, and assists in developing affordable housing. Nerih partnered with local organizations to build a sports complex to provide recreational programs, and received a federal grant from the Department of Education to start a leadership and development center. Beyond question, Gilbert knows football, Jenkins said, but it was his work off the field that was most impressive and set him apart from other candidates, such as starting a nonprofit and his commitment to building character in young men. “I believe he will be a great role model for our student-athletes in particular and our entire student body in general,” Jenkins said. “Needless to say, we expect to win …

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4 Livingstone students injured in off-campus shooting

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From the Division of Student Affairs: Four Livingstone College students were injured in a shooting overnight that occurred at a restaurant at the West End Plaza Shopping Center. One of the students was transferred to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem and is listed in stable condition. Three students were transported to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury and have been discharged. This shooting happened off-campus and the event was not sponsored by Livingstone College.  At no time was campus safety compromised as a result of this incident, in which two other people also suffered non-gunshot injuries. The Division of Student Affairs will have counselors available to any students who were present and/or know the injured students to help manage the distress of this traumatic event and to deal with any resulting anxiety, if needed. Livingstone College is grateful that no lives were lost, and is praying for the full recovery of those injured and the well-being of those who experienced this unfortunate event.  

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Getting ‘froggy’ with it

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Livingstone CIS student, White House scholar participates in STEM research project at Indiana University SALISBURY – Livingstone College student Tenecious Underwood is charting a path to success that is uniquely his own. The senior computer information systems major began his academic year with the coveted honor of being selected as one of 44 White House HBCU Competitive Scholars in the nation, based on academic achievement, campus and civic involvement and entrepreneurial ethos. This is the highest student recognition by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities that illustrate that HBCUs produce – often against the odds – strong, impressive educational, economic and societal results that impact the communities in which they serve. Further proving his scholarly edge, Underwood, a Fayetteville native, was also recently recognized for his participation in a research project that is leapfrogging the science of frog language. Everyone knows that a frog says “ribbit,” but did you know that their calls have a deeper, more impactful meaning? Frogs are considered “canaries of the coal mine,” for their ability to indicate ecological or environmental crises before humans notice a broader impact. Frogs have permeable skin, making them vulnerable to even small changes in their aquatic environment. As a result, 32 percent of frogs are in decline due to a combination of habitat loss, disease and climate change. This statistic worries scientists, so ecologists across the nation are eager to study declining frog populations. Underwood had the distinct opportunity to participate in the Jetstream Research Experience …

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Livingstone alumna wins Chamber small business award

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The new year is off to a great start for one Livingstone College alum. NSC Behavioral Concepts Inc., owned by Dr. Nicole Sherrill-Corry, a 2003 graduate of Livingstone College, was the 2020 recipient of the Chamber Champion Small Business Award. The award was presented at the 94th annual Rowan County Chamber of Commerce Gala held Jan. 9 at the West End Plaza. NSC Behavioral Concepts began as a one-person shop in 2015, providing quality care for those living with critical mental health and substance abuse issues. The company now employs more than 50 employees and provides peer support services, substance abuse intensive outpatient services and counseling, according to its website. Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., said accomplishments from alumni such as Dr. Sherrill-Corry validates the mission of our institution and offers hope to students that success is attainable. Dr. Sherrill-Corry serves as a great example of leadership and business success in this community and “we are proud she is a Blue Bear,” Jenkins said.