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Livingstone announces death of business professor

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SALISBURY –  It is with profound sadness that Livingstone College announces the passing of one of our own, Dr. Colin A. Pillay. He died on Nov. 2, 2022, after a battle with cancer. Dr. Pillay has been a distinguished member of our faculty since 2010. He was a tenured professor of business and economics who elevated our business program on many levels. Under the leadership of Dr. Pillay, Livingstone College students achieved top ten rankings in the CAPSTONE Business Strategy game among 2,000 international competitors. Their outstanding results were the subject of an article published in the Salisbury Post and the students also made a presentation to the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Pillay presented research papers in many conferences and published many articles in academic journals. Dr. Pillay is the driving force to the students for achieving leadership skills through the student organization, Phi Beta Lambda. Through this organization, Dr. Pillay engaged extensively with the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, and attended Business After Hours programs and the Power in Partnership Business Breakfasts. He guided two students in the Phi Beta Lambda organization at Livingstone College to take first-place positions in Impromptu Speaking and Sports Marketing in the State of North Carolina. Dr. Pillay created the first entrepreneurship course at Livingstone College and also created the minor in entrepreneurship. He assisted in initiating the Study Abroad Program by leading the first team of Livingstone College students to India. Since then, he had been extensively involved with the program …

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MEDIA ADVISORY Joint Press Conference today

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Who: Salisbury Police Department (SPD) and Livingstone College What: SPD and Livingstone College will provide an update to the criminal investigation of the incident on Livingstone’s campus on Saturday, Oct. 15. When: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at 1 p.m. Where: Salisbury Police Department, 130 E. Liberty Street., Salisbury Media contacts:        City of Salisbury –  Linda McElroy (704) 756-4925 Livingstone College – Kimberly Harrington (704) 371-9757

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Joint media statement on shooting

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Joint media statement from Livingstone College and Salisbury Police Depot on shooting incident Salisbury Police Department: Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Livingstone College family, and the victims of the incident that occurred on campus late yesterday evening. Although the Salisbury Police Department is still very early in its investigation, additional information is being made available by law enforcement. An altercation occurred on the campus of Livingstone College last night during its homecoming concert. During the altercation, a person, who is not a student of Livingstone College, fired one or more shots. The investigation up to this point indicates that there was no exchange of gunfire by those involved in the altercation contrary to earlier rumors. Salisbury Police Department is still investigating the incident and is devoting additional resources to solving this crime. The City of Salisbury continues to coordinate and work closely with Dr. Anthony Davis and the entire staff at Livingstone College. We appreciate his leadership, patience and full cooperation with law enforcement through this difficult situation. Livingstone College President Dr. Anthony J. Davis: Our priority is and remains to ensure the mental wellness of our students and to evaluate our public safety measures to create a safe, living, learning and working environment. I am saddened because our students, alumni, family and friends were exposed to this senseless act of violence. We are working collaboratively with our local law enforcement agencies as they are conducting a thorough investigation. Please pray for us in the coming days …

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LC offering first master’s degree

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Graduate program paves way for ‘Livingstone University’ SALISBURY – Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., has announced that for the first time in the college’s history, Livingstone will offer graduate programs as it positions itself to transition to university status. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved Livingstone College’s membership at Level III to offer the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. The announcement was made at the SACSCOC Board of Trustees’ June meeting. To earn approval to initiate degrees at a more advanced degree level, an institution must complete a Level Change Application demonstrating compliance with various policy and procedure standards contained in the SACSCOC “Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.” SACSCOC’s approval of the application ensures that for the first time in the history of the college, Livingstone will offer its inaugural graduate degree program – the MBA – beginning January 1, 2023. The graduate business degree is specifically designed for students and professionals who desire to advance their careers in business, excel as business executives or become successful entrepreneurs. Upon completion of the MBA program, students will have increased their business knowledge; grown their professional network; and boosted their career and salary prospects. “We are excited about the elevation of this institution to a Level III category. SACSCOC’s approval paves the way for Livingstone College to officially transition to Livingstone University,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “The new name would mark a significant milestone in the …

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LC honors Juneteenth as paid holiday

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Livingstone College has officially incorporated Juneteenth into its academic calendar as a paid holiday.  The historic black college in Salisbury will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Livingstone staff members gathered last year on the front lawn of the college for a celebratory luncheon after President Joe Biden signed the historic legislation that made Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, two years after it was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. “Livingstone College was founded 14 years after Juneteenth to educate the descendants of freed slaves,” said President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “As a historically black college, it is imperative that we commemorate this federal recognition and make the connection between the end of slavery and educational opportunities for African Americans through the establishment of historically black colleges and universities. “We encourage our staff to use this time as a day of service to others and to their respective communities, and to participate in local celebrations,” he said. One such example is Anthony Jones, director of bands and assistant professor of music at Livingstone College. He will be conducting an all-star HBCU band called the 369th Experience at the Kennedy Center this Juneteenth weekend. Livingstone student Corian Mincey will also be participating. Jenkins, who will be retiring this year, said it was an honor to be able to authorize this new holiday for Livingstone College while …

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Jenkins retirement gala June 25, featuring The Whispers

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Retiring Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. and First Lady Dr. Faleese Moore Jenkins will be honored June 25 with a retirement gala featuring the iconic R&B music group, The Whispers. An “Evening of Celebration” will be held at the West End Plaza, 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd., in Salisbury (former Salisbury Mall). Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. with the program starting promptly at 7. Formal attire is expected. Jenkins announced his plans to retire to the Livingstone College Board of Trustees in early February, effective July 1, after 16 years as president of Livingstone and after 38 years in higher education. He was appointed to lead the historically black college in February 2006 and is the second longest tenured president in the college’s history. To honor the legacy of the Jenkins, the college has established the Dr. Jimmy R. and Dr. Faleese Moore Jenkins Endowed Bridge Program, of which all proceeds from the gala will benefit. The Summer Bridge Program is the Jenkins’ signature legacy. It is an intensive six-week summer program targeting students who have college potential, but who do not meet admissions requirements regarding GPA, core courses, or ACT and SAT scores. All students who complete the program are enrolled in the fall as provisional students. “Bridge is not a remedial program but an academic reinforcement program, designed to meet students where they are so they can not only catch up and keep up, but also soar,” said Dr. Anthony Davis, senior vice president, …

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Malik Yoba calls LC graduation best experience

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Pledges to partner with college on Yoba Development real estate degree program  SALISBURY, NC – In the words of actor Malik Yoba, Livingstone College’s graduation was the best he has ever experience, and the most memorable for retiring President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “Livingstone College, I’ve never seen a graduation like this anywhere and I’ve spoken at hundreds of them … This is the ‘littest’ graduation I’ve ever been to in my life. I ain’t lying,” the Hollywood veteran said, referring to his emotional and spiritual responses throughout the program. Malik received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the historic black college in Salisbury after an emotional, tear-jerking program. Graduating senior and SGA President Justin Wade, who was also co-valedictorian, set the stage with a soul-stirring, praise-worthy sermonette. In preacher-style, Wade, on behalf of the graduates, thanked “the haters,” who will cause you to look at yourself in the mirror and affirm, “I am that smart, I am that fine, I am that gifted … thank you for every screenshot, thank you for every lie, thank you for every rumor.” Wade also thanked his help, those brothers and sisters who wouldn’t allow him to stay stuck in a negative place; his home, naming his mother, father, relatives and ascended ancestors; and his heavenly father. Click link to hear his entire speech on Livingstone’s official campus radio station YouTube page, WLJZ 107.1: Livingstone College’s Justin Wade graduation speech Moved by Wade and a spiritual song titled “Grateful,” sang by …

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Graduation relocated to Varick due to weather threats

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UPDATED: The 140th Conferral of Degrees will be held at 9 a.m.  on Saturday, May 14, 2022, inside Varick Auditorium instead of the front lawn due to the threat of inclement weather. Graduates will each receive 10 tickets: five premium admission tickets for inside Varick and five general admission tickets for New Trent Gym, where the audience can view the ceremony on a jumbotron Masks are required inside the venue throughout the duration of the program and must be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth.   SALISBURY – The Livingstone College graduating class of 2022 will have a New York detective, astronaut and Jamaican sprinter – all in one speaker. These are among the roles played by actor, writer, director, activist and serial entrepreneur Malik Yoba, who will deliver the commencement address at Livingstone College at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside Varick Auditorium. Malik is a Hollywood veteran with more than three decades of commitment to the arts. He has amassed over 50 film credits and more than a dozen lead roles in network/cable TV series. His debut in the Disney classic “Cool Runnings” and his performances as New York police detective J.C. Williams in the groundbreaking police drama, “New York Undercover,” catapulted Malik into the fabric of American culture. Malik, alongside Michael DeLorenzo, made TV history in “New York Undercover” as it was the first police drama on American TV to feature two …

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Actor Malik Yoba to address graduates

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The Livingstone College graduating class of 2022 will have a New York detective, astronaut and Jamaican sprinter – all in one speaker. These are among the roles played by actor, writer, director, activist and serial entrepreneur Malik Yoba, who will deliver the commencement address at Livingstone College at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The ceremonies will be held for the first time on the college’s historic front lawn. Malik is a Hollywood veteran with more than three decades of commitment to the arts. He has amassed over 50 film credits and more than a dozen lead roles in network/cable TV series. His debut in the Disney classic “Cool Runnings” and his performances as New York police detective J.C. Williams in the groundbreaking police drama, “New York Undercover,” catapulted Malik into the fabric of American culture. Malik, alongside Michael DeLorenzo, made TV history in “New York Undercover” as it was the first police drama on American TV to feature two people of color in the starring roles. Malik won three consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for that part. He went on to star in films such as “Copland,” “The Good Nurse,” “Soul Food,” “Ride,” and Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married” and “Why Did I Get Married Too.” His TV credits include “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order,” “Empire,” “Designated Survivor,” “The Last O.G.” and “God Friended Me.” Yet among all of his acting success, Malik considers himself a community …

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Waffle House to hold seminar on campus

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Throughout the month of April, Waffle House Inc. is hosting a series of business leadership and branding seminars with students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina. Headlining the seminars’ panel discussions will be Waffle House’s vice president of public relations and area senior operations leaders, Njeri Boss. Livingstone College will host the Waffle House seminar and panel discussion on Saturday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Little Tubman Theater located on campus. Of the college tours, Livingstone is the only stop that will include Waffle House’s CEO Walt Ehmer as special guest. Waffle House Inc., headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, is sponsoring the sessions with North Carolina-based HBCU Matters and Black Business Ink magazines. “Over the years, Waffle House has developed ongoing relationships with several HBCUs in North Carolina. These seminars will provide an opportunity to establish an even deeper connection with the students, while providing them essential knowledge and information they’ll need on entering the workforce,” Boss said. “We are excited to partner with HBCU Matters and Black Business Ink magazines for this opportunity to discuss professional development topics such as business leadership with HBCU students in North Carolina, where Waffle House employs several HBCU graduates in its management ranks.” “We are extremely excited about executives from Waffle House visiting our campus to share professional, sage career advice with our students. This opportunity offers a personal connection with corporate executives to better prepare our students to enter the workplace poised and ready to perform,” said …