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Livingstone players earn CIAA honors

By Laurie D. Willis
Livingstone College News Service

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five Livingstone College basketball players were honored Monday at the 2015 CIAA men’s and women’s Basketball Tip-off Awards Luncheon, held inside the Charlotte Convention Center.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament, in its 10th year in Charlotte, is among the nation’s oldest and largest basketball tournaments and draws people from throughout the country. Known as much for the celebrities it lures and the dollars it pumps into the local economy, the CIAA Tournament is considered the place to be annually during the last week in February.

The competition begins today at 10 a.m.; the Lady Blue Bears take the floor at 2:20 p.m. to compete against Bowie State University.

On Monday, players and coaches from all 12 teams gathered in Charlotte for the awards banquet, where three Livingstone players were named to the men’s 2014-15 All-CIAA Team, one women’s player was named to the All-CIAA Squad and another women’s player was named to the Rookie Team.

The awards were announced as the Blue Bear men prepare to defend their CIAA title while the women hope to continue their winning ways and capture their first title in 15 years.

Leading the Blue Bear men were Eric Mayo, Hakeem Jackson and Eric Dubose, whose All-CIAA selections marked the second consecutive year the Blue Bears have had multiple players earn a spot on the squad.

Dubose, a junior guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., averaged 15.7 points and 3.2 assists per game to lead the Blue Bears this season. Jackson, a senior forward from Live Oak, Fla., averaged 15 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. And Mayo, a senior forward from Shelby, N.C., averaged 13.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Livingstone.

Last year, Jody Hill and Mark Thomas were named to the All-CIAA squad, Thomas was named CIAA Player of the Year and the Blue Bears captured the CIAA men’s title for the first time in school history.

This year’s team finished 7-3 in the Southern Division and was named Co-Champion with rival Winston-Salem State University. The Blue Bears hope to make history again by bringing the title back to Salisbury.

“To God be the glory for this group of players because they understand from where their strength comes,” said Head Coach James Stinson, Jr. “We lost 40 percent of our offense but still accomplished our goal to become Southern Division champions for the third year in a row, and I take my hat off to them for that.

“After losing seniors Jody and Mark, a lot of people didn’t have very high expectations for us but these guys assumed their roles and helped get us back to where we need to be,” Stinson continued. “We look forward to playing hard in the tournament and taking it one game at a time. The league is very competitive this year from top to bottom, and any team can win it. Our challenge is to string together three good games, win the title and move on to play at the national level.”

The men’s first game is at 7 p.m. Thursday against Lincoln.

Cierra York, a senior guard from Winston-Salem, N.C. , averaged 13.1 points per game to lead the women’s team this year, earning a spot on the All-CIAA team for her efforts.

“Cierra is very deserving of being named to the All-CIAA team,” said Head Coach Anita Howard. “She has donned a Livingstone College jersey for four years, and she’s ready to end her career with a bang. She’s been extremely focused since preseason, and I don’t see anything stopping her from helping us reach the championship.”

Joining York in being recognized on the women’s side was freshman forward/center Alexis Fowler of Lexington, N.C. She averaged 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, earning a place on the All Rookie team.

“Alexis is a phenomenal freshman, and for her to be playing so big and strong without fear of the competition speaks volumes about what’s to come from her,” Howard said. “I definitely think she’ll be a key factor in us being successful in the tournament by providing a strong post presence.”

Howard said the squad had a good practice on Sunday at Time Warner Cable Arena and enters the tournament today with a new-found focus. The women hope to earn Livingstone its first CIAA title in 15 years.

“The girls know what’s at stake and plan to work as hard as they can to bring the championship back to Livingstone,” Howard said. “That was a goal we set at the beginning of the season, and we know we’ve got to take it one game at a time because everyone is going to give us their best shot.”

Winter Weather Advisory

Stay informed: Prepare for adverse winter weather, college closing using updated emergency information

The National Weather Service has issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” for Salisbury/Rowan County and other parts of the state that includes warnings of snow and very cold weather. If there is a need for the college to close or delay opening, the president and college administration will ultimately decide whether or not the school will operate on normal business hours.

NOTE: Department and division heads are encouraged to devise communication plans to notify your staff and faculty members of changes in operating hours due to inclement weather.

To keep abreast of when an administrative decision to close is announced, information can be accessed these ways:

  • Call the Livingstone College Weather Hotline at 704-216-6999. If the outgoing message has not changed by 6 a.m., a decision to close has not been made.
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Dr. Joy G. Kinard Selected as First Superintendent of Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument

OMAHA – Joy G. Kinard has been selected as Superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument (Charles Young) in Wilberforce, Ohio. Central District Manager of National Capital Parks- East since September 2011, Kinard will begin her new assignment in late-February.

“We are delighted that Dr. Kinard will be the next superintendent of Charles Young,” stated Acting Midwest Regional Director Patricia Trap. “She is also well-known and well-respected throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as a scholar of African American History and Culture, having led African American National Historic Sites for three years. We know she will have great success working with the partners and community leaders to ensure the preservation and enjoyment of this monument, honoring such an accomplished leader like Colonel Charles Young and resilient veterans who served this country as Buffalo Soldiers.”

As one of the newest additions to the National Park System, Charles Young is currently open to the public only during park sponsored events and open houses. Dr. Kinard will focus on visitor use and the development of interpretive programs and exhibits. President Barack Obama established the national monument under the 1906 Antiquities Act on March 25, 2013, to preserve the home of Colonel Charles Young and its surrounding farmland, where Colonel Young raised a family, mentored a successive generation of leaders, and did some of his most important work. The site encompasses almost 60 acres of land.

Kinard said “I am extremely honored to have been entrusted with the awesome responsibility of leading the stewardship efforts for Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument and I cannot wait to begin working with the incredible partners and community to create the next generation of stewards and supporters of this special place. Together, we will care for, restore, and share these amazing stories and resources with all people as we prepare to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016.”

Kinard is experienced in connecting with local communities in the Washington, D.C. area and national partners, such as the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her experiences with these groups will add depth to the work that is happening at Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument.

Dr. Kinard is a native of Washington, D.C. For the past 18 years, she has worked for the National Park Service (NPS) in various capacities. She served as a park ranger at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and other locations. She also served as Acting Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Cultural Resource Manager at the Martin Luther King, Jr., NHS in Atlanta, Georgia, and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia. Kinard has also served as Acting Southern District Manager of National Capital Parks- East.

She has been a contributing author in many publications, including the Oxford University Press, W.E.B. DuBois Institute of Harvard University, and the New York Historical Society. She has been featured in the HGTV documentary, African American Historic Homes produced by High Noon Entertainment, where the focus was the home of Frederick Douglass; and was recently featured on C-SPAN to observe Women’s Equality Day by the Sewall Belmont House and Museum. In addition, she has studied race relations abroad in Paris, London, and St. Catherine’s, Canada as part of a Howard University Cultural Study Tour. She also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of History at the University of the District of Columbia for seven years. Kinard is a graduate of Livingstone College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work & Sociology. She is also a graduate of Howard University, where she earned a Master of Arts Degree in History and a Ph.D. in U.S. History with a minor in Public History and Caribbean Studies.

The Midwest Region encompasses 56 park areas and 3 National Trails in 13 states (Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Arkansas, and North and South Dakota), and has been headquartered in Omaha since the mid-1930s.

Humble Thomas honored with prestigious award

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Livingstone College graduate and former basketball standout Mark Thomas made history Friday by becoming the first student-athlete from an HBCU to receive an NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award in the award’s 42-year history.

During a well-choreographed, three-hour ceremony that featured former Major League pitcher Mike Mussina, a millionaire whose family once lived in a boxcar, and the Bowie State University Marching Band, Thomas stood on a stage he probably never imagined to accept his award and discuss his career at Livingstone.
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2014 LCNAA Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 LCNAA Raffle Winners!

1st Place: Miriam Brown ($5000)
2nd Place: Chariti Greene (60″ Panasonic 3D HDTV)
3rd Place: Randolph Parham (Apple 13″ MacBook)

2014 Reunion Class Gift Totals

ClassReunion Class Agent# of DonorsGift Totals
1939Office of Alumni Affairs1$500.00
1944Mamie Ledbetter Turner1$50.00
1949Office of Alumni Affairs6$1,960.00
1954Milton Hagins5$2,235.00
1959Mary Burwell Scott19$18,895.00
1964Julius E. Suiter49$57,165.00
1969Delores McDowell Johnson37$51,248.21
1974Blanche Simmons Wimberly27$14,795.25
1979Bruce Stanback14$18,625.00
1984Office of Alumni Affairs4$250.00
1989Office of Alumni Affairs2$70.00
1994Rob Clodfelter5$1,135.00
1999Shinea C. Wright6$401.37
2004Alycia Garrison5$576.58
2009Chelsea F. Johnson1$100.00
Grand Total177$168,006.41

*Congratulations to the Class of 1964 for having the Highest Class Reunion Gift Total and Participation!
**Congratulations to our 2014 Golden Retrievers Lucille Brooks, ’64 and Mary Moss Miller, ’64
(Golden Alums that locate the most lost classmates)

Livingstone student gives back at back-to-school event

The fall semester began at Livingstone College on Aug. 20, but Samiydah Dy’Meen Kearney began working long before that.

That’s because before the academic year began, Kearney collected pencils, notepads and other supplies — and services — for Salisbury school children. She did it under the student organization Women with Curls, which she founded a year ago.

Kearney said she wanted to provide school supplies for area children because she knows what it’s like to go without. Her mother, Sarita Faison, was a single parent who raised her and three other children without help.

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Anna-Kay Edwards Nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year

Anna-Kay Edwards, a recent 2014 Graduate, former Miss Livingstone College, and a member of the Women’s Cross Country and Track Team is a nominee for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The Woman of the Year Award honors those graduating female student-athletes who have made an impact throughout their careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership. Ms. Edwards was one of 75 nominee’s chosen who competed in Division 2 and just one of 3 female student-athletes chosen to represent the C.I.A.A. Other Nominee’s came from those who had competed in Division 1 and Division 3 Institutions to make up the rest of the 446 female student-athlete’s who were nominated for this award.

The top 30 of those 446 student-athletes chosen by the NCAA selection committee will be honored and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the year will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday October 19, 2014.

Photo by: John Daniels

Livingstone, Novant win $261,000 grant to fight obesity at college

SALISBURY – The Duke Endowment has awarded Novant Health Foundation Rowan Medical Center $261,891 to support a three-year wellness program for Livingstone College students.

The groundbreaking partnership between the hospital and Livingstone College will target obesity and its related health effects within the student population.

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