Livingstone College Earns $500,000 Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 November 2021 17:47
Salisbury, N.C. -- Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) announced that the National Park Service (NPS) was awarding Livingstone College a $500,000 competitive federal grant to assist in Phase III of the rehabilitation of Carnegie Library on the campus.
Rep. Ted Budd said in a statement:
“Providing economic opportunity for all is a crucial mission for me in Congress and it all starts with education. I’m proud to announce that Livingstone College won these federal dollars and this new funding will help them complete the Carnegie Library rehabilitation project. This project will help preserve the historic character of this iconic building on Livingstone’s campus.”
Livingstone College President, Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. said in a statement:
“The Livingstone College family is deeply thankful for the continued support of the National Park Service in ensuring that the Andrew Carnegie Library is preserved for future endeavors of the City of Salisbury and the students of Livingstone College.
“The library provides beauty and style to the College campus and the West End community, where it is located. It presents a distinctiveness that aptly represents the enduring legacy of the first classically educated African-American architect, Robert Robinson Taylor, a native of Wilmington, NC. The library is an enduring tribute to the generosity of the Andrew Carnegie Foundation to the education of African Americans in the early 1900s, as well as now.
“We are indeed proud to be the current stewards of this iconic building, as it is truly a labor of love for the Livingstone family.  Finally, we want to express our appreciation to Congressman Ted Budd and his office for his support in our effort to secure these grant funds.”
Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander said in a statement:
“This grant is important not only to Livingstone College but to our broader community, because it preserves an important and noteworthy historic structure, still in use today. This building holds not only the stories of the past, but those of the present and now  can continue to  hold the stories yet untold. I thank Congressman Ted Budd for all the support from both he and his staff since the beginning of this project in 2019.”
NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge said in a statement:
“HBCUs have been an important part of the American education system for more than 180 years, providing high-level academics, opportunities, and community for generations of students. The National Park Service’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grant Program provides assistance to preserve noteworthy structures that honor the past and tell the ongoing story of these historic institutions."
ECSU Chancellor Appointed To American Association of State Colleges and Universities Board PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 November 2021 13:07

Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

During the AASCU’s annual meeting in Clearwater, Florida this week, Chancellor Dixon was one of a number of university chancellors and presidents named to the board for this three-year appointment.

“This is a great honor to be named to the board of directors. I look forward to the work we will accomplish collectively advocating for higher education institutions  in our country,” said Chancellor Dixon. 

Prior to becoming ECSU’s 12th chief executive officer, Chancellor Dixon had served as a senior administrator at the UNC System Office since 2008. In 2014, she was named vice president for academic and student affairs, where she was responsible for overseeing the Division of Academic and Student Affairs for the System’s 17 institutions.

Chancellor Dixon is a recent recipient of one of North Carolina’s highest honors, The Old North State Award, for her dedication to higher education. In 2020, she was named “One of the 10 Most Dominant HBCU Leaders,” by the HBCU Campaign Fund, and appointed to the National Women in Aviation Advisory Board.

Since being named ECSU’s chancellor in 2018, she has led the push for campus-wide revitalization and renovation projects, consistent enrollment growth, numerous public and private partnerships, and successfully navigated the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AASCU is a Washington D.C.-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning-and-teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2021 13:09
NC Based American Teachers Alliances Launches Nationwide PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 October 2021 17:21

North Carolina based educator association, Carolina Teachers Alliance (CTA), expanded nationwide this week with the launch of “American Teachers Alliance (ATA).”  American Teachers Alliance’s vision is an academically sound unbiased education for all children. ATA is a nationwide alternative to the politically charged teacher unions.  

CTA was founded by college adjunct and high school teacher, Amy Marshall, in early 2021, and its membership continues to grow in North Carolina. “We are extending our memberships and benefits nationwide, as an affordable alternative to the large politically charged unions. Many teachers are paying over $1,000 a year in dues to unions whose ideologies they oppose.  

We at ATA hope to unify and empower American educators focused on delivering achievement-driven content designed to improve student performance, so American children may excel academically. Also, teachers need to have the freedom to teach patriotism and love of America and should not be forced to deliver non-academic political content. American Teachers Alliance is not just for teachers, but is for all school staff, parents, and community members who want a strong, quality, academics-based education for America’s children. We believe parents are partners, not obstacles,” said association president, Amy Marshall. 

American Teachers Alliance offers tiered memberships, with annual dues ranging from $300 to $25 a year. Any W2 school employee, full or part time, public or private, pre-K through college, may join and have coverage under their nationwide insurance and legal professional educators’ plan. ATA offers a full suite of member benefits: 

  • Affordable alternative to expensive union dues 
  • Professional educators’ liability insurance and legal protection 
  • Extensive nationwide corporate discount program 
  • Professional development rebate program (up to $100/year rebate per member) 
  • Free and discounted professional development  
  • Scholarships and grants 
  • Member advocacy – quarterly surveys to state and federal policy makers 
  • Monthly member spotlights and awards 
  • Discounts on education magazines; Monthly e-newsletter 
  • Leadership opportunities 
  • Free and discounted promotional merchandise 
  • Member cash rewards program 

American Teachers Alliance is a program of Carolina Teachers Alliance, Inc, a North Carolina non-profit corporation trade association, filing for tax-exempt status with the IRS under 501(c)(6).

Elizabeth City State Prepares Regional Economic Forecast PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 October 2021 10:35

As Elizabeth City State University’s Oct. 14 Regional Economic Summit draws near, professor of economics for the Department of Business, Accounting and Sport Management, Dr. Kingsley Nwala, is putting the final pieces of a regional economic forecast together for a presentation that will assist as a catalyst for the future of the region. His work will calculate the economic data taken from 2019 through 2021, providing local governments and economic developers a window to a possible future.

“2019 was the beginning of the COVID-19 period and so 2020 is highly impacted,” says Dr. Nwala. “So, you look at what happened and where it will lead.”

What happened was a massive shutdown of public and private sector operations amidst an ongoing pandemic. The shutdowns throughout 2020 made a lasting impact on the region, says Dr. Nwala, but the outlook is not dire.

He says that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, because of the widespread shutdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19, there was a collapse in consumer spending and many businesses reduced hours of operations and employees. His data will not only show the details of that impact, but also provide a view into a possible economic future that is actually looking up, he said.

“We know that the North Carolina population grew in 2020,” he said. “Unemployment is going down. There are some growing industries in the state and they are projected to grow faster. So that’s all good.”

The report will focus on the 21-county region that makes up Northeastern North Carolina. Dr. Nwala’s presentation, he said, will use all of the available economic data to “depict economic activities in the state of North Carolina and these counties.”

The data used in his forecast includes regional Real GDPs (Gross Domestic Product), industry contributions, industry employment size, population growth, unemployment rates, and the regional labor force.

The forecast will provide a look at which industries have declined and which ones have grown.

The summit, which requires pre-registration to attend, will take place at the K.E. White Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14. Topics during the summit will range from the economic forecast, to tourism and travel, to transportation, to renewable energy and more.

A list of speakers throughout the day will include experts in renewable resources, tourism, marketing, industry, transportation, business development, and workforce issues.

Machelle Sanders, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, will be the event’s keynote speaker.  

The Regional Economic Summit is part of an ECSU initiative to secure its position as a catalyst in regional economic, social, and environmental development, and to facilitate collaboration with industry and government to improve life in Northeastern North Carolina.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 October 2021 10:54

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