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Johnson C. Smith University Hopes for a Three-Peat in the 2024 Home Depot Retool Your School Contest

Gabrielle Isaac Allison
Johnson C. Smith University has been the recipient of more than $100,000 in Home Depot Retool Your School grant funds. The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is looking to continue its winning streak by placing in the top five once again during this year’s Retool Your School contest.

The contest begins Monday, Feb. 26, and is expected to support 30 campuses with grants ranging from $40,000 to $150,000 per school. This is the 15th year that the Home Depot has offered the contest to HBCUs to offer much-needed financial support to often underfunded colleges and universities.
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JCSU Staff Celebrates National TRIO Day by Highlighting Students

Gabrielle Isaac Allison
Johnson C. Smith University students, like students around the country, benefit from the federal TRiO Student Support Services Program. The program provides various services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income students and students with disabilities, as well as first-generation college students.

Celebrate National TRiO Day by reading about some of our students who benefit from this federally funded service.
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JCSU Debate Team Discusses AI & Cybersecurity Ethics Cases in Raleigh Tournament

The Johnson C. Smith University Debate Team recently participated in the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) annual debate tournament at the North Carolina Legislative Complex in Raleigh.

The team was presented with 10 unprecedented cases based on legal issues currently in litigation over the ethical issues of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity liabilities and responsibilities. Some of these issues included AI in art and entertainment, digital deep fakes and avatars, security liabilities in Big Tech and more. 
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JCSU Esports Club Continues 132-Year-Old Rivalry Against Livingstone College

The first football meeting of two Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs) was held on December 27, 1892, between Livingstone College (LC) and Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), which was known then as Biddle College. Almost 132 years later, the rivalry between these two institutions remains formidable to this day. JCSU won the first HBCU football game in 1892.

To continue this rival legacy, the Esports Clubs at both JCSU and LC, will converge on the electronic gridiron in the inaugural JCSU Esports Commemorative Classic on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024.
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A Celebration of Afro-Latinos at JCSU

Dr. Cheryl Butler-Brayboy
Food, Language, History: It was a celebration of Afro Latino history and culture on the campus of Johnson College Smith University, February 2024. The City of Charlotte, Fiestas Patrias and Johnson C. Smith University sponsored the event to commemorate Black History Month in the Latino and Black communities.
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Wreaths Across America’s Mobile Education Exhibit Makes a Stop at Johnson C. Smith University

Dr. Cheryl Butler-Brayboy
It is an experience you may remember forever. The Johnson C. Smith University community came out to honor military heroes as the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit rolled through campus on the afternoon of Feb. 9, 2024.
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Environmental Service Systems, LLC Donates $15,000 to College of Business and Professional Studies

Gabrielle Isaac Allison
Edgar Ruth, founder and president of Environmental Service Systems, LLC, said that donating $15,000 to the Johnson C. Smith University College of Business and Professional Studies was a “no brainer.”
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JCSU President Valerie Kinloch Announces New Director of Athletics

Dr. Denisha Hendricks is returning to Johnson C. Smith University as the new Director of Athletics (AD) and as Visiting Associate Professor of Sport Management (non-tenure-track). Her appointment is effective May 1, 2024.
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New York Times Legendary Photojournalist, Chester Higgins Jr. Shines a Light on Africa

Dr. Cheryl Butler-Brayboy
“The photographer must be sympathetic to the object of the lens,” legendary New York Times photojournalist Chester Higgins Jr. says he strives to re-educate the world about the cultural contributions of Black people, from the Americas to Africa. 
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