ST. LOUIS, MO – BCSG 360, the organizer of the St. Louis Heritage Classic has announced that all events including the football game between Lincoln University of Missouri Blue Tigers and Kentucky State University Thorobreds have been canceled for November 23, 2019. The Ol’ Man River Classic event was originally scheduled to be held at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.

According to a press release by the organization, due to the result of low ticket sales it was mutually agreed by BCSG 360 and both Lincoln University and Kentucky State University not to move forward with the event in 2019. BCSG 360 is working with stakeholders to execute the event for a date in 2020.

The organization goes on to thank Lincoln University, Kentucky State University, The Dome at America’s Center, local school districts, many other sponsors/strategic partners for their hard work and effort in making the event appealing to HBCU football fans across the country.

An HBCU Experience Scholarship and Career Fair still scheduled for Friday, November 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as the “Show Me Classic/Battle of the Band” basketball game featuring Harris-Stowe State and Lincoln University at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.

For more information, contact Prentiss Hill at prentiss@bcsg360.org, 773-726-3056 or by visiting www.bcsg360.org.

ST. LOUIS, MO – Lincoln University – Missouri will play Kentucky State University in the inaugural Ol’ Man River Classic at the Dome of America’s Center in St. Louis on Saturday, November 23.

The inter-conference showdown between a pair of HBCU programs will renew a rivalry dating back to 1932. It will be the 49th contest between Lincoln and Kentucky State, and the first since 1987.

“Even before the decision was made for us to return to the MIAA next season, we had been working to add a game against Kentucky State,” said John Moseley, Lincoln University Director of Athletics. “Lincoln is proud of its legacy as a Historically Black University, and we made it a priority before the 2019 schedule was set to honor the legacy of our alumni, fans and our department by playing Kentucky State at the end of the season.”

“The Ol’ Man River Classic is an opportunity to renew one of our oldest rivalries, and the Blue Tigers are thrilled to be playing this game right here in Missouri in November. I can’t wait to see our fans take over St. Louis for what’s sure to be a fantastic event.”

Tickets for the Ol’ Man River Classic will cost $25. More information on the event will follow in the coming months.

Individuals that define a visionary president are those who are cited for being committed to diversity, engagement with local communities, and committed to equality in opportunity. Mentioned are a few of those visionary leaders who are demonstrating a vision for the future of HBCUs.

Swiftly approaching her full first year as a Historically Black University president, Jerald Jones Woolfolk, 20th President of Lincoln University of Missouri, is at the forefront of continuing the mission of leading LU as a 21st Century HBCU.

Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk, Ph.D., 20th President of Lincoln University – Missouri. Photo Credit: Jefferson City Magazine.

With a work experience of 34 years, and 15 of those years serving in senior level administration positions, President Woolfolk has served at several HBCUs prior too Lincoln. Her presidency will mark one year as of June 1, 2019. The Jackson State University alumna is passionate about the logistics of graduating students within four years of their colligate studies

Featured in the Jefferson City Magazine, Woolfolk stated; “I know the value of an education and how it changes lives and patterns of living. As a native of the Mississippi Delta, one of the most impoverished areas of the country, education was my path to a better life. My parents instilled in my siblings and me from a very early age that we were going to college, and we did.”

Woolfolk’s goal is to strengthen the relationship between Jefferson City and Lincoln University. She wants the community to know that Lincoln University is a partner in the future growth and development of Jefferson City. She currently serves on the Board of Director for United Way of Central Missouri.

Sworn in as the tenth president of Morris College on April 12, 2019, Dr. Leroy Staggers is also a first-time college president. For sixteen years, he served as Academic Dean and Professor of English.

The Voorhees College alumnus has served as the academic dean at Morris College for 16 years. Staggers hopes to work diligently to keep students front and center, in all his decision made. He also plans to build onto the great achievement of past president Dr. Luns C. Richardson, who served the college for 43 years. He died in 2018 at the age of 89.

Before joining the Morris College family in August of 1993, Staggers served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of English and Director of Faculty Development at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina. He has also worked as his alma mater as Chairman of the Division of Humanities and Assistant Professor of English. Also, Staggers served as Instructor of English and Reading at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Leroy Staggers pictured with students of Morris College.

Credited for her leadership with leading the institution to an increase in enrollment, improvements with tuition cost, and grant growth. Dr. Karrie G. Dixon took the helm as interim chancellor of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) on April 9, 2018.

Dixon, who co-chaired ECSU’s Working Group Phase 2: A New Direction, since October 2017, was appointed by University of North Carolina System Past President, Margaret Spellings. Prior to joining the UNC System, Dixon served a total of 10 years combined at two other UNC campuses. She was an assistance vice provost at North Carolina State University and remains and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Education’s Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education. Dixon received her bachelor’s from NC State University.

Dr. Karrie G. Dixon, Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University.

Rebounding the institution from low enrollment and financial difficulties, after a year Dixon was named by UNC Board of Governors as Chancellor. On Friday, September 6, she will become the 7th chancellor installed and the second woman to hold the position.

ECSU is one of three UNC campuses that is a part of providing $500 tuition per semester in encouraging North Carolina high school graduates to further their education at their institution.

Named as ‘HBCU Male President of the Year’ on numerous occasions, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah exemplifies visionary onward. Serving as the 14th President of Virginia State University since February 1, 2016, Abdullah has proven VSU to its best values and continued growth for long-term success.

Under Abdullah’s leadership, the University had a 30 percent increase in fall 2016 enrollment. In 2017, the University’s first-time Freshmen increased nearly 50 percent than the number in 2015. Previously served as provost and senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University, he has also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Memorial University, and dean and director of 1890 land grant programs at FAMU.

An HBCU graduate himself, Abdullah received his undergraduate degree from Howard University in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He also is recognized as the youngest African American to earn a Ph.D. in engineering.

Quoted by him; “I believe in God. I believe in family. I believe in the transformative nature of education. I believe in Virginia State University.”

Dr. Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D.

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Photo of President Jerald Jones Woolfolk during her Inauguration as the 20th President of Lincoln University of Missouri. Photo courtesy of Lincoln University.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF), has pledged an endowment in the amount of $100,000 to Lincoln University as a part of the organization’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund.

On February 28, 2019, Lincoln University’s President Jerald Jones Woolfolk will come together with 31 other presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) at the Alpha Kappa Alpha International Headquarters in Chicago to accept the first installment of their institution’s award.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has implemented the AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund with the goal of investing in the future of our young people and the sustainability of our treasured HBCU’s” said Dr. Glenda Glover, Alpha Kappa Alpha International President. “Our organization has pledged to donate a total of $10 million dollars towards the endowment, and we are honored to provide Lincoln University the first $50,000 during our February event as we celebrate Black History Month and the legacies of all HBCU’s.”

This historic event will gather presidents from HBCU’s across the nation and feature remarks from Dr. Glenda Glover as well as a tour of the iconic and recently renovated Ivy center International Headquarters in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.

Lincoln University President Jerald Jones Woolfolk, a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha says; “Lincoln University (Missouri) is honored to have been selected as one of the first recipients to be awarded $100,000 from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund. These funds will have an enormous impact on Lincoln University as it will allow us to provide more scholarships dollars to students who otherwise could not obtain a college education and to aid in ensuring Lincoln University’s sustainability for another 153 years. As does Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lincoln University has a proud history as an HBCU which provides access and opportunity to all.” She continued; “I will travel to the headquarters Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Chicago to receive the award. I am a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and I am proud of the impact that Lincoln University (Missouri) has had on the lives of thousands of students who have com through it doors since 1866. I am proud and privilege to lead this historic University! On behalf of the member of Lincoln University (Missouri), I say thank you to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.! Your gift helps us continue making dreams come true. We are Focused! We are determined! We Are Lincoln!

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About Lincoln University of Missouri

Lincoln University of Missouri is a historically black, 1890 land-grant, public, comprehensive institution that provides excellent educational opportunities including theoretical and applied learning experiences to a diverse population with a nurturing, student-centered environment. Established in 1866 by the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantry Regiments, the campus is located in the capitol of Missouri. The University currently serves a student population of approximately 2,500. Today, Lincoln University is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in this country. For more information, visit www.lincolnu.edu.

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of nearly 300,000 members in more than 1000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Libera, the Bahmas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and Middle East. Led by International President Glenda Glover, Ph.D., JD, CPA. Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit www.AKA1908.com. For more information on Educational Advancement Foundation, visit www.AKAEAF.org.