Barton College/Wilson Symphony Welcomes Renowned Flutist Michel Bellavance for the “Downtown” Concert on September 29

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WILSON, N.C. — September 15, 2016 — It’s that time of year again! The annual “Downtown” Concert, presented by the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, located at 100 Green Street. The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra opens every new concert season with an admission-free, off-campus event, designed to introduce itself to a wider audience. And, this concert promises to be one of the symphony’s best, featuring the internationally celebrated Swiss-Canadian flutist Michel Bellavance. He will perform among other pieces, the Flute Concerto in D minor by C.P.E. Bach. “We are fortunate to have a local connection to […]

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2016 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series Welcomes Frances Flannery on September 26

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WILSON, N.C. – September 15 — “Fostering Peace In An Age of Terrorism,” presented by Dr. Frances Flannery, will be the topic for discussion at the 2016 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series lecture on Monday, Sept. 26. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on the Barton College campus. This program is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Professor Flannery is director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace (CISTP) at James Madison University, which seeks to bridge the gap between academic subject matter experts, the intelligence […]


N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin E. Hudson — Speaker For Constitution Day on September 19

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WILSON, N.C. — September 9, 2016 — In keeping with Barton College’s focus on bold leaders and thinkers, the Willis N. Hackney Library on campus is pleased to host the Honorable Robin E. Hudson, Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, as the featured speaker for its annual Constitution Day reception and program. Justice Hudson’s presentation will address “Judicial Elections and Money: Why Our Courts are not For Sale.” After the presentation, a question-and-answer period will conclude the program. The event will be held Monday, Sept. 19, from 5-7 p.m. in the Learning Commons on the first floor of the library. The reception will begin at 5 p.m., and Justice Hudson’s presentation will […]


12th Annual Wilson-Barton Partnership Leadership Award Dinner Will Honor Lee Gliarmis

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WILSON, N.C. — August 19, 2016 — The twelfth annual Wilson-Barton Partnership Leadership Award Dinner honoring Lee Socrates Gliarmis will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, on the campus of Barton College. The event, to be held in the Kennedy Recreation and Intramural Center in Wilson Gymnasium, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $75 per person and may be reserved by calling Frances Belcher at 252-399-6357. Sponsorship opportunities are available and begin at $750 for a table of eight. Advance reservations are required, and the deadline for reserving seats is Thursday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. As a salute to Gliarmis, a portion of each ticket purchased […]


NCAA’s Brianna Thomas To Share Her Story at Barton’s 115th Opening Convocation

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WILSON, N.C. — August 17, 2016 — Barton alumna Brianna Thomas, ’15, Finance and Accounting Assistant for the NCAA in Indianapolis, will share her compelling story as the featured speaker for the 115th Opening Convocation. The annual campus event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. in Howard Chapel. A distinguished tradition at Barton College, Convocation signifies the official opening of the academic year, and provides a particularly meaningful milestone for freshmen as they are ushered into the Barton Experience. “We are delighted to welcome Brianna Thomas as the featured alumni speaker for Barton’s 115th Convocation,” said Dr. Gary Daynes, provost of the college and vice president for academic affairs. “Bri […]

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BB&T Supports Barton

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WILSON, N.C. — August 17, 2016 — The BB&T Center for Free Enterprise Education at Barton College promotes innovative opportunities for students to be engaged in and out of the classroom as they gain valuable knowledge and appreciation for an economic system that is based on free enterprise. The Center, established in 2009 through a generous grant from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, supports a lecture series, which brings nationally prominent leaders in free enterprise economics to the Barton campus each year; a student-led debate on the moral dimensions of capitalism; workshops for teachers in economics; and other opportunities that involve Barton students and the Wilson community in examining economic issues. […]


Barton Welcomes New Students To Campus

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WILSON, N.C. — August 11, 2016 — Barton College welcomed a new class of freshmen and transfers to campus on Thursday, Aug. 11, as parents, grandparents, and siblings helped students move their favorite items from home to their residence halls on campus. The Barton Student Orientation Team was on hand to assist in the move-in process as well as offer directions, advice, or just a cold bottle of water during this 90+ degree weather. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, also stopped by to welcome students and help them move in. Later, freshmen quickly found their way to New Student meetings and Student Life activities, providing welcomed opportunities […]

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Barton Announces $7.8 Million Gift To Support Student Financial Aid

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WILSON, N.C. — August 1, 2016 — Barton College is thrilled to announce the single largest gift in its history: $7.8 million from the Estate of Emerson Clarence “E.C.” Winstead. The recently received gift, earmarked for student financial aid with first preference to students from North Carolina, will support educational opportunities for Barton students in perpetuity. “I am awed and humbled by the magnitude of this gift as well as E.C. Winstead’s vision to enhance educational opportunities at Barton,” shared Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College. “I am grateful for the momentum it will provide to boldly meet the needs of our students and region.” Because 85% of Barton’s […]


The Cannon Foundation Supports Hands-On Science Education at Barton

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WILSON, N.C. — July 28, 2016 — Barton science students will reap the benefits of a recently received $150,000 grant from The Cannon Foundation. The funds will be used to enhance the Moye Science Hall facility on Barton’s campus. “The School of Sciences is grateful to The Cannon Foundation and excited for how this grant will impact students across campus,” shared Dr. Kevin Pennington, dean of the Barton College School of Sciences. “Their generosity will expand hands-on learning experiences, and create safer and more efficient learning spaces for Barton’s students.” This gift will significantly upgrade the Anatomy Laboratory and classroom space that serves nursing, health, and science students at Barton. Nearly 20% of […]

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Major Gift to Barton Names the Judy Howard Hill Nursing Program in the School of Nursing

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WILSON, N.C. — June 21, 2016 — Barton College is pleased to announce the naming of the Judy Howard Hill Nursing Program in the School of Nursing. The official announcement was made at a special ceremony on April 14, during Barton’s Inauguration Week for President Douglas N. Searcy. This transformational gift was made by Germon Earl Hill in honor of his wife, Judy Howard Hill, ’91, and their 50th wedding anniversary on June 27, 2015. “We are grateful to Earl and Judy Hill for their generosity to Barton College,” said Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College. “Their support will greatly benefit our students and faculty within the School of Nursing. […]