BB&T Makes $500,000 Gift To Fund Barton’s New Center For Free Enterprise Education

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is the recipient of a $500,000 gift from the BB&T Charitable Foundation to permanently establish the BB&T Center for Free Enterprise Education on campus. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BB&T Corporation John A. Allison, a former trustee of Barton College, personally made the announcement at BB&T in Wilson on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 11. In his remarks to an audience of Barton students, faculty, staff, and trustees, as well as BB&T executives, Allison said, “We are very proud of our association with Barton College. It is a fine institution, and we’ve had a number of your graduates who have played important roles here at BB&T. […]

Barton’s Susan Fecho Illustrates New Children’s Book

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton Art Department chair Susan Fecho has collaborated with Virginia-based author Dr. Vernon Lindquist to produce a children’s picture book, “The Day Anna Ganna Bandanna Learned to Fly,” recently published by Doubleabooks of Virginia. Fecho, a well-known and widely admired North Carolina artist, and Lindquist of Prince George, Va., began their blend of talents six years ago, focusing their efforts on the characters in Lindquist’s series about the two young cousins, Anna Ganna Bandanna and Allie Cette Alphabet. “We were colleagues at Barton the year that Dr. L. began his stories,” said Fecho. “The first story was actually called, ‘The Day Anna Ganna Bandanna Was Born,’ but […]

Christmas Cookie Tradition Continues Friendship

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WILSON, N.C. – Traditions are a wonderful part of the Christmas season.  They give us something to look forward to, something to remember.  They are centerpieces around which family and friends gather.  In 2003, Barton College’s first lady Susan Kneten established a new tradition and gained new friends during her first Christmas in Wilson.  (Click the image for a photo slideshow.) “The first year we were here, I was missing my children and grandchildren at Christmas time,” said Kneten, whose family resides in Texas. Christmas did not seem like Christmas without children in the house, so Kneten invited some over.  Across the street from the Barton-Graves House, the first family’s […]