The Wilson-Barton Partnership Honors Robert E. Kirkland, Jr.

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WILSON, NC — Honoring a local business leader and patriot, the Wilson-Barton Partnership awarded the 2008 Business Leadership Award to Robert E. Kirkland, Jr., at a reception held September 18 on the campus of Barton College. Leadership, commitment, and service all started at home for Robert E. Kirkland, Jr., known as Bobby by most.  Robert E. Kirkland, Jr., was primed for success by parents who taught him to be honest with himself and to work hard. A Wilson native, Bobby was born in 1925 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Kirkland.  He is the middle sibling of Martha Kirkland Walston and the late Dr. John Alvin Kirkland.  Bobby attended Charles […]

Barton Welcomes The Honorable William G. Stewart for Constitution Day

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WILSON, N.C. – In celebration of Constitution Day 2008, the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library will present a reception and program featuring the Honorable William G. Stewart, N.C. District Court Judge, District 7. The event will be held in the Willis N. Hackney Library on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5 until 7 p.m. There is no charge for this event, and the community is invited to attend. The reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by Judge Stewart’s presentation on “The Constitution: Everyday Applications” beginning at 6 p.m. A native of Fremont, Judge Stewart is the son of the late Jessie and Jesse Stewart. He completed a Bachelor of […]

Barton’s Gordon Lands On Cover of National Art Publication

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WILSON, N.C. – Highlighted on the cover of the latest issue of “PotteryMaking Illustrated” is the work of Barton art professor Mark Gordon. Gordon’s article “Pushing the Envelope,” leads the magazine’s list of titles with a step-by-step process of joining dry clay to dry clay. This ceramic assembly procedure, “Dry/Wet/Dry: Pushing the Handbuilding Envelope,” was demonstrated in March by Gordon at the Furini Memorial Outdoor Sculpture Symposium at Meredith College. Gordon shared a two-page handout explaining this original clay process and later forwarded the notes to the editor of the national bi-monthly “PotteryMaking Illustrated.” The editor liked the idea and asked Gordon to write a more in-depth article that included […]

New Director of Barton Theatre Takes Center Stage

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WILSON, N.C. – With a name that could have jumped off the page of a Dickens’ novel, Adam Twiss, Barton College’s new director of theatre, leaps into his new role on campus as the fall semester gets underway. And, he has a lot to be excited about – not only does Twiss oversee the theatre’s academic program on campus; he also is an integral partner in the development of the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Studio Theatre now under construction. “My family and I are delighted to be a part of the Barton community,” said Twiss. “Visual and performing arts have been a rich and vital part of the […]

Hanna Jubran’s Sculpture Exhibition Opens At Barton

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton Art Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of Hanna Jubran’s “Alchemy, Metaphor & Form” sculpture exhibition now on view in the Virginia Thompson Graves and Lula E. Rackley Galleries located in Case Art Building on the Barton College campus. An opening reception and gallery talk by the artist is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7 from 2-4 p.m. This event is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. A world-renowned artist, Jubran received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently a Sculpture Professor and Sculpture Area Coordinator at East Carolina […]

School Year Starts with a Splash

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Who says the start of school has to be boring? Barton College welcomed its students, faculty, and staff to a new academic year with the annual traditions of Bulldog Day (view photo slideshow here) and Welcome Back Barton Day. Camp Rockfish, located at Lake Upchurch near Fayetteville, experienced an invasion on Saturday, August 23, as approximately 200 new Barton freshmen and transfer students arrived with their instructors and orientation leaders for Bulldog Day. “The purpose of Bulldog Day is simply for the incoming freshmen class to bond and to have fun and meet their classmates, ” said Dan Kennedy, Barton’s director of new student programs and Greek life. Of the […]

IBM Corporate Executive Gregg DeMar Featured Speaker for Barton College’s 107th Opening Convocation

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to welcome Gregg A. DeMar, managing director, Communications Sector for the IBM Corporation, as the featured speaker for the College’s 107th Opening Convocation. The annual campus event is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. in Howard Chapel. DeMar was appointed to his current position as managing director, Communications Sector for the IBM Corporation, in September 2000. In his current assignment, he has overall responsibility for leading and integrating IBM business activities across all IBM units in support of a Fortune 10 Communications Industry Corporate Client and its international affiliates. Joining IBM in 1976, DeMar has since held a number of sales, […]

Barton College Named a “Best in the Southeast” by The Princeton Review

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. The New York City-based education services company selected Barton as one of 139 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section on its web site feature “2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” “We are very pleased to be recognized with this regional distinction,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “This report reflects Barton’s historic commitment to student success, and our recognition demonstrates the success of the College’s focus on a unique Barton Experience for each of its students.” Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s publisher […]

Barton College Phi Beta Lambda National Winners

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ATLANTA – Garnering awards and recognition, eight representatives from the Barton College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda attended the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, June 21-24. Receiving acclaim both collectively and individually, the members of Barton’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter once again brought honor to the College. As a group, the chapter received the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit and was recognized as an Outstanding Chapter and as a contributor to the national philanthropy, the March of Dimes. Several individuals received recognition for their accomplishments in various areas: Dawn Montoya, North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State President, coordinated state activities and […]

Barton Takes New Bulldogs to Bulls Game

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Durham, N.C. – Incoming freshmen joined current Barton College students as well as alumni and admissions counselors at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on July 7, for an evening of food, fellowship, fireworks, and, of course, baseball. Bold blue Barton pennants and smiling admissions counselors greeted the students and their guests as they arrived at the gate. Passing out pennants and tickets, the counselors chatted with the incoming and prospective freshmen. An hour before the game started, the gates opened; and the Barton contingent filed into the stadium. Finding their seats in the right-field bleachers, the group was treated to a free buffet of ballpark goodness. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato […]