Series of Conversations on “The United States Constitution: A 226-Year Journey to ‘Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and Our Posterity’”

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Three Events Scheduled for Sept. 12, 13, and 17 WILSON, N.C. — Barton College and the Willis N. Hackney Library is pleased to announce a Series of Conversations on “The United States Constitution: A 226-Year Journey to ‘Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and Our Posterity’” to be held Thursday, Sept. 12; Friday, Sept, 13; and Tuesday, Sept. 17. These three events are co-sponsored by the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library, the Wilson County Historical Association, and the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum of African American History. On Thursday, Sept. 12, Dr. Charles McKinney, Jr., associate professor of history and director of the African American Studies Program at […]

WITN’s Brittany Creamer to be Featured Speaker at Barton’s 112th Opening Convocation

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to announce alumna Brittany Creamer, class of 2009, as the featured speaker for the 112th Opening Convocation.  The annual campus event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, at 11 a.m. in Howard Chapel. A significant 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 thrilled to have Brittany Creamer as the speaker at our upcoming convocation,” said Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Her rapid career success is a testament to her own hard work and passion, and the […]

Barton’s Jim Clark and Fellow Band Members of “The Near Myths” Produce New CD “…and into the flow”

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WILSON, N.C. — “. . . and into the flow,” the third CD by The Near Myths, was released on July 29. Barton College’s Dr. Jim Clark, band member and de facto manager of the group, explains, “This CD will very likely be our last. More and more people download their music now, usually individual songs; the days of physical CDs with artwork and songs arranged for a particular effect are numbered.” The band has released two previous CDs:  “Wilson,” in 2005, and “Words to Burn” in 2008. All three CDs also feature the musicianship and technical expertise of Barton’s director of Audio Recording Technology Phil Valera, who recorded, mixed, and […]

Barton Announces Gary Daynes As New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Daynes, Ph.D., of Pleasant Grove, Utah, as provost and vice president for academic affairs. He also holds academic rank as professor of history. His appointment was effective July 22. “I am most pleased to welcome Dr. Gary Daynes to the Barton campus,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “His extensive record of successfully addressing challenges in independent higher education and his strong reputation for developing and encouraging a culture of creativity and productivity for faculty sets a perfect tone for reenergizing current academic programs and for moving our new program initiatives forward. His extensive experience in […]

Hackney Library’s 2013 Open House Scheduled for Thursday, August 22

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WILSON, N.C. — Willis N. Hackney Library, on the campus of Barton College, will host its eighth annual Open House on Thursday, August 22, from 4-6 p.m. to welcome new and returning students, as well as faculty, staff, and friends of the College to view the most recent updates for the library and the recently relocated Office of Student Success. The event, sponsored by the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library, is also open to the public. At 5 p.m., there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony in recognition of the new circulation workstation that was recently installed as part of a first-floor renovation. The circulation workstation was funded in part by the Barton College […]

Broadway’s Alan Campbell Returns to Barton for “Oh, What A Night III!”

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WILSON, N.C. — Broadway star Alan Campbell returns to Wilson to star in “Oh, What A Night III!” produced by Lauren Kennedy, directed by Alan Coates, and co-sponsored by Theatre at Barton and Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy in Raleigh. The show opens Barton College’s fifth theatre season in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, August 28-29, at 8 p.m. Appropriate for all ages, this year’s concert promises to be an impressive event. “Two years ago, we created a unique concert event as part of the “Hot Summer Nights” season and brought it to Barton for two sold-out performances,” shared Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at […]

Painting Workshop By Artist-in-Residence J. Chris Wilson at Barton College on August 29

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WILSON, N.C. — A Painting Workshop by Barton College artist-in-residence J. Chris Wilson will be held in the Case Art Building on Thursday, August 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will focus on successfully creating the illusion of depth in a painting and will have an illustrated presentation with some hands-on activities. This program is part of the Lunch and Lecture Series sponsored by the Barton College Friends of the Visual Arts and one of several artist-in-residence events scheduled for the 2013-2014 Barton College academic year. Participants may register for the workshop or get additional information from Bonnie LoSchiavo at 252-399-6477 or email: artgalleries@barton.edu. The charge for […]

Sean Bulson to Speak at Barton’s Master of Education Commencement Exercises on Friday, August 9

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Exercises Scheduled for Friday, August 9, at 7 p.m. WILSON, N.C. —Sean Bulson, superintendent of Wilson County Schools, will be the featured speaker at the third annual Master of Education Commencement Exercises of Barton College scheduled for Friday evening, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall. Dr. Norval C. Kneten will preside over the commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Gary Daynes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will present the third graduating class of 11 teacher-scholars who will be awarded the Master of Education degree with a specialization in Elementary Education. Dr. Jackie S. Ennis, professor of education and dean of the School of Education, […]

Artists Amanda and Gérard Lange’s “Betrothed” On View Beginning August 8

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The exhibition will open on Thursday, August 8, with an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WILSON, N.C. — Barton College associate professor of photography Gérard Lange is teaming with his Barton alumna wife, Amanda Lange, a nationally certified art teacher at Hunt High School, to present a joint exhibition titled “Betrothed,” at the Arts Council of Wilson. The theme of the couple’s exhibition is described as one of natural curiosity hinting upon elements of Romanticism and Transcendentalism. The exhibition will open on Thursday, August 8, with an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In their youths, both Amanda and Gérard were reared in environments that encouraged […]

Wilson’s “From Murphy to Manteo” Paintings On View in the House Chamber of the Legislative Building

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WILSON, N.C. — There is another historic first for Barton’s artist-in-residence J. Chris Wilson in the Capital District. Wilson’s “From Murphy to Manteo—An Artist’s Scenic Journey” paintings are on view in the House Chamber of the North Carolina Legislative Building. The Legislative Building, designed by the celebrated architect Edward Durell Stone, has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and this is the first time paintings have been exhibited or hung in the House of Representatives Chamber. In 2003, Wilson had the first regional retrospective exhibition in North Carolina, maybe in the South. The exhibition was simultaneously displayed in seven venues in three cities and was composed of 140 of his paintings. Wilson […]