Day 6: Closing Day at Christmount

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Today, May 18, was the final day at Christmount. We concluded our trip with a final exam testing our knowledge of 25 plant specimens and 25 animal specimens both collected and discussed throughout the week as well as a short answer portion discussing concepts regarding the different environments explored. The weather held out for the entire week but could no longer do so as it rained to majority of the morning. We considered ourselves lucky to have such beautiful weather up until this point. This week provided me with a new found appreciation for nature. The variability among plant and animal species in the Appalachian Mountains was breath taking. I […]

Day Six: Exam Time and Back to Barton

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Saturday, the 18th,  was the last day at Christmount assembly for the Biology trip.  All of the students studied the plants, animals, and other information for the exam last night and this morning.  At around 9 o’clock, we all went to the dining hall to take the big test we studied for!  Plants and animal specimens filled the tables as we went around and identified them.  Then the second part was more about the habitats, elevations, and places we visited.  After the exam, we were all thankful for it to be over!  We packed up and left Christmount for the last time this week and headed for lunch at KFC.  After […]

Day 5: Western NC Nature Center & Catawba Falls Trail

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Today, May 17, we started the day with a general overview of everything we have learned on this trip, from plants to animals to key terms used when referring to nature and the mountains. We visited the Western North Carolina Nature center at about 10:00 a.m. where we explored until 11:30 a.m.  The nature center featured animals native to the Appalachian Mountains like the Red Spotted Newt, the American Toad and the Hellbender which we have caught ourselves in previous days at different trails as well as animals that are not found in this area like the Cougar and Gray Wolf. Below are some of the animals that we photographed […]

Day Four: Curtis Creek Service Road and Nocturnal Watch

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At 8:15 this morning our Mountain Exploration group left Christmount for our creek adventure day. Once we reached our destination the elevation was 1520 ft, the temperature was 71 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind speed was 7 mph going South West. The stream’s water was running extremely fast and therefore it made it harder for us to catch anything .  However, we did mange to catch at least a dozen salamanders.  One in particular that was found was a slimy salamander that was thought to be a snake, by the people who found it.  Also, some things that were found at this stop were the following:  a crawfish, a round centipede, […]

Day Three: Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Mitchell

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On Wednesday, May 14th, the class set out at 9 in the morning to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, north of Asheville, and the Mt. Mitchell state park. We traveled to Craggy Gardens Trail, about a mile and a half of steep hiking and plenty of plant life to see. Because the area was so similar to the areas we had explored the previous day, many plants became easily recognizable, like big patches of Solomon’s Plume, Canadian Blackberries, and Rhododendrons galore! It was especially easy to identify plants when signs along the path told you exactly what they were. At the top of the trail, we really learned what the […]

BC Field Biology Day Two On the Road

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On Tuesday, May 14th, we departed Christmount around 8:30 a.m. and headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We made several stops along the way and one of those stops was the Mt. Pisgah trail which was 1 mile long and at an elevation of 5,000 ft. While hiking this trail we found a variety of plants such as painted trillium, lichen, rhododendron, red trillium, and fiddle heads. After hiking the trail, we went to Graveyard Fields where we hiked down to the Yellowstone Waterfall which was a beautiful sight to see. Here we tested the pH of the water and the soil, the temperature of the water, and the dissolved […]

BC Field Biology Day 1 at Christmount

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The “Exploring North Carolina Mountains” class at Barton departed for our trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains at approximately 8:30am Monday morning.  We arrived at Christmount Conference Center for the Disciples of Christ at 2:00pm and immediately started exploring.  A group of us first walked the Old Cemetery Trail where we traveled up and down hills while experiencing many plants and animals as well as a gravesite.  When we met back up with our professors, the learning experience immediately began.  We were exposed to over 30 different plant species including Flea Bane, Red Oak, Flaming Azaleas, and Sweet Betsey Bush.  In addition, we observed a few animal species including Stone […]

111th Commencement Exercises Held Sunday at Barton

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WILSON, N.C. — Mother’s Day proved a perfect backdrop as graduating students’ families joined the Barton College community on the campus green for Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 12. Dr. Assad Meymandi delivered the commencement address. Some 230 seniors participated in the 111th annual commencement exercises. Dr. Norval C. Kneten presided over his ninth commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Kelly M. Thompson, interim provost and vice president for external relations, presented the graduating class. Participating in this year’s commencement ceremony were students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2012 and May 2013, as well as candidates who expect to fulfill requirements over the summer. The […]

Dr. Assad Meymandi to Speak at Barton College’s 111th Commencement on Sunday

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Commencement Exercises Scheduled for Sunday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m. WILSON, N.C. — Dr. Assad Meymandi, distinguished psychiatrist, humanist, scholar, and philanthropist will be the featured speaker at the 111th annual commencement exercises of Barton College scheduled for Sunday, May 12, on center campus at 1:30 p.m. Wilson Gymnasium is the rain site. Dr. Norval C. Kneten will preside over his tenth commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Kelly M. Thompson, interim provost and vice president for external relations, will present the graduating class of approximately 230 seniors. Participating in this year’s commencement ceremony will be students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2012 and May 2013, […]

Barton Students Held High Profile at Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College was well represented at the 59th Annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference held April 11-14 in Charlotte.  Six Barton chapter members participated in a variety of competitive events and attended general sessions, regional meetings, and leadership seminars.  Approximately 300 delegates, representing 25 chapters, attended the annual conference.  First-place, second-place, and third-place winners at the state conference earned the right to compete at the National Leadership Conference to be held in Anaheim, CA, in June. Sarah Casey, a junior from Kinston and the 2012-2013 state Eastern Region Vice President for Phi Beta Lambda, participated in all aspects of the annual state conference.  Amanda […]