$1 Million Gift Names Electric Supply Company Field at Barton College

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WILSON, N.C. — May 16, 2019 — Barton College is pleased to announce the naming of Electric Supply Company Field, the newly completed multi-purpose synthetic turf field on campus. Electric Supply Company, one of the Southeast’s largest suppliers of electrical equipment, has made a $1 million lead gift to Barton College, securing naming rights for the field. The family-owned company was established by the late K.D. Kennedy more than six decades ago in Wilson, and later expanded into seven locations across the state under the leadership of Kennedy’s son, Dr. K.D. Kennedy, Jr. The Kennedys have been long-time supporters of the College, including three generations of leadership on the College’s Board of […]

Playing with Putty Costa Rica 2019

The Importance of Goodbyes – Costa Rica Day 4

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Today was our second day at the school, working with the students and teaching them lessons. We arrived at the school bright and early and ready to work! The students were extremely excited to see us; they ran to us with open arms and warm smiles. We worked on three main lessons with them today. We taught moon phases, how to make small lava-like lamps, and how to plant seeds. This was extremely fitting because it was agriculture day at the school. All the kids dressed up in their traditional dresses and outfits to celebrate the day. All of the classes we worked with today were happy to spend time […]

In the Classroom, Costa Rica 2019

Service Day at the Elementary School – Costa Rica Day 3

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We spent the majority of our third day in Costa Rica at the Jacinto Pantiaqua Elementary School. We learned that the education system in Costa Rica is quite different from that in America. The students attend half days in which one age group attends in the morning and the other age group attends in the afternoon. All students wear uniforms that distinguish what grade they are in. During the first half of the day we worked with the fourth- and fifth-grade classes. We started in the classroom conducting science experiments. The first experiment involved learning about how water and nutrients travel through the veins of plants. We demonstrated this with […]

Iglesia de la Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes in Grecia, Costa Rica

Sightseeing and Cuisine Sampling – Costa Rica Day 2

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Today we went to the Poás Volcano in Costa Rica. The volcano is still active, and it is quite a breathtaking view (when the fog doesn’t hide it away). After visiting the volcano, we made our way back to the town of Grecia, our hometown for the trip, and had delicious refrescos at a small cafe called Cafè Delicias. We explored the town and got a sense of the culture and the “speed” of life. The church, Iglesia de la Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, is the main attraction in Grecia; and its tall ceilings and the intricate statues and paintings that bring Catholicism to life are a must-see when […]

Barton students enjoying a meal in Costa Rica

Introduction to Costa Rican Culture – Costa Rica Day 1

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Day One in Costa Rica was an eye-opening and reassuring day. Meeting the families in Grecia was nerve-racking at first, but the Costa Rican culture and families were both very welcoming. We were all greeted with open arms and warm smiles. Once we walked in the house, they had a light meal prepared for us which consisted of all the local favorites. One of the group favorites was fried tortillas covered in sugar cane syrup. During this first “light” meal, we found it interesting how they stopped everything they were doing to fellowship with one another and just enjoy the atmosphere of togetherness. Their family all came together to just […]

A Beautiful Commencement Day for Barton College Graduates and Their Families

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WILSON, N.C. — May 11, 2019 — Blue skies and favorable temps set the stage for a beautiful morning, as graduates and their families gathered with the Barton College community on center campus for Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 11. Two photo albums (for pre-commencement events and commencement day) are available at the links below. https://barton.smugmug.com/1819-Campus-Events/19-Pre-Commencement-Events/ https://barton.smugmug.com/1819-Campus-Events/19-Commencement/ Two hundred and forty-six undergraduate and graduate students participated in the 117th annual commencement exercises. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy presided over his fourth commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the graduating class. John Lee, chair of the Barton College Board of […]

Barton College’s 117th Commencement To Be Held On Saturday Morning, May 11

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WILSON, N.C. — May 7, 2019 — The Reverend Canon Nontombi Naomi Tutu, Missioner for Racial and Economic Equity at the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, will be the featured speaker at the 117th annual commencement exercises of Barton College scheduled for Saturday, May 11, on center campus at 10:30 a.m. Wilson Gymnasium is the rain site. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy will preside over his fourth commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present the 2019 Class of 246 undergraduate and graduate students. Participating in this year’s commencement ceremony will be students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December […]