Barton’s Response to the Coronavirus

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The health and safety of our students and employees is a top priority for Barton College. Barton remains vigilant as it continues to monitor world updates regarding the coronavirus. While we do not have any cases of coronavirus on Barton’s campus, we continue to be proactive in our preparations and in our campus messaging, as we share preventive measures to avoid becoming ill during this flu season. As you may be aware, the state of North Carolina has identified its first case of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).  Barton College continues to work closely with the Wilson County Health Department in actively monitoring this situation and preparing to respond according to […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Medicine in the Mediterranean

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Barton College student Sarah Humphries shares her Study Abroad experience. Atlantis Clinical Fellowship When I came to college, my mom told me to be on the lookout for opportunities to study abroad. She made me aware of the benefits of it, but most of the time I did not think twice about it. I heard about Atlantis Fellowships and began to talk to one of my professors, Dr. Pennington, about it. We looked into the program and decided it would be ethically sound and a great opportunity for me to get clinical experience and travel abroad. I went to Italy, and it was such an invaluable experience. I learned a […]

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Alumnus David McGehee Reads from His First Novel for Writers Series on March 18

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Barton College alumnus David McGehee (’69) will read from his first novel, Cedar Birds, as part of the Victor R. Small Writers Series on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 7 p.m., in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center.   Cedar Birds examines the beliefs of the coastal Carolina Indians, particularly the Coree, honoring their connection with all living things.The narrator returns from the Vietnam War a changed man, ready to ponder the spiritualism of the shaman as he comes to terms with his own sense of identity.   For more information, contact Dr. Rebecca Godwin in the School of Humanities at 252-399-6364 or at

Weather Advisory 1 – March 2018

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Members of the Barton College community, As a result of the inclement winter weather conditions this evening and the possibility of icy road conditions in the morning, Barton College will delay opening its offices and beginning classes until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Students should plan to begin their day attending the class they would normally be seated in at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday. Please use good judgment and caution as you travel in the morning.  If you are unable to travel on Tuesday morning as a result of road conditions, please be in touch directly with your supervisor or professor. The College will continue to monitor the road conditions […]

2018 Dominican Republic Day 7 – When Is “Free Care” Really Free?

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When we think of the word “free,” we associate no obligation to the term. However, in the Dominican Republic, the people who use the public hospital at no charge must come prepared. Linens, towels, supplies for care, food, and clothing are the responsibility of the patient. Feeding and bathing are the responsibility of the patient’s family. For most adults, oxygen is in very short supply. Only the babies and children get special consideration. A free cup of soup for each patient was being distributed during our visit, which was an improvement over previous years. Materials for making a cast and IV meds must be provided by the patient. We donated […]

2018 Dominican Republic Day 6 – Immersing Ourselves in the Dominican Culture

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As on previous days, our group started the morning at Dove Missions by eating breakfast together under the palapa. We conducted physical assessments on the younger boys at the center and interviewed them on their diet history. We socialized with the kids and played with them during our free time. Of course, the boys were rowdy; but they were full of joy and grateful to have us there with them. For lunch, we traveled through Puerto Plata to eat a traditional Dominican buffet. After we ate lunch, we were taken to a mercado (market) in Puerto Plata where they sell a variety of produce and goods. Eggplant, peppers, chayote, plantains, […]