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, […]

2018 Dominican Republic Day 5 – Fun in the Sun part 2

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On our second free day here in Puerto Plata on Monday, we began by traveling to Sosúa, a small beach town famous for its breathtaking shoreline. The water was such a crisp blue, which is different from our North Carolina beaches. Even though the water was rough with waves crashing violently against the rocks in the distance and though the tide was extremely high, we still enjoyed the beautiful ocean for the morning. We shopped at the many small unique shops all along the beach. This is where we really put our bartering skills to the test to see what deals we could get. This is a shopping experience unlike […]

2018 Dominican Republic Day 4 – Fun in the Sun part 1

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Sunday was our first free day in Puerto Plata. We began by riding in a teleférico, or cable car, to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. It was fun to take pictures with the statue appearing either in our hands, on our heads, or just in the background. There was a beautiful view from the top of the mountain allowing us to see much of the island. The next item on the agenda for the day was shopping! We were warmly welcomed to a local store in Puerto Plata. We loved all the amazing items for sale such as jewelry, wooden sculptures, […]

2018 Dominican Republic Day 3 – Health and Play for the Day

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We woke up to another beautiful morning in Puerta Plata. We all shared a delicious breakfast together at a large wooden table under a palapa. We discussed the day’s events with our fearless professor, Mrs. Ruwe. Once our van arrived to transport us to Dove Missions, we jumped in and away we went. During the bus ride to Dove Missions, we mentally prepare for what the day is going to bring, and at the same time, we stare out the windows taking in all the scenes. Once we arrived at Dove Missions, we eagerly went upstairs and set up a room in which we would complete assessments for each of […]

2018 Dominican Republic Day 2 – Insight to Private Healthcare and Nutrition BINGO

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As we started our second day journey in the Dominican Republic, we had an enlightening experience at a local private hospital. Dr. Daniela Mayer, a physician in emergency medicine and the director of the facility, took time out of her busy day to guide us around the clinic and explain the Dominican Republic’s healthcare system. Dr. Mayer is not a native to the Dominican Republic but has been in the clinic for 10 years and is very familiar with the system along with the American healthcare system. The Dominicans have free healthcare in the public hospital setting but require insurance or must be able to pay the fee for service […]

2018 Dominican Republic Day 1 – Culture Shock

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When you think of the Caribbean, you probably think of beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. That can be found in the Dominican Republic, but you can also find an entire world that most do not know about. Thursday, we were able to experience the poverty within the city of Puerta Plata first hand. First, we got acquainted with Dove Missions and heard how it was started. The founder, Liz Rooney, began her journey in 2002 when she first visited the Dominican Republic. She visited from the United States and instantly felt a connection to the children here. For about five years, she took annual trips abroad to the Dominican […]

Barton Heritage Lecture Will Focus on Cold War in the Desert: The U.S.-Soviet Struggle for the Middle East on February 20

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WILSON, N.C. — February 15, 2018 — Barton College welcomes historian Dr. W. Taylor Fain as the featured speaker for the upcoming Heritage Lecture scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20. Dr. Fain is a former U.S. Department of State historian, and he currently serves as associate professor and graduate coordinator for the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dr. Fain’s lecture is titled “Cold War in the Desert: The U.S.-Soviet Struggle for the Middle East, 1945-1991.” The program will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend. […]

NCAA DII Collegiate Football Is Coming to Barton

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WILSON, N.C. — January 30, 2018 — Barton College is bringing NCAA DII collegiate football to Wilson. On Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, the Barton College Board of Trustees made the bold, unanimous decision to approve a football program for the Barton campus. Barton’s decision to integrate football into its NCAA DII athletics program is based in the College’s commitment to its mission of providing programs and opportunities to encourage the intellectual, spiritual, social, and cultural development of its students. Barton’s mission fits well with the NCAA Division II philosophy, which states that “the educational well-being and academic success of the participating student-athlete is of primary concern.” In prior years, Barton […]