Frances Belcher in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Barton College

A Heart for Serving Barton

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Behind that welcoming smile that greets every visitor stopping by the Office of Institutional Advancement, there is a “heart for serving Barton.” Everyone who knows Frances Belcher also knows that she is passionate about Barton College. She takes every opportunity she can to encourage others to get to know Barton and its multi-faceted story. And, she encourages them to also invest in Barton’ future. Frances knows firsthand what every dollar raised can mean for Barton and especially for its students. As the Development Projects Specialist for the Institutional Advancement, Frances juggles myriad responsibilities in the office. While corresponding regularly with  donors, she is also working alongside IA officers throughout comprehensive […]

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Hispanic Writers & Artists Series Welcomes Historian and Cook Luisa Fernanda Acosta on November 14

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WILSON, N.C. — Oct. 31, 2016 — Preserving culinary tradition is a testament to the importance of food and its preparation in all cultures around the world. On Monday, Nov. 14, Colombian historian and cook Luisa Fernanda Acosta will share how she is “Safeguarding the Traditional Columbian Cuisine” during her presentation for Barton College’s Hispanic Writers & Artists Series. Sponsored by the Barton College School of Humanities, this event will be held on campus in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7 p.m. It is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Acosta has a great deal of experience in community work relating […]

Front row, seated, from left: Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, President of Barton College; and Dr. Lane Mills, Superintendent of Wilson County Schools
Back row, standing, from left: Eric Davis, Chief Operations Officer for Wilson County Schools; Dr. Jackie Ennis, Barton College Dean of the School of Education; and Dr. Gary Daynes, Barton College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Barton’s Master of School Administration Program and the WCS Aspiring Administrators Program Create Partnership

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(Photo caption:  Front row, seated, from left: Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, President of Barton College; and Dr. Lane Mills, Superintendent of Wilson County Schools. Back row, standing, from left: Eric Davis, Chief Operations Officer for Wilson County Schools; Dr. Jackie Ennis, Barton College Dean of the School of Education; and Dr. Gary Daynes, Barton College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs) WILSON, N.C. — October 26, 2016 — Educators with Wilson County Schools (WCS) have a new opportunity to reach their professional goals. Barton College and WCS are pleased to announce a partnership between the College’s School of Education Master of School Administration Program and the School System’s Aspiring Administrators Program. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, […]

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Barton Welcomes Peter Makuck for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on October 24

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WILSON, N.C. – October 17, 2016 — Barton College will welcome author and poet Peter Makuck for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday. Oct. 24. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend. Twice winner of the annual Brockman-Campbell Award for best book of poetry published by a North Carolinian (1988, 2011), Peter Makuck has authored five volumes of poetry; the last is “Long Lens: New & Selected Poems” (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010).  Forthcoming in October 2016 from the same publisher is […]

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“All in the Timing and Other Outrageous Short Comedies” Opens the Theatre Season October 20-23

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WILSON, N.C. — October 12, 2016 — Theatre at Barton College opens its 2016-2017 season with “All in the Timing and Other Outrageous Short Comedies” by award-winning American playwright David Ives. Performances will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23 at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. Tickets will be sold at the door and online at barton.edu/theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, military and alumni, $6 for non-Barton students, and free of charge for Barton students, faculty, and staff. A witty collection of short comedies, “All in the Timing” was first produced in […]

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“From Burns and Bibles to Barton Bulldogs” — the Focus of the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room Symposium on October 20

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WILSON, N.C. — October 12, 2016 — “From Burns and Bibles to Barton Bulldogs: Using Rare Books for Teaching and Learning at Barton College” will be the focus of the third annual K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room Symposium at Barton College on Thursday, Oct. 20. The symposium, to be held in the Willis N. Hackney Library from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., will welcome noted featured speakers as well as faculty/student presentations. The program is open to the public free of charge and the community is invited to attend. The symposium schedule will begin with a reception at 3 p.m. followed by keynote speaker John Lawrence, Head of the North […]

Campus Alert Weather Message – Classes Canceled for Wednesday; Offices Will Be Open

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Campus Alert Weather Message Members of the Barton Campus Community, In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Barton College has canceled classes for Wednesday Oct. 12, 2016. Offices will continue to be open on campus on Wednesday for regular business hours. Campus dining hall hours will resume regular serving hours this evening (Tuesday) for supper for those students who have already returned to campus. Please continue to monitor your email, the Barton website, and the inclement weather message lines for additional updates. As you make plans to return to campus, please use caution and good judgment as you travel. Please be in touch with supervisors, advisors, or professors if you need […]

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Emancipation and Reconstruction – the Focus of the BB&T Lecture in American History on October 18

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WILSON, N.C. — October 11, 2016 — Barton College will welcome historian John David Smith, Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as the featured speaker for the BB&T Lecture in American History, on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, Dr. Smith’s lecture is titled “‘You turned us loose to the sky . . . to the wrath of our infuriated masters’:  Emancipation and Reconstruction Reconsidered.” This program is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. A Brooklyn, New York, native, Smith studied southern and […]

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Artist-in-Residence Will Focus on Photography and Filmmaking in October

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WILSON, N.C. — October 5, 2016 — Photography and documentary filmmaking will be showcased through a series of events as Barton College welcomes artist-in-residence Richard Knox Robinson to the Barton Art Galleries in October. His new exhibition, “Notes from Atlantis,” opens on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 23. On Thursday, Oct. 13, Barton College Friends of Visual Arts will host its annual FOVA Fall Lecture and Dinner. A wine and cheese reception with the artist will begin in the Barton Art Galleries at 5 p.m., followed by Robinson’s lecture at 6 p.m. Guests are then invited to Kennedy Family Theatre for dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. […]

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A Painterly Experience For Barton Senior B.J. Hawley

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Barton’s B.J. Hawley found himself surrounded by artists in an idyllic setting this summer. It was an unexpected but welcomed opportunity following a serendipitous introduction in his spring semester painting class. Susan Lichtman, Barton College’s artist-in-residence during the 2016 spring semester, recognized in Hawley a talent for painting from life, which is the primary focus at Mount Gretna School of Art in Pennsylvania. “She offered to recommend B.J. to the school’s director,” explained Maureen O’Neill, assistant professor art, and director of exhibitions and educational programming. “B.J. understood that this would be an opportunity to work in a studio environment with other young painters who share his passion and ambition, and […]