Barton Students Held High Profile at Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

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WILSON, N.C. — May 5, 2015 — Barton College was well represented at the 61st annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference held April 9-11 in Charlotte.  Three Barton chapter members participated in a variety of competitive events and attended general sessions, regional meetings, and leadership seminars. Approximately 250 delegates, representing 26 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 Chicago, IL, in June. Jamie Barton, a sophomore from Brevard, was re-elected as the eastern region vice president. Ashley Johnson, a senior from Wilson, earned second place in […]

Barton Trustee Garnett Whitehurst To Endow College’s Honors Program

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WILSON, N.C. — April 27, 2015 — Barton College is pleased to announce the establishment of the Whitehurst Family Honors Program, endowed through a substantial gift by Barton trustee Garnett B. Whitehurst, Ph.D., of New Bern. The official announcement was made at the College’s Spring Board of Trustees Meeting held this past Saturday, April 25. With this commitment to Barton College, Dr. Whitehurst has joined another faculty member and other trustees who will be recognized at the Founders’ Society level of giving. This endowment gift follows an earlier endowment made by Dr. Whitehurst to support a scholarship in the School of Sciences. He also has generously provided funding for equipment and […]

The Honorable Sidney S. Eagles, Jr. Slated to Speak at Barton College’s 113th Commencement on May 17

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WILSON, N.C. — March 24, 2015 — The Honorable Sidney S. Eagles, Jr., will be the featured speaker at the 113th annual commencement exercises of Barton College in Wilson, scheduled for Sunday, May 17. Now retired as Chief Judge for the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Judge Eagles served as a judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals for over 20 years. He currently practices law in the Raleigh office of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP. A past chair and vice chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees, he served on the College’s Board of Trustees for 24 years, retiring in fall 2014. “We are extremely pleased to welcome the Honorable […]

Barton College Choir’s Spring Concert Scheduled for Thursday, April 30

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WILSON, N.C. — April 16, 2015 — The Barton College Choir will present their spring concert “Songs and Choruses from Musical Theater” on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on campus. The performance is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. Conducted by music director Mark N. Peterson, the 17-voice ensemble will perform medleys of songs from the shows “Grease” and “Les Misérables,” as well as a potpourri of songs by Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter. Janie Bostick, professor emerita of music, will be the accompanist for the choir.  Choir members include Jamie Allen, Dori Brooks, Paige Brooks, Allison […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony To Feature Pianist Ang Li on April 26

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WILSON, N.C. — April 10, 2015 — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present its Spring Concert on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m., in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony welcomes to the Barton stage internationally acclaimed concert pianist Ang Li, who will perform Beethoven’s seminal “Piano Concerto no. 2, in B-flat Major.” The orchestra under the direction of Barton’s Mark N. Peterson will also present Brahms’ witty and exciting “Academic Festival Overture” and the stirring “Crown Imperial” by William Walton. “It is a real honor to have such an extraordinary artist to perform with us,” said Peterson. “Ms. Li is a tremendous musician who brings […]

Barton FOVA Series to Focus on Wilson’s Evolving N.C. Landscape Series on April 23

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WILSON, N.C. — April 13, 2015 — Barton College’s artist-in-residence and North Carolina landscape artist J. Chris Wilson will present an illustrated lecture on the continuing landscape series that has been developed over the past 10 years on Thursday, April 23. As part of the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts (FOVA) Art Seminar Series, the lecture will be held in the Barton Art Galleries on the campus of Barton College from 4 to 5  p.m. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. The lecture is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. This lecture will be the final presentation in Wilson’s series as […]

Barton Innovation Competition Finals: Live from the Edna E. Boykin Cultural Center on April 21

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WILSON, N.C. — April 15, 2015 — Come watch the Barton Innovation Competition Finals “live from the Edna E. Boykin Cultural Center” on Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. This “shark tank style” event will feature three divisions: Community Outreach, Small Business Opportunities, and New Venture Creation. Plan to come early for a “Meet and Greet” reception with Barton student participants beginning at 6:30 p.m. And, keep in mind that as attendance for the event increases, so do the number of prizes for audience members. For every 10 attendees at the event, a gift card will be awarded to a member of the audience; gift cards range from $10 to […]

Art Show: 2015 Senior Art Exhibition Opens at Barton April 20

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WILSON, N.C. – April 13, 2015 — Barton College is pleased to announce the opening of “Art Show,” the 2015 Senior Art Exhibition. This showcase opens to the public on Monday, April 20, at the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building, and runs through Monday, May 11. Guests will enjoy a variety of works on display by nine talented senior artists: Brooke Allen, Stephanie Barsanti, Michael Farrar, Tyler Freedman, Taylor Hernandez, Teresa Hilton, Brenda Ramirez, Elizabeth Salyers, and Morgan Stancil. This year’s exhibition features a diverse display of media, including painting, photography, graphic design, drawing, and ceramics created by these gifted young artists. On Saturday, April 25, the senior […]

2015 Creative Writing Symposium at Barton College on April 20

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WILSON, N.C. – March 30, 2015 — The 19th annual Barton College Creative Writing Symposium, featuring several Barton and Atlantic Christian College alumni authors, will be held on Monday, April 20, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. The symposium will include afternoon discussions and an evening reading with alumni Charles Blackburn, Michael Brantley, David McGehee, Brandon Sneed, and India Staten. There is no charge for the event, and the public is invited to attend. The symposium will open at 3 p.m. with the hour-long discussion “The Path to Publication: A Conversation with Alumni Writers,” providing a retrospective glance at the publication journeys of these gifted alumni. Following the […]

“Walking into April” Poetry Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 11

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WILSON, N.C. — March 23, 2015 — Make plans to attend the annual “Walking into April Poetry Day” to be held at Barton College on Saturday, April 11, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. This year brings another distinguished group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. Featured poets for the “Walking into April” morning sessions are Scott Owens and Amber Flora Thomas. The day will also feature Eric Weil, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets. “Walking into April” is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, and funded by […]