Purcell Conference and Sprinkle Lectures Scheduled for March 1-3 at Barton

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WILSON, N.C. – The 2009 E.G. Purcell, Jr., Bible Conference and the Thedford G. and Woodrow W. Sprinkle Lectures are scheduled for March 1-3 at Barton College. Dr. Warren Carter. Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, will be the guest lecturer for the Purcell Bible Conference on Sunday, March 1 in Hardy Alumni Hall.  Dr. Kay Lynn Northcutt, Fred B. Craddock Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Phillips Theological Seminary, will be the featured speaker for the Sprinkle Lectures scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3, also in Hardy Alumni Hall. All lecture sessions are open to the public free of charge, and […]

Historian Harry Watson Addresses the Legacy of Andrew Jackson at Barton College on Feb. 24

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College will welcome historian Harry L. Watson, director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The program, titled “Majority Rule, Equal Rights, and Limited Government: The Complex Legacy of Andrew Jackson,” will be held in the Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Barton College Heritage Committee, the Department of History and Social Sciences at Barton and the Wilson County Historical Association, this event is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend. “Today, Andrew Jackson is more remembered for […]

Mechanized Sculpture Exhibit Opens at Barton

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to announce the opening of “Gestural Mechanics” by internationally renowned artist Arthur Ganson. The exhibition, to be held in the Barton Art Galleries, will open with a gallery reception on Sunday, Feb. 22, from 2 – 4 p.m. Works in the exhibition include automated kinetic sculpture and production drawings of the machines. This event open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Ganson has been building art machines since 1978. His works are not static non-moving forms, but rather functional sculptural investigations of mechanized design. A former artist-in-residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ganson maintains an […]

Author Luke Whisnant At Barton On Feb. 18

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College’s Victor R. Small Writers Series welcomes author Luke Whisnant for a reading to be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m.  The upcoming event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Whisnant is the author of “Street,” a chapbook of poems, the story collection “Down in the Flood,” and the novel “Watching TV with the Red Chinese,” scheduled for release as an independent film in 2009.  His fiction and poetry have been published in the U.S. in “Esquire,” “Arts & Letters,” “American Short Fiction,” “Southern Poetry Review,” “Quick […]

“Grande Romanza” Highlights Love the Symphony at Barton on February 14

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WILSON, N.C. – Plan to make Saturday, Feb. 14, a special Valentine’s Day, and celebrate in gala fashion with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra at the eighteenth annual “Love the Symphony.” The evening’s performance, under the direction of Mark N. Peterson, will feature Stefano and Nina Tanchietti, the magical American Dramatic Tenor and Soprano Duo, performing musical scenes from their Grande Romanza®. One of Wilson’s premier social events of the year, this dinner concert will be an evening guaranteed to please both the ear and the palette. The event will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by entertainment at 7 p.m. The delectable buffet, prepared […]

Barton To Host The Scholastic Art Awards For The Eastern/Central N.C. Region

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WILSON, N.C. – As host and regional sponsor for the 31st year, Barton College welcomes The National Scholastic Art Awards for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region. The featured speaker for the annual awards ceremony will be Dean Johns, Director of Arts Education for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Scholastic Art Awards, Inc. conducts a visual art awards program for middle and high school students in the United States. Entries from all 50 states are submitted for competition in this nationally renowned program. The Scholastic Art Awards program is designed to encourage student achievement, to recognize and applaud our fine art teachers and to emphasize the importance of the visual arts in […]

BB&T Makes $500,000 Gift To Fund Barton’s New Center For Free Enterprise Education

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is the recipient of a $500,000 gift from the BB&T Charitable Foundation to permanently establish the BB&T Center for Free Enterprise Education on campus. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BB&T Corporation John A. Allison, a former trustee of Barton College, personally made the announcement at BB&T in Wilson on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 11. In his remarks to an audience of Barton students, faculty, staff, and trustees, as well as BB&T executives, Allison said, “We are very proud of our association with Barton College. It is a fine institution, and we’ve had a number of your graduates who have played important roles here at BB&T. […]

Barton’s Susan Fecho Illustrates New Children’s Book

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton Art Department chair Susan Fecho has collaborated with Virginia-based author Dr. Vernon Lindquist to produce a children’s picture book, “The Day Anna Ganna Bandanna Learned to Fly,” recently published by Doubleabooks of Virginia. Fecho, a well-known and widely admired North Carolina artist, and Lindquist of Prince George, Va., began their blend of talents six years ago, focusing their efforts on the characters in Lindquist’s series about the two young cousins, Anna Ganna Bandanna and Allie Cette Alphabet. “We were colleagues at Barton the year that Dr. L. began his stories,” said Fecho. “The first story was actually called, ‘The Day Anna Ganna Bandanna Was Born,’ but […]

Christmas Cookie Tradition Continues Friendship

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WILSON, N.C. – Traditions are a wonderful part of the Christmas season.  They give us something to look forward to, something to remember.  They are centerpieces around which family and friends gather.  In 2003, Barton College’s first lady Susan Kneten established a new tradition and gained new friends during her first Christmas in Wilson.  (Click the image for a photo slideshow.) “The first year we were here, I was missing my children and grandchildren at Christmas time,” said Kneten, whose family resides in Texas. Christmas did not seem like Christmas without children in the house, so Kneten invited some over.  Across the street from the Barton-Graves House, the first family’s […]

Barton Prepares for the Christmas Season

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WILSON, N.C. – The Lighting of the Luminaries, a long-standing tradition for the Barton College community, will usher in the Christmas season on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The College family invites the surrounding community to join them for this festive celebration. The celebration will begin with a festive candlelight dinner served in the Hamlin Student Center Dining Hall at 5 p.m. Cost for the meal is $6 for adults and $3 for children and students not on the meal plan. At 5:45 p.m., join students as they light over 1,500 luminaries across 32 acres of the main campus. At 6 p.m., students, faculty, staff, friends of the College, and members of […]