Barton Moves Closer to Return of Football with Selection of Chip Hester as Head Coach

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(from left: Todd Wilkinson, Director of Athletics; John Lee, Chair, Board of Trustees; Chip Hester, Head Football Coach: and Dr. Doug Searcy, President) WILSON, N.C. – June 19, 2018 — The return of intercollegiate football to the Barton College campus for the first time since 1950 moved significantly closer to reality on Tuesday as school officials introduced the head coach who will lead the program’s revival. At a public ceremony on the Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza, Barton College’s President, Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, announced that Chip Hester has been chosen to direct the BC program. Hester has more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience at the NCAA Division […]

Multipurpose Turf Field Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for New Multipurpose Synthetic Turf Field

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Cutline for photo – (from left) David Browning, vice president for administration and finance at Barton College; Warren Shumate, head coach for men’s and women’s lacrosse at Barton College; Todd Wilkinson, director of athletics at Barton College; D. Stuart Walston, Jr., a member of the Barton College Board of Trustees and chair of the Building and Grounds Committee; Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College; Matt Whitley, senior vice president and Wilson market executive, and Mike Bryant, executive vice president, both represented Southern Bank, a donor of the project; the Honorable C. Bruce Rose, mayor of Wilson; and Ken Kennedy III, a member of the Barton College Board of […]

Barton Announces President’s and Dean’s Lists for 2018 Spring Semester

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WILSON, N.C. —June 1, 2018 — Barton College named 60 students to the President’s List and 310 students to the Dean’s List for spring semester 2018. President’s List students compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average; Dean’s List students achieved a grade point average of 3.3 or better on a four-point scale. President’s List, by hometown —  Advance — Katelyn Elizabeth Kauffman. Apex — Edwin Alexander Whetstone. Borlange, Sweden — Alessandro Daniel Gerbino. Buies Creek — Judith Jepkoech Melly. Chesapeake, Va. — Taura Arnell Jones. Clayton — Kathie Chappell Smith. Dartmouth, United Kingdom — Hugh John Louis Ryder. Dudley — Morgan Grace Matthews, Susan René Taylor, and Danielle Robin Terwilliger. Elm City — June Hill Wheeler […]

Barton College Announces 2018 Graduates

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WILSON, N.C. — June 1, 2018 — Two hundred and fifty-three Barton College undergraduate seniors and graduate students received diplomas on Saturday, May 12, during the school’s 116th annual commencement exercises. Participating in the ceremony were Barton students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2017 and May 2018, and baccalaureate candidates who expect to fulfill requirements over the summer. Master Degree Graduates and Baccalaureate Degree Graduates are listed by their hometowns; their names are followed by degrees and majors and, where applicable, honors will appear in parentheses. Baccalaureate Degree Graduates obtaining a grade point average of 3.90 or higher are graduated summa cum laude; 3.60 or higher, magna […]

Kameron House’s Next Bold Step Is UNC REX Heart and Vascular Hospital

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Many students enter college with their minds set on an intended major and planned future, but sometimes those plans change. Students grow and mature during their college experience, not only academically, but in all aspects of life. This was no exception for Kameron House of Selma, who just graduated magna cum laude in May with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. House enrolled at Barton College in 2015, after graduating from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2014. While House was at East Carolina, her mother passed away following a life-long struggle with kidney disease. After spending so much time in the hospital with her […]

A Heart for Learning Together: Leslie Pittman

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An integral part of the Barton Experience is “learning together.” The community-focused environment at Barton allows professors to get to know and spend quality time with their students, an opportunity not always afforded to students at larger institutions. And, Leslie Pittman is known for the meaningful connection that she forms with her students, and the amount of time she spends with them, inside and outside the classroom. She truly has a heart for a student-centered, collaborative learning experience. A member of the Barton nursing faculty since 2013, Pittman serves several roles within Barton’s distinguished School of Nursing — assistant professor of nursing, junior level coordinator for the School of Nursing, and […]

A Heart for Service: Debbie Larkin

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Barton is known for its welcoming community, and no one makes our students feel more at home than Debbie Larkin, the administrative assistant in the Office of Student Engagement and Success. With a joyful heart and a helping hand, she makes sure everyone she meets feels the warmth and welcome of the Barton family when they arrive on campus. Larkin’s office is located in Hamlin Student Center, where she assists with residence life, religious life, and student activities programming. Each workday is different. Some days, it is all about creating spreadsheets for various projects or reports. Other days, she may be putting together packets for various events. She handles incoming […]

Larry Russell Sets the Bar High for His Bold Aspirations

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Every young athlete dreams of excelling in his or her particular sport. They envision taking their skills to the collegiate level and competing with the best. And, sometimes those dreams become reality, which is certainly the case for Barton College’s rising senior Larry Russell. Russell sums it up perfectly, “Barton College is a campus community that provides a tremendous amount of support; it’s a place where everyone can fit in and develop their strengths.” Enrolling in fall 2015, Russell soon declared his major in Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences the following spring semester. He became intrigued with the field of Criminal Justice when he took an introductory class in high […]

A Beautiful Day for Barton College’s 116th Commencement

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WILSON, N.C. — May 12, 2018 — This beautiful, sunny day with a welcomed, occasional breeze provided a perfect backdrop, as graduates and their families gathered with the Barton College community on center campus for Commencement Exercises on the eve of Mother’s Day, Saturday, May 12. Two hundred and fifty-three undergraduate and graduate students participated in the 116th annual commencement exercises. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy presided over his third commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the graduating class. John Lee, chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees, presented the Board’s Approval of the Graduating Class. Jane Smith […]

116th Commencement Scheduled For May 12; Jane Smith Patterson Will Be Featured Speaker

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WILSON, N.C. — May 7, 2018 — Jane Smith Patterson, a 2017 recipient of the distinguished North Carolina Award for Public Service, will be the featured speaker at the 116th annual commencement exercises of Barton College scheduled for Saturday, May 12, on center campus at 1:30 p.m. Wilson Gymnasium is the rain site. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy will preside over his third commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present the 2018 Class of 253 undergraduate and graduate students. Participating in this year’s commencement ceremony will be students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2017 and May 2018, as […]