Shanika Peterkin: Parallel Passions Lead to Barton Success

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Whether she is making a shot or giving a shot, she handles both with ease. Shanika Peterkin’s two passions are basketball and nursing. While Peterkin excelled on the basketball court throughout her high school career in Virginia Beach, Va., it was during her formative years, growing up in Jamaica, that she also discovered a deep interest in nursing. She often shadowed her mom, who was a nurse at the local hospital. Peterkin admired the focused dedication and compassion her mom had for her patients, and she decided this was the professional path she, too, wanted to follow. When it came time to consider colleges, Peterkin searched for schools that offered […]

Luis Reyes: Barton Aspirations Take Hard Work and Focus

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While Barton students aspire to reach for the stars, they quickly learn that it takes hard work, determination, and a plan to meet the challenges that come with lofty goals. Luis Reyes, a Class of 2020 graduate, knows all about meeting challenges and turning them into opportunities. This native of Ocala, Fla., accepted a new job as an Operations Analyst for Morgan Stanley at its headquarters office in New York City. Reyes’ hard work and determination clearly paid off with big dividends — a successful college career and an exciting new job waiting for him after graduation in May. So, what’s been his path to success? An accomplished swimmer, Reyes joined the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kianna Jimenez’s Innovation and Excellence In Science Accent Her Barton Experience

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by Giovanni Amado-Sanchez, 2017 Public Relations Intern Beginning at a young age, students are encouraged to do well in school and attend college. Every hard-working student dreams of receiving an acceptance letter to the college of his or her choice. Some students choose to continue beyond the baccalaureate level and seek acceptance in master’s and doctorate programs. Such is the case with Barton College senior Kianna Jimenez, whose hard work has earned her acceptance into North Carolina State University’s doctorate program in chemistry. Jimenez enrolled at Barton College in the fall of 2013, selecting pre-engineering as her major. Her initial intention was to obtain an engineering degree from NCSU after […]

Ethics and Engagement: Essential Values for Barton’s Marcus Strath

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by Giovanni Amado-Sanchez, 2017 Public Relations Intern Ethics and engagement are essential values for the ideal Barton leader. Students at Barton are encouraged to pursue leadership and to actively seek ways to achieve greater understanding, insight, and life perspective. Such characteristics are passionately embraced by Barton College senior Marcus Strath. Strath enrolled at Barton in fall 2014, transferring from Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Mass. He held a satisfying management position prior to attending college, but then he decided to solidify his pre-existing skills and gain new ones by studying business administration at Bunker Hill Community College, before transferring and beginning his Barton Experience. During his junior year, he […]

Patricia Holliday and Nieimah Moore Delve Into Archival Exploration

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by Giovanni Amado-Sanchez, 2017 Public Relations Intern How do 21st century students learn about archival research? If they are fortunate, they will have an opportunity to delve into archives of some sort during their college experience. At Barton College, archival research on campus is just one of many research opportunities encouraged in a number of classes, including the Honors Program. Additionally, opportunities outside of the classroom exist for students to engage in even deeper archival study. A perfect example is Criminology & Criminal Justice and Business Administration majors Patricia Holliday and Nieimah Moore, respectively, who have participated in an eye-opening archival project through the work-study program in Hackney Library. Barton […]

Riley Bane, A Bold Leader Among Peers at Barton College

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WILSON, N.C. — February 10, 2017 — Among the thousands of student-athletes around the country who have taken part in a leadership academy through the Janssen Sports Leadership Center over the past 12 years, only about two percent have achieved its highest accolade, the Leader of Distinction. That puts Barton College’s Riley Bane in elite company. A junior academically and redshirt sophomore on the women’s volleyball team at Barton College in Wilson, N.C., Bane reached that prestigious level in the first year of the Barton Leadership Academy. The recognition was awarded based on the very high marks she received from her teammates and coaches in areas of personal leadership (commitment, […]

There’s No Business like Show Business for Allison Dellinger

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Theatre major and 2016 graduate Allison Dellinger recently wrote Susan Fecho, Dean of the School of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts, to tell her all about the exciting things happening in her new theatre career: “In January of this year, I had a phone interview with Lauren Kennedy at Theatre Raleigh. I interned with TR the summer of 2014 in just about every job they would let me fill: assistant stage manager (or ASM), dresser, running crew, building crew, design assistant; so I already had a good relationship with her and the TR staff. They are such a wonderful group of artists! I assisted with the first musical of the […]

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 […]