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Barton Students Held High Profile at Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

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WILSON, N.C. — May 25, 2021 —Barton College was well represented at the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda (NC PBL) State Leadership Conference held earlier this spring. Ten Barton chapter members placed in 19 of the competitive events during the conference, and eight Barton students will represent the College at the national level this summer.   First Place honors were awarded to Barton’s Owen Dick of Toronto, Canada, in Sports Management and Marketing, Denning Hudson of Wilson in Contemporary Sports Issues as well as Statistical Analysis, Holly Johnson of Wilson in Organizational Behavior and Leadership, and Alex Kelly of Newport News, Va., in Management Concepts.  Second Place honors went to […]

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118th and 119th Commencement Exercises Held Mother’s Day Weekend

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Links to Recorded Commencement Exercises Class of 2021 10 a.m. Saturday – Class of 2021 2 p.m. Saturday – Class of 2020 10 a.m. Sunday – WILSON, N.C. — May 9, 2021 — Blue skies and favorable temps set the stage for a beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend, as graduates and their families gathered with the Barton College community at the Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza at Howard Chapel for three Commencement Exercises on May 8 and May 9. Kelly S. King, chairman and chief executive officer of Truist Financial Corporation, was the featured speaker at the 10 a.m. morning ceremony for the 119th Commencement Exercises for the […]

Kelly S. King, chairman and chief executive officer of Truist Financial Corporation

119th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 8th and 118th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 9th

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WILSON, N.C. — April 30, 2021 —Kelly S. King, chairman and chief executive officer of Truist Financial Corporation, will be the featured speaker at first of two ceremonies for the 119th Commencement Exercises of Barton College scheduled for Saturday, May 8, on center campus at 10 a.m. The second ceremony for the Class of 2021 will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with featured speaker Dr. Murali Ranganathan, professor of mathematics at Barton College, and the 118th Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2020 graduates will be held on Sunday morning at 10 a.m., with featured speaker, Dr. Rebecca Godwin, Elizabeth H. Jordan Endowed Chair of Southern Literature in the […]

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Revive! Renewal Experience This Summer for Eastern N.C. Pastors Hosted by Barton College

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WILSON, N.C. — April 22, 2021 — Barton College is pleased to announce the Revive! Renewal Experience for pastors in Eastern North Carolina this summer. This experience will be the first featured event to be offered by the newly formed Center for Vocation and Rural Ministry at Barton College, made possible through the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The Revive! Renewal Experience is meant to serve as a sabbatical experience for pastors of small congregations, rural congregations, and congregations of color in Eastern North Carolina. The experience will begin on July 24, and run through August 1. There are 12 positions available during this first cohort. “Barton College and its Center for […]

Pianist Kwan Yi

Barton College / Wilson Symphony to Present Live-Stream Concert Featuring Renowned Pianist Kwan Yi on April 25

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WILSON, N.C. — March 30, 2021 — The Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present its 2021 Spring Concert on Sunday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre. This year’s concert will feature celebrated pianist Kwan Yi performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. “With the experience gained for last semester’s live-stream concert, we are again attempting to reach a larger audience through this technology,” shared conductor Mark N. Peterson. “We are thrilled to perform with this great artist and to present this concerto, which is my personal favorite work in this genre. For this, we have enlisted the help of our new Barton colleague Miguel Elizaldi, […]

2021 Senior Exhibition Will Open With Reception On April 22

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WILSON, N.C. – March 30, 2021 —Barton College is pleased to announce the opening of the 2021 Senior Exhibition on Thursday, April 22, with an evening reception to be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building on the campus of the College. Sixteen seniors within the School of Visual, Performing, and Communications Arts will have their works or representations of their work on view in the Barton Art Galleries through May 8. Those seniors representing the Mass Communications, and Visual Arts programs include — Mass Communications Program —  Kenyon “KJ” Askew, Jr., of Colerain plans to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science […]

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Barton Welcomes Emilia Phillips for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on April 13

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WILSON, N.C. —March 30, 2021 — Barton College will welcome poet Emilia Phillips for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Tuesday, April 13. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Howard Chapel on campus. This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be limited to 50 attendees. All those attending the lecture must wear face masks and observe social distancing protocols. Phillips is the author of four poetry collections from the University of Akron Press: “Embouchure” (2021), “Empty Cup” (2018), “Groundspeed” (2016), and “Signaletics” (2013). Her four chapbooks include “Hemlock” (Diode Editions, 2019), “Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike” (Bull […]

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Theatre at Barton Presents Coop’s Homecoming April 8-10

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WILSON, N.C. — March 30, 2021 —  Theatre at Barton’s “Coop’s Homecoming,” by Barton alumnus Zachery Rayburn, has been rescheduled for Wednesday – Friday, April 8-10. The theatre performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Kennedy Family Theatre. Seating will be limited to 16 seats in the audience for each performance. All those attending must wear face masks and observe social distancing protocols. Tickets are $10 each for adults, and $5 each for student, seniors, and military. Reservations must be made online at No tickets will be sold at the door. Rayburn first debuted a staged reading of his original musical at the 2017 New Works Festival in […]

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Barton’s Dr. John K. Dogbe Awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

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WILSON, N.C. — March 18, 2021 — Barton College is pleased to announce that Dr. John K. Dogbe, associate professor of chemistry at Barton College, has been awarded a Scholar Fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Ghana to work with the University of Cape Coast and host scholar Dr. Raymond Edziah on a collaborative research project to establish a Computational Energy Band Structure Calculation Infrastructure. “Though Barton is a small college focused on student learning, among its faculty are people like John, whose scholarship and relationships extend around the globe,” notes Dr. Gary Daynes, provost, and vice president for academic affairs, student engagement and success. “The fellowship is […]

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Barton Football – March 13th! Watch Via Live-Stream Or Listen On-Air Via The Big Dawg 98.5 FM

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WILSON, N.C. — March 11, 2021 — Barton College’s football season continues with its second home game scheduled for Saturday, March 13th, at 4 p.m. when the Barton Bulldogs square off against the Wingate University Bulldogs on the Electric Supply Company Field at Truist Stadium. As we continue to follow state and federal guidance and the College’s health and safety protocols during the COVID-19 Pandemic, there will be no general admission nor season ticket holder attendance for the spring football games.  (There still will be only a very limited amount of seating that has been reserved for those on a restricted pass list.) Plan to watch the Bulldogs’ next home game via live stream at or catch […]