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 […]

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 […]

Barton College Inducted 20 Students Into Alpha Chi Honor Society This Spring

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WILSON, N.C. —May 9, 2018 — Barton College’s North Carolina Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society recently welcomed 20 new members into the fold during the spring 2018 induction ceremony. Students with a grade point average of 3.5 or better in the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes are eligible for induction. The minimum grade point average for this induction class was 3.65. Alpha Chi is a coeducational society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. Its name derives from the initial letters of the Greek words meaning truth […]

Barton Students Held High Profile at Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

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WILSON, N.C. — April 30, 2018 — Barton College was well represented at the 64th annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda (NC PBL) State Leadership Conference held April 5-8 in Charlotte. Sixteen Barton chapter members participated in a variety of competitive events and attended general sessions, regional meetings, and leadership seminars. Approximately 300 delegates, representing 25 chapters, attended the annual conference. First-place, second-place, and third-place winners at the state conference earn the right to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference to be held in Baltimore, Md., in June. Luke Miller, a MBA student from Zebulon, concluded his year as the N.C. Phi Beta […]

Academic Excellence at Barton Reflected in Nursing Pass Rates

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WILSON, N.C. — April 24, 2018 — Academic excellence in the Barton classroom is reflected in this semester’s published pass rates for the School of Nursing. The Barton College School of Nursing’s 2017 graduating class passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) with ninety-five (95) percent of its graduates successfully completing the NCLEX on their first administration of the exam, and remaining graduates passing the exam by February. Barton nursing graduates, with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees and NCLEX-RN licensure in-hand are highly sought after in regionally and nationally recognized medical facilities and graduate schools. One hundred percent of this past graduating class was employed […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony To Feature Eric Mazonson on April 29

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WILSON, N.C. — March 28, 2018 — Acclaimed pianist Eric Mazonson will join the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra for its Spring Concert on Sunday, April 29. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. Mark N. Peterson, director of music at Barton College, will be conducting. Mazonson will be performing two Mendelssohn concert pieces for piano and orchestra: the Serenade and Allegro op. 43 and the Capriccio Brillant op. 22. “It will be great to feature my longtime friend, Eric, again at Barton,” said music director Mark Peterson. “He has played twice for the Love the Symphony concerts, and, now, we get the chance perform classic […]