2009 Senior Art Exhibition Opens in Barton Art Galleries on April 4

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WILSON, N.C. – “Oculus,” the 2009 Barton College Senior Art Exhibition,  opens on Saturday evening, April 4, with a reception from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.  The exhibition will run until Friday, May 8. Art works by seniors Sarah Stoia St. Martin and Cameron Basil Gooch will be on view in the Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery. Gallery talks by the artists will be held during the reception with St. Martin and Gooch, at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively. St. Martin is the daughter of Navy Chaplain Commander […]

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 […]

Alumni Returned for Homecoming 2008

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WILSON, N.C. – Bound by ties of friendship and a profound love for their alma mater, Bulldogs from near and far returned to the campus of Barton College for Homecoming Weekend 2008 on October 24-26. (For photo slideshows of Homecoming 2008 and the Alumni Golf Tournament, click here.) Overcast skies and wet, autumn weather did not dampen the spirits of alumni and their guests as they enjoyed a weekend packed with events and activities. From class and affinity reunions to sporting events to brunches, lunches, and dinners, a bounty of activities greeted this year’s participants. Following the luncheon and tour at the Barton-Graves House, the first major event of the […]

The Wilson-Barton Partnership Honors Robert E. Kirkland, Jr.

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WILSON, NC — Honoring a local business leader and patriot, the Wilson-Barton Partnership awarded the 2008 Business Leadership Award to Robert E. Kirkland, Jr., at a reception held September 18 on the campus of Barton College. Leadership, commitment, and service all started at home for Robert E. Kirkland, Jr., known as Bobby by most.  Robert E. Kirkland, Jr., was primed for success by parents who taught him to be honest with himself and to work hard. A Wilson native, Bobby was born in 1925 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Kirkland.  He is the middle sibling of Martha Kirkland Walston and the late Dr. John Alvin Kirkland.  Bobby attended Charles […]

Barton College Named a “Best in the Southeast” by The Princeton Review

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. The New York City-based education services company selected Barton as one of 139 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section on its web site feature “2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” “We are very pleased to be recognized with this regional distinction,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “This report reflects Barton’s historic commitment to student success, and our recognition demonstrates the success of the College’s focus on a unique Barton Experience for each of its students.” Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s publisher […]

Barton College Phi Beta Lambda National Winners

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ATLANTA – Garnering awards and recognition, eight representatives from the Barton College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda attended the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, June 21-24. Receiving acclaim both collectively and individually, the members of Barton’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter once again brought honor to the College. As a group, the chapter received the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit and was recognized as an Outstanding Chapter and as a contributor to the national philanthropy, the March of Dimes. Several individuals received recognition for their accomplishments in various areas: Dawn Montoya, North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State President, coordinated state activities and […]

106th Commencement Exercises Held at Barton

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WILSON, N.C. – Blue skies and a warm breeze welcomed families of 220 graduating seniors at Barton College’s 106th annual commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18. Dr. Norval C. Kneten presided over his fifth commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Terrence L. Grimes, vice president for academic affairs, presented the graduating class. Participating in this year’s commencement ceremony were students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2007 and May 2008, as well as candidates who expect to fulfill requirements over the summer. Dr. Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges, delivered the commencement address. In his remarks, he reminded Barton’s graduating seniors of the […]

Parish Family Honored At Barton Founder’s Day Celebration

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WILSON, N.C. – Beautiful weather coupled with time-honored traditions appropriately ushered in Barton College’s annual May 1 Founder’s Day celebration this year. The campus was brimming with guests who joined the campus community to honor the William W. Parish family from Wendell. The Parish family includes Aileen and Bill Parish of Wendell; Patricia Parish of Raleigh (known as Tricia) and her children: Casey and Alex Ward; and Phyllis Parish Howard of Raleigh, her husband Seab, and their daughter Gabrielle. Each year at Founder’s Day, Barton College honors a family who has made significant contributions to the life of the institution. Longtime supporters of Barton College and the Christian Church (Disciples […]

Dr. Richard Ekman to Speak at Barton’s 106th Commencement

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Exercises Scheduled for Sunday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m. WILSON, N.C. – Some 220 seniors will participate in the 106th annual commencement exercises of Barton College, scheduled for Sunday, May 18 on center campus at 1:30 p.m. Wilson Gymnasium is the rain site. Dr. Norval C. Kneten will preside over his fifth commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Terrence L. Grimes, vice president for academic affairs, will present the graduating class. Dr. Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges, will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Ekman has served in this national leadership role since 2000. He previously served as Vice President for Programs of Atlantic Philanthropies […]

Barton College Students Among Phi Beta Lambda

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Wilson, N.C. – Barton College’s Dawn Montoya, a junior from Wilson, was elected State President at the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda 54th Annual State Leadership Conference held last weekend in Raleigh. Paola Marte, a junior from the Dominican Republic, received first-place honors in Financial Analysis and Decision Making, and the chapter’s Local Chapter Annual Business Report also garnered first place honors for the Barton delegation. Nine Gamma Gamma chapter members of Phi Beta Lambda at Barton College participated in the weekend’s competitive events and attended general sessions, regional meetings, and leadership seminars. Approximately 300 delegates representing 22 chapters across the state attended. First-place and second-place winners earned the right […]