Blessing of the Animals Service at Barton on October 13

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WILSON, N.C. — Furry or feathered, large or small, pets and their families are invited to join the Barton College community for a “Blessing of the Animals” service to be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. There is no charge, and the surrounding community is invited to attend the service. Each year, on or around the date of the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, a number of churches mark the occasion by having a service of blessing of the animals. Theologically, its purpose is to testify to the sacredness of all of creation, to celebrate its richness and variety and, more specifically, to acknowledge the importance of […]

Betty McCain and Vonda Darr To Be Featured In Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s “Downtown” Concert on October 11

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WILSON, N.C. — “Downtown,” Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2013-2014 season, will be presented on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street in Wilson. The concert will feature harp soloist Vonda Darr performing works by Ravel and Handel, and special guest Dr. Betty McCain, who will narrate the orchestra’s performance of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Admission to this concert is free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. The orchestra, conducted by Barton College music director Mark N. Peterson, will also perform Beethoven’s rousing “Egmont Overture.” “Bringing the orchestra to the Boykin Center in an exciting […]

Barton Welcomes Charles Price for Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series on Monday, Sept. 30

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome author Charles F. Price as the featured speaker for the annual Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series. The lecture will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7:30 p.m. The program is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Price has been a Washington lobbyist, management consultant, urban planner, and journalist. In 1995, after working for 19 years in the nation’s capital, he moved to Burnsville in the mountains of Western North Carolina to devote full time to writing. Price and his wife, Ruth, are the founders of […]

“Convergence” Invitational Group Exhibition Opens In Barton Art Galleries on Friday, Sept. 27

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton Art Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of the “Convergence,” an invitational group exhibition featuring the works of Bill Byers, David Davenport, Tom Grubb, Jo Pumphrey, and Michael Voors. The exhibition opens on Friday, Sept. 27, with a public reception from 6 – 8 p.m. and a gallery talk at 7 p.m. The event will be held in Case Art Building on the campus of Barton College. The exhibition will run through November 1. The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. The Barton Art Galleries is sponsored by the Virginia Thompson Graves Art Endowment and […]

Grubb Installs “Voyager” Sculpture on Barton’s Campus

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Time Lapse of the Installation   Raising “Voyager”   North Carolina artist Tom Grubb, assisted by Barton faculty and students, installed “Voyager,” a sculpture composed of bamboo and colored rope, on Barton College’s east campus on Sept. 19. Grubb has been a professional artist installing monumental site-specific sculptures in the United States and abroad since 1980. He was the executive director of the Fayetteville Museum of Art from 1990 through 2010, and, prior to that appointment, he was the interim director and artist-in-residence at the Museum. He funded his studies in graduate school by working on ships in the North Atlantic Ocean as a crewman and eventually as captain. His education […]

Lincoln Historian Dr. William C. Harris to Speak at Barton’s BB&T Lecture in American History

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to welcome Dr. William C. Harris, Professor Emeritus of History at North Carolina State University, as the featured speaker for the upcoming BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 24. Dr. Harris’ lecture is titled “Lincoln, The Constitution, and the Civil War.” Scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, this program is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend. This lectureship is endowed by BB&T and co-sponsored by the Barton College Heritage Committee and the Wilson County Historical Association. Harris is the author of eleven books, including […]

Barton’s Artist-in-Residence J. Chris Wilson to Hold Critiques Sessions

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College’s professor emeritus and artist-in-residence J. Chris Wilson will hold group and private critiques of paintings on Thursday and Friday, September 19 and 20, in the Barton Art Galleries. On September 19, there will be a group critique from 4-6 p.m., and each participant may bring one painting for the group to discuss. On September 20, there will be one-on-one 30-minute sessions by appointment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enrollment is limited for the Friday sessions; those interested should inquire early about reserving appointments by contacting Bonnie LoSchiavo in the Art Department at 252-399-6477 or email artgalleries@barton.edu. Each participant may bring up to four paintings for […]

“Thursday Gerontology Seminar Series” Welcomes UNC Institute on Aging’s Dr. Victor Marshall

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to welcome Dr. Victor Marshall, a senior scientist at the UNC Institute on Aging, as the featured speaker for the opening session of the “Thursday Gerontology Seminar Series” scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19. Dr. Marshall’s presentation, “Opportunities and Challenges of Increased Longevity: An Agenda for Aging, Issues, Insights, Implications, Opportunities,” will begin at 11 a.m. in the Hamlin Student Center Theater, located on the lower level of the facility. The program is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. At 2 p.m., Dr. Marshall will address the gerontology class in the Hamlin Student Center Theater, and his […]

Series of Conversations on “The United States Constitution: A 226-Year Journey to ‘Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and Our Posterity’”

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Three Events Scheduled for Sept. 12, 13, and 17 WILSON, N.C. — Barton College and the Willis N. Hackney Library is pleased to announce a Series of Conversations on “The United States Constitution: A 226-Year Journey to ‘Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and Our Posterity’” to be held Thursday, Sept. 12; Friday, Sept, 13; and Tuesday, Sept. 17. These three events are co-sponsored by the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library, the Wilson County Historical Association, and the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum of African American History. On Thursday, Sept. 12, Dr. Charles McKinney, Jr., associate professor of history and director of the African American Studies Program at […]

WITN’s Brittany Creamer to be Featured Speaker at Barton’s 112th Opening Convocation

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to announce alumna Brittany Creamer, class of 2009, as the featured speaker for the 112th Opening Convocation.  The annual campus event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, at 11 a.m. in Howard Chapel. A significant tradition at Barton College, Convocation signifies the official opening of the academic year, and provides a particularly meaningful milestone for freshmen as they are ushered into the Barton Experience. “We are thrilled to have Brittany Creamer as the speaker at our upcoming convocation,” said Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Her rapid career success is a testament to her own hard work and passion, and the […]