Blessing of the Animals Service at Barton College on Sunday, Oct. 16

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WILSON, N.C. — Please join the Barton College community for a “Blessing of the Animals” service to be held on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 4 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 animals, especially companion animals, to our own spiritual growth and development. The […]

Novelist Tim Dorsey’s Visit To Barton Coincides With Release of New Book on Oct. 25

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WILSON, N.C. — Get a peek into the wacky world of deadly yet endearing psychotic serial killers, frenetic Florida road trips, and meet the various and sundry oddball characters created by novelist Tim Dorsey. On the day of his newest book’s release Dorsey will be the featured speaker at the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library fall dinner scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25. The evening’s festivities, to be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, will begin with a book signing and wine reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner event are $35 per person, with reservations accepted through Oct. 21. Members […]

Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra presents “Symphony and Soul” on October 13th

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WILSON, N.C. – “Symphony and Soul,” the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s signature fall dinner and concert, will open a spectacular 2011-2012 concert season on Thursday, Oct. 13.  With the promise of a delightful program of music and food to warm the soul, the concert will feature three outstanding soloists drawn from the orchestra’s own roster. Ryan Isaac Robinson, longtime principal trombonist with the orchestra, will play Ferdinand David’s classic “Trombone Concertino.”  Principal flutist Allison Mossey and harpist Vonda Darr will perform Mozart’s scintillating “Concerto for Flute and Harp.” Under the direction of music director Mark N. Peterson, the orchestra will also perform Mussorgsky’s dynamic “A Night on Bald Mountain” and […]

Dr. Jim Clark Moderates Poetry Workshop

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WILSON, NC – The Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming and the North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) present “The Voice of Nature” poetry-writing workshop moderated by Dr. Jim Clark, chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages and Elizabeth H. Jordan Chair of Southern Literature at Barton College.  The workshop will be held on October 15, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on the Barton College campus. The event is free, but attendance is limited to 15 participants.  Participation in the event includes a critique of each participants’ single one-page poem (preferably nature themed).  In addition, brown-bag lunches and beverages will […]

“Take Back The Night” Scheduled at Barton College on Tuesday, Oct. 4

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WILSON, N.C. — Members of the Wilson community are invited to join Barton College’s faculty, staff, and students for “Take Back The Night: Shatter the Silence, Stop the Violence,” scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4. Co-sponsored by Barton College Student Health Services and the Wesley Shelter of Wilson, “Take Back The Night” is an annual program that raises awareness about domestic violence. The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is encouraged to attend. On Tuesday evening, participants will gather at 6:15 p.m. at the fountain in front of Hamlin Student Center for a Candlelight Vigil. The vigil, protesting violence in homes and in schools, will […]

“Marginalia, Mischief, and the Ornamented Book” to be held at Barton on Sept. 18

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WILSON, N.C. — “Marginalia, Mischief, and the Ornamented Book” is the theme for the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts’ fall lecture planned for Sunday, Sept. 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The afternoon event will begin with a reception at 3:30 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building, followed by the lecture at 4 p.m. in the Willis N. Hackney Library. The Friends of Visual Arts will welcome artist Lisa Beth Robinson to share her insights regarding the ornamented book, such as Barton College’s collection of fore-edge painted books with scenes painted on the edges. This program is open to the public free of charge, […]

Shelby Stephenson Scheduled for Boone Southern Authors Series on Sept. 14

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome poet Shelby Stephenson as the featured speaker for the annual Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 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. Stephenson grew up on a small farm near Benson, in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. “Most of my poems come out of that background where memory and imagination play on one another,” he shared. “I have written many poems about the mules we worked until I was in the […]

Scott Cruikshank to be Featured Speaker at Barton College’s 110th Opening Convocation

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to announce Scott C. Cruikshank, class of 1995, as the featured speaker for the 110th Opening Convocation.  The annual campus event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, at 11 a.m. in Howard Chapel. Cruikshank serves as vice president of Alliances for the Americas for Dimension Data, a specialist IT services and solution provider that helps clients plan, build, support, and manage their IT infrastructures. Based out of the company’s Raleigh-Durham office, he oversaw the creation of the new Alliance organization and is now responsible for leveraging and expanding partnerships of major manufacturers. Cruikshank has more than 12 years of experience in technology sales. He […]

Il Libro: The Art of the Book Exhibition Opens On August 22

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton Art Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of the “Il Libro: The Art of the Book” exhibition on Monday, Aug. 22, with a public reception on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in Case Art Building on the Barton College campus in Wilson. The exhibition will run through September 24. This event is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. The exhibition, organized by Barton professors Susan Fecho and Gerard Lange, include the work of nationally and internationally recognized artists and book presses: Cara Barer, Gwen Diehn, Andy Farkas (Fablewood), Susan Fecho, April Flanders, […]

Terrence L. Grimes to Speak at Barton’s Master of Education Commencement Exercises

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WILSON, N.C. —Dr. Terrence L. Grimes will be the featured speaker at the inaugural Master of Education commencement exercises of Barton College scheduled for Friday evening, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall. Dr. Norval C. Kneten will preside over the commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Jackie Ennis, dean of the School of Education, will present the first graduating cohort of 22 teacher-scholars who will be awarded the Master of Education degree with a specialization in Elementary Education. The Master of Education degree candidates include: Nicole F. Allen of Rocky Mount, Kimberlé E. J. Aycock of Fremont, Magan Jenkins Bissette of Nashville, Kari Michelle Colonna […]