“Pray The Devil Back To Hell” Documentary Screening Scheduled For Saturday, Nov. 7 at Barton

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College’s Campus Compassion student program will present the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Howard Chapel.  This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. “This documentary chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Christian and Muslim Liberian women who come together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their country,” shared the Reverend Hollie Woodruff, chaplain of Barton College and advisor of the Campus Compassion program. Barton College purchased the rights to share this film with area church congregations as the College’s Campus Compassion program […]

Homecoming 2009 Welcomed A Record Crowd!

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The 2009 Homecoming Weekend welcomed a record 700 alumni to campus for a weekend of programs, sporting events, and activities. This is the largest Homecoming attendance in the history of the College, rivaling the College’s Centennial Celebration in 2002 with an attendance record of 750. Homecoming 2009 proved to be a weekend of celebrations that included new Barton College Athletic Hall of Famers: Allen Searson (1975), Will Flowers (1976), Teasha Murphy (1996) and Todd Bailess (1999), as well as the 2009 alumni award winners: Alumnus of the Year A.J. Walston (1958), Alumni Achievement Award winners: Bobby Bennett (1967), Steve Hart (1992), and Scott Cruikshank (1995), Young Alumnus of the Year […]

Barton Kicks Off Day of Service Early on Oct. 21

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WILSON, N.C. – With bright blue shirts scattered around the city on Wednesday, Oct. 21, one might wonder what’s going on, but no need to guess.  You will have just spotted some busy “bulldogs” from Barton College.  With over 650 participants signed up, students and professors at Barton College will set aside books and campus staff members will step away from desks for Barton’s second annual “Day of Service” on campus and in the Wilson community. Begun last year, this campus initiative supports Barton’s vision for its graduates to be “well-prepared for life and for success in their chosen careers because they will possess a lifelong commitment to learning, service, […]

Lincoln Scholar David Long To Be Featured Speaker For The BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History

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Wilson, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to welcome renowned historian and Lincoln scholar Dr. David E. Long as the featured speaker for the upcoming BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 20.  Dr. Long’s lecture is titled “Lincoln, Davis, and the Civil War: The Dahlgren Raid.”  Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall, this program is open to the public free of charge and the community is invited to attend.  Sponsors for the evening include BB&T, the Barton College Heritage Committee, the Department of History and Social Sciences at Barton College, and the Wilson County Historical Association. In the upcoming lecture, Dr. Long […]

Barton Welcomes Wilson Writers for Victor R. Small Writers Series

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Wilson, N.C. – Barton College will welcome Wilson writers Merry Simmons, a science fiction author and realtor; Willis Briley, a poet, playwright, freelance writer, film writer, director, and producer; and Lucien Stark, a novelist and educator, for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series this fall semester. The program is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus.  This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Simmons has a varied background, earning degrees in English from Southern Methodist University and then teaching English for 15 years until […]

Blessing of the Animals Service at Barton on Oct. 18

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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. 18, 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 animals, especially companion animals, to our own spiritual growth and development. […]

Barton College Sets the Bar For Campus Compassion

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WILSON, N.C. – Living in a world of 24-hour news, we are notified within moments of disasters occurring across the globe.  But with the technology of instant news, is there also a greater responsibility? Is it possible that today’s world requires us to be a people of response: coming together through a worldwide partnership to offer assistance in a multitude of forms to those affected by tragedies of natural and human catastrophes? Barton College welcomes the Reverend Amy Gopp, director of Week of Compassion, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to share an update about recent worldwide relief efforts coordinated through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The event will be held […]

Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series Features “The Role of Music in Religion in Appalachia”

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to welcome Steve and Ruth Smith as the featured guests for the 2009 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series set for Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. The Smiths’ performance and lecture, to be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, will focus on “The Role of Music in Religion in Appalachia.”  This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Steve and Ruth Smith have been playing Celtic and Appalachian music together for over 30 years. For this year’s Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series event, the duo will perform and discuss Celtic influences […]

Barton Hosts “Take Back The Night” Event on Oct. 8

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WILSON, N.C. – Members of the Wilson community are invited to join Barton College faculty, staff, and students for “Take Back The Night: Shatter the Silence, Stop the Violence,” scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8.  Co-sponsored by the Counseling Services Center at Barton College 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 Thursday evening, participants will gather at 6 p.m. at the fountain in front of Hamlin Student Center for a Candlelight Vigil.  The vigil, protesting violence in homes and in […]

The Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra Scheduled to Present “Symphony and Soul” on Oct. 8

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s fall signature dinner concert “Symphony and Soul” will open a spectacular 2009-2010 concert season on Thursday Oct. 8 with a delightful program of musical selections and food to warm the soul. Featured soloist Melvin Tunstall III will return to Wilson for an encore performance on the heels of his superb portrayal of Peter in the world premiere musical “Drift” by Jeremy Schonfeld and directed by Lauren Kennedy for the grand opening of the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus. Music director Mark N. Peterson will be conducting. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception […]