Barton Trustee Garnett Whitehurst To Endow College’s Honors Program

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WILSON, N.C. — April 27, 2015 — Barton College is pleased to announce the establishment of the Whitehurst Family Honors Program, endowed through a substantial gift by Barton trustee Garnett B. Whitehurst, Ph.D., of New Bern. The official announcement was made at the College’s Spring Board of Trustees Meeting held this past Saturday, April 25. With this commitment to Barton College, Dr. Whitehurst has joined another faculty member and other trustees who will be recognized at the Founders’ Society level of giving. This endowment gift follows an earlier endowment made by Dr. Whitehurst to support a scholarship in the School of Sciences. He also has generously provided funding for equipment and […]

Barton FOVA Series to Focus on Wilson’s Evolving N.C. Landscape Series on April 23

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WILSON, N.C. — April 13, 2015 — Barton College’s artist-in-residence and North Carolina landscape artist J. Chris Wilson will present an illustrated lecture on the continuing landscape series that has been developed over the past 10 years on Thursday, April 23. As part of the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts (FOVA) Art Seminar Series, the lecture will be held in the Barton Art Galleries on the campus of Barton College from 4 to 5  p.m. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. The lecture is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. This lecture will be the final presentation in Wilson’s series as […]

2015 Creative Writing Symposium at Barton College on April 20

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WILSON, N.C. – March 30, 2015 — The 19th annual Barton College Creative Writing Symposium, featuring several Barton and Atlantic Christian College alumni authors, will be held on Monday, April 20, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. The symposium will include afternoon discussions and an evening reading with alumni Charles Blackburn, Michael Brantley, David McGehee, Brandon Sneed, and India Staten. There is no charge for the event, and the public is invited to attend. The symposium will open at 3 p.m. with the hour-long discussion “The Path to Publication: A Conversation with Alumni Writers,” providing a retrospective glance at the publication journeys of these gifted alumni. Following the […]

FOVA Art Lunch and Lecture Series on March 26 Features N.C. Connection

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Barton’s FOVA Lunch and Lecture Series Will Focus on History of Painting in N.C., Collecting N.C. Art, and Composition and Design for the Artist and Collector WILSON, N.C. — March 18, 2015 — Barton College’s artist-in-residence and North Carolina landscape artist J. Chris Wilson will present a three-part illustrated lecture on Thursday, March 26, as part of the Barton College Friends of Visual Arts (FOVA) Lunch and Lecture Series. The three lecture topics will include “A History of Painting in North Carolina,” “Collecting North Carolina Art,” and “Composition and Design for the Artist and the Collector.” The lectures will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on […]

Art Installation by Barton’s Susan Fecho on Display at SPC Mechanical

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WILSON, N.C. – March 18, 2015 — No stranger to unique artistic materials, Susan Fecho has added HVAC and plumbing supplies to her long list of media utilized in the creative process. The Department of Art and Design chair at Barton College recently completed an exhibit commissioned by SPC Mechanical in Wilson. Established in 1965 as Southern Piping Company by Buren Williford, who now serves as chairman of the board, the family enterprise has grown in size and stature to become one of the leading mechanical contractors in North Carolina. As part of celebrations marking 50 years in business, Southern Piping updated its name to SPC Mechanical in 2015. President […]

Twelfth Annual Caregiver Education Conference Scheduled at Barton College on March 10

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The deadline for advance registration is Tuesday, March 3. To guarantee a seat, pre-registration is highly recommended. Same-day registration will be on a space-available basis. WILSON, N.C. — February 20, 2015 — The twelfth annual Caregiver Education Conference “Shining a Light on Dementia” will be held on Tuesday, March 10, in the Hamlin Student Center on the campus of Barton College in Wilson. The Gerontology Program of Barton College, Alzheimers North Carolina, the Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Support Program, and Joseph D. Russell, M.D., have teamed up to sponsor this annual conference again. New this year will be an option to participate in the Virtual […]

Join J. Chris Wilson for An Art and Decorative Arts Appraisal Day on November 6

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WILSON, N.C. —The Barton Art Galleries will host an “Art and Decorative Arts Appraisal Day” with artist-in-residence and North Carolina landscape artist J. Chris Wilson on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event will be held in Case Art Building on the Barton campus and is open to the public at no charge. The community is invited to participate. Wilson has participated in appraisal panels with national experts in the past and has a broad background in art and the decorative arts. “This is a continuation of community service that I have provided to the region for many years, mainly through referrals from the regional arts […]

Wilson/Barton Think Tank Welcomes National and Regional Economic Leaders to Discuss Future Trends on October 24

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WILSON, N.C. — On Friday morning, Oct. 24, the Wilson/Barton Think Tank: Foundational Policy Research for the Future will convene on the campus of Barton College to introduce the new organization and to present its inaugural panel discussion for leaders in the Wilson community, focusing on the question “Will Wilson’s economy flourish in the future?” The distinguished presenters will include Enrico Moretti, author of “The New Geography of Jobs” and professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He will describe what communities will need to be successful in the future. Joining Moretti will be Ted Abernathy, managing partner of Economic Leadership, LLC, who will discuss the Southeast and […]

Barton Professor James A. Clark Named to Regional Leadership Role

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WILSON, N.C. – Dr. James A. Clark, Elizabeth H. Jordan Chair of Southern Literature and professor of English at Barton College, was appointed 1st Vice President of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) for 2014. His leadership with SAMLA will continue in 2015 when he assumes the presidency for the professional organization. SAMLA is an organization of teachers, scholars, and graduate students dedicated to the advancement of literary and linguistic scholarship and teaching in the modern languages, and is one of the largest regional affiliates of the Modern Language Association of America, also known as the MLA. Founded in 1928, SAMLA is headquartered at Georgia State University in Atlanta, with […]

“Business as Usual” at Barton Means Thinking Outside the Box

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“Projects like this make us stand out among our peers,” says recent graduate Holly Lafond. “New college graduates face a lot of competition, and when employers look for those candidates with a business education and business experience, they can look right at us.” How do you measure the worth of a business degree? Is its value based on the topics that students study? On who teaches those students? On what they do in and out of the classroom? At Barton College, our School of Business provides all of these opportunities and so much more. Through their experiences here, our students truly realize the lasting significance a Barton business degree makes, […]