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Barton Art Galleries and the Friends of Visual Arts Welcome Curator Michael S. Williams on October 28

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WILSON, N.C. —October 15, 2021 — The Barton College Friends of Visual Arts and the Barton Art Galleries will welcome curator Michael S. Williams, Thursday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. A North Carolina native, Williams fosters community engagement through his work as a consultant and through the Black On Black Project, an organization he founded that works with artists on exhibitions and events that unpack issues affecting the community. The event will be held in the Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery at the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building on campus. Seating will be limited and advance reservations are required because of social distancing requirements, but there is no charge to […]

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Barton College to Host “Take Back The Night” Scheduled for Oct. 24

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WILSON, N.C. —October 16, 2021 — Members of the Wilson community are invited to join Barton College’s faculty, staff, and students for “Take Back The Night,” scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium. Sponsored and hosted by Barton College, “Take Back The Night” is an annual program on campus that raises awareness about domestic violence. The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is encouraged to attend. Social distancing and face masks are required inside all buildings on campus. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, and Cherie Lindsay-Chapman, executive director of the Wesley Shelter, will open the program with welcoming […]

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Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series Welcomes Dr. Andrew Stern to Discuss “Southern Harmony — Catholics and Protestants in the South” on October 26

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  WILSON, N.C. – October 15, 2021 — Barton College is pleased to welcome Dr. Andrew H. M. Stern, associate professor of religious studies at North Carolina Wesleyan College, as the featured speaker for the 2021 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The title of Dr. Stern’s lecture is “Southern Harmony — Catholics and Protestants in the South.”  The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Howard Chapel. This program is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.   Social distancing by family pods and masks are required. Attendance is limited to 50 people.  Dr. Stern received his Ph.D. […]

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Barton Art Galleries Welcomes Artist-in Residence Stacey Kirby in October

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WILSON, N.C. — October 15 — The Barton Art Galleries at Barton College welcomes Durham-based artist Stacey Kirby in October. Her exhibition, Vital Records, will be on display October 18 through November 19. Kirby is scheduled to be the Artist-In-Residence October 18 – 30. On Thursday, October 21, the Barton Art Galleries will host a reception and performance by Stacey Kirby from 5-7 p.m. Attendees will be directed into the gallery in small groups to view the installation and performance. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Social distancing and masks will be required when visiting this exhibition. To make reservations for this […]

Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, President of Barton College

2025 Barton Bold and Connected Strategic Plan: Optimistic Future of Growth and Innovation

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WILSON, N.C. — September 29, 2021 — Launched this fall, Barton College’s 2021-2025 Barton Bold and Connected Strategic Plan showcases the school’s ambitious plan for future growth and strategic direction. In the next five years, Barton will contribute toward North Carolina’s statewide “MyFutureNC” initiative of increasing degree credentialing beyond high school by 2030. Barton plans to increase undergraduate enrollment to 1,350, and substantially increase master’s degree and online programming by 2025. In addition, the College aims to be an economic driver in the workforce development efforts in the region. According to the 2020 North Carolina County Attainment Report, Wilson County is projected to have 99,203 job openings between 2017-2026. Barton is at the forefront […]

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Barton Named Among 2022 Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report

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WILSON, N.C. — September 29, 2021 — Barton College has been recognized as the highest ranked North Carolina school in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “Best Value” Schools Among Regional Colleges in the South, with its #8 ranking in this category. Among U.S. News & World Report’s  2022 “Best Undergraduate Teaching” Among Regional Colleges in the South, Barton climbed to #6 this year, and the College also jumped to #6 this year as a top performer on “Social Mobility” among Regional Colleges in the South. Barton also continues to hold a distinctive position at #14 in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s overall rankings of the Best […]

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Rural Opportunity Institute Launches New Resiliency Educational Program with NC AHEC and Barton College

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Collaboration to create the first statewide online training for students to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma and the healing practices associated with resilience skills.  WILSON, N.C. — Rural Opportunity Institute in Edgecombe County shares news of a new partnership with North Carolina Area Health Education Centers, Area L AHEC, and Barton College to launch a new virtual clinical experience addressing the impacts of ACEs and trauma on individuals and communities. In response to COVID-19, Area L AHEC and Barton College partnered to create online modules that could substitute in-person student clinical experiences. They enlisted the help of Rural Opportunity Institute and fourteen of its Certified Resilience Educators to […]

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The Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Welcomes Poet Shelby Stephenson on September 16

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WILSON, N.C. — September 6, 2021 — Barton College will welcome former North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson as the featured speaker for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Howard Chapel on campus. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Please note that all guests attending the event must wear face masks and observe social distancing protocols. Stephenson served as North Carolina Poet Laureate from 2015-2018 and has published more than 20 volumes of poetry, most recently “More” and “Shelby’s Lady: The Hog Poems.”  Earlier titles include “Possum,” winner of Brockman-Campbell Award; “Elegies […]

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Magic To Do: A Stephen Schwartz Revue on September 10

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From left to right:  Rita Bennett (seated) Jim Grant, Adam Twiss, Jamie Allen, Madeline Edwards, Sherry Lee Allen Unavailable for the photograph – Matthew Clay Raines and Hannah Slaughter WILSON, N.C. — September 1, 2021 — “Magic To Do: A Stephen Schwartz Revue” headlines the 7th annual benefit concert for the Jonathon Scott Bennett Scholarship Endowment in partnership with Barton College. The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, in the Kennedy Family Theatre at Barton College. All those attending must wear face masks and observe social distancing protocols.  The revue will include music from Stephen Schwartz’s most famous musical shows: “Pippin,” “Wicked,” “Pocahontas,” “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and “Godspell.” A […]

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Barton Art Galleries’ Fall Opening Exhibition will Focus on Fiber and Glass

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WILSON, N.C. — September 1, 2021 — Fiber and glass art will be the focus of an extraordinary exhibition of works opening the 2021 fall semester season in the Barton Art Galleries on the campus of Barton College. The “Edwina Bringle, with Jan and Richard Ritter” exhibition will provide a look at three of North Carolina’s most recognized and celebrated artists. Edwina Bringle and the Ritters live and work in Penland, where each has had a long relationship with the Penland School of Crafts. The exhibition will run from August 23 through September 30. On Thursday, September 9, the Barton Art Galleries will host a reception at 5 p.m. for […]