VIDEO: Alumna Brianna Thomas Delivers Keynote Address at 2016 Convocation

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Barton College alumna Brianna Thomas ’15, Finance and Accounting Assistant for the NCAA in Indianapolis, shared her compelling story with freshmen at the 115th Opening Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. in Howard Chapel. Brianna just completed a post-graduate internship with the NCAA, headquartered in Indianapolis, that was the result of hard work during her collegiate career at Barton. She and 558 other applicants vied for the coveted positions at the NCAA headquarters. Thomas was one of only 25 chosen as NCAA post-graduate interns, and she was the only intern out of those 25 invited to serve the NCAA Administrative Services group. Brianna’s dedication and commitment as a […]

Sharyn O'Mara's "Unspoken" art exhibition at Barton

“Unspoken” Opens in the Barton Art Galleries on August 18

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WILSON, N.C. — August 17, 2016 — “Unspoken” by artist Sharyn O’Mara debuts in the Barton Art Galleries on Thursday, Aug. 18. O’Mara’s spectacular glass works exhibition will open the 2016-2017 art season on the Barton College campus. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., and the artist will provide a gallery talk at 6 p.m. O’Mara’s work has been on view across the United States abroad in a number of solo and group exhibitions as well as in several public and private collections in the United States. An artist and an educator, she currently serves as associate professor and head of the glass program for […]


NCAA’s Brianna Thomas To Share Her Story at Barton’s 115th Opening Convocation

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WILSON, N.C. — August 17, 2016 — Barton alumna Brianna Thomas, ’15, Finance and Accounting Assistant for the NCAA in Indianapolis, will share her compelling story as the featured speaker for the 115th Opening Convocation. The annual campus event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. in Howard Chapel. A distinguished 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 delighted to welcome Brianna Thomas as the featured alumni speaker for Barton’s 115th Convocation,” said Dr. Gary Daynes, provost of the college and vice president for academic affairs. “Bri […]

2016 BB&T gift to Barton

BB&T Supports Barton

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WILSON, N.C. — August 17, 2016 — The BB&T Center for Free Enterprise Education at Barton College promotes innovative opportunities for students to be engaged in and out of the classroom as they gain valuable knowledge and appreciation for an economic system that is based on free enterprise. The Center, established in 2009 through a generous grant from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, supports a lecture series, which brings nationally prominent leaders in free enterprise economics to the Barton campus each year; a student-led debate on the moral dimensions of capitalism; workshops for teachers in economics; and other opportunities that involve Barton students and the Wilson community in examining economic issues. […]


Barton Welcomes New Students To Campus

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WILSON, N.C. — August 11, 2016 — Barton College welcomed a new class of freshmen and transfers to campus on Thursday, Aug. 11, as parents, grandparents, and siblings helped students move their favorite items from home to their residence halls on campus. The Barton Student Orientation Team was on hand to assist in the move-in process as well as offer directions, advice, or just a cold bottle of water during this 90+ degree weather. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, also stopped by to welcome students and help them move in. Later, freshmen quickly found their way to New Student meetings and Student Life activities, providing welcomed opportunities […]

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Barton Announces $7.8 Million Gift To Support Student Financial Aid

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WILSON, N.C. — August 1, 2016 — Barton College is thrilled to announce the single largest gift in its history: $7.8 million from the Estate of Emerson Clarence “E.C.” Winstead. The recently received gift, earmarked for student financial aid with first preference to students from North Carolina, will support educational opportunities for Barton students in perpetuity. “I am awed and humbled by the magnitude of this gift as well as E.C. Winstead’s vision to enhance educational opportunities at Barton,” shared Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College. “I am grateful for the momentum it will provide to boldly meet the needs of our students and region.” Because 85% of Barton’s […]


The Cannon Foundation Supports Hands-On Science Education at Barton

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WILSON, N.C. — July 28, 2016 — Barton science students will reap the benefits of a recently received $150,000 grant from The Cannon Foundation. The funds will be used to enhance the Moye Science Hall facility on Barton’s campus. “The School of Sciences is grateful to The Cannon Foundation and excited for how this grant will impact students across campus,” shared Dr. Kevin Pennington, dean of the Barton College School of Sciences. “Their generosity will expand hands-on learning experiences, and create safer and more efficient learning spaces for Barton’s students.” This gift will significantly upgrade the Anatomy Laboratory and classroom space that serves nursing, health, and science students at Barton. Nearly 20% of […]

Judy Hill Nursing Program at Barton College

Major Gift to Barton Names the Judy Howard Hill Nursing Program in the School of Nursing

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WILSON, N.C. — June 21, 2016 — Barton College is pleased to announce the naming of the Judy Howard Hill Nursing Program in the School of Nursing. The official announcement was made at a special ceremony on April 14, during Barton’s Inauguration Week for President Douglas N. Searcy. This transformational gift was made by Germon Earl Hill in honor of his wife, Judy Howard Hill, ’91, and their 50th wedding anniversary on June 27, 2015. “We are grateful to Earl and Judy Hill for their generosity to Barton College,” said Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College. “Their support will greatly benefit our students and faculty within the School of Nursing. […]


Barton Leadership Initiative Celebrates First Year As it Looks Ahead To Fall 2016

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Barton Leadership Initiative The Barton Leadership Initiative (BLI) is a distinguished group of business students selected by the Barton School of Business faculty and staff for their high academic performance, professionalism, and leadership potential. The program provides specialized business soft skills training during the fall semester on such topics as professional branding, leadership and followership, business communications, and change management. The specialized fall seminars are designed to prepare students for leadership certification and corporate mentorship during the spring semester. Throughout the year, the BLI also hosts local and national executive guest lecturers. BLI Mission The mission of the Barton Leadership Initiative is to develop and empower future leaders that will […]


Barton Announces President’s List and Dean’s List for 2016 Spring Semester

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WILSON, N.C. — June 16, 2016 — Barton College named 65 students to the President’s List and 336 students to the Dean’s List for spring semester 2016. President’s List students compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average; Dean’s List students achieved a grade point average of 3.3 or better on a four-point scale. President’s List by Hometown — Andover, N.H. — Michaela Ashten Trefethen.      Angier — Louis Justin DeCarolis and Leighanne Nicole Jones.      Bailey — Kimberly Ann Hennes.      Belhaven — Stephanie Hoggard Stewart.      Benson — Latifah Graves Nixon.      Bostic — Anna Kathleen Keeter.      Boucherville, Canada — Nicolas Charles Genest.      Castalia — Mollie LeAnn Murphy. […]