Anita Brown-Graham Slated to Speak at Barton’s 112th Commencement on Sunday, May 11

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WILSON, N.C. — Anita Brown-Graham, Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues, will be the speaker at the 112th annual commencement exercises of Barton College in Wilson, N.C., scheduled for Sunday, May 11. “It is indeed a pleasure to welcome Anita Brown-Graham as Barton’s speaker for this spring’s commencement exercises,” shared Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “I first met Ms. Brown-Graham in 2007 when the Wilson community began the task of establishing the Wilson 20/20 Community Vision. When the UNC School of Government was chosen to support this planning effort, it quickly became evident that her breadth and depth of experience would be extremely instrumental in helping us […]

“Unhinged” 2014 Senior Art Exhibition Opens at Barton College

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WILSON, N.C. –The Barton Art Galleries at Barton College is pleased to announce the opening of “Unhinged,” the 2014 Senior Art Exhibition. The exhibition will be on view in Case Art Building from April 19 through May 6. Gallery Talks by the student artists will be held on Tuesday, April 22, beginning 4 p.m., in the Barton Art Galleries. On Saturday evening, April 26, the student artists will be recognized with a reception from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries. Both events will be open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Guests will enjoy a variety of works on […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony To Feature Acclaimed Pianist Thomas Pandolfi on Sunday, April 27

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony welcomes to the Barton stage internationally acclaimed concert pianist Thomas Pandolfi, who will perform Edvard Grieg’s spactacular “Piano Concerto in A minor.” The orchestra under the direction of Barton’s Mark N. Peterson will also present Jean Sibelius’ exciting masterpiece “Finlandia” and the tuneful “English Folksong Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Admission for the spring orchestra performance will be $10 at the door or by season ticket. All students within the community will be admitted free of […]

N.C. Landscape Artist J. Chris Wilson Presents “From Murphy to Manteo—An Artist’s Scenic Journey” on April 24

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome professor emeritus and artist-in-residence J. Chris Wilson for an illustrated presentation on his series ”From Murphy to Manteo—An Artist’s Scenic Journey,” on Thursday, April 24, in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building on campus. The presentation will begin at 4 p.m. followed by a reception for guests beginning at 5 p.m. There is no charge for the event, and the community is invited to attend. Wilson’s landscape paintings from the series are the first paintings chosen to be exhibited in the House Chamber of the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh. Wilson’s presentation will include his sharing the story of how […]

President Norval C. Kneten Announces June 2015 Retirement

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WILSON, N.C. — Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College, announced in a Noon webcast to the campus and extended college communities that he will retire in June 2015. His decision, some months in the making, was made with his usual deliberate and strategic consideration for the future of Barton College. In the webcast, Dr. Kneten addressed the timing of his decision, as he shared, “I have learned that there is no end to the work of a president, no natural place where one can declare victory and close the book. This moment in the history of the College is a moment in which there are a multitude of projects […]

Barton Increases Graduate Study Offerings In Fall 2014

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College has its foot firmly planted in the academic arena of graduate studies with its addition of two new master degree programs, complementing the already well established Master of Education degree in Elementary Education. The College is pleased to announce the fall semester launch of a Master of School of Administration degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree in the School of Education and School of Nursing, respectively. “We are particularly excited to expand our graduate degree offerings as Barton College continues to move forward in educating leaders for the 21st century,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “These programs will produce […]

Theatre at Barton Presents “Two by Two” April 10, 12 and 13

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WILSON, N.C. – Imagine a crotchety, comfortable 600-year-old Noah being informed that he was going to have to build an ark, larger than anything ever conceived of, as a means of saving the human race … not to mention all land animals. Then imagine Noah springing that on his very average, dysfunctional family. This is where our story begins. Theatre at Barton is excited to present “Two by Two,” a heartwarmingly hilarious musical adaptation of Clifford Odets’ “The Flowering Peach,” opening Thursday, April 10, at 8 p.m., in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the campus of Barton College in Wilson. Additional performances will be held on Saturday […]

“Walking into April” Poetry Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 12

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WILSON, N.C. — Make plans to attend the annual “Walking into April Poetry Day” to be held at Barton College on Saturday, April 12. This year brings another distinguished group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. “Walking into April” is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, and funded by the late Marie Gilbert. Featured poets for the “Walking into April” morning sessions are Malaika King Albrecht and Daniel Nathan Terry. The day will also feature Lavonne Adams, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets. The program is open to the […]

2014 Creative Writing Symposium at Barton College on Monday, April 7

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WILSON, N.C. – The 18th annual Barton College Creative Writing Symposium, featuring author Lee Zacharias, will be held on Monday, April 7. The symposium will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. There is no charge for the event, and the public is invited to attend. Zacharias is the author of two novels, “Lessons” and “At Random,” a collection of short stories, “Helping Muriel Make It Through the Night,” and a collection of personal essays, “The Only Sounds We Make,” scheduled for publication by Hub City Press this spring. Her nonfiction has appeared in such journals as “The Southern Review,” “Shenandoah,” “The Gettysburg Review,” the “North Carolina […]

Barton Students Trek To New York For An Alternative Spring Break Experience

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Barton Students Experience New York From A Different Perspective Billions of dollars are spent on entertainment, shopping, and food each year in New York City, arguably the most recognized city of the world. During the week of March 2 – 8, six students and two staff members from Barton College: Courtney Bennett, Chelsea Hassell, Kathi Shaner, Mary Taylor, Haley Todaro, Kevin Toth, Chaplain Jamie Eubanks and Campus Health Nurse Dianne Stallings, set out to experience New York, but their agenda did not include the obvious tourist spots. Instead, they chose to see NYC through the eyes of those whose life decisions are much harder than choosing what play to see […]