Barton College Ushers In the Christmas Season on Dec. 1

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WILSON, N.C. – The Lighting of the Luminaries, a long-standing tradition for the Barton College community, will usher in the Christmas season on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The College family invites the surrounding community to join them for this festive celebration. The celebration will begin with a festive candlelight dinner served in the Hamlin Student Center Dining Hall at 5 p.m.  Cost for the meal is $6 for adults and $3 for children and students not on the meal plan. At 5 p.m., students will begin lighting over 1,700 luminaries across 32 acres of the main campus, and at 6 p.m., students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College, and […]

Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Pianist Boaz Sharon

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WILSON, N.C. – Internationally renowned concert pianist, educator, and recording artist Boaz Sharon will perform Beethoven’s first piano concerto as guest soloist with the Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra, as members make their debut performance in the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre. The annual Fall Concert is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. The orchestra will also perform Haydn’s symphony no. 100, the “Military Symphony,” so titled because of Haydn’s unusual use of wind and percussion instruments. “We are so excited about presenting this concert with such a dynamic soloist in our wonderful new performing venue,” shared conductor Mark N. Peterson. “The acoustics, sight lines […]

Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting For Godot” Arrives on the Barton Stage Thursday, Nov. 12

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WILSON, N.C. – On Thursday, Nov. 12, the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College will open its doors for the theatre’s inaugural student production, “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett.  Evening performances will be held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. “Samuel Beckett’s complex and magnificent ‘Waiting for Godot’ is a challenging work that has been called “the greatest play of the 20th century,” and is by all accounts a modern classic,” shared Adam Twiss, director of Theatre of Barton. Twiss explained that Beckett lived, worked, and wrote in France and Ireland during both world […]

North Carolina Landscapes Featured In Painting Exhibition

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton Art Galleries will host the work of acclaimed painter J. Chris Wilson in an exhibition titled “From Murphy to Manteo-An Artist’s Scenic Journey.” Although a native of Georgia, Wilson has resided in North Carolina since the early 1970s and brings to the audience a serene visage of natural wonder found in the state. “From Murphy to Manteo-An Artist’s Scenic Journey” will be on display from November 8 to December 9. The opening reception is Sunday, Nov. 8, from 2 – 4 p.m. This event is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. J. Chris Wilson will present a lecture […]

“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 […]

Wilson to Present Lecture on Legendary Artist Hobson Pittman

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College Friends of Visual Arts and the Barton Art Galleries will welcome J. Chris Wilson, artist and art professor at Barton College, to lecture on the legendary North Carolina native Hobson Pittman and his paintings on Tuesday, Oct.20, at 2 p.m. The event will be held in the Lula E. Rackley Gallery in the Case Art Building on campus. The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is encouraged to attend. Originally by invitation only for the Friends of Visual Arts, this program has been opened to the general public because of increased interest in the “Hobson Pittman: At Home […]

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 […]