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 […]

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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. […]

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2016 Barton Grad Looks Back As She Looks Forward to New Student Orientation

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Four years ago, I was packing the Barton Tee Shirt I got on my campus tour into an overnight bag—excited and nervous about June Orientation. I had toured the Barton campus six months earlier, and I was scared that maybe campus wasn’t as great as I had remembered or that everyone was being nice to me because I was on tour. My mom and I drove overnight from New Jersey and were welcomed back to campus with energetic music, an even more energetic Orientation Team, and with a big hug from the student ambassador who had given me the tour!  The excitement was palpable and contagious as it moved from […]

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Barton College Announces 2016 Graduates

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WILSON, N.C. — Two hundred and thirty-seven Barton College seniors received diplomas on Sunday, May 14, during the school’s 114th annual commencement exercises. Participating in the ceremony were Barton students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2015 and May 2016, and baccalaureate candidates who expect to fulfill requirements over the summer. Master Degree Graduates and Baccalaureate Degree Graduates are listed by their hometowns; their names are followed by degrees and majors and, where applicable, honors will appear in parentheses. Baccalaureate Degree Graduates obtaining a grade point average of 3.90 or higher are graduated summa cum laude; 3.60 or higher, magna cum laude; and 3.30 or higher, cum laude. […]


114th Commencement Exercises Held Saturday at Barton College

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WILSON, N.C. — May 14, 2016 — The sun shone brightly on graduates and their families as they gathered with the Barton College community on center campus for Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 14. Two hundred and thirty-seven seniors participated in the 114th annual commencement exercises. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy presided over his first commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the graduating class. Gregg A. DeMar, chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees, presented the Board’s Approval of the Graduating Class. DeMar, a retired executive of IBM, delivered the commencement address. He served as the managing director […]

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Barton College’s 114th Commencement Scheduled for Saturday, May 14

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Photo – Faculty Marshal Ron Eggers with the Barton College Mace at Commencement WILSON, N.C. — Gregg A. DeMar, chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees, will be the featured speaker at the 114th annual commencement exercises of Barton College scheduled for Saturday, May 14, on center campus at 1:30 p.m. Wilson Gymnasium is the rain site. Dr. Douglas N. Searcy will preside over his first commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will present the 2016 Class of 237 undergraduate and graduate students. DeMar will receive the Doctor of Business degree, honoris causa, from Barton College during the commencement […]