Barton Hosts The Scholastic Art Awards For Eastern/Central N.C. Region

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WILSON, N.C. — January 27, 2015 — Barton College will welcome students from across the state to celebrate their creativity at the annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1. This marks the 37th year that Barton College has served as host and regional sponsor for the National Scholastic Art Awards for the Eastern/Central North Carolina Region. The featured speaker for the awards ceremony is Susan W. Kluttz, secretary of cultural resources for the state of North Carolina. Following a reception for Gold Key and Silver Key awardees and their families in Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton campus at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, there will be an awards […]

Barton College Invites Local Citizens to Discuss Topics on Race and Diversity on Jan. 26

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WILSON, N.C. — January 16, 2015 — Barton College will host an evening of discussion focused on race and diversity on Monday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall. The Barton College Minority Student Association, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Hackney Library have teamed up to host this campus and community panel discussion, titled “The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement: A Series of Conversations on Moving Forward.” This event is open to the public at no charge, and members of the community are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. Although there is no single objective, one of the goals of this public forum is […]

Barton College and Edgecombe Community College Partner on Transfer Agreement

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College and Edgecombe Community College are pleased to announce a partnership through the establishment of a new articulation agreement. The purpose of this newly established articulation agreement is to promote a seamless pathway for qualified transfer students from Edgecombe to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Barton. “Barton College welcomes this opportunity to partner with Edgecombe Community College through this new articulation agreement,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “This collaboration will provide a host of academic opportunities for students regionally as they complete their associate’s degrees at Edgecombe and plan to further their education at Barton to complete baccalaureate and graduate degrees. And, […]

Barton College Names New President

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WILSON, N.C. — Douglas N. Searcy, Ph.D., was announced as the 12th president of Barton College on Friday, January 9, 2015. Dr. Searcy was elected by the Barton College Board of Trustees during a called executive session on Thursday, December 18, 2014.  A search committee composed of trustees and representatives of the faculty, staff, and students recommended Dr. Searcy to the Board of Trustees at the conclusion of an extensive national search.  Dr. Searcy is currently Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., where he is regarded as a decisive leader, skillful collaborator, and strategic visionary. Gregg A. DeMar, chair of the Barton College […]

Barton Students Prepare Christmas Gifts for Children in Need

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WILSON, N.C. – The Christmas Spirit is strong at Barton College. Students, along with faculty, staff, and others across the campus and Wilson communities, came together to gather items and prepare gift boxes just in time for the holidays. The efforts are all a part of Barton’s support for Operation Christmas Child. Dozens of First-Year Seminar (FYS) students crowded Kennedy Family Theatre before Thanksgiving break. Eleven FYS classes packaged nearly 200 gift boxes full of special items both purchased and collected. Barton’s Office of Admissions, the Student Government Association, and others donated items for each box. “FYS classes gathered items for boys and girls in three different age groups,” explained Dr. […]

Barton College Ushers In The 2014 Christmas Season

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WILSON, N.C. — The Lighting of the Luminaries and the Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols, long-standing traditions for the Barton College community, will usher in the 2014 Christmas season on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The College family invites the surrounding community to join them for this festive celebration of events on campus. 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 4 p.m., students will begin lighting 2,500 luminaries across 32 acres of the main campus, and at 6 p.m., […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony’s Fall Concert to Feature Guest Soloists

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony will present its annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. in Barton College’s Kennedy Family Theatre. The orchestra, conducted by music director Mark N. Peterson, will feature two gifted soloists performing two beloved baroque concertos. Noted pianist Jeremy Thompson returns to Barton for his third appearance with the orchestra, this time playing the profound “Concerto in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra” BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Also featured will be Greenville resident guitarist John Porter playing Vivaldi’s delightful “Concerto in D for Guitar and Orchestra” RV 93. The orchestra will also present Mozart’s celebrated Serenade “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” […]

War and Baseball Take Center Stage for Original Theatre Production at Barton College on Nov. 13-16

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WILSON, N.C. – Imagine for a moment that something as simple as the game of baseball could become a cure for conflict. While that notion might seem a bit far-fetched to many, baseball plays a big role in helping bridge the gap between divergent cultures in world wars, and right here at home. That notion is explored in “Hangar Flying: Reflections on War and Baseball,” a new and original play adapted by Theatre at Barton from the historical novel by associate professor of art at Barton, Gérard Carl Lange. This production, directed by Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton, opens to the public on Thursday, Nov. 13, in Kennedy […]

Barton Welcomes Phillip Gardner for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Nov. 10

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College will welcome Phillip Gardner for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday. Nov. 10. The lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend. No stranger to the arts and entertainment, Gardner has enjoyed much success in books and stories, screenplays, and music. The Goldsboro native began his career as a musician, touring the American Southeast playing Top-40 tracks. In the late 1970s, Gardner and his brother, Michael, began collaborating as songwriters for North Carolina-based hard rock band PKM. PKM […]

Join J. Chris Wilson for An Art and Decorative Arts Appraisal Day on November 6

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WILSON, N.C. —The Barton Art Galleries will host an “Art and Decorative Arts Appraisal Day” with artist-in-residence and North Carolina landscape artist J. Chris Wilson on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event will be held in Case Art Building on the Barton campus and is open to the public at no charge. The community is invited to participate. Wilson has participated in appraisal panels with national experts in the past and has a broad background in art and the decorative arts. “This is a continuation of community service that I have provided to the region for many years, mainly through referrals from the regional arts […]