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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 […]

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“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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Board of Trustees Chair Gregg A. DeMar Slated to Speak at Barton College’s 114th Commencement

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WILSON, N.C. — April 28, 2016 — Gregg A. DeMar will be the featured speaker at the 114th annual commencement exercises of Barton College in Wilson, scheduled for Saturday, May 14. A retired IBM business executive, DeMar has served as chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees since 2011. He has served on the College’s Board of Trustees for 21 years. “We are delighted to welcome Chair Gregg DeMar as this year’s commencement speaker,” said Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College. “As he speaks to our graduating seniors and master’s degree candidates, he will share a message that is shaped by his wealth of experience and expertise. When I first […]

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Barton College Prepares for Inauguration Week April 12-17

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WILSON, N.C. — March 31, 2016 — Barton College will mark April 15, 2016 as an historic occasion in its annals when the campus community welcomes guests from across the country for the Inauguration of President Douglas N. Searcy, Ph.D. The College announced Dr. Searcy, as its 12th President on January 9, 2015, and officially welcomed him into office on July 1, 2015. In addition to formally installing Dr. Searcy as the President, the Inauguration provides a public platform for him to announce his vision for the College. Dr. Searcy’s inauguration address is titled “A Call To Boldness” and will highlight the recently completed strategic plan for Barton College. Inauguration Week — […]

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New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Baker Kline Will Speak at Barton’s Friends of Hackney Library Event on April 12

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 – The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library will host New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline at its annual spring lecture/dinner event on Tuesday, April 12. A book signing and wine reception will be held from 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7:15 p.m. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the Barton College campus. Admission for the event is $35 per person. Admission for members of the Friends of Hackney Library and for Barton College faculty, staff, students and their spouses is $30 per person. Space is limited, and […]

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“Walking into April” Poetry Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 9

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 — Make plans to attend the annual “Walking into April Poetry Day” to be held at Barton College on Saturday, April 9, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. This year brings another distinguished group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. Featured poets for the “Walking into April” morning sessions are Diana Pinckney and David Radavich. The day will also feature Eric Weil, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets. “Walking into April” is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, and funded by the […]

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“Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, Harriet Jacobs, and William H. Singleton” Presentation To Be Held At Barton College

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 — Barton College’s Willis N. Hackney Library will welcome North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Laurel C. Sneed on Thursday, March 31, for the presentation “Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, Harriet Jacobs, and William H. Singleton.” The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the library and will be open to the public at no charge. Hear the remarkable stories of three courageous African American Tar Heels who escaped to freedom and authored slave narratives: Harriet Jacobs of Edenton, Moses Roper of Caswell County, and William H. Singleton of New Bern. From a historian’s point of view, […]