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“Focal Day” for Barton College’s 17th Annual Days of Scholarship and Engagement Scheduled for April 16

WILSON, N.C. — April 10, 2024 — Barton College is excited to welcome the greater Wilson community to join the campus for “Focal Day,” during the 17th Annual Barton College Days of Scholarship and Engagement, on Tuesday, April 16. The theme for the week is “Sharing the Light of Student and Faculty Scholarship,” and, this year, the week-long event (April 15-19) is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Michael Fukuchi.  An abbreviated schedule for the full week is noted below, and the full schedule with details of all the presentations is available at https://tinyurl.com/zrzcaasz.

This annual Barton College event celebrates scholarship on campus as students and faculty across the disciplines present a wide variety of impressive research and creative works completed during this academic year.

The “Focal Day” on Tuesday will begin at 9 a.m. with a plenary session in Hardy Alumni Hall, featuring keynote speaker, Shannon Baker, Class of 2021, who will discuss “Sharing the Light: Walking in Scholarship.”  Additional highlights in the morning will include an opportunity to meet students in Hackney Library for the Poster Session from 10:30 a.m. – Noon, where they will be prepared to discuss their research (summarized in poster presentations on view), as well as the Gallery Crawl from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m., where guests may visit the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building to see additional creative works by Barton students.

Baker will perform with her band, “Shannon Baker and Sometime Soon” during the lunch hour on center campus. This promises to be a special treat for all in attendance.

The afternoon provides more opportunities to hear research presentations from students and faculty that will cover a wide variety of topics and interests. These 50-minute sessions will be held in Nixon Nursing Building and in Moye Science Hall from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. An extensive list of sessions and topics are noted in detail in the full schedule of events at https://tinyurl.com/zrzcaasz. The Edible Book Reception in Hackney Library at 4:15 p.m. will bring the day’s events to a close.

About the Keynote Speaker — 

Shannon Baker graduated from Wilson Early College in 2019, and she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in journalism at Barton College in 2021. She was employed as a radio personality for 98.5,“The Big Dawg,” in Rocky Mount for the following year and a half. In late 2022, she became a digital reporter for WNCT Channel 9. She has been the lead singer for the band, “Shannon Baker and Sometime Soon” for approximately eight years. Her passions in music focus on country and bluegrass. The band now travels up and down the East Coast, playing at festivals and venues. In the summer of 2021, they made their debut in Nashville, Tenn., at the world-famous Station Inn.


17th Annual Days of Scholarship and Engagement

📅 Monday, April 15:

12:30 p.m. |  Honors Lecture Series on “Not Death, but Eternal Life” with Dr. Murali Ranganathan, Hackney Library Commons.

Afternoon | “Bulldogs Abroad” interactive display opens in Hackney Library Art Gallery.

7:00 p.m. | Beats & Eats featuring creative works of English students in the Culinary Center.

📅 Tuesday, April 16:

9:00 a.m. | Plenary Session featuring Shannon Baker, Hardy Alumni Hall.

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Poster Session and Gallery Crawl showcasing undergraduate and art student works in Hackney Library and Case Art Building.

11:00 a.m. |  Dr. Michael Fukuchi’s Art Collection viewing in Case Art Building.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Concert & Lunch on Center Campus. Join us for lunch provided by AVI Fresh and a country & bluegrass concert with Shannon Baker & Sometime Soon.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. |  Presentation Sessions in Nixon Nursing and Moye Science Buildings.

4:15 p.m. |  Edible Book Contest & Reception in Hackney Library.

📅 Wednesday, April 17:

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Blood Drive in Hardy Alumni Hall.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Health & Wellness Fair on Center Campus.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Graduate Student Presentations in Merck Lab in Belk Hall.


📅 Thursday, April 18:

7:00 p.m. | Spring Choir Concert in Kennedy Family Theatre.


📅 Friday, April 19:

11:30 a.m. |  Radiant Futures: Perspectives on Success in Physical Therapy Graduate School (Online Discussion).

7:30 p.m. |  Student Produced Works & The Spoken Word in Kennedy Family Theatre.

Don’t miss out on these exciting highlights and more at the 17th Annual Days of Scholarship & Engagement! Mark your calendars and join us for a week of academic excellence and community celebration.

View the full Days of Scholarship and Engagement program here: https://tinyurl.com/zrzcaasz