First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a course designed specifically for Barton College first-year students. It explores topics related to the intellectual and social transition from high school to college, and it is an introduction to Barton College. It includes an introduction to the concept of liberal arts education as an endeavor to develop a deeper and richer understanding of ourselves in relation to the world. The course is based on the belief that we are not truly educated unless we are able to use our knowledge to enrich ourselves and to contribute to the lives of others.

All the FYS classes are designed to help you be a successful college student. For example, all classes will work in areas such as study skills, time management, career research, and choice of a major. We will all use The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore as our summer reader. Your first FYS assignment is to read the book before classes begin in August. The summer reader will be available for purchase in the Barton College bookstore during orientation sessions in June and August.

You will meet your FYS faculty member and academic advisor when you attend orientation.

FYS Faculty

Dr. Barbara Conklin

Dr. Barbara Conklin

Dean of the School of Social Work

I’ve been at Barton College for 11 years as Dean of the School of Social Work. I love being in the classroom with students and am excited about being part of your first eight weeks at Barton. Students know me as that professor with the white Mini Cooper convertible. When I’m not on campus, you can find me in my backyard with my husband and our crazy dog Mazlo.


Ron Eggers

Dean, School of Business

I came to Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in 1978 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where I served as a graduate teaching assistant. I began my career at Barton in the Department of Psychology, where I served for eight years. Since then, I have served continuously in the School of Business. I now serve the School of Business as dean and am currently chair of the Curriculum Committee, a member of the Athletics Committee, and co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee with President Searcy as chair. In addition, I serve as assembly parliamentarian. Among students I am well known for my service as an advisor to the local chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, the student organization within the School of Business, and to the North Carolina state chapter (NCPBL) as both a director and state advisor. Believing that education should also be enjoyable, I am best known for my Case Studies in Business course, focusing on the Walt Disney Company, which includes a week-long field experience at Walt Disney World each spring. Paralleling the course, my interests lie in the areas of customer service and creating the ideal customer experience.

Melissa Goines

Melissa Goines

Assistant Professor of Allied Health and Sport Studies

I am a second year instructor and teach primarily in the School of Allied Health and Sport Studies. Athletics has been an integral part of my entire life as I have played soccer from the age of 10 through college. My biggest challenges were constant injuries, most notably an ACL injury my senior year of college, which ultimately ended my playing career. My perspective of the injury was this: Where one door closed, another one opened. My obstacle allowed me to spend a greater portion of my senior year of college focusing on my future career in athletic training and graduate school. It’s not necessarily what happens that matters, but it’s how we choose to view it.

In my free time I enjoy seeing all that North Carolina has to offer from the mountains to the beaches.

Carolyn Hornick

Carolyn Hornick

Lecturer of Education

I have been at Barton for more than 10 years and teach in the School of Education with a focus on Deaf Education. I teach American Sign Language classes as well as several other education classes at Barton. I live in the neighborhood and am a sign language interpreter in the community.

I have a passion for life and believe that each day is a gift. I strive to embrace joy as a way of life. I find pleasure through mountain biking and yoga; through reading and my book clubs; through my family, friends, and students.

I invite you to come on this journey with me. It will be the best decision you make.

Elizabeth Kiser

Dr. Elizabeth Kiser

Associate Professor of English

I have been teaching in the School of Humanities at Barton since August 2007. I teach composition, technical writing, rhetoric, and various other writing-based courses. In addition to teaching writing courses, I am also the Director of the First-Year Seminar Program. In my spare time I enjoy playing Legos and having Nerf wars with my son, tinkering in my garden, and snuggling my sweet pup, Maggie.

Jane Kolunie

Jane Kolunie

Professor of Biology

I have been a Professor of Biology for over 25 years at Barton College. I have spent most of that time teaching First-Year Seminar because I love working with new students. I enjoying helping freshmen to explore new avenues academically as well as in their career and extra-curricular activities. I pursued my doctorate in Animal Behavior because I love creatures with four legs, tails, wings, and scales. My husband Michael and I live with our precious Maltese, Bentley; our beige tabby, Lexi; and any other creatures I am rehabilitating through North Carolina Wildlife. When I am not working with students or taking care of animals, I love to sing, bake, watch movies, and go to the beach.

Gérard Lange

Gérard Lange

Associate Professor of Art and Design

Gérard Lange is an Associate Professor of Art and Design and has been at Barton College for 11 years. He has a background and experience in numerous arts media including graphic design, drawing, digital imaging, film and video, journalism, painting, photography, and sculpture. In addition to teaching art and design classes, Professor Lange teaches cultural study courses in the core curriculum.

Teresa Parker

Teresa Parker

Associate Professor of Instructional Technology

Hello, I am Teresa Parker; and I will facilitate your journey to enhance your community involvement in co-curricular activities. We will begin building your non-academic portfolio. We will discover the goals of the 40+ student organizations on campus. We will explore co-curricular initiatives different schools offer. We will participate in Day of Service and other Community Service and Service Learning projects. I have been a faculty member at Barton College for over 35 years, teaching a myriad of courses, but recently concentrating in the Information Technology area. Basically, I live in the computer lab. My undergrad and graduate degrees are in Business Education, and I have additional coursework in Educational Technology—all from East Carolina University. My telecommuting hubby sells corrugated packaging—in other words, our garage is full of boxes! Our two children have recently graduated from college. My daughter (who got married last year) works at BB&T in Wilson, and my son has his own MetLife Insurance agency. When I am not at Barton, I love going to the beach.

Richard Stewart

Richard Stewart

Assistant Professor of Communications

Rick Stewart, a 1971 graduate of Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) with a bachelor’s degree in history, earned his master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1975. He is assistant professor of journalism in the Department of Communication and Performing Arts. He worked as a sports writer for The Wilson Daily Times before joining The Greensboro Record as a general assignment reporter in 1973. After working for the Greensboro newspaper for eight years, Stewart purchased Kenly News, a weekly community newspaper in 1981. Since then he has started three other newspapers, Pine Level News, Wilson’s Mills News, and The Selma News, for which he continues as publisher. His publications have consistently been among the top award-winning community newspapers in the state through the North Carolina Press Association. He has served on the board of directors of the Press Association and has served as president and is currently secretary/treasurer of the Eastern North Carolina Press Association. He is Barton’s adviser to the Society for Collegiate Journalists, the department’s honor society. He also serves as vice president of the national SCJ organization, where he oversees the national journalism, broadcast and yearbook awards contest. He was named National Honor Adviser of the Year by the College Media Advisers in 2004 and SCJ Adviser of the Year in 2008.

Jared R. Tice

Dean of Students

As the Dean of Students, I have the privilege of working with students directly as they move through their college career outside the classroom. Next year will be my seventh at Barton College, and it will be my fifth year teaching and advising First-Year students. My passion for working with college students was born out of my undergraduate experiences at a small, liberal arts college similar to Barton, which led me to pursue an education and a career in student affairs.

I reside on campus with the College’s unofficial mascot – Winston, the friendly bulldog. When I am not working, I enjoy good food and films, cheering on the Barton Bulldogs athletic teams, and visiting family and friends in my native West Virginia.