We Have Arrived!

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March 5, 2015 Barton College School of Nursing has arrived in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic! Nine nursing students and I escaped the impending freezing rain threatening North Carolina to arrive in the tropical paradise of Puerto Plata. We are here for seven days during Spring Break to join in the work of Dove Missions, a private, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children in Puerto Plata. The course objectives of this international learning experience focus on the assessment of growth, nutritional intake, and health status of Dominican and Haitian children. During our time here, students will have an opportunity to view the world through a different […]

VIDEO: Second Annual Hot Dog Dash Benefits Hunger Relief

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Barton College students and employees sporting white and red t-shirts and tightly laced running shoes gathered at the Alumni Bell Tower on April 8 for the second annual Barton College / Dick’s Hot Dog Dash to benefit the April 29 meal packaging event for STOP HUNGER NOW.  Newly added to the event this year was the Weenie Walk, allowing walkers to participate with the runners. Runners and walkers assembled at the Alumni Bell Tower and, at the word “Go!”, raced to Wilson landmark Dick’s Hot Dog Stand to eat three hot dog halves with all the fixings.  Once they had devoured their meals, the racers headed back to the bell […]

A Quarter Can Change A Child’s Life

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Could you spare a quarter? One quarter equals one nourishing meal for a hungry child. Last year, Barton College, the Wilson area Rotary Clubs, and the Wilson community raised enough funds to support the packaging of 25,000 meals for children through the STOP HUNGER NOW project. For the third consecutive year, Barton College is teaming with the Wilson Rotary Club, churches, and other organizations to raise $12,500 to double last year’s goal and produce 50,000 meals during the on-campus packaging event scheduled for April 29. The honorable C. Bruce Rose, mayor of the city of Wilson, has proclaimed the month of April as STOP HUNGER NOW MONTH, and he has […]

VIDEO: Barton Students Help Those Still Suffering from Katrina

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Barton College’s Alternative Spring Break provides opportunities for service-minded students to use the week-long pause in the spring semester to help others.  This year, working through Barton’s Campus Compassion initiative, a group of Barton College students led by the Rev. Hollie Woodruff, chaplain of the College, spent the week of March 14-20 in Lake Charles, La., to aid families still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the region in August 2005.  Victoria Gonzalez, Barton’s volunteer service coordinator through AmericaCorps VISTA, accompanied the group and recorded their experiences.  Her videos are below. For more information on Barton College’s Campus Compassion or Alternative Spring Break programs, contact the Rev. […]

Barton Community Helps Hope Station

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WILSON, N.C. – As faculty and staff returned to Barton College on Monday, Aug. 17, to  prepare for the start of a new academic year, they brought more with them than the expected pencils and planners.  Packages of non-perishable food items piled up as the Barton community answered Hope Station’s call for help. Hope Station, an interfaith community agency located in Wilson, placed ads in “The Wilson Times,” asking for food donations to replenish their nearly exhausted supply.  Luann Clark, administrative assistant to the vice president for administration and finance, read the notices and was moved to respond.  Clark emailed the campus community and asked them to bring items to […]

Blessing of the Animals Service At Barton On Nov. 9

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WILSON, N.C. – Please join the Barton College community for a “Blessing of the Animals” service to be held on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m.. There is no charge, and the surrounding community is invited to attend the service. Each year, on or around the date of the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, a number of churches mark the occasion by having a service of blessing of the animals. Theologically, its purpose is to testify to the sacredness of all of creation, to celebrate its richness and variety and, more specifically, to acknowledge the importance of animals, especially companion animals, to our own spiritual growth and development. […]