WILSON, N.C. — July 28, 2016 — Barton science students will reap the benefits of a recently received $150,000 grant from The Cannon Foundation. The funds will be used to enhance the Moye Science Hall facility on Barton’s campus.
“The School of Sciences is grateful to The Cannon Foundation and excited for how this grant will impact students across campus,” shared Dr. Kevin Pennington, dean of the Barton College School of Sciences. “Their generosity will expand hands-on learning experiences, and create safer and more efficient learning spaces for Barton’s students.”
This gift will significantly upgrade the Anatomy Laboratory and classroom space that serves nursing, health, and science students at Barton. Nearly 20% of Barton’s full-time faculty members teach in Moye Science Hall, and 15% of Barton’s 2015 graduation class and 35% of the 2016 graduating class earned a degree in one of the majors taught in this building. The need to expand capacity with state-of-the-art STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) facilities is a top priority for Barton’s School of Sciences.
By updating Moye Science Hall with state-of-art upgrades that focus on teaching, research, and discovery, Barton will enhance the teaching and learning experiences for both the professors and students.
Alumni from the School of Sciences are already making their marks in graduate school. Among recent graduates, Melanie O’Rourke is earning a Pharm.D. at Wingate University School of Pharmacy, Bentley Massey is nearing the completion of his M.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and Brian Riesenberg is doing groundbreaking research in the doctoral program in Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina.
“Barton science faculty are experts in helping students do scientific work,” said Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Barton College. “This gift makes it possible for even more students to have rich, hands-on science learning experiences.”