Barton Continues to Move Up in College Rankings

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton has once again been named among the 2016 Best Colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review in their web site listing of 2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region. Barton also held its top tier listing in the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Regional Colleges in the South, moving up three positions this year to #22. Barton’s rise in rank to #22 (tied with Blue Mountain College in Mississippi) is even more impressive when it’s compared to Barton’s 2011 top-tier Best Regional Colleges in the South ranking at #42, a 20-position jump in just five years. The “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” identifies […]


“The Rocky Horror Show” Returns to Barton Stage for Encore Performances

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WILSON, N.C. — If you missed it earlier this year, have no fear; “The Rocky Horror Show” is coming back to Barton College! This campy comedy musical is a tribute to the golden age of B-movies, and is packed with complex themes and raucous scenes. A smash hit when it debuted in April, the Theatre at Barton production returns for encore performances on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, in Kennedy Family Theatre. Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., followed by midnight showings each night. Despite its light-hearted and self-deprecating nature, this musical is intended for mature audiences. A cult classic by Richard O’Brien, “The Rocky Horror Show” is a […]

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October Arts Events Planned With Barton Artist-in-Residence Enzo Torcoletti

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“Mythos: From Concept to Creation” exhibition runs from October 12 – November 25. (Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Barton College Friends of Visual Arts will host its annual FOVA Fall Lecture and Dinner on October 15. (Reservations) Workshops with the Artist-in-Residence will be held on October 17 and October 24. (Reservations) Artist-in-Residence Gallery Talk on October 27,  3 p.m.  October Weekday Ceramic Studio Chats with Artist-in-Residence, 3-4 p.m. WILSON, N.C. — October is shaping up to be a great month for art lovers, especially those with an interest in carving and sculpture. Barton College celebrates new Artist-in-Residence Enzo Torcoletti with a series of public events featuring the […]

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From Barton to Beijing – Reflections on Adventures to China

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by Kirk Butts Wilson, North Carolina, is a small and inviting community that welcomes visitors the very first time they drive through the city. Its warm hospitality makes Wilson the perfect place for Barton College students to comfortably call home. Being comfortable is nice, but rarely is it exciting. That is why Barton puts such a strong emphasis on international travel. Opportunities abound for students, alumni, faculty, and friends of the College interested in exploring the world. Literary pub tours follow the footsteps of some of Ireland and the United Kingdom’s greatest writers. Guests can gaze with their own eyes on some of the world’s most photographed attractions, such as […]

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Friends of Hackney Library Will Host Fall Lecture and Dinner With “Bone Collector’s” Jeffery Deaver on October 6

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library welcomes award-winning and bestselling author Jeffery Deaver as the featured speaker for its Fall Dinner and Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, and begins at 6 p.m. with a book signing and reception. The program follows at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:15 p.m. Copies of Deaver’s works will be sold during the book signing and following the program. This event is co-sponsored by FOHL and Friends of the Wilson County Public Library. Reservations are required. Tickets for the dinner event are $35 per person, and reservations and payments must be […]

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Barton Art Galleries Will Host Works by Wilson’s Peter Holloway Burgess from September 17-October 16

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An opening reception with the artist will be held in the Barton Art Galleries on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. WILSON, N.C. — Peter Holloway Burgess has earned two doctoral degrees and created more than 110 paintings. Quite an extraordinary résumé, made even more so by the fact that Dr. Burgess accomplished all of this after the age of 70! A collection of Burgess’ works will be on display at the Barton Art Galleries beginning Thursday, Sept. 17, and running through Friday, Oct. 16. An opening reception with the artist will be held in the galleries on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. These […]

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Barton Will Host Dementia Simulation Experience on September 24

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WILSON, N.C. — Have you ever wondered what it is like to live with dementia? Do you have a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s or a similar brain disease? Experience it for yourself in a safe and controlled setting at the Virtual Dementia Tour, coming to Barton College on Thursday, Sept. 24. This immersive event begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 4:15 p.m. in the Hamlin Student Center Theater. The experience takes about 15 minutes to complete. Timeslots are limited to four participants per 15-minute session, and reservations are now being accepted. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to […]

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Eleventh Annual Wilson-Barton Partnership Leadership Award Dinner on September 24

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WILSON, N.C. — The eleventh annual Wilson-Barton Partnership Leadership Award Dinner honoring Dr. Frank T. Batten will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, on the campus of Barton College. The event, to be held under a tent on Center Campus, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $75 per person and may be reserved by calling Frances Belcher at 252-399-6357.  Sponsorship opportunities are available and begin at $750 for a table of eight. Advance reservations are required, and the deadline for reserving seats is Thursday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m.  As a salute to Dr. Batten, a portion of each ticket purchased will support the “2015 Wilson-Barton Scholarship […]

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Barton Hosts Ann Pancake for Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series on September 21

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College welcomes Ann Pancake, featured author for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The event will be held Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall on the College’s campus. The lecture is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Copies of Pancake’s books will be available for purchase at the event. A West Virginia native, Pancake grew up in the towns of Romney and Summersville. “Strange As This Weather Has Been,” her first novel, was one of Kirkus Review’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007; won the 2007 Weatherford Award; and was a […]

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Barton Welcomes Filmmaker David Garrigus for Constitution Day on September 17

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WILSON, N.C. –  In celebration of the 228th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, Barton College will host a Constitution Day discussion by acclaimed filmmaker David Garrigus, whose latest project, “The American Constitution,” is in production. A reception with refreshments will be held in the Willis N. Hackney Library on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m., with the program commencing at 5:30 p.m. A question-and-answer period following the speaker’s presentation will conclude the program. This event, sponsored by Hackney Library, is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. A Wilmington-based producer, writer, and director of award-winning documentaries and educational programs, […]