Wesleyan Men’s Soccer Advances to Conference Tourney Championship

November 3, 2017

Rocky Mount, N.C. – The 2017 USA South Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament resumed on Friday with a pair of semifinal matches at Scalf Field. The East Division’s top-seeded Bishops advanced to Saturday’s championship with a 3-0 win over the West’s #3 seed Covenant College.

Wesleyan got goals from Baboucarr Njie (28′), Ignacio Lerech (43′), Lucas Menzo (75′) to secure the win. Bishop keeper Jordan Williams earned his eighth shutout in goal to help NCWC tally its 13th straight win. The Bishops will now play the winner of Friday’s second semifinal match between the West Divison’s #1 seed Maryville College and the East Division’s #2 seed Greensboro College. NCWC was victorious over both the Scots and Pride during their regular season match-ups. Saturday’s championship match is slated for 2:00pm at Scalf Field with the league’s automatic NCAA berth on the line.

No pass lists will be honored for this USA South event. Tickets are $6/person, $3/student with ID.  The NCWC Student Affairs office has graciously offered to pay for the first 50 students in attendance each day, with an additional 75 being added for Saturday’s championship thanks to a generous donor. A sign-up sheet will be available at the ticket gate beginning at 1:00pm. Live video and statistics will be available via www.ncwcsports.com.

For more information, please visit the official tourney website at http://usasouth.net/tournaments/msoc/2017-18/index.


NC Wesleyan Presents Prestigious Awards at Annual Founders Day Event

Wesleyan Presents Prestigious Awards at Annual Founders Day Event

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina Wesleyan College celebrated its 61st year with its annual Founders Day ceremony and awards presentation in Minges Auditorium of the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts on October 19.

The event opened with a processional of the flags, special guest, faculty and administration. Following the processional the NC Wesleyan ROTC cadets led the Presentation of Colors.

Guest speaker for the event was Joan Maxwell, co-owner of boat manufacturer, Regulator Marine in Edenton, NC. In her speech, Maxwell told the story of encountering an older man with a dilapidated car emblazoned with the bumper sticker – “It’s not leaking oil, it’s sweating power.” To her, the car was hopeless but to this man, it was full of power and ready to roll. She likened it to God’s power through us and how one’s perception and mindset can color what we see. When asked what sustained her during the 2008 recession that almost caused the demise of the company, she stated, “God does not need a booming economy to provide for us.” Maxwell attributes the company’s success to hard work and a great deal of faith.

Following the convocation address, NC Wesleyan’s gospel choir, Voices of Triumph, offered an outstanding performance of “Blessed Be Thy Name.”

The College presented its prestigious Sydney Sullivan Algernon Award to Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. The award honors the excellence in character, leadership, community service, and spiritual values of Algernon Sidney Sullivan, a lawyer, scholar, and orator prominent in New York City social and civic activities between 1857 and 1888. Bradley is a 1980 graduate of NC Wesleyan and was an athlete on the basketball and tennis teams. He is a generous supporter of NC Wesleyan, and ranks third in overall giving behind the United Methodist Church and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.

For the second musical selection, the Wesleyan Singers provided a moving performance of “Ye Servants of God”.

Wesleyan’s Distinguished Staff Award went to Rikki Rich, Assistant Athletic Director. This award honors staff members who have exhibited outstanding work performance, service and dedication to the College or community. Rich joined the College in 2005 and has played a vital role in its athletic department.

The Wesleyan Singers concluded the ceremony by leading the audience in singing the College’s Alma Mater.


 Photo Description: NC Wesleyan College Assistant Athletic Director, Rikki Rich, displays the Distinguished Staff Award she received at the College’s annual Founders Day event.

NC Wesleyan Renews Memorandum of Understanding with Wayne Community College

 NC Wesleyan Renews Memorandum of Understanding with Wayne Community College

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA— Representatives from NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount and Goldsboro, visited the campus of Wayne Community College on Thursday, September 28 at 9:30 a.m. to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.  Wayne Community College President Dr. Thomas Walker, Jr., and NC Wesleyan Provost, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Adult Studies, Dr. Evan Duff signed the agreement in the presence of Wayne’s Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Gene Smith and Wesleyan’s Associate Dean of Adult Studies, Laura Estes Brown.

Included in the memorandum, NC Wesleyan enhances the educational opportunities of Wayne Community College AA, AS, AE and AAS graduates by assuring that courses taken at Wayne Community College will transfer seamlessly to comparable programs at NC Wesleyan. This will provide students an opportunity to continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree.

“Partnerships and articulation agreements are an important and necessary element in higher education,” stated Duff. “North Carolina Wesleyan College strives to provide access to a bachelor’s degree to as many NC community college graduates as possible.  Establishing these effective and seamless transfer opportunities to the graduates of Wayne Community College brings life to our school’s mission in regards to lifelong learning. NC Wesleyan Adult Studies classes are offered in an accelerated 8-week, one-night-a week format, and we also offer many classes online.”

NC Wesleyan, a four-year coeducational liberal arts college with a traditional enrollment of 1028 students on its Rocky Mount campus, also serves another 1052 students in its adult education programs.  The College offers baccalaureate degree options at sites in Goldsboro, Raleigh-Durham, Rocky Mount, and at Brunswick Community College in Brunswick County; Pitt Community College in Greenville; The College of the Albemarle in Manteo; Beaufort County Community College in Washington; Southeastern Community College in Whiteville; and Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.

Officials at both colleges see this opportunity as a win-win situation for both schools and their respective students. The opportunity to pursue a four-year degree upon completion of an Associate’s degree will be attractive to Wayne Community College students. NC Wesleyan has the opportunity to grow its enrollment with a pool of students who have proven that they have the academic skills to succeed in an institution of higher education.

For more information about North Carolina Wesleyan College, visit www.ncwc.edu. For more information about Wayne Community College, visit www.waynecc.edu.


Photo Description:  Seated (left to right): NC Wesleyan College Provost and Sr. VPAA, Dr. Evan Duff, Associate Dean of Adult Studies,  Laura Estes Brown, and Wayne Community College President Thomas Walker Jr.


NC Wesleyan Hires New Director of Student Activities

North Carolina Wesleyan College Hires New Director of Student Activities

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA— North Carolina Wesleyan College recently named Dan Elliott Smith as Director of Student Activities. In his new role, Smith is responsible for organizing, developing, and implementing student programming on campus and in the community. He will also help guide and develop the student organizations and manage the Hartness Student Center. “I am confident that Elliott’s skill set and relational approach will allow him to excel at this role,” stated Jessie Langley, Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life, “He is a nice fit with our community.”

Smith earned his master’s and undergraduate degrees from Bob Jones University in Practical Christian Training and Pastoral Studies. He has a background in youth programming and facility management as well as in logistics, with one of his most relevant work experiences including a 5 year stint as Director of Youth Services for Good News Mission in Indianapolis, Indiana




NC Wesleyan Honors Alumni at Alumni Awards Event

 Wesleyan Honors Alumni at Alumni Awards Event

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA— North Carolina Wesleyan College recently honored several alumni at the college’s Alumni Awards Reception on Friday, September 29.

Jeffrey Shelton ’69 and Tom ’70 and Julia ’71 Fredericks received Wesleyan’s Distinguished Alumni Award for their outstanding contributions to their community and their generosity and exceptional support of the advancement and continued excellence of Wesleyan. Shelton is a long time member of the NC Wesleyan College Alumni Association, serves as a member of the Association’s Board of Directors, and chairs the Committee on Internships and Mentoring. The Fredericks family have been faithful donors and supporters of the College. Mr. Fredericks previously served as the President of the Alumni Board, both Fredericks are members of the Alumni Association, and they had an influential role in the creation of the Nu Gamma Phi scholarship fund for Wesleyan students.

Wesleyan presented its Alumni Family Award to the Martin – Jim & Sheila, Pittman – Jim ’92 & Janie Mac, and Robillard families– Andrew & Jan ‘04. The Alumni Family Award recognizes several members of the same family for their outstanding loyalty, generosity and service to the College over many years. As siblings, Jan Robillard and Jim Pittman, have both donated their time as Co-Chairs of the Day for Wesleyan Campaign and are members of the Alumni Association. Their mother, Sheila Martin has been a longtime supporter, donor and staff member of the College. She is a member of the Wesleyan Society with her husband, Jim Martin. As a family they have been faithful members of the Bishop family dedicating their time and recourses to the College.

Quinderra Spellman ’09 and Josh Cain ‘08 were bestowed the Alumni Achievement Award, which goes to recent alums who have already made significant achievements in society. Spellman is a member of the football coaching staff at Wesleyan and he also serves as the Director of the Shelton Leadership Challenge. He is a leader on campus, helping to mentor and train the leaders of tomorrow by teaching values-based leadership principles and traits of honesty, integrity, compassion, social responsibility and diversity. He has been an active alumni both in giving and support of his alma mater. Cain is the Mid-Atlantic Division Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Manager for the American Red Cross. He and his teams provide programs and staff to fulfill the program’s mission of providing humanitarian support to service members, veterans, and their families. Cain currently serves as Vice President of the NC Wesleyan College Alumni Association Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Board’s Alumni Relations Committee. He is a regular and generous donor to the College.

“Each year we honor excellence by bestowing awards to alumni with outstanding achievement,” stated Rebekah Cain, Director of Alumni Relations. “All of these alumni personify Wesleyan’s tradition as an institution of excellence. We are thrilled to have such wonderful participation from our alumni this year.” All of the award recipients were nominated by their fellow alumni.



NC Wesleyan Celebrates Homecoming 2017

NC Wesleyan Celebrates Homecoming 2017

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – NC Wesleyan’s Homecoming week 2017 kicks off Thursday, September 28, 2017 and wraps up on Sunday, October 1, 2017 with the theme “We are Wesleyan.” The celebration will be packed with events for alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends of the College, and neighbors in the community. “We are so excited to welcome our Battling Bishops back to campus,” stated Rebekah Cain, Director of Alumni Relations. “There are so many wonderful things taking place at NC Wesleyan and we can’t wait to show our alumni how much their beloved alma mater has grown and transformed over the years.”


Friday’s highlights include the Alumni Golf Outing, Alumni Reunion at the Rocky Mount Mills, and the Alumni Award Reception at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. Festivities continue into the evening of September 29 with Bishop Bowling Night and a Bonfire.

The Homecoming football game kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30 at Bishop Stadium with the Wesleyan Bishops taking on the Ferrum Panthers. Battling Bishop Blast will be held prior to the game, starting at 11:00am until kickoff, in the Bishop Stadium parking lot. The event will include bounce houses, corn hole, food, music and tailgating. The 2017 Homecoming Court and the 2007 Championship football team will be recognized at halftime. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The men’s soccer team will face Ferrum at 2:00 pm at Scalf Field followed by the women’s soccer team taking on Averett at 4:00 pm.

Other game day activities include an alumni brunch and campus tours beginning at 9:00 am at the Rachel T. Dix Bookstore; the baseball and softball teams will host their alumni reunions on campus; and the Celebration of Excellence dinner will be held honoring the new Hall of Fame inductees.

Sunday wraps up the weekend with a special worship service in the Leon Russell Chapel at 10:00 a.m. There are many more exciting activities happening during Homecoming week. Visit http://ncwc.edu/alumni/homecoming-event-schedule/ for details on additional events and updates to the Homecoming schedule.

“The Alumni Relations team is so thankful for the support we’ve received from local businesses, churches, hotels, and radio stations in the City of Rocky Mount,” said Cain. “The city has shown so much support as we all prepare to welcome the Battling Bishops home. Go Bishops!”



NC Wesleyan Hires New Faculty

North Carolina Wesleyan College Hires New Faculty

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA— With the growth in enrollment NC Wesleyan has experienced over the last few years, the college expanded its full-time faculty for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Keely Mohon-Doyle PhD, is an Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director. Along with teaching classes, she will oversee the English Department’s writing minor and helping build the Writing Center through student writing consultations and workshops. Mohon-Doyle earned her doctorate degree from Miami University. She also holds degrees from Wofford College and East Tennessee State University. Mohon-Doyle most recently was a Visiting Instructor of English for Miami University.

Jason Buel PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Communication. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University. He also holds a degree from Appalachian State University. Buel most recently was a PhD student and instructor at North Carolina State University.

Jarrod Kelly PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, where he recently graduated in 2017. He also holds a degree from Miami University.

Daniel Elias PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences. Elias earned his doctorate degree from Ball State University. He also holds degrees from National Agrarian University and Washington State University. Elias most recently was a Post-Doctoral Researcher for Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

Julie Perino PhD, is an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the Writing Program. Along with teaching writing and rhetoric related courses, she is responsible for helping develop the Writing Program and helping faculty incorporate writing instruction and projects into their courses. Perino earned her doctorate degree from University of Kansas. She also holds degrees from Grinnell College and University of Illinois at Springfield. Perino most recently was a Lecturer of English and Graduate Teaching Mentor for the University of Kansas.

Terrence Martin, is the Embedded and Online Services Librarian. He will provide library instruction to traditional and adult degree students, as well as, help design, implement, and assess the library’s array of learning tools for online instruction and research assistance. Martin holds degrees from North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina Central University.

“After a national search, we have been fortunate to hire six exceptional, tenure-track faculty this year,” stated Evan Duff, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. “This group of incoming faculty are bright, enthusiastic, and ready to make a difference in the lives of our students.  We are so fortunate to have them as part of our team and I look forward to working with them.”




NC Wesleyan Launches Annual “Day for Wesleyan” Campaign

Wesleyan Announces Fundraising Campaign

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA— As NC Wesleyan College launches its 36th annual “Day for Wesleyan” campaign on Tuesday, September 19, many local townships have proclaimed the date “North Carolina Wesleyan Day”. The townships of Dortches, Nashville, Red Oak, Rocky Mount and Sharpsburg made the proclamations in recognition of the college’s 61st anniversary and in a show of support for the college’s largest annual fundraising event.  “It means a lot to the College to have the support of our local communities, stated Eddie Coats, Vice President of Advancement.  “These partnerships have helped sustain Wesleyan and will continue to do so as we seek to provide a quality education to students in this area, the state, and the region.”

Susan Sabiston, a local business leader and friend of the College, will serve as the Community Chair. Supporting Susan and the College will be an outstanding group of local business leaders who will volunteer their time to spread the word about Wesleyan in the greater Rocky Mount area and will seek contributions from area businesses and friends of the College.

Sabiston says that she got involved as the Chair for the campaign for the students. “Because of the growing trend in enrollment, the needs are rising for academic programs, quality classrooms, student housing, athletic facilities, and cafeteria space,” said Sabiston. “As the saying goes, it takes a village…so I’m doing my part to help make a difference!”

NC Wesleyan hit a record high enrollment this fall, with the second largest incoming class in the history of the College and the student body number totaling well over 1,000 students. This is the highest enrollment ever in Wesleyan’s history. According to Coats, tuition alone cannot cover the significant resources needed to sustain the schools continued growth. “As we look to expand our academic programs, build new classroom buildings and residence halls to meet the growing demands of our student body, the support of our local businesses and friends is more important than ever,” stated Coats.

Contributions from faculty, staff, alumni, members of the community and local businesses, regardless of the amount, will help to provide more scholarships to students, expand academic programs, enhance technology in the classroom, and improve and expand campus buildings and infrastructure.. According to Coats, supporting Wesleyan’s enrollment growth also helps the community through attracting more young professionals to the area, students participating in volunteer and community engagement efforts, summer enrichment programs for area youth, and increasing the economic impact to the region. “The Day for Wesleyan campaign is critical to the College’s ability to fund important priorities going forward, as well as to continue to have a meaningful impact on local communities.  Please join me in supporting this year’s “Day for Wesleyan” Campaign,” said Coats. “Your gift helps Wesleyan prepare our students for a rewarding and fulfilling life after college.”

The campaign will run from September 19 – September 29, 2017. To make a donation you may give online at ncwc.edu/give, call 252-985-5581, or write a check payable to NC Wesleyan College, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount NC 27804. Please put “DFW” on the memo line.




Battling Bishops Honor Local Heroes with Annual 9/11 Passes

Rocky Mount, N.C. – September 11th is a time for remembering our fallen heroes from New York to Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. It is also a time to recognize those local heroes that risk their lives daily to insure the safety of Rocky Mount and its surrounding community. For this reason, the student-athletes of North Carolina Wesleyan annually honor our local policemen and firefighters by distributing season passes for all Battling Bishop sporting events. The passes, which are good for up to four people, were delivered to area stations by Wesleyan student-athletes last week following the 16th anniversary of this tragic event.

Our softball team honored the Nashville Police and Fire Departments, while women’s soccer and volleyball stayed local by visiting the Sunset and Winstead Avenue stations. Wesleyan’s basketball and football teams headed downtown, and baseball stopped by the Highway 4 station. Additionally, lacrosse made its first visit to West Mount. No matter the destination, however, Wesleyan athletes benefited from getting out into the community to show support for this worthy cause.

This marks the 15th season that the Battling Bishops have honored the tragedy of September 11th, 2001 by distributing these passes, which serve as a small token of our gratitude for our local law enforcement. To them, we say “THANK YOU!”



Remembering Capt. Christopher Cash

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In 1993, Captain Cash graduated cum laude from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. As a dedicated student, he was chosen to receive both the North Carolina Mary Morrow Scholarship, and the first annual Don Scalf Scholarship which was created to honor Wesleyan’s retired athletics director and coach. After earning his undergraduate degree in 1993, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the North Carolina National Guard. Captain Cash was an active-duty Soldier from 1986-1990, when he joined the North Carolina National Guard. While representing the 30th Infantry Brigade in 1991, Captain Cash was nominated for Outstanding Guardsman of the Year. In September of 1999, after natural disaster Hurricane Floyd, he served as an essential leader with the 119th helping to restore his local community of Eastern North Carolina. Then in October 2003, he was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Enhanced Separate Infantry Brigade headquartered in Jacksonville, North Carolina. As a Company Commander he led three platoons, and his soldiers provided support and protection to Iraqi citizens. During a pre-dawn patrol of a main supply route, in Baqubah, Iraq on 24 June 2004, Iraqi insurgents ambushed Captain Cash’s 3rd platoon. After a fierce fight, 3rd platoon was ordered back to their Forward Operating Base Warhorse. Captain Cash then personally led his 1st platoon on a mission to secure two critical bridges in the center of the city. This mission led the Soldiers through the same site where his 3rd platoon was just ambushed. While traveling to the bridges, 1st platoon was engaged by insurgents. Focused on the safety of his men before his own, he ordered them to take cover. Captain Cash was mortally wounded by a machine gunner on top of a nearby building.

Thank you to all that have served. May we always remember the sacrifices that you have made. We send many thoughts and prayers to the families of these brave men and women.