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!”

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS OF THIS YEAR’S DISTRIBUTION!

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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.

Friday Feature- Will Plyler


Meet Will Plyler! Will is an incoming freshman, Rocky Mount native, and one of our John and Charles Wesley Heritage Scholarship recipients. 

Where are you from? Where did you graduate from?

I was born in Boone, NC, and lived in nearby Lenoir until I was 15.  Then my family moved to Rocky Mount, NC, where I currently reside.  I’m graduating from homeschool under my parents tutelage.

 

What made you decide to come to Wesleyan?

I love the atmosphere there, and the Spiritual movement there in recent years.  I’m confident that the Lord is at work among the people on campus there and I am anxious to be a part of it.

 

Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

DEFINITELY an extrovert.  I’m the most extroverted person I know; I love being around people and making new friends.

 

Vacation in Hawaii or Alaska? Why?

Alaska; I don’t really like going to the beach.  I love seeing the trees and wildlife there, especially in the fall.  I guess it’s because I grew up in the mountains?

 

What is your spirit animal?

I’d say a horse.  A horse is a strong, faithful, helpful companion.  I want to be known at Wesleyan as a faithful friend who can help carry people through struggles, like a horse carries his master through battle.

 

Favorite cold weather drink?

Ice water; I’m not really a hot drink person.

 

What is your favorite thing about Wesleyan?

The people; I love the hope and encouragement I feel when I visit campus.  Everyone there is so positive; it’s evident that they want to help you succeed and are with you to help you reach your goals.

 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

I’m a musician, and I have almost perfect pitch.  Sometimes my mom will sing off-key just to get on my nerves.  She thinks it’s funny; I do not.

 

Favorite part about the NCWC campus?

The Dunn Center; I’ve been to a lot of awesome concerts and plays in there.  I’d love to be involved in more events there in the future.

 

Tell us one odd or interesting fact about you.

I run a small business as a music producer.  I’ve produced 10 albums/EPs over the past 4 years.  It’s one of my very favorite things.

 

Friday Feature- David Chang


Where are you from?
I was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but I live in Brisbane, Australia, but my parents are from Korea.

How long have you attended NCWC and are you engaged in anything on campus? Sports?
I have been here the last 3 years and I am a part of the tennis team.

Do you consider yourself and introvert or an extrovert? 
Depends on my mood. Can either be a spastic hooligan or a sheltered hermit.

Vacation in Hawaii or Alaska? 
Alaska for a day cause I cannot handle the cold then straight to Hawaii to get a rad tan on.

What is your spirit animal?
A rat, cause I see myself as Master Splinter that is capable of training Ninja Turtles. And I’m small.

Favorite cold weather drink?
Coffee with cream and sugar.

What is your favorite thing about Wesleyan?
The close-knit family vibe, where the professors actually really care for you and want the best for their students.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Hypocrites and people who just stand in the middle of a busy footpath getting in the way.

Favorite memory from Wesleyan?
The come-back clinch for the boys against CNU.

Favorite part about the NCWC campus?
The fountain looking into the school looks very very nice.

 

Friday Feature- Abigail Leonard


Where are you from?
Tabor City, NC

How long have you attended NCWC and are you engaged in anything on campus? Sports?
I have attended NCWC for 4 years. I am the co-president of FCA, Vice President of Exercise Science club, a member of the Taylor-Crocker Honors Program, a student ambassador, and I play softball.

Do you consider yourself and introvert or an extrovert? 
Extrovert, for sure.

Vacation in Hawaii or Alaska? 
Alaska, because I love to travel and I’d love to see the Northern Lights.

What is your spirit animal?
Koala bear

Favorite cold weather drink?
French Vanilla Coffee from Dunkin Donuts

What is your favorite thing about Wesleyan?
The atmosphere. From the very first time I stepped on campus for my tour to four years later, I felt like NCWC was my second home. The small class size allowed me to focus more as well as interact with professors which I feel like truly prepare me for Grad school.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Driving slowly in the fast lane!

Favorite memory from Wesleyan?
Making lifetime friends by being involved in so many activities on campus.

Favorite part about the NCWC campus?
The overall beauty of it!

Future plans?
I GRADUATE IN 22 DAYS! I will attend Elon University to obtain my Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Friday Feature- Ashleigh Hale


Where are you from? Where did you graduate from?
I am from Pittsboro, NC and I graduated from N.C. State University.

How long have you worked for NCWC?
2 years this past February

Do you consider yourself and introvert or an extrovert?
I am an extroverted introvert, but it really depends on who I am around.

Vacation in Hawaii or Alaska? Why?
I would like to travel to both! Relaxation factor of Hawaii and because of the beautiful flora. I would like to go whale watching and fish for salmon out of the river in Alaska!

What is your spirit animal?
A Ferret, I just love a ferret’s Tigger like joy that they have!

Favorite cold weather drink?
COFFEE

What is your favorite thing about Wesleyan?
There are so many things that are great about Wesleyan! The people, the students, different cultures and the ability to grow with the changing times! We just launch a new NC Weslyan APP that is really unifying the students, staff and faculty!

What is your biggest pet peeve?
1. Leaving cabinet doors open    2. People not “pulling their own weight”

Favorite part about the NCWC campus?
The green space at the front of campus.

What do you love most about your current position?
The ability to do a job that I love and the staff that I work with.

Tell us one odd or interesting fact about you.
I have owned two Honda motorcycles and in 2010 my husband and I rode the “Tail of the Dragon” in the NC mountains, and I plan on owning another one in the future.

Friday Feature- Alex Magner


Where are you from?
A small town in western NC called Newland. It is about 20 minutes from Boone, NC.

How long have you attended NCWC and are you engaged in anything on campus? Sports?
I have been here three years and I am the goalkeeper on the soccer team.

Do you consider yourself and introvert or an extrovert?
I consider myself an extrovert.

Vacation in Alaska or Hawaii? 
Alaska because I have always wanted the challenge of wrestling and taming an Alaskan Kodiak Bear.

What is your spirit animal?
A grizzly bear with the head and wings of a bald eagle.

Favorite cold weather drink? 
I’ll drink anything during any type of weather.

What is your favorite thing about Wesleyan? 
Getting to interact with people from all over the world.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Slow drivers

Favorite memory from Wesleyan?
We beat Methodist on my birthday this season, I didn’t hate it.

Favorite part about the NCWC campus?
Scalf Field