Wesleyan Presents Prestigious Awards at Annual Founders Day Event

Wesleyan Presents Prestigious Awards at Annual Founders Day Event

Rocky Mount, N.C.—North Carolina Wesleyan College celebrated its 60th year with its annual Founders Day ceremony and awards presentation in Minges Auditorium of the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts on October 20.

The event opened with Reverend Timothy J. Russell, Assistant to the Bishop/Director of Ministerial Relations of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, presenting a Resolution of Thanksgiving to North Carolina Wesleyan College and affirming the historic and vital relationship with the NC Conference and the inaugural teachings of its founder, John Wesley, for which the College is named.  An excerpt of the resolution states:

“The United Methodist Church gives thanks for Dr. Clark’s visionary leadership, gives thanks for the diligent efforts of administration, faculty and staff to focus the school on its faith-based roots, celebrates the college’s recent progress and vitality, and reaffirms our connection and support of North Carolina Wesleyan College. “

Guest speaker for the event was Bishop Paul L. Leeland, Resident Bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church in Charlotte.  Bishop Leeland is a 1971 graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College, Duke Divinity School, and North Carolina State University.

Following the convocation address, Dr. Daniel Crocker (trumpet) and Mr. Tony Sawyer, NCWC Director of Bands (Vibraphones) offered an outstanding performance of “What a Wonderful World.”

The College presented its prestigious Sydney Sullivan Algernon Award to Dr. Daniel Crocker and Mrs. Brenda Crocker. 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.  Dr. Crocker and Mrs. Brenda Crocker have been very involved with Wesleyan College for many years with Dr. Crocker serving on the Board of Trustees since 1997, and he continues to serve as Vice Chairman.

For the second musical selection, Wesleyan’s awe-inspiring gospel choir, Voices of Triumph, provided a moving performance of “Trust Me”.

Wesleyan’s Distinguished Staff Award went to Joni Gardner, Director of Admissions. Gardner joined the College in 2007 and has served in various positions within the Admissions and Financial Aid Departments before her current role as director.

The Wesleyan Singers delivered an inspirational performance of “Gift of Love”.

Special recognition was given to Mr. Dong Bum Jin and his wife, Jeong, who have shared their commitment to education with the students of Wesleyan through the establishment of the Ronald Stewart Scholarship and with the donation of the Rocky Mount Inn to the College.  Due to the extraordinary generosity and support of Wesleyan, Centura residence hall is being renamed Dong Jin Hall.

The College awarded two honorary degrees during the ceremony. Dr. Leeland received a Doctor of Letters in Religious Studies and Mr. Jin received a Doctor in Humanities.





Meet NCWC SGA President, Emanuel Williams

Emanuel Williams


Washington, North Carolina

Criminal Justice Major


Meet two-term SGA President, Emanuel Williams! Emanuel has big plans for NCWC and we are so excited to see what all he will accomplish! Check him out!

 Quick Facts:

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

Favorite Spot on Campus: My favorite spot on campus is the water fountain at the front of the school. The fountain brings beauty to our wonderful campus.

Favorite Thing to do in Rocky Mount: My favorite thing to do in Rocky Mount is taking a stroll through Brattleboro park.

Fun Fact: One fun fact about me that a lot of people don’t know is the pleasure I find being a volunteer firefighter. It’s fun riding the fire truck to an emergency call or training with people who will have your back through any situation.

You’ve already completed one term as SGA President as a sophomore. What drove you to run for SGA President as an underclassman?

I saw some things I didn’t like. You shouldn’t sit back and do the things you don’t like every day. I give all my respect to Isiah Morrow (former SGA President) for what he has done. I felt like I could make a change on this campus. I am that one to speak for other people. I love to be that leader.

What are some of your goals for Fall 2016 as SGA President?

  1. I want to promote Jesus Christ upon this campus. I believe that God is doing His work on this campus. I just want to let everyone know that if you put Jesus Christ first you can succeed.
  2. I want to continue to do what I did last year, but do it better. I want to increase student involvement on this campus. That is important.
  3. I would love to reconnect with the faculty and the staff. I believe that if SGA has a better relationship with them we can prosper.

Besides being SGA President, you are involved by being a Resident Assistant in Collins. What do you think about dorm life?

Like I tell everybody on my hall, this is a community. You are going to get to know each other. It is like a brotherhood. You get to have a personal relationship with your RA. We are like counselors and activity promotors. We let them know what is happening on campus. That is the best life you could ever have living on campus.

How would you advise other NCWC students to get involved on campus?

If you don’t know what you want to do, come by the SGA office. We sit there to show you the clubs and organizations. Let us be your cheerleader. Let us help you balance your schedule.

I always try to see what’s going on around campus. I look at flyers and I just show up. Sometimes being involved doesn’t mean you have to do something, but just show up and show support. If you don’t want to go by yourself and you don’t know who to go with, come by the SGA office and we will go with you.

You were most recently visiting campus at the Youth Theology Institute. How was your experience as a counselor?

It was amazing. My experience was a challenge in a good way. It challenged me to better my walk with Christ. I commend my guys. Even though I was their counselor and their leader, they were my leaders. They kept me on my feet. They really pushed me to get closer with God.

You have really made the most of your time thus far at Wesleyan. What was your first impression of NCWC that influenced you to attend school here?

I really liked the atmosphere and the love people showed as I toured the campus. Of course it is small and I love the personal relationships. Here I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit on this campus. I felt like I could grow.


Student Profile: Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson has certainly had a successful start at NCWC! He was named Academic All-Conference for his performance in the classroom and on the court and he dedicated part of his summer to making sure other freshmen have a successful start too. Learn a little more about Rob here and check him out on the basketball court this upcoming season!


Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Organizational Administration Major

Quick Facts:

Favorite Place to Eat in Rocky Mount: Buffalo Wild Wings

Favorite Sports Team: Besides Wesleyan, UNC

Hobbies: I like doing a lot of activities and having fun. I like playing soccer, fishing and bowling.

You were seen around NCWC campus this summer. What were you up to?

I worked with Coach Thompson and learned about running an athletic program at Wesleyan and about other sports. I was also a First Year Mentor to freshmen to help them have an easy transition to college.

What made you want be a First Year Mentor?

I can help people. Starting off college in the right direction is very important. It takes too much energy to try to catch up.

You just wrapped up your freshmen year. How was your first year experience?

I had a really good experience. I took the beginning of the year to focus on school work before basketball season. It helped me transition to college and understand the work load and what it would take to manage my time.

I started off on the right foot. Coming into college you want to do a lot of new things, your education could get put on the back burner. But I had a great start with academics and on the basketball team.

Do you enjoy being a student athlete at NCWC?

I love being a student athlete. You get to meet a lot of other people. So many people support athletes and the faculty support everyone. It’s a way to get around the campus and community.

What was it like being a younger member of the basketball team?

People expect a lot from you, but you have time to adjust. You get to learn a lot from older players and coaches. You get to see things in a different perspective because you are able to sit back and watch at first.

What are you expecting and looking forward to next season?

I’m looking forward to learning from each other and playing together. We have a lot of guys coming back and our incoming freshmen class is looking pretty strong. I think we are going to have a good season

Besides being a Battling Bishop basketball player. Why did you choose Wesleyan?

Once I got onto campus I thought the environment was safe. I thought I would have a better interaction with my professors and faculty members because it’s a small campus. You are able to see them every day, you are not just a random face. They actually know who you are and care about you.

You have three more years here at NCWC. What do you want to accomplish before you walk across the stage at graduation?

I want to be a good role model. I want them to know what Wesleyan helped me become. I want others to know they can do it and maybe even better than I did. It’s a good school and it will help you find yourself.



NCWC Athletics: N.C. Wesleyan Announces 2016 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

Rocky Mount, N.C. – Since 1999, N.C. Wesleyan College has honored 64 former athletes, administrators, and coaches by enshrining them in its Hall of Fame. These individuals have created a higher standard for Bishop athletics and were selected based on their outstanding accomplishments. This year’s class meets these same standards and will comprise the 18th group of honorees. The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that the 1999 National Champion Baseball Team, along with veteran coaches Charlie Long and Ernie Jones, have been chosen to comprise its 2016 Hall of Fame class.

The 1999 Battling Bishop Baseball Team secured the program’s second Division III National Championship with a thrilling 1-0 win over St. Thomas on June 1, 1999 in Salem, Virginia. The victory remains the only 1-0 championship win in the history of Division III baseball.

Making their 11th overall and 3rd straight World Series appearance, the Bishops put together the most successful NCAA tournament run in school history by winning eight straight games to clinch the title. NCWC opened with wins over Brandeis and Cal-Lutheran, while game three saw NCWC face off against St. Thomas for a chance to play for the title.

St. Thomas jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Wesleyan’s bats exploded in the bottom of the fifth with six hits in a row to cut the lead to 5-4. Closer Buddy Hernandez entered the game in the bottom of the seventh with runners on second and third with no outs. Hernandez forced a short popup to center, and after an intentional walk to load the bases, he reached back to strike out the next two batters.

The momentum carried over as Jeremy Stewart homered in the bottom of the seventh to complete the comeback. The game remained tied at 5-5 until the bottom of the tenth when Stewart singled and moved to second on a David Capobianco sac-bunt. Barry Blake was intentionally walked to set the stage for Nick Buonocore, whose RBI-single to right scored Stewart and advanced NCWC to the title game.

Wesleyan would again meet St. Thomas the championship. The Bishops scored what turned out to be the lone run of the game in the top of the first. Scott Robeson’s leadoff single was followed by an Andy Jones sac-bunt, and Stewart promptly drove him home with a single up the middle. In an outstanding performance, hurler Sean Fleming made the lone run hold up by allowing just four hits.

In the bottom of the ninth with Hernandez on the mound, St. Thomas loaded the bases with one out. Hernandez proceeded to throw the biggest pitch of his career… a sharp curve that was grounded to Stewart, who started the 5-4-3 double play that ended the game and gave North Carolina Wesleyan its second National Championship and a remarkable 42-9 overall record. The Bishops had previously captured the crown in 1989, with the ’89 team garnering Hall of Fame induction in 2006. With national titles earned exactly ten years apart, it is now fitting that the ’99 team’s induction follows suit a decade later. The entire 1999 North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishop baseball roster follows:

Robbie Adams  Tim Autry    Barry Blake    Pat Bullard    Nick Buonocore
David Capobianco    Ryan Cramer    Jim Faraci    Russ Fink    Sean Fleming
Buddy Hernandez    Chris Johnson    Daniel Johnson    Andy Jones    Steve Kadlick
Jon Markle    Jason Maurer    Andrew McFarland    Kevin McNeil    James Pitney
Jon Rardin    Scott Robeson    Dan Salay    Brett Schultz    Jayson Sigley
Jed Snead    Jeremy Stewart    Carl Wheeless    Mike Wilchinski    Taylor Williams
Brian Woolston    Tim Wright    Joel Yednock      Head Coach Charlie Long    Assistant Coach Ernie Jones    Assistant Coach Jerry Edwards     

CharlieLongWesleyan’s second 2016 inductee is the head coach of its storied 1999 team, Charlie Long, who recently completed his 25th year with the N.C. Wesleyan Department of Athletics. Entering his 20th season as head baseball coach, Long has racked up 429 career wins, second only to inaugural Hall of Famer Mike Fox.

In the fall of 1991, Long joined the Bishops’ staff as head volleyball coach while serving as the school’s first full-time assistant baseball coach. In 1995, he functioned as the Bishops’ interim head coach and led Wesleyan to the Conference Championship, making it to the title game of the South Regional.

Long took over as full-time head coach for the Bishops in 1999. That championship season saw him named both the Dixie Conference and South Region Coach of the Year, as well as the North Carolina College Coach of the Year and American Baseball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Seven years later in 2006, the veteran skipper again earned South Region Coach of the Year honors after leading NCWC to its 12th World Series appearance. The Bishops, who received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the USA South Tournament, hosted and won the South Regional crown.

The 2009 and 2010 seasons saw Long earn USA South Coach of the Year honors for the second and third times of his career after leading NCWC to back-to-back USA South Regular Season crowns, bringing the program’s all-time total to 17. Wesleyan also secured its 6th Conference Tournament Title in 2009, as well as the program’s 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Overall, Long has captured five USA South (formerly Dixie) Conference Championships, while leading Wesleyan to a 16-9 overall record in NCAA Tournament play. He has also guided four players to All-American honors, while several have gone on to play at the professional level.

ErnieJonesThe Bishops’ final 2016 inductee, Ernie Jones, served 17 seasons with the North Carolina Wesleyan College baseball program and made his mark as the longest-tenured assistant coach in NCWC history. His #8 jersey, in fact, was retired in the fall of 2015.

Jones transferred to Wesleyan in the fall of 1991 to continue his collegiate playing career with the Bishops. His two-year tenure saw the area native play in two South Regional championships and one College World Series. A first team All-Conference performer at shortstop, he is regarded as one of the best defensive players in program history, turning in an impressive .961 fielding percentage during his career.

A 1993 Wesleyan graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Jones made a full-time return to his alma mater in 1999 as assistant to Long, setting the stage for the team’s historic national championship run… a feat that he helped accomplish alongside his brother, Andy, who anchored second base for NCWC.

Jones teamed with Long for 16 more seasons and was a part of over 400 victories. As both a player and coach, he helped NCWC capture ten conference regular season and/or tournament championships, six NCAA Tournament berths, three regional championships, a trio of World Series appearances, and of course, the 1999 Division III National Championship.

The Department of Athletics extends sincere congratulations to each of the 2016 inductees, whose contributions to the overall mission of the college have been exhibited in their accomplishments. To these inductees, the Battling Bishops offer thanks and admiration by bestowing this honor upon them!

An official induction ceremony is will take place the evening of October 15th as part of North Carolina Wesleyan’s 2016 Homecoming festivities.

Get to Know Dr. Clark – NCWC President

Get to know NCWC’s 7th President, Dr. Dewey Clark. Dr. Clark first joined the college as a staff member in 1982 as an admissions counselor. He returned to campus in May of 2014 as the first alumnus to serve as President.

How would you describe your job to the student body?
Being President is a very rewarding job in that I am helping to shape the minds of the future.   Every student here is very important and I want each one of them to reach their maximum potential and get the return on their Wesleyan education that I have gotten out of mine.

What are your goals for Wesleyan as the president of this college?
Actually, this is a very simple question and can be summed up in the statement “Wesleyan is going to grow by 100 students a year for the next 10 years while improving quality in every area”. The founders of the college made it clear that they wanted a small liberal arts Christian college of 2,000 students.   I have read this over and over in the early documents.  By growing by 100 students a year, as we have over the past 3 years, we will be at 2,000 students in 2026.  Additionally we will have extra revenues to improve the quality of every area on the campus.

What do you enjoy most about working at Wesleyan? 
The enormous potential that is here would be the first thing. Wesleyan is on the verge of some really incredible times.  Our next ten years will be the best decade in the history of the college.   I also really enjoy the interaction with the students.   One of my goals this year is to get to know each one of them.

What piece of advice do you have for freshmen?
You can get a great education at Wesleyan but it is up to you.   Get involved in campus life and make a lot of friends.  Do not be scared to try something new.   There is no perfect college and parts of Wesleyan will be frustrating.  However, over the next 4 years the college will be making progress every day and will be dramatically different when you graduate.

When you manage to have some free time, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to travel and have visited 41 states and 23 foreign countries. Reading is my favorite pastime and I generally average a book per week.   Mostly I read about history, Christianity, and management.   Lastly, I am an avid sports fan pulling for the Boston Red Sox, Dallas Cowboys and UNC basketball.

What is a fun fact about you that students may not know?
I collect Indian artifacts and coins. I have a coin from every country in the world.

Contact: publicrelations@ncwc.edu, (252) 985-5141