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.