NCWC Library Begins New Chapter

Longtime Employee Named Director

Rachel McWilliams Roy, new Director of the Elizabeth Braswell Pearsall Library

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – Rachel McWilliams Roy has been named the new Director of the Elizabeth Braswell Pearsall Library at North Carolina Wesleyan College. In this role, she will lead a team of six full-time and part-time library staff members. She has served as the Interim Director of the Library since April 2020.  

Rachel began working at the College in the fall of 2012 as a Collection Development Librarian. Prior to joining Wesleyan, she served as an Instructional Services Librarian for Wayne Community College.

“Rachel led the library through an unprecedented pandemic maintaining the library’s status as a hub of academic activity and a center for student gathering. We look forward to implementing the great plans Rachel and the library team have to maintain and advance the library’s role as a vital resource for our students’ success,” stated Dr. Molly Wyatt, Interim Provost.

“I am excited about my new role at NCWC and look forward to working with the staff to show the College community that the library is more than just a place for books and for people to hang out – it’s a place of learning, research and creativity,” stated Roy. Rachel is an alumna of Milligan College in Tennessee and earned her Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University in 2006.

NCWC Now Offering Expanded Study Abroad Option

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College recently finalized an agreement with the Irish American Scholars/Study USA Program, in partnership with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. The partnership will create study abroad opportunities for students at North Carolina Wesleyan College and in Northern Ireland.

Starting this fall, NC Wesleyan will host a student from Northern Ireland, and in exchange, NCWC will be able to nominate students to spend a semester at one of five universities in Northern Ireland, beginning in fall 2022. These universities include: Belfast Metropolitan College, Queens University, Ulster University, St. Mary’s University and Stranmillis University College. NC Wesleyan students will be responsible for room and board in Northern Ireland, but will be able to study tuition-free. This opportunity is available to current sophomores and juniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20.

This agreement was facilitated by Dr. Andrew Stern, Director of Study Abroad at NC Wesleyan. “We are grateful to Rev. Dr. Tamara Gieselman with GBHEM for inviting us to participate. As Wesleyan continues to grow and develop new opportunities for our students, we want to promote studying abroad as a way for students to broaden their horizons and cultivate the skills and experiences that will help them succeed,” stated Dr. Stern. “The Irish American Scholars Program is an exciting, accessible and cost-effective way for our students to learn in another culture.”

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church helps coordinate this partnership with universities in Northern Ireland. Now in it’s 27th year, Study USA is managed by the British Council Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for the Economy. Each year, it sends 54 students from Northern Ireland to the U.S. to study business, STEM and a host of electives at church-related (United Methodist, Catholic or Presbyterian) institutions.

NCWC Student Receives Surprise Award for Excellence in Nursing

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – Stephanie Promish, a student in the RN to BSN program at North Carolina Wesleyan College, was honored this week with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nursing Students (The DAISY Award). Ms. Promish, who works as a Registered Nurse at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, received a surprise visit at the hospital from program faculty on Monday, May 10. She is the first recipient at NC Wesleyan since the inception of the College’s new partnership with The DAISY Foundation.

This award is part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission to express gratitude to nurses with programs that recognize them for the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care they provide patients and families. The DAISY Foundation expanded its flagship brand The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Academic Institutions in order to recognize the faculty who inspire compassionate care in their students and the students who demonstrate it during their education.

The award recognizes nursing students who exemplify three elements: Caring, Advocating and Leading.

  • Caring: Demonstrating extraordinary compassionate care of patients and their families.
  • Advocating: Going above and beyond and serving as a voice for the patient’s needs or wants.
  • Leading: Being an extraordinary team member, demonstrating professionalism and outstanding clinical skills. Working with peers to improve the nursing profession and patient care.

“On behalf of NC Wesleyan’s partnership with The DAISY Foundation, we are proud to honor Ms. Stephanie Promish with the distinguished DAISY Award for an Extraordinary Nursing Student. Stephanie exudes compassionate care in her nursing studies and advocates for those whom she serves in her profession and community,” stated Dr. Brittany Bass, Director of Wesleyan’s RN to BSN Program. “Stephanie is the epitome of what a nurse leader stands for, demonstrating professionalism and outstanding clinical skills. We look forward to the impact she will make on the nursing profession and improving the health outcomes of those she serves in her community.”

Nursing students are nominated by faculty, colleagues, peers, patients, families or alumni. Recipients are chosen by a committee of the College to receive The DAISY Award. Each honoree receives a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and “A Healer’s Touch” sculpture symbolizing excellence and a love for nursing that is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. 

“The RN to BSN program at NC Wesleyan College has been rewarding, both academically, as well as professionally. The faculty have been so helpful and supportive throughout this whole experience. It’s obvious they want nothing but success for the students in the RN to BSN program,” stated Promish. “I’m humbled to receive an award that is widely recognized and respected. I hope to continue making a difference in the lives of others as I continue to grow and learn not only as a nurse, but as an individual as well.”

About The DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.)  The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, an evidenced-based means of providing nurse recognition and thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. In addition to The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Students, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing, and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects. More information is available at

NC Wesleyan College Honors List 2021

North Carolina Wesleyan College’s President’s Honor List and President’s List are issued at the end of the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for inclusion, a student must carry a minimum of 12 semester hours on the “A-F” grading system, with no grades of “INC.” A student must attain a 3.75 grade point average with no grade below “C” for the President’s Honor List and a 3.25 grade point average with no grade below “C” for the President’s List for the semester. Congratulations to these students for an outstanding academic year!


President's Honor List

Jhonny Arnaldo Acosta

Tonya Denise Adams

Gad Ntwari Aimable

Jacob A Aldridge

Chris S Alexander

Ignacio Alia

Lakesha Renee Alston

Orangel Daniel Alviarez Aguilar

Erinn Mikelia Anstead

Francisco Ramon Arana de Estrada

Tammi R Archer

Jerrian Marie Arnold

Alessio Arturia

Alissa G Avery

Kate Adonia Avila

Helena Corinth Babb

Jessica Willis Baird

Abigail J Balasoto

James Randal Barbee

Garrett Wesley Barger

Patrice Jerrell Barnes

Sydney Christine Barnwell

Gabriella Nicole Barrera

Victor Andres Barrera Delgado

Jennifer Basler

Patricio Basta

Kristen Smith Batchelor

Milton Tavarez Battle

Nicholaus Morgan Beaver

Brandy D. Begley

Agustin Nicolás Belgiorno

Yutaka S Bell JR

Gabriela Valentina Bellosi Gutierrez

Briana Benkin

La’Quanta Benthall

Margaret Jean Bentley

Mariah l Berkovich

Angela Nicole Bird

Emily G Bissette

Karlee M Bjurstrom

Elizebeth R Blair

David Enrique Bolivar

Robin Bond

Tobias Borzel

Anthony W Boykin

Reginald E Bradshaw

John-Colby P Branham

Keshauna Braswell

Trina C Bridges

Sira Briggs

Courtney Hill Bright

Kevin Terez Brinkley

Valentina Broggi

Alyssa N Brookhart

Chris Michael Brown

Ryan David Brunetti

Vicky Ann Buster

Samantha Hope Butensky

Tomas Cabrera

Jasmine Trenae Canady

Keishonna Carter

Robert Sandford Casey

Brandy Nichole Caton

Danielle Sheree Cavender

Tre’Nace A. Chamblee

Enrique Matias Chang

Sindy Chavez-Pullman

Heather Chavis

Savannah Ann Chenault

Belinda D Cherry

Maureen R Ching

Greyson J Clark

Katelyn Rochelle Clark

Rebecca Clark

Matthew T Clemmons

Chante Monique Clifton

Callie N Cline

Lorenzo Cocchia

Megan Webb Coggin

Sharreda Laverne Coleman

Jowayne Coley

Andre Cooper

David Charles Cooper

Kenneth Coppedge

Tomás Coradazzi

Tineshia Yvette Cox

Chelsey Renee Crawford

Isaiah K Creech

Tracy Woods Crenshaw

Jon David Crowe

Alexandra R Cucinotta

Amanda Lekeisha Cutchin

Aazah Zayne Daniel

Mary C Davis

Bobby Lee Davis

Earl LaMaur Davis

Jacqueline Nicole Davis

Jenna Nikkole Davis

Emily Raye DeAngelis

Justin Darryn Debraska

Grace C deMontesquiou

Donna Elizabeth Dewhurst

Jehnnisa Diaz

Lucas Leandro Diez Lugo

Michael Joseph Dillion

Teiuna Dixon

John D Dixon

Brayden A Dixon

Kimberly Nicole Dixon

Ashton Blake Dixon

Vendela Maria Dolsenius

Karla D Donaldson

Joseph Derek Druzak

Tyson A Duff

Jeffrey D Duncan JR

Bethany J Dunham

Elena Duran

Joseph Andrew Edgerton

Anitra Knight Edmonds

Jasmine C Edwards

Savannah Isabella Ekland

Sarah Elizabeth Elks

Elisabeth G Evans

Curtis DeLeon Faison

Andrea Fanzaga

Juan Franco Farinella

Allie Farmer

Towanda Daniel Farmer

Fabio Felli

María Claudina Fernández Laurita

Miranda N Ferrell

Elizabeth Adelle Finley

Rafael Ignacio Flores

Thiago Flores

Cody Russell Fogleman

Preona LaMonique Ford

Zachary Ryan Foster

Jordan E Fransee

Andrea Fringuelli

Dylan R Gard

Paige N Gardner

Christian E Gardner

Ian Garnero

Sergio Andres Gil Herrera

Madison A Gill

Tiago Goette

Elijah B Gourley

Madeline J Graham

Nicholas Samuel Green

Tristan Alexander Griffin

Dedra Denise Griggs

Stacey Leann Grimsley

Angela W. Groeneveld

Abigail Perez Guzman

Ricky Alan Hamilton

Appiffany Hansley

Bridget Harmon

Robert Lee Hart III

Amanda Grace Hartfelder

Shereal Harvey

Sylvia Nagi Hauter

Kate E Hawkins

Connor Patrick Hayes

Jena L Hebbard

Macy L Hebbard

Eliane Hernandez Acosta

Maria Alejandra Hernandez Lopez

Nathanael David Hibbs

Laine Ryan Hicks

Tamika E. Hilliard

Tracy W Hodges

Thato Kopano Phillip Holmes

Skylar G Hopper

Joshua E Hughes

Brandy Lea Hunter

Hunter Lee Ingram

Nadeem Jaber

Mirranda Yvonne Jackson

Lashunda Renee Jackson

Emily Nicole Jackson-Rouse

Alicia Faye Jacobs

Aundrea Alston Johnson

Kayotta Johnson

Eugene Michael Jones

Patterson Joyce

Han Jumashov

Emily A Ketchum

Juri Kim

Bryona L Knight

Lavarus DonShea Kornegay

Jennifer Krex

Jacob Skylar Kuykendall

Andrea Lacche

Chlorinda Durham Lafranque

Terri Lynn Lane

Ashley Lane

Caitlin I Leggett

Latrisha Linette Lennon

Briana Renee Little

Shonda Rae Lockett

Colin Chase Long

Chynna Lynee’ Lucas

Tony D Lucas

Isabella Rose Lynn

Diego Macedo Rodriguez

Austin R Manley

Onshawntic Monique Manning

Jeffrey Andrew Marcum

Sherrie Ann Marlow

Sarah Elizabeth Marlowe

Naomi Monifah Martin

Ethan S Martin

Karissa Renee Martinez

Caitlyn Audrea May

Victoria Mayer

Latrell T McDougald

Lisa Clancy Meadows

Nikolas Asher Megrichian

Jesus Alejandro Mendez Martinez

Misty Metz

Joaquin Micheloni

Franco Javier Milivinti

Rebecca R Mitchell

Kayla M Molivas

Nichole T Mooney

David A Mooney

Turbat Munkhjargal

Jackson L Murray

Lesley Navarro Juarez

Isabel M Neall

Allison L Newman

Ron Christopher Newsome JR

Cydney Brianna Nichols

Hunter David Nichols

Camillae’ Tawnyanetta Nicholson

Rafael Niederleytner Ripoll

DeRonde Dalas Nixon-Turnage

Shelby McClure Oliver

Maria Angelica Padron Loaiza

Rebekah Pearce

Rian C Pecci-Young

Bradley Wayne Pennington

Ignacio Perco

Stephen A Perry

Summer G Phillips

Naomi Shane Ochea Pilapil

Carolyn Daphne Pittman

Jessica Powell

Solomon Emil Pownall

Jacqueline Denice Price

Sharon Pugh Price

Elizabeth D Pridgen

Amanda Bernice Prince

Stephanie Michelle Promish

Gridgess Laneicer Pryor

Halzyd Pupuleku

Aseel S Qasem

Yineisha Dysha Quick

Crystal Renee Quinn

Mary K Raynor

Alexis M Reinert

Tomeca Natice Richardson

Nicolas Ritondale

Gail Smith Rivera

Donna Kay Roberson

Taylor E Roberson

Dimon Roberson

Logan Allie Roberson

Jadejah Jory Robinson

Max Nicholas Robinson

Francisco Rodriguez

Agustín Rodriguez Rende

Natalie Rogers

Talitha Rowan

Gabrielle Ann Saal

Michelle Lois Sackey-Ansah

Josuet A Santiago

Antonio Sas

Francisco Schmitt

Chasadie Simone Searcy

Daniela Sebastian

Rajan Shah

Abigail Ruth Shah

Haley Lynne Sheehan

Teffany Sheree’ Shepard

Kelley Ann Catherine Siboun

Chris Lee Sielkowski

Evan L Silver

Jasmine Alanna Silver

Takisha High Silver

Nadia J Simmons

Juan Ignacio Simoniello

Brianna Skipwith

Meredith L Smith

Sabrina Smith

Emmett Tyrone Smith

Aja Savonni Smith

Rebecca Elizabeth Solis-Wanous

Rodrigo Soto Gongora

William T Speight

Nakia Glenda Squire

Jordan Christopher Stephens

Kristin Lynn Stilley

Noah Jacob Strange

Key Aura Strickland

Christia Tawona Strickland

Emily R Sullivan

Justin R Sullivan

Jodie L Summerlin

Katheryn Nicole Sutton

Sophia E Sweeney

Charlene Ann Tabron

Ashley Karwick Talley

Sidney Tant

Keorra R Taylor

Kevin L Teague

Omkarnath Thakur

Hannah Faye Thomas

Aylicia Mae Thomas

Victoria G Thompson

Britney D Tippett

Nyetifah D Todman

Christopher William Townsend

Sir Frederick Earl Townsend II

Julia Anne Trimmer

Kneciya Tripp

Kelvin C Turnage

Tatanisha Turner

Janet Lynn Turner

Billie Keith Ulrich

Daniella Umubyeyi

Samantha Gatchalian Valeros

Tristan Romain Vansteene

Tiffany Atlanta Vasquez

Angel G Vaughan

Jovana Hernandez Vazquez

Juan Ignacio Vilches Paez

Roberta N Vulcano

Sara-Grace A Wall

Taylor A Webb

Jackie Neal Webb

Rylee R Wheeler

Tammie Terese Whitaker

Allison M Wichrowski

Tierra M Wiggins

Brandon T Wilkes

Antwan Montea Wilkins

Christie Ebron Williams

Stefanie Wilske

Brandon Tayron Wilson

Mackenzie Nicole Wood

Billy Junior Woodard

Miriah L Wyers

Amanda Marie Yates

Cameron North Young

Luca Zallo

Giulia Zanetti

President's List

Nicholas C Achilles

Hannah Claire Adams

Ana Maria Aguilar

Bander Sameer Alrahimi

Matan Amitay

Shanda LaKeshia Armstrong

Zachariah Briggs Arnold

Shaquanna Monnay Austin

Kamree Alexis Barker

Cynthia Barnes

John Brandon Battle

Tylisha Hunter Battle

Jamar Jermaine Battle

Jacqueline Smith Battle

Megan Jordan Batton

Riley Jackson Baysden

Teanna Chanelle Bellamy

Ashley Carol Belt

Luis Fernando Berber Valadez

Shenita Dickens Bethea

Jené M Black

Harley Joy Blackwell

Geneil Elizabeth Blount-Moore

Ever Geovani Bonilla

Meredith A Booth

Justice Jerue Boyette

Zoe R Branstetter

Ashlynn B Braswell

Noelle C Brien

Lakita Ezzell Brodie

Gonzalo Brodsky

Brandon Brooks

Darvell Brown

Maxime Brunner

Angela Michelle Bryant

Cynthia Ann Buffaloe

Mary Alice Butler

Pedro Caratini

Brittany R Carriker

Michelle M Chalmers

Aundrea Junae Chavis

Chatondra Sheareta Cherry

Regina Medford Cherry

Jayon Marquise China

Vakaba Cisse

Thomas Alven Clark

Alex Sherard Clinkscales

Megan A Cobb

Patrick O’Brien Coffey

Dexter Jermaine Cofield

Sharon Liann Colwell

Adam Salvatore Conte

Alexis Tamara Cook

Nakita Cooper

ChristopherE. Corbett

Dion O’neal Cox

Ronoda Keshon Cox

Shanika Daniels

Alexis Maria Davis

Alicia Simone Davis

Teresa Ann Davis

Jaydon Tre’von Denmark

Joshua C Denton

Jaylen ChristopherDewberry

Candela María Díaz Babilani

Amya N Dickens

Geovanni Shantell Dixon

Denah Charlotte Douglas

Yamiaya Alnique Dunn

Hunter Kevin Duprey

Bridget Denise Eason

Chasity Gabriela Ebron

Tamara Graham Faison

Augusto Fajardo Roca

Matteo Falcinelli

John Lars Arvid Falke

Nikiesha Fields

Deshawn Tynique Finley

Kristy Renee Flow

Abubacarr Fofana

Devin X Gardiner

Amber Kaitlyn Gardner

Brianna Nicole Gaylord

Dominique Giovannini

Hannah L Golden

Robert A Greenfield

Sahar Guermah

Gabriel Andres Guzman Guaicamacuto

KimberleighLowery Hall

Tracy Lynn Hamilton

Brooke Hanson-Salfelder

Blaire Madison Harley

Caleb Gates Harrell

Grant Levon Harrell

Michael Lawrence Harrell

Jimmie Lamont Harris

Briana Hawkins

Kayla Morgan Hawley

Vanisha LaTree Haynes

Hayleigh Nicole Heckman

Ashley N Henderson

Catalina Maria Hermoso

Brant Kennedy Herndon JR

Jack Holden

Christian Vann Holloway

Kelsey R Hutchison

Gonzalo Irazusta Tenazinha

Jeremy Y Johnson

Precious Taunkerri Johnson

Shayjunna Jones

Makayla Jordan

Chandler I Jordan

Sierra A Joyner

Janasia Tatiana Joyner

Jakub Jurasek

Alayna L Kavanaugh

Esther Kebi Kebi

Makayla Kopanski

Ivo Krpina

Georgephine Lahai

Kimberly L Lamm

Ignacio Enrique Lander Ramirez

Cathy Larkins

Natalie R Larson

Santiago Larumbe

Kendra Michele Lee

Ashley Nicole Lewis

Courtney Alston Lewis

Teresa Chestnut Lucas

Ayatta Reneka Lucas

Amanda M Lucci

Deante M Lucenti

Nicolas German Lucero

Haleigh Cheyenne Lugg

Kristie Ann Lynch

Otho Costello Lyon

Megan Allison Mackey

Samantha Lynn Manning

Timothy Alexander Marinos

Elisa Mariotti

Jacob I Marshall

Hannah Lee Martin

Michelle Anais Martinez-Franco

Phyllis Denise Mayo

Keii Natakie Mayo

Becky Lynn McChesney

April Nicole Mcclain

Keandra Tanai McDaniel

Taliah Meadows

Hugo Mendes

Keaton T Merck

Madelaine Jean Meyers

Evan M Meza-Romero

Taras Andrey Mills

Ambralyn K Minchew

Elisa Mondono-Silverio

Brittney Michelle Moore

Madison L Moore

Mckinley Eli Moore

Luke A Moorhead

Cristian David Morales Mosquera

Jacob Richard Moreno

Tshepo Mosarwa

Alex Michael Moskal

Jonathan Motato

Queen Moye

Nazareno Murall

Valentin Mussi

Brianna Paige Myers

Jackson Russell Nethercutt

Shwanda Renee Newton-Silver

Justin Michael Nickle

Thomas S Nixon IV

Kenneth Scott Nowell

Jordan n O’Leary

Madison Lloyd O’Neill

Nagisa Ogahara

Herbert Ogwang

Wendy Otero Guicho

Elijah Glenn Owenby

Grace Oluwatosin Owonifari

Quincey L Packer II

Drifton S Padgett

Chandler S Padgett

Maria Laura Padron Loaiza

Caitlin E Page

Chanel LaVerne Patterson

Michelle Lavern Patterson

Alexander Paul Paulson

Melissa Lynn Pearce

Terry Devon Pearsall Jr

Gonzalo Jose Pedraza

Ty Thomas Peele

Adriana Perez

Lluvia Perez

Jaylen T Perry

Garrett P Phillips

Mary Ann Pippen

Trey Anthony Posilero

Grace Elizabeth Preston

Autumn Paige Ragan

Serene Angelique Randall

Stephon Rasberry

Jy’maca Nyava Revis

Angelica Raquelle Richardson

Caytlin Alyssa Richardson

Becky Miranda Richardson

ChristopherDurell Richardson

Katijia M Riddick

Crystal Sade Robbins

Khalil E Robertson

Isabel Rodriguez

Jason Matthew Rollman

Melissa Hannah Rosado

Luis Francisco Ross

Doneshia Markeia Rowe

Kara B Rowell

Yazline C Santiago

Neldra Aliza Satterthwaite

Julie Maria Schoormans

Zachary B Scott

Michaela Eden Seawell

Felicia Kay Sessoms

Mellodie Searia Shaik

Tyler Jackson Sherrod

Demetris D Shields-Young

Noah Roger Shrock

James Tavaras Simmons

Richard Alan JeromeSmalls

Empris T Smith

Gerald E Smith

LeShe Michelle Smith

Matthew Smith

Agustin Guillermo Spangenberg

Kierra Simmone Speaker

David Lee Speight JR

Kiara Michelle Spooner

Madison Lynn Stace

Angelica F Staggers

Jonathan P. Stallings

Phillip Hal Stephens

Kelby Rourk Stewart

Anita Louise Stith

Christina G Strickland

Juan Andres Suarez Flores

Koree L Summerville

Alejandro Javier Swanton

Michael Darnell Taylor

Morgan Lynn Taylor

Drake Francis Thompson

Shanice R Tillery

Rachelle Dashawn Timpson

Alec Michael Titmus

Abby Nicole Todd

Matteo Torchio

Stephen J Tucker

Annick Umuliza

Linda H Underdue

Aydriyan NazarethKeUmpectyhaurch

Rolando Antonio Valladarez Cuestas

Angel Vazquez Rojas

Chang Vega

Andrea Stefania Vendrame

Jessica W Vinson

Tomas Ochoa Vizcaino

Brenden K Vogel

Desiree Walker

Kataryna Michelle Wallace

Dawn E Wallace

Lakisha Delane Wardrett

Morgan L Waters

William H Waters

Tyler R Watson

Derek Andrew Weems

Nolan Weloff

Heather May Whitaker

Ashley Carroll Wiggins

Ashley Cowan Wiggins

Ryan Anthony Wile

David Greyson Williams

Benyon Jalin Williams

Jamonie D Williams

Justin Dejuan Williams

Laura Jean Williams

Brenna Nicole Williamson

Keyona Monnique Willliams

Kristina M Wilson

DeOnna D Wilson

Lucas Wittstatt

Autumn Joy Worley

Sherita Lyvette Worthington

Savion Alexander Young

Bethany MacKenzie Young

Samantha Yah Zengbean

Luis Esteban Zurita Jalil

Part-Time Student Honors List

Jennifer M. Anderson

Amy Elizabeth Ashmus

Makenzie Renee’ Avery

Allison Bargoil

Desiree Anna Blackley

Shataura Kiette Blount

Ashley Lauren Bostic

Ashlee Marie Brackett

Stephanie Antionette Brown

Shelley Cooke Bryant

Mayumi Anzo Bryson

YaVon Burgess

Eric Alejandro Chavez

Kevin Ray Cole

Lauren Cathryn Collins

Chakita C Cooper

Laura Chelsea Cottle

Theresa Crenshaw

Antoinette Starr Daniel

Latonia Daniels

Savannah Kristin Equils

Erica Marie Figgins

Sean Michael Finsel

Sheila Faith Foltz

Daniel Aaron Grisham

Kaley Diane Hackworth

Brent Nolan Harrell

Daphnie Goodman Hartman

Anthony Marquette Henderson

Tracy Dawn Holmes

Augustine Chinedu Ibuaka

Ransford D’Angelo Johnson

Billie Carol Kalmowitz

Jonathan Keeler

Eronger Norman Kornegay III

Kemberley Dawn Manning

Lequita Jessimarie Mayfield

Christa Michelle McClain

Charlene McDaniel

Brandon Michael McIntosh

Samatha Nicole Moore-Stevenson

Robert James Norton JR

Brian Timothy Pate

Anthony J Patterson

Heather Nicole Perry

Willard Jerry Plyler

Keith Ray Poole

Sha’Taiza Dezanae Pugh

Candice Silver Richardson

Dara Bashan Richardson

Salitta Shonta Roberson

Roberto Ruiz JR

Annah Nicole Sawyer

Sandeepa Shahi

Megan Cathleen Smith

Michael Edward Smith

Consuela DeCor Staton

Chasity Mabe Stubbings

Dini Cox Taylor

Patrice Shannell Thompson

Mary Aldridge Vanidestine

Micah Lee Varnell

Ashley Jamille Whitaker

Timothy Edward Whitaker SR

Harriet Denise Whitehead

Tanicqua Bianca Williams

Jeffrey Ross Woody

Elona Zyka

NC Wesleyan Celebrates New Class of Graduates

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – On Saturday, May 1, North Carolina Wesleyan College held Spring Commencement at the Rocky Mount Event Center celebrating 300 graduates. This commemorated the College’s 81st graduation, the first occurring in 1964.

Due to current state COVID regulations, the event was open to graduates, faculty, the platform party and four ticketed guests per graduate. The state’s mask mandate and social distancing safety precautions were observed. Of the 300 total graduates, there were 27 international graduates from 16 countries: Argentina, Columbia, Czech Republic, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Portugal, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom and Venezuela.

Brandon Fleming Speaking at commencement

“While commencement is always a special time for graduates, this graduation shines a little brighter because it is the first time since 2019 that we have been able to celebrate our graduates with family and friends present. The Rocky Mount Event Center provides substantial space to allow up to four guests per graduate, while following current state guidelines, and we are extremely grateful for that,” stated President Dr. Evan D. Duff.

Alumna, Ms. Latisha Scott ’06, performed the Star-Spangled Banner followed by a baccalaureate message from College Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Barry Drum. In his message, Dr. Drum encouraged students to give everyone a fair chance and “to look beyond the superficial, to hear beyond the sound bite, to think beyond the cynicism and sarcasm, and instead, consider all persons of sacred worth.”

The commencement address was given by Mr. Brandon P. Fleming, Assistant Coach of Debate at Harvard University, as well as Founder/CEO of the Harvard Diversity Project. At the age of 26, he was recruited to join the Harvard Debate Council faculty after coaching The Ron Clark Academy middle school debate team in a high school tournament to an unprecedented, undefeated record. As one of Ron Clark’s “Master Educators,” he also trained over 30,000 educators worldwide on best practices in education. Fleming has received numerous awards for his work in education and social entrepreneurship. Notably making history as an elected speaker for the inaugural International Day of Education at the United Nations General Assembly. He was also named to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and recognized by The Root Magazine as one of the top 100 influential African-Americans in the United States.

Fleming’s message to the graduates centered around overcoming failure, stating: “Failure is not only necessary and inevitable, but it is also one of our greatest gifts…it’s the gift with the most promise. No matter what field you go into…your responsibility is to be a servant leader. Failure promises us a gift that money can’t buy– that is the gift of empathy. Empathy changes people more than information ever will. God does not call those who are qualified, but he qualifies those whom he calls. When you fail, my earnest hope and my deepest desire is that you will fail forward.”

The College also honored Nicole Danielle Jackson with an Honorary Posthumous Degree. Nicole was a native of Rocky Mount and mother of four who started attending NC Wesleyan in 2016. She was pursuing two degrees, a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Computer information Systems, and had already earned 96 semester hours at the time of her death on May 9, 2020. Her family members were present at the ceremony to receive her degree.

Alexandra Cucinotta received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award, which honors a senior who best exemplifies excellence in character, leadership and service to the community. Cucinotta obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Communication and Entertainment Arts.

The President’s Cup, an award that recognizes the attainment of the highest standards of academic performance as demonstrated by the overall grade point average, went to Elijah Blaise Gourley. He earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

Tony Sawyer, Professor of Music Production, received the 2020 Exemplary Teacher Award and Dr. Meir Magal, Professor of Exercise Science, received the 2021 Exemplary Teacher Award. This award honors excellence in teaching, service to the College and scholarship.

In addition, NC Wesleyan’s ROTC program commissioned five graduates into the United States Army. These students took the oath of office from NC Wesleyan’s Director of Army ROTC, LTC (R) James Mercer. The newly commissioned Second Lieutenants include: Second Lieutenant Kate Avila commissioned into Adjutant General Corps/Active Duty, Second Lieutenant Tyree Butler commissioned into Infantry/Active Duty, Second Lieutenant Dion Cox commissioned into Finance Corps/US Army Reserves, Second Lieutenant DeShawn Finley commissioned into Medical Service Corps/Active Duty and Second Lieutenant Kori Shumate commissioned into Military Police/North Carolina National Guard.

The event was live streamed and recorded so family and friends who were not able to attend in person could celebrate with their students virtually. The recording can be viewed at and the College’s Facebook page.

New Duff Endowed Scholarship at NC Wesleyan

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College President, Dr. Evan D. Duff, and his family recently established the Ray and Dwight Duff Endowment to honor the lives and contributions of these two brothers. Both left a legacy that the most important thing in life is taking care of family, friends and neighbors. This endowment will benefit Wesleyan students for generations to come.

Dwight Duff

Dwight, a high school teacher who coached women’s basketball and softball for over 18 years and spent several years coaching JV and middle school football, cared deeply for his students. Many of them went on to compete at the collegiate level. Ray had a successful career as a claims leader with Allstate Insurance Company. After retirement, he moved to Sneads Ferry, where he was involved in the community and enjoyed volunteering at the local food bank.

Ray Duff

“Both my uncle Ray and my father strongly supported education, high school sports, their church and the community. Establishing this scholarship was important for our family to not only honor them, but to contribute to the success of others,” stated Dr. Evan D. Duff. “Ray and Dwight both invested time and energy into the lives of the students who attended Dixon High School, as well as others in their community. This is a tribute to their kindness, generosity and willingness to serve those around them.” 

The scholarship will be awarded annually to an incoming freshman. Preference will be given to students from eastern North Carolina with a minimum 3.0 GPA who demonstrate a financial need, have a passion for community service and positive personal character.  


ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College students in the RN to BSN program will soon be honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students. The awards are part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission to express gratitude to Nurses with programs that recognize them for the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care they provide patients and families.

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The DAISY Foundation expanded its flagship brand The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to Academic Institutions in order to recognize the faculty who inspire compassionate care in their students and the students who demonstrate it during their education. “We honor faculty who inspire nurses to care like Patrick’s nurses cared for him and for our family. Recognizing and celebrating nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion they show to patients and their families will be a strong reminder that nursing is not all about tasks and technology,” said Bonnie Barnes, CEO and Co-Founder of The DAISY Foundation.

Nursing students may be nominated by colleagues, peers, patients, families or alumni. Recipients are chosen by a committee at NC Wesleyan College to receive The DAISY Award. Each Honoree will receive a certificate, a DAISY Award pin and “A Healer’s Touch” sculpture symbolizing excellence and a love for nursing that is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. To nominate a student, visit between now and April 30, 2021.

“Our Bishop Nurses have exemplified the true meaning of resilience. It’s time to invest in our nursing community and express our gratitude,” stated Dr. Brittany Bass, Director of the RN to BSN Program.

About The DAISY Foundation
The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from Nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, an evidenced-based means of providing Nurse recognition and thanking Nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

In addition to The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Students, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,600 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing, and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects. More information is available at

NCWC Honors Forty Teacher Education Candidates

Pinning Ceremony Held March 22nd

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – The Teacher Education Program at North Carolina Wesleyan College held their Spring Symposium, featuring a pinning ceremony for program candidates, on March 22. Guest speaker was Corey Williams, an alumnus of Wesleyan and honoree of the 2021 Teacher of the Year for Northampton County Schools.

Guest speaker, Corey Williams, Northampton County Schools 2021 Teacher of the Year

Williams, a sixth grade Mathematics and Science teacher at Gaston Middle School, just entered his eighth year in public education and third year teaching in the classroom. Over the course of his career, Williams has served in the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District, Halifax County Schools and currently, Northampton County Schools. A graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, his continued commitment to excellence celebrates students’ learning differences and diversity in a responsive classroom.

During the Teacher Education Pinning Ceremony, forty candidates received certificates and education pins. This rite of passage marks the initial journey into teacher education where students transition into a noble career and dedicate themselves to lifelong learning.

“The Teacher Education Program promotes a holistic approach to learning and embracing the whole child. I am extremely happy with the students’ commitment to engage, love, share, foster and embrace teaching and life practices within the context of the K-12 students’ experiences,” stated Dr. Patricia Brewer, Associate Professor of Education.

Emily Bissette & Paige Gardner, Recipients of the Taunja Cox College Scholarship

A highlight of the event was the announcement of the Taunja Cox College Scholarship— a $1,000 award given annually to a selected Wesleyan student majoring in special education. This opportunity was created by NC Wesleyan alumna, Glinda Williams of Kinston, North Carolina, in honor of her 34-year-old daughter, Taunja Cox, who was diagnosed with developmental disabilities at 18 months.

Since graduating from Kinston High School in the special education curriculum, Taunja has participated in work programs, volunteered with children at local daycares and is currently attending Lenoir Community College in the compensatory education class. This scholarship seeks to give back to students in the special education program who aspire to make a difference in the lives of those like Taunja. This year, the scholarship was awarded to two students— Emily Bissette and Paige Gardner, who are both double majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education.

NCWC Recognized by Exercise is Medicine® for Efforts to Create Culture of Wellness

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College is one of only 153 colleges and universities around the world to be honored by Exercise is Medicine® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. Programs and promotions such as the physically active, virtual scavenger hunt, the Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) Mascot Challenge and other campus wellness initiatives helped NCWC earn Silver level from the EIM-OC program for the second year in a row. NC Wesleyan also obtained EIM’s COVID Conqueror badge, a new honor given to campuses that demonstrated creative adaptations to physical activity programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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“We are excited to have received the EIM-OC Silver distinction for the second year in a row, and to be recognized with a ‘COVID Conqueror’ badge for adapting our physical activity promotion and programming to the unique environment of the COVID-19 pandemic. This distinction illustrates the resolve of our students, faculty, staff and administration to continue to prioritize a culture of physical activity and wellness on campus, even during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Shannon Crowley, EIM-OC advisor. 

Of the 153 campuses recognized this year, 73 received Gold, 59 Silver and 21 Bronze. All Gold, Silver and Bronze universities and colleges will be officially recognized in June as part of the 2021 virtual Exercise is Medicine® World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting. 

“We are thrilled to recognize these campuses’ commitment to make movement a part of daily campus culture and equip students with tools to cultivate lifelong physical activity habits, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Robyn Stuhr, Vice President of Exercise is Medicine. “These campus programs are nurturing future leaders who will advance a key tenet of Exercise is Medicine: making physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in health care.” 

EIM-OC calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health and encourages faculty, staff and students to work together to improve the health and well-being of the campus community. 

EIM-OC launched its recognition program in 2014 to honor campuses for their efforts to create a culture of wellness. Schools earn Gold, Silver or Bronze status based on their activities. Gold level campuses have created a referral system where campus health care providers assess students’ physical activity and refer students as necessary to a certified fitness professional as part of medical treatment. Silver campuses engage students, faculty and staff in education initiatives and make movement part of the daily campus culture, while Bronze level campuses promote and generate awareness of the health benefits of physical activity. 

View a complete list of recognized schools and learn more about the EIM-OC program at

About Exercise Is Medicine®
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) co-launched Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) in 2007 with the American Medical Association. ACSM continues to manage the global health initiative, which seeks to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in clinical care, connecting health care with evidence-based physical activity resources for people everywhere of all abilities. EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity promotes optimal health, is integral in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions and should be regularly assessed and included as part of health care. Visit for additional information. 

About the American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. More details at