ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – On Friday, April 22 in a historic move, the North Carolina Wesleyan University Board of Trustees announced plans for the College to become North Carolina Wesleyan University. Since 2015, the College has been moving in this direction with the addition of its first two master’s programs, a key component of being considered a university.
“The evolution of NC Wesleyan from a college to a university represents the culmination of the excellent work of many dedicated people over previous years and the commitment of the current administration, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees in expanding the institutional offerings to its students for research, as well as career development,” stated Dr. Dan Crocker, Chairman of the NC Wesleyan Board of Trustees. “The impact of this effort on the students and the area will be tremendous.”
Some of the criteria that were considered when changing the name to “university” included: serving adult students, offering professional programs, offering graduate programs, serving a large percentage of international students and having multiple instructional locations. Despite this update to Wesleyan’s name, its values will remain the same:
- To provide one-on-one mentoring opportunities for students with faculty and staff to align their passions with their future career and life aspirations.
- To provide career and research opportunities to all students to enhance their marketability and skills beyond college.
- To create world citizens with vast educational and hands-on experiences to be competent, intelligent, and competitive in a changing world.
- To provide adult students with applied learning assignments and flexible instructional formats to advance their career and life goals
“Becoming a university demonstrates the evaluation of our impact on students and the community over the last 65 years. We are moving in a direction to offer additional academic offerings for a more diverse community of students,” stated Dr. Evan D. Duff. “Our foundation in becoming North Carolina Wesleyan University started over 45 years ago when we began offering various modes of instruction to working adult students. With this change, we will continue to be committed to one-on-one mentoring opportunities, hands-on experiences with faculty, research opportunities for undergraduate students, career exploration from day one and remain a teaching-focused institution.”
This announcement comes toward the conclusion of Wesleyan’s 65th anniversary. Over the next several months, North Carolina Wesleyan will transition to its new identity, working with the state and its regional accreditor to finalize this change. Rebranding of its website, social media, campus signage, literature, advertising, and much more will occur during this time as well.
ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – On Thursday, April 21, North Carolina Wesleyan University celebrated the completion of phase one of its Sports Stadium and officially unveiled Stallings Field at the Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. Stadium. A highlight of the evening was a $1 million check presentation to the Campaign by Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. These funds made it possible for Wesleyan to construct a new turf field, install lighting and build additional parking.
The Sports Stadium Campaign is completely donor-funded consists of four project phases. As funding allows, additional phases will include permanent seating, scoreboards, a press box and a new fieldhouse. The new fieldhouse will contain an athletic training room, weight room, classrooms, meeting space and offices. The project supports NCWC Athletics, specifically football, lacrosse, men’s soccer and women’s soccer. In addition, it also benefits the College academically since in the past, athletes have had to miss afternoon classes to travel and shorten practices. The new turf field and lighting allows student-athletes to practice and play games later in the evenings.
“This event was one we won’t forget. The excitement of standing under those lights with so many students and community supporters was surreal. I cannot thank Vernon Bradley, Don Stallings and Marion Barnes enough for helping to make this a reality for our students,” stated Aaron Denton, Vice President of Athletics.
Speakers at the event included Vernon T. Bradley, Jr.; Dr. Dan Crocker, Chairman of the NCWC Board of Trustees; Roger Taylor, NCWC Board Member and Athletics Committee Chair; Dr. Evan D. Duff, NCWC President; and Aaron Denton, NCWC Vice President of Athletics.
ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan University’s President, Dr. Evan D. Duff, recently spoke on a panel at the Education 2.0 Conference. This year’s conference, “Uniting Changemakers To Revolutionize Education,” took place Wednesday, April 6 through Friday, April 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
During the event, Duff joined four other educational experts from around the world on a panel discussion titled: “Theory & Practical Knowledge – Bridging the Gap.” He discussed the benefits of successfully applying theoretical knowledge in practical settings through meaningful pedagogical practices, corporate partnerships, and applied learning experiences.
The Education 2.0 Conference’s exclusive recognition session spotlighted a few incredible individuals and organizations who have worked tirelessly to reform and improve global education. During the event, Duff was presented Education 2.0 Conference’s 2022 Outstanding Leadership Award.
“I was inspired by all of the intellectual capital present at this conference and for the learning outcomes that I walked away with,” stated Duff. “Being recognized by Education 2.0 with an Outstanding Leadership Award was icing on the cake. I appreciate our talented faculty and staff who work with our students to connect their learning to rewarding career paths.”
Attendees included a global learning strategist from Google, college professors, foundation CEO’s, and other education industry leaders. This program honors these visionary minds and inspires emerging global voices.
About Education 2.0
Education 2.0 Conference’s goal is to bring the global education community together to facilitate knowledge sharing and to look for solutions to issues faced in education transmittal in this day and age. The Education 2.0 Conference aspires to present a vibrant platform where changemakers from the education industry can meet with peers and discuss ways and means to revolutionize how we learn and teach.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has named 171 colleges and universities to its 2022 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways they have created to support transfer students.
The Transfer Honor Roll is determined by 40 key metrics related to the support and success of transfer students, including college cost and financial aid, campus life for transfer, admission practices, and bachelor’s degree completion. The Transfer Honor Roll was based on analysis from the National Student Clearinghouse, and on data submitted through the four-year institution’s profile on PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool designed to help students find their best-fit colleges and career pathways.
Spotlighted at the 2022 American Council on Education (ACE) conference, the Transfer Honor Roll recognizes the importance of creating strong transfer pathways that lead to excellence and success among community college transfer students, and this year’s winners had exceptional outcomes, and several of these included:
• Average percent of transfer in undergraduate population – 60%
• Average bachelor’s degree completion rate among transfers – 77%
• Average credit transferred toward a degree major and/or plan – 91%
• Average percent of transfer students receiving merit-based financial aid – 84%
“This award is so important because it is based on what students tell us they need from their transfer experience,” says Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “We are honored to recognize the colleges and universities working exceptionally hard to create stronger pathways to bachelor’s degree completion for all students.”
About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at ptk.org.
ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan University is one of only 156 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by Exercise is Medicine® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. Activities such as Walk with the President, Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) mascot challenge, Lunch n’ Learn Series for Health and other campus wellness initiatives aided NCWC in earning silver level designation from the EIM-OC program.
“We are thrilled to recognize these campuses’ commitment to make movement a part of daily campus culture and give students the tools to cultivate physical activity habits that will benefit them throughout their lives,” 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 healthcare.”
The silver level Exercise is Medicine® On Campus award was made possible through combined efforts of the College’s Exercise is Medicine® On Campus leadership team, the Health and Movement Science Club, Wesleyan Wellness and the campus community.
“We are excited to have received the EIM-OC silver distinction for the third year in a row! This illustrates the continued and substantial efforts of our students, faculty, staff and administration to cultivate a culture of physical activity and wellness on campus,” said Dr. Shannon Crowley, Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Exercise is Medicine® On Campus program advisor.
Of the 156 campuses recognized this year, 73 received gold, 60 silver and 23 bronze. All gold, silver and bronze universities and colleges will be officially recognized on Wednesday, June 1 as part of the 2022 Exercise is Medicine® World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting.
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. Its recognition program launched in 2014 to honor campuses for their efforts to create a culture of wellness. Schools silver status by engaging students, faculty and staff in education initiatives and making movement part of the daily campus culture.
View a complete list of recognized schools and learn more about the EIM-OC program at exerciseismedicine.org/support_page.php/eim-on-campus/.
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 ExerciseisMedicine.org 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 acsm.org.
ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – While many college students spend their spring breaks traveling or visiting their favorite beach, several students at NC Wesleyan took the time to learn about career development. The College’s Office of Career Development & Leadership organized an opportunity for a small group of NCWC juniors to visit Grover Gaming in Greenville, NC. On Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9, these students were exposed to many aspects of the organization’s business, including their game development studio. Grover Gaming’s Greenville location is home to game developers, 3D artists, release QA testers, research and development engineers, and several other teams.
All students who participated are Computer Information Systems majors. They were able to learn about the mission, vision and values within the company, benefits of full-time positions and the intersection of various departments. As an added bonus, each student received a professional headshot taken by Grover Gaming.
“When I heard Grover’s president, Garrett Blackwelder, discuss the meaning behind the company name being rooted in the concept of growth, I knew I had brought our students to a great place for a developmental experience. Mr. Blackwelder genuinely explained that “Grover” was selected to reflect his vision for the organization to “grow over and over” in the game development industry and also for his entire team to continually grow professionally and personally,” stated Jessie Langley, Associate Dean of Career Development & Leadership at NC Wesleyan. “Our visit confirmed this as I found the Grover culture to be intoxicatingly warm while also laser-focused on the company’s goals.”
Ki Vera Pardillo, one of the NCWC students who took part in this opportunity, witnessed how her training in the classroom could apply to a full-time career after college. She states: “I got to see a real-life setting for the development processes of gaming software ranging from graphic design to the deployment of their products. I was also able to ask software developers and programmers which methods and development tools they use to create the programs, as well as how they improve their products to have a competitive advantage.”
Langley hopes to continue facilitating future visits to Grover Gaming so that additional students can learn specifically about the game development side of the business.
About Grover Gaming
Founded in Greenville, NC, Grover Gaming is a software development and design company with offices and distribution facilities in 9 different states that specializes in electronic gaming throughout the US and Canada. Grover Gaming has evolved from a small gaming route started by founder Garrett Blackwelder in 2003, to a company of over 350 talented employees, focused on building a strong foundation of humble, passionate people, effective processes, and superior products. That vision continues, thanks to our growing team of dedicated employees and their desire to create innovative and entertaining gaming experiences for an ever-changing industry. Grover Gaming is a multiyear recipient of Inc Magazine’s prestigious Inc 5000 award, ranking #194 in 2020.
ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan University recently announced that it has earned the 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School Gold designation. This is a step up from the Silver designation that the College earned for the 2021-2022 school year. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools across the nation participated in the 2022-2023 survey with only 282 schools selected for “Gold” award status for their leading practices, outcomes, and effective programs.
The 2022-2023 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at militaryfriendly.com. Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard,” stated Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®.
For the ninth consecutive year, NC Wesleyan University continues to be recognized as a Military Friendly® school. The College strives to provide the best service to veterans and troops through:
- Administering and accepting DSST
- Providing support and guidance with VA benefits
- Providing campus locations and online education near military bases in eastern NC
- Providing flexible scheduling of classes
- Offering flexible policies for transfer work and military training
“We are excited to have the Military Friendly Gold designation this year. Colleges who complete the Military Friendly questionnaire can easily detect where support might be built upon. At North Carolina Wesleyan, we understand the commitment veterans and their families make for our great Country and recognize the difficulties that come with transitioning into civilian life. We aim to continuously assist military-connected students by increasing support and offering acknowledgement at every opportunity,” stated Laura Estes Brown, Associate Dean of Veteran Services.
NC Wesleyan offers a 10% discount on tuition to all active-duty military students, veterans and their spouses. To learn more about the educational resources available to active duty personnel, veterans and those related to veterans or active-duty personnel, visit ncwc.edu/veterans.
About Military Friendly® Schools
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources from more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at militaryfriendly.com.
Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial
opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at viqtory.com.
ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA — On Thursday, February 17 and Friday, February 8 three of NC Wesleyan’s Exercise Science faculty members, along with seven students, attended the regional conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Greenville, South Carolina. These students and faculty members presented research and tutorials on exercise science, exercise physiology and athletic performance.
Megan Mackey, a Biomedical Sciences honor’s student, and Savannah Chenault, an Exercise Science major, collaborated on a scientific poster titled, “Sleep and Depressive Symptoms After Sport Related Concussion.” This poster was presented by Mackey, a top 8 undergraduate student award finalist. Dr. Shannon Crowley, Associate Professor of Exercise Science, served as the faculty mentor on the project.
This was the first time students in NCWC’s Exercise Science Program participated in the Southeastern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) Student Bowl. Savion Young, Matan Amitay and Savannah Chenault finished the competition in the top ten, surpassing many regional, state and private academic institutions.
“We appreciate the support of the College and the Taylor-Crocker Honors Program that allowed us to expose students to this unique opportunity,” stated Dr. Meir Magal, Professor of Exercise Science and NCWC’s Exercise Science Program Director.
In addition, Dr. Alex Ehlert, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, presented a poster titled, “Associations Between GPS-Derived Training Metrics and Subjective Readiness Ratings in NCAA Female Soccer Players.” Dr. Meir Magal presented a tutorial titled, “ACSM Certifications: Defining an Exercise Profession and How to Succeed in the Exercise Profession.”
ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA — On Tuesday, March 1, North Carolina Wesleyan University broke ground on its new Shaw Learning Center. This facility was made possible by funds the College received from the Nancy A. Shaw trust. Dr. Shaw was a successful physician with ties to Nash County. Her trust’s primary focus was to benefit the health and care of cats.
“NC Wesleyan is very thankful for the generosity of Dr. Nancy Shaw. The Nancy Shaw Trust will continue to help Wesleyan and our students by funding both science initiatives and innovative ideas that support the care of felines,” noted President Dr. Evan D. Duff.
The College announced in 2020 that it had received an initial $2,500,000 from the Nancy A. Shaw trust to invest in its science and pre-vet programs. In total, NCWC has received over $4,000,000 from the trust which will allow for the construction of the Shaw Learning Center, as well as the Shaw Environmental Center.
The Shaw Learning Center will be located behind the Welcome Center in the middle of campus and will contain four classrooms, four offices and a cat lounge. The Flemish bond-style brick building will be approximately 5,000 square feet with a synthetic slate roof. The building was designed by CPL with EDC providing construction management services. It will be built by Barnhill Contracting Company. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2022. In addition, the Shaw Environmental Center will consist of a pole barn and greenhouse which will be built later this year between the College’s Facilities Department and Bauer Field.
ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina Wesleyan University has received a $250,000 grant from the Lonnie & Carol Poole Family Foundation. These funds will provide NCWC the ability to improve the overall student experience by renovating classroom, bathroom and office space throughout the College’s campus.
“The College is extremely grateful for the Lonnie & Carol Poole Family Foundation’s grant that will enable us to make some needed upgrades to our campus. These improvements contribute to the unique Wesleyan experience we provide while fulfilling our mission. We appreciate the desire of this foundation to help impact our students, faculty and staff,” expressed President Dr. Evan D. Duff.
Thomas Winstead, an NCWC Board of Trustees member, helped cultivate the relationship between NC Wesleyan University and the Foundation. This grant will be allocated to renovate over 40 faculty offices, several classrooms, and six bathrooms on the first floor of the Braswell Administration, Pearsall Classroom and Gravely Science buildings. Studies have shown that better facilities and classrooms not only improve the student experience, but also contribute to faculty performing at their best.
The Lonnie & Carol Poole Family Foundation is a private family foundation based in Raleigh, NC. The Foundation seeks to impact the lives of men, women and children by providing financial support to programs and organizations that teach and instill Christian values, promote business and entrepreneurship conducted in an ethical manner, educate young people and provide support to educational institutions, and/or help individuals to escape poverty by rewarding individual effort.
Lonnie Poole, a 1959 graduate of the NC State College of Engineering, is the founder and retired CEO and chairman of Waste Industries USA, a leading provider of solid waste and recycling collection services. Poole also founded the Environmental Research and Education Foundation and served as director of its board. Carol Johnson Poole attended Meredith University and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is president of the Lonnie & Carol Poole Family Foundation.
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