Wesleyan Sets New Annual Senior Tradition


ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College has launched a new, yearly tradition that allows graduating seniors to leave a mark on campus that will continue to grow for years to come. The tradition involves the planting of tulip and daffodil bulbs on an area of campus chosen by the seniors.

This past Monday, NC Wesleyan seniors who will be graduating in December 2019 or May 2020 gathered on campus in front of Pearsall Library to kick off the new tradition. The graduates had the opportunity to plant these bulbs as a symbol of their legacy at NC Wesleyan College. This annual event provides a burst of color, revitalizing natural spaces and offering years of beauty throughout campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Dr. Duff surveyed the senior class in order to gauge location interest and confirm best available times to plant. In the future, the College plans to allow each senior class an opportunity to choose a different location unique to their gift.

“This is a creative and lasting way for our seniors to leave their mark on campus. As tours are conducted on campus, we can show visitors one way seniors are making their impact on the beautification of Wesleyan,” stated Interim President Dr. Evan D. Duff.

This new tradition nicely coordinates with Wesleyan’s continued efforts to expand its beautification of campus and positively impact the environment. Since 2017, Wesleyan has received Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

Wesleyan Senior Receives Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club Scholarship


Photo Caption: North Carolina Wesleyan College senior, Jessica Wall Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club scholarship recipient.

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – A North Carolina Wesleyan College senior, Jessica Wall, was recently awarded a scholarship from the Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club in memory of Mrs. Betsy Strandberg.

Wall, a native of Whitakers, North Carolina, attended high school at Northern Nash. She is currently majoring in Psychology with plans to graduate this spring. After graduation, she intends on pursuing her masters and doctorate. In her free time, Wall enjoys attending Covenant Campus Ministry on Wednesday nights, an outreach of Christ Covenant Church. During the summer, she works as a counselor with Lifeway FUGE Camps.

This scholarship was given in memory of Mrs. Betsy Strandberg, the first woman president of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce and the first female member of the Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club. Strandberg was active with North Carolina Wesleyan College as President of the Board of Visitors, Chair of “A Day for Wesleyan,” as well as numerous fund drives for the College, including The Dunn Center. She was inducted into the Twin Counties Hall of Fame in 2018.

Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance. Kiwanis clubs host nearly 150,000 service projects each year.

Rotary Club Scholarships Awarded to NC Wesleyan Students


Photo Caption: This year Rotary Scholars (L to R): Michael Parker, Brianna Skipwith, Miranda Massey, Kenya Dickens, Jessica Wall, Kevin Teague, Nya House and Kiara Spooner. (Not Pictured): Madison Gill, Latarsha Powell, Jymaca Revis and Joynese Speller.

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – Twelve North Carolina Wesleyan College students recently became recipients of scholarships from The Rotary Club of Rocky Mount. These scholarships were made possible by proceeds raised during the Tackle the Tar 5K Obstacle Course Race, held back in May.

This September, The Rotary Club of Rocky Mount presented North Carolina Wesleyan College, with a check for $27,000 from this year’s Tackle the Tar. In just four short years, Tackle the Tar has given $234,000 to Nash Community College, Edgecombe Community College and NC Wesleyan College to help fund scholarships.

Scholarships provide significant support for many of NC Wesleyan’s students seeking to further their education. Wesleyan students are encouraged to apply by writing an essay highlighting their leadership, good citizenship, community spirit and academic progress. Applicants must also be a US Citizen, a resident of Nash or Edgecombe County, maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher and considered a sophomore, junior or senior. Once applications have been received and reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, students who meet all requirements and exemplify the character of the Rotarian Scholar are awarded a generous scholarship.

This year’s North Carolina Wesleyan College Rotary Scholars are: Michael Parker, Brianna Skipwith, Miranda Massey, Kenya Dickens, Jessica Wall, Kevin Teague, Nya House, Kiara Spooner, Madison Gill, Latarsha Powell, Jy’maca Revis and Joynese Speller.

Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. Rotary members provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through their fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

Wesleyan’s Youth Theology Institute Receives Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.


ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College was recently awarded with a $300,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. This grant will help to further the College’s efforts with its Youth Theology Institute (YTI), known as “Connect- YTI” on campus.

Connect, a summer camp and year-long mentorship program, exists to connect high school and college students to Christ, community and the church. During the past four years, more than 100 students have attended the program with the help of some 35 local churches that refer students. Connect has hosted several community-wide youth events and explored different theological topics – from Justice to Jesus in the Gospels – with the belief that theology (the study of God) is a life-long journey, not merely a religious study from a book.

Connect was launched in 2016 with a grant from Lilly Endowment as part of its nationwide initiative, High School Youth Theology Institutes at Colleges and Universities.

This new grant will help North Carolina Wesleyan College continue to support Connect during the next four years. Wesleyan hopes to continue strengthening the summer institute; training and equipping college students as mentors; hosting more guest speakers and artists; helping high school and college students with their discernment process of life; and providing mini conferences on campus to empower and equip lay leaders with issues they face in ministry.

“This is such exciting news for our program! Lilly Endowment has been so generous to us. I have told many people, it’s really cool to see how the generosity of one person, family or organization can impact the lives of so many people. I think this grant is a testament to that,” stated Mikah Brondyke, Director of Connect- YTI. “The past four years have laid a great foundation for our program. It will be really neat to watch our program build upon this and continue the work of encouraging and empowering the next generation of youth.”Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. Lilly Endowment’s religion grant-making is designed to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians.  It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.

Wesleyan Bids Farewell to Class of 2019


Graduates Inaugural Masters Class

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College held its Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 4 at the Rocky Mount Event Center. This year’s commencement speaker was Tony Stroud, alumnus of Wesleyan and founder and CEO of Stroud & Company, a Wilmington, NC accounting firm.

Stroud, spoke about graduates staying true to themselves, filtering through the noise and listening to their inner voice. “Integrity is who you are when no one is looking. That whisper is who you are when everyone is looking. And if you listen to that whisper, you win,” stated Stroud. After his speech, an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities was bestowed upon Stroud.

Spring 2019 graduation was especially moving as Wesleyan honored Brad Melton, who passed away in December 2018, with a Posthumous Degree. Brad was a member of the Class of 2019 in the Master of Criminal Justice program. Brad’s mother was in attendance to receive the degree in his memory. 

There were 233 undergraduate students in the Class of 2019 Saturday, with over 2,650 guests in attendance. In addition, 11 students graduated in the first cohort of Wesleyan’s new Master’s in Criminal Justice program.

“We are very excited to graduate our first master’s class,” stated Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark. “These students, both undergraduate and graduate, have gained a wealth of knowledge here at Wesleyan and they are ready to go out and take on the world. I wish them nothing but the best.”

Beverly Anaele received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award which honors a senior who best exemplifies excellence in character, leadership and service to the community. Anaele obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical science. She will pursue a Master of Public Health at Thomas Jefferson University in the fall.

Photo Caption: Jessica Brabble (left) receives The President’s Cup awarded by NCWC President, Dr. Dewey Clark (right).

The President’s Cup, an award that recognizes the attainment of the highest standards of academic performance, went to Jessica Brabble. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and will pursue a Master of History at Virginia Tech in fall 2019.

Dr. Erica Kosal, Professor of Biology, received the Exemplary Teacher Award which honors excellence in teaching, service to the college and scholarship.

This year’s graduates hail from 10 states around the country, calling home Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. There were sixteen international graduates from Argentina, Egypt, El Salvador, Greece, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Wesleyan Signs Three Articulation Agreements with NC Community Colleges


NC Wesleyan was one of many colleges to sign a transfer agreement for students pursuing Music, Theatre or Fine Arts at North Carolina’s community colleges. Students can now seamlessly transfer to any of a number of private colleges in the state to complete a bachelor’s degree in one of those disciplines.  READ ENTIRE ARTICLE >

Wesleyan Students Awarded for their Research


Biomedical Science seniors, Beverly Anaele and Jawuanna McAllister, presented their research at the NC Academy of Science (NCAS) at UNC Wilmington on March 23rd. Both young women have been doing research at NC Wesleyan for the past two years, independently as juniors and later as part of their senior honors theses. Beverly has worked with Dr. Kosal, and Jawuanna has worked with Dr. Stovall.

Left to right: Beverly Anaele, Dr. Daniel Stoval, and Jawuanna McAllister

At the conference, Beverly won the 3rd Place Derieux Award for her oral presentation in the Ecology, Botany, & Zoology category! Her talk was titled “Can a natural plant product, such as the American beautyberry, repel and alter mosquito behavior?” Jawuanna won the 1st Place Derieux Award for her oral talk in the Cell & Molecular Biology and Physiology category. Jawuanna’s talk was “Effect of Caffeine on PALLD Expression and GBM Cell Invasion.” 

Both Beverly and Jawuanna have just finished one-year terms as the Secretary and President, respectively, of the Collegiate Academy of NCAS. Both young women are graduating from Wesleyan this semester and have big plans! In August, Beverly, who recently won the Biology Award at the NC Wesleyan Honors Convocation, will begin a Master’s of Public Health program at Thomas Jefferson University, and Jawuanna will start her Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology at Cornell University.

Congratulations to these outstanding and successful young scientists! The Biology department will be sad to see them go. But, we are so excited to see what they become. 

Honor Students Receive Awards


NC Wesleyan College recently held the 2019 Honors Convocation Award Ceremony. These Awardees and Honor Society Members have displayed outstanding contributions inside and outside of the classroom. When you see these students, please take a moment to congratulate them.

Recipients of the 2019 NCWC Honors Convocation Awards

STUDENT SUPPORT 
Supplemental Instruction Leader of the Year AwardTrevor Harris
Peer Tutor of the YearBeverly Anaele
Internship AwardGordon ( Mitch ) Layton 
ROTC Highest GPA AwardElena Duran
ROTC “Hooah” AwardSavion Young
ROTC Golden Joe AwardDion Cox
ROTC Golden Jane AwardKate Avila
SCIENCE AND MATH 
Biology AwardBeverly Anaele
Environmental Science AwardEricca Lenhardt
Exercise Science AwardMehli Carolyn Erbaugh Marcellus
Chemistry AwardKayla Lavan
American Institute of Chemists/North Carolina Institute of Chemists Foundation AwardIvan Cockman
Mathematics AwardIvan Cockman
Mathematics AwardJoseph Lloyd
HUMANITIES 
Religious StudiesSean Michael Dancy
Senior English AwardLibby Edwards
EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 
Communications Outstanding Student AwardAli Cucinotta
John Paul Jones History AwardBeverly Anaele
History Major Outstanding Student AwardJessica Brabble
Political Science AwardAnderson “Andie” Batt
SNCAE AwardTristan Marshall
Susan B. Taylor Excellence in Educational Practice AwardKarolina Winstead
Psychology Outstanding Student AwardJoseph Lloyd
Excellence in Sociological Studies AwardKeaira McMiller
Criminal Justice Outstanding Student AwardCourtney Paige Garofolo
BUSINESS  
Accounting Outstanding Student AwardHannah Huls
Business Administration Outstanding Student AwardShreya Suman Thakuri
Marketing Outstanding Student AwardStephany Barbera
Organizational Administration Outstanding Student AwardGene “Trey” Croom
Computer Information Systems Outstanding Student AwardNabin Singh
ADULT DEGREE PROGRAM AWARDS 
Outstanding Adult Student AwardLatishea Faison
  
  

Below you will find a list of honor society members who were recognized at the 2019 Honors Convocation Ceremony.  When you see these students, please take a moment to congratulate them.

PSI ETA SIMGA
Bethany Bergman
Elizebeth Blair
Olga K. Bloh
Karlee Bjurstrom
Alyssa Nichole Brookhart
Bethany J. Dunham
Angela W. Groeneveld
Hayleigh Heckman
Hunter L. Ingram
Dan R. Locey III
Victoria Mayer
Eboni’ Sapphire Mayle
Hugo Mendes
Rebecca Renee Mitchell
Brittany Petticolas
Odalis Enmanuel Peralta Paulino
Mariana Rey Xavier
Taylor E. Roberson
Brianna D. Skipwith
Rodrigo Soto Gongora
Dawn E. Wallace
Ashley Carroll Wiggins
Sigma Tau Delta
Libby Edwards
Dalton Smiley
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)
Hannah Ivester
Jawuanna McAllister
Dakota Casey
Savannah Flanagan
Psi Chi / Pi Gamma Mu
Thomas Keilty Hand 
Justin DeBraska
Cecilia Patino 
Sarah Griffiths
Thomas Keilty 
Justin DeBraska
Cecilia Patino 
Sarah Griffiths
Alpha Phi Sigma
Shelby Godwin
Jordan Forbess
Timothy Caulder
Anna Stribling
Faith Overton
Courtney Garofolo
Victoria Simmons
Jerry Cameron
Keith Garner
Gary Davis
Timothy Hathaway
William T. Smith
Patricia Sessoms
Jerry Shoemaker
Sigma Beta Delta
Rashonda Bradley
Willie Ray Flowers
Cheryl D. Garner
Lathen Earl Hyman, Jr.
Abigail Leather
Valerie Newton
Kendra S. Patterson
Sydney B. Taylor
Kelvin L. Wiggins
Sigma Tau Delta
Libby Edwards
Dalton Smiley
Kappa Mu Epsilon
Angela Nicole Bird
Payton Coleman
David Austin Mooney
Chinwe Cynthia Obi
Julia Anne Trimmer
Samantha G. Valeros
Jackie N. Webb
Abigail Wooten

Students & Faculty Attend American College of Sports Medicine Conference


American College of Sports Medicine conference
Front Row (Left to Right): Dr. Daniel Henderson, Tyler Ricks, Mehli Marcellus, Michaela Nicholas, Dr. Shannon Crowley and Dr. Meir Magal. Back Row: Mat Skyner 
Front Row (Left to Right): Dr. Daniel Henderson, Tyler Ricks, Mehli Marcellus, Michaela Nicholas, Dr. Shannon Crowley and Dr. Meir Magal. Back Row: Mat Skyner 

On February 14th and 15th, Drs. Crowley, Henderson and Magal, and four students attended the regional conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in Greenville, SC.

At the conference and under the direction of Dr. Crowley, Mehli Marcellus and Tyler Ricks presented a research project titled: “Factors Influencing Attitude Towards, and Participation in, Physical Activity in Eastern North Carolina”.

Also at the conference, Dr. Meir Magal, Program Director and Professor of Exercise Science together with Mr. Francis Neric, Director of Certifications at the American College of Sports Medicine, has co-presented a tutorial titled: “Graduated Now What? Succeeding in the Exercise Profession”

Wesleyan Hosts National Society of Leadership & Success Induction Ceremony


ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINANorth Carolina Wesleyan College recently held its second annual National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS) Induction Ceremony at The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. Seventy-five student leaders were inducted in the organization, the nation’s largest leadership honor society.

The Wesleyan chapter seeks to foster personal reflection, goal setting and leadership development amongst its members. The focus this fall was to lead new students through completion of the national requirements to become fully inducted members.

“I am pleased to report that we have been very successful this semester. Ninety percent of those who joined in August have achieved induction, exceeding the national goal of forty percent,” stated Jessie Langley, Chapter Advisor and Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life.

Keynote speaker at the event was Ron Green, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region, who focused on the themes of generosity and love. In support of this theme, student members and their guests were encouraged to bring new coats, toys and hygiene items as a donation to the local Boys & Girls Clubs. Through NSLS member nominations, Excellence in Teaching awards were given to faculty members Richard Allsbrook, Dr. Jason Buel and Dr. Daniel Stovall. Excellence in Service to Students awards were given to Michael Mosley and Wayne Sears.

In order to achieve induction, members must attend Orientation, Leadership Training Day, three Speaker Broadcasts and three Success Networking Team meetings. Students are selected by their college for membership based on academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. You can learn more about the National Society for Leadership & Success at nsls.org.