Wesleyan Presents Prestigious Awards at Annual Founders Day Event
ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College celebrated its 61st year with its annual Founders Day ceremony and awards presentation in Minges Auditorium of the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts on October 19.
The event opened with a processional of the flags, special guest, faculty and administration. Following the processional the NC Wesleyan ROTC cadets led the Presentation of Colors.
Guest speaker for the event was Joan Maxwell, co-owner of boat manufacturer, Regulator Marine in Edenton, NC. In her speech, Maxwell told the story of encountering an older man with a dilapidated car emblazoned with the bumper sticker – “It’s not leaking oil, it’s sweating power.” To her, the car was hopeless but to this man, it was full of power and ready to roll. She likened it to God’s power through us and how one’s perception and mindset can color what we see. When asked what sustained her during the 2008 recession that almost caused the demise of the company, she stated, “God does not need a booming economy to provide for us.” Maxwell attributes the company’s success to hard work and a great deal of faith.
Following the convocation address, NC Wesleyan’s gospel choir, Voices of Triumph, offered an outstanding performance of “Blessed Be Thy Name.”
The College presented its prestigious Sydney Sullivan Algernon Award to Vernon T. Bradley, Jr. 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. Bradley is a 1980 graduate of NC Wesleyan and was an athlete on the basketball and tennis teams. He is a generous supporter of NC Wesleyan, and ranks third in overall giving behind the United Methodist Church and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.
For the second musical selection, the Wesleyan Singers provided a moving performance of “Ye Servants of God”.
Wesleyan’s Distinguished Staff Award went to Rikki Rich, Assistant Athletic Director. This award honors staff members who have exhibited outstanding work performance, service and dedication to the College or community. Rich joined the College in 2005 and has played a vital role in its athletic department.
The Wesleyan Singers concluded the ceremony by leading the audience in singing the College’s Alma Mater.
Photo Description: NC Wesleyan College Assistant Athletic Director, Rikki Rich, displays the Distinguished Staff Award she received at the College’s annual Founders Day event.