Wesleyan Holds College Heat Title with Second Consecutive Win in 2019 Tackle the Tar 

Tackle The Tar 2019 NCW group
Another great year for Team Wesleyan at this year’s Tackle the Tar – 5K Obstacle Course

The event raised more than $100,000 so local students can attend Edgecombe Community College, Nash Community College or N.C. Wesleyan College. NC Wesleyan would like to thank ALL of the sponsors and participants that help send kid’s to college. Five of the top six and seven of the top ten finishers in the College Heat at this year’s event went to NC Wesleyan competitors. GREAT JOB! #TackletheTar2019


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(Left to Right):Tyler Bird (6th), Keyonte Williams (4th), Christian Tippette (1st), Jeshon Smith (2nd), Turner Votipka (5th)

ECC and Wesleyan Renew Transfer Agreement

Edgecombe Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College recently renewed an agreement that enables ECC graduates to transfer to Wesleyan. Signing the agreement are Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark (left) and ECC President Dr. Greg McLeod.

This renewed transfer agreement greatly expands the number of specific Associate in Applied Science degrees from Edgecombe Community College that will transfer to Wesleyan. We are excited to continue this successful partnership! READ MORE >

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 Receives Employer Excellence Award from Donate Life NC

(Pictured left to right) VP of Finance, Suzanne Brackett; Alumna, Courtney Moss; Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Mike Brantley; Executive Director of Donate Life, Deanna Mitchell; President, Dr. Dewey Clark; Executive Director of the Dunn Center, Sheila Martin; Women’s Soccer Team Captain, Anna Stribling and Women’s Soccer Coach, Beverly Biancur 

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – Recently, North Carolina Wesleyan College received an Award of Employer Excellence from Donate Life North Carolina. April is National Donate Life Month, an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

Wesleyan received this award because of their dedication to going above and beyond the legal requirements in supporting employees who are living organ donors and recipients, as well as, employees who are on the transplant waiting list. 

Executive Director of Donate Life, Deanna Mitchell and President, Dr. Dewey Clark

“For many living donors and patients, the worry of missed work or expenses is incredibly stressful and prevents them from focusing on their health. We are so proud of the work that Wesleyan does to support their employees,” stated Deanna Mitchell, Executive Director of Donate Life NC. 

North Carolina Wesleyan Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Mike Brantley, received his liver over three years ago. Courtney Moss, a May 2018 Wesleyan grad and employee at the Dunn Center Box Office, received her heart four years ago. There are over 3,000 North Carolinians waiting for an organ and 84 percent of those are waiting for kidneys. Living kidney donor and Executive Director of The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at Wesleyan, Sheila Martin, has actively volunteered for many years to increase public awareness of the great need for registered organ donors.

“NC Wesleyan hired me fourteen years ago knowing I was a living kidney donor. The recipient was my son, Jim Pittman, who graduated from Wesleyan in 1992,” stated Sheila Martin, Executive Director of The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. “I’m grateful for the College’s support and that they allow me to take administrative leave in order to attend the state’s License to Give Trust Fund Commission meetings.” Wesleyan also hosts a yearly dodge ball tournament, organized by the women’s soccer team, which benefits Carolina Donor Services.“The involvement of the women’s soccer team has been so incredible because it puts the issue of organ donation in front of a young audience,” stated Martin.

Donate Life NC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring all North Carolinians to give the gift of life. The organization recognizes those employers who go above and beyond the law to support employees who are on the transplant waiting list as well as those who are living donors. 

Alum Keynote Speaker at Wesleyan Graduation

Tony Stroud

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College will hold its Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Rocky Mount Event Center located at  285 NE Main Street, Rocky Mount. Graduates must arrive by 8:30 a.m. dressed in cap and gown to check in.This week, Wesleyan announced its 2019 commencement speaker will be Tony Stroud, 1983 alumnus of Wesleyan and founder of Stroud & Company, a Wilmington, NC accounting firm. 

Stroud’s career began after graduating from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a degree in English. He then went on to complete the CPA candidacy program at UNC Wilmington before founding his company in 1993. As a trusted financial advisor in the Wilmington area, he works closely with individual and corporate clients, providing accounting and tax planning, as well as representing clients in tax controversy situations. Stroud is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

“We are proud to have an accomplished alumnus return as this year’s commencement speaker,” stated North Carolina Wesleyan President, Dr. Dewey Clark. “It’s always refreshing to hear about our graduates going out and charting their own course, just as Tony has done with his company.”

When Stroud is not busy running his office, he spends time volunteering at local non-profits including the Harrelson Center, Wilmington Fire Fighters and She Rocks. A passion of his is traveling, especially touring Sports Illustrated’s Top 10 Sports venues of the 20th Century, of which he has visited eight. The 2019 commencement ceremony will be held outside and is open to the public, pending good weather. In the event of inclement weather, graduation will be moved inside at the Rocky Mount Event Center.

Wesleyan Cheer Places Third in the Nation

North Carolina Wesleyan College Cheer Team

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA –On Thursday, April 4, the North Carolina Wesleyan College cheer team traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida to compete in the National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Championship under the leadership of new coaches, Lyndsey and Pete Graham. 

After a strong morning practice and a confident warm up, the Bishops took the mat for the second time on Friday. The team placed third nationally in the Intermediate Small Coed Division III.

Spirit Coordinators/Cheerleading and Dance Coaches, Pete and Lyndsey Graham, assumed leadership of the cheer program back in January. Pete works with the teams full-time, while Lyndsey coaches part-time.The dynamic duo is responsible for coordinating the cheer and dance team in recruitment, try-outs, choreography, practices, game days and campus/community events. 

“We are incredibly excited for this team. Third place is an amazing accomplishment and we couldn’t be happier,” stated coach Pete Graham.

Together, the couple has a combined nine years of experience coaching at the college level. Lyndsey Graham graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Psychology and Pete Graham graduated from NC State University with a degree in Business Administration. Both excelled in cheer at their universities and were chosen to serve as team captains. The couple went on to marry, celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary just before starting at NC Wesleyan. The new coaches have experience in competing at the National Cheerleading Associations College Nationals at Daytona Beach, Universal Cheerleading Associations College Nationals in Orlando, UCA & NCA Nationals, NCAA and Big South. Besides competing and coaching at the college level, both have experience in leadership positions with the Christian Cheerleaders of America for numerous years.

“We are very excited about Pete and Lyndsey joining the College and leading our Cheer and Dance programs,” stated Ed Naylor, Dean of Student Affairs and Legal Matters. “They are experienced, talented, energetic and will advance our competitive cheer program, as well as improve the game day experience for many of our athletic programs.”

To learn more about Wesleyan’s Cheer and Dance Program, visit ncwcsports.com.

Jefferson-Pilot Professorship Awarded to Dr. Lee Templeton

Dr Templeton speaking at lecture

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA –North Carolina Wesleyan Professor, Dr. Lee Templeton, has been awarded with the 2018-2019 Jefferson-Pilot Professorship. This award is the highest and most singular honor that can be bestowed upon a faculty memberand is given in recognition of scholarship, teaching and community service.  

The Jefferson-Pilot Professorship is an endowed award that was established in 1981 through the generosity of the Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance Company. The honoree is nominated by a committee of faculty and appointed by NC Wesleyan President, Dr. Dewey Clark. To be eligible for consideration, the faculty member must have tenure and have clearly distinguished themselves with high standards of excellence. As teachers, they demonstrate a whole-hearted dedication and rigorous professionalism in forwarding their students’ learning and personal development for life and work. As scholars, they have to possess a mastery of their discipline, contribute to new understanding and knowledge, and demonstrate a lively commitment to life-long learning for themselves, as well as their students. Additionally, as a member of the Wesleyan community, they give generouslyto the aims and programs of the College, both with their time and means.

Dr. Lee Templeton

“When the nominating committee met to discuss our consolidated list of potential faculty nominees, it quickly became apparent to the committee that one single faculty member stoodhead and shoulders above the rest as the clear choice for the 2018-2019 Jefferson-Pilot Professorship Award,” stated Dr. Evan Duff, Provost and Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairsat Wesleyan. “Overall, Dr. Templeton has a strong record of teaching, scholarly activity and service.”

Dr. Templeton, now in his eleventh year at Wesleyan, delivered his Jefferson-Pilot Professorship Lecture, entitled: “Until the Dragon Comes: Ragnarok and the Liberal Arts,” on Thursday, March 28. His talk explored two topics– dragons and higher education – and attempts to connect the two in a meaningful way. Beginning with an examination of the figure of the dragon and its various metaphorical meanings, in Old Norse/Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon myth and literature, Dr. Templeton considers current trends in higher education through the metaphorical lens of the dragon.

During the lecture presentation, the 2019-2020 recipient of the Jefferson-Pilot Professorship was announced. Next year’s awardee is Dr. Jeffrey Kuglitsch, Associate Professor of Earth Science.

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

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
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
Religious StudiesSean Michael Dancy
Senior English AwardLibby Edwards
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
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
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.

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