The Heart of Dr. Hartness- Renovation Ceremony at The Hartness Center

Hartness Dedication 2019

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA–  Over 110 students, staff, supporters and family recently gathered at the Hartness Student Center at North Carolina Wesleyan College for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating new renovations. The event recognized Dr. John Hartness for his generous contributions and tireless support of the College.

Recently Renovated Hartness Center

Just before the event began, the room buzzed with conversation as individuals from various backgrounds greeted one another and shared stories of how Dr. Hartness has impacted their lives. Elliott Smith, Director of Student Activities, opened the event by expressing his thanks and mentioning all of the recent changes to the building as part of this renovation. 

The improvements took place over the past several months. They include: redesigning the ground level to encompass dynamic meeting areas, building a second floor which houses offices and creating a multi-purpose student lounge to accommodate both academic and entertainment needs. Annick Umuliza, a student-worker at the Hartness Center spoke on her pride of working for the center and its mission. 

After sharing a story of their friendship, Wesleyan President, Dr. Dewey Clark voiced his appreciation saying, “Dr. Hartness had this vision… he wanted to be a part of Rocky Mount because of North Carolina Wesleyan College. How fortunate we are to have Dr. Hartness come and befriend us.”

As Dr. Hartness came forward to say a few words and cut the ribbon, the entire room rose in a standing ovation for a man whose efforts serve as a prime example of a community supporter and leader.

What was originally a building used to supply heat to the College has now transformed into a thriving students center all because of Dr. Hartness and his family’s generosity and vision. He does not take credit for the success, however, humbly saying, “I did not do this, my family did this. I just happened to be there. My family is most generous, and I am most grateful.”

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. Magal together with the Director of Certifications at the American College of Sports Medicine, Mr. Francis Neric, 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

2018 Distinguished Staff Award

Tammy Robinson- Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship

Tammy Robinson Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship

Dr. Dewey Clark (left) awards Tammy Robinson, Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship at NC Wesleyan College the 2018 Distinguished Staff Award on Monday, December 3rd at the annual staff Christmas celebration. Tammy has been at Wesleyan for 7 years. This award honors staff members who have exhibited outstanding work performance, service and dedication to the College or community.

Wesleyan Pledges as a Healthy Campus Partner

We Took the Healthy Campus Pledge 2020ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College took the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Pledge and is now considered a Healthy Campus 2020 Partner. This pledge demonstrates a campus’ commitment toward achieving the Healthy Campus 2020 goals and objectives. NC Wesleyan has joined a growing group of diverse, motivated institutions and organizations working every day to move campuses across our nation toward better health.

Healthy Campus 2020 is the companion framework to Healthy People 2020, the federal government’s health promotion and disease prevention initiative for achieving better health across the United States. Healthy Campus 2020 provides a framework for improving the overall health status on campuses nationwide. Strategies extend beyond traditional interventions of education, diagnosis, treatment and healthcare at clinical levels. Wesleyan is working to embed health into all aspects of the campus culture, across administration, operations and academics.

“It’s with great pride that we join forces with other fellow institutions and organizations as part of being a Healthy Campus,” said Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark. “We are committed to educating and providing health and wellness opportunities for our students, faculty and staff in an effort to live longer, healthier lives.”

While no two Healthy Campus initiatives are exactly alike, most include a network of people working toward a common vision, priority health needs of your community, a plan with clearly defined strategies and action steps, community- and individual-focused interventions, and tracking progress. For more information about Healthy Campus 2020, please visit

Becoming a Healthy Campus Partner reflects North Carolina Wesleyan College’s commitment to health and well-being while joining the national movement to create healthier campuses. Wesleyan has been working on Healthy Campus goals and objectives since April 2018. Since that time, they have worked to increase the number of students receiving health education services and to improve access to immunizations, such as the flu shot, to help prevent illness on campus. For more information or to get involved, please visit

Wesleyan Student Receives NASA Award

student Sullivan Reece

Teacher Education student, Sullivan Reece

North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Sullivan Reece, studying Teacher Education, has been awarded a NASA North Carolina Space Grant Scholarship for STEM Pre-Service Teacher Education. Sullivan will complete a series of three NASA STEM Digital Badges, participate in professional seminars and attend a cohort field trip to NASA Langley Research Center. This will equip him with STEM-fields understanding, as well as NASA content and tools as he enters into K-12 science classrooms.

Visit for the official announcement.

Wesleyan Holds Scholarship Appreciation Event

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA Scholarship donors and their recipients came together at North Carolina Wesleyan November 1 as the college held its Scholarship Appreciation Gala at The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. The event recognized scholarship donors who give annually to Wesleyan students, helping them pursue their academic and professional dreams.

“It is always rewarding to bring together this group of promising young people and let our generous sponsors see the powerful impact their commitments are making on these leaders of tomorrow,” stated Eddie Coats, Vice President of Development. “Many of these students would not be able to afford a comprehensive college education without this support.”

Student body president and Heritage scholarship recipient, Will Plyler, spoke about the impact of his award. “I am just a sophomore but my life has been completely changed by the funding that made it possible for me to attend Wesleyan. I now have the opportunity to learn and pursue my passion in life. I am extremely grateful,” said Plyer.

Guest speaker for the event was J. Winston Lea, owner of Action Staffing Group and President of the Gravely Foundation. In 1945 as World War II was ending, the children of Rocky Mount businessman J.O.W. and Lula Keen Gravely created the Gravely Foundation to honor their parents’ philosophy that every child should have the opportunity to advance themselves through education. Over the last four decades, the Gravely Foundation has provided approximately $803,000 to support students and programming at Wesleyan. In his speech, Lea encouraged students to give back to their communities, churches and colleges. “One thing that I have learned on this journey of life is whatever you give, you will receive back tenfold,” stated Lea.

Wesleyan presented its prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to Lloyd Nelson ’67 and Elliott Stevenson Nelson ‘66. The award honors the excellence in character, leadership, community service and spiritual values of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a lawyer, scholar and orator. While at Wesleyan, Lloyd was a stand-out on the hardwood as the basketball program’s first Most Valuable Player during the college’s inaugural season in 1963-1964. He went on to become a two-time All-Conference selection and earned MVP rights again his senior year. The Nelsons have been very involved in Wesleyan over the years and Lloyd served on the Board of Trustees from 1997 to May 2018.

“The Nelsons have given tirelessly and generously to Wesleyan over a long period of time,” stated President Dr. Dewey Clark. “Their love and dedication to this college and the students we serve is without comparison. There has never been two more worthy recipients than Lloyd and Elliott.”

Each year more than 180 Wesleyan students benefit from the generosity of our donors.


Wesleyan Receives Grant for Accessibility Improvements

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan College recently received a $100,000 grant from The Cannon Foundation. The College recognizes the need to provide students, faculty and staff adequate mobility around campus to meet its mission of preparing students for professional advancement, life-long learning and responsible participation in their communities. The grant will be utilized to repair and replace sidewalks and curb ramps throughout the College.

Most of Wesleyan’s buildings and infrastructure were built between 1956 and the mid-70’s. As new buildings and infrastructure have been added or renovated, NCWC has strived to meet all legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Fair Housing Act. However, sidewalks on campus are deteriorating due to age, tree roots and weather. The cracks, divots, spall areas and raised edges can make it difficult for all pedestrians, particularly to those with mobility restrictions.

Many of the crosswalks do not have curb ramps, and those that do are not ADA-compliant. Those with mobility difficulties either have to alter their route or place their personal safety at risk when navigating through crosswalks. This project involves the excavation and replacement of 1,821 feet of sidewalks and 180 feet of curbing, along with the installation of four handicap ramps with mats.

“This grant is vital to providing all students with equal access to all buildings, institutional programs and activities. Removing architectural barriers and making the campus accessible continues to be a priority for Wesleyan. It was recently determined that the repair and replacement of sidewalks, as well as curb ramps at crosswalks, were our most critical needs for accomplishing this,” stated Linda Jones, Grant Writer for NC Wesleyan’s Office of College Advancement.

The Cannon Foundation, Inc. is part of the philanthropic legacy of Charles A. Cannon, industrialist and humanitarian, who was President and Chairman of Cannon Mills Company for more than half a century. The Foundation continues Mr. Cannon’s philanthropy through funding in healthcare, higher education, human services and community.