A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of North Carolina Wesleyan College

Spring 2017 Commencement Held 

North Carolina Wesleyan College conferred degrees to 234 students April 29 during its commencement ceremony on campus in Minges Auditorium of the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.
Families from 11 different states and 8 different countries gathered to honor and celebrate the 200 students who participated in the graduation exercises.  "We are really excited for our graduates and their families.  This is the culmination of a journey, and we are happy to be a part of their success," said Dr. Dewey Clark, Wesleyan president.
Describing the event as a community celebration, Reverend Dr. Barry Drum delivered the Baccalaureate address encouraging the graduates to persevere through the obstacles in their lives and make a difference in the lives of others.                                  
Commencement speaker was Mitch Mason, FCA Football Chaplain at the University of North Carolina at  Chapel Hill. Mason urged the graduates to honor the people in their lives and thank the people who help them along the way.  "Your quality of life is wrapped up in how you treat people.  Take care of the treasure in your hand, and you will get the treasure in your heart," Mason said. 
Speaking of his own life, Mason said that accepting Jesus Christ as His Savior was a turning point.  "We live in a broken world.  We need hope.  That hope is Jesus Christ," stated Mason.
He encouraged the graduates to be who they are and to be game changers. "We have too many copycats and counterfeits in our world today. We need authenticity, said Mason, "Be who God called you to be.  Go be a game changer!"

The College honored a faculty member and two students with top awards during the ceremony.
Wesleyan's Exemplary Teacher Award went to Dr. Fred Sanborn, Associate Professor of Psychology.  This honor goes to a professor who exemplifies excellence in teaching, service to the college, and has an outstanding record of scholarship.  According to Evan Duff, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Sanborn is known as a great mentor and motivator of students. He served as Director of the Teaching and Learning Center for the last six years, earning the respect of his peers for his dedicated engagement in his scholarly field and for the many professional development opportunities he provided across campus.  Dr. Sanborn joined Wesleyan in 2004 as professor of psychology after earning his Master of Science in Social Psychology and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Kansas State University.

Leigh Hales, a criminal justice major from Wake Forest, NC, was bestowed the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.  This humanitarian award goes to a senior who best exemplifies excellence in character, leadership, service to the community, and a commitment to spiritual values. 
The President's Cup was presented to Lauren Gosselin, an elementary education major from Nashville, NC. This award is presented to the senior who best exhibits those characteristics considered most desirable in a graduate with emphasis on the attainment of the highest standards of academic performance as demonstrated by the overall grade point average at North Carolina Wesleyan College.  

Wesleyan Cheer And Dance Team Wins Gold!

Congratulations to the NC Wesleyan Cheer and Dance Team on bringing back the GOLD!  The team traveled to Bermuda to compete in 1 World Bermuda, The Beautiful Games held May 4-8, 2017.  1 World is an annual international youth sports festival.  The goal of the games is to bring the youth of the world together in competition and in fellowship toward advancing communication between cultures and advancing the mission of world peace.

While in Bermuda, the NCWC Cheer and Dance Team also volunteered at Word of Life Teen Camp at Grace Island.  

The Bermuda trip and competition was the culmination of a great season for the 2016-2017 Cheer and Dance Team. The team is coached by Kayla Wygal.  


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Ipocks Establish Endowed Scholarship

Proud Wesleyan alums, Adam and Cathy Ipock, recently established an endowed scholarship in their names.  The Ipocks hope this endowed scholarship will help students for years to come realize their dream of getting a college education.  The Adam F. and Catherine B. Ipock Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a student from either Craven, Jones, Edgecombe, Nash, or Vance counties.   
Adam '91 and Cathy '92 earned B.S. degrees in Business Administration from Wesleyan.  They are  both members of the College's Board of Visitors.  In addition,   Adam recently served as the keynote speaker for the Spring 2017 student affairs award ceremony.  The Ipocks  are the proud parents of two sons, Nick and Chris.  Following in his parents' footsteps, Nick is currently a student at NC Wesleyan. 
Carl Payne '85 Tabbed For USA South Hall Of Fame 
Fayetteville, NC - The USA South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce its 2017 Hall of Fame Class.  Among those selected is Bishop alum Carl Payne, one of the most decorated student-athletes in NC. Wesleyan history!

Carl Payne was a two-time All-American while starring on the NC Wesleyan College baseball team (1982-1985).  As a pitcher, he was named First Team All-Conference three times, All-Region three times and was a part of three consecutive Conference titles.  Additionally, he was a member of the 1983 NCAA Division III South Region All-Tournament Team and was named the NC Wesleyan Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year in 1984. 

At the end of his career as a Battling Bishop, Payne held the program records for career wins (29), complete games (21), innings pitched (305.0)  and strikeouts (239), as well as career ERA.  All of those statistics remain ranked in the top five in program history, but his win total of 29 still stands as the school record.  Payne's #14 jersey is one of only five to be retired from the sport of baseball at NC Wesleyan.

Following his days in Rocky Mount, Payne was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1985.  Finally, Payne was inducted into the NC Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 and was a member of the USA South's 50th Anniversary Baseball team in 2014.
2017 Wesleyan Cup Golf Tournament A Success

The seventh annual Wesleyan Cup golf tournament held on Thursday, April 20 at Belmont Lake Golf Club was a huge success!  One hundred and eight golfers enjoyed a great day of golf, food, and fellowship.   Many thanks to State Farm, our title sponsor.  Congratulations to Roger Taylor and his team for taking home the first place prize for having the lowest score. Proceeds from the tournament support the Wesleyan Fund.                               

2017 Academic Summer Camps Offered    
Is your son or daughter interested in a career in marine biology, zoology or becoming an animal biologist? We are offering a summer camp on Fins, Feathers, and Fur: Learning Biology from Vertebrates.

Wesleyan is offering hands-on academic summer camps for rising 10th-12th graders where college credit will be earned for one-week of activities. Sign up today.  http://ncwc.edu/ncwc-academic-summer-camps/

2017 Summer Athletic Camps
For information on available summer athletic camps at NC Wesleyan for your children or grandchildren, visit the links below.


Reserve Your Wesleyan Memorial Brick
Students,organizations, parents, alumni, and community supporters now have the opportunity to inscribe their names at North Carolina Wesleyan College.  The Office of Alumni Relations is selling bricks to be placed at the new entrance located at the south end of the Pearsall Library addition, or at the Leon Russell Chapel entrance.

Your brick will be a permanent tribute on the NCWC campus.  In years to come, your family members, students, alumni, faculty, and visitors will see your name and recognize your loyalty to the College.  Your gift is a special way to support NCWC.

A brick is a wonderful opportunity to honor a mentor, memorialize a loved one, commemorate an occasion or event, or simply make public your support to NCWC. Click here for complete ordering information. 

Alumni Spotlight

Paul Buchanan '84 Serves As Onslow County Commissioner

Paul Buchanan has resided in Onslow County since 1969 after receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps to include service in Vietnam. Commissioner Buchanan began public service with the Onslow County Sheriff's Department in 1970. In 1974, he joined the Jacksonville Police Department, during which time he served as the supervisor in charge of the Special Operations Division for vice and narcotics investigations and Evidence Division. He was promoted to Commander in Charge of the SWAT Team and department Training Division for Jacksonville Police.

Commissioner Buchanan received 2 Purple Hearts: one when he was wounded in Vietnam and one when he was wounded performing his duties as an Onslow County Deputy Sheriff.

He serves as the Director of Law Enforcement Training at Coastal Carolina Community College.

A North Carolina Wesleyan College graduate with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, he holds numerous specialized instructional certifications, professional credentials and memberships.

Commissioner Buchanan has three grown daughters and eight grandchildren. He and his wife, June, are active members of the Onslow County community.

His areas of special interest include economic development and enrichment programs for the youth of Onslow County.
Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Eddie Coats '87 Named Vice President of College Advancement

NC Wesleyan recently announced the promotion of Eddie Coats to Vice President of College Advancement effective May 1, 2017. He had been serving as Interim Vice President of College Advancement since April of 2016.   Eddie joined Wesleyan in December 2010 as Assistant Vice President of Advancement, not long after serving as the 2010 Community Chair for the Day for Wesleyan Campaign.  

A 1987 Wesleyan alum with a B.S. in Business Administration, Eddie worked for Epstein's Store for Men throughout his time as a Wesleyan student, yet still managed to complete his course requirements in three years due to summer school class loads.  "The most memorable thing about Wesleyan was my liberal arts classroom experience and learning from legendary professors like Dr. Allen Johnson, Corbett Rushing, Daisy Thorp, Coach Don Scalf, Dr. Moe Bauer, Dr. David Jones and Dr. Rick Watson." 

Eddie began a career in banking in the fall of 1986 as a management trainee with Pioneer Savings Bank.  "From there, I had the opportunity to work with several other commercial banks during my twenty plus year banking career holding various management and customer contact positions."  Prior to joining Wesleyan, he was employed by RBC Bank.  

In addition to his position at Wesleyan, Eddie has also served as staff council representative and on the Honor Board for the College.  He is a member of First United Methodist Church of Rocky Mount, where he currently serves on the staff parish committee and is a past member of the FUMC trustee board.  Eddie is a member of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club and serves as co-chair of their scholarship committee.  He is a past president of the Rocky Mount Area Habitat for Humanity.

Eddie resides in Rocky Mount with his wife, Polly.  They have two daughters, Amanda and Catherine.  Amanda is a second year graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill and Catherine is a junior at Meredith College.  

In his "spare" time, Eddie enjoys golf, reading, and "hanging out with good people."  
May 2017
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