A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of North Carolina Wesleyan College
Wesleyan Society Members Celebrated At Gala

North Carolina Wesleyan College paid tribute to over 75 Wesleyan Society members at the Wesleyan Society Gala held February 28.  Greeted by Wesleyan students, guests enjoyed carving stations, hors d'oeuvres and music by the Durham Jazz Renaissance Foundation.

Loyalty Clock awards were presented to donors who have supported North Carolina Wesleyan College at the Wesleyan Society level (an annual gift of $1,000 or more) for at least five consecutive years.  The "These Are They" award, a new award this year, honors those donors who have supported the College for many years, not only sacrificing their time, but more importantly their resources.  They have experienced the most challenging times of Wesleyan, and still remained loyal supporters and advocates to assist in helping Wesleyan move forward.  The "These Are They" award represents one donor from each Society Circle and four from the Bishop Circle. 

"These Are They" Award Recipients
Francis Circle - Boddie-Noell Enterprises
Methodist Circle - Gravely Foundation
Wesleyan Circle - Mr. John D. Hartness
Aldersgate Circle - Mr. and Mrs. John J. Ferebee
Bishop Circle - Honorable J. Phil P. Carlton
Bishop Circle - Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Johnson
Bishop Circle - Mr. and Mrs. George W. Thorpe
Bishop Circle - Wildwood Lamp - Marty and Bill Kincheloe

Loyalty Clock Award Recipients
Boddie-Noell Foundation
J. Edward and Sheryl Naylor
Stallings Oil Company
Honorable J. Phil P. Carlton
Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Landis III
Poppies International
Carl and Mary Catherine Turner
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Wordsworth
Mr. Willard B. Wake Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Maxie T. Coker Jr. '86
Renovation Ceremony Held At The Hartness Student Center

Back in the mid 1990's because of the vision and generosity of Dr. John D. Hartness, a Rocky Mount dentist and member of the NC Wesleyan Board of Trustees, and his family, the building which originally supplied heat to the College was converted into a student center named in memory of Dr. Hartness' parents, Rufus and Patsy Hartness.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held October 23, 1997.  

On February 27, 2019 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Hartness Student Center to celebrate new renovations made to the Center to better accommodate a growing student body and newer technology.  Improvements made 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. 

Dr. Hartness' advice to the crowd of students, staff, friends and family in attendance was to ensure you leave a legacy in this world, to make a difference--find a cause bigger than yourself and give it your all!  Dr. Hartness has definitely given his all to North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Arbor Day Celebration

The City of Rocky Mount will hold its annual Arbor Day Celebration at 10:00 am on Friday, March 22 in the Garner Lobby of The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.  The Celebration will include presentations by Rocky Mount city officials and musical performances by the North Carolina Wesleyan College student ensemble, Spectrum.  North Carolina Wesleyan College student, Ericca Lenhardt, will be the guest speaker for the event.  
The Arbor Day Foundation will present awards to the city of Rocky Mount during the  celebration for its commitment to maintaining healthy community trees.  Nash  Community  College and North Carolina Wesleyan College will also rec eive  Tree Campus USA awards.

In keeping with the tradition of Arbor Day, the city of Rocky Mount has planted two Kwanzan Cherry trees on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College.  

College Central Network For YOU!

The College Central Network (CCN) is a platform of career-building information, advice, and tips for alumni that includes inform ation on cover  letters, resumes, interviewing, internships, professional etiquette, as well as many other job search topics.  And, CCN has a job board with over 500,000 job postings on a secure jobs database.  The site features valuable job search content geared toward entry-level job seekers from over 125 authors.

Many alumni are already pre-registered in CCN, so you only need to activate your account.  If not preregistered, contact us at the North Carolina Career Center for help at CareerServices@ncwc.edu.  And, the best news of all, the site is FREE for you to use as NCWC alumni.

So, if you need a great resource to help with your job search, access the College Central Network website by going to   www.collegecentral.com/ncwc/ and get started!

Upcoming Shows And Events  At The Dunn Center 

ShadowGrass - March 22, 2019 7:30 PM

When four teenagers met at various fiddler's conventions in 2014, what emerged was a dynamic young band from the mu sically-rich Crooked Road region of southwest Virginia. And they hold promis e to be the next torchbearers of bluegrass with their foot-tapping, fast-picking style. We invite  you to The Dunn Center for this budding quartet as they jump-start Spring   2019!
Call The Dunn Center Box Office at (252) 985-5197 for tickets or buy online.

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen-  April 12, 2019 7:30 PM

"Frank Solivan just keeps getting better, as a songwriter, arranger, singer and, not the least, instrumentalist" says Bluegrass Today. He and his guys are among the new generation of groups moving the genre forward to a younger, broader audience. "Ranked among the 'buzz' bluegrass bands... a razor sharp, confident quartet" says Bluegrass Unlimited. Well, now, the experts have spoken--these dudes are for real!
Call the Dunn Center Box Office at (252) 985-5197 for tickets or buy online.

2019 Academic Summer Camps 

Basic Computer Information Systems Camp 
June 17-21, 2019, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
NCWC Rocky Mount Campus
Registration Deadline June 3

Is your rising 9th-12th grader interested in Computer Information Systems? We are offering a summer camp that provides a wonderful and engaging learning experience that allows your teen to earn college credit. Learn more here:  https://ncwc.edu/ncwc-academic-summer-camps/ 
From The Vault

October 23, 1997...

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Opening the Hartness Center 
Left to Right SGA President Alan Garber '99, Dr. John Hartness, Dr. Gaylord Lehman and Dr. John White, NCWC President

From The Dissenter 1998 ....

Stay Connected!

Keep Wesleyan and your fellow alumni informed of your news of marriages, births, job changes, awards, and other activities.  Email your Class Note to alumni@ncwc.edu.  Photos also will be considered.
Alumni Class Notes

Taylor J. Stone ('13 was recently promoted to Director of First Year Experience Programs at North Carolina Wesleyan College.  She also serves as interim director of student success.  Stone joined Wesleyan in 2015 as an academic advisor prior to becoming a first year experience advisor.  She earned a degree in psychology from NC Wesleyan in 2015 and her master's degree in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University.  Stone and her husband lead the youth and children's ministry at Middlesex Church of God.  

Tracey L. "T L"  Drewery ('13) recently graduated from the Eastern NC Senior Fire Officer Leadership Institute. The institute, offered by Wilson Community College, provides participants with two-day sessions over a nine month period in leadership skills and practices needed for senior fire officers.  Drewery is a Battalion Chief with the Rocky Mount Fire Department.  He was named Officer of the Year at the Rocky Mount Lions Club Awards Ceremony held March 14.  He graduated from NC Wesleyan College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Information Systems.  

Amber N. Hill ('18) is an art teacher working in downtown Wilmington, NC.  She is currently working on her Master's degree in Education with a concentration in school counseling fr om the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  Amber graduated from NC Wesleyan College in  2018 through the Adult Degree Program Wilmington campus  with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. 

Brenton F. Bent ('11) has been promoted to Director of Water Resources for the City of Rocky Mount.  He previously served as assistant director of Public Works and Water Resources since 2014.  Bent received an associates degree in lab technology from the University of Technology in Jamaica, an associate degree in business administration from Nash Community College, a bachelor's degree in business administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 2011 and a master's degree in management and leadership from Montreat College.  

Jasmine D. Edgren ('16) is coaching the inaugural junior varsity softball team at Northside High School.  A second-year teacher of physical science, Edgren is in her second season coaching softball at Northside and hopes to build the school's softball program. In addition to coaching both softball teams, she also coaches the school's swim team.  She played softball four years in high school prior to playing four years at NC Wesleyan College where she won the Female Student-Athlete and Athlete of the Year awards in 2016.  Edgren was one of 517 student-athletes from across the nation to be nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award. She graduated from NC Wesleyan in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in BioMedical Science.

Laurie B. Middleswarth ('16) was named Officer of the Year at the Rocky Mount Lions Club Awards Ceremony held March 14.  Laurie joined the Rocky Mount Police Department in early 2013 and was promoted to Corporal in 2018.  She is the only woman on the Rocky Mount city force to  serve on the police department's special response team and she also serves on the city police honor guard.  She graduated magna cum laude from NC Wesleyan College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology.  When o ff duty, Laurie enjoys competing in strongwoman competitions nationwide.
Remembering Our Bishop Family

To notify us of the death of a classmate, please email the information and an obituary, if available, to alumni@ncwc.edu.

John R. Woollen '69  died October 24, 2018 at his home in Raleigh, NC at the age of 71.  He was a 1969 graduate of NC Wesleyan College with a BA in History and received his EdD from UNC Greensboro in 1982.  "Doc" Woollen taught for many years in public schools in Rocky Mount and Raleigh, most recently at Raleigh's Enloe Magnet High School, from which he retired in 2010.  In his younger days he was fond of travel, visiting Pakistan, Japan and China in the 1970s and 1980s.  In more recent years John made extended visits to the UK, and spent most of his summers on Cape Cod, until his health limited his travel to short trips.  From his childhood he had an eye for antiques and always enjoyed a good meal.  He is survived by three brothers and two sisters-in-law.

Josephine H. Ricks '69 widely known as Jo died October 25, 2018 at a hospice facility near her home in Washington, D.C.  Jo was chairman of the D.C. Real Estate Commission at the time of her death, and a leading Washington real estate broker.  Jo and her husband,  Jeffrey Clark, were adventurous travelers, having been in recent years to South Africa, Ethiopia, British Columbia, Argentina and Chile, as well as the Cornish coast of Britain and the D-Day beaches of Normandy in France.  Jo was an active member of St. George's Episcopal Church in Valley Lee, Maryland.  She lead a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer the past 2 1/2 years, without ever losing her vibrant smile. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sisters-in-law and their children and grandchildren. 

William "Bill" Dennis Jones '94  passed away peacefully surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved on November 2, 2018 at the age of 69.  He received a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Bachelor  of B usiness Management from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1994.  For 22 years, Bill proudly served his country in the Air Force and later worked for the United States Postal Service for 20 years until his retirement in 2014.  He was absolutely devoted to his wife and family.  He was a father and grandfather who was always there to encourage and support his girls in all they did.  He was a man of faith, believing in the power and strength of God's love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing.  Bill is survived by his wife, two daughters, five granddaughters, two brothers, and one sister. 

Linda Mitchell Hodges '69 passed away November 10, 2018 at the age of 71.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1969.  She was a devoted educator for 35 years, primarily teaching math and science to a range of grade levels, from 7th grade to 12th grade.  Linda taught at Nash Central Junior High and Southern Nash Senior High, among other schools, before retiring in 2004 to spend more time with her husband.  She believed in love, hope and happiness and the power of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.  She is survived by three sons, one sister, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
Jean Abernathy Brackett '71 died unexpectedly on November 17, 2018 at the age of 84. She was married to H. Ray Brackett, professor of Psychology at North Carolina Wesleyan College.  Jean obtained her BA degree in Spanish from North Carolina Wesleyan in 1971 graduating Magna Cum Laude with honors in Spanish.  She began her teaching career at Northern Nash Senior High and taught there until she retired. After retirement she continued to teach at Northern part-time and in 2000 went to work at Rocky Mount Academy and taught there for 6 years.  In addition to her teaching career, she applied her passion for music as a church musician and choir director.  She was organist at Englewood Methodist for 7 years, at Trinity Lutheran for 15 years and also choir director for 4 years.  She worked as organist and choir director at Enfield Methodist for 16 years before finally retiring in 2016.  She is survived by three sons, one granddaughter and one great grandson.   
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

March 2019
In This Issue

Upcoming Events

Maureen O'Neill
Imprints of Experience
February 21-March 31

Global Wesfest
March 18

Honors Convocation
March 19

Arbor Day Celebration
March 22

March 22

Dr. Lee Templeton
Jefferson-Pilot Professorship Lecture
March 28

Frank Solivan &
 Dirty Kitchen
April 12

Admitted Students Day
April 13

Wesleyan Cup
April 18

May 4



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