A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of North Carolina Wesleyan College
2018 Spring Commencement Held
Spring 2018 Commencement was held Saturday, April 28 on the front lawn of the NC Wesleyan campus, marking the first time in almost twenty years that graduation was held outdoors. The 300 graduates received their degrees while over 3,000 family and friends watched. Watch the entire graduation ceremony by clicking above.
Wesleyan Group Participates In Outward Bound
Recently a team from NC Wesleyan, consisting of students and staff, had the opportunity to take part in an Outward Bound experience which involved a four-day wilderness trip to the NC mountains. Outward Bound is an international, non-profit, independent outdoor-education organization with approximately 40 schools around the world and 200,000 participants per year. The North Carolina Outward Bound School outdoor adventure programs help individuals discover their strength of character, ability to lead, and desire to serve.
The Wesleyan group had a fantastic hands-on learning experience in wilderness survival skills, leadership, repelling, rock climbing, camping, cooking and backpacking.
Representing NC Wesleyan were: Jawuanna McAllister, Natalie Larson, Rebecca Solis-Wanous, Rebekah Cain (NCWC Staff), Jordan Forbess, Lewis Marshall, and Jadejah Robinson.
Funding for the Wesleyan group was
provided by Dr. Dan Crocker and his wife, Brenda.
NCWC Golf Team Prepares To Kick Off 2018 NCAA Division III Championships
North Carolina Wesleyan's golf team is gearing up for the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships which kick off on Tuesday afternoon, May 15, at Grandover Resort in Greensboro. The 42-team, 216-man tournament will be played over two courses (East and West) and will be hosted by Guilford College and the Greensboro Sports Commission. Fresh off the program's first USA South title in 45 years, the Bishops are set to tee off at noon on the Resort's West Course.
Making the first NCAA appearance in program history, Wesleyan will be led by junior Grady Anderson, who won medalist honors at USA South Championship and leads the Bishops' NCAA line-up with 74.1 stroke average. Also competing for NCWC are senior David White and sophomores Mariano Silvestri, Luke Thornton, and Dustin Wood. As a team the Bishops have won two straight tournaments and have posted top-five finishes in eight events this season.
Coach Charlie Long Steps Down As Head Coach Of Bishop Baseball. College To Honor Long By Retiring #10 Jersey
The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics has announced that long-time staff member Charlie Long has stepped down as head coach of the Battling Bishop baseball program. Long, who recently completed his 21st season at the helm of the program, will remain actively involved in athletics as a member of the NCWC Office of Advancement.
"I have had the honor and the privilege to be a part of the Battling Bishop baseball tradition since August of 1991," said Long. "Words cannot express the love I have for our program and the many memories that have been made over the years. The many young men that have worked so hard over the years have made me proud to be a Battling Bishop!"
He continued, "Sadly, there comes a time when we all must step away from one passion to follow another. After 29 years of coaching, that time is now for me."
Long leaves behind a coaching legacy that featured 475 career wins, 10 USA South Regular Season and/or Tournament Championships, several Coach of the Year awards, and the 1999 NCAA Division III National Championship. He is a 2016 NCWC Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and a 2017 Hall of Fame selection at his alma mater, the University of Mount Olive. Long will now begin transitioning to his new role within the Office of Advancement, where he will continue to manage the Battling Bishops Club and improve community relations as Assistant Athletics Director.
"My hope and prayer is to continue to improve our athletic facilities through more alumni and community involvement than ever before," Long added. "I look forward to assisting greatly in the continuous growth of the campus!"
To honor Long, the NC Wesleyan Department of Athletics will be retiring his #10 jersey with a formal unveiling at Bauer Field during the 2018 Homecoming festivities on October 27, 2018.
Wesleyan Men's Tennis Fall In Third Round NCAA Tournament, Sikh To Continue NCAA Play
The NC Wesleyan men's tennis team suffered a 5-0 loss to second ranked Emory University in the third round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The team ended its dual season with an overall record of 19-4.
Senior Sebastian Sikh has been selected to continue play in the NCAA Division III Singles Championships
May 24. Sikh will continue his pursuit of the program's first national title. The individual championships consist of 32 singles players and will be held May 24-26 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. This marks Sikh's third career selection. The Eskilstuna, Sweden native appeared in the singles tournament last season and previously finished as National Runner-Up in doubles play during his freshman campaign.
2018 NCWC Academic Summer Camps
Wesleyan College is offering Academic Summer Camps for rising 9th-12th graders in Exercise Science and Criminal Justice. Students will earn 1 hour of college credit during these week long camps to be held July 30-August 2, 2018.
Time: 9 AM-2 PM (Lunch, Snack and Drink provided)
Where: NCWC Rocky Mount Campus
Cost: $350 ($295 for NCWC Employees' Children)
Credit: 1 credit hour of college credit, special topics course
Deadline to register for camps - Monday, June 26
Bishop Women's Tennis Fall In Second Round of NCAA Tourney
The Battling Bishop women's tennis team saw a remarkable 2018 season come to an end with a 5-0 loss to Amherst College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Bishops, who had previously posted an opening round sweep of Lebanon Valley College to advance, wrapped up the season with a 13-4 overall record.
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Wesleyan Alumnus Makes Impact On Future Bishop
Dawn Wallace, a senior at Faith Christian School in Rocky Mount, NC, will be attending NC Wesleyan in the fall. Dawn is the daughter of Wayne and Grace Wallace. H
er mother, G
race, graduated from NC Wesleyan in 2015. Dawn's favorite teacher, Robbie Carter (pictured with Dawn) is a '76 alumnus of NC Wesleyan. Mr. Carter teaches history at Faith Christian and has had a big influence on Dawn.
As alumni of NC Wesleyan, Grace and Robbie are both excited to have Dawn joining the Bishop Family this fall! Go Bishops!
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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.
NC Wesleyan Collegiate Insignia License Plate Deadline Extended
North Carolina Wesleyan College is in the process of applying for a collegiate insignia license plate.
This requires application to the NC Legislature with a minimum of 300 paid applications by January 15, 2019.
If you are interested in purchasing a NCWC plate,
click here for process details and application
. Email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org and pay online at
When submitting your online payment you must designate "Other Fund" and note "License Plate"
print and mail application and check or money order made payable to NCWC to:
North Carolina Wesleyan College
Attn: Director of Alumni Relations
3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Upon receipt of 300 plus paid orders, Wesleyan will forward all forms to the NCDMV with a consolidated check. If 300 plus paid orders are not received, Wesleyan will return or destroy the payments to all applicants according to each applicant's guidance.
Jessica Clarke '11 Proud To Be A Battling Bishop
Jessica Poindexter Clarke graduated from NC Wesleyan in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies and a minor in Psychology. She was the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college, while playing a collegiate sport.
During her time at Wesleyan, Jessica served as a PAL (peer assisted leader), WAAL representative, captain of the softball team, tutor for all subjects and treasurer and member of SMW. She also gained all conference accolades from the USA South.
"I believe from being a part of the leadership organizations and service organizations it has helped shape me as an adult. Now I am an Assistant Market Manager for Randstad USA in Rocky Mount, NC. I am an active member of the Junior Guild of Rocky Mount. The Junior Guild is a service organization in the Rocky Mount area and we raise money through volunteer work and fundraising for young women's college scholarships."
Jessica is still active in the NC Wesleyan community attending NCWC's sports events, alumni events and assisting NCWC students during the summer in finding jobs. "Wesleyan will always be my home! I'm proud to be a Battling Bishop!"
Dr. Jay Quinan Awarded Wesleyan's 2017-2018 Exemplary Teacher Award
Dr. Jay Quinan, Professor of Psychology, is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Exemplary Teacher Award. This honor goes to a professor who exemplifies excellence in teaching, service to the college, and has an outstanding record of scholarship.
"This year's recipient is always engaged with our students and possess character traits that include kindness, empathy and patience. He has dedicated his life to his discipline and to North Carolina Wesleyan College. You will always find him present at student, faculty and staff presentations as well as other college functions. Students appreciate his calming spirit especially during final exams", said Dr. Evan Duff, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs in describing Dr. Quinan.
Quinan completed his final year as chairman of the School of Education and Social Science this spring.
He enjoys playing the piano, organ, string bass, and performing with the Wesleyan Singers and church choirs.
Quinan grew up near Albany, N.Y., and earned his B.A. from Siena College, M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Ph.D. from The University of Georgia
Carolynn Davern Awarded Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
Senior Carolynn Davern, a Chemistry Science major was this year's winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. This award is presented to the NCWC senior who best exemplifies academic achievement as well as excellence in character, leadership, service to the community, and a commitment to spiritual values. This humanitarian award is meant to recognize those who have selflessly given to others or served others in some way. The award honors the qualities exhibited by the life of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, lawyer, scholar, and orator, who was prominent in New York City social and civic activities from 1857 until the time of his death in 1888.
Known as the Queen Bee on campus, Carolynn helped to mold the Science and B Clubs and created a pollinators garden on campus. Her year-long honor student research project was "Establishing a Honey Bee Hive on NCWC Campus."
Carolynn was also the recipient of the Chemistry Award and the American Institute of Chemists/North Carolina Institute of Chemists Foundation Award.
Carolynn will be entering the PhD program in Chemistry at NC State University.
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