A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of North Carolina Wesleyan College
November 2020
Award-Winning Actress Returns to Speak In-Person at NCWC Commencement

In February, North Carolina Wesleyan College announced that award-winning actress Sharon Lawrence would be their April 2020 commencement speaker. Later, due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College announced that the ceremony would have to take place virtually. Lawrence still took the time to send the graduates her congratulations and encouragement via video, with the hope that she would be able to address them in-person at the December ceremony. That hope is now coming to fruition with Lawrence scheduled to return in-person to address the Class of 2020 at NC Wesleyan’s Winter Commencement taking place on December 5.

Lawrence is an award-winning actress with roles on NYPD Blue, Dynasty and can most recently be seen opposite Kirsten Dunst in Showtime’s On Becoming a God in Central Florida. Read more.
Physician with Ties to Rocky Mount Leaves $2.5 Million to NCWC
The development and acceptance of a proposal for the Executor of the Dr. Nancy Shaw Trust has enabled North Carolina Wesleyan College to secure funds for its Pre-Veterinarian, Biomedical, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science majors. Dr. Shaw was a successful physician with ties to Nash County. Her trust's primary focus was to benefit the health and care of felines, which was a passion of hers.

NC Wesleyan will be receiving $2,500,000 from the trust, which will allow the College to establish its first endowed Professorship to advise and oversee its Pre-Vet major. This professor may also develop additional coursework or concentrations in animal and cat care. The College will also be establishing a highly-selective endowed scholarship for a Pre-Vet major to pay the majority of their educational expenses at Wesleyan. Read more.
NC Wesleyan Unveils New Loan Repayment Assistance Program (R.I.S.E) for Future Graduates
North Carolina Wesleyan College is the first college in the area to offer a loan repayment assistance program (LRAP). This new program, called R.I.S.E (Repayment Initiative for Student Education), can help graduates repay their federal student, parent PLUS and private alternative loans if their income after graduation is below $50,000. R.I.S.E will be available to all incoming freshmen starting in the spring of 2021. Read more.
NCWC Office of Career Development & Leadership Seeking Community Partners
North Carolina Wesleyan College would like to hear from companies and organizations interested in partnering with our Office of Career Development & Leadership. This office facilitates opportunities for student growth through internships, jobs, company tours, leadership workshops, networking opportunities, etc. while also connecting employers to rising graduates/recent alumni for full-time job opportunities. If you are interested in partnering, please submit the interest form at the following link: bit.ly/NCWCpartner.

Now is the perfect time to let us hear from you as we are currently seeking internship site placements to begin in January!
North Carolina Wesleyan College was recently selected by the American College of Sports Medicine as the Judges' Pick for first place in the Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) Mascot Challenge video contest. This year, a record 32 colleges and universities submitted video entries. As the first place winner, the NCWC Exercise is Medicine® On Campus team will receive a $1,000 grant to host physical activity programming on campus...and of course...bragging rights for the year!
November is International Education Month! This is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. International Education Month is a time for us to recognize our College's global connections and celebrate the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world. We have students from 35 different countries at NC Wesleyan.

With gratitude and thanks, we wish you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!
NC Wesleyan Vietnam Veterans Recognition Project
In March 2021, North Carolina Wesleyan will add-on to the existing Vietnam Memorial Wall & Marker by dedicating a new wall with plaques recognizing and honoring alumni who served during the Vietnam War Era.

For more information regarding this project, click here or contact Charlie Long in the Alumni Relations Office at clong@ncwc.edu or 252.985.5219.
Alumni Class Notes
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 or complete the Alumni Update Form here. Photos are welcome.
Clinton Rowe '95 won the District 3B Superior Court Seat 2 in the November election. He is a district court judge for the 3B District, serving Craven, Pamlico and Carteret counties in North Carolina. Rowe will assume the Superior Court seat January 1, 2021. He graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and earned his law degree from Campbell University School of Law.
Charles D. Williams '06 has been promoted to interim police chief for the city of Rocky Mount, NC. He will serve in this position after the current police chief retires, effective December 1. Williams has been with the Rocky Mount Police Department since 1995. His most recent duties with the department included serving as Patrol Services Captain. Williams graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina Wesleyan in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies. He also holds a certificate in training from NC State University's Administrative Officers Management Program as well as certifications from the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the NC Justice Academy.
J. Anthony Cameron '17 recently earned the NC Sheriff's Education and Training Standards Commission Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and Advanced Service Award. Tony currently serves as a Sergeant with the Nash County Sheriff's Office and has been selected to the rank of Lieutenant effective January 1, 2021. Tony earned his BA degree in Criminal Justice from NC Wesleyan in 2017 and his Master's degree in Criminal Justice from NCWC. Tony currently teaches as an adjunct professor at NC Wesleyan College and other institutions.
Latasha Hall '07 has been promoted to Director of Business and Collections Services with the City of Rocky Mount. She joined the City in 2013 as Business Services Manager and in May 2020 was promoted to Interim Director of Business and Collections Services. Latasha graduated from NC Wesleyan in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She earned a master's degree in Human Services specializing in Business Management and Counseling from Liberty University.
Scoey C. Lewis '15 has been promoted to sergeant with the Rocky Mount Police Department. Previously a corporal, Scoey has been with the City of Rocky Mount Police for over sixteen years. Scoey earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 2015 through the Adult and Professional Studies Program at North Carolina Wesleyan.
Laurie Middleswarth '16 has been promoted to sergeant with the Rocky Mount Police Department. Laurie joined the City of Rocky Mount Police Department in January 2013. An Adult and Professional Studies Program student, Laurie graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan in 2016 with a BA in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology.
Marcus Brown '17 recently earned the rank of corporal with the Rocky Mount Police Department. He is also a member of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. Marcus attended North Carolina Wesleyan's Adult and Professional Studies Program graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.
Remembering Our Bishop Nation
To notify us of the death of a classmate, faculty or staff member, please email the information and an obituary, if available, to alumni@ncwc.edu.
Michael Lee Ogburn '80, age 63, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Nash UNC Health Care in Rocky Mount. Mike graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He is survived by his wife, two sons, one granddaughter, his beloved Pomeranians, and a host of family friends and other extended relatives.
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 Advancement is selling bricks to be placed at the 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 and 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 Spotlights Wanted
NCWC Alumni, if you would like to be spotlighted on Social Media (Facebook, Instagram), click here to complete your Alumni Spotlight Questionnaire. We love putting you in the spotlight!
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