A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of North Carolina Wesleyan College
September 2020
WESmagazine Summer 2020
The Summer 2020 edition of WESmagazine is now out and includes articles featuring areas of academics, student life, athletics, and advancement. Highlights include:

  • RN to BSN Program Launches
  • MBA Degree in Full Swing
  • Esports Revolution Takes Shape
  • New Indoor Sports & Education Facility
  • CARES Act Impact

First Recipients of NC Wesleyan Service Award Recognized
North Carolina Wesleyan College congratulates Drs. Carl and Jackie Lewis, as well as Dr. Brittany Bass for being the first recipients of its Wesleyan Service Award. Any full-time employee may be nominated in recognition for consistently demonstrating outstanding service to the College or community that is above and beyond their job responsibilities.

Since March of this year, Dr. Jackie Lewis '93, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, and Dr. Carl Lewis '00, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, have been sewing and distributing PPE (masks and cart handle covers) to members of the Wesleyan community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professional Closet Gives Students Chance to Dress for Success
North Carolina Wesleyan strives for its students to excel both inside and outside of the classroom. To assist with success outside of the classroom, Dr. Gena Messer-Knode, Dean of Career Development & Business Innovation, launched The Wesleyan Professional Closet to provide professional attire for NCWC students.

The Wesleyan Professional Closet is located on the second floor of the Gateway Technology Center at the front of NCWC's campus. Students are able to borrow clothing for interviews, school events and other community functions. This service is completely free and based on the honor system. Students can show up, try on clothing, and then provide dates for their event in order to ensure that the clothes will be available. Once they are finished with the event, the clothes are laundered and placed back on the rack for future use. Read more.
I am extremely proud to be a part of the Wesleyan Team/Family. While this semester may look a little different than what we're used to, our faculty, staff and students have mutually pledged to be Wesleyan Wise. We each have a responsibility to care for ourselves and one another during these unprecedented times. We are Wesleyan Wise.

Students recently participated in a "Campus Clean Sweep" event to pick up litter around campus. Over 800 pieces of trash were picked up and disposed of properly. We have Wesleyan Pride.

The Summer 2020 issue of WESmagazine is now available. This issue includes lots of interesting and informative articles about new programs and facilities, athletics, alumni and donors. Here is the link to a digital copy https://anyflip.comkosg/tblg/. We are Wesleyan Strong.

Several years ago, our head basketball coach, John Thompson, began using the word COMMUNITY, specifically placing emphasis on UNITY. As he states, "UNITY is about togetherness, it's about coming together as a whole, a oneness and it is the opposite of divided. Our Wesleyan faculty, staff, students, alumni and Board of Trustees are a commUNITY. We are a group of people from diverse backgrounds, different geographical locations, unique upbringings and our desire is to come together, work together for a common goal and to sacrifice personally for the greater good of the entire team." We are Wesleyan United.

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.
Eddie Moore '09 recently received his Advanced Service Award from the North Carolina Sheriffs' Training and Standards Commission. This award is presented based on 20 years of service in law enforcement. Major Moore oversees the Administrative Services section of the Nash County Sheriff's Office. He graduated from NC Wesleyan in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies.
Jehova Santiago-Ramirez '09 took his Oath of Office September 10 to become a Police Officer for the Rocky Mount Police Department. He was formerly a security officer at NC Wesleyan. Jehova recently completed his BLET training at Edgecombe Community College. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies and Political Science at NC Wesleyan in 2009.
Steve Felton '84 recently celebrated his 35th anniversary with Ameriprise Financial. Steve is a financial advisor and managing partner of Carolina Capital Advisors, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. He graduated from NC Wesleyan in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
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.
Bobby Suggs, age 84, completed a bright life and famed adventure on September 12, 2020. He served in the US Army, National Guard and Army Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He retired from Carolina Telephone in 1996 with 40 years of service. Bobby attended North Carolina Wesleyan College in the early 70's. His wife, Janice Suggs, graduated from Wesleyan in 1974. Janice died in 2012. Bobby is survived by his son, daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
George D. Gillian '77, age 73, went into the presence of his Savior on Saturday, September 19, 2020. George taught school at Falls Road Baptist Church School for many years and touched many lives. He had been very involved in the local churches with which he was associated serving as a small group co-leader. George graduated from NC Wesleyan in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, two daughters, one son, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
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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