Wingate University PA students host Christmas festival

Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Students in Wingate University’s Physician Assistant Studies program are hosting a Christmas festival for the community on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Wingate Baptist Church’s fellowship hall (109 East Elm Street, Wingate, N.C.).

The festival will raise awareness of the PA program and help raise money for ongoing philanthropic work. Vendors will include Thirty One Gifts, Mary Kay, Scentsy and Tastefully Simple among others. There will be raffles, Christmas music and hot chocolate.
No entry fee to attend. For more information, contact Hannah Hefner at

The Physician Assistant Program at Wingate University accepted the first class of students in 2008 and is one of the more recent PA programs to open in North Carolina. “In that short time, graduates and students in the program have developed a strong presence of community service,” said Rosalind Becker, director of the PA program. “PA students at Wingate are involved in volunteer service in Union and Mecklenburg counties as well as global missions."

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 20 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six years. For more information, go to