History in the making: Wingate University’s 10th president was inaugurated April 7, 2016.

Our university joyously celebrated the installation of Dr. Rhett Brown as Wingate University’s 10th president. These are a few of the many ways we honored our new president:

Inauguration Kick-off Street Fair
Open to the public; April 6, 2016

We delved into Wingate’s 120-year history, signed up for service projects, learned more about our Creative and Investigative Partnerships Symposium, interacted with student groups as they explained their connection to Faith, Knowledge and Service and much more. The fair took place on McGee Promenade.

University Chapel Service
Open to the public; April 6, 2016

Dr. Paul Baxley from First Baptist Church of Athens, Georgia delivered the sermon titled “Renewing the Covenant.”

Creative and Investigative Partnerships Symposium Closing Reception
Open to the public; April 6, 2016

The 10th annual symposium enabled students from all disciplines to present original research, creative and community engagement endeavors to students, faculty, staff, and community and corporate partners. The closing reception recognized students and faculty mentors who have participated in these scholarly activities during the 2015-2016 academic year and highlighted the importance of knowledge and service as pillars of the Wingate University academic community. This event was held at Ethel K. Smith Library

President’s Inauguration Dinner
Invitation only; April 6, 2016

President Brown paid tribute to the rich history of Wingate University and cast vision for its future.

Delegate Gathering
Faculty, platform party and guest delegates; April 7, 2016

Visiting delegates, Wingate faculty and platform-party guests gathered to don their regalia and form lines in Hinson Art Gallery for the academic processional.

Installation Ceremony
Invitation Only; April 7, 2016

President Brown was installed as the 10th president of Wingate University before an invitation-only audience. To accommodate members of the public and students, the event was telecast on campus and live-streamed.

Inauguration Community Lunch
Open to the public; April 7, 2016

Delegates, trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, students and other guests were invited to celebrate the installation of our 10th president with lunch on the lawn.

“One Day, One Dog” Day of Service
Open to the public; April 7, 2016

We kicked off our first ever “One Day, One Dog” Day of Service. Below are the projects we invited volunteers to join in. Service projects were open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

  1. Be The Match: For thousands of people every year who are diagnosed with a life-threatening blood cancer, such as leukemia or lymphoma, a cure exists. Volunteers joined the Be The Match Registry and were tested to determine whether they were a bone-marrow match so they could be the cure for someone. Registration and swab testing took only a few minutes.
  1. Town of Wingate trail clearing:  Volunteers helped to clear a four-mile recreational trail that crosses through Wingate’s campus and the town of Wingate. Participants helped remove tree branches, leaves and debris and to post trail markings. Once completed, the trail will provide a venue for hiking and biking.
  1. Making backpacks for Hungry Kids benefiting Wingate Elementary, East Elementary and Walter Bickett Elementary: For many children, school meals are the only meals they have access to during the week. To ensure that students have access to nutritious and easy-to-prepare food on weekends, volunteers helped to pack 900 food bags for elementary-age students who are experiencing food insecurity.
  1. Making blankets for Union County Community Shelter and Hearts of Monroe: The power of a blanket is mighty: It can provide warmth, a sense of security, and reassuring comfort for people who are experiencing homelessness or are in transitional housing. Volunteers helped make 100 tie-blankets to be donated to people in need in Union County
  1. Wingate Daycare Projects: Promoting a healthy and fun learning environment for the children of Wingate Daycare, participants enjoyed an afternoon reading-buddy program with students and helped out with cleaning facility toys and classroom supplies.
  1. Habitat for Humanity: Participants helped to build three shelter units that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity home construction sites in Union and Anson counties and will serve as storage units for homeowners. Prior construction experience was not required; a trained Habitat for Humanity construction manager guided this project.
  1. Making hygiene packs: Many people experiencing financial insecurity and homelessness do not have access to basic hygiene supplies. Volunteers filled hygiene packs with toiletry items such as soap, deodorant and toothpaste, to donate to Union County community members in need.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs. Coker College
Open to the public; April 7, 2016

Ballantyne Meet and Greet with Dr. Brown
Open to Wingate University faculty, staff and students; April 7, 2016

Dr. Brown visited Wingate University Ballantyne for an opportunity to meet and speak with students, faculty and staff.

“One Day, One Dog” Day of Giving
Open to the public, faculty, students and staff; April 8, 2016

Give back on “One Day, One Dog” Day of Giving by contributing a gift of any size to Wingate University, showing your Bulldog pride on social media and encouraging others in your Wingate network (students, alumni, professors and parents) to join you in making a gift.

Faculty and Staff Celebration Reception
Open to Wingate faculty and staff; April 8, 2016

Baseball vs. Brevard College
Open to the public; April 8, 2016

Inauguration Celebration Ball
Open to Wingate students and their guests; April 8, 2016

An afternoon with singer/songwriter Mark Winchester April 10, 2016

Union County native Mark W. Winchester is a songwriter and musician who wrote the Randy Travis top-20 hit “Would I” and the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2015 Song of the Year, “Moon Over Memphis.” Last year, having read Flannery O’Connor’s “A Prayer Journal,” he began an introspective journey in his 50th year by writing a song a day for 50 days. With “A Prayer Journal” as inspiration, Winchester created a CD of “prayer songs” as a tribute to O’Connor. For this event, Winchester performed his prayer songs and discussed his motivations and what inspired him and his writing process during the project.

Hendersonville Meet and Greet with Dr. Brown
Open to Wingate faculty, staff and students; April 11, 2016