Grand Opening Event To Be Held On Jan. 20 For Barton College’s New Oral Communications Center

This blog post was originally posted on the Barton College web site Jan. 8, 2016 and is reprinted here in its entirety:

library-Oral Comm Lab BlurbWILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to announce the opening of its new Oral Communications Center housed in the Willis N. Hackney Library. A special grand opening event is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 4:30 p.m. to introduce the campus community to the Oral Communications Center and its staff. Enjoy refreshments, meet the tutors, learn about the services provided, and hear brief remarks from Dr. Douglas Searcy, president of Barton College.

Currently located in the Technology Classroom on the first floor of the Willis N. Hackney Library, the Center’s hours are Sunday – Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., and by appointment, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Center is directed by Blythe Taylor, assistant director of academic support in the Office of Student Success, and currently has two peer tutors on staff.

The Oral Communications Center will provide consultation support for Barton College students, faculty, and staff. Designed to help students, faculty, and staff develop oral communication confidence and competence, the Center’s services will provide peer-to-peer feedback, guidance, and other support in the areas of public speaking preparation and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

For additional information about the Center and its services, please contact Blythe Taylor at 252-399-6541 or, Lorraine Raper at 252-399-6505 or, or George Loveland at 252-399-6501 or


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