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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Join the Abbey Players for Pentecost Opening Feb. 13

Written by David Edgar
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A fresco similar to The Lamentation by Giotto that will revolutionize Western Art if proved to pre date the master’s work is unearthed in an abandoned church in Eastern Europe. The discovery causes a dramatic struggle as representatives from the worlds of art history, religion, and politics stake their claims for the ultimate prize. The unexpected arrival of twelve refugees sets events spiraling toward an explosive climax. This powerful play by the Tony Award winning adaptor of Nicholas Nickleby and author of numerous plays won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play of 1995.

“One of those rare works that makes you want to climb on to roof tops to shout about its merits… Funny, frightening and deeply moving.” – Daily Telegraph

“Cuts to the heart in a smashing ideological epic.” – The New York Times

“Never boring.” – The New York Times

“This is the meatiest new drama I have seen since Stoppard’sArcadia, which is, come to think of it, the only new play I have seen in the past decade whose rigor and historical depth meaningfully compare with Pentecost‘s.” – Jonathan Kalb, The Village Voice


Friday, January 31, 2014|Categories: News||

As Lacrosse Grows Down South, Belmont Abbey Progresses Under Chris Barrett

Belmont Abbey head coach Chris Barrett is one of the better kept secrets in expanding world of lacrosse down south.

After 11 consecutive seasons at Limestone College, first as a player and later as an assistant, Barrett took the helm in Belmont, North Carolina, as the head coach of the Crusaders in August of 2011.

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Monday, January 27, 2014|Categories: News||

The Independent College Fund of North Carolina Distributes $67,600 in Wells Fargo Scholarships to North Carolina Private Colleges

Raleigh, NC –January 24, 2014– The Independent College Fund of North Carolina (ICFNC) has distributed $67,600 in Wells Fargo Scholarships at private colleges and universities in the state.   These scholarships are awarded by the institution on the basis of the students’ academic achievement and financial need.

Wells Fargo distributed scholarships to students from the following institutions: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Brevard College, Campbell University, Catawba College, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Lees-McRae College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Louisburg College, Mars Hill University, Meredith College, Methodist University, Montreat College,  Mount Olive College, N.C. Wesleyan College, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, St. Andrews University , Salem College, Warren Wilson College, William Peace University, and Wingate University.

“Wells Fargo is pleased to partner with the Independent College Fund of North Carolina to provide the scholarships,” said Leslie Hayes, regional president for Wells Fargo in Triad West. “This helps demonstrate our ongoing and deep commitment to North Carolina. We have been proud supporters of ICFNC for more than 55 years and we are honored to continue our partnership.  At Wells Fargo, we share the belief that supporting education is one of the most important investments we can make in our countries future. We know the returns on an investment in a great education far exceed those from the best mutual funds.”

Dr. A. Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, expressed appreciation to Wells Fargo on behalf of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina and the students attending the state’s 36 private colleges and universities in North Carolina. “The Wells Fargo scholarship makes a positive difference in the lives of students and their families and their ability to make the American dream of a college education come true.  We thank Wells Fargo for making this important investment in our students and in the state’s future.” said Dr. Williams.
The Wells Fargo Scholarship has afforded students the opportunity to receive a college education when they otherwise would not have had that chance.  “This scholarship has given me the opportunity to continue to pursue my education and career.  I am a hard working person and I put my education and career first.  I like helping people and making a difference in their lives.  After I graduate from college and become a business manager, I hope to contribute to someone else’s college education,” said Channeh Nije, Mount Olive College Wells Fargo Recipient.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (, and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.  Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at

About North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

NCICU is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation that represents North Carolina’s 36 private colleges and universities.  The mission of NCICU is to support, represent, and advocate for North Carolina independent higher education. NCICU represents independent higher education in the areas of state and federal public policy and on education issues with the other sectors of education in the state. They also provide research and information to and about private colleges and universities, conduct staff development opportunities and coordinate collaborative programs.  For more information about NCICU, visit

Monday, January 27, 2014|Categories: News||

Play is Universal and Unifying

When you think about play, what comes to mind? Maybe you think about little kids running around playing a game, or your own memories of playing with friends or in team sports.

Recently I was interviewed by Blake Hodge with the North Carolina News Network, and we talked a lot about play. Every human being plays, and sport is one form of play that we all can share. We are so wired to play that we’re willing to pay to watch other people do it!

On a deeper level, there’s much more to sport and play than the game-to-game life. Play is like wisdom. It’s contemplation of higher things and done for its own end, not for some other reason. That’s part of what attracts us to sport. We are drawn to excellence, we love watching sports highlight reels of incredible plays. When we watch a world class athlete perform, it makes us wonder on a higher level how we were made to do something this awesome.

Sport can unify. For example, if you’re at a baseball game you’re not thinking about who the person sitting next to you voted for in the last election. You’re simply enjoying a common experience. Think about all the times a sporting event has brought people together after tragedy, including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina or a Red Socks game after the Boston Marathon bombing.

Blake asked how sports can be used to advance social issues. What this brought to mind was the Olympics. I was in the Olympics trials myself in 1980 when I learned the U.S. had boycotted the Moscow Games. The history of the Olympic Games has a number of examples of countries protesting or boycotting over social issues, including the upcoming Sochi, Russia Games. It’s the nature of politics to use such high profile events as a platform because sport is such a universal commonality.

When we watch athletes who compete and perform at the highest levels we can enjoy the experience as if we’re playing ourselves. Too often the focus on the negative aspects of sports, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If your perspective is on sport for the pure joy of play, it is easier to focus on the virtues instead of the sensational, negative aspects.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

Do the intangibles in sport offer an advantage or disadvantage?

Are there intangibles that can give a player or team an edge? I recently spoke with Greg DePalma on Prime Sports Radio about what makes world-class athletes stand apart. Our conversation included a couple of interesting exchanges on intangible factors that can impact performance.

I told Greg about an NFL wide receiver I worked with who would shout a big-bomb word if he dropped the ball in practice. His emotions would run high in the moment, and he didn’t see that the negative outburst was a distraction. When he was cursing and kicking the ground, he lost that precious fraction of a second where he could reflect on why he dropped the ball – making him more likely to drop the ball again for that very same reason.

Watching him run a play, I noticed he didn’t always snap his head around to look for the ball. Sometimes he would bring his head around slowly, blurring his view. Once he focused on that specific skill, his performance improved. Instead of being distracted by negative emotion, I coached this athlete to focus on gratitude in the moment, to be thankful in all things, whether he caught the ball or not.

Greg also asked for my thoughts on University of Texas football coach, Mack Brown, who is stepping down after 16 years coaching the Longhorns. His last game will be the Alamo Bowl against the University of Oregon, a strong opponent that is favored to win. Greg asked if Texas has an advantage because they want a win for their coach in his last game.

In the case of the Texas players, their emotion will be evident. Especially at the beginning of the game, they will really be going for it. Will it lead to better performance? Maybe in the short term, but that can only carry them so far. They will have to maintain focus for the entire game. In the end, intangibles such as emotion even out and the better team will win. The better team is the one that can overcome distractions and maintain focus through shifts in momentum.

What makes a world class performer stand out is the ability to focus on the task at hand. Losing focus for even a split second can make the difference in winning or losing. There will always be distractions, the key is to maintain focus and allow your mind, body and spirit to work together towards the goal.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

Relationships are Not a Numbers Game

Sometimes, people tend to think of relationships, especially marriage, as a 50/50 effort or a business partnership. Instead of being flexible and willing to lean in more so here or there when meeting in the middle just isn’t happening, we tend to think, “You do your part, and I’ll do my part.” This rarely works, or endures for that matter. And when it doesn’t, we end up feeling let down or disappointed.

This 50/50 mindset isn’t a sound way to live as one, or both of you, at times will not be able to give 100 percent to the other. Life happens, dates get canceled, work trips come up and we aren’t perfect. Our numbers are skewed, and as a result we develop false expectations of both our spouse and ourselves. What if instead, we adopted a 100/100 model in which we each made the commitment to give all of ourselves to the other – without counting the cost?

In the 50/50 model, your chances of reaching a full 100 percent are less likely than with the 100/100 model as it leaves room for overlap if one (or both) of you is having a bad day. In order to have a happy, lasting relationship with someone who will endure the trials and tribulations of life, it’s important to be willing to give 100 percent to your spouse without reservation and expectations.

You can’t just give or take. It has to be both. The reason most marriages fail is because they are entered into with the mindset of a business partnership, in which each agrees to contribute part of themselves. A successful marriage begins with the commitment to give all you have and expect nothing in return.

If you love someone, you don’t count the cost, you just love them. This is not easy, but with humility, gratitude and sacrifice – which is love – you will gladly do it. Choose to give yourself because you believe it’s the right thing to do, not because you will get something back in return. If you are looking for a return on investment, go to the stock market, not to those you love. 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||