Love your neighbor — three simple words with unlimited potential.

Back in June, that was the message to those passing by our marquee on U.S. 301 in front of the main campus.

Over the last six months, the world has struggled with challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s nice to see our community step up and help one another, loving their neighbor.

N.C. Wesleyan College continues to see an outpouring of this love and support for our students, faculty and staff from the Rocky Mount community. Earlier in the spring, we switched to remote learning, while maintaining over 100 students on campus.

Many of these students did not have transportation or the financial means to return home. Our local community stepped in and an overwhelming boost of spirit encompassed our campus.

Local churches, businesses and organizations provided care packages including snacks, drinks, toiletries and games for those students still on campus. Then in March, our RN to BSN Director Dr. Brittany Bass and recreational sewer/School of Business Chair Dr. Jackie Lewis mobilized an effort to make home-made face masks to donate to local health care providers.

Many community members pitched in to sew masks and donate materials. In all, over 500 masks were collected and distributed to local hospitals and medical facilities.

Recently, Dr. Robert Zipf Jr., an N.C. Wesleyan board emeritus and forensic pathology specialist in Rocky Mount, made a very generous donation to the college with the purchase of 146 medical-grade air purifiers. The purifiers were distributed for use in classrooms, residence halls, offices and other buildings throughout campus.

From 1978-2006, Zipf served as director of laboratories at the then-Nash Health Care Systems and provided pathology services to hospitals in Edgecombe, Halifax and Franklin counties.

Thanks to Zipf and many other generous community members, we were able to kick off our fall semester on Aug. 19 with proper precautions in place.

The college has increased efforts to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, under what we’re calling our Wesleyan Wise Plan.

By implementing this plan, N.C. Wesleyan College is:

  • Performing enhanced cleaning practices
  • Utilizing smaller class sizes
  • Practicing social distance between the students and faculty/staff
  • Offering more hybrid and online options
  • Creating effective guidelines for students
  • Providing available face masks and hand sanitizer for all students, faculty and staff

New procedures have been implemented within almost every office on campus and in all dining facilities; however, the level of care and commitment for our students is the same as it’s always been. Things may not ever return to “normal,” but under this new normal we will do everything we can to provide a great educational experience for our students and to be a trusted community partner.

To learn more about the details of our Wesleyan Wise Plan, visit