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UMO Graduation Set for December 14

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 14 at 10:30 AM in Kornegay Arena. The commencement speaker will be the Reverend Ronnie V. Hobgood. Hobgood, a native of Farmville, NC, serves as President of the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists.  He graduated from Mount […]

UMO Alumnus Dean Rouse Receives Tillman Business Award

MOUNT OLIVE- Dean Rouse of Pink Hill recently received the Tillman Business Award during the 2019 University of Mount Olive (UMO) Alumni Awards Ceremony. Rouse, a seventh generation tobacconist, graduated from Mount Olive College with a bachelor of science in political sciences in 1990. Living on the family farm in the Liddell Community of Lenoir […]

Kristi Nixon Receives UMO Alumni Hall of Fame Award

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) alumna Kristi Nixon of Edenton was recently honored during the University’s Annual Alumni Ceremony. She received the Alumni Hall of Fame Award in recognition for her productive citizenship and outstanding service to community. As Regional Environmental Health Supervisor for the state, she has brought distinction to UMO through […]

UMO Alumna JaNae Joyner Receives W. Burkette Raper Leadership Award

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) alumna Dr. JaNae Joyner of Winston Salem was recently honored during the University’s Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony. She received the W. Burkette Raper Leadership Award, given to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, personal initiative, integrity, dedication to duty, and respect for others. Joyner is a Mount […]

UMO Alumnus Roy Harris Receive Excellence in Teaching Award

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) alumnus Roy Harris of Erwin was recently honored during the University’s Annual Alumni Ceremony. He received the Lorelle F. Martin and Michael R. Pelt Excellence in Teaching Award for his exceptional service as an educator. Harris graduated from Mount Olive College in 2007 with a degree in music. […]

UMO Alumni Receive Awards

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) recently honored five of its distinguished alumni with various awards for their dedication, passion, and outstanding service in the community and workforce. Marian Kennedy and Roy Harris received the Lorelle F. Martin and Michael R. Pelt Excellence in Teaching Award; JaNae Joyner received the W. Burkette Raper […]

UMO to Hold Annual Christmas by Candlelight Service

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount (UMO) will hold its Annual Christmas by Candlelight Service on Friday, December 6, at 7 PM and Saturday, December 7, at 2:30 PM and at 6:30 PM. The event will take place at the First Baptist Church of Mount Olive. Guests will enjoy a Christ-centered service patterned after the […]

Pending Weather Causes Changes in UMO’s Homecoming Activities

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive officials have made some changes to this weekend’s outdoor Homecoming festivities due to the predicted cold and rainy weather. The golf tournament schedule for Friday, November 15, has been canceled. Additionally, Family Fun Day scheduled for 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday has also been called off. All […]

UMO Celebrates Founding

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive celebrated 68 years of providing Christian higher education at the University’s annual Founders Day Worship Service on Wednesday. Special music was provided by the University’s Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, and Campus Ministry Leaders Lester and Holly Rector. UMO President Dr. David Poole welcomed attendees and introduced special guest […]

UMO to Hold Annual Founders Day Event

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its annual Founders Day on Wednesday, November 13, at 11 AM in the Southern Bank Auditorium in Raper Hall. Founders Day is a time that the University pauses to reflect on and honor those who invested in the University’s beginnings. It is a time for […]

UMO to Host Soil Pioneer Gabe Brown

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive Agriculture Department will host guest speaker Gabe Brown on Monday, November 11, 2019.  The event will take place at 5:30 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium, located in Raper Hall. Brown is the owner of Brown’s Ranch located in Bismarck, North Dakota. He is one of the pioneers of […]

UMO Theatre to Present Grinchy Holiday Tales

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount (UMO) Theatre will present Grinchy Holiday Tales on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at 7 PM, as well as Sunday, November 24, at 3 PM. The performances will be held in Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall. With a cast of characters pulled from beloved holiday classics, such […]

UMO Fall Show and Reception to Feature Senior Artists

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host its senior fall Art Show reception on Thursday, November 14, from 4 to 6 PM at the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Art Gallery in Laughinghouse Hall. The Show will feature works by students representing the three major disciplines of the Department of Fine Arts: Art, Photography, […]

UMO to Hold Campus Revival

MOUNT OLIVE- “When Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary,” is the theme for the University of Mount Olive campus revival starting Sunday night November 3, for three nights. The event is scheduled for 7 PM on November 3rd, 4th, and 5th in Kornegay Arena. The event is FREE and the public is invited to attend. “As a comprehensive […]

UMO Launches New Website

MOUNT OLIVE-The University of Mount Olive launched its new website www.umo.edu on Tuesday afternoon, October 29. The site features a fresh and modern home page, user-centric content, and intuitive, mobile-friendly navigation. The decision to create a new website came about as UMO continues to build on its reputation of becoming a comprehensive Christian university. “We […]

UMO’s Offices Named in Memory of Former Mount Olive Businessman Gene B. Mercer

MOUNT OLIVE – Angus and Joyce Mercer recently toured the University of Mount Olive’s downtown offices, which were previously occupied by Southern Furniture and Interiors. The building was once owned and operated by Angus’ brother, the late Gene B. Mercer. As the couple of 66 years walked through the space, they reminisced about their beloved […]

UMO Hosts Third Annual All-Star Choir Festival

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) recently held its third annual All-Star Choir Festival for surrounding high school and home school students. Over 180 individuals participated in the day-long event aimed at showcasing the collegiate choir experience. Nominated by high school choir directors, participants were selected for their vocal ability and endurance levels. […]

Meet Author Sungju Lee

MOUNT OLIVE- Sungju Lee, author of Every Falling Star, will be a guest at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) on Monday, November 4, at 4 PM in the Hennessee Room of the Holmes and Lois K. Murphy Center Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea is the […]

YMCA Executive Associate Director Beth Hardee Fulfills Life Goal

MOUNT OLIVE- Smart, confident, beautiful, and poised are all adjectives that describe 45-year old Beth Hardee of New Bern. But the one characterization that has always eluded Hardee was that of college graduate. But, not any more, Hardee is on track to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Olive in the spring […]

Handy Mart Invitational Brings in Over $69,000 for Student Scholarships

MOUNT OLIVE –A sunny afternoon, temperatures in the low 70’s, well-manicured greens, good food, and plenty of laughter made for a great event at the 2019 Handy Mart Sponsor Appreciation Golf Tournament. Held at Walnut Creek Country Club, the event brought in over $69,000 this year. The four-man super ball tournament began with lunch and […]

UMO Hosts STEM Fair for Area Third Graders

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive recently hosted over 750 3rd graders from Wayne and Duplin County schools for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fair, called STEM ON THE GREEN. The event featured 30interactive booths. Each activity was linked to a concept within the third grade curriculum. Booths included Ultimate Angry […]

Army Veteran Seeks New Career Opportunity through UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- James Sullivan uses a quote from Author and Motivational Speaker Jim Rohn to summarize his goals in life, “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Sullivan, who recently retired as a US Army Military Police Officer after 18 years of service, was […]

Ribbon Cut for UMO’s New Centralized Learning Commons at Moye Library

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is always looking for new ways to make the student experience the best that it can be. The latest initiative is an innovative Learning Commons that features collaborative spaces for studying, technology usage, as well as individual and communal learning. The University held the ribbon cutting for […]

UMO Homecoming Weekend Set for November 15-17

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its annual Homecoming Weekend November 15-17. The weekend will be filled with events and activities for alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and community members of all ages. Festivities are set to begin at 12 noon on Friday, November 15, with the annual Alumni Golf Tournament […]

UMO Concert Series Event to Feature NC Guitar Quartet

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host a concert series event featuring the NC Guitar Quartet on Thursday, September 26 at 7 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall. Since it began touring in 1991, the North Carolina Guitar Quartet has showcased the virtuosic and intimate sounds of the classical guitar […]

UMO’s Newest Students Dine with the President and First Lady


MOUNT OLIVE –When the University of Mount Olive President and First Lady David and Mary Poole welcome students and tell them, “We want you to consider this your home for the next four years,” they mean it! Each fall Dr. and Mrs. Poole invite all first time students, to a cookout at their home. Because […]

Herring Scholarship Makes College Possible

MOUNT OLIVE – In an early afternoon reception Mary Drummond, daughter of the late Otha E. Herring, recently met with the University of Mount Olive’s newest Herring Scholars. During the event she told attendees about her father, Otha E. Herring, who set up an endowment that provides funding for their scholarships. “My dad was a […]

UMO to Celebrate Constitution Day

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will celebrate Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17 at 11 AM in Southern Bank Auditorium located in Raper Hall. Benjamin Franklin impersonator, Barry Stevens, will be the guest speaker. Dressed in authentic 18th century attire, Stevens will present an engaging speech and historical character interaction. He will delve […]

Serving Others through Agriculture

MOUNT OLIVE- Since he was old enough to hold a garden hoe, Noah Stewart has found purpose in serving others through agriculture. As a child, he fondly recalls late nights and bright summer days helping out on the family farm. “My father is an agricultural teacher at Spring Creek High School and my mother’s family […]

Like Father, Like Daughter

MOUNT OLIVE- The age old saying, “it’s in my blood” is certainly relevant to University of Mount Olive (UMO) incoming freshman Kayla Frazier. After all, her dad, Marvin, went to Mount Olive back in 1989. Her uncle, Jeffery Harrison, is also a member of the University’s first four-year graduating class. “Being so familiar with UMO […]

Important Information About Hurricane Dorian

We continue to follow the progress of Hurricane Dorian and although there are some variations in the projected paths by the different models, it is looking more likely that eastern North Carolina will be affected. Therefore, we have decided to cancel all seated classes (both Traditional and at the Locations) starting with Wednesday morning at 8 […]

Mariah Morris to Address UMO Education Majors

MOUNT OLIVE –Mariah Morris, the 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, will deliver an inspirational message to University of Mount Olive education majors on Thursday, August 29, at 6 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. Morris is a second grade teacher at West Pine Elementary School in Moore County. She loves learning […]

Michael Martin Tournament Brings in Over $60,000 for UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- This year marked the 32nd Annual Friendly Mart/Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament held in memory of NC Highway Patrolman, Michael Martin, a Mount Olive College alumnus who was killed in the line of duty. The event supports student scholarships and the Trojan Club at the University of Mount Olive. The tournament which had […]

UMO’s Black Box Theatre Making Progress

MOUNT OLIVE- The sounds of hammers, saws, and nail guns will soon be heard on South Center Street in downtown Mount Olive. It will be the sound of progress as UMO begins renovating the former Glenn-Martin Drug Store into a black box theatre. Phase one of the construction includes a total overhaul of the ground […]

UMO’s New Campus Ministry Aims to Help Students Live Out their Faith

MOUNT OLIVE- With a growing trend of Christian teens entering college and walking away from their faith, the University of Mount Olive is tackling the attrition rate head-on. Live Out Loud will be the mission and catch phrase of UMO’s new campus ministry. “Live out Loud is an acronym for the purpose of getting people […]

UMO Summer Graduation Set for August 17

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its summer commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 17, at 10:30 AM in the Kornegay Arena. The commencement speaker will be UMO Chair of the Department of Religion and History Dr. Alan Lamm. This fall marks the 22nd year that Lamm has taught at the University. […]

Brown Set to Fulfill Promise to His Mom after 16 Years

MOUNT OLIVE- Karsten Brown was 40 years old when he decided it was time to finish what he started and fulfill a promise to his loved ones and to himself. “When my mother, Bernice Brown, died 16 years ago, I lost my best friend,” Brown said. “I made a promise to her that I would […]

UMO Hosts Third Annual SAE Camp

MOUNT OLIVE- Several high school FFA students and teachers from 15 counties in NC recently participated in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Camp at the University of Mount Olive. It is the third year for the camp. Traveling from as far north as Franklin County and as far south as Robeson County, the participants enjoyed […]

Carolina Sound

MOUNT OLIVE- There has been a buzz around the University of Mount Olive (UMO) for some time about the establishment of a new vocal performance group. Well, stop the presses the word is out! Since his arrival, UMO President David Poole has envisioned a premier outreach performance group dedicated to advancing the mission and awareness […]

UMO’s New Soccer and Tennis Field House under Construction

MOUNT OLIVE- Construction is well underway at the University of Mount Olive for its new soccer and tennis field house. The facility will be named in memory and in honor of longtime Wayne County residents Jay Bundy and Jay Bundy Jr. Both father and son have received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mount Olive […]

Mark Scott Knows that Success is No Accident

MOUNT OLIVE- Assistant Chief of Detectives Mark Scott with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) has a saying on his office wall, “Work hard, Be kind, and Stay Humble.” It is a motto he lives by. The Onslow County native is proud of his roots and his community. He interacts regularly with members of the […]

UMO Honors Longtime Employee Kathy Gardner

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) recently held a retirement reception honoring long-time employee Kathy Gardner. She was presented with a rocking chair, a resolution, and a placard containing signatures and well wishes from her fellow employees. Gardner was hired on June 1, 1987 to work as an office manager for the Admission’s […]

UMO Helps Dixon Find Her Time to Shine

MOUNT OLIVE- There are many reasons adult students return to school. Some are planning a career change or need new skills for career advancement. Others enroll for personal development or after a change in their life situation. Like many adult students Angel Dixon of New Bern placed her desire of obtaining a college degree on […]

UMO’s Online Criminology Program Named among the Best in the Nation

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has been recognized as one of the 2019 Best Online Bachelor’s in Criminology programs in the nation by BestColleges, a leading provider of independent college rankings, college planning resources, and higher education research. The annual ranking highlights accredited, nonprofit institutions who have developed quality online criminology […]

UMO’s Ag Program Helps Students like Marcus Walton Gain Real-World Experience

MOUNT OLIVE- Growing up in Sampson County, University of Mount Olive (UMO) student Marcus Walton has been around agriculture and animal production his entire life. At the age of three, Walton’s parents introduced him to fishing and horseback riding. He later began repairing cars and machinery with his grandfather. Enjoying the intricacies of these pastimes, […]

Meet Cecelia Hoffler

MOUNT OLIVE- Cecelia Hoffler thought she had her life planned out; a degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, a career in psychology, and one day becoming a wife and mother. However, as the saying goes, “things seldom turn out the way you plan them.” That was certainly true for Hoffler. In her final semester of her senior […]

Allen Gets a Jump Start on Future Career through Internship Opportunity

MOUNT OLIVE- Skyler Allen has always been active. From after school events to major sporting tournaments, Allen’s child and teenage years encompassed community and the outdoors. It was therefore only natural that the adventurous Clayton native wanted to pursue a degree and career in recreation and leisure studies (RLS). Allen applied and was accepted to […]

UMO Students Visit Costa Rica

MOUNT OLIVE- Several University of Mount Olive (UMO) students recently visited Costa Rica as part of CAB (Campus Activity Board). From touring national parks, to seeing an active volcano, the students spent a busy 10 days immersed in the rich culture of the rugged, rain forested Central American country. Dr. Dan Sullivan, Vice President for […]

UMO Championed as College of Distinction

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has received national recognition for the integrity of its truly individualized and engaging education. As an institution whose primary goals are based on student success and satisfaction, UMO confirms its honor as one of the renowned Colleges of Distinction. This award is unique among popular college […]

UMO Helps Joyner Turn Calling into Career

MOUNT OLIVE- Helping children with disabilities is a calling that University of Mount Olive (UMO) student Ashley Joyner holds close to her heart. When Joyner’s younger brother, Jeremy, was born, he was diagnosed with the rarest form of spinal bifida and severe autism. Told that he would never walk, talk, or live past the age […]

Growing to Serve

MOUNT OLIVE- For as long as he can remember, University of Mount Olive (UMO) student James Johnson has been involved in agriculture. During his adolescence, Johnson helped his family grow blackberries, grapes, and a small garden. In high school, he took several agricultural courses, and became involved in the North Johnston High School Future Farmers […]

UMO Honors Students Experience Ecuadorian Culture

MOUNT OLIVE- Twenty-one University of Mount Olive (UMO) Honors students recently traveled to Ecuador as part of the program’s international travel opportunity. The group trekked in the Andes Mountains and hiked in the Amazon Rainforest, creating a diverse experience that allowed them to soak up the Ecuadorian culture. After a long flight, the group arrived […]

UMO Graduates Largest Class of Ag Majors

The University of Mount Olive recently graduated its largest class of agriculture majors since the inception of the agriculture program just over a decade ago.  Many of the graduates will be teaching agriculture education in the fall, others will engage in agriculture product sales, several will work with various animal integrators, and some of the […]

Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament Set for August 15

MOUNT OLIVE- The Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by Friendly Mart will be held on Thursday, August 15 at the Southern Wayne Country Club. Tee times will be at 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. The entry fee is $80 per player or $320 per team. There will be a raffle drawing and silent auction […]

Poole Starts Small and Ends Strong

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) senior Tanner Poole has always believed in one motto, “it’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.” Poole’s own life seems to reflect that sentiment.  In fact, the Fayetteville native recalls, with regret, the rocky start of his high school freshmen year. “My mother became […]

Byrd Plans to Teach the Next Generation of Ag Enthusiasts

MOUNT OLIVE- When Samantha Byrd graduated from Gray’s Creek High School in Cumberland County in 2015, she knew she wanted to become an agricultural education teacher. “Throughout high school, I was actively involved in FFA,” Byrd said.  “I enjoyed my agriculture classes and my teachers so much so that I could see myself doing something […]

Gray and Blackwell Receive Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive recently awarded the 2019 Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching to two professors. Tying for the title this year were Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Jennifer Gray and Barrow Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of Religion Dr. John Blackwell. Gray and Blackwell were nominated […]

Rose Selected as University of Mount Olive Adjunct Instructor of the Year

MOUNT OLIVE- Janet F. Rose of Calypso received the 2019 Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award at the University of Mount Olive. An adjunct instructor in the Department of Education, Rose was recognized for exemplifying devotion above and beyond the classroom. “I strive to be the best I can be for my students so they […]

Griffin Recognized at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Associate Professor of Education Dr. Harold Griffin is the recipient of the 2019 Academic Resource Center (ARC) Faculty Partner of the Year.  The award is given to the UMO faculty member who has diligently promoted and enhanced the ARC student support program. One student commented, “Dr. Griffin impacts us by modeling how we […]

UMO Prepares Beasley to be Ready and to Rise

WILMINGTON- Monica Beasley, a student at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) at Wilmington, loves working with children. The way that she impacts children’s lives has changed throughout the years, but her passion remains the same. From a young age, Beasley dreamed of playing softball at the collegiate level. However, a high school injury changed […]

Micah Lee Receives Morris Award for Academic Excellence at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Micah Lee, of Mount Olive received the distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Academic Excellence at the University of Mount Olive’s (UMO) spring Commencement. The Award is presented to the UMO senior from the traditional academic program graduating with the highest Grade Point Average.  The award is made possible through the generosity […]

UMO Volunteers Raise Funds for Mount Olive Friends of the Park

The University of Mount Olive Departments of Financial Aid and Student Accounts recently held a fund raising event for Mount Olive Friends of the Park.  UMO volunteers sold raffle tickets for two gift baskets created from items donated by community businesses. In addition to raising funds, the volunteers provided activities encouraging area youth to begin […]

Wayne County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Several Wayne County students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: Jonathan Brink of Goldsboro received the W. Burkette Raper Religion Student of the Year. Jonathan is a senior religion major.  This award is given to an outstanding graduating ministerial […]

Wilson County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Wilson County student was recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Gayla Olvera of Lucama received the The Senior Citizen Cup. Olvera is a senior psychology major.  The Senior Citizenship Cup is presented by the Student Affairs Office to the graduating senior who has evidenced […]

Gates County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Gates County student was recognized for his achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Donald Bazemore of Eure received the Most Promising Recreation/Leisure Studies (RLS) Underclassman. Bazemore is a sophomore education; health and physical education major.  This award is given to a sophomore or first year RLS major […]

Union County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Union County student was recognized for her achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Rachel Ezzell of Waxhaw received the Outstanding Agriculture Student of the Year. Ezzell is a senior agricultural production systems; animal science major.  This award is given to a student with a minimum GPA of […]

Sampson County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Several Sampson County students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: Aydan Tart of Newton Grove received the History/Social Studies Student of the Year. Tart is a senior history major.  This award is given to an outstanding history/social studies student […]

Orange County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -An Orange County student was recognized for her achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Brittany Hill of Hillsborough received the Graduate Nursing Student of the Year. Hill is a senior nursing major.  This award is given to a graduating Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student with a GPA […]

Johnston County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Several Johnston County students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: Barbara Neal of Kenly received the Healthcare Management Student of the Year. Neal is a senior business healthcare management major.  This award is given to an outstanding healthcare management […]

Guilford County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Guilford County student was recognized for her achievement at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Emily Chaisson of Greensboro received the Award for Excellence in Science. Chaisson is a senior chemistry major.  This award is given to an outstanding returning science major who has demonstrated excellence in the physical […]

Greene County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Greene County students was recognized for her achievement at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Lisa Anderson of Maury received the The Louise Edgerton Teacher Education Student of the Year. Anderson is a senior education; health and physical education major.  This award is sponsored through the generosity of Dr. […]

Duplin County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Two Duplin County students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: Andrew Taylor of Faison received the Psychology Student of the Year. Taylor is a senior psychology major.  This award is given to a senior with a 3.5 GPA or […]

Cumberland County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Two Cumberland County students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: Samantha Byrd of Hope Mills received the Southern Bank and Trust Outstanding Agricultural Education Student of the Year. Byrd is a senior agri-education major.  This award is sponsored by […]

Craven County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE -A Craven County student was recognized for his achievement at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: Philip Selzer of New Bern received the Analytics Student of the Year. Selzer is a senior business anayltics major.  This award is given to an outstanding analytics senior having a […]

Carteret County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Carteret County student was recognized for her achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Gina Harris of Swansboro received the Human Resource Management Student of the Year. Harris is a senior business; human resource management major.  This award is given to an outstanding human resources management senior having […]

Retirement Celebration for Dr. Alan Armstrong

MOUNT OLIVE-Dr. Alan Armstrong of Goldsboro was recently honored at a retirement celebration held in his honor at the University of Mount Olive. Armstrong has been professor of music at UMO since 1996.  He holds a B.Mus. Ed and Ph.D in music history from The Ohio State University and an M.M. in piano performance from […]

Hooks Featured Exhibitor at Arts Council of Wayne County

University of Mount Olive Professor of Fine Arts Cheryl Hinton Hooks was recently featured in an art exhibition at the Arts Council of Wayne County. The theme of the exhibition was “The Wounded and the Healers.”  Hooks noted that the diverse media art exhibition contained images and writings of a dream landscape, of those in need, […]

Psychology Internships Prepare Students for Successful Careers

MOUNT OLIVE- Students in the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Department of Psychology find themselves better prepared for work or graduate studies as a result of the required internship component of their degrees. Students can choose from a variety of settings, including mental health, research, consulting, schools, and community service organizations. UMO Psychology Department Chair […]

Wright to Fulfill Lifelong Goal on May 4

WILMINGTON- Virginia Wright, a student at the Wilmington location of the University of Mount Olive (UMO), believes that it is never too late to follow your dreams. At age 57, she is finally doing what she has always wanted to do – get a college degree. A native of Durango, Colorado, Wright found that life […]

Bueing’s Future Blossoms at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Every day, University of Mount Olive (UMO) student Haley Bueing gets to see first-hand the future of agriculture. As an agriculture education major, she plans to share her knowledge and experience with the next generation. A native of Eastover, NC, Bueing was an active member of her high school’s FFA chapter. She was […]

Duplin’s Davis Did Not Let Hurricane Blow Away Her Educational Dreams

WILMINGTON- Tara Davis of Wallace, NC has learned a lot about persistence throughout her time at the University of Mount Olive (UMO). A wife and mother of two, Davis works full time and has taken classes at UMO’s Mount Olive and Wilmington education service centers in order to complete her degree a semester early. But, […]

Easter Dinner at UMO

Easter dinner is one of the great spring semester traditions at the University of Mount Olive.  It is a night where faculty and staff members serve students a special meal. Students are asked to make table reservations and dress up for the event. Holly Nedley, UMO Director of Student Activities, said, “The Easter Dinner is […]

UMO Helps Blanchard Turn Struggles into Successes

NEW BERN- James Blanchard, a student at the New Bern location of the University of Mount Olive (UMO), is no stranger to adversity. He was diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary school, making it difficult for him to learn at the pace of other students. “Each time I took a test, I would fail it,” Blanchard […]

UMO Jazz Band to Perform April 25th

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Jazz Band will perform on Thursday, April 25 at 7 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall. The ever-growing UMO Jazz Band combines standard jazz charts and collective creativity to produce music that is both authentic to its cultural origins and to the musician’s understanding of […]

Ezzell has “Utterly” Amazing Experience at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Rachel Ezzell of Waxhaw, NC grew up with several role models in the agriculture industry. Both of her grandfathers and her dad all farmed a small heard of Angus-Simmental cross beef cattle. “My dad used to pick me up from daycare in the 4430 John Deere tractor and we would go straight to […]

UMO to Hold Spring Choir Concert

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its spring choir concert on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall. The concert will feature the Chamber and Concert Choir performing a selection of Lenten music as we enter the Easter season. For more information, contact Jonathan Saeger […]

Lohmann to Speak at Annual UMO Martin Lecture

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its annual Martin Lecture on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium. Dr. Kenneth J. Lohmann will be the lecturer. Dr. Lohmann is the Charles P. Postelle Jr. Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His lab […]

Rotary Club Presents Check to UMO

The University of Mount Olive has received a check for $19,000 from the Mount Olive Rotary Club.  It is the first installment of a $25,000 pledge towards the University’s Black Box Theatre Project.  The check was presented during the Club’s April meeting held at Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes, and Fries headquarters in Mount Olive.  “We are so appreciative […]

Dr. Armstrong Chronicles the Life and Music of John Grant in New Book

MOUNT OLIVE- Dr. Alan Armstrong, University of Mount Olive (UMO) Professor of Music, has written a new book, titled A Noble Pursuit: The Life, Letters and Works of Pipe-Major John Grant. (Lochnagar Press, 2019.  ISBN 978-0-9980478-0-5). A Noble Pursuit is both a biography of the life of Pipe-Major John Grant and an anthology of his […]

UMO Graduation Set for May 4

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4, at 10:30 AM in the Kornegay Arena. The commencement speaker will be Earl W. Worley, Jr. Worley is the Chief Operating Officer of KS Bank and its holding company, KS Bancorp, Inc., located in Smithfield. He has […]

UMO Helps Ward Bring Her Dreams to Life

NEW BERN- An instructional assistant and bus driver for over 20 years Sylvia Ward of Cove City, NC has had plenty of experience working with children.  It was therefore a no-brainer when the 51-year old decided to follow her dreams of becoming a teacher.  With an associate’s degree from Craven Community College already under her […]

High School Honor Band and UMO Symphonic Band in Concert

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host a High School Honor Band and UMO Symphonic Band concert on Thursday, April 11 at 7 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall. This event brings together select area high school musicians with University musicians in a full day of rehearsals to further student […]

UMO to Hold Day of Giving April 9

MOUNT OLIVE –On Tuesday, April 9, the University of Mount Olive community will come together for the third annual Day of Giving.  Giving Day is a 24 hour giving challenge to encourage engagement and philanthropy of all members of the UMO community. Through social challenges and good old-fashioned rivalry, participants will have the chance to […]

UMO Ag Students Compete in Landscape Competition

MOUNT OLIVE- Seven University of Mount Olive (UMO) students recently traveled to Colorado for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC). They joined other students, industry professionals, faculty, and volunteers from across the country to demonstrate their skills in the landscape industry’s largest recruiting event and competition. UMO’s NCLC student […]

Spring Art Show Reception

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its Spring Art Show Reception on Thursday, April 11 from 4-6 PM in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Gallery. The Spring Art Show will display work by students representing the three major disciplines of the Department of Visual Arts: art, photography, and graphic design. The work […]

High School Honor Band and UMO Symphonic Band in Concert

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host a High School Honor Band and UMO Symphonic Band concert on Thursday, April 11 at 7 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall. This event brings together select area high school musicians with University musicians in a full day of rehearsals to further student […]

For the Love of Music

MOUNT OLIVE- Wilson native and recent University of Mount Olive (UMO) graduate Sam Martin has been surrounded by music her entire life. Submerged in the sounds of the Barbershop singing talents of her dad and his siblings, Martin started performing karaoke by the age of three. Growing up, she sang with various choirs and participated […]

Pearl Harbor Survivor Speaks at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Pearl Harbor survivor J. L. Wilson recently spoke to a group of history students and community members at the University of Mount Olive.  The 99-year-old, who is one of the few remaining survivors of that day of infamy, recounted, from his own personal recollections, the tragedy of December 7, 1941. Wilson was serving […]

Olvera Wins Second Place at Honors Symposium

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) Honors student Gayla Olvera of Lucama, NC recently presented research at the NC Lloyd International Honors Symposium at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Olvera, who attended the symposium with the UMO Honors Program Director, Dr. Brenda Cates, won second place for her presentation. Olvera’s research topic […]

AgFest Event Highlights College Life

Approximately 1,300 high school FFA and 4-H members from across North Carolina flocked to the University of Mount Olive (UMO) for the 5th annual AgFest event to promote and celebrate awareness of agriculture and other academic opportunities at  UMO.   The students represented 56 high schools from 28 of the 100 counties in North Carolina, traveling from […]

UMO Hosts Successful Career Forum

The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Tillman School of Business recently held a successful career forum where UMO alumni spoke about their educational and career experiences. This year’s panelists were (L-R): Ralph Sierra of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Vince J. Watson of Smithfield Foods, Kenisha Armstrong of Murdoch Developmental Center,  Jackie Hawes of Hawes […]

UMO Students Take Reflective Field Trip

MOUNT OLIVE- Seven University of Mount Olive (UMO) students, along with Professor Tyanna Yonkers, recently took a field trip as part of their IDS 204 course, Contemplative Practices Through the Arts. The group visited SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Cary and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. The course is taught […]

UMO to Hold Small Ensembles Concert

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Small Ensembles Concert will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 7 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall. The UMO Small Ensembles Concert is proof that it doesn’t take large numbers to awaken the joy in creative expression and knowledge. Woodwind, brass, percussion, and vocal […]

Deputy State Superintendents for NC Department of Public Instruction to Speak at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host the annual Braswell Lecture on Monday, April 8, at 7 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium. The guest speaker for the event is Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin. Dr. Pitre-Martin serves as one of the Deputy State Superintendents for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and […]

UMO Hosts Successful Career Fair

The University of Mount Olive Career Services Center hosted 31 employers and 7 graduate school representatives during its annual Career Fair on Wednesday, March 20.  Students had the opportunity to discuss job and career opportunities, practice interviewing skills, and network with recruiters.  Director of Career Development Laurica Yancey said, “We host these types of events […]

UMO Students Receive Undergraduate Research Grants

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) students Ashley Hartman of Ayden, NC and Andrea Palos-Jasso of Malvern, PA recently received the George T. Barthalmus Undergraduate Research Grant. The Grant encourages undergraduate involvement in research.  Hartman and Palos-Jasso both received $500 for their research. Hartman, a chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry, submitted a […]

Faith and Determination help ECE Student Achieve Her Dreams

FAYETTEVILLE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) student Rhonda Ray has spent over a decade shaping the minds of young children as a childcare provider. Now, she is finally taking the next step to reach her goals by returning to school to receive a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Ray opened up her own in-home […]

For UMO Student-Athlete Emma Burroughs, It’s all about the LOVE

MOUNT OLIVE- Emma Burroughs of Cerro Gordo, NC has certainly made the most of her time at the University of Mount Olive (UMO). Being involved in several different areas on campus has allowed her to experience her full potential, prepare for a successful future, and develop life-long friendships. Burroughs learned the value of hard work […]

UMO to Host “Front Porch Stories” Event

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Campus Ministry will host a “Front Porch Stories” event on Saturday, April 6 at 3 PM in Rodgers Chapel. Storytellers Brenda Gilbert, Ted Feitshans, Robin Kitson, and Chris Wise will share tales that will make attendees smile, cry, and laugh. Gale Buck will serve as emcee. Brenda […]

Event Planned to Help Area Youth Learn How to Save for College

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Financial Aid and Student Accounts offices will join the Mount Olive Friends of the Park for a “Saving for College” event on Saturday, April 6 from 11 AM-1 PM at Westbrook Park in Mount Olive. The purpose of the event, which is part of UMO’s Gifts and […]

UMO to Hold Event on Human Trafficking Awareness

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold a conference on human trafficking, titled “For Freedom,” on March 26 at 7 PM in Rodgers Chapel. “For Freedom” is an evening of exposure to the reality of human trafficking, both globally and locally, and what each of us can do to be a part […]

Pearl Harbor Survivor to Speak at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Pearl Harbor survivor J. L. Wilson will speak at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) on Monday, March 25 at 11 AM in room 213 of the Henderson building. Jesse Leon “J. L.” Wilson was born in La Grange, NC and graduated from high school in 1937. His parents, J.W. and Vinnie Wilson, […]

Preserving Historic Photos

The University of Mount Olive Moye Library Staff recently volunteered with the John David Aaron Museum in Mount Olive to organize, preserve, and catalog negatives from the Charles Kraft Estate.  The project was part of the University’s Gifts and Talents community service initiative.  Pictured L-R:  Beth Rose, Janelle Barbour, and Heather Day.

UMO to Host EJ Jones and Piper Friends

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host EJ Jones and Piper Friends on Thursday, March 28 at 7 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium. Bagpiper and instrument maker EJ Jones and Piper Friends bring beautifully- and energetically-played Highland bagpipes accompanied by the percussive chords of the bouzouki and drum to the University […]

Author Georgann Eubanks Event Rescheduled

MOUNT OLIVE- Author Georgann Eubanks was previously scheduled to visit the University of Mount Olive (UMO) for a workshop on Tuesday, March 12 from 1-3 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium.  The event has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 26 from 2 to 4 PM.  A reception will follow in the lobby of the Southern […]

University of Mount Olive and Fayetteville Technical Community College Sign Agreement to Expand and Enhance College Transfer

MOUNT OLIVE— Dr. David Poole, President of the University of Mount Olive (UMO), and Dr. Larry Keen, President of Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC), recently signed a partnership agreement that will enhance and expand options for community college students. The two educational institutions originally partnered in 2010 to allow associate degree graduates from Fayetteville Community […]

UMO Introduces New & Expanding Academic Programs

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive (UMO) President David Poole consistently reminds the UMO community, “After the mission and the covenant, it is all about enrollment.” While it is possible to grow gradually by promoting existing programs, the surest way to expand the reach of the University is to develop new programs with appeal […]

SOCAM Donates to Make a Difference Kloset in Mount Olive

The Sisterhood of Crown and Martlet (SOCAM), a women’s organization at the University of Mount Olive, recently collected and donated a large variety of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and shoes to the MAD Kloset in Mount Olive.  The project was part of the University’s Gifts and Talents service initiative .  SOCAM Vice President Andrea […]

UMO’s Literary Magazine Releases Spring 2019 Edition

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive Department of English has released the spring edition of its online literary magazine, The Olive Press.  This edition contains poems, flash, essays, and short stories. All totaled, there are 16 works in the seventh online edition. Contributing writer Carrah Faircloth, Director of the UMO Writing Center said, “I’m […]

UMO Takes a Stand for Healthy Living with Exercise is Medicine Proclamation

MOUNT OLIVE- Statistics have proven that at least 30 minutes of exercise, three days a week can: decrease diabetes; reduce general anxiety; decrease the risk of hip fracture in post-menopausal women; decrease dementia; reduce the risk of heart disease; lower cardiovascular related death; improve quality of life; and the list goes on and on.  Yes, […]

UMO Set to Host Career Forum

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Tillman School of Business will hold a career forum on Tuesday, March 19 in Southern Bank Auditorium. The event, which begins at 11 AM, is open to the public. The forum provides attendees with the opportunity to hear successful UMO alumni discuss their educational and career experiences. […]

UMO’s Institutional Advancement Team

As part of the University of Mount Olive Gifts and Talents community service initiative, the Office of Institutional Advancement recently made a donation to the Wayne County Humane Society.  “Institutional Advancement understands the importance of having a great community surrounding the University,” said Office Manager Ashley Henderson . “We have quite a few animal lovers […]

Ready, Set, Read!

University of Mount Olive students involved with the Professional Teachers Association (PTA), Future Educators Association (FEA), and Pi Lambda Theta (PLT )Education Honor Society collected books to donate to Jones County Public Schools.  The students chose Jones County because it was tremendously affected by the hurricane.  Barbara Lee, Director of Career and Technical Education for Jones County, […]

UMO Honors Students Visit the Wayne County History Museum

Members of the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Honors Program, along with Program Director Dr. Brenda Cates and Assistant Director Dr. Alan Lamm, recently participated in a “Night at the Museum” event at the Wayne County History Museum in Goldsboro, NC. The museum’s Assistant Director Anna Mitchell is a former UMO Honors student and history […]

Smith Sings University’s Praises

MOUNT OLIVE- When Jonathan Smith of Beulaville, NC came to the University of Mount Olive (UMO) in the fall of 2015, he was unsure of where his educational journey would take him. “I grew up in a small town where the only things I knew were school, football, and church,” Smith said. “I have awesome […]

UMO First Private University in NC to Offer Flight School

MOUNTOLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has something in common with the Wright Brothers – both are first in flight.  UMO is the first North Carolina-based private university in North Carolina to offer a flight school. The idea of a flight school came about because of a nation-wide shortage in professional pilots, a situation […]

US Congressman David Rouzer Visits UMO

US Congressman David Rouzer recently visited the University of Mount Olive to discuss opportunities for students pursuing an education in agriculture.   (L-R):  US Congressman David Rouzer, Director of the Lois. G. Britt Agribusiness Center and Chair of the UMO Division of Agriculture Dr. Sandy Maddox, Special Assistant to the President Dr. Barbara Kornegay, and University of […]

Author Georgann Eubanks Coming to UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Author Georgann Eubanks will visit the University of Mount Olive (UMO) for a workshop on Tuesday, March 12 from 1-3 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium. A  reception will follow in the lobby of the Southern Bank Auditorium. The workshop, sponsored by the UMO Writing Center and the Agribusiness Center, will focus on […]

UMO Receives $100,000 Grant from Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in Arts and Human Services

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has received a $100,000 grant from the annual Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in Arts and Human Services distribution from the John William Pope Foundation.  The money will go towards the University’s Black Box Theatre project in downtown Mount Olive. The University has acquired and will be […]

UMO to Hold Middle School Honor Choir Festival

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host the 2nd Annual Middle School Honor Choir Festival on Friday, February 22 at 4 PM in Rodgers Chapel. This event brings together the youngest and brightest area students who are passionate about music. Listen to the results of a full day of rehearsals as these […]

UMO is Cultivating the Ultimate Student Ag Experience

MOUNT OLIVE – Much is happening within the University of Mount Olive ag programs.  This will be the first full cropping year on the 63-acre student-led Kornegay Farm, new majors are being added, partnerships are being developed, and animal production, forages, and organics are coming on board. “Our ag programs are truly unique,” stated Dr. […]

Evening with UMO Brings in Funds for Scholarships

MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive Alumni Association recently held its annual scholarship fundraising event called “An Evening with UMO.” Alumni Relations Director Hope McPherson Fields, said, “We were so pleased with our attendance at this year’s event, and the show of support that came from our alumni.  We are truly a community trying […]

De La Rosa Follows Her Dreams at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) student Jessa De La Rosa was a young girl growing up in the small rural town of Plymouth, Indiana when she developed a passion for reading and writing. “I acquired a love for words at a young age and began writing regularly in the fourth grade,” De La […]

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Speak at University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host U.S Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for a town hall on Monday, February 11th at 3 PM.  During the town hall meeting with the North Carolina Farm Bureau, farmers, and students, Secretary Perdue will share information about the USMCA, the new trade deal between the […]

UMO to Host Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host the Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture on February 19-20 in Rodgers Chapel.  Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove will lecture on “Being Christian in America.” The first lecture, “The Peculiar Challenge of Being Christian in America,” will be held on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 PM.  The 9 AM […]

Finding Your Way with Clay… University of Mount Olive to Offer Summer Ceramic Program

MOUNT OLIVE – Have you always thought that it looked like fun to throw clay on the potter’s wheel or make a pinch pot with your own hands?  The University of Mount Olive is offering a six-week summer program to help participants get a feel for clay and discover the magic of making functional objects. […]

Worried About Where Your Food Comes From?

Worried About Where Your Food Comes From? MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Collegiate Young Farmers & Ranchers program is hosting a panel entitled, “Misconceptions in Agriculture.” The panel will include several professional agriculturalists who are directly involved in crop production, chemical use, land management, livestock production, livestock nutrition, and much more. Attendees […]

UMO Makes 2019-20 Top Military Friendly Schools List

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has once again been named a Military Friendly School.  Now in its 10th year, the Military Friendly® Schools list compiled by VIQTORY has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. The University of Mount Olive […]

Mark Twain Tonight!

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) faculty member John Clifton will once again bring to life America’s greatest humorist and granddaddy of all characters in Mark Twain Tonight! The event will be held on Sunday, February 10, at 7 PM in Rodgers Chapel. Mark Twain is one of America’s truly unique and defining personalities. […]

An Evening with UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is set to host its annual Alumni sponsored event, An Evening with UMO on Saturday, February 9.  The event will be held at Walnut Creek Country Club, located at 508 Lakeshore Drive in Goldsboro. This semi-formal event will feature a 6 PM dinner, dancing, live music by […]

Church Night Basketball Game

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host Church Night Basketball Game on Saturday, February 2, 2019 in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena. The UMO Trojans will compete against Erskine College. The women’s teams will play at 4 PM with the men’s game starting at 6 PM. There will also be […]

ARTS COUNCIL OF WAYNE COUNTY AWARDS GRANT TO UMO

The Arts Council of Wayne County has awarded a Grassroots Arts Program subgrant of $1,100 to the University of Mount Olive for a summer workshop, “Finding Your Way in Clay.”  The six-week summer program is limited to 16 participants and will be open to all residents of Wayne County and the surrounding region. “The primary […]

University of Mount Olive MBA Program Receives Recognition

MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive’s MBA program has been ranked by The Triangle Business Journal as the 11th largest in North Carolina and the 5th largest among all of the state’s private universities. UMO President Dr. David Poole said, “UMO has established itself as a leader and recognized name in affordable and effective […]

Organ Dedication Concert POSTPONED

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has announced that the organ dedication concert planned for Thursday, January 24, at 7 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall, is being postponed.  The reason for the delay is due to repairs being made to the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall as a result of […]

UMO Raises Money for Local Cancer Patients

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive (UMO) student service group Sisterhood of Crown and Martlet (SOCAM) raised $1120 for the Southeastern Cancer Care (SCC), a local organization based in Goldsboro that assists cancer patients and their families in eastern North Carolina. Services provided by SCC include basic living essentials such as gas cards, food […]

Friendship, Family, and Faith Unite UMO Students Hunter Britt and Ty Hunter

MOUNT OLIVE –Friendship, family, and faith are the bonds that tie together Sampson County natives Hunter Britt and Ty Hunter.   Friends since birth, Hunter and Ty attended the same school growing up, graduated from Hobbton High School together, attend Mount Vernon Baptist Church, and share a passion for the outdoors.  The pair also attend the […]

Daniel Rudolfsson Receives Morris Award for Academic Excellence at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Daniel Rudolfsson Gävle, Sweden received the distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Academic Excellence at the University of Mount Olive’s fall Commencement. The Award is presented to the UMO senior from the traditional academic program graduating with the highest Grade Point Average.  The award is made possible through the generosity of Dr. […]

UMO Collegiate FFA Continues Annual Coats for Kids Project

MOUNT OLIVE- For the 15th consecutive year, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Collegiate FFA (CFFA) is providing coats to needy children in the Mount Olive area. More than 450 coats, hats, and gloves are being provided to students at Brogden Primary School and Carver Elementary School this year.   “Coats for Kids is one […]

University of Mount Olive Student Wins Farm Bureau College Discussion Meet

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive student Margo Lilley of Columbia, NC recently won the North Carolina Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet held in Raleigh. Lilley competed against agriculture students from NC State and NC A&T State.  She will represent North Carolina at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in March […]

R. A. Bryan Hall Named

Through a generous donation by the R. A. Bryan Foundation, Inc., the University of Mount Olive’s newest student apartment building has been named R. A. Bryan Hall.  The facility houses 36 students and is used for upperclassmen housing.  Picture (L-R)  Special Assistant to the VP for Institutional Advancement Jimmy Williams, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Teresa Hines, President […]

UMO December Graduation Set for Saturday, December 15

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will graduate approximately 300 students on Saturday, December 15. Commencement exercises are scheduled for 2 PM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena on the Mount Olive campus. Recently retired Vice President for Enrollment Dr. Barbara Kornegay will be the commencement speaker. Kornegay earned a BS […]

UMO Prepares Rawls to Transition from Student to Teacher

MOUNT OLIVE- Many students say they immediately feel at home when they first visit the University of Mount Olive (UMO). Bethany Rawls of Oriental, NC agrees that it was the same for her.   Although a few of Rawls’ family members are UMO alumni, the University really wasn’t on her radar of potential colleges until […]

Golden LEAF Foundation Luncheon at UMO

University of Mount Olive Golden LEAF Foundation scholarship recipients recently had the opportunity to dine with representatives from the Golden LEAF Foundation.  Pictured (L-R):  UMO President Dr. David Poole, Riley Houston of Trenton, Kelly Huffman of Richlands, Gayla Olvera of Lucama, President of the Golden LEAF Foundation Dan Gerlach, Mirian Cornejo of Warsaw, Kamila Castaneda […]

University of Mount Olive Names Homecoming King and Queen

MOUNT OLIVE – Timothy Jones of Clayton, North Carolina and Kamber Skeen of Lexington, North Carolina were named as the 2018 University of Mount Olive Homecoming King and Queen during the 53rd annual Pickle Classic Tournament. Sixteen students were nominated by their peers to participate in this year’s Homecoming Court. The winners were selected by […]

UMO Alumnus Speaks to TSB Students

MOUNT OLIVE- Businessman Kim Quinn, a University of Mount Olive Board of Trustee and Alumnus, recently spoke to two classes for his alma mater’s Tillman School of Business. According to Dr. Kathy T. Best, Quinn spoke to students in the TSB Introduction to Business and Social Media and Marketing classes.  “It is a great opportunity […]

UMO Alumni Receive Awards

MOUNT OLIVE- During the 2018 Alumni Awards, several University of Mount Olive (UMO) alumni received recognition for their accomplishments and continued dedication to UMO. Nancy Boykin received the Lorelle F. Martin and Michael R. Pelt Excellence in Teaching Award; Kevin Coakley received the Business Associate of the Year Award; Kevin Kornegay received the Alumni Hall […]

University of Mount Olive Celebrates Founding, Presents Awards

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) celebrated 67 years of providing Christian higher education at the University’s annual Founders Day Worship Service on Wednesday.  The guest speaker was Dr. Alan K. Lamm, Professor of History, Chair of the Department of History and Social Studies, and Assistant Director of the Honors Programs at the […]

UMO Theatre Presents Scroogical – Ebenezer’s Musical Rhyme and Reason

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Theatre will present another original take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Performances will be on Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 9, at 3 PM in Rodgers Chapel. Playwright and co-director John Clifton continues the tradition of developing his zany version of this […]

UMO to Host Operation Blessing Event Featuring Karen Abercrombie

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host Operation Blessing featuring Karen Abercrombie on Thursday, December 13, at 6 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium. Abercrombie is an award-winning actress best known for her role as Miss Clara in the 2015 Christian film War Room. She is also a Parents’ Choice Award-winning storyteller, […]

UMO Trustee Gives Back to Alma Mater

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive Board of Trustee Albert Elrod has been instrumental in establishing two scholarship funds in memory of former UMO employees.   Elrod is the branch manager for Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. offices in Wilmington and Southport and a partner with Elrod, Jones & Lawerence Financial Group.  He wanted to […]

UMO Professor Elected as Officer of ACBSP Southeastern Region Board

MOUNT OLIVE- Dr. Norm Crumpacker was recently elected as an officer of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Region 3 (Southeastern Region). Crumpacker serves as University of Mount Olive (UMO) Tillman School of Business (TSB) Department Chair of Business Analytics and Computer Information Systems and Assistant Professor of Management. During Crumpacker’s four-year […]

UMO Students Recognized at National FFA Convention

MOUNT OLIVE- Sixteen University of Mount Olive (UMO) students recently attended the 91st Annual National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, IN. The trip was sponsored by the UMO Agriculture Department. Of those UMO students attending the conference, 13 received their American FFA Degree.  The FFA Degree is an honor that is given to less […]

UMO Hosts Workshop with Jim Steeg

MOUNT OLIVE- Jim Steeg, NFL and Sports Management Executive, recently spoke to students within the University of Mount Olive’s Tillman School of Business (TSB), RLS Sports Management, and the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department.   Dr. Tony Franklin, Assistant Professor of RLS Sports Management, invited Steeg to campus to share his experiences across the multidimensional […]

UMO to Hold 6th Annual Trojan Trot

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host its 6th Annual Trojan Trot, a 5K run and walk, on Saturday, November 17. This event allows students, alumni, and community members to come together and enjoy a run or walk around Mount Olive as part of the University’s homecoming weekend.   The Trojan Trot […]

UMO Celebrates the Career of Longtime VP for Enrollment Dr. Barbara Kornegay

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive recently celebrated the accomplished career of Dr. Barbara Kornegay during a retirement reception held in her honor.   Kornegay began her 34-year career at Mount Olive Junior College in 1984 as Director of Planning and Institutional Research.   Kornegay was later promoted to Assistant Vice President for Planning […]

UMO to Host “A Night at the Opera”

MOUNT OLIVE- Join the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Department of Music for “A Night at the Opera” on Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium.   This gala evening will showcase outstanding voice students in arias, duets, and short scenes from operas beloved by millions around the world.   For […]

The University of Mount Olive and Lenoir Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer

MOUNT OLIVE- According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 15 percent of community college students who transfer lose nearly all of their credits in the process, costing them precious time and money.  Another third lose a significant proportion of their credits. In all, students who transfer from any kind of […]

UMO to Celebrate Season with Christmas by Candlelight Services

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host three Christmas by Candlelight services. The services will be held on Friday, November 30 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, December 1 at 2:30 and 6:30 PM at First Baptist Church in Mount Olive located at 300 North Chestnut Street   “Christmas by Candlelight is a […]

UMO Holds Dedication Event for Ag Farm, Campus, and Building

MOUNT OLIVE- On Friday, November 2, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) held a dedication event for the George R. Kornegay, Jr. Student Farm, the Donnie and Linda Lassiter Agricultural Campus, and the Sandy Maddox Agriculture and Education Building.  Approximately 200 people attended the event located on Garner Chapel Road just outside of Mount Olive. […]

UMO Gears Up for Homecoming

UMO Gears Up for Homecoming   MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will have its annual Homecoming Weekend November 16-18. It will be filled with activities for students, faculty, alumni, and community members to enjoy. The festivities begin with the Alumni Golf Tournament scheduled for 12 noon on November 16 at Southern Wayne […]

UMO Fall 2018 Senior Art Show Reception

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will open its fall Art Show on Thursday, November 15, from 4-6 PM in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Art Gallery in Laughinghouse Hall. Student work from the three major disciplines of the Department of Visual Arts (Art, Photography, and Graphic Design) will be represented. Senior Visual Arts majors […]

University of Mount Olive Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

MOUNT OLIVE – U.S. News and World Report, a recognized leader in college and grad school rankings, has ranked the University of Mount Olive (UMO) in the top 25 largest universities based on total enrollment.  UMO also tied for the tenth place spot for Best Colleges for Veterans. Issued each fall, the U.S. News and […]

University of Mount Olive to Hold Founders Day

MOUNT OLIVE- The Office of the President, Campus Ministry, and the Department of Music will host a Founders Day celebration on Wednesday, November 14, at 11 AM in the Southern Bank Auditorium in Raper Hall.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Founders Day allows the University of Mount Olive (UMO) […]

UMO to Host Financial Aid Workshop

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will hold a Financial Aid Workshop on Saturday, October 27, from 9 AM to 12 noon.  Registration for this free event will be held in the Poole Administration Building. The workshop will assist students and parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing […]

Sing for Another Day

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will host its 8th Annual Sing for Another Day benefit concert on Tuesday, November 6, at 7 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium in Raper Hall. Sponsored by UMO’s Sisterhood of Crown and Martlet, the concert will raise money for Southeastern Cancer Care in Goldsboro, NC. Sing for […]

University of Mount Olive Symphonic Band Concert

MOUNT OLIVE- Join the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Symphonic Band for a FREE concert on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium located in Raper Hall. The UMO Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. William Ford, will be joined by the Meredith College wind players, under the direction of Dr. […]

Meet Author William R. Forstchen

MOUNT OLIVE- William R. Forstchen, author of the novel One Second After, will speak at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) on Monday, October 29, at 4 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium located in Raper Hall. Forstchen, a specialist in military technology, describes an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon and details what it could do in […]

Former US Marine Completes Educational Goal at UMO

JACKSONVILLE- Gabriel Duerk had both a degree and a military career before she decided to continue her education at the University of Mount Olive (UMO). Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Duerk attended State College of Florida and received an associate’s degree in General Studies. She wanted to work in the medical field, but was unsure of […]

UMO Students Attend Honors Conference

MOUNT OLIVE- Four University of Mount Olive (UMO) Honors students recently attended the 2018 North Carolina Honors Association (NCHA) Conference at High Point University. The theme of the conference was “Conversations that Matter.” Meredith Futrelle of Mount Olive, Mariela Matul-Puac of Mount Olive, Sarah Swain of Morehead City, and Andrea Palos Jasso of Malvern, PA […]

UMO to Host All-Star Choir Festival

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will host the second annual All-Star Choir Festival on Friday, November 2, in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall. The festival is for select choir students from area high school choral programs who are nominated by their directors to spend an entire day working with UMO music faculty […]

Los Valientes to Perform at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Los Valientes will perform at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) on Monday, October 22, at 7:30 PM in Rodgers Chapel. Los Valientes is a chamber music theatre production for a solo actor and trio (cello, piano, and percussion). The performance explores the artistic and political passions of Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment […]

New York Polyphony Set to Perform at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- New York Polyphony will perform at the University of Mount Olive on Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 PM in Rodgers Chapel. New York Polyphony is a two-time Grammy nominated vocal chamber ensemble that has reached wide acclaim. The group consists of four men described as “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure” by […]

University of Mount Olive Inaugurates New President

MOUNT OLIVE – More than 700 people witnessed the inauguration of University of Mount Olive (UMO) President Dr. David L. Poole on Friday, October 5.  It was a historic and special moment in the life of the University, which was founded in 1951. Professor of Music Dr. Alan Armstrong, dressed in full Scottish kilt, played […]

UMO to Offer Free Concert as A Gift of Hope and Promise

MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is holding a FREE concert featuring the internationally acclaimed group Acappella.  Scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, at 7 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium, the concert is part of UMO’s Presidential Inauguration Week. “As the new President and First Lady of the University of Mount Olive, Mary and […]

University of Mount Olive MSN Program Receives Accreditation

MOUNT OLIVE – The Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) has received accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). According to Dr. Joy Kieffer, Founding Chair and Associate Professor of Nursing at UMO, this accreditation means that the nursing curriculum met the standards set by the […]

Leipers Fork Bluegrass Group Event Postponed

MOUNT OLIVE- The Leipers Fork Bluegrass Group set to perform at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) on Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall is being postponed due to Hurricane Florence.  The event will be rescheduled at a later time. For more information, contact Cindi Wellinger at cwellinger@umo.edu. […]

University of Mount Olive to Inaugurate New President

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive (UMO) President Dr. David L. Poole will be inaugurated on Friday, October 5, at 10 AM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena on the UMO campus.  It will be a historic and special moment in the life of the University. Poole joined UMO on July 1st.  […]

Mount Olive To Add Wrestling For 2019-20 Season

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. — University of Mount Olive will add men’s wrestling to the 20 NCAA Division II varsity sports currently being offered by the university, announced Vice President for Athletics Jeff Eisen. The program will begin competition in the 2019-2020 academic year.  UMO is a member of Conference Carolinas for its current sport offerings and […]

Mount Olive To Add Field Hockey For 2019 Season

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. — University of Mount Olive will add women’s field hockey to the 20 NCAA Division II varsity sports currently being offered by the university, announced Vice President for Athletics Jeff Eisen. The program will begin competition in the 2019-2020 academic year.  UMO is a member of Conference Carolinas for its current sport offerings […]

UMO Student Pursues Passion for Language and Literature

MOUNT OLIVE- Having lived in Mount Olive her entire life, Meredith Futrelle likes to describe the University of Mount Olive as being in her backyard. “Growing up in a Free Will Baptist church and being from Mount Olive, the University of Mount Olive was always familiar to me,” Futrelle said. She is a member of […]

UMO Holds Student Involvement Fair

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) recently held a Student Involvement Fair to inform students of the wide variety of clubs and organizations available.  Inspired by the liberal arts philosophy of educating the whole person, UMO offers a variety of student programs that foster leadership development, complement the classroom experience, and build community. […]

Psychology Major Finds Many Opportunities to Get Involved at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Gayla Olvera of Lucama, NC knew from the moment she first arrived on the University of Mount Olive (UMO) campus that she had chosen the right place to spend the next four years.   “I chose UMO because it just felt like home,” Olvera said. “All of the faculty and staff were so […]

Jimmy Williams Receives State’s Highest Civilian Honor

MOUNT OLIVE – Jimmy Williams, a longtime Mount Olive resident, is the recipient of the highest civilian honor that can be awarded by North Carolina’s Governor: The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.   Signed by Governor Roy Cooper, Williams’s certificate was presented on August 23, during a University of Mount Olive Foundation Board meeting, […]

UMO Class of 2022 has Great Start

MOUNT OLIVE- Incoming freshmen at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) were greeted by the blazing sun and North Carolina humidity while lugging their belongings into their new dorms during move-in. They didn’t have to do it alone; they were greeted by the smiling faces and excitement of faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. Freshmen […]

UMO Announces Barrow Lecture Events

MOUNT OLIVE- The Barrow Center for Faith and Life at the University of Mount Olive will present two lectures on “Recognizing the Presence of God.”   On Tuesday, September 11 at 7 PM, Dr. John Blackwell will lecture on “Recognizing the Power of Resurrection.”  On Wednesday, September 12, at 11 AM in Rodgers Chapel, Dr. […]

Leipers Fork Bluegrass Group to Perform at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- The Leipers Fork Bluegrass Group will perform at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) on Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall.   Known for their distinct magical vocal harmonies and driving instrumentalists, the Leipers Fork Bluegrass Group adds the compliment of true entertainment. More than a […]

Michael Stephenson to Perform at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Saxophonist Michael Stephenson will perform as part of the UMO Recital Series on Thursday, September 6, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall.   Stephenson will be accompanied by piano, organ, and harpsichord. A variety of music will be played, from J.S. Bach to spirituals and modern music written for […]

UMO to Offer Workshop on Growing a Stronger Choir

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host a workshop in the series entitled, “Successful Music Leadership in Today’s Church” on Saturday, September 8, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.   Led by Glen McCune, this workshop will focus on ways to strengthen small church choirs by exploring skills and techniques as they […]

UMO Summer Graduation Set for Saturday

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will graduate over 230 students on Saturday, August 25. Commencement exercises are scheduled for 2 PM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena on the Mount Olive campus. Dr. Joey Long, Assistant Professor of Business Law & Ethics, will be the commencement speaker.  Long is the […]

Michael Martin Tournament Brings in Around $60,000 for UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- This year marked the 31st Annual Friendly Mart/Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament held in memory of NC Highway Patrolman, Michael Martin, a Mount Olive College alumnus who was killed in the line of duty. The event supports student scholarships and the Trojan Club at the University of Mount Olive.   The tournament which […]

UMO Gears up for Another Great Year

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive was a flurry of activity over the weekend as more than 265 new freshmen arrived on campus for move-in day.  According to Vice President for Enrollment Dr. Barbara Kornegay, this year’s freshmen class is evenly distributed with 50 percent male and 50 percent female.   “Seventy-nine of […]

Art Enthusiasts Get Hands-On Experience in UMO Pottery Class

MOUNT OLIVE- Frank Grubbs, a ceramics instructor at UMO, recently led a six-week pottery class called “Finding Your Way in Clay.”  Participants had varying levels of experience and learned different techniques such as hand building, coil building, and wheel throwing. Casey Necci, a graphic designer at UMO, took the class as an opportunity to explore […]

High School Students Participate in “The Challenge” at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Several high school students recently had the chance to worship and dig deeper into their faith during The Challenge, a weeklong experience at the University of Mount Olive (UMO).   Created to give teens the opportunity to discover God’s purpose for their lives, The Challenge is a theological experience that began at UMO […]

Military Member Pursues Degree at UMO

GOLDSBORO- Returning to school is an advantage that many veterans have after the Post 9/11 GI Bill was passed, which provides them with educational benefits. Over one million veterans and their families are attending college because of these benefits.   When Tim Carr of Battle Creek, Michigan graduated from high school in 2009, he was […]

UMO Receives $300,000 from Kenan Charitable Trust

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has received a $300,000 grant from the William R. Kenan Charitable Trust.  The 1:1 matching grant will be used over the next three years to support a newly created Homegrown Teacher Academy.  The Homegrown Teacher Academy is an innovative and collaborative program involving Duplin County Schools, James […]

Early Childhood Educator Reflects on UMO Experience

WILMINGTON- For University of Mount Olive (UMO) graduate Katherine Blair, the road to success was not always an easy one to travel. When Blair was just a junior in high school, her mother died and she moved schools.  One thing remained the same- Blair knew what she was passionate about and what she wanted to […]

UMO Graduate Sees a Brighter Future

WILMINGTON- When Malorie Slusher of Wilmington, NC heard an advertisement on the radio for the University of Mount Olive’s evening program, she knew it was an opportunity she could not refuse.   “It was always in the back of my mind that I needed to complete my degree,” Slusher said. “I was not moving forward […]

New UMO President Begins First Week on the Job

MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive’s new president is on the job.  Dr. David L. Poole begins his tenure as the institution’s fifth President this week.   Poole earned his doctorate from California State University Fullerton and he is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.  He has over 36 years of […]

Advice for College Freshmen from the Experts at UMO

The most successful students are those who make a solid connection at their College during their first year.  We asked several key faculty and staff members at the University of Mount Olive to offer their advice and insight to incoming freshmen.  Their responses are below. From David Dommer, Ph.D. UMO Assistant Vice President for Academic […]

UMO Student Furthers Faith Through Service

MOUNT OLIVE- Born and raised in Beaverdam, North Carolina, Jessica Sellers has been familiar with the University of Mount Olive (UMO) since childhood. A member of Beaverdam Original Free Will Baptist Church, Sellers participated in youth group activities such as Youth Conventions and Bible Bowls at UMO.   Through her church, Sellers was also introduced […]

Debose Named President of UMO Alumni Association

MOUNT OLIVE – Bryan DeBose of Wilmington, NC has been elected President of the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Alumni Board. His official duties will begin July 1.   “Bryan brings energy, enthusiasm, fresh ideas, valued leadership, and passion for his alma mater to his role as President of the Alumni Board,” states Hope Fields, Director […]

Sampson County Educator Believes in the Future of Agriculture

MOUNT OLIVE- Reva Weathington knows firsthand how important agricultural education is. It was her first horticulture class in high school that made her believe in the future of agriculture, and inspired her to become a teacher.   Born and raised in Gray’s Creek, Weathington is no stranger to hard work. “I graduated high school and […]

UMO Graduate Transforms Young Lives in Clinton City Schools

MOUNT OLIVE- When Heather Jordan of Clinton looks back on her time at the University of Mount Olive (UMO), she realizes how much of an impact it has made on her as an educator.   “I was very lucky to go to UMO. It is a diverse school filled with different people from many different […]

UMO Acquires Property for Black Box Theatre

MOUNT OLIVE – In the words of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, “The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.”  In the words of University of Mount Olive President Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter, “Theatre needs a place to happen!” Almost from […]

UMO Honors Students Travel to Central Europe

MOUNT OLIVE- Eighteen University of Mount Olive Honors students recently traveled to the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Hungary for eleven days as part of the program’s annual international trip. The group explored Prague, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest, after having learned more about the history and cultural of these areas during the school year. […]

ECE Program Benefits Teachers and Students

FAYETTEVILLE- It has often been said that early education is the real key to students’ success. Cynthia Boomer of Clinton and Catherine Dines of Raeford certainly believe that to be true.  Both work in childcare settings and both have a desire to advance their knowledge and skillset to maximize their effectiveness in the classroom. To […]

Annual Michael Martin Golf Tournament Set for August 16

MOUNT OLIVE- The Annual Michael Martin Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by Friendly Mart will be held on Thursday, August 16, at 8:30 AM at the Southern Wayne Country Club. The tournament is held annually in memory of NC Highway Patrolman, Michael Martin, a University of Mount Olive alumnus who was killed in the line […]

One Second After to be UMO Common Read

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive has selected William R. Forstchen’s New York Times bestselling novel One Second After for its Common Read book selection for the fall semester. Reading, discussing and writing about the novel will be a part of the curriculum for all freshmen in their Advisement 100 class.   Jackie Hill, […]

Woodard Receives J. William Byrd Award for Staff Excellence 

MOUNT OLIVE –Tim Woodard of Princeton recently received the J. William Byrd Award for Staff Excellence at the University of Mount Olive. The award, presented during the University’s Annual employee appreciation luncheon, was given in honor of Dr. J. William Byrd, president emeritus of the University. The award recognized Woodard for his quality of work […]

Wee Receives Morris Award for Academic Excellence at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Ai Theeng Wee from Klang, Malaysia received the distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Academic Excellence at the University of Mount Olive’s Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 5. The $3,000 cash award is given to the baccalaureate graduate who best exemplifies serious academic pursuit and love and breadth of learning. The award […]

UMO Honors Jimmy Williams

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive bestowed an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on James E. (Jimmy) Williams during spring commencement.   Williams, a longtime Mount Olive resident, has been an instrumental force in Wayne County for his entire adult life.  A native of Pink Hill, North Carolina, he received his BA degree […]

Wayne County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Several Wayne County students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: Amy Hobson of Goldsboro received the Visual Arts Student of the Year. Hobson is a senior art major.  This award is given to an outstanding art or visual communication […]

Wake County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Two Wake County students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: Julie Lefebvre Warzecho of Cary received the Nursing Student of the Year. The Nursing Student of the Year is awarded to a senior with a GPA of 3.8 or […]

Sampson County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Sampson County student was recognized for her achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Kayla Fisher of Roseboro received the The Louise Edgerton Teacher Education Student of the Year. Fisher is a senior K-6 education major and a member of the UMO cheerleading team.  This award is sponsored […]

Rowan County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Rowan County student wasr ecognized for his achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Marion James Smith, Jr. of Kannapolis received the The President’s Citizenship Award. Smith, Jr. is a junior ag education major.  The President’s Citizenship Award, first awarded in 1972, is a scholarship sponsored by President […]

New Hanover  County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A New Hanover  County student was recognized for his achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Richard Kirkpatrick of Wilmington received the The Gary F. Barefoot Sacred Music Award. Kirkpatrick is a senior music  major.  This award is sponsored through the generosity of Dr. Thomas R. Morris in honor […]

Montgomery County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Montgomery County student was recognized for her achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Crystal Ruth Burchette of Troy received the Handy Mart Business Scholarship. Burchette is a sophomore business management major.  The Handy Mart Business Scholarship is sponsored by E. J. and Judson Pope who select two […]

Lenoir County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Lenoir County student was recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Johathan  Smith of Pink Hill received the Music Student of the Year. The Music Student of the Year Award is given to the senior student who best exemplifies the ideals of a successful music […]

Jones County Students Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Jones County student was recognized for her achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. China Marshall of Maysville received the Outsanding Recreation/Leisure Studies Major. This award is given to an outstanding RLS senior who has demonstrated scholarshis and service/leadership capabilities. The award is presented to a student recipient […]

Johnston County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Several Johnston County students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: Dalton “Bailey” Lail of Kenly received the Agribusiness Student of the Year. Lail is a senior agribusiness major.  This award is given to an outstanding agribusiness senior having a […]

Greene County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Greene County student was recognized for her achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Kaylee Bell of Snow Hill received the Most Promising Recreation/Leisure Studies Underclassman. Bell is a sophomore recreation and leisure studies major.  This award is given to a sophomore or first year RLS major who […]

Franklin County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Franklin County student was recognized for his achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Nathan Pike of Youngsville, NC received the Business Management Student of the Year. Pike is a senior business management major.  The Business Management Student of the Year is awarded to a senior with a […]

Duplin County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Several Duplin County students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were: John “Wes” Warren of Teachey received the English Student of the Year. Warren is a senior English major.  This award is given to a student who maintains a 3.0 […]

Davidson County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Davidson County student was recognized for her achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Janeice Leonard of Lexington received the Outstanding Agriculture Student of the Year. Leonard is a senior agriculture education major.  The outstanding agriculture student of the year award is given to a student with a […]

Craven County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Craven County student was recognized for his achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Noah Taylor of Cove City received the History/Social Studies Student of the Year. Taylor is a senior history major.  The History/Social Studies Student of the Year is awarded to a student who has shown […]

Columbus County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – A Columbus County resident was recognized for his achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Paul Young of Bolton received the Southern Bank and Trust Outstanding Agricultural Education Student of the Year. Young is a senior agriculture education major.  The Agriculture Education Outstanding Student of the Year Award is […]

Alamance County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – An Alamance County student was recognized for her achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Victoria Bissette of Mebane received the MBA Student of the Year Award. Bissette is a senior master of business administration major.  The MBA Student of the Year honor is awarded to an MBA scholar […]

Former Military Couple Set to Graduate from UMO May 5

MOUNT OLIVE – For many students, getting a college education starts right after high school graduation. However, some students take a different path to getting a degree. Jason and Linda Sampson are two examples of doing things differently.  The Sampsons have been married for 15 years.  On May 5, they will graduate from the University […]

University of Mount Olive Appoints New President

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive has appointed Dr. David L. Poole as its fifth President.  Board Chair Earl W. Worley, Jr., made the announcement, following a letter to students, faculty, and staff. Poole will take office on July 1, 2018.  His selection by the UMO Board of Trustees is the result of […]

UMO Hosts Women in Business Forum

MOUNT OLIVE – On April 24, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Robert L. Tillman School of Business (TSB) hosted a Women in Business Forum.  Five panelists spoke about their experiences as women in the work force.   The panelists were: Meghan Best, owner of Sugar Babies Children’s Boutique; Cordelia Wilcox, UMO Director of Human […]

After 21 years “Free Spirit” to Preform Final Concert at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE – After 21 years of music ministry at the University of Mount Olive (UMO), “Free Spirit” is performing its final concert on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel B. Waters Assembly Hall in Mount Olive.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  For more information, contact Franklin Gross […]

UMO Students Compete in State Leadership Conference

MOUNT OLIVE – Two University of Mount Olive (UMO) students from the Tillman School of Business (TSB) recently attended the 76th Annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference (NCPBL SLC) in Charlotte.   Carson Denning of Four Oaks, President of the chapter, and Juwon Lloyd of Kinston, Treasurer, represented UMO. They were accompanied […]

67-year-old College Graduate says, “If I can do it, you can too.”

JACKSONVILLE – Mary James is a 67-year-old wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Sunday school teacher, and tutor.  On May 5, she will finally add college graduate to the list.   James has always wanted to earn her college degree, but life kept getting in her way.  Like many married couples, James and her husband, Nelson, […]

UMO to Graduate Largest Class in University’s History

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will graduate over 400 students on Saturday, May 5. It will be the largest graduation in the University’s 67-year history.  Commencement exercises are scheduled for 2 PM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena on the Mount Olive campus. UMO President and Frist Lady Philip and […]

Finding Common Ground

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is home to students from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities, and special interests. For students Kristin Power of Cleveland, North Carolina, Benedetta “Bene” Abbate of Westchester, New York, and Hannah Kirk of Northallerton, a market town in North Yorkshire, England, UMO has served as the foundation […]

Spring Art Show Offers a Variety of Colorful and Artistic Works by UMO Students

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Department of Visual Arts will host its spring Art Show reception on Thursday, April 19 from 4 to 6 PM. The event is free and open to the public.   The Show will display student work representing the three major disciplines of the Department of Visual […]

UMO to Offer Seated MBA Program

MOUNT OLIVE –The University of Mount Olive through the Tillman School of Business has announced that it will offer a seated (face-to-face) version of its Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program starting in August 2018.  The program will feature the same course rotation and structure as the online MBA, which the University launched in […]

A Determined Gina Lassiter Checks Graduation off Her Bucket List

WILMINGTON –Gina Lassiter of South Port is proof positive that patience and perseverance can prevail!  Lassiter was born in Goldsboro in 1968. Both of her parents are descendants of tobacco farmers and each of their families have a multi-generational North Carolinian ancestry. For that reason, Lassiter grew up in a world driven by tobacco.   […]

Ag Awareness Day at UMO

Carver Elementary School and Brogden Primary third graders were treated to an Ag Awareness Day at UMO on April 11. The event was sponsored, planned, organized, and carried out by the University’s Collegiate FFA members. The event featured a variety of different agricultural education stations including seed germination and plant growth, soybean production, Goodness Grows […]

UMO Surpasses Athletic Giving Day Goal

MOUNT OLIVE –  A total of 177 donors collectively gave $21,003.60 to the University of Mount Olive for its second annual Athletic Giving Day, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  The amount more than doubled the University’s initial goal of $10,000. Fifty-nine donors contributed just over $5,934, which was designated to this year’s targeted project – […]

UMO Board Hosts Event to Honor Retiring President Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter

MOUNT OLIVE – It was an evening of reminiscing, recitations, and recognitions at the retirement event for University of Mount Olive (UMO) President and First Lady Dr. and Mrs. Philip P. Kerstetter.   The celebration for Kerstetter, who is retiring at the end of June after nine years as UMO’s fourth president, was filled with […]

A Place to Call Home

MOUNT OLIVE – For Kailyn Cottle, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) is one of many places that she calls “home.”   Cottle was born in Wilmington, NC. In 2001, at the age of three, Cottle moved with her family to Cambodia, where her parents were called to be missionaries. Over the course of 17 […]

UMO Concert Choir Spring Concert

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Concert Choir will hold its spring concert on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 PM. The concert will be held in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.   Come join the UMO Concert Choir for a special evening of […]

From Military Career to College Graduate, Local Businessman Launches Career in the World of Gaming

NEW BERN – For University of Mount Olive (UMO) student Nate Crim, life has been full of obstacles. With great determination, he has taken those hurdles and turned them into stepping-stones.   Crim grew up in Nelson County, Virginia, where he faced physical and verbal abuse at the hands of his father. In response, he […]

UMO Symphonic Band Concert to Perform with High School Honor Students

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its fifth annual Honor Band and Wind Ensemble concert on Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.   See and hear what happens when talented music majors, high school students, […]

Aaron Smith…Living a Life Marked by the Gospel and the Bible

MOUNT OLIVE – Aaron Smith easily admits he is nothing without his faith. “Without my faith in Jesus every aspect of my life would lack purpose,” he said.  “Jesus gave His life for mine, so I owe Him my entire life.” Smith lives out his faith daily in everything he does.  He is a 2014 […]

Martin Lecture Scheduled for April 10

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold the 25th annual Martin Lecture on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium in Raper Hall.   Dr. Michael Reiskind of the Public Health Entomology program at North Carolina State University will be the guest speaker.  Reiskind will speak on […]

UMO to Hold Jazz and Woodwind Concert

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Jazz Band is set to hold a concert on Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 PM. The concert will be held in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.   The UMO Jazz Band and Woodwind Ensemble are rooted in […]

Dalley Reaches Educational Goals and Inspires Others

MOUNT OLIVE –Fifty-year-old Peggy Dalley of Castle Hayne is doing something many would consider intimidating.  After being out of school for over three decades, Dalley has returned to the classroom to obtain her bachelor’s degree. Family first – has always been Dalley’s motto.  She and her husband of 22 years, Jerry, are the proud parents […]

UMO Holds Dedication Service

MOUNT OLIVE – On Sunday, March 25, at 3 PM the University of Mount Olive (UMO) dedicated the newly renovated Rodgers Chapel and construction of the E. Lee Glover Center for Religious Studies. Nearly 200 people attended the event. UMO Chaplain Carla Williamson presided.  Remarks were provided by Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. K. […]

UMO to Hold Day of Giving April 10

MOUNT OLIVE – On Tuesday, April 10, the University of Mount Olive community will come together for the second annual Day of Giving to support UMO athletics. “Giving Day is a 24 hour giving challenge to encourage engagement and philanthropy of all members of the UMO community,” said Dwayne McKay, Director of External Affairs for […]

UMO Hosts Successful Career Fair

The University of Mount Olive Career Services Center hosted a successful Career Fair on Wednesday with 37 employers and 6 graduate school representatives participating.  Students had the opportunity to discuss job and career opportunities, practice interviewing skills, and network with recruiters.  Assistant Director of Career Services Denis Crocker said, “We host these types of events […]

UMO Alumni Provide Students with Glimpse of the Future

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Tillman School of Business recently held a Career Forum to enlighten students about educational and career experiences and opportunities. A panel of seven UMO Alumni shared lessons they have learned as they have prepared themselves for their current career.  They also provided insights on what it […]

UMO to Host Chamber Ensemble Double Take

MOUNT OLIVE – The chamber ensemble Double Take is set to perform at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 PM. This performance will take place in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.  The event is free and open to the public. […]

UMO to Dedicate New Center for Religious Studies

MOUNT OLIVE – On Sunday, March 25, at 3 PM the University of Mount Olive will dedicate the E. Lee Glover Center for Religious Studies. The Center, which is connected to Rodgers Chapel, was part of a comprehensive renovation and expansion project started in the spring of 2017. Located in the heart of campus, the […]

UMO Student Has History in her Future

MOUNT OLIVE – For Princeton native Anna Mitchell, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) has always felt like home. From seeing her brother attend UMO to having weekly piano lessons with former music professor Irene Patten, UMO has always been a presence in her life. As the time approached for Mitchell to apply for college, […]

UMO to Hold Night of Reflections

MOUNT OLIVE – On Friday, March 16, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Department of Music, the Office of Alumni Relations, and UMO Theatre will host an event entitled, “It’s a Great Day to be a Trojan: Reflections through Story and Song.” The event will feature past and present music ensembles from Mount Olive College […]

Annual Braswell Lecture Scheduled for March 22 at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will hold its annual Braswell Lecture on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium located in Raper Hall. The speaker for this lecture will be Jack Howarth. The event is free and open to the public.   Howarth will speak on “The […]

College Students Tackle Ethics and the Future of Community

RALEIGH, NC – In today’s society, ‘community’ means different things to different people.  Hometowns, college campuses, churches and social media are a few of the communities with which we identify. The more than 120 college students participating in NCICU’s annual Ethics Bowl, found the topic of “Ethics and the Future of Community” challenging and thought-provoking. […]

UMO Faculty Recital to Feature Dr. Alan Armstrong

MOUNT OLIVE – Dr. Alan Armstrong will be featured in a recital at the University of Mount Olive on Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.   The recital is entitled “Welcome to my World,” which Armstrong calls a “retrospective of […]

UMO Career Forum Set for March 19

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Tillman School of Business will host a Career Forum on Monday, March 19, at 11 AM in Southern Bank Auditorium.   Seven UMO alumni panelists will talk about their educational and career experiences. They will also share lessons they have learned in their careers and what it […]

UMO Awarded for Extraordinary Professional Programming

MOUNT OLIVE – For years, students across the country have known that they could turn to Colleges of Distinction as a one-of-a-kind resource to find the best-fit school for them. Part of what makes Colleges of Distinction unique is how it evaluates schools based on their ability to provide a high-quality student experience, as well […]

UMO Set to Host 17th Annual Literary Festival

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Department of English is set to host its 17th annual Literary Festival on March 14, 15, and 16.   The festival will begin on Wednesday, March 14, with a panel discussion entitled “Where we Find Voice: Writers and Editors on the Intersection of Craft and Opportunity.” […]

UMO to Host Dr. Elliot Engel

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is scheduled to host Dr. Elliot Engel for an event entitled “Detecting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.” The event will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium located in Raper Hall.   Dr. Engel is a native of Indianapolis who now […]

University of Mount Olive AgPrime Program

MOUNT OLIVE – A program providing cost share grants to North Carolina farmers and agribusiness owners for new and innovative ideas that increase farm profits is being conducted by the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center. AgPrime, which is funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC), is designed […]

RN to BSN Articulation Agreement Signed

Registered nurses with an associate degree from a North Carolina community college may save time and money in earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at 10 private colleges because of a new agreement between the NC Community College System and NC Independent Colleges and Universities. NCCCS Acting President Jennifer Haygood and NCICU President […]

UMO International Student Receives a Visit from Home

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive freshmen Oskar Gabrielsson of Sweden had a welcome visit this week from his father, Fredrick, and his grandfather, Ove. Oskar came to UMO to study business and play golf.  Thousands of miles from home, he found the people at UMO to be friendly and helpful in making the […]

After 21 years “Free Spirit” to Perform Final Concert at UMO

After 21 years “Free Spirit” to Perform Final Concert at UMO MOUNT OLIVE – After 21 years of music ministry at the University of Mount Olive (UMO), “Free Spirit” is performing its final season during the spring 2018 semester.  Founded by Professor of Music Dr. Alan Armstrong, the group has developed a reputation for providing […]

An Evening with UMO Brings in Scholarship Funds

An Evening with UMO Brings in Scholarship Funds   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Alumni Association recently held its annual scholarship fundraising event called “An Evening with UMO.”   Alumni Relations Director Hope McPherson Fields, said, “We were very pleased with this year’s event.  Both attendance and funds raised were up from […]

The University of Mount Olive Trio to Perform February 22

The University of Mount Olive Trio to Perform February 22   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Trio is set to perform on Thursday, February 22, at 7:30 PM. The performance will take place in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall, located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.  Dr. William Ford will […]

UMO’s Annual Harrison Lecture Set for February 20-21

UMO’s Annual Harrison Lecture Set for February 20-21   MOUNT OLIVE – The 30th Annual Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture is set for February 20-21 at the University of Mount Olive.  “God Created Humans: Some Ways to Understand Us,” will be the topic of the Tuesday, February 20, lecture to be held at 7 PM.  […]

Core Ensemble to Present “Of Ebony Embers – Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance”

Core Ensemble to Present “Of Ebony Embers – Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance”   MOUNT OLIVE – The Core Ensemble is set to perform at the University of Mount Olive on Monday, February 19 at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.   The Core […]

Josiah King Featured Artist at UMO

Josiah King Featured Artist at UMO University of Mount Olive Alumnus Josiah King will display his art in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Gallery throughout the month of February.  The opening will be Thursday, February 15 from 4-7.  King’s work focuses on moments of beauty in everyday things.  The show features over four years of paintings, and shows a […]

UMO Theatre to Present “You Can’t Take it With You”

UMO Theatre to Present “You Can’t Take it With You”   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Theatre will perform You Can’t Take it With You on Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at 7:30 PM.  A Sunday matinee will be held at 3 PM. The performances will be held in the […]

UMO Washington Student Receives Scholarship

UMO Washington Student Receives Scholarship   WASHINGTON – Gwen Best, a student at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Washington location is the first recipient of the Louise P. Kidwell Scholarship.   Best, an accounting major, is employed as an accounting technician at East Carolina University (ECU). When she began her job at ECU, she […]

An Evening with UMO set for February 10

An Evening with UMO set for February 10   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Alumni Board is set to host its second annual “An Evening with UMO” event on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The event will take place at 6 PM at The Farm, located at 215 Batten Road in Selma.   […]

OFWB Church Night Basketball Games Set for February 3

OFWB Church Night Basketball Games Set for February 3   MOUNT OLIVE – The annual University of Mount Olive Original Free Will Baptist Church Night Basketball Games are set for February 3, 2018 in Kornegay Arena. The women’s teams are scheduled to play at 4 PM, and the men will start at 6 PM.   […]

UMO to Host Astralis Chamber Ensemble

UMO to Host Astralis Chamber Ensemble  MOUNT OLIVE – On Thursday, January 25, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host Astralis Chamber Ensemble. The event will take place at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive. Astralis Chamber Ensemble is an innovative and dynamic […]

Spring Semester to Begin at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – New and returning daytime students at the University of Mount Olive will begin spring semester classes on, Thursday, January 11, 2018.  Approximately 905 returning students and around 60 new students are enrolled in the University’s traditional programs.  Nontraditional enrollment at the University’s eight eastern North Carolina locations is also steady at approximately […]

Sampson’s Fisher Hopes to Impact Young Minds

MOUNT OLIVE- When Kayla Fisher of Roseboro was a student at Lakewood High School, she visited the University of Mount Olive and fell in love with the campus and the people. “It felt like home,” she said. Fisher enrolled as a freshmen in August of 2014 majoring in elementary education. “I have always enjoyed working […]

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER PREPARE FOR UMO GRADUATION

Mother and Daughter Prepare for UMO Graduation WASHINGTON – One Pitt County mother and daughter will have a lot to celebrate this December. Sheila Nobles and her daughter, Sherrena, will both graduate together, obtaining degrees from the University of Mount Olive in Washington. The moment is a longtime coming for Sheila, 61, who will be […]

UMO GRADUATION SET FOR DECEMBER 16

UMO Graduation Set for December 16 MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will graduate approximately 300 students on Saturday, December 16. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2 PM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena on the Mount Olive Campus. Congressman K. Michael Conaway will deliver the commencement address. Conaway is […]

MARY JONES MIXES ARTISTIC AND SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS AT UMO

Mary Jones Mixes Artistic and Scientific Interests at UMO MOUNT OLIVE – There is often an attitude out there that art and science are diametrically opposed. However, University of Mount Olive (UMO) student Mary Jones does not view the world in such an either-or manner. “People think that you can’t do both – that you’re […]

UMO STUDENT PURSUES DREAMS WITH DETERMINATION

UMO Student Pursues Dreams with Determination RTP – For University of Mount Olive (UMO) student Emily Dodson, life has been full of ups and downs. Through unexpected events and obstacles, she has learned to persevere and continue to achieve her dreams. When Dodson, a native of Mebane, graduated from high school, she decided to pursue […]

SCHOLARSHIP TO BENEFIT UMO AT WASHINGTON STUDENTS

Scholarship to Benefit UMO at Washington Students WASHINGTON –Keith Kidwell has established a scholarship fund at the University of Mount Olive in Washington to honor the memory and legacy of his mother, Louise P. Kidwell, “I wanted the scholarship fund to be used to benefit students with the same passion for accounting that my mother […]

UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP FILLING NEED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Unique Partnership Filling Need in Early Childhood Education FAYETTEVILLE –Camisha Monroe of Fayetteville made up her mind that it was time to take action and return to college to complete her degree.  The 39-year-old single mother of two, works two jobs.  She is the lead daycare teacher for an after school daycare in Hope Mills.  […]

CUMBERLAND’S WEBB HOPES TO IMPACT YOUNG MINDS

Cumberland’s Webb Hopes to Impact Young Minds MOUNT OLIVE- Having attended high school at Freedom Christian Academy in Fayetteville, NC, Treyvon “Trey” Webb was accustomed to a personalized school atmosphere.  Therefore, when it came time to search for a college, the University of Mount Olive (UMO) was high on his list. “I attended a college […]

UMO COLLEGIATE FFA PROVIDES WARM WEATHER GEAR FOR KIDS IN NEED

UMO Collegiate FFA Provides Warm Weather Gear for Kids in Need MOUNT OLIVE – For the thirteenth consecutive year the University of Mount Olive Collegiate FFA has provided coats to needy children in the Mount Olive area.  Over 400 students from Carver and Brogden Elementary Schools received coats, hats, and gloves. Santa and some helpers […]

UMO AWARDS NC PEANUT GROWERS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

UMO Awards NC Peanut Growers Association Scholarship MOUNT OLIVE – Jennifer Murphy of Everetts, NC is the first recipient of the NC Peanut Growers Association Scholarship.  Murphy, is a junior majoring in agribusiness.  She is the daughter of Ronnie and Wanda Murphy. “I am so thankful for this scholarship,” said Murphy.  “It means a great […]

UMO Alumni Plan Caribbean Cruise

UMO Alumni Plan Caribbean Cruise MOUNT OLIVE-   The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is inviting its alumni and friends to journey on a seven-day Carnival Cruise to the Caribbean.  Participants will have the opportunity to visit the Grand Cayman Islands, Isla Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit historic sites, sunbathe […]

Michael Martin Tournament Brings in Over $50,000 for UMO

Michael Martin Tournament Brings in Over $50,000 for UMO   MOUNT OLIVE- The 29th Annual Friendly Mart/Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Thursday, August 18, in memory of NC Highway Patrolman, Michael Martin, a Mount Olive College alumnus who was killed in the line of duty. The event supports student scholarships and the Trojan […]

Showing of “The Satire Project” Begins on August 28th

Showing of “The Satire Project” Begins on August 28th MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will host “The Satire Project:  An Exploration of Satire in Contemporary Society,” in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Art Gallery from August 28-September 30. The gallery will be open Monday-Friday from 10 AM-4 Pm. “The Satire Project” will feature the […]

Hines to Head UMO Advancement Team

Hines to Head UMO Advancement Team MOUNT OLIVE— Teresa Hines of Mount Olive has been appointed Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of Mount Olive (UMO).  Her responsibilities will include providing leadership and direction in all the advancement efforts of the University, including development, alumni relations, church relations, capital campaigns, planned giving, […]

Writer and World Traveler to Speak at UMO on August 25

Writer and World Traveler to Speak at UMO on August 25 MOUNT OLIVE-   The University of Mount Olive (UMO) welcomes renowned travel writer Rolf Potts on August 25.  At 12:30 p.m. in Rogers Chapel, Potts will speak about his adventures around the world.  The event is free and open to the public. Potts has reported […]

CJC Major Seeks to Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

CJC Major Seeks to Make a Difference in the Lives of Others RTP – Driven by a family tragedy and striving to be an inspiration to his children and to the ones he reaches through his job, Arkeem Brooks will receive his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology from the University of Mount Olive […]

Wayne County Museum to Feature UMO History

Wayne County Museum to Feature UMO History MOUNT OLIVE-   University of Mount Olive (UMO) history graduate Rebekah Fitzgerald has landed a position as Executive Director of the Wayne County History Museum. “My role is to be the chief administrative officer of the museum and to work harmoniously with the Wayne County Historical Association,” she said.  […]

University of Mount Olive Summer Graduation Set for August 27

University of Mount Olive Summer Graduation Set for August 27 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 250 students on Saturday, August 27. Commencement exercises are scheduled for 2 PM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena on the Mount Olive Campus. Businessman and UMO Board Member Donnie Lassiter will be […]

UMO to Welcome the Talleys on September 8

UMO to Welcome the Talleys on September 8 MOUNT OLIVE-   The Talleys, a contemporary southern gospel trio, will hold a concert at the University of Mount Olive on September 8.  The concert will be at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street in Mount Olive.  The concert is […]

High School Students Explore Spirituality and Leadership at Summer Institute

High School Students Explore Spirituality and Leadership at Summer Institute MOUNT OLIVE-   Twenty-four high school students from nine different counties in North Carolina recently had the chance to explore God’s calling in their lives at The Challenge: Exploring God’s Call, a theology institute at the University of Mount Olive.  The purpose of the institute was […]

Numbers of Degree-Seeking Adults on the Rise

Numbers of Degree-Seeking Adults on the Rise   RTP- College classrooms are no longer exclusive to recent high school graduates. This year alone, nearly 3,300 students at the University of Mount Olive will be considered adult students. Those students, with a median age of 37, will not only be trying to obtain a college education, […]

UMO Represented at 109th Annual NASBA Conference

UMO Represented at 109th Annual NASBA Conference MOUNT OLIVE – Alejandra Hernandez and Jeffrey Yasalonis recently represented the University of Mount Olive (UMO) at the 109th Annual National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Denver, CO. NASBA was founded in 1908 with the mission to enhance the effectiveness […]

UMO to Begin Academic Year with Largest Traditional Enrollment in its 66-Year History

UMO to Begin Academic Year with Largest Traditional Enrollment in its 66-Year History The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is expected to welcome over 1,000 traditional students to campus when classes start Tuesday, August 23.  This will break traditional enrollment records for the institution both in terms of total number of students and in the […]

Married with Degrees

Married with Degrees WILMINGTON- Trying to balance busy careers, family life, and homework is never an easy task but husband and wife Rafael and Dina Sanabia of Leland have managed to do just that, while earning their degrees from the University of Mount Olive (UMO) at Wilmington. Rafael and Dina have both worked in government […]

Faith and Perseverance Lead Sara Bingham to Graduation

Faith and Perseverance Lead Sara Bingham to Graduation   RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK- Sara Bingham of Brookfield, CT is looking forward to graduating from the University of Mount Olive (UMO) in August. Her journey has been one of faith and perseverance. Growing up, Bingham dreamed of entering the healthcare field and following in her grandfather’s and […]

UMO at SJAFB Makes College Possible for Service Members

UMO at SJAFB Makes College Possible for Service Members GOLDSBORO-A host of educational benefits are available to those who have served in the United States armed forces, but figuring out which program a service member is eligible for can sometimes be a challenge. When Nicholas Patek of Metamora, Ohio took early retirement from the United States […]

UMO Graduate Nominated as Teacher of the Year

UMO Graduate Nominated as Teacher of the Year   MOUNT OLIVE-  University of Mount Olive May graduate Tiffany Murray of Tarboro was nominated for the 2016 Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year in North Carolina.  This award is made possible by the North Carolina Association for Colleges and Teacher Educators (NC-ACTE).  Each year members of […]

ECE Graduate Motivated by His Students

ECE Graduate Motivated by His Students RTP- William Jones of Smithfield has his sights set on graduating from the University of Mount Olive (UMO) in August with a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education (ECE). As a young adult, Jones dreamed of becoming a teacher.  “I have always loved working with children,” he […]

So Much More than Just Research

So Much More than Just Research MOUNT OLIVE – Research is all about trial and error.  Sometimes you succeed.  Sometimes you fail.  Sometimes you discover that there may be no one single right answer to a problem. Instead, there may be many. However, nothing compares to learning by doing. At the University of Mount Olive, […]

UMO Students Celebrate Success at International Leadership Conference

UMO Students Celebrate Success at International Leadership Conference MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive HOSA chapter for future health professionals was one of seven postsecondary institutions to represent North Carolina HOSA at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. Three UMO students attend the conference competing in medical-related competitive events in a […]

UMO Senior Inspired by Career and Family

UMO Senior Inspired by Career and Family WILMINGTON-   Wilmington native, Edward Carter, looks forward to graduation in August of 2016.   Carter is a non-traditional student who enrolled at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Wilmington location in the fall of 2013.  On August 27, he will earn a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice/criminology. […]

Annual Michael Martin Golf Tournament Set for August 18

Annual Michael Martin Golf Tournament Set for August 18 MOUNT OLIVE- The Annual Michael Martin Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by Friendly Mart will be held on Thursday, August 18 at 8:30 AM at the Southern Wayne Country Club. The tournament is held annually in memory of NC Highway Patrolman, Michael Martin, a University of […]

Future Park Ranger Reflects on the UMO Experience

Future Park Ranger Reflects on the UMO Experience MOUNT OLIVE— University of Mount Olive (UMO) senior Joshua Mills of Fayetteville, NC, is expected to graduate on August 26 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure studies (RLS) and a minor in criminal justice.  With a solid education and work experience in his field, he […]

UMO Agricultural Division Brings Growth, Ingenuity, and Experience to the Classroom

UMO Agricultural Division Brings  Growth, Ingenuity, and Experience to the Classroom MOUNT OLIVE – In an effort to support local agricultural interests and provide skilled employees for one of the region’s primary economic drivers, the University of Mount Olive Agricultural Division has added five bachelor of science degree options, as well as an associate of science […]

UMO and Martin Community College Sign Agreement

Pictured left are Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter, President of the University of Mount Olive (UMO) and Dr. Ann Britt, President of Martin Community College (MCC), signing a partnership agreement that will allow MCC students to for seamlessly transfer their associate of applied science degree into an array of programs at UMO. UMO will provide current […]

The University of Mount Olive and Pamlico Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer

The University of Mount Olive and Pamlico Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer MOUNT OLIVE- According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 15 percent of community college students who transfer lose nearly all of their credits in the process, costing them precious time and money.  Another third lose a […]

UMO Honors Students Take Education Abroad to Thailand

UMO Honors Students Take Education Abroad to Thailand MOUNT OLIVE – Each year Honors students at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) take a study and travel course during their junior year to learn about the history and culture of a destination of their choosing. At the end of the semester, the students have the […]

UMO and Vance-Granville Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer

The University of Mount Olive and Vance-Granville Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer MOUNT OLIVE- According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 15 percent of community college students who transfer lose nearly all of their credits in the process, costing them precious time and money.  Another third lose a significant […]

UMO Holds Pi Lambda Theta Induction

UMO Holds Pi Lambda Theta Induction MOUNT OLIVE-  The University of Mount Olive (UMO) recently held its annual Pi Lambda Theta (PLT)  induction ceremony in Rodgers Chapel.  PLT is an education honor society and is a part of the Pi Delta Kappa International organization.  The honor society strives to recognize those with a personal commitment […]

Carvalho Receives J. William Byrd Award for Staff Excellence

Jennifer Carvalho, a Hilo, HI native, has received the J. William Byrd Award for Staff Excellence. The award is given in honor of Dr. J. William Byrd, president emeritus of the University, and is funded by Dr. Thomas R. Morris. The award recognizes Carvalho for her quality of work and demonstration of the University’s covenant.  […]

Ward Receives Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching at UMO

Assistant Professor of Management Dr. Doug Ward is the recipient of the 2016 distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Mount Olive (UMO). The award is given in appreciation to a full time faculty member who exemplifies devotion above and beyond the classroom. Students nominate faculty members. The […]

UMO Students Show Academic Ability and Heroism at Atlanta Conference

UMO Students Show Academic Ability and Heroism at Atlanta Conference MOUNT OLIVE-Peter Hughes of Beulaville and John Ryan of Mount Olive recently presented a research project at the Southern Sociological Conference in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Glenn Coffey, the division chair of criminal justice and criminology (CJC) and sociology, accompanied the two students and was amazed […]

UMO Recognizes Marshals

UMO Recognizes Marshals   MOUNT OLIVE– The University of Mount Olive (UMO) recently selected the 2016-2017 University Marshals.  Requirements include having completed one semester at UMO, being enrolled a full time student enrolled in 12 semester hours or more, having a 3.0 or greater GPA, and completing an application and interview process.  Final selection is […]

UMO Receives Gift of a Massey Ferguson Tractor

UMO Receives Gift of a Massey Ferguson Tractor   MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive Agriculture Department is ecstatic over a recent gift received from Barnes Equipment, Inc. in Wilson.  Ashley Barnes, the fourth generation of Barnes’ to run the family business, has given the University a 2011 Massey Ferguson 2680, 95 horse power, […]

Capps Receives Morris Award for Academic Excellence at UMO

Capps Receives Morris Award for Academic Excellence at UMO MOUNT OLIVE- Holly Capps of Princeton received the distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Academic Excellence at the University of Mount Olive’s Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 7. The $3,000 cash award is given to the baccalaureate graduate who best exemplifies serious academic pursuit and […]

New Bern Student Establishes Love for Teaching at UMO

New Bern Student Establishes Love for Teaching at UMO NEW BERN- Kykky Thomas of New Bern is looking forward to graduating from the University of Mount Olive (UMO) on May 7. She will receive a degree in early childhood education (ECE) and is certain that the educational and professional skills that she acquired through UMO […]

MBA Graduate Says She did it for Mom

MBA Graduate Says She did it for Mom MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will graduate 375 students this Saturday, May 7. The Mother’s Day weekend celebration will be especially meaningful for Goldsboro resident April Thigpen. Prior to enrollment at UMO, Thigpen attended Wayne Early Middle College High School. She was dually enrolled […]

Agribusiness Senior Looks Forward to Career after Graduation

Agribusiness Senior Looks Forward to Career after Graduation MOUNT OLIVE— Growing up in Wayne County, Patricia Purvis was no stranger to the University of Mount Olive (UMO). She attended Southern Wayne High School (SWHS), where she was active in FFA and developed a love for agriculture. School functions led Purvis to visit UMO numerous times, […]

University of Mount Olive Celebrates the Class of 2016

University of Mount Olive Celebrates the Class of 2016 MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive President and First Lady Dr. and Mrs. Philip P. Kerstetter celebrated the graduating class of 2016 with a dinner on Sunday, April 24, in the Holmes & Lois Murphy Center. Over 100 graduating seniors joined the Kerstetters and the Senior […]

Students Earn Awards at UMO

Beaufort County Student Receives Award at the University of Mount Olive   MOUNT OLIVE – A Beaufort County students was recognized for his achievement at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Caleb Coltrain of Pantego received the Teacher  Education Student of the Year. Coltrain is a senior agriculture education major.  This award is given to […]

Senior Ag Ed Major Sets Sights on Career Success After Graduation

Senior Ag Ed Major Sets Sights on Career Success After Graduation MOUNT OLIVE- Dylan Gupere, a Kenly resident, has cherished all of the opportunities that he received through the University of Mount Olive (UMO).  Gupere, a senior agriculture education major, has recently landed a job at Protech Advisory Services, which he will begin shortly after […]

The Postmortal Selected as UMO’s 2016-17 Common Read

The Postmortal Selected as UMO’s 2016-17 Common Read MOUNT OLIVE – After months of meticulously screening over 30 books, The Post Mortal has been designated as the University of Mount Olive freshmen read by the Common Read Selection Committee. The book, written by Drew Magary, will be assigned to students in the ADV 100 class, a semester-long course […]

Free Spirit Celebrates 20 Years of Praise and Worship

Free Spirit Celebrates 20 Years of Praise and Worship Free Spirit, a 12-member contemporary Christian vocal ensemble at the University of Mount Olive, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a concert held in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall.  The group was established in 1996 by Dr. Alan Armstrong, professor of music at University of Mount Olive and […]

First Generation College Student Set to Graduate May 7

First Generation College Student Set to Graduate May 7   MOUNT OLIVE- Graduating senior Michael Munoz has experienced tremendous success throughout his four years at the University of Mount Olive. Despite being admired for his awards in academics, athletics, and community service, Munoz admits that his road to a college degree was a challenging one. […]

UMO Alumni Golf Tournament

UMO Alumni Golf Tournament The University of Mount Olive Alumni Association held their Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, April 22, at Southern Wayne Golf Course.  Nearly 40 alumni and friends participated in the event, which has become an annual tradition for the institution. The winning team is pictured below (L-R):  Tony Hamm, Neal Benton, and […]

Carver Elementary Students Learn About Ag at UMO

Carver Elementary Students Learn About Ag at UMO Carver Elementary School third graders were recently treated to an Ag Awareness Day at the University of Mount Olive. The event was sponsored, planned, organized, and carried out by the University’s Collegiate FFA members. The event featured twelve different agricultural education stations including seed germination and plant […]

UMO Board Makes Resolution to Honor Longtime Board Chair Darrell Horne

UMO Board Makes Resolution to Honor Longtime Board Chair Darrell Horne MOUNT OLIVE – During its most recent meeting, the University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees presented C. Darrell Horne with a resolution acknowledging his extended years of service as chairman of the Board. Horne relinquished his title of chair in December to UMO […]

UMO & WCC Honors Articulation Signing

UMO & WCC Honors Articulation Signing​ Pictured (L-R) seated:  President of the University of Mount Olive Dr. Philp. P. Kerstetter and President of Wayne Community College Dr. Kay Albertson sign an articulation agreement that establishes a smooth and seamless transfer for Wayne Community College Honor students to join the Honors Program when they transfer to […]

UMO Student Creates Facebook Page for Calypso Albritton Recreation Park

UMO Student Creates Facebook Page for Calypso Albritton Recreation Park MOUNT OLIVE- Each year Calypso Recreation Department serves hundreds of children ranging in ages from four to fifteen years old through their athletic programs at Albritton Park.  These children participate in t-ball, softball, baseball, and football. Adjacent to the ball playing field is an area of […]

UMO Students Win Accolades at Sate HOSA Competition, Now Heading to Nationals

UMO Students Win Accolades at Sate HOSA Competition, Now Heading to Nationals MOUNT OLIVE- Seven University of Mount Olive (UMO) students recently competed in the 40th Annual Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference in Greensboro.  The group brought back several top honors. Christopher Hicks of Kinston, chapter president and HOSA state vice president, […]

UMO Students Host Butterfly Kickball Tournament

UMO Students Host Butterfly Kickball Tournament MOUNT OLIVE- Five recreational therapy students represented the University of Mount Olive (UMO) on April 7, in a Butterfly Kickball tournament held at Edgewood Community Developmental School (ECDS) in Goldsboro.  The UMO students who attended the event include David Parker, Gina Harris, Madelyn Barnes, Meredith Fowler, and Kala Overton. […]

UMO RLS Grads Making Local Impact

UMO RLS Grads Making Local Impact MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) Department is committed to providing an educational environment that fosters students’ passions for leisure services, recreational therapy, sports management, exercise science, and physical education. This program of study also allows students to immerse themselves in the professional […]

UMO to Host “An Evening of One Acts and Entertainments” May 2

UMO to Host “An Evening of One Acts and Entertainments” May 2 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive is set to hold “An Evening of One Acts and Entertainments” on Monday, May 2, in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall at 7:30 PM. Under the direction of Dr. Franklin Gross, Dr. Gerry Seaton, Dr. […]

UMO Senior Kelsey Cirrito Looks Forward to Graduate School

UMO Senior Kelsey Cirrito Looks Forward to Graduate School MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) senior Kelsey Cirrito of Manassas Park, VA, has recently been accepted into the athletic training master’s degree program at UNC-Greensboro. Cirrito attributes her success to the experiences she had as a student-athlete and athletic training intern at UMO. Cirrito’s […]

UMO Tillman School of Business to Present Elevator Speech Competition

UMO Tillman School of Business to Present Elevator Speech Competition MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive is launching its inaugural Tillman School of Business Elevator Pitch Competition on Friday, April 22, at 9 AM in Raper Hall.  The competition is an opportunity for students to present ideas in three areas: business plan proposals, […]

No Writers’ Block Here

No Writers’ Block Here MOUNT OLIVE- Six senior English majors at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) are currently on their way to completing their senior research thesis projects. The senior research project is a yearlong academic challenge that further develops skills that all English majors acquire, skills such as critical reading, analysis, and writing. […]

Clinton Native Wins UMO Poetry Slam

Clinton Native Wins UMO Poetry Slam MOUNT OLIVE- Cameron Sutton of Clinton won the poetry slam for the second year in a row at the University of Mount Olive Literary Festival. Last year, she read her poem “Enough,” and this year she read “The Daily Special.” “I think the Literary Festival is a great tradition […]

UMO May Graduate Sets Sights on Ph.D. Program in Nebraska

UMO May Graduate Sets Sights on Ph.D. Program in Nebraska MOUNT OLIVE -Josh Byrd was born and raised in North Carolina.  He graduated from Cape Lookout Marine Science High School in Morehead City in 2002.  He immediately enrolled in a local community college, where he attended classes part time while juggling a part time job.  […]

UMO Announces Winner of its ‘Next Great Story’ Scholarship

University of Mount Olive Announces Winner of its ‘Next Great Story’ Scholarship Mount Olive, NC – The University of Mount Olive announced the winner of its 2016 ‘Next Great Story’ scholarship. Susan Herring from Beulaville, NC will receive a scholarship worth more than $60,000 to attend any one of UMO’s adult programs throughout eastern North Carolina.  Herring […]

University of Mount Olive Spring Graduation Set for May 7

University of Mount Olive Spring Graduation Set for May 7 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 375 students on Saturday, May 7. Commencement exercises are scheduled for 2 PM in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena on the Mount Olive Campus. UMO alumnus Henry Edmund will be the commencement speaker. […]

UMO Professors Collaborate on Project in Satire

UMO Professors Collaborate on Project in Satire MOUNT OLIVE – Three UMO Professors will showcase their collaborative works at the Arts Council of Wayne County on April 12, at 7:30 PM. The idea was birthed in the fall of 2015 when Sarah Merritt, executive director of the Arts Council of Wayne County, contacted UMO Artist-in-Residence […]

UMO Concert and Chamber Choirs Spring Concert Set for April 21

UMO Concert and Chamber Choirs Spring Concert Set for April 21 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will host a spring concert featuring Concert and Chamber Choirs on April 21, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street). Under the direction of Dr. Carl Ashley, the concert will present […]

UMO Spring Jazz Band Concert to be Held April 28

UMO Spring Jazz Band Concert to be Held April 28 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive Jazz Band will be the featured artists of the 2016 Spring Concert on April 28, at 7:30 PM at the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street). This event is free and the entire Mount Olive community […]

UMO and Craven Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer

The University of Mount Olive and Craven Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer MOUNT OLIVE- According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 15 percent of community college students who transfer lose nearly all of their credits in the process, costing them precious time and money.  Another third lose a […]

UMO Spring Jazz Band Concert to be Held April 28

UMO Spring Jazz Band Concert to be Held April 28 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive Jazz Band will be the featured artists of the 2016 Spring Concert on April 28, at 7:30 PM at the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street). This event is free and the entire Mount Olive community […]

UMO and Craven Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer

The University of Mount Olive and Craven Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer MOUNT OLIVE- According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 15 percent of community college students who transfer lose nearly all of their credits in the process, costing them precious time and money.  Another third lose a […]

UMO to Host Wayne County Reads Event

UMO to Host Wayne County Reads Event MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will hold a lecture for the Wayne County Reads Event on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium. Dr. Elliot Engel of Raleigh will present his lecture “The Cold Genius of Robert Frost.” The lecture will discuss the […]

Spring Student Art Show Opens April 14th

Spring Student Art Show Opens April 14th MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive art and visual communication majors are preparing to feature their finest work at the opening of the annual spring Student Art Show on Thursday, April 14th from 4 to 6 PM in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Art Gallery and Laughinghouse Hall […]

UMO Alumni Board Welcomes Newly Elected Officers

UMO ALUMNI BOARD WELCOMES NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS Pictured are the University of Mount Olive Alumni Association (UMOAA) officers for the 2015-16 term. (L-R):  Secretary Derrick Williams; Vice President Brianna Williams; President Romey McCoy, and President Elect Bryan DeBose.  Also pictured (far right) is Immediate Past President Francine Elks Cooke

Sarah Ham Reflects on Her Experience as a Third Generation UMO Student

Three Generations of Hams Call UMO Their Alma Mater MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is known for its liberal arts tradition, its ties to the Original Free Will Baptist church, and its family atmosphere. University of Mount Olive Sophomore Sarah Ham of Cary appreciates these connections and understands them well, as she […]

Worley Elected Chair of the UMO Board of Trustees

Worley Elected Chair of the UMO Board of Trustees MOUNT OLIVE – Earl W. Worley, Jr. has been elected chair of the University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees.  He replaces Darrell Horne, who has served on the Board since 1986 and as chair since 1999. “I want to thank my predecessor, Mr. Darrell Horne, […]

UMO Alumni Association Makes Awards Presentation

UMO Alumni Association Makes Awards Presentation MOUNT OLIVE- During the University of Mount Olive Alumni Weekend, several alumni were recognized for their outstanding personal and professional achievements, as well as their dedication to the UMO Alumni Association. Jean Fillingame Ackiss of Goldsboro received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Carolyn Fader Hill of Raleigh received the Dianne Brown […]

You don’t want to miss this amazing student performed Opera…

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck Coming to UMO April 1 and 2 The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Opera Theatre will present the fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921) on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM and on Saturday, April 2 at 3 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall at 207 Wooten […]

UMO to Host Third Annual High School Honor Band Concert

UMO to Host Third Annual High School Honor Band Concert MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is set to host the Third Annual High School Honor Band Concert on April 14th at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street). Representing the spirit of their school, outstanding Southeast area band […]

Mount Olive Softball Receives A Power Upgrade To Program

Mount Olive Softball Receives A Power Upgrade To Program University of Mount Olive Softball program officially added the addition of an outdoor hitting facility Saturday March 19, as the Ribbon was cut opening the cages. The Power Batting Cage is named after the Power family. Through fundraising efforts and a donation by Lori and Russell […]

UMO Student Wins Great 100 Nurses Scholarship

UMO Student Wins Great 100 Nurses Scholarship The Great 100 Nurses, which promotes nursing excellence in North Carolina, has recognized University of Mount Olive RN to BSN student Rhonda Mazejka as one of the 2016 Great 100 Nurses. This non-profit organization creates peer recognition among North Carolina’s registered nurses, as well as awards excellence in […]

UMO Student Wins Great 100 Nurses Scholarship

The Great 100 Nurses, which promotes nursing excellence in North Carolina, has recognized University of Mount Olive RN to BSN student Rhonda Mazejka as one of the 2016 Great 100 Nurses. This non-profit organization creates peer recognition among North Carolina’s registered nurses, as well as awards excellence in practice and commitment to the nursing profession. […]

Mount Olive Softball Receives A Power Upgrade To Program

University of Mount Olive Softball program officially added the addition of an outdoor hitting facility Saturday March 19, as the Ribbon was cut opening the cages. The Power Batting Cage is named after the Power family. Through fundraising efforts and a donation by Lori and Russell Power, parents of Kristin and Lauren Power, the cages were […]

Spring Student Art Show Opens April 14th

Spring Student Art Show Opens April 14th MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive art and visual communication majors are preparing to feature their finest work at the opening of the annual spring Student Art Show on Thursday, April 14th from 4 to 6 PM in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Art Gallery and Laughinghouse Hall […]

Spring Student Art Show Opens April 14th

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive art and visual communication majors are preparing to feature their finest work at the opening of the annual spring Student Art Show on Thursday, April 14th from 4 to 6 PM in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Art Gallery and Laughinghouse Hall Student Gallery. The reception is free and […]

Easter Tradition at the University of Mount Olive

Easter dinner is one of the great spring semester traditions at the University of Mount Olive.  It is a night where faculty and staff members serve students a special meal. Students are asked to make table reservations and dress up for the event. Emily Schneider, UMO director of student activities, said, “This year’s dinner was […]

ECE Senior Prepares to Graduate from UMO Washington

ECE Senior Prepares to Graduate from UMO Washington WASHINGTON- Teacher’s Assistant Sheri Barber always felt a calling to work with children. “Children are very precious to me, and it is my life’s mission to teach and help them in any way that I can,” she explained. This mission led Barber to the Early Childhood Education […]

ECE Senior Prepares to Graduate from UMO Washington

WASHINGTON- Teacher’s Assistant Sheri Barber always felt a calling to work with children. “Children are very precious to me, and it is my life’s mission to teach and help them in any way that I can,” she explained. This mission led Barber to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at the University of Mount Olive. […]

Easter Tradition at the University of Mount Olive

Easter dinner is one of the great spring semester traditions at the University of Mount Olive.  It is a night where faculty and staff members serve students a special meal. Students are asked to make table reservations and dress up for the event. Emily Schneider, UMO director of student activities, said, “This year’s dinner was […]

UMO Alumna Hopes to Strike it Big for Her East Duplin Science Class

UMO Alumna Hopes to Strike it Big for Her East Duplin Science Class MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) alumna Jackie Smith has just returned from a two day trip to New York City, where she visited the Samsung headquarters as one of 15 national winners in the 2015-2016 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. […]

UMO Career Services Center hosted a Career Fair

The University of Mount Olive Career Services Center hosted a Career Fair on Thursday with over 40 employers and  graduate school representatives participating.  Students had the opportunity to discuss job and career opportunities, practice interviewing skills, and network with recruiters. PICTURED: Pictured on the right Kala Overton, a junior recreational therapy major from Mount Olive, […]

Cumberland County Early Childhood Educators Take Note!

Cumberland County Early Childhood Educators Take Note! FAYETTEVILLE- Adult learners often have a difficult time finding a college that matches their needs of returning to school while balancing work and family life. Angela Worley of Fayetteville knows firsthand just how challenging the process can be, but she found the perfect match for her education with […]

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck Coming to UMO April 1 and 2

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck Coming to UMO April 1 and 2 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Opera Theatre will present the fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921) on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM and on Saturday, April 2 at 3 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall at […]

UMO Alumna Hopes to Strike it Big for Her East Duplin Science Class

MOUNT OLIVE- University of Mount Olive (UMO) alumna Jackie Smith has just returned from a two day trip to New York City, where she visited the Samsung headquarters as one of 15 national winners in the 2015-2016 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Smith, a science teacher at East Duplin High School in Beulaville, NC, originally […]

Second Generation of Sullivan’s Attend UMO

Second Generation of Sullivan’s Attend UMO MOUNT OLIVE- Morgan Sullivan of Wilson grew up attending Daniels Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, so she was very familiar with the University of Mount Olive, which was founded by the Original Free Will Baptist denomination. When it came time to pick a college to attend, Sullivan knew she […]

University of Mount Olive Spring Alumni Reunion Weekend Set for April 1-3

University of Mount Olive Spring Alumni Reunion Weekend Set for April 1-3 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive is preparing for its 2016 Spring Alumni Weekend, which will take place on April 1-3 at various locations on the Mount Olive campus. There will be a multitude of fun activities for UMO alumni to enjoy […]

Literary Festival Planned at the University of Mount Olive

Literary Festival Planned at the University of Mount Olive MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive English Department and Sigma Tau Delta will hold the 15th Annual Literary Festival and Poetry Slam on March 30 and 31. Jason Mott will be the featured author.  Mott lives in southeastern NC and has a BFA in fiction, as […]

Free Spirit to Present 20th Annual Spring Concert

Free Spirit to Present 20th Annual Spring Concert MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host its 20th Annual Free Spirit Concert on April 7, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street). Free Spirit, a mixed ensemble of University of Mount Olive students, has a reputation throughout North Carolina for providing a […]

Over 400 Attend Statewide FFA Competitions at the University of Mount Olive

Over 400 Attend Statewide FFA Competitions at the University of Mount Olive The University of Mount Olive recently hosted over 400 students and advisors who participated in the State FFA Career Development Events in Farm Business Management, Agricultural Sales, and Marketing Plans. The Farm Business Management Career Development event included information assimilation, critical thinking, and […]

Wallace Native LeAnn Horne Pursues Dream of Becoming a Teacher

Wallace Native LeAnn Horne Pursues Dream of Becoming a Teacher WALLACE- LeAnn Horne of Wallace has always wanted to lead her own classroom of students. “Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a pre K or kindergarten teacher,” she said. Horne’s road to a college education did not […]

UMO to Hold Rescheduled Concert Featuring Correia Piano Performance Team March 14

UMO to Hold Rescheduled Concert Featuring Correia Piano Performance Team March 14 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will hold a concert featuring the renowned Terry Correia’s Piano Performance Team on Monday, March 14, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street).   The event was originally planned for February, […]

Dr. Rebecca Garland to Speak at Annual UMO Braswell Lecture on March 17

Dr. Rebecca Garland to Speak at Annual UMO Braswell Lecture on March 17 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host its Annual Braswell Lecture on Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 PM in the Southern Bank Auditorium. The guest lecturer for this year’s event will be Dr. Rebecca Garland. Her lecture will center […]

UMO Senior Christine Rocchio Views Her College Experience Under a Microscope

UMO Senior Christine Rocchio Views Her College Experience Under a Microscope MOUNT OLIVE- Christine Rocchio, a senior biology major from Saddle Brook, New Jersey, is gearing up to graduate from the University of Mount Olive on May 7. As she looks forward to walking across the commencement stage and receiving her diploma, Rocchio feels confident […]

UMO Tillman School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series a Huge Success

UMO Tillman School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series a Huge Success MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Tillman School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series hosted Jerome “Jerry” C. Glenn, CEO of the Millennium Project, on Thursday, March 3, at 11 AM. Glenn discussed the global challenges to the future of humanity with a […]

UMO English Department Releases First Issue of The Olive Press

UMO English Department Releases First Issue of The Olive Press MOUNT OLIVE- The first issue of The Olive Press, an online literary journal organized by the English Department at the University of Mount Olive (UMO), has been published. This issue features poetry, nonfiction, and fiction short stories, all written by UMO students, faculty, and members of the Mount […]

University of Mount Olive Winter Glitz Brings in Scholarship Funds

University of Mount Olive Winter Glitz Brings in Scholarship Funds   MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Alumni Association recently held its Ninth Annual Winter Glitz event to raise money for student scholarships.  The theme for this year’s event was “Puttin on the Ritz,” which took guests back in time to the glamorous […]

UMO to Hold Career and Graduate School Fair March 17

UMO to Hold Career and Graduate School Fair March 17   MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive is set to hold a Career and Graduate School Fair on Thursday, March 17, in Kornegay Arena from 10 AM to 1 PM. There will be representative from local banks and businesses, as well as representatives from […]

Agriculture Education Student to Represent UMO at Conference

Agriculture Education Student to Represent UMO at Conference MOUNT OLIVE- Agriculture education major Christopher Hicks has been selected to serve as an intern for the 6thAnnual Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA). Hicks is a freshman at the University of Mount Olive (UMO) and is excited to represent the Education Department at the conference, which […]

UMO to Hold Concert Series Featuring Virginia Mims

UMO to Hold Concert Series Featuring Virginia Mims MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive is set to hold a concert featuring Virginia Mims on Friday, March 18, at 7:30 in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street). The concert is part of the UMO Recital Series, which brings students and local residents […]

UMO Holds Ground Breaking Event for $2 Million Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex

UMO Holds Ground Breaking Event for $2 Million Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive officially kicked off the construction of  Phase 1 of its new Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, March 1, at 2:30 p.m.  Approximately 200 faculty, staff, students, and community members gathered […]

Navy Vet Finds Fulfillment in Obtaining College Degree

Navy Vet Finds Fulfillment in Obtaining College Degree WASHINGTON- David Schlienz, a Greenville resident, decided right out of high school that he wanted to serve in United States Navy. He completed 27 years of active and reserve duty. However, once he transitioned back into the civilian workforce, he found it difficult to keep a job […]

UMO to Hold Ground Breaking Event for $2 Million Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex

UMO to Hold Ground Breaking Event for $2 Million Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive is set to break ground on Phase 1 of its new Track and Field/Lacrosse Complex on Tuesday, March 1, at 2:30 p.m.  The event will take place at the practice lacrosse fields, located off […]

Castle Hayne Native Turns to UMO to Keep Up with the Changing World of Business and Technology

Castle Hayne Native Turns to UMO to Keep Up with the Changing World of Business and Technology WILMINGTON- After working in the printing industry for 25 years, Donna Blackmon of Castle Hayne decided to return to college to keep up with the ever-changing digital world. “Today’s technology brings changes at a rapid rate and we […]

Ciompi Quartet to Perform March 3 at UMO

Ciompi Quartet to Perform March 3 at UMO MOUNT OLIVE-  The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is set to hold a concert featuring Ciompi Quartet on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street). The concert is part of the UMO Concert Series, which brings students and […]

Aspiring English Teacher Finds Academic Fulfillment at UMO

Aspiring English Teacher Finds Academic Fulfillment at UMO MOUNT OLIVE-  Growing up, Jessica Kennedy of Youngsville always knew she wanted to become a teacher. She had a knack for helping other students and spreading her love for literature and composition, which led her to enroll in the Education Department at the University of Mount Olive. […]

The University of Mount Olive and Robeson Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer

The University of Mount Olive and Robeson Community College Partner to Enhance College Transfer MOUNT OLIVE- According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 15 percent of community college students who transfer lose nearly all of their credits in the process, costing them precious time and money.  Another third lose a […]

University of Mount Olive Launches New Campaign, Awards Free Education

University of Mount Olive Launches New Campaign,  Awards Free Education MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Today, the University of Mount Olive announced a new campaign that will award a free education worth more than $60,000 to a working adult in need of a scholarship.  The campaign aims to find one deserving person who would like to […]

UMO to Host “Puttin’ on the Ritz” Annual Winter Glitz

UMO to Host “Puttin’ on the Ritz” Annual Winter Glitz MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is preparing for its annual Winter Glitz event, which will take place in the Holmes and Lois Murphy Center on Saturday, February 27, at 6 PM. The theme for this year’s event is “Puttin on the Ritz.” […]

University of Mount Olive to Hold Women’s History Month Event March 15

University of Mount Olive to Hold Women’s History Month Event March 15 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is hosting a Women’s History Month lecture entitled “Women’s Attitudes Towards Secession and the Civil War.” The event will take place on March 15, at 12:30 PM in Rodgers Chapel. Dr. Mary Wayne Watson will […]

UMO to Hold Concert Featuring Correia Piano Performance Team February 24

We have just heard from our performers for Correia Piano concert this evening.  The event will be postponed to a later date due to difficult travel conditions (traveling from Durham) and our Parking Lot at Assembly Hall is holding some water.   Thank you and we will update you on the re-schedule date once we […]

University of Mount Olive to Hold African American History Month Event February 9

University of Mount Olive to Hold African American History Month Event February 9   The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is hosting an African American History Month presentation about the Tuskegee Airmen. The event will take place on February 9, at 12:30 PM in Rodgers Chapel.  Cleopas Mason, of the Wilson V. Eagleson Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen in Goldsboro, will be the […]

Running, Research, and Music Equals Perfect College Experience for UMO Student

Running, Research, and Music Equals Perfect College Experience for UMO Student MOUNT OLIVE- Aki Kitagawa of Sasebo, Japan, is a senior at the University of Mount Olive (UMO). Kitagawa made his way to the United States when he was 14 years old, and his family settled down in Wilsonville, Oregon. He quickly adjusted to American […]

UMO Washington to Host “Real Talk the Bible” Seminar Series

UMO Washington to Host “Real Talk the Bible” Seminar Series WASHINGTON- The University of Mount Olive at Washington is holding a series of Real Talk: the Bible seminars from February 26 to April 1. Each talk will be held at 6:30 PM at 4525 U.S HWY 264 West in Washington. On Friday, February 26, Dean […]

Hymn Festival Set for February 18 at UMO

Hymn Festival Set for February 18 at UMO MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will hold its second annual Hymn Festival on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street, Mount Olive). This event is free and open to the public. The festival provides an opportunity […]

UMO Lecture to Address Global Challenges for the Future of Humanity

UMO Lecture to Address Global Challenges for the Future of Humanity MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Tillman School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series will feature Jerome “Jerry” C. Glenn, CEO of the Millennium Project, on Thursday, March 3, at 11 AM in Southern Bank Auditorium. Glenn will discuss the global challenges for […]

UMO TO HOST “WISH REVEAL” FOR MAKE-A-WISH

UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT OLIVE TO HOST “WISH REVEAL” FOR MAKE-A-WISH® EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA AT SATURDAY’S MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME; SATURDAY’S WOMEN’S/MEN’S BASKETBALL DOUBLEHEADER TO BE NATIONALLY TELEVISED   MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – University of Mount Olive is proud to host a “Wish Reveal” for Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina Saturday during halftime of the Trojans’ nationally televised men’s basketball […]

Pianist Ethan Uslan to Perform at UMO February 4

Pianist Ethan Uslan to Perform at UMO February 4 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will hold a concert featuring pianist Ethan Uslan on Thursday, February 4, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street, Mount Olive). The concert is free and open to the public. Uslan is a […]

Church Night Basketball Games Set for January 30 at UMO

Church Night Basketball Games Set for January 30 at UMO MOUNT OLIVE- The annual University of Mount Olive Church Night Basketball Games will take place on Saturday, January 30, in Kornegay Arena. Tip off times are at 4 and 6 PM, for the women and men respectively. The Trojans will match up against Limestone College. […]

An Evening of Saxophone and Piano Music at UMO January 21

An Evening of Saxophone and Piano Music at UMO January 21 MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will host a Faculty Recital on Thursday, January 21, at 7:30 PM in the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall (207 Wooten Street). Associate Professor of Music Dr. William Ford will play the saxophone, and Alisa Gilliam will […]

Bible Donated to FWB Historical Collection at UMO

The granddaughters of the late Reverend John Ephraim Sawyer; Nancy Stragand (left) and Barbara Saurborn (center), present the preaching Bible of the Reverend Sawyer complete with his inserted notes.  The Bible was donated to the Free Will Baptist Historical Collection on a long-term loan by another granddaughter, the Reverend Ann Harris Truitt of Falls Church, […]

Giving the Gift of Reading

                    Pictured L-R:  Dr. Ruby Bell, Ticardo Roberson, Paul Young, Raychel Barwick, Ashley Brewer, Alex Galloway, Nolvia Ramos, Nicholas Kwegyir and Dr. Michelle Larson from Goldsboro Pediatrics. Members of the University of Mount Olive Prospective Teacher Association (PTA), Future Educator Association (FEA) and Pi Lambda Theta […]

UMO Track Team Spreads Joy This Christmas Season

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive men’s and women’s track and field teams are spreading a little Christmas cheer this season as they post cards and personal notes to  terminally ill children from around the world team. Track and Field Associate Coach Jackie Kirby organized the community service project after hearing about the amazing […]

UMO Receives Grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The University of Mount Olive has received a grant in the amount of $269,509 to establish the Youth Theology Institute entitled, Youth, the Call of God, and the Rebirth of the Church. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions […]

From Chess to Ballroom Dancing there is something for everyone at UMO

Students at the University of Mount Olive are encouraged to engage in an array of on-campus clubs and organizations. Inspired by the liberal arts philosophy of educating the whole person, UMO offers a variety of student programs that foster leadership development, complement the classroom experience, and build community. UMO has more than 25 clubs and organizations […]

If You can Dream it, You can Achieve It…Just Ask Oriental’s New Mayor

If You can Dream it, You can Achieve It…Just Ask Oriental’s New Mayor ORIENTAL – Sally Truitt Belangia understands the importance of dreams.  After all, she has worked her entire life to make her dreams come true.  Belangia, grew up in the charming coastal community of Oriental, NC.  Her parents and grandparents are all from […]

Graphic Design Major Takes Advantages of Opportunities at UMO

Graphic Design Major Takes Advantages of Opportunities at UMO MOUNT OLIVE- Alan Brinson of Mount Olive, juggled numerous college programs and jobs on his was to finding a program to fit his graphic design aspirations. After experiencing four different community college programs, Brinson finally found the perfect fit for his education at the University of […]

UMO to Hold Thespian Explorations: Theatre through the Years

UMO to Hold Thespian Explorations: Theatre through the Years MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) is set to hold Thespian Explorations: Theatre through the Yearson Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 PM in Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall. This event will offer a smattering of dramatic vignettes performed by UMO students that will be sure […]

UMO Collegiate FFA Provides Warm Weather Gear for Kids in Need

UMO Collegiate FFA Provides Warm Weather Gear for Kids in Need MOUNT OLIVE – For the past eight years the Collegiate FFA at the University of Mount Olive has provided coats to needy children in the Mount Olive area.  Over 375 students from Carver and Brogden Elementary Schools are receiving coats, hats, and gloves. Santa […]

UMO Raises Money for Cancer

UMO Raises Money for Cancer Trojan Athletics and UMO student service group Sisterhood of Crown and Martlet (SOCAM) raised more than $2400 for the Southeastern Cancer Care (SCC), a local organization based in Goldsboro that assists cancer patients and their families in eastern North Carolina. Services provided by SCC include food, transportation, financial assistance, wigs, […]