Kentucky Wesleyan College
A Newsletter for Our Alumni and Friends // February 2016
Share a Wesleyan Success Story
Submit a 2016 Alumni Award Nomination
Enjoy a video of  2015 honorees at the Alumni Dinner here.

Over the last 12 months, President Bart Darrell and Vice President for Advancement Tom Keith have uncovered dozens of success stories from Wesleyan alumni they have visited across the country; people who have done incredible things in their fields of expertise and throughout their communities, but with whom the College had not connected in quite some time. Kentucky Wesleyan College has made a difference in their lives, and we know there are hundreds of additional stories just waiting to be told!   

We encourage all alumni and friends of the College to take five minutes to submit a nominee for one of our prestigious alumni awards. Our new online nomination form makes it easy to do so!
Alumni Awards Nomination Form

Meet Katie Bell
"Kentucky Wesleyan brought me out of my shell . . ."

Hometown: Hawesville, Ky.

Major: Political science and legal studies

Learn how Kentucky Wesleyan College helped junior Katie Bell find herself here.
Meet Kimberley Foster '87

 Kimberley Foster and her husband, Ryan

In her first job after college, Kimberley Foster '87 was intrigued by narcotic abuse research on rats and mice. Learn how Kentucky Wesleyan and the research experience shaped her future  here.    
 You can help #GraduateAlex!

President Darrell has enlisted the help of senior Alex Velez to help Wesleyan reach its goals.
Watch this video to see how you can help! 
Welcome to the President's Circle!
President's Circle Logo
The President's Circle recognizes those who invest in Kentucky Wesleyan College at a level of $1,000 or more for the current fiscal year.  Please welcome our newest members (as of Jan. 31, 2015)!

Calvert City United Methodist Church
Robert '83 and Holly '90 Hast
Paul W. Chellgren
Scott '97 and Kristin Littleton
Dr. John Combs
Julie Moralez
James and Mary Crawford
Luther White*

 Water for Flint
It's The Wesleyan Way

Wesleyan students, staff and faculty donated over 150 cases of water to assist LuAnn Randolph of Owensboro in her effort to supply water to the citizens of Flint, Mich. 
 Choosing your college path
Zoology alumna Stephanie Green '10 shows the way

View the full article here .

Business Administration
Criminal Justice and Criminology
General Studies

Learn more about our online programs here.
Grow your nest egg

Wesleyan has launched a convenient interactive website to help alumni and friends explore ways they can grow their nest eggs, plan their futures and help Wesleyan reach new heights. "This tool allows users to learn more about many different types of estate gifts," says Planned Giving Officer Mary Crawford.  "You can examine a charitable gift annuity to see if it will provide the income you need, establish a bequest or investigate trusts."  The website offers the latest tax news, donor stories and a column on retirement living topics.  

Visit the website at

For more information on planned giving, contact:
Mary Crawford

More bang for your buck!

Did you know you can double or triple your investments in Wesleyan by telling your employer about your gift? Many companies match charitable gifts made by their employees. Make February the month you join the President's Circle - your gift of $500 or more with a match qualifies you for all President's Circle benefits! 

Learn more about the President's Circle here.

Feb. 19
Brown-Heritage Scholarship Dinner for the Brown Scholarships (For qualifiers only)

Feb. 20
Interviews for Brown-Heritage Scholarships, Pyles Scholarships for the teacher education program and auditions for performance and visual arts programs.

For more information on the Pyles Scholarships and Teacher Education Day, click here.

March 12
Academic Spotlight Event (morning)
An exciting opportunity for prospective students to explore our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Business Administration, Communication Arts and Criminal Justice programs.
Please RSVP to the Office of Admissions at 270-852-3120 or click here.

Open House Event
Following lunch for prospective students and parents, Wesleyan will hold an Open House with opportunities to learn more about academic programs and services and student life offerings. Parents are welcome to attend with their students. Please RSVP to the Office of Admissions at 270-852-3120 or click here.
  To register for the Academic Spotlight and/or Open House, click here.

Call 270-852-3120 for more information.

April 16
Committed Students
 A day for students who have been admitted to Wesleyan. Committed students will learn more about the opportunities available at Kentucky Wesleyan College in preparation for the Fall Semester.

Joel Utley '74
Congratulations to "The Voice of the Panthers"

Kentucky Wesleyan's Joel Utley, who has called the radio play-by-play for the Panthers for 55 years, will be inducted into the 2016 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in June. Read the news release here.  

Utley was also named an "Owensboro Legend" by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.

Nashville Alumni Gathering

Tuesday, Feb. 16
5 - 8 p.m.

Bar Louie
314 11th Avenue S.
Nashville, Tenn.

Save These Dates!

April 16
 Day at the Races at Keeneland

April 22
President's Gala at Owensboro Convention Center

June 18
Downs After Dark at Churchill Downs

August 26
Friday After 5

Stay tuned for more information on these exciting events.

Cheer for the Panthers!


Feb. 10
7 p.m.
Men's Basketball
vs. Central State

Feb. 13
1 p.m.
Women's Basketball
vs. Trevecca

3:15 p.m.
Men's Basketball
vs. Trevecca

Feb. 18
5:30 p.m.
Women's Basketball
vs. Davis & Elkins

7:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball
vs. Davis & Elkins

Feb. 20
Senior Day
1 p.m.
Women's Basketball
vs. Alderson Broaddus

3:15 p.m.
Men's Basketball
vs. Alderson Broaddus

See for more
information on Panther sports.
Don't Miss These Other GREAT DATES
Feb. 9
Owensboro Area World Affairs Council
"Social Media Politics at Home and Abroad"
Echo Chambers and Digital Dissidence"
Jason Gainous, University of Louisville
Free Public Lecture and Discussion
7 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel

Feb. 14
 Kentucky Wesleyan Day
Settle Memorial United Methodist Church
with President Darrell and Kentucky Wesleyan Singers
8:30, 10:45 and 11 a.m.
Feb. 17
Black History Month Presentation
Cory Blackwell, Speaker
(Father of student C.J. Blackwell)
7 p.m.
Rogers Hall, Winchester Center

Feb. 21
Kentucky Wesleyan Band Concert
3 p.m.
Owensboro Convention Center

Feb. 23
Music Program Performance Hour Recital
4 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel

Please contact Kathy Rutherman,  Director of Public Relations
with comments or questions  about the Wesleyan Way e-newsletter at  or  270-852-3143.