Kentucky Wesleyan College
A Newsletter for Our Alumni and Community // June 2015
In This Issue


Raju Chenna, M.B.A., C.P.A.


Associate Professor of Business, teaches accounting

Hometown: Hyderabad, India

Education: Osmania University, B.S.

Western New Mexico University, M.B.A. 



"I was a banker in India. As a group study member of Rotary Goodwill Ambassador International to Oklahoma City, I decided to stay in the U.S. and learn about American business. So I brought my family over, enrolled in a graduate program in New Mexico and then worked in an Oklahoma City bank for six years." 



"My wife, Pushpa, and I have two children. Our son, Praveen, is an interventional pulmonologist at Washington University in St. Louis, and his wife, Naga, is an endocrinologist at the Washington University School of Medicine. Our daughter, Harini, is doing her residency at the University of Louisville in anesthesiology." 


On teaching

"I wanted to teach and had offers from around the country. I chose Kentucky Wesleyan because I felt comfortable on the campus and in the city, and I liked the weather here. 


I love our students, and I love to hear from our graduates. Their successes mean everything to me. Teaching is very satisfying and rewarding."


On Owensboro

"The size of the city is perfect. I can't say enough about how friendly the people are. It is a very, very nice place to live." 



"I enjoy gardening and travel."


Favorite places

"I love Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Corpus Christi and, of course, Disney World. But there is no place like Owensboro. I would rather be here than anywhere." 


For more information about the Wesleyan accounting program, contact Professor Chenna at or 270-852-3191. 

A message from Steve Divine, Vice President/Trust Investments Officer, at Independence Bank

A 1994 graduate with a double major in accounting and business 

"The small class size at Kentucky Wesleyan really helped me be who I wanted to be."

"The small class environment helps you open up and be comfortable."

"Who put me in the position to succeed? I've been fortunate . . . Kentucky Wesleyan has been a big part of that."

"About every other block [in Owensboro], you will run into someone who has a Wesleyan tie . . . bankers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs."

"When I think of what Wesleyan does for the community - just take a walk down the street, and you will see it."

Find out more from Steve Divine  here

Simeon Pogue

Rising senior

Major: Communication Arts

Minor: Business

Order of Oak and Ivy

Incoming president of the Student Government Association 



Did you choose Wesleyan because it is close to home?


"Yes and no. I knew very well Kentucky Wesleyan's great reputation, and it was appealing to begin my college career close to Grandview. But my plan was to stay here a year or two and then transfer to a large state university in Kentucky."


But you are still here. What happened to the state university plan?


"I knew almost immediately my freshman year, really within weeks, that I had found my niche and that I wanted to stay at Wesleyan for four years. As nervous as I was those first days, I fit in almost immediately. The campus is a good place; close-knit and welcoming."


Tell us about your niche.


"Student Activities Programming Board . . . Admissions Ambassador to prospective students . . . KW 1101 (freshman orientation) student leader . . . Student Government Association . . . Supplemental instructor in history with the PLUS Center.


There is so much to do, and it was easy to get involved with lots of options. I don't think this would have been the case in a large university."


You are a campus leader. Was that a part of your plan?


"Not at all. But it is true that I've developed as a leader, and I've learned to communicate, delegate and collaborate. I give several people here credit for encouraging me to grow as a leader."


Go ahead and give credit. We would like to know.


"Registrar Lou Ann Bowersox, who was the president's administrative assistant until recently, is my "campus mom." I can vent to her and get advice and encouragement on academic and personal issues. She is more than the registrar to me.


Margaret Cambron, Director of Career Development and Service Learning, encouraged me to get involved on campus in the very beginning and was so helpful when I was undecided on my career path.


There are so many faculty I enjoy. They go above and beyond. I appreciate their different teaching styles, and I have learned from all of them."


What do you do in your spare time?


"What are you talking about? What spare time?


Seriously, I am very involved in my church and work with the youth. I am a board member of the Spencer County Fair, and I took a mission trip to Nicaragua last winter."


Your favorite classes?


"Not economics or accounting!


Desktop Videos with Dr. Vogt and Graphic Design with Professor Logsdon."


Commencement is only a year away. What is next?


"Definitely more missions work."


Anything else you would like to share?


"When our freshmen class arrives this fall, I will encourage them to get involved and take advantage of all this great campus offers in a warm, friendly, encouraging environment. It is an unbelievable place."



August 28


Wesleyan Returns as Friday After 5 Sponsor


Musical performances by our students and faculty

Activities for children with our student-athletes and coaches

An appearance by our mascot, Wesley N. Panther


Stay tuned for more exciting details!


Find out more about our Friday After 5 sponsorship here


Vice President of Advancement Tom Keith announced the additions of M. Blake Harrison as director of development and donor relations and Jenna Brashear as advancement coordinator on May 19. For a look at the news release, click here.   


Jenna Brashear 

Advancement Coordinator

M.P.P. in Education Policy, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

B.A. in International Studies, B.A. German, Music Performance Minor, University of Kentucky



Beaver Dam



Married John in October

Youngest of five and the only girl

Dad is a physician and mother is a nurse ("I was Dad's last hope to become a doctor, but I passed out in a veterinarian's office while shadowing the vet and observing a surgical procedure, so that hope was over.")

Enjoy travel and reading


First impressions of Kentucky Wesleyan College


"So much energy and friendliness along with excitement about the direction and future of the college."


Impressions of Owensboro


"It has always been my favorite big-small town, and I now I get to work here."


Favorite vacation spot

"Disney World and anywhere I haven't visited before. I love to explore new places."


Books that have changed my outlook on life


"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith

"The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls


M. Blake Harrison 

Director of Development and Donor Relations

B.A. in News and Editorial Journalism, Western Kentucky University

M.S. in Recreation and Sport Administration, Western Kentucky University






Completed bachelor's degree in three years

Second of three children

Have lived in three great Kentucky cities, and now a fourth (Paducah, Bowling Green, Georgetown, Owensboro)

Volunteer with CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education); on planning committee for 2016 annual state conference


Ties to Kentucky Wesleyan

"Three long-time friends have significant ties to the college and have always spoken fondly of Wesleyan: Denny Potts, Ray Harper and Happy Osborne. Coach Potts helped with my high school baseball program. I got to know Harp and Shannon while I was at WKU, and Happy and I have mutual friends through Georgetown College."



"I enjoy traveling the country to attend big sporting events, including four men's basketball Final Four games and two World Series games, so far."


Favorite movie

"Field of Dreams"


Someone I wish I had met

"Stan Musial . . . I would have loved to listen to him reminisce."


A historical period you would like to visit

"I have always been interested in the era when baseball, boxing and horse racing ruled the sporting world."


An interesting fact about Blake

"I have been published on and (a college basketball recruiting site)."


"Rob Mallory is clearly one of the rising stars in collegiate athletics and Kentucky Wesleyan is elated to have attracted a director of athletics of his caliber . . . He values the integration of a private, faith-based education with athletics to produce the true scholar-athlete experience."

President Barton D. Darrell


The Kentucky Wesleyan family looks forward to welcoming Rob Mallory to campus on June 15. Read the news release announcing his appointment here, and look for more information on Rob in the July Wesleyan Way. 


"Lou Ann will continue to offer excellent customer service to the campus community she loves and with the grace, poise and wisdom for which she is known and appreciated." 

Dr. Paula Dehn

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College


Read more about Lou Ann Bowersox, who has served the college community in several capacities, here.


Roy Pickerill '75, Mike Williams '73, Joe Roop '56, Bill and Jeannie O'Bryan, Carle "Buddy" Mahan '50, Chad Lyons '93, Walter Lee '75, Kristin Reynolds Hawkins '96, Bob Daniels, Connie Kincer and Carol Daugherty '51 for their mother, Virginia "Shorty" Combs Harris '22, Norman Christopher '52 and Kenny Alward '93. A sold-out crowd celebrated Panther athletics in the Jones Gymnasium at the Woodward Health and Recreation Center on May 16. Learn more about this year's inductees here


Troy Paris, a junior designated hitter from Mt. Vernon, Ind,.was named second team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association in May. Learn more about Troy and his accomplishments here


"Take comfort in knowing that God chose you to make the decisions [you will make], and that is really all the matters."

President Barton D. Darrell, who addressed his first graduating class as president of Kentucky Wesleyan College


Owensboro community leader and philanthropist Martha Fitts Clark, a pioneer for women in business, was awarded a Doctor of Humanities.


View commencement photos here.

Read President Darrell's address and learn more about Martha Fitts Clark here.

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