Kentucky Wesleyan College
A Newsletter for Our Alumni and Friends // July 2016
Shawn Tomes '94 named Director of
 Campus Ministries

"Shawn Tomes brings an incredible combination of faith, high energy and a long history of commitment to the personal spiritual growth of young people."
- President Barton D. Darrell
"My Kentucky Wesleyan experiences shaped me, and I am grateful to the college for investing in me then. Now I have the opportunity to give back."
- Shawn Tomes
Learn more about Shawn, his life, his interests and his plans for campus ministries here.  

Read the media release here
Roy Pickerill '75 to assume new role as Special Assistant for College Relations
   Margaret '75 and Roy '75 Pickerill

Legendary Sports Information Director Roy Pickerill will step down from his current role on
August 15 to become special assistant for alumni relations, development and public relations. He will be named sports information director emeritus while maintaining his current professional affiliations. 

Read Roy's reflections on his career and alma mater,
 along with a Messenger-Inquirer article about him  here .

Read the news release here .
Thank you, Owensboro!
Kentucky Wesleyan was voted Owensboro's Best College by Owensboro Living readers for the second straight year!

 Beth Linder Benjamin '00
"Wesleyan is known for producing great educators, and that is why I chose the college as a student."

Beth Benjamin, director of the Owensboro Innovation Academy
Brady (age 9), Beth, Brennan (age 6) and Brian '98 Benjamin

Beth Benjamin is the director of the Owensboro Innovation Academy, which opened its doors in the fall of 2015. The academy educates high school students who "major" in engineering, biomedical or computer science studies.

Read more about Beth, her career and her Wesleyan experiences here.
Dr. Elizabeth '08 Mauzy Martin and Matthew '08 Martin

"Wesleyan was life changing for both of us, and we want others to experience what our alma mater offers. The college means a great deal to our community, and our financial support helps promote continued commitment to producing the best college graduates.

We encourage anyone who is not investing in Kentucky Wesleyan to consider giving a monthly contribution beginning now, and then increasing your gift, as you can. This is how we started, and it's very easy to arrange this online. Your donation will not go unnoticed. Please give back so others can experience Kentucky Wesleyan."

Read more about Elizabeth and Matt Martin and their love for Kentucky Wesleyan here  .

Invest in Kentucky Wesleyan College here  .
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, who have joined or renewed their membership (as of June 30, 2016)!

Margaret Cambron '78
Evelyn Clark
Bracken and Maria Darrell
Dr. Paula Dehn
Richard Dowse
Jerry and Rebecca Garner
Talmage '85 and Rosemary Hocker
Independence Bank
Tom and Kendra Keith
Dr. W. L. Magnuson and Kirsten Ahnell
Rob and Holly Mallory
Trudy Ellis Morris '40
Jimmy Ray and Cindra Stiff
Matthew G. Ruark '09
Betty Rush
George '69 and Seretha '71 Tinsley
David '72 and Sharon '69 Watkins
John and Kathy Wright

Learn more about the President's Circle here.

2016 Alumni Award winners announced
The Alumni Association Board of Directors recently elected the 2016 alumni award winners, who will be honored at the Alumni Association's annual Awards Reception and Dinner during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Owensboro Convention Center.

Outstanding Alumnus
Rev. Dr. Thomas B. Grieb '78
Tom is the senior pastor at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky., and is a nominee for bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. He is chairman of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Board of Trustees.

Alumni Achievement Award
Donald L. Stepner '63
Don is a practicing attorney in the Cincinnati area and a partner with Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC, in Covington, Ky. He was recognized among the elite trial attorneys by his election to the American College of Trial Lawyers. 

Outstanding Young Graduate
Katy Evans Harrison '01
Katy has taught in the Owensboro Public Schools for 14 years. She recently completed ten years of service on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and was president of the association for two years. She is active in fundraising for the March of Dimes.

Alumni Service Award
J. Richard '57 and Nancy '58 Svara Zimmerman
The Zimmermans represent the spirit of Kentucky Wesleyan through their time, travel and enthusiasm in sharing and celebrating their alma mater.

Gus E. Paris Distinguished Service Award
Matthew G. Ruark '09
Matt is associate director of admissions. He served as assistant director of alumni relations from 2009 - 2011 and was director of alumni relations from 2011 - 2015. He coordinates the annual Future Business Leaders of America conference, which brings hundreds of high school students to campus each year, and he supports the Sophomore Experience Program as a volunteer to children with life-threatening illnesses at "Give Kids the World" in Florida.
Help us paint the town purple!
Fun for the entire family!
August 26
Presented by Kentucky Wesleyan College



Warm up by participating in the second annual Friday After 5K  - The Wesleyan Way  -  on
Aug. 12! For more information and to register for the race, click here.

For students admitted for Fall 2016

Friday, July 15
Wednesday, August 10

Students who have submitted an enrollment deposit will have the opportunity to visit campus, meet with their academic advisor, get their student ID, set up their email account and complete all documents necessary for their fall arrival. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the Winchester Center.

Register for these events  here or call 1-800-999-0592 or 270-852-3120.
First-ever Scholars' Academy prepares
high school students for college success
"The week was perfect. I can't believe it was the first year - it went so smoothly and seemed like Wesleyan had been doing this for years. I loved every minute of it and learned a lot."

Twenty rising high school seniors from across the state experienced college life at Wesleyan for a week in June.  They attended classes, honed their leadership skills and abilities, enjoyed socializing and stayed in the residence halls, but didn't take any exams! The week culminated with a "graduation ceremony" in Rogers Hall attended by family members. 
Downs After Dark at Churchill Downs
82 attendees enjoy an exciting evening on Millionaire's Row
From left: Ned Gregory '68, Jami York Hernandez '00, Joshua Hutchison '10, Megan Evans Schulte '03, Matthew Ruark '09, Gary West, Florent Geroux, President Barton Darrell '84, James Griffin '86,
 Thomas Eblen '68, Nancy '58 Svara and Richard '57 Zimmerman.
Photo by Coady Photography


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