Kentucky Wesleyan College
A Newsletter for Our Alumni and Friends // April 2018
150th Annual Commencement
 Perry Rogers, CEO of PRP, will address the Class of 2018

"I look forward to joining the Kentucky Wesleyan family as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2018 together. I know well the stellar academic reputation of the College and the innovative, passionate leadership style of President Darrell, and I am honored to have the opportunity to address the distinguished graduates as we send them into the world. Many of my ancestors are Wesleyan graduates, so in a sense, I feel like I'm coming home. It will be great to be in Kentucky." 
                                                  Perry Rogers
Mr. Rogers is the CEO and founder of PRP, a sports management and corporate consulting company with a client roster including NBA Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O'Neal, NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum and Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic. He is also an investor and part owner of HEXX Kitchen + Bar and BEER PARK, located at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas.

He is the son of James Rogers (1938-2014), whose parents were Frank '36 and Lucille (Savage)
Rogers '37. The Rogers Foundation, founded by James and Beverly Rogers, is a generous supporter of Kentucky Wesleyan College. In 2015, the Foundation announced an award of $10 million in scholarships to college-bound students in Southern Nevada over the following decade to Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Friday, April 27 | 7 p.m. | Legacy Owensboro Church

150th Annual Commencement
Saturday, April 28 | 10 a.m. | Owensboro Convention Center
Drew Cooper Named Head Men's Basketball Coach 
Courtesy of Messenger-Inquirer, photo by Alan Warren
Drew Cooper will serve as the 23rd Head Men's Basketball Coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College as announced by Director of Athletics Rob Mallory on March 23. Cooper was introduced to the community at a press conference on March 26. He comes to Wesleyan after spending the last five seasons as Head Coach at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.

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"Coach Cooper clearly grasps and is committed to the concept of the 'scholar-athlete.'   He has a great record of success with his programs on and off the court. I commend Director of Athletics Rob Mallory on finding just the right person to assume the leadership of the greatest men's basketball program in the history NCAA Division II."
                                              President Barton D. Darrell
Celebration of Student Achievement 
Kentucky Wesleyan College will honor students at the annual "Celebration of Student Achievement" with a series of events on Thursday, April 12, beginning with a keynote address at Honors Convocation by alumnus Dr. Ryne Williams '12 at 12:30 p.m. at Legacy Owensboro. Williams will present on "Running the race: How perseverance and faith lead to success." He majored in chemistry and minored in Christian ministries while at Wesleyan, and then earned his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Kentucky. Williams is a licensed physical therapist and clinic director at Results Physiotherapy in Lexington.

Honors Convocation
12:30 p.m.
Legacy Owensboro Church
3300 Frederica St.
Scholars' Day Presentations
2-3:30 p.m.
Winchester Community Center
Rogers Hall
Join us for President's Gala!
Don't miss the party of the year!
The black-tie optional event will include a pre-event reception sponsored by Independence Bank and a plated dinner followed by an after-party sponsored by American Patriot Getaways with The Downtown Band  from Nashville.
President's Circle members attend for free but must RSVP.
Non-members may purchase tickets here or by calling 270-852-3142.
RSVP and ticket purchasing deadline is April 6.
Thanks to our generous sponsors!
American Patriot Getaways
Independence Bank
Atmos Energy
Canteen and John Conti Coffee
Greenwell Chisholm
Modern Welding
Owensboro Health
David Hocker & Associates
Ebelhar Whitehead, PLLC
US Bank and US Bank Home Mortgage
D-Patrick Motoplex
GCA Services Group
Hendrick Screen Company and North Bowie Farming
Houchens Insurance Group
Old National Bank
O.Z. Tyler Distillery
Matthew Ruark '09 
  Associate Director of Admissions

Hometown: Brooksville, Ky.
Education:  B.S., Political Science, Kentucky Wesleyan 
                    M.A., Philanthropic Studies, Indiana
"By giving back, I pay tribute to those who gave to Wesleyan so I could attend. I want to help people, just as I was helped. It means a lot to me to return the favor to other students, and I want others to have a remarkable, life-changing experience, just like I did.

"I have given a gift every month since I graduated, and I know I make a difference to my alma mater and to our students in helping provide scholarships to students from all walks of life.

"Every gift counts, and every gift helps. I encourage fellow young alumni to give, even if they can give only a small amount now. Small amounts add up. It is rewarding to give back, and I believe we all have a responsibility to invest in Wesleyan because so many people in the Wesleyan community invested in us."  

Read more about Matthew Ruark here.
Welcome to the President's Circle!

  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. The following joined or renewed their membership
 during the month of March:
B.J. Killian Foundation
Bob '81 and Ginger Burns
Bracken and Maria Darrell
Dr. Bill '80 and Peggy (Hicks) Davis '82 
Janna (Duncan) '87 and Mike DeMarsh
Alison Cook Forte
Fraternal Order of Eagles - Yellow Banks Aerie
Greenwell Chisholm
Robert Hill '68
LaDonna Koebel '89 and Follace Fields
Dr. Joseph '79 and Lynn Morton
Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Dr. Wes and Carol Poling
Gregory Risch '93
Estate of Isma B. Saloshin
Patricia A. Talbort
Learn about the Young Alumni President's Circle, which recognizes alumni of the past 10 years who invest at least $100 a year since their graduation here.
Annual "88 Keys" Recital

April 12 | 6 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel

This popular program features all Kentucky Wesleyan students taking applied piano lessons and includes solos, duets, trios, quartets and ensembles with various styles and composers represented.
April Concert Series

The public is invited to enjoy a series of concert performances under the direction and performed by Wesleyan faculty, staff and students.

April 13 | 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
Chamber Music Concert
Guest artist Dr. Kevin Callihan with Cholong Park (piano), Justin Courshore (trombone) and Justin Stanley (horn)

April 15 | 3 p.m.
Daviess County High School  
Kentucky Wesleyan Wind Ensemble Concert
Directed by Dr. Kevin Callihan with guest conductor Dr. Nicholas Palmer

April 16 |7:30 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel 
Kentucky Wesleyan Jazz Band Concert
Directed by Dr. Kevin Callihan
April 19 | 6 p.m.
Rogers Hall 
Kentucky Wesleyan Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra
The Concert Band will be directed by Dr. Kevin Callihan with student conductors Nathan Payne, Brandon Reburn and Eric Stuart. The Chamber Orchestra will be directed by Dr. Nicholas Palmer.  

Upcoming Alumni Events
April 5: First Thursday 
(The Local)
April 15:  Wesleyan Day at the Races - Keeneland 
(Reserve by Apr. 6)

April 20:
President's Gala 
May 3: First Thursday 
(SIP Owensboro)

June 3-10, 2018: Wesleyan on the Waves
(Booking window closed) 
Eastern Caribbean Cruise Aboard the Oasis of the Seas
Cheer for the Panthers! 


April 6
Men's and Women's Track and Field
Kentucky Wesleyan Invitational
April 8-10
   Men's Golf
 KWC Panther Invitational
The Pearl Club

April 10
  Baseball vs. Bellarmine
 Noon and 3 p.m.
Panther Park

April 13
   Women's Tennis vs. Davis & Elkins
3 p.m.
Moreland Park

April 20
Baseball vs. Ohio Valley
Noon and 3 p.m.
Panther Park

April 20-21
   Women's Tennis
Great Midwest Championship
Moreland Park

April 21
   Baseball vs. Ohio Valley
Panther Park

April 24
   Baseball vs. Southern Indiana
 3 p.m. 
Panther Park

April 25
  Softball vs. Brescia
5 and 7 p.m.
Kamuf Park

April 27 
   Baseball vs. Alderson Broaddus
Noon and 3 p.m. 
Panther Park

Softball vs. Walsh
Noon and 2 p.m.
Foster Field

April 28
   Baseball vs. Alderson Broaddus
Panther Park

Softball vs. Malone
Senior Day
Noon and 2 p.m.
Foster Field

May 3
Baseball vs. Cedarville
Noon and 3 p.m.
Panther Park
  May 4
Baseball vs. Cedarville
Panther Park


Don't Miss
These Other
April 3
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Fern Terra
1415 W. First St.
April 7
Jonathan Poland, Senior Voice Recital
Diane Earle, collaborative pianist
7 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
1328 Griffith Ave.
April 10
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Heritage Place
3362 Buckland Square
April 11
Diane Earle, Concert
2 p.m.
Carmel Home
2501 Old Hartford Road
April 13
Oak and Ivy Dinner
6 p.m.
Hocker Hall Dining Center

April 14
  Jesse Miller, trumpet
Brandon Reburn, percussion
Senior Recitals
4 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
1328 Griffith Ave.

RiverPark's 25th
Anniversary Celebration Concert, including Wesleyan Chorale and Owensboro Symphony Chorus
7 p.m.
April 15
Madison Weber
Senior Vocal Recital
5 p.m.
Hager Performance Hall
Ralph Center

April 16
Reception and CD release of Maestro Nicholas Palmer's London Philharmonic recording
Ralph Center Lobby
April 17
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Munday Senior Center
1650 W. Second St.
Concert of Spirituals
7 p.m.
Kentucky Wesleyan Singers, Dennis Jewett, conducting, with Kentucky Youth Chorale
Third Baptist Church
527 Allen St.

April 19
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Park Regency
5058 Back Square
 Drive #1
Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano
Paula Humphreys, flute
Diane Earle, piano
4 p.m.
Owensboro Health Auditorium, Pleasant Valley Center
1301 Pleasant Valley Road
Student Life Awards
7 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel  
April 22
OSO Chamber Orchestra Concert with area choirs and Diane Earle, pianist
4 p.m.
Settle Memorial United Methodist Church
202 East Fourth St.
Please contact Kathy Rutherman,  Director of Public Relations,
with comments or questions  about the Wesleyan Way e-newsletter at  or  270-852-3143.