Kentucky Wesleyan College
A Newsletter for Our Alumni and Friends // August 2017

 Wesleyan Announces Exclusive Partnership with UK College of Medicine
Kentucky Wesleyan announced a new partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine on July 21 regarding the UK regional campus that will open in Bowling Green in 2018. Wesleyan and UK are launching an Early Assurance Program (EAP) that will reserve two spots in each class for qualifying Wesleyan students.
  Read more about our latest groundbreaking academic partnership.

"I am so thrilled to be partnering with Wesleyan through our Early Assurance Program.   I think this effort will be positive for both our schools . . . as well as the Owensboro/Daviess County community and your immediate region."
Carol Elam, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Institutional Advancement
Director of Medical Education Research
Professor, Department of Behavioral Science
Office of Medical Education
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
"Kentucky Wesleyan has a long and successful relationship with the UK College of Medicine, sending many students to medical school over the years. We are pleased to extend our relationship with UK to yet another area of focus at their Bowling Green campus."
W.L. Magnuson, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Kentucky Wesleyan College
 Kim M. (Cecil) Schuster '88
Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2017
 " My time at Wesleyan was preparation for successful entry into the world."

Spectroscopist, Imaging Research Center
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Neuroscience
                and Environmental Health
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

"Induction into the Hall of Fame reunites me with my alma mater. I had to venture far from Wesleyan and Owensboro to conduct the research I have done in my career. It is nice to come home, and I am very honored by the recognition." 
           Read more about Dr. Kim (Cecil) Schuster here.  

The Alumni Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner will be hosted at the Owensboro Convention Center on Saturday, Oct. 7, as part of Homecoming 2017.
Photo Credit: Danny May
Owensboro Living Magazine 
Don't miss the official ribbon cutting for
Wesleyan's new Track and Field home!

Wednesday, Aug. 16
10 a.m.
South Griffith Ave. behind Owensboro Middle School

A community partnership between Kentucky Wesleyan, Owensboro Public Schools and Owensboro Health

Janice and Dr. William Lacefield '58 
Residence: Greenwood, Ind.
Hometown: Livermore, Ky.
Family: 2 children (Shannon and Stephanie), 6 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter
Education: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Organic Chemistry
B.S., Kentucky Wesleyan College, Chemistry

Career: Mead Johnson Research Lab, Evansville
Following Ph.D., 27 years in medicinal chemical discovery research, Eli Lilly Research Labs, Indianapolis
"Wesleyan taught me to love chemistry and the Lord, and we give to the Chemistry and General Scholarship Funds in hopes that we will help a bright young person to love them also." 

Read more about the Lacefields here.

 Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Announced
The Kentucky Wesleyan College Department of Athletics has announced the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 with 10 individuals being inducted during Homecoming this fall. The Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 6.  In addition, the Panthers' 1988 baseball team will be recognized as a Team of Distinction. The ceremony, presented by Kentucky Legend ™, will be held at the Owensboro Convention Center.

Read More about the Kentucky Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017.  
My Wesleyan Way

This latest addition to our website features success stories from current and past Panthers.

to hear students and alumni share their Wesleyan Way.
  Paint the town purple on Aug. 25!
Don't miss the annual celebration of Kentucky Wesleyan College at Friday After 5 on the Owensboro riverfront! For the third consecutive year, Wesleyan will kick off the school year with a downtown bash on Aug. 25.

Join students, scholar-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and Wesley N. Panther on the riverfront for games and inflatables for kids, live music, autographs and family fun.

Wesleyan music faculty and students will be featured at each of the four stages beginning at 5:30 p.m. Following the Toast to the Sunset, led by President Bart Darrell, feature band V-Groove will take the Jagoe Homes Patio Stage stage at 7:30 p.m.  Join us to celebrate the Summer of Love and Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Warm up for FA5 in the Friday After 5K - The Wesleyan Way - on Aug. 11. Learn more and register for the race 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 July:
Ben '59 and Linda (Huffaker) Abbott '59
Dr. Ernest Abernathy '55
Dr. Kim (Schuster) '88 and James Cecil
Dr. BC '05 and Hope Childress
Jeff '89 and Gretchen Chenault
Rev. Dr. Billy Joe '52 and Velma Cox
James and Mary Crawford
Anna Dixon-Skidmore
Dr. Diane Earle
Elder Pipe & Supply Co.
Christopher '10 and Ashley (Braun) Gendek '09
Jay '11 and Anna Ivey
Dr. Arba Kenner '74
Kentucky Annual Conference United Methodist Church
Dr. William '58 and Janice Lacefield
Dr. Jeffrey Lekson '84
Thomas '79 and Donna Major
Jerry '60 and June Miller
Modern Welding Company
Dr. Ray Purdom
Charles '72 and Nancy (King) Schmeal '71
Megan (Evans) '03 and Dr. David Schulte
Settle Memorial United Methodist Church
Mitch '83 and Kimberly Settle
Dr. Catherine (Eblen) '95 and Eric Sherrard
Rev. Dr. Jay '85 and Marian (Helm) Smith '85
Joyce Taylor   
Joel Utley '74
Michael Wade '80
Richard Weaver
Jack Wells '77
Wesleyan Heights United Methodist Church
Sally Wood
Concert on the Lawn
"Hooray for Hollywood" 
Saturday, Aug. 5 
Pack a picnic and head to the lawn in front of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Barnard-Jones Administration Building for the 30th Anniversary of this FREE community concert. The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra will bring back memories with film music for movie lovers of all ages!

General admission is free. Visit for table reservations.
Upcoming Alumni Events
Two legends. Four cities.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit with Roy Pickerill '75 and Dr. W.L. Magnuson at a series of receptions connecting with alumni and friends, and bringing updates on Kentucky Wesleyan College.
The Wesleyan Legends Tour
Aug. 7-Indianapolis 
Aug. 8-Cincinnati/N. KY
Aug. 9-Lexington
Aug. 10-Louisville

Aug. 3: First Thursday
- Fetta Specialty Pizza
Aug. 25:  Friday After 5 - Presented by Kentucky Wesleyan College
Sept.7: First Thursday - SIP Owensboro
Sept. 15: 
Wesleyan Night with Louisville City FC - Louisville City FC vs. Bethlehem Steel FC 
Sept. 19:  Wesleyan Night with the Cincinnati Reds - Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals 
Oct. 6-8:  Homecoming 2017
June 3-10, 2018:  Wesleyan on the Waves - Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the Oasis of the Seas
Cheer for the Panthers! 


Aug. 23
Women's Soccer vs. Brescia
Home Opener
7 p.m.
Steele Stadium
Aug. 25
Men's and Women's Cross Country
Purple and White Scrimmage 
Yellow Creek Park

Aug. 26
Women's Soccer vs. Oakland City
6 p.m.
Steele Stadium

Sept. 2
Women's Tennis vs. Brescia
Home Opener
2 p.m.
Centre Court - 2965 Bittel Road

Sept. 6
Men's Soccer vs. Trevecca Nazarene
 Home Opener
5:30 p.m.
Steele Stadium

Sept. 8-9
Kentucky Wesleyan College Invitational

Sept. 9
Football vs. Livingston College
Home Opener
1 p.m.
Steele Stadium

Don't Miss
These Other

Aug. 19
Move-In Day
  Aug. 23
Classes begin

 Aug. 23-Oct. 11 
Fall Online Term 1
Aug. 29 
Opening Convocation
7 p.m.
Owensboro Christian Church
Oct. 16-Dec. 1 
Fall Online Term 2

Oct. 18
19th Annual
Ellie Magnuson Lecture in Literature and Science
7:30 p.m.
Dr. Douglas Wilson '83
"American Culture through the Literature
 of Baseball"
Rogers Hall

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