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

As the new year begins, we wish our treasured alumni and friends the very best for a year of happiness and peace. We appreciate your loyalty and support.

Please come for a visit in 2017!

A Look Back at 2016 - A Year of Momentum

Enjoy a look back at 2016 here!

D. Wesleyan Receives $110,000

Year-End Gift from Dr. Angelos Stergiou '97


Dr. Angelos Stergiou is investing in the future of students at his alma mater in a big way. He has committed a $100,000 gift to the College - $50,000 to the General Scholarship fund to benefit all Wesleyan students and $60,000 to establish the Stergiou Biotechnology Scholarship, which will enable selected students to gain valuable experience at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

"We are grateful to Dr. Stergiou for his generous commitment and for establishing this wonderful opportunity for our students," said Tom Keith, Wesleyan's vice president for advancement.  "He epitomizes what is possible as a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan - an international leader in his field who is changing the world." 

Read the media release here.




Douglas Hoyt '84


Hometown: Conneaut, Ohio
Education: B.S., Kentucky Wesleyan College, 1984, Political Science and S ociology   
M.S., Indiana State University, 1985, Urban and Regional Planning

Director of Procurement and Contracts at Kenergy, an electric distribution cooperative serving 14 western Kentucky counties

Family: Wife, Brenda; children, Jeremy and Lesley; grandchildren, Lennon, Jarrek, Aven and Grayson
"My Kentucky Wesleyan experience was very special. It provided the foundation for my life and career, and the College is a part of my DNA. I can't imagine what kind of person I would have been had I not attended Wesleyan.

I had planned to stay in Ohio but was awarded an academic scholarship to Wesleyan.  Dad had died a few years before, and there were two more children at home, so the scholarship made the decision easy. Besides, when we visited Wesleyan, I loved the campus and the city.

It is always appropriate to give back, and I want to invest in the lives of young people so they have the same quality experience I did."

Learn more about Douglas Hoyt here.

Meet Julianna Pfadt
New Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Hometown: Riverside, Calif. 

Education: B.S., magna cum laude, University of Alabama, double major in physics and mathematics with a concentration in statistics; member of Honors College 

Julianna will assist in all facets of the alumni operation with specific focuses on engaging young alumni, building relationships with current students and helping build our chapter program through outreach and events.

Read more about Julianna here.

Meet Liz Wacienga
New Director of Athletic Communications


M.S., Athletic Administration, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
B.S., Sport Management, State University of New York at Cortland

Liz is responsible for promoting Panther Athletics through the website, social media and local, regional and national media outlets. She serves as the primary media relations contact for all varsity sports, acts as the official statistician and maintains a historical record for athletics. 

Read more about Liz here.

Kentucky Wesleyan will welcome prospective students to Kentucky Wesleyan Uncovered, a specially designed event for those interested in enrolling for Fall 2017, on Feb. 3 - 4. Wesleyan Uncovered highlights campus life and classroom activity, and participants will stay in a residence hall, eat in the Hocker Family Dining Center and attend classes taught by our outstanding faculty members. 
  Learn more and register 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 (June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017).  Please welcome our newest members, who have joined or renewed their membership during the month of December.

Gary and Virginia Braswell
Duke and Tamara Brubaker
Triffon Callos '04
Calvert City United Methodist Church
John and Dana Catron
Martha Fitts Clark
Noel '81 and Brenda Clayton
Rev. Dr. Billy Joe '52 and Velma Cox
Carol Combs Daugherty '51
Anna Dixon-Skidmore
John R. Gregory
James '63 and Judith Hancock
John and Kristi Wright '91 Horlander
Mike Horn '75
Joshua Hutchison '10
Jay '11 and Anna Ivey
Mildred Poe Kincaid '46
Scott '97 and Kristin Littleton
Matt '08 and Dr. Elizabeth '08 Martin
Larry '64 and Lamone Mayfield
Dennis Newberry
Owensboro District United Methodist Church
John and Delynn Paris
Dr. Ken '57 and Rhoda '55 Peters
Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust
Travis Roberts '07
Dr. Charles C. Smith Jr.
Carolyn Staples
Emogene Stephenson '59
Dr. Angelos Stergiou '97
Lyndal and Rebecca Rudd '83 Whitehead
G. Edwin Wilson '85
Yager Materials

Learn more about the President's Circle here.

Students Volunteer at Give Kids the World

Give Kids the World is a 79-acre non-profit "storybook" resort in Central Florida where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations.  Rebecca McQueen, associate dean of student services, Matthew Ruark, associate director of admissions, and 12 students traveled to Kissimmee to serve the children and their families.

"This is the third year Wesleyan students have volunteered at Give Kids the World during their Christmas break, and it is a joy to see our students give their vacation time to such a cause. Each year, we have sponsored the News Year's Eve party for the children and their families, and it is a marvelous way to end one year and begin another. When our Give Kids the World experiences ends, none of us want to leave. It is a life-changing and perspective-changing experience."
                                                                        Rebecca McQueen
                                                                                                   Associate Dean of Student Services

Learn more about Give Kids the World here.

Office of Advancement Earns 10 Statewide Awards
Division Receives Accolades for Second Consecutive Year 

The Wesleyan Office of Advancement earned 10 awards from the Kentucky chapter of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the annual CASE-Kentucky conference in Louisville in December, including the top honor for best overall practices in fundraising.

"Our dedicated staff works very hard, and we take tremendous pride in Kentucky Wesleyan and the impact it has on young people," said Tom Keith, Wesleyan's vice president for advancement. "We couldn't do it without the tremendous support of alumni and friends of the College."

Read more about the recognition here.

Chamber Music of John Steffa 
January 20 at 7 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel
The concert will feature compositions by composer John Steffa and will be performed by Dr. Diane Earle, piano; Kristen Kean, flute; Rob Murray, trumpet; Lauren Murray, oboe; and Nancy Steffa, viola.

John Steffa is a former professor of music at Murray State University and now lives in Asheville, N.C. Dr.   Earle is artist in residence at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Kean is a professor of flute at Eastern Kentucky University; Rob Murray is a professor of trumpet at Columbus State University in Georgia; Lauren Murray is director of the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Fla.; and      Nancy Steffa is a violist for several orchestras in North Carolina. The program is free and open to the public.

Men's Basketball Watch Parties

Watch Parties are the place to be when fans can't travel to games.

The host of each watch party event will provide appetizers and give back 10 % of the day's sales to support the Kentucky Wesleyan athletic department through the Panther Athletic Fund. 

Fans will also have the opportunity to attend additional watch parties if the Panthers advance to the postseason, including the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament.

Jan. 7
3:15 p.m.
CYO Brewing Co., 119 E. Second St.

Feb. 2
7 p.m.
Maloney's, 3030 Highland Pointe Drive

Feb. 9
6:30 p.m.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 4736 Frederica St.

Feb. 11
Davis & Elkins
3 p.m.
CYO Brewing Co., 119 E. Second St.

Feb. 25
Trevecca Nazarene
4 p.m.
Fetta Speciality Pizza, 118 St. Ann St.
Cheer for the Panthers!


Jan. 12
Women's Basketball vs. Ursuline
5:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Auburn-Montgomery
7:45 p.m.
Jan. 14
Women's Basketball vs. Malone
1 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Malone
3:15 p.m.

Jan. 19
Women's Basketball vs. Davis & Elkins
5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs. Davis & Elkins
7:45 p.m.

Jan. 21
Women's Basketball vs. Alderson Broaddus
1 p.m.

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

Jan. 28
Women's Basketball vs. Trevecca Nazarene
1 p.m.

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

 Jan. 12 
Panther Pianists
Elizabeth Munday
Senior Center
1650 W. Second St.
11:30 a.m.

Jan. 16
The College is closed in observance of Martin
Luther King Day.

Looking Ahead 

Feb. 27-March 3
  Spring Break
April 6
Celebration of Student Achievements
April 7
Order of Oak & Ivy Dinner
April 14-17
Easter Recess

April 21
President's Gala
April 28
April 29

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