Kentucky Wesleyan College
A Newsletter for Our Alumni and Friends // July 2017
Kalyn Williams from St. Louis volunteering at Habitat for Humanity
Scholars' Academy Prepares High School Students for College Success
Students from Three States Experience
The Wesleyan Way 
Twenty rising high school seniors from 11 schools experienced college life June 25-July 1 in a fast-paced immersion program that included classes and social activities and challenged them to debate issues and hone their communication and leadership skills. "The Scholars' Academy prepares students to return to their high schools and communities as stronger leaders who are ready to contribute in new ways," said Jeremy Pittman, vice president for admissions and financial aid.
Kalyn shares about her experiences at Scholar's Academy in
  this news story from WFIE Channel 14 in Evansville. 
See Scholars' Academy photos here.  

Take a Virtual Tour of Campus

Kentucky Wesleyan College is proud to announce our NEW virtual tour experience.

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Dr. Paul Radcliff '64
Defining Moments, Dreams Fulfilled
Ft. Collins, Colo.

West Baden, Ind., graduated from high school in Fort Myers, Fla.

Married Georgia (1943-2007) in 1965; three children - Lori, Doug and Mike;
six grandchildren - Mallory, Dylan, Easton, Hudson, Grace and Crosby

Ph.D., Indiana University, Education Leadership
M.S., Indiana University, Education Leadership
B.A., Kentucky Wesleyan College, Health and Physical Education

38 years in public education in various roles, retired as principal of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins

"I feel an obligation to give back to the school that prepared me so well, and I do so in hopes that others may be inspired to give what they can, as well. I owe Wesleyan a great deal. I grew up there, and by the time I left in 1964, I was ready to go out into the world. I enjoy investing in Wesleyan's future and helping new Panthers have similar experiences."

Read more about Paul Radcliff here

Rep. Jody Richards '60
Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2017
"My heart is in Kentucky."

  The Honorable Walter (Jody) Richards
Kentucky House of Representatives

The Alumni Hall of Fame perpetuates the memory of those who have brought distinction to the name and reputation of the College. The Class of 2017 honors four individuals: Lydia Dorman '82, Rep. Walter (Jody) Richards '60, Dr. Kim M. (Cecil) Schuster '88 and A.J. Smith '71. Each month from now through October, The Wesleyan Way will feature one of the inductees. 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.
"My selection to the Hall of Fame is very meaningful to me. I was quite excited when I got the news, and I keep thinking about how much this would mean to my mother.  Kentucky Wesleyan molded a young guy through great teachers and experiences. I am deeply grateful."

Read about Rep. Richards' life and career here.

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Future Panther Day -  July 14

If you have been admitted to Kentucky Wesleyan College for fall 2017, you are invited to attend Future Panther Day on July 14. 

This is YOUR registration day and will allow you to:
* Obtain your class schedule
* Meet with your advisor
* Get your student ID
* Submit your enrollment deposit

This is your final step to becoming a Panther! Refer to your Admit Packet for more information about this next phase of the enrollment process or go to our Admitted Students page.

Register here!
Alumni Enjoy Downs After Dark
In The Paddock prior to the running of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Classic. 
Left to Right: Katy (Evans) Harrison '01, Vice President of Advancement Tom Keith, Dr. BC Childress '05, Megan (Evans) Schulte '03, Jeff Chenault '89, Janna (Duncan) DeMarsh '87, Jeff Sampson '88, Doug Hoyt '84 and Ric Holladay '74
The second year of our Downs After Dark on Millionaires Row event featured a South Beach-themed evening, racing under the lights, and the running of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Classic on Saturday, June 17.  Nearly 60 Wesleyan alumni and friends enjoyed another fantastic night at historic Churchill Downs.  A group of alumni also had the opportunity to visit The Paddock, watch the College's sponsored race trackside, and present the winning owner, trainer and jockey with the trophy.
Check out more photos of the evening on our Alumni Facebook page.
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 June:
Margaret (Cole) Cambron '78
Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation
Dr. Paula Dehn
Doug '65 and Norma Everly
Jason '03 and Rebecca Hicks
Edna Horrell
Mark '83 and Paige (Fenton) Huls '84
Amelia Jacobs
Drs. Corey '00 and Ashley Johnson
Tom and Kendra Keith
Dr. Frances Lucas
Dr. W.L. Magnuson and Kristen Ahnell
Linda Major
Rob and Holly Mallory
Bob '78 and Mary (Turner) McDole '79
Owensboro Lions Club
Jeremy Pittman
Cindra Stiff and Jimmy Ray
Dr. Stuart '00 and Jacquelyn (Kirby) Rice '02 
Matthew G. Ruark '09
David '79 and Pamela Runkle
Betty Rush
James '54 and Shirley (White) Thurmond '70
Kenneth Whitfield
G. Edwin Wilson '85
Drs. Michael and Barbara (Magnuson) Woodward '88 and Justin Magnuson
Fred '80 and Melinda Wright
 "Teaching is what I am meant to do."

Dr. Kyle Watson
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
 Ph.D., Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, University of Notre Dame
 B.A., Chemistry, Manchester College (now Manchester University)
Warsaw, Ind.

 Wife - Melissa, son - Caleb, who will be 3 in September

Dr. Watson arrived at Kentucky Wesleyan in Aug. 2016. He has initiated new courses and is introducing a medicinal chemistry course in the upcoming academic year. The course will focus on various targets and how drugs interact with them. The class will also discuss drug discovery and development, including lead optimization and intellectual property.

The Chemistry Program is implementing seminar courses for juniors and seniors in the major to familiarize students with the chemical literature and how to find, use and cite articles appropriately.

See what is on the walls of Dr. Watson's office and learn more about him  here.  

Dr. Watson is available at:


Upcoming Alumni Events
July 14:  Friday Night Live in Madisonville, KY
July 23:  Wesleyan Day at Holiday World and Splashin' Safari Registration is closed.
August 3: First Thursday - Fetta Specialty Pizza
August 5: Winchester Picnic
August 11: 
The Wesleyan Way - Friday After 5K
August 25:  Friday After 5 - Presented by Kentucky Wesleyan College
September 7: First Thursday - SIP Owensboro
September 15: 
Wesleyan Night with Louisville City FC - Louisville City FC vs. Bethlehem Steel FC 
September 19:  Wesleyan Night with the Cincinnati Reds - Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals 
October 6-8:  Homecoming 2017
June 3-10, 2018:  Wesleyan on the Waves - Eastern Caribbean Cruise Aboard the Oasis of the Seas

Thank you,  Owensboro!

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