Kentucky Wesleyan College
A Newsletter for Our Alumni and Friends // July 2018
Scholars' Academy Introduces High School Seniors to
The Wesleyan Way
Thirty-seven rising high school seniors from four states (Ky., Ill., Tenn., Nev.) and 10 Kentucky counties experienced college life and The Wesleyan Way in the fast-paced immersion program from June 24-30. Attendees lived in dorms, attended classes, explored downtown Owensboro and participated in service learning activities at Girls Inc., Boulware Mission and Habitat for Humanity. Classes explored leadership traits, creativity, group dynamics, values and ethics, and accountability. The students were honored at a closing ceremony in Rogers Hall. The inaugural Scholars' Academy was held in June 2016. Over 50 percent of the 2016 and 2017 classes enrolled at Wesleyan.
Four rising sophomores who are 2016 Scholars' Academy graduates were residential counselors this year. Read their thoughts on Scholars' Academy here.
Wesleyan Lands $165,000 in Estate Commitments    
Kentucky Wesleyan College has received two estate commitments totaling $165,000 to benefit the school's General Scholarship Fund. Ben '59 and Linda "Eni" (Huffaker) Abbott '59 have designated $100,000 to the College, and the school received $65,000 last week from the estate of the late Dr. Alberta (Chapman) Hall '53.
"Kentucky Wesleyan is where we met one another and made lifelong friendships," said the Abbotts. "We had professors who cared about us as individuals and helped us chart our own paths, which is what a Wesleyan education is all about.  We enjoy giving back to a place that means so much to us."
Read more about these estate commitments here.
Ready to Lead - New Alumni Association President
Sam Taylor '97    
Sam Taylor became president of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Association on June 1.  A native of Orlando, Fla., he played football at Wesleyan and through his experiences at the College and in the Owensboro community as a student, he chose to stay.
"I hope to be a voice for those alumni who feel they have never been heard. By using our intentional focus on points of interest, we hope to re-connect with several alumni who have been disconnected for some time. We plan to host events designed around these focus areas, so we can create new interest in Wesleyan."  - Sam Taylor '97
Read more about Sam Taylor here.   
Kentucky Wesleyan Magazine Summer 2018  
Click the cover to the digital issue. 

Katie Cecil '09  
" I give because someone else once gave to create the experience I had at Kentucky Wesleyan College. I will always be grateful. As Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy said, 'Nearly every moment of every day, we have the opportunity to give something to someone else - our time, our love, our resources.'"
                                                                  Katie Cecil '09
Katie Cecil handles social media marketing for Cecil Farms Produce and serves local farmers' markets and as part of Community Support Agriculture (CSA). She is also the agriculture director of the Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club.
Find out more about her interesting career path here.
Concert on the Lawn, August 4   
US Bank presents Concert on the Lawn at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m.

The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra will present "An American Salute." Pack a picnic, grab your lawn chairs and blankets, and head to the lawn in front of the Barnard-Jones Administration Building for this FREE community concert.
A buffet will be available and requires registration .
Reserve tables and buffet at or call 270-684-0661.
Nate Gross
Meet Nate Gross 
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Nate Gross joined the Wesleyan faculty in August 2017 after serving at Andrew College in Georgia. A teacher, actor and director, he is also a triathlete. His wife Molly, is an assistant professor of English.
Read more about Nate Gross's action-packed life here, and stayed tuned for a future profile of Molly.
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:
Ben '59 and Linda (Huffaker) Abbott '59
Margaret (Cole) Cambron '78
Paul W. Chellgren
Jeff '89 and Gretchen Chenault
Dr. BC '05 and Hope Childress
Dr. Paula Dehn
Steve '94 and Shannon Divine
Lydia Dorman '82
Ebelhar Whitehead, PLLC
Kelly Frank '96
Rev. Mark '78 and Cheryl (Smith) Gibbons '79
Estate of Dr. Alberta (Chapman) Hall '53
Jami (York) '00 and Will Hernandez
Jay '11 and Anna Ivey
Tom and Kendra Keith
Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church
The Kentucky United Methodist Foundation
Kentucky USA Wrestling
Rob and Holly Mallory
Roy '75 and Margaret (Stinnette) Pickerill '75
Jeremy Pittman
Matthew Ruark '09
Megan (Evans) '03 and Dr. David Schulte
Dr. Catherine (Eblen) '95 and Eric Sherrard
Cindra Stiff and Jimmy Ray
Rollin Tarter '61
Sam '97 and Leigha Taylor
Michael Wade '80
David Waltrip
Dr. David '72 and Sharon (Gregory) Watkins '69
Sarah (Williams) Williams '60
   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.  
Upcoming Alumni & Friends Events

Jul. 5: First Thursday (Mellow Mushroom)
Jul. 19: Louisville Third Thursday (Tin Roof) 
Jul. 29: Wesleyan Day at Holiday World
(Register before July 13) 
Aug. 2: First Thursday (Legends)
Aug. 12: Topgolf with Wesleyan
(Nashville, Tenn.)
Aug. 19: Topgolf with Wesleyan
(Indianapolis, Ind.)
Sept. 6: First Thursday
(Hosted by Doug '84 and Brenda Hoyt) 
Sept. 7: Wesleyan Night with the Reds
(Online Registration Coming Soon)
Sept. 28-30: Homecoming 2018