Kentucky Wesleyan College
A Newsletter for Our Alumni and Friends // March 2017
Kentucky Wesleyan Announces Collaborative Partnership with University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

Photo by Alan Warren, Messenger-Inquirer
President Barton D. Darrell announced a new innovative 3+3 Accelerated Law Program with the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law at a Feb. 10 news conference.

"I applaud the innovative approach to legal study demonstrated by the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law and Dean Susan Duncan for their efforts to make an elite legal education even more accessible and affordable. I am also proud that Kentucky Wesleyan is the first college or university in Kentucky to collaborate with the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law in this way."
President Darrell

View the news conference and read the media release and Messenger-Inquirer article here
Commencement 2017
Former CEO of Keurig Green Mountain to Address
 Class of 2017 at Owensboro Convention Center

Brian Kelley
Partner, Lindsay Goldberg
New York City

"It was quite an honor to be invited to address the Kentucky Wesleyan College Class of 2017. Kentucky Wesleyan has a tremendous academic reputation, and President Bart Darrell is well-known for the creative and high-energy leadership he and his team have brought to the campus. I look forward to joining the Wesleyan community on this day of celebration, when we will send distinguished Wesleyan graduates into the world."
Brian Kelley

Brian Kelley is a highly-respected consumer products executive, who joined Lindsay Goldberg, a private investment firm, in January 2017 to lead global consumer products and services investment efforts. He joined Keurig Green Mountain as its chief executive officer in 2012 and currently serves as vice chairman of the board. Under his leadership, Keurig Green Mountain nearly tripled to reach more than 25 million homes while significantly improving financial performance.

April 29
10 a.m.
Owensboro Convention Center

W.L. Magnuson, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., University of Kansas, inorganic chemistry
B.S., McMurry University, Abilene, Texas, chemistry and mathematics

Wife Kirsten is an Owensboro physician assistant and principal clarinetist with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. 

Daughter Barbara Magnuson-Woodward earned a doctorate of pharmacy at the University of Kentucky after attending Wesleyan from 1984 - 1986 in pre-pharmacy. She serves as the coordinator and clinical pharmacist with a multidisciplinary nutrition support service at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and is an associate professor at the UK College of Pharmacy. 

Son Justin will graduate from Vanderbilt University in May with a B.S. in chemistry. He has been accepted to two medical schools. 

Dr. Magnuson is in his 48th year as a Wesleyan professor. Prior to his 1969 arrival in Owensboro, he was an assistant professor at McMurry University for six years.

"Why do I give? It's simple. I got a chemistry scholarship as an undergraduate, and I was so appreciative. That's why I give." 

Read more about Dr. Magnuson here
 2017 President's Gala

Friday, April 21
6 p.m.

Owensboro Convention Center
Black tie optional
Pre-event reception sponsored by Independence Bank, dinner and
 after-party  featuring The Downtown Band

Relive last year's Gala by clicking the logo below.

President's Circle members will receive two complimentary tickets by mail.  To join the President's Circle for as little as $83.34 per month, click here .

Invitations and complimentary tickets will be mailed to President's Circle members soon.
 Members may RSVP here
If you are not a President's Circle member and would like to attend, you may purchase tickets here.
                                                 For sponsorship opportunities, click 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. The following  have joined or renewed their membership during the month of February:

Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities
Atmos Energy
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP
Rev. Dr. William Bowling '56
James and Mary Crawford
Mike and Janna Duncan '87 Demarsh
Judith Ford '61
Christopher '10 and Ashley Braun '09 Gendek
Ray '85 and Shannon Harper
Holston Conference United Methodist Church Foundation
Kentucky Annual Conference United Methodist Church
Randall '66 and Sherry Raskin
Titan Contracting & Leasing Co.

Learn more about the President's Circle here.
Last Chance K9 Services Presentation
March 7
7 p.m.
Rogers Hall

Last Chance K9 Services of Louisville and several of their canine co-workers will make a free public presentation on the role of K9 services, including a look a human behavior, animal behavior modification, legal issues, rules of the K9 world and personality traits of the dogs.
Read more here.
Visit the Last Chance K9 Services website here

An overnight event highlighting campus life and classroom activity.

Find out more and register here.

Interested in attending Kentucky Wesleyan College? Join us Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Panther Preview Day and learn about the opportunities available to you
 at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Find out more and register here.
Kentucky Wesleyan Department of Athletics Launches New Online Store

The Department of Athletics has teamed up with Advanced Online to create the College's new online store. Shop from home or shop from your phone for a large selection of Panther items, including apparel, home and office merchandise, tailgating supplies and much more.
 Gift certificates are also available.

Check out the array of Panther merchandise here.
Alumni Association Accepting Nominations for Annual Alumni Recognition and Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Wesleyan Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the Alumni Hall of Fame, annual alumni awards and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. 
 The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2017.

You may access criteria and nomination forms below.

For more information, contact Senior Director of Alumni Relations Eddie Kenny.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Painting with a Twist
March 21, 6 p.m.
5010 Wildcat Way, Suite 4, Owensboro
Alumna Hadley Rafferty '06 will lead the class with step-by-step instructions to create a painting of a Wesleyan landmark. Food and beverages will be provided.
Space is limited. Register here.
A Day at the Races at Keeneland
April 22, beginning with a Tailgate on The Hill at 11 a.m. ET
Racing action from reserved grandstand seating, 1 p.m. ET
Limited seating. Register here.

Downs After Dark at Churchill Downs
June 17, on Millionaires Row
Reserved seating, Chef's Table buffet, racing program and breathtaking views from sixth floor balcony overlooking the finish line.
Limited seating. Register here.  

Stay turned for more information on these upcoming alumni events:
The Alumni Association will host gatherings in Nashville, Tenn., Cincinnati, Ohio and Indianapolis, Ind., during 2017.
The Winchester Picnic will take place Aug. 5.

"Wesleyan on the Waves," our first-ever Alumni cruise, will take to the Caribbean in June 2018.

No. 7 Panthers Punch Ticket to NCAA Tournament with Second Straight G-MAC Title

With the conference title claimed, Kentucky Wesleyan earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. They earned a spot at the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and will face Quincy University. Bellarmine University in Louisville will host the eight-team regional. The game is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 11.
Check the Bellarmine website at for ticket information.
View the bracket here.

The Panthers are 28-2 on the season and extended their home win streak to 48 games with Saturday's win.

Junior League of Owensboro Hosts Women's Empowerment Conference at Wesleyan

Enjoy a fun-filled, informational day designed to help women prepare for successful futures. Topics include healthy lifestyles; applying to college, seeking scholarships and financial aid; resume writing, interview skills and other things you need to know, including buying and renting a home.

Vendors and local non-profits and public services will also be available at information booths.

Learn more here.
Cheer for the Panthers!

March 11
Baseball vs. Saginaw Valley
Noon and 3 p.m.
Panther Park
March 12
Baseball vs. Saginaw Valley
Noon and 3 p.m.
Panther Park

March 18
Tennis vs. Alderson Broaddus
10 a.m.
Moreland Park

March 22
Softball vs. Kentucky State
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Foster Field

March 24
Tennis vs. Davis & Elkins
3:15 p.m. 
Moreland Park

March 26
Baseball vs. Oakland City
Noon and 2:30 p.m.
Panther Park

March 30
Softball vs. Oakland City
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Foster Field
Don't Miss
These Other
Through March 10
"A Women's Perspective:
 In Celebration
 of Women"
Artworks Exhibition
Ralph Center Gallery

March 9
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Heritage Place 
3362 Buckland Square

March 12
Kentucky Wesleyan Singers
5 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Henderson
338 Third St.  
March 16
Panther Pianists Recital
11:30 a.m.
Park Regency
5058 Back Square Drive

March 16-18
Hamlet Abridged and Unafraid
7 p.m.
Hager Hall, Ralph Center
Tickets at 852-3117

March 19
Kentucky Wesleyan Singers
5 p.m.
First Christian Church, Owensboro
700 J.R. Miller Blvd.

  March 23
Panther Pianists Recital
11:30 a.m.
Fern Terra 
1415 W. First St.

March 26
Senior Voice Recital
Emily Davis
3 p.m.
Location TBA

March 30
Panther Pianists Recital
11:30 a.m.
Roosevelt House II 
530 Yale Place

April 2
Kentucky Wesleyan Singers
Methodist Temple Evansville
2109 Lincoln Ave.

April 2
Duo Recital
Alfred Abel, violin
Dr. Diane Earle, piano
2 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel

Looking ahead to annual events . . .

April 6
Day of Student Achievement

Honors Convocation
12:30 p.m.
Legacy Church
3300 Frederica St.

Posters and Oral Presentations
2-4 p.m.
Winchester Center

Student Life Awards
4:30 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel

88 Keys Recital
6 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel

April 7
Oak & Ivy Dinner
6 p.m.
Hocker Family Dining Center

April 28
Baccalaureate and Presentation of Honors Graduates
7 p.m.
Legacy Church
3300 Frederica St.
Please contact Kathy Rutherman,  Director of Public Relations
with comments or questions  about the Wesleyan Way e-newsletter at  or  270-852-3143.