Kentucky Wesleyan College
A Newsletter for Our Alumni and Friends // October 2016
Over 1,000 gather for Homecoming, Fall Family Weekend and Panther Preview

The Wesleyan community gathered to honor a proud past, celebrate a vibrant present and welcome prospective students and their families to campus on Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
 Alumni gathered for various events throughout the weekend, and members of the Class of 1966 were inducted into the Golden Jubilee Club. A record-breaking number of current students and their families participated in Fall Family Weekend events, and everyone celebrated a Panther football victory against Central State.

President Barton D. Darrell welcomed alumni and friends to the annual Awards Dinner hosted by the Alumni Association at the Owensboro Convention Center. These distinguished alumni were honored:

Benjamin H. Abbott '59 -  Hall of Fame Inductee
  Rev. Dr. Thomas B. Grieb '78 - Outstanding Alumnus
Donald L. Stepner '63 - Alumni Achievement Award
Kathryn Evans Harrison '01 - Outstanding Young Graduate
J. Richard '57 and Nancy '58 Svara Zimmerman - Alumni Service Award
Matthew G. Ruark '09 - Gus E. Paris Distinguished Service Award

President Darrell and Donald Stepner '63

Members of the Class of 2008: Corey Gant, Alaina Morris Gant, Elizabeth Mauzy Martin, Matthew Martin, Lincoln Latham and David Sullivan

Enjoy more photos of the weekend here.

Kentucky Wesleyan Announces $3 Million Gift
Kentucky Wesleyan College announces a generous gift of approximately $3 million from the late Dr. Willard T. Gillespie to the school's General Scholarship Fund. Dr. Gillespie, a long-time Owensboro resident and dentist, passed away on July 28, 2016. Dr. Gillespie's gift under his Last Will reflects his passionate commitment to Kentucky Wesleyan and his strong desire to make a significant impact on the College. 

Wesleyan President Barton D. Darrell expressed the school's appreciation for Dr. Gillespie:

"Dr. Gillespie was most supportive of the Kentucky Wesleyan mission and the education we offer. He also committed himself to the Owensboro-Daviess County community and understood Wesleyan's significant influence and positive impact here. Dr. Gillespie had recently expressed to us his excitement about the things that are happening at Wesleyan and reinforced his desire to support the College. The Kentucky Wesleyan family, while saddened by his passing, is grateful to Dr. Gillespie and inspired by his commitment to what we are doing." 

Tom Keith, Wesleyan's Vice President for Advancement, added, "We will make sure Dr. Gillespie's gift is memorialized to commemorate his generosity and support of Kentucky Wesleyan College."

Wear Purple and Show Your Wesleyan Pride
Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce
Rooster Booster
Sponsored by Kentucky Wesleyan College

Nov. 3, 7:30 a.m.
Owensboro Convention Center
Click here for reservations or call the Chamber at 270-926-1860.

Wesleyan Earns No. 13 "Best Regional College in the South" Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

 Kentucky Wesleyan's appearance on three separate U.S. News & World Report lists included a
No. 13 ranking in the South as a Best Regional College, out-performing all other colleges throughout the Commonwealth, and a jump of 14 places over last year's rank of No. 27.

Wesleyan was also the only Regional College in Kentucky ranked as a Best Value School and the only institution in Kentucky ranked as a Regional Best College for Veterans.

Read the media release here.
Kentucky Wesleyan Hits the Road

An Owensboro Transit System bus is spreading the word about Wesleyan throughout the city. Students Jennifer Walker-Crawford and Connor Goodwin are featured on the bus that hit the road in early October.

Enjoy the Fall 2016
 Kentucky Wesleyan Magazine
Click the cover below to view this issue.


Ellie Magnuson Lecture in Literature and Science Presents
Dr. Jeff Lekson '84

"Wesleyan positioned me perfectly for the widely varied practice of internal medicine."

Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Rogers Hall, Winchester Center

"Tales from the Practical"

Dr. Lekson earned a B.A. in business administration from Kentucky Wesleyan. He completed additional studies at Wesleyan and Cleveland State University and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1989. He completed his internship and residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a mini-fellowship in geriatrics teaching at UCLA.
Learn more about Dr. Lekson and his life and career here.

Edward L. Beavin Memorial Presentation
with Rev. Dr. Bill Hardy

Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel

"Constructing Possibility: Faith, Grammar and Politics"

Dr. Hardy is a former professor of philosophy and religious studies at Tennessee State University in Nashville. He has taught courses in the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Bible, along with philosophical work in African and African-American philosophy. His areas of research and community service include the future of the African-American experience (particularly the Black church), globalization and linguistics. He is the editor and author of a number of publications and is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Hardy earned a B.A. from Central State University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and from Bowling Green State University, an M.Div. from Vanderbilt University and a doctorate in ministry and theology from Drew University. He is the former pastor of the Owensboro A.M.E. Church.
Theatre Arts Presents
44 Plays for 44 Presidents
Hilarious       Informative     Moving
Take a quick and high-energy trip through American history with Wesleyan theatre arts students as they explore the lives of our 44 presidents, and we prepare to elect the 45th. 
Hager Hall, Ralph Center

Tickets are available online 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.  Please welcome our newest members, who have joined or renewed their membership (as of September 30, 2016).

American Patriot Getaways
Gordon and Connie Lou Barnett
Mark Carroll '88
Don and Sally '67 Allen Crenshaw
Wayne '69 and Cathy Foster
Mary Catherine Hacker Gilliam '53
David '59 and Marcia Hocker
Chris '74 and Virginia Madison
Tonya Marksberry '79
Charles and Susan Martin
Randy '64 and Jean '63 Taylor Owen
Owensboro Lions Club
Ray Purdom
John Reimbold
Settle Memorial United Methodist Church
Glenn '53 and Charlotte '56 Morrow Sowards
James '54 and Shirley '70 White Thurmond
Michael and Barbara '88 Magnuson Woodward

Learn more about the President's Circle here.

Alumni Events
Florida Receptions

Join Kentucky Wesleyan College and President Barton D. Darrell '84 for one of these Florida receptions and connect with fellow alumni and friends.
 President Darrell will share an exciting update on the College. 

Wednesday,  Oct. 26
5 -7 p.m.
4120 S. Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32806
Thursday, Oct. 27
5 - 7 p.m.
Whiskey Joe's
7720 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, FL 33607
Ft. Myers
Friday, Oct. 28
5 - 7 p.m.
Bahama Breeze
14701 S. Tamiami Trail
Fort Myers, FL 33912

Choose the venue that is most convenient for you. Each of these receptions includes complimentary appetizers, and we ask that you register so we may accommodate accordingly at each venue.

Register online or contact Eddie Kenny, Senior Director of Alumni Relations, at or (270) 852-3146 for information.

Men's Basketball Pre-game Receptions

Register for the University of Louisville Pre-Game Reception here.
and for the Western Kentucky University Pre-Game Reception here.

Contact Eddie Kenny at or (270) 852-3146 with questions.

Cheer for the Panthers!


View the Men's Basketball schedule here.
View the Women's Basketball schedule here.
Oct. 20
Men's Soccer vs. Cedarville (Senior Night)
5:30 p.m.
Steele Stadium
Women's Soccer vs. Cedarville (Senior Night)
8 p.m.
Steele Stadium
Oct. 21
Volleyball vs. Davis & Elkins
7 p.m.
Jones Gym
Oct. 22
Tennis vs. Indiana University East
11 a.m.
Moreland Park
Men's Soccer vs. Ohio Valley
Panther Field

Football vs. Ashland
1 p.m.
Steele Stadium
Volleyball vs. Alderson Broaddus (Senior Day)
1 p.m.
Jones Gym
Women's Soccer vs. Ohio Valley
2:30 p.m.
Panther Field
Don't Miss
These Other

Oct. 19
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Heritage Place
3362 Buckland Square

Oct. 20
Panther Pianists
11:30 a.m.
Park Regency
5058 Back Square Dr.

Oct. 22
Junior Recital
Alex Khan and
Jonathan Poland
4 p.m.
First Presbyterian

Oct. 25
Blood Drive
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Rogers Hall
Winchester Center

Oct. 28
Fall Concert
Wesleyan Chorale and
Owensboro Symphony
Orchestra Chorus
7 p.m.
First Presbyterian

Oct. 30 
Duo Recital
Alfred Abel, violin, and Diane Earle, piano
2 p.m.
Tapscott Chapel

Nov. 11
Veteran's Day Service
Tapscott Chapel
Nov. 28
2nd Annual
Wesleyan Way
Day of Service
Nov. 29
Giving Tuesday

Dec. 1 and 2
Festival of Lessons and Carols
St. Stephen Cathedral
7:30 p.m.
Please contact Kathy Rutherman,  Director of Public Relations
with comments or questions  about the Wesleyan Way e-newsletter at  or  270-852-3143.