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Meet Katie Bell

Katie BellWhy did you choose Wesleyan?

My mother, Alice Bell, graduated from the College in 1991. So I was familiar with Wesleyan, and I wanted to go to a small school.

Tell us about your extracurricular activities.

I am president of Young Democrats and the Stanley Reed Pre-Law and Politics Society, vice president of communication in AOPi, and I started an internship last month with the Public Defender’s Office in Daviess County. I have also been a supplemental instructor in macroeconomics.

Reflect on your experiences as a Wesleyan student.

I don’t think I would have been successful at a large university. I was shy and nervous in high school. I got involved in a sorority here, and I love it. It really help me to become part of a group of people like me and fit in with them.

The one-on-one attention from faculty has helped me. I’ve gained confidence, and I’ve been more active on campus than I ever thought I would be.

Tell us about your experiences with the Wesleyan faculty.

Dr. Magnuson is always so friendly. He remembers my mom, who was a chemistry major. Dr. Conroy is my advisor. He is very helpful, and he even asks about my family. One thing that stands out to me is that faculty seek their students out to make sure we “get it,” and find out if we need assistance.

What are your goals for the remainder of your time at Wesleyan?

I plan to attend law school, so I will take the LSAT this fall. I’m excited about an upcoming political science convention in Chicago, and I’m considering what the Young Democrats group will do in this election year.

What will you take with you when you leave Wesleyan in 2017?

The confidence that I can accomplish whatever I chose to pursue. I would never have considered law school when I first arrived here on campus, and I know I will be well-prepared when I leave Wesleyan. I am also considering entering politics. We need more women in government – powerful, motivated women.

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Wesleyan Fellowship Applications Now Available!

Wesleyan Fellowship applications for academic year 2016-17 are now available! Applications are due Feb. 26. All academic disciplines and programs are eligible! 

Click here for an application! 

Q. What are the Wesleyan Fellows Awards?

A. They are a work study job with a different purpose.  Work must be closely managed by a faculty or off-campus supervisor and must be more educationally rewarding (i.e., more intellectually demanding, more likely to create genuine learning for the student, more closely related to a career or scholarly field, or more directly related to faculty research).  At the end of the year, awardees MUST have a completed project that can be presented at Scholar’s Day (late April).  Students with a 3.15 cumulative average may apply.

Q. What kind of work gets funded?
A. Some examples of available work:
  • Research assistants
  • Library or electronic research
  • Abstract and bibliography work for humanities or social sciences professors
  • Text editors for scholarly articles
  • Computer graphics work
  • Running of subjects and collection of research protocols
  • Survey construction
  • College institutional research managed by  a senior administrator
  • Developing Case studies for courses in one’s major
  • Report writing or drafting
  • Translation to and from a foreign language
  • Creation of a business plan for a local organization
  • Creative works, e.g. portfolio, new musical composition, etc.
  • Developing and testing new laboratories for advanced level courses

Q. What would not be funded?
A. Anything that is repetitive or routine and involves no sophisticated higher level of intellectual or learning activity would not be funded such as:  typing, filing, copying, phone reception work, errands, simple calculations and form filling, room reservations, hospitality or food work, equipment and materials inventory.  Such work is noble in itself and vital to every organization, but does not fit the goals of the Wesleyan Fellows Program.  The development of department or program web pages, although vital to the college, is not related directly to the goals of the programs unless it can be shown in the proposal that the web work will lead to explicit scholarly development on the part of the student.

Q. How do I get a job?

There is no job bank or listing.  You, the student, must develop the job by finding a professor, administrator, or off-campus manager or executive who will consult closely with you to develop the position and agree to supervise you if you are awarded a grant.  The best way to proceed is to go to the professor in your field who seems to have appreciated your class or lab work and inquire if you could serve as his or her assistant.  A second strategy would be to approach the chairperson of your major department and have him or her recommend you to the faculty member who would seem most interested in your services or to an off-campus contact.  If you have your own significant contacts off campus, you can approach them yourself, but remember that the supervisor will have to understand the educational and intellectual goals of the grant.  You shouldn’t be just another worker. 

Q. Why should I consider doing this?

A. Empolyers and admissions committees for graduate and professional schools are looking for individuals who stand out from all other applicants.  Having a resume that includes this fellowship which requires:

  • personal motivation and self discipline (you have to find the project and carry it to completion),
  • an ability to work independently (you have to do the work under the supervision of your faculty mentor),
  • an abilty to apply what you have learned in the class room to new situations (you most likely will be working on a project that you know little about)
  • an ability to think critically and further develop your problem solving skills, and
  • an ability to communicate your findings to others (you have to present your project at Scholar’s day)

are all qualities that potential emplowers and admissions committees are looking for in applicants.  This is a way to get a front of the pack and help you move on tho the next phase of your career.

Q. If I’m a freshman and don’t know enough faculty in my area, what can I do?

A. Start with the department chairperson who knows well the interests of faculty in the department and who has many professional contacts outside the institution as well.  If you have any contact with deans, vice presidents, and directors, they too may be approached.  It may take some self-confidence and serious prospecting work, but that’s part of the learning experience.

Q. What are the chances of getting funded?

A. About 250 people are eligible to apply.  This year we will award a maximum of 25 grants.  So your chances are about 1 in 10 among all eligible. Since this is a new program we don’t know how many will apply, but typically in these types of programs only about 50% will apply, which makes the odds about 1 in 5. 

Q. How will decisions be made?

A. Proposals will be read by a panel of faculty and academic officers.  They will score the applications, discuss the positions and candidates, and ultimately come to the decision.  The process will be as objective as possible but cannot be made perfectly anonymous since the supervisor’s personal recommendation of you is part of the application.  Disappointed candidates will be able to have a general briefing on why they didn’t succeed in the competition, but the scores and remarks of the reviewers will be kept confidential. 

Q. If I have any additional questions, what do I do?
A. Contact Dr. Paula Dehn, Academic Dean’s Office x3117; pdehn@kwc.edu.

Meet Kaitlyn Steward

Kaitlyn StewardWhy did you choose Wesleyan?

I visited a number of colleges and universities my senior year in high school. My math teacher, Dustin Winslow, graduated from Wesleyan in 2010, and he suggested I visit here. Holly Blackburn, a Wesleyan student from near my hometown, took me on a tour. I was sold! No other college visits for me!

“Material & Textures” Art Show

The Art Program presents “Material & Textures” by international award winning artists, Prof. Rebecca Green and Prof. David Stratton of Brescia University’s art faculty, to be featured in the Kolok-Ralph Gallery located at the corner of South Griffith and College Drive.

KC4S Scholarship

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP WORTH UP TO $6,800  – it is renewable!!!!!!!!

Pyles Scholars

Six scholarships of $4,000 per year will be awarded to aspiring teachers for the Fall 2016 entering class. The Pyles Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of Luellen Pyles, a 1944 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan, who taught English and Spanish in Ohio and Kentucky public schools from 1944 – 1953.  Pyles, a Maysville resident who passed away in December 2014, was a longtime college trustee whose bequest of over $4 million is one of the largest estate gifts in the College’s history. Potential Pyles Scholars will be interviewed on Feb. 20, 2016, which is also Teacher Education Day and Performing Arts Day for prospective students.

In Memoriam – Luther White III

The Kentucky Wesleyan College family mourns the passing of Luther White III, who served as the president of the College from 1979 – 1988. White passed away Jan. 9, 2015.

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10. Women’s Soccer sets school record for wins

On Oct. 27, the Wesleyan women’s soccer team set a single season school record with their 11th win of the year in a 2-1 triumph over Trevecca, earning the squad a third consecutive 10-win season.

Read more about this accomplishment here.