Kentucky Wesleyan to Host Estate Planning Seminar with Attorney Jesse T. Mountjoy

Owensboro, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2015) – Kentucky Wesleyan College will host an estate planning seminar conducted by Owensboro attorney Jesse T. Mountjoy of Sullivan, Mountjoy, Stainback & Miller, P.S.C., on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Tapscott Chapel in the Barnard-Jones Administration Building. The event is free and open to the public. Mr. Mountjoy will address how individuals can avoid estate taxes through charitable giving while still providing for their heirs. Refreshments will be served. The seminar is hosted by the Office of Advancement.

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Panther Pianists to Play at Elizabeth Munday Senior Center

Owensboro, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2015) – The Kentucky Wesleyan College Panther Pianists will perform at Elizabeth Munday Senior Center on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 pm.  This group of piano majors and minors performs classical and popular music in various styles.  The program is free and open to the public.  For additional information, contact Diane Earle at 270-852-3617.

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Kentucky Wesleyan’s Wesleyan Way Day of Service Set for Monday, Nov. 30 – Joining the Global #GivingTuesday Movement Dec. 1

GT Give Now[Owensboro, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2015) – Kentucky Wesleyan College is pleased to unveil plans for the first Wesleyan Way Day of Service on Monday, Nov. 30, and participation in #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The day of service will include Wesleyan students, faculty, staff and alumni in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. Service projects will be conducted at Burns Elementary School, Cravens Elementary School, the H.L. Neblett Community Center, New Beginnings, and Wesleyan Heights United Methodist Church, among other locations. #WesleyanONE will be used in reference to the service day and Giving Tuesday, emphasizing that one person and one gift can make a difference. The Law Firm of Foreman Watson Holtrey, Hendrick Screen Company, Greenwell Chisholm and ADventures serve as sponsors.

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Dr. W. L. Magnuson Recognized by Alma Mater for Lifetime Achievement

From the Science and Math Wall of Honor Induction Ceremony at McMurry University:

W. L. Magnuson grew up on a farm near Brady, Texas. He received the B.A. degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from McMurry College in 1959, graduating magna cum laude, and the Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Kansas University in 1963. From 1963-1969, he was assistant professor of chemistry at McMurry. In addition to teaching, he supervised undergraduate research through grants from the Research Corporation and the Robert A. Welch Foundation.

In 1969, he assumed the chairmanship of the Chemistry Department at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Dr. Magnuson co-authored numerous grant proposals, resulting in funding in scientific equipment purchases and in the directorship of several National Science Foundation Science Training Programs in Chemistry for high school students across the nation. In 1983, he conducted research in the area of organometallic chemistry at Vanderbilt University.

Throughout his academic career, he has tried to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Dr. W. Norton Jones, Jr., by promoting careers in chemistry and chemistry-related areas and assisting students to gain admission to graduate and health science professional schools. Thirty of the graduates have received the Ph.D. degree in chemistry and more than 100 have received other advanced degrees.

Among his recognitions at Kentucky Wesleyan are the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, the Gus E. Paris Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Leadership Award. He currently serves as treasurer of the Indiana-Kentucky Border Section of the American Chemical Society. He is married to Kirsten Ahnell and is the father of Dr. Barbara Magnuson Woodward and Justin Magnuson.

Meet Dr. Doug Wilson ’83

About the Wilson family:

Doug is a native of Middlesboro, Ky. He was a Brown Scholar at Wesleyan and practices medicine in Columbus, Ind. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, graduating in the top ten percent of his class, and completed a three-year residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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Meet Freshman Mitch Jones

Director of Development and Donor Relations M. Blake Harrison describes Mitch Jones as the model student and employee. “He is professional, punctual and dedicated,” says Harrison.

Jones welcomed several folks into the President’s Circle, a new giving society reserved for donors who contribute $1,000+ during the fiscal year.

“Shortly after Phonathon started, he was using personal experiences and anecdotes – he didn’t need a script. That is why he was so successful,” Harrison said.

Public Relations intern Simeon Pogue learned more about Mitch Jones in this interview:

Tell us about yourself.

“I am from Fort Thomas, Ky., which is just two miles outside Cincinnati. I am majoring in business and hope to go into sales. Currently, I am thinking about a minor in biology or accounting.”

Those are very different fields. Why those?

“I am thinking of the biology minor because I may want to go into pharmaceutical sales. And the accounting minor would just prepare me for a job with more complex mathematics.”

Why did you choose Wesleyan?

“I wanted to play baseball at the collegiate level, and I wanted a school I felt was the best overall fit for me personally.

I had a few criteria:

  1. I wanted a good academic program in the Bluegrass State that would look good on a resume.
  2. It had to have a good baseball program. I like to win.
  3. I had to like the coach.

Additionally, I met President Darrell on my visit to Wesleyan. He was awesome. He’s the only college president I met on any of my baseball visits to other schools.”

When did you know Wesleyan was for you?

“After my initial visit, I knew right away that Wesleyan was the place for me. I arrived on campus on August 22, and I’ve been loving it ever since!”

What are you involved in on campus?

“I took part in Phonathon, I play baseball and I volunteer at a local animal shelter.”

Did you enjoy Phonathon?

“It went very well – a great experience.  When I originally learned about Phonathon in September, I knew it would be good sales experience and a way to help the College.

I have talked to some great alumni; including some who are in sales. I received important advice from several of them.”

What are your initial impressions of Wesleyan?

“I really, really, like that it is a small school, especially since all my teachers have been very one-on-one. They really care about their students and their success. They are very interactive teachers, and they are understanding when it comes to student-athletes, which I really appreciate –  just all-around great teachers.

The dorms are awesome! At every other school I visited, the dorms were bad. The dorms here are pretty great. It’s a wonderful campus, and Owensboro is a great city with many opportunities.”

You will soon complete your first semester. What are your plans for your future college career?

“I’m really interested in the Sophomore Experience Program next year. There are many opportunities for involvement, including leadership roles, and I will figure out what works for me.”

Why do you think you felt at home here so quickly?

“I feel comfortable asking questions without fear of negative responses. As The Wesleyan Way states, ‘We love one another.’ And it’s true. Everyone really does care about each other here. There are so many great people here.”

2015 Alumni Award Winners

Hall of Fame

Robert Ballard Bailey 1908

Mr. Bailey was born in 1889 in Knott County. He practiced law in Arkansas and was elected to the State Senate and named Senate President Pro Tempore. He served three terms as lieutenant governor of Arkansas and 240 days as acting governor due to the governor’s frequent travels outside the state. He died in 1957.

Outstanding Alumna Award

Cheryl D. King ’70

Dr. King served as the thirty-second president of Kentucky Wesleyan. She began her career as a music teacher at Foust Junior High School in Owensboro and has been involved in education at all levels during her career. She was Commissioner of Kentucky Adult Education and Deputy Secretary for the Kentucky Cabinet for Workforce Development. She helped write the adult education legislation, The Adult Education Act of 2000. Dr. King was the Study Director of the National Commission on Adult Literacy. In addition to her service as president of her alma mater from 2008 – 2011, she was a long-time college trustee. She is presently the Senior Policy Advisor for The Council of Postsecondary Education in Kentucky.

Alumni Achievement Award

Miranda Christy ’01

Ms. Christy is Director and Counsel at UBS Investment Bank in Nashville, Tenn. She has experience in conservation easements and conservation finance and has been recognized by the Civil War Trust for her contributions in pro bono services to support battlefield preservation. She was named one of Nashville’s 2015 “40 Under 40” by the Nashville Business Journal and was recognized with the 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Award in Environment & Sustainability and the 2014 Nashville Business Journal Women of Influence Award. She has been named a Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers. Ms. Christy is co-chair of the Steering Committee of The Nature Conservancy’s Young Professionals Group in Tennessee and serves on the Board of Directors of Nashville Classical Charter Schools.

Michael Horn ’75

Mr. Horn established National Steel Erection, Inc., in 1978, which later led to Titan Contracting and Leasing Co. Titan is a leading specialty mechanical contractor serving the power, petrochemical, refining and general process industrial markets; building power plants, refineries, “scrubbers” for aged coal power plants, among many other heavy industrial projects. The company has offices through the country. He also owns and leads Titan Fabrication, Inco Services, Milco Constructors, and M Industrial Mechanical and Midwest Consulting, which aids customers in occupational safety and training. In 2007, he created the Michael E. Horn Family Foundation, which supports numerous causes and projects in Owensboro/Daviess County, including Kentucky Wesleyan College. He was the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degrees from Wesleyan in 2012.

Alumni Service Award

Sally Allen Crenshaw ’67

Ms. Crenshaw was an employee of the Commonwealth of Kentucky her entire career; as a social worker, with the Department of Education in programs for the disadvantaged in vocational education and as a guidance counselor in postsecondary education for allied health careers. She has served her alma mater as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors for many terms and has served as secretary numerous times. She is well-known for her loyalty, commitment and service to the Alumni Board and her service is a model to many alumni.

Outstanding Young Graduate Award

Phillip Roberts ’05

Mr. Roberts recently became Vice President, Branch Operations, at Hilliard Lyons in Evansville.  He is the Past President of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville.  He served on the board of the Downtown Development Corporation in Louisville and Great Louisville Inc., which focuses on commerce and economic development. He was elected as one of the 2012 Forty Under 40 honorees by Business First of Louisville. In 2013, he was named to the city’s “50 People You Should Know.” He served on the boards of Carnegie House Educational Services and the Salvation Army Louisville.

Jason Tanner ’05

Mr. Tanner began designing websites while in high school and later founded Jason Tanner Designs, which developed identity/logos, print marketing, website design and photography for local and national clients. In 2011, he led the founding of the popular Owensboro Parent magazine, followed by Owensboro Living, a print and online source for Owensboro news, events and human interest stories, in 2013. He is now a partner in Tanner+West, an award-winning design agency.

Gus E. Paris Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Robert Flachskam, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Dr. Flachskam was a Professor of Chemistry for 40 years, retiring in 2015. He was recognized with the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership in 2002. He has served the Indiana-Kentucky Border Section of the American Chemical Society as Awards Chairman for 30 years and serves as a water tester and data base manager for the Tradewater Lower Green River Watershed Watch.

Nancy Flachskam, Honorary Assistant Professor Emerita of Chemistry

Professor Flachskam taught mathematics, statistics and chemistry part-time for 33 years and was a full-time member of the chemistry faculty for seven years. She also worked in the Library Learning Center. Upon her retirement in 2015, she was recognized with the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership. She has served the Indiana-Kentucky Border Section of the American Chemical Society in several capacities and was the 2011 Outstanding Volunteer of the Tradewater Lower Green River Watershed Watch, where she serves as a water tester, trainer and event coordinator.

The Flachskams were recognized as the Most Spirited Faculty/Staff Members in 2001 for their support of student activities.