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Meet Lindsey Powell ‘16

“We presented Lindsey with doors, and she opened them.”

                                                                                                Dr. Evelyn Hiatt

                                                                                                Academic Advisor

Memories from Emory Clark ’80

Why did you want to serve as the alumni association president?

As a member of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Association Board of Directors for six years, I became more active and interested in what the board’s goals and objectives were in connecting with alumni. When asked if I would consider serving as president, I accepted because I wanted to give back to the College and appreciate how the College prepares young men and women for the future.

Meet Robert Johannemann ’16

At age 51, physics major Robert Johannemann achieved his goal and walked across the stage to receive his degree in Jones Gym on April 30. “I was a Brown Scholar and attended from 1982 – 85,” he explains. “I got married and had family responsibilities, so I dropped out back then.”

Summer Explorations Camp for Middle School Students

In partnership with the Owensboro Family YMCA, Kentucky Wesleyan College offers Summer Explorations, a fun, one-week enrichment program for middle school aged children. Held on the KWC campus and taught by KWC faculty, students and staff, the program offers an age-appropriate taste of the college experience, complete with alternating schedule of classes. Participants rotate through Monday – Wednesday – Friday classes and Tuesday – Thursday classes, learning a variety of subjects that are taught in college, including Biology, Chemistry, Math, French, Music and Theatre. No exams, though!

This camp is for middle school students who have completed the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.  For more information on classes, please contact the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning at (270) 852-3233.  To register, fill out the form on the YMCA webpage for their Day Camps.  Location will be Kentucky Wesleyan Campus.  You will pay the $67/week cost, but no registration fee’s! Health records will be requested. For additional information on registering, contact the Owensboro Family YMCA at (270) 663-8203.

Kentucky Wesleyan graduates 125 on rainy Saturday morning

By Keith Lawrence Messenger-Inquirer 

“If you want rain, just schedule a Kentucky Wesleyan College commencement,” KWC President Bart Darrell told a standing-room only crowd Saturday morning inside the college’s Jones Gymnasium.

For the fifth time in six years, he said, the commencement exercises had to be moved from their traditional setting in the college’s Hocker-Hall Grove into the gym because of rain.

But a steady rain didn’t dampen the excitement for the 125 members of the Class of 2016 or their family and friends at the school’s 148th annual commencement.

Lydia Dorman, a member of the Class of 1982, traveled halfway around the world to deliver the commencement address.

She’s currently senior vice president of human resources for the Coca-Cola Co. in Japan.

“I would move Mount Fuji (the tallest mountain in Japan) to be here today,” Dorman said.

She challenged the graduates to get a passport and see the world.

Dorman has worked for Coca-Cola in England, Ireland, Denmark, Canada and Japan and traveled the world on business and pleasure.

Later this year, she will carry the Olympic torch for 300 meters in Brazil.

“Volunteer and pay it forward,” Dorman told the graduates. “Treasure family and friends.”

But most important, she said, “You made it!”

KWC presented Dorman with its honorary doctor of laws degree.

Also receiving honorary degrees were Randall Capps, a 1957 KWC graduate who is currently with the Leadership Strategies Group in Bowling Green, doctor of humanities, and Dr. Angelos Stergiou, a 1997 KWC graduate who is now CEO and chairman of Sellas Life Sciences Group in Zug, Switzerland, doctor of science.

The KWC Class of 2016 headed in a lot of different directions when it left the Owensboro campus Saturday.

Yorell Brand of San Antonio, Texas, came to KWC on a football scholarship.

He’s leaving to become a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

“I want to keep the world safe for my future children,” Brand said. “I want to make a difference.”

Simeon Pogue, a Grandview, Indiana, native and president of the Student Government Association, works part-time in the KWC public relations office.

“I’m hoping a full-time job opens up,” he said. “I want to stay here. These have been the best four years of my life.”

Arielle Heflin of Fordsville is hoping to find a job in elementary education.

“I loved it here,” she said of her time at KWC.

Darrell said the college’s commencement was moved up two weeks from its traditional Mother’s Day weekend to allow graduates to get on with their lives sooner.

The winter break was shortened to make up the difference, he said.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com

Wesleyan Young Alumni Derby Party

Join us in downtown Owensboro for music, delicious food from Moonlite BBQ, a cash bar, corn hole tournament and, of course, the Derby!

Professor Donna Hanley Surprised with Tree Planting in Honor of Retirement

Professor Donna Hanley has planted a tree on the Wesleyan campus every Earth Day since her arrival in 2006. On Earth Day 2016, Professor Hanley was surprised with a tree planting in her honor as she prepares to retire. She is assistant professor of developmental education and coordinator of freshman academic advising and student retention.

KWC kicks off graduation season April 30

Kentucky Wesleyan College will kick off the area’s graduation season at 10 a.m. April 30, when it graduates a class of 125 students in the college’s Hocker-Hall Grove.