Kentucky Wesleyan College takes pride in its involvement in our community.
From students staying up all night to raise money for St. Jude's and traveling to third-world countries for mission work to campus-sponsored community events, KWC faculty, staff and students are committed to community.
Students from several area middle and high schools got a chance to sit down with their peers and discuss issues that affect them, from college issues and job interview skills to leadership.
Nearly 400 students from Daviess, Hancock and Henderson county middle and high schools came to Kentucky Wesleyan College on Tuesday morning, March 15, for the Exceed Your Potential 2011 Youth Summit. The summit, now in its 13th year, was sponsored by the Green River Area Development District, Owensboro Parks and Recreation, the Owensboro Youth Council and KWC.
Tuesday's summit lasted through the morning and into the afternoon. Students had the chance to pick from several discussions to attend at any of five sessions.
"What the youth summit does is it brings a diverse group of students to discuss and act upon issues and ideas that are going on in the world today," said Angel Freels, recreation supervisor over youth and special events with Owensboro Parks and Recreation." Read more ...>>>
Kentucky Wesleyan College has been erecting a Fit-Trail around campus thanks to a $15,000 grant from Owensboro Medical Health System. The Fit-Trail has informational plaques detailing various exercises for exercisers at the stations. This Fit-Trail station, along College Drive near the football stadium and soccer field, directs users to stretch their hamstrings. Jenny Sevcik, Messenger-Inquirer
By Rich Suwanski, Messenger-Inquirer (Published January 22, 2011)
Thanks to a $15,000 grant from Owensboro Medical Health System's Community Benefit Program, Kentucky Wesleyan College has begun erecting a Fit-Trail -- an exercise project for students and the community -- around campus.
When it's done, the walking/exercise project will have 20 stations around the roughly one-mile circuit.
About five components have already gone up by the Panthers' softball field parking on College Drive. It will mostly use existing sidewalks around campus.
"The weather is holding us up a little bit, so if it will stop snowing, we can be done by early spring, I hope," said Jason Crandall, a visiting assistant professor in KWC's Department of Physical Education and Health.
The Fit-Trail was the idea of Paula Dehn's, KWC's vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. OMHS awarded Wesleyan the grant money last year.
But the Fit-Trail is only part of the whole. There will be a wellness seminar series that includes Fit-Trail orientation classes.
Education majors at Kentucky Wesleyan College are reaching out to children in the Owensboro community as part of a service project, teaching them how to live healthier through activity and education.
Jason Crandall, a visiting professor of physical education and health, initially started the program while he was at the University of Utah in that school's exercise and sports science division. The goal, Crandall said, was to get students out into the community to do some good.
As a result, Crandall said, the Kids in Motion project is now in place at five locations throughout Owensboro, including Foust and Estes elementary schools, the Owensboro Family YMCA, the Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club and Girls Incorporated.
"We wanted them to get out in the community (to help offer wellness programs at places that can't implement them)," Crandall said. "This class is meant to teach them major health topics."
KWC Students Volunteer to be 'Victims' for Emergency Responder Training
(Click on either photo above to access KWC's flickr account to see KWC students in action volunteering.)
KWC's Criminal Justice Association recruited students to participate as 'victims' of an emergency landing plane accident.
Students reported to the Owensboro/Daviess County Airport at 7:00 a.m. for airport security clearance and for makeup and donning of rubber 'injuries'. Students were given tags indicating the extent of their injuries and 'acting' guidelines.
Numerous emergency responders from Daviess and surrounding counties participated in the drill.