Hundreds of alumni and friends gathered through virtual events to celebrate The Wesleyan Way and reminisce Sept. 25-27, 2020. From coast to coast, and as far away as Denmark, they enjoyed Greek reunions, coaches roundtables, a virtual 5K, Wesleyan Singers Cabaret, virtual President’s Gala, 50th reunion of the Class of 1970, and a Sunday worship service. Dr. Mitzel hosted a President’s Panel with former presidents Dr. Wes Poling, Dr. Cheryl King ’70 and Bart Darrell ‘84. Over 700 people have enjoyed the virtual President’s Gala with Doug Hoyt ’84 as master of ceremonies, Chair of the Board Sherry (Miller) Feldpausch ’83, a virtual toast, the Alma Mater with the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers and a nostalgic look back at previous in-person Galas. Over 300 Gala in a Box gifts were delivered to President’s Circle members prior to the event.
Enjoy the Wesleyan Singers Cabaret and President’s Gala again and again by watching below!
Kentucky Wesleyan Homecoming 2020 Goes Virtual
Kentucky Wesleyan College has announced Homecoming 2020 will move to an online celebration. A series of virtual events will take place Sept. 25-27, including the President’s Gala, Wesleyan Singers Cabaret, Virtual 5K and Sunday worship.
Annual marquee activities including the Alumni Hall of Fame and Awards Celebration and Inauguration of the College’s 35th president, Dr. Thomas Mitzel, are postponed with plans to celebrate these events in the spring.
“We made this decision because there are currently many travel restrictions in place in many parts of the country, and we do not expect our alumni and friends to travel to campus,” said Eddie Kenny, vice president of advancement. “We are taking numerous precautions for the return of our students, and in the same way, we are considering the health and well-being of the entire Wesleyan community. The delay our Alumni Hall of Fame and Awards ensures we appropriately recognize and honor those individuals with an in-person celebration. At the same time, we are excited to continue the success of our virtual programming, allowing alumni and friends to celebrate their KWC passion and pride from the comfort and safety of home, wherever that may be.”
“Welcoming alumni home to our campus is the highlight of the year,” said Summer Crick ’14, director of alumni relations. “We know it is disappointing not to have that opportunity in the fall of 2020 but we are excited about the virtual events being planned. Our goal is to bring KWC to your home and continue connecting you with your Panther family. Our theme for Homecoming 2020 was “Reunited,” and we will carry that forward, knowing that when we do gather for Homecoming in the future, it will have even more meaning.”
We look forward to recognizing and honoring several individuals with induction into the Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Hall of Fame and with Alumni Awards. Our hope is to do so in the spring of 2021. These annual recognition programs highlight the amazing successes and impact of our graduates and are selected by the members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2020
President Emeritus Barton D. Darrell ’84
Joel Utley ’74
2020 Alumni Awards
Outstanding Alumnus – Mitch Major ’92
Alumni Achievement Award – Adam Hancock ’05
Outstanding Young Graduate Award – Dr. Kyle Blackburn ’10
Alumni Service Award – Dr. BC Childress ’05
Gus E. Paris Distinguished Service Award – Dr. Gene Tice
Honorary Alumna – Jennifer “Miss Jennifer” Taylor
We had a wonderful time CELEBRATING good times at Wesleyan at Homecoming 2019.
We celebrated in style as Kentucky Wesleyan honored its treasured past and continued to push toward its bright new future. Homecoming 2019 featured a full field for the Baseball program’s golf tournament at The Pearl Club, the build-a-bed ministry which provided 35 beds for local children in need, induction of former student-athletes and invaluable contributors to the Athletic Hall of Fame, a new format and location for the Alumni Hall of Fame and Alumni Awards Celebration, a huge tailgate, the annual Wesleyan Singers Concert, football, soccer, baseball, softball and basketball games and reunions, a Saturday night after-party and Sunday Worship. Plus, the Class of 1969 was inducted into the Golden Jubilee Club on the occasion of it 50th Reunion. What a celebration of Kentucky Wesleyan College!
Photos of the celebrations:
Homecoming 2018: Purple Reigned as Wesleyan Community Celebrated Together
From honoring legends to building beds to cheering the Panthers on, the Wesleyan family gathered from 14 states, including Alaska, to celebrate The Wesleyan Way Sept. 28-30, 2018.
The weekend began with the dedication of Kingsley Korner in memory of Doug Kingsley ’61 and continued with lots of sawing, sanding and drilling as countless people built 28 beds for needy families. The beds, complete with bedclothes, toys and Bibles, were delivered to area children.
Purple reigned with many successful events, including athletic contests, Athletic Hall of Fame, Alumni Hall of Fame and Awards, a tribute to Dr. W.L. Magnuson and the Class of 1968 50th Anniversary Reunion.
Enjoy photo albums of the festivities here.
HOMECOMING 2017 – WHAT A CELEBRATION
Alumni traveled from Japan, Nigeria, California, the Northeast and all points in between to celebrate Homecoming 2017 on campus and throughout the Owensboro/Daviess County area October 6-8. Alumni and Athletic Hall of Famers were enshrined, and Alumni Award recipients honored for their service and commitment to Kentucky Wesleyan. There was even a special presentation by the Mayor of Owensboro, Tom Watson, as he gave the Key to the City to each member of our Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Golfers teed it up at both the Panther Athletic Fund and Sigma Nu Golf scrambles, while the Wesleyan Singers offered a Homecoming Concert that echoed throughout the campus from Tapscott Chapel. The Class of 1967 celebrated its 50th Reunion and was welcomed into the Golden Jubilee Club.
Be sure to visit our Alumni Facebook page for photos of the weekend or click one of the links below for specific event galleries: