Kentucky Wesleyan College to celebrate Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend 2019 on Sept. 20-22

Kentucky Wesleyan College will celebrate Homecoming 2019 on campus and throughout the Owensboro community the weekend of Sept. 20-22. The weekend coincides with the College’s Fall Family Weekend celebration, and events surround the Panthers’ home football game versus Southwestern Baptist on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. CT.

“We are looking forward to a special weekend of revisiting past memories and creating new ones,” said Eddie Kenny, vice president of advancement. “The theme of this year’s Homecoming is ‘Celebrate!’ As an institution, we have much to celebrate including the recent growth and accolades and our proud history of 161 years. We invite all of Owensboro to join the celebration and enjoy Homecoming at Kentucky Wesleyan.”

Homecoming activities include the Golden Jubilee celebrations for the Class of 1969’s 50th Reunion, Campus Ministries’ build-a-bed service project and ministry, a golf scramble at The Pearl Club benefiting the Panther baseball program, the Wesleyan Singers’ annual Homecoming concert, the Panther Tailgate, and more. Fall Family Weekend activities will be a part of the celebrations, offering family-friendly events such as a Friday night bonfire.

The Kentucky Wesleyan College Department of Athletics will honor several great Panthers of the past with induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The Class of 2019 Induction Ceremony and Dinner will take place Friday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Owensboro Convention Center.

Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Brandon Brooks ’06 – Baseball
Richard “Dick” Gallagher ’31 – Football
Evelyn Raines – Contributor
Brian Seider ’98 – Football

The 2019 Alumni Hall of Fame and Awards Celebration will be hosted at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday, Sept. 21. The event will begin with a 10 a.m. brunch reception, followed by the awards ceremony and Hall of Fame induction in the Woodward Theatre at 11 a.m.

2019 Alumni Award Winners
Outstanding Alumnus – Joel Utley ’74
Alumni Achievement Award – Julie Gurwell ’89, Ph.D., PA-C
Outstanding Young Graduate Award – Morgan (Whitney) Pierstorff ’10
Alumni Service Award – Thomas Major ’79
Gus E. Paris Distinguished Service Award – Ron James
Honorary Alumnus – Hon. Phillip J. Shepherd

The Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Hall of Fame perpetuates the memory of those who have brought honor and distinction to the name and reputation of Kentucky Wesleyan College. The Class of 2019 recognizes four individuals who have gained distinction in their careers, become uniquely successful and have made a significant impact on the lives of others.

Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Col. Timothy Payment ’97
Rev. Charles T. Rogers, Sr. ’59
Dr. J. Charles ’62 and Margaret (Heltsley) Schertzinger ’59

Col. Timothy Payment ’97
Tim Payment was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army in February 2018. Col. Payment began his career as a platoon leader in the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, and over the past 22 years, he has relocated his home 12 times. He has also deployed in support of operations in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Eastern Europe. He has spent more than six years in forward deployed operational areas and has also led soldiers in scores of field training exercises.

Throughout his career, Col. Payment has attended numerous professional military education institutions. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, Infantry Captain Career Course, Combined Arms Staff Service School, Command and General Staff College, and most recently was an Army War College Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Boston. He earned his Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University over a three-year period by attending night classes in Louisville and Leavenworth, Kan.

Col. Payment has led combat formations from platoon through a 1000-soldier task force. In addition to command experience, he has served on staff at every level of command, most recently as the director of Operations, Plans and Training for a three-Star Headquarters in Afghanistan charged with developing the Afghan Security Forces.

Col. Payment’s awards include the Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, the Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge and Air Assault Badge. A former member of the Panther football team, Col. Payment was named Kentucky Wesleyan’s Outstanding Young Graduate of the Year in 2010.

Rev. Charles T. Rogers, Sr. ’59
Rev. Charles T. Rogers Sr. has dedicated more than 60 years of his life in service to the Lord and the United Methodist Church. He has pastored churches in 12 counties across south central Kentucky. He has also served Kentucky Wesleyan in significant ways as a former member of the Board of Trustees and as a perennial donor and President’s Circle member.

Rogers is also the patriarch of a Wesleyan family legacy. His beloved wife, Nancy, was a graduate and their three children attended Kentucky Wesleyan College. Two of his grandchildren have also earned their degrees from KWC.

Dr. J. Charles ’62 and Margaret (Heltsley) Schertzinger ’59
Dr. and Mrs. Schertzinger have been vocal, visible and transformational leaders of Kentucky Wesleyan College for more than 60 years. Dr. Schertzinger is a retired optometrist who practiced in Owensboro at RiverPark Eyecare for over 40 years. He began his higher education at Western Kentucky University, then left to serve his nation in the United States Marines. He then enrolled at Kentucky Wesleyan College, where for a year and a half he studied and prepared for optometry school, eventually finishing his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University. He also completed his optometry degree at IU in 1963.

After completing his graduate work, Dr. Schertzinger joined the practice of his father-in-law, Dr. D. D. Heltsley ’28 in Owensboro. The Schertzingers have always been active in the community, including extensive board memberships and support. Dr. Schertzinger has served on the Kentucky Wesleyan College Board of Trustees for the past 19 years, and the couple has been perennial donors at KWC for over 30 years. Charlie and Margaret have both served tirelessly as volunteers for the Athletics Department for decades.

Wesleyan roots run deep, spanning three generations and more than 90 years. Mrs. Schertzinger’s father was a founding member of the Kentucky Wesleyan All-American Club, and Dr. Schertzinger is a past president of the organization. The Schertzingers’ two children also attended Kentucky Wesleyan.