KWC Online achieves national recognition for fifth straight year, ranking in top 100
For the fifth straight year, Kentucky Wesleyan College’s online bachelor’s degree program has earned recognition as a 2020 Best Online Program by U.S. News & World Report. Wesleyan moved into the top 100 nationally (No. 80) with a total of 345 programs ranked in 2020.
“It is an honor to appear in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for Best Online Programs for the fifth straight year,” said Dr. Rebecca Francis, director of adult and online education and associate dean of the College. “This is a testament to the students, faculty and staff who provide engaging, encouraging and intellectually stimulating online environments for learning and teaching.”
Harrison ’11 and Adair Price are members of the President’s Circle and proud to continue supporting Kentucky Wesleyan College. Harrison recently shared his appreciation and reasons for giving back to his alma mater:
“I serve clients in various capacities, including tax preparation, planning and consulting engagements for individuals, small businesses, trusts and non-profit organizations.
“As an alumnus, I look back and realize that the College provided experiences and opportunities that I’m benefiting from today, and I can’t put a price tag on that. KWC became an integral part of my life while I was a student, and I appreciate the impact it has had on my life and career.
Kentucky Wesleyan College officially welcomed Dr. Thomas Mitzel as the 35th president of the College with an introductory news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The event was hosted in Rogers Hall in the Winchester Campus Community Center.
Dr. Mitzel shared remarks outlining his guiding principles, objectives for Kentucky Wesleyan College and his excitement at joining the Wesleyan, Owensboro and Daviess County communities. Preceding Dr. Mitzel and offering words of welcome and introduction were Trustee Chair, Hon. Phillip Shepherd, and Student Government Association president, Kylie Foster ’20.
The news conference was streamed live and you can watch On Demand by Clicking Here.
You may also listen to the entirety of Dr. Mitzel’s remarks courtesy of WKWC, Panther Radio by Clicking Here.
The Kentucky Wesleyan College Office of Advancement was again recognized with several awards, including Best Practices in Fundraising, from the Kentucky chapter of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the organization’s annual conference in Lexington on Dec. 6.
Wesleyan was recognized with the Best Practices in Fundraising honor, given to the top performing institution, for the third time in four years, and also received the top award for its 2018 Homecoming mailer brochure along with an Award of Merit for the Winter 2019 issue of the Kentucky Wesleyan Magazine.
“Our advancement team works tirelessly to provide engagement opportunities for alumni while communicating all that is happening at KWC and encouraging support for our College.,” said Eddie Kenny, vice president of advancement. “Peer recognition is always rewarding and exciting, and these awards are the result of support from committed alumni volunteers, investors and colleagues.”
The Kentucky Wesleyan College Office of Advancement has earned numerous awards from the Kentucky chapter of CASE as well as the District III region in the last several years.
CASE is an international association of educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in the areas of alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.
New records established during College’s signature two-day event
Kentucky Wesleyan College received $211,999 in charitable gifts during its Giving Tuesday effort, marking the most successful single day of giving in school history. The total was a 35% increase over last year, bringing the five-year donated total to $816,400 on Giving Tuesday. The fifth annual Wesleyan Way Day of Service on Monday resulted in a record 456 hours being dedicated to the community by Wesleyan students, employees and alumni. The Wesleyan community has committed more than 1,600 hours since the inception of the service day.
“The results of these two days are simply remarkable, and we cannot thank participants enough,” said Eddie Kenny, Wesleyan’s vice president of advancement. “There is a lot of excitement and gratitude here on campus in response to the tremendous generosity of our alumni and friends. We are so thankful that investors see the value in supporting Kentucky Wesleyan College and The Wesleyan Way.”
Diane Earle considers her piano performances at the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital as part of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s Music On Call program that takes place throughout the month of December to be somewhat of a ministry.
Christmas can amplify certain things, she said.
“So if someone is feeling sad, it can make them really sad. If they are feeling happy, it can make them really happy,” she said. “Music just takes whatever you’re feeling and amplifies it. The music really ministers to people who walk through here. I think that’s the beauty of it.”
Cindra Stiff and Jimmy Ray have made an investment in the Faith in Action campaign to renovate Tapscott Chapel with an initial gift and a generous pledge. Will you join them? You can make an online gift at kwc.edu/give (specify “Chapel Renovation” in the designated space) or by sending a check.
“I am blessed now to be enjoying retirement, while Jimmy still has a few more years until he joins me. I was with Wesleyan long enough to see so many students enter college and then find their way while they were students. We treasure the opportunities education provided us to build a great life together, and we feel it is our responsibility to share financially so others can have educational opportunities.
Kentucky Wesleyan College has been recognized as a top-ranked institution offering the best online Graphic Design Degree Programs by Intelligent.com. Kentucky Wesleyan was listed among 26 other competing institutions across the nation with a unique distinction for Best Liberal Arts college or university.
The student-focused comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment.
“KWC Online is very honored to be recognized for offering the unique online bachelor’s degree program in Graphic Design,” said Dr. Rebecca Francis, associate dean/director of adult and online education. “This program is very popular with individuals seeking the bachelor’s level credential for promotion into management or to receive greater compensation.”
The Kentucky Wesleyan Singers will present the College’s annual Festival of Lessons & Carols on Dec. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Cathedral at 610 Locust St. in Owensboro. Associate Professor of Music Dennis Jewett will direct the Wesleyan Singers. James Wells ’14, director of music at St. Stephen Cathedral, will provide accompaniment and the Evansville Brass Quintet, will participate as well. Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Patrick Stuckemeyer plays tuba in the quintet. Molly Gross and Dr. Shane Armstrong, both assistant professors of English from the College’s Student Success Center, will narrate the program.
College seeks to top $750,000 in fifth year of Giving Tuesday participation
For the fifth consecutive year, Kentucky Wesleyan College will participate in Giving Tuesday on Dec. 3. The College has set a goal of raising more than $150,000 in 2019, which would push the cumulative five-year total to more than $750,000. The Wesleyan Way Day of Service will be hosted on Dec. 2, kicking off the two-day event which has become a signature of the Kentucky Wesleyan community. Students, faculty, staff and alumni have committed more than 1,170 hours since the inception of the service day.
“Giving back defines who we are as a Kentucky Wesleyan family,” said Eddie Kenny, vice president of advancement. “These two days highlight our commitment to service and support. We witness the selflessness of service and the commitment of time and financial investment from our students, faculty, staff and alumni. The impact of both days is felt both now and long into the future. Our gratefulness for the support and generosity of participants cannot be overstated.”