Kentucky Wesleyan College Ranks Among the Top Online Graphic Design Degree Programs in the United States

Kentucky Wesleyan College has been recognized as a top-ranked institution offering the best online Graphic Design Degree Programs by Kentucky Wesleyan was listed among 26 other competing institutions across the nation with a unique distinction for Best Liberal Arts college or university.

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“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.”

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The Kentucky Wesleyan online graphic design program has also been recognized as one of’s Best Online Bachelor’s in Graphic Design programs for 2019, ranking seventh in the nation. Additionally, Value Colleges ranked Wesleyan’s online graphic design program No. 9 in the country and No. 8 in its Most Affordable list for 2019.

Kentucky Wesleyan College offers six 100% online degree programs that allow flexibility for students to complete their education around their schedule. The programs provide the personal attention of an on-campus experience, but with the convenience of an online program through individualized online support. Learn more at

Wesleyan Way Day of Service and Giving Tuesday to take place Dec. 2 and 3

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.”

Kentucky Wesleyan Band, under new direction, announces performances

The Kentucky Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of the new band director, Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Patrick Stuckemeyer, will present their Fall Concert entitled “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” a collection of wind band classics, on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Daviess County High School Auditorium. Guest Conductor Dr. Nick Palmer will direct “Galop” by Dmitri Shostakovich. The Wind Ensemble includes music majors, non-music majors, community members and the finest high school players from the Owensboro area.

The KWC Panther Pep Band, also under the direction of Dr. Stuckemeyer, will provide music for basketball games this season. They will perform 30 minutes before tip-off at the season openers: Nov. 13 (women, tip-off at 6 p.m. ) and Nov. 16 (men, tip-off at 2:15 p.m.) at the Owensboro Sportscenter.

Kentucky Wesleyan College Presents The Festival of Lessons & Carols

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.

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Looking Forward

Dr. Tom Mitzel to assume presidency on Jan. 2

On Jan. 2, 2020, a new era will begin as the Wesleyan and Owensboro communities welcome Dr. Tom Mitzel, the College’s 35th president. He will undertake a listening tour on day one to hear the hopes and dreams of the Wesleyan family and community members for the College’s future.

“Before good plans can be implemented,” said Mitzel, “it is important to know the thoughts of these important groups. I look forward to everyone’s involvement, and by the end of 90 days, we will begin to formalize plans for the short-, medium- and long-term periods with respect to diverse areas and needs.”

Kentucky Wesleyan Chamber Orchestra to host miniconcert

The Kentucky Wesleyan College Chamber Orchestra will host an informal mini-concert on Tuesday, November 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Smith Lounge in the Winchester Center. This chamber music ensemble is coached by Nick Palmer, Distinguished Conductor in Residence at the College, and Diane Earle, Artist in Residence and Director of the Kentucky Wesleyan Music Program. The program includes five pieces by Renaissance composers, Danny Boy, and music from The Lion King, Les Miserables, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The event is free and open to the public.

Celebrating Those Who Serve

Kentucky Wesleyan College honored veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Tapscott Chapel in the Barnard-Jones Administration Building. The 30-minute service included recognition of veterans, music by the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers and a message from Col. Timothy Payment ’97, a member of the Kentucky Wesleyan Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2019 and Outstanding Young Graduate of the Year in 2010.

Colonel Payment’s speech follows:

Why I Give – Ben Kees ’10

Why did you choose Wesleyan?
My older brother went to KWC, so I was already familiar with the school and knew a lot of people there. I wasn’t sure I wanted to enroll there at first, but I just didn’t get the same feeling of home at any other campus I toured. Later my senior year, I was invited to compete for the James Graham Brown Scholarship and was fortunate to be selected as a recipient. The decision was pretty simple from there.

Kentucky Wesleyan will honor veterans on Nov. 6

Kentucky Wesleyan College will honor veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 12:12 p.m. in Tapscott Chapel in the Barnard-Jones Administration Building. The 30-minute service will include recognition of veterans, music by the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers and a message from Col. Timothy Payment ’97, a member of the Kentucky Wesleyan Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2019 and Outstanding Young Graduate of the Year in 2010.

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

Kentucky Wesleyan Magazine Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 issue of the Kentucky Wesleyan Magazine is now in print and available online. Enjoy the latest issue, which features our Faith in Action update on Campus Ministries and the effort to renovate the Tapscott Chapel, a thank you to President Emeritus Barton D. Darrell ’84, J.D., alumni features and profiles, a feature on a pair of Panther siblings, Meredith ’19 and Lucas Daunhauer ’22, Class Notes, President’s Circle member listing for FY19 and more!