Innovative partnership with University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy announced

Messenger-Inquirer on February 22, 2018

UK to KWC: ‘Welcome to the Pharmily’
School will partner with University of Kentucky’s College of Pharmacy

Photo by Alan Warren, Messenger-Inquirer/[email protected] Dr. Jason Mitchell, director of enrollment management for the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, right, speaks during the announcement of the Kentucky Wesleyan College and UK College of Pharmacy partnership on Thursday in Rogers Hall at the Winchester Center. On left is KWC’s president Barton D. Darrell.

Kentucky Wesleyan College announced Thursday the school will begin a partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy that will both save students money and shorten the amount of time it will take to receive a degree.

This is the fifth collaborative partnership of this kind the school has introduced in the past year and follows in the footsteps of the University of Kentucky School of Medicine that KWC partnered with last summer.

Through this accelerated partnership with UK’s College of Pharmacy, students will be enrolled in a three-plus-four program that allows them to spend three years studying pre-pharmacy at KWC and then transfer to UK for four years while they complete their doctor of pharmacy degree. After they complete their first year at UK, they will have earned a bachelor of chemistry degree from KWC, according to a Wesleyan news release.

Qualifying students will also “receive priority applicant status during the admissions process,” the release said.

KWC President Bart Darrell said during a news conference Thursday in the school’s Winchester Center that the school’s leaders understand the importance of keeping the cost of higher education as low as possible, and the importance of speeding up the process to enter the workplace.

“This new collaboration with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is the latest extension of our work together to most efficiently and economically produce pharmacists for the benefit of the commonwealth of Kentucky and people in other states where our students may choose to reside,” he said.

Jason Mitchell, director of enrollment management for the UK College of Pharmacy, said this partnership will be win-win for both schools, and that it “marks a pivotal moment.”

“Today is bigger than either institution,” he said. “Today we mark the beginning of impacting health care throughout our great commonwealth, the region, the nation and the world because our students at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy make big impacts in the world of pharmacy.”

He said the UK College of Pharmacy refers to itself and the students who attend as “pharmily,” and that he is excited for the collaboration between schools because they already “have a longstanding relationship” with KWC students.

“It is with great pride that I say thank you and welcome to the pharmily,” he said.

Bobbie Hayse, [email protected], 270-691-7315, Twitter: @BobbieHayseMI

News Release
Kentucky Wesleyan College

President Barton D. Darrell with Dr. Sara (Collins) Rafferty ’11 and Dr. Jason Mitchell

Why I Give: Summer Crick ’14

Hometown and residence
Madisonville, Ky.

Master of Science, Public Administration, University of Evansville
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Community development director, City of Madisonville

Community involvement
• 2018 president, Hopkins County Young Professionals
• Board member, Junior Achievement of West Kentucky and Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce
• Member, 2018 Class of Leadership Hopkins County
• Member, Madisonville Rotary Club
• Volunteer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Why do you give to Wesleyan?

“I want to give back to the institution that provided me with a quality education and so much more, and I want to help give others the opportunity to learn and grow in the same encouraging and challenging environment I experienced. In a world where it is so easy to be torn down, I want to help build others up, and this is one way I hope to do so.”

Why do you encourage others to give to Wesleyan?

“It’s simple. I encourage fellow alumni to give to Wesleyan so others can have the same opportunities we had. We all know what a special place Kentucky Wesleyan is. Let’s help make sure others find out what a special place it is, too.”

How did Wesleyan prepare you for a successful life?

“Wesleyan prepared me for a success in many ways. Because Wesleyan is a small school, I had many opportunities to get involved with and lead organizations, including Kappa Delta, Student Government Association and Senior Committee, and that experience helped lead me into a career that is centered around event planning and leadership.

“I also had the opportunity to build relationships with my professors and other members of the Wesleyan staff, and those influencers led me to realize the passion I have for community development, which led to pursuit of my MPA. Wesleyan also helped me form relationships with other students who are now lifelong friends and also serve as business contacts I can reach out to for assistance in many areas, including financial planning, legal advice and marketing.”

What are special memories of your Wesleyan years, and who served as mentors to you?

“My fondest memories include my Kappa Delta sisters and the rest of the Greek population on campus, and Greek Week, formals, Homecoming and fundraisers.

“Madison Silvert, then president of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation (GO-EDC), spoke on campus, and I quickly became interested in the development that was happening in downtown Owensboro. I got an internship with GO-EDC, which led to a paid summer internship, which led to my first job in community development as the public administration specialist at Green River Area Development District (GRADD). My job at GRADD and my education at Wesleyan and the University of Evansville ultimately opened doors for me to work for the City of Madisonville when I was ready to move back to my hometown.”

What are your responsibilities as Madisonville’s community development director?

“I help ensure that Madisonville is a place people want to visit. I am responsible for the coordination of our city events from start to finish, including our Friday Night Live events, School’s Out in Mad City carnival, Madisonville’s four-day Fourth of July celebration known as ‘4thFest,’ our recent Solar MADness festival, fall festivals, Christmas celebrations, and more. I book the talent, market the events, and do everything from ordering the bouncy houses to setting up the pop-up tents and to cleaning up when the event is over. I get to help create new event ideas, as well as expand on existing events.

“I also chair several community volunteer committees, assist various departments in their grant-writing endeavors, and help with the coordination of Madisonville’s ‘Madisonville Forward,’ campaign. I am so blessed to be able to work in my hometown in a field I’m so passionate about. People have been so receptive to the changes we’ve made, and volunteers are always willing to jump in and help. I am definitely not a ‘one-man’ team; I am able to do my job well because of the support from a wonderful mayor and city council, as well as a great team of volunteers.

“I enjoy being back at home where I can see how the events that I coordinate affect people I know. Every time a child is grinning from ear to ear because they’ve just gotten to meet a ‘real life’ Spider-Man or someone tells me they enjoy living in Madisonville now, I realize the hard work is paying off, and that we’re pushing Madisonville forward.”

Owensboro cheers on Keelan Cole in playoff debut

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When Keelan Cole joined the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this season, nobody could have guessed he would be greeted with so much success in his rookie season.

The former Kentucky Wesleyan star has consistently been a target for Jacksonville this season, racking up 748 yards and 42 receptions in his rookie year. He has also scored three touchdowns.

On Sunday, Cole made his NFL playoff debut as the Jaguars defeated the Bills, 10-3. Jacksonville and Cole now advance in the playoffs to face the Steelers next week. 

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(This story originally published on January 8, 2018.)

KWC Watches Keelan Cole on the Big Stage

This story was originally published on 44 News by Nick Ruffolo

The Kentucky Wesleyan football team lost standout wide receiver Keelan Cole to graduation, but can still watch him play.

Cole was on the national stage Sunday when the Jacksonville Jaguars faced the Buffalo Bills in the NFL postseason.

KWC fans flocked to Legends Sports Bar and Grill in Owensboro to witness Cole, an undrafted free agent, start his journey to the Super Bowl.

However, it is what Cole did off the field that drew so many residents to his bandwagon.

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Pyles Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

Kentucky Wesleyan College awards six scholarships of $4000 per year to aspiring teachers. The Pyles Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of Luellen Pyles, a 1944 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan, who taught English and Spanish in Ohio and Kentucky public schools from 1944 – 1953.  Pyles, a Maysville resident who passed away in December 2014, was a longtime college trustee whose bequest of over $4 million is one of the largest estate gifts in the College’s history.