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Owensboro Theatre Alliance to Present “Legally Blonde the Musical”

The Owensboro Theatre Alliance proudly presents “Legally Blonde the Musical” at the RiverPark Center’s Jody Berry Cabaret Theatre. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21, 22 and 23 with an additional 2 p.m. show on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Based on the modern classic MGM film, the story follows blonde and rich Elle Woods. She is about to marry her college sweetheart and be a normal Malibu housewife, when he tells her he needs “less of a Marilyn and more of a Jackie” and breaks up with her to attend Harvard Law School and pursue his political goals. Heartbroken, she decides to also go to Harvard and win him back. In her pursuit, she discovers much about the world, her ex-boyfriend and herself. You’ll want to sing and dance along!

The Owensboro Theatre Alliance is a collaboration of the theatre departments of Kentucky Wesleyan College, Brescia University and Owensboro Community and Technical College. Dennis Jewett is the music director and Nate Gross is directing the play. Both are Wesleyan faculty members.

Tickets are available here

Making New Memories – New Head Football Coach Craig Yeast

Craig Yeast savors the memory.

Oct. 4, 1997. Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington. Overtime against Alabama and a 75-year stretch since the Wildcats have toppled the Crimson Tide. From the 26-yard line, it’s Couch (quarterback Tim Couch) to Yeast. Yeast catches the pass and dashes to the end zone. A 40-34 Wildcat win. Incredible.

Here’s another one.

Nov. 7, 1998. Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington. 8:21 to go against Mississippi State with a one-point lead over the Bulldogs. Couch, in the midst a fall, throws the ball in Yeast’s direction. Yeast makes the catch and a six-yard score. A 37-35 Wildcat victory and bowl eligibility (Outback Bowl) for the first time since 1993 (Peach Bowl). Phenomenal.

Yeast, a Harrodsburg native and UK football star from 1995-1998, arrived at Wesleyan as head football coach in December 2018 after three seasons as offensive coordinator at Indiana’s Franklin College.

“I’m ready to make memories at Wesleyan,” said Yeast, “and as we make them, we are going to win football games and develop men.”

Meet Our Faculty – Dr. Rachel Pritchard

Assistant Professor of Biology

Education
Ph.D., Miami University, Microbiology
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, Microbiology and Zoology

“I know teaching is what I am supposed to do, and I enjoy helping students find their passions and their paths. I’ve been here since 2014 – long enough to see my students graduate. That’s very rewarding.”

Students are gaining hands-on research experience in Medical Microbiology and General Biology II courses this semester, led by Dr. Pritchard and Professor Kevin Horn. Their students, in partnership with students from more than 200 participating schools across 44 states, Puerto Rico and 14 countries, are joining the crowdsourcing effort established by the University of Wisconsin-based Tiny Earth network to address the world wide health crisis of antibiotic-resistant infections. Learn more about the Tiny Earth project here.

Why I Give – Mitch Settle ’83

Major: Bachelor of Arts, Communication

Career: Senior Vice President, Chartered Wealth Advisor
The Settle Group Hilliard Lyons, Owensboro
Listed by Barron’s magazine as one of the “Top 1200 Financial Advisors” for eight consecutive years and a “Top 3 Financial Advisors Kentucky” and by the Financial Times as one of the “Top 400 Advisors” in America

Family: Wife, Kim
Daughters, Sydney Settle (Client Services Associate at the Settle Group) and Shelby Payne (Kentucky Wesleyan student)

A trustee emeritus of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Board of Trustees, he was named an Outstanding Alumnus of the College in 2007 and was inducted to the Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2018.

Wesleyan to Present Sock Hop, Feb. 12

Kentucky Wesleyan College will present its Sock Hop Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at Wendell Foster’s Campus, 815 Triplett Street. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Students from Diane Earle’s Rock and Roll class at Kentucky Wesleyan College will learn and perform various dances from the 1950s and 1960s, such as the locomotion, twist, hand jive, etc. They are encouraged to dress from those eras. For additional information, contact Dr. Earle at 270-852-3617.

Kentucky Wesleyan College earns top ranking in Commonwealth for online bachelor’s degrees from U.S. News & World Report

The Kentucky Wesleyan College online bachelor’s degree program has earned the top ranking for a private institution in Kentucky by U.S. News & World Report for 2019. The superior recognition is based on these factors:

  • Engagement (35 percent)
  • Services and technologies (25 percent)
  • Faculty credentials and training (20 percent)
  • Expert opinion (20 percent)

“This recognition again exemplifies Kentucky Wesleyan’s long-standing commitment to excellence in all of our delivery methods,” said President Barton D. Darrell. “We are proud to offer the convenience of an online education with the personal attention that is given to all of our students at Kentucky Wesleyan College.”

Kentucky Wesleyan College students join international quest to discover new antibiotics from soil bacteria

Students at Kentucky Wesleyan College, in partnership with students from more than 200 participating schools across 44 states, Puerto Rico and 14 countries, are joining the crowdsourcing effort established by the University of Wisconsin-based Tiny Earth network to address the worldwide health crisis of antibiotic-resistant infections. Students will gain hands-on research experience in General Biology II and Medical Microbiology courses, led by Professor Kevin Horn and Dr. Rachel Pritchard.

“I’m so excited to give Kentucky Wesleyan College students the opportunity to participate,” said Dr. Pritchard, an assistant professor of biology who will be overseeing the project during the upcoming spring semester. “This significant opportunity allows students to collaborate and experience an authentic research project to address the antibiotic crisis our healthcare system faces today. Student findings could lead to saved lives.”

Meet Our Faculty – Molly Gross

Education:
“A little trivia that many of my KW101 students know is that I spent my entire freshman year undecided, but I eventually found what I think was my right path. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting/directing from the University of Arizona, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and writing for the performing arts from the University of California, Riverside (emphasis in playwriting), and an Master of Arts in English and critical literacy from Georgia Southwestern State University. My education reflects how my love of theatre led to my love of writing for theatre, which led to my love of teaching all types of writing, and I will always have a passion for all three. It also shows I love being a student, I suppose – maybe that’s why I chose a career where I can be around students all the time! And since I was undecided for so long, I love helping students discover what their path might be, too.”

Introducing Jaimie (Fike) Moore ’12 – Director of Advancement Services

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English

Family: “My husband is Ryan Moore ’12, a CPA and senior manager in the Tax Services Division at Riney Hancock CPAs. We have been together since our freshman year at Wesleyan.”

Son, Micah (3) Daughter, Rosalie (18 months)

Career: “I worked at Girls Inc. in varying capacities since 2010, after volunteering there as a Kappa Delta while at Wesleyan. I worked in direct programming, site management, donor management, marketing and fundraising while employed there.”

Why did you choose to return to your alma mater as an employee?
“I was excited about the opportunity to bring my skills to the place that jump-started my career in nonprofits and to use those skills in a way that helps students have the same Wesleyan experience I did.”