Kentucky Wesleyan College Office of Alumni Relations Announces Expansion

Kentucky Wesleyan College has announced the expansion of its Office of Alumni Relations, becoming the Office of Alumni Relations and Career Exploration, effective immediately.

The office will oversee the College’s current career programming initiatives such as speed mock interviews, resume writing, business etiquette dinners, job fairs, etc. and will continue offering programs the alumni office had previously instituted including the Panther Career Ally Program (Panther CAP) student/alumni mentoring program and Leadership Wesleyan.

“This expansion allows a seamless transition from student to professional alumni,” said Vice President of Advancement Eddie Kenny. “We are thrilled to continue building relationships with our area employers, our alumni and other community partners so we can continue producing strong, well-prepared and well-rounded graduates.”

Fall 2022 Issue of Pillars Magazine Available Now

The Fall 2022 issue of Pillars is available now! The issue showcases the impact KWC has on first generation college students, our award-winning graphic design program, a profile of the Forever Voice of Kentucky Wesleyan, Joel Utley ’74, the perseverance of former basketball standout Stanley Jackson, campus improvements, Why We Give with Keith and Vickie Sharber, plus Alumni Scrapbook, Class Notes, Athletic features and more!

The issue is also available online by CLICKING HERE or by clicking the cover if the current issue at right.

Wesleyan Wednesday: Stephanie (Pearson) Charville ‘15

Our #WesleyanWednesday feature this week is Stephanie (Pearson) Charville ‘15!

Stephanie was recently promoted to Project Controls Analyst III at Boardwalk Pipelines here in Owensboro! While a student at Wesleyan, Stephanie was involved in lots of organizations and activities including the dance team and the Business Honors Society.

Learn more about her here!

Kentucky Wesleyan College to present Festival of Lessons & Carols at St. Stephen Cathedral

Kentucky Wesleyan College invites the community to begin the Holiday season at the Festival of Lessons and Carols, “Let There Be Peace,” Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Cathedral at 610 Locust St. The Kentucky Wesleyan Singers and Evansville Brass Quintet will present the cherished tradition, Owensboro’s adaptation of the famous Nine Lessons and Carols, offered since 1918 at King’s College in Cambridge, England, and broadcast around the world by the BBC.

This year’s program will include several Ukrainian carols. Professor Dennis Jewett directs the choirs. James Wells ’14, music director and organist at the cathedral, is the accompanist. Professor Patrick Stuckemeyer is the tuba player in the Evansville Brass Quintet.

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Kentucky Wesleyan College to join Great American Smoke-Out with nicotine cessation program

Owensboro Health Community Initiatives Grant provides support

Kentucky Wesleyan College is joining the nationwide effort to eliminate the use of tobacco and nicotine products with the kick-off of its nicotine cessation program on November 17, the day of the Great American Smoke-Out.  

Designated as a smoke-free campus since 2011 and a tobacco-free campus since 2020, the College is taking its efforts one step further by offering resources to students, staff and faculty to stop using nicotine-based products such as vapes, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. With support from Owensboro Health’s Community Initiatives Grant, KWC has added two trained tobacco cessation specialists who will provide counseling, interventions, educational resources and free tobacco replacement products.  The KWC specialists are Dr. Sara Doolin-Thompson ’94 (Wesleyan Urgent Care) and Michael McComas (director of student involvement and orientation).

“We are pleased to offer these services in a convenient, familiar environment, thanks to the assistance from Owensboro Health,” said Rebecca McQueen-Ruark, vice president of student affairs and dean of students. “Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and increase heart rate, speed up other bodily functions and have the potential to cause overdose or become a habit. According to the CDC, 80% of Americans consume caffeine daily, and it is in our students’ best interests to eliminate the use of nicotine; including our athletes, who comprise more than 50% of our enrollment.”

Center for Nonprofit Excellence hosting Succession Planning Seminar at KWC

Kentucky Wesleyan College is proud to partner with the Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation, Green River Area Community Foundation, and United Way of the Ohio Valley to host a Center for Nonprofit Excellence training on Thursday, Dec. 8. The training will focus on creating succession plans for nonprofit organizations and will be led by CNPE’s Kevin Connelly.

Hosted in the Young Auditorium at the Jack T. Wells ’77 Activity Center (3300 Frederica St.) there will be two sessions to choose from, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Additionally, all are invited to coffee and networking from 9:30-10 a.m. and a networking lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The event is free and each session is limited to 80 participants. Please register by Dec. 2 by CLICKING HERE.

Kentucky Wesleyan to host inaugural BrassFest November 13

Kentucky Wesleyan will host its inaugural BrassFest November 13 with two recitals:

  • 11:30 a.m. Guest Recital with Patrick Sheridan (tuba) and Dr. Diane Earle (piano)
  • 3 p.m.  Guest Recital with the River Brass Band with Dr. Patrick Stuckemeyer conducting

Both events will take place in the Jack T. Wells ’77 Activity Center at 3300 Frederica St. The public is invited to attend, and both recitals are free.

KWC Criminal Justice and Criminology Program to host criminal justice reform advocate

The Criminal Justice and Criminology Program at Kentucky Wesleyan College will host David L. Garlock, who will speak on “Understanding the Connection between Victimization and Crime” on Nov. 3 from 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. in the Jack T. Wells ’77 Activity Center at 3300 Frederica St.

Mr. Garlock is a successful returning citizen, reentry professional and criminal justice reform advocate. The event is sponsored by New Beginnings and RiverValley Behavioral Health. For more information, contact Dragana Derlic, Ph.D., assistant professor and coordinator of the Criminal Justice and Criminology Program at

Kentucky Wesleyan to host Trunk or Treat Oct. 31

Kentucky Wesleyan College will host its 7th annual Trunk or Treat in the parking lot behind the Yu Hak Hahn Center for the Sciences off Wesleyan Way on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. The rain location will be at the Jack T. Wells ’77 Activity Center at 3300 Frederica St.

The public is invited to campus to enjoy trick or treating in a safe environment.

Kentucky Wesleyan students to present musical “The Trail to Oregon”

Kentucky Wesleyan students will present a student-directed musical, “The Trail to Oregon,” Oct. 27-29 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. Shelby (Morgan) Watson ’23, a senior zoology major and theatre minor, is the director. The event takes place in Hager Hall at the Ralph Fine Arts Center at S. Griffith Ave. and College Drive. “The Trail to Oregon” parodies the classic Oregon Trail video game. The names of characters are chosen from suggestions shouted from the audience, and at the end, the audience chooses which character dies.

Seated is limited, and tickets are available here.