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Wesleyan Wednesday: Zach Hibbs ’05

Our #WesleyanWednesday feature this week is Zach Hibbs ’05! Zach is currently the District Assessment Coordinator for Christian County Public Schools in Hopkinsville, KY.

While a student at Wesleyan, Zach was an Elementary Education major, a member of the football team, worked at WKWC, the cafeteria and was in one of the first Student Ambassador programs!

Learn more about him here!

Wesleyan Wednesday: Jayne (Powell) Bishop ’06

Our #WesleyanWednesday feature this week is Jayne (Powell) Bishop ’06!

Jayne is a Sigma Kappa alumna who works as a social worker at Hosparus Health in Louisville, Ky. As a student, Jayne was involved in SGA, Leadership KWC, Psi Chi Honors Society, the Wesleyan Singers and SAPB.

Learn more about her here!

Dr. Kevin Priebe to present recital at Kentucky Wesleyan

Dr. Kevin Priebe will present a solo faculty piano recital on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 2 p.m. in Tapscott Chapel in the Barnard-Jones Administration Building at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He is an assistant professor of music at KWC, where he coordinates the piano area for the music program. The recital will feature sonatas by Beethoven. Prior to joining KWC, he taught piano at Concordia College.

As a concert pianist, Priebe regularly presents recitals and has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall. He also maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator, clinician and private studio instructor. He earned a bachelor of science in music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a master of arts in piano performance from the University of Iowa and a doctor of musical arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The event is free and open to the public.

Joel Utley ’74 announces retirement after 61 years as the voice of the Panthers

Joel Utley, the Voice of the Kentucky Wesleyan College basketball Panthers, announced his retirement today after 61 years and the radio play-by-play of 1,933 KWC games. Utley’s 60-plus years make him college basketball’s record holder for play-by-play longevity and total games called.

Utley also has the distinction as the only broadcaster in the nation to call 12 NCAA Basketball Championship games (all levels) including eight Division II titles — 1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1987, 1990, 1999 and 2001.

Kentucky Wesleyan College names Anna (Lake) Crasher ’18 director of campus ministries

Kentucky Wesleyan College has announced the appointment of Anna (Lake) Crasher ’18 as director of campus ministries. She reports to Shawn Tomes ’94, the former director of campus ministries, who is now vice president of mission and culture. Ms. Crasher will lead the administration and programming of the Office of Campus Ministries, connect with students to identify and develop their areas of giftedness and interest and coordinate student interns in the Campus Ministries Program. She will also assist in planning local, national and international mission experiences and serve as KWC’s director of audio-visual services.

“Anna is a tremendous example of what Wesleyan is all about,” said Tomes. “She is a servant leader and lives The Wesleyan Way. I am excited for Wesleyan’s future with Anna as an integral leader in fulfilling our mission to help students find success in life intellectually, spiritually and physically.”

Wesleyan Wednesday: Brooke (Bangston) Schmerfeld ’04

Our #WesleyanWednesday feature this week is Brooke (Bangston) Schmerfeld ’04!

Brooke is a Physician Assistant for five different urgent care clinics in the Washington D.C. area. The Leitchfield, Ky. native was a Brown Scholar and was a member of the women’s soccer team, SGA and the dance team while a student at Kentucky Wesleyan.

Learn more about her here!

Why I Give – Sally (Allen) Crenshaw ’67

“I am so very proud of KWC. The progress made over the years has been significant and has been accomplished through some trying times. The entire faculty and staff are excellent and consider each student their priority. In just the last week or so, I encountered a young lady at Barnes and Noble wearing a Wesleyan shirt. I thought she was a student and, of course, I had to say something to her. She is still in high school, attending Apollo. I am sorry I didn’t get her name, but she said she is interested in attending Wesleyan and is considering criminology. My guidance counseling career took hold, and we had a great conversation. I encouraged her to seriously consider Wesleyan.

“I believe in our alma mater. Without monetary support, Wesleyan cannot continue to provide quality education. As alumni, we continue to be a part of the Wesleyan family and supporting our family helps its future growth.”

Wesleyan Wednesday: Frank Thompson ’93

Our #WesleyanWednesday feature this week is Frank Thompson ’93!

Frank is a Sigma Nu alumnus who served as treasurer for SGA and is now the Vice President of Marketing for Shelter Insurance in Columbia, Missouri! Frank was nominated by Dr. Jodi (Parks) Krahwinkel ’93!

Learn more about him here!

Ahnell pays tribute to former instructor at ClarinetFest

Kirsten Ahnell, Professor of Clarinet at Kentucky Wesleyan College, was recently invited to play for the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Reno, Nevada. Ahnell is also the founder/organizer of the local series of ‘Brown Bag Lunch Concerts’ and the principal clarinet for 30 years with Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. ClarinetFest was attended by 2,000 clarinetists from the United States and throughout the world, and Ahnell was honored to have the chance to perform.

Ahnell was specifically asked to perform at the Theodore Johnson tribute. Johnson was Ahnell’s teacher when she obtained her Artist Diploma degree, an advanced performance degree, at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Johnson was a longtime clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra and is considered one of the all-time greatest Eb clarinetists. The Eb Clarinet, also called a piccolo clarinet, is smaller than the common Bb clarinet and plays at a higher pitch.

Wesleyan Wednesday: Kelly (Keohane) Steitler ’94

Our #WesleyanWednesday feature this week is Kelly (Keohane) Steitler ’94!

Kelly retired from teaching after 27 years of teaching at Owensboro Middle School in 2021 and she’s a brand new member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors! Learn more about her here!