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Kentucky Wesleyan Panther Pianists to present recital at Elizabeth Munday Senior Center

Owensboro, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2017) – The Kentucky Wesleyan College Panther Pianists will perform at the Elizabeth Munday Senior Center at 1650 W. Second St. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 11:30 a.m.  This group of college piano students, along with Professor Diane Earle, will perform classical and popular piano solos and duets and take audience requests.  The 40-minute program is free and open to the public.  For additional information, contact Earle at 270-852-3617.

Kentucky Wesleyan earns two Top 10 rankings from U.S. News & World Report

Owensboro, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2017) – U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of college rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and Kentucky Wesleyan College’s appearance on two lists includes a #8 ranking in the South as a Best Regional College, a jump of 5 places over last year’s ranking of #13. 

“We are very pleased to be recognized as a top ten institution by such a prestigious publication as U.S. News & World Report,” said Wesleyan President Barton D. Darrell.  “We are also excited to see our rankings continue to rise each year.  This is yet another great tribute to our faculty, staff, alumni and students on the great things happening here at Wesleyan.”

Regional colleges focus almost entirely on a student’s undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts, as well as fields such as business, nursing and education. These institutions grant few graduate degrees. The 324 prestigious colleges ranked are listed by region: North, South, Midwest and West.

Wesleyan was also ranked as the third best Regional College in the South in the category of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” which measures academic quality compared to cost of attendance – a jump of two places over last year’s #5 ranking.  The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools in the top half of the U.S. News Best Colleges ranking are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.

In August, Kentucky Wesleyan was recognized by Princeton Review as a “Best in the Southeast” school for the 14th consecutive year.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is a United Methodist-related four-year institution in Owensboro with a strong reputation for a rigorous academic environment and vibrant campus life experience.

A.J. Smith ’71 Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2017

A.J. Smith’s career in football began shortly after graduation from Kentucky Wesleyan College.  He started as a high school coach and steadily worked his way through the ranks, eventually serving over 30 years in the National Football League.  Most recently, Smith was Senior Executive with the Washington Redskins, which followed 14 seasons with the San Diego Chargers in various capacities including Executive Vice President/General Manager (2003-2012).  He spent 14 seasons (1987-00) with the Buffalo Bills, working his way from area scout to director of pro personnel during the team’s most successful period, which included four straight Super Bowl appearances.

Why We Give: Mike and Janna (Duncan) DeMarsh ’87

“We believe it is important to help continue the growth of small Christian-based colleges, and there is no better place to show this support than Wesleyan. That is the very reason I encourage other alumni to give.

Even though Mike is not a graduate of Wesleyan, everyone welcomes Mike to campus and to alumni events, and he is as supportive of the Wesleyan mission as I am.”

Kentucky Wesleyan College Orchestra welcomes community members

The Kentucky Wesleyan College Orchestra invites community string players to join this growing organization.  The orchestra will rehearse and perform a variety of string orchestra and full orchestra repertory in conjunction with the Kentucky Wesleyan Wind Ensemble in two concerts during the 2017-2018 academic year. The orchestra will rehearse in Tapscott Chapel in the Barnard-Jones Administration Building on campus every Tuesday, beginning Aug. 29, from 5-6:30 p.m. and will be conducted by former Owensboro Symphony Music Director Dr. Nick Palmer and Professor Gary Laughrey. Contact Professor Laughrey at [email protected] for more information.

Track and field ribbon cutting celebrates community partnership

Owensboro Public Schools, Owensboro Health and Kentucky Wesleyan College cut the ribbon on the new Owensboro Track and Field on Wednesday, August 16, located between the Owensboro Middle School South and the Owensboro Middle School North campuses on South Griffith Avenue.  OPS, Owensboro Health and Kentucky Wesleyan College put their financial resources together to make the track possible.

Kentucky Wesleyan recognized in #GivingTuesday case study

Owensboro, Ky. (Aug. 7, 2017) – Kentucky Wesleyan College has been recognized by #GivingTuesday in a case study that highlights the College’s creative successes in promoting its #GivingTuesday campaigns and use of social media and other means to spread the word. Wesleyan’s inaugural #GivingTuesday event on Dec. 1, 2015, raised $113,054 via 275 gifts to the College. It was preceded by an effort unique to Kentucky Wesleyan, The Wesleyan Way Day of Service on Nov. 30, in which 141 students, staff, faculty and alumni gave 172 hours of their time to serve others in local schools, service agencies and a church.