Why We Give – Bob ’81 and Ginger Burns

Why do you give to Kentucky Wesleyan?

“When I moved from Owensboro to Lexington in 2003, I really lost touch with Kentucky Wesleyan.  I kind of “fell off the grid” in terms of any communication with the College.  About three years ago, it became evident that Ginger and I would be moving back to Owensboro, and we began to figure out a way to make it happen.

“About that same time, Wesleyan representative Blake Harrison contacted me, along with Ryan Lemond ’89, a fellow Wesleyan alum and co-worker with iHeartMedia in Lexington.  Blake was intentional about finding “lost” Wesleyan graduates and informing us about everything that was happening with the College since Bart Darrell became president.  Bart’s father, Dr. Darrell, was one of my favorite professors, so I was really interested to hear what Blake had to say.

“After we moved back in 2016, one of our goals was to get re-connected with the College and support the vision Bart and his team has for the future.”

Kentucky Wesleyan offers travel opportunity to Cuba

Owensboro, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2018) – Kentucky Wesleyan College is offering a study trip to Cuba from Feb. 23 – March 3, 2019. The trip is open to the public and includes opportunities to explore the island and its history and culture and get to know the people of Cuba. The expedition is designed for naturalists and lovers of the arts, history and architecture and includes a diverse itinerary with comfortable accommodations and tasty Cuban cuisine. The popular event is the fifth trip to Cuba offered by the College, and there are a limited number of reservations available.  Kentucky Wesleyan students will earn three credit hours.

See for more details on the trip , itinerary and to register.

The reservation deadline is Nov. 1, 2018. For more information and to register, contact Dr. Ken Ayers, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Law at [email protected] .

Kentucky Wesleyan College Ranked Among the College Consensus Best Small Colleges for 2018

College Consensus, a unique new college review aggregator, has recognized Kentucky Wesleyan College in its list of the Best Small Colleges for 2018. The list is comprised of colleges with less than 2,000 students.

“We are again honored to be recognized among our peers nationally,” said President Barton D. Darrell. “Wesleyan is proud to be an institution with an established identity, focused on the mission of delivering a faith-based liberal arts education. Our students know they will receive not only a great education to prepare them for the next stages of life, but will do so in an atmosphere of love and support.”

Dr. Kim M. (Cecil) Schuster ’88 to present annual Ellie Magnuson Lecture

Dr. Kim M. (Cecil) Schuster ’88 will present the annual Ellie Magnuson Lecture in Literature and Science on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Rogers Hall at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Dr. Cecil will speak on “Finding Significance: How We Make a Difference in the World.”

The Ellie Magnuson Lectures in Literature and Science honor the memory of Ellie Magnuson (1937-1989), a medical technologist with a passion for English literature, history and travel.

A.J. Smith ’71, 2004 National Football League (NFL) Executive of the Year, Joins Wesleyan Athletics as Senior Football Consultant

A.J. Smith ’71, the 2004 National Football League (NFL) Executive of the Year, has taken on a role with Kentucky Wesleyan College and the football program, as announced by Director of Athletics Rob Mallory on Wednesday morning. Smith will serve the Athletic Department as Senior Football Consultant.

“I’m extremely excited to work with A.J.,” said Athletics Director Mallory. “He has been a longtime, passionate supporter of his alma mater from afar, and I am appreciative that he will now support in this hands-on role. With almost 40 years of experience at the highest level of football, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that I am eager to put to use.”

Renowned Civil Rights Attorney, John M. Rosenberg to deliver annual Stanley Reed Lecture Sept. 25

The Stanley Reed Pre-Law and Politics Society will host a presentation, “Continuing The Wesleyan Way with Public Service” featuring John M. Rosenberg, a Holocaust survivor and nationally acclaimed attorney. The event is free and open to the public, and will be hosted on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at Legacy Owensboro Church (3300 Frederica St.).

“John Rosenberg is an American hero and has, through his many years of commitment to justice, changed not only the United States, but also our world,” said Wesleyan President Barton D. Darrell. “Kentucky Wesleyan College has a rich history of preparing students for careers in law and social justice, so it is quite fitting that Mr. Rosenberg has chosen to share his life experiences with our campus and the Owensboro-Daviess County community. We are so honored to host Mr. Rosenberg for what will be an unforgettable evening.”

Kentucky Wesleyan College Increases New Student Enrollment by 39 Percent 

Kentucky Wesleyan College has announced its largest incoming class of new students in over a decade. The College has enrolled 333 new students (freshmen and transfers) in Fall 2018, marking a 39 percent increase from 2017 and bringing the total full-time on-campus enrollment at the College to 738.