Our #WesleyanWednesday feature this week is Alex (Pierce) Carlton ‘12!
Alex is a Kappa Delta alumna and was a part of St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn, Panther Radio and SAPB. She now runs her own home cleaning and organization business.
Kentucky Wesleyan College has donated 131 beds and mattresses to Friends of Sinners (80), Empowerment Academy (36) and Boulware Mission (15), all Owensboro non-profits. Summer renovations on campus include new beds and mattresses in Peeples Hall, a student residence hall, and College leadership wanted to supply the old beds to local non-profits.
“We sought to give the beds and mattresses to people who need them, and we are pleased that these fine organizations can put them to good use,” explained Scott Kramer ’87, vice president of facilities and executive initiatives.
Vice President of Advancement
My wife, Wendy, and I will celebrate 18 years of marriage in July. We have three children – Katie (13), Joey (9) and Clare (5). Both Wendy and I grew up in the Ft. Lauderdale area, and our families are still in Florida. My parents and brother remain in Ft. Lauderdale, Wendy’s parents are in New Port Richey, and her brother is in the Orlando area.
I was fortunate to have an opportunity to begin my career while in my junior year of college at Florida International University. For several years prior, I was a correspondent and then gameday ops assistant for the Miami Fusion of Major League Soccer. In 2001, the club offered me its media relations coordinator position, and it was an absolute dream to work with a professional soccer team. That experience and the network that I began to build provided further opportunity following the contraction of the club in January 2002 and completion of my bachelor’s degree in communications in 2003. I began working in college athletics as a sports information professional, first at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale and then as an administrator at Saint Leo University, north of Tampa. Following a two-year stint as a high school athletic director, my career took a turn toward alumni engagement and fundraising. I returned to Saint Leo as director of alumni relations, and after six years made the move to Owensboro and Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Kentucky Wesleyan College introduced a new name for our alumni magazine with the release of our Spring 2022 issue – Pillars.
The Spring 2022 issue of Pillars is available now! The issue showcases our Brown Scholars-current and past, KWC alumni response to the December 2021 tornadoes in western Kentucky, a profile of graduating senior Adan Cano Gandarilla ’22, a showcase on diversity initiatives and history at KWC, an essay on KWC’s liberal arts tradition, Why We Give with Chuck ’72 and Nancy (King) Schmeal ’71, plus Alumni Scrapbook, Class Notes and Athletic features.
The issue is also available online by CLICKING HERE or by clicking the cover if the current issue at right.
Support will benefit Leadership Wesleyan initiative
Kentucky Wesleyan College was recently gifted $2,000 through the Wal-Mart Community Grant program in support of its Leadership Wesleyan initiative. Leadership Wesleyan is a reimagined program of the College that provides upcoming graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to successfully transition from college to career.
“Not only does the program prepare our students, many of whom are first-generation college students, with much-needed life and professional skills, but it also serves as a great engagement opportunity and reason for our alumni to come back to campus,” shared KWC director of alumni relations Summer (Crick) Aldridge ’14. “Our alumni are always so generous with their time and love spending time with our students, and they are more than willing to be some of the first contacts in our students’ professional networks.”
Walmart’s Community Grant program is a long-standing commitment by the corporation to give back to communities where they operate. Quoting founder, Helen Walton, “It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you’ve lived.”
Kentucky Wesleyan College’s 154th annual Commencement will take place at Owensboro Christian Church (2818 New Hartford Rd.) on Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m. Hugh Haydon, a founder and former president of Owensboro-based Kentucky BioProcessing, Inc. (KBP), will address the Class of 2022.
The College’s Baccalaureate celebration will take place on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Jack T. Wells ’77 Activity Center’s Young Auditorium (3300 Frederica Street). Rev. Keith Switzer ’79 will address the graduates at Baccalaureate.
“We are looking forward to celebrating the vast accomplishments of our Class of 2022,” remarked President Thomas Mitzel, “Additionally, we are honored to have two distinguished speakers to address the graduates and provide them with a meaningful charge as they enter the next phase of their professional and educational careers.”