“After I graduated from KWC, I moved back to Louisville and enrolled in graduate school. I was taking chemistry classes and doing peptide research when I decided to apply to dental school. My dad had always teased me that he wanted me to be an orthodontist because my braces had cost him too much. I was accepted into dental school and knew I had to be at the top of the class to go on to a postgraduate program in orthodontics. It was a challenge, but my perseverance paid off, and I graduated from dental school and received my license to practice dentistry in 1980 and orthodontic certificate and license in 1982.”
Kayce Dallas ’19 began the second semester of her junior year with lots of questions. “I was considering education and becoming a school counselor, but wasn’t sure, and I needed help thinking it through,” she explained. Enter Lauren (Bishop) Wood ’08, who became a mentor in the Wesleyan Panther Career Ally Program (CAP) that semester.
“When I heard about the Panther CAP, it sparked my interest,” remembered Lauren. “My professors were great, but as a graduate I realized I had an additional need as a student – someone outside the campus with similar interests who was available to answer my questions and help guide me along. I wanted to offer that support to a current student.” Lauren is a school counselor at Hopkins County Central High School in Madisonville.
Why do you give to Kentucky Wesleyan, and why do you encourage others to give?
“I was the disconnected alumna at one time. It took returning to campus for Homecoming 2012 to love Wesleyan again – I’m proud to wear purple and to be a Panther! The campus has changed so much since May 2000 and KWC continues to grow to new heights in the community. My challenge to others is get involved either by coming back to campus or by attending an alumni event in your city.
“Donating money to your college is a great way to give back by supporting the next generation of students. As a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, I am a firm believer in giving back. Whether you donate $5 or $500, your gift can make a big difference. I set up a recurring gift online, which makes the process easy.”
Kentucky Wesleyan College Vice President of Advancement Eddie Kenny announced that Summer Crick ’14 has been appointed director of alumni relations. Crick will begin in her new role on Aug. 1.
“I’m so excited to be returning to Wesleyan in this role and to work for my beloved alma mater,” said Crick. “I’ve loved watching the communication, relations and overall morale improve between the College and its alumni since my graduation, and I’m thrilled to be joining this team.”
Crick returns to Owensboro after serving in community and economic development for Webster County and the City of Madisonville for the last two-plus years. She introduced and expanded a number of critical community engagement initiatives in Madisonville, including Friday Night Live, and was also a co-founder of the Hopkins County Young Professionals organization. In addition, she has been a board member for the Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce, heavily involved with the Madisonville Rotary Club, Junior Achievement and Impact Mentoring, and was recently voted Hopkins County Citizen of the Year and chosen as a member of United Way of the Coalfield’s 30 Under 30 inaugural class.
Kentucky Wesleyan College Interim President Dr. Gene Tice has announced the appointment of Rebecca McQueen-Ruark, M.A. as vice president of student affairs. She assumes the position after serving as the College’s dean of students since 2016.
“Rebecca has played an important role in the continued growth of the student engagement and campus life experience at Kentucky Wesleyan,” said Dr. Tice. “The importance of the student experience cannot be overstated and Rebecca’s leadership and vision for the programming, health and security of our campus is vital to the continued momentum of the College.”
Dr. Paula Dehn arrived at Wesleyan as the new vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college on July 1, 2008, with gratitude for her own undergraduate experience and passion for the mission of Kentucky Wesleyan. “I was a first-generation college student, and through scholarships provided by DePauw, I had the opportunity for a superior education in a nurturing environment. My undergraduate years had a tremendous impact on my life, opening doors and the world for me. I am still reaping the benefits of that education, and I am still very grateful for the generosity of donors to DePauw who made that possible.”
She began to invest in Kentucky Wesleyan as soon as she arrived and has given regularly since 2008. “I wanted to do my part to make a good college great. I had personally experienced the value of a small, faith-based liberal arts college, so from the beginning, I wanted to support Wesleyan financially. Wesleyan impressed me from the moment I arrived, and I felt an obligation to help the institution.”
Terri Petzold arrived at the College on August 1, 2018, with two immediate goals: to establish the first-ever office for counseling services for students on campus and to decrease the stigma behind mental health issues. Prior to her employment, the College outsourced counseling.
According to Petzold, 20% of adults will experience mental health needs at some time in their lives, and this prevalence is true of student populations on college campuses as well. “The College wanted to provide a counselor who is accessible and available to students right here on campus,” Terri explained. “Convenience is important. My role is to help students navigate through a major time of transition in their lives.”
Major: Communication Arts
Family: Husband, Nick, and 6-month-old son, Joseph Thomason Kosewski
Career: “I was an associate financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in Paducah, Ky., for 10 years and was promoted to associate director of ASSET (the local team) with Northwestern Mutual Dallas while we lived there. We recently moved back to Paducah, and I’m enjoying time at home with our little one as we get settled in Kentucky.”