Kentucky Wesleyan College President Barton D. Darrell ’84, J.D. has announced the appointment of Matthew Ruark ’09 as vice president of admissions and financial aid, and Eddie Kenny as vice president of advancement.
“Matt and Eddie have proven themselves to be among the best anywhere in their respective areas, and I could not be more proud or more excited that they have both accepted these important positions with Kentucky Wesleyan,” said Darrell. “We are in good leadership hands with these two high level professionals as we continue to build on our momentum in both areas.”
Hometown:Henderson, Ky. (Originally from Peninsula, Ohio) Dentist Married to Lynn since 1994. She is the dental practice office coordinator. Four children: Drake, Dylan, Lilly and Lucie
Kentucky Wesleyan is a long way from Northern Ohio. Why did you choose Wesleyan? “My high school guidance counselor, Ruth Arnold, whose son was a Wesleyan graduate, encouraged me to apply to Kentucky Wesleyan. In fact, I didn’t apply anywhere else. I had wanted to be a dentist since I was six years old. I learned that Wesleyan graduates had good track records for acceptance to professional schools, and I was one of the original students to receive a James Graham Brown scholarship. Dr. Bill Davis ’80 and Dr. Mark Perko ’78 also attended Wesleyan through her guidance and became dentists, as well. Ms. Arnold was a great Wesleyan ambassador, and her influence was far reaching.”
What memories of your Wesleyan years stand out to you? “The College was the perfect fit for me. I came from a small high school, and I thrived in the small college atmosphere. I got involved in many campus activities, and I doubt that I would have done so at a large university. It was easy to assimilate into the Wesleyan family and accept leadership roles. I joined a fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and later served as president. I was also the Judicial Council chairman for the Student Government Association and president of Alpha Chi. I was honored to be named to the Order of Oak and Ivy.
Brooklyn Stepro ’19 Green Valley High School Henderson, Nev. Major: Political Science and History Accepted to University of Nevada, Reno-Master of Public Administration program
Brooklyn Stepro made history when she received her diploma at Wesleyan’s 151st Commencement on April 27 as the first Rogers Fellow to graduate from the College. A member of the initial group of Rogers Fellows who arrived at the College in August 2016, she earned her degree in three years and will enter the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall. “I’m very grateful to the Rogers Foundation for their generosity,” reflected Brooklyn. “They have done a lot for Clark County [Nevada], and they have done a lot for me.”
Natalie (Mercer) Payne ’19 Ohio County High School Major: Biology and Chemistry Minor: Music (trombone) Accepted to the University of Arizona – Ph.D. program in Genetics
Natalie Payne anticipates that her career will someday take her around the world. In graduate school, she plans to work in the conservation of Arizona’s wild cat species (pumas, bobcats and jaguars), focusing on measuring the genetic diversity, health and sustainability of populations of cats. She decided three years ago that her first step was Wesleyan; she knew the outstanding reputation of the science programs and the high acceptance rate of Wesleyan graduates to medical schools.
“I’m going to miss the Wesleyan faculty,” said Natalie. “They were interested in my success and gave me lots of opportunities to gain experience in research and peer education. I’m glad I came here. It was the right decision, and the small school environment was perfect for me.”
Barton D. Darrell ’84, J.D. will step down from his role as President of Kentucky Wesleyan College effective June 1, 2019.
Darrell began his role as the college’s 34th president in September 2014 after serving as vice president of external services. Since then, Kentucky Wesleyan has experienced a reversal of enrollment trends with growth in both freshmen class sizes and in retention. During his tenure, Darrell introduced “The Wesleyan Way,” which became part of the College’s overall brand and culture. The College also had a complete overhaul of its campus ministry program, led the state in average CPA exam scores and saw an increase in the academic profile of the student body.
The Kentucky Wesleyan Class of 2019 celebrated its accomplishments and completion of degree programs with the 151st Annual Commencement on Saturday, April 27. A special graduation ceremony was also celebrated on April 24 for graduating members of the Panther baseball and softball teams who would have otherwise missed the opportunity to walk across the stage due to scheduled conference series.
End-of-year celebrations have been in full swing since mid-April, and culminated with the commencement exercises at the Woodward Health and Recreation Center’s Jones Gym on Saturday. In total, 137 students graduated from Wesleyan and capped off their academic careers.
BMS unveils Little Free Library sponsored by Kentucky Wesleyan Student Program byMelody Wallace
The Little Free Library movement has taken the world by storm over the past 10 years with more than 80,000 Little Free Libraries emerging across all 50 states and over 90 countries. The movement was inspired by Todd H. Bol who started the first Little Free Library in his front yard in 2009 as a tribute to his mother, a former teacher.
Owensboro has four Little Free Library locations, with the latest being installed at Burns Middle School (BMS) on Wednesday. BMS teachers, students and staff were on hand, as well as DCPS Superintendent Matt Robbins, to unveil the new addition to the BMS outdoor entryway.
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Friday, April 12 marked the celebration of the 65th Annual Order of Oak and Ivy, Kentucky Wesleyan College’s highest honor. The Order of Oak and Ivy is presented annually to six students who best typify strength of character, dedication of purpose and devotion of Christian ideals. It also recognizes those who exemplify intellectual ability and leadership in seeking to promote the interest and welfare of Kentucky Wesleyan College. Finalists were nominated by faculty and staff, and honorees were selected by a committee of past Oak and Ivy inductees.
Congratulations to this year’s Oak and Ivy inductees:
Left to right with President Barton D. Darrell ’84 (center): Austin Ryan Trammell ‘20, Meredith Mary Daunhauer ‘19, Joshua Mangaya ‘20, Mallory Shae Sacre ‘19, Sydney Jo Goff ‘19 and Kayce Christian Dallas ‘19.
Maci Brown describes Kentucky Wesleyan as the “perfect fit” – a small college in close proximity to home with a legal studies program, softball team and excellent academic reputation.
“I decided as a high school junior that I was going to law school,” explained Maci. “I loved the Legal Studies Program; reading about the law, U.S. Constitution and case briefs. It’s all fascinating. I haven’t had one boring moment here.”
Marshall County High School Major: Chemistry and Biology Accepted to the University of Kentucky Medical School – Bowling Green
Sydney Goff remembers her early days as a Wesleyan student and describes herself as super shy and unsure of what she wanted to do with her life. Today she describes herself as a confident leader who is well prepared for medical school.
She chose Wesleyan because she was awarded a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) scholarship, as well as a track and field scholarship. “Those scholarships made it pretty easy to make a decision, and besides, I have family in Owensboro, as my Dad grew up here,” she explains. “I also knew Coach Tony Rowe’s reputation, so I was excited about attending Wesleyan.”