Panther Radio Offers Training Ground for Students and Entertainment for the Community

From Abba to Aerosmith to Ariana Grande, Panther Radio listeners enjoy an eclectic mix of music, along with local news and weather. The community-based radio station is also a training ground for future broadcasters, under the direction of station manager Derik Hancock.

Certified with the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Derik is an instructor of communications, and he currently guides and coordinates the 20+ students who are interns and volunteers at the station, located in the Ralph Center for Fine Arts and Communications Arts.

WKWC 90.3FM recently participated in the Broadcast Education Association’s “2021 Festival of Media Arts,” and communication arts major Lain Taleno ’22 won second place in the category for Best Comedy or Drama in Student Audio Production. Taleno produced and directed a radio broadcast production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Tolling Bell” for broadcast on Halloween 2020.

Kentucky Wesleyan names Dr. James Cousins Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Kentucky Wesleyan College has named James Cousins, Ph.D., as its vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College, President Thomas Mitzel announced Thursday. Dr. Cousins will officially begin his duties on July 1, 2021.

Dr. Cousins brings over 16 years of higher education experience to KWC. He currently serves as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University, overseeing student success, faculty engagement, assessment and curriculum development. Prior to this role, Dr. Cousins was a faculty member and director of undergraduate studies in Western Michigan University’s Department of History. At Western, Cousins has been instrumental in the creation of new academic programs, general education reforms, extra-institutional partnerships and a number of initiatives designed to increase student engagement and success.

“We are ecstatic that Dr. Cousins is joining our Panther family,” said President Mitzel. “James brings a strong background and diverse portfolio to this position. His insight and leadership will help Kentucky Wesleyan College continue to build upon its rich academic reputation while making necessary changes to ensure the College remains a global leader in education.”

Our Spirit of Resilience and Collaboration

KWC during the pandemic

The transition to remote learning in mid-Mar 2020 was painful for everyone. Very few of the faculty were trained in how to teach remotely or had even considered teaching in that manner. Likewise, our students were not prepared to have the teaching-learning enterprise shift more responsibility for learning to them.

Our faculty are dedicated to our students and helping them to succeed.  They quickly galvanized the resources we had available to help them transition spring classes from face-to-face to remote instruction. The faculty who teach in our online programs as well the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL – Dr. Christine Salmon), the associate dean and director of online education (Dr. Rebecca Francis) and the learning management coordinator (Savannah Travis) all stepped up and offered helpful tips and encouragement, which enabled the faculty and students to complete the semester remotely. 

We all recognized the need to be well prepared for what might happen in fall 2020 if we were remote. In preparation for our fall hybrid model, Drs. Salmon and Francis developed a five-week course for faculty to enable them to learn how to be effective and engaging in the virtual environment. Fifty faculty took this course, which started shortly after commencement.  The work and time required to create and deliver an engaging, high-quality experience in a remote environment was monumental. The majority of our faculty prepared four courses for the fall, as we have very few multi-section courses, which meant little time for rest, reflection, and recharging during the summer. During the academic year, our faculty – many who were also managing schooling for their children, caring for parents, dealing with COVID themselves or within their families – their commitment to their profession and to the well-being of our students cannot be recognized enough. Several were teaching entirely remotely, several had students who were entirely remote, and all managed to not only teach their courses but also reached out to make sure our students had help navigating the environment. They provided one-on-one conversations, helping students get resources (food, books, shelter, mental health services, etc.), and offered encouragement and reminders when students were getting behind or not turning in work, etc.

Class of 2021 – Bailey Woodall Shares Appreciation for Opportunity

“As soon as I stepped on campus, KWC felt like home. I didn’t want to be just another number at a big university; I wanted the staff and students to truly know me. When I came for my first visit, the president of the school already knew exactly who I was. You’re not going to get that anywhere but Kentucky Wesleyan.

“My advisor, Andrew Bolin (assistant professor of communications), has really impacted me. He began at Wesleyan my sophomore year and took all of his students under his wing. He continued to look for internships and job openings that fit what I wanted to do after graduation. He truly cared about my future.

“Another person who has impacted my college experience is my coach, Miles Mallette. College athletics can be intense and hard to juggle with your everyday life. He made sure our academics came first and that we were able to have lives outside of softball. That was important for me because I was a student-athlete who worked a job, as well.

Why I Give – Chelsea Adams ’13

Chelsea Adams ’13 is a member of the Young Alumni President’s Circle. She shares her KWC connection and reasons for giving back to her alma mater in such a significant way.

“I cherished my time at KWC and always look back fondly on those years in Owensboro. KWC gave me many learning experiences, lifelong friends and more great memories than I can count. Even as a student, I knew I wanted all young people to have college experiences as amazing as I had, which is why I worked as a Phonathon caller and Student Ambassador. I give now to help make those dreams a reality for other young students.

“I encourage others to give to KWC so we can share The Wesleyan Way with as many young students as possible.”

Kentucky Wesleyan College to resume in-person classes and campus activities

Kentucky Wesleyan College President Dr. Thomas Mitzel has announced a return to in-person classes on Tuesday, Mar. 23 and resumption of campus activities and events as of noon on Mar. 22 as the College moved back to Level 2 (yellow) on its threat level indicator table.

“Thanks to your vigilance and concern for the safety of those around you, the campus was able to move back to Level 2 (yellow) today, Monday, Mar. 22, 2021,” President Thomas Mitzel shared in a campus-wide communication. “Classes will remain virtual through Mar. 22, 2021 but will return to normal on Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021. All other activities are able to resume on campus at noon Monday, Mar. 22, 2021. Campus food services will remain grab and go through this evening and will return to normal operations Tuesday morning.”

To learn more about Kentucky Wesleyan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit The microsite includes the College’s COVID-19 tracking dashboard, a threat level indicator table, resources and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to operations amid this pandemic, and campus and community updates.

Notice of a Network Security Incident

Kentucky Wesleyan College experienced a Network Security Incident, resulting in the temporary loss of availability to its files and systems.  We have since resolved the Incident and implemented additional security measures.  Although there was no direct evidence of any misuse of personal information, this Incident may have resulted in unauthorized access to the personal information of certain Kentucky Wesleyan faculty, students, staff records and potentially others.  Accordingly, Kentucky Wesleyan will be providing direct formal notice to all individuals whose personal information may have been impacted by the Incident.  We value our members of the Kentucky Wesleyan community and thank you for your understanding.  For more information, please see our FAQs at the link below.

If you have any questions about this Incident or questions regarding the content of the formal notice, please telephone our dedicated call center at 1-866-752-0071 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

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Adjusted Schedule – Kentucky Wesleyan Theatre Department to present “Guys and Dolls”

The Kentucky Wesleyan College Theatre Department will present “Guys and Dolls” in the Activity Hall at 3300 Frederica St.

The play will be directed by Nate Gross, KWC associate professor theatre arts, and Calvin Malone, a native of Owensboro who is a professional stage actor. Performances will be choreographed by Shauna Jones with music direction by Dennis Jewett, associate professor of music at KWC. The creative team assembled a cast and crew consisting of KWC theater students, as well as community members and professional actors. Capacity has been reduced to allow the audience to be socially distanced. Purchase tickets for in-person and livestream access by clicking the appropriate link below:

Due to a recent pause in campus activities and events, the Theatre Department has shared an updated schedule of performances for “Guys and Dolls.” Please see a message below from Director Nate Gross.

Kentucky Wesleyan College earns accolades for three programs

Kentucky Wesleyan College has been recognized by PLEXUSS Global Rankings for three programs:

  • #4 Best Online College or University in Kentucky Offering a Bachelor’s Degree Program
  • #5 Best in Kentucky Offering a Legal Professions Program
  • #6 in Kentucky Offering Natural Sciences Programs

“These rankings reflect KWC’s reputation for academic excellence and our faculty commitment to quality and personalized attention,” said Dr. Paula Dehn, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. “Our graduates are consistently admitted to the graduate and professional programs of their choice, and employers seek our graduates. Everything we do is for and about our students, and these rankings are confirmation of our student-centered mission.”

KWC to Co-Host Virtual Career Fair with Brescia University on March 23

Kentucky Wesleyan has been planning new ways to help students to connect with employers virtually. The College is excited to partner with Brescia University and Handshake to offer a career fair in a virtual format on Mar. 23 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CT. The fair will include full-time jobs, summer jobs, part-time jobs and internships. Students are encouraged to have resumes critiqued in advance.

KWC Education majors are also invited to the University of Kentucky’s education fair. Instructions below will also apply to that fair’s sign-up process.

Students will access the virtual fair by utilizing their Handshake account. Alumni are also welcome to participate as job seekers, while alumni employers can also register to list career opportunities. To sign-up for Handshake, visit: