Top 10 Stories of 2015

10. Women’s Soccer sets school record for wins

On Oct. 27, the Wesleyan women’s soccer team set a single season school record with their 11th win of the year in a 2-1 triumph over Trevecca, earning the squad a third consecutive 10-win season.

Read more about this accomplishment here.

 9. Homecoming attendance triples from 2014

Homecoming is always an exciting time at Kentucky Wesleyan, but this fall nearly 800 alumni and friends, the largest Homecoming crowd in the College’s history, gathered to share memories, make new ones and celebrate a 49-22 win over Louisiana College!

8. A new Wesley N. Panther unveiled at Friday After 5

On Aug. 28, we painted the town purple as the featured sponsor of Owensboro’s weekly Friday After 5 summer concert series.  Our students performed on five stages, children enjoyed interactive games with our scholar-athletes, President Bart Darrell gave the toast to the sunset, and we introduced the new and improved Wesley N. Panther! 


7.  Giving Tuesday/Day of Service

On Dec. 1, Kentucky Wesleyan College realized $113,054 in charitable gifts from 275 donors through their participation in #GivingTuesday. This fundraising effort was preceded by the inaugural Wesleyan Way Day of Service, which featured 172 service hours from 141 volunteers. The theme was #WesleyanONE – every volunteer, service hour, donor and gift made an impact!

Learn more about these awesome days of service and giving here.

6. Panther Track and Field teams to get new stadium

In July, through a collaborative effort with Owensboro Public Schools with support from Owensboro Health, Wesleyan’s track and field programs will soon enjoy a new track and field complex for home and postseason meets. 

Read more about this partnership here.

5. Accounting students achieve highest CPA exam scores in Kentucky

In June, Wesleyan accounting students who sat for the certified public accountant exam in 2014 outscored every other college in the state with an average score of 84 percent. In addition to the No. 1 ranking, Wesleyan students were third in the state for overall pass rate at 76.5 percent, a higher pass rate than all public institutions.  

Learn more about these rankings and the accounting department at Kentucky Wesleyan by watching the video below and by clicking here.

4. Dedication of Howard Greenwell Library and Learning Center

In Sept., President Bart Darrell announced a gift of $1 million to the Wesleyan General Scholarship Fund from George and Gertrude Greenwell of Owensboro in memory of their son, Howard.

In recognition of the investment, the College re-named its on-campus library the “Howard Greenwell Library and Learning Center.” View the official dedication below and learn more here.

3. Record $6.2 million in charitable gift revenue for 2014-15

The 2014-15 fiscal year was a big one for Kentucky Wesleyan as the institution realized more than $6.2 million in charitable gift revenue. The dollar amount is Wesleyan’s highest ever and came from 1,657 donors, a 24 percent increase from the previous year. Read more about this announcement here.

2. Wesleyan receives estate gift of over $4 million

In April, the College announced a gift of over $4 million from the estate of Luellen Pyles, a 1944 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan and a former member of the Board of Trustees.

In Dec., the college announced the addition of six new scholarships for aspiring teachers, starting with the Fall 2016 class, made possible through this investment. Learn more here.

#1. Rogers Foundation to award more than $10 million in Scholarships

On Oct. 1, Kentucky Wesleyan joined forces with The Rogers Foundation IN Las Vegas, Nev., to award more than $10 million in scholarships over the next decade to college-bound residents of Southern Nevada. Read more about this partnership here.