Panther Pathway

Brittany Wells, Managing Editor

The college selection process is often stressful for high school students.  Luckily, all of us found a home here at Kentucky Wesleyan.  On April 15 and 16, high school students who have been accepted to Wesleyan will spend the weekend on campus for the newly named “Panther Pathway” event.  Formerly titled “Admitted Students Day,” the two days are aimed at helping accepted students know more about the college and commit to enrolling here for the fall semester.

On Friday, April 15, prospective students have been invited to spend the night on campus with a Wesleyan Host.  That evening, the students will have dinner in Rogers, where they will get to hear from campus leaders.  Later they will venture back to Kendall and Peeples and get settled in their residence hall rooms.  At 9 P.M., SAPB will host a KDub Idol Rewind in Rogers featuring performers from K Dub Idol, Greek Sing, and other campus events.  Then the guest students will go to the Midnight Movie at Malco.  The hope is that these prospective students will learn more about our campus life, meet other incoming first-year students, and feel more comfortable when they arrive for their first semester on campus.

On Saturday, April 16, the overnight guests will be joined by other prospective students, parents, and families.  The busy day will include a welcome from campus administrators and then a morning of different sessions for parents and students.  The students will attend academic advising sessions, a program on student engagement and leadership, and a session on academic resources on campus.  The parents will hear from Dean Kramer on campus safety and security, financial aid options, academic support services, and advice from other Kentucky Wesleyan parents.

On Saturday afternoon, the students and parents will eat lunch on the lawn while current students represent student groups and organizations.  The organizations will have a chance to show what their group is about and recruit the new students for the fall.  This is a great opportunity that groups should take advantage of!

Rebecca McQueen, Director of the Sophomore Experience, wants current students to know that the new Panther Pathway event is a chance for all of us to show these prospective new students how we live out the Wesleyan Way.  “These high school students are trying to figure out if Kentucky Wesleyan is going to be their home for the next four years.  We want to really highlight the best of what we have to offer and show them what our campus family is all about.  We hope that current students will welcome them to Owensboro and campus with open arms and smiles.  We want to see them at the K Dub Idol Rewind, at the Midnight Movie, and at the organization fair on Saturday.  This is our chance to recruit the best students for next year.”

If you have questions about being involved with the Panther Pathway event, talk to Matt Ruark in Admin 108.