Dear Members of the Wesley Community and friends of the College,
Today, as a precautionary measure, the Dover City Police called for a security lockdown in all city buildings and schools due to a firearm threat several blocks from Campus. The lockdown occurred within minutes and everyone on campus was safe. Students, faculty and staff remained in College buildings for approximately two hours until the city police deemed it safe to continue our routine schedule. I have spoken with the...[more]
On August 24 Wesley College President Dr. William N. Johnston announced to the Board of Trustees and the College community his plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year.
Johnston became Wesley’s 16th president in 2008, offering a wealth of experience in administration, including a very successful presidency of Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, IA. In addition to serving as a president in Iowa and Delaware, he has served as a senior administrator at four other private...[more]
Eleven NSF-EPSCoR, one NASA-EPSCoR and six NIH-INBRE-sponsored students presented research at the 2014 Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium at the University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall Conference Center on Aug. 14. Fifteen of the students, and five of their seven academic mentors, were from Wesley College.
Dr. Derald Wentzien, professor of mathematics, mentored two Wesley students, Riza Bautista and Brittany Kowalewski, in their research. Visiting Assistant Professor and...[more]
Wesley College is launching the Academic Advocates program this fall. It serves as a pilot program designed to connect incoming freshmen with the College in order to help them adjust and feel at home in the community.
An advocate's role is to be a Wesley friend, a sounding board for new students and a connection to other campus resources. Advocates will meet with their students weekly during September, with visits decreasing in frequency as the freshmen settle in.
Currently, 25 faculty and...[more]
John B. Atkins, Sr. '62 of Salisbury, Md. died suddenly on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the age of 71. John was a dedicated Wesley advocate, donor and volunteer who served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for more than 24 years and was a past president. After two years at Wesley Junior College, during which he was very involved in drama with the Wesley Players, he went on to study engineering at the University of Maryland. He had a long career with Webcraft, also known as Vertis, Inc.,...[more]
As a successful senior vice president and wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch in Dover, Del., a dedicated wife and mother and a Wesley College Board of Trustee member, Stephanie Smith Christiano '98 is an ideal fit to lead Wesley's most dedicated constituents. She was named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2000 and is the first Wesley alumna to serve as president of the Wesley Society.
Smith Christiano was part of the Wesley Scholars program, which recruited 10 diverse, gifted students to...[more]
Wesley Professor of Business Management Kathleen Jacobs had an article published in the News Journal on July 20. It detailed how the U.S. needs to catch up to the rest of the world in regards to paid maternity and paternity leave.
Wesley College Alcohol Education Coordinator Melissa Elliott received an award from the State of Delaware’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health on June 11 during the Delaware Prevention Advisory Council meeting. She was recognized for her efforts in establishing creative alternative activities for Wesley students using the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG). The College is one of eleven organizations in the state that receive the grant.
There were two...[more]
Wesley College and Bayhealth Medical Center – Kent General Hospital partnered for a nursing simulation activity at Wesley’s Health Sciences Building on July 1. Developed by Wesley College Director of Learning Resources Christine Jarrell, Wesley College Instructor of Nursing and Simulation Coordinator Margaret McElligott and Bayhealth Clinical Nurse Specialist Jessica Lambert, the event served as the culmination of classroom learning for thirteen new nurses doing internships at the...[more]
A record-breaking 250 Wesley Society members committed to supporting Wesley College as of June 30. The Society members advance Wesley College through personal involvement and financial support of $1,000 or more annually.
New opportunities to support the College mission include “Graduates of the Last Decade,” or G.O.L.D. membership; young alumni are now able to join the Society at a reduced special gift level. There are currently 14 alumni taking advantage of this special...[more]