Utilizing “best practices” in higher education research, the Offices of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs collaborated to create a new residential and academic program for first-year students at Wesley College: the Living Learning Community Program (LLCs), in which students who share a common interest or academic pursuit live together.
In the summer of 1958, a bright, yet shy recent high school graduate living in a farming community in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County was resigned to a life in the country. That’s when, by chance, a postage-stamp-sized advertisement in a magazine mailed to her home changed Joan (Lefever) Bennett’s life.
Wesley College’s Athletic Department inducted 14 new members into its Hall of Fame on Friday, October 4 in a ceremony at Wells Theater.
Barbara Hall Schubert ’51 answered the phone in October 2010 and heard a voice she hadn’t heard in nearly 60 years. It was her college beau, Jack Vaughan ’52, who had gotten her phone number from a mutual friend.
The Matthew C. Sellitto Foundation recently awarded a grant of $100,000 to Wesley College. The donation will be used as an endowed fund to provide support to underprivileged students from urban environments attending Wesley College.
When Lyron Deputy AS ’99, MSN ’06, first entered Wesley in 1997, he never imagined he would end up where he is today: CEO of Delaware Sleep Disorder Centers, a sleep study provider that serves 5,000 patients annually. He credits his experiences at Wesley with providing the educational background and especially the courage he needed to take the huge step from staff nurse at a hospital to successful nurse entrepreneur.
To be on a campus these days is to witness a college more integrated than most in this country: nationally, 14 percent of college students are African American; Wesley’s minority population well exceeds that. That wasn’t always the case, as alumnae Gloria James ’73, the Reverend Charlotte Nichols ’73 and Peggi (Young) Watson ’73 well know.
Since 2005, Wesley College’s honors program has been a symbol for outstanding scholastic prowess and persistence, nurturing a group of students who excel amongst their peers in their academic accomplishments at Wesley. In seven years, enrollment has tripled in size. Incoming students must now be placed on a waiting list to join the program.
Dr. Gambardella reflects on her legacy to Wesley’s nursing program
Dr. Howard Ballentine believes Wesley College is on the cusp of something special. The college, he says, is clearly on the move and primed for a big jump in prestige and market share. As Wesley’s new dean of enrollment management it will be his job to help make sure that vision becomes a reality.