In 2013, Wesley College celebrates 140 years of impact in the community and, most importantly, in the lives of students. Our theme for the year is “Memories and Milestones” which captures the historical events and the personal stories that resonate with us all—whether we were actually in attendance or simply seeing and hearing fond recollections. We hope you enjoy the timeline of memories and we have created.
Archive for June 2013
With the loss of Chris Douglas and Darrell Johnson to graduation and a slew of newcomers thrown into the fray, not many knew what to expect from the 2012–13 men’s basketball team. An impressive summer trip to Montreal changed all of that as the improvement of veteran players like David Langan, Eric Selby and Quincy Pettiford was quite evident. From there, the Wolverines knew they might have something special as returning All-CAC performer Paul Reynolds prepared for his senior season.
Featuring the toughest schedule in all of NCAA Division III during the 2012 season, the Wesley College football team went 10–2 overall, made its eighth-straight NCAA playoff appearance, advancing to the National Quarterfinals, and finished ranked sixth in the nation. Despite the graduation of several All-Americans from the season prior, the Wolverines had high expectations with the return of senior quarterback Justin Sottilare, the 2010 South Region Player of the Year.
A recap of the performances of Wesley’s athletic teams
Wesley Soccer Alumni gathered in record numbers on Saturday, March 23 at Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa. Ed Muntz and Steve Clark, head coaches of the women’s and men’s soccer teams respectively, partnered with the Office of Alumni Relations to host the event. It allowed former players of both programs and their spouses or guests to come together and socialize, while recounting Wesley memories.
Since developing an institutional strategic plan five years ago, Wesley College has remained committed to following through on initiatives that will help grow its resources and support. To that end the Office of Institutional Advancement has reorganized its team of professionals to better meet the challenges ahead. One of the changes includes Cathy Nosel’s new role as director of alumni relations and annual giving.
A record number of people attended the fourth annual Arts in the Parlor event at the Schwartz Center for the Arts on April 20. The fundraiser was a celebration in support of Wesley College scholarships, raising more than $33,000 this year.
My wife Debbie and I traveled to California in March where we met up with Wesley Hall of Fame Coach Dick Smith and his wife Nancy. We had a wonderful visit that also included former player Richard Brown ’64 and his wife Mary. We reminisced about the years from 1961 to 1966 when Coach Smith was the football coach at Wesley.
Wesley celebrated its 140 year history at Founders Day on March 20 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover. A tradition for the College, Founders Day celebrates scholarship and service in the Wesley Community.
Wesley College showed its appreciation to its most generous contributors on January 12, with a reception and dinner held at the Sheraton Dover Hotel. Approximately 130 guests attended to celebrate the third year for the Wesley Society, which recognizes high-level donors