Dear Alumni and Friends,
Homecoming is always a tremendous event as alumni of all ages return to campus. As Susan and I meet with alumni, the constant theme they share centers on the special experience they had as students at Wesley. Specifically, the meaningful relationships established with faculty and staff in a supportive liberal arts setting is an extraordinary feature of Wesley and cannot be duplicated at a larger institution of higher education.
This characteristic continues to describe Wesley today. Wesley provides experiences that mold and shape our young students and involves them in leadership opportunities as well as personal, professional and spiritual growth, community involvement and a sense of belonging.
Do you know that Wesley is one of the few private colleges to offer undergraduate research for first-year students? This allows for more in-depth research which extends from year to year, better preparing them for graduate school or the professional workplace. Many of our students have been selected for national poster presentations and published in academic magazines and journals.
Although other colleges offer study abroad programs, Wesley is offering a plethora of multicultural options to expand our students’ view of the world around them. Not only do they have the ability to study abroad for a semester, students can choose short-term travel courses, summer programs and other offerings that open doors and expose them to new cultures and ideas.
With the addition of the marching band, Wesley’s music programs continue to build and offer all students the ability to participate and experience the arts. One of the foundations of a liberal arts education, the arts – including music, art and drama – allow students to express themselves and develop their appreciation for culture.
Experiences last a lifetime, and at Wesley everything we do cultivates opportunities to reach further and broaden students’ minds. Your unwavering support helps Wesley continue to provide these important experiences.
Thank you for your dedication to Wesley,
Dr. William N. Johnston