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

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