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2019 Founders Day Celebrated at Wesley College

Posted March 28th, 2019 at 4:38pm

Wesley College celebrated Founders Day on March 20, 2019 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover, DE. The event is an annual tradition that celebrates the beginnings of Wesley College (founded in 1873) and recognizes donors’ contributions and students’ accomplishments with scholarships and awards.

Wesley College Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Laura Bigham Mayse ’92 was a featured speaker, providing the welcoming statements. President Robert E. Clark II offered the opening greetings and held a moment of silence to remember the life of Wesley College student, Erick Acevedo-Palencia.

Pictured is President Robert E. Clark II with students: (Left to Right) Anthony DiLolle, Julianna Neel, Ezekiel Patterson, Joseph Plez, Whitney Summerall and Sabrina Sumner recipients of the George P. McLaughlin Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

More than $103,000 in scholarship money was awarded to 84 students. Many of the scholarships were merit based and specific to areas of study. In addition, 27 students received academic departmental awards, which recognize applicants that are the top students in each department based on grade point average and other factors.

“Founders Day is a wonderful celebration of our history, from our generous donors to the outstanding achievements of our students,” said Wesley College Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Laura Bigham Mayse.

During the event faculty promotions were recognized as well. Mary Jenson, Ph.D., Albee Mendoza, Ph.D., Tamala Paxton, D.N.P. and Soeun You, Ph.D. were promoted to Associate Professor. In addition, Cynthia Newton, Ph.D. was promoted to full professor. Lastly, Darla Davidson, M.S.N., Varleisha Gibbs, Ph.D., Stephanie Holyfield, Ph.D., Denise Morris, Ed.D.  and Stephanie Stotts, Ph.D. were approved for tenure.

Additional Photos of the event are online on Wesley Flickr page: