Success Stories

Clarice Pittman Elder, Class of 1958

Clarice Pittman Elder, Class of 1958

In 2009 Clarice Pittman Elder visited Dr. Joe Martin, Pastor of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Sandy Springs, GA. According to Dr. Martin, “Clarice interviewed me and then signed on to join a committee before the meeting was over –even before her first Sunday visit to our church.” Her service to the church did not begin on that day, however. For many years, Clarice was a dedicated servant leader at North Decatur Presbyterian Church  More info

Courtney Mitchell '07

Courtney Mitchell '07

Courtney was only fifteen years old in the fall of 2005 when she came to Wesleyan College as a junior and joined the Golden Heart Class of 2007. She had spent the first two years of her “slightly off-the-beaten-path” college experience at the Georgia Academy of Math, Engineering, and Sciences and completed an associate’s degree in chemistry before graduating from high school.  More info

Cristiana Baloescu '09

Cristiana Baloescu '09

In her Five Faces of 2009 biography (Wesleyan Magazine, summer 2009), Cristiana Baloescu said her proudest accomplishment to date was being accepted to Dartmouth Medical School (now Geisel School of Medicine). She also stated an internship at the Medical Center of Central Georgia Emergency Center in Macon sparked her interest in the specialized field of emergency medicine.  More info

Cynthia D. Wright Class of 1975

Cynthia D. Wright Class of 1975

As Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County, Cynthia D. Wright ’75 presides over Georgia’s busiest trial court of general jurisdiction. Appointed to the Court by then Governor Zell Miller in 1996, she has held the position of chief judge since 2010. The Fulton Superior Court serves the county’s almost one million residents. It comprises both the Atlanta Judicial Circuit and the fifth Judicial District, Georgia’s only single-county judicial circuit and district. Since her initial appointment Cindy has been elected to four terms without opposition. Prior to assuming her judgeship on the Superior Court, she served as a judge of the State Court of Fulton County.  More info

Dibya Rawal Class of 2011

Dibya Rawal Class of 2011

The business administration and economics major and finance minor earned a 3.79 GPA. “My four years in college have been an amazing balance of extracurricular activities, academic excellence, and practical training- all that a liberal arts education at Wesleyan College aspires to give every student. My interest in education does not end at Wesleyan. I yearn for lifelong learning and laughter. Now I’m ready to pursue my next goal- a PH.D. in finance.” While a Wesleyan student, Dibya received the prestigious Trustees scholarship making the President’s List almost every semester.  More info

Dr. Chenny Gan' 02

Dr. Chenny Gan' 02

Internationally accomplished pianist Dr. Chenny Q. Gan, Wesleyan Class of 2002, has returned to Wesleyan as full-time assistant professor of music in piano and collaborative piano, filling the position of her beloved former professor Edward Eikner who retired in May. Her love for Wesleyan and the College’s mission helped convince Chenny to return. “Empowering women and service to the community are two very important goals in my own life, so it’s a perfect fit,” Chenny said.  More info

Eliza Cato Class of 2011

Eliza Cato Class of 2011

Eliza majored in human services and minored in women’s studies and studio art. In the next few years, she plans to pursue master’s degrees in international development and women’s studies. “I have a deep interest in feminist theory, primarily ecofeminism, women’s rights, reproductive rights, and working towards a more egalitarian economic structure.” At Wesleyan, Eliza received several scholarships, including the Presidential, Leadership, and Wesleyan Disciples Scholarships. She was awarded first place in the Sustainable Ecofriendly Environmental Science Competition and the Award for Academic Excellence in Human Services.  More info

Eugenia Rawls Class of 1934

Eugenia Rawls Class of 1934

Following high school, Eugenia studied drama at Wesleyan Conservatory in Macon and was involved with the Conservatory Players and served as President of the Drama Club. To continue with postgraduate work in drama, Eugenia decided to attend the University of North Carolina, and then moved to New York and started her run on Broadway in her 1934 debut in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour. Later, as an understudy for the actress playing Tallulah Bankhead's daughter in Little Foxes, Miss Rawls met Miss Bankhead for the first time. Weeks later, Eugenia was playing Alexandra to Bankhead's Regina Giddens on Broadway, after which they toured 104 American cities.  More info

Evelyn Hanna Sommerville Class of 1932

Evelyn Hanna Sommerville Class of 1932

Like her contemporary Margaret Mitchell, Evelyn used the Civil War as a setting for her romantic fiction and, like Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind, Blackberry Winter was touted by The Atlanta Journal as a ‘possibility for screen entertainment.’ During the 1930s, when these books were published, women novelists were not only enjoying much success but also reinventing the genre of Southern fiction. Blackberry Winter was published in 1938 and missed winning the 1939 Pulitzer Prize by just one vote. The prize that year went to Florida native Marjorie Rawlings for her book, The Yearling.  More info

Geovette E. Washington Class of 1989

Geovette E. Washington Class of 1989

As Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Geovette Washington ’89 serves as second ranking officer in the Office of General Counsel for a cabinet level agency that employs more than 40,000 people. She assists the General Counsel in his role as the chief legal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and chief legal officer for the Department and its 12 component bureaus, including the United Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Administration, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Census Bureau.  More info

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