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Betsy Herlong Class of 2012

Betsy Herlong Class of 2012

When Elizabeth “Betsy” Herlong returns to Wesleyan for her ten-year reunion, she hopes to be able to tell her Wesleyan Green Knight sisters that she has travelled across Europe and lives in a city like Paris. She would like to be able to say she has taken the lesson she learned at Wesleyan and applied them in her post-college life. “While I think a good-paying job with benefits is important,” Betsy said, “I think it will be more important for me to be able to tell my classmates that I am happy and that I’ve continued to grow as a person.”  More info

Betty Thompson Class of 1947

Betty Thompson Class of 1947

Betty Thompson has performed throughout her career on a world stage. “I knew Mother Teresa before she was a star and Desmond Tutu before he was a bishop,” she said. Betty Thompson was a prophetic force in religious journalism for more than four decades. Before her retirement at the end of 1994, she gave thirty-five years of distinguished and dedicated service to the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). After her retirement, Betty continued to garner recognition. In 1998, The World Association for Christian Communication designated her a life member. And, in 2001, she was inducted into the Methodist Communicators Hall of Fame.  More info

Bill Powell, Class of 1959

Bill Powell, Class of 1959

Powell was a graduate of Wesleyan, a rare distinction for a man, and College records indicate that Bill Powell was one of only three men ever to graduate from Wesleyan with a bachelor of arts degree. President Joseph T. Martin arranged for Bill to be admitted to Wesleyan’s school of liberal arts. (At the time, men were allowed to earn Wesleyan degrees only in the fine arts). Bill Powell received his degree in.  More info

Bonnie Smith Slovis, M.D. Class of 1966

Bonnie Smith Slovis, M.D. Class of 1966

At the age of forty, after having successfully raised two sons and worked in a variety of professions, and after earning two master’s degrees, Bonnie Smith Slovis ’66, M.D., M.Ed., MSHS, FCCP, began the journey to realizing her childhood dream. In 1986, twenty years after graduating from Wesleyan, Bonnie entered Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Today Bonnie is the Associate Director for Clinical Affairs of the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care, Director of the Pulmonary Patient Care Center, Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center, Director of Outpatient Pulmonary Medicine, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  More info

Carla Frances DuBose Kalec '57

Carla Frances DuBose Kalec '57

There were eighty members in my medical school class and six of us were girls, a first for the medical school since they had only ever had two girls in a class. They indicated that in their experience half the females in a class dropped out, so they expected that three of us would not finish. To their surprise, all six of us finished.  More info

Caroline Thomas Class of 1981

Caroline Thomas Class of 1981

Internationally renowned opera star Caroline Thomas ’81 inherited her gift of singing from her father, Blake Thomas, who she says still sings beautifully. However, she credits her great success to studying with Norman McLean during her years at Wesleyan. A gifted teacher and mentor to future opera stars, Caroline has held a full professorship at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, since 2002. She calls it “the best job in the world!” Recent graduates are now ensemble members in Graz, Austria, Würzberg and Wüppertal, Germany. In 2008, she was elected as the first woman Dean at the School of Music in Detmold.  More info

Catherine Cela Class of 2012

Catherine Cela Class of 2012

Catherine entered Wesleyan as a Munroe Scholar with plans to major in chemistry, but soon discovered her true passion was theatre. Before Wesleyan, Catherine had no theatre experience, but had taken classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and hip-hop and said dancing on stage must have ignited her love for the limelight. In her sophomore year, Catherine changed her major to theatre and graduated with a double minor in biology and music. She appeared in several Wesleyan theatre productions, and in April 2012, Catherine was one of four Wesleyan advanced theatre students to serve as director for Student Director’s Showcase.  More info

Catherine Elizabeth Brewer Benson Class of 1840

Catherine Elizabeth Brewer Benson Class of 1840

In the 1839 Georgia Female College catalog, twenty girls are listed in the Junior Class. Of this number, eleven graduated on the night of July 16, 1840, and were pioneers in education for women. By virtue of being alphabetically the first in line, Catherine Elizabeth Brewer was the first woman to receive her degree from the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women.   More info

Charlotte Battle Everbach Class of 1952

Charlotte Battle Everbach Class of 1952

Charlotte found her heart for community service at Wesleyan when she arrived in 1948. Her choice of art history as her major helped to develop her keen eye for color and detail and the stylistic context that later distinguished Charlotte as a prominent interior designer. After graduating magna cum laude from Wesleyan and enrolling in graduate studies at the University of Southern California and New York University, Charlotte married John Everbach. They moved with their daughter, Geri, to Orlando in 1962 where she began her professional career in Interior Design – a career that spanned 42 years throughout central Florida.  More info

Charlotte Jolly Hale Class of 1962

Charlotte Jolly Hale Class of 1962

Charlotte Jolly Hale ’62 could easily serve as the role model for the servant leadership and advocacy Wesleyan College fosters through the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service. Beginning at Wesleyan and continuing throughout the 50 years following her graduation, Charlotte’s community service has ranged from promoting literacy through individual tutoring and supporting public school education to fostering international cultural understanding by participating in Friendship Force, Inc. While she and husband Floyd have lived in various neighborhoods in the metro Atlanta area and in North Georgia, Charlotte has found or created opportunities to improve each community.  More info

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