Success Stories

Beth Hurst, Class of 2014

Beth Hurst, Class of 2014

Having a keen interest in the dynamics of a globalized society, Beth minored in communication with intent to work in the field of intercultural communication and eventually become a professor. Beth’s first step in this direction is to spend a year after graduation as an au pair in Germany, to become fluent in a second language and gain experience living outside the United States.  More info

Bethany Kriznik Wheatley, Class of 2005

Bethany Kriznik Wheatley, Class of 2005

“I wholeheartedly support a women’s college education. A lot of people have no idea that a small, southern school like Wesleyan could have such a diverse student body and global outlook. Attending Wesleyan not only gave me a first-class academic education but also opened the door to amazing extracurricular opportunities that put me on the path to where I am today.“  More info

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

Betsy Palmer Smith, Class of 1960

Betsy Palmer Smith, Class of 1960

Described by her classmates as exemplifying the ideals that Wesleyan sets for us all, Betsy Palmer Smith responds quickly and positively to calls for service by her church, her family and friends, and children throughout her community. Even Betsy’s minister says, “Betsy embodies the best of Wesleyan’s values and the marks of a servant leader.”  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

Carol J. Thurman, Class of 1965

Carol J. Thurman, Class of 1965

When Casey Thurman arrived at Wesleyan College as a first-year student in the fall of 1961, she blessed everyone she met with joy. The 1965 Veterropt describes her as “the girl who was born with a smile on her face and a laugh in her heart,” and she could often be heard shouting “This is better’n grits!” about everything from a soccer victory to an excellent grade. Casey loved everyone and everything about Wesleyan College, and today she still refers to Wesleyan as the cornerstone of her life.  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

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