Success Stories

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

Chelcey Berryhill Class of 2008

Chelcey Berryhill Class of 2008

Chelcey studied art in Cortona, Italy, during the summer of 2006, and during the summer of 2007, she interned with the International Fine Arts Conservation Studio restoring the exterior decorative faux finish on the 1918 mansion El Jardin. Immediately after graduating from Wesleyan with a double major in art history and studio art, Chelcey moved to Manhattan and began graduate study at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in the American Fine and Decorative Arts master’s program. Today Chelcey is the Special Events and Board Coordinator at Brooklyn Historical Society in New York. Her projects are centered around advocating architecture and fine arts as a way to better a community.   More info

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

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