Success Stories

Aaron Barth, EMBA Class of 2009

Aaron Barth, EMBA Class of 2009

Aaron graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2004 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and American literature and language and a minor in Spanish. The next year, he moved to Macon and began working at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. In 2008, Aaron enrolled in the EMBA program at Wesleyan and said it provided him with the motivation to further hone and develop tools that correlated with his work as a healthcare administrator.  More info

Addie Marie McKellar Baird

Addie Marie McKellar Baird

Thanks to Dr. William E. Baird, his family’s exceptional collection of artifacts, writings, books, and personal effects constitute a prominent part of Wesleyan’s archives in Willet Library. Along with the personal effects of his mother’s family that he has given to Wesleyan, Dr. Baird has also created The Addie Marie McKellar Baird Endowed Archival Preservation Fund honoring his mother’s memory.   More info

Adelaide Wallace Ponder Class of 1946

Adelaide Wallace Ponder Class of 1946

Adelaide entered the newspaper industry with full force in 1957 when she and her husband, Graham Ponder, purchased The Madisonian, one of the oldest newspapers in the South and the only paper serving Morgan County. As the weekly’s new editor, Adelaide was stepping into big shoes. The Madisonianbegan in 1840 as Southern Miscellany –– edited by award-winning Georgia Journalist William Tappan Thompson –– and was one of the oldest continuing businesses in the county. As co-publisher and one of just a few women editors in the state, Adelaide maintained a high level of excellence and produced a journalistically sound newspaper.  More info

Aditi Dey '13

Aditi Dey '13

Aditi belives that one of the most valuable things she learned at Wesleyan is how to push her mind outside of her comfort zone through educational challenges and running with the cross-country team. “I find myself much stronger and much more dedicated to my pursuits than I have ever been. Wesleyan has taught me how to overcome obstacles by engaging peers and mentors.”  More info

Alaina Avera Harrison Class of 2012

Alaina Avera Harrison Class of 2012

When Alaina entered Wesleyan, she had no plans to follow in the footsteps of her father, a pastor in the United Methodist Church. Her plans were to earn a degree in graphic design and eventually start her own firm. But the summer after her freshman year at Wesleyan, Alaina said God pushed her in a different direction. While working as a camp counselor at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simon’s Island, Alaina claimed God spoke to her through the campers and told her to go into full time ministry. “I struggled with this calling at first, but finally agreed to go with God’s plan,” Alaina said.  More info

Amanda S. Jacobs, Class of 1984

Amanda S. Jacobs, Class of 1984

For the last thirty years, Amanda has showcased her talents in a myriad of ways including as a playwright, composer, educator, musician, producer, docent, and student. Today she works and creates in three artistic disciplines: music, theater, and the visual arts and is working toward completing her PhD in educational psychology at Capella University. Currently Amanda focuses on sharing music as a composer and playwright, and her work has been honored by numerous organizations.  More info

Amy Daniels, Class of 1999

Amy Daniels, Class of 1999

Amy was a member of the first cohort of Munroe Scholars at Wesleyan. In 2009, she earned her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida with funding assistance from a NASA Research Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship. Prior to joining the Forest Service in 2010, she spent nearly a decade working in forest and wetland conservation and in community development in various Latin American countries. She also held positions with other federal and state agencies.   More info

Angela Woolen '13

Angela Woolen '13

Just like the young 20-somethings, I walked from the site of the old Wesleyan College to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. And like most of them that night at the Baccalaureate service, I shed a few tears, shared some laughs and thought about the future. The next day, May 11, I walked across the stage along with 92 others at Porter Auditorium and received my bachelor’s degree.  More info

Ann Parsons Odum, Class of 1954

Ann Parsons Odum, Class of 1954

If Ann Parsons Odum’s life were depicted in one of her paintings – what would we see? The scenes would reveal a colorful life overflowing with passionate devotion to her family, friends, church, and beloved hometown of Duluth, Georgia. For the past 40 years, Ann has dedicated a significant amount of time to preserving the history of Duluth through her artwork. A friend said, “Everything Ann has loved in life centered on Duluth.”  More info

Anne Scarborough Hughes, Class of 1978

Anne Scarborough Hughes, Class of 1978

Among the more than 9,000 members of the Wesleyan College Alumnae Association, few have served her in as many different roles as Anne Scarborough Hughes. Student, parent, faculty member, liaison to the Methodist Church, alumnae leader – for over 35 years Anne has offered her considerable talents in service to her alma mater with enthusiasm, humility, and love. In 1994 Anne was elected Secretary of the Alumnae Board of Managers  More info

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