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Class of 2019 alumna Rachel Holbrook is one of the first TWU graduates to earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. During the summer she was selected to attend the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop at Hindman Settlement School, one of the South’s premier gatherings of writers. Dr. Kristin Robertson caught up with Rachel … Continue reading "Recent TWU Grad Attends Appalachian Writers’ Workshop"
Salama Lumbasio finds ways to succeed as her plans continue to change There’s something deeply special about Tennessee Wesleyan University that nearly every student and graduate feels. It struck Salama (Christine) Lumbasio the second she stepped onto campus a few weeks after leaving her home in the east African country of Kenya. “You know when … Continue reading "Driven determination"
Burdettes ensure TWU students have opportunities to see the world With his loving wife, Jill, by his side, Dick Burdette spent his nearly 40-year career at United Airlines helping people to see the world. This commitment has continued into retirement for the 1966 Tennessee Wesleyan University graduate. He and Jill, who also attended TWU, have … Continue reading "Transformation is air apparent"
When Kris Soto started classes at Tennessee Wesleyan, he was 30 years old, taking classes full-time during the day. After spending a full day in class, he would head to work at DENSO, where he worked second shift. Two years into his college experience, Soto got a promotion at work, requiring him to work the … Continue reading "TWU ME alumnus Kris Soto encourages adults seeking degree “don’t be afraid.”"
When Jessica Soto started classes in Tennessee Wesleyan’s management excellence program, she wasn’t sure if she would be able to complete her degree. She was working up to 50 hours a week and was busy with her family and her involvement in church. Eighteen months later, she walked across the stage at Wesleyan’s December 2012 … Continue reading "Jessica Soto: Growing and Advancing Through Education"
When Callie Freeman was in high school, she promised herself she would earn her college degree. She started attending Tennessee Wesleyan, joining the cheerleading team and taking classes. She eventually decided to take some time off, joining the workforce to get real world experience, getting married and having two children, now ages three and eight. … Continue reading "TWU ME graduate Callie Freeman earned degree through hard work, perseverance"
From the time she was a child, Heather Jaramillo has been passionate about basketball. She played as a child, eventually playing for Sweetwater High School and then Tennessee Wesleyan. Receiving a full scholarship to play both basketball and softball was a big factor in Jaramillo’s decision to attend Tennessee Wesleyan, and she credits her teammates … Continue reading "Finding a passion: Heather Jaramillo ’13 inspires students in the classroom and on the court"
For as long as he can remember, Chris Lee has been involved in music. From singing in the children’s choir to taking piano lessons to ringing in the bell choir, Lee has always felt called to do music. “Music has been a part of my life for my whole life,” Lee said. “Even when, as … Continue reading "Worship and Music: Alumnus Chris Lee ’05 shares faith through music"
Bulldog family first: Alumnus Matthew Crabtree ’14, ’15 MBA credits Tennessee Wesleyan community with helping him find his passion
Matthew Crabtree always knew he wanted to attend Tennessee Wesleyan. His grandmother moved from Puerto Rico to attend the school, and he planned to follow in her footsteps. He grew up hearing about Tennessee Wesleyan and its close knit atmosphere. Maintaining his connection to the Athens community was an important aspect of Crabtree’s decision to … Continue reading "Bulldog family first: Alumnus Matthew Crabtree ’14, ’15 MBA credits Tennessee Wesleyan community with helping him find his passion"
Learning through music: Tennessee Wesleyan alum Josh Bragg ’14 inspires Athens City Middle School students through music and theatre
On a Thursday during the week before the end of school, Athens City Middle School music teacher Josh Bragg ’14 had his students working hard, sharing stories they wrote while other students acted along. Bragg was involved with the process, acting with students, showing them how to fill in their stories, and teaching them teamwork … Continue reading "Learning through music: Tennessee Wesleyan alum Josh Bragg ’14 inspires Athens City Middle School students through music and theatre"