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Alderman Kelly Pettyjohn Receives First Distinguished Alumni Award Presented by the Wilmington University Alumni Association

Alderman Kelly Pettyjohn Receives First Distinguished Alumni Award Presented by the Wilmington University Alumni Association

When it comes to making a positive difference in peoples’ lives, Alderman Kelly Pettyjohn does just that every day she goes to work. To honor her community commitment and impact, Pettyjohn was presented with Wilmington University’s first Distinguished Alumni Award at the university’s annual alumni board dinner, which was held December 2, 2019, at Sullivan’s […]

Dr. Carol Birnbohm: Homegrown Leader

Dr. Carol Birnbohm: Homegrown Leader

Carol Birnbohm first displayed her innate leadership abilities on Memorial Day, 1988, on a softball field in Marlton, New Jersey — although she didn’t realize it at the time. Now Dr. Carol Birnbohm, she is superintendent of schools in the Lenape Regional High School District and 2019 New Jersey Region III Superintendent of the Year. […]

Dr. Barbara Thomas: Following Her Heart

Dr. Barbara Thomas: Following Her Heart

Dr. Barbara Thomas hopes you know that your goals aren’t subject to prior authorization. That what others tell you is possible doesn’t matter nearly as much as what’s in your heart. It’s a lesson that’s changed the course of her life, and she hopes you’ll remember it, too. “You tell them for me and for […]

Jeff Lomas: First in His Class

Jeff Lomas: First in His Class

In January, Detective Jeff Lomas of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department flew in from Vegas to attend commencement and become the first recipient of Wilmington University’s master’s degree in Cybersecurity. While the 2,500-mile trip to Philadelphia International Airport was a long one*, his journey actually began even farther west — in the central California […]

Jacquelyn Blevins: A Fish Story, with Green Cats

Jacquelyn Blevins: A Fish Story, with Green Cats

Goldfish. Catfish. Tuna fish. The middle-schoolers sitting around Jacquelyn Blevins’s office were naming every kind of fish they could think of. “It looked like they were having a lot of fun,” says Blevins, a software support technologist and pupil accounting coordinator for the Smyrna School District, as well as a two-time graduate of Wilmington University. […]

Ronnie Wuest: Transforming Lives through Jiu-Jitsu

Ronnie Wuest: Transforming Lives through Jiu-Jitsu

Ronnie Wuest has one business goal: To provide the best possible self-defense education to his students in order to build their confidence for life. It’s that type of singular commitment that not only helped grow his business, Delaware Self Defense Academy, from 10 to almost 700 students, but also compelled one of his students, Wendy […]

A Lasting Legacy

A Lasting Legacy

Prospects looked grim for Dustyn Thompson the night before he got the call. He had long ago recovered from the opioid addiction that resulted from a trampoline accident when he was 13, but the chronic nerve pain in his back and neck was unrelenting. Money was so tight that he and his wife, Anna, had […]

Dr. Courtney Stewart: Serving Delaware

Dr. Courtney Stewart: Serving Delaware

Alumna Dr. Courtney Stewart’s list of titles is long and continues to grow. by Britney Guledge Right now, those titles include wife, mother, fitness instructor, adjunct instructor at WilmU, volunteer and deputy secretary for the Delaware Department of State. This proud Delawarean grew up in Selbyville with dreams of being a farmer, but she has […]

Alderman Kelly Pettyjohn: Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Alderman Kelly Pettyjohn: Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Alderman Pettyjohn has been selected from numerous nominees as the recipient of the first Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the Wilmington University Alumni Association. Alderman and alumna Kelly Pettyjohn uses her background, work experience and education to lead with compassion and make a positive impact in her community. And she does that in Court 35 […]

Dr. Lemar White:  A Champion for Diversity

Dr. Lemar White: A Champion for Diversity

Dr. White joined forces with another WilmU alum, Andrea Singleton, to create the Proud Professionals Network. The mission of the organization is to provide professional development for LGBTQ and allies, along with business and social networking opportunities for members. Diversity shows itself in many ways: race, sexuality, culture, values, religion, gender and a multitude of […]