Alumni Stories & News Updates
November 4, 2016
Midway Paves the Path to Independence
Midway University Equine graduate, Carrie Ann Kelen, grew up in upstate New York, a small town called Latham situated between Albany and Saratoga. Carrie was a lacrosse player in high school and made it a priority to ride horses at every possible opportunity. Carrie started college in upstate New York at a college close to home as a pre-vet student while working at her home town small animal veterinary hospital. When the clinic where she worked hired a physical therapist to rehabilitate dogs after surgery, she shadowed her for two weeks and immediately knew that some form of animal rehabilitation was her calling. “The compassion, intimacy and positive, progressive results achieved from physical therapy was exactly what I wanted to create every day while working with animals,” remembers Kelen.
July 13, 2016
Midway Clinical Instructor Earns Distinguished Alumna Award
As we celebrate 50 years of nursing education excellence at Midway University this year, we appropriately name Amy Feeback, 2001 nursing graduate, our 2016 Distinguished Alumna.
Amy was awarded this honor by the Midway University Alumni Association Board during reunion weekend, June 3-4. Amy came to Midway as a CNA at a local nursing home who wanted to advance her profession. “I heard about Midway’s program for nontraditional students; I was able to still work full-time and provide for my young family while going to night classes. Becoming a nurse was a lifelong dream and I knew that I would not be able to quit my job in order to go to school. Midway provided an opportunity for me to pursue this dream.”
February 24, 2016
Midway Mom becomes Midway Success Story
Peggy Cullen was first introduced to Midway when her two sons attended a preschool housed on
campus. She remembers it being a fabulous experience for her boys. “The staff was wonderful, and the student and teacher interactions were amazing. I remembered those days when I saw the ad in the newspaper advertising the School for Career Development at Midway. The time my sons spent at
Midway was such a positive experience, I thought I might encounter a similar and encouraging
experience as well.”
October 27, 2015
Graduate LaTasha Jackson ’14 Credits Midway with Helping Her Stay in the Game
Growing up in a small Alabama town, LaTasha “Tae” Jackson had big dreams. Tae was an all-around athlete, she excelled in volleyball, basketball and track. Prior to coming to Midway, Tae experienced some health setbacks which required surgery on her right lung and delayed her athletic pursuits. She began conditioning to rebuild her strength; she was determined to play basketball again. Tae’s friend, who was a Midway graduate, told her about her Midway experience and encouraged her to apply. Tae took her friend’s advice and saw Midway as a small college with big opportunities. “Midway was the first college to allow me to get back on the court and perform. Due to the scar tissue on my lung, I had to once again give up basketball. That was very tough but I didn’t quit sports. This time around, I relied on my faith in God and my hunger for success to push me through tough times so I started throwing the discus for the Track & Field Team.”
September 14, 2015
Midway Alum Julie Moore ’03 Selected as 2016 Ashland Inc. Outstanding Educator
The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. have selected 24 outstanding educators, including three in Fayette County Public Schools, to receive the 2016 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards. Julie Moore (2003 Midway University Graduate) of Wellington Elementary, Tracy Lambert of Lafayette High, and Carlos Pena-Rivera of Henry Clay High will now compete for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced next month.
The two dozen contenders will be honored at an Oct. 20 ceremony at the Capitol in Frankfort, where they will receive cash awards and certificates. This marks the 15th year that the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. have partnered to honored Kentucky educators.