Alumni Spotlights, Stories & Updates

Alumni Spotlight – Berry Popp ’05

Berry L. Popp graduated from Midway University in 2005 with a degree in Organizational Management (OM). Originally from Frankfort, Berry currently resides in Versailles, Kentucky and is Vice President, Commercial Lender for Cumberland Valley National Bank. When asked what Midway means to him, Berry stated, “As a first generation college graduate, Midway means a lot to me. They were understanding of my situation. I worked full-time and had two small children when I began the OM program. While I was not a traditional college student, I felt like my experience could not have been better. I had access to great professors and learned a lot from my time at Midway. I am thankful for the vision and pathways laid by the past leadership, faculty and staff. I am encouraged by the energy and excitement of the current leadership and faculty to strengthen the University moving through the 21st century and beyond.”

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Alumni Spotlight – Craig Yeast ’11

Former University of Kentucky football star Craig Yeast graduated from Midway University in June 2011 with a degree in Sports Management. He left UK as a non-graduate in 1998 and had a combined eight-year professional career in the NFL/CFL. It took Craig 13 years to go back and earn his college degree but, were it not for Midway University, he’s not sure he’d be in the position he is today.

Yeast recently was named head football coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. He said he was searching for a way to stay involved with the game he loved when he retired from playing football professionally, so he began working with young people by running camps and ultimately coaching high school football. He gives credit to Midway for helping make that possible.

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Alumni Spotlight – Jamie Mason Lego ’00

Jaime graduated from Midway in 2000 and majored in Education. She came to Midway from Hagerstown, MD and currently resides there. Jaime is an 8th Grade Algebra teacher and coaches cross country and track. She enjoys running, baseball and YoungLife in her spare time. She is married to Justin and was named one of Maryland’s Teachers of the Year in 2010.

Jaime says Midway helped build her confidence and gave her a strong start.

“The skills I gained at Midway allowed me to start strong and taught me to never stop learning, not be afraid to try something new in my classroom, and reflect on the failures and learn how to improve upon that failure.”

When asked about her favorite memory, Jaime stated, “There are too many to count, and some I don’t want to share with those I don’t know. However, my teammates and I would go on destination studying adventures. We’d take our stuff and go somewhere off campus and study, whether to Waffle House, Daniel Boone’s gravesite, or somewhere else.”

Additional advice she offers for future Midway graduates is advice she was given at her Master’s graduation: “We must learn when to be water and when to be rock.”

Alumni Spotlight – Laura Mitchell Jefferson ’99

Graduation Year – 1999
Major – Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management
Hometown – Maysville, KY
Current town – Germantown, KY (13 miles from Maysville)
Job – Infrastructure Development Manager at Buffalo Trace Area Development District (retired June 30, 2018)
What does Midway mean to you? – Midway offered the opportunity to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in a cohort in Maysville. Through Midway, I was able to show my children the importance of education.
How has Midway helped you professionally? – Once I obtained my degree, I was able to move to a different position within the organization where I worked. This “move” assisted with making a more financial secure environment for my family.

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Alumni Spotlight – Brittany Crume ’13

I’m a 2013 graduate of Midway with a major in healthcare administration and a minor in business administration. I am from Bardstown, KY and have lived there my whole life. I currently work as the administrative manager at Bluegrass Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, in Bardstown. To me Midway means a chance to challenge yourself, further your education, and a place to find your passion. I attended Midway as an online student. I never thought I would have developed the relationship with professors that I did. I thought I would be just another student in an online class with professors who didn’t care. I was mistaken. My professors were very helpful, they challenged me in each and every class and provided lots of feedback. They were always available to help or answer questions. I developed a passion for the healthcare administration field during my time at Midway, and it has since carried over into my career.

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Alumni Spotlight – Billy Van Pelt ’10

Graduation Year – 2010
Major – Master of Business Administration
Hometown – Versailles, KY
Current Town – Bowling Green & Lexington, KY
Job – Director of Development, Southeast and Midwest at American Farmland Trust
What does Midway mean to you? – An outstanding university on a beautiful campus, in a historic town, surrounded by a world-renowned rural landscape.

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Alumni Spotlight – Jeneen Walker ’17

Graduation Year – 2017
Major – Nursing
Hometown – Lawrenceburg, KY
Current Town – Lawrenceburg, KY
Job – Staff Development Coordinator at Signature Healthcare at Heritage Hall
What does Midway mean to you? – It means family. I had very caring teachers and they always encouraged me to strive harder and to never give up.

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