50th Anniversary Calendar of Events


July 27, 2011

Sacred Music Summer Conference Hymn Festival and Service: “So Great a Cloud of Witnesses,” held on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the charter for Virginia Wesleyan, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayside Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach, with Dr. Craig Wansink, minister, presiding.

July 30, 2011

Founders’ Reception unveiling the commemorative plaque for the Royster Building, the first official home of the College.

Sacred Music Concert “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” with Mack Wilberg, Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Wesleyan Festival Chorus, at Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, VA.

July 2011

“1961” Alumni Community Service Registry Launch—Our alumni continue to give back. The project goal is to document 1,961 alumni who continue to serve their communities. Project will continue throughout 2011-12. Contact Diane Hotaling, Director of Community Service, at dhotaling@vwc.edu for more information.

September 8, 2011

Fall Convocation, 50th Anniversary Kick-Off
Featuring Carine McCandless, Speaker
Formal opening of the 2011-12 academic year and the College’s first official on-campus 50th anniversary celebration at 11 a.m. in the Jane P. Batten Convocation Center. Convocation speaker Carine McCandless will address faculty, staff, and students. Ms. McCandless is the sister of  Christopher McCandless, the main character in the book Into the Wild, a 1996 non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. Into the Wild was the freshmen reading selection for the Class of 2015.

September 8, 2011

50th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition Opening Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Neil Britton Art Gallery. Alumni, the VWC community and general public are invited to attend. This exhibition of alumni art runs from August-November 2011.  For more information contact John Rudel at jrudel@vwc.edu

September 22, 2011

Opening program of the Center for Sacred Music’s 2011-12 Sound and Symbol Series: Religion and its Soundtrack in America, 1961-2011 at 11 a.m. in the Fine Arst Building, Room 9. Dr. Craig Wansink will present “The New Reformation: Worship and Religion in America.” VWC community and general public invited to attend. For more information contact Sandi Billy at sbilly@vwc.edu.

Fall 2011-Spring 2012 Library displays 50 years at Virginia Wesleyan College in the Hofheimer Library. For more information, contact Jan Pace at jpace@vwc.edu

October 3-7, 2011

“What Does 50 Look Like?” A campus-wide symposium of themed classroom lectures/presentations by VWC faculty to honor VWC’s 50th anniversary. For more information contact Dr. Lee Jordan-Anders at ljordananders@vwc.edu or Dr. Kathy Stolley at kstolley@vwc.edu .

October 5, 2011

Center for the Study of Religious Freedom Fall Symposium Opening
This year’s symposium, titled “Religion in the Public Schools: Possibilities, Pitfalls and Practices,” will focus on two important cases from 50 years ago (1962 & 1963) that barred school-sponsored prayer and Bible readings in public schools and set the stage for controversy that continues today. The opening lecture will take place on October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Monumental Chapel. The series continues through November 17. For more information, contact Paul Rasor at prasor@vwc.edu.

October 6-9, 2011

Pump Boys and DinettesA Homecoming/Family Weekend event
Conceived and written by: John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wan
Pump Boys and Dinettes is a down-home, feel-good musical set in a gas station . and diner on Highway 57 somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna. Songs include “Farmer Tan,” “Fisherman’s Prayer,” “Mamaw,” and “Drinkin’ Shoes.”
General admission tickets are $10 with a reduced price of $5 for children/students of other institutions, military and senior citizens. Reservations can be made by calling 757.455.3381 after September 1. Pump Boys And Dinettes is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Performance dates:
October 6-7 at 7:30 p.m.
October 8 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.
October 9 at 2 p.m.

October 7-9, 2011

Homecoming and Parent Weekend
Join alumni, students, parents and friends of Virginia Wesleyan College for our annual tradition of bringing together current and past students and their families. This year’s festivities celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Virginia Wesleyan College. Join us October 7-9 for a weekend you don't want to miss! For more information, contact Katy Judge at kjudge@vwc.edu or register to attend and view our schedule of events: Schedule of Events, Alumni Information, Register to Attend

October 28, 2011 & March 5, 2012

Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series: “And the Beat Goes On”
Americana/roots rock band Yarn, with lead singer/guitarist and VWC alumnus Blake Christiana, play the Hofheimer Theater at 7:30 p.m. on October 28, 2011. On March 5, 2012, VWC alumni Robynne Redmon, opera singer, Michael Dailey, opera singer, and Charles Woodward, pianist team up at 7:30 p.m. in the Hofheimer Theater. For more information, contact Sandi Billy at sbilly@vwc.edu

November 3, 2011

Center for Sacred Music program, “Shall We Gather at the Movies?” 11 a.m. in Fine Arts 9. presented by Dr. Terrence Lindvall. VWC community and general public invited to attend. For more information, contact Sandi Billy at sbilly@vwc.edu

February 11, 2012

2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon
During the 50th anniversary year, Virginia Wesleyan will induct the fourth class of the recently established Athletic Hall of Fame, which honors those whose outstanding athletic achievements, service or significant contributions have had a lasting effect on the College’s intercollegiate athletic program. For more information visit the Alumni & Friends section of our website.

March 21, 2012

50th Anniversary Community Celebration Luncheon
Featuring New York Times Columnist David Brooks, Speaker

Friends of the College gather to pay tribute to the College’s accomplishments during the past 50 years and to hear a keynote speaker.
New York Times columnist and author David Brooks is described as a keen observer on the American way of life and a penetrating analyst of present day politics and foreign affairs. His newest book is entitled The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement will be the focus of his presentation. Information available by calling Kari Kelly at 757.455.3217 or kkelly@vwc.edu.

Thank you to our Signature Sponsor TowneBank

March 30, 2012

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

50 Years of Women at Wesleyan: A Retrospective
This event honors the 50th Anniversary of Virginia Wesleyan College, the Women of Wesleyan and female faculty, staff, and students who were instrumental in the college's success. A photographic exhibit and personal reflections will chronicle the contributions of women to the founding and success of Virginia Wesleyan College. The exhibit in Hofheimer library will include a reception and the opportunity to meet some of the women who were key contributors in the college's early years. Sponsored by the Women's Resource Center. Open to everyone. For more information, contact Sharon Payne with Women"s Resource Center at 757.455.3413 or e-mail spayne@vwc.edu.


Spring 2012

May 4, 2012

VWC Undergraduate Research Symposium. Special research award for “VWC Tradition and Change” research project in honor of the College’s 50th anniversary.

May 19, 2012

VWC 43rd Commencement
The Class of 2012 and their family and friends celebrate with the entire campus community to honor the tremendous achievements of our graduates.

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