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February

12 - Apr 8

"Amplifications and Measures" by Mariam Eqbal

"Amplifications and Measures" by Mariam Eqbal will be on display February 12 through April 8 in the Neil Britton Gallery inside Hofheimer Library. Eqbal's progressive and experimental works of video/animation, drawings, and prints, explore the fundamentals of change through repetition branching into time and motion. Sponsored by the VWC Art Department and Popblossom, a curator and artist collaborative founded by former gallery owners Lorrie Saunders and Brad Hall. An opening reception and artist lecture will take place Friday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Neil Britton Gallery.

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14 - 19

Love Liberally: A Celebration of Love in the Liberal Arts

The sixth annual campus-wide symposium "Love Liberally: A Celebration of Love in the Liberal Arts" will take place February 14-19 at Virginia Wesleyan College. The VWC community will consider love as it relates to the liberal arts, focusing on art, music, poetry, science and more. Faculty will offer special lectures, workshops and presentations exploring various aspects of love, each through their own disciplinary lens. All presentations are open to the VWC community. Complete schedule to be announced.

15

When Rights Conflict: Personal Freedoms Versus Religious Obligations since the Hobby Lobby Decision
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Eric Mazur, Center for the Study of Religious Freedom Religion, Law, & Politics Fellow, and Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College will lead discussion on conflicts that arise when the expression of faith intersects with public space as part of the NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue series on "Religion in the Public Square." NEXUS is sponsored in partnership with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Free and open to the public. Monday, February 15, 7-8:30 p.m., Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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16 - 18

Phi Alpha Theta Annual Book Sale

The students of the Virginia Wesleyan College chapter of Phi Alpha Theta will hold their annual used book sale fundraiser in the Batten Lounge, February 16-18. Available books include a variety of topics: history, literature, biographies, children books, cookbooks, novels and more. Proceeds benefit Phi Alpha Theta, the American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. If you have a book you wish to donate before the event, please contact history professor Clay Drees, cdrees@vwc.edu.

17

Walk-in Resume Help
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

VWC's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) staff will provide feedback on resumes and answer career questions on Wednesday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Lighthouse (Clarke Hall, First Floor). For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

17

Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird: A Panel Discussion
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Join this open panel discussion as we consider the book Go Set a Watchman and how it affects the teaching of the Harper Lee classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Educators and commmunity members are invited. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 17 at 6 p.m. in the Hofheimer Library, Foley Classroom with panelists: Adam Ruh, VWC English lecturer; Scott Varisco, Bayside High School English teacher; Amanda Wolk, Oscar Smith High School English Teacher; and Rosemary Bakhtiari, Woodrow Wilson High School Media Specialist. This event will be co-sponsored by Hofheimer Library and the English and Education departments at VWC.

18

Undergraduate Research Workshop: How I Write
11 a.m.

All researchers write differently. This workshop features an interdisciplinary faculty panel who will discuss their writing strategies. The speakers will share their insights into effective and efficient writing. The workshop focuses especially on ways to begin the writing process, strategies for organizing ideas, and techniques for engaging other scholars' research. Thursday, February 18 at 11 a.m. in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Hosted by VWC's Undergraduate Research Program (URP). For more information, contact Dr. Soraya Bartol at sbartol@vwc.edu or 757.455.3372.

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Life Matters: Dr. Joyce Howell
12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Dr. Joyce Howell, Professor of Art History and Co-Chair of the Academic Effectiveness Committee at Virginia Wesleyan College, will share her personal reflections. In "Life Matters," members of the Wesleyan community offer autobiographical reflections on their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or purchase a meal in the dining center. Sponsored in partnership with Virginia Wesleyan's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning, and the Chaplain's Office. Free and open to the public. Thursday, February 18, 12-12:50 p.m., Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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18

Black Twitter and Digital Media Matters: Remembering and Remaking Blackness in America
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Sarah Florini, Assistant Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University, presents as part of Virginia Wesleyan's year-long series, "Entangled Identities: Legacies of 1619." Dr. Florini will discuss how black Americans use digital and social media as alternative spaces to critique and contextualize contemporary events. More specifically, she will discuss how Black Twitter, the podcast franchise This Week in Blackness, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement use the past to frame current events, suggesting comparisons between the deaths of Emmett Till, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown. Free and open to the public. Thursday, February 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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Walk-in Resume Help
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

VWC's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) staff will provide feedback on resumes and answer career questions on Wednesday, February 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Lighthouse (Clarke Hall, First Floor). For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Give the gift of life on Wednesday, February 24 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the CMAC. Schedule an appointment to donate at www.redcrossblood.org (enter zip code 23502 and select the VWC drive). To volunteer to staff the blood drive, visit the Office of Community Service, Batten 25. The final blood drive of the semester will be held April 20. For more information, contact Diane Hotaling 757.455.3216 or dhotaling@vwc.edu.» More

25

Sound & Symbol Lecture Series: Sing Me to Heaven
11 a.m.
Special guests Imam Vernon Fareed and Dr. Kellie Holzer will present as part of the Center for Sacred Music's 2015-2016 Sound & Symbol Lecture Series, "Sing Me to Heaven," on Thursday, February 25 at 11 a.m. in Fine Arts 9. Fareed, Imam of Masjid William Salaam, will present "The Islamic Perspective: Life after Death." Holzer, Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Wesleyan, will present "Victorian Mourning Mementos, from Sentimental Hairwork to Post-Mortem Pholographs." The series explores music and belief in the world's major religions surrounding death and what comes after, as well as cultural components that form an intrinsic part of our experiences with end-of-life matters. Free to all; reservations not required. For further information, call 757.455.3376.» More

25

CDIP Workshop: Interviewing Skills
11 a.m.

The Interviewing Skills workshop, taking place Thursday, February 25 at 11 a.m. in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (Clarke Hall, First Floor), explains the types of questions typically asked during interviews and how to navigate behavioral, case, screening, and phone interviews. Students will have the opportunity to schedule mock interviews to practice these skills. Hosted by VWC's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP). For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

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The Presidential Masterworks Series
4 p.m.
As part of a 50-state consortium of choirs, the Wesleyan Chorale and Wesleyan Singers premiere "Winter Cycle" by 21st-century composer Timothy Takach in this celebration of his works. Soprano Billye Brown Youmans, a member of VWC's Performing Artist Faculty, is featured. Bayside Presbyterian Church, 1400 Ewell Rd., Virginia Beach; Donations Accepted. » More

March

2 - 6

"Urinetown" by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann

For its spring production, the Virginia Wesleyan College Theatre Department presents "Urinetown" by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann (March 2-6). In a Gotham-like city, a 20-year drought has caused a terrible water shortage, making private toilets unthinkable in this satirical comedy musical. Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Travis Malone. Performances take place in Hofheimer Theater. Public ticket prices range from $10-15; free to the VWC community with ID. Reservations are recommended: call 757.455.3381, email tdhority@vwc.edu, or visit ShowTix4U.com. Showtimes: March 2-4 at 7:30 p.m.; March 5 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and March 6 at 2 p.m.

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3

CDIP Workshop: Mock Interviews
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

VWC's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) staff will conduct a Mock Interviews workshop with students on Thursday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Students should come dressed in business attire and bring an updated resume. Interviews last 30 minutes, and students will receive immediate feedback on their answers, attire, resume, and communication style. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

3

Apartheid Today
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Olga Meshoe, Founder of DEISI, Attorney and Human Rights Activist from South Africa, presents. Living in South Africa, serving as an attorney and human rights activist, and even speaking at the United Nations, Olga Meshoe has found herself as a minority, reflecting on her own experience of apartheid and advocating both for Israel and against how the media portrays it. Her 30-minute presentation will be followed by open Q&A and discussion. Sponsored in partnership with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Free and open to the public. Thursday, March 3, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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3

Going Pro: Taking Your Library Research Skills to the Next Level
11 a.m.

The "Going Pro: Taking Your Library Research Skills to the Next Level" workshop prepares students to conduct advanced library research. Students will be empowered to maximize VWC research help, resources, and beyond. Workshop will take place on Thursday, March 3 at 11 a.m. in the Hofheimer Library, Foley Classroom. Taught by Stephen Leist and Jenny Erdmann. For more information, contact Dr. Soraya Bartol at sbartol@vwc.edu or 757.455.3372.

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5

VWC Day Open House

The Center for Enrollment Services will host a VWC Day Open House for prospective students on Saturday, March 5. These half-day visits include tours of VWC's beautiful 300-acre campus; opportunities to meet with faculty to learn more about our academic programs; opportunities to ask questions about financial aid, admissions, athletics, extracurricular activities, residence life and more. Plus, we provide a complimentary lunch in our newly renovated dining center. For more information, visit admissions.vwc.edu/visit or call 757.455.3208 / 800.737.8684.

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The Center Reading Circle: Faces of Islam
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom will host "The Center Reading Circle: Faces of Islam" throughout the spring 2016 semester, featuring guided, informal, classroom discussions of recent books that have made an impact on the culture and perception of a religion or religious dynamic. The group will discuss Early American Political Perspectives on Islam and Denise Spellberg's Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders on Monday, March 7 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in The Lighthouse (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Reading selections and study questions will be posted on the CSRF website, though participants are not expected to read the books in their entirety. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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8

Career Fair
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

A career fair will take place Tuesday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Batten Student Center (Main Street). Students of all majors are invited to stop by to talk with employers about part-time, full-time, and internship opportunities. Bring an updated resume, and come dressed for success. Hosted by VWC's Career Development & Internship Program. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

9

Walk-in Resume Help
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

VWC's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) staff will provide feedback on resumes and answer career questions on Wednesday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Lighthouse (Clarke Hall, First Floor). For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

10

Sound & Symbol Lecture Series: Sing Me to Heaven
11 a.m.
Special guests Rev. Gregory West and Dr. Joyce Howell will present as part of the Center for Sacred Music's 2015-2016 Sound & Symbol Lecture Series, "Sing Me to Heaven," on Thursday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in Fine Arts 9. West, Virginia Wesleyan College Chaplain, will present "The Christian Perspective: Death and Resurrection." Howell, Professor of Art History at Virginia Wesleyan, will present "Martyrdom, Murder, and Mayhem: The Old Masters and Old Mistresses Picture Death." The series explores music and belief in the world's major religions surrounding death and what comes after, as well as cultural components that form an intrinsic part of our experiences with end-of-life matters. Free to all; reservations not required. For further information, call 757.455.3376.» More

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Study Abroad Student Presentations
11 a.m.

Students who studied abroad during the fall 2015 semester will share their experiences with the Virginia Wesleyan community on Thursday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Countries of study include Jordan, Panama, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Hosted by VWC's Study Away Program (SAP). For more information, contact the SAP staff at 757.455.3237 or visit the SAP webpage.

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Life Matters: Dr. Clay Drees
12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Dr. Clay Drees, Professor of History and Director of Faculty Mentoring at Virginia Wesleyan College will share his personal reflections. In "Life Matters," members of the Wesleyan community offer autobiographical reflections on their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or purchase a meal in the dining center. Sponsored in partnership with Virginia Wesleyan's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning, and the Chaplain's Office. Free and open to the public. Thursday, March 10, 12-12:50 p.m., Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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D.C. Day

The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery will charter a bus to Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 11 (departing at 7 a.m.) for VWC students, faculty, and staff. Reservations are required. Cost is $5, due to Christine Pritchard in Clarke 109 by Friday, March 4. Space is limited, reserve your seat early. For more information, contact Amy Rush with The Lighthouse at arush@vwc.edu or 757.455.3401.

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14

Through the Eyes of Islam: Muslim Challenges in the Public Square
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

A panel of American Muslims, moderated by Leanne Causby '16, a Muslim student at Virginia Wesleyan College, and Dr. Craig Wansink, Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, will lead discussion on the conflicts that arise when the expression of faith intersects with public space as part of the NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue series on "Religion in the Public Square." NEXUS is sponsored in partnership with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Free and open to the public. Monday, March 14, 7-8:30 p.m., Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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14

Simeon Kim, Piano
7:30 p.m.
A gifted artist of astonishing skill, Simeon Kim performs works by Europe's most famous Classic era pianists: Chopin, Liszt, and Beethoven; along with those of modern Ukrainian-born Nikolai Kapustin. Hofheimer Theater; Public ticket prices range from $10-15; free to the VWC community with ID. Tickets and reservations: 757.455.2101. Part of the Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series. Made possible in part by the Dougherty Visiting Artist Fund and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.» More

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Undergraduate Research Workshop: Citations/Using Mendeley
11 a.m.

This workshop offers instruction on citing sources. It focuses on the rationale for academic citations, explains when citations are necessary, and reviews tools that help with citations. It also provides an introduction to formatting citations using various academic conventions. Students will be introduced to a free online reference management tool, Mendeley. Thursday, March 17 at 11 a.m. in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Hosted by VWC's Undergraduate Research Program (URP). For more information, contact Dr. Soraya Bartol at sbartol@vwc.edu or 757.455.3372.

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Spring Break

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Model NATO Challenge 2016
4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Virginia Wesleyan College will proudly host Norfolk NATO Festival's 2016 Model NATO Challenge on Wednesday, March 23 from 4:30-9:30 p.m. in Boyd Dining Center. Select Norfolk high school juniors and seniors will serve as Student Diplomats at the event, chosen through an essay contest demonstrating their knowledge of NATO and its member nations. Each student will represent one of the 28 NATO member nation's interests in a spirited debate modeled after real NATO problem solving techniques. Student Diplomats will be judged based on their essays and performance at the Model NATO Challenge, and the top six candidates will receive a scholarship award to be applied toward the college/university of their choice. Select students will also participate in Model NATO Press Corp, developing journalism skills as they cover the action of the event in a live media role. This event is free and open to the VWC community and all outside guests. For more information, visit norfolknatofestival.org.» More

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Easter Monday Holiday

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Padmarani Rasiah Cantu, Indian Dance
11 a.m.
A consummate artist and accomplished choreographer and teacher, Padmarani Rasiah Cantu is Director of the Fine Arts Society of Yogaville. She performs an ancient classical dance of India, the Bharatha Natyam, considered one of the oldest art forms. Hofheimer Theater; Free to all. For more information, call 757.455.2101. Part of the Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series. Made possible in part by the Dougherty Visiting Artist Fund and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.» More

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Study Abroad Student Presentations
11 a.m.

Students who studied abroad during the fall 2016 semester will share their experiences with the Virginia Wesleyan community on Thursday, March 31 at 11 a.m. in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Countries of study include Jordan, Panama, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Hosted by VWC's Study Away Program (SAP). For more information, contact the SAP staff at 757.455.3237 or visit the SAP webpage.

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God's Fools: The Parallel Lives of C.S. Lewis & Stephen Colbert
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Terry Lindvall, C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair and Professor in Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan College, presents. Author of the recent book, God Mocks: A History of Religious Satire from the Hebrew Prophets to Stephen Colbert (2015), and the even more recent book Divine Film Comedies (2016), Dr. Terry Lindvall will lead us on a journey, reflecting on religion, faith, satire, and comedy, particularly through examining Lewis and Colbert. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public. Thursday, March 31, 7-8:30 p.m., Batten Student Center, Pearce Hospitality Suite. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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April

1

Symposium on International Education

Virginia Wesleyan College will host the Symposium on International Education on April 1. The theme of the symposium is "Think Globally, Teach Locally." Fred Mednick, Founder of Teachers without Borders and Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, will serve as the keynote speaker. Additional speakers and details to be announced. For more information, contact Dr. Hilve Firek, Batten Associate Professor of Education, at 757.233.8749 or hfirek@vwc.edu

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1 - May 31

Senior Art Exhibition

A Senior Art Exhibition, featuring work from graduating Virginia Wesleyan students, will be on display in April/May 2016 (official dates TBD) in the Neil Britton Gallery inside Hofheimer Library. Sponsored by the VWC Art Department. Opening reception TBD.

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1

The Robert Jospé Express
7:30 p.m.
Butch Taylor, keyboards; Dane Alderson, electric bass; and Brian Mesko, guitar, hailed for virtuosity and lyricism, join Robert Jospé on drums for a percussive mix of jazz, rock, funk and Latin with a contemporary electric sound. Hofheimer Theater; Public ticket prices range from $10-15; free to the VWC community with ID. Tickets and reservations: 757.455.2101. Part of the Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series. Made possible in part by the Dougherty Visiting Artist Fund and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.» More

4

"Girl Rising" Screening and Discussion
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren't in school. Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls' education that uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide. A presentation on Girl Rising will take place April 4 from 4-6 p.m. in Blocker Auditorium. Part of the Symposium on International Education.

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The Center Reading Circle: Faces of Islam
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom will host "The Center Reading Circle: Faces of Islam" throughout the spring 2016 semester, featuring guided, informal, classroom discussions of recent books that have made an impact on the culture and perception of a religion or religious dynamic. The group will discuss Women and Islam and Lila Abu-Lughod's Do Muslim Women Need Saving? on Monday, April 4 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in The Lighthouse (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Reading selections and study questions will be posted on the CSRF website, though participants are not expected to read the books in their entirety. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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5

"It's a Girl" Screening and Discussion
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

A screening and discussion of the documentary "It's a Girl," about "gendercide" in India and China, will take place April 5 from 6-8 p.m. in Blocker Auditorium. Part of the Symposium on International Education.

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5

Town Hall Discussion: Religion, Race, Relationships, and (Hopes for) Redemption
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

A town hall discussion as part of the "Race: Let's Talk About It" series about race and its impact on society from a historical, academic, and sociological perspective. Sponsored in partnership with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, WHRO Public Media and the Fort Monroe Authority, the initiative offers a safe space for civil and thoughtful discussions about race. Free and open to the public; reservations requested at whro.org/talkaboutrace. Tuesday, April 5, 6-8 p.m., Fort Monroe Theater in Hampton VA. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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Walk-in Resume Help
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

VWC's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) staff will provide feedback on resumes and answer career questions on Wednesday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Batten Student Center (Fish Bowl). For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

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Sound & Symbol Lecture Series: Sing Me to Heaven
11 a.m.
Special guests Dr. Linda Ferguson and Dr. Bryson Mortensen will present as part of the Center for Sacred Music's 2015-2016 Sound & Symbol Lecture Series, "Sing Me to Heaven," on Thursday, April 7 at 11 a.m. in Fine Arts 9. Ferguson, VWC Professor of Management, Business and Economics, will present "Promoting Perpetuity: A Look at the Funeral Industry Where All Sales are Final." Mortensen, VWC Assistant Professor of Music, will present "Elgar's Death of Gerontius: Death, Judgment and Belief." The series explores music and belief in the world's major religions surrounding death and what comes after, as well as cultural components that form an intrinsic part of our experiences with end-of-life matters. Free to all; reservations not required. For further information, call 757.455.3376.» More

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Undergraduate Research Workshop: Writing an Abstract
11 a.m.

This workshop explains the qualities of and demonstrates strategies for writing effective abstracts. It will be especially helpful to students presenting their research at VWC's annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and who would like to share their research on the College's Undergraduate Research webpage. Thursday, April 7 at 11 a.m. in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Hosted by VWC's Undergraduate Research Program (URP). For more information, contact Dr. Soraya Bartol at sbartol@vwc.edu or 757.455.3372.

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What's in a Name? Race "Riots," "Rebellions," and "Uprisings" in History and the Contemporary World
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Kathleen Casey, Assistant Professor of History, and Dr. Richard Bond, Associate Professor of History, at Virginia Wesleyan College will lead discussion as part of the "Readings with Wesleyan: Race and Values in America" series in conjunction with the year-long "Entangled Identities: Legacies of 1619" initiative. Since the earliest battles between the Powhatan Indians and English colonists through the contemporary clashes between city residents and police, Americans have struggled with how to name, understand, and draw lessons from such events. Sponsored by INTEL (Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning). Free and open to the public. Thursday, April 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Enoch Baptist Church (5641 Herbert Moore Rd, Virginia Beach). For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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9

Admitted Freshman Day

Spend the day as a Marlin during Admitted Freshman Day on Saturday, April 9. This special event, hosted by the Center for Enrollment Services, is a great opportunity for new students and their families to come discover everything they want to know about Virginia Wesleyan. For more information, visit admissions.vwc.edu/visit or call 757.455.3208 / 800.737.8684.

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The End of Captivity?: A Primate's Reflections on Zoos, Conservation, and Christian Ethics
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Tripp York, Religious Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College, presents, followed by respondents, Mr. Greg Bockheim, Director of the Virginia Zoo, Dr. Mort Gamble, VWC Vice President for Advancement, and Dr. Kathy Stolley, VWC Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning. In his book of the same name, author Tripp York explores the interdependency of the animal kingdom and considers the impact of the uniquely human act of keeping other animals captive. Dr. York's presentation will discuss the pros and cons of animal captivity as primarily practiced in zoos, sanctuaries, and conservatories. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public. Monday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m., Blocker Auditorium. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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Walk-in Resume Help
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

VWC's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) staff will provide feedback on resumes and answer career questions on Wednesday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hofheimer Library. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

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Etiquette Dinner
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Students are invited to participate in a four-course meal to learn proper dining etiquette and table manners on Wednesday, April 13 from 4-7 p.m. in the Shafer Room inside Boyd Dining Center. The dinner will be facilitated by Paullette Reed, owner of the Intercultural School of Etiquette. Hosted by VWC's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

13

Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

As the CSRF Cookson Visiting Scholar, Dr. Michael Long, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies at Elizabethtown College, presents as part of the "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" series. Author of Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers, Long believes that Fred Rogers was one of the most radical pacifists of contemporary history. Sponsored in partnership with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Committee. Free and open to the public. Wednesday, April 13, 7-8:30 p.m., Blocker Auditorium. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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Undergraduate Research Workshop: Creating a Research Poster/Oral Presentation
11 a.m.

This workshop explains how to create a poster that effectively presents research findings. It focuses on both the technical elements of poster design and content. It will also discuss strategies for effective oral presentations. While the workshop focuses on scholarly research presentations, it also provides tips for a wide variety of academic presentations. This workshop is especially helpful to students who will present posters at Virginia Wesleyan's annual Undergraduate Research Symposium or off-campus academic conferences. Thursday, April 14 at 11 a.m. in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Hosted by VWC's Undergraduate Research Program (URP). For more information, contact Dr. Soraya Bartol at sbartol@vwc.edu or 757.455.3372.

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Revisiting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Teaching and Learning about Self and Community Panel Presentation
12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

This collection of essays discusses the impact of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" on a mass audience of young people. As part of the "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" series, essay contributors, Dr. Kathy Merlock Jackson, Professor of Communication, Dr. Susan Larkin, Associate Professor of English, and Dr. Steven Emmanuel, Professor of Philosophy, at Virginia Wesleyan College will discuss how Fred Rogers used his show to promote his prosocial messages and to help young people to better understand themselves and their world. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public. Thursday, April 14, 12-12:50 p.m., Blocker Auditorium. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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Hip-Hop and Jazz in African American and Native American Communities
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Murrell Brooks, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dr. Rebecca Hooker, Associate Professor of English, and Jasmine Burrell '17, student at Virginia Wesleyan College, will lead discussion as part of the "Readings with Wesleyan: Race and Values in America" series in conjunction with the year-long "Entangled Identities: Legacies of 1619" initiative. This discussion will trace the involvement of Native Americans in the development of jazz and blues and explore the history of women in hip-hop culture, chronicling the impact of sexism, cultural appropriation, and violence found in contemporary rap music. Sponsored by INTEL (Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning). Free and open to the public. Thursday, April 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Enoch Baptist Church (5641 Herbert Moore Rd, Virginia Beach). For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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Trio 826
7:30 p.m.
An interactive program of trio vignettes and lively conversation with Trio 826, praised for their lush sound, fascinating programming and infectious charm. Works by Schubert, Borodin, Kodály, and American jazz artist Bob Washut. Susanna Klein, violin; Julia Bullard, viola; Hannah Holman, cello; Hofheimer Theater; Public ticket prices range from $10-15; free to the VWC community with ID. Tickets and reservations: 757.455.2101. Part of the Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series. Made possible in part by the Dougherty Visiting Artist Fund and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.» More

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VWC Day Open House

The Center for Enrollment Services will host a VWC Day Open House for prospective students on Saturday, April 16. These half-day visits include tours of VWC's beautiful 300-acre campus; opportunities to meet with faculty to learn more about our academic programs; opportunities to ask questions about financial aid, admissions, athletics, extracurricular activities, residence life and more. Complimentary lunch is provided in the newly renovated Boyd Dining Center. For more information, visit admissions.vwc.edu/visit or call 757.455.3208 / 800.737.8684.

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Journeyin' On
7:30 p.m.
Virginia Wesleyan College choirs and instrumental ensembles present music from around the world. Bryson Mortensen, conductor; George Stone, accompanist. For more information, call 757.455.3282.Free to all. » More

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When International Human Rights Clash: A Competition
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Presentations by Virginia Wesleyan students in POLS 348 "International Human Rights." What are basic human rights? Housing, life, education, religious freedom, peaceful assembly, water? At this session, students in an international human rights course will present on and compete with each other with respect to what they see as key human rights issues. Join us and help judge as we determine which human right will receive award funding. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public. Tuesday, April 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Blocker Auditorium. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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20

Walk-in Resume Help
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

VWC's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) staff will provide feedback on resumes and answer career questions on Wednesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Lighthouse (Clarke Hall, First Floor). For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

20

American Red Cross Blood Drive
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Give the gift of life on Wednesday, April 20 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the CMAC. Schedule an appointment to donate at www.redcrossblood.org (enter zip code 23502 and select the VWC drive). To volunteer to staff the blood drive, visit the Office of Community Service, Batten 25. For more information, contact Diane Hotaling 757.455.3216 or dhotaling@vwc.edu.» More

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CDIP Workshop: Job Search and Networking
11 a.m.

Learn how to conduct a successful job search in today's market at the Job Search and Networking workshop on Thursday, April 21 at 11 a.m. in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Highlights skills employers are looking for and how to build a professional brand. Hosted by VWC's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP). For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3337 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu or visit The Lighthouse webpage.

21

Fort Monroe: An American Lesson in Privilege
12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Jasmine Burrell '17, Center for the Study of Religious Freedom intern and student at Virginia Wesleyan College, presents on her research. Ms. Burrell will unpack the various levels of privilege employed by key people who, in their respective fights to help enslaved Africans during the Civil War, changed America. She will describe the unique roles of the Union General Benjamin Butler, the white Reverend Lewis C. Lockwood, a black free teacher, Mary S. Peake, and three escaped slaves, Shepard Mallory, James Townsend, and Frank Baker. Part of Virginia Wesleyan College's year-long series, "Entangled Identities: Legacies of 1619." Free and open to the public. Thursday, April 21, 12-12:50 p.m., Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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21

Fort Monroe: An American Lesson in Privilege
12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Jasmine Burrell '17, an intern with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, presents her research as part of Virginia Wesleyan's year-long series, "Entangled Identities: Legacies of 1619." Burrell unpacks the various levels of privilege utilized by key people who, in their respective efforts that helped enslaved Africans during the Civil War, changed America. She describes the unique roles of the Union General Benjamin Butler; the white Reverend Lewis C. Lockwood; a free black teacher, Mary S. Peake; and three escaped slaves, Shepard Mallory, James Townsend, and Frank Baker. Thursday, April 21 from 12-12:50 p.m. in the Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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21

"Let My People Go": The Figure of Moses in American Life
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Craig Wansink, Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College will lead discussion as part of the "Readings with Wesleyan: Race and Values in America" series in conjunction with the year-long "Entangled Identities: Legacies of 1619" initiative. Moses, even more than the figure of Jesus, has shaped American life and self-understanding. This has particularly been the case with African-Americans, whose music, history, literature, and political perspectives frequently allude to Moses and the book of Exodus. This session focuses on the figure of Moses in African-American life (from music in Fort Monroe to Martin Luther King, Jr., to the present. (In anticipation of the session, please read Exodus 1-5). Sponsored by INTEL (Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning). Free and open to the public. Thursday, April 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Enoch Baptist Church (5641 Herbert Moore Rd, Virginia Beach). For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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Spirit Voices of an Emerging African-American Community in 18th Century America
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander, Professor of History and Director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies at Norfolk State University, presents as part of Virginia Wesleyan's year-long series, "Entangled Identities: Legacies of 1619." She will explore the impact of the arrival of the first African slaves in Virginia and its significance in American history. Dr. Newby-Alexander is this year's honored Justine L. Nusbaum lecturer for the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public. Monday, April 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Boyd Dining Center. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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Race and Christianity in Early Virginia
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Rebecca Anne Goetz, Associate Professor of History at New York University, presents as part of the year-long series, "Entangled Identities: Legacies of 1619." In her first book, The Baptism of Early Virginia (2012), Goetz examines the construction of race through the religious beliefs of English Virginians. Building on that work, this talk will examine how English, African, and Indian Virginians used Christianity to create, resist, and redefine racial categories. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public. Thursday, April 28, 7-8:30 p.m., Batten Student Center, Pearce Hospitality Suite. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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Spring Honors Convocation & Academic Fair

May

2

The Center Reading Circle: Faces of Islam
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom will host "The Center Reading Circle: Faces of Islam" throughout the spring 2016 semester, featuring guided, informal, classroom discussions of recent books that have made an impact on the culture and perception of a religion or religious dynamic. The group will discuss the Roots of Radical Islam and Ken Ballen and Peter Bergen's Terrorists in Love: True Life Stories of Islamic Radicals on Monday, May 2 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in The Lighthouse (Clarke Hall, First Floor). Reading selections and study questions will be posted on the CSRF website, though participants are not expected to read the books in their entirety. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.

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4 - 10

Final Exams

5

Reading Day

5

Faculty Retirement Reception & Tree Planting Ceremony

13

Baccalaureate Service

14

Virginia Wesleyan College 47th Commencement Ceremony
11 a.m.

Virginia Wesleyan College 47th Commencement Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan. Director of the Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet will deliver the keynote address. Doors open at 10 a.m. General seating is first-come, first-served.

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23 - Aug 12

Summer Session

July

25 - 30

2016 Worship & Music Summer Conference

The Virginia Wesleyan College Center for Sacred Music will host the 2016 Worship & Music Summer Conference from July 25-30. A non-denominational showcase of instruction steeped in the Wesley tradition of training minds and warming hearts. More than 45 workshop sessions led by guest clinicians and evening worship, hymn festivals, and concerts highlight the week. For more information, contact Director of the Center for Sacred Music Sandi Billy at 757.455.3376 or sbilly@vwc.edu.

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September

8

Founders Convocation
11 a.m.

Virginia Wesleyan College's Founders Convocation will be held on Thursday, September 8 at 11 a.m. in the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center. The occasion will celebrate the founding of the College while ceremoniously marking the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year and recognizing recipients of the 2016 Alumni Awards.

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