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February

Feb 9 - Apr 14

"Innocent Objects" by Luisa Adelfio

International artist Luisa Adelfio works in a variety of materials including stone, bronze, paper, and glass. Consistent themes in her work are archetypes and symbols, cultural memory, the intersection of science and spiritual practices like meditation and chanting, and the transcendence of the material world to the spiritual world. "Innocent Objects" focuses on the personal and cultural meaning that humans give to the physical world and the objects in it. Objects are innocent, and have no meaning until we project our ideas onto them. On display in the Neil Britton Art Gallery February 9 to April 14. Opening reception to be held in the gallery on Thursday, February 9 from 6-8 p.m.

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March

Mar 28

Talk about Teaching: Revealing INTEL Grant Projects, Ideas and Topics on Good Teaching
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Lessons Learned: Professors Larry Hultgren and Jill Sturts share the magic behind their INTEL Grant proposals - what went well with their projects, any bumps they encountered along the way, and what they learned.This session will be held in the Foley Classroom in Hofheimer Library. Talk about Teaching is sponsored by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL). The series provides opportunities for faculty to share new experiences and best practices with innovative teaching.

Mar 30

Women and The Pill: Before & After
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Assistant Professor of History Kathleen Casey and VWC students Gina Bozzo and Riley Conrad will present their original research projects that recount women’s oral histories involving contraception in the United States in In Clarke 118 on March 30 at 11 a.m.. Sponsored by the Women's Resource Center as part of Women's History Month. The event is free and open to the VWC faculty, staff and students. More information: Contact Jennifer Slivka with The Women's Resource Center at 757.455.3268 or e-mail wrc@vwc.edu.
 

Mar 30

Black Elk, American Visionary: Author Joe Jackson
11 p.m. - 12 p.m.

Join local author Joe Jackson as he discusses his new book, Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary (2016) on March 30 from 11 a.m.–Noon in the Clarke Hall Lighthouse Commons. Black Elk, the Native American holy man who inspired millions, had a dramatic life that converged with some of the most momentous events in the history of the American West. The talk, "The Messiah Will Come Again," will focus on Black Elk’s changing religious identity as a healer and holy man. Jackson is Old Dominion University’s Mina Hohenberg Darden Endowed Professor of Creative Writing. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Religious Freedom with support from The Lighthouse at VWC. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwc.edu for more information.

Mar 31

2017 Model NATO Challenge
4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan's partnership with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-Allied Command Transformation (NATO-ACT) brings the 2017 Model NATO Challenge back to campus on March 31 at 4:00 p.m. in Boyd Dining Center. Local high school students from Hampton Roads will compete as student ambassadors in the global crisis simulation. Each student will represent one of the 28 NATO Member Nations in the Challenge, which simulates real world issues faced by today’s NATO Alliance. Virginia Wesleyan and the Norfolk NATO Festival invite friends, families, students and educators to attend the 2017 Model NATO Challenge. 

 

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April

Apr 3 - 4

The Robert F. Boyd Institute

Prominent New Testament scholar and author Dr. Ben Witherington will serve as the keynote speaker at The Robert F. Boyd Institute on April 3-4, 2017 at Virginia Wesleyan College. He will discuss "A Singular Jesus in a Pluralistic Culture." Awards one continuing education credit for clergy. For more information, contact Kelly Roenker, Coordinator of the Robert F. Boyd Institute, at kroenker@vwc.edu.

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Apr 6

Race: Why Won't it Go Away?: Dr. Ted Vial
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Why, even though biologists tell us that race does not exist, don’t we seem to be able to escape thinking in racial terms? Dr. Ted Vial, Professor of Theology and Modern Western Religious Thought at Iliff School of Theology will discuss the surprisingly recent phenomenon of race on April 6 from 11 a.m.–Noon in the Clarke Hall Lighthouse Commons. Vial authored the recent monograph, Modern Religion, Modern Race (2016). Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Religious Freedom with support from The Lighthouse at VWC. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwc.edu for more information.

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Apr 6

Hard Things to Discuss: Jews, Christians, and Dialogue that Matters
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Dr. Michael Panitz, Rabbi at Temple Israel in Norfolk, and Dr. Craig Wansink, Director of Virginia Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, will lead participants through case studies that highlight ways in which well-intentioned people of different faiths may miscommunicate. The event will take place on April 6 from 7-8:15 p.m. in Blocker Hall Auditorium and focus on challenges of religion in the public square such as the use of eruvs in Judaism, Christians' appropriation of Jewish scripture, and the Israel/Palestine conflict. Sponsored by CSRF and “Mediating Religious Conflict” series. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwc.edu for more information.

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Apr 7 - 8

VWC Inaugural Spring Alumni Weekend

Mark your calendars and make plans now to attend VWC’s Inaugural Spring Alumni Weekend, April 7-8, 2017. Highlights include: Class of 1992, 25th Anniversary Milestone Scroll Signing; VWC Marlin Softball Team's annual Strike Out Cancer Event; Seafood Party in the Dell, A Wesleyan Tradition; Athletic Contests and Alumni Games; Greer Environmental Science Center tours, the College's newest state-of-the-art facility. More information: alumni@vwc.edu.

Apr 8

VWC Day Open House

The Center for Enrollment Services will host a VWC Day Open House for prospective students on Saturday, April 8. This half-day visit includes a tour of VWC's beautiful 300-acre campus; meetings with faculty to learn more about the College's 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 the VWC Day Open House registration page or call 757.455.3208 / 800.737.8684, or email enrollment@vwc.edu.

Apr 8

Seafood Party in the Dell

An annual VWC tradition: Students and alumni enjoy seafood and music on Batten Lawn. Sponsored by Residence Life, Student Activities, Alumni Relations and Sodexo.

In addition to seafood, hot dogs and hamburgers will be served

Apr 8

Marlins Make a Difference Day
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This semi annual day of service takes Marlins into the community in small teams to help different agencies address needs in our community. Volunteers select their sites from a menu in the Office of Community Service, and enjoy breakfast and lunch together to celebrate volunteerism and share what we learned about the root causes of social issues and how we can help address them. For more information, contact Diane Hotaling with Office of Community Service at 757-455-3216 or e-mail dhotaling@vwc.edu.
 

Apr 10

Duo Vela
7:30 p.m.

Fresh from tours of China, Australia and New Zealand, Duo Vela presents the sounds, rhythms, and cultures of different lands on April 10 in Hofheimer Theater. Marla Nistico, flute; Daniel Nistico, guitar. "Together they create an astoundingly beautiful world of sound." (Nicholas Goluses) "World-class instrumental artistry." (Scott Regan, WRUR Radio) Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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Apr 13

Life Matters: Dr. Timothy O'Rourke
12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

In “Life Matters,” members of the Wesleyan community offer autobiographical reflections on their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences. The Life Matters talk with Dr. Timothy O’Rourke, the College’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will take place on April 13 from Noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Shafer Room of the Boyd Dining Center. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s Chaplain’s Office, Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning, and Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwc.edu for more information.

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Apr 17

Easter Monday Holiday

Apr 20

Muslim Women and Stories of Life in America
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Tahani Amer, Senior Technologist at NASA Headquarters and congregant at the Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads, will focus on circumstances faced by Muslim women in America. The discussion will take place on April 20 from 7-8:15 p.m. in the Blocker Hall Auditorium. A panel of diverse Muslim women will reflect on where they find challenges, hope, meaning, and joy through their faith, and share what they most wish others might know about them. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the “Mediating Religious Conflict” series. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwc.edu for more information.

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Apr 24

NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue: Lynnhaven River Pearl Faith
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

The Nexus Interfaith Dialogue: Faith and the Environment series continues. Moderated by Lynnhaven River NOW’s executive director Karen Forget, and Pearl Home and Pearl Faith Coordinator, Pam Northam, the discussion will take place on April 24 from 7-8:15 p.m. in Blocker Hall Auditorium. Participants in the Lynnhaven River NOW Pearl Faith Community will discuss their actions and initiatives as responsible stewards of the earth. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and Lynnhaven River NOW. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwc.edu for more information.

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Apr 25

Talk about Teaching: Shedding Light on Community Engagement in the Classroom
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Faculty who have incorporated Service Learning components into instruction share their experiences, best practices and lessons learned with integrating a volunteer, service learning, or community engagement components in their courses. This session will be in the Foley classroom in Hofheimer Library. Talk about Teaching is sponsored by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL). The series provides opportunities for faculty to share new experiences and best practices with innovative teaching.

Apr 25

Red Priest
7:30 p.m.

Piers Adams' four-piece baroque super-group has become an international phenomenon, turning the period instrument on its head with its thrilling, no-holds-barred approach to the genre the only early music group to be compared to the Rolling Stones, the Marx Brothers and Cirque du Soleil. "Astonishing virtuosity." (Gramophone) "Some of the most spectacularly virtuosic playing you are likely to ever hear." (WDR3-Germany) Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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Apr 27

The Origins of Modern Yoga: Scholar Sam Grimes
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

The modern yoga movement is chock full of misinformation, charlatanism, and orientalist exploitation. Sam Grimes, a scholar of Sanskrit and classical Indian religion, will discuss the origins of modern yoga on April 27 from 7-8:15 p.m. in Blocker Hall Auditorium. Grimes will explain why the origins of the movement, and the traditions that inspired it, are far more fascinating than the fiction frequently sold in the West. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the “Mediating Religious Conflict” series, with support from The Lighthouse at VWC.  Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwc.edu for more information.

 

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May

May 4

Port Day

Virginia Wesleyan College will hold its second Port Day on Thursday, May 4. This new tradition is a signature Virginia Wesleyan event, designed to demonstrate and promote the academic achievement of students and allowing the entire campus community to learn about their work and celebrate their accomplishments. It is also an important opportunity for other students who would like to learn how they can undertake a capstone experience at Virginia Wesleyan. Sponsored by The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery.

May 10 - 16

Final Exams

May 11

Reading Day

May 19

Baccalaureate Service

May 20

Virginia Wesleyan College 48th Commencement Ceremony

May 20

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

May 30 - Aug 18

Summer Session

June

Jun 23

New Student Orientation (NSO)

Jun 26

New Student Orientation (NSO)

July

Jul 24 - 27

Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event

Forty-five workshop sessions for musicians, worship leaders, and clergy led by 16 nationally recognized experts in their field will take place July 24-29 on the campus of Virginia Welseyan College. Evening events include chapel, festival worship, a hymn festival, and choral concert of great sacred classics and modern works. Continuing education units or academic credits available. For more information, contact Sandra Billy with The Center for Sacred Music at 757.455.3376 or e-mail sbilly@vwc.edu.
 

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