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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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Feb 21

Study Away Fair
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Lighthouse will host a Study Away Fair on Tuesday, February 21, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Marlin Main Street in the Batten Student Center for students to learn about summer study away courses, offered by Virginia Wesleyan College faculty and semester study abroad opportunities. Free T-shirts and other Lighthouse swag will be available on a first-come, first-served basis!  For more information, visit us The Lighthouse's webpage or contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116 or set up an appointment online.

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Feb 21

The Talk Town Hall Discussion: Barbara Hamm Lee Moderator
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, Host of Another View, “The Talk” town hall discussion will take place on February 21 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Fort Monroe in Hampton. The town hall coincides with the release of a new PBS documentary, “The Talk,” that focuses on the increasingly necessary conversation between parents of color and their children about how to behave if they are stopped by the police. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with WHRO Public Media and the Fort Monroe Authority. Free and open to the public, but registration requested at whro.org/talkaboutrace. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwc.edu for more information.

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Feb 22

Hampton Roads Military Hiring Event
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan College will host the Hampton Roads Military Hiring Event in the Jane P. Batten Student Center on February 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is open to transitioning service members, family members and veterans. This hiring event is not a job fair. Job seekers are prematched for face-to-face interviews. Jobseekers should 1) Register by Feb. 17. Go to HamptonRoadsFeb2017.MilitaryHiringEvents.com to register; 2) Enter your military experience and skills; 3) Upload your current resume or create one using the step-by-step resume builder; 4) Employers will contact you to schedule interviews at the event. Sponsored by Hampton Roads Community Foundation in cooperation with Fleet and Family Support Centers Mid Atlantic. For more information, contact Sharalyn.Saliger@FuturesInc.com or by calling (919)282-1815.

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Feb 23

What is Tantric Sex?: Presentation by Scholar Sam Grimes
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

"Tantra" in the West usually means long, ritualized, and exotic sex. The reality is much more complex. A scholar of Sanskrit and classical Indian religion, Sam Grimes, will discuss Tantric Sex on February 23 from 7-8:15 p.m. in Blocker Hall Auditorium. This talk explores how the rituals and techniques employed in sexual yoga developed over centuries in South and Central Asia and are designed to eliminate all desire. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the “Mediating Religious Conflicts” 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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Feb 25

VWC Day Open House

The Center for Enrollment Services will host a VWC Day Open House for prospective students on Saturday, February 25. 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 admissions@vwc.edu.

Feb 28

Talk about Teaching: Incorporating the Use of the Electron Microscope in Courses and Undergraduate Research Projects
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Professors Vic Townsend, Maury Howard and Chris Haley will share their experiences with the electron microscope in this Talk about Teaching session in Blocker Auditorium. Participants will also have the opportunity for a hands-on experience with the microscope. 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.

March

Mar 2

Abortion & Faith: Anti-Abortion Reasoning, Effective Communication
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

How to begin to have constructive dialogue or conversation about an issue as contentious as abortion? Jacqueline Hawkins, Director of Minority Outreach at the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, will discuss the reasoning behind the anti-abortion stance in a talk on March 2 from 7-8:15 p.m. in Blocker Hall Auditorium. She will share her organizations communication techniques that have been proven both in heated, hostile environments as well as in more familiar environments with family and friends. 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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Mar 9

Lynne Hartnett: From Women's March to Revolution
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

On March 9 at 11 a.m. in the Lightouse at VWC, historian Dr. Lynne Hartnett will speak on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution on March 8, 1917, International Women's Day. Her presentation will be called: "From Women’s March to Revolution: Reflections on the Success and Failure of the Russian Revolution. Hartnett is author of "The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: Surviving the Russian Revolution" (Indiana UP, 2014), and she teaches at Villanova University. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan's History Department, the Women's Resource Center, and the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sara Sewell with History Department at 455-3237 or e-mail ssewell@vwc.edu.

Mar 9

Defending Life: When Might Faith Justify Violence or Force?
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

A conversation with Rev. Donald Spitz, anti-abortion activist and spiritual advisor to Paul Hill and others who have engaged in the use of force against abortion providers and clinics, will take place on March 9 from 7-8:15 p.m. in Blocker Hall Auditorium. The conversation with Rev. Spitz will focus on his life, calling, and perspectives. Since not all Christians are pacifists, a broader conversation will discuss circumstances or situations in which faith might justify violence. 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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Mar 9

Sound & Symbol Lecture Series: This Little Light of Mine
11 p.m. - 12 p.m.

The fourth lecture in the Center for Sacred Music's annual Sound & Symbol Lecture Series, "This Little Light of Mine," features Swiyyah K. Fareed ("The Islamic Perspective: Women's Roles in Faith and Culture") and Kathy Stolley, professor of Sociology ("Poodles, Pearls, and Pop Culture: The Circle Skirt").  - Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sandra Billy with The Center for Sacred Music at 757-455-3376 or e-mail sbilly@vwc.edu.

Mar 10

D.C. Day

Students, faculty and staff join the Lighthouse Center for Exploration and Discovery for a day in Washington, D.C. Busses depart from the Jane P. Batten Student Center parking lot at 7: am. Busses leave D.C. at 6 p.m., returning to campus at approximately 10 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $5. Register and pay in Clarke Hall, Office 109 by Friday, March 3. Space is limited, so reserve your seat early.

Mar 13

Challenges of Religious Freedom around the Globe: 2017
7:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

The Immediate Past United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, David Saperstein, will speak on the work to promote religious freedom around the world and to fight persecution, discrimination, and genocide by groups like ISIS. This year’s Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture will take place on March 13 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Boyd Dining Center. Nominated by then President Obama, Rabbi Saperstein became the first non-Christian to head the Office of International Religious Freedom. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s 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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Mar 14

Student Career Fair
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Students in all majors are invited to stop by to talk with employers about part-time employment, full-time employment, and internship opportunities at the Career Fair omMarch 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the CMAC in the Batten Student Center. Bring an updated resume, and come dressed for success. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3359 or careerdevelopment@vwc.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage.

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Mar 14

Talk about Teaching: Lessons Learned at the 2017 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Faculty who attended the 9th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech in February will share take-aways from the conference. This annual conference is focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Ultimately, the conference is an opportunity to demonstrate effective instructional practice and disseminate the latest research aimed at improving the quality of higher education. The 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.

Mar 16

Corporate Leaders Council Business Roundtable

Mar 16

Life Matters: Dr. Kathy Stolley
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. Kathy Stolley, VWC Professor of Sociology, will take place on March 16 from Noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Shafer Room of the Boyd Dining Center. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s Chaplain’s Office, the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning, and the 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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Mar 16

Challenges of Mediating, Discussing LGBTQ+ Experiences in the Church
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Is the risk of conflict and misunderstanding preventing you from participating in important conversations? Join us for a discussion of how to engage and interact around LGBTQ+ experiences in the church and broader culture today. On March 16 from 7-8:15 p.m. in Blocker Hall Auditorium, Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D., Regent University’s Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology, will discuss the challenges of mediating and discussing topics of sexual identity. 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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Mar 17

Empty Bowls Charity Dinner
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Empty bowls signify hunger in our community. Join us for the 19th Annual Empty Bowls Charity Dinner, sponsored by the Ceramic Designers Association, to help those who are food insecure in South Hampton Roads. A $25 ticket buys you a hand-crafted ceramic bowl, a modest soup and bread meal, entertainment, a silent auction and the satisfaction of knowing you contributed to hunger relief agencies in our area. Tickets can be purchased on line at http://www.cdava.com/empty_bowls_dinner.html , in the Scribner Bookstore at Virginia Wesleyan College, or at other outlets listed on line. For more information, contact Diane Hotaling with Office of Community Service at 757-455-3216 or e-mail dhotaling@vwc.edu.

 

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Mar 20 - 24

Spring Break

Mar 27

Jason Squinobal, Saxophone & Kevin Harris, Piano
7:30 p.m.

VWC Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music Jason Squinobal and Kevin Harris perform traditional jazz standards and the music of Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus and Wayne Shorter. Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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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

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.

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 admissions@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.

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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