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January

Jan 4 - 26

Winter Session

Winter Session is a term during the first three weeks in January when students concentrate their studies on one intensive course. Students have the opportunity to take unique courses not offered during the regular semester and to participate in faculty-led travel experiences. Learn more about Winter Session on our website or contact Winter Session Director Susan Wansink at swansink@vwc.edu.

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Jan 27

New Student Orientation

Jan 30

Classes Begin for Spring 2017 Semester

February

Feb 4

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon
11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon will honor the ninth class of inductees to the Virginia Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Registration is required. Register online. For more information, contact Suzanne Savage with the Center for Advancement at 757-233-8736 or email ssavage@vwc.edu.

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Feb 6

Patricia Nixon, Soprano

With a nod to Michael Cunningham's book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, soprano Patricia Nixon performs classic Spirituals interspersed with readings by VWC faculty and students, selected from Cunningham's first-person accounts. Co-sponsored by VWC's Women's and Gender Studies and Women's Resource Center. Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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Feb 8

Ethics & U.S. Presidential Politics: Ethics Bowl Demonstration
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

As VWC Ethics Bowl teams prepare to compete in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ annual Ethics Bowl competition schedlued for February 12 and 13, they will debate on the topic of “Ethics & U.S. Presidential Politics,” with the audience having the opportunity to interact, critique and discuss. The demonstration will take place February 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Monumental Chapel. The VFIC Ethics Bowl involves students at the 15 VFIC colleges in lively debate and consideration of real world dilemmas that affect people’s lives. 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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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 9

Opening Reception: "Innocent Objects" by Luisa Adelfio
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

An opening reception for Luisa Adelfio's "Innocent Objects" exhibit will take place Thursday, February 9 from 6-8 p.m. in the Neil Britton Art Gallery. International artist 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.

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Feb 12 - 13

2017 VFIC Ethics Bowl: "Ethics and U.S. Presidential Politics"

The statewide collegiate Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) and Wells Fargo, will be held on the Virginia Wesleyan College campus on February 12-13. VWC students will take a stand against 13 other highly qualified teams from independent colleges and universities across Virginia, debating a variety of case studies highlighting potential ethical dilemmas of a civic nature. For additional information about the VFIC Ethics Program, visit www.vfic.org.

Feb 20

NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue: Theological Perspectives on Faith & the Environment
7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

The Nexus Interfaith Dialogue series is focusing on faith and the environment.  Moderated by Cathy Lewis, Host of HearSay with Cathy Lewis, a panel of diverse clergy will discuss theological perspectives on faith and the environment. The dialogue will take place on February 20 from 7-8:15 p.m. in Blocker Hall Auditorium. Sponsored by Virginia Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Religious in partnership with the 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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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 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.

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

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 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 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 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 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. Awards one continuing education credit for clergy. For more information, contact Kelly Roenker, Coordinator of the Robert F. Boyd Institute, at kroenker@vwc.edu.

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 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 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. 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 13

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 the NASA HQ 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 13 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 17

Easter Monday Holiday

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 what they are doing 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

VWC Day Open House
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Center for Enrollment Services will host a VWC Day Open House for prospective students on Saturday, April 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.

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)