VWC 2020: Pathway to Prominence   President Greer   VPCW   Camp Red Feather
VWC 2020: Pathway to Prominence
Virginia Wesleyan College unveils strategic plan for 2014-2020. More
Presidential Art
Students in summer studio art course pay homage to Billy Greer with public art project. More
Virginia Private College Week at Wesleyan
Quality, affordability of private higher education highlighted July 28-August 2. More
A Camping
We Will Go
YMCA Camp Red Feather among long list of summer fun at VWC. More
@VWC in the Media
Professor of Art History Joyce Howell and her husband, Henry, were recently featured in a Virginian-Pilot story about the City of Virginia Beach Historical Register. The Howells' 1927 North End beach cottage is one of 48 properties on the register, listed alongside well-known local attractions like the Ferry Plantation House and the Coast Guard Station at Little Island in Sandbridge; VWC's Director of Community Service Diane Hotaling was recently named in the Virginian-Pilot as a recipient of the 2014 Safe Harbor Award. Nominated by Kevin Otey '05, Hotaling was recognized by Children's Harbor Early Care and Education Centers for her commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and families in the Hampton Roads area; Professor of Management/Business/Economics Bob Albertson was quoted in the Virginia Beach Beacon and mentioned in the Virginian-Pilot for his recent involvement with the annual celebration of the first landing by the English settlers, who sailed on to found Jamestown in 1607. Albertson is president of The Order of Cape Henry 1607, an organization that has led an observance of this historical event each year since 1920.

Nominate a Marlin for the Athletic Hall of Fame
Nominations are being accepted now through August 31 for the Virginia Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame. More
Campus Events
Alumni News & Events
VWC Alumni Association   Wesleyan Wednesday
Featured Alumna:
Kristie (Sigmon) Middleton '98: 
As food policy manager for the Humane Society of the United States, 1998 Virginia Wesleyan graduate Kristie (Sigmon) Middleton’s goal is to help the community understand the impact they could have by making one small change, just one day a week. That change? Going meat-free on Mondays.

Middleton, who currently lives in Oakland, California, has become a prominent leader in the Meatless Monday movement, a flourishing, international program started by The Monday Campaigns and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to support the elimination of meat for one day out of the week.

“If each American chose meat-free options just one day a week, more than a billion animals would be spared from factory farms each year,” she says.

Meatless Monday was started by the U.S. government as a resource-saving measure during WWI. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revived the effort in 2003 to address the nation’s obesity epidemic and advance environmental sustainability.

Middleton works with some of the nation’s largest school districts, including Los Angeles Unified School District and the Detroit Public Schools, to improve cafeteria food options in ways that benefit students, the environment and farm animals. With her help, hundreds of K-12 school districts, individual schools, universities, and hospitals nationwide have implemented Meatless Monday programs.

Her work has been covered by national media, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and CNN.

“Studying Mass Communications at Virginia Wesleyan opened my eyes to the possibilities of driving positive changes in our society through effective communication,” she says. “By applying what I learned to my passions, I’ve been fortunate to have built an extremely satisfying career based on what matters most to me.” More

Learn about other distinguished VWC graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website.

Pictured at top: Kristie (Sigmon) Middleton '98 (photo courtesy of the Humane Society of The U.S.)
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, August 13
Wesleyan Wednesday
Our compass is set and Wesleyan Wednesday is sailing into the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club on Wednesday, August 13 from 4:30-7 p.m. (7001 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk). Don your nautical gear and join us for appetizers, drinks and yacht rock. RSVP to First Mate Lina Green by August 1 at lina@vwc.edu. More

Thursday, September 4
2014 Alumni Awards
Congratulate the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni, Service and GOLD awards. Brunch reception at 9:30 a.m. followed by awards presentation during Fall Convocation.

Friday, September 26
Marlin Spirit Day
Plan to wear your Marlin Gear and post your photos all over the web. Don’t forget to dress your children, pets and significant others!

October 3-5 (Friday-Sunday)
Homecoming & Parent Weekend
Life is sweet...in your favorite seat. Join us for a fun-filled weekend "Under the Sea" back at VWC:
  • Homecoming Parade
  • Children’s Inflatables & Games
  • Marlin Tailgate
  • Alumni Games & Reunions
  • Homecoming 5K
  • Volleyball, Soccer & Field Hockey
  • Chrysler Glassblowing
  • Mermaid Winery & Back Bay Brewing Co.
  • Theatre Production: “The 39 Steps”
Class Notes
Courtney (Turner) Young (2004) and Marshall Young are happy to announce their marriage on June 6, 2014 in Richmond, Va. They currently reside in Chesterfield, Va.

Rodney Obien (1992) was recently promoted to associate professor at Keene State College in New Hampshire. He's also serving as Interim Dean of the Wallace E. Mason Library at the college.

John Helms (1998) has accepted an appointment as assistant professor of chemistry at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. He recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

More class notes >>
Around Campus
A Special Note of Thanks
on Behalf of the Annual Fund
for Academic Excellence
Thank you to all of those alumni, friends, parents, faculty and staff who contributed to the Virginia Wesleyan Annual Fund for Academic Excellence this year! Together, you raised nearly $1.3 million in support of students like Ada van Tine '14 (pictured).

"I felt like I could truly be myself and discover myself at VWC. My professors nurtured me and patiently took me on a transformative journey as a performer... I would not trade the learning experiences for anything." -Ada van Tine '14

Your participation in the Annual Fund truly makes a difference in the lives of our students, as it allows us to continue enhancing our academic programs, student life activities, library volumes and technology resources. It also provides critical funding to a variety of annual scholarships, allowing students the opportunity to pursue a transformative education regardless of financial circumstance. Thank you again for your commitment to VWC students!

To make a gift online, visit www.vwc.edu/giveonline, or view our Honor Roll of Donors.
Admissions   Adult Studies
Virginia Private College Week at VWC
During Virginia Private College Week (VPCW), 24 members of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia will host two daily tours and information sessions for rising juniors and seniors (and their families). VWC tours will take place July 28-August 1 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday-Friday. A 9 a.m. session will also be offered on Saturday, August 2. Register online today to experience VPCW at VWC!

Now Accepting Transfer Applications
The College is still accepting applications for fall 2014 transfer students, but time is running out so don't delay! Scholarships for transfer students are making a private college education at Virginia Wesleyan an affordable option. Contact the Admissions Office today at 800.737.8684 or 757.455.3208 to discuss the easy transfer admissions process.
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us! 
Dinner and Degree Completion Info Session
Wednesday, August 6, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
VWC Boyd Dining Center (Shafer Room)
Covers degrees offered; academic and personal support; course delivery formats; military student options; financial aid; employer tuition deferral; and the Adult Studies Corporate Rate Program. This is a relaxed, interactive question and answer session with a short, 15-minute campus tour. Free and open to the public. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call 757.455.3263 or email asp@vwc.edu. More

Coming Back to College Info Session
Does your employer offer tuition assistance? This 60-minute information sesstion gives adults the direction they need from experienced collegiate advisers, addressing concerns about pursuing a degree. For more information about scheduling a workshop for your workplace, contact Kathy Reese at 757.455.3411 or kreese@vwc.edu. More
About CSRF
VWC's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom is a resource for education, respectful dialogue, and mutual understanding for people of all faith traditions - or none. Through its program initiatives, the Center seeks not only to educate our minds, but to touch our hearts and transform our communities. More
Upcoming CSM Event
2014 Sacred Music Summer Conference
July 28-August 2

Steeped in the Wesley tradition of training minds and warming hearts, the Center for Sacred Music presents over 45 workshop sessions for church musicians, pastors and worship leaders, led by 15 VWC faculty and guests. View workshop details or learn more about the conference's open to the public evening events. For more information, contact Director of the Center for Sacred Music Sandra Billy at 757.455.3376 or sbilly@vwc.edu.
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