Peace Corps Prep Program   Homecoming 2014   Homeless Shelter   Fruitful Venture
Global Outlook
Sept. 18 signing ceremony inaugurates Virginia Wesleyan's Peace Corps Prep Program. More
Marlins Go "Under the Sea" for Homecoming
Tradition continues with Homecoming and Parent Weekend 2014. More
Homeless Shelter Documentary Premieres
Showcases community partnership, aims to inspire adoption of similar programs. More
A Fruitful Venture
Kelly Jacobson '15  harvests small fruits as an intern at Virginia Tech's local agricultural research center. More
@VWC in the Media
VWC's mascot Bob Marlin, recently re-designed and implemented by students in Professor Doug Kennedy's Recreation and Leisure Studies classes, was featured in the Sept. 22 issue of Sports Illustrated in a piece titled "Mascot Math." Bob also made the Washington Post in an article about the trend toward muscular mascots; Rhiannon (Farmer) Boyd '00, Upper School Senior Seminar and journalism teacher at Collegiate School in Richmond, was a featured columnist in a recent issue of the Richmond Times Dispatch. Her article, "All educators can be ‘Teachers of the Future", appeared on Sept. 26; VWC graduate Ari Durall '11 has a regular blog called "Take the Long Way Home" on HamptonRoads.com. The latest installment of the blog, which covers culture, lifestyle and issues relevant to Hampton Roads, appeared on Oct. 14; VWC Assistant Professor of Psychology Taryn Myers helped organize the first-ever Virginia Beach Walk for the National Eating Disorders Association. A story about the walk appeared on WVEC-13 and featured VWC student Stephanie Harron, who served as a guest speaker at the Oct. 11 event; VWC Board of Trustees member and long-time supporter of the College Jane Batten was featured in Inside Business on Oct. 17 in an announcement that she will receive the Darden Award for Regional Leadership on Nov. 19; VWC’s first athletic director, Don Forsyth, was inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 21 during a special ceremony at Norfolk Scope. The event was covered by various media outlets, among them WVEC-13, WAVY News 10 and the Daily Press.

@VWC Headlines
Minnis Documentary Premieres at Naro Oct. 1; The Arts at VWC: Fall 2014; VWC to Host VA Engage 2014 Fall Meeting Oct. 24; Alumni Receive "Top Forty Under 40" Honors; Tim Bostic to Speak at Virginia Wesleyan. More
Campus Events
Alumni News & Events
Lou Greig   Top 40 Under 40
Featured Alumna:
Louisa “Lou” (Mulford) Greig ’77
In the summer of 1977, just after graduating from VWC with degrees in art and education, Louisa “Lou” (Mulford) Greig got her true acting start in the Manteo, North Carolina outdoor drama “The Lost Colony.” After just one season with the show, her director (the renowned, now-deceased Joe Layton) encouraged Greig to head west to Los Angeles. Since then, she has worked professionally in more than 100 national, regional, and local commercials and has been cast in print work ads, film and television. She’s performed alongside some of film’s great legends, including Barbara Stanwyk, Mel Brooks, James Garner, Patrick Swayze, George Clooney, “Mad Men” stars Robert Morse, Jon Hamm and January Jones, and most recently Mark Harmon and Scott Bakula on “NCIS.” In 2011-2012, she wrote, produced, and starred in a comedic short film called Invasion of the Money $natcher$, recently screened as an official selection of the 2014 10th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival at the Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. She’s currently developing a second script and hopes to complete the project within the next couple years. The actress, writer, producer and model lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Robert, and has two daughters, Erin and Julia. Information about her current projects can be found at her website www.loumulford.com.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today?

Virginia Wesleyan allowed me opportunities to grow and blossom because of the smaller campus numbers. I gained confidence from my achievements, both academic and extracurricular, onstage in the many Wesleyan productions I was a part of as an actress. There was a definitive “family” feeling about those formative years at VWC. I was encouraged by all my professors and supported by my friends, many of whom I am still in contact with today. I may not have had the courage to pursue my professional career in Los Angeles beginning in 1978 had I not attended Wesleyan where the atmosphere was close and nurturing.

How are Wesleyan alumni different from other college graduates?
Well, I would venture to say we are possibly a closer bunch than many. With the advent of Facebook I’ve been able to reconnect with many old friends and the feeling is as warm and family like as ever.

What are some of your favorite memories of friends, professors or mentors at VWC?

Painting in the art room until the wee hours of the morning with fellow students via the luxury of a key to enter due to my work-study position as Barclay Sheaks’ secretary. I’m not sure if a student could get away with that today, but it was a lovely creative time.—Touring with Bentley Anderson’s production of “Everyman” in churches around the state. There was such a sense of camaraderie during that time of travel and spending time with fellow students performing, breaking set, loading for the next destination, and getting to know one another on more meaningful levels.

Read more about Lou Greig in the Featured Alumni section of our website.
Alumni Named "Top Forty Under 40"
The professional and personal successes of two VWC graduates were celebrated Oct. 14 as Kevin Otey Jr. ’05 and Amy Mallett Rickard ’98 were honored at Inside Business’ “Top Forty Under 40” awards ceremony. During the evening event at Norfolk Waterside Marriott, the alumni were recognized for their career achievements and involvement in the community. Otey, 31, is chief operating officer at Children's Harbor, a nonprofit group that provides early childhood care and education services. His volunteer activities include United Way African American Leadership Society volunteer chair; United for Children’s weekly tutoring program with second and third graders; voter registration drives; and the Big Brother Big Sister program. Rickard, 38, is vice president of marketing for AAA Tidewater Virginia, responsible for the growth and retention of its membership base. She is active in the community as a member of United Way’s Women Leadership Council and Membership Committee; the Corporate Volunteer Council for Volunteer Hampton Roads; and the local Hampton Roads chapters for the American Marketing Association and American Advertising Federation. Both graduates serve on the Virginia Wesleyan College Alumni Association Board of Directors—Rickard was named president of the Alumni Board in July 2014. Inside Business has recognized 640 young professionals since its Top Forty Under 40 event began in 1999. More (Photos at top courtesy of Inside Business)

Upcoming Events:
Marlin Basketball is Coming!
The VWC Men’s and Women’s basketball seasons begin the weekend of November 15-16. Check out the game schedules and make plans to cheer on the Marlins. Also be on the lookout for several fun game-related activities for alumni!

Class Notes
Don Staley (1981)—Foley, Alabama's first executive director of sports—was recently honored by the Alabama House of Representatives with a resolution commending his outstanding record of public service in sports and tourism. More

Jennifer (Hurst) Cardenas (2007) was recently promoted to benefits manager at HHHunt Corporation in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Christine (Langsam) Williams (1997) has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America ©2015 in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. Christine practices with DurretteCrump PLC in Richmond. View photo

James MacLeod (1997) is proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Andrew "Drew" Thomas, born February 19, 2014, weighing 11 lbs., 5 oz.

Chad Longe (1999) and Colleen are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, George "Jordy" Edward, on September 9, 2014, weighing 8 lbs., 2 oz.

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Around Campus
SunTrust Foundation Helps Modernize Kellam Social Science Lab
To assist with the ever growing undergraduate research programs supported by the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence at Virginia Wesleyan, the SunTrust Foundation of Hampton Roads recently helped to establish the SunTrust Foundation Computer Classroom in the newly renovated Floyd E. Kellam Jr. Social Science Lab.

The Kellam Social Science Lab provides a modern space for cross-disciplinary research among the Social Science Division, which includes business, criminal justice, education, history, political science, psychology, recreation and leisure studies, sociology, and social work. These majors total more than 800 students representing more than half the College’s student population, and all applied work for students in this division focuses on evidence-based methods. This space enables students to collect data and statistics to support their applied experiences.

You can support our students’ undergraduate research efforts by making a gift to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide critical funding to this and many other academic programs. Make your tax-deductible gift online at www.vwc.edu/giveonline or view the Virginia Wesleyan Society Honor Roll of Donors.

Pictured above (from left): Virginia Wesleyan College President Billy Greer, VWC Board of Trustees member George Y. Birdsong and Charity Volman, president of SunTrust Bank South Hampton Roads. (Photo by Janice Marshall-Pittman)
Admissions   Adult Studies
Your Future Begins Here
The VWC Admissions application is available online at apply.vdubbmarlins.com. Submit your application and supporting documents by October 31 and you could receive your admission decision before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Join us for our next VWC Day Open House on Saturday, November 8. Additional Open Houses will be held on February 7 and March 7.

Sign up online for one of these exciting events or schedule an individual campus visit at visit.vdubbmarlins.com.
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us! 
Dinner and Degree Completion Info Session
Wednesday, November 5, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Adult Studies Lounge, Clarke Hall
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

Upcoming CSRF Events
Thursday, October 23
Illegal Love: Tim Bostic on Politics, Religion and Marriage Equality Details More

Thursday, October 30
I Am Not Just My Religion More

Friday, October 31
Open House & Soup More

Tuesday, November 11
"Nica Esperanza" by John Davis '15 More

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.
Upcoming CSM Events
Sunday, October 26
Fall Hymn Festival More

Tuesday, November 18
Sound & Symbol Lecture: The Journey More
  • "Two Journeys to Enlightenment: Siddhartha and Thoreau" (Steven Emmanuel, Philosophy)
  • "Heroic or Villainous: Claude Debussy’s Journey to his Island of Joy" (Lee Jordan-Anders, Music)
Presentations take place in Fine Arts 9 at 11 a.m. Free to all; reservations not required. For further information, call Sandi Billy at 757.455.3376.
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