Virginia Wesleyan students Crystal Strother, Claude Clark, Derek Filey and Karim Kerr, were pictured in the Virginian Beach Beacon May 21 along with VWC recreation and leisure studies professor Takeyra Collins. The group was volunteering at a Western Bayside Churches United community day event for residents of the nearby Campus East and Lake Edward neighborhoods; An editorial piece about retiring VWC President Billy Greer titled "Stepping aside at a school that is moving up" appeared on HamptonRoads.com on May 23. Inside Business got personal with the outgoing president in a June 5 article titled, " FIRST PERSON: William T. "Billy" Greer." Forbes has featured Virginia Wesleyan College on its annual list of "50 College Gems With Bargain Tuitions, SAT Optional Policies And Openings." An article titled, "Virginia Wesleyan to build new Greer Environmental Center" appeared in Inside Business on May 29. VWC Assistant Professor of Psychology Taryn Myers was quoted in a May 31 Virginian-Pilot article titled, "Survey: Male college grads more optimistic about future." The article also appeared on Bloomberg Business. Family, friends and community honored longtime educator Ed Brickell following his passing on June 12. In addition to his many other contributions and accomplishments, Brickell was an adjunct professor at VWC for 10 years and delivered the College's Commencement Address in 2010. VWC President Billy Greer delivered the eulogy at his memorial service on June 18. Virginia Wesleyan's Global Marlins program, and student volunteer Tanasia Hazelton, were mentioned in a June 22 Virginian-Pilot article about educating English learners. On June 24, the Virginian-Pilot published a "Where are they now?" style article about the VWC Men's Basketball Team who won the 2006 NCAA Division III National Championship.
Alumni News & Events
Mavis (Escoffery) McKenley '11
Mavis (Escoffery) McKenley, CTFA AEP, credits a good deal of her career success and confidence to the liberal arts education she received at Virginia Wesleyan. A 2011 graduate of the College's Adult Studies Program, the former VWC business major now works as vice president and trust officer at AMG National Trust Bank. She's also certified as an accredited estate planner (AEP) and a certified trust and financial advisor (CTFA)-designations she is proud of. She serves as vice president for her local estate planning council and will be the incoming board president for Samaritan House, an area nonprofit that provides advocacy and services to victims of domestic violence and homeless families. In addition to those roles, Virginia Wesleyan's Alumni Association Board of Directors is excited to welcome McKenley--along with last month's featured alumnus, Patrick McMahon '02--as new Board members for 2015-2016. McKenley was born in Manhattan, but spent a majority of her young years in Teaneck, New Jersey. She enjoys playing tennis and painting and spending time with her husband of 26 years, Wayne, and their son, Nigel. The family lives in Virginia Beach.
How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today?
I do not think I realized it at the time, but the level of confidence I exude today has a large part to do with the level of education I received from VWC. It is not just the higher level learning, but also the well-rounded learning where I did not leave just being a business major. I had exposure to many other things such as Buddhist philosophy and German films, which typically are not a part of a business curriculum. More
Read more about other distinguished graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website. Wesleyan Wednesday
Welcoming Dr. and Mrs. Miller Wednesday, August 12
Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, 4-7 p.m.
Put on your nautical attire and join us to welcome Dr. and Mrs. Miller. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP to Lina by August 1 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homecoming & Parent Weekend
October 2-4 Come one, come all! This year's carnival-themed event will feature food trucks, Chrysler Glassblowing, athletic events and more. Join your fellow alumni Friday night from 6-9 p.m. at ShoreBreak (2941 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach). The annual tailgate will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information coming soon.
2015-2016 Alumni Association
Board of Directors
Amy Mallett Rickard '98, President
Ron Swan '77, Vice President
Aaron Bull '95, Secretary
Cathy Holava '93, Treasurer
Anne Marie Burroughs '04
Angela D. Costello '87
Troy DeLawrence '93
Jesse Fanshaw '72
Laura B. Gadsby '90
Kim Harriman '90
Vikki Holliday-Keifer '05
Kelly Keys '13
John Maravich '11
Mavis McKenley '11
Patrick McMahon '02
Kevin Otey '05
Molly Phillips '02
Amber Randolph '05
Rachel Rigoglioso '10
Shelby St. Gelais '12
Nicole Thurston '07
Beth Widamier '99
Kelly (Appleton) Latta (1994) has launched a website promoting her ministry, "Finding Life and Love in the Pursuit of Jesus."
Patrick McMahon (2002) and his wife, Aarynn, welcomed a daughter, Rorie Elizabeth, on June 6, at 8.2 lbs., 20 in. Big sister Mary Walsh is thrilled.
Robert Fallon (1982)and wife, Kerry, proudly announce the arrival of their first grandchild, Savannah Lee, born on May 12, 2015 to Steven and Lauren in Overland Park, Kansas.
Joseph Durso (2006) and Kelly (Donnelly) Durso (2007) welcomed a son, Rylan James, on June 11. Big brother Keegan is very excited!
Michael Olmstead (2000) and Kelly Turner Olmstead (2001) welcomed a son, Kason Manning, to their family on May 29. He joins three older sisters, Madison, Kenzie and Kaylee.
Julia (Green) Marks (2004) and Jeremy welcomed a daughter, Tessa Joan, on June 6. Older sisters, Amelia and Everly, are excited to welcome their baby sister.
Rev. Keary Kincannon (1975)
received his Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. He will continue his ministry as lead pastor at Rising Hope Mission Church in Alexandria, Virginia.
Edward O'Brien (1983) has been named a member of the chairman's council of New Your Life Insurance Company, where he has worked since 1983. Members of the chairman's council rank in the top three percent of the company's sales force of more than 12,000 licensed agents.
Sarah Tytler (2009) is moving to Scotland to attend the University of Glasgow's Master in Fine Arts program for creative writing.
John Novak (2010) and Kristy (White) Novak (2010) welcomed a baby, Avery, on June 15.
Matt Chester (2001) married Alana Jo Lincoln on May 2, 2015. Matt's son, Jackson, was a handsome member of the wedding party. View the couple's engagement announcement. View a photo of the groom with his best man, Spencer Baird (2000).
Laura (Nogrady) O'Gorman (2007) and Sean welcomed a daughter, Caitlin, on June 2.
Jennifer (Smith) Esquivel (1999), husband Valentine, and their son, Jacob, welcomed a daughter/sister, Mikayla Grace, on June 9.
Brandon Nichols (2012) was recently commissioned as a probationary elder in the United Methodist Church. He has been appointed to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Suffolk, Virginia.
Thomas B. Dickenson (1978) was the inaugural recipient of the Jerrold G. Weinberg Professionalism Award, presented to him by the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association at the 23rd Annual Hal J. Bonney Seminar on Bankruptcy Law and Practice on June 12, 2015. The award recognizes practicing attorneys who have made a unique contribution to the improvement of the bankruptcy bar; who enhance the image, reputation and esteem of bankruptcy attorneys; and who embody the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence among the bar for the Norfolk and Newport News Divisions of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Contribute to Meaningful Futures
Pictured: The Annual Fund helped make it possible for Kaitlyn Dozier '14 to spend an entire semester immersed in Spanish culture.
"Any form of success is always farther reaching when achieved on the basis of what you can do with others and for others" --Lieutenant General Phil Jones CBE, NATO-ACT
In his Commencement address, Lieutenant General Phil Jones encouraged VWC's Class of 2015 to pursue their dreams "with others, and for others." Virginia Wesleyan's mission and programs embrace the hope that our graduates will use their unique sets of skills to serve their communities for the better.
By making a gift to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence, you provide the opportunities that help us prepare students for life's journeys. Students immerse themselves in other cultures through study away programs; put classroom skills to work during internships; and gain invaluable field experience conducting research alongside faculty members.
Please consider making a gift to the Annual Fund by the end of our fiscal year on June 30. Your contribution today will ensure the future success of our students as citizens who "do with others, for others." Visit www.vwc.edu/giveonline, or view our Wesleyan Society Honor Roll of Donors.
AdmissionsRising Seniors: Visit and apply this summer!
Campus tours are offered Mon.-Fri. at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The week of July 27 - August 1 (Monday - Saturday) we will offer our morning tours at 9:00 a.m. as part of Virginia Private College Week
. The Dean will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs from 12-1:30 p.m. for our morning and afternoon tour guests on Friday, July 10, 17, 24 and 31.Take home your first college acceptance letter!
We'll review your application for an on-site admissions decision during your visit.
Before you arrive:
- Complete your application online at admissions.vwc.edu/apply
- Bring your sealed high school transcript
- Send official SAT or ACT scores (if your GPA is above a 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, you may be considered for test optional admission)
Register today at admissions.vwc.edu/visit
or 757.455.3208.Now Accepting Transfer Applications
The College is still accepting applications
for fall 2015 transfer students, but time is running out so don't delay! Contact the Admissions Office today at 800.737.8684 or 757.455.3208 to discuss the easy transfer admissions process.
Adult Studies Program
Would getting or finishing a bachelor's degree be the key to enhancing the life story of someone you know?
Tell them about the Adult Studies Program at Virginia Wesleyan. Our tuition grant of more than 70 percent off for ALL adult students means they can get all the quality of a private education at the price of a public university. Invite them to join us for a casual information session and complimentary dinner:
Dinner's On Us!
Adult Studies Information Session
Wednesday, July 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
ASP Lounge in 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.
Make your reservation online or call 757.455.3263 or email email@example.com.
Upcoming CSRF Event
Thursday, June 25
Readings With Wesleyan: "Children of India: Hinduism, Buddhism, The Bhagavad Gita, and Koans"
Heritage United Methodist Church
815 Baker Rd., Virginia Beach
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
CSRF leads the summer 2015 installment of the College's Readings With Wesleyan series on the topic of "World Religions 101: A Quick Look at Religions around the World and in Hampton Roads." The program concludes with this presentation by Dr. Craig Wansink. Readings With Wesleyan is a unique educational program that brings free college-level teaching to Lake Edward's adult residents.
For more information, contact Associate Director of the CSRF Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the CSRF website
.View the entire CSRF events calendar
July 27-August 1
Worship & Arts Summer Conference
45 workshop sessions led by 17 guest clinicians and VWC faculty. Clergy tracks include sessions in clergy-staff relationships led by Dr. Eileen Guenther (Wesley Seminary); worship and evangelism with Dr. Leonard Sweet (Drew University), theater as part of worship and Christian education led by Friends of the Groom; and cross-cultural worship and music with Rev. DeAndre Johnson (Westbury UMC, Houston). Musician sessions include conducting and choral technique with Brad Ellingboe; choosing organ music for worship and accompanying congregational song with Rodney Barbour; a full-day of choral anthem reading with Joseph Martin and Mack Wilburg; practical technology for the church musician with Suzanne Daniel; conducting with Robert Shoup children's music curriculum with games & songs by Susan Eernisse; Gregorian chant with William Tortolano; advanced handbells with Alan Reese; and possibilities with guitar in worship beyond praise bands with John Dull.
All are welcome to evening events throughout the week. Continuing Education Units are available. For more information, contact Director of the Center for Sacred Music Sandra Billy at 757.455.3376 or email@example.com. More
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