Marlin Magazine   Craig Wansink   Ehsan Salek   Iordanka Panayotova
Marlin Magazine Has Arrived
Stories of transition, momentum and opportunity fill the 2014-2015 issue. More
Center Transformation
New leadership announced for Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. More
Speak Your Truth
Business professor and native Iranian Ehsan Salek encourages self-acceptance at Fall Convocation. More
New Faculty,  Admin Staff
College welcomes newest members of VWC community. More
@VWC in the Media
Professor of Management/Business/Economics Dave Garraty was quoted in an article about Hampton Roads' unemployment rate on Businessweek.com. VWC communication graduate Sebastien Austin '09 appeared in a Reebok commercial developed as part of the company's ZJets Human Dispatch Service campaign. Billye Brown Youmans, an applied music specialist with VWC's Center for Sacred Music, was quoted in a Sept. 4 Virginian-Pilot article about Great Bridge Presbyterian Church's Candlelight Concert series, an event she founded as the church's musical director. In the article, Youmans mentions CSM's Sacred Music Summer Conference.

@VWC Headlines
NSF Grant Brings New Research Tool to College; Dirlam to Talk Assessment at NEEAN Forum; Local Sports Hall of Fame to Induct Coach Forsyth; History Dept. to Host WWI Centennial Symposium. More
Campus Events
Alumni News & Events
Taylor Grissom   Homecoming
Featured Alumnus:
Taylor Grissom '87: 
Taylor Grissom remembers acting out the role of entrepreneur in skits for one of his classes in Virginia Wesleyan’s Liberal Arts Management Program (LAMP). The class was learning how to handle practical situations that might come up in the real world, and Grissom recalls that there was a fair amount of kidding around.

“But when I had my first business, there were times it was very similar to that, and those skits popped into my mind,” he muses. “What kind of owner are you going to be? What kind of principles are you going to put into place? And that was one thing that I really thought the classes prepared you for.”

These days, the Chesapeake native and father of three no longer has time for pretend businesses. He has five real ones to juggle. He’s the owner of Blue Water Pools, a partner in Davenport Land Management, and a director and co-founder of Monarch Bank. He started on the path that led to his current web of ventures during his time at VWC where, in addition to his schoolwork, he spent 40 hours a week working for a local developer and builder.

Soon after graduating, Grissom branched out to owning a sand mining operation, working for
a contractor and partnering in neighborhood development throughout Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.

“Thirty years ago you heard the term entrepreneur and it was a bad thing—people in business who can’t make up their minds what they want to do,” he says. “Today, it’s someone who’s creative. The liberal arts management degree gives you a wide background of experience and teaching.”

Grissom, who lives in Chesapeake with his wife Kerry, says one venture that is very close to his heart is My Brother’s Keeper, an aide organization that focuses on biblical principles and reconciliation.

Through My Brother’s Keeper, he traveled to Haiti on a mission trip in 2012 where he learned of a program called Nelly’s House that at the time fed 250 children a hot meal every school day.

He returned to the U.S. with his own mission to raise funds for the organization and today helps
provide support for Nelly’s House through various fundraising efforts. Grissom returned to Haiti in summer 2014 to help expand the program.

“The need: it’s just great. It’s something you can’t describe in words, their living conditions and what they go through on a daily basis,” he says. “When you can see these kids and know that you can help them have a basic need—just food—it’s very humbling.”

Read more about Taylor Grissom in Marlin Magazine 2014-2014 (page 62) and learn about other distinguished VWC graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website.

(Photo at top courtesy of Taylor Grissom '87)
Homecoming & Parent Weekend: October 3-5 (Friday-Sunday)
Life is sweet in your favorite seat. Homecoming is less than three weeks away... Make plans now to join us for a fun-filled weekend "Under the Sea:"
  • Homecoming Parade
  • Friday alumni gathering at Shorebreak (7-10 p.m.)
  • Saturday Tailgate (12-6 p.m.)
  • Mermaid Winery & Back Bay Brewing Co.
  • Acoustic music by Tom Southern '94 and Scott Roberts '08
  • Chrysler Glassblowing Demonstration
  • Theatre Production: “The 39 Steps”
  • Alumni Games & Reunions
  • Homecoming 5K
  • Children's Inflatables & Games
View the full schedule and register to attend!


Friday, September 26
On Fri., Sept. 26, VWC will celebrate its first ever Marlin Spirit Day (the Friday before Homecoming Week). We’re counting on Marlin Nation to bleed blue in a big way. Here’s how it works:
  • Put on your Marlin gear: hats, t-shirts, jackets, sweats
  • Pose with your VWC pennant, coffee mug, diploma, foam finger
  • Dress your children, your pets, your friends and fellow alums
  • Post your photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  • Use the hashtag: #MarlinSpiritDay
  • That’s it!

Class Notes
Elizabeth (Robinson) Culpepper (2006) and Wayne are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Lillian Jeanne, on December 5, 2013.

Matthew Greathouse (1996) and Natalie are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Scarlett Marie, on August 14.

Monica Mapp (2003) currently resides in London, England, where she is enrolled in the Accelerated Master's Program for Fashion Marketing and Management at the University of The Creative Arts. She plans to move to Italy or France to work as an international fashion buyer in a European Fashion Houses after she graduates next September.

Patricia Wilhelm Stillwell (2010) and Adam Stillwell (2009) are proud to announce the August 26 birth of a baby boy, Jeffery "Trace" Adam Stillwell III, weighing 7 lbs., 7 oz.

Christa Mercer Springstead (2007) and David Springstead Jr. proudly announce the birth of a baby boy, David "Davey" Springstead III, born August 3.

Marie (Insley) Nicolo (1996) recently accepted a position as the administrative assistant to Judge Richard S. Bray, President of the Beazley Foundation.

More class notes >>
Around Campus

Virginia Wesleyan students can’t wait to connect with you!
It’s that time of year again – the VWC Marlin Student Phonathon will be picking up the phone soon to connect with you! Here’s why we hope you will kindly take their calls:

1. Update your contact information.
Make a recent move? Have a wedding or new bundle of joy to celebrate? Share your updates and make sure you receive our latest news and events!

2. Speaking of news and events...
Want more information about Homecoming? Wondering if your favorite professor is still at the College? Our students are happy to share and would love to answer your questions!

3. Tell your story.
VWC students love hearing wisdom from alumni, parents and friends of the College. Feel free to take a few moments to share your story!

4. Make an impact.
Our students are eager to share the ways your support of the Virginia Wesleyan Annual Fund for Academic Excellence makes an impact on their daily lives. Five minutes of your time translates into meaningful futures for them.

Your support at any level makes a difference. Thank you for taking a few minutes to speak with our students. View the 2013-2014 Wesleyan Society Honor Roll of Donors or make a secure online gift to support VWC students.
Admissions   Adult Studies
Your Future Begins Here
The Admissions application is now available online. Submit your application and supporting documents by September 30 and you could have an admissions decision in time for the first VWC Day Open House on October 18. And all applicants for admission are automatically considered for merit scholarships of up to $20,000!

Additional open house dates are available November 8, February 7 and March 7.

Sign up online for one of these exciting events or schedule an individual campus visit.
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us! 
Dinner and Degree Completion Info Session
Wednesday, October 1, 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

Upcoming CSRF Event
The Middle East After the Arab Spring
Thursday, September 25 @ 6:30 p.m.
Jane P. Batten Convocation Center

Dr. Marc Lynch, Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, will speak as part of the national series, “Understanding the Muslim World,” sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America and supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Held in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, this event also serves as the kickoff event of the Greater Hampton Roads World Affairs Council 2014-2015 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Free for VWC faculty, staff and students, but please register at stores.hrwac.org.
Upcoming CSM Event
Sound & Symbol Lecture Series:
The Journey

Thursday, October 2 @ 11 a.m. (Fine Arts 9)

Eric Mazur, Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies, will present "A wandering Aramean was my father (Deuteronomy 26:5): Nomadic Experience as Jewish Memory;" and Scott Hinze, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will present "A Journey Down Memory Lane: How Memories (and Beliefs) are Constructed and Reconstructed Over Time." Free to all; reservations not required.

Fall Hymn Festival
"Enter by the Narrow Gate"
Sunday, October 26 @ 4 p.m.

Virginia Beach United Methodist Church
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