2014 Alumni Awards   Princeton Review   LiveSafe   Scene II Orientation
Alumni Awards to Celebrate, Commemorate
Distinguished Virginia Wesleyan graduates to be honored Sept. 4. More
Named a Best College in Nation
Princeton Review selects VWC for The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. More
Introducing LiveSafe Mobile Safety App
Virginia Wesleyan takes proactive step to increase campus security. More
What it Means
to Be a Marlin
Scene II Orientation welcomes Class of 2018 to VWC community. More
@VWC in the Media
VWC's long-term strategic plan, VWC 2020: Pathway to Prominence, was featured in Inside Business on Aug. 8; As part of a special 10 On Your Side success story, Wavy TV 10 visited VWC Aug. 19 to showcase Families of Autistic Children in Tidewater's "I Can Shine" program, a free week-long camp held on campus this month to help teach kids with autism and other developmental disabilities how to ride bicycles; VWC Dean of Students Keith Moore, students Josh Ford and Aaron Oyee, and campus security were featured on Wavy TV 10 on Aug. 21 in a segment about LiveSafe, the College's new mobile safety app.

@VWC Headlines
College Brings Humanities to Lake Edward Area; Chinese Students Experience VWC, Local Culture; Center for Sacred Music Among Best in Virginia; VWC Named College of Distinction for 2014-2015. More

Coming Soon:
Marlin Magazine
The 2014-2015 Marlin Magazine is hot off the press. Look for your copy in early September!

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
2014 Alumni Awards   Homecoming & Parent Weekend
2014 Alumni Awards Honorees
The 2014 Alumni Awards will be presented by the Virginia Wesleyan College Alumni Association on Thursday, September 4, celebrating graduates who have achieved distinction in their fields while reflecting the College's commitment to service and dedication. This year’s awards will also recognize honorary alumni and remember a former faculty member. Award recipients will be honored and at a special brunch reception, followed by an awards ceremony during the VWC’s annual Fall Convocation. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Alumni Awards:

Teresa Annas ’76
Distinguished Alumna Award
Arts Staff Writer, The Virginian-Pilot

For more than three decades, Teresa Annas ’76 has been one of Hampton Roads' primary literary advocates for the visual and performing arts. In 1986 she joined the Virginian-Pilot staff where she remains today as a primary reporter for the creative arts community. Annas doesn’t just write about the arts; she also brings them to life herself through on-stage performances, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and ceramics.

Howard D. Bartner ’82
Alumni Service Award
Senior Vice President of Operations,
Junior Achievement USA
As a Liberal Arts Management Program (LAMP) student, Howard Bartner ’82 accepted an internship at the local Junior Achievement office. Today, he serves as the senior vice president of operations for Junior Achievement USA in Colorado Springs. Bartner has spent more than 20 years educating youth in entrepreneurial thinking, job creation and good financial management.

Jason Seward ’05
Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award
Dean of Freshmen/Director of the Jane P. Batten Student Center, Virginia Wesleyan College

Jason Seward ’05 left VWC with a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies but quickly returned to his alma mater where today he serves as director of the Batten Center and dean of freshmen. He spends many hours each day meeting with students, directing staff and students and serving on committees. He brings energy, enthusiasm and kindness to his work and his interaction with others.

Courtney Beth Dickerson Atwater
Honorary Alumna (1981-2011)
Courtney Beth Dickerson Atwater was a source of inspiration to all who knew her. She handled many obstacles with determination and courage, including her pursuance of a business degree at Virginia Wesleyan College. She passed away on June 4, 2011 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Her memory will forever remain in their hearts as well as the heart of the VWC community.

Anthony Stile
Honorary Alumnus

Former VWC student Anthony Stile received Inside Business’ inaugural Young Entrepreneur Award in 2012 after forming not one, not two, but three businesses alongside business partner Josh Tawes. He has taken the knowledge he gained at Virginia Wesleyan and with it has done remarkable things. When called upon to participate in VWC activities, he never hesitates and, in fact, makes others want to be more involved in the life of the College. More

In Memory of Dr. Thomas R. Fanney ’76 (1954-2004)

As a professor of mathematics, Thomas R. Fanney ’76 found a way to turn young minds on to math. Students and colleagues alike admired him not only for his intellect and involvement in the College, but also for his broader interests and involvement in the world. In 1989, he became the first Wesleyan graduate to return to his alma mater to teach with a Ph.D. Professor Fanney’s effect on the College will be long-lasting.

Pictured at top (from left): Teresa Annas ’76, Howard D. Bartner ’82, Jason Seward ’05, Courtney Beth Dickerson Atwater, Anthony Stile and Dr. Thomas R. Fanney ’76.
Homecoming & Parent Weekend: October 3-5 (Friday-Sunday)
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”
More Upcoming Events
Thursday, September 4
2014 Alumni Awards
Congratulate the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni, Service and GOLD awards. A special awards presentation will be held 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!

Class Notes
Andrew Walker (1990) recently accepted a position at ADS, Inc. located in Virginia Beach as supplier account manager for combat support equipment.

Desiree' (Todd) Ladyman (2008) recently accepted a position at William E. Wood as a realtor in Virginia Beach.

Kimberlie (Meyer) Russell (1994) was recently promoted to vice president, contract administration at Valkyrie Enterprises, LLC in Virginia Beach.

Lindsey Reynolds (1998) was recently promoted to chief operating officer at the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C.

Mary Hodges (1981) died on May 26, 2014. She loved to volunteer her time and for many years was the historian for the Board of Circles at CHKD and Past President of the Thalia Hope Circle at CHKD. More

Rev. Adam Blagg (1995) has been appointed minister at Otterbein United Methodist Church, in Harrisonburg. More

Ralph Rowley (1978) was recently appointed to senior pastor at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church.

Michael Loyd (1996) and Lauren are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Logan Bennett,  on July 4, weighing 5 lbs., 10 oz.

Nicole Thurston (2007) recently accepted a position at Pool Mahoney PC in Virginia Beach, as an attorney in the Divorce/Family Law Group.

Chad Longe (1999) has been named athletic and activities director for Lanier High School in Sugar Hill, Georgia. He will also continue to serve as Lanier's head baseball coach, a role he's held since the school opened in 2010. More

Jennifer Miley (1993) and Christopher Greer are happy to announce their marriage on November 25, 2011, as well as the birth of a baby boy, Charles Joseph "Charlie", born on April 10, 2012. The couple also welcomed a daughter, Grace Lydia (photo), on July 30, weighing 6 lbs., 10 oz. The family resides in Blountsville, Alabama.

Jennifer (Raines) Eby (2000) and her Williamsburg shop "Quirks of Art" were featured in the August 2014 edition of Williamsburg's Next Door Neighbors (page 30). More

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Around Campus
Annual Fund  
Congratulations to VWC Parent
Wylia Holbrooks!
Because VWC parent Wylia Holbrooks, mother of Michaela Holbrooks ’15, made her gift to the Annual Fund through the Marlin Student Phonathon last year, she was entered into a drawing for a VISA Gift Card – and she won! Congratulations, Wylia!

Did you speak with a Marlin Phonathon caller last academic year? If so, thank you! Our twelve student callers connect with you on behalf of all Virginia Wesleyan students because YOU are the friends and family who make academic excellence a reality for them. Your gifts to the VWC Annual Fund for Academic Excellence provide critical financial assistance through annual scholarships, academic programs both in and out of the classroom, new library volumes, the latest technology resources and student life experiences.

You can make your tax-deductible gift online at
www.vwc.edu/giveonline, or view our Wesleyan Society Honor Roll of Donors.
Admissions   Adult Studies
Your Future Begins Here!
Learn here. Play here. Really live here. Virginia Wesleyan was chosen again this year by The Princeton Review for inclusion in its guide The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Visit our campus and find out why! During our VWC Day Open House you'll have the opportunity to:
  • Meet our scholarly faculty and staff
  • Tour our beautiful 300-acre campus
  • Learn about scholarships and financial aid
  • Enjoy lunch on us!
  • Submit an application during your visit and we'll waive the $40 application fee
VWC Day Open Houses will be held October 18, November 8, February 7 and March 7. Check us out online for more information and to register!
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us! 
Dinner and Degree Completion Info Session
Wednesday, September 10, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
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
Monumental Moments: A Time to Remember
Thursday, September 11
Monumental Chapel, 11 a.m.

A special 9/11 commemorative with music by the Wesleyan Chorale and reflection by Craig Wansink, Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. 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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