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Biology   Sarah Wilson   Eric Nyman and Linda Ferguson   Kellam Social Science Lab
The Evolution of Biology
When, how and why this natural science became VWC's top major. More
 
Called to Service
Before pursuing her education, Sarah Wilson '15 proudly served her country. More
 
It's All Business
Fall business conference aims to build future leaders through interactive forums and networking opportunities. More
Kellam Social Science Lab Unveiled
Modernized lab space celebrated at Oct. 15 grand opening event. More
 
@VWC in the Media
Tim Bostic's Oct. 23 talk at VWC was mentioned in a Nov. 3 Virginian-Pilot article. Bostic was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that served as the impetus for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Virginia; Brian Monahan '98, one of the stars of Virginia Stage Company's recent production of "The Book Club Play," was quoted in a Nov. 3 article about the play on AltDaily.com; VWC Head Men's Basketball Coach Dave Macedo was featured in a Nov. 15 Virginian-Pilot article about the great potential of this year's team; VWC Board of Trustees member and long-time supporter of the College Jane Batten received the CIVIC Leadership Institute's 2014 Darden Award for Regional Leadership at a ceremony on Nov. 19. She was recognized by several news outlets following the event, among them Inside Business, the Virginian-Pilot and Bloomberg Businessweek.

@VWC Headlines
A Way With Words: Community Celebrates Writing; Leadership Development Core of MBE Conference; VWC's Exceptional Grounds Recognized Nationally; Students Place First in Area Programming Contest; Marlin Chronicle Awarded ACP "Best in Show"; and Shelby Beverly '15 Earns Sigma Beta Delta Honor. More
 
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Alumni News & Events
Doug Welch '75   Marlin Basketball
Featured Alumnus: Doug Welch ’75
As a fine arts major who confesses to absconding with every issue of Artforum magazine as soon as it arrived in Hofheimer Library, Doug Welch ’75 had already set his sights on a career as an artist in New York City by the time he was a junior at Virginia Wesleyan. Soon after graduation, the Washington, DC-area native took the leap and set up a studio in NYC’s East Village. But it wasn’t long before he traded the solitary studio life for the rough and tumble world of advertising, a profession much more suited to his fascination with popular culture, his curiosity about human motivation, and his self-professed need for deadlines. In his 30+ years in advertising—at agencies large and small—Welch has utilized eye-catching art direction to create award-winning advertising campaigns for a variety of clients all over the world, from Ralph Lauren to L’Oreal, MasterCard to Johnson & Johnson. Most recently as a Senior VP Group Creative Director at McCann Erickson NY, he has been focusing on the healthcare category. He is especially gratified to be taking a role in UNICEF’s Global Polio Eradication campaign as well as the Clinton Health Access Initiative for childhood pneumonia in Africa. He and his wife, illustrator and designer Chesley McLaren, split their time between Manhattan and the 18th century farmhouse they are restoring in the Hudson Valley.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan shape the person you are today?
Considering I nearly flunked out my first semester, I’d say I owe a lot to VWC for taking a chance on me. And after four years of the influence of some truly brilliant professors, like Harvey Simsohn, Rich Lapchick, Bentley Anderson and of course Barclay Sheaks, I felt like a very different individual from that callow youth at the beginning. Probably the most important thing Wesleyan ingrained in my noggin was the idea that one’s education never really ends. I feel like I’m still in college in a way. Having said that, I do regret not taking advantage of even more of what Wesleyan had to offer then. I’d advise any current student to milk these irreplaceable years for all they’re worth.

What are some of your favorite memories of professors, mentors or friends at VWC?
The school was so small then, that even though it had its cliques you still basically knew everybody. It didn’t hurt that I had my brothers, Rick and Tom, there too. I remember the year the campus was being re-wired and we had these giant wooden spools that were left around which became VWC’s public transportation; Doing ‘the bump’ to Average White Band in Birdsong Lounge; Bruce Guernsey’s Visiting Poet Series brought us in touch with Oxford-caliber talent; The memory of sitting together around the big TV in Pruden Lounge watching Watergate unfold and the fall of Viet Nam; Then the streaking craze of course; And no one was safe from being drafted by Bentley [Anderson] to be in a theatre production or two. More

Read more about other distinguished graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website.
Upcoming Events: Marlin Basketball
The VWC Men’s and Women’s basketball seasons have begun! Check out the game schedules and make plans to cheer on the Marlins at these fun game-related alumni events!

Saturday, January 17
Family Fun Day, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with basketball ball games at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Janauary 31
Men’s Alumni Basketball Game at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, February 3
Pre-game event in Pearce Hospitality Suite prior to the women’s game against Randolph-Macon College. Event starts at 5 p.m., tip-off at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 18
WESLEYAN WEDNESDAY pre-game in Pearce Hospitatlity Suite before the Hamden-Sydney Game. Event starts at 5 p.m., tip-off at 7 p.m.

Class Notes
Thomas Braca (2002) and Kari are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Deklyn Stephen, born on September 23, 2014, weighing 6 lbs., 10 oz.

Cara Wehman (2006) and Nolan Bradshaw are happy to announce their engagement. A May 2015 wedding is planned.

Michael Jacobson (1977) died in Norfolk on October 10, 2014.

Tanisha Davis (2003), Leader of Family and Community Support Services for the Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation, was recently recognized for her service on the VBCDC affordable housing blog, Common Grounds.

Amanda Elliott (2001) has been promoted to website and online product coordinator for eChannel Marketing at TowneBank. She joined TowneBank nearly three years ago and has 13 years of marketing experience. She supports the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund and previously served as the organization’s volunteer marketing director.

Christine Cipriani Jones (1991) and Ben proudly announce the birth of a baby girl, Sierra Simone, born August 30, 2014, weighing 7 lbs., 3 oz.

Randall Peele (1980) recently accepted a position at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee as associate head men's basketball coach. Read the press release.

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Around Campus
Tina Aldrich Scholarship  
Tina Aldrich Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to Tim Gunn '15
Last December, the Virginia Wesleyan family lost one of its own, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Dr. Tina Aldrich, who passed away from a rare form of uterine cancer. To honor her memory and carry on her passion for her students, Dr. Aldrich’s family, colleagues and friends have created the Tina Aldrich Memorial Scholarship.

On October 30, Dr. Aldrich’s wife, Dawn Gaimaro, awarded the Tina Aldrich Memorial Scholarship to Tim Gunn, a senior from Maryland in the Recreation & Leisure Studies Department. The scholarship will allow Tim to participate in a study away internship at the Hawaii Division of Natural Resources, where he will focus on the measurement and prevention of nighttime aquatic poaching at the Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reservea task that first piqued his interest during a Winter Session trip led by Dr. Aldrich.

Annual scholarships like the Tina Aldrich Memorial Scholarship make it possible for students like Tim to gain global, hands-on experience in their fields of study. To make a gift to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence, which supports scholarship assistance for VWC students, please visit www.vwc.edu/giveonline. You may also visit our Wesleyan Society Honor Roll of Donors.

Pictured above (from left): Dr. Tina Aldrich’s wife, Dawn Gaimaro, and senior Tim Gunn, who was awarded the Tina Aldrich Memorial Scholarship. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Pollock)
 
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Admissions   Adult Studies
Admissions
Your Future Begins Here
The V.I.P. Admissions Application is available online at apply.vdubbmarlins.com. Submit your application and supporting documents by the December 2 Early Action Deadline and you could receive your admission decision before the New Year!

Come see what makes VWC one of The Princeton Review’s 389 Best Colleges in the nation. Join us for a campus visit Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. or Saturdays at 11 a.m. Sign up for a visit today at visit.vdubbmarlins.com!
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us! 
Dinner and Degree Completion Info Session
Wednesday, December 3, 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

 
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CSRF   CSM
Upcoming CSRF Events
Thursday, December 4
Join CSRF Brock Director Craig Wansink and Batten Associate Professor of History Sara Sewell to watch and discuss the 2005 French film, Joyeux Noel. Written and directed by Christian Carion, the film looks at the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914 through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers. (6 p.m., Blocker Auditorium). More

Thursday, January 29
Dr. Rita M. Gross will present “How to Flourish with Religious Diversity.” Gross is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Studies of Religion at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Nyingma Lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism. (7 p.m., Blocker Auditorium). More
Upcoming CSM Events
The CSM Sound & Symbol Lecture Series: The Journey will continue in the spring 2015 semester. Mark your calendars now for the next event on Tuesday, February 24. More
  • “A Muslim’s Pilgrimage to Mecca” (Iman Vernon Fareed, Masjid William Salaam)
  • “The Inward Journey: Travel as Meditation and Self-Exploration in Ancient Greece” (Ben Haller, Classics)
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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