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. More
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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
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!
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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