There's No Place Like Home
Winter Session 2015 explores the meaning of home through intriguing courses, travel and special events. More
Community and Culture
Virginia Wesleyan serves neighbors and celebrates diversity on MLK Day and into Black History Month.
The Arts at VWC: Spring 2015
Get creative with this semester's fine arts calendar. More
Scholar-Athletes Honored
Spring 2014 Dean's List students named Dec. 6, 2014 at State Farm recognition event. More
@VWC in the Media
VWC Assistant Professor of History Kathleen Casey was featured on on Jan. 5. The story, "Pop History: Historians Discuss Pleasures and Pitfalls of Teaching Popular History," focused on a talk she gave at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, held in New York City Jan. 2-5; An interview with multi-talented musician and scholar Seth Swingle, who performed at VWC Jan. 15, was published on The Q&A was written by VWC's own Dan Margolies, Professor of History. Margolies was also mentioned in a Daily Press article about a Jan. 14 concert at the Miller Studio Theater at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach in which he performed alongside fiddler Ken Waldman; The VWC Men's Basketball Team was featured in the Jan. 14 WAVY News 10 article, titled "VA Wesleyan back in the nation's top ten rankings."; The Virginian-Pilot recently sought the academic expertise of two Virginia Wesleyan faculty members: Professor of Management/Business/Economics Dave Garraty was quoted in a Jan. 19 article about the economic consequences of increasing minimum wage in Virginia. Assistant Professor of Political Science Leslie Caughell was featured in a story about the media's impact on gift acceptance among local lawmakers; College Archivist Stephen Mansfield was quoted in the January issue of Coastal Virginia Magazine in a story about the suspicious death of brewing legend Adolph Coors at the Cavalier Hotel in 1929; On Jan. 21, the Virginian-Pilot shared photos of VWC art students touching up the Gateway Towers that mark the parameters of the arts district on Granby Street in Norfolk. The structures were originally created by Batten Associate Professor of Art John Rudel, who asked students to implement a new design as part of his Winter Session course, "Topics in Studio Art"; Finally, VWC's Neil Britton Gallery Winter Session exhibition, Mark Campbell's "The James River from the Mountains to the Sea," is featured in the January issue of VEER Magazine. The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 5, is curated by VWC Professor of History Dan Margolies.
@VWC Headlines
Students Named to Fall 2014 Dean's List; Film Screening Benefits Samaritan House, YWCA; and Carrie Leigh DeVenny Scholarship Established. More

Campus Events
Alumni News & Events
Featured Alumna:
Nina (Hlebarova) Malone '04
One of Nina (Hlebarova) Malone's most memorable VWC moments is crafting a life-size paper boat and sending it out to sea at YMCA Camp Silver Beach. Seems fitting, then, that today the 2004 graduate of the Liberal Arts Management Program (LAMP) works with larger-than-life-size boats at the Port of Virginia. As the director of market analysis, she examines port terminal activity, international trade and market data as it relates to Port of Virginia's strategic trends and competitive position. International business holds a personal interest for Malone, as she originally hails from the southeastern European country of Bulgaria. She set her sights on a global career path from the get-go as a member of VWC's Wesleyan Scholars Program (now the Honors and Scholars Program). The academic scholarship program gave her the opportunity to work on an original research project assessing the profitability of Norfolk Southern Corporation, an experience that helped lead her down the path to international trade in the transportation and maritime industries. As an undergrad, she also sharpened her leadership skills through VWC's Student Government Association and the Wesleyan Ambassador Program. She later earned a master's degree from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary (2010). Coastal Virginia is now home for Malone, where she lives with her husband, Marty, and daughter, Maya.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today?
College for me was as much about getting an education as it was about getting to know yourself. When you are on your own for the first time in life, you learn about the world and yourself in a different way. The small college atmosphere at Wesleyan allowed me to interact with classmates, professors and college staff in and outside the classroom. For me, my professors became my mentors and steered some of the early decisions in my life. They opened my eyes to what was (and what wasn't) important to life after college so that I could make the right choices. That was really important to me and something I will always remember Wesleyan by.

What are some of your favorite memories of professors, mentors or friends at VWC?
Some of my favorite memories at Wesleyan include making a life-size paper boat and launching it in the water at YMCA Camp Silver Beach; searching for pennies in the mud at the annual Mud Games; having fun with fellow classmates at Airband; signing a structural beam for the Batten Student Center during its construction; and studying late at night at Hofheimer Library when it was really quiet. More
Read more about other distinguished graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, January 31
Men's Alumni Basketball Game
Come watch VWC alumni play a full court game! If you're an alumnus of the Marlin Men's Team and would like to play, contact Dave Macedo ( Tip off is at 11 a.m. Stay to watch the men's team play Randolph Macon College at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, February 3
Terrible Towel Tuesday
Get your very own Marlin Terrible Towel at this pre-game event in Pearce Hospitality Suite prior to the women's game against Randolph-Macon College. Event is from 5-6:30 p.m., tip-off at 7 p.m. RSVP to or visit the Facebook Event Page.

Friday, February 13
President's Annual Pig Roast
Stop by campus at noon to enjoy fresh pulled pork roasted by President Greer. Since he retires at the end of June, it may be your last chance to visit with him over the grill.

Wednesday, February 18

Wesleyan Wednesday Alumni Pre-game
Snacks and beverages in the Pearce Hospitality Suite before the Hampden-Sydney game. Event is from 5-6:30 p.m., tip-off at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 25
Seafood Party in the Dell
We'll be taking an alumni group photo with President Greer. More details to follow.

Class Notes
Taylor Franklin (2004) will serve a five-year term as board chairman at Norfolk Collegiate. He is chief operating officer and principal of the Franklin Johnston Group, a multi-family management and development company he co-founded in 2013. More

Amanda Elliott (2001) was promoted to assistant vice president at TowneBank. She is the website and online product coordinator for e-channel marketing and is headquartered at TowneBank's Member Service Center in Suffolk. She has worked for TowneBank for nearly three years and has 13 years of marketing experience.

Donna (Stoiber) Palmer (1995) joined the board of the Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. As business development manager for the Hampton Roads region at Long & Foster Corporate Real Estate Services, she works with relocating families worldwide. More

Katie Tassa (2014) graduated from the Virginia Beach Police Academy on January 9, finishing with the highest academic standing in her class with a 96.1 average. View Photo

More Class Notes >>
Around Campus
Meet VWC Senior Kelly Jacobson
Last summer, Kelly worked as an intern at the Hampton Roads Agricultural and Research Extension Center, just down the road from campus. She collected fruit samples, separated them based on appearance and health, and measured biomass, size and sugar content to determine health and quality patterns. Kelly's internship helped hone her skills as a botanist and will ultimately prepare her for a career in her field.

The Annual Fund for Academic Excellence provides important funding to hands-on learning through internships like Kelly's, undergraduate research projects, study abroad and scholarships.

In 2015, will you commit to transforming futures by making a tax-deductible gift to Virginia Wesleyan's Annual Fund? You may make your gift at, or view our Wesleyan Society Honor Roll of Donors.
Your Future Begins Here
The Class of 2019 is filling up quickly! Do you have what it takes to become a Marlin? Apply online at Regular admission deadline is March 1.

Come see what makes VWC one of The Princeton Review's 379 Best Colleges in the Nation. Join us for our next VWC Day Open House on Saturday, February 7. Another Open House will be held on Saturday, March 7.

Sign up for one of these exciting events or schedule an individual campus visit at
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us!
Dinner and Degree Completion Info Session
Wednesday, February 4, 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 More
New Beginnings at the CSRF
New Website Unveiled
Under new leadership since fall 2014, the Center recently unveiled a new website. The site offers information about upcoming CSRF events as well as current religious freedom issues in the media, and articles on important topics. Please let us know what you think.

CSRF Newsletter:
Understanding Religious Freedom
The first issue of the newly redesigned CSRF newsletter is now available. Explore the spring 2015 issue of "Understanding Religious Freedom" for a full schedule of programming and to meet the new CSRF staff. Hard copies are available by calling 757.455.3129.

Upcoming Events
Jan. 29-30
Cookson Visiting Scholar and Religious Freedom Lecture (Rita M. Gross, Ph.D.) More

Thursday, February 5
Ethics and the Family: Same-Sex Marriage & Adoption, Blood Transfusions, and Abortion: What is the Family's Role? More
Upcoming CSM Events
The CSM Sound & Symbol Lecture Series: The Journey continues on Tuesday, February 24 at 11 a.m. in Fine Arts 9. Free to all; reservations not required. 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)

Save the Date!
July 27-August 1

2015 Sacred Music Summer Conference
More than 45 workshop sessions led by 16 guest clinicians and evening worship, hymn festivals, and concerts highlight the week. More

For more information, contact Director of the Center for Sacred Music Sandra Billy at 757.455.3376 or
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