Student Standouts  
Recognition for undergraduate research, community service, academic scholarships and study away. More
Wesleyan Recognized as 2015 Green College
VWC featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges. More
VWC Launches Cultural Exchange Program   
New American Culture and Tourism Management Program. More
Until Tuesday    
New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog, Tuesday, to visit Virginia Wesleyan April 23. More
@VWC in the Media

Calling the Marlins "flat out fun to watch," a March 22 WAVY-TV 10 story reflects on the VWC Men's Basketball Team's journey to the Final Four as a run to remember. Eric Mazur--Fellow for Religion, Law, and Politics for VWC's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies-is quoted extensively in a March 31 article, titled "When Hollywood puts God on screen," published by the Deseret News National Edition. Just in time for National Poetry Month, Kindra McDonald '04 wrote an article titled "In Celebration of Poetry" that appeared in April on McDonald's own poetry collection, Concealed Weapons, is forthcoming. An article about George Birdsong, VWC Board of Trustees member and CEO of Birdsong Peanuts, appeared in the Suffolk News-Herald April 16 after he received the 2015 Lenora Mathews Lifetime Achievement Award from VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads. The award was presented to Birdsong April 15 during the 40th Annual Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Awards. A Q&A with VWC Assistant Professor of Music Michael Trotta was featured on the Fanfare Magazine website April 20. The composer-conductor discusses how teaching complements his work in the interview, titled "Michael John Trotta: Creating New Voices and Expanding Conduits for Choral Music." 

@VWC Headlines
Marlins Read Wins VBCPS Model Partner Award; Marlins Give Back, Get Active This Spring Break; Wesleyan Hosts Works In Progress March 28; Marlin Prestige Preps Professionals April 13-17; VWC Senior Helps Homeless Weather the Winter; VWC Softball, Baseball Helps Strike Out Cancer; Wesleyan Welcomes ODU Weather Station; and Mindy Bertram '15 Named Newman Civic Fellow. More

Campus Events
Alumni News & Events

Featured Alumnus:
Dr. Matthew J. Franck '80 
As an undergraduate at Virginia Wesleyan College, Matthew Franck '80 majored in political science and worked as a resident assistant. In his spare time, the Hockessin, Delaware native engaged in theatre and radio and also participated in community service. Today, Franck works as the director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a professor emeritus of political science at Radford University as well as a visiting lecturer in politics at Princeton. He and his wife, Dr. Gwen Brown, live in historic Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today? 

That's an easy question. It was at Wesleyan that I discovered what I wanted to do with my life: I wanted to study and teach the subject of politics. When I arrived I had vague thoughts of law school, but I became very excited by my political science courses, took as many as I could, and otherwise filled up my schedule with humanities courses in history, philosophy, and English as much as I was allowed. The American political order in particular became a lifelong subject of study for me during my years at Wesleyan, and I went on to become a professor of that subject myself after further study.


What are some of your favorite memories of friends, professors or mentors at VWC?  

This is the real key to the last answer: Dr. Edmund D. "Del" Carlson was the teacher who "turned me on" to the study of politics. His courses plunged right into primary texts and basic questions of political philosophy in a way that captivated me immediately. Very quickly I resolved to do for a living what he did-and that's exactly what I went on to do. He remains even now, almost a decade and a half after his death at far too young an age, the best teacher I ever saw. More 

Read more about other distinguished graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website. 
Seafood Party in the Dell 
Saturday, April 25
4:30-6:30 p.m., Batten Center Lawn
You love VWC. You love seafood. And you love President Greer. All GREAT reasons to come to the 33rd Annual Seafood Party in the Dell THIS Saturday, April 25! Since President Greer is retiring in June, we're planning a huge (and we do mean HUGE!) group photo of him and his wife, Fann, surrounded by VWC alumni and students. Come be a part of this historic photo...and make sure to wear your VWC gear! Plus, rumor has it there will be selfies with the president!

As always, there will be all-you-can-eat seafood, hamburgers, hot dogs and pasta salad. Entertainment will be provided by Astro DJ. Pricing: $25 for adults; $12 for ages 6-12; free for children under 6.

Wesleyan Wednesday
Graduation Edition 
Wednesday, May 13
5-9 p.m.
ShoreBreak Pizza
2941 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach

Come welcome the Class of 2015 to the Marlin Alumni Nation. Drink specials offered and food provided.

Save the Date

Wesleyan Wednesday

Wednesday, August 12


Homecoming & Parent Weekend 2015

October 2-4



2015 Alumni Awards

Nominations Due May 15 

Do you know an alum who is doing great things? Nominate him or her for a 2015 Alumni Award! Hosted annually by the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Alumni Awards bestow the following accolades to graduates of the College in recognition of outstanding professional and/or personal accomplishments in any field of endeavor: Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award; Alumni Service Award; and GOLD Award (Graduate of the Last Decade). Submit your nominations by May 15.

Class Notes

Molly (Long) Mastantuona (1998) and husband, Massiomo, welcomed Emilia Valentina on March 30 at 7 lbs., 12 oz., 20 in. She joins big sister, Iliaria.


Julie (Johnson) Conley-Johnson (1995) and Heather welcomed a son, Lincoln, on April 1.


Jeff Bradford (2005) and Rebecca (Leedom) Bradford (2010) welcomed a son, Zach, on March 19. He joins older brother, Landon.


Ashleigh (Roberson) Diehl (2011) and her husband, Spencer, welcomed a daughter, Miah Elizabeth, on March 27 at 8 lbs., 19 in. Ashleigh and Spencer were married on the Tappahannock River on July 27, 2013.


Janet Adams (1990) , Anne Woodruff Dalton (1987), Amy Gallup Klann (1989), Savvas Mathopoulos (1990) (with Maria and Nick Mathopoulos), and VWC's Lambuth M. Clarke Professor of English Michael Hall held a reunion of their 1987 J-Term trip to London and Paris. See Photo 


Tiffany Boyle (2014) is the chief executive officer and editor in chief of Emerge The Magazine, a Newport News company that focuses on promoting entrepreneurs and cultural events. She is also executive director of Access Virginia, a non-profit organization that provides access to live theatre and the public venues for the disabled by providing open captioning and audio description accommodations.

Nicole (Linstedt) Morganthau (2001) owns Finch Sewing Studio in Leesburg, where she not only sells fabric and sewing supplies, but also offers sewing classes and sip and sew socials (or sew-cials, as she calls them). In 2013, her business was referred to in a Washington-Post article as "a new hub for 'modern sewists.'"


Rob Thomas (2006) and Corrina (Clark) Thompson (2007) welcomed a son, Lukas Clark Thompson, on March 21. He joins big brother, Anton.


Bryan White (1978), a professor of animal sciences at the University of Illinois, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He is among 79 microbiologists chosen for this honor. More 


Kindra McDonald (2004) wrote an article titled "In Celebration of Poetry" that appeared on in April. McDonald's first poetry collection, Concealed Weapons, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications.


Mike Evans (1981)--a former principal of Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia, and then director of student leadership for the city's school system--is now an educational consultant working with schools featured in a February PBS NewsHour segment about the economic plight of counties in the coal belt of West Virginia.


Around Campus
Meet Cara Donnelly '15

A senior from Bear, Delaware, Cara Donnelly is majoring in international studies. While receiving a strong academic scholarship helped her make the decision to attend Virginia Wesleyan, Cara's experiences over the past four years confirmed it was the right choice.  


"The professors at Virginia Wesleyan are not only teachers, but mentors that inspired me to do great things," she says. "And my major opened my eyes to different parts of the world I would like to explore."

As part of her VWC experience, Cara had the opportunity to do just that. She spent four months in San Jose, Costa Rica studying, exploring and spending time in a self-sustaining community on the edge of the rainforest. Additionally, Cara has participated in the College's Undergraduate Research Symposium, presenting a poster on the issue of women's reproductive rights.

As alumni, parents and friends of Virginia Wesleyan, your support of the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence provides opportunities like study abroad and undergraduate research for students like Cara. Gifts to the Annual Fund also make these opportunities accessible for students regardless of financial circumstance, by supporting annual scholarships. You can make a secure, tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund at, or view our Wesleyan Society Honor Roll of Donors.
Another Record-Breaking Year for VWC

Time is running out to submit your freshman application, so don't delay. Applications for fall 2015 can be submitted online. This is the perfect time for transfer students to apply too!


If you are a high school junior (or you know one) who is starting the college search process, spring is a great time to visit Virginia Wesleyan. Campus tours and information sessions are offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Saturday sessions are also available at 11 a.m. through May 9.


Information is available on our website or by calling the Admissions Office at 800.737.8684 or 757.455.3208.
Adult Studies
Get the degree you need to succeed!
VWC's Adult Studies Program offers a quality education that employers notice and respect. Let us help you achieve your goals. Join us for our monthly information session "Dinner's On Us!" on Wednesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. This is not a formal presentation, but a relaxed question and answer session over dinner. We will discuss the degrees we offer, programs available to help fund your education, and the academic and personal support you will receive. Meet us in the lobby of Clarke Hall. Ask for directions at the College Entrance.

Make your reservation

Chat online with an adviser

Call 757.455.3263 for an appointment

Request information by mail

Pictured above: From VWC to bank vice president, Mavis McKenley, Adult Studies Class of 2011
Upcoming CSRF Events

Thursday, April 23

Motorcycles, Buses, and Turbans: Sikhs and Religious Freedom in Postwar Britain
Dr. Brett Bebber, Assistant Professor of History, Old Dominion University

Thursday, April 23 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Blocker Auditorium

When the British Empire declined after the Second World War, many Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus came to Britain to seek out opportunities for employment and to avoid persecution at home. In Britain, Sikhs and others faced numerous challenges to exercise their religious freedom. This talk will discuss how civil liberties activists in Britain both helped and harmed Sikhs as they established themselves in a new society. Part of the Old Religions in New Worlds Symposium. More

Friday, May 1
Food for Thought: Soup on Friday Celebration: The Secularization of May Day More

For more information, contact Associate Director of the CSRF Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or or visit the CSRF website.
Upcoming CSM Events

July 27-August 1

Worship & Arts Summer Conference
Steeped in the Wesley tradition of "training minds and warming hearts," Virginia Wesleyan College's non-denominational summer conference offers continuing education opportunities for church musicians, worship leaders, music teachers, and all who are interested in the sacred arts. More than 45 workshop sessions led by 17 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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