VWC E-news August 2011
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Featured at VWC
Here's to the Play Makers

Nominations still being accepted for VWC Athletic Hall of Fame

Sapientia Illuminat Viam

New Latin motto unveiled in time for College's 50th annniversary

A 2012 "Best College in the Southeast"

Princeton Review once again recognizes Virginia Wesleyan

Celebrating 50 Years
Let the Celebrations Begin

Special events kick off Virginia Wesleyan College's year-long 50th anniversary celebration

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News and Events

Being Seen Being Green
Professor of Chemistry Dr. Joyce Easter awarded first grant from Applied Separations, Inc. for the implementation of an environmentally friendly chemistry technique in the classroom. More

Are You a Marlin Still Making a Difference?
Community service is a big part of the Wesleyan experience before and often long after graduation. Let us know how you're giving back through our 50th Anniversary Alumni Community Service Registry. More

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Our Largest Freshman Class Ever...
...and the good news keeps coming. The Princeton Review has chosen VWC as a "Best in the Southeast" college for the second year in a row! The College is still accepting applications for fall 2011 transfer students, but time is running out so don't delay! Recently announced scholarships for transfer students are making a private college education at Virginia Wesleyan an affordable option. Contact the Admissions Office today at 800.737.8684, 757.455.3208 or to discuss the easy transfer admissions process. All prospective students are also invited to visit campus during our daily tour times or on a VWC Day Open House date. Check out www.vwc.edu/visit today to schedule your campus visit.

Become the Change with Adult Studies at VWC
Adult Studies Program Open House: Thursday, September 8, 6 p.m. in Clarke Hall. The session will cover degrees offered, course formats available and military, financial aid, tuition deferral and Corporate Rate Program benefits available in a relaxed question-and-answer format.
Adult Studies Program Teacher Certification Information Session: Wednesday, September 14, 6 p.m. in Clarke Hall. Have your questions answered about our teacher certification programs. Now is the time to schedule an appointment with an adviser to talk about your future as an educator!
These events are free and open to the public.
Appointments and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for the spring semester. More information.

Thank You for Your Support of the VWC Annual Fund
We wish to thank our alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, churches, corporations and foundations for their generous support of the 2010-2011 Annual Fund for Academic Excellence. Gifts to the Annual Fund offer our students access to higher education through scholarships, allow faculty to pursue innovative ideas and mentor students through undergraduate research, and provide internships that give our students real world experiences.
Congratulations to Susan Roof of Camp Hill, PA, a parent of a VWC alumnus and the lucky winner of the 2010-2011 phonathon drawing for supporters who honored their pledge within 30 days. Susan won an Amazon Kindle eBook. Thanks to Susan and others who gave through the Marlin Student Phonathon.
We hope you will continue to support our students with a gift to the 2011-2012 Annual Fund for Academic Excellence! Make a secure online gift to the Annual Fund or view our Honor Roll of Donors.

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Sport Briefs

Women's Soccer:
VWC welcomes Taylor to women's soccer coaching staff

Women's Volleyball: A first for Virginia Wesleyan volleyball

Baseball: Brynildsen, Paskanik, Pierce take top post-season honors for VWC

Field Hockey: White, Koubaroulis enjoy success in Australia

Women's Lacrosse: All-conference honors for five Marlins

Follow the Marlins: on 102.1 The Game or download the iTunes app

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Alumni News and Events
Featured Alumni

Aaron BullAARON BULL, 1995
A communications/mass media degree from Virginia Wesleyan has taken Aaron Bull
far. Aaron began his career at the Family Channel Television Network and has been the owner of Bull & Company MediaWorks, a marketing firm specializing in digital website production, marketing and print, since 2003. He is a graduate of Lead Hampton Roads, a member of the Noblemen, and a Chesapeake Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Member. But his most important role by far, he says, is "being a husband and a dad!" His wife Kay (Tipton) Bull is a fellow 1995 VWC graduate, and their daughter Annalee is a future Marlin. In his free time he enjoys cycling (some would say he's obsessed), kayaking and being with his family.
How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today? Honestly, I was never really into school prior to being accepted at VWC. Once my girlfriend gave me the proverbial kick in the pants and I was accepted into VWC, things changed. I was actually interested in school. Why? Well, the instructors took interest in me and my studies. They were willing not only to push me, but also to help me as well. I was also able to study the things that I was interested in rather than being told what I had to study. That, of course, is usually the college experience, but that was huge for me!
What are some of your favorite memories of friends, professors or mentors at VWC? Freshmen orientation still sticks out in my mind. There was a hypnotist that did some crazy things. Also, I had a great time with some of my fellow students in the communications program. [I got a lot out of] working with Dr. Kathy Merlock Jackson. She really pushed me! I didn't appreciate it then, but very much appreciate it now. I also worked with Dr. Terry Lindvall while he was an adjunct instructor on some crazy projects. That guy could get the grumpiest person alive to start laughing and get involved!
How are Wesleyan alumni different from other college graduates?I don't know. I don't associate with other college graduates. Kidding! Can't we all get along?! I'd like to answer this a bit differently. What differentiates VWC from other schools its size? It's a big school with a small feeling. It was one of the biggest draws for me. I never felt like a number even when I took some of the really big film classes.

See Aaron's full profile as well others in our new Featured Alumni section.

Alumni News

Now Accepting Nominations for Wesleyan's Athletic Hall of Fame
The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations for the fourth class through August 31. The Athletic Hall of Fame honors those, who by outstanding achievement in athletics, by service to athletics, or through significant contributions to athletics, have made lasting contributions to Virginia Wesleyan's intercollegiate athletic program. The fourth class will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon on Saturday, February 11, 2012. The title sponsor of this year's festivities is the Virginia Beach Schools Federal Credit Union. Nomination forms should be e-mailed to . Please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 757.455.2115 or with questions.

Do You Deserve GOLD?
Do you or a fellow alumnus you know deserve to be recognized? The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for three alumni awards: The Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Alumni Service Award, and the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Award. Alumni can either self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. Learn more details or submit your nomination online. Nominations are due by Monday, August 28.

Mutual of Omaha Provides Great Benefits for Association Members
Russ Miller '82 has partnered with the Alumni Association to provide a much needed service to our members and their families through Mutual of Omaha. Alumni Association members can help prepare for long-term care by receiving preferential rates on long-term care policies. This benefit is brought to members through our Annual Business Partnership Program (ABPP). The money raised through the ABPP supports the Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship, and programs and services provided by the Virginia Wesleyan Alumni Association. To learn more about this special alumni association offer, contact Russ at or 757.416.2415.

Alumni Events

Save the Date for the VWC Alumni Destination Race
Calling all runners! Save the Date for the Four Seasons Parkway Run and Walk on Sunday, September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alumni from all over the country will gather together to run the 5K. There will be a reunion reception on the Saturday night prior to the race, September 24. Stay tuned for more details! For more information about the race, see www.parkwayrun.com/therace.htm.

Volunteers Needed for Homecoming 2011
Our 50th anniversary Homecoming event will be one to remember. If you would like to see as many alumni as possible Homecoming weekend, sign up to volunteer! We are looking for alumni to volunteer in one-hour shifts at the Alumni Tailgate on Saturday, October 8. Our volunteers sell t-shirts and beer cups and help out with other alumni activities. Please e-mail for more information.

Class Notes
Please note: Class notes are user-submitted and are reprinted in their original form.

Carole {Snyder} Heller, class of 1988, returns for a second year as art teacher at Gan Israel Academy in Fairfax, Virginia. She also returns for her 20th year as a second grade Sunday School teacher at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA,her 14+ as a Hebrew School educator and 4+ year as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Special Needs tutor. This past spring, as Temple Rodef Shalom's Artist of the Month, an exhibit of her blankets, quilts, and wall hangings was on display.

Brian Ziegler (1986) will have an art exhibit at Gallery 141 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (113 N Water St). The exhibit will run from July 1 to August 19. There will be a closing reception on Friday, August 19. Brian, BA MFA, is an artist, performer, and educator based in the Washington DC metro area. Brian's art has been featured in a range of settings including One in Ten's Walk the Red Carpet event in Washington DC, The Del Ray Artisans' Gallery in Virginia, Camp Rehobeth in Delaware, as well as other galleries in Maryland and Virginia.

Graham Costa (2010) and Hayley Hamadyk, both of Newport News, are happy to announce their engagement. The wedding ceremony will take place in Fall 2012.

In 2006, Harry Warren (1985) created a side project designing fonts, breauhare fonts (pronounced "bro hair"). Some of his fonts appear on current albums by Alicia Keys (The Element of Freedom) and Olivia Newton-John (Grace & Gratitude Renewed), plus the logo for The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour. Harry's font designs can be viewed at http://www.breauhare.com.

Victoria Holliday (2005) received a Master of Business Administration in Management from Strayer University on April 2, 2011.

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