VWC E-news December 2012
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Featured at VWC
MVPs: 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Fifth class represents true sportsmanship of talented and dedicated athletes. Members will be inducted during a ceremony on Feb. 2, 2013. More

Into the Shark Tank

Business students model competition after popular reality TV series as part of department's fall conference. More

Top-Grade Players:
Scholar-Athletes Honored

Dean's List athletes named at State Farm/VWC Scholar-Athlete Recognition on December 8. More

Embrace Your Space
"Embrace Your Space"
Enriches Campus

Academic Session theme encourages College to take creative ownership of surroundings. More

News and Events

Kishi BashiWinter Session to Host Musician Kishi Bashi in January
Singer, songwriter and classical violinist Kishi Bashi serves as inspiration for the annual three-week academic term. He will be performing on Thursday, January 10 at 7 p.m. in the Batten Center Grille. The concert is free and open to the public. More

VWC in the Media Jenn White '07 was featured on the Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com website for her post-graduation success and work with a local non-profit. Casey Scalf '00 was featured in Veer Magazine in a Q&A (page 62) about her current photography exhibit, "Augmented Norfolk." Melissa Burroughs '86 was featured as one of Inside Business' 2012 Women in Business.

New Briefs
Keep up to date on the latest VWC headlines: Reception Honors December Graduates; SCHEV & Dominion Foundation Honor Professor; Mathematics Professor Receives Grant from EAF; and Professor's Art on Display in Local Gallery. More

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It's Not Too Late to Enroll for Spring 2013!
VWC is still accepting applications for spring 2013 transfer students, but time is running out so don't delay! Scholarships for transfer students make a private college education at Virginia Wesleyan an affordable option. Contact the Admissions Office today at 800.737.8684 or 757.455.3208 to discuss the easy transfer admissions process. Students may apply online before January 28 with the code MARLIN to have the $40 application fee waived.

Get a V.I.P. Sneak Peak during a VWC Day Open House
Virginia Wesleyan was chosen by The Princeton Review for inclusion in its guide: The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition. Visit our campus and find out why! During VWC Day Open House you'll have the opportunity to:
  • Meet our scholarly faculty and staff.
  • Tour our beautiful 300-acre campus.
  • Enjoy lunch on us!
The next VWC Day Open House is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2013. Register online or call the Admissions Office at 757.455.3208/800.737.8684 to schedule a daily campus tour.

Learn More About
Adult Studies
Adult Studies Information Session: Thursday, January 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Clarke Hall. The session will cover degrees offered, course formats and available military, financial aid, tuition deferral and Corporate Rate Program benefits in a question-and-answer format.

This event is free and open to the public. Applications and appointments are being accepted on a rolling basis for spring. More information. Also, check out our new Adult Studies Viewbook.

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Please make your tax-deductible gift by December 31 to ensure VWC students benefit during the spring semester. Click here to view our 2012-2013 Honor Roll of Donors.
Sport Briefs
Men's Basketball: Woodmore surpasses 1,000 points, Marlins take Lynchburg

Women's Basketball: VWC defeats Eastern Mennonite, Dunmyer's 150th win

All-America volleyball honor for VWC's Guy

Indoor Track and Field:
Adkins, Winkey named ODAC Players of the Week

Cheerleaders Help Raise $100K at Charity Bowl

Women's Soccer: Record setting Marlins ranked in two final national polls

Field Hockey: Virginia Wesleyan names Restivo as new field hockey coach

Men's Soccer: Mills named new head men's soccer coach at Virginia Wesleyan

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Alumni News and Events
Featured Alumni

Timothy Munford '91
Timothy Munford '91Timothy Munford received a B.A. in political science from Virginia Wesleyan in 1991. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and played intramural basketball. The Ladysmith, Virginia native has since relocated to Fredericksburg, where he balances his time between a busy career as a Network Engineer for Verizon and his family, including wife Jenn and daughters Sydney, 15, and Shelby, 10. He is an avid Marlin Basketball fan, plays in a pool league, enjoys biking, fitness and discussing politics and current events.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today? At VWC, I learned personal responsibility, self-reliance and self-discipline. Virginia Wesleyan provided the tools and guidance needed to enable me to make (mostly) good decisions that led to a successful college experience.

What are some of your favorite memories of professors, mentors or friends at VWC? I have a great memory and respect for then President Lambuth Clarke. It always impressed me how he knew everyone’s name and could find some common ground or connection with everyone on campus.

I also have great memories of my two main professors, Bill Jones and Del Carlson. Both were always passionate and excited about the course material and class discussions, making it easy to stay interested. Carlson’s obsession with Publius and Jones’ with finding the political themes in movies will stay with me forever.

And of course, Dean David Buckingham, who is still a fixture on campus with those bowties. What a great character and great advocate for the school, its programs, and its faculty and staff. Read more

Find out about other distinguished Wesleyan graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website.

Alumni News

Save the Date for Seafood Party in the Dell
This year will be the 30th Anniversary of Seafood Party in the Dell! Please plan to join us for seafood, hamburgers, hot dogs and fixins' on Saturday, April 20 from 5-7 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Residence Life and Sodexo Foods. It is a family friendly event with food, beverages, live music and children’s activities. Make plans now to return for all the fun!

Alumni Events

Saturday, January 12
Men’s Alumni Basketball Game
Game takes place in the Convocation Center at 10 a.m. Plan to stay for lunch and Marlin Basketball at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Wednesday, January 30
Women’s and Men’s Basketball against Randolph-Macon College
Plan to come early to dine and catch up with friends. Games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Monday, February 4
Men’s Basketball against Christopher Newport University
7:30 p.m. at CNU. At 6 p.m., we will gather at Schooner’s (across from CNU at 12368 Warwick Blvd.) to grab some food before the game.

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

Erica Clarke (2005) recently accepted a position at Penn State, Greater Allegheny located in McKeesport, PA as Director of Career Services/Senior Inst. of Comm. Erica recently was employed at University of Pittsburgh as Graduate Teaching Fellow. "Now that I am in the dissertation editing stages, I felt it best to pursue a full-time position at a four-year institution."

Bladen Clarke Finch (2003) is Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures' Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS) section. He was appointed Chair at the annual staff section meeting this October in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition, Mr. Finch serves on NCSL's Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee and is Chair of the LSCC Statehouse Ambassador subcommittee. He is also the Senate Page Program Director for the Senate of Virginia.

Joseph Durso (2006) and Kelly (Donnelly) Durso (2007) are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Keegan Patrick Durso. He was born on December 12, 2012 in Kettering, OH, and weighed 6 lb., 3 oz.

Thomas W. Taylor, Ed.D. (2000) was recently promoted to Superintendent of Schools at the Middlesex County Public Schools. Dr. Taylor was also recently named the 2012 Outstanding Alumni Principal Award from the Curry School of Education Foundation (University of Virginia) for his work at Charlottesville High School.

Congratulations to Mair Downing (1993) on the October 2012 publication of her children's book "Presto!" The picture book (ages 0-6) tells the story of Prissy, a princess who is getting ready to dance in her first ballet recital. But oh no! She doesn't know how to twirl! With two pre-school daughters, Mair always finds a need for stories involving princesses, tutus, and wacky adventures. To learn more, visit www.mairdowning.com.

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Upcoming Events

January 3-25
Winter Session

January 10
Kishi Bashi Concert

January 17

"Crosscurrents" Across Disciplines

January 21
Martin Luther King Day

January 28

Spring Semester Begins

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