VWC E-news February 2011
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Featured at VWC
VWC Celebrates African-American Heritage

Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance comes to the campus of Virginia Wesleyan College, February 21.

Ready, Set, RecycleMania
For eight weeks beginning Feb. 6, 2011, Virginia Wesleyan College will be participating in a national program designed to encourage higher education campuses to reduce waste.
Drawn to the Truth
The work of Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post political cartoonist Herbert Block comes to VWC's Neil Britton Art Gallery, March 3-17
Hall of Fame Inductees
Virginia Wesleyan Is For Lovers

The tight-knit community at VWC has produced an unusual amount of long-lasting personal bonds—even for a college—including quite a few that have resulted in walks down the aisle.
You might say there's something in the Wesleyan water. In honor of Valentine's Day, we've invited just a few of the VWC alums who are now married couples to share some thoughts about their lives together and their time at Virginia Wesleyan.

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News and Events

From the Heart to the Head
Virginia Wesleyan faculty presents special "Love Liberally" programs during regularly scheduled classes Feb. 14-15

A VWC Day to Remember
Record number of prospective Marlins, indicative of spike in well qualified applicants, gets first taste of Wesleyan experience

The Finer Points of Privacy
Students put their debate skills to work during the 2011 VFIC Ethics Bowl, hosted at VWC

Teaching Is Its Own Award
Alum Joey Robins '03, recent winner of prestigious Milken Educator Award, exemplifies VWC education program

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Bits and Blurbs

VWC Day Open House
Virginia Wesleyan was named a 2011 "Best College in the Southeast" by The Princeton Review-interested students are encouraged to visit our campus to discover why! The next VWC Day Open House will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2011. During this event students and their families will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet our scholarly faculty and staff
  • Tour our beautiful 300-acre campus
  • Learn about academic offerings, scholarship opportunities and the financial aid process
  • Enjoy lunch on us!

Program begins at 9 a.m. Campus tours will be available throughout the day. Register online or call the Admissions Office at 800-737-8684 or 757-455-3208.

Adult Studies – Information Sessions

Adult Studies Program Open House
The next Adult Studies Open House will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at 6 p.m. in Clarke Hall. The Program offers competitive tuition, individualized advising, accelerated course formats, and night and weekend classes. Veteran and active duty military benefits and financial aid are accepted and a tuition deferral program for students with employer tuition benefits is offered. Business, social sciences, social studies and liberal studies degrees are available as well as teacher certification in elementary education, social studies and special education.
Summer and fall 2011 appointments and applications are now being taken! The event is free and open to the public.

Adult Studies Program Teacher Certification Information Session
Attend this Information Session, Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. in Clarke Hall to 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!
We offer degree programs in elementary education, social studies and special education. An Alternative Certification for Teachers in elementary education and secondary education is also offered for those who already have a bachelor's degree.
The Program offers competitive tuition, individualized advising, accelerated course formats, and night and weekend classes. Veteran and active duty military benefits and financial aid are accepted and a tuition deferral program for students with employer tuition benefits is offered.
Summer and fall 2011 appointments and applications are now being taken! The event is free and open to the public.

Support the Annual Fund and Transform Lives Through Education
The Annual Fund for Academic Excellence student-based phonathon callers connect with alumni, parents, and friends to inform them of the latest happenings at Wesleyan and encourage their support. Ten student ambassadors resumed calling on Tuesday, February 9. Please welcome their call and feel free to ask about their experience at Virginia Wesleyan. Gifts to the Annual Fund support scholarships, undergraduate research, faculty recruitment, internships and opportunities to study abroad. Make a secure online gift to the Annual Fund or view our 2010-2011 Honor Roll of Donors.

Center for the Study of Religious Freedom
Examines Religion in the Military

The Center's Spring 2011 programs will focus on religion in the military.
The program series kicks off with a screening of the 2010 documentary film The Tillman Story on Wednesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. in Blocker Auditorium. Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan after giving up his NFL career to join the Army Rangers. The film follows his family's attempt to discover the truth behind his death. Discussion will follow.
Religious scholar and military historian Jonathan Ebel, Ph.D., will speak on "The Role of Religion in Military Memorial Practices" on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., in the Monumental Chapel. Dr. Ebel's presentation will explore the visible and invisible ways that religion helps shape various forms of honoring and memorializing our fallen soldiers. A panel discussion on these themes, featuring Dr. Ebel along with VWC students and faculty who are military veterans, will follow on Thursday, March 3 at 11 a.m. in Blocker Auditorium.
On Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in Clarke 118, internationally known classics scholar Kurt Raaflaub, Ph.D., will speak on "The Ideology of War in Late Fifth-century Athens." This event is co-sponsored by the VWC Classics Department.
Learn more about the center.


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Sport Briefs

Advance ODAC basketball tourney tickets on sale

Baseball Marlins pin 8-1 loss on nationally-ranked Salisbury

Woodmore guides No. 7 Marlins past Lynchburg

Men's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Men's Lacrosse

Women's Lacrosse

Men's Baseball

Women's Softball

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Alumni News and Events
Featured Alumni
Tim Albert '77 with VWC Athletic Joanne Renn
Tim Albert '77 with VWC Athletic Director Joanne Renn
and President Billy Greer

Tim Albert '77
As Pete Rose once said, "You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be—in baseball and in life." Virginia Wesleyan alumnus Tim Albert, class of 1977, strove to do just that. Tim played baseball for Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973-1977. In 1977, Tim Albert held career highest batting average, career highest number of home-runs, and career highest number of RBIs. He was first team All-American in 1976 and third team in 1977, All Conference in 1975, 1976, and 1977, and he won the Adirondack Big Stick Award in 1976. In 2011, he was inducted in the Virginia Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame, with his wife and children in attendance.
After college, Tim channeled his love of baseball into a love of education. He currently serves as an assistant principal with Dare County Schools and previously served for 30 years with Virginia Beach City Schools. While with Virginia Beach, he was named Assistant Principal of the Year in 1992 and served nine years as principal of Landstown Middle School. While working in the education field, Tim never gave up any time on the diamond. He served as baseball coach for 12 years and was twice named Coach of the Year. Tim currently lives in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, with his wife Theresa.

Alumni News

Nominate a Marlin for the Alumni Board of Directors
The Alumni Association is an organization that provides leadership to the alumni network and the College. Members of the Board represent a range of class years, professions, and geographic locations and are active members of their communities. Board members promote the College and lead alumni in project development, policy formation, financial designations, college promotions and special events. Apply online or nominate a fellow alumnus today to become a member of the Alumni Board of Directors.

Keep up with Virginia Wesleyan Alumni on Facebook
Facebook is a great way to reconnect with old college friends and to stay connected with what's happening at Virginia Wesleyan. In the past year, over 1,700 Marlins have made connections with fellow alumni through the Virginia Wesleyan-Alumni Facebook. Nearly 1,000 alumni have become fans of the Virginia Wesleyan College Alumni site. Join us! Become a friend or fan of Virginia Wesleyan, and reconnect with someone today.

Alumni Events

Save the Date: Dancing with the Professors
The Student Government Association (SGA) presents Dancing with the Professors on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Join us for the competition in the Convocation Center of the Jane P. Batten Student Center. All proceeds from this event will be used to purchase books for the Hofheimer Library. Couples comprised of students and faculty will dance the night away and show off their moves to dances including the cha cha, fox trot, salsa, waltz, tango, swing, rumba and samba. Tickets for alumni are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please call 757-455-8785.

All Alumni Invited to Seafood Party in the Dell
Do you remember the anticipation of the Seafood Party as a student? The Traditions Committee of the Wesleyan Activities Council would like to invite all alumni to join in this great Wesleyan tradition! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 16. For more information, please contact the Student Activities office at 757-455-8785.

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

David Luton (1986)is proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Sara Elisabet. She was born on February 2, 2011. Both mother and daughter are doing well. David resides with his wife, Nuria, and his newly born daughter in Valencia, Spain where he works as an English teacher.

Chris Yeager (1994) was named the 2010 Division III Men's Soccer National Coach of the Year, announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) at the NSCAA annual convention.

Kenneth Barber (1998) and Patricia Rosas Barber are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Emily Rose Rosas-Barber. She was born on December 29, 2010 in Williamsburg, VA. Both mother and baby are doing well.

Chelsey Barrett (2008) recently accepted a new position at Stevenson University located in Stevenson, MD as the Events Coordinator.

Stephanie (Stevenson) Lesniewicz (2000) and Bryan Lesniewicz are happy to announce their marriage on July 17, 2010 in Albemarle Plantation, Hertford, NC. The wedding was held at a golf course on the Albemarle Sound. The couple then took a road trip along the NC/SC coast, spending time in Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC. Stephanie is currently a store manager for a local surf retailer and Bryan is an assistant manager of a restaurant. They reside in Chesapeake, VA with their dog Scarlett.

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Upcoming Events

Feb. 17
Shihan the Poet

Feb. 21
Of Ebony Embers

Feb. 22
Sound & Symbol: Sounds of Silence

Feb. 22
Uprising in Egypt Forum

Feb. 23
The Tillman Story

Feb. 26
Special Olympics Regional Basketball Tournament

See entire events calendar

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