VWC E-news Feb. 2012
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Featured at VWC
A True Gem on Campus

If it's happening at VWC, it's probably happening at the Jane P. Batten Student Center, celebrating 10 years as the heart and hub of life at Wesleyan More

Marlins in the Making

Incoming freshmen like Patrick Raschko and Marisa Harris flock to VWC from near and far More

Ripe with Possibility

College teams with Five Points Community Farm Market to bring community-supported agriculture to VWC More

I am Virginia Wesleyan

A Whole New World of Web: The College's brand new website features a clean, modern design, new elements like campus snapshots, dropdown navigation menus, and Quicklinks for easy reference as well as overall enhanced functionality. Check out www.vwc.edu today!

News and Events

Picture This: Campus Snapshots One of the new features on the College's redesigned website, Campus Snapshots offers glimpses of life at VWC More

New Briefs
From "Recyclemania" to toboggan tournaments, keep up to date on the latest VWC highlights in brief More

Marlins Continue to Give Back
50th anniversary Alumni Service Registry shows how the volunteer spirit lives on for VWC grads

Stay Connected on Facebook
Like the official Virginia Wesleyan College Facebook page and get regular updates about VWC news and happenings. More

You Belong at VWC!

Virginia Wesleyan was named a "Best College in the Southeast" by The Princeton Review for a second year in a row. Visit our campus on Saturday, March 3 and find out why!
During our VWC Day Open House you'll 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!
Submit an application during your visit and we'll waive the $40 application fee! Program begins at 9 a.m., with early-bird tours starting at 8 a.m.

Honors & Scholars: Fall 2012 admitted students with a GPA over 3.25 and 1100 SAT/24 ACT score are also encouraged to attend Honors & Scholarship Day to experience a demonstration class, meet with faculty and enjoy a special dinner on us. The next Honors & Scholarship Day is Friday, March 2.

Register online or call the Admissions Office at 757.455.3208 or 800.737.8684.

Adult Studies at VWC
Adult Studies Open House: Thursday, March 1 at 6 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 relaxed question-and-answer format.
Adult Studies Program Teacher Certification Information Session: Wednesday, March 7 at 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 summer and fall. More information.

Phone Call Away From Making A Difference
Phonathon TeamThis month, the Marlin Student Phonathon began reaching out to alumni, parents and friends of the College. Twelve student ambassadors are eager to update you about the College and speak with you about your support to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence. The Annual Fund provides our students with scholarships, support for undergraduate research projects, internship opportunities with local business partners and study abroad programs. Please welcome their phone calls and feel free to ask them about his or her experience at the College.

Read more about the Marlin Phonathon and make a secure online gift to support students at Virginia Wesleyan. View the Annual Fund honor roll of donors.

Sport Briefs
Women's Basketball: Balanced scoring guides VWC to tourney win over Lynchburg

Men's Basketball: Woodmore, Macedo among Marlins honored by the ODAC

Baseball: Virginia Wesleyan falls on the road to No. 4 CNU

Men's Lacrosse: Senior scoring sparks Virginia Wesleyan to 11-7 win over York

Women's Lacrosse: Virginia Wesleyan tagged No. 3 in women's lacrosse

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Alumni News and Events
Featured Alumni

Paige RussellPaige Russell, 1997
By the time she graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in philosophy, Paige Russell was well versed in the opinions of others. However, it was the supportive and encouraging environment she found here that allowed her to feel comfortable expressing her own.
Today, Paige serves as a Lecture Agent at W. Colston Leigh, Inc., an international firm founded in 1929, at one time featuring prominent speakers such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Boris Yeltsin. Paige works primarily with writers, political figures, and academics who are sought after to deliver lectures in academic and business settings. Her portfolio includes Nobel Prize-winning economists, business speakers, technology gurus, and scholars. Among her favorite speakers are author Malcolm Gladwell and political commentator David Brooks, who is speaking on the Virginia Wesleyan Campus on March 21, 2012. For more information, please email alumni@vwc.edu.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today? VWC encouraged my curiosity to learn. Everyone was approachable, and I never felt like my opinion didn't matter, especially in philosophy. My ideas were always heard and considered. Now, I am also able to listen to the other's viewpoints and find value in what they say, even when I disagree. I don't always agree politically with each speaker that I represent, but I am able to take a well-rounded look at their arguments and form my own opinions without discounting theirs.

Read more of Paige's profile and find out about other fellow Wesleyan graduates in the "Featured Alumni" section of our website.

Alumni News

2012 Hall of Fame Photos
Check out snapshots from the recent 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Luncheon

Career Services Offers Valuable Advice to Alumni

Are you currently looking for a job? Could your resume and interviewing skills use a spring cleaning? ttend an on-campus workshop with our Career Services Department. All alumni are invited to join us for career fairs, resume workshops, and interviewing skills seminars that can help you prepare to enter the job market. Check out the Alumni Events page for upcoming Career Services offers for alumni.

Nominate a Fellow Marlin for the Alumni Board
The Alumni Association 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 lead their fellow Marlin 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. All applications are due by Monday, April 30, 2012.

Alumni Events

50th Anniversary Sounds
Robynne Redmon, Soprano, and Michael Dailey, Tenor
Don't miss VWC alumni Michael Dailey, tenor, Robynne Redmon, soprano, and Charles Woodward, pianist, when they perform on Monday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater as part of the College's 50th Anniversary Celebration. Reservations may be made at 757.455.2101 or concerts@vwc.edu. Tickets are FREE to VWC; for others $10-adults, and $5-students. For more information, contact Sandra Billy with VWC Concert Series at 757.455.2101 or e-mail concerts@vwc.edu

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

Laura (Doran) Rifenberry (1995) received a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Phoenix in January 2012.

Bladen Finch (2003) was appointed to serve on the Support and Efficiencies Subcommittee for the National Conference of State Legislatures' Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee.

John Helms (1998) recently accepted a position at University of North Carolina Wilmington located in Wilmington, NC as Postdoctoral Fellow. John was previously employed at Tidewater Community College as Adjunct Assistant Professor. "Having completed my Doctorate at Old Dominion, I will be joining the Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry Research Lab at UNCW to study the impact of increased ethanol production and usage on rainwater chemistry."

John Helms (1998) received a PhD in Chemistry from Old Dominion University on December 17, 2011.

James MacLeod (1997) is proud to announce the birth of his baby boy, Robert "Bobby" James MacLeod. He was born on September 16, 2011 in Torrance, CA, and weighed 9 lb., 9 oz. James reports that the first month with his son has been an amazing experience, and that the baby is healthy and well.

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Upcoming Events

Faculty Art Exhibit

February 26
Ted Cathey, Classical Guitar

February 27
Nexus Interfaith Dialogue

March 3
VWC Visit Campus Day

March 5

Robynne Redmon, Michael Dailey, Charles Woodward

March 16
Empty Bowls Charity Dinner

March 21
NY Times Columnist David Brooks

See entire events calendar

Adult Studies
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