VWC E-news February 2013
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Featured at VWC
A Spirited Look at Persuasion

Dr. Linda Ferguson examines the cultural infusion of the Absolut brand, analyzes influential advertising techniques in VWC course. More

Channeling Randy Shull: Q&A with the Artist

Neil Britton Art Gallery's featured artist gives a personal look into his creative process and the inspiration behind his latest exhibit. More

Fall 2012 Scholar-Athletes Honored

Dean's List student athletes were honored for their academic accomplishments Feb. 16 at State Farm/VWC Scholar-Athlete Recognition event. More

Eleventh Hour
Music Transforms Student
at Eleventh Hour

Allen Bays is having a good day. He learned that his best friend's little brother beat cancer and the lead guitarist from his favorite band mentioned him in a tweet. Actually, most days in the past year have been good. Fourteen months ago, Bays made some positive life changes that resulted in the start of his new band, The Eleventh Hour. More

News and Events

RecycleManiaThinking Greener:
RecycleMania in Motion

Virginia Wesleyan students, faculty and staff are participating in the RecycleMania National Challenge Feb. 3 through March 30, a friendly competition promoting waste reduction in campus communities across the United States and Canada. Each spring, more than 630 colleges and universities track recycling rates for an eight-week period in an attempt to reduce waste. In 2012, VWC recycled 26,966 pounds of material as part of the initiative. More

VWC in the Media Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Dr. Wayne Pollock, current recreational therapy students and alumna Heather Campbell '04 were featured in The Flagship for their work with an adapted sports clinic for wounded military personnel at Naval Station Norfolk; Head Baseball Coach Nick Booth shares his opinion on the recruitment of local high school students in the Virginian-Pilot.

Latest VWC Headlines
NCCA Awards College's Model UN Delegation; VFIC Grant Funds Student Science Research; Veterans Memorial to Honor VWC Service Members; Purim Shpiel to Raise Food, Funds for Charities; and Students Named to Fall 2012 Dean's List. More

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Begin your future at VWC!
Virginia Wesleyan College has been chosen by The Princeton Review for inclusion in its guide: The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition. Visit campus Saturday, March 9 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 Day:
Fall 2013 admitted students with a GPA over 3.0 and 1100 SAT/24 ACT score are encouraged to attend Honors & Scholarship Day to experience a demonstration class, meet with faculty and enjoy a special lunch. The last Honors & Scholarship Day for Fall 2013 students is Friday, March 8.

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, March 7 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 relaxed question-and-answer format. More

Adult Studies Teacher Certification Information Session: Wednesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Clarke Hall. Answers to all your questions about teacher certification programs. More

Coming Back to College Information Sessions: If you know someone who is interested in returning to college to complete a degree, encourage them to attend one of the Adult Studies Program's Coming Back to College Information Sessions.

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

Connect with a Marlin this Spring!
2013 Phonathon AmbassadorsWinter session is over and students are settling in to the spring semester. As the weather warms up, so will the phones of our Marlin Phonathon ambassadors. These 12 student ambassadors are excited to connect with you to share how support for the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence impacts VWC through scholarships, undergraduate research opportunities, faculty recruitment and retention, internships and study abroad programming. These phone calls will only take a few moments, so please welcome them and feel free to share stories of your own experiences at VWC. Parents, if you receive a phone call intended for your recent graduate, please help us connect with them. If you've already made a gift to the Annual Fund this year, thank you!

Read more about the Marlin Phonathon and make a secure online gift to support VWC students. View our 2012-2013 Annual Fund Honor Roll of Donors.

Center for the Study of Religious Freedom
Contraception, Religious Freedom, and the Affordable Care Act
Thursday, March 7 from 12-1 p.m. in the Pearce Hospitality Suite. Panelists: Sharon Payne, Batten Professor Health and Human Services; Sue Larkin, Batten Associate Professor of English; Leslie Caughell, Assistant Professor of Political Science; and Paul Rasor, Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom.

Christian Schools and Tribal Traditions: Education on the Blackfeet Reservation
Thursday, March 14 from 12-1 p.m. in the Pearce Hospitality Suite. Guest Speaker: Brother Paul Ackerman, founding president of the De La Salle Blackfeet School, Browning, Montana.

Nexus Interfaith Dialogue
The Nexus of Religion and Sacred Art-Architecture: Islam and Buddhism

Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m., in the Monumental Chapel. Panelists: Dr. Ahmed Noor, Director of Advanced Research at NASA Langley and trustee of the Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads; and Rick Mateo, ordained Zen priest and leader of the Seva SGI-USA Nichiren Buddhist organization.
Sport Briefs
Men's Basketball: VWC clinches No. 1 seed with victory over Lynchburg

Women's Basketball: National events celebrated when VWC hosts Randolph

Marlins sweep previously undefeated Southern Virginia

Softball: Marlins open 2013 season with sweep of Meredith

Men's Tennis: Graham, Tomajczyk sweep singles and doubles in season opener

Women's Tennis: Brooker, Proctor lead Marlins to season-opening win

Track & Field: Three championships, nine records for Marlins at Mason-Dixon

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

Alumni News and Events
Featured Alumni

Eric Miller '12 & Bill Miller '09
SUITED FOR SUCCESS: Bill and Eric Miller proudly wear apparel supporting Miller Integrated Power & ControlsEric Miller '12 and Bill Miller '09, pictured right, admittedly struggled to take education seriously prior to Virginia Wesleyan. Growing up in Virginia Beach, the brothers lacked motivation in school, searching for something more stimulating. This changed when they chose to pursue a liberal arts education at VWC, a learning opportunity that ultimately helped them build meaningful relationships, gain real-world experience, and cultivate new ways of looking at the world. With a new outlook on education and excitement for their future, Eric earned his bachelor's in business management and Bill received a social science degree. Still living in Virginia Beach, the Millers both work for Miller Integrated Management Group, a family-owned electrical control panel and maritime security company. Eric serves as an Accounts Payable Accountant for the company and Bill is a Human Resources Assistant. The brothers enjoy playing golf, water sports, volunteering in the community and attending sporting events, especially New York Giants and New York Yankees games.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today?
EM: Before transferring to Virginia Wesleyan, I didn't take college seriously. VWC inspired me to be a better student and work to my fullest potential, making me realize that I can do whatever I want, as long as I give it my all.
BM: Virginia Wesleyan encouraged me to work on my interpersonal skills. It is important, and less stressful, to use positive communication with others. I learned that it's okay to ask for help and seek guidance from mentors, counselors, professors, etc.

What are some of your favorite memories of professors, mentors or friends at VWC?
EM: A great adviser, Paul Ewell was one of my favorite professors during my time at VWC. I always looked forward to his classes. I didn't live on campus, but I definitely met a lot of great people. I would like to give a shout out to members of Team Zentech (my ISP group) and everyone I worked with during the 2012 Spring Semester Business Conference.
BM: John Braley from the Recreation and Leisure Department stood on top of his desk and fell backward with the hope that we would catch him. He fell safely into our arms and we began to trust each other. Without trust, people cannot accomplish their goals and objectives. Read more

Learn more about distinguished Virginia Wesleyan graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website.

Alumni News

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Seeking Alumni Association Board Members
Beginning March 1, the Alumni Association will be seeking board members for the upcoming year. The Alumni Board of Directors represents the Association by promoting the College and serving as an advocate for Alumni:

Promote the College

  • Aligns Association goals with those of the College
  • Supports the Alumni Association Legacy Endowed Scholarship
  • Shares the College's Vision with alumni and the community
  • Builds student relationships that will encourage lifetime VWC support

Serve as an advocate for alumni

  • Seeks benefits for Alumni Association membership
  • Assists in organization of alumni events, encouraging lifelong relationships between alumni and their alma mater
  • Serves as a point of contact for alumni inquiries
  • Keeps alumni informed of campus news and events

If you are interested in serving as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors, please apply here.

Alumni Events

15th Annual Empty Bowls Charity Dinner | Friday, March 22
Plan to stop by the Alumni POWER HOUR and table from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Ceramic Designers Association and the VWC Community Service Office are proud to sponsor the 15th Annual Empty Bowls Charity Dinner on Friday, March 22 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Boyd Dining Center on the VWC campus. This event has raised close to $20,000 a year, donating to charities for the hungry in Hampton Roads. Patrons purchase a ticket and select a hand-crafted bowl made by local potters, partake of a modest soup meal, and shop at an artisan's silent auction. You may purchase your tickets online or at various outlets, including the VWC Bookstore. Tickets are $20 in advance / $25 at the door. Gift certificates are available.

Save the Date for Seafood Party in the Dell
2013 marks 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!

For more information, contact Director of Alumni Relations Lina Green at lina@vwc.edu or 757.455.2115.

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

Victoria Holliday (2005) and James Kieffer are happy to announce their engagement. The wedding ceremony will take place in March 2014 in Virginia Beach, VA. After 2 and a half years of dating, James proposed to Vikki on Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, the same spot where they said "I Love You" to each other for the first time on New Year's Eve 2010.

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.

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Upcoming Events


March 1-2
Beach Blast
Softball Tournament

March 8
Honors and
Scholars Day

March 9
VWC Day Open House

March 15
America's Got Talent Musician: Cas Haley

March 22
15th Annual Empty Bowls Charity Dinner

March 23 - April 1

Spring Break

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