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Birdsongs Make $1 Million Gift for Turf Field
Birdsong Corporation, George and Sue Birdsong offer generous challenge gift for synthetic turf field at VWC. More
Bob Blog: 
A Mascot Makeover
In his own words, Bob Marlin recounts his recent redesign and reveal. More
Meet the Faculty: Dr. Alain Gabon
Professor never thought he'd live or teach in America; now he can't imagine a better way to appreciate both his native France and his newfound home. More
the Unusual
and the Unique
Record number of students enrolled in Winter Session 2014 for intriguing courses, travel opportunities, special events and more. More
@VWC in the Media
Virginia Wesleyan's annual On-Campus Winter Homeless Shelter was featured on the front page of the Hampton Roads section of the Virginian-Pilot. Students Tianna Garland and Dani Williams are quoted in the story, which highlights the unique nature of the shelter and the ways in which students and volunteers are able to interact on a personal level with guests. Faculty/staff members Robin Takacs, Diane Hotaling, Kathy Stolley, Patricia Colthurst, Amy Rush, and Takeyra Collins are also referenced in the story; Basketball Coach Dave Macedo made several appearances on the local news in January, including Wavy TV 10 and WVEC 13, in honor of his 300th win as VWC's head coach; The College's recent announcement about the $1 million gift from the Birdsong Corporation and George and Sue Birdsong for a new athletic turf field at VWC was also mentioned in the sports section of the Virginian-Pilot

@VWC Headlines
Annual Homeless Shelter a Unique Success; Students Named to Fall 2013 Dean's List; Donovan's 'Down South' Coaxes Connections; A Celebration of Love; Students Debate Healthcare at 2014 Ethics Bowl; Fall 2013 Scholar-Athletes Honored; 'Integrity' Campaign Promotes Honor Code;  More
Campus Events
Alumni News & Events
VWC Hall of Fame   Town Mountain
Sixth Class Inducted Into
VWC's Athletic Hall of Fame
VWC has selected the sixth class of its Athletic Hall of Fame. Members were inducted during a special ceremony on Saturday, January 25. The sixth class includes:

Kelly Donnelly Durso ’07
Women’s Soccer (2003-06)

Durso was a member of the 2006 women’s soccer NCAA Final Four and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship team. During her career, she was named first team All-American in 2006 and third team All-American in 2005; All-South Region honoree in 2005 and 2006; All-Virginia honoree in 2005 and 2006; All-ODAC honoree 2003-2006; ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2003 and ODAC Player of the Year in 2006. More

Gary P. Edwards ’79
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf (1975-79)

Edwards was named an Academic All-American in men’s basketball in 1979. He began an accomplished career in athletics by serving as the assistant men’s basketball coach to Don Forsyth in 1979 and sports information director from 1979-82. His career coaching mark stands at 487-351 in 29 seasons, including a 7-4 mark in NCAA Tournament games. More

Jordan M. Kenney ’08
Men’s Lacrosse (2006-08)

Kenney was the top player on the record setting 2008 VWC men’s lacrosse team that advanced to the ODAC tournament for the first time in program history before losing in the championship game. Kenney ranks No. 2 in highest single season goals total with 60; tied for No. 3 for highest single game goals with 8; No. 4 in career goals scored with 128; tied No. 4 in highest single game points total with 9; and tied for No. 3 single season points with 69. More

Evan A. Whitson ’96
Men’s Soccer (1992-95)

Whitson ranks No. 2 in career goals with 54, No. 2 in career assists with 35, No. 2 in career points with 143 and No. 3 in career shots with 301. During his career, he was named second team All-American in 1995; All-Region honoree 1993-1995; All-ODAC 1993-1995; VISA Player of the Year in 1995; 1996 Norfolk Sports Club Outstanding Senior Athlete; and 1996 WRAR/WLTY Athlete Scholar. More

Photo at top by Janice Marshall-Pittman. (From left) Evan Whitson ’96, Jordan Kenney ’08, and Kelly Donnelly Durso ’07. Not pictured: Gary Edwards ’79.
Upcoming Events
Town Mountain

Friday, February 21
President's Annual Pig Roast
featuring musical guest Town Mountain
Batten Lawn @ 2 p.m.

Join President Greer and the VWC community for the President's Annual Pig Roast on Friday, February 21 on the Batten Lawn and at the Marlin Grille. Visit with President Greer during the smoking process, beginning at 6 a.m., and stay (or come back) for some down home, slow cooked, mouth-watering BBQ, being served at approximately 1:30 p.m. Live music will be performed by Grammy-nominated North Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain. Music begins at 2 p.m., with a second set at 3 p.m. Don't miss this smokin' campus tradition!

Stay tuned for more information about:
Spring Sports Day – April 12
Seafood Party in the Dell – April 26
Wesleyan Wednesday Graduation Edition – May 14
Homecoming & Parent Weekend – October 3-5

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

Molly (McConnell) McConnell-Tracy (2001) and Patrick Tracy are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Tatum Sterling, born July 2, 2013.

Captain Richard F. Gonzalez (1980) retired from the US Navy on March 1, 2011 after 30 years of active service. He was awarded the Defense Superior Service medal during a change of command ceremony held at the Defense Contract Management Agency’s Naval Sea Systems Operations command in Moorestown, NJ. 

Julia Green (2004) and Jeremy Marks are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Everly "Evie" Rose, born on January 14, weighing 8 lbs., 5 oz.

Randi (LaMark) Vogel (1996), co-owner of Hunt Club Farm, was featured in Inside Business. The article speaks to the expansion of the business to a year-round venture.

More class notes >>
Around Campus
Spring is in full swing at Virginia Wesleyan, which means a new slate of exciting activities, events, and classes for our students. Spring semester also means that you will likely be seeing VWC on your caller ID in the upcoming weeks. When you do, please take a moment to speak with one of our 12 student Marlin Phonathon ambassadors.

This special group of students is excited to connect with you to share how support for the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence impacts them through scholarships, hands-on academic experiences and student life activities. Their phone call will only take a few minutes of your time, so please welcome them and feel free to share the wisdom gained from your own experiences at VWC.

Parents, if you receive a phone call intended for your recent graduate, please help us connect with them. And if you’ve already made a gift to the Annual Fund this year, thank you!

Make a secure online gift or view the 2013-2014 Honor Roll of Donors.
Admissions   Adult Studies
Begin your future at VWC!
Virginia Wesleyan College has been chosen by The Princeton Review for inclusion in its guide: The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Visit campus Saturday, March 8 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!

Program begins at 9 a.m., with early-bird tours starting at 8 a.m. Register online today!

Presidential Scholars Day
Fall 2014 admitted Presidential Scholarship students are encouraged to attend Presidential Scholars Day to experience a demonstration class, meet with faculty and enjoy a special lunch. You will receive up to $1,000 in additional scholarship money for attending! The last Presidential Scholars Day for Fall 2014 students is Friday, March 7. Register online or call the Admissions Office at 757.455.3208 or 800.737.8684.
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us! 
Adult Studies Program Information Session
Wednesday, March 5, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
VWC Boyd Dining Center (Shafer Room)

Covers degrees offered; academic and personal support; course delivery formats; military student options; financial aid; employer tuition deferral; and the Adult Studies Corporate Rate Program. This is a relaxed, interactive question and answer session with a short, 15-minute campus tour. Free and open to the public. Click here to access a campus map, or ask for directions at the front gate. Reserved parking will be available. Reservations are required. Call 757.455.3263 or email asp@vwc.edu. Tell a friend!

Coming Back to College Information Session
Does your employer offer tuition assistance? This 60-minute information sesstion may be for you. This session gives adults the information and direction they need from experienced collegiate advisers and addresses concerns about pursuing a degree. For more information about scheduling a “Coming Back to College” workshop for your workplace, contact Kathy Reese with the Adult Studies Program at 757.455.3411 or kreese@vwc.edu. More
Upcoming CSRF Events

Spring 2014 Symposium:
Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides?
Religion, Ethics, and Health Care

Thursday, February 20
From Biomedical Ethics to Global Ethics

Thursday, February 27
The “Embryo Wars” and other Legal and Ethical Challenges Raised by Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Thursday, March 6
Ethics Matters in Health Care

All events are from 7:30-9 p.m. in Monumental Chapel. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ann Shappell at 757.455.3129 or apshappell@vwc.edu. More
Upcoming CSM Events

2013-14 Sound & Symbol Lecture Series: 
With What Shall I Come Before the Lord?

Tuesday, February 25
Blind Indeed is He Who Sees Not the Hand of God in Events So Vast: America Takes God Abroad, 1898-1960 (Eric Mazur) and Big Brother-Big Oil: America Takes Command (Dan Margolies)

Tuesday, March 11
On Silence and the Spiritual Life (Steven Emmanuel) and Notions of ‘Sacred’ in Space & Imagery Design (John Rudel)

For more information, contact Director of the Center for Sacred Music Sandra Billy at 757.455.3376 or sbilly@vwc.edu. More
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