Alumni at the Helm   Hall of Fame   Katerina Barnes   Scholar Athletes
An Alumnus at the Helm
Gary Bonnewell '79 first-ever graduate of VWC to be named Chairman of the Board of Trustees More
Sixth Class for VWC Athletic
Hall of Fame
Four distinguished inductees to be honored at Jan. 25 ceremony More
Labor of Love
Katerina Barnes '11 combines Peace Corps with Graduate School though Master's International program More
Scholar-Athletes Announced
Spring 2013 Dean's List students named at State Farm/VWC Recognition event on Dec. 1. More
@VWC in the Media
Paul Ewell, Associate Professor of Management/ Business/Economics,was featured in the Dec. 9 issue of the Virginian-Pilot in a story about the opening of the Eastern Shore Watermen’s Museum & Research Center in Onancock. Dr. Ewell is the founder of the Watermen’s Heritage Foundation, which led to the creation of the museum. 

@VWC Headlines
VWC Celebrates December Graduates; Amos, Motley in Emerging Leaders Program; EPA Research Fellowship Awarded to EES Major; Waterman's Museum a Passion for Dr. Ewell, More
Campus Events
Alumni News & Events
Eric Archer '90   Alumni News & Events
Featured Alumnus:
Frederick (Eric) Ivan Archer II ’90
Originally from Temple Hills, Maryland, Eric Archer majored in biology at Virginia Wesleyan, was a resident assistant and was involved in Tang Soo Do martial arts. He now lives in San Diego, California and works as a Principal Investigator in the Marine Mammal Genetics Group at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, a science lab in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA). His work involves studying population genetics, taxonomy, and fishery interactions of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). He has been a cruise leader and chief scientist on eight research cruises over the past 20 years. His current projects include developing methods to distinguish subspecies of cetaceans and revising the taxonomy of fin whales. His other interests include flying, martial arts, and playing the bass—“the instrument, not the fish.”

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today?

Being at VWC taught me to respect individuals for who they are and take people at face value. I got to know almost everyone on campus rather quickly and discovered humanity in some of the most unexpected places. Seeing that such a diverse group could coalesce into a rather close family makes me want to recreate that same feeling whenever I find myself in team situations at work or in my personal life.

What are some of your favorite memories of professors, mentors or friends at VWC?
I really enjoyed studying and hanging out in the Village I lounges. It was nice to get into the rhythm of life with everyone else on the off hours. I also had fun hanging out with Dr. Paul Resslar and listening to him tell stories of tromping through woods looking for plants.

How do you describe the Virginia Wesleyan experience to friends and colleagues?
I often use words like “small” and “intimate,” but more importantly, I tell them how freeing it is to be able to be more than just a number or seat-filler. Being able to get quality time with professors and have ready access to facilities is absolutely invaluable and hard to duplicate in a larger school.

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

Hall of FameUpcoming Events

Athletic Hall of Fame
Induction Luncheon
Saturday, January 25, 2014
11:30 a.m.
Pearce Hospitality Suite

The four 2014 inductees are Kelly Donnelly Durso ’07 – Women’s Soccer (2003-06); Gary P. Edwards ’79 – Men’s Basketball, Cross Country and Golf (1975-79); Jordan M. Kenney ’08, Men’s Lacrosse (2006-08); and Evan A. Whitson ’96 – Men’s Soccer (1992-95).

Register to Attend

The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon is generously sponsored by The Bonnewell Group at Morgan Stanley.

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

Heather (Baker) Weidner (1989) has a short story in "Virginia is for Mysteries." All of the stories are set in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and all of the authors are members of the Tell Tale Heart or Mysteries by the Sea chapters of Sisters in Crime.

Rodney Obien (1992) was appointed by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan to serve on the NH State Historical Records Advisory Board. Rodney is currently Archivist and Assistsnt Professor at Keene State College in Keene, New New Hampshire and the President of the NH Archives Group.

Victoria (Lowell) Walker (1994) was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Association of Education Communication and Technology (AECT) for the Division of Distance Learning. She was as nominated to serve as the division's Awards Manager.

Stephen Forbes (2000) has been promoted to partner in charge of disaster recovery services at HORNE LL. In his new role, Forbes manages more than 120 team members responsible for government grant program management, financial and regulatory compliance with grant regulations, and compliance with all applicable state and federal laws.
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Around Campus
U.S. News & World ReportConstructing Bright Futures through the Annual Fund
Our students are the heart of what we do here at Virginia Wesleyan, and with your support of the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence, we are able to give them all of the experiences that make a liberal arts education at VWC valuable and unique. The annual scholarships, undergraduate research, study abroad programs, student life activities, library volumes and technology resources that help them reach their educational and professional goals are provided by support of the Annual Fund.
This year, we have been privileged to receive a new honor, as U.S. News & World Report includes Virginia Wesleyan in the top tier of their 2014 “Best Colleges” guide. U.S. News & World Report weighs student outcomes and graduation rates heavily in its ranking methodology. This distinction confirms that VWC truly provides a transformative liberal arts education to our deserving students, giving them the tools to construct a bright future.

If you have already made a gift to the Annual Fund this fiscal year – thank you! If not, it’s not too late! Make a secure online gift or view the 2013-2014 Annual Fund Honor Roll of Donors.

Admissions   Adult Studies
Your Future Begins Here
The Class of 2018 is filling up quickly! Do you have what it takes to become a Marlin? Apply online at admissions.vwc.edu/apply/. Regular admission deadline is March 1.

Come see what makes VWC one of Princeton Review’s 378 Best Colleges in the Nation. Join us for our next VWC Day Open House on Saturday, February 8. Another Open House will be held on March 8.

Sign up online for one of these exciting events or schedule an individual campus visit at admissions.vwc.edu/visit.
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us! 
Adult Studies Program Information Session
Wednesday, January 8, 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
Upcoming CSRF Events

Monday, February 17
7:30-9 p.m., Monumental Chapel
NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue:
How Our Faiths See Marriage and Family

Topic: "Reproductive Technologies and Personhood"
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ann Shappell at 757.455.3129 or e-mail apshappell@vwc.edu.

View CSRF's complete Calendar of Events
Upcoming CSM Events
Thursday, February 6
11 a.m. in Hofheimer Theater
“Hindu Dance” Padmarani Rasiah Cantu
No reservations needed.

Thursday, February 13
7:30-8:30 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater.

"A Community Sing" with Ysaye Barnwell, Former member of "Sweet Honey in the Rock,"
Reservations: 757.455.2101

Learn more about CSM.
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