VWC E-news July 2012
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NSF Grant to Recruit Science and Math Scholars

National Science Foundation Grant will provide funding for need-based scholarships More

Tried and "Treed" Tradition

When faculty retire from Virginia Wesleyan, it is tradition for them to choose a tree to be planted in the Wilson Arboretum. More

VWC Selected for National Consortium

Group to study Lumina Foundation's Degree Qualification Profile, aimed at defining quality higher education based on student outcomes More

The First Salute
The First Salute

For 2012 graduates Nicholas Forno, Alexander Maguire and Brock Waddell, commencement was more than a time to celebrate earning a diploma. They recently became the first three VWC students to be commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army as part of the College's ROTC program. More

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News and Events

Nominate a Marlin for the Hall of Fame The College is now acceptiong nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame. Honorees will be recognized at the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon on Feb. 2, 2013. More

VWC Women: Game and Grades
Women's basketball team recognized among best academic teams in the nation, a first for the program More

New Briefs
From a national award for VWC's Iota Beta Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity to a European defense training trip for Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Doug Kennedy, keep up to date on the latest VWC highlights in brief More

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Virginia Private College Week at VWC
During Virginia Private College Week (VPCW), 25 members of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia host two daily tours and information sessions for rising juniors and seniors (and their families) at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday-Friday (July 30-August 3). A 9 a.m. session will be offered Saturday, August 4. Register online today to experience VPCW at VWC!

The College is also still accepting applications for fall 2012 transfer students, but time is running out so don't delay! Scholarships for transfer students are making a private college education at Virginia Wesleyan an affordable option. Contact the Admissions Office today at 800.737.8684, 757.455.3208 to discuss the easy transfer admissions process.

Make a Lasting Change with Adult Studies
Adult Studies Open House: Thursday, August 2 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.
Adult Studies Program Teacher Certification Information Session: Thursday, August 9 at 5:30 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.
Applications and appointments and are being accepted on a rolling basis for fall! Classes start August 27. More information. Also, check out our new Adult Studies Viewbook.

Here Comes Life...After Graduation
Support the Annual FundAndrea Medrano ’12, from Virginia Beach, VA, walked across the stage this past May to receive a degree while double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. Andrea is putting her education to good use as she is currently working with the Hope House Foundation, where she assists in providing services and care for adults with developmental disabilities.
Andrea received an annual scholarship through support of the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence. With her scholarship assistance, Andrea received an excellent liberal arts education, which has helped her prepare for a career. Annual scholarships, internships, undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities, provides Virginia Wesleyan students with the best tools and resources in order to prepare them for life after graduation. Support to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence makes a liberal arts education possible for every student.
Make a secure online gift to the Annual Fund or view our Annual Fund Honor Roll of Donors.

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Sport Briefs
Women's Tennis: Incoming Virginia Wesleyan tennis groups among the best in the nation

Women's Volleyball:
Marlins' Martens receives GEICO Achievement Award

Women's Volleyball: Six Marlins named to VaSID Academic All-State team

Women's Basketball: Challenging schedule awaits VWC women's basketball in 2012-13

Men's Lacrosse: All-Virginia lacrosse honors for VWC's Nycz and Puls

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

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Alumni News and Events
Featured Alumni

Candice Eaton Driskell ’94
Wallace Reed Driskell Jr. ’00

Candie and Wallace DriskellIn a May 1994 article called “When Candie Met Wally” that appeared in the Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star, Candie Driskell wrote that taking classes at VWC at the same time as her husband was “almost like dating again…all married couples should attend college together.”
The article was a promotion for the College’s Adult Studies Program. Both graduates of Virginia Wesleyan’s Liberal Arts Management Program, Candie and Wally have been married 26 years and share 10 grandchildren as well as a passion for family, church, travel and their “getaway on the OBX .”
Wally is Captain and Commanding Officer, First Patrol Division, Norfolk Police Department. His division encompasses much of the VWC campus. He is a graduate of FBI National Academy and an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Tidewater Community College (Norfolk campus).
Candie went on to get her masters degree in Community Health from Old Dominion University and has served as Executive Director of Access Partnership since April 2005. Prior to joining Access Partnership, she held positions as Manager of the Appeals Department at Optima Health, Case Manager at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Emergency Department Nurse at Sentara Leigh Hospital. She has also taught Emergency Medical Technology at Tidewater Community College and serves as a Community Health Educator.
The following are Candie’s responses to a question-and-answer about her experience at Virginia Wesleyan.

What are some of your favorite memories of professors, mentors or friends at VWC? Dr. Bob Albertson’s class required a lot of study time, so a handful of students started a study group. The meetings began on campus but eventually moved to our homes where they quickly turned into socials. I am still friends with Catherine Hampton, a study partner. I still have videos of the January term at False Cape State Park. We remain friends with Dot Hinman, Dave Garraty and Bob Albertson.

How do you describe the Virginia Wesleyan experience to friends and colleagues? It was one of the best experiences of my life. Although it took seven years to complete the program going part-time, I enjoyed every minute of my time there. Read more.

Find out about fellow Wesleyan graduates in the "Featured Alumni" section of our website.

Alumni News

Alumni Association Welcomes New Officers and Board Members

Please join us in congratulating the follow alumni for their election as officers and new members of the Alumni Board:
Chris Dotolo, ’91, President
Amy Mallett Rickard, ’98, Vice President
John Haynes, Jr. ’98, Secretary
Richard Carmichael, ’86 Treasurer
New Board Members:
Jesse Fanshaw ’72
Bladen Finch ’03
Rachel Rigoglioso ’10
Ron Swan ’77

Help a Service-Dedicated Alumnus Win a Dream Wedding
Brad Cashman, Class of 2002, and his fiancee Jessica are finalists in a contest to win their dream wedding at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. Brad has dedicated his life to helping others. A former volunteer with Americorps, Brad now serves as a crisis manager at a homeless shelter in downtown Charleston. Now we can help a fellow marlin achieve the wedding of his dreams. Please vote for your fellow alumnus Brad Cashman!

Alumni Events

Don't Miss Wesleyan Wednesday 2012!
The biggest alumni reunion of the year is right around the corner! Join us at The Back Deck in Virginia Beach from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. There will be free appetizers provided and great drink specials! Make sure you register to attend. Space is filling up fast! We are still looking for volunteers to help pass out cups and register alumni. If you are interested in serving at 30-minute shift, please e-mail alumni@vwc.edu.

Attention Classes of 1972, 1982 and 2002!
Virginia Wesleyan College will be honoring the classes of 1982, 1982, 1992, and 2002 for their decade reunions at Homecoming and Parent Weekend 2012 on October 5. Register online to attend a special tailgate with all your former classmates.

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

Laura Cox (2006) was recently promoted to Supervisor Freight Accounting at Norfolk Southern located in Atlanta, GA.

Jonathan Stemmle (1993) was recently hired as an Assistant Professor in strategic communication at University of Missouri School of Journalism located in Columbia, MO. In addition, earlier this year Stemmle was promoted to the Director of the Health Communication Research Center at the University of Missouri. He will serve in both roles when his faculty position begins in August.

Anthony Busic (1985) died in Salem, Virginia on July 23, 2012 from cancer. He is survived by his wife, Vickie, siblings, and children. Anthony served as a United Methodist minister in the Virginia Conference.

John Porter (1978) died in Charlottesville, Virginia on June 29, 2012. John is survived by his wife, Susan, and sons Chris and Ashton. He will be remembered for his quick-witted, dry sense of humor and his dedication to family and business.

Michelle (Superczynski) Hurst (2001) recently accepted a position at WM Jordan located in Newport News, VA as Human Resources Manager.

» More class notes

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Upcoming Events

July 3-August 4
Virginia Private College Week

August 13-17
Marlin Tennis Camp

August 15
"Third Nature" Exhibit Opens

August 15
Wesleyan Wednesday

August 22-24
Freshman Orientation-Scene II

August 27
Fall Semester Classes Begin

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