VWC E-news June 2011
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A Great Time to Transfer

For students like Caroline Rutledge, the difference is in the details at Virginia Wesleyan

In Search of Alumni Art

VWC seeking submissions for the College's 50th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition

Building a Better Blocker

Second phase of major renovations to VWC's natural sciences building underway

Virginia Wesleyan's Fight Song
On, Virginia Wesleyan!

Beginning in the fall of 2011 Virginia Wesleyan will have its very own fight song

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News and Events

VWC to Welcome Its Largest Freshman Class Ever
Record number of applications results in dramatic enrollment increases at Virginia Wesleyan More

We've Got Spirit, Yes We Do
Wesleyan Athletics recognized among national leaders for attendance at men's basketball games More

Summer Is Sacred 
raining minds and warming hearts," Virginia Wesleyan College's non-denominational Sacred Music Summer Conference returns, July 25-30, 2011 More

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You Belong Here
Summer is a great time to visit Virginia Wesleyan! Campus tours and information sessions are offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Information is available on our website or by calling the Admissions Office at 800.737.8684 or 757.455.3208.
In addition, Virginia Wesleyan is one of 25 members of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) that will offer tours between July 25 and July 30 for Virginia Private College Week (VPCW). Additional details and registration information are available on our website.

Learn More About Adult Studies at VWC
Adult Studies Program Open House: Thursday, July 7, 6 p.m. in Clarke Hall. The session will cover degrees offered, course formats available and military, financial aid, tuition deferral and Corporate Rate Program benefits available in a relaxed question-and-answer format.
Adult Studies Program Teacher Certification Information Session: Wednesday, July 13, 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.
Registration has begun and fall 2011 appointments and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis! More information.

The Time is Now to Support the VWC Annual Fund
It's the final countdown! Make an impact with your gift to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence by June 30 to guarantee that Virginia Wesleyan's academic plans and scholarships can be finalized for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year. Whether through undergraduate research, internships with community organizations, or study abroad opportunities, Virginia Wesleyan infuses both out-of-class and in-class learning throughout our students' educational experiences. Your support of the Annual Fund is vital to ensuring that Virginia Wesleyan students receive a transformative education in the liberal arts tradition and to become well-rounded citizens. Help make a difference today! Make a secure online gift to the Annual Fund or view our Honor Roll of Donors.

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Sport Briefs

Three Marlins named All-Virginia; Creech is Rookie of the Year

Women's Basketball: First-team All-Virginia honors for Blalock

Men's Basketball: Woodmore, Macedo earn top Virginia honors

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

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Alumni News and Events
Featured Alumni

Bladen Finch, Virginia State SenateBLADEN CLARK FINCH, 2003
Originally from Lawrenceville, Virginia, Bladen Finch has worked for the Virginia state Senate Clerk's Office as the Civics Coordinator and Assistant to the Deputy Clerk (pictured, center, with his fellow staff) since September 2008 after leaving VWC as Associate Director of Admissions.
A communications and journalism major at VWC, Bladen served as photo editor for the Marlin Chronicle and was a member of the Wesleyan Ambassadors, the Society of Collegiate Journalists and Lambda Pi Eta.
His current job finds him involved in a variety of exciting projects—from conducting legislative research to overseeing the senate page program to acting as liaison between the senate and the film industry. When Steven Spielberg and crew are in Richmond this fall filming scenes for the long-awaited biopic Lincoln, Bladen will be on set whenever they're on capital grounds. He is very active with his hometown of Lawrenceville, assisting in their efforts to market the community to new businesses and residents.
How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today? I came to Virginia Wesleyan as a transfer student with low grades and strong desire to turn my academic background around. Most of my life was spent in a rural, economically depressed part of Virginia. The supportive atmosphere and welcoming community at VWC helped me achieve success. The College showed me how to believe in myself and proved I was not just a student; I was a member of a family that wanted to see me succeed. Virginia Wesleyan is a special place and will always be an important part of my life. The staff, faculty and students should speak about the College with pride. I do.
What are some of your favorite memories of friends, professors or mentors at VWC? There are so many people to whom I owe a great deal of thanks. From the Admissions Office to the librarians and my professors; everyone I came in contact with was there every step of the way with assistance, advice and encouragement. Dr. Bill Ruehlmann and Dr. Kathy Merlock Jackson always offered positive reinforcement. They knew I could succeed and never gave up on me.
How are Wesleyan alumni different from other college graduates? I have had the opportunity to work with graduates from University of Virginia, Washington and Lee, James Madison University and Virginia Military Institute. Virginia Wesleyan graduates are competitive with alums from well established state universities and other institutes of higher education from across the county. VWC graduates have been engaged in many diverse aspects of college life. They have gained an appreciation of those less fortunate, possess an ability to navigate the complex job market we face today, understand the importance of civic engagement and can exercise good citizenship.
Anything else about your VWC experience you'd like to share? Alumni are a key component to the future of the College. I ask all alums to make a contribution to the Annual Fund, Athletic Fund or other fund raising efforts. Small donations are just as important as large contributions, and the College truly appreciates each and every one.

Alumni News

A Homecoming Celebration 50 Years in the Making
VWC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and that means a Homecoming and Parent Weekend to remember, October 7-9! Go to www.vwc.edu/homecoming to find out everything you need to know at Homecoming 2011, including the official schedule of events, alumni activities, online registration, and a list of your fellow alumni planning to attend. We can't wait to see you there. Want to volunteer for the alumni tailgate? Contact the Alumni Relations Office at .

Alumni Directory In the Works

This summer, VWC Alumni Relations is busy preparing the 2011-2012 Alumni Directory, a printed guide that includes contact information for Virginia Wesleyan alumni. The directory is a great way to stay in touch with your fellow alumni and get up-to-date information on friends and classmates. Be on the lookout for email, mail, or a phone call asking you to update your contact information beginning in July 2011.

Alumni Events

Alumni for Habitat for Humanity
VWC is teaming up with Bank of America to build our fourth Habitat for Humanity House. The framing phase of construction on a four-unit town house complex on Nelms Lane in Virginia Beach, not far from the College, is nearly complete and we're planning an Alumni Work Weekend for July 15 and 16 to give former students an opportunity to participate. If you are interested in volunteering for a shift (9 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. both days) or all weekend, please contact Diane Hotaling at or call 757-455-3216. No experience is necessary, just a desire to show that Marlins Make A Difference. A Celebration of Service BBQ at Diane's concludes the weekend on Saturday evening. Families are welcome. Reservations required.

Last Call For Alumni Artists!

You're invited to submit a unique piece of art for display in the Alumni Art Exhibition! Virginia Wesleyan College will be showcasing visual art created by some of our many talented alumni as a part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. All media, styles, techniques, and subject matter are welcome:

The VWC 50th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition
August 26-November 3, 2011
Artists Reception: September 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Our deadline has been extended! Please submit a digital copy of your artwork (preferably a jpeg file) via e-mail to John Rudel at by July 15, 2011. More information

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

Mark Caffee (2002) died in Chesapeake, VA on June 11, 2011. Mark was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Over the past 10 years, he served as coach, manager, and baseball commissioner for the Western Branch Athletic Club. He was actively involved in his children's teams, and through coaching, touched the lives of many other children.

Robert Coats (1986) received a MDiv in Theology from The Episcopal Divinity School in May 2011. "Ordained Minister, Pastoral Counselor and Chaplain"

Krystle Kitchen (2008) received a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Liberty University on May 14, 2011.

Bladen Finch (2003) was accepted into the Associate Exchange Program through the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries. He will be working in the California State Senate Public Relations Office for a week. Bladen also was honored to receive the Virginia YMCA Service to Youth Award during the Model General Assembly at the State Capitol.

Patricia (Smith) Liebler (1982) and Butch Liebler are proud to announce the birth of their first gradnchild, Lilly MacLaurin Hamby. She was born on March 22, 2011 and weighed 7 lb., 9 oz. Lilly is doing well.

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Upcoming Events

June 11-July 18
Ceramic Designers Association Exhibit

June 22 & 30
Transfer Receptions for TCC Grads

June 24

Freshman Orientation Scene I

July 11-15
Marlin Soccer Academy

July 25-30
Sacred Music Summer Conference

See entire events calendar

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