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United They Stand

VWC's Model UN team heads to New York to represent the African nation of Liberia at international conference More

Recipe for Sustainability

Chef Chris Harriman '91 debuted "Virginia Wesleyan Chowder" at Empty Bowl event on March 16 More

A College of Distinction

Virginia Wesleyan College featured by "Colleges of Distinction," a leader in educational excellence More

David Brooks
The Human Element

David Brooks, author of The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement, spoke from the heart during his thought-provoking speech at College's 50th Anniversary Commmunity Celebration Luncheon on March 21 More

News and Events

Classroom to Court Dean's List athletes named at State Farm/VWC Scholar-Athlete Recognition in February More

A True Gem on Campus Jane P. Batten Student Center celebrates 10 years as the heart and hub of life at VWC More

New Briefs
From alumna Hope Bradshaw being named a teacher of the year to honors for the Marlins Read program, keep up to date on the latest VWC highlights in brief More

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What Better Time to Become a Marlin?

The Admissions Office has received over 6,200 freshmen applications for the fall, a 41% increase over last year! That is the highest number of freshmen applications the College has received in its history.
Future members of VWC's class of 2016 are invited to participate in an Admitted Freshmen Day on Saturday, March 31 or Saturday, April 14!
Admitted freshmen will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other admitted students, learn more about our majors during a department fair, tour our beautiful campus and enjoy lunch on us!
For additional information or to register, please visit our website.

Continue Your Education at VWC

Adult Studies Open House: Thursday, April 5 at 6 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: Wednesday, April 4 at 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. Appointments and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for summer and fall. More information.

Leave Your Mark at Virginia Wesleyan

Virginia Wesleyan is offering 50th Anniversary pavers in recognition of contributions to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence.VWC Pavers These exclusive pavers are placed in front of Eggleston Commons (Bray Village/Village I), one of the original buildings on campus.
With a gift of $100, you will receive a 4x8 inch personally inscribed brick paver. With a gift of $250, you will receive an 8x8 inch personally inscribed brick paver.
Gifts to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence allow our students to explore many out-of-the-classroom experiences that they can later tie to their coursework such as engaging in undergraduate research, participating in internships with our community business partners, and exploring other cultures through studying abroad.

Make a secure online gift to the Annual Fund; please note in the additional comments box that your gift is for a brick paver. Purchase your brick by April 2 and it will be placed by 2012 Commencement!
Sport Briefs
Softball: Marlins rally, cool off Pomona-Pitzer

Baseball: Tucci, Siracusa shut down Averett

Men's Lacrosse: Marlins offense comes alive in 18-9 victory over Guilford

Women's Lacrosse: Guilford ends futility streak against Virginia Wesleyan

Men's Basketball: Thrilling season of men's hoops includes ODAC Championship, trip to the Elite 8, and All-American honors for Woodmore

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Alumni News and Events
Featured Alumni

Karen CorriganKaren V. Corrigan, 1997
Karen V. Corrigan is the co-founder and CEO of Corrigan Partners LLC, a healthcare management consultancy firm based in Norfolk, Virginia. Karen's "inner-entrepreneur" was sparked by her experiences as an Adult Studies student in Virginia Wesleyan's Liberal Arts Management Program (L.A.M.P.) Her connection to the College has grown in recent years through her involvement with VWC's 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. Karen is an avid reader and publisher and lead blogger for Chief Marketing Officer, a social forum for healthcare marketing executives. She is married to Robin Cowherd and has three children—Diron Corrigan, Sarah Cowherd and Erin Swemba.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today? I was a working professional when I entered Virginia Wesleyan's Adult Studies Program in the early 1990s to finish my college degree. The Liberal Arts Management Program offered concentrated studies in all aspects of business management, which both broadened and strengthened my knowledge of what it takes to be successful in the business world. VWC sparked the inner-entrepreneur in me and a year after graduation, I started my own company. Ten years later, I sold that company and have now started another new venture. Beyond business, the liberal arts approach to education also renewed my interests in art, philosophy and creative writing.

What are some of your favorite memories of professors, mentors or friends at VWC? The staff and professors for the Adult Studies Program were superb and understood the challenges of juggling a family and full-time job with continuing education. There were times when I had to travel for business or had an ill child, and found everyone to be understanding and accommodating. It was also interesting to be in class with other adult students who enriched courses by sharing their own learning and expertise, as well as business and life experiences. Some of the best learning times were spent in small group project work.

Read more of Karen's profile and find out about other fellow Wesleyan graduates in the "Featured Alumni" section of our website.

Alumni News

Nominate a Marlin for the Alumni Board of Directors
The Alumni Association is an organization that provides leadership to the alumni network and the College. Members of the Board represent a range of class years, professions, and geographic locations and are active members of their communities. Board members promote the College and lead alumni in project development, policy formation, financial designations, college promotions and special events.

Apply online or nominate a fellow alumnus today to become a member of the Alumni Board of Directors.

Alumni Events

VWC Business Conference: April 23-27
Virginia Wesleyan College will be hosting a Business Conference the week of April 23-27, 2012. Alumni are invited to join us for panel discussions and presentations regarding different aspects of entrepreneurship, including financial planning, marketing, social responsibility, and networking, among other topics.
For more information and for an event agenda, please contact Dr. Paul Ewell at pewell@vwc.edu or 757.233.8810.

Save the Date: Wesleyan Wednesday 2012
Mark your calendars for Wesleyan Wednesday 2012! On Wednesday, August 15, the VWC Alumni Association will host Wesleyan Wednesday in Virginia Beach. Come join your fellow alumni and favorite VWC professors for after-work drinks, food, and fun—location to be determined! Stay tuned for more details.

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

Hope (Rountree) Bradshaw (1996) was named the 2012 Middle School Teacher of the Year for Suffolk Public Schools. Hope teaches sixth-grade history at King's Fork Middle School and is in her 15th year of teaching.

Darcy (Bumpus) Coyle (1998) and Brad Coyle are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Brooklyn Sharon Coyle. She was born on September 4, 2011 in Portsmouth, RI, and weighed 7 lb., 10 oz.. Big Brother Braden is loving his little sister!!

Laura (Doran) Rifenberry (1995) received a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Phoenix in January 2012.

Bladen Finch (2003) was appointed to serve on the Support and Efficiencies Subcommittee for the National Conference of State Legislatures' Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee.

John Helms (1998) recently accepted a position at University of North Carolina Wilmington located in Wilmington, NC as Postdoctoral Fellow. John was previously employed at Tidewater Community College as Adjunct Assistant Professor. "Having completed my Doctorate at Old Dominion, I will be joining the Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry Research Lab at UNCW to study the impact of increased ethanol production and usage on rainwater chemistry."

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Upcoming Events

March 30
50 Years of Women at Wesleyan

March 31
Marlins Make a Difference Day

April 11
Campus Religious Life::: Past and Present

April 18-22
The Assemblywomen by Aristophanes

April 23

Manhattan Piano Trio

April 24
Business Speaker Series: Michael J. White

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