Dr. Murrell Brooks Wesleyan Singers Dr. David Dirlam Dr. Alison Marganski
The Politics
of Hip-Hop
Dr. Murrell Brooks' course analyzes the evolution of a music genre shaped from societal circumstances of the 1960s and beyond. More
Emancipation Project Tells
Story with Song
VWC and UAB student choirs celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation's 150th anniversary with original works by Dr. Michael Trotta. More
Left of the Fire
and Above the Elephant
A glimpse into the mathematical mind of Dr. David Dirlam, VWC's new Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation. More
Mednick Supports
Cross-Cultural Research
Dr. Alison Marganski researches socially interactive intimate victimization and contemporary dating behavior among young adults. More
@VWC in the Media
Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Murrell Brooks was featured on WHRV's HearSay with Cathy Lewis, discussing his course "The Politics of Hip-Hop;" Senior Kefenste Budd, Dr. Wayne Pollock and others were featured on the Special Olympics VA website for their work with the well-known non-profit dedicated to changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. The write-up was also launched on the national, international, and "R-Word" sites as part of their “Breaking News” feeds. An article about religion on campus, written by Beth Blachman and originally published in VWC's own Marlin Magazine, was recently reprinted in the national publication, The United Methodist Reporter. VWC alumna and Hope House Foundation development director Elena Montello '83 was featured in Inside Business for her work with the Stockley Gardens Art Festival.

@VWC Headlines
4x4 Curriculum Boasts "100 Signature Experiences;" College's CEEP Efforts Earn Democracy Cup Award; Special Olympics Hoops Tournament a Success; Blue Marlin Scholarship Deadline April 2; Faculty Recording Connects Music, Visual Arts; and Sororities Raise $4,250 for Circle of Sisterhood. More
Campus Events
March 23 - April 1
Spring Break

January 29 - April 5

Randy Shull Exhibit: "Channeling the USA"

April 8
The Emancipation Project

April 17-21
"Suddenly Last Summer" by Tennesee Williams

April 20
30th Annual Seafood Party in the Dell

April 22-26
VWC Spring Business Conference

April 23

The Rose Ensemble "The Land of Three Faiths"

April 26
Take a Stand Against Racism

April 29 - May 3
Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 30
The Wren Masters

View the entire campus events calendar
Alumni News & Events
Thomas Taylor, Ed.D. ’00 Bob Marlin
Featured Alumnus:
Thomas Taylor, Ed.D. ’00
Crediting Virginia Wesleyan with helping him discover his love of learning, Thomas Taylor, Ed.D. (2000) has fittingly dedicated his professional life to public education. While at VWC, the Chevy Chase, Maryland native received a degree in social science with a minor in secondary education, balancing academics with his involvement in Habitat for Humanity, the Student Government Association and the Phi Alpha Theta fraternity. He received his master’s and doctorate from the University of Virginia (UVA), with a dissertation study on “Superintendent Levels of Desirability for Professional Development.” In 2008, he became the principal of Charlottesville High School and four years later, in 2012, received UVA’s Curry School of Education Award for Outstanding Alumni Principal. Taylor now lives in Saluda, Virginia, where he doubles as the Superintendent of Middlesex County Public Schools and as an adjunct professor of educational leadership at UVA. He enjoys reading, teaching and spending time with his wife Lee and their three daughters.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today? Virginia Wesleyan taught me how to be a better learner and also helped to reshape my personality by instilling a set of values focused on service above self. I was inspired at Virginia Wesleyan to follow my passion of working with young people, which I have turned into a career in public education at various levels. Beyond the many leadership opportunities I had at the College, I had remarkable professors and a supportive network of staff and peers that helped me through my baccalaureate experience. In my personal and professional life, I try to emulate the virtue of caring for others because VWC did such a great job of caring for me. I am very grateful for my Virginia Wesleyan experience.

What are some of your favorite memories of professors, mentors or friends at VWC?
I remember dinners at Ben and Linda Berry’s house and the life-changing January Term (now known as Winter Session) trip that we took to the Deep South. We reenacted the Freedom Rides of the 1960s and sang “We Shall Overcome” while crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. I will also never forget taking final exams for the political science courses that Dr. Edmund “Del” Carlson taught. There were always six essay topics to prepare for and then selected students would roll dice in the front of the room to determine which two topics would be tested during the exam period. Intense preparation and a fair amount of probability statistics went into each exam. More
Upcoming Alumni Events
Seafood Party in the Dell
Saturday, April 20 | 5-7 p.m.

The 30th annual SEAFOOD PARTY IN THE DELL is quickly approaching and we want a LARGE alumni presence this year! The Dell is open from 5-7 p.m. on April 20, but there will be plenty of opportunities beforehand to enjoy some campus recreational activities, including frisbee golf, swimming, climbing wall, Alpine Tower, and sand volleyball! Please RSVP here. For more information, contact Director of Alumni Relations Lina Green at lina@vwc.edu or 757.455.2115.

SAVE THE DATE: October 4-6, 2013
Homecoming and Parents Weekend

Alumni Resort Giveaway!
VWC ALUMNI! Would you like to WIN a two bedroom, two bathroom condo that sleeps eight for the week of June 30 thru July 7, 2013? You’ll stay at the Marriott's Grande Vista Resort in sunny Orlando, FL. Thanks to a generous donor, you have the chance to do just that! Enter to win during the month of April by making a donation to the Legacy Scholarship and/or attending a VWC alumni event! Email Lina or call 757.455.2115 for more information or to enter!*

*You must be a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College to enter. No more than 2 entries per graduate. Drawing to be held on Friday, May 3, 2013. Winner will be contacted directly and their name will be posted after confirmation.

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

Susan Batten Warren (1987) died on March 4, 2013 in Waxhaw, NC. She is survived by her husband Brent, son Justin, daughter Elizabeth, two brothers, and her parents, R. Wesley Batten and Betty E. Batten of Williamsburg, VA. Susan will be remembered for her loving attitude toward others, cheerful smile, and sweet spirit by her family and abundance of friends.

Nicole (Sanzi) Turner (2005) was recently promoted to Greek Life and Leadership Programs Advisor at CSU Stanislaus located in Turlock, CA. Working with 16 different sororities and fraternities on campus, as well as planning leadership programming for our student body.

Bill Shelhorse (1970), current member of the College's Board of Trustees, refereed at the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, held in the Jane P. Batten Student Center, on February 23.

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Around Campus
Celebrate Your Graduate!
Celebrate Your Graduate!
Congratulations! Graduation is fast approaching and the members of the Class of 2013 will soon take their first steps toward their chosen paths, whether graduate school or an exciting career. Now is the time to celebrate and honor your graduate’s achievements with a personally inscribed brick paver. 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 to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence, you will receive a 4 x 8 inch personally inscribed brick paver. With a gift of $250, you will receive an 8 x 8 inch personally inscribed brick paver.

Gifts to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence support a variety of programs in and out of the classroom, including undergraduate research, service projects, internships and study abroad programs. Support of the Annual Fund also provides critical funding to a wide variety of annual scholarships.

Make a secure online gift to the Annual Fund here, and remember to note in the “additional comments” box that your gift is for a brick paver. Purchase your brick by April 1 and it will be placed by May 2013 Commencement!
Admissions Adult Studies
What Better Time to Become a Marlin?
With record-breaking applications and one of our largest classes in history, VWC is a place on the move. Future members of VWC's class of 2017 are invited to participate in an Admitted Freshmen Day on Saturday, April 13! 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.
Adult Studies
Adult Studies Information Session: Thursday, April 4 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. More
CSRF Upcoming Events
Interfaith Dialogue: The Nexus of Religion and Sacred Art / Dance: Hindu and Native American Monday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Monumental Chapel. Panelists: Lynette Allston, Council Chair and Chief of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, and Malini Srirama, artistic director of Malini’s Dances of India. More

View CSRF's Spring 2013 Newsletter.
CSM Upcoming Events
Sound & Symbol Lecture Series: Here Comes the Bride April 25 at 11 a.m. in Fine Arts 9. An overview of Marriage & Ceremony in the Hindu Tradition and an exploration of Free-Choice: Inter-Ethnicity and Inter-Race Marriages in the Age of E-Dating. Presenters: Padmarani Rasiah Cantu and Dr. Kathy Stolley. (Free) More

Looking Ahead
The 2013 Sacred Music Summer Conference, July 22-27, features 18 guest faculty, 45 workshop sessions, and evening worship services, a hymn festival, and choral concert. More
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