VWC E-news May 2011
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Graduation Day for the Class of 2011

Commencement ceremony held at the Jane P. Batten Student Center on Saturday, May 14

Ruehlmann Signs Off

Dr. Bill Ruehlmann, professor of journalism and communications and adviser for the Marlin Chronicle, retires after 18 years at VWC

21st-Century Classrooms

"Teaching with Today's Technology" grant to enhance teaching programs at Virginia Wesleyan College

Who's The Greenest of Them All?

Virginia Wesleyan included in Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges

Biology by the Numbers

Biology major Thelma Donchig accepted to highly competitive summer research program in computational biology

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News and Events

Spring Honors
Annual Spring Honors Convocation recognizes academic accomplishments of outstanding Wesleyan students More

An Artful Application
Audio tour created by VWC's own Lee Jordan-Anders, Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence, part of a newly unveiled iPod app for the Chrysler Museum of Art More

Meatball Madness
Annual VWC "Meatball Roll" wraps up a year of Cooking for Kids in support of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia's Kid's Cafe program More

Promising Presenters

For sixth year, Wesleyan students presented their work at Undergraduate Research Symposium More

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It's Not Too Late to Join the VWC Class of 2015!
Over 400 new students have committed to attend Virginia Wesleyan for the fall! It's not too late to join this incredible group. An application may be submitted online or downloaded from our website.
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.

Learn More About Adult Studies at VWC
Adult Studies Program Teacher Certification Information Session: Wednesday, June 8, 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!
Adult Studies Program Open House:
Thursday, June 2, 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.
These events are free and open to the public.
Registration has begun and summer and fall 2011 appointments and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis! More information.

It's the Final Countdown! Support the VWC Annual Fund.
The academic year has come to a close and we bid farewell to our 2011 graduating seniors; however, the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence continues to push towards the end of the fiscal year. Make an impact with your gift to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence by June 30 and be listed on the 2010-2011 Honor Roll of Donors. Gifts to the Annual Fund support undergraduate research, internships with community organizations and study abroad opportunities, all of which create learning opportunities for students to infuse both out-of-class and in-class learning. Make a secure online gift to the Annual Fund or view our Honor Roll of Donors.

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Sport Briefs

Marlin Softball ODAC Champs Knocked Out of NCAA Tourney

Softball: Creech named NFCA's National Player of the Week

Men's Lacrosse: Men's lacrosse lands five on All-ODAC teams

Men's Basketball: National Rookie of the Year honor for Woodmore

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

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Alumni News and Events
Featured Alumni

Michael Daily, 2001Michael Daily '01
Michael Dailey studied music at Virginia Wesleyan College but graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Michael followed his artistic passions and is currently a third-year resident W. Gibson Walters Memorial Fellow of Opera San Jose. He was the featured soloist at VWC's 42nd Commencement Ceremony and is scheduled to perform in an upcoming concert celebrating the College's 50th anniversary.
Michael and his fiance Amy Saxton plan to get married on December 17, 2011.
How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today? "Virginia Wesleyan is an amazing place! It absolutely shaped who I am today by providing me with opportunities for growth academically and professionally. Through my involvement with Wesleyan Singers, Student Government Association, Residence Life as a Resident Assistant and Village Assistant, as well as my involvement as a founding member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity Epsilon Delta Chapter; I developed leadership skills, a sense of confidence that has stayed with me, as well as lifelong friends."
What are some of your favorite memories of friends, professors or mentors at VWC? "There are honestly too many to name, such as my first trip ever to New York City on an East Coast tour with the Wesleyan Singers, or my fraternity (Phi Kappa Tau) challenging the Woman's Soccer Team to a match (which we won) as well as the Dance Team to a half time dance off (which we also won). A very special memory to me happened during my senior year. Psychology majors were required to do an independent research project. Dr. Zimmerman, my advisor, saw that I needed some extra help. She invited me to her home on a Saturday to assist me with some proofreading. Where else but VWC do the professors care this much!?
How are Wesleyan alumni different from other college graduates?
"I think that the alumni of Virginia Wesleyan College will always have a place that they are proud to come back to and call home. The college is small enough that it can provide almost if not every student opportunities to grow and develop academically and socially. We are different because VWC is unique. The professors and staff truly love what they do and want the students to succeed. Whenever someone asks where I went to college, I always say with a smile: Virginia Wesleyan College."

Alumni News

Seven Venues offers Virginia Wesleyan Alumni Association Discount
The Virginia Wesleyan Alumni Association partners with select businesses through the Annual Business Partnership Program (ABPP) in order to strengthen both the association and its ties with the community. Seven Venues, which promotes shows and events at seven premier venues in the City of Norfolk including Scope Arena and Chrysler Hall, now offers a special discount to members of our Alumni Association. Be on the lookout for e-mails offering exciting deals on shows and events in Hampton Roads!

Register for FishNet Today!

Virginia Wesleyan alumni can keep in touch through our online community—the FishNet! FishNet is a social networking site just for Virginia Wesleyan, where alumni can search for old friends, post class notes such as marriages, births and employment updates, and view photographsall from the convenience of their personal computers. So don't delayregister today to connect with long-lost classmates!

Alumni Events

Eggleston Services OK5K! to Be Hosted on Campus
The VWC Track and Field team has partnered with Eggleston Services to host a cross country run on the Virginia Wesleyan campus on June 11, 2011. The OK5K! starts at 8:30 a.m. and benefits Egglestons Services, which has helped thousands of people with disabilities since 1955.

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

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.

Charles Michael Pritchard (1979) died in Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital on February 24, 2011. Michael, born in Norfolk, was the son of the late Charles Vivian Pritchard and Sylvia Leota Hartsock Pritchard and grandson of the late George L. Pritchard and Beulah Perry Pritchard. He was a librarian assistant at Bayside Library. He is survived by a sister, Suzanne Pritchard Kennedy and her husband James of Norfolk, and many loving family members and friends.

Carol (Scotece) Armstrong-Minton's (1983) oldest son, Nicholas, an Infantryman of the 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army, recently returned home from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan. While Nick was deployed, Carol founded "Operation Pocket Field Pillow". With the help of hundred of volunteers across the east coast, her team was able to ship nearly 10,000 handmade ACU field pillows to soldiers throughout Afghanistan and to our wounded troops in Germany and across the U.S. Their motto: "'til they all come home". Please look for her project at justforbabygifts.wordpress.com.

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June 2
Adult Studies Information Session

June 11
OK5K! Eggleston Services Run

June 17
Transfer/Readmitted Student Orientation

June 24

Freshman Orientation Scene I

July 11-14
Marlin Soccer Academy

July 25-30
Sacred Music Summer Conference

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