VWC E-news May 2012
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Featured at VWC
The Rewards of Reading

Marlins Read literacy program recognized as a model partnership in Virginia Beach, student leader honored More

The Magic of Music

Dr. David Clayton, the College’s first full-time music professor, retires after nearly 40 years at Virginia Wesleyan More

Bold Canvases, Bright Future

Katie Bennett '13 combines her love of science and art on a microscopic scale More

Class of 2012
Congratulations, Class of 2012!

“It’s the journey that produces the joy,” keynote speaker Maurice Jones told the nearl\y 300 graduates who gathered along with their families, mentors and friends for Virginia Wesleyan College's 43rd Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19. More

News and Events

Experience with Project Planning VWC Recreation and Leisure Studies students help connect individuals with disabilities to vital community services More

Student Achievement in Bloom
Annual Spring Honors Convocation celebrates accomplishments of outstanding Wesleyan students More

New Briefs
From the newly named Batten professors to an award-winning student trip to the Model UN Conference in NY, keep up to date on the latest VWC highlights in brief More

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Another Record-Breaking Year for VWC!
Over 6,300 students have applied for the fall 2012 semester! Time is running out to submit your application, so don’t delay. Applications for fall 2012 can be submitted online.
If you are a high school junior (or you know one) who is starting the college search process, spring 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., and Saturday sessions are also available at 11 a.m. (excluding holidays).
Information is available on our website or by calling the Admissions Office at 800.737.8684 or 757.455.3208.

e Perfect Program for Busy Adults
Adult Studies Open House: Thursday, June 7 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, June 13 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 Fall! Classes start August 27. More information. Check out our new Adult Studies Viewbook.

It's the Final Countdown! Support the Annual Fund
The academic year has come to a close and we bid farewell to our 2012 graduating seniors. However, the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence continues to push towards the end of the fiscal year. By making a gift to the Annual Fund before June 30, you will enable the College to finalize scholarships and academic programs for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. 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 support students at Virginia Wesleyan today! View the Annual Fund honor roll of donors.
Sport Briefs
Softball:2012 All-Americans: Higginbotham and Karagiorgis

Record four Marlins named to All-Atlantic Region team

Men's Lacrosse: Nycz earns All-America and North-South honors

Women's Lacrosse: All-ODAC honors for six VWC players

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Alumni News and Events
Alumni on Campus

Entrepreneurial Spirit
Mike White and Dave GarratyMany successful business leaders emphasize the importance of enjoying what you do for a living. For Mike White ’81, president and CEO of Maersk Line, North America, enthusiasm for the job once even earned him a traffic violation.
"You have to love what you do,” White said during his April 24 presentation in the Pearce Hospitality Suite at VWC as part of the College’s second week-long business conference. “I mean, who gets a speeding ticket on their way to work?" he joked.
A graduate of Virginia Wesleyan’s Liberal Arts Management Program, White was named president for Maersk Line Agency, Inc. in 2009 and is responsible for all Maersk Line activities for the United States and Canada. Maersk Line is one of the leading liner shipping companies in the world with over 25,000 employees in more than 125 countries.
Addressing primarily business students, faculty and staff, White talked about his time at VWC and how it shaped his life and career. He mentioned specific courses that were particularly meaningful to him including problem solving, international business, public speaking and ethics, and he stressed the significance of the liberal arts approach, which he said taught him things that would later become invaluable. Read more.

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

Alumni News

Last Chance to Save 50 Perecent on Lifetime Memberships
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Virginia Wesleyan College, the Alumni Association is offering 50 percent off of Lifetime Memberships. But time is running out. The offer ends June 30, 2012.
Click here to sign up for the VWC Alumni Association today!

Alumni Events

Wesleyan Wednesday at the Back Deck: August 15
Wesleyan Wednesday 2012 will be held on Wednesday, August 15 at the Back Deck in Virginia Beach, Virginia from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Come join your fellow alumni and celebrate the summer with good food and good drinks. Email invitations to follow! Want to make sure you get invited?
Update your email address with the Office of Alumni Relations by sending a message to alumni@vwc.edu.

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Homecoming!
Save the Date for our Annual Alumni Tailgate at this year’s Homecoming and Parent Weekend: October 5-7, 2012. Don’t miss this great opportunity to return to campus, see your old stomping grounds and catch up with your favorite faculty.

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

Mandy (Bryant) Schuchhardt (2002) and Eddie Schuchhardt (2001) are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Harrison Edward. He was born on April 27, at Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, FL, and weighed 6 lb., 9 oz. He is the second child for the Schuchhardts, whose daughter Shelby Lynn was born in 2009.

Kevin Casteel (2009) has published his first book "My Journey". "My Journey" consists of 41 poems that deal with everything from heartbreak and death to happiness and love. Most of the poems featured in the book are autobiographical and reflect from past events. "My Journey" was self-published on April 12, 2012.

Mari (Keefer) Mann's (1996) debut novel, Parisian by Heart, was a quarter-finalist in Amazon's 2011 Breakthrough Novel Award. It is a work of literary fiction and has received many excellent reviews. She is currently working on her second novel, entitled Father We Go.

Louis Timmons (1979) died on February 10, 2012. Louis completed his degree at Virginia Wesleyan in 1979. After graduation he went on to Wesley Seminary. He retired as Pastor in the United Methodist Church. Louis served Churches in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. He will be remembered at Virginia Conference in Roanoke on June 22, 2012 at the Memorial Service for those Pastors who have passed on since last conference.

Deborah (Fisher) Stovall (1985) successfully defended her dissertation, "Signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal in children undergoing opioid tapering" on April 10, 2012. She will receive her Ph.D from the VCU School of Nursing on May 12, 2012.

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Upcoming Events

May 29
Summer Schools Begins

June 18- August 24
Camp Red Feather

June 22
Freshman Orientation, Scene I

June 25-29
Blue Marlin Summer Basketball Camp

June 25-29
Marlin Tennis Camp

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