Darlene (Whitley) Rawls '82
Hampton Roads native, Darlene (Whitley) Rawls ’82 grew up in Suffolk,
Virginia. She received her VWC degree in social sciences before earning a
master’s in special education. As an undergrad, Rawls was involved in
the community service club Circle K, sponsored by Kiwanas. Giving back
to her community is a cause she is still passionate about today, as is
evident through her involvement with and contributions to VWC’s Heritage
Society and Annual Fund for Academic Excellence. Professionally, Rawls
serves as the community integration and rehabilitation clinical services
director at Western Tidewater Community Services Board, an organization
providing quality recovery oriented care in mental health, intellectual
disability and substance abuse. She makes her home in Suffolk with her
husband, Timothy, son, Jacob, and daughter, Meaghan, who is following in
Mom’s footsteps as a rising sophomore at Virginia Wesleyan.
How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today?
Wesleyan was such a close-knit
community when I was there. I valued that time. I met new people with
diverse backgrounds and still have a great many of those relationships
and people in my life today.
What are some of your favorite memories of professors, mentors or friends at VWC?
Even though I was not a stellar
student of Professor of History Stephen Mansfield (currently VWC's
College Archivist), he and Professor of Sociology Neil Ramsey were my
How do you describe the Virginia Wesleyan experience to friends and colleagues?
The best four years of my life.
Share your thoughts about the value of a liberal arts education or unique opportunities you had at VWC.
What was unique about my liberal
arts education was the opportunity to design my major. I didn’t have to
fit into one particular major. I got to be creative and develop my major
based on my interests.
Anything else you'd like to share about your time at VWC?
I truly value all the relationships I
had with faculty and staff and the friendships I developed and how
lasting they have become. Those relationships and friendships are still
here 30+ years later.
Learn about other distinguished VWC graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website.
Pictured at top: Darlene Rawls (left) and daughter, Meaghan, a rising VWC sophomore. Photo courtesy of Darlene Rawls.
Wesleyan Wednesday: Graduation
Edition was a big success. On Wednesday, May 14, approximately 200
alumni, soon-to-be alumni, faculty and staff gathered at Shorebreak,
which is co-owned by J.B. Maas '01. Lots of laughs, great food and
beverage, and mingling was on the agenda. A new VWC tradition has
Wednesday, August 13
Our summertime after-work social continues. More details coming soon on the VWC website.
Friday, September 26
Marlin Pride Day
October 3-5 (Friday-Sunday)
Homecoming & Parent Weekend
Jason Knowlton (2003)
- Finally HOMECOMING Friday (#FHF)
A Friday (10/3) gathering spot for alumni at Shorebreak, 7-10 p.m.
- Are you a legacy? We would like to do a legacy photo on Homecoming Saturday. Email Lina if you'd like to participate.
- This year marks the 25th
anniversary of VWC's partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Look for
ways to celebrate and participate, starting Homecoming weekend.
- We’re bringing micro-brew and wine tasting to the tailgate. You won't want to miss it!
a theatre alumnus, helped to write the 400th anniversary of the
Pocahontas wedding for Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. Knowlton
portrays a minister at Colonial Williamsburg.
Holly (Phaneuf) Taylor (2008)
and Joshua are proud to announce the April 9 birth of a baby boy, Robert Cameron, weighing 7 lbs., 4.9 oz.
Timothy Trask (2010)
Ashley are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Savannah Lee, on
May 11. She weighed 8 lb., 10 oz., has blue eyes and is a Phi Sig
Robert Aaron (2009)
, a Norfolk, Virginia police officer, received the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce's Medal of Valor. More
Kathryn Zitz (2013)
and Scott Courlander are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Calvin Josepth Courlander, on April 27 at 7 lbs., 11 oz.
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