President Greer   Katelynn Duncan   Convocation   Social Work Grads
VWC President Announces Retirement Plans
After a 22-year tenure, President Billy Greer will retire June 30, 2015. More
We are Virginia Wesleyan
VWC's 45th Commencement Ceremony held May 17. More
Marlins of Merit
Students recognized May 2 at Spring Honors Convocation, Academic Fair. More
A Degree for
the People
College's new Bachelor of Social Work built on old standard of excellence. More
@VWC in the Media
2014 VWC graduate Kaitlyn Dozier was one of several local college students highlighted in a Virginian-Pilot article called "Summer internship fashion: Start conservatively, adapt," also picked up by several national news sites; 2007 VWC alumnus Jameson Dungan's entrepreneurial forays into the world of "biohacking" were featured in the Virginian-Pilot. The College is not mentioned directly in the article, but it refers to Dungan's degree in German; Senior softball standout Tori Higginbotham was selected as one of two featured national players of the week on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association website for the week of April 30. Higginbotham's recent ODAC honors were also featured in the Virginian-Pilot; Sophomore Josh Currier's ODAC kudos were noted by Lacrosse Magazine; VWC's first-ever opportunity to host NCAA DIII Softball tournament play was mentioned in the Virginian-Pilot, which also covered the weekend's games.

@VWC Headlines
Blocker Hall to Receive Summer Upgrades; Model UN Team Nabs First Award at NYC Meeting; Faculty Showcase Feathers in Their Caps; VWC Hosts NCAA Softball Regionals May 9-11; Faculty INTEL Grants Inspire Innovative Culture; Batten Professors Selected for 2014-2017; 'Send a Kid to Camp Fund' Still Going Strong; Chemistry Honor Society Inducts Nine Students. More
Campus Events
Alumni News & Events
Darlene Rawls   Wesleyan Wednesday 2014
Featured Alumna: 
Darlene (Whitley) Rawls '82
A 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 favorites.

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
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 begun!

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, August 13
Wesleyan Wednesday
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
  • 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!

Class Notes
Jason Knowlton (2003), 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)
and 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 legacy.

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.

More class notes >>
Around Campus
Annual Fund  
Annual Fund: It's Not Too Late!
As you’ve heard throughout the year, the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence provides Virginia Wesleyan students with every experience that makes a liberal arts education valuable and unique. Undergraduate research alongside talented faculty members, semesters abroad almost anywhere imaginable and internships with local business partners provide our students with hands-on learning opportunities designed to equip them for success in graduate school or career ventures.

Support for the Annual Fund provides opportunities like those mentioned above, as well as annual scholarships, which allow students to pursue a world-class liberal arts education regardless of their financial circumstances.

It’s not too late to make your gift to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence! Please consider supporting the Annual Fund by June 30 and help ensure that academic plans and scholarships can be finalized for the upcoming year. Make a secure online gift or view our Honor Roll of Donors.

(Pictured above: Ada van Tine '14, photo by Janice Marshall-Pittman)
Admissions   Adult Studies
Visit VWC!
If you are a high school junior (or you know one) who is starting the college search process, spring and summer are great times to visit Virginia Wesleyan. Campus tours and information sessions are offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. More information is available on our website.

Now Accepting Transfer Applications
VWC is still accepting applications for fall 2014 transfer students. Scholarships for transfer students are making a private college education at Virginia Wesleyan an affordable option. Contact the Admissions Office today at 800.737.8684 or 757.455.3208 to discuss the easy transfer admissions process.
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us! 
Dinner and Degree Completion Info Session
Wednesday, June 4, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Covers degrees offered; academic and personal support; course delivery formats; military student options; financial aid; employer tuition deferral; and the Adult Studies Corporate Rate Program. This is a relaxed, interactive question and answer session with a short, 15-minute campus tour. Free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Call 757.455.3263 or email asp@vwc.edu. More

Coming Back to College Info Session
Does your employer offer tuition assistance? This 60-minute information sesstion gives adults the direction they need from experienced collegiate advisers, addressing concerns about pursuing a degree. For more information about scheduling a workshop for your workplace, contact Kathy Reese at 757.455.3411 or kreese@vwc.edu. More
About CSRF
VWC's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom is a resource for education, respectful dialogue, and mutual understanding for people of all faith traditions - or none. Through its program initiatives, the Center seeks not only to educate our minds, but to touch our hearts and transform our communities. More

View CSRF's Spring 2014 Newsletter
Upcoming CSM Event
2014 Sacred Music Summer Conference
July 28-August 2

Steeped in the Wesley tradition of training minds and warming hearts, the Center for Sacred Music presents over 45 workshop sessions for church musicians, pastors and worship leaders, led by 15 VWC faculty and guests. View workshop details or learn more about the conference's open to the public evening events. For more information, contact Director of the Center for Sacred Music Sandra Billy at 757.455.3376 or sbilly@vwc.edu.
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