VWC E-news Nov. 2011
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All the News Fit to Learn

Under the guidance of new faculty adviser Dr. Lisa Lyon Payne, Marlin Chronicle student-run newspaper is going strong More

A Defining Decade

Students in "1960s Media and Culture" class "turn on, tune in, and drop out" in honor of the College's 50th anniversary More

Meet Dr. Malcolm

Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science has much to celebrate, including a new family member and recent publications More

Fourth Hour in Action
The Fourth Hour in Action

Virginia Wesleyan professors are utilizing the new enhanced curriculum to engage students in innovative ways—from self-reflection exercises for a class on Buddhist philosophy to a weather lab for 100-level algebra students, a life-changing event with a Holocaust survivor to the creation of a theater laboratory. More

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News and Events

Karen Rudd's "Yearnings"
Norfolk's Manager of Cultural Affairs to hold first solo art exhibit at Virginia Wesleyan's Neil Britton Gallery More

Remembering Dr. Benjamin Berry
Virginia Wesleyan emeritus professor of history and American Studies remembered as a colleague, mentor and voice for diversity More

Be Counted Among Marlins Who Make A Difference!
For our 50th Anniversary, we want to show the world that Wesleyan grads are life-long active, involved citizens in their communities. Tell us about your community service efforts. More

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Begin Your Future at Virginia Wesleyan College
Virginia Wesleyan was named a 2012 "Best College in the Southeast" by The Princeton Review for the second year in a row. Visit our campus and find out why! During VWC Day Open House you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Meet our scholarly faculty and staff
  • Tour our beautiful 300-acre campus
  • Enjoy lunch on us

The next VWC Day Open House is scheduled for Saturday, December 3.
Fall 2012 applied and admitted students with over a 3.25 GPA and 1100 SAT/24 ACT score are also encouraged to attend Honors & Scholarship Days to experience a demonstration class, meet with faculty and enjoy a special dinner on us. The next Honors & Scholarship Day is Friday, December 2.
Register online or call the Admissions Office at 757.455.3208/800.737.8684.

Adult Studies at VWC
Adult Studies Open House: Thursday, December 1 at 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.
Adult Studies Program Teacher Certification Information Session: Wednesday, December 7 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 the spring semester. Talk to us about our spring course offerings! More information.

Help Empower Virginia Wesleyan Graduates!
Travis DeGraphenriedTravis DeGraphenried '12 (pictured) of King George, Virginia, learned during his sophomore year that he had been accepted at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) following graduation through the College's Joint Program in Medicine with EVMS. Travis is the College's first premed student to be accepted into this prestigious and rigorous academic program. In addition to his studies, Travis is active in several leadership positions: Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society; Wesleyan Ambassadors; and Beta Beta Beta National Biology Society.
Your support of the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence provides critical funding for a wide variety of annual scholarships. These scholarships allow students like Travis the opportunity to pursue an education regardless of their financial circumstances.
Join us and help create a brighter future for VWC students. Make a secure online gift to support students at Virginia Wesleyan today! Remember, Saturday, December 31, 2011, is the last day to have your gift count toward your 2011 tax deductions. View the Annual Fund honor roll of donors.

Center for the Study of Religious Freedom

Rabbi Shefa Gold, Director of the Center for Devotional Energy and Ecstatic Practice and faculty member of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, will lead a workshop entitled "An Exploration of Gratefulness" on Tuesday, November 29
at 7:30 p.m. in Monumental Chapel. Admission is $10; reservations recommended. Call 757.455.3129. More information.

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Sport Briefs
Women's Basketball: VWC opens season with 125th victory for Dunmyer

Women's Soccer: Edelman named to Capital One Academic All-District squad

Cross Country: Whitson, Lauter advance to cross country nationals

Tennis: Drabczyk named Director of Tennis for Virginia Wesleyan

Men's Basketball: Marlins tagged No. 1 in ODAC coaches preseason poll

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

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Alumni News and Events
Featured Alumni

Jack Wheeler '00
Jack Wheeler received a B.A. in computer science and business from Virginia Wesleyan in 2000. He was a member of the Marlin Men's Basketball team. Currently, Jack coaches boys basketball, girls volleyball and softball at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. Along with coaching, Jack teaches computer science classes at Ocean Lakes and is pursuing his master's degree.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today? "For me, it was the personal attention that I and every student received. The classes were small, the professors knew you, and you knew your classmates. It made a difference in my college career and allowed me to be successful in balancing academics and athletic activities. That personal attention has made me a better teacher, and I try to do the same for all of my students."

What are some of your favorite memories of friends, professors, and mentors at VWC? "I will never forget Dave Garraty, who was not only my academic adviser but someone I looked up to and considered my mentor. He was always very approachable and helpful. He assisted me with learning how to balance my schoolwork with my athletic demands. In hindsight, I know that Dr. Tom
Fanney '76, Dr. J. Patrick Lang, and the entire math and business department were pushing me to be successful. Everyone was accessible. You could knock on anyone's door and they would try to assist you in any way possible."
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Alumni News

Ready to Represent Your Class?
Have you ever wanted to organize a class reunion? Now is your chance! The VWC Alumni Association is looking for representatives from each class to coordinate a reunion at Homecoming and Parent Weekend 2012. Get an early start and e-mail us today at if you're interested in helping!

A Beauty of a Deal for Alumni Association Members
Attention VWC Alumni Association members! Seven Venues is offering a 10% discount on tickets to see Beauty and the Beast at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, Virginia, exclusively to Association members. Send an email to to receive your discount code today!

Alumni Events

Save the Date: VWC Basketball Alumni Gatherings
The VWC Alumni Association will host a tailgate at the following men's basketball games:

VWC vs. Christopher Newport University

Ted Constant Convocation Center, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Game time: 6:30 p.m.

VWC vs. Randolph Macon College

Ashland, VA
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Game time: 7:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for more details! If you're interested in attending, please e-mail us at so we can make sure you stay informed.

Save the Date: VWC Athletic Hall of Fame Alumni Reunion Night

The VWC Alumni Association will host an Athletics Reunion after the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Look for more details next month!

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

John Helms (1998) recently accepted a position at University of North Carolina Wilmington located in Wilmington, NC as Postdoctoral Fellow. John was previously employed at Tidewater Community College as Adjunct Assistant Professor. "Having completed my Doctorate at Old Dominion, I will be joining the Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry Research Lab at UNCW to study the impact of increased ethanol production and usage on rainwater chemistry."

John Helms (1998) received a PhD in Chemistry from Old Dominion University on December 17, 2011.

James MacLeod (1997) is proud to announce the birth of his baby boy, Robert "Bobby" James MacLeod. He was born on September 16, 2011 in Torrance, CA, and weighed 9 lb., 9 oz. James reports that the first month with his son has been an amazing experience, and that the baby is healthy and well.

Delayna Ishee (2004) recently accepted a position at 20th Century Fox Television's "American Dad!". Although Delayna graduated with a degree in the sciences, she has since decided pursue her dream of becoming a screenwriter. She recently moved to Los Angeles, and is now working as a production assistant to the writers of "American Dad!"

Bladen Finch (2003) was elected Vice Chair of the Legislative Information and Constituent Services Staff Section for the National Conference of State Legislatures. He will serve one year as Vice Chair and automatically become Chair of the staff section in the fall of 2012.

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Upcoming Events

November 18-19
Comedy Weekend

November 21
QuinTango VWC Concert Series

December 2-3
A Wesleyan Christmas

December 3
VWC Skating Night

November 12
Salvation Army Christmas Depot

See entire events calendar

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