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Hot Off the Press
Latest issue of Marlin Magazine is filled with extraordinary student, alumni and faculty stories. More
Ask Citizen Bob
VWC mascot Bob Marlin dons a civic hat and bowtie to reel in millennials for voter registration drive. More
Wesleyan Named Top Liberal Arts College
VWC ranked in top tier of U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Best  Colleges guide. More
Dominion Grant to Fund Undergrad Research
$30K education grant to support environmental research. More
@VWC in the Media
The late Dr. Benjamin Berry, who was a professor of history and American studies at VWC for 13 years, and his wife Linda were recently featured in a number of online news outlets for Berry's connection to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Berry was one of eight students in the only class ever taught by Dr. King; Associate Professor of Art John Rudel was featured in a recent article in the Virginian-Pilot for his work with a summer art project sponsored by the City of Norfolk; The Old Dominion Athletic Conference featured VWC’s new Director of Men's/Women's Tennis and Assistant Sports Information Director Darryl Cummings on their website.

@VWC Headlines
Make Your Way to the Marlin Masquerade; Applause for Alumni; Convocation Calls Habits to Mind; Hoops Coaches to Fight Cancer at Tip-Off Event; Campus Talks Title IX at Town Hall Meeting; Homecoming 5K to Support Track & Field, Vets; Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Sigma Nu Honor; Johnson Attends IFSA's 'Institute at the Institute'; Wesleyan Named 2013-14 College of Distinction; and Conville Leads Service-Learning Workshop. More
Campus Events
Alumni News & Events
2013 Alumni Awards   Homecoming and Parent Weekend 2013
Applause for Alumni: VWC Grads Honored with 2013 Alumni Awards
Each year since 1981, the Virginia Wesleyan College Alumni Association has presented accomplished graduates with Alumni Awards, celebrating those who have achieved distinction in their fields and served their communities in a variety of ways. This year’s honorees were celebrated Sept. 12 at a special brunch reception, followed by an awards ceremony during the College’s annual Fall Convocation. Congratulations to the 2013 Alumni Award winners:

Bonnie B. Sutton ’99
Distinguished Alumni Award

President and CEO ACCESS College Foundation
In July 2003, Sutton was named President and CEO of the ACCESS College Foundation, a foundation serving students in each of the 29 public high schools in South Hampton Roads. ACCESS provides onsite college advisors to inspire the hope that a college education is attainable, to support students in achieving the requirements for college acceptance, to guide them through the college application process, and to assist them in gaining the funds to attend college. Sutton has been with the Foundation since its inception in 1988, serving in several positions before becoming Executive Director in July 2000 and President and CEO in July 2003. More

Thomas W. Taylor ’00
Alumni Service Award

Middlesex County Public Schools Superintendent
Taylor was appointed as the Superintendent of Middlesex County Public Schools in December 2012 and at his appointment was the youngest school superintendent in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to his service in Middlesex County, Taylor served as the Principal of Charlottesville High School. During his tenure, he was credited with leading the school to increased achievement for all students, as well as increased student attendance, graduation rates, and technological enhancements. He also dramatically decreased the dropout rate and student disciplinary infractions. More

Bladen C. Finch ’03
GOLD (Graduate Of the Last Decade) Award

Senate Page Program Director
Finch currently serves as the Senate Page Program Director for the Senate of Virginia, one of the last residential page programs in the country. The Senate Page Program gives middle school age students once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to participate in the legislative process at the state level. He has been employed with the Virginia legislative branch since 2008. He manages the entire page program: applications, orientation, training, scheduling, social calendars and graduation. As director, Finch has expanded the program by offering the pages opportunities to visit historical sites, attend lectures, and programs and learn about important topics such as cyber security, money management, etiquette and college admissions. More

Photo at top by Janice Marshall-Pittman. (Pictured from left) Thomas W. Taylor ’00, Director of Alumni Relations Lina Green, Bonnie B. Sutton ’99 and Bladen C. Finch ’03.
OCTOBER 4-6, 2013

Exciting New Homecoming Events:
View the complete schedule of events

Friday, October 4
  • Visual and Performing Arts Majors and Minors Reception (Neil Britton Gallery, 5 p.m.)
  • Fall Arts Festival (Hofheimer Theatre, 7 p.m.)
  • Alumni Gathering at Shorebreak. Free Appetizers and $4 drink specials! (7-10 p.m.)
Saturday, October 5
  • President Billy Greer invites all parents and Lifetime Alumni members to join the Parents' Council event "Continental & Cocktails" from 10-11 a.m. at the Everett Tennis Center (behind the Jane P. Batten Student Center). Enjoy continental breakfast and morning cocktails while Lifetime Alumni and Alumni Award winners are recognized.
  • Tailgate with music provided by TOM SOUTHERN ’94 and SCOTT ROBERTS ’08 (Trinder Lawn, 12-5 p.m.)
Sunday, October 6
  • Ecumenical Worship Service led by Reverend Scott Davis ’85 (Monumental Chapel, 11 a.m.)

Upcoming Events
View the Alumni Events Calendar and be on the lookout for information in your email about:

Sept. 27: Poetry Off the Page: Keith Flynn
Oct. 12:
Baltimore Destination Run & Social
(Join VWC Cross Country alumni for a morning run and head over to the Stalking Horse at 4 p.m.)

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

Correction: Apologies to Anne Marie (Nash) Burroughs (2004) and husband Chamie on the misidentification of their son, Richard Chamberlaine "Laine" Burroughs III, in the 2013-14 issue of Marlin Magazine. Laine was born in September 2012.

Beth (Hodges) Clarke (1998) and husband Jeb are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Addison Juliette. She was born on September 8, 2013 and weighed 4 lbs., 4 oz.

Justin "Clay" Rushing (2004)
and Lynette are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Isaiah David Rushing. He was born on July 2, 2013.

David Patterson (1984) was recently promoted to Executive Vice President/Chief Accounting Officer at Towne Bank in Suffolk, Virginia.

Randall Peele (1980) recently accepted a position as Assistant Coach for Men's Basketball at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.

More class notes >>
Around Campus
Annual Fund  
Connect with a Student
The academic year is in full swing and the VWC campus is buzzing again! For parents, alumni and friends of the College, a new school year means a phone call from one of 10 students who take part in our Marlin Student Phonathon. Students love connecting with you and sharing how your support of the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence can provide them with the opportunities that make a liberal arts education at VWC valuable and unique. When you see Virginia Wesleyan on your caller ID, please take a few moments to speak with a student, and feel free to ask them about their Wesleyan experience.

Last year, Phonathon donors were offered the opportunity to win a Keurig Home Brewing System by fulfilling their pledge in 30 days or making a gift via credit card. Winners Sherri Hartsell '08 and husband Matt are pictured above. This year, make your Annual Fund gift via Phonathon for the chance to win a Visa gift card!

View the 2012-2013 Annual Fund Honor Roll of Donors, or make a secure online gift to support Virginia Wesleyan students.

Admissions   Adult Studies
Your Future Begins Here
The V.I.P. Admissions Application is now available online at apply.vdubbmarlins.com. Submit your application and supporting documents by September 30 and you could have an admissions decision in time for the first VWC Day Open House on October 19.

Additional open house dates are available November 9, February 8 and March 8.

Sign up online for one of these exciting events or schedule an individual campus visit at visit.vdubbmarlins.com.
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us! 
Adult Studies Program Information Session
Wednesday, October 2, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
VWC Boyd Dining Center (
Shafer Room) 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. Click here to access a campus map, or ask for directions to the Boyd Dining Center at the front gate. Reserved parking will be available. Reservations are required. Call 757.455.3263 or email asp@vwc.edu. More
Upcoming CSRF Events
Saturday, September 21
One Love Festival/UN Peace Day
1-9 p.m., Virginia Wesleyan College Campus

Thursday, September 26
When Did You Become a Person?
The Fall 2013 Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture
12-12:50 p.m., Pearce Hospitality Suite

Monday, October 7
NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue: How Our Faiths See Marriage and Family
Topic: Interfaith Marriage
7:30-9 p.m., Monumental Chapel

View CSRF's complete Calendar of Events
Upcoming CSM Events
Thursday, September 26
Sound & Symbol Lecture Series
“With What Shall I Come Before the Lord?”

11 a.m., Fine Arts 9
Professor of Religious Studies Craig Wansink will present "When Christian Worship Moved Beyond Jewish Prayer." Associate Professor of Theater Travis Malone will present "Entertainment as Education: Medieval Morality Plays." The series continues 11/11, 2/25, 3/11, and 4/3. More

Save the Date: October 27
2013 Fall Hymn Festival

For more information on CSM events, contact Director of the Center for Sacred Music Sandra Billy at 757.455.3376 or sbilly@vwc.edu.
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