A New Half Century, A New Magazine

A New Half Century, A New Magazine

Virginia Wesleyan College unveils a redesigned publication in time for the College’s 50th anniversary

By Leona Baker | September 16, 2011

magazine_lrgMagazines have a unique, immersive storytelling power. When they’re done well, they can capture our imagination and draw us in with words and images in ways that other media—including digital media—cannot. As a recent ad campaign produced by the Association of Magazine Media pointed out, we “surf” the internet, but we “swim” in magazines.

I had this in mind as I began the process of reinventing Virginia Wesleyan College’s magazine in anticipation of the College’s 50th anniversary. As VWC was planning for a year of celebrations marking this momentous occasion, the timing was right for a fresh take on a publication that began in 1993 as “The College Magazine for Alumni and Friends.”

I am happy to announce that the redesigned, re-imagined version of the VWC magazine is now in print complete with a new name, a contemporary look and 56 pages of original editorial content. In the pages of Marlin Magazine, you will find full length stories about the College’s enhanced curriculum, the 30th anniversary of the Hofheimer Theater, the successes of our teacher education programs, and the Marlin spirit of the VWC Track & Field team.

Beautiful photography and a clean, modern design complement informative and inspiring features on everything from student, faculty and alumni accomplishments to campus news and 50th anniversary events. Contributions from faculty and staff, current students and alumni, as well as professional writers, designers, photographers and illustrators give the magazine a diverse and well-rounded look and feel.

I hope you will enjoy “swimming” in these pages as much as I have enjoyed being a part of their creation. Virginia Wesleyan College has so many amazing stories to tell. It’s my privilege to share just a few of them with you in the form of this new publication, which I hope captures something of the essence of the Virginia Wesleyan experience: once a Marlin, always a Marlin.

Marlin Magazine will be mailed, free of charge, to alumni and friends of Virginia Wesleyan College in the coming weeks. It will also be available on campus and at various special events throughout the 2011-12 school year. Didn't get your copy in the mail? Please be sure we have your correct address. Send your updated information to .

Leona Baker is the Assistant Director of Communications at Virginia Wesleyan College and the Editor-in-Chief of Marlin Magazine.

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