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April

20

Beneath the Helmet (film)
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The film "Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front " will be shown Monday, April 20 from 7-9 p.m. in Blocker Auditorium. "Beneath the Helmet" is a coming-of-age story that follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. The film illustrates how these young men and women are defending not only their homes, but also the values of peace, equality, opportunity, democracy, religious tolerance and women's rights. A discussion will follow, moderated by Eric Mazur, Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies and Fellow for Religion, Law and Politics for the Center for the Study of Reglious Freedom. Sponsored by the CSRF in partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. » More

20

Violist Amadi Azikiwe
7:30 p.m.
The Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series presents violist Amadi Azikiwe on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater. Features classic works by Bach and Beethoven, along with those of 19th-century Spanish composer Pablo Sarasate and modern jazz composer David Baker. Debby Azikiwe, piano. The Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series is made possible in part by the Dougherty Visiting Artist Fund and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Public ticket prices range from $5-$10; free to the campus community. For more information or to make reservations, call 757.455.2101.» More

21

Undergraduate Research Workshop: Abstracts II
11 a.m.
The Undergraduate Research workshop "Abstracts II" will take place Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. in the Foley Classroom in Hofheimer Library. This is a hands-on workshop to help students revise their research abstracts. Faculty from each academic division will be available to assist students individually with their abstracts. We encourage students to bring their abstracts and laptops to the workshop. This workshop is especially helpful to students who plan to present their research at Virginia Wesleyan’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and who would like to share it on the Undergraduate Research webpage. For more information, contact Director of Undergraduate Research Dr. Sara Sewell at ssewell@vwc.edu. » More

21

Army ROTC Festival
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Marlin Detachment of the ODU Army ROTC Battalion invites you to attend the inaugural Army ROTC Festival on Tuesday, April 21 from 2-5 p.m. on the lawn between Blocker Hall and Monumental Chapel. Created and organized by VWC's c/Maj Logan Rash, the event will celebrate the achievement of cadets from the entire battalion and offer you a chance to participate as a cadet... Test your strength and see if you can pull a fully armored Humvee. Battle a friend in a Pugil Stick match. Carry a ruck sack, toss a corn hole bag, or just celebrate of the future of the United States Army.

22

American Red Cross Blood Drive
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
An American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the CMAC inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center. Sign up to donate blood online at www.redcrossblood.org; scheduled blood donors will complete the donation process in about an hour. Walk-ins are welcome as space is available. Volunteers are needed at registration and at the canteen on the day of the drive. Volunteers may sign up in the Office of Community Service for one-hour shifts during the drive. For more information, contact Diane Hotaling with the Office of Community Service at dhotaling@vwc.edu.» More

22

Cooking For Kids
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cooking For Kids, a food preparation program in partnership with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, takes place in VWC's campus kitchen every other Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. During the spring 2015 semester, the program will be held February 25, March 11, March 25, April 8 and April 22. Sign up in Office of Community Service or contact Diane Hotaling for more information at 757.455.3216 or dhotaling@vwc.edu.» More

23

Undergraduate Research Workshop: Effective Oral Presentations
11 a.m.
The Undergraduate Research workshop "Effective Oral Presentations" will take place Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m. in the Foley Classroom in Hofheimer Library. This workshop provides instruction on strategies for effective oral presentations. While it focuses on scholarly research presentations, it provides tips for all kinds of academic oral presentations. This workshop is helpful for students who will give an oral presentations this semester, especially those who will give either an oral or poster presentation at Virginia Wesleyan’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium or an academic conference. For more information, contact Director of Undergraduate Research Dr. Sara Sewell at ssewell@vwc.edu. » More

23

Africa, the United States, and the War on Terrorism
4 p.m.
Dr. Sulayman S. Nyang, professor of religion and African studies at Howard University, will present "Africa, the United States, and the War on Terrorism" on Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in Clarke 118. Sulayman will lecture on a range of issues, including the United States and counter-terrorism in Africa, Boko Haram, fallout from the Arab spring, the Al-Shabab and war in Somalia. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the the Political Science Department, the international studies major, and the Office of International and Intercultural Programs.

23

Motorcycles, Buses, and Turbans: Sikhs and Religious Freedom in Postwar Britain
7 p.m.
Dr. Brett Bebber, assistant professor of history at Old Dominion University, will present "Motorcycles, Buses, and Turbans: Sikhs and Religious Freedom in Postwar Britain" on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Blocker Auditorium. When the British Empire declined after WWII, many Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus came to Britain to seek out opportunities for employment and to avoid persecution at home. In Britain, Sikhs and others faced numerous challenges to exercise their religious freedom. Bebber's talk will discuss how civil liberties activists in Britain both helped and harmed Sikhs as they established themselves in a new society. Part of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom's Spring 2015 Symposium: Old Religions in New Lands. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson with the CSRF at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.» More

23

"Until Tuesday" with Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván and his tail-wagging, best friend and service dog, Tuesday, will visit Virginia Wesleyan on Thursday, April 23 from 8-9 p.m. in Boyd Dining Center to speak about Montalván’s award-winning memoir, "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him." A brief Q&A and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Wesleyan Activities Council. For more information, contact Kate Griffin with Student Activities at 757.233.8785 or agriffin@vwc.edu.» More

24

Take a Stand Against Racism
For the seventh year, Virginia Wesleyan is a participating site of YWCA’s "Take a Stand Against Racism" initiative. Students, faculty and staff are invited to explore and express their cultural competence with diversity-focused activities on Friday, April 24. Sponsored by the Office of International and Intercultural Programs and the Office of Community Service. For more information, visit Lena Johnson in the OIP office (Batten Suite 22) or call 757.455.3116 or email ljohnson@vwc.edu. » More

24

Carolina Solms-Baruth '09 on Graduate School, Study Abroad, and International Education
11 a.m.
2009 VWC graduate Carolina (Ina) Solms-Baruth, program officer for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program and the Cultural Vistas Fellowship, will discuss graduate school, study abroad, and international education on Friday, April 24 at 11 a.m. in Clarke 118. During her time at Virginia Wesleyan, Solms-Baruth participated in the Humboldt University exchange in Berlin and completed language courses in Costa Rica, Germany and Turkey. After graduating with a degree in international studies and German, she participated in the Critical Language Scholarship in Ankara, Turkey and served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Kehl, Germany. She holds a master’s degree in nationalism studies from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and worked as a research assistant at the Max-Planck Institute in Leipzig and the Free University of Berlin prior to returning to the U.S. This event is free and open to the public. Brought to you by the the Political Science Department, the international studies major, and the Office of International and Intercultural Programs.

25

33rd Annual Seafood Party in the Dell
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
It's the final Seafood Party in the Dell for retiring VWC President Billy Greer! The festivities will take place the afternoon of Saturday, April 25 on the Batten Lawn and will include selfies with the president and a group photo with Dr. and Mrs. Greer (be sure to wear your Marlin gear!). All-you-can-eat seafood, hamburgers, hot dogs and pasta salad, and more will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and entertainment will be provided by Astro DJ. Pricing: $25 for adults; $12 for ages 6-12; free for children under 6. Students can pay with their meal cards.

27 - May 1

Undergraduate Research Symposium
Virginia Wesleyan College will hold its annual Undergraduate Research Symposium during the week of April 27-May1. The symposium will begin with a Kickoff Event on Monday, April 27 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Pearce Hospitality Suite/Batten Student Center. The week will continue with research and poster presentations by VWC students across all academic divisions. The Division of Humanities will present Tuesday, April 28 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. in the Foley Classroom/Hofheimer Library; The Division of Social Sciences will present Wednesday, April 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Pearce Hospitality Suite/Batten Student Center; The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will present Thursday, April 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Blocker Auditorium/Blocker Hall. Light refreshments will be served at all events. For more information, contact Dr. Sara Sewell with the Undergraduate Research Program at 757.455.3237 or ssewell@vwc.edu.» More

27

Women of Wisdom
7:30 p.m.
"Women of Wisdom," a celebration of women composers featuring composer-in-residence Susan LaBarr, will take place on Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater. The Wesleyan Chorale and the Wesleyan Singers student choirs will perform. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Trotta at 757.455.3282 or mtrotta@vwc.edu.» More

28 - May 14

Senior Art Exhibition
An exhibition featuring artwork by graduating seniors will take place April 28-May 14 in the Neil Britton Art Gallery inside Hofheimer Library. The show will feature art from eight seniors: Nate Avery (mixed media and glass); Marta Deptula (painting and drawing); Josh Begley (mixed media and light); Melanie Maglieri (mixed media and glass); Branner Johnston (mixed media and glass); Kyle Creameans (painting); Andrea Paphites (mixed media); Sarah Lovick (drawing). An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Tuesday, April 28 from 6-8 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and it is open to the public. Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 757.455.3257.» More

28

Opening Reception: Senior Art Exhibition
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Join graduating seniors on Tuesday, April 28 from 6-8 p.m. in the Neil Britton Art Gallery (inside the Hofheimer Library) for an opening reception honoring their final VWC show. On display from April 28-May 14, the exhibition features work from seniors Nate Avery; Marta Deptula; Josh Begley; Melanie Maglieri; Branner Johnston; Kyle Creameans; Andrea Paphites; Sarah Lovick. Event is free and open to the public» More

May

1

Food for Thought: Soup on Friday Celebration: The Secularization of May Day
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom continues its "Food for Thought: Soup on Friday Celebrations" series with "The Secularization of May Day" on Friday, May 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the CSRF Office Suite (Clarke Hall 108). Come and learn about the wild religious origins of what has become a pretty calm day. This series provides opportunities for VWC faculty, staff, students, and members of the broader community to come together for food and fellowship. For more information, contact Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or kjackson@vwc.edu.» More

1

Spring Honors Convocation
1:30 p.m.
To recognize student academic and leadership achievement, Virginia Wesleyan College’s annual Spring Honors Convocation will be held Friday, May 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center.

1

Academic Fair
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Following Spring Honors Convocation, the annual Academic Fair will be held on Friday, May 1 from 3-6 p.m. in Hofheimer Library. This event features a wide array of student work from across the campus. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best projects. Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact Director of Undergraduate Research Sara Sewell at 757.455.3237 or ssewell@vwc.edu.

4

Soprano Billye Brown Youmans
7:30 p.m.
The Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series presents soprano Billye Brown Youmans on Monday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater. Featuring the music of Bach and Handel; Barber’s poignant “Knoxville: Summer of 1915;” and Whitacre’s children’s classic, “Goodnight Moon.” With Lee Jordan-Anders, piano. The Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series is made possible in part by the Dougherty Visiting Artist Fund and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Public ticket prices range from $5-$10; free to the campus community. For more information or to make reservations, call 757.455.2101.» More

6 - 12

Final Exams

7

Reading Day

7

2015 VWC Student Film Screening
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
A screening of VWC's best student-made films of the past two years will take place Thursday, May 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Blocker Auditorium. Includes fiction shorts, documentaries, experimental films and even some animation. Sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta and the Communication Honor Society. Free and open to both the campus community and the general public. Free refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Stu Minnis with the Communication Department at 757.467.3294 or sminnis@vwc.edu.

15

Baccalaureate Service

16

Virginia Wesleyan College 46th Commencement Ceremony

16

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

26

Summer Session Begins

June

26

Scene I Orientation for Freshmen

29

Scene I Orientation for Freshmen

July

12 - 17

NABT/BSCS Biology Teacher Academy
Virginia Wesleyan College will host the National Association of Biology Teachers/Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (NABT/BSCS) Biology Teacher Academy July 12-17. The academy will focus on promoting rigor in high-school biology classes by sharing lab work and pedagogical strategies that engage students in scientific inquiry. Attendees will build common experiences through lab work (e.g., protein electrophoresis); metacognition activities (“through the teacher lens”); curriculum development; field work; and work on the College’s Scanning Electron Microscope. This professional development program is funded by the Virginia Department of Education’s Title II, Part A: Improving Teacher Quality program. For additional information, click "More." » More

27 - Aug 1

2015 Worship & Arts Summer Conference
The Virginia Wesleyan College Center for Sacred Music will host the 2015 Worship & Arts Summer Conference from July 27 through August 1. A non-denominational showcase of instruction steeped in the Wesley tradition of training minds and warming hearts. More than 45 workshop sessions led by 17 guest clinicians and evening worship, hymn festivals, and concerts highlight the week. For more information, contact Director of the Center for Sacred Music Sandi Billy at 757.455.3376 or sbilly@vwc.edu.» More

August

14

Summer Session Ends

19

Scene II Orientation for Freshmen

21

Freshman Honor Convocation

24

Classes Begin

September

7

Labor Day Holiday

25

Marlin Spirit Day 2015

October

2 - 4

Homecoming & Parent Weekend 2015

8 - 9

Fall Break

November

25 - 27

Thanksgiving Holiday

December

4 - 10

Final Exams

5

Reading Day

6

December Graduate Reception

January

4 - 22

Winter Session

25

Classes Begin

March

21 - 28

Spring Break

28

Easter Monday Holiday

May

2

Spring Honors Convocation & Academic Fair

4 - 10

Final Exams

5

Reading Day

5

Faculty Retirement Reception & Tree Planting Ceremony

13

Baccalaureate Service

14

Virginia Wesleyan College 47th Commencement Ceremony

23 - Aug 12

Summer Session

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