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August

24 - 28

Marlin Days (For Freshmen)

29

Classes Begin for Fall 2016 Semester

29

Theatre Rally
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Greet old friends and make new ones at the Theatre Rally on Monday, August 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Hofheimer Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. This gathering of new and returning students will feature audition information, networking, and fun! Everyone is welcome, but freshmen interested in theatre are particularly encouraged to attend. Theatre faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding the upcoming academic year. For more information, contact Dr. Sally Shedd with the Theatre Department at 757.455.3283 or sshedd@vwc.edu.

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September

1

Author Lydia Netzer: How to Study a Mystery, and Why You Should
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Lydia Netzer, author of the 2016 common read, How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky, will speak as part of Virginia Wesleyan College's On Deck series on Thursday, September 1 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Batten Convocation Center (with a book signing to follow). Known for exploring big questions through inventive stories and outrageous humor, Netzer weaves the logical with the absurd and makes thorny issues--such as the conflict between fate and determinism--not only palatable, but a delight. The College's On Deck series is a program of events and speakers designed to bring the community together for cultural enrichment through intellectual, social, spiritual, and political conversation. Incoming students take part in a common read to promote a universal experience among freshmen and faculty and to learn more about the interdisciplinary nature of the liberal arts. For more information, contact Denise Wilkinson with the First Year Experience program at 757.464.0022 or dwilkinson@vwc.edu.

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2 - Dec 9

A Feast of Languages: Art Exhibit

An exhibition of artworks by artists who are part of the energy and vitality that has emerged in Norfolk's NEON Arts District and the ViBe Creative District in Virginia Beach. The exhibition title is borrowed from Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost," which explores the power and limitations of language. The character Moth, who notes the hodgepodge language used around him, says, "They have been at a great feast of languages, and sto'ln the scraps." Similarly, contemporary practices of art-making are the result of a rich environment of multiculturalism. This exhibition creates reverberations of the NEON and ViBe to the Virginia Wesleyan campus. The exhibition will remind viewers of the creative vitality in our area, defined by "A Feast of Languages." Free and open to the public. Neil Britton Gallery. Opening reception: Sept. 2, 6-8 p.m. Call 757.455.3257 for more information.

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5

Labor Day Holiday

6

Beyond the Wall: U.S. Immigration Policy
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Dr. Hector Perla speaks about problems with the U.S. immigration system, the implications of these problems for the country, and how immigration emerged during the 2016 election campaign. Dr. Perla is Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Latin American Studies, Visiting Scholar American Political Science Association, Congressional Fellowship Program. Part of the What's at Stake: Election 2016 event series. Tuesday, September 6 at 11-11:50 a.m. & 7-8:30 p.m., Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Hospitality Suite. Sponsored the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, the Department of Political Science and The Lighthouse. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 for more information.

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6

Beyond the Wall: U.S. Immigration Policy
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Hector Perla speaks about problems with the U.S. immigration system, the implications of these problems for the country, and how immigration emerged during the 2016 election campaign. Dr. Perla is Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Latin American Studies, Visiting Scholar American Political Science Association, Congressional Fellowship Program. Part of the What's at Stake: Election 2016 event series. Tuesday, September 6 at 11-11:50 a.m. & 7-8:30 p.m., Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Hospitality Suite. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science in partnership with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and The Lighthouse. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 for more information.

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8

Founders Day
11 a.m.

The College will celebrate its inaugural Founders Day on Thursday, September 8, nearly 50 years after the first classes were held on September 14, 1966. Festivities will include the Founders Convocation at 11 a.m. in the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center. The Convocation will open the new academic year with an opportunity for new students to learn about the College's founding, for the community to celebrate this important part of our history, and to recognize important individuals in the College's history, including Alumni Award recipients. In addition, other campus activities that commemorate the College's founding will be scheduled.

9

The Tidewater Guitar Quartet
7:30 p.m.

This quartet is the jewel in the midst of the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra, stepping out to perform quartet standards, with a focus on Spanish music, plus contemporary works by York and Brouwer. Featuring: John Boyles, Sam Dorsey, Todd Holcomb and Cliff Morris. Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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15

Happy 225th! Virginia (and Norfolk) Give Birth to the Bill of Rights
12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

To commemorate Constitution Day and the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, we celebrate Virginia's important role in giving birth to those first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Join Dr. Timothy O'Rourke, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Professor of Political Science at Virginia Wesleyan College as he shares important, sometimes obscure, details about why we have Virginia (and Norfolk) to thank for the freedoms written into the Bill of Rights. Thursday, September 15, 12-12:50 p.m. Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Hospitality Suite. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 for more information.

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22

What's at Stake? U.S. Foreign Policy
11 p.m. - 11:50 p.m.

Dr. Dan Margolies, VWC Professor of History, and Dr. Antje Schwennicke, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will explore foreign policy issues (terrorism, U.S. Middle East policy, etc.) that have emerged as important in the 2016 election. They will pay special attention to the historical context needed to understand these issues and the candidate and party positions on foreign policy. Part of the What's at Stake: Election 2016 event series. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Thursday, September 22, 11-11:50 a.m., Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 for more information.

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26

Jewish and Muslim Perspectives on Election 2016
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Panelists including Dr. Mohamed Abdous (Muslim), Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz (Conservative Jew), Rabbi Alexander Haber (Orthodox Jew), and Dr. Ahmed Noor (Muslim) explore how different faith perspectives shape attitudes towards key issues, political parties, and individuals. Moderated by Cathy Lewis, Host of HearSay with Cathy Lewis, WHRV 89.5 FM. Part of the What’s at Stake? Election 2016 series and the Nexus Interfaith Dialogues. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Monday, September 26, 7-8:30 p.m., Blocker Hall Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 for more information.

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30

Marlin Spirit Day

Flaunt your favorite VWC gear at home, at work, or at play for Marlin Spirit Day on Friday, September 30. We're looking for photos from alumni, students, faculty, staff, and Wesleyan friends from around the world boasting your favorite Marlin shirts, hats, pants, blankets, diplomas, and more. Decorate your home, decorate your office, or decorate your kids and pets with Marlin gear and snap a picture. Tweet and post your photos to Twitter and Instagram (mention @vawesleyan with the hashtag #marlinspiritday) or share them on the Virginia Wesleyan College and Virginia Wesleyan Alumni Facebook pages. You can also send your photos directly to the Office of College Communications at communications@vwc.edu and we'll do our best to post them for you!

30

Mud Games
2 p.m.

Mud Games, one of Wesleyan's most beloved campus traditions, will take place Friday, September 30 at 2 p.m. at the back of Rose Lawn (near the Fine Arts Building). Teams of students, faculty, and staff will compete in physical challenges in a muddy field--think dizzy bat relays, three-legged races, and a whole lotta mud. This event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Activities Council with support from RecX. For more information, contact Director of Student Activities Kate Griffin at 757.233.8785 or agriffin@vwc.edu.

30

Clint Smith: Standing Together in a Culture of Fear
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Teacher, writer and Harvard Ph.D. candidate Clint Smith, whose two TED Talks, "The Danger of Silence" and "How to Raise a Black Son in America," collectively have been viewed more than four million times, will discuss how to create positive change in a culture of fear. Smith will address the culture of fear in our country caused by hatred, violence, and discrimination, and highlight ways to create a more peaceful and inclusive society. Sponsored by the President's Council on Inclusive Community in partnership with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, The Lighthouse, and Student Affairs. Friday, September 30, 7-9 p.m., Jane P. Batten Student Center, Convocation Center. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 for more information.

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October

1

One Love Festival

The 11th Annual One Love Festival at Virginia Wesleyan College will feature: A presentation by Paul K. Chappell, a West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran, and former U.S. Army Captain who serves as Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, called "Why World Peace is Possible: Exploring the Anatomy of Violence and War" (1-2:20 p.m., Monumental Chapel); The "Standing Together in a Culture of Fear Town Hall Discussion" moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, Host and Executive Producer of "Another View" Radio Program, WHRV 89.5 FM, and featuring panelists Paul Chappell, Michele Woods Jones, and Jonathan Zur (2:30-4 p.m., Boyd Dining Hall); The Largest Drum Circle in the World led by Arthur Lopez from DrumYourDream.com and designed to gather a community to drum for peace (4-5:30 p.m., Jane P. Batten Student Center, Grille); and the Standing Together Concert featuring music and performances by Sharon Silverstein & The Peace Project, Teens with A Purpose, Atumpan, Hampton Roads Boy's Choir, and 3 Lives 4 Peace (6:15-9 p.m.). Free and open to the public, monetary or nonperishable food item donations for Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia accepted.

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2

Fall Hymn Festival: "This Little Light of Mine"
4 p.m.

Be part of an old-fashioned hymn sing where YOU choose the hymns. Selections will be accepted until 3:50pm for this celebration of Christ’s light dwelling within us. The Wesleyan Worship Choir, a massed group of singers from churches throughout the region, will lead the congregation and present two special selections under the direction of Bryson Mortensen, Director of VWC Choirs. To sing in the choir, email sbilly@vwc.edu with your voice part. (Rehearsal that day at 3:15 p.m; music provided). Taking place at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church: 212 19th St., Virginia Beach.

7 - 9

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2016

10

QuinTango
7:30 p.m.

Tango, the eternal dance of man and woman, brought to life by this quintet of violins, cello, bass and piano. The lights dim, the temperature sizzles and the magic begins. Featuring: Eva Cappelletti Chao & Joan Singer, violins; Kukasz Szyrner, cello; Jon Nazdin, bass; Jeffrey Watson, piano. Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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13 - 14

Fall Break

20

Airband
9 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Rock on! Airband, an annual student lip-sync competition featuring music and choreographed dance routines, will take place Thursday, October 20 from 9-11 p.m. in the Batten Convocation Center. For more information, contact Director of Student Activities Kate Griffin at 757.233.8785 or agriffin@vwc.edu.

24

The Thirteen
7:30 p.m.

An all-star professional choral ensemble, under the direction of Matthew Robertson, known for inspired and powerful performances in repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the Romantic. "A tight and attractive vocal blend and excellent choral discipline." (American Record Guide). Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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November

7 - Dec 9

A Feast of Student Responses: Art Exhibit

This invitational exhibition is an "exhibition within an exhibition" and features artwork by Virginia Wesleyan College student artists that react and respond to the work of the "Feast of Languages" (Sept. 2-Dec. 9) exhibit. The student artists will engage the second part of Moth's quote from Sheakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, which attempts to "steal the scraps" in their original responses to the artworks and stated artistic intentions of the exhibition artists. Part of Shakespeare Week, Nov. 7-11, at VWC. Free and open to the public. Neil Britton Gallery. Opening reception: Nov. 7, 5-6:30 p.m. Call 757.455.3257 for more information.

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7

Shakespeare in Song
7:30 p.m.

Join VWC's commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with the Bard's words set in song. Featuring Jennifer Piazza-Pick, soprano, Bryson Mortensen, baritone, and Charles Woodward, piano. Works by Quilter, Finzi, Argento and Vaughan Williams. Part of Shakespeare Week (Nov. 7-11) at VWC. Tickets: $15; $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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9

Romeo & Juliet: The American Shakespeare Center
7:30 p.m.

The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) presents Romeo & Juliet, one of Shakespeares earliest works, first published in 1597. ASC, based in Staunton, Virginia, at the Blackfriars Playhouse, is the internationally recognized home for the presentation of Shakespeare's works with a focus on his language, unimpeded by sets. Part of Shakespeare Week (Nov. 7-11) at VWC. Hofheimer Theater. Admission: Free to VWC community with ID, but reservations are a must! All others: $25. Reservations: 757.455.-3381 or www.ShowTix4U.com or theatretix@vwc.edu

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11

The Invencia Duo Interprets Shakespeare
7:30 p.m.

Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn coomeorate Shakespeare's birth with Kasparov's concert paraphrase of Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and piano do arrangements of episodes form Prokofiev's classic ballet Romeo and Juliet. Part of Shakespeare Week (Nov. 7-11) at VWC. Tickets: $15; $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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23 - 25

Thanksgiving Holiday

December

2

A Wesleyan Christmas
7:30 p.m.

Ring in the season with an evening of holiday favorites, old and new, performed by the Wesleyan Singers, The Wesleyan Chorale, and Wesleyan Jazz with faculty soloists and instrumentalists, under the direction of Dr. Bryson Mortensen and Dr. Jason Squinobal; George Stone, piano. Co-sponsored by The Center for Sacred Music. All seats: $5. Advance reservations are a must for tthis popular show: Call 757.455.2101.

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3

A Wesleyan Christmas
4 p.m.

Ring in the season with an evening of holiday favorites, old and new, performed by the Wesleyan Singers, The Wesleyan Chorale, and Wesleyan Jazz with faculty soloists and instrumentalists, under the direction of Dr. Bryson Mortensen and Dr. Jason Squinobal; George Stone, piano. Co-sponsored by The Center for Sacred Music. All seats: $5. Advance reservations are a must for tthis popular show: Call 757.455.2101.

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9 - 16

Final Exams

11

2016 December Graduates Program

12

Reading Day

January

4 - 26

Winter Session

27

New Student Orientation

30

Classes Begin for Spring 2017 Semester

February

6

Patricia Nixon, Soprano

With a nod to Michael Cunningham's book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, soprano Patricia Nixon performs classic Spirituals interspersed with readings by VWC faculty and students, selected from Cunningham's first-person accounts. Co-sponsored by VWC's Women's and Gender Studies and Women's Resource Center. Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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12 - 13

VFIC Ethics Bowl

The statewide collegiate Ethics Bowl, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) and Wells Fargo, will be held on the Virginia Wesleyan College campus on February 12-13. VWC students will take a stand against 13 other highly qualified teams from independent colleges and universities across Virginia, debating a variety of case studies highlighting potential ethical dilemmas of a civic nature. For additional information about the VFIC Ethics Program, visit www.vfic.org.

March

20 - 24

Spring Break

27

Jason Squinobal, Saxophone & Kevin Harris, Piano
7:30 p.m.

VWC Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music Jason Squinobal and Kevin Harris perform traditional jazz standards and the music of Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus and Wayne Shorter. Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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April

3 - 4

The Robert F. Boyd Institute

Prominent New Testament scholar and author Dr. Ben Witherington will serve as the keynote speaker at The Robert F. Boyd Institute on April 3-4, 2017 at Virginia Wesleyan College. Awards one continuing education credit for clergy. For more information, contact Kelly Roenker, Coordinator of the Robert F. Boyd Institute, at kroenker@vwc.edu.

10

Duo Vela
7:30 p.m.

Fresh from tours of China, Australia and New Zealand, Duo Vela presents the sounds, rhythms, and cultures of different lands. Marla Nistico, flute; Daniel Nistico, guitar. "Together they create an astoundingly beautiful world of sound." (Nicholas Goluses) "World-class instrumental artistry." (Scott Regan, WRUR Radio) Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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17

Easter Monday Holiday

25

Red Priest
7:30 p.m.

Piers Adams' four-piece baroque super-group has become an international phenomenon, turning the period instrument on its head with its thrilling, no-holds-barred approach to the genre the only early music group to be compared to the Rolling Stones, the Marx Brothers and Cirque du Soleil. "Astonishing virtuosity." (Gramophone) "Some of the most spectacularly virtuosic playing you are likely to ever hear." (WDR3-Germany) Tickets: $15, $10. Call 757.455.2101 for reservations.

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May

10 - 16

Final Exams

11

Reading Day

19

Baccalaureate Service

20

Virginia Wesleyan College 48th Commencement Ceremony

20

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

30 - Aug 18

Summer Session

June

23

New Student Orientation (NSO)

26

New Student Orientation (NSO)