Virginia Wesleyan College Names New President  
Board of Trustees selects Dr. Scott D. Miller as VWC's fourth president. More
Marlin Madness
Successful seasons for women's and men's basketball, including an ODAC championship and a return to the Final Four; and other athletics highlights. 
Engineered for Success  
Michael Moran '15 will be the first  student to earn his master's through the VWC/ODU Engineering Dual-Degree Program. More
McCandless, Kennedy Talk Truth and Teaching   
Talk challenges students to look farther and dig deeper. More
@VWC in the Media
On February 25, the Virginia Wesleyan College Board of Trustees selected Dr. Scott D. Miller as VWC's fourth president. The announcement garnered attention from a number of media outlets, among them the Virginian-Pilot, Inside Business, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities website. Former first lady of Virginia Katherine Godwin, wife of Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr., died March 5 at the age of 98. Gov. Godwin was a founding member of Virginia Wesleyan's Board of Trustees and served as a keynote speaker at the groundbreaking of the College in July 1965. The College's administrative building, Godwin Hall, is named in honor of Governor and Mrs. Godwin. George Birdsong, VWC Board of Trustees member and CEO of Birdsong Peanuts, will receive the 2015 Lenora Mathews Lifetime Achievement Award from VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads at an April 15 event. His dedication to the community and volunteerism was featured in the Suffolk News-Herald on March 14. March means basketball, and Virginia Wesleyan's hoops programs have kept the Marlins in the spotlight this month. Women's basketball took home its first-ever Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship March 1, an accomplishment featured in the Virginian-Pilot. The men's basketball team's journey throughout the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament has been covered extensively, including more recent stories highlighting their third trip to the Final Four in program history. Articles have been featured on,, the Virginian-Pilot and WAVY-TV 10.
@VWC Headlines
Marganski Named DOV Faculty Teacher of the Year; Wesleyan Promise Awards Starting at $1,000; McCandless, Kennedy Talk Truth and Teaching. More

Campus Events
Alumni News & Events
Featured Alumna: Sarah Tytler '09 
As a student at Virginia Wesleyan College, Sarah Tytler '09 majored in international studies and minored in English. Outside of class, she played basketball and dedicated her time to community service. Encouraged by her VWC professors, she joined the Peace Corps in 2009 and spent two years teaching and working in community development in the Kingdom of Tonga. Today, Tytler is pursuing graduate studies in creative writing. She has returned to her home state of New York, where she lives in Ithaca. 

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today? 
VWC Professor of History Clay Drees and Batten Professor of Political Science Bill Gibson were involved in the Peace Corps and encouraged me to participate. I joined the Peace Corps after graduation to teach and participate in community development on the island of Tonga, which is southeast of Fiji. I also participated in a reforestation project, planting mangroves to help protect the island from hurricanes. 

What are some of your favorite memories of friends, professors or mentors at VWC? 
Mud Games; Poetry conference in Wisconsin; Study abroad in Vietnam with Professor of Philosophy Steven Emmanuel. 

How are Wesleyan alumni different from other college graduates? 
The undergraduate, liberal arts learning experience at Virginia Wesleyan cultivates strength through learning from mistakes. VWC teaches you how every experience can help you grow, even mistakes. Professors care, and are not only willing, but happy, to do anything to help you continue to grow and engage with your work. More

Read more about other distinguished graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website. 
Let's Go Marlins!
If you're unable to travel to the VWC Men's Basketball NCAA tournament games this weekend, join Marlin fans at ShoreBreak Pizza & TapHouse (2941 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach). Tip-off for Friday's game (March 20) is at 8 p.m., and if VWC wins that game, the championship game tip-off will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday (March 21)! Please RSVP to Lina ASAP at GO MARLINS!

Save the Date 
Seafood Party in the Dell 
Saturday, April 25
5 p.m., Batten Center Lawn
Join us for one of VWC's longest standing traditions! Since President Greer is retiring, we hope to get a photo of him and his wife, Fann, surrounded by VWC students and alumni. Come take a moment to thank Billy and Fann for their years of service. Rumor has it there will be selfies with the president--you won't want to miss that!
Class Notes
Lauren Rector Doino (2007) and husband, Dave Doino (2005), welcomed a baby boy, Joseph, on Feb. 6. Joseph joins big brother, Anthony, who will be three in April. Dave is the Head Men's Basketball Coach for Averett University in Danville, Virginia.

Kristen Byrnes Alutto (2007) and husband, John Alutto (2007), welcomed a baby girl, Thea, on Feb. 19, weighing 6 lbs., 5 oz. and 19.5 in. Thea joins brother, Wesley.

Wendy Schafer Kuznian (2007) and husband, Keith, welcomed a baby boy, Lucas, on Feb. 2, weighing 7 lbs., 15 oz., and 20 in. Lucas joins older brother, Hunter.

Vickie Brynildsen Weber (2008) and husband, Robert, welcomed a baby girl, Abigail Jane, on Feb. 7. She was 6 lbs., 14 oz, and 20 in.  
Teresa Alutto-Schmidt (2002) recently joined Potomac Law Group as counsel. She focuses her practice on internal investigations and government enforcement litigation as well as traditional civil litigation.

Walter Lohman (1988) has been named director of the Heritage Center's Asian Foundation. Lohman joined Heritage in 2006 as senior research fellow for Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is also currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, leading a graduate seminar on American foreign policy interests in Southeast Asia.   

William "Monty" Hilliard (1996) and Annette Terlizzi Hilliard (1993) celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on March 11. They made a trip to "Birdsong Lounge," where they met on the on couches while watching the Price is Right and the Golden Girls.
Around Campus
Save on Taxes 
AND Support Virginia Wesleyan
As 2014 Tax Day approaches on April 15, it may seem like you have all the time in the world before you need to start thinking about your 2015 taxes. The truth is, it's never too early to get organized and put a plan into place that includes Virginia Wesleyan. By investing a little time now, you may be able to save big later.

Making a charitable gift can lead to favorable tax benefits. And, by making a financial investment in Wesleyan, you're also providing meaningful support for a young person's future. Learn more at our webpage that covers Everything You Need to Know for 2014 Tax Planning.

For a confidential conversation about including a charitable gift in your future, please contact Lori L. McCarel '94, Director of Leadership Giving, at 757.233.8786 or
Attention future members
of VWC's Class of 2019!

You are faced with a big decision: where to spend the best four years of your life. Join us for Admitted Freshman Day on Saturday, April 11 to find out why VWC should be at the top of your list! Admitted freshmen will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other admitted students, learn more about our majors during a department fair, tour our beautiful campus and enjoy lunch on us!

For additional information or to register for Admitted Freshman Day, please visit our website or contact the Admissions Office at or 757.455.3208.
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us!
Dinner and Degree Completion Info Session
Wednesday, April 3, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Adult Studies Lounge, Clarke Hall

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.

Call 757.455.3263 or email More
Upcoming CSRF Events
View full event details and descriptions

Thursday, March 26

If You Don't Contribute You're A Dead Piece

Thursday, April 2
Center After Dark: TED Talks

Thursday, April 9
The Andragogy of Teaching the "Long War" and Islam's Fight to Reclaim its Destiny

Friday, April 10
National Siblings Day: Honoring the Sibling Rivalry and Differences Between John and Charles Wesley

Monday, April 13
NEXUS Interfaith Dialogue Series: Two Routes to Redemption

Thursday, April 16
READINGS WITH WESLEYAN: A Story of Displacement: The Iraqi Christian

Thursday, April 23
Motorcycles, Buses, and Turbans: Sikhs and Religious Freedom in Postwar Britain

For more information, contact Associate Director of the CSRF Kelly Jackson at 757.455.3129 or or visit the CSRF website.

Thursday, April 2 

Monumental Moments:  

What Wondrous Love is This  


Wednesday, April 8  

CSM Sound & Symbol Lecture Series:
The Journey

July 27-August 1

Worship & Arts Summer Conference
Steeped in the Wesley tradition of "training minds and warming hearts," Virginia Wesleyan College's non-denominational summer conference offers continuing education opportunities for church musicians, worship leaders, music teachers, and all who are interested in the sacred arts. More than 45 workshop sessions led by 17 guest clinicians and evening worship, hymn festivals, and concerts highlight the week. More

For more information, contact Director of the Center for Sacred Music Sandra Billy at 757.455.3376 or

Marlin Athletics
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Women's Lacrosse | Aggressive offense shoots VWC to win at Randolph

Men's Lacrosse | Messiah slips past VWC at the Sportsplex

Softball | Karagiorgis' perfect game closes 6-0 tourney run for No. 11 VWC

Baseball | Marlins sweep Bridgewater to improve to 5-0 in league play

Men's Basketball | No. 9 VWC knocks off No. 1 Randolph-Macon for berth in Final Four!

Women's Basketball | Marlins' bid for NCAA upset falls one point shy at New York University

Cheerleading | Tryout dates set for VWC cheerleading 2015-16

Cross Country | National academic awards for Wade and VWC cross country teams

Track & Field | VWC women finish at No. 9 in South/Southeast Region rankings

Golf | Cox places fifth in field of 87 to pace Marlins in South Carolina tourney

Women's Tennis | VWC women pin first loss on Penn State Abington
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