ODAC Champs   Paul Kaufmann   Model NATO Challenge   YWCA
ODAC Champions
VWC Men's Basketball Team advances to national tournament. More
Outside the Box
Innovative challenge program pushes Paul Kaufmann '15 to think creatively. More
Wesleyan Hosts Model NATO Challenge
College partners with Norfolk NATO Festival for March 20 simulation. More
Goode, Butler Named YWCA Women of Distinction
Board members honored for leadership, volunteerism, and civic involvement. More
@VWC in the Media
VWC's new Jewish Studies minor was featured in Jewish News. Professor Eric Mazur is quoted in the article. The story also refers to the annual Latke-Hamantashen Debate, which Mazur helps organize locally. The comedic debate, which took place at VWC last year, was also featured in the Virginian-Pilot; Amanda Crow, a 2013 graduate of VWC and military veteran, was featured on a recent episode of the CBS show "Undercover Boss." Crow is the owner of a PostNet franchise that was one of the subjects of the episode. Her appearance was also featured locally on WTKR Channel 3; The VWC men's basketball team received quite a bit of media attention for their ODAC Championship victory and recent first-round NCAA tournament win. A piece reflecting on the unique charm of VWC basketball and D-III athletics in general appeared on the front page of the sports section of the March 13 issue of the Virginian-Pilot, titled "Marlins Serve Up High-Quality Hoops Without All the Hoopla."  

@VWC Headlines
Gibson Makes Case for Grassroots Collaboration; The Race is On With RecycleMania; Omega-Pi Chapter Awarded at Yearly PAT Meeting; More
Campus Events
Alumni News & Events
John Lockerby   VWC Adirondack Chair
Featured Alumnus: 
John Lockerby '96
Based on his extracurricular activities as a Virginia Wesleyan student—Habitat for Humanity, Student Government Association, and a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity—it comes as no surprise that John Lockerby ’96 now serves the community of Skokie, Illinois as village manager. Lockerby has worked in municipal government for nearly 20 years and was appointed to village manager in January after serving as Skokie’s assistant village manager for nine years. The Knoxville, Tennessee native holds a degree in Human Services from VWC and a Master of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. These days Lockerby calls Skokie home, residing in the village with his wife and two children.

How did your time at Virginia Wesleyan College shape the person you are today?
The sum of the experiences—including fun times with friends, participation in extracurricular activities, pursuing a variety of studies, and numerous other opportunities—further developed my abilities and confidence.

What are some of your favorite memories of professors, mentors or friends at VWC?
“Scotty D” taking spring break trips to Florida to volunteer on home construction sites for Habitat for Humanity; Professor of Religious Studies Craig Wansink serving as the advisor to Sigma Nu; Ms. Polly’s friendship and consistent warm and enthusiastic greeting for students as we entered the dining center day in and day out; Mud sliding across campus.

How do you describe the Virginia Wesleyan experience to friends and colleagues?
At some point during my time at Virginia Wesleyan, I realized that going to VWC can be similar to a visit to the Grand Canyon. You can stand on the side and look or you can get into it and truly experience all that VWC has to offer.

Share your thoughts about one or more of the following: the value of a liberal arts education, the “small college difference,” unique opportunities you had at VWC.
Completing a full-time internship my final semester provided meaningful experiences that benefited me in a number of ways, including helping me to secure my first job after college.

Anything else about your time at VWC you would like to share?
The opportunities I had inside and outside of the classroom were fun and challenging and they prepared me for graduate school, my career, and life.

Learn about other distinguished VWC graduates in the Featured Alumni section of our website.
2014-2015 Alumni Board of Directors
Congratulations to the new 2014-2015
Alumni Board of Directors Officers:

President: Amy Rickard ’98
Vice President: Ron Swan ’77
Secretary: Aaron Bull ’95
Treasurer: Cathy Holava ’93

Many thanks to our outgoing officers for their wonderful service:
President: Chris Dotolo ’09
Secretary: John Haynes ’98

Want to get more involved? Now's the time to nominate yourself or someone else for the Alumni Board of Directors. Learn more and apply.

Upcoming Events
April 12
Spring Alumni Sports Day
Soccer and volleyball games begin at 10 a.m. Alumni social, 7 p.m., ShoreBreak.

April 26
Seafood Party in the Dell

May 14
Wesleyan Wednesday Graduation Edition

October 3-5
Homecoming & Parent Weekend

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

Jennifer (Bush) Lawson (1997) died on February 24, 2014. More

Courtney Turner (2004) and Marshall Young are happy to announce their engagement. The ceremony will take place June 6 in Richmond.

Brad Cashman (2002) started a program similar to the Empty Bowls Charity Dinner in Charleston, South Carolina. It raised $4,000 the first year. More

William Dean (1980) accepted a position as head baseball coach at Lakeland High School in Suffolk, Virginia.

Wendy (Smith) McCoy (1998) and Ryan are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Alaina Jewell, born January 16, weighing 9 lbs., 1 oz.

Craig Harrison (1999) and Rian are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Aiden Audrey, born January 10, weighing 7 lbs., 4 oz.

More class notes >>
Around Campus
Brandon Kirklin
Celebrate Your Graduate or Honor Your Favorite Faculty Member
With Commencement around the corner, now is the perfect time to celebrate and honor your graduate, alum(na), or favorite faculty member with a personally inscribed brick paver. These exclusive pavers bear a custom message and leave a lasting legacy in front of Eggleston Commons (Bray Village/Village I), one of the original buildings on campus.

With a gift of $100 to the Annual Fund for Academic Excellence, you will receive a 4x8 inch personally inscribed brick paver. With a gift of $250, you will receive an 8x8 inch personally inscribed brick paver.

Gifts to the Annual Fund support every experience that makes a liberal arts education at VWC valuable and unique, including undergraduate research, internships, study abroad programs, and annual scholarships. Make a secure online gift to the Annual Fund, and remember to note in the “additional comments” box that your gift is for a brick paver. Make your gift by April 1 to guarantee placement by May 2014 Commencement.

(Pictured) Graduate Brandon Kirklin poses by his brick after the May 2013 Commencement ceremony.

Make What Matters Count
As 2013 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 2014 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 a contribution to Virginia Wesleyan or about including the College in your estate plans, please contact Lori L. McCarel ’94, Director of Leadership Giving, at 757.233.8786 or lmccarel@vwc.edu.

Admissions   Adult Studies
What Better Time to Become a Marlin?
With record-breaking applications and one of our largest classes in history, VWC is a place on the move. Future members of VWC's Class of 2018 are invited to participate in Admitted Freshman Day on Saturday, April 5. 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 at the sixth annual Strike Out Cancer VWC Women’s Softball event!

For additional information or to register for Admitted Freshman Day, please visit our website.
Adult Studies
Dinner's On Us! 
Adult Studies Dinner and Degree Completion Information Session
Wednesday, April 2, 5:15-6:30 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 at the front gate. Reserved parking will be available. Reservations are required. Call 757.455.3263 or email asp@vwc.edu. Tell a friend!
About CSRF
VWC's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom is a resource for education, respectful dialogue, and mutual understanding for people of all faith traditions - or none. Through its program initiatives, the Center seeks not only to educate our minds, but to touch our hearts and transform our communities. More

View CSRF's Spring 2014 Newsletter
Upcoming CSM Events
2013-14 Sound & Symbol Lecture Series: 
With What Shall I Come Before the Lord?
Thursday, April 3
11 a.m., Fine Arts 9
“I Come With Empty Hands”
Rev. Mary Ann McCarthy Schoettly
All are welcome; no reservations required

Looking Ahead
The 2014 Sacred Music Summer Conference takes place July 28-August 2. Features guest faculty, 45 workshop sessions, evening worship services, a hymn festival, and choral concert. Learn more about the conference's open to the public evening events
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