Fall 2017 Lighthouse Events and Deadlines

D.C. Day
Friday, October 20, 2017 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Jane P. Batten Student Center Parking Lot
Join the Lighthouse for a day in Washington, D.C. Busses depart from the Jane P. Batten Student Center parking lot at 7:00 a.m. Busses leave D.C. at 6:00 p.m., returning to campus at approximately 10:00 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $5. Register and pay in Clarke Hall, Office 109 by Friday, October 6. Space is limited, so reserve your seat early.

Janet Judge - Opportunities and Responsibilities
Sunday, October 1st, 7:00 p.m.
The On Deck Premier Speaker Series, sponsored by The Lighthouse, presents Janet Judge-- Opportunities and Responsibilities: A Discussion with Students on Sunday, October 1 at 7 p.m. in the Boyd Dining Center. Judge is president of Sports Law Associates LLC, an intercollegiate sports law firm. Her practice focuses on sexual harassment, including sexual violence prevention, intercollegiate sports, and employment law counseling.

Transgender Rights: Building Bridges Across Communities
Thursday, October 5th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Speaker: Julie Chovanes, Trans Rights Advocate and Lawyer, in the Pearce Hospitality Suite (Jane P. Batten Student Center)Transgender Americans have witnessed dramatic shifts in the last year. As they have been featured more prominently in the media and the political arena, their lives have also been more closely scrutinized and legislated. Julie Chovanes, a trans rights advocate and lawyer, will not only draw on her professional background to address these changes, but will also speak about her personal experiences as a transgender woman. In addition to being a trans legal expert and social justice advocate, Ms. Chovanes has also founded Trans-Help, a legal service provider for trans individuals. The event is sponsored by Spectrum and The Women's Resource Center, with support from The Lighthouse Center for Exploration & Discovery, and is free and open to the VWU campus community. For more information contact Kathleen Casey at kcasey@vwu.edu. If your class plans on attending, please to RSVP to Jennifer Slivka at wrc@vwu.edu

Graduate School Fair
Thursday, October 19th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Lighthouse will host a graduate school fair for students to learn about graduate schools and the application process on Thursday, October 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Marlin Main Street in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. Students will  have the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of graduate and professional schools. All Virginia Wesleyan students are welcome. Juniors are especially encouraged to attend. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3107 or careerdevelopment@vwu.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage.

Washington D.C. Day
Friday, October 20th, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Students, faculty and staff: Join the Lighthouse Center for Exploration and Discovery for a day in Washington, D.C. Busses depart from the Jane P. Batten Student Center parking lot at 7 a.m. Busses leave D.C. at 6 p.m., returning to campus at approximately 10: p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $5. Register and pay in Clarke Hall, Office 109 by Friday, October 6. Space is limited, so reserve your seat early.

Jonathon Irons: Coding and Creativity
Thursday, October 26th, 11:00 a.m.
The On Deck Premier Speaker Series, sponsored by The Lighthouse, presents Jonathon Irons: Coding and Creativity, Using Science and Mathematics in Film and Television. Irons is the technical director for the Emmy-award-winning, stop-motion animated series "Tumble Leaf." Working at Bix Pix Entertainment in Los Angeles, Irons combines his background in film and computer science to produce this original Amazon pre-school series. This event is in the Convocation Center in the Jane P. Batten Student Center and is free and open to the public.

Cormac O'Brien: Toxic, Harmed and Harmful
Thursday, November 2nd, 11:00 a.m.
The On Deck Premier Speaker Series, sponsored by The Lighthouse, along with the Women's Resource Center, presents Cormac O'Brien: Toxic, Harmed and Harmful, Performing Masculinities in Modern Irish and American Drama. O'Brien is an Assistant Professor of Anglo-Irish Drama at the University College Dublin. He specializes in contemporary Irish drama, investigating the relations between governance and citizenship, as well as gender, sexuality and national identities. O'Brien has published widely on masculinities and queer sexualities in Irish theatre. The event will take place in The Lighthouse and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Slivka, Director of The Women's Resource Center at wrc@vwu.edu

Charlie Lockwood: Santa Muerte, The Mexican Death Saint in the United States
Thursday, November 2nd, 12:00 p.m.
The On Deck Premier Speaker Series, sponsored by The Lighthouse, presents Charlie Lockwood: Sant Muerte, The Mexican Death Saint in the United States, A Film and Discussion. As Executive Director of Texas Folklife, Lockwood has overseen a variety of flagship Texas Folklife programs, including Accordion Kings & Queens, Apprenticeships in the Folk & Traditional Arts, and Stories from Deep in the Heart. This event is in Blocker Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Study Abroad with Purpose
Friday, November 3rd, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
As a result of working with refugees and others around the world--in areas ranging from Uganda, to Darfur, to Italy--Walsh University seniors Amy Gilmore and Katie Paul share reflections on issues of immigration, genocide, nonviolence, and restorative justice, telling the stories of those individuals who so often go unheard and reflecting on their search for solutions that restore peace and justice to communities. 12-1 p.m. in the Lighthouse Commons on November 3.

Holy Dung: Comic Signs of Consubstantiality in Martin Luther Films
Thursday, November 9th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Religious movies frequently romanticize, sentimentalize, or idealize the lives of saints. From 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Blocker Hall Auditorium, Terry Lindvall, VWU C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair and Professor in Communication and Christian Thought, and Alumna Morgan Stroyeck ’15 discuss how the Protestant reformer Martin Luther frequently used crass humor and language that would seem indefensible to many today. Three major film biopics of Luther’s life recognize the importance of acknowledging this part of this reformer. Stroyeck and Lindvall focus on why and how Luther's humor was communicated in these films. This event is part of the “Reformation from the Backside” series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom with support from The Lighthouse Center for Exploration & Discovery. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

International Week Cook Off
Thursday, November 16th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Eat your way around the world! Celebrate International Education Week 2017 by joining the Lighthouse for our first-ever International Cook Off on Thursday, November 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Lighthouse in Clarke Hall. International students and returned study away students will be demonstrating their culinary skills and making food from around the world. YOU get to pick the winner and sample the delicious creations. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage or contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116.

Port Day
Tuesday, December 5th, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Virginia Wesleyan University will hold its fall 2017 Port Day on Tuesday, December 5, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Port Day is a signature Virginia Wesleyan event, designed to demonstrate and promote the academic achievement of students completing capstone undergraduate research, internship, and semester study away experiences. The Port Day schedule is conference-style, with concurrent sessions and multiple locations across campus. For more information on Port Day, contact the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (vwclighthouse@vwu.edu) or Amy Rush, Deputy Director of the Lighthouse (arush@vwu.edu).

Study Away Open Advising
Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Clarke 117
Interested in learning more about study away at Virginia Wesleyan University? Stop by to talk with our Director of Study Away, Ms. Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse about the various study away options available to Virginia Wesleyan students, including study away courses, study away course grants, semester study abroad, and the Global Scholars Program. It is never too early to start planning your study away experience. For more information, visit us on The Lighthouse’s webpage or contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Ms. Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116 or set up an appointment online.

Study Abroad with Purpose
Friday, November 3rd, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
As a result of working with refugees and others around the world--in areas ranging from Uganda, to Darfur, to Italy--Walsh University seniors Amy Gilmore and Katie Paul share reflections on issues of immigration, genocide, nonviolence, and restorative justice, telling the stories of those individuals who so often go unheard and reflecting on their search for solutions that restore peace and justice to communities. 12-1 p.m. in the Lighthouse Commons on November 3.

Fear Not! Taking the Fear Out of Studying Away
Tuesday, November 14th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Are you thinking about studying away, but something is holding you back? Academic requirements? Family commitments? Finances? Friends? Join us on Tuesday, November 14, 12-1 p.m. in the Lighthouse for this exciting session that will address and alleviate your concerns and take the Fear Out of Studying Away. For more information, visit us The Lighthouse's webpage or contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116 or set up an appointment online.

International Week Cook Off
Thursday, November 16th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Eat your way around the world! Celebrate International Education Week 2017 by joining the Lighthouse for our first-ever International Cook Off on Thursday, November 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Lighthouse in Clarke Hall. International students and returned study away students will be demonstrating their culinary skills and making food from around the world. YOU get to pick the winner and sample the delicious creations. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage or contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116.

Mock Interview Day
Wednesday, October 4th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Virginia Wesleyan students are invited to practice interviewing in mock interviews with one of four employers (Northwestern Mutual, GEICO, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, and Norfolk Police) on Wednesday, October 4,  9 a.m.-4 p.m. in teh Lighthouse. All students in all majors are welcome to participate in a day of mock interviews. Advance registration is required. To register … Come dressed in business attire and bring copies of your updated resume. Interviews typically last 30 minutes. Students will receive immediate feedback on their answers, attire, resume, and communication style. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3107 or careerdevelopment@vwu.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage.

Graduate School Fair
Thursday, October 19th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Lighthouse will host a graduate school fair for students to learn about graduate schools and the application process on Thursday, October 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Marlin Main Street in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. Students will  have the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of graduate and professional schools. All Virginia Wesleyan students are welcome. Juniors are especially encouraged to attend. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3107 or careerdevelopment@vwu.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage.

Internship Port Day Oral and Poster Presentation Workshop
Thursday, November 9th, 11:00 a.m.
Get ready for Virginia Wesleyan’s next Port Day, on Tuesday, December 5th! If you are interning this semester, you will be invited to participate in Port Day with either an oral or poster presentation. This workshop on Thursday, November 9 at 11 a.m. in the Lighthouse explains how to create a poster that effectively represents an internship experience. It focuses on both the technical elements of poster design and content. We also discuss strategies for effective oral presentations. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3107 or careerdevelopment@vwu.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage.

Internship Port Day Oral and Poster Presentation Workshop
Thursday, November 9th, 6:00 p.m.

Get ready for Virginia Wesleyan’s next Port Day, on Tuesday, December 5th! If you are interning this semester, you will be invited to participate in Port Day with either an oral or poster presentation. This workshop on Thursday, November 9 at  6 p.m. in the Lighthouse explains how to create a poster that effectively represents an internship experience. It focuses on both the technical elements of poster design and content. We also discuss strategies for effective oral presentations. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3107 or careerdevelopment@vwu.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage.

How I Write Workshop
Tuesday, September 26th, 11:00 a.m.
This student workshop on Tuesday, September 26 at 11 a.m. in the Lighthouse features an interdisciplinary panel of faculty who discuss their writing strategies. Researchers all write differently. The speakers will share their insights into effective and efficient writing strategies. The workshop focuses especially on ways to begin the writing process, strategies for organizing ideas, and techniques for engaging other scholars’ research. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, visit theLighthouse’s webpage or contact the URP Director, Dr. Soraya Bartol, at 757.455.3372 or sbartol@vwc.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Writing an Abstract Workshop
Tuesday, November 7th, 11:00 a.m.
This workshop on Tuesday, November 7 at 11 a.m. in teh Lighthouse explains the qualities of an effective abstract and reviews strategies for writing abstracts. It is especially helpful to students who will present their research at Virginia Wesleyan’s Port Day on December 5,  2017. This workshop is hosted by Virginia Wesleyan College’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP), located in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, visit the Lighthouse’s webpage or contact the URP Director, Dr. Soraya Bartol, at 757.455.3372 or sbartol@vwc.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Creating a Research Poster/Oral Presentation
Tuesday, November 14th, 11:00 a.m.
This workshop on Tuesday, November 14 at 11 a.m.in the Lighthouse explains how to design a poster that effectively presents research findings. It focuses on both the technical elements of poster design and content. We also discuss strategies for effective oral presentations. While the workshop focuses on scholarly research presentations, it also provides tips for a wide variety of academic presentations. This workshop is especially helpful to students who will present posters at Virginia Wesleyan’s Port Day, the Academic Fair, or off-campus academic conferences. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan University’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP), located in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, visit the Lighthouse’s webpage or contact the URP Director, Dr. Soraya Bartol, at 757.455.3372 or sbartol@vwc.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.