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August

Aug 14 - Oct 27

Plantbot Genetics - Cross Pollination Exhibit

Art exhibition in The Neil Britton Gallery through October 27. The artist team of Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki work as PlantBot Genetics Inc., a parody of the Monsanto Corporation and other Big Ag Firms who skillfully manipulate food production and distribution systems. The satire and parody of PlantBot Genetics comments on aggressive, misleading practices of biotech companies. The artists question and humorously comment on actual biotech products, research and development, corporate graphics, and marketing techniques. Special events related to the exihibition include the PlantBot Hacking Workshop on Sept 6 from 1-3 p.m. (Registration required: 757.455.3257), the Exhibition Reception on Sept. 6 from 6-8 p.m. in the Neil Britton Art Gallery, PlantBots Unleashed and the Moth Project on Sept. 7. All events are free and open to the public. See specific dates for details.

September

Sep 24

CROWNS: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats
4 p.m.

At Great Presbyterian Church (333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA), this event is sponsored by The Center for Sacred Music and the Great Bridge Presbyterian Candlelight Concert Series. With a nod to Michael Cunningham’s book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, singers Norma Bass, Cassandra Howard, Joy Vernon ’17, and Patrice Glover ’18, perform classic spirituals interspersed with readings selected from Cunningham’s first-person accounts.

 

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Sep 26

How I Write Workshop
11 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.

Sep 28

Ann Cyptar, Voice Pathologist
11 a.m.

“When Jacob came close to Isaac his father, blind Isaac said “I know this voice . . .” (Genesis 27:22) Ann Cyptar, voice pathologist with the Riverside Health Systems, explains how the voice works, signs of injury, and healthy habits for a lifetime of speaking and music-making. This Sound and Symbol Lecture Series event is in Fine Arts 9 and is open to all.

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Sep 28

Blue Mind- How being in, on or near water can make us healthier, happier and more connected
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Scott Ramsey '90, Director of the Alaska Outdoor Science School, will discuss the research that demonstrates the positive impacts of water on our lives. The presentation will take place in room 255 of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center. This event, sponsored by the VWU Lighthouse, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact emalcolm@vwu.edu.

Sep 28

Adventure Photography and Filmmaking
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Photographer Wes Overvold will share his work and discuss the discovery of new landscapes, cultures, and the stories that exist there through photographer and filmmaking. The presentation will take place in room 255 of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center. This event, sponsored by the VWU Lighthouse, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact emalcolm@vwu.edu

Sep 29

Mud Games
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mud Games, one of Wesleyan's most beloved campus traditions, will take place Friday, September 29 at 2 p.m.on 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. Open only to VWU students, faculty/staff and alumni. This event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Activities Council with support from RecX.

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October

Oct 1

Reforming! A Hymn Festival
4 p.m.

At Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal (560 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA), this Monumental Moment is sponsored by The Center for Sacred Music and the American Organists Guild-Tidewater Chapter. The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Just as the rumblings of reform bubbled through Europe long before, the echoes of a transforming Church continue to this day. Join in a hearty afternoon of singing hymns of the Christian faith led by chapter organists Geoffrey Bell '09 (Hidenwood Presbyterian-Newport News), Stephen Cook (First Presbyterian-Norfolk), Kevin Kwan (Christ & St. Luke’s-Norfolk), Bradley Norris (St. Andrew’s Episcopal-Newport News) and Marjorie Setnicky (Christ & St. Luke’s).

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Oct 1

Janet Judge - Opportunities and Responsibilities
7 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.

Oct 4

Marlin Spirit Day

Get ready to show your VWU spirit on Marlin Spirit Day, Wednesday, October 4! Alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff -- anyone can participate! Don your Virginia Wesleyan gear, dress up your kids, your pets, yourself. Decorate your office, your car, your house. Get creative! Post your pictures on social meida with the hastag #MarlinSpiritDay. Select photos wil be shared on the University's social meida pages.

Oct 4

Mock Interview Day
9 a.m. - 4 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.

Oct 4

A Classicist on the Camino de Santiago
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Professor of Classics at Monmouth College, reflects on the spiritual and historical insights which he gained by traversing Roman Hispania to the sepulcher of Saint James the Great--a pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago, a popular itinerary for the Catholic faithful since the Middle Ages. This event will be in room 255 of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center. Light refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public. For more information contact bhaller@vwu.edu.

Oct 5

Transgender Rights: Building Bridges Across Communities
11 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

Oct 5

Atlas, Caesar, and Other Classical Figures in 21st-Century Editorial Cartoons around the World
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Professor of Classics at Monmouth College, discusses how recent political cartoons have appropriated Classical myth and history to provide perspective on current events. Come share a chuckle and some light refreshments with Dr. Sienkewicz! This event is in room 255 of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center and it is free and open to the public. For more information contact bhaller@vwu.edu.

Oct 6 - 8

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff gather for festivties and fun Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 6-8, 2017.  Festivities include Marlin Spirit Day, Wesleyan Wedensday -- Singles Mingle , the Homecoming Parade, VWU Friday Night Flights - Annual Alumni Social, the Homecoming Dance, Greer Environmental Science Center tours, Betty S. Rogers Track and Field Center Dedication, Class of 2017 Tree Planting Ceremony, Homecoming Tailgate, Inaugural Chili Cook-off, alumni and varsity athletic games, an Interdenominational Worship Service and more.

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Oct 19

Gout, Tuberculosis, and Migraines: The Significance of John Calvin's Body on his Thought
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Dr. Craig Wansink discusses how might John Calvin’s health help us understand how he came to articulate his theology? Held from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Blocker Hall Auditorium, Dr. Wansink, the Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, shows how the health of John Calvin--the founder of Reformed theology--shaped both his life and theological influence. 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.

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Oct 19

Graduate School Fair
11 a.m. - 1 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.

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Oct 19

Life Matters: Elaine Aird
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

In “Life Matters,” members of the Wesleyan community offer autobiographical reflections on their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences. These deeply personal talks create meaningful opportunities for greater understanding and connection, encouraging each of us to think about what has shaped us and given our own life meaning. Elaine Aird, VWU Accounts Payable Coordinator, shares her reflections from 12-1 pm in the Boyd Dining Center Shafer Room. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, the Chaplain’s Office and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL) at Virginia Wesleyan University. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

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Oct 20

Washington D.C. Day
7 a.m. - 10 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.

Oct 21

Airband Competition
8 p.m.

This annual Virginia Wesleyan student lipsync/skit/dance event, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, takes place Saturday, October 21 at 8 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Student groups (athletic teams, clubs, Greeks, groups of friends) must register to participate by Thursday, October 19. Prizes are awarded for first, second, third place performers. 

Oct 23

Islam, Christianity, and Judaism as Forces for Change in Coastal Virginia
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Because society is imperfect, religions obligate followers to uphold and share values that will impact the broader community. In Coastal Virginia, what positive changes result from these efforts? How might such efforts harm public life? An interfaith panel guides this Nexus Interfaith Dialogue held in Boyd Dining Hall from 7-8:30 p.m. Panelists include: Dr. Tahani Amer, Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads; Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, Congregation Beth El (Conservative); Rev. Jack Howell, Trinity Presbyterian (PCA); Dr. Ahmed Noor, Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads; Rev. Dr. Sharon Riley, Faith Deliverance Christian Center, Inc. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

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Oct 25 - 28

Into the Woods Theatre Production

Virginia Wesleyan University Theatre presents Into the Woods. Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim. Book;: James Lapine. This Tony Award-winning mash-up of fairytales questions everything from the conventions of storytelling to traditional gender roles to simplistic world views.  Will Cinderella find happiness with a Prince raised to be Charming?  Is the Witch evil or just misunderstood?  When it comes to Jack’s cow, does the end justify the “beans”?  With a witty plot and beautiful Sondheim score, it’s a magical theatre experience.  Directed by Batten Professor of Theatre Sally Shedd; Presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International. In Hofheimer Theatre-- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, October 25-28. Matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29. Public ticket prices range from $10-15; Production is free to the VWC community with ID. Reservations: 757.455.3381/ShowTix4U.com/theatretix@vwc.edu. For more information call 757.455.3283 or email sshedd@vwu.edu

 

Oct 25

Talk About Teaching
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

“Faculty Development in a Connectivist MOOC: the OpenLearning Project” Sue Erickson will provide answers to the questions: What is a Connectivist MOOC (cMOOC)? Why would you want to participate in one focused on faculty development? What is Open Learning and how could use it in your classes? She will also will share some of her experiences in the OpenLearning17 cMOOC and will highlight plans for OpenLearning18, which anyone can participate in. The OpenLearning Hub is Virginia’s contribution to an AAC&U LEAP States project called Faculty Collaboratives. Sue will be joined virtually by fellow members of the Faculty Collaboratives Steering Committee for Virginia. Location: Greer Room 260.

Oct 26

Mapmakers of the Reformation: The Ascendancy of Protestant Cartographers in the 17th Century
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

From the late 1500s until the late 1600s, the defiantly Protestant Dutch, centered in Amsterdam, led the world in cartographic innovation, artistry, and publishing. Looking at the maps and careers of several Dutch masters, Retired Vice President for Norfolk Southern William C. Wooldridge discusses how it happened that the greatest mapmakers all adhered to the reformed faith. Held from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Blocker Hall Auditorium, 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.

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Oct 26

Jonathon Irons: Coding and Creativity
11 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.

Oct 30

The Harbor String Quartet
7:30 p.m.

As adept at performing the classics as pop standards, this quartet’s members perform with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Virginia Musical Theater and Broadway on Tour as well as Josh Groban and Mannheim Steamroller. This performance, part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series, is in Hofheimer Theater. “Music from the Movies,” features familiar music from your favorite movies. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations call 757.455.2101.

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November

Nov 2

Cormac O'Brien: Toxic, Harmed and Harmful
11 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

Nov 2

Charlie Lockwood: Santa Muerte, The Mexican Death Saint in the United States
12 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.

Nov 3

Study Abroad with Purpose
12 p.m. - 1 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.

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Nov 4

12th Annual One Love Festival
1 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Held annually to celebrate peace, the One Love Festival is a community event sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Festival activities take place from 1-9:30 p.m. and include: Presentation sponsored by the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Pax Christi Community of Hampton Roads (1-2:20 p.m., Monumental Chapel); Waging Peace: Beyond Extremism to Our Muslim, American Neighbors Town Hall Discussion moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, host of "Another View" radio program on WHRV 89.5 FM (2:30-4 p.m., Boyd Dining Hall); Largest Drum Circle in the World led by Arthur Lopez of Drum Your Dream (4-5:30 p.m., Batten Student Center Marlin Grille); Evening Concert featuring the VWU Gospel Choir, Teens with a Purpose, Nathan Richardson as Frederick Douglas, and the Rick Mateo Band (7-9:30 p.m., Batten Student Center Marlin Grille). Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

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Nov 7

Writing an Abstract Workshop
11 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.

Nov 7

The Cann Sisters
7:30 p.m.

Kimberly and Michelle Cann, educated at the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, respectively, mesh exceptional talents into electrifying performances. “The sheer verve of both sisters gliding along the two grands with evident passion and communication is something to behold.”  (Mountain Xpress) The performance, part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series, is in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations call 757.455.2101.

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Nov 9 - Jan 5

Other than Real

Exhibition in the Neil Britton Gallery November 9, 2017 – January 5, 2018  “Art is not truth. Truth conforms to reality. Art invents reality.” (Walter Darby Bannard)   Art as an aesthetic expressionism of ambiguity and intuition that continuously expands upon the mysterious imperative of being alive forms the work of this exhibition. See the world in new ways through the artworks of Robyn Bailey, Nicole Harp, Christine Harris, Wade Mickley, Greta Pratt, John Roth, and Susan Tolbert.   “Reality is only an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” (Albert Einstein)

Panel Discussion and Opening Reception: November 9th, 6pm to 8pm

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Nov 9

Holy Dung: Comic Signs of Consubstantiality in Martin Luther Films
11 a.m. - 12 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.

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Nov 9

Padmarani Rasiah Cantu, Indian dance
11 a.m.

A consummate artist and accomplished choreographer and teacher, Cantu is Director of the Fine Arts Society of Yogaville.  She performs an ancient classical dance of India, the Bharatha Natyam, codified interpretations of prayers from Hindu’s Vedic scriptures considered one of the oldest art forms. Part of the Center for Sacred Music's Monumental Moments, this event is in Hofheimer Theatet and is free to all.

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Nov 9

Internship Port Day Oral and Poster Presentation Workshop
11 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.

Nov 9

Life Matters: Phil Guilfoyle
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

In “Life Matters,” members of the Wesleyan community offer autobiographical reflections on their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences. These deeply personal talks create meaningful opportunities for greater understanding and connection, encouraging each of us to think about what has shaped us and given our own life meaning. Phil Guilfoyle, VWU Professor of Art, shares his reflections from 12-1 pm in the Boyd Dining Center Shafer Room. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, the Chaplain’s Office and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL) at Virginia Wesleyan University. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

Nov 9

Internship Port Day Oral and Poster Presentation Workshop
6 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.

Nov 13

Essential Israel: What Does it Mean to be Literate about Israel in the 21st Century?
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

What does it mean to be literate about Israel in the 21st century? From 7-8 p.m. in Blocker Hall Auditorium, Rachel Fish, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, discusses "Israel Literacy" and why it is increasingly important for us today. Essential Israel, a 2017 book by Rachel Fish and S. Ilan Troen focuses on how to engage thoughtfully in the increasingly serious public debates about both Israel as a beleaguered democratic state in the Middle East and its relation to the United States. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

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Nov 13 - 18

Fall One-Act Play Festival
7:30 p.m.

In Hofheimer Theater, this extravaganza is produced and directed by students in the VWU Theatre program who will present a variety of plays from thought-provoking dramas to side-splitting comedies. (Play titles and performance schedule to be announced.)

 

 

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Nov 14

Talk About Teaching
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

“A Face-to- Face Discussion on Online Teaching” VWU Faculty Members: Paul Ewell, George Jackson, Kristin Burney, Michelle Vachris, and Scott Liverman will share their fall online course experiences and share advice with VWU faculty who may be planning to teach an online VWU course. Location: Greer Room 255.

Nov 14

Creating a Research Poster/Oral Presentation
11 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.

Nov 14

Fear Not! Taking the Fear Out of Studying Away
12 p.m. - 1 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.

Nov 16

International Week Cook Off
11 a.m. - 1 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.

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Nov 16

Brian Hawkins, Luthier
11 a.m.

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord with the music of the lute and harp, to the melody of the lyre . . .”  (Psalm 92) Experienced “tone wood vendor” and luthier Brian Hawkins explains wood’s properties and his proprietary bracing system which results in his stellar reputation for hand-building the finest hand-crafted acoustic and electric guitars. Part of the Center for Sacred Music's Sound & Symbol Lecture Series, this event will take place in Fine Arts 9.

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Nov 20

Charles Humphries, Counter-tenor | Emily Noel, Soprano
7:30 p.m.

“O Sacred Oracles” is a smorgasbord of Handel’s biblical oratorios performed by one of the world’s most sought-after counter-tenors, and a soprano praised for “sheer vocal beauty” (Washington Post)  accompanied by the baroque chamber ensemble Kontrabande.   Belshazzar, Solomon, Jephtha, and Joshua will appear in this concert of love, war, passion, and frustration. Co-sponsored by VWU’s Center for Sacred Music, this performance is part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series. It will be in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations, call 757.455.2101.

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December

Dec 1

A Wesleyan Christmas
7:30 p.m.

The Wesleyan Singers and Chorale, and the Wesleyan Jazz and Orchestra ensembles usher in the holiday season; Bryson Montensen, choral conductor/ Jason Squinobal, instrumental conductor.  Performances in Hofheimer Theater December 1, 7:30pm and December 2, 4:00pm. All seats:  $5  (Free to VWC community with ID)

 

 

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Dec 2

A Wesleyan Christmas
4 p.m.

The Wesleyan Singers and Chorale, and the Wesleyan Jazz and Orchestra ensembles usher in the holiday season; Bryson Montensen, choral conductor/ Jason Squinobal, instrumental conductor.  Performances in Hofheimer Theater December 1, 7:30pm and December 2, 4:00pm. All seats:  $5  (Free to VWC community with ID)

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Dec 5

Port Day
8:30 a.m. - 5 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).

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January

Jan 15 - Mar 9

VWU Faculty Art Show

Faculty members of the Virginia Wesleyan University Art Department display their work in the neil Britton Gallery from January 15 - March 9, 2018. The reception for this exhibit will be on February 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information, contact John Rudel, Curator of Exhibitions and Assistant Professor of Art at jrudel@vwu.edu or 757.455.3257.

February

Feb 8

Reception for VWU Faculty Art Show
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join VWU Art Faculty for a reception in the Neil Britton Gallery from 6 -8 p.m. Facutly members of the Virginia Wesleyan University Art Department display their work in the Gallery from January 15 - March 9.

Feb 9

The Thirteen - From Tree to Shining Tree
7:30 p.m.

Known for inspired and powerful performances of music from the Renaissance to the Romantic, Matthew Robertson directs this ensemble whose members are gathered from the world’s finest ensembles – Chanticleer, Seraphic Fire, and Conspirare, to name a few. “. . . to talk about the remarkable abilities and sound of the singers would be like trying to say which whitecaps on the ocean reflect the sun most beautifully . . . I stand in awe.”   (M. D. Ridge, WHRO-FM) The performance, part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series, is in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations, call 757.455.2101.

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March

Mar 19 - 20

2018 Robert F. Boyd Institute

The 2018 Robert F. Boyd Institute will be held on Monday, March 19-Tuesday, March 20. The guest speaker will be Tod Bolsinger. Registration will open in the fall 2017 and will cost $75/person.

Mar 19

John Bullard - Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art
7:30 p.m.

One minute he’s bush-hogging a field on his John Deere and the next he’s playing Bach partitas on his 5-string banjo; a true Southern gentleman. Joined by strings and piano, Bullard performs Schumann’s Romances, Opus 94, Handel’s Trio Sonata No.8 in G minor, and Marcello’s Concerto in D minor, among others; fragile and intimate, peaceful and austere in Bullard’s hands. This performace, part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series, is in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations, call 757.455.2101.

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April

Apr 5

TRADOC Jazz Ensemble
11 a.m.

TRADOC Jazz Ensemble is part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series. The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Jazz Project visits campus for this daytime concert of jazz, blues, and soul in celebration of VWU’s Army ROTC, Marlin Detachment. The performance takes place in Hofheimer Theater. Free to all attendees.

 

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Apr 9

Washington Saxophone Quartet
7:30 p.m.

The most widely heard sax quartet in the USA, the quartets’ recorded arrangements are aired daily on NPR’s broadcasts of All Things Considered – often a surprise to audiences!  The instruments can evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section. The performance in Hofheimer Theater is part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series. Ticket prices are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations, call 757.455.2101.

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May

May 1

Shannon Jennings, soprano | Charles Woodward, piano
7:30 p.m.

As Resident Artist with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh in the Round wrote “. . . a vision who sang treacherously difficult music with what seemed to be the greatest of ease and with a voice of beautiful quality and quantity.”  As part of the 2016 Merola Opera Program (San Francisco), Jennings sang the role of Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa’s Transformations and the Bay Area Reporter wrote “. . . her darker sound and clear tone have a blooming quality that easily filled the big opera-house acoustic.”   Come, hear for yourself! This performance, part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series, is in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations, call 757.455.2101.

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