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September

Sep 1 - Nov 2

Neil Britton Art Gallery Exhibition - Diane Edison

Diane Edison's "Black and White" will be on display in the Neil Britton Art Gallery from September 1-November 2. Using color pencils on black paper, Edison creates portraitures with an emphasis on the autobiographical. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Artist Lecture: October 4, 11:00 a.m. - Blocker Auditorium (A Lighthouse Premier Event)

Artist Reception: October 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Neil Britton Art Gallery

Sep 25

Study Away Fair

The Lighthouse will host a study away fair for VWU students, in the Batten Student Center, to learn about study away courses, study away course grants, semester study abroad, and the Global Scholars Program. This includes this year's Winter Session study away courses offered by Virginia Wesleyan faculty. A variety of study abroad program providers will be available to talk with students about study abroad options. Learn about VWU's study abroad exchange partners. Free t-shirts and other Lighthouse swag will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis!

Sep 25

GEICO Presents: Resumes, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Do you need help with your professional documents or your professional online presence? Regional GEICO recruiters will be on the Virginia Wesleyan campus to give students advice on resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. This event is open to students in all majors. 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. The event will be in The Lighthouse.

Sep 27

Community Partner Meet and Greet
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wesleyan Engaged will be sponsoring our second Community Partner Meet and Greet in the Pearce Hospitality Center from 11am until 1pm. Please come, meet, and see how to engage with our Civic Engagement Partners from throughout Hampton Roads. For more information, please stop by the Wesleyan Engaged Office in the Batten Center. A list of organizations attending will be posted prior to the event.

Sep 27

See Jane Run: Liberals and Conservatives Running for Office in 2018's "Year of the Woman"
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies Dr. Leslie Caughell introduces the realities of women running for political office in 2018, including both the ways in which these women may benefit as a result of their gender and the ways in which their gender poses challenges. This presentation, in Blocker Hall Auditorium, pays particular attention to how female candidates are working to reach female voters, many of whom have traditionally not voted or voted for conservative candidates. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

 

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Sep 27

Grant Writing for Research Students
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This workshop introduces students to Virginia Wesleyan's research grants, provided by the Undergraduate Research Program (URP). The URP offers student grants both to conduct research and to present research off-campus at professional and academic conferences. The URP also works with external organizations to secure research grants for VWU students. This workshop reviews the components of a grant application and provides instruction on writing successful grants. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan's URP 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.

Sep 27

Graduate and Professional School Application and Admission Process
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Students who are interested in applying to graduate or professional school should attend this workshop. Representatives from graduate and law schools will share their expertise on the application and admission process. Prepare to talk with potential graduate and professional schools! This workshop will also help you to prepare for Virginia Wesleyan's Graduate School Fair on October 4th. 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. The event will take place in The Lighthouse.
 

Sep 27

Talk About Teaching: Storytelling
12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Storytelling Through Four C's in the Classroom: Strategies for Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity across the Curriculum. Four of our colleagues will share how they have incorporated one or more of the C's into their classroom to provide important skills to prepare students for the 21st century. The approaches will include:  Robin Takacs - Communicating Your Story with E'portfolios, Denise Wilkinson - Understanding the Concept of Slopes through Storytelling, Kathy Stolley - Promoting Creativity in Small groups, Carol Johnson - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Integrating Critical Thinking into a Writing Course. Sponsored by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL)

Date/Time: Thursday, September 27, 12-12:50 pm Location: INTEL Center

October

Oct 2

Graduate School Recognition Day

Virginia Wesleyan faculty and staff will be sporting their graduate school apparel, hats, pins, buttons, and stickers from their graduate school alma maters. Ask them about their graduate school experience! 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.

Oct 2

Global Scholar Semester Study Abroad Application Workshop
12 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan students in their sophomore or junior years may apply to Virginia Wesleyan's semester study abroad Global Scholars Program. The deadline to apply for fall 2019 semester abroad is Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Take advantage of this special workshop, being held in Clarke 112, in The Lighthouse, to receive tips on how to compose a successful application and to prepare for the Global Scholars interview. Students applying to study abroad through Virginia Wesleyan's Global Scholars Program in fall 2019 or spring 2020 are encouraged to attend. The application and information about the Global Scholars Program are available on The Lighthouse's webpage.

 

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Oct 3

Marlin Spirit Day

Wear your favorite VWU gear at home, at work, or at play for Marlin Spirit Day on Wednesday, October 3. We're looking for photos from alumni, students, faculty, staff, and VWU friends from around the world boasting your favorite Marlin shirts, hats, pants, blankets, diplomas, and more. Decorate your home or office or dress up your kids and pets with Marlin gear and snap a picture. Tweet your photos to @vawesleyan with the hashtag #marlinspiritday or share them on Facebook at facebook.com/vawesleyan or facebook.com/virginia.wesleyan.alumni. You can also send your photos directly to the Office of Marketing and Communications at virginiawesleyan@vwu.edu and we'll do our best to post them for you.

Oct 4

On Her Flesh: Queer Jewish Women and Pride Tattoos
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The pink triangle has gone from a stigmatizing Holocaust symbol to an emblem of LGBTQ pride. Similarly, Jewish women using rainbow Stars of David have been accused of promoting political agendas and have been banned from certain LGBTQ pride events. Dr. Amy Milligan, Batten Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University, discusses how these symbols and their use by women have taken on new meaning in their contemporary contexts. How are they used differently by women than men, by Jews than non-Jews, or by younger generations than old? And what are the implications when these symbols are tattooed on Jewish women’s bodies? Free and open to the public, the event is in Blocker Hall Auditorium and is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

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Oct 4

On Deck Speaker Series: Diane Edison
11 a.m.

Diane Edison will present "Black and White" on Thursday, October 4, at 11 a.m. in Blocker Auditorium. Edison teaches at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Using color pencils on black paper, she creates portraitures with an emphasis on the autobiographical. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Edison's work will be on display in the Neil Britton Art Gallery from September 1-November 2. An Artist Reception will be held on Thursday, October 4, from 6-8 p.m. (Originally scheduled for Sept. 13, but rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence)

Oct 4

Graduate School Fair
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Lighthouse hosts a graduate school fair for students to learn about graduate schools and the application process. Students 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. This event will be on Batten Main Street in the Jane P. Batten Student Center.

Oct 4

Talk About Teaching: VWU Online Learning
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Lessons Learned on VWU Online Learning - Faculty who have been involved in the VWU online program join a panel discussion and share lessons they've learned from their online experiences. Panelists include: Ben Haller, Josh Weinstein, Margaret Reese, Robin Takacs, Denise Wilkinson, and Sharon Swift. Sponsored by Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL)

Date/Time: Thursday, October 4, 11-11:50 am Location:  Foley Classroom, Library

Oct 4

Technology Thursday: Getting Started with Zotero
4 p.m.

Getting Started with Zotero. Sophie Rondoau and Sherry Matis will share the basics of this free and open-source reference management software that helps users manage bibliographic data and related research materials. Participants will have a hands-on experience during this workshop. Sponsored by Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL)

Date/Time: Thursday, October 4, 4 pm, Location:  Library Computer Lab

Oct 4

Congressional Candidate Elaine Luria
4 p.m.

Congressional candidate Elaine Luria will speak at Virginia Wesleyan University on Thursday, October 4, in the Pearce Hospitality Suite in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m., but guests are asked to arrive by 3:45 p.m. Following her remarks, Ms. Luria will take questions from the audience. Sponsored by Associate Professor of Political Science Leslie Caughell and the Department of Political Science and  Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Doug Kennedy and the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Oct 4

Global Scholar Semester Study Abroad Application Workshop
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan students in their sophomore or junior years may apply to Virginia Wesleyan's semester study abroad Global Scholars Program. The deadline to apply for fall 2019 semester abroad is Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Take advantage of this special workshop, held in Clarke 112, within The Lighthouse, to receive tips on how to compose a successful application and to prepare for the Global Scholars interview. Students applying to study abroad through Virginia Wesleyan's Global Scholars Program in fall 2019 or spring 2020 are encouraged to attend. The application and information about the Global Scholars Program are available on The Lighthouse's webpage.


 

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Oct 5 - 7

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Alumni, parents, students, and friends gather for our annual tradition of fun and food trucks during Homecoming and Family Weekend. This year's Homecoming and Family Weekend includes athletic and alumni games, our second annual Chili Cook-Off, a 5k Fun Run, and special events around the arts in anticipation of the opening of the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center this spring. For all of the weekend's highlights, please visit the Homecoming and Family Weekend webpage.

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Oct 5

Homecoming and Family Weekend Arts Showcase
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

On Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m. preview the VWU Theatre department's fall production, The Tempest, and hear the VWU Singers, Chorale, Jazz Band and Orchestra. Free admission, no reservations necessary. Immediately following the Saturday event, there will be an Open Mic for current VWU students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Oct 6

THE EDGE 5K FUN RUN
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
As a part of the University's Homecoming and Family Weekend events, Aramark presents the inaugural 5K Fun Run, THE EDGE. The event proceeds will support The Excellence Fund in providing annual scholarship assistance for VWU students. The 5K Fun Run starts at 10:00 a.m. and is open to the public. Immediately following the Fun Run, ALL race participants are invited to stay and enjoy the VWU Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities to include a live band and food trucks! Registration for THE EDGE 5K Fun Run is required. For registration details and pricing, visit: https://theedge5k.com/. Questions? Email: theedge5k@gmail.com

 

 

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Oct 6

Theatre and Music Alums Come Home!
10 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Join Theatre Professor Emeritus Dr. Rick Hite and University Archivist Dr. Stephen Mansfield, and current music and theatre faculty, for a retrospective of the music and theatre programs at Virginia Wesleyan. Theatre and music alumni are invited to gather in the Hofheimer Theatre once again to honor our past and celebrate our future! Commemorative photos will be taken. Come stand together with former teachers and friends and memorialize your spot in VWU history. Free admission, no reservations necessary. For more details regarding October 6 events for theatre and music alumni, visit the Hofheimer Theatre Facebook page or contact Dr. Sally Shedd at sshedd@vwu.edu.

Oct 8

Nexus Interfaith Dialogue: Gender Roles and Religion
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Human sexuality has posed a range of challenges for all religious traditions. Through panel presentation and small group dialogue, this interfaith dialogue explores challenges related to gender roles that face religious institutions and individuals. “What does my religion teach about the equality or differences between males and females? What women stand out in my religion's scripture? How do specific scripture passages in my faith cause pain, misunderstanding, and confusion about gender roles? How do they bring support or joy? How does my religion shape how gender is understood?”  Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish panelists reflect on these questions both individually and together, and engage the audience in discussion. Free and open to the public, the event, in Batten Student Center Pearce Hospitality Suite, is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and Hands United Building Bridges. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

 

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Oct 9

Mock Interview Day
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan students are invited to practice interviewing in mock interviews with employers (Northwestern Mutual, Tidewater Youth Services Commission, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, and Virginia Beach Police). Students in all majors are welcome to participate in a day of mock interviews. Advance registration is required by October 1 at 12:00 p.m. To register, please fill out this form.  Come dressed in business attire and bring copies of your resume. Interviews last 30 minutes. Each student will receive immediate feedback on his/her responses, 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.

Oct 10

Fall 2019 Global Scholar Applications Due

Fall 2019 Global Scholar Applications Due

Applications to study abroad in fall 2019 through Virginia Wesleyan's Global Scholars Program are due on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The application and information can be found on The Lighthouse's webpage.

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Oct 11

All the Rage: Using Feminist Theory to Analyze Technocrime
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Dr. Alison Marganski, Associate Professor of Criminology at Le Moyne College, will speak on the intersections of technology and gender-based violence. Her talk will focus on issues such as online harassment, stalking, and gender violence in contemporary society. The event will take place at 11 a.m. in Kellam Social Science Lab, Allen Village (VII). Dr. Marganski's talk is part of the Women's Resource Center's series of events on Domestic Assault Awareness Month. For more information, contact Women's Resource Center Director, Jennifer Slivka at wrc@vwu.edu. The event is free and open to the VWU campus community.

Oct 11

Sound & Symbol Lecture Series - "Here Comes the Bride"
11 a.m.

Weddings & Marriage in the Christian Tradition   

Mary Charlotte Elia (VWU’03), Theologian in Residence, Holmes Presbyterian Church, Cape Charles

Someday My Prince Will Come: Marriage in the Disney Tradition

Dr. Kathy Merlock Jackson, Professor of Communication

Fine Arts Building, Room 9 (Free)

Oct 11 - 4

Life Matters: Jason Seward'01
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. Join us as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Seward ’01 shares his reflections in Boyd Dining Center Shafer Room. Feel free to bring your lunch or purchase lunch in the dining center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, the Chaplain’s Office, and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL).

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Oct 15

Last Day to Register To Vote

Please remember that the last day to register to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia is today, October 15th, by 5pm. To see if you are registered to vote, please visit: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation.

Oct 15 - 16

Fall Break

Oct 18

The Creativity Workshop: Identity (for VWU students only)
11 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Throughout the last 25 years, the witty illustrations of Hanoch Piven have appeared in most major American magazines and newspapers, and in many European publications. Piven lectures extensively about creativity and its application to various aspects of life, and conducts workshops for children and adults alike. His workshops allow participants to easily experience a creative process and enable introspection and communication through the creation of a collage with common objects. In this workshop on identity, participants deal with the question, “what are we made of?” as they consider the different values, experiences, and emotions that make us the individuals that we are. See his work at www.pivenworld.com, and watch “Living in a Playful Collage: Hanoch Piven at TEDxJerusalem.” Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnerships with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater as part of the Israel Today 2018-2019 series. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

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Oct 24 - 28

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

October 24-27, 7:30 p.m.

October 28, 2:00 p.m.

In Fall 1981, the Hofheimer Theatre opened with a production of The Tempest. As we anticipate the opening of the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center in Spring 2019, what better way to bid farewell to the Hofheimer Theatre as a mainstage space than with a revisit of this Shakespearean classic? Among numerous student, faculty, staff, and alumni contributors, The Tempest features Khari Johnson ('16) as Prospera and Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers ('02) as dramaturg. With this production, "our revels now are ended" in Hofheimer Theatre. Join us for a heartfelt and magical farewell.  Reservations: www.showtix4U.com; theatretix@vwu.edu

 

Oct 25

On Deck Speaker Series: Doug Seroff, "Alexander Tolliver's Smart Set and the Popularization of Blues and Jazz in the World War I Era American Circus."
11 a.m.

In Blocker Auditorium, Doug Seroff presents "Alexander Tolliver's Smart Set and the Popularization of Blues and Jazz in the World War I Era American Circus." Seroff, a scholar of African-American music history, is the author of many publications and has contributed to a number of documentaries. He was nominated three times for a Grammy Award.

Oct 25

The American Civil Rights Movement and the Women Who Started It
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Dr. Charles Marsh, Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Project on Lived Theology at University of Virginia, is this year’s Justine L. Nusbaum Lecturer. Marsh discusses the religious beliefs behind the American civil rights movement and highlights the women who enacted these convictions through their organizing and leadership. Through remembering the witness of social reformers Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Gray Adams, and Jane Stembridge, Marsh shows how their determined leadership gives us insight in addressing challenges of today. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in conjunction with AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ 2019 (www.americanevolution2019.com), the event, in Boyd Dining Center, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

 

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Oct 27

Catholic Nuns Beating Nuclear Swords into Plowshares
1 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

For over forty years Dominican Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert have fought for nuclear disarmament. As peacemakers following the nonviolent teachings of Jesus, they have traveled the U.S., teaching about the humanitarian and environmental consequences of nuclear and conventional war. As a result of their nonviolent resistance, they have also spent years in jails and prisons. Hear firsthand the incredible stories of two women who have dedicated their lives to ridding the world of nuclear weapons and stopping war forever. Sponsored by the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Pax Christi Community of Hampton Roads, this event, in the Monumental Chapel, is part of the One Love Festival, and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

 

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Oct 27

Are U.S. Immigration Policies Racist? Town Hall Discussion
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

This “Race: Let’s Talk About It” town hall, in Boyd Dining Center, is moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, Host of Another View Radio Program on WHRV 89.5 FM. Beginning with the Naturalization Act of 1790 - which stated that only free white persons were eligible to become citizens - U.S. immigration policy has consistently limited and restricted the immigration of non-whites. Even after the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 abolished the quota system that favored northern Europeans, racism continues to influence public policy and popular attitudes on immigration. What is at the root of the racial anxiety in our country? Why have elected officials – both Democrat and Republican – been seemingly reluctant to challenge pro-white policies and protect the rights of immigrants and refugees? A panel helps to guide the conversation, but the discussion belongs to the audience. Free and open to the public, the town hall is part of the One Love Festival and is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with WHRO Public Media. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

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Oct 27

Largest Drum Circle in the World, Music, Spoken Word, and Poetry
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Drum Your Dream (drumyourdream.com) organizer Arthur Lopez leads a rhythm-based shared experience for peace in Batten Student Center Marlin Grille. Everyone is invited to join this worldwide drumming experience, regardless of musical ability or experience. Hand percussion instruments are available, or bring your own. Also enjoy the music, spoken word, and poetry of local artists. Free and open to the public, this is part of the One Love Festival. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

 

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November

Nov 1

On Deck Speaker Series: Elizabeth Coody - Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Mary Magdalene: Origin Stories that Shape Women's Power
11 a.m.

In Blocker Auditorium, Elizabeth Coody presents "Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Mary Magdalene: Origin Stories that Shape Women’s Power." Coody is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College. Through graphic novels she explains how the origin stories of each of these women dramatically shapes their perceived power.

Nov 1

Imagining the Scandal of the Cross through Comics and Graphic Novels
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

For countless adherents to the Christian tradition, the cross functions as a symbol of divine power. For the earliest Christians, however, the cross represented only a traumatic event. This presentation places several New Testament passages that interpret the cross into dialogue with comics and graphic novel portrayals of the life and death of Jesus. Dr. Elizabeth Coody, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College, looks at how comics present the cross in a way that increases the power of biblical texts for present-day readers.Location TBD. Free and open to the public, the talk is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

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Nov 8

The Norfolk Seamstress Who Said "No": The Political Legacy of Evelyn T. Butts
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Evelyn T. Butts was orphaned at the age of 10, worked as a seamstress, and supplemented her income by housing disabled veterans. At the same time, her sense for political citizenship inspired her--through grassroots leadership and a concern for social justice--to challenge the poll tax in Virginia in an unusual case that was decided by the Supreme Court. Kenny Alexander, Mayor of the City of Norfolk and Ph.D. student at Antioch University, shares his research into why she was so effective and how her work should continue to speak to us today. Free and open to the public, this talk, in Blocker Auditorium, is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in conjunction with AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ 2019 (www.americanevolution2019.com). For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

 

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Nov 8

On Deck Speaker Series: Cecil E. Bohanon, The Limits of Economics and How the Humanities Can Help
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Cecil E. Bohanon presents "The Limits of Economics and How the Humanities Can Help," in Pearce Hospitality Suite in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. Bohanon is a Professor of Economics at Ball State University. His research focuses on public choice, applied microeconomics, and economic education. He has published widely and is a weekly columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal. Partial funding for this event was provided by the Institute for Humane Studies.

Nov 9

Peace: 100 Years since WWI Armistice
7:30 p.m.

In Hofheimer Theater - VWU Choirs, Vox Vera and Camerata, perform the premier of Andrew Maxwell’s Peace to commemorate the 100thanniversary of the end of World War I (1914-1918). Dr. Bryson Mortensen, conductor

Event is free and open to the public.

Nov 11

In Time of Trouble, O God of Peace
4 p.m.

The Center for Sacred Music presents a Fall Hymn Festival, Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, 1445 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach

Brian Hehn, Director of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada’s Center for Congregational Song, leads this festival of his own design. 

In a few weeks, Christians around the world will sing of the coming of the Prince of Peace, while living with war and violence. How do we honor those who served the country while praising the God of Peace? Join in singing hymns and songs old and new as we commemorate Veterans Day while praising God whose kingdom on earth will finally allow us to lay down sword and shield.

Nov 12

Nexus Interfaith Dialogue: Trans Identity and Religious Faith
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Human sexuality has posed a range of challenges for all religious traditions. Through panel presentation and small group dialogue, this interfaith dialogue explores challenges related to transgender identity that face religious institutions and individuals. How does religious faith provide support for transgender identity? What tensions do transgender individuals have between their faith and gender identities? How does transitioning shape faith? How do family members, parents, spouses, and clergy negotiate between their own religious beliefs and perspectives on transgender identity? Please join us as a transgender woman and Taryn McLean (petty officer second class and a transgender man) discuss their own experiences and faith journeys, and as we join in discussion and questions. Free and open to the public, the event in Batten Student Center Pearce Hospitality Suite, is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and Hands United Building Bridges. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

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Nov 14

American Red Cross Blood Drive
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The American Red Cross, Wesleyan Engaged, and Tri-Sigma Sorority are sponsoring a blood drive from 11am until 5pm in the CMAC. Sign-up in person on the days prior to the event by visiting the sign-up table in the Batten Center or register with Rapid Pass (redcrossblood.org/RapidPass) to make checking-in on the drive day easier.

Nov 14

Winds, Strings and More
7:30 p.m.

In Hofheimer Theater - VWU Jazz and Orchestra perform well-known classics, jazz standards, and new music composed for the ensembles, plus holiday favorites for a festive start to the holiday season. Dr. Jason Squinobal, conductor

Event is free and open to the public.

Nov 15 - Jan 17

Neil Britton Art Gallery Exhibition - Clayton Singleton

Clayton Singleton ’94 – Solo Exhibition

Artist Reception: November 15 (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)

Nov 15

Sound & Symbol Lecture Series - Here Comes the Bride
11 a.m.

Weddings & Marriage in the Jewish Tradition

Rabbi Michael Panitz, Temple Israel-Norfolk, and VWU Adjunct Professor of History and Religion

 

Wedded Blitz: Pre- and Post-Production Promotion of the Wedding

Dr. Linda Ferguson, Dean of the Birdsong School of Social Science, Professor of Management, Business, and Economics 

Fine Arts Building, Room 9

Nov 15

Creating a Poster or Oral Presentation for Port Day
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Get ready for Virginia Wesleyan's next Port Day, on Tuesday, December 4th! This workshop explains how to create a poster that effectively represents an internship or undergraduate research experience. It focuses on the technical elements of poster design as well as content. We also discuss strategies for effective oral and poster presentations. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) and the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. This event will be in The Lighthouse.

Nov 15

Talk About Teaching: Engaging Freshmen in Winter Session Courses
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Engaging Freshmen in Winter Session Courses. A panel of faculty who will be teaching during winter session 2019 will share innovative ways in which they plan to maximize engagement in their Winter Session courses. Presenters include: Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson, Rebecca Hooker, Bryson Mortensen, Kathy Stolley, Robin Takacs, Vic Townsend, and Craig Wansink. Sponsored by Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL)

Date/Time: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 11 – 11:50 am Location: Foley Classroom, Library

Nov 21 - 23

Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 29

Spotlight on Faculty: Kathy Merlock Jackson
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Kathy Merlock Jackson will share her personal reflections and experiences that have led her to her research in her presentation, “Finding the Center:  The Emotional Core of Childhood, Media, and Popular Culture Studies.” Open to the VWU Community. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning

Date/Time: Thursday, November 29, 11:00-11:50 am, Location: Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room

Nov 29

Life Matters: Dave Garraty
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Boyd Dining Center Shafer Room

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. Join us as Professor of Management/Business/Economics Dave Garraty shares his reflections. Feel free to bring your lunch or purchase lunch in the dining center. Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, the Chaplain’s Office, and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL). For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu.

 

 

 

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Nov 29

Technology Thursday: More on E-books
4 p.m.

More on E-books - Discovering Low or No Cost Books for Your Courses. This presentation will be a review of the Tech Thursday that was held last spring with updates about new e-book and collections the library has acquired. The presenters will provide practical instruction on functionality associated with ebook platforms available at Virginia Wesleyan University. Librarians Maggie Henderson and Sophie Rondeau will discuss some of the cost and accessibility benefits associated with using ebooks in the curriculum. Participants will learn to search and find ebooks in Discovery, online and offline access options, understanding concurrent access, tools within the platforms, and embedding ebooks into Blackboard with permalinks. Sponsored by Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL)

Date/Time: Thursday, November 29, 4 pm, Location: Library Computer Lab

Nov 30 - Dec 1

Fall One-Act Play Festival

VWU theatre students produce and direct a variety of plays from thought-provoking dramas to side-splitting comedies. (Play titles and performance schedule to be announced.)

December

Dec 4

Port Day

Dec 7

Sing We Now of Christmas!
7:30 p.m.

December 7, 7:30 p.m. and December 8, 2:00 p.m.

In Hofheimer Theater - The VWU Choirs present a festival of holiday music and traditional tales.

Dr. Bryson Mortensen, conductor ($5) 

Dec 8

Sing We Now of Christmas!
2 p.m.

In Hofheimer Theater - The VWU Choirs present a festival of holiday music and traditional tales.

Dr. Bryson Mortensen, conductor ($5) 

Dec 9

December Graduates' Recognition Ceremony & Reception

Dec 12

Reading Day

January

Jan 3 - 25

Winter Session

Jan 28

Classes Begin for Spring Semester

February

Feb 7 - Mar 7

Neil Britton Gallery Exhibition - Abstraction: Invitational Group Show

Abstraction: Invitational Group Show

Opening reception: February 7, 2019 (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Feb 9

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon

The eleventh class of Virginia Wesleyan University's Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted during the annual luncheon on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Registration is $45 per person. For additional information, please contact Suzanne Savage at ssavage@vwu.edu.

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Feb 11

Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series - Duo Thalasse
7:30 p.m.

Wayla Chambo, flute, and Todd Holcomb, guitar, perform works by J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Robert Beaser, and more in Hofheimer Theatre. Chambo is known both as performer and as classical radio host for WHRO-FM. Holcomb has been awarded top prizes in multiple international competitions as soloist and ensemble member, and is part of the Performing Artist Faculty at VWU. ($15; $10)

Feb 21

Let Heaven and Nature Sing Series - An exploration of the nature of sound
11 a.m.

I’m Picking Up Good Vibrations - Dr. Katrina Henry, VWU Assistant Professor of Physics, and Henry Faivre, Registered Piano Technician, explain and demonstrate the physics of sound through strings, bars, salt, and the inner workings of the harpsichord, upright and grand pianos. In Fine Arts Building, Room 9.

Feb 25

An Evening of Bach
7:30 p.m.

 Hofheimer Theater

  

Chorale cantatas, Johann Sebastian Bach’s gift to the Christian Church, fill an evening where the audience becomes the ‘congregation’ to sing the chorales in Hofheimer Theatre. The Wren Masters, the faculty baroque ensemble of the College of William and Mary, join soloists Billye Brown Youmans, soprano, Charles Humphries, counter-tenor, Douglas Lynch, tenor, and Jeremy Yoder, bass, with VWU’s Vox Vera and CamerataDr. Bryson Mortensen, conductor. Cantata78 – “Jesu, der du meine Seele“  (Jesus, you are my soul), Cantata 54 – “Widerstehe doch der Sünde“ (Resist the Sin), and Cantata 140– “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”  (Awake, the Voice is calling us). Co-sponsored with the VWU Concert Series. Free and open to public.

Feb 25

An Evening of Bach
7:30 p.m.

In Hofheimer Theater- Chorale cantatas, Johann Sebastian Bach’s gift to the Christian Church, fill an evening where the audience becomes the ‘congregation’ to sing the chorales. The Wren Masters, the faculty baroque ensemble of the College of William and Mary, join soloists Billye Brown Youmans, soprano, Charles Humphries, counter-tenor, Douglas Lynch, tenor, and Jeremy Yoder, bass, with VWU’s Vox Vera and CamerataDr. Bryson Mortensen, conductor. Cantata78 – “Jesu, der du meine Seele“  (Jesus, you are my soul), Cantata 54 – “Widerstehe doch der Sünde“ (Resist the Sin), and Cantata 140– “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”  (Awake, the Voice is calling us). Co-sponsored by the Center for Sacred Music. Free

March

Mar 12 - 14

Art Majors Portfolio Review

In Neil Britton Gallery

Student Discussion Event: Thursday, March 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Mar 18 - 22

Spring Break

Mar 25 - Apr 5

Student Juried Exhibition

The work of VWU student artists, regardless of major or media

Artists Reception: March 28 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)

April

Apr 4

Let Heaven and Nature Sing Series - An exploration of the nature of sound
11 a.m.

Don’t Stop the Music - Becky Watson, Board Certified Music Therapist, explores the therapeutic effects of music in various populations and the differences between listening, performing, and teaching in Fine Arts Building, Room 9.

 

 

 

Apr 8 - May 10

Senior Art Exhibition

This annual exhibition highlights the work of VWU senior art majors.

Dates and reception TBA

Apr 25

Let Heaven and Nature Sing Series - An exploration of the nature of sound
11 a.m.

All the Better to Hear You With - Dr. Stephanie Moody-Antonio, Associate Professor of Otology and Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at EVMS, explores the hearing apparatus and how to keep it functioning for a lifetime. In Fine Arts, Room 9.

May

May 2

Port Day

May 3

Spring Honors Convocation

May 9

Reading Day

May 17

Baccalaureate Service

May 18

Commencement Ceremony

May 20 - Aug 23

Summer Session