MARCH 2016

On Tuesday I attended a special reception at Westminster-Canterbury celebrating the results of The Birdsong Initiative, a 24-week study examining whether the use of computer technology can increase socialization and improve mental health among residents of nursing homes and memory support programs. The study was made possible by Westminster-Canterbury Foundation Board Member Sue Birdsong and her husband, George, who are longtime supporters and friends of the College. Researchers at Eastern Virginia Medical School led the study with support from students in VWC's Recreation Therapy program. The research results will be unveiled nationally on March 8.    
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Dr. Scott D. Miller is president of Virginia
Wesleyan College. Respected as one of the most entrepreneurial higher education executives in America, he is in his 25th year as a college president. Dr. Miller has dedicated his career to the opportunities available through education. He especially values the small, classical, liberal arts college environment that offers students personalized pathways to life and career success. Previously, he was president of Bethany College (2007-2015), Wesley College (1997-2007), and Lincoln Memorial University (1991-1997). He was also Executive Vice President (1988-1991) and Vice President for Development (1984-1988) at Lincoln Memorial University and Director of College Relations and Alumni Affairs at Rio Grande College (now University) in Ohio. More
The President's Letter
March 2016

A daily blog by Dr. Scott D. Miller

The Virginian-Pilot and The Huffington Post 
Column by Dr. Scott D. Miller 
Building tolerance on American campuses (January 2016) 
The importance of speaking up (December 2015)

Inside Higher Ed 
Column by Dr. Scott D. Miller 
Surviving a Presidential Transition (February 2016) 

The Huffington Post
By Dr. Scott D. Miller
A College President's Christmas List, 2015 (December 2015)
Climbing Walls and Talking Turkey: A Holiday Conversation About College (November 2015)
Unpacking the Briefcase for a New Presidency (August 2015)
My Postscript to the Class of 2015 (June 2015)
Global Challenges Drive Need for International Awareness (March 2015)
Is Hand-Held Literacy Enough? (March 2015)

College Planning & Management
By Dr. Scott D. Miller & Dr. Marylouise Fennell
Enrollment Growth Strategies (January 2016)
Adding Athletics to Boost Enrollment (September 2015)
Budgeting for Today's Institutions (May 2015)
Budgeting for New Demographics (March 2015)
The Student as Consumer (January 2015)

Presidential Perspectives: Innovative Concepts to Achieve Campus Transformation 
Edited by Dr. Scott D. Miller & Dr. Marylouise Fennell
Chapter 7: Campus Transformation through Physical Transformation
Chapter 6: Critical Doing
Chapter 5: "Education's End" and the Spirit of Philanthropy
Chapter 4: Transformation Through Active Engagement
Chapter 3: What is Lost: The Error of Reducing Complex Higher Education Processes to Metrics and Singular Narratives
Chapter 2: Managing the College Investment and Measuring Its Return
Chapter 1: Strategy
View an archive of all 10 volumes at

Enrollment Manager
By Dr. Scott D. Miller & Dr. Marylouise Fennell
Communications Strategies for Enrollment Staff (January 2016)
Ensuring the Right "Fit" with the Chief Enrollment Officer (October 2015)
News and Noteworthy
Marlins Go Green with RecycleMania
Planned Giving Society Renamed to Honor Lambuth and Alice Clarke
Board of Trustees Approves Faculty Tenure, Promotions
Greer Environmental Sciences Center Time-lapse Webcam Now Live
Composer Tim Takach Residency and Presidential Masterworks Concert
Faculty, Staff Attend Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy
Pre-admittance/Joint Degree Options with Shenandoah Pharmacy School
Marlins Host Norfolk NATO Festival Youth Ambassadors Night Feb. 10
National Board Certified Teachers Honored on Campus Feb. 5
Coach Macedo Receives Tom Ferguson Memorial Award
President Miller Addresses Cape Henry Rotary Club

Campus News

Education Professor Brings Science to Life
Art in Motion: "Amplifications and Measures" by Mariam Eqbal
Great Things Ahead for Gates Scholar
Love Liberally: A Celebration of Love in the Liberal Arts
VWC Inducts Eighth Class into Athletic Hall of Fame
Series Explores Digital Media, Black Lives Matter
Scott Miller: Being College President in 140 Characters or Less
Fall 2015 Scholar Athletes Honored

College Events
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Feb. 26-April 8-"Amplifications and Measures," Neil Britton Art Gallery
March 2-6-"Urinetown," Hofheimer Theater
March 3-Apartheid Today, Boyd/Shafer Room, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
March 3-Hinamatsuri (Girl's Day), The Lighthouse, 12-1 p.m.
March 5-VWC Day Open House
March 7-Faces of Islam, The Lighthouse, 7-8:15 p.m.
March 8-Career Fair, Batten Student Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
March 10-Sing Me To Heaven, Fine Arts 9, 11 a.m.
March 10-Life Matters: Dr. Clay Drees, Boyd/Shafer Room, 12-12:50 p.m.
March 14-Pianist Simeon Kim, Hofheimer Theater, 7:30 p.m.
March 14-Through the Eyes of Islam: Muslim Challenges in the Public Square, Boyd/Shafer Room, 7-8:30 p.m.
March 21-28-VWC Spring Break
March 23-Model NATO Challenge, Boyd Dining Center, 4 p.m.
March 31-Padmarani Rasiah Cantu, Hofheimer Theater, 11 a.m.
March 31-God's Fools: The Parallel Lives of C.S. Lewis & Stephen Colbert, Batten Student Center, Pearce Hospitality Suite, 7-8:30 p.m.
Notable Meetings
March 1-President's Cabinet Meeting
March 1-Birdsong Initiative Reception at Westminster-Canterbury
March 3-Omicron Delta Kappa Tapping 
March 8-President's Cabinet Meeting 
March 9-Welcome Reception for MEAC Basketball Tournament
March 11-Ribbon Cutting for VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads 
March 15-President's Cabinet Meeting
March 15-President's Leadership Council
March 15-Students' Roundtable with the President
March 18-Norfolk State of the City
March 22-President's Cabinet Meeting
March 22-EVMS Partnership Lunch
March 22-Athletics Management Council Meeting
March 28-29-VWC Boyd Institute presents "The Future Identity and Mission of the Church" by Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker