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April

Apr 3 - 4
CANCELLED

Spring Alumni Weekend

All Spring Alumni Weekend Activities (Parents Council Business Meeting, Alumni Social, Pig Pickin' Picnic, and Strike Out Cancer) have been cancelled.

At this time, the Class of 1970 50th Anniversary Celebration, originally scheduled for Friday, April 3, has been postponed to Homecoming and Family Weekend (October 2-4).

For additional information please see our Coronavirus/COVID-19 Event Cancellation and Postponements page.

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Apr 4
CANCELLED

Marlins Day Open House

Future Marlins and their families are invited to visit Virginia Wesleyan for our Marlins Day Open House on Saturday, April 4. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful 300-acre campus, meet VWU faculty and staff, and learn about academic offerings, scholarship opportunities, and the financial aid process. More

Apr 6
CANCELLED

Rhythm in Blue Jazz Band

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The VWU Concert Series presents The United States Air Force jazz band "Rhythm in Blue" in a FREE high energy evening of great jazz, both seasoned standards and new works in the Susan S. Goode Center Fine and Performing Arts Center. (Free; no reservations necessary)

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Apr 9
CANCELLED

Who Guards the Guards When Leadership Goes Bad? The Gendered Silences in the Nigerian Military Response to the Boko Haram Insurgency

Blocker Hall Auditorium

11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

In combatting the terrorist group Boko Haram, the Nigerian military used counterinsurgency tactics that resulted in widespread human-rights violations, rape, and gender-based violence against the civilian population. Dr. Modupe Oshikoya highlights the violence perpetrated by those who were supposed to be in charge of protecting the civilians, shows how leadership and oversight came to be distorted, and brings us all to ask “Who guards the guards?” Dr. Modupe Oshikoya, Assistant Professor of Political Science at VWU, has served as a Research Associate at the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Kaduna, Nigeria, and as a Senior Officer at the International Affairs and Defence Section, of the House of Commons, Houses of Parliament in London. Her research on the Nigerian military led to her receiving the APCG-Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation in African Politics 2019 award. Part of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom's "Leading for Change" series. Free and open to the public. (Rescheduled from March 12)

Apr 9
CANCELLED

"Facade" - An Entertainment by Sir William Walton

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The Virginia Arts Festival presents JoAnn Falletta, conductor, with Hila Plitmann, soprano, Fred Child, host of "Performance Today," and Kevin Deas, bass-baritone, with the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber players. "Redolent of the Jazz Age and colored with a devil-may-care insouciance . . . It has an inventive charm and vivacity that proves it is more than a period piece." This rarely heard work brings the poems of Edith Sitwell to the music of Wil-liam Walton, both iconic and adventurous artists of their day. You'll find yourself humming these melodies and recall these verses long after the performance is over. Tickets at VirginiaArtsFestival.org

 

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Apr 13

Easter Monday Holiday

Apr 14
CANCELLED

Creating a Poster or Oral Presentation for Port Day

The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

11 a.m.

Get ready for Virginia Wesleyan’s next Port Day, on Thursday, April 30th!! 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 Program (CDP) and the Undergraduate Research Program (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@vwu.edu.  

Apr 16
CANCELLED

On Deck Speaker Series: Patrick J. Murphy, The New Age of Discovery: What Do Ferdinand Magellan and Elon Musk Have in Common?

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center, Joan & Macon Brock Theatre

11 a.m.

Professor and Goodrich Endowed Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama, Patrick J. Murphy explores how to navigate in a society that increasingly focuses on social entrepreneurship in every aspect of life. During the last twenty years, many Americans shifted their self-understanding from an industrial/organizational paradigm to one that is primarily entrepreneurial. This talk highlights how shifts today are illuminated by travelers during the Age of Discovery and through the vision they had and the mutinies they encountered. Part of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom's "Leading for Change" series. Free and open to the public.

Apr 16
CANCELLED

On Deck: Queen's Six in Concert

Joan & Macon Brock Theatre, Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m.

Based at Windsor Castle, Queen's Six members are Lay Clerks of Windsor Castle's St. George Chapel who perform regularly for the British Royal Family. They perform repertoire that spans austere Medieval chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, lewd madrigals, haunting folk songs, upbeat jazz, and pop arrangements of modern classics. Co-sponsored by the VWU Concert Series. 

 

Apr 17
CANCELLED

Open Minds Save Lives, VWU Camerata

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m.

"Everyone knows somebody with a mental health challenge, you just don't know who until we tell you." The VWU Camerata performs a new composition by librettist Deborah Kennedy and composer Rob Redei, "Open Minds Save Lives," explores the stigma surrounding mental health with opportunities for openness and change. Dr. Bryson Mortenson, Conductor. Free to all.

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Apr 20
CANCELLED

Coming to America: Whom Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Suite

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom's Nexus Interfaith Dialogue series uses the deliberative dialogue format supported by the Kettering Foundation to explore this crucial issue for our country. Deliberative dialogue is participatory and is best when conducted in small groups that are facilitated by trained moderators. To help the CSRF plan for a good experience, please RSVP to 757.455.3129 or csrf@vwu.edu. Sponsored in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) and Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB).

Apr 22 - 25
CANCELLED

Earth Day 50 Years - BACK and to the FUTURE: The Sustainable Progression of VWU

In celebration of Earth Day, VWU will host fun and educational events that demonstrate our environmental awareness, past, present and future.

 

Apr 22
CANCELLED

Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m.

A concert by the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble led by Dr. Jason Squinobal, conductor. Free to all.

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Apr 23
CANCELLED

Life Matters: Dr. Larry Hultgren

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Suite

11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Dr. Larry Hultgren, Professor of Philosophy and Batten Professor

In Life Matters, members of the Virginia 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. The series is sponsored in partnership with 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. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch or purchase lunch in the Boyd Campus Dining Center.

Apr 23
CANCELLED

Career Exploration Night: D. Henry Watts School of Professional Studies

Clarke Hall, The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration and Discovery

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join us in the Lighthouse for pizza and a discussion with industry professionals. Learn about their typical work day and what they look for in prospective employees. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan's Career Development Program (CDP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the Director of Career Development, Jessica Harrington, at 757.455.3107 or jharrington@vwu.edu or visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage or The Lighthouse's page on MyBeacon. 

Apr 24
CANCELLED

Wesleyan Orchestra

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m.

A concert by the Wesleyan Orchestra led by Kelby Schnepel, conductor. Free to all.

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Apr 28
POSTPONED

2020 Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture -The Art of Waging Peace: Why Peace Literacy Matters

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Born in Alabama to a Korean mother and African-American father, Paul K. Chappell is a West Point graduate, former Army captain, and Iraq War veteran. His military service taught him that people don’t simply gravitate toward peaceful behavior, in large part because they aren’t trained to do so. In an era when humanity has the technological capacity to destroy itself, and when humans frequently don’t control their own dispositions, Chappell realized the pressing need for us to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war. During the 2020 Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture, he shows how peace literacy frames peace not merely as a goal but as a practical skill-set that addresses the root causes of our human problems.

Apr 30
CANCELLED

Port Day

May

May 1
CANCELLED

Spring Honors Convocation and Academic Fair

May 6 - 12

Final Examinations

May 7

Reading Day

May 15
POSTPONED

Baccalaureate Service

6 p.m.

The May Baccalaureate Service has been postponed to Saturday, December 5.

May 16
POSTPONED

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

May 16
POSTPONED

Commencement Ceremony

10 a.m.

The 2020 Commencement Ceremony has been postponed to Sunday, December 6.

June

Jun 12

The New Commonwealth String Quartet

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The VWU Concert Series presents the New Commonwealth String Quartet featuring VWU Performing Artist faculty Elizabeth Richards (cello), with Elizabeth Vonderheide (violin), Jonathan Richards (violin), Matthew Umlauf (viola). Formed in 2015 by members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra family, the New Commonwealth Quartet has established itself as an in-demand ensemble throughout the region. In addition to presenting programs of cutting-edge music through Funhouse Fest, NCQ has also created a popular Sunday afternoon chamber music series at the East Beach Community Center in Norfolk, and has recorded tracks for Bruce Hornsby's next album. (Pay what you will ~ no reservations required.)

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Jun 19

"Sonatas & Stories" with WHRO-FM & WHRV-FM

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The VWU Concert Series joins with the area PBS radio affiliates in this combination of WHRV-FM’s "Writer’s Block" and WHRO-FM’s "Classical Open Mic Night" for an evening of great classical music performances along with poetry and storytelling, all by local artists. (to be recorded for later broadcast on WHRO & WHRV). FREE - no reservations necessary.

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Jun 26

Marlin Nation Orientation

Jun 29

Marlin Nation Orientation

July

Jul 27 - Aug 1

Sacred Music-Worship-Arts Summer Conference

9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

VWU's Center for Sacred Music presents its annual Sacred Music-Worship-Arts Summer Conference filled with some 50 workshop sessions led by VWU and guest faculty on a wide array of subjects of interest to church musicians, clergy, worship leaders and volunteers in these areas. Stay for the week or drop-in for a day or two. Also includes evening worship and hymn festival open to the public. (a requirement of VWU's Church Music Certificate program and also available for academic credit; for details contact Dr. Sandra Billy, 757-455-3376 or sbilly@vwu.edu)

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Jul 29

Center for Sacred Music Summer Hymn Festival

First Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach

7 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.

VWU's Center for Sacred Music presents its a Summer Hymn Festival, prepared and led by Dr. Wayne Wold, in conjunction with the American Organists Guild-Tidewater Chapter, as part of CSM's Sacred Music-Worship-Arts Summer Conference. The event takes place at First Presbyterian Church, 300 36th Street, Virginia Beach. (donations accepted)

 

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Jul 30

Center for Sacred Music Festival Worship

Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake

7:30 p.m.

VWU's Center for Sacred Music presents its annual Summer Festival Worship as part of CSM's Sacred Music-Worship-Arts Summer Conference, featuring the 80-voice VWU Worship Choir led by nationally known composer Victor Johnson, a massed handbell choir from area churches led by Alan Reese, and VWU Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Nusbaum Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Dr. Craig Wansink, preacher. The event takes place at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. (donations accepted)

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August

Aug 21

Fall Faculty Workshop

Aug 21

Batten Honors College Matriculation Ceremony

Aug 23

Orientation for First Year Students Begins

Aug 25

Transfer Student Orientation

Aug 26

Day and Evening Classes Begin

Aug 26

Online Fall Classes Begin

September

Sep 4

Weekend Classes Begin

Sep 7

Labor Day (classes held)

Sep 10

Founders Day Convocation

Sep 24

2020 Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture - The Art of Waging Peace

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

2020 Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture: The Art of Waging Peace - Why Peace Literacy Matters, presented by Paul K. Chappell.

Born in Alabama to a Korean mother and African-American father, Paul K. Chappell is a West Point graduate, former Army captain, and Iraq War veteran. His military service taught him that people don’t simply gravitate toward peaceful behavior, in large part because they aren’t trained to do so. In an era when humanity has the technological capacity to destroy itself, and when humans frequently don’t control their own dispositions, Chappell realized the pressing need for us to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war. During the 2020 Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture, he shows how peace literacy frames peace not merely as a goal but as a practical skill-set that addresses the root causes of our human problems.

October

Oct 2 - 4

Homecoming/Family Weekend

Oct 12 - 13

Fall Break

November

Nov 9 - 10

Robert F. Boyd Institute

The Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

The Robert F. Boyd Institute will feature Rev. Olu Brown as keynote speaker on November 9 - 10, 2020. Rev. Brown is the lead pastor of Impact Church near Atlanta. In 2016, Impact Church was listed as one of the top 100 fastest growing churches in America. A graduate of Jarvis Christian College and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary, Rev. Brown says he is “truly a church planter at heart.” He is the author of Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth, and Leadership Directions from Moses. His latest book, 4D Impact: Smash Barriers Like a Smart Church, was released in April 2019.

This two-day seminar focuses on how to anticipate and embrace change, particularly in an institution—the church—that frequently is reluctant to do so. Lunch is included on Monday and light breakfast on Monday and Tuesday. Monday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This $75 seminar is open to all, but also awards one continuing education credit for clergy from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. If you are interested in registering for the 2020 Boyd Institute, please contact Kelly Jackson (kjackson@vwu.edu) at the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom.

Nov 25 - 27

Thanksgiving Holiday

December

Dec 1

PORT DAY

Dec 5

Baccalaureate Service

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

Baccalaureate Service is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 6 p.m. in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center. The pre-service concert begins at 5:30 p.m.
 

Dec 6

Commencement Ceremony

Jane P. Batten Student Center

Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, in the Jane P. Batten Student Center.

Dec 8

Classes End

Dec 9

Reading Day

Dec 10 - 15

Final Exams

January

Jan 4

January Term Classes Begin

Jan 22

Spring Faculty Workshop

Jan 22

New Student Orientation

Jan 25

Day and Evening Classes Begin

Jan 25

Online Term 1 Classes Begin

Jan 29 - 30

Weekend Classes Begin

March

Mar 15 - 19

Spring Break

April

Apr 5

Easter Monday Holiday

Apr 9 - 11

Spring Alumni Weekend

Apr 29

PORT DAY

Apr 30

Spring Honors Convocation & Academic Fair

May

May 6

Reading Day

May 7 - 11

Final Exams

May 17

Online Summer Terms Begin

May 24

Traditional Summer Terms Begin

August

Aug 20

Summer Session Ends