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Oct 20 - Dec 20

Neil Britton Art Gallery: Good Trouble

Illustrations from Christopher Noxon's book Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook are now on display for students, faculty and staff in the Neil Britton Art Gallery inside Hofheimer Library. The VWU campus is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, but outside guests are invited to view the gallery virtually. Overwhelmed by today’s political climate and accompanying pessimism, Noxon found encouragement on a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. He left inspired and determined to learn the deeper lessons of the movement, resulting in this latest book and illustrations. Through his work, Noxon shows how the past can be the best road map in inspiring action and hope. This experience was created for the campus community by the Robert Nusbaum Center and John Rudel, VWU Professor of Art and Curator of Exhibitions for the Neil Britton Art Gallery. The artwork is generously on loan from the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Leon Family Gallery at the Simon Family JCC. The exhibit launches a year-long project by the Nusbaum Center to create an action guide that will complement Noxon’s book. Borrowing from the lessons of the civil rights movement, the guide will offer practical tools for activists in the 21st Century. Hofheimer Library is also displaying a selection of books, ebooks, and media that address civil rights issues and the effectiveness of grassroots movements.

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Nov 9 - 10

Robert F. Boyd Institute

The Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

*Postponed until further notice.* 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 ( at the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom.

Nov 11

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Memorial Monument, Godwin Hall Lawn

12:00 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan University will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11, to celebrate Marlin veterans and active-duty service members. The event will take place at noon at the Veterans Memorial Monument on the lawn behind Godwin Hall.

Nov 12

Music of the Mayflower: Communal Music in a Time of Isolation

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Bianca Hall, Lecturer in Music at Old Dominion University, is joined by DrSandy Fryling (St. Patrick Cathedral, London OH), William Rowley (Lecturer, California State University-Fullerton), Joel Nesvadba (bass, Los Angeles CA), and Dr. Jason Yoshida (Lecturer, University of Southern California) in a virtual concert and question/answer period on music that passengers on the Mayflower brought with them, the music they would have known, and music about mariners of their time.  The presentation demonstrates the resilience of individuals, both those who braved the Atlantic voyage, and also 21st-century musicians who continue to find ways to connect with others in this time of Covid-distancing.

This free event is presented by the ARTS@VWU and the Wesleyan Sacred Music Institute.  Stay tuned for Zoom registration information.

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Nov 18

Virtual Career & Internship Fair

Virtual Event

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Students in all majors are invited to talk with employers about part-time employment, full-time employment, and internship opportunities during the Virtual Fall Career and Internship Fair on November 18 from 1 - 4 p.m. This event will be facilitated through Handshake, VWU’s new career management platform. To participate, students must register. Accounts on Handshake have already been created for VWU students, so students simply need to verify their accounts and complete their profiles. In addition, employers interested in sharing opportunities with the VWU community can post openings on Handshake. The Fair is hosted by the Career Development Program in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the director of Career Development, Jessica Harrington, at 757.455.3107 or

Nov 20

In-Person Classes End

Nov 23 - 27

Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 30 - Dec 4

Remote Instruction for All Classes


Dec 5

Baccalaureate Service

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

Dec 6

Commencement Ceremony

Jane P. Batten Student Center

Dec 7 - 11

Final Examinations (Remote Format)

Dec 8

Classes End

Dec 9

Reading Day


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


Mar 15 - 19

Spring Break


Apr 5

Easter Monday Holiday

Apr 9 - 10

Spring Alumni Weekend

Apr 23

´╗┐Alumni Day of Giving

Join us as Marlin alumni #makeasplash at VWU! More information coming soon.

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Apr 29


Apr 30

Spring Honors Convocation & Academic Fair


May 6

Reading Day

May 7 - 11

Final Exams

May 17

Online Summer Terms Begin

May 24

Traditional Summer Terms Begin


Aug 20

Summer Session Ends