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Lighthouse Events

Lighthouse Events

On Deck Speaker Series: ELIZABETH KAUFER BUSCH - Title IX The Transformation of Sex Discrimination in Education
Thursday, February 14th — (11:00 a.m.)
Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, Associate Professor and Director of American Studies at CNU, examines the evolution of Title IX, a 1972 landmark law prohibiting sex discrimination at educational institutions receiving federal funding. Her talk will consider the impact of Title IX on athletics, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and transgender discrimination. The event will be held in Blocker Auditorium. Sponsored by The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration and Discovery.

On Deck Speaker Series: ABBIE BETINIS -Justice Choir Stay Local, Stay Vocal
Tuesday, March 5th — (11:00 a.m.)
Two-time McKnight Artist fellow, Abbie Betinis, is listed by NPR Music in its 100 Composers Under 40. Betinis is the co-editor of The Justice Choir Songbook, a collection of new and re-purposed protest songs for use in chapters and community events across the country. This event is held in Hofheimer Theatre. Sponsored by The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration and Discovery.

On Deck Speaker Series: AUBREY WESTFALL- The Politics of the Headscarf in the United States
Thursday, March 7th — (11:00 a.m.)
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College, Aubrey Westfall specializes in identity and minority politics in Europe and North America. She examines the practice of Muslim American women wearing a headscarf and focuses on how wearing a headscarf accentuates Muslim identity in uniquely American ways, engaging with ideas of democracy, civil rights, and feminism. This event is in Blocker Auditorium. Co-sponsored by The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration and Discovery, the Women's Resource Center, the Political Science Department, and Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Washington D.C. Day
Friday, March 8th — (7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
Join The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration and Discovery for a day in Washington, D.C. Buses depart from the Jane P. Batten Student Center parking lot at 7:00 a.m. Busses leave D.C. at 6:00 p.m., returning to campus at approximately 10:00 p.m. Reservations are required for this trip. The cost is $5. Register and pay in Clarke Hall, Office 109 by Friday, March 1. Space is limited, so reserve your seat early.

On Deck Speaker Series: COREY DOLGON- In Search of One Big Union Folk Songs and Social Movement in the United States
Thursday, March 28th — (11:00 a.m.)
Corey Dolgon is a professor of sociology, a folk singer, and a labor activist. Through his “singing lecture,” Dolgon brings history and theory to life. His presentation will focus on U.S. labor history, examining the role of folk songs in workers’ lives, labor, and organizing from a multicultural perspective. This event is in Blocker Auditorium. Sponsored by The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration and Discovery.

Meet the Author/Book Signing: Corey Dolgon
Thursday, March 28th — (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Corey Dolgon, Ph.D., author of "Kill It to Save It: An Autopsy of Capitalism's Triumph over Democracy" will greet guests and sign copies of his book on Thursday, March 28, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in The Lighthouse Commons. Dolgon has been a folksinger, activist and organizer for 25 years. His words and music bring both history and theory to life through a focus on the role that folksongs play in the U.S. labor movement. Free and open to the public.

On Deck Speaker Series: JULIO CARRASCO BRETON - Life in the Arts, A Retrospective View of an Artist
Thursday, April 11th — (11:00 a.m.)
Julio Carrasco Bretón is a Mexican painter and author whose murals around the world have received significant praise. His formative years in the natural sciences, his dedication to the humanities, and a lifetime as an advocate for art and the artist make him an influential voice for the importance of the Liberal Arts. This event is in Blocker Auditorium. Sponsored by The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration and Discovery.

Port Day
Thursday, May 2nd
Port Day is a signature Virginia Wesleyan event that demonstrates and promotes the academic achievement of students completing capstone research, internship, and semester study away experiences. During the conference-style event, held on the VWU campus, students share their work with either an oral or poster presentation. Port Day also features Virginia Wesleyan’s own Pathway to See Change Panels in which students reflect upon their experiences and offer advice about preparing for capstone research, internship, and semester study away experiences. Student presenters should visit the Port Day page on Virginia Wesleyan’s Portal (located under The Lighthouse) for deadline information, presentation suggestions, and poster design tips. View the schedule for the Fall 2018 Port Day.

Study Away Fair
Tuesday, February 12, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Marlin Main Street, Jane P. Batten Student Center

The Lighthouse will host a study away fair for students to learn about study away courses, study away course grants, semester study abroad, and the Global Scholars Program. This includes the Summer Session study away courses offered by Virginia Wesleyan’s own 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! For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage or contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Ms. Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116 or set up an appointment online.

Global Scholar Semester Study Abroad Application Workshop
Tuesday, February 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
The Lighthouse Library, Clarke Hall 112

Virginia Wesleyan students in their sophomore or junior years may apply to the semester study abroad Global Scholars Program. The deadline to apply for spring 2020 semester abroad is Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Take advantage of this special workshop 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 spring 2020 or fall 2020 are encouraged to attend. The workshop is hosted by Virginia Wesleyan University’s Study Away Program (SAP) in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. The application and information about the Global Scholars Program are available on The Lighthouse's webpage. For more information, contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Ms. Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116 or set up an appointment online.

Fear Not! Taking the Fear Out of Studying Away
Thursday, February 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

Are you thinking about studying away, but something is holding you back? Academic requirements? Family commitments? Finances? Friends? Join us for this exciting session that will address your concerns about studying away. Take the Fear Out of Studying Away! For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage or contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Ms. Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116 or set up an appointment online.

Global Scholar Semester Study Abroad Application Workshop
Friday, March 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
The Lighthouse Library, Clarke Hall 112

Virginia Wesleyan students in their sophomore or junior years may apply to the semester study abroad Global Scholars Program. The deadline to apply for spring 2020 semester abroad is Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Take advantage of this special workshop 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 spring 2020 or fall 2020 are encouraged to attend. The workshop is hosted by Virginia Wesleyan University’s Study Away Program (SAP) in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. The application and information about the Global Scholars Program are available on The Lighthouse's webpage. For more information, contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Ms. Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116 or set up an appointment online.

Spring 2020 Global Scholar Applications Due
Wednesday, March 13, 11:59 p.m.
Applications to study abroad in spring 2020 through Virginia Wesleyan’s Global Scholars Program are due on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. The application and information can be found on The Lighthouse's webpage. For more information, contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Ms. Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116 or set up an appointment online.

Tuesday, February 19 @ 11:00am: GEICO Presents: Resumes, Cover Letters and LinkedIn
The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall
Regional college recruiters from GEICO will be on campus to present on the best career practices concerning resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile. This event is open to all majors seeking assistance with their professional documents and online presence. 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.

Thursday, February 21 @ 12:00 p.m.: Interview Prep/Dress to Impress
The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall
Students in all majors are invited to attend this session to gain interview skills and to learn about professional business attire. This workshop reviews the questions typically asked during interviews and it also explains how to navigate behavioral, case, screening, and phone interviews. This event will also address how to dress "professionally,” how to obtain interview-appropriate attire on a college student's budget as well as, understanding the importance of making an impactful first impression and the role it plays as a part of the career search process. 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.

Thursday, February 28 @ 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Career and Internship Fair
CMAC
Students in all majors are invited to stop by to talk with employers about part-time employment, full-time employment, and internship opportunities. Attendees should bring an updated resume and come dressed in professional business attire. 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.

Tuesday, April 16 All Day: Mock Interview Day
Various Campus Locations
Virginia Wesleyan students are invited to practice interviewing in mock interviews with one of four employers. Students in all majors are welcome to participate in a day of mock interviews. Advance registration is required by April 6th at 12:00 p.m. To register, please fill out this form. Come dressed in professional business attire and bring copies of your updated resume. Interviews typically 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. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage.

Creating a Poster or Oral Presentation for Port Day
Thursday, April 18, 11:00 a.m.
The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

Get ready for Virginia Wesleyan’s next Port Day, on Thursday, May 2! 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. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3107 or careerdevelopment@vwu.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage.

All events take place at The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall unless otherwise noted.

IRB Workshop
Tuesday, February 5, 11:00 a.m.
The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

Students who are conducting research with human subjects should attend this workshop, which reviews the process of writing and submitting the required application to Virginia Wesleyan University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The workshop explains the basics of the IRB application form and common shortfalls of applications. The IRB chair will be available to answer questions about the process. 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@vwu.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Grant Writing for Research Students
Tuesday, February 26,  11:00 a.m.
The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

This workshop introduces students to Virginia Wesleyan’s research grants, provided by the Undergraduate Research Program (URP). The URP offers grants to students 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@vwu.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Writing an Abstract 
Tuesday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.
The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

This workshop 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 May 2, 2019. 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@vwu.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Creating a Poster or Oral Presentation for Port Day
Thursday, April 18, 11:00 a.m.
The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

Get ready for Virginia Wesleyan’s next Port Day, on Thursday, May 2nd!! 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. For more information, visit theLighthouse’s webpage or contact the URP Director, Dr. Soraya Bartol, at 757.455.3372 or sbartol@vwu.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Online Workshop: Going Pro: Taking Your Library Research Skills to the Next Level
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This 13-minute online workshop prepares students to conduct advanced library research. Students are empowered to maximize Virginia Wesleyan’s research assistance and resources. It is taught by members of the library research faculty and 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@vwu.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Online Workshop: Citations: Understanding the Philosophy of Academic Documentation
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This 20-minute online workshop offers instruction on citing sources. It focuses on the rationale for academic citations, explains when citations are necessary, and reviews tools that help with citations. It also provides an introduction to formatting citations using various academic conventions. Students are introduced to a free online reference management tool, Mendeley. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s 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. You may also schedule an appointment online.