Virginia Wesleyan faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend a luncheon reception May 9 to honor Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Mr. John Braley and Professor of Biology and Greenhouse Supervisor Dr. Paul Resslar, who will retire at the end of this academic year. The reception will be immediately followed by a walk to the Wilson Arboretum for the traditional honorary tree planting, a custom that began in May 1997. “Please join us in celebrating the long and distinguished service of these beloved friends and colleagues, whom we shall miss greatly,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the College Timothy O'Rourke. The luncheon reception will be held in the Pearce Hospitality Suite at 11:30 a.m. followed by the walk to the Wilson Arboretum at 12:45 p.m. The tree planting will begin at 1 p.m., rain or shine.