Virginia Wesleyan faculty, staff and friends are invited to attend a luncheon reception Thursday, May 7 to honor VWC professors who will retire at the end of this academic year. Retiring faculty members include Professor of Education and Director of Teacher Education Karen Bosch; Assistant Professor of Education Ginger Ferris; Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence Lee Jordan-Anders; Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Tom Lopez; and Professor of Social Work and Director of the Women's Resource Center Sharon Payne. 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,” says 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.