Commencement 2019

News Briefs


The fall 2017 student-led business conference, “The Marlin Prestige,” begins on November 13 and will continue through the week (November 13-17).  During the conference, the campus community and guests from the local area are invited to participate in workshops, presentations, and interactive panels that focus on this semester’s theme, “Lighting the Future: Finding Success through Ethical Business Practices.” The Marlin Prestige business conference represents months of  planning  by students in the Virginia Wesleyan business course, “Principles of Management”  with  Batten Associate Professor of Management, Business, and Economics Paul Ewell. Students coordinate all elements of the event, exercising key management skills such as product development, networking, project and financial planning, marketing and more.  Student leaders for this fall’s conference are Kathryn Grainer, Chief Executive Officer, Peyton Auxt, Chief of Staff, Caitlin Eversole, Chief Finance Officer, and Arianna Diggs, Chief Business Intelligence Analyst. Together with their classmates and Virginia Wesleyan business faculty, the students  worked hard to create a conference that focuses on the importance of business ethics as an essential component of career development. Among this semester’s guest speakers and panelists are Virginia Wesleyan Trustee Ken Trinder, President/CEO of EOS Systems, and alumna Sydney Covey, Sustainability Program Analyst at Hourigan Construction and recipient of VWU’s 2017 Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award. They join panel discussion speakers and presenters Ann Brogan of Crowley, Liberatore, Ryan & Brogan, P.C.; David Byrd of the Virginia Stage Company; Lanitha Hudson of the City of Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation; Bruce Alperin of Aramark; Erin Gaines of Geico; and Michael Ewing of the Elizabeth River Project River Star Committee. Virginia Wesleyan business professors Dave Garraty and Linda Ferguson (Dean of the Birdsong School of Social Science) also join this year’s program. Daily activities will once again include the popular “Shark Tank” presentations, which closely mirror the ABC television series, and presentations by “Information Systems Programs” (ISP) students. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit The Marlin Prestige webpage.