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August

Aug 1 - Oct 1

Big Old Work - John Rudel

NEIL BRITTON ART GALLERY

“Big Old Work” by Professor of Art John Rudel will be in the NEIL BRITTON ART GALLERY from August 1 - October 1. An exhibition of large-scale paintings and mixed media works by John Rudel spanning nearly 20 years. Employing expressive color, recognizable imagery, and abstract elements, aggregations as a nexus point to ponder the role of history, psychology, science, politics, spirituality, aesthetics and humanity as an exploration of our perceptions of and place in the world. The Reception & Artist’s Talk originally scheduled for September 5 has been postponed. New date TBA.

September

Sep 10 - Oct 1

The Constitution Past and Present: An Interactive Book Display

Henry Clay Hofheimer II Library

September 17 is recognized in the United States as Constitution & Citizenship Day to commemorate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. As we celebrate Constitution Day, visit the Hofheimer Library between September 10 and October 1 for an interactive book display that examines a variety of constitutional issues and history.

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Sep 21

Scholarship & College Fair

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Scholarship Sharing, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting Virginia students to resources for funding higher education, will host its 2019 Scholarship & College Fair at Virginia Wesleyan University on Saturday, September 21, from 12-4 p.m. in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. Students of all ages—including high schoolers (9-12), home-schoolers, current undergraduate and graduate students, and adult learners interested in enrolling in college—will network to learn about college funding options. Financial aid specialists will offer presentations on finding and applying for scholarships and federal aid, and there will be a $500 scholarship raffle. General admission is free and tickets will be available at the door, but pre-registration is recommended at scholarshipsharing.org.

Sep 24

GEICO Presents: Resumes, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn

The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

11 a.m.

Do you need help with your professional documents or professional online presence? Regional GEICO recruiters will be on Virginia Wesleyan’s campus to give students advice on resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. This event is open to students in all majors. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s Career Development Program (CDP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDP staff at 757.455.3107 or careerdevelopment@vwu.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage or The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page.

Sep 24

Grant Writing for Research Students

The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

11 a.m.

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 VWU’s Undergraduate Research Program, located in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage and The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page or contact the director of the Undergraduate Research Program, Dr. Soraya Bartol, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3372 or sbartol@vwu.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Sep 26

On Deck Speaker Series: Antiquity in Antiquity: How Ancient Israelites and Greeks Understood Where They Came From

Lambuth M. Clarke Hall, The Lighthouse

11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Dr. Andrew Tobolowsky, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary, researches religions of the ancient Mediterranean, particularly highlighting the unique connections between the classical Greek world and that of the ancient Israelites. In this lecture, Tobolowsky discusses how the peoples of ancient Israel and Greece lived in a world that they already understood to be very ancient and how they took delight in describing the exploits of heroes of old. Without either the ability or inclination to research as modern historians do, however, ancient historians relied on traditional sources of knowledge, and on systems, like genealogies and lists that organized that knowledge. As a result, they created inherently fluid visions of the past, which was repeatedly reshaped through competitions between storytellers. This event is sponsored by The Lighthouse in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the Classics Department. Free and open to the public.

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Sep 27

Red Priest

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

7:30 p.m.

The only early music group in the world to be compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and Cirque du Soleil, this extraordinary quartet, hailed by critics as “visionary and heretical,” and “wholly irreverent and highly enlightened,” will bring their “break-all-rules, rock-chamber ensemble” to VWU with “Truly, Madly Baroque,” featuring works by Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Locatelli, Albinoni, Tartini, Bach, and
Handel. $10-20 | vwu.tix.com | Free to VWU students, staff, faculty

October

Oct 2

Global Scholar Semester Study Abroad Application Workshop

The Lighthouse Library, Clarke Hall 112

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Virginia Wesleyan students in their sophomore or junior years may apply to the semester study abroad Global Scholars Program. The deadline to apply for the fall 2020 semester abroad is Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Take advantage of this special workshop to receive tips on how to prepare a successful application and interview. Students applying to study abroad in fall 2020 or spring 2021 are encouraged to attend. The workshop is hosted by VWU’s Study Away Program in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage and The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page 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.

Oct 3

Padmarani Rasiah Cantu

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

11 a.m.

The Center for Sacred Music presents this consummate artist and accomplished choreographer in the performance of the ancient classical dance of India, Bharatha Natyam, one of the world’s oldest art forms. The event is free and open to public.

Oct 3

Global Scholar Semester Study Abroad Application Workshop

The Lighthouse Library, Clarke Hall 112

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan students in their sophomore or junior years may apply to the semester study abroad Global Scholars Program. The deadline to apply for the fall 2020 semester abroad is Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Take advantage of this special workshop to receive tips on how to prepare a successful application and interview. Students applying to study abroad in fall 2020 or spring 2021 are encouraged to attend. The workshop is hosted by VWU’s Study Away Program in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage and The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page 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.

Oct 3

Global Scholar Semester Study Abroad Application Workshop

The Lighthouse Library, Clarke Hall 112

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan students in their sophomore or junior years may apply to the semester study abroad Global Scholars Program. The deadline to apply for the fall 2020 semester abroad is Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Take advantage of this special workshop to receive tips on how to prepare a successful application and interview. Students applying to study abroad in fall 2020 or spring 2021 are encouraged to attend. The workshop is hosted by VWU’s Study Away Program in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage and The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page 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

Oct 4 - 6

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Oct 4

Marlin Spirit Day

Wear your favorite VWU gear at home, at work, or at play for Marlin Spirit Day on Friday, October 4. We're looking for photos from alumni, students, faculty, staff, and VWU friends from around the world boasting your favorite Marlin shirts, hats, pants, blankets, diplomas, and more. Decorate your home or office or dress up your kids and pets with Marlin gear and snap a picture. Tweet your photos to @vawesleyan with the hashtag #marlinspiritday or share them on Facebook at facebook.com/vawesleyan or facebook.com/virginia.wesleyan.alumni. You can also send your photos directly to the Office of Marketing and Communications at virginiawesleyan@vwu.edu and we'll do our best to post them for you. Go Marlins!

Oct 4

Founders Day Convocation

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

2 p.m.

The 2019 Founders Day Convocation will take place Friday, October 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the Joan and Macon Brock Theatre of the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center. Convocation will feature keynote speaker Eric Nyman '94, President of Hasbro North America and VWU Trustee, and will honor Virginia Beach Police Chief James "Jim" Cervera with The Wesley Award. The event will be livestreamed on the VWU Digital Broadcasting Network and the Virginia Wesleyan University Facebook page.

Oct 5

Homecoming/Family Weekend Arts Showcase

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

6:30 p.m.

An extravaganza of talent showcasing VWU students in the Arts. Event is free and open to public.

Oct 8

Morning with the VSO Ladies

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

11 a.m.

Light refreshments in the Watts Gallery beginning at 10:15 am
Welcome fall with a delightful morning of good friends and beautiful music as this Virginia Symphony Orchestra String Quartet presents String Quartet in One Movement, Op. 89 (Amy Beach), String Quartet (Germaine Tailleferre), and String Quartet in Eb Major (Fanny Mendelssohn), featuring Amanda Gates and Kirsty Barnett Green, also a member of the VWU Performing Artist faculty (violins), Beverly Kane Baker (viola), and Rebecca Gilmore Phillips (cello). $10-20 | vwu.tix.com | Free to VWU students, staff, faculty

Oct 14 - 15

Fall Break

Oct 16

Fall 2020 Global Scholar Applications Due

4 p.m.

Applications to study abroad in fall 2020 through Virginia Wesleyan’s Global Scholars Program are due on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. The application and information are on The Lighthouse's VWU portal page. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage and The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page 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

Oct 16

Wearing My Kinks and Curls around the World

The Lighthouse Commons, Clarke Hall

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join the Black Student Union (BSU), Naturalista, and The Lighthouse for a unique session on how minority females adjust their hair while traveling the world. This session features a panel of returned study abroad students from a variety of countries and a special host, the author of the Natural Travelista blog. A DIY table will be set up so participants can see how to use simple ingredients to make their own products. International treats will be served. 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.

Oct 17

Human Trafficking: What It Is & What Can Be Done About It

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Suite

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

VWU alumna Katie Cooper and her colleague at Samaritan House Courtney Pierce, will provide a presentation about human trafficking covering the what, how and why, as well as, how to prevent it, what is being done about it locally, and what students can do about it. Samaritan House is the service provider for human trafficking victims for the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Taskforce in conjunction with Homeland Security, several Hampton Roads police departments, and the Attorney General's office. The event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center as part of its programming for Domestic Assault Awareness month and is free and open to the campus community. For more info, please contact the WRC at wrc@vwu.edu.
 

Oct 17

Forced Organ Harvesting and Religious Persecution in China

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.

The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom hosts a screening of the Peabody Award-winning film “Human Harvest” and a conversation on an important topic. In the documentary “Human Harvest,” Nobel Peace Prize nominees David Matas and David Kilgour investigate the organ harvesting trade in China and uncover one of the world’s worst crimes against humanity. After the film, David Matas, the renowned human rights lawyer and Dr. Ann Corson, spokesperson for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) answer questions and lead a broader discussion of the horrors committed against Falun Gong practitioners in China. Free and open to the public.

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Oct 18

D.C. Day

Jane P. Batten Center Parking Lot

7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Join The Lighthouse 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. The cost is $5. Register and pay in Clarke Hall, Office 113, by Friday, October 11. Space is limited, so reserve your seat early.

Oct 18

VWU Choral Invitational

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

5:30 p.m.

The VWU Camerata hosts visiting high school choirs from throughout VA. The end-of-day showcase welcomes all. Free and open to public.

Oct 19

Marlins Day Open House

Future Marlins and their families are invited to visit Virginia Wesleyan for our Marlins Day Open House on Saturday, October 19. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful 300-acre campus, meet VWU faculty and staff, and learn about academic offerings, scholarship opportunities, and the financial aid process. More

Oct 21

When Prayer Goes to the Movies

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Suite

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sometimes the arts serve religion; the work of Bach and Michelangelo stand out. Other times religion seems to serve the arts; movies portray religion in a variety of ways. God on the Big Screen, the latest book from Dr. Terry Lindvall, focuses on how movies use prayer in a variety of ways, ranging from the silly to the irreverent to the deeply profound. Join the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and Dr. Lindvall as we travel from classic silent-screen films to Will Ferrell‘s Talladega Nights and the recent Bad Times at the El Royale. See how prayer is portrayed Hollywood-style and why that matters. Dr. Terry Lindvall is Virginia Wesleyan’s C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair in Communication and Christian Thought. Free and open to the public.

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Oct 22

Mock Interview Day

The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan students are invited to practice interviewing in mock interviews with one of four employers (Northwestern Mutual, Tidewater Youth Services Commission, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, and Virginia Beach Police). All students in all majors are welcome to participate. Advance registration is required by October 14 at 12:00 p.m. To register, please fill out this form. Dress in 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 Program (CDP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDP staff at 757.455.3107 or careerdevelopment@vwu.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage or The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page.

Oct 22

Life Matters: Denise Wilkinson

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Suite

11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

In “Life Matters,” members of the Wesleyan community offer autobiographical reflections on their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences. These deeply personal talks create meaningful opportunities for greater understanding and connection, encouraging each of us to think about what has shaped us and given our own life meaning. Denise Wilkinson is a Professor of Mathematics and the Director of Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL) at VWU. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, INTEL, and the Chaplain’s Office. Free and open to the public.

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Oct 24

On Deck Speaker Series: SAM KEAN, Spoons and Thumbs: Funny, Spooky, Poignant, and Completely True Science Stories

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

11 a.m.

Join bestselling author Sam Kean as he spins science stories from several of his award-winning books, including Caesar’s Last Breath and The Violinist’s Thumb. Among the topics he will discuss are the joys of the periodic, the perils and promise of the human genome, and the enduring mysteries of neuroscience. This event, sponsored by The Lighthouse, will be held in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Oct 31 - Nov 3

The Christians

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

Pastor Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his church’s belief. Virginia Wesleyan’s Theatre Department, in association with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the Music Department, present a play about faith in America today and looks at what happens when a pastor’s sincere revelations and theological convictions put him at odds with his staff? His congregation? His wife? Lucas Hnath’s play takes religious faith seriously and, in an evenhanded manner, invites the audience to reflect on what happens when people of good intent disagree on matters of ultimate importance. “The Christians” is presented under the direction of Batten Professor of Theatre Sally Shedd.

October 31, 11:00 a.m. (an On Deck Premier event)
November 1-2, 7:30 p.m.
November 3, 2:00 p.m.

$5-10 | vwu.tix.com | Free to VWU students, staff, faculty

Oct 31

On Deck Speaker Series: "The Christians" Talkback Session

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Immediately following the VWU Theatre Department's October 31 production of "The Christians," director Sally Shedd, Batten Professor of Theatre, and Craig Wansink, the Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr. Director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, will lead a talkback discussion focused on the major points of tension in the play. The event is part of the On Deck Series sponsored by The Lighthouse. The play performance begins at 11:00 a.m. Tickets range from $5-10 and are available at vwu.tix.com (free to VWU students, staff, faculty).

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November

Nov 2

How Shall We Remember?: The American Civil War Museum Grapples with the Legacies of Slavery and the Confederacy

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

In recent decades, museum collections and interpretations reflect that American history and culture have been undergoing considerable transformation. Lessons that were learned a generation ago have been challenged by new or expanded narratives that include the voices and experiences of previously marginalized people. Join Christy Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, as she shares new scholarship about the depiction of our collective past, discusses questions around the display of Civil War symbols in public spaces, and reflects on issues of historical memory. Associated with the One Love Festival, and sponsored by Pax Christi Hampton Roads in partnership with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public.

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Nov 2

One Love Festival: Largest Drum Circle in the World, Music, Spoken Word, Poetry, and More

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Marlin Grille

2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Drum Your Dream (DrumYourDream.com) organizer Arthur Lopez returns for the 14th annual One Love Festival to create the largest drum circle in the world. Coordinated with drummers from across the globe, Lopez leads a rhythm-based shared experience for peace. Everyone is invited to join this worldwide drumming experience, regardless of musical ability or experience. Hand percussion instruments are provided, or bring your own. Performances including live music, spoken word, and poetry readings are also featured. Sponsored in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public.

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Nov 3

The Christians: A Play by Lucas Hnath, and a Talkback Session

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Pastor Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his church’s belief. Virginia Wesleyan’s Theatre Department, in association with the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and the Music Department, presents a play about faith in America today, and looks at what happens when a pastor’s sincere revelations and theological convictions put him at odds with his staff, his congregation, and even his wife. Lucas Hnath’s play takes religious faith seriously and, in an evenhanded manner, invites the audience to reflect on what happens when people of good intent disagree on matters of ultimate importance. Immediately following the matinee performance, a panel of Christian pastors who represent different denominations discuss the challenges of dealing with theological divisions among congregants, and reflect on “keeping the peace” while remaining true to their personal convictions and beliefs.

$5-10 | vwu.tix.com | Free to VWU students, staff, faculty

 

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Nov 3

On Deck Speaker Series: "The Christians" Talkback Session

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

2 p.m.

Nov 5

Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook

Blocker Hall Auditorium

11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

In his new book Good Trouble, illustrator and journalist Christopher Noxon uses words and vivid pen-and-watercolor illustrations to revisit episodes from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s. He dives into the real stories behind the front lines of the Montgomery bus boycott and the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins and notable figures such as Rosa Parks and Bayard Rustin, all while exploring the parallels between the civil rights movement era and the present moment. Join Noxon as he shares essential lessons that modern-day activists and the civically minded can extract and embrace in order to move forward and create change. Christopher Noxon is a journalist and illustrator who has written for the “New Yorker,” the “Atlantic,” “Salon,” and the “New York Times Magazine.” Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Books Festival of the Simon Family JCC, through the Jewish Book Council. Free and open to the public.

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Nov 5

Study Away Fair

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Marlin Main Street

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Lighthouse will host a study away fair for students to learn about study away courses, study away course grants, and semester study abroad. This includes the Summer Session study away courses offered by Virginia Wesleyan’s own faculty. A variety of study abroad program providers and VWU’s study abroad exchange partners will be available to talk with students about study abroad options. Free swag will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis! For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage and The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page 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.

Nov 5

Writing an Abstract

The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery, Clarke Hall

11 a.m.

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 December 3, 2019. Hosted by VWU’s Undergraduate Research Program, located in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage and The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page or contact the director of the Undergraduate Research Program, Dr. Soraya Bartol, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3372 or sbartol@vwu.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

 

Nov 7

On Deck Speaker Series: BETH BIENVENU, Arts for All

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

11 a.m.

Beth Bienvenu, Accessibility Director for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will offer insight into the NEA’s Creative Forces, a partnership between the NEA, the Department of Defense, and Veterans Affairs that serves the needs of military patients and veterans with traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions along with their families and caregivers. Creative arts therapies have become central to patient-centered care at clinics, telehealth programs, and community arts activities. This event, sponsored by The Lighthouse and the Arts@VWU, will be held in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Nov 8

The 30-Year Celebration of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Convocation Hall, Jane P. Batten Student Center

10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Virginia Wesleyan University will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Friday, November 8. Community members are invited to attend a special presentation from 10:30-11:00 a.m. in the Convocation Hall of the Jane P. Batten Student Center featuring a live discussion from Berlin with writer and musician Kai Reininghaus. Reininghaus is the author of "The Sound Behind the Wall" and was part of the underground music scene in Communist East Germany. Supported by an INTEL grant, this event is hosted by German students at VWU and is part of a larger German cultural day with students from Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Nov 8

Duo Thalassa

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

7:30 p.m.

Wayla Chambo (flute) and Todd Holcomb (guitar) performing works by Bach, Piazzolla, and Tedesco, among others. Along with traditional repertoire, Chambo is an avid explorer of new music, and host of Afternoon Classics on WHRO-FM. She earned the DMA in performance from the University of North Texas. Holcomb, winner of top prizes in numerous competitions, earned the DMA in classical guitar from Shenandoah University and is a member of the VWU Performing Artist faculty. $10-20 | vwu.tix.com | Free to VWU students, staff, faculty

Nov 14

Didier Castell-Jacomin, Piano

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

7:30 p.m.

Hailed by critics and audiences, pianist Castell-Jacomin has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, in solo concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, in festivals in the USA, and on the international stage. His extensive discography includes recordings of major classic composers with a most recent collaboration on Mozart with the Wiener Kammer Symphony Quintet (Naxos). This performance features Klavierstucke E moll Major D.946 (Schubert), Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op. 27, No.2 (Beethoven), Polacca, Op.26, No.1 and Prelude, Op.28, No.15 (Chopin), and Scherzo, Op.14, No.2 and Nocturne, Op.6, N.2 (Clara Schumann), among others.
$10-20 | vwu.tix.com | Free to VWU students, staff, faculty

Nov 15

Spring Semester 2020 Study Away Course Grant Applications Due

3 p.m.

All Virginia Wesleyan students may apply for a Lighthouse Study Away Course Grant. Grant applications for Spring Semester 2020 study away courses are due on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. The grant application and information about this year’s study away courses are available on the The Lighthouse's VWU portal page. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage and The Lighthouse’s VWU portal page 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

 

Nov 18

NEXUS INTERFAITH DIALOGUE: How Food Communicates Religious Values: From Dates and Matzah, to Graham Crackers and Welch's Grape Juice

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Suite

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Food is more than fuel.  It is one of the most powerful expressions of identity for both individuals and groups.  It communicates values, it is used symbolically, and it marks social and theological boundaries.  Have you ever wondered why Hindus don’t eat beef, why Jews and Muslims don’t eat pork, or why most of us don’t eat cats? Do you know the religious origins of Welch’s grape juice and graham crackers? Join us for lively discussion as friends from a variety of religious traditions, along with VWU students in WES100 Religious Food Fights, give bite-sized talks, each exploring why certain foods are theologically meaningful and others are strictly prohibited. Sample distinctly “religious” foods and participate in discussions on how food brings us together and separates us. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) and Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB). Free and open to the public.

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Nov 19

Life Matters: Greg West

Jane P. Batten Student Center, Pearce Suite

11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

In “Life Matters,” members of the Wesleyan community offer autobiographical reflections on their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences. These deeply personal talks create meaningful opportunities for greater understanding and connection, encouraging each of us to think about what has shaped us and given our own life meaning. Greg West is Virginia Wesleyan’s Chaplain and is an ordained United Methodist Minister. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL) and the Chaplain’s Office.

Free and open to the public.

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Nov 20

VWU Jazz Ensemble

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

7:30 p.m.

Dr. Jason Squinobal conducts the VWU Jazz Ensemble. Free and open to public.

Nov 21 - Dec 13

Healing and Hope

NEIL BRITTON ART GALLERY

Art by area high school students responds to tragedy, fear, and loss in an age of gun violence, lockdown drills, and a media landscape of perpetual violence. Free and open to the public. Opening Awards Reception: Thursday, November 21, 6-8 p.m.

 

Nov 21

On Deck Speaker Series: AUSTEN HARTKE, Transgender and Christian: A Coming Out and Coming Home Story

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

11 a.m.

Too often the world tells LGBTQ+ people that they must choose either their identity or their faith. But what if there was a third option? Join author Austen Hartke as he shares his experience of coming out as a transgender Christian, from his childhood in non-affirming churches to the Bible stories that gave him strength as an adult in seminary. This event, sponsored by The Lighthouse, the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and Women’s and Gender Studies, will be held in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Nov 22

Seraph Brass

GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

7:30 p.m.

Led by world-renown trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, this dynamic brass ensemble, having toured throughout the USA, Mexico, and Europe, draws form a roster of America’s top female players and engages audiences with captivating programs including classics, newly commissioned works, and original transcriptions. $10-20 | vwu.tix.com | Free to VWU students, staff, faculty

Nov 23

VWU Orchestra

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

7:30 p.m.

Kelby Schnepel conducts the VWU Orchestra.

Nov 27 - 29

Thanksgiving Holiday

December

Dec 3

Port Day

Dec 5

Freedom Songs: Soundtrack for the Civil Rights Movement

Greer Environmental Sciences Center, Room 155

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Grammy award-winning producer Steve Buckingham returns to showcase his film “Freedom Songs,” with never released original footage. Beginning with performances by the great Jackie Wilson, known as “The Black Elvis,” Buckingham uses film clips to discuss the artists and key figures who broke down racial barriers in the 1960s. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Free and open to the public.

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Dec 6 - 7

Sing We Now of Christmas

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

7:30 p.m.

The VWU Camerata and Vox Vera, under the direction of Dr. Bryson Mortensen, present traditional and contemporary Christmas music, paired with holiday tales, past and present. $10-15 | vwu.tix.com | Free to VWU students, staff, faculty

Dec 8

December Graduates' Recognition Ceremony and Reception

Dec 11

Reading Day

Dec 11 - 17

Final Examinations

Dec 18

Heritage Holiday Concert

SUSAN S. GOODE FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

7:30 p.m.

In this holiday concert the US Air Force Heritage of America Band brings a holly, jolly holiday classic to the concert stage, presented by Heritage Chamber ensembles. Fun for the whole family! Free and open to public.

January

Jan 6 - 24

January Term

Jan 24

New Student Orientation

Jan 27

Spring Semester Classes Begin

February

Feb 1

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

The twelfth class of Virginia Wesleyan University's Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted during the annual luncheon on Saturday, February 1.  The Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to honor those who, by outstanding achievement in athletics, by service to athletics, or through significant contributions to athletics, have made lasting contributions to Virginia Wesleyan's intercollegiate athletic program.

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Feb 15

Marlins Day Open House

Future Marlins and their families are invited to visit Virginia Wesleyan for our Marlins Day Open House on Saturday, February 15. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful 300-acre campus, meet VWU faculty and staff, and learn about academic offerings, scholarship opportunities, and the financial aid process. More

March

Mar 16 - 20

Spring Break

Mar 23 - 24

The Robert F. Boyd Institute

The Robert F. Boyd Institute will feature Rev. Olu Brown as keynote speaker on March 23-24, 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.

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April

Apr 3 - 4

Spring Alumni Weekend

Apr 4

Marlins Day Open House

Future Marlins and their families are invited to visit Virginia Wesleyan for our Marlins Day Open House on Saturday, April 4. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful 300-acre campus, meet VWU faculty and staff, and learn about academic offerings, scholarship opportunities, and the financial aid process. More

Apr 13

Easter Monday Holiday

Apr 30

Port Day

May

May 1

Spring Honors Convocation and Academic Fair

May 6 - 12

Final Examinations

May 7

Reading Day

May 15

Baccalaureate Service

6 p.m.

May 16

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

May 16

Commencement Ceremony

11 a.m.