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May

May 28 - Aug 16

Summer Session 2

July

Jul 8 - Aug 16

Summer Session 3

Jul 8 - Aug 23

Summer Session 5 (Online)

Jul 22 - 27

Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event

Monumental Chapel

Virginia Wesleyan University's Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event, hosted by the Center for Sacred Music, will take place July 22-27, 2019.  This non-denominational event features instruction in worship, theology, music and the other arts, steeped in Wesley tradition of training minds and warming hearts. It offers continuing education opportunities for church musicians, worship leaders, music teachers, and all who are interested in the sacred arts (academic credit is available). For more information, view the event brochure or contact Sandi Billy, Director of The Center for Sacred Music, at 757.455.3376 or sbilly@vwu.edu.

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Jul 22 - 27

Virginia Private College Week

Virginia Wesleyan University

Rising high school juniors and seniors interested in attending Virginia Wesleyan University are invited to participate in Virginia Private College Week from July 22-27, hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV). Prospective traditional and transfer students will receive a VWU Visit Grant applicable to tuition with a value of $1,000 upon enrollment at Virginia Wesleyan (for spring 2020 or later). Guests will also be entered to win a $250 Amazon gift card, and CICV will award another $250 Amazon gift card to a student who posts on social media using the hashtag #VaPrivateCollegeWeek. Information sessions at Virginia Wesleyan will be held July 22-26 (Monday-Friday) at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and on Saturday, July 27 at 9 a.m. Register online or call 757.455.3208 to schedule a tour.
 
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Jul 22

A Service of Christian Prayer

Monumental Chapel

7:30 p.m.

A Service of Christian Prayer using the music of Taizé and Iona will take place July 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Monumental Chapel. Part of Virginia Wesleyan University's Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event, hosted by the Center for Sacred Music. Free and open to the public.

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Jul 23 - 26

Next Direction Choral Leadership Conference

The Next Direction Choral Leadership Conference is an opportunity for high school (grades 10-12) and collegiate students to explore what it means to be a choral conductor and a music educator. While working with top-notch choral conductors preparing and rehearsing gems from all centuries of choral music, students will develop skills in conducting/rehearsing, score study, musicianship and choral artistry, choral leadership, vocal pedagogy and vocal health, various genres and styles of music, and career paths in choral music. Registration is currently full. Please check back for 2020 dates or email bmortensen@vwu.edu for additional information about choral opportunities at Virginia Wesleyan.
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Jul 23

Alumni Gathering: New York, NY

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan University alumni are invited to come mingle with fellow graduates while enjoying heavy appetizers and drinks at the home of host Amy Klann '89 on Tuesday, July 23 from 6-8 p.m. Please RSVP to officeofthepresident@vwu.edu.

 

Jul 24

Hymn Festival: Will You Come and Follow Me?

First Presbyterian Church

7:30 p.m.

"Hymn Festival: Will You Come and Follow Me?" will take place July 24 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (300 36th St., Virginia Beach). Led by Tom Trenney, joined by the First Presbyterian Church choir, bells, and cello, with Sharon Foxwell, organist. Part of Virginia Wesleyan University's Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event, hosted by the Center for Sacred Music. Open to the public. Donations accepted.

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Jul 25

Worship Service: The Better Part

Great Bridge Presbyterian Church

7:30 p.m.

"Worship Service: The Better Part" will take place July 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church (333 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake). With Mary Charlotte Elia ’03, preacher, Joseph Martin, composer and director of the Wesleyan Worship Choir, Jason Evans '02, pianist and organist, and Hyosang Park, solo handbell artist. Part of Virginia Wesleyan University's Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event, hosted by the Center for Sacred Music. Open to the public. Donations accepted.

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Jul 27

Finale: Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice

Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

7:30 p.m.

"Finale: Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice" will take place July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (560 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk). A concert of sacred classic choral works with the 95-voice Wesleyan Festival Chorus, conducted by Philip Stopford with Dr. Stephen Cook, organist, and the Festival Brass led by Lawrence Clemens. Part of Virginia Wesleyan University's Sacred Music Summer Conference: A Worship & Arts Event, hosted by the Center for Sacred Music. Suggested donation: $10

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August

Aug 2

Goode Jazz

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

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

VWU professor Jason Squinobal (saxophone) is joined by Joel Sanford (piano), Evan Shackly (guitar), Will McPeters (string bass), and Dennis Northerner (percussion) in a free informal evening of light jazz standards and new works on Friday, August 2, in the Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center. Snacks and cash bar at 6:45 p.m., music begins at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a casual evening in the glass-enclosed gallery as the sun sets over the VWU "front lawn." Grab a drink, find a table, and enjoy music and conversation with friends. Free; no reservations required.

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Aug 10

Steep Canyon Rangers

Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

7:30 p.m.

With six albums earning the #1 spot in Bluegrass charts, and appearances on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and CBS’s Late Show with both Steven Colbert and David Letterman, Steep Canyon Rangers appears in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. Graham Sharp, singer & banjo; Woody Plant, guitar; Mike Guggino, mandolin; Nicky Sanders, fiddle; Barrett Smith, upright bass; and Mike Ashworth, percussion, bring their usual spark and texture through energized, animated set lists that keep you on the edge of the cliff, never quite sure what the band will pull out of the hat with their combination of classic bluegrass and remakes of pop works in bluegrass style. Always a great evening whether you're new to their sound, or never miss a concert! Tickets are available at www.vwu.tix.com with general seating at two levels ($40-$55).   

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Aug 14

Wesleyan Wednesday

Ballyhoos

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Everyone's favorite summer gathering is back! Wesleyan Wednesday will take place on Wednesday, August 14 from 5-8 p.m. at Ballyhoos (2865 Lynnhaven Dr., Virginia Beach). Drink specials for all Marlins and their guests and free appetizers.

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Aug 15

Summer Sing!

Ohef Sholom Temple

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Center for Sacred Music joins its community partner Ohef Sholom Temple (530 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk) in an evening of great music on Thursday, August 15, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Chuck Woodward conducts all who show up in the Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” (selected choruses) with Stephen Cook (piano). Singers are invited to sing an old favorite, explore a new work, or test their sight-singing skills in this casual, informal evening of music-making. All are welcome! All music is provided. $10 participation fee. 6:30 p.m.: On-site check-in; 7:00 p.m.: Rehearse; 7:45 p.m.: Short break; 8:00 p.m.: Sing! Reserve your spot by emailing sbilly@vwu.edu with your voice-part.

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Aug 23

State of the University

Aug 27

Transfer Student Orientation

Aug 28

Fall Semester Classes Begin

September

Sep 2

Labor Day (Classes Held)

Sep 5

Founders Day Convocation

Sep 12

On Deck Speaker Series: KEN ILGUNAS, Trespassing across America: One Man's Epic Hike along the Keystone XL Pipeline

Auditorium, Blocker Hall

11 a.m.

Author, journalist, and Alaskan backcountry ranger Ken Ilgunas walked 1,700 miles across North America, following the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. This was the first modern journey across private property on which he trespassed over the Great Plains, a land of stampeding cows, charging moose, and climate-change deniers. He will talk about the people of the heartland, the right to roam, and the stories that form the basis of his book, Trespassing across America. This event, sponspored by The Lighthouse, will be held in the auditorium in Blocker Hall.

Sep 26

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

TBA

11 a.m.

Toblowsky 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, Toblowsky will discuss 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.

October

Oct 4 - 6

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Oct 14 - 15

Fall Break

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 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

On Deck Speaker Series: The Christians, a play by Lucas Hnath

Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

11 a.m. - 1 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 the trouble with changing your mind. Directed by Professor of Theatre Sally Shedd. A discussion immediately follows the performance. This event, sponsored by The Lighthouse, will be in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center.

 

 

November

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 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 27 - 29

Thanksgiving Holiday

December

Dec 3

Port Day

Dec 8

December Graduates' Recognition Ceremony and Reception

Dec 11

Reading Day

Dec 11 - 17

Final Examinations

January

Jan 6 - 24

January Term

Jan 24

New Student Orientation

Jan 27

Spring Semester Classes Begin

February

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.