Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nota Bene: University College

I announced during my State of the University Address the establishment of University College of Virginia Wesleyan University. University College operates all for-credit programs outside of the traditional undergraduate program and also supports non-credit, continuing-education offerings.

Programs include VWU Online, Evening and Weekend, Advanced Scholars, Early Enrollment, Dual Credit, the Robert F. Boyd Institute, the American Culture and Tourism Management Internship Program at Busch Gardens, the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, the Center for Sacred Music, the Lifelong Learning Institute with Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, and opportunities through the VFIC Language Exchange and the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education.

University College will be an important source of enrollment, will expand our presence in the higher-education market, and will coordinate planning and promotion of future educational opportunities in the increasingly popular non-traditional market. It will not be an auxiliary enterprise; rather, it will be a fully integrated unit of our curriculum.

Provost and Vice President Timothy O’Rourke is fine tuning the organizational structure, and leadership of the program will be announced in the near future. For more information, visit our website at

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

College Fair Travel Has Started

Our counselors are headed your way soon. Come meet us!

Last Chance: Marlin Flood Buckets

Today is the last day to fill your Marlin Flood Bucket. Pick up your empty five-gallon bucket in the Marlin Ministries Lounge (Batten 28), purchase the list of items with your friends, and return it to the Community Service Office (Batten 25) by this evening. Special thanks to Chaplain Greg West and Marlin Ministries for organizing this important initiative, Hourigan Construction for donating the buckets, and all Marlins who are making a difference for those affected by the hurricanes! Learn more:

Nota Bene: Employment by Diversity Report

It has been my annual practice to share data gathered for an Employment by Diversity Report with the campus community:

Thanks to Karla Rasmussen, Director of Human Resources, and Amy Dudley, Human Resources Assistant and Employee Benefits Coordinator, for compiling information for this report.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Leadership in the Arts

Enjoyed speaking to Dr. Sandra Billy's "Arts Management" class today in the Fine Arts Building.

Nota Bene: Virginia Wesleyan University Magazine Fall 2017

I am pleased to share the fall 2017 edition of Virginia Wesleyan University Magazine. This edition's feature stories include:

  • From College to University: What it Means for Virginia Wesleyan
  • Campus Master Plan: Blueprint for the Future
  • Call Them the NCAA Champs: Virginia Wesleyan Softball Brings Home First-ever Division III National Title
  • Exploring Sustainability in Alaska
  • Graduate and Online Programs Come to VWU
  • Ninth Class Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Village II Named for Dennie Allen ’70

We hope you enjoy these special updates and many other features highlighting the latest news and exciting developments at Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Be sure to pass along your favorite articles to family, friends, and fellow Virginia Wesleyan supporters.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Marlins Sign Sustainability Pledge

So proud of our students for pledging to be environmental stewards.

Nota Bene: Join the "I LOVE VWU" Campaign for Faculty and Staff

Our campus community will celebrate Marlin Spirit Day on October 4, the Wednesday before Homecoming. I hope you will join me in sporting your favorite Virginia Wesleyan gear—and don’t forget to snap and share a photo using the hashtag #marlinspiritday.

There’s another very important way to show your Marlin spirit in the coming weeks: supporting the annual faculty and staff campaign.

On Monday, October 2, we will kick off the I LOVE VWU campaign—an opportunity for faculty and staff to give back to the University. As an institution, we work diligently to meet goals in academics, enrollment, fundraising, student life, and finance/administration. Every member of the faculty and staff is invaluable to achieving these goals, and I am grateful to each of you for the efforts you put forth daily.

Creating a culture of philanthropy on campus is also critical to achieving our institutional goals. As a private institution, we rely heavily on the support of alumni, parents, friends, and the community, but the philanthropy of others begins with our own Marlin culture. Let’s make a pledge together that we will demonstrate to our students, alumni, parents, friends, and colleagues that ours is a culture of philanthropy, generosity, and love.

In the coming days, you will receive a letter about the campaign at your home address from our Annual Giving and Alumni Relations team. You will also receive weekly emails from Kelly Cordova, Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, with information about how to simply and quickly make a gift or pledge to the I LOVE VWU campaign.

You may also make your gift online today at Those who make gifts before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, will be entered into a special “early bird” raffle.

Thank you to our Campaign Building Chairs for their commitment and leadership: ​Elaine Aird, Beth Clarke, Dr. Joyce Easter, Sue Erickson, ​Chris Francis, Randy Lott, Dr. Bryson Mortensen, Dr. Maynard Schaus, Jason Seward, Kelly Sprouse, Dr. Kathy Stolley, and Dr. Craig Wansink.

Together, we will continue to build on our current successes and create a brighter future for our students and our community. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017