Monday, September 16, 2019

Enjoyable to Host John Trinder on Campus

Great to visit with VWU benefactor and Trustee Emeritus John A. Trinder this afternoon on campus. The Trinder Center, home to grass-field Marlin sports is named for John as is the Trinder Advancement Center in Godwin Hall. His son Ken currently serves as a Trustee of the University.

Grammy Winner to Present at VWU

Tonight at 7 p.m. on Virginia Wesleyan's campus, four-time Grammy winner Steve Buckingham will discuss how music—particularly blues, jazz and soul music—shaped our country in the 50s and 60s, and impacted segregation. All are welcome to attend! Read more in this feature in The Virginian-Pilot
(Photo Credit: The Virginian-Pilot/Kristen Zeis)

Art Exhibition at VWU: "Big Old Work"

In this exhibition by John Rudel, Professor of Art at Virginia Wesleyan University, large-scale painting and mixed media works employ expressive color, recognizable imagery, and abstract elements spanning nearly 20 years; 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 exhibit will be on display in the Neil Britton Gallery in the Hofheimer Library at Virginia Wesleyan through October 1.

Nota Bene: Weekly Update

With the passing of the storm, Founders Day has been rescheduled to coincide with Homecoming and Family Weekend. Founders Day Convocation will now be held on 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 VWU Trustee and alumnus Eric Nyman '94, President of Hasbro North America, and will honor Virginia Beach Police Chief James "Jim" Cervera with The Wesley Award.

The 2019 Alumni Awards have been incorporated into "Good Morning at the Goode" on Saturday, October 5, in the Eleanor and Henry Watts Grand Lobby and Gallery of the Goode Center. Invited guests will enjoy a program that includes the 2019 Alumni Awards, Scholar-Athlete Recognition, and a special presentation and dedication in honor of Robert T. Williams '75.

All guests are invited to stay on Saturday for Homecoming FinFest from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Marlin Way. The campus community will celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend with fun and food trucks while mingling with favorite faculty members. The children can enjoy the inflatable bounce house, and Astro DJ will keep the party going with great music. There's so much for the Marlin community to enjoy all afternoon long! Visit vwu.edu/homecoming for the full schedule of Homecoming and Family Weekend events, updated to include Founders Day activities.

The Steinway Spirio event originally scheduled for the evening of Founders Day has not yet been rescheduled. However, the Spirio piano is currently on display in the Watts Grand Lobby and Gallery of the Goode Center. More information about the Steinway Spirio event and campaign can be found here.
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Friday, October 4, marks our first Marlin Spirit Day of the year. We will celebrate Marlin Spirit Day on the Friday of Homecoming, and I hope you will join me in sporting your favorite Virginia Wesleyan gear. Don't forget to snap and share a photo using #MarlinSpiritDay.
 
There's another very important way to show your Marlin Spirit in the coming weeks--supporting the annual faculty and staff campaign.
 
Tuesday, October 1, will mark the official kick-off of the Faculty and Staff Campaign, The Future Is Here, which is an opportunity for faculty and staff to contribute financially to the University. As an institution, we are striving 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 every one of you for the efforts you put forth daily.
 
In the coming days, you will receive a letter from our Annual Giving and Alumni Relations team at your home address about the campaign. Furthermore, be on the lookout for weekly emails with information about how to simply and quickly make a gift or pledge to the campaign from Kelly Cordova, Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations. You may also visit vwu.edu/giveonline to make your gift online today.
 
Those who make gifts before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, will be entered into a special "early bird" raffle. This year's early bird raffle is 4 park-hopper passes to Disney World in Orlando, FL! A special thank you to Brian Kurisky, Director of Wesleyan Engaged, for securing this wonderful prize for our campaign again this year.
 
As VWU faculty and staff, we are part of a special community of talented people who believe that VWU has a valuable place in our community, our nation and our world. The future is here, so please show you believe in Virginia Wesleyan and the people and programs that make it great by investing with your financial support today.

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It is with pride that I announce that Dr. James "Jim" Noseworthy has accepted our invitation to deliver the 2020 Baccalaureate Address in May. Jim is recognized as a national leader and scholar in the United Methodist Church and has been a positive force in the higher education world. He is currently a consultant and previously served as the Assistant General Secretary for Higher Education of the United Methodist Church and President of Hiwassee College, among many other vital roles he has played. Dr. Noseworthy earned a master of divinity from Duke University and went on to earn his doctorate in Theology of Campus Ministry (D.Min) from University of Dubuque. He also holds degrees from Simpson College and Vandberbilt University. His wife, the Rev. Karla Kincannon 76, H '18, was our first Baccalaureate Speaker after transitioning to University status. We look forward to honoring Dr. Noseworthy with the distinction of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, in May.

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Virginia Wesleyan University Magazine
It has been a big year for Virginia Wesleyan! You can read all about it in the latest edition of the VWU Magazine which hit mailboxes and inboxes this week. Read it here: vwu.edu/magazine

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U Featured in U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings for 2020
Virginia Wesleyan University has again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Colleges rankings, which were released recently. The University is featured among the publication's "Best National Liberal Arts Colleges" for 2020 and also ranked 23rd in "Ethnic Diversity" among National Liberal Arts Colleges. New this year, U.S. News has recognized Virginia Wesleyan as a "Top Performer on Social Mobility." The University is ranked among the top 25 percent of National Liberal Arts Colleges in this category, which measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants relative to the rest of the student body. We are proud to be recognized for these designations, as they represent our prominent academic reputation and our diverse, global community. We take pride in fostering the kinds of values and traditions that make our students proud to have chosen us for their career and life success. Read more about this latest U.S. News designation as well as other points of pride for the University.

Westminster/Wesleyan Lifelong Learning Institute
The fall 2019 schedule has been released for the Wesleyan/Westminster Lifelong Learning Institute. Now in its third year, our partnership with Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay is mutually beneficial. It allows Westminster-Canterbury members to stay challenged and energized as they continue their path of education and growth, and it gives Virginia Wesleyan opportunities to share the talents and leadership of our faculty. Courses are offered at both the VWU campus and at WC. View the updated schedule here

January Term Registration 
Registration for first-year students opens today for January Term 2020 and runs through Wednesday, September 18. For assistance with registering through WebAdvisor, students should contact their First-Year Academic Advisors. For upper-class students, January Term registration opens Thursday, September 19. View the upcoming January Term schedule here.
Welcome, Jesse Weiner
Please join me in welcoming Jesse Weiner to the Marlin Family as our new Director of Cross Country and Track & Field at Virginia Wesleyan. Jesse comes to us with impressive experience and a proven success record. Read more here.

Condolences to Brian Kurisky
It is with sorrow that I share the passing of a member of our Virginia Wesleyan Family. Dr. Brian Kurisky's stepfather, Harry Duggan, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. I extend my sincere condolences to Brian and his family. Please join me in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers. Harry's obituary can be viewed here.
AROUND TOWN AND ACROSS CAMPUS
For the third consecutive year, overflow housing at Northampton Crossing is at approximately 50 students. Upgrades this past year took place in Bray Village and Allen Village, which are now complete and looking great.

September 17 is nationally recognized as Constitution & Citizenship Day to commemorate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. We are proud to recognize and celebrate this day on our campus--visit Hofheimer Library between now and October 1 to view an interactive book display that examines a variety of constitutional issues and history. Also, as we commemorate the signing, test your constitutional knowledge by taking a 10-question quiz at www.constitutionfacts.com.

We held our first meeting of the year with the President's Leadership Council. The PLC meets each month during the academic year to discuss initiatives and programming spanning all divisions of campus.

The Chesapeake Bay Academy at Virginia Wesleyan is doing great work. We're proud to partner with them and the excellent learning programs they offer. Read more and watch this WTKR video feature, "A school dedicated to serving students with learning differences on Coast Live."

Recently I visited with Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly, and Kurt Krause, President and CEO of VisitNorfolk, to discuss an exciting new initiative with the Greater Norfolk Corporation and the City of Norfolk. Utilizing the experience of Deborah and the Campus Philly model, our five area higher education institutions are exploring the advantages of marketing our location as a college town.

There are many amazing things happening at VWU's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom this fall. Check out the offerings in the latest issue of the CSRF newsletter "Understanding Religious Freedom." 
 
Mark your calendar for upcoming events and programs, and read up on the latest in the arts at Virginia Wesleyan here. 

Over the weekend, Delegate Chris Stolle hosted a Community Success Summit on our campus in the Goode Center. Panelists discussed career services, education, and healthcare success. Community resources were also available for attendees. Dr. Maynard Schaus, Vice President for Academic Affairs at VWU, served as a panelist, discussing education. The event was free and open to the public with a great turnout. 

Tomorrow Dr. John Cook from George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication will be giving a talk as part of the Eleanor & Henry Watts Conservation Speaker Series at the Virginia Aquarium. This event is free and open to the public. More information can be found here.
 
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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Journal of the College Media Association

Former Marlin Chronicle editors Thomas Mills '15 and Kellie (Lagoy) Adamson '16 weigh in on my support of the student newspaper's editorial independence in this College Media Association article: https://bit.ly/2lPOBr8

Special Presentation: Rhythm & Blues Tore Down the Walls of Segregation

Don't miss Grammy winner Steve Buckingham's presentation tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Greer Environmental Sciences Center, Room 155. 

The presentation explores the effect that music, particularly rhythm & blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and soul music, had on racial integration in the United States. Throughout the civil rights movement, music played a significant role in bringing many people together in a common cause. As former United Nations Ambassador and civil rights activist Andrew Young stated, “You could say that music played a bigger part in the movement than the courts.” 

Steve Buckingham is a four-time Grammy winner, veteran music producer, record company executive, and studio musician. He teaches "Rhythm & Blues Tore Down the Walls of Segregation" at VWU and has previously taught at Vanderbilt University. His presentation explores this subject through archival films and photos, interviews, and extensive use of music. All are welcome to attend!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Faculty Focus: Sharon Swift

A Teacher Making Art: A sampling of works by Professor of Art Sharon Swift will be on display throughout the month of September in the Eleanor and Henry Watts Grand Lobby and Gallery of the Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2lPvNZ4.

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Wesleyan Review: September 13, 2019

Our newest edition of the Wesleyan Review is out! Read about the latest VWU news and events here: https://conta.cc/30fKweq

"The Future is Here" Campaign Ambassadors

Advancement staff and I briefed our campus ambassadors to prepare for the 2019-2020 Faculty/Staff Giving Campaign, “The Future is Here.” Giving to the University from the campus community has traditionally been strong. The campaign launches on October 1. A special thank you to our Advancement staff and campaign ambassadors who joined us this morning: (back row, from left) Jason Seward ‘05, Dr. Mort Gamble, Kelly Cordova, Dr. Bryson Mortensen, Lori Harris ‘94, Brandon Elliott ‘03, Brandi Calica ‘14, (front row, from left) Heather Campbell ‘04, Elaine Aird ‘96, Sharon Laderberg, April Christman ‘14, and Dr. Michelle Vachris. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

President's Leadership Council

First meeting of the year with the President’s Leadership Council. We meet each month during the academic year to discuss initiatives and programming spanning all divisions of campus.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Pharos: September 2019

Read up on the latest accomplishments of Virginia Wesleyan University faculty and staff in the September edition of The Pharos: https://conta.cc/2LFL349 

Community Success Summit

Sharing some information for those interested: Delegate Chris Stolle is hosting a Community Success Summit at our Goode Center this Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. Those that plan on attending are asked to register: bit.ly/summitreply.

VWU Magazine

The latest edition of the Virginia Wesleyan University Magazine has arrived! Read it here: vwu.edu/magazine

Marlin SportSplash: September 10, 2019

Catch the latest in Virginia Wesleyan Athletics in today's edition of Marlins SportSplash: https://conta.cc/2LL329a
 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Exciting New Initiative

Great visit this morning with Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly, and Kurt Krause, President and CEO of VisitNorfolk, to discuss an exciting new initiative with the Greater Norfolk Corporation and the City of Norfolk. Utilizing the experience of Deborah and her colleagues at Campus Philly, our five area higher education institutions are exploring the advantages of marketing our location as a college town.

Virginia Wesleyan Named Among U.S. News 'Best Colleges'

Virginia Wesleyan University has again been recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its annual Best Colleges rankings, which were just released today. The University is featured in multiple categories, including the publication’s “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2020. Read more: bit.ly/BestColleges2020
 

Nota Bene: Weekly Update

The effects of Hurricane Dorian resulted in the postponement of our Founders Day activities last week, and we look forward to holding the event later this semester. I will keep you updated as plans for rescheduling progress. My heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped keep Virginia Wesleyan running smoothly, and most importantly, safely, during the storm. Also, my special thanks to all for their cooperation and patience as buildings were impacted by the power outage and subsequent HVAC interruption
  
Fortunately, we were able to celebrate the third cohort of Batten Fellows and Shumadine Scholars at the Batten Honors College Recognition Ceremony and luncheon last Thursday. 
A ceremonial pinning of each student represents their completion of orientation and formal induction into the Batten Honors College of Virginia Wesleyan University. View the photo gallery here. Out of a pool of 30,000 potential students, one-tenth of that group were deemed eligible in meeting preliminary requirements for the program, and this cohort is among the 
117 who were invited to campus over this past year to compete for the highly coveted seats. We are so glad to have the best and brightest joining us in the elite and selective Batten Honors College. 
 
Now in its third year, this program has become one of three national niches of VWU.  Consider the following profile of the 121 students--64 Batten Fellows and 57 Shumadine Scholars--currently enrolled who have distinguished themselves greatly. Of these students, sixty-two percent are female and thirty-eight percent male-with 24 percent considered to be from underrepresented populations. Fifty-nine percent of our Fellows and Scholars hail from Virginia, thirty-six percent from other states across the country, and five percent internationally. These students excel academically with an average high school GPA of 4.12, SAT of 1340, and ACT of 29; they have a Virginia Wesleyan GPA averaging 3.68 (currently enrolled Batten Fellows).
 
These Fellows and Scholars represent diversity, intellectual strength, curiosity, imagination, and individual ambition--the best kinds of qualities that have always distinguished American higher education. 
 
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The past three years have brought tremendous changes in technology at Virginia Wesleyan University. Fundamental to our progress has been increasing student satisfaction by bringing greater access and efficiencies, including those made possible by self-help applications. All of this has been made possible by three donors who believe in the bright future of the University. We thank them for their foresight and support!
 
I'm pleased to share that we've named our University portal "MyBeacon." The name and icon, which now appear at the top of the VWU homepage, reflect both our institutional branding and the portal's ability to guide our community toward important campus resources. The MyBeacon landing page provides one convenient location for frequently used campus applications. All resources formerly contained within "Quicklinks" now appear there, including WebAdvisor, Marsis, Atomic Learning, the Marlin Directory, and more. Students may continue to login to MyBeacon for a secure, single sign-on experience with Blackboard and VWU email, as well as course registration, self-service financial aid and bill payment, student account information, and more.
 
And speaking of Blackboard, this online learning management system will also be getting an upgrade. We are moving from our hosted environment to a fully Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. This will eliminate any future downtime caused by upgrades and patches, and it will position Virginia Wesleyan to begin utilizing the newest version of Blackboard, known as Blackboard Ultra. Ultra brings to the table many new and updated online teaching tools and a dramatically improved and modernized user interface. These will be very welcome changes for our faculty and students, particularly those in our VWU Online programs.
 
These changes come on the heels of two other significant projects initiated earlier this summer. A month ago, we signed a new contract with Cox Communications to upgrade our telephone and Internet bandwidth. Under the new agreement, telecommunication will transition to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), moving away from traditional circuit transmissions. New desk phones will feature internal and external caller ID and the ability to forward calls to desktops and laptops, as well as options for voicemail over email.
 
To accommodate the new VoIP system and our rapidly growing online presence, Internet bandwidth will be tripled. For students, this means improved Internet speed and a smoother streaming experience while viewing favorite content and gaming.
 
We also signed a contract with Ellucian earlier this summer to modernize and cloud-host the Colleague environment. The new contract provides an extensive on-demand training library available to all employees of the University. Additionally, we are nearing completion of an aggressive datacenter refresh project which will bring our internally hosted servers and infrastructure to an upgraded, stable, and secure state.  
 
Most of these initiatives were generously funded by an anonymous donor who had expressed interest in advancing VWU's online program. The gifts come, in part, to support our vision to facilitate access, quality, user-satisfaction and collaboration opportunities for our virtual learning environment.

Although the projects were selected to optimize the online student experience, there will be wide benefits for many users.

The technology improvements include the following:
  • Ellucian Portal, a foundational technology offering a web portal that simplifies information exchange for students, faculty and staff by giving them a single, virtual gateway to academic and administrative services.
  • Colleague Self-Service Financial Aid, a Colleague module designed to help students navigate the financial aid process online.
  • Touchnet's Bill+Payment Suite with Ellucian's Payment Center, a comprehensive online self-service "payment portal suite" for student accounts, giving students 24/7 online and mobile access to campus bills and online bill payments.
  • Ellucian Mobile Platform Edition, a complete customizable mobile solution featuring native integration with our student information system, Colleague.
  • Student housing is also now better managed through a new system called StarRez. This technology has had a tremendous impact on staffing resources, allowing for processing of housing assignments in minutes that previously took weeks. Students are now able to apply for housing, identify their own roommates, and request housing changes--all online.  
  • The Scribner University Store is online. Students have around-the-clock access to order textbooks, as well as VWU apparel and merchandise.
  • The addition of the Virginia Wesleyan University Digital Broadcast Network. Via Boxcast, the network webcasts most home athletic events.  Via Boxcast and Facebook Live, other key events and speakers are recorded for viewing in alternative locations as well as being preserved for viewing at a later date through our University website. 
Clearly, we have many new and exciting Information Technology plans in motion under the leadership of Dr. Chris Davis, Chief Information Officer. Critical to the long-term success and viability of the University, these donor-funded investments in our technology infrastructure will pay dividends now and for years to come.
 
Leveraging this technology is essential as we prepare for future growth. Special thanks to our Office of Information Technology Services for making these valuable services available to our campus.
 
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During the State of the University, I announced the formation of a VWU eSports program, and I am proud to report that it is off to a great start. The University is now a member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE). As part of this organization, we are able   to connect with other collegiate eSports programs in Virginia and nationwide to arrange scrimmages and competitive matches as well as potentially participate in invitational and championship tournaments. We have begun recruiting our team this fall with the hopes of competing next semester. Our Marlin eSports Arena is nearing completion in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. The space will house 16 top-end gaming computers from global eSports leader iBuyPower, allowing the team to compete in up to four games. Currently, the University is eyeing League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Rocket League as its starting point. An open house will be held once the Marlin eSports Arena is up and running.
 
We are excited about this addition to the University and look forward to its many benefits.
 
 
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Reforestation  
In 2015, we began a large period of construction, and set out with a plan of reforestation. Through our careful tracking, we currently have planted 136 more trees than we have removed.
 
The Marlin Athletic Fund
Nearly 400 student-athletes represent Virginia Wesleyan on the field and court, in the pool, and in the classroom. As we prepare these students for lives of leadership and social responsibility, we invite you to join us in making an impact on their development. Just as every member of a team contributes to its overall success, support of the Marlin Athletic Fund is important to the success of VWU's 22 sports teams. Team up with the Marlin Athletic Fund to ensure Virginia Wesleyan's student-athletes are positioned for success! View more Marlin Athletics.
 
New President to President Series: "The Next Big Thing"
The first chapter is now available in the 2019-2020 series of "President to President," a thought leadership series publication written by university presidents, and edited by myself and longtime friend and colleague Dr. Marylouise Fennell. This year's series, "The Next Big Thing," explores how higher education institutions are responding to ever-evolving student and parent expectations, learning needs, shifting demographics, and more.  
 
In this first chapter, "Educating the Environmental Stewards of Tomorrow: Presidential Leadership and Climate Change," California State University, Northridge, President Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D., examines the vital leadership role that colleges play in addressing climate change, both on campus and within the larger community. She also shares a few of the ways her institution promotes environmental sustainability through education, activism, and operational practices.  

CICV:  The Demographic Cliff
Each month, Robert Lambeth, President of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV), shares a statistical graph for the month.  I thought you'd find this one interesting: view the graph here. 
 
Kudos to Modupe Oshikoya
Congratulations to Dr. Modupe Oshikoya, Assistant Professor of Political Science, on earning Honorable Mention (first runner-up) for Best Dissertation Award for the Peace and Justice Studies Association's (PJSA) 2019 Student Awards. Dr Oshikoya will be formally recognized at an award ceremony during this year's PJSA Annual Conference on October 4-6.
 
Condolences to John Rudel
It is with sadness and a heavy heart that I share the passing of a member of our Virginia Wesleyan Family--Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Rudel, father of VWU Professor of Art and Coordinator of Art Exhibitions John Rudel. Dr. Rudel was Emeritus Professor of Internal Medicine, Section on Molecular Medicine and Biochemistry, at Wake Forest School of Medicine. An exerpt from a release by the WFSM states, "Dr. Rudel will be dearly missed by his family, friends and colleagues. His long and distinguished career at Wake Forest School of Medicine raised the institution to international prominence in the fields of lipid sciences and cardiovascular disease."
 
My sincere condolences to John and his family. Please join me in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.
 
AROUND TOWN AND ACROSS CAMPUS
 
Special thanks to David Nieves, Master Police Officer, for leading a dynamic and informative campus-wide Active Threat Citizen Defense Workshop at Virginia Wesleyan. David has facilitated 300 workshops during his 24 years with the Virginia Beach Police Department.  
 
There are many amazing things happening at VWU's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom this fall. Check out the offerings in the latest issue of the CSRF newsletter "Understanding Religious Freedom." 
 
Mark your calendar for upcoming events and programs, and read up on the latest in the arts at Virginia Wesleyan here. 
 
As part of the Eleanor & Henry Watts Conservation Speaker Series, Research Assistant Professor John Cook from George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication will be speaking at the Virginia Aquarium on September 17. Don't miss this talk which will focus on key beliefs around climate change and how we can work together to remove roadblocks to climate action. This event is free and open to the public. More information can be found here.
 
It was great to visit on campus recently with 2018 Virginia Wesleyan graduate Alana PetersShe brought "Cuppy," a mutual pal from our local Dunkin' Donuts, to see two of his best friends--me and Dr. Keith Moore (Vice President for Student Affairs). Alana worked as a Presidential Associate during her time at VWU and pitched for our National Championship softball team. She now works as an Account Coordinator at the Davis Ad Agency in Virginia Beach. 
 
Congrats to VWU student-athlete Skyler Lattuca of the men's cross country team who was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Runner of the Week! Skyler earned first place out of 65 runners in the season opener. Read more
 here.
 
STAY CURRENT ON VWU NEWS AND FEATURES

REFLECTIONS
I hope you find these links useful to my recent columns and publications:
 
PRESIDENTIAL EVENTS
I invite you to stay updated on these activities here.
 
CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Twitter: @vawesleyanprez
Facebook: @ScottDMillerprez
Instagram: @prezscottmiller
Flickr: Scott D. Miller
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