Monday, April 24, 2017

Kicking Off the Marlin Prestige

Virginia Wesleyan’s student-led business conference, “The Marlin Prestige,” started tonight and will continue throughout the week (April 24-28). Our campus community and guests from the Coastal Virginia region are invited to participate in workshops, presentations, and interactive panels that embrace the spring 2017 theme, “The Pathway to Success: People, Process, and Performance.” Virginia Wesleyan Trustee Jon Pruden, Co-Owner and President of Taste Unlimited, was the keynote opening speaker. Pictured with Paul Ewell, Chair of the Management, Business, and Economics Department and Director of the MBA Program, Kathryn Reavis, CEO of The Marlin Prestige Conference, and Jon Pruden.

"Chat n' Chew" with IT Services

Great catching up with our IT Services staff over a "Chat n' Chew" lunch today. I appreciate their hard work and innovative strategies to keep our campus technology modern and user-friendly for our students, faculty and staff. Pictured (from left): Greg Baptiste, Marcia Williams, John Aird, Robin Takacs, Glenn Johnson, Terry Critser, and Scott Harvey.

​Nota Bene: Spring 2017 Business Conference

Virginia Wesleyan’s student-led business conference, “The Marlin Prestige,” begins today and will continue throughout the week (April 24-28). Our campus community and guests from the Coastal Virginia region are invited to participate in workshops, presentations, and interactive panels that embrace the spring 2017 theme, “The Pathway to Success: People, Process, and Performance.”

The Marlin Prestige represents months of hard work by students in Virginia Wesleyan's “Principles of Management” business course. Students coordinate all elements of the event, exercising key management skills such as product development, networking, and project and financial planning.

Throughout the semester I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with many of our outstanding conference participants, including student leaders Kathryn Reavis (Chief Executive Officer), Ulia Nelson (Chief Operations Officer), Nicholas Hipple (Chief Information Officer), and Michelle Carter (Chief Marketing Officer), and team members Lawrence Graves (Director of Financial Planning), Lisa (Brown) Morton (Advertising Director), and Peter Scrimgeour (Art Director). Along with fellow students and Virginia Wesleyan business faculty, this group has worked hard to create a conference that educates our community on the importance of marketing, finance, operations, and management in the professional world.

I’m also pleased to share that Virginia Wesleyan Trustees Jon Pruden, Co-Owner and President of Taste Unlimited, and Ken Trinder, CEO and President of EOS Systems, are among this semester’s guest speakers. They join presenters Chris Dotolo '91, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, Bob Groves, Founder of Bob Groves Coaching, and Virginia Wesleyan's own Dr. Travis Malone, Dean of the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Theatre.

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 webpage for
The Marlin Prestige.

Many thanks to Dr. Paul Ewell, Batten Associate Professor of Management, Business, and Economics, and all Business Department faculty and students for hosting this educational event for our community.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Marlin Baseball Seniors

With baseball seniors Taylor Erby (4), Justin Erby (1), C.J. Lindsay (8), Austin Gammon (11), Riley Koonce (29), and Patt Barrett (20) before the start of the Emory & Henry game.

Erby Receives Elmo Acey Memorial Award

Senior Justin Erby received the Elmo Acey Memorial Award as Virginia Wesleyan's Outstanding Baseball Player. He has batted .317 in 134 career games for the Marlins and is hitting .414 with five home runs this season.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Recognizing Softball Seniors

Today we recognized three seniors who have been instrumental in the success of the Virginia Wesleyan softball program. They are the winningest class in Virginia Wesleyan history with a record of 144-23 and 71-5 in ODAC play. Pictured: Blake Henderson, Liz Bailey, and Kasey Newcomb. The Marlins are 39-1 and ranked No. 1 in the country.

Senior Day at the Everett Tennis Center

Senior day at the Everett Tennis Center as we recognized captain Brendan Kelleher.

Retiring a Softball Standout's Jersey

A special day at Virginia Wesleyan as we retired the jersey of former standout Tori Higginbotham (2011-14), a three-time softball All-American. Joining us for the picture, Tori's father, Tim, and Joanne Renn, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Proud Marlin Parent Joe Esposito

Nice to visit with proud Marlin parent Joe Esposito at today's doubleheader. Joe is Assistant Basketball Coach at the University of Memphis. His son, Jordon, is a sophomore first baseman at Virginia Wesleyan. Joining us for the picture is Joanne Renn, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Time Capsule Placement Ceremony: Greer Environmental Sciences Center

This morning we placed a time capsule within the walls of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center. The sealed box—which contains student reflections, an edition of the Marlin Chronicle, and other items that speak to who we are today as a campus community—will be opened in the year 2042. Thank you to all who made this special day possible, including those pictured: Maynard Schaus, Associate Provost, Billy Greer, former Virginia Wesleyan President, Chris Brandt, Executive Vice President of Hourigan Construction, and Eric Harrison, Hourigan Construction.