Monday, February 27, 2017

Nota Bene: Villages II and IV to be Named for 2017 Academic Year

I am pleased to share the naming of two of our campus villages. With the start of the 2017-18 Academic Year, Village II will become Allen Village, named for the late Dennie Allen ’70, and Village IV will become the Honors Village.

By virtue of his place in the alphabet, Dennie Allen received Virginia Wesleyan's first diploma at our first Commencement in 1970. He passed away last fall on September 1, just one week before our first Founders Day. His obituary described the day he graduated as “the happiest of his life,” and said that he “loved to tell people that he was the very first person to receive a diploma from the College.” On his death, Dennie left his estate to Virginia Wesleyan. We are so grateful for his generosity and proud to honor our first graduate in this most fitting way.

This fall, we will welcome our first cohort of the Batten Honors College. Over time, the Honors Village will begin housing these students. It will be a living-learning community, serving to expand the student experience beyond the classroom, strengthen engagement in campus life, and help develop meaningful social connections. This inclusive community-centered environment will support the personal and intellectual growth of our Batten Fellows and Shumadine Scholars.

The College is currently separated into four villages over its nearly 300-acre campus. Bray Village and Village II feature residential space, classrooms, and faculty and staff offices. Brock Village and Village IV are solely residential complexes.

Construction is expected to begin in 2017-18 on a fifth village on College-owned land on the north side of Wesleyan Drive. Oxford Village will be named in honor of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism and the namesake of Virginia Wesleyan College, who attended and was laid to rest at Christ Church in Oxford, England. The facility will be designed to house faculty, staff, students—most likely upper-level, graduate, or international students—from Virginia Wesleyan or even other nearby organizations.

The naming of our campus buildings tells the story of those who have come before us and stood beside us. Please join me as we integrate these special names into our campus culture and celebrate our institution’s rich history.

Friday, February 24, 2017

An Evening at Slover

‪With colleagues on the veranda prior to the Batten Honors College social at Slover Library ‬

A Historic Location for Virginia Wesleyan

With David Waggoner (Vice President for Enrollment) at a historic location for Virginia Wesleyan at the corner of City Hall Avenue and Granby Street in downtown Norfolk.

Progress on the Frank Blocker Youth Center

Checking out progress on construction of the new Frank Blocker Youth Center with Keith Moore, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Jason Seward, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.


Beautiful Day for Tennis

Virginia Wesleyan took on Washington & Lee at VWC's Everett Tennis Center.

Kenneth R. Perry Field

New stands and press box in full use on this beautiful February day.

Beautiful Day for Baseball Virginia Wesleyan's Kenneth R. Perry Field.

Welcoming Prospective Batten Fellows

It was a pleasure to welcome prospective Batten Fellows last night at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center with Provost and Vice President Dr. Timothy O'Rourke (center) and Dr. Chris Haley, Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the Joan P. Brock School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Professor of Earth Science. We will welcome the first cohort of the Batten Honors College this fall.