Thursday, May 25, 2017

ACCESS College Foundation Alumni Gathering

Thanks to Trustee Anne Shumadine and Signature Family Wealth Advisors for hosting an alumni breakfast today at the World Trade Center for Virginia Wesleyan University alumni working at the ACCESS College Foundation. I enjoyed sharing the current status of the University and plans for the future. Pictured seated are Jordan Brown '03, Kyle Williams '08, David Kidd '11, Cheryl Jones '05, and Sara Gastler '97. And standing are Adria Phillips '05, Jennifer Hechtkopf '02, Rachal Weaver '13, Devin Allen '04, Megan Ulanich-Overbey '04, Bonnie Sutton '99, and David Waggoner, VWU Vice President for Enrollment. Over 28 years, ACCESS has helped more than 50,000 students from South Hampton Roads go to college, while leveraging $500 million in financial aid and scholarships to make their educational paths possible. The guidance, mentoring and financial aid invested in these students has been paid back exponentially to Hampton Roads.

Live Now: Virginia Wesleyan in the Softball World Series

Live now (2:45 p.m.) -- Virginia Wesleyan University in the NCAA Division III Softball World Series! Watch live online.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hosting Friends from SunTrust Bank

Enjoyed hosting friends from SunTrust Bank for a tour of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center today.

Hull Named National Freshman of the Year as All-American Teams are Announced

Freshman Hanna Hull garnered several major accolades Wednesday night at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship banquet at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown in Oklahoma City.

Hull earned 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Freshman of the Year in addition to First Team All-American honors. Junior first baseman Cassetty Howerin was also placed on the All-American First Team while Kiersten Richardson was a third team selection.

This is the second-straight year the Marlins have claimed the National Freshman of the Year as pitcher Kandis Kresinske took home the honor last season. The Marlins also tied a program best with three All-Americans.

Hull, a left-handed pitcher from Chesterfield, Va., heads into the NCAA Division III Championship in Oklahoma City with a 29-2 record as part of a lethal 1-2 punch in the circle with fellow freshman Courtney Wright (15-0, 1.36 ERA) for the top-ranked (48-2) Marlins this season. She has 13 shutouts, 326 strikeouts and has allowed just 48 walks and 12 earned runs in 189.1 innings this season. Her 29 victories lead Division III and her hits allowed per seven innings (2.77), strikeouts, strikeouts per seven innings (12.1) and earned-run average (0.44) all rank second nationally behind fellow NCAA Division III Championship competitor Lindsey Thayer of St. John Fisher.

Howerin earned First Team All-American honors after garnering ODAC Player of the Year honors. She was also named to the All-American First Team last year, becoming the fourth Marlin to be named an All-American more than once. Howerin has been a threat across the board this year, batting .441 with 11 home runs, 48 RBI, 44 runs, and 25 stolen bases.

Richardson is an All-American for the first time in her career, earning third-team acknowledgment for her strong season. She leads the nation with 60 stolen bases on the year and paces the Marlins with 62 runs scored to go with five home runs.

The Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Freshman of the Year and the NFCA Division III All-America softball teams were selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing each of the eight NCAA regions. Those earning first team All-Region recognition were eligible to move forward to be considered to be chosen by the committee as All-Americans. NFCA member coaches nominate and vote for the Association's All-Region teams. Schutt Sports sponsors Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year awards in the NFCA's member divisions.

The Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Player of the Year honoree will be chosen following the completion of the NCAA Championship next week.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Vote Brandon Elliott Coach of the Year

48 wins, 2 losses...Top-ranked team NCAA Division III team in the sure and VOTE:

Catching Up With Old Friends

Great to catch up with long-time Virginia Wesleyan Trustee George Birdsong and Diane Nelms of the Obici Healthcare Foundation at today's Suffolk State of the City. George and his family have been generous benefactors of the University since its founding in 1961. Birdsong Hall, Birdsong Field, Birdsong Presidential Suite in Godwin Hall, and the Birdsong School of Social Science are among the many campus tributes to the family. Diane and I were classmates together at West Virginia Wesleyan College (many, many years ago).

Suffolk State of the City Address

Good to visit with Linda Andrus, Ethicom360, and Bernie Niemeier, President and Publisher of Virginia Business, at today's Suffolk State of the City Address.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Next up in the NCAA Division III College World Series

Marlins take on defending National Champion Texas Tyler at 2:30 EST (1:30 OKC time) on Thursday!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Congratulations to Retiring Faculty

Congratulations to retiring Virginia Wesleyan faculty, Dr. Cheul Kang (Professor of Management, Business and Economics - 32 years of service) and Dr. Garry Noe (Associate Professor of Physics - 29 years of service)!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Behind the Marlins' Success

Two really special people that are the main drivers in our 48-2, top-ranked in the NCAA Division III Virginia Wesleyan softball team -- head coach Brandon Elliott (347-99 in 10 years as head coach) and freshman pitcher Hanna Hull. Hanna is a remarkable 29-2 with 3 saves and a .44 earned run average. She has struck out a remarkable 326 batters in 189 innings this season and is probably the best pitcher in the nation -- as a freshman.