Norfolk, VA, United States

Virginia Wesleyan College
Norfolk, VA, United States

Virginia Wesleyan College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in Norfolk, Virginia. Founded in 1961 by the Virginia United Methodist Church, the school’s enrollment is approximately 1,400 students. The college offers bachelor's degrees in 34 major disciplines. Virginia Wesleyan College is a member of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 17, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has determined its list of Virginia’s best colleges and universities for 2017. Of the four-year schools that were analyzed, 40 made the list, with University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, Washington and Lee University and Hampton University ranked as the top five. Of the 23 two-year schools that were also included, Tidewater Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Danville Community College and Central Virginia Community College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “Virginia’s unemployment rate recently reached its lowest point since before the Great Recession, which is great news for career-minded students,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “The schools on our list have shown that they offer the educational experience and resources that leave their students career-ready.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Virginia” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes employment and academic resources, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, opportunities for financial aid and such additional statistics as student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Virginia” list, visit: Best Four-Year Colleges in Virginia for 2017 include: Averett University Bluefield College Bridgewater College Christopher Newport University College of William and Mary Eastern Mennonite University Emory & Henry College Ferrum College George Mason University Hampden-Sydney College Hampton University Hollins University James Madison University Jefferson College of Health Sciences Liberty University Longwood University Lynchburg College Mary Baldwin College Marymount University Norfolk State University Old Dominion University Radford University Randolph College Randolph-Macon College Regent University Roanoke College Shenandoah University Southern Virginia University Sweet Briar College The University of Virginia's College at Wise University of Mary Washington University of Richmond University of Virginia-Main Campus Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Military Institute Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia State University Virginia Union University Virginia Wesleyan College Washington and Lee University Best Two-Year Colleges in Virginia for 2017 include: Blue Ridge Community College Central Virginia Community College Dabney S Lancaster Community College Danville Community College Eastern Shore Community College Germanna Community College John Tyler Community College Lord Fairfax Community College Mountain Empire Community College New River Community College Northern Virginia Community College Patrick Henry Community College Paul D Camp Community College Piedmont Virginia Community College Rappahannock Community College Reynolds Community College Southside Virginia Community College Southwest Virginia Community College Thomas Nelson Community College Tidewater Community College Virginia Highlands Community College Virginia Western Community College Wytheville Community College About Us: was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

News Article | March 1, 2017

CHANTILLY, Va., March 1, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community Management Corporation (CMC), an Associa company, announces Brian Lord as division director. This is a promotion for Lord who becomes one of two HOA division directors for CMC where he oversees and provides guidance for portfolio managers as well as ensures that the highest levels of service are being provided to clients. "Brian is a natural leader who has been a part of the Associa family for almost eight years and has shown remarkable dedication to customer service in addition to his strong work ethic," says Nick Mazzarella, president of CMC. "His loyalty to the team, attention to detail, and inspirational leadership style make Brian a valuable asset to Associa/CMC." Lord joined CMC in August 2009 and began his community management career as an assistant general manager. He was quickly promoted to general manager and later to HOA division manager where he served a large Virginia HOA with 2155 homes for the past three years before this most recent promotion. Lord has earned his Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) and Association Management Specialist (AMS®) designations as a member of Community Associations Institute. He has a bachelor's degree from Virginia Wesleyan College. Delivering unsurpassed association management services to communities since 1979, Associa leads the industry operating more than 180 branch offices across North America and employing 10,000 team members dedicated to serving nearly five million residents who are part of the Associa family. With unrivaled industry expertise, safeguarded finances and trailblazing innovation, Associa provides solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more go to Stay Connected: Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn: YouTube: Google+:

Marganski A.,Virginia Wesleyan College
Violence and victims | Year: 2013

This study investigates whether the criminological construct of attachment plays a role in the link between family violence victimization experiences in childhood and adult violent behavior. Data collected from undergraduate students was used to estimate the independent effect of adult attachment type on the victimization-violence link and it was used to examine main effects and interactions between family violence-adult attachment types on adult violent behavior. Consistent with past research, results revealed significant associations between direct experiences of victimization and violent behavior. Multivariate analyses using interaction terms also found significant interactions, indicating moderation effects, which were further investigated. Results revealed that social learning theory may be useful in explaining violence among those who have experienced high victimization, whereas social control theory may be useful in explaining adult violence for those who have experienced low or no levels of violence early in life. Given this study's findings, further research to examine the means by which family violence victimization experiences develop into violent behavioral patterns is recommended.

Wansink B.,Cornell University | Wansink C.S.,Virginia Wesleyan College
International Journal of Obesity | Year: 2010

Portion sizes of foods have been noticably increasing in recent years, but when did this trend begin? If art imitates life and if food portions have been generally increasing with time, we might expect this trend to be reflected in paintings that depict food. Perhaps the most commonly painted meal has been that of Jesus Christ's Last Supper, chronicled in the New Testament of the Bible. A CAD-CAM analysis of the relative food-to-head ratio in 52 representative paintings of the Last Supper showed that the relative sizes of the main dish (entree) (r0.52, P0.002), bread (r0.30, P0.04), and plates (r0.46, P0.02) have linearly increased over the past millennium. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved.

Bennett M.K.,Virginia Wesleyan College | Townsend V.R.,Virginia Wesleyan College
Journal of Morphology | Year: 2013

Illustrations of penis morphology are essential components of species descriptions for harvestmen belonging to the suborder Laniatores. Male genitalia are important sources of taxonomic characters and are generally assumed to exhibit relatively little intraspecific variation. In contrast, descriptions of female reproductive morphology are rarely included in taxonomic descriptions of laniatorean harvestmen. As a result, relatively little is known about variation in the external features of the ovipositor. In this study, we used scanning electron microscopy to examine variation in male and female reproductive morphology among three species of harvestmen that are members of the superfamily Gonyleptoidea. Specifically, we examined the microanatomy of penises and ovipositors of Cynortula granulata (Cosmetidae), Phareicranaus calcariferus (Cranaidae), and Rhopalocranaus albilineatus (Manaosbiidae). Our results support the general observation that male reproductive morphology is conservative and displays little intraspecific variation. We observed considerable intraspecific variation in the number and shape of marginal setae on the ventral plate of the penis, but little or no variation in the morphology of the distal border of the ventral plate or the shape of the glans penis or stylus. With respect to female genitalia, we observed considerable intraspecific variation in the number of peripheral setae on the distal tip of the ovipositor. We also observed interspecific variation in the morphology of the peripheral setae (surface of the shaft and at shape of the distal tip), the distribution and morphology of smaller setae on the external surface of the ovipositor, and the surface texture of the external lobes. Our results indicate that there are several features associated with ovipositor morphology among laniatorean harvestmen that may represent potentially informative taxonomic characters. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Manno F.A.M.,Virginia Wesleyan College
Theriogenology | Year: 2010

A meta-analysis of cryopreservation studies vitrifying mouse embryos was undertaken to determine the treatment effect of vitrification. Treatment by vitrification decreased embryo viability compared with controls: the odds ratio was 9.02 (CI: 3.73-21.78; P < 0.001), a 24.90% (CI: 14.88-34.91; P < 0.001) reduction in risk was associated with embryos in the control group, and for every 4.00 (CI: 3.91-4.09) embryos treated by vitrification, one does not survive. A multiple regression analysis evaluated covariates of embryo survival. For each hour increase post-hCG treatment when embryos were cryopreserved, there was a decrease of 0.36% (SEM ± 0.01) in survival (P < 0.001). The number of embryos surviving vitrification decreased 0.25% (SEM ± 0.02) per day increase in age of the female mouse (P < 0.001), whereas there was no significant difference for control group embryos. For each 1 h increase post-hCG treatment after cryopreservation when blastocysts were assessed for viability, there was a decrease of 0.13% (SEM ± 0.01) in survival. The later interval post-hCG treatment when blastocysts were assessed, the less viable they were compared with earlier blastocysts, independent of the vitrification protocol. This effect was not observed for control embryos. A high percentage of variability in the treatment effect for vitrification was likely due to underlying heterogeneity among studies. A portion of the risk associated with vitrification could be attributed to the general effects of cryopreservation. Future research should identify effects in a cryopreservation protocol specific to vitrification that affect viability of mouse embryos. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 242.50K | Year: 2011

This Major Research Instrumentation grant supports the acquisition of a variable-pressure scanning electron microscope (SEM), an effective, modern research tool that provides high quality imaging of surface features of specimens that are too small to be observed with the unaided eye or a traditional light microscope. This SEM also contains a microanalysis system which when used in conjunction with the SEM can determine qualitatively the elemental composition of a specimen. The instrumentation will enhance faculty research in the fields of biology, geology and atmospheric sciences. Faculty and undergraduate research students will investigate the elemental composition and surface morphology of cuticular structures of arthropods (i.e. reproductive anatomy of Neotropical spiders and harvestmen), gastropod radulae, vertebrate teeth, clays, sandstones, and particulates from aerosols (soot vs. salt crystals).

Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC) is a small, liberal arts college with a diverse student body. The acquisition of the state-of-the-art SEM will increase the quality of undergraduate research training opportunities at the college for minorities, women and physically-challenged students. The SEM will substantially improve the visibility of the natural science programs at VWC, supporting collaborations between the colleges faculty, students, and other scientists in southeastern Virginia. The SEM will be used in an upper level research methods course to be offered during the colleges three week Winter Session. One of the goals of this course will be to attract and introduce students to SEM early in their educational career. Subsequently, as juniors and seniors, these students can use the instrumentation in their undergraduate research projects. In an effort to bolster recruitment of students into STEM disciplines, the SEM will also be used during the summer months in programs designed specifically to provide exposure for local high school students to the scientific research enterprise.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 564.75K | Year: 2012

This project is designed to provide 30 need-based scholarships for academically talented undergraduates majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Mathematics at the college. Three cohorts of students are being recruited through site visits, partnerships with high schools, open houses, and electronic networking. Selection of applicants is based upon aptitude for success and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students in each cohort live in the same residence hall, take classes together, and engage in collaborative, multidisciplinary research. Faculty and Career Services specialists are creating workshops and a network of STEM professionals to assist students with career placement. Annual surveys and interviews with recipients explore attitudes about academic support, advising, teaching, and depth of commitment to STEM careers.

Intellectual Merit: Adapting methods used in successful cohort programs at the college, the project focuses on small-group and inquiry-based learning. Improved educational opportunities include individualized mentoring, early research training, utilization of modern laboratory and computing equipment, and the use of the college marine research vessel. These opportunities provide scholarship recipients with educational experiences that leverage them into STEM related employment.

Broader Impact: This project contributes to a broad understanding of how to attract and, especially, how to retain academically talented students in STEM disciplines at a small, private liberal arts college. Recent graduates in STEM majors at the college include 18% minorities and 65% women. Thus, this project builds on a college program designed to assure the participation of historically underrepresented groups. The project culminates in a state-wide conference at the college to share findings on retention with the STEM community.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 120.44K | Year: 2014

With this award from the Major Research Instrumentation program (MRI) and the Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities program (CRIF), Virginia Wesleyan College will acquire a gas-chromatagraph and mass spectrometer analyzer (GC/MS). Gas chromatagraphy is a powerful technique employed to separate complex mixtures into individual components for further identification. This analysis will be performed in the mass spectometer where the separated components are injected for determination of their masses to aid characterization. The spectometer ionizes the components into a parent ion and smaller fragment ions and measures each of their masses. This highly sensitive technique allows detection and determination of the structure of the molecules in a complex mixture. The instrument will be used by undergraduate research students to advance their research projects and by students in laboratory courses using modern instrumentation. It will prepare them for technical careers and advanced educational opportunities.

The proposal is aimed at enhancing research and education especially in areas such as (a) investigating the potential of natural products (specifically sea sponge toxins) for possible use in pharmaceuticals; (b) evaluating green chemistry practices for the development of pharmaceutical feedstocks; (c) evaluating and characterizing metal ion coordination materials for use as sensors; (d) evaluating the effectiveness of environmental pollution reduction measures; and (e) investigating plant evolution through the examination of the plant sterol pathway.

News Article | October 28, 2016

Directing the Nike Softball Winter Clinic in Arizona is the Head Coach of Embry-Riddle University, Marie Thomason. An Arizona native, Marie came to Embry-Riddle after working at Dartmouth College, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk State University and at the club level serving as the general manager and head coach of the Virginia Lady Aces Softball Club. “This will be a great opportunity for advanced softball players to take their skills to the next level and receive hands-on instruction from several college coaches in their specific position as well as offensive play and strategy. Players will learn, improve and develop their skills, but also have a tremendous opportunity to be recruited.” says Thomason. Nike Softball Camps provide focused, intensive training that is essential to improvement for all skill levels. Every facet of the game is covered with an emphasis on fundamentals to help players become valuable team members. At each location, campers are broken into groups with other players of similar age, abilities and goals. Each camp director does their best to advance players to the next level, keeping in consideration each camper’s experience and desire to improve. Mike de Surville, Sr. Vice President and National Director at US Sports Camps states, “This is a unique opportunity for competitive softball players in Arizona to refine and showcase their skills. We are thrilled to be able to support our first ever Winter Clinic in Arizona.” Players, Coaches, Parents and others interested in the 2017 Nike Softball Camps can visit or call 1-800-645-3226. About US Sports Camps US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America's largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.

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