Glossary of VWU and Virginia Beach terms


Printers that are available to all VWU students and staff. Papercut printers can be found in the Hofheimer Library and in numerous computer labs throughout campus. These printers can connect to VWU computers and personal laptops.



Greer Environmental Sciences Center features indoor and outdoor study spaces which embody science on display. Greer promotes hands-on experiences, interactive learning and interdisciplinary research. The building hosts a majority of VWU’s science classes and labs.


The Caf

Termed “the caf” by VWU students and members, the Boyd Dining Center serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every weekday to students, staff and visitors. The caf can be found inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center. 



The Jane P. Batten Student Center, or “Batten,” is located at the center of campus. Batten hosts a large majority of on-campus activities and events. Here, students can meet with friends, borrow recreational equipment and watch athletic events. In Batten, the University store, counseling center, athletic offices and so much more are located.


Chic’s Beach

Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, Chic’s Beach is a popular tourist attraction of Virginia Beach. Chic’s Beach is only a 10 minute drive from campus, making for a student-favorite hangout spot.


Fun Zone

VWU’s Fun Zone is a coordination between Off the Hook, the Office of Student Activities’ primary programming arm, and UREC, the University’s Recreational Center. Fun Zone hosts weekly events, including fitness classes and pop-up tournaments, to keep Marlins moving. By participating in events, students can earn points toward prizes and the titles “Marlin Master” and the “Marlin Spirit Award.”



J-Term, or January Term, refers to the three-week academic term in which students focus their studies on one intensive course. Freshmen are required to take a J-Term class.



VWU’s Lighthouse is an office located in Clarke Hall. The Lighthouse offers career development opportunities and internships, community engagement, student research and global engagement. 


Mud Games

Mud Games are an annual tradition held on VWU’s campus every fall semester. Mud Games are characterized by obstacle courses, tug-of-war battles, treasure hunts, dizzy bat contests and relay races— all in the mud. Anyone is welcome to participate or watch the games.


Late Night Breakfast

Late Night Breakfast is a biannual campus tradition in which students enjoy breakfast, provided by the dining staff, late at night. The tradition takes place on the night of Reading Day, a day in which no classes are held in honor of final exams. Along with breakfast foods, Late Night Breakfast is characterized by music, games, activities and other fun stress-relievers.


Port Day

Held at the end of each semester, Port Day is designed to promote the academic achievements of VWU students completing capstone research, internship and semester global engagement experiences. Port Day is a campus-wide, conference-style event concurrent sessions and multiple locations throughout the day.

By Carey Seay