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  1. 4th Annual Knight Run & Luau!

    April 27, 2016

    I ran the 5k course at the fourth annual Southern Virginia University Knight Run and stayed afterward to enjoy the wonderful Polynesian Luau put on by the Multicultural Club. The entire evening was a pleasure. The energy in the air as the race began was almost palpable. The Knight Run also featured a “powder lane” for those of us who wanted to get colorful powder thrown all over us as we ran around downtown Buena Vista.

    The overall winners of the 5k were Jefferson Chandler, Mike Bangerter, and Caleb West in the male division and Leah Huber, Bobbe Graham, and Kacie Shifflett in the female division. Along with the overall winners, a number of winners in specific age divisions received prizes donated by generous sponsors. You can view the full race results online.

    Following the 5k, the Multicultural Club performed a variety of dances from several different Polynesian islands. One of the highlights of the night was seeing one member of the club, Chris Harper, propose to MaggieLou Tafua, who was dressed as a “Polynesian princess.” The assembled crowd responded with resounding enthusiasm and support for the couple. The evening concluded with the grand finale: an authentic fire dance. All in all, I loved having the chance to enjoy such a memorable evening with my Southern Virginia family.

    (Post by Hannah King ’13. Photos by Matt Anderson ’17 and Sarah Foster ’19.)


  2. Students Present Papers & Earn Awards at VMI Symposium

    April 26, 2016

    Four Southern Virginia University students presented Spanish papers at the Annual Spring Symposium of the Virginia Military Institute Center for Undergraduate Research last week. Three of Southern Virginia’s students received awards within the liberal arts category at the symposium. Victoria Krites won first place in liberal arts for her paper, titled “Sancho Panza un Símbolo Literario”; Desiree Gentry received second place for her paper, titled “La Importancia de la Música y la Poesía en Don Quijote”; and Sarah Edwards earned third place for her paper, “Don Quijote y la Violencia.” The title of Chelsea Snyder’s paper was “Un Aspirante Caballero: Don Quijote.”

    All four of the students’ papers focused on the classic work “Don Quijote” by the Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes. The students wrote their papers in a class taught by Dr. Iana Konstantinova, associate professor of Spanish.

    It’s always inspiring to see students presenting at academic conferences and representing our university so well. Congratulations to all of the students who participated and to their wonderful mentor!

    (Post by Hannah King ’13. Photos courtesy of Iana Konstantinova.)

  3. Introducing the 2016-2017 Student Senate!

    April 22, 2016

    SVSA-logo-greenAt a university-wide forum last week, the newly-elected members of the Southern Virginia Student Association Senate were announced to gathered students, faculty and staff. If you missed the announcement, you can view the results below! Congratulations to all the new members of the student senate. As a campus community, we’re grateful for all of the service that our students do through the Student Association!

    Academics Senator: Joseph Patino

    Activities Senator: Sarah Foster

    Arts and Athletics Senator: Cheyenne Betts

    Communications Senator: Kaylee Upham

    Finance and Clubs Senator: Quinn Skouson

    Honor Senator: Holly Rhodes

    Service Senator: Tara Brown

    Senior Class President: Cody Rogers

    Senior Class Senator: Sam Mellor

    Junior Class President: Jasmine Libby

    Junior Class Senator: Ammon Hardy

    Sophomore Class President: Keilani Torres

    Sophomore Class Senator: James Gebler

  4. Imitation and Exaggeration at the Lip-Sync Battle

    April 21, 2016

    As a person who likes laughing at things, I appreciate those who have the technical skill to imitate and who understand the arcane art of exaggeration. These are two of my favorite things to laugh at. So, I had a blast attending last week’s lip-sync battle and watching so many of my friends exaggerate and imitate well-known singers and songs. My compliments to everyone who performed and to the intramurals staff for the work they put in to this event.

    The above video with selections from the winning performance gives you a sample of the strange skills last week’s performers exhibited.

    (Post by Stephen Taylor ’15. Video by Rex Winslow ’16 and Matt Anderson ’18.)
  5. 2016 Elton Lecture: Art and the Core Values

    April 19, 2016


    Every year, a Southern Virginia professor receives the Michael and Kay Elton Lectureship for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship, and every year the university has the privilege of hearing from the Elton Scholar. This semester, we heard from Barbara Crawford, professor of art.

    Professor Crawford came to Southern Virginia over 35 years ago. Throughout her time teaching here, she has become very well-acquainted with the university’s mission and core values. In her speech, she showed us how much we can learn of the core values through classic pieces of art.

    Michelangelo's_Pieta_5450_cropncleaned_editI found most touching her remarks on Michelangelo’s “Pieta.” She explained that “[the] artist has not focused on suffering and death, but the focus is on the serene expression on the face of Christ and a youthful Mary at peace” and examined the way the statue looks from an aerial view, pointing out the way the circling design unifies the mother and son from a Heavenly Father’s perspective.

    And though much more of consequence was said throughout her speech, as she considered each of the five core values (scholarship, discipleship, accountability, enthusiasm and refinement), it’s her comments on perspective and refinement that struck me most.

    “Don’t always look at things the same way,” she said. “Change your perspective. Look at things from a different point of view. Try someone else’s point of view, or refine your understanding of something by changing — refining  your point of view. Most often, students think refinement is going to a concert or a museum. It’s not the going to the concert or the museum that is refinement, but the results, the change that takes place in us because of that experience that is at the heart of understanding refinement. We can come away with a deeper understanding of ourselves and of our world.”

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Sarah Foster ’19 and Stanislav Traykov. Video by Rex Winslow ’16.)