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  1. Photos: Powder War 2016

    February 5, 2016

    Honor Week includes many wonderful traditions and opportunities for Southern Virginia students to gather together to form friendships, strengthen bonds, and throw colored powder at each other (and we keep doing it and doing it).

    In all seriousness, the powder war is one of the most cheerful and beloved traditions on this campus. Such wars are also fantastic photo ops. Enjoy these snazzy shots from this year’s powder war! (Also, isn’t the white snow a great backdrop? Really makes those colors pop.)

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Eva Sorensen Smith ’17.)

  2. Southern Virginia Mourns Passing of Board Member

    February 4, 2016

    cathy-chamberlain2Cathy Chamberlain, a member of the Southern Virginia University Board of Trustees since 2008, passed away last Saturday after a battle with multiple myeloma. She was surrounded by family at the time of her passing in Salt Lake City.

    She spent the majority of her life working in business and education. She was the CEO and owner of communications firm CTC, Inc. and also owned the nonprofit organization Options, which hosted educational conferences. She was an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and worked frequently for and with Deseret Book, both as the managing director of research and as a proponent of Time Out for Women events. Among her many notable roles was also that of political researcher, particularly around the time of the Ronald Reagan administration.

    She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a full-time mission in Los Angeles. She served the Church through various callings throughout her life, most recently as a stake relief society president.

    There will be a memorial service for Cathy Chamberlain this Friday, Feb. 5, at 11:00 a.m. at the Little Cottonwood Stake Center in Salt Lake City and a funeral service in Richfield, Utah, on Feb. 13.

    We are grateful for Cathy Chamberlain’s service to this university, and our hearts go out to the many close friends and family members she has left behind.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16.)

  3. Photos: A Glimpse into Honor Week

    February 1, 2016

    What better way to celebrate a wintery Honor Week like this one than with warm, cozy treats? Last week, students congregated for the s’moremageddon following the snowmageddon, because everyone needs s’mores to get through a Monday.

    People braving the cold for their Tuesday morning classes met outside Durham Hall to fuel themselves with steaming hot chocolate and gooey donuts, and to write thank you cards to the university’s faculty and staff. This is a time-honored tradition at Southern Virginia and, in my opinion, one of the best parts of Honor Week. We all know how fortunate we are to attend this university and to work with such engaged, devoted and enthusiastic professors, professors who embody Southern Virginia’s core values and are willing to share both their experience and themselves with us. The reminder that we ought to let the professors know how grateful we are is one that I think invaluable.

    Later on Tuesday, students congregated in the ballroom for a special “Refinement Night,” where students practiced dancing, learned about art and refinement from Professor Doug Himes, and enjoyed refreshments (probably with their pinkies up).

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Matt Anderson ’17.)

  4. Video: Al Fox Carraway Speaks at Honor Forum

    February 1, 2016

    Al Fox Carraway, LDS speaker and author of “More than the Tattooed Mormon,” addressed the Southern Virginia University student body at the 2016 Honor Forum on Jan. 29. If you missed the speech, check out the video below!

    (Video by Rex Winslow ’16.)

  5. Photos: Institute Opening Social

    January 28, 2016

    Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has entreated young adults to “make institute a priority,” a goal our incredible Institute program intends to make possible for us. Earlier this month they kicked off the new semester with a fantastic social that brought students, as well as the Institute Council and faculty together through interactive games, upbeat music and my personal favorite, chips and salsa.

    Of the many games that were played, my favorite was a brain teaser that involved being intricately twisted up with yarn handcuffs to a partner and left alone to untangle ourselves. It took a lot of maneuvering, perhaps one too many dramatic leaps and turns, and a lot of laughing before Nate Dransfield and I finally figured it out, but the gloating that followed afterward made it all worth it. Other games, such as scripture charades and a variation of Hedbanz were enjoyed by those in attendance. And some silly interpretive dancing around the Stoddard Center may or may not have broken out as the new stereo system blared some groovy tunes. Either way, it was a very fun night and just what I needed to end a crazy, busy first week back.

    So kudos to the Institute Council for putting on such a fun activity in honor of the prophet’s call. As someone who has attended institute regularly I add my conviction to that of President Monson’s, who said: “Think of it. Friends will be made, the Spirit will be felt, and faith will be strengthened. I promise you that as you participate in institute and study the scriptures diligently, your power to avoid temptation and to receive direction of the Holy Ghost in all you do will be increased. Divine favor will attend those who humbly seek it. That is a promise which I leave with you.”

    (Post by Deseret Brown ‘16. Photos by Sarah Bench ‘19.)