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  1. Homecoming 2014: Day One

    October 16, 2014

    Maybe Homecoming just means more to me now that I’m about to graduate and betake myself, but I thought that this Homecoming was outstanding.

    The first event of the weekend was Rodney K. Smith’s devotional. Rod Smith was the president of Southern Virginia for seven years, including the year I was a freshman, so I felt that he was a particularly meaningful choice as the Homecoming devotional speaker. His message centered on investing in learning and becoming a lifelong learner. He compared his own experience as a young college student to those of us at Southern Virginia — choosing to attend a small college where our professors know our names, when we might have attended bigger and older colleges. It was a fantastic address. You can view the full speech below.

    After the devotional, I attended a mini-class taught by Provost Sowell. The class focused on religious iconography in annunciation paintings, and it was an eye-opener. Who knew that the presence of pentagons in said paintings could symbolize the crucifixion of Christ? Not this guy. Professors Jones and Crawford also taught mini-classes, titled “Science, Skepticism and Epistemic Humility” and “The Last Picture Show: Great Lessons from Great Art,” respectively.

    The Von Cannon library hosted an open house event with snacks, an opening of the archives and a new display of pictures showing a dozen or so faculty and staff members as young(er) folk. It was surprisingly hard to identify a few of them. I figure that everyone either aged well, or took somebody else’s photo as their own.

    At 4:00 p.m., the Ballroom filled with students, alumni, friends and Dominoes pizza. While chatting and socializing, the alumni organized themselves to share networking opportunities and career advice with current students. I got some good advice from Morgen Reynolds, alumna and adjunct instructor of English at Southern Virginia.

    To cap the afternoon off, I went to the campus bookstore, where The Fading Point hosted a release party for their new EP album. They sang a number of songs, including a few featured on the CD. The bookstore was filled to capacity, both with listeners and with awesomeness.

    (Post by Stephen Taylor ’15. Photos by Hannah King ’13, Jordan Wunderlich ’16 and Eva Sorensen ’18.)

  2. Photos: Convocation 2014

    September 20, 2014

    Southern Virginia University’s faculty and administration donned their academic robes and hoods for the annual Convocation ceremony last week. Glade Knight, chair of the university’s board of trustees, President Reed Wilcox, and Provost Madison Sowell all spoke at the event. Each of them mentioned in their remarks the legacy that the late Paul K. Sybrowsky, who served as university president from 2012 to 2014, left behind at Southern Virginia. Provost Sowell finished Convocation with a speech on the Code of Honor.

    Following the event, a number of students left notes on a thoughtful mural in memory of President Sybrowsky, who passed away just two days before Convocation.

    (Post by Hannah King ’13. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16 and Bronwyn Himes ’17.)

  3. United States Constitution Day!

    September 17, 2014

    constitution-bToday is Constitution Day! That means that throughout this week, colleges and universities across the country will celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

    Here are a few suggestions for how you can celebrate Constitution Day.
    Read
    Visit
    • The home of the primary author of the constitution — James Madison’s Montpelier. Montpelier is only a two-hour drive from campus and will be hosting various events including remarks on the Constitution, a horse parade, Constitution-themed games, hot air balloon rides, carriage rides, musical performances, and fireworks to celebrate Constitution Day on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.
    • The original copy of the United States Constitution on permanent display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. — a three-hour drive from our campus.
    • The Von Canon Library to see a special Constitution Day display — featuring books and DVDs from the library as well as information about the Constitution and its creation.
    Go Online
    • See how much you know about the Constitution. ConstitutionFacts.com offers both a simple and an advanced quiz.
    • Educate yourself with a few Ted-Ed videos related to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
    (Post by Hannah King ’13.)
  4. Video: Travel Study in China!

    September 12, 2014

    Ni-hao!

    I’m a senior at Southern Virginia University and have enjoyed the many opportunities that this enchanting university offers.  At Southern Virginia, every student can be a superstar; we are all recognized by our peers and professors for what we achieve. One aspect of this university that I did not recognize until this summer was the flavorful experience of going on a Travel Study trip. I had heard wonderful stories from students about their travels, but I didn’t think I would be able to go. Once I found the time and learned that I had earned a $400 voucher, I decided it was time to further enrich my Southern Virginia experience.

    I joined Dean Bouchelle and Professor Brotherson’s group and we traveled to China! Along with traveling to China, I received three business credits and three humanities credits — what a deal!

    I gained a broader prospective of the business world as we visited some of the leading cities in the world: Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. While we were in Shanghai, we met with top executives from Ford, Melaleuca, Nu Skin, and Abbott, and lawyers at the Martin Hu & Partners law firm. It was fascinating to interview the individuals about their experiences as they worked in China. I feel more enriched and aware of opportunities since traveling to China.

    On the trip, we were fed like kings and queens — the meals were unbelievable! My favorite experience was meeting some of the students that were English majors at our sister school. I made immediate connections with a few of the girls, and we continue to keep in touch today.

    I experienced a different culture – one unlike anything I had ever seen before. When I returned home, I was full of gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity I was given at Southern Virginia.

    I made a video in hopes of highlighting my experience. I encourage the knights at Southern Virginia to continue to complement their experience at Southern Virginia and take advantage of a Travel Study opportunity.

    (Post and Video by Kirsten Laurence ’15.)

  5. Liberal Arts in England

    August 22, 2014

    The last hurrah of my summer was a three-week Travel Study trip to England. After a month of studying English political writings and literature, twelve other students and myself set up camp in London. We couldn’t use our normal phones. None of us knew exactly how to navigate the public transportation. Nonetheless, we had a blast. To paraphrase a local advertisement, it was an “absolutely no nasties” experience.

    The trip included visits to Dover Castle, Stonehenge, Canterbury Cathedral, the Globe Theatre, the homes of Wordsworth and Milton, Christ Church College at Oxford, and dozens of other sites along the way. Smaller groups of us visited several of London’s West End theaters, and a few of us braved persecution and stood in line to see Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. I especially enjoyed the British Museum and the Lake District.

    The educational  anchor of the trip was a series of group discussions. Professors Jan-Erik Jones and Scott Dransfield instructed us on key bits of history and politics before several of our major excursions. Both professors came prepared with not only expertise and insight, but contagious levels of enthusiasm. In quieter moments, they shared their views on subjects such as fish and chips and bird lore, from which one member of the group learned to do a spanking-good impersonation of an English Moor Hen.

    It was fun to study the etymology of pub names such as Merlin’s Beard, Captain Hook’s Cookery and the Rubber Squirrel. I learned more about art, language, religion and even architecture than I bargained for, and I left England with an itch to keep learning. I thoroughly recommend trying Travel Study during your time at Southern Virginia. As one student in the group put it, it’s a true liberal arts experience.

    (Post by Stephen Taylor ’15. Photos by Delaney Taylor ’15 and Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)