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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. 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.)
  3. Photos: Shenanigans!

    April 14, 2016

    If you’re looking for some laid back laughter, the Shenanigans shows are always a solid spot to pop a squat. They can also be pretty educational. Their last show, MC’d by Art Furler, featured the worst ways to get asked on a date. Like I said, it was educational. When Jared Watts, new to the troupe this semester, made as if to remove his wedding band, his wife gasped louder than the giggles. The waves of laughter her reaction elicited made Daria Watts the real MVP.

    (Post by Lauren Hafen ’16. Photos by Matt Anderson ’18.)

  4. Humans of Spring Break

    April 5, 2016

    This spring break, my friend Deseret and I decided to be adventurous. We traveled from BV to Chicago to Bowling Green, Ohio, (my mom’s hometown) to Pittsburgh, and all along our way, we tried to make strangers into friends. We met seemingly ordinary yet fascinating people everywhere we went, and we decided to do our own version of the ever-so-popular blog “Humans of New York.” So here you have it, our “Humans of Spring Break.”



    From a young real estate agent in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago:

    “I love Harry Potter… Somehow, you relate to this kid you have nothing in common with. You’re learning with him. And he’s just a normal kid, too. You want to be him. You want to be friends with him.”



    A Chicago cab driver — and wannabe inspirational speaker — on happiness:

    “You wanna know if I’m happy? 24/7. Tomorrow, too? I know about tomorrow. [I’ll be] happy. But listen. I’m genuinely happy 24/7. If I make it through tomorrow and I’m still living, I’m even happier than today. You ask me the question because you’re trying to relate to my happiness. My happiness would not change even if I were in the desert sleeping in a tent. I don’t relate my happiness to the outside world. It’s not like I got to a certain level in life to be happy. My happiness was not a result. It was a decision.”



    On International Women’s Day, Google asked that women share their aspirations with the world using the hashtag #onedayiwill. We asked Jamie here what she would share:

    #onedayiwill work to empower LGBT women worldwide.



    Regarding her decision to open her own business in Bowling Green, Ohio, 40 years ago:

    “[My friends and I had] all been in graduate school, I’ve got a master’s degree. We were overly educated and curious and wanting to do something interesting. We were all pretty strong feminists so we wanted to do our own thing. It was a good thing. I’ve never regretted it. I’ve had a lot of fun, a lot of fun.”



    From Matt, a paleontologist in Antarctica who we spoke to over Skype in Pittsburgh:

    “I’ve had the really good fortune to be involved with a lot of exciting paleontology projects through my career. I started off working in the Western US in Wyoming and Montana and found dinosaurs there. I’ve done a lot of work since then in Argentina — the Patagonia region of Argentina (I’ve been working there for almost 20 years). And, incidentally, not to toot my own horn too much, but some friends and I from Argentina have a brand new dinosaur species coming out probably in April. So we hope that’ll be in the news when that comes out, as oftentimes these dinosaurs are. So the Western US, Argentina … I’ve worked a lot in China, Egypt, Australia, Greenland and Antarctica, so I’ve really, really been lucky in that I got to go all over the world and look for dinosaurs and do the thing I love, which is find fossils and discover new dinosaurs and new information about the world they lived in.”

    (Post and photos by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16 and Deseret Brown ’16.)

  5. Marriott Scholar Society Inaugural Meeting

    March 7, 2016


    Provost Madison Sowell and Dr. Debra Sowell recently hosted a “Family Home Evening” for Marriott Scholars to announce the formation of a new Marriott Scholar Society.

    The Sowells opened their home to Marriott Scholars (and spouses!) for fancy cheeses (the fig chèvre was my favorite), sparkling white grape juice, and a spiritual thought based on the speech “And with All Thy Mind” by John W. Welch. In his speech, Welch discussed the meaning of the biblical commandment to love God with all your mind. One of the points that stood out the most to me was that “[w]e break this commandment when we think contrary to the degree of knowledge we have received, when we know better.” This idea is consistent with the principle of academic integrity, and is not a new concept. However, Welch expanded the responsibility of knowledge beyond the academic realm, adding that “[w]e break this commandment when we promote ideas that injure other people, for with knowledge comes … duty and accountability.” The responsibilities of scholarship therefore extend to the social realm, to examine the impact of applied theories on real people in real circumstances. Knowledge is not just the promotion of ideas, but the protection of people.

    The leadership-service implied by this responsibility is not only the primary tenet of Southern Virginia’s mission statement, but its amplification is an expected outcome of the Marriott Scholar Society’s formation.

    “The fruits of this new association of Marriott Scholars will include the expansion of opportunities for cultural exchanges, intellectual and spiritual experiences, and meaningful chances to serve the rest of the student body and the community,” Provost Sowell explained. ”We believe that higher retention will follow as a consequence of more significant involvement of our Marriott Scholars in enriched and meaningful activities.”

    The Marriott Scholarship itself is not new, but scholarship recipients were organized into a society because of an idea proposed in response to a challenge from Provost Sowell at last semester’s University Conference to “come up with ideas for how [the university] could retain more of [its] very best students.”

    “Ideas were submitted to a committee, and one suggestion that was approved was the creation of the Marriott Scholars Society,” Provost Sowell said.

    Marriott Scholars are students who have applied for and received the Marriott Scholarship, the largest and most prestigious scholarship awarded by Southern Virginia University, courtesy of Richard E. Marriott, Nancy P. Marriott and the Marriott Family. The scholarship is awarded based on demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and service. The application is available for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

    (Post by Lauren Hafen ’16.)