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  1. Open House: A Taste of Southern Virginia

    February 10, 2016

    Open houses are a fantastic way to get a taste of what Southern Virginia University has to offer. Students can start their day with a rad breakfast buffet (those blueberry scones. Seriously.) and proceed to get to know some professors in mini classes, explore campus on student-guided tours, eat lunch in our dining hall, and glimpse what it’s like to be a student here at Southern Virginia. Those who are interested can also schedule meetings with coaches, auditions with those heading arts programs, and other such opportunities.

    You’d really be hard-pressed to find a better way to acquaint yourself with this university, especially when you take into consideration the $200 travel voucher provided to prospective students. For more information about upcoming open houses and how you can find yourself at one, check out the open house page.

    You can also read more about previous open house experiences in other blog posts, like this one and this one.

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

  2. The Southern Virginia Open House Experience

    December 5, 2015

    Last month, Southern Virginia University hosted its second largest open house of all time. 154 prospective students and their families, making grand total of 325 guests, arrived on campus as early as 9:00 a.m. to participate in a full-blown Southern Virginia experience. As per usual, the students were greeted in the Stoddard Center to join student guides, professors and many of the school’s administrators for a breakfast of hor d’oeuvres provided by our hard-working kitchen staff. Visitors used this time to meet representatives from each department and get acquainted with the programs offered by the university.

    Afterward, the students got a taste of student life by taking two mini classes of their choice, taught by some of our fine professors. Following the mini classes and lunch at the cafeteria or Jonzzey’s cafe, the tour guides lead the students and their families around campus, highlighting the buildings and their significance. During this time, families interacted with staff, faculty and students and were able to have any final questions they had answered.

    Prospective students interested in arts or athletics were then dismissed to join their respective team, or to hurry off to audition for a spot in the choir or orchestra. Others visited the bookstore, checked out The Fields, met with an admissions counselor or just wandered around to get a feel of the campus.

    An open house experience at Southern Virginia is unique to the individual and we invite all who are interested to come and see what we have to offer. High school juniors and seniors can receive a reimbursement of up to $250 to cover the costs of traveling.  For more information, visit the open house webpage. 

    (Post by Deseret Brown ’16. Photos by Eva Sorensen ’17.)

  3. Plan a Visit: Virginia Private College Week 2014

    July 25, 2014

    main-hall-fSouthern Virginia University is participating in Virginia Private College Week, hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) from July 28 to Aug. 2, 2014.

    According to the official CICV press release, “Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers [which they may use] to apply to any three participating CICV colleges for free.”

    Prospective students with an interest in Southern Virginia are encouraged to visit the university next week to tour the campus, learn more about the many opportunities available at Southern Virginia, and receive the benefits of Virginia Private College Week.

    For more information, view the full 2014 Virginia Private College Week Press Release or contact Southern Virginia’s Admissions Office.

    (Post by Hannah Benson Rodriguez ’13. Photo by Russ Dixon.)

  4. Recruiting at LDSHE

    May 27, 2014

    A long time ago on the Southern Virginia campus, I was an awkward young teenage boy. Frankly, I feel mostly embarrassed just remembering poor, helpless teenage Alec, but a little nostalgic too. I was attending a youth conference put on by the Latter-day Saint Home Educators (LDSHE). Having been around homeschoolers all my life, I can confidently say that — contrary to the popular stereotype — most homeschooled youth demonstrate exceptional social skills. I, however, was totally awkward and socially inept. That said, I really enjoyed the conference and even made some good friends. Beyond that, there was something about this place that felt really right to me; a feeling I remembered years later when I was deciding where to go for my college education.

    Fast forward to last week. Being at Southern Virginia has given me plenty of opportunity to come out of my shell. I got an email from Justin Smith, associate director of off-campus recruiting and all-around cool dude. He asked if I wouldn’t mind representing the school at this year’s LDSHE conference. Now, I’ve always been a sucker for people who casually ask huge favors of me (that’s something I probably shouldn’t advertise online) so I couldn’t refuse. This year the conference was in Virginia Beach. I convinced my friend Stephen “Taytay” Taylor to come with me, which was pretty easy. What was difficult was convincing his finacée to let him go, but we even pulled that off.

    On Thursday morning we drove down to Virginia Beach. It took about four hours to get there. You know you’ve had a liberal arts education when you spend a four hour road trip with your buddy discussing things like the concise style of 7th century Sanskrit love poetry…and you actually think it’s like the coolest thing.

    Anyway, once we arrived we took up our vigil at the Southern Virginia University booth. I embedded a picture from my Instagram so you can get an idea of what it was like, although the pretzel M&M’s were only a temporarily feature of our table. We talked to some great people. Things were set up so that we’d mostly talk with parents while the youth participated in activities, but many of the parents were anxious for us to talk with their kids and answer their questions directly. We met some really bright young people. People often tell me I’m a smart Alec, but I had nothing on those guys. We could see them become excited as we explained how the genius of small at Southern Virginia could provide them with the opportunities and the personal relationships to make their education as exceptional as they deserved.

    Taytay and I manned the booth nonstop from eight to five for two days, although we took turns attending the two excellent presentations delivered by Southern Virginia’s very own Dr. Ariel Rodriguez. On Friday evening we packed up and drove back. By the time we got back to the Beev we were exhausted, but it was a fantastic experience. It gave me the chance to think about how far I’ve come in the past ten years since my last encounter with LDSHE. I love how the experiences like these that I’ve had at Southern Virginia have helped me come out of my comfort zone and become a better leader-servant.

    (Post by Alec Johnson ’14.)

  5. Attending an Open House

    January 26, 2014

    Throughout the year Southern Virginia University offers the opportunity for prospective students to visit the campus during several open house events. More than 70 prospective students attended this month’s open house last Saturday, some traveling from as far as Oregon and California, all eager to witness firsthand the genius of small. Choosing the right college is a daunting task as there is a myriad of options. Thankfully, the well-organized itinerary allows visitors to really get a feel for what Southern Virginia has to offer — new friendships, quality learning and an LDS environment.

    Following an invocation and a formal introduction, prospective students followed student guides in groups to the remainder of their respective programs. Separately, parents proceeded with a different schedule, where they had the chance to hear speakers, view valuable presentations and pose their own questions. At this month’s open house, parents were able to hear from Southern Virginia alumna Kirsten Tullia and Todd Brotherson, the university’s business program coordinator. Speaking from experience, I know parents play an important role in helping their child choose the perfect college. It was truly enriching for me to see the families in attendance take this decision seriously.

    At the breakfast social, prospective students were able to meet with professors and inquire about the different majors, clubs and programs at Southern Virginia. In mock classroom settings, they get a taste of the in-depth class discussions and lectures led by the professors. I never attended an open house prior to my own full-time enrollment, and I therefore had no idea what to expect from the event. To my delight, it served only to confirm that I had made the right choice in choosing Southern Virginia University to continue my education. As I followed the day’s schedule, putting myself in the shoes of my future classmates, I felt welcomed by the faculty and, as if for the first time, intrigued by their passion and expertise.

    Along with lunch in the dining hall and a tour of campus and the residence halls, a Southern Virginia open house features optional visits with admissions counselors and the registrar. Prospective student athletes aspiring to become a Southern Virginia Knight can meet with the team coaches, and auditions are held for those who think they have what it takes to join the university’s vocal, theatrical or instrumental programs. Attending an open house puts you one step ahead of the game. And benefits like travel reimbursement have made attending easier than ever before! Southern Virginia University’s open house is an event worth experiencing, so what’s stopping you?

    (Post by Brian Caycho ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)