If one thing is obvious on Valentine’s Day at Southern Virginia, it’s that there are a lot of people on the roughly 700-student campus that have managed to find a special someone. If you’re like me and your Valentine’s Day plans consist of eating conversation hearts by yourself, resist the urge to throw a pity party. I’ve found some alumni love stories that might just make your heart flutter.
A Knight to Remember
“We had great friends at SVC, many that are still cherished,” said Danna. “We all did everything together, we ate every meal together, we all went to the one student ward together in Durham, we watched movies together in the student union under Chandler Hall, and we walked out to the paddocks to see the horses.”
After a period of being “just friends,” Dan and Danna went on their first date with another couple to do baptisms at the temple on Halloween in 1997. After making more memories with each other and their many friends at Southern Virginia, Dan proposed to Danna while the two watched the planes land on the runway at the Pittsburgh International Airport during Christmas break.
When we returned back to SVC—long before Facebook or even daily email checking—no one knew yet that we were engaged. But what a surprise! There were 15 other couples who had had the same idea!
“Dan and I were sealed for time and all eternity on May 15, 1998 in the Washington D.C. Temple. We are creeping up on our 15th wedding anniversary this year and our memories of falling in love nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains could not be any sweeter. Watch out Virginia is for lovers!
“And it runs in the family—our niece Aubrey Fike also found love at Southern Virginia when she married Patrick Arrington in 2009!”
Daniel is a corporate pilot and Danna is a homeschooling mom and La Leche League Leader. They have four children and live in Reno, Nev.
(Post by Dain Broadbent ’13.)