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  1. Photos: Senior Art Show 2015

    May 28, 2015

    This year, a whopping 12 seniors presented their work in the senior art show, displaying competency and skill in diverse mediums and techniques. You can learn more about this year’s show by reading the news article on the university website.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  2. Graduate Creates New Arrangement of ‘Praise to the Man’

    May 20, 2015

    The Concert Chorale recently had the opportunity to perform an arrangement of the hymn, “Praise to the Man,” which blended the fast-paced, jubilant melody sung today with the original dirge written in honor of the life and death of the Latter-day Saint Prophet Joseph Smith. The piece was arranged by Glenn Williams, who received his degree in philosophy this month. Williams, who is currently staying in Buena Vista to play Inspector Barnes in the upcoming summer musical, “Bells Are Ringing,” hopes to go on to graduate school and to someday teach art history and cultural anthropology.

    “I could never have arranged that piece if it wasn’t for Southern Virginia,” said Williams. “Nowhere else would I have had the confidence to write something like that, let alone believe that it would be performed and recorded. … And my only hope with it is to share my testimony of Joseph Smith and help others feel something. If I touch one person, or help them, then I have done my job.”

    The piece was originally performed as part of the spring choral concert. For more information about and photos of the concert, check out the blog post.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Video by John Worthington ’13.)

  3. Photos: 147th Commencement

    May 15, 2015

    Last Thursday, May 7, we acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of Southern Virginia’s Class of 2015 and had the privilege of hearing from three graduating seniors, including the valedictorian and salutatorian, as well as founder and former Chairman Glade Knight.

    The event also included the traditional performance of “Shenandoah” by both former and current members of the Concert Chorale, which never fails to remind everyone just why we love it here in the midst of so much natural beauty and to be here among friends.

    For more details about the day, check out the recent news article. You may also watch the recording of the live stream. Photos of the graduates will be emailed to them along with a link to download other high-resolution Commencement photos.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16 and Eva Sorensen ’18.)

  4. Some Lessons on Love

    February 15, 2015

    Dr. La Rae Carter


    Tips from a 58-year-old marriage:

    Keep your love fresh and as exciting as it was when you fell in love.  Do for each other, little things as well as big.  Never let anyone come between you as a couple, not with advice or in your decisions.  Not Mom, Dad, or friends.   Never take each other for granted.  Put forth effort to renew your relationship every day by being interested in what your spouse has a passion for, whether it be work, recreation, or just plain fun.  With each child that comes, life becomes more complicated, and it is easy to put your spouse on the back burner.    Be unified in all your decisions about raising the children.  Then they will not be confused or manipulative as to the rules of the house or who is in charge.  They NEED you to be in control of the home, to be a parent, friendly, but not a friend.  They have enough friends.  The wife can set the tone of the home, whether she likes it or not.  If you exude a happy, positive and kind spirit, all of the family will pick up on it, have the same outlook, and feel secure.  And never downplay the importance of humor.  An important philosopher once said that if your intended has not laughter  or humor in his/her outlook, run from that person.  You will not be happy.  May I conclude with these words from an old popular song:  “Love Is a many splendored thing,” and its splendors will continue to broaden and amaze you all of your life if you are engaged in what love truly means and the depth, wonder, and possibilities it can open up to you and your spouse.

    Jeremiah and Alison Krites


    Don’t let your relationship become too serious. Learn to laugh during the hard times and be able to laugh at yourself. 

    Professor Morgen Reynolds and Daman Reynolds

    1. Always wear deodorant. Seriously. It matters.
    2. Sometimes, it is actually good to go to bed angry. Pray together before bed, but late night conversations sometimes don’t get anything settled as well as a good night’s sleep might.
    3. Don’t use the toilet while they are in the bathroom. This is my own personal doctrine. I will run out screaming “The magic is gone!!” I’m not kidding on this one. I will sing really loud if I have to do my business while he is in the shower. It’s all about the romance.

    Elizabeth and Tyler Laurent

    Tyler and Liz wedding (5 of 76)

    It is really important to not get offended! Also, take time to find activities that you both enjoy, but also encourage each other to do activities/develop talents individually. I’m sure someone has said this, but put your spouse’s needs above your own, and if they do the same, life will be much easier and more fun.

    Dr. Scott Dransfield and Andrea Dransfield

    wedding pics

    Always leave with a kiss; always return with one.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16.)