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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. 2015 Fall Colors Photos Contest Winners

    November 24, 2015

    There is so much beauty in Virginia at this time of year. So much. It blows me away. And these photos capture that incredible beauty remarkably well. Below are the photos of the winners. If winners submitted more than one photo, their winning photo is followed by other submissions in their gallery. Congrats to those who won and thanks to all who participated!

    Enjoy the photos, and have a lovely Thanksgiving!

    1st Place: Belle Basnight

    2nd Place: Corey Egbert

    3rd Place: Jordan Wunderlich

    4th Place: Ammon Milligan

    5th Place: Eva Sorensen

    We will be contacting the finalists about prizes soon.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16.)

  3. Submit Your Work to The Review

    November 16, 2015


    Want to be featured in this year’s publication of The Review? Submissions to the university’s literary magazine are due Thursday, Nov. 19. You might ask why this is of concern to you. The answer is simply that The Review is constantly looking for unknown talent and work that deserves to be highlighted.

    The literary magazine annually publishes a collection of the strongest works that the school has to offer, from prose and poetry to the visual arts. Traditionally, digital photography has been the most prevalent submission as far as art goes, perhaps because of the digital nature of the art. However, this year, focus is shifting to look for more varied submissions, such as sculpture and watercolor.

    We are also very excited to remind students that $100 and $50 cash prizes are available for first and second place winners in poetry, prose, and art genres.

    If you have something that you would like to submit, but aren’t sure how to represent it digitally, email me at and we can coordinate to ensure that your submission is accepted.

    (Post and photo by Jordan Wunderlich ’15.)

  4. Homecoming Art Show & Concert

    October 16, 2015

    I find it quite delightful that my favorite time of year — especially here in Virginia, where trees compete in a beauty pageant each fall — is also the designated season to host one of my favorite collegiate events: Homecoming. I’m sure Homecoming holds even more charm for the many alumni who return to a campus full of memories and to reunite with friends, but even those of us for whom Southern Virginia is still home can sense the camaraderie and spirit of this particular weekend.

    Friday evening, I had the opportunity to meander through the Corridor Gallery and admire an exhibit featuring Southern Virginia’s Tucson House, the building in which all of our artists make their mark. The exhibit was produced by student and art major Megan Reynolds, who is currently serving a full-time mission in Texas.

    I spoke to Professor Doug Himes about Megan’s work, and he informed me that she completed the work over a year ago and that it’s the result of a semester’s worth of work and effort. And let me tell you — it paid off. Granted, my artistic skill is limited to the realm of stick figures, but I think it safe to say I can admire alongside the best of them, and Megan’s work is truly admirable. What I found most impressive is that each one of her pieces had its own mood and unique perspective that set it apart from the rest, though all were images of the same building. Her use of various watercolors and her undoubtedly deliberate choices of content helped distinguish them and make them beautiful as individual pieces as well as part of a whole.

    Following the exhibit, the Southern Virginia Orchestra, Concert Chorale, Bella Voce, and a flute trio performed in the annual Homecoming Concert. It was perhaps one of the most diverse and enthralling concerts I’ve been to at the university, featuring everything from “A Hebrew Welcome” to Les Miserables’s “Bring Him Home.” This last one was especially wonderful, since it featured one of the university’s new faculty members, Dr. Eric Hanson, as soloist. Hanson came to Southern Virginia as an assistant professor of music after having led an incredible career in both education and performance, and his experience is evident. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard such a magnificent tenor voice live, and it was, to put it simply, a pleasure. I’m very excited to hear more from Dr. Hanson and to see how his tenure at Southern Virginia will continue to bless the music program.

    Of course, the best part of a Southern Virginia concert is always a rendition of “Shenandoah.” As alumni hurried from the audience to join those onstage and sing the song that no Southern Virginia graduate can feel impartial toward, I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt incredibly grateful to be a part of this university and to be amongst these people. This is most definitely a unique, lovely place nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, this school of ours.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’15. Graphic by Cameron Burgoyne ’15.)