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  1. Photos: Athletic Summer Camps

    August 17, 2015

    This summer, the university ran several athletics camps, which attracted more than 60 athletes and potential Southern Virginia players each week.

    Coach Josh Patiño, who joined Southern Virginia as head men’s soccer coach in February 2014, said that the men’s soccer camps more than doubled their number of players and he hopes that the polished camp model will lead to only greater experiences next year.

    “The best thing about it is that we want kids on campus and to see what we’re all about,” he said. He added that it’s great to “really get to know the athlete, really get to know the player.”

    And from the sound of it, there was a true melting-pot of different types of players to get to know.

    “I guess the main thing I was looking forward to was the quality of player that came out,” he said. “State cup champions, regional players, [olympic development] players… We’re very diverse.”

    Of course, the camps also provide young athletes with the opportunity to, as Patiño said, “see what [Southern Virginia is] all about.”

    “I hope they, obviously, on the athletics side, really fall in love with the athletic program, with the sport, with the coach, with the current team players — [that] there’s an immediate attraction to our program,” Coach Patiño said, when asked what he hoped the participants got out of the camp experience. “Secondly, I hope they enjoy being on campus and spending time here. I think this is a really special, unique place, and when you’re here on campus, there’s a special feeling that you get. You think, ‘I wanna be here.’”

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’15, Ethan Davis ’19, and Eva Sorensen ’17.)

  2. Student Travels Abroad to Serve, Represents Scholarship at Memorial

    August 11, 2015

    e-bonney-1There’s no denying that Southern Virginia tries to instill in its students an appreciation for what it really means to be a leader-servant, but that mission’s success isn’t really tested until students and alumni take it upon themselves to embody the leader-servant attitude beyond campus.

    Senior Elizabeth Bonney, a liberal arts and English major and recipient of the Jackson Casey scholarship for the last two years, has attempted to do just that. She represented the recipients of the Jackson Casey scholarship at ThanksUSA’s 4th annual Jackson Casey Memorial Golf Tournament last month, chosen because of her willingness to be a dedicated student as well as an ambitious leader-servant.

    The Jackson Casey Fund was established in memory of Jackson Casey, an eleven-year-old boy whose death — and life — inspired his family to grant scholarships in his name to family members of those in the military.

    “Our mission is to keep the memory and spirit of Jackson Casey alive throughout the community by providing college scholarships for the children of our nation’s soldiers,” the ThanksUSA website says.

    Bonney, whose father is a recently retired Army officer, was surprised and excited by the honor of representing recipients of the scholarship.

    “I felt awesome. I was so excited,” she said.

    e-bonney-3Bonney recently spent a semester in China as part of the International Language Programs teaching English to elementary-aged children. Previous to attending Southern Virginia, she and her 13 siblings moved numerous times — “16, I think” — around the world, from Missouri to Senegal. After one move, she spent more than six months in Tanzania. While there and attending an international school, she served in a local orphanage, teaching young Tanzanian children how to speak English and how to swim, as well as at a school for mentally handicapped children of similar ages.

    “I helped them paint, and we did clay and drawing,” she said. “It was really fun. … We helped them swim, and we also played games with them.”

    Bonney said that her desire to be involved has extended to her experience at Southern Virginia as well, which she discovered when she joined the women’s lacrosse team her first semester.

    “Once you’re at this school, you have so many opportunities to do things,” she said. “This school really does have a lot going on, and once you get out of your comfort zone … you’ll get so much more involved, and your experience will be so much better.”

    After graduating from Southern Virginia next spring, Bonney hopes to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before pursuing her career.

    “I really want to be an international school teacher,” she said. “[And] at the beginning, I want to work with the Peace Corps.”

    In the meantime, she’ll continue to serve, this time as a senior senator for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    The Jackson Casey Memorial Golf Tournament took place on July 13 in Alexandria, Va. to fundraise for future scholarships.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Bonney ’16.)

  3. Knight Run 2015

    May 12, 2015

    The torrential rain took a breather and the clouds parted just in time for our annual Knight Run, much to the relief and happiness of the approximately 200 students, faculty, staff, and community members who ran or walked the 5K. I don’t know about you, but running a 5K sounds about as possible to me as taking flight, yet those who ran this year’s race made it look almost easy.

    So, without further ado, Southern Virginia’s speediest men of 2015 are:

    • Jefferson Chandler – 18:17.0
    • Kevin Prince – 18:34.0
    • Jesse Houchens – 19:14.0

    And Southern Virginia’s speediest women of 2015 are:

    • Leah Huber – 21:16.0
    • Kadie Hair – 22:33.0
    • Hannah Craft – 24:47.0

    For more information, check out the full results online.

    Following the race, everyone gathered for a traditional Polynesian luau to enjoy a hearty, warm meal and fantastic performances by dancers, a fire-dancer, and a jovial MC. The luau was coordinated by the university’s Multicultural Club and facilitated by the dedication of time and energy by Southern Virginia students as well as a number of volunteers from all over the country. Overall, it was an afternoon and evening of achievement, community, and entertainment.

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

  4. Photos: Nothing But Nets

    January 23, 2015


    How did you spend Martin Luther King Junior Day? A chunk of the Southern Virginia community spent the afternoon playing three-on-three basketball, as part of the university’s inaugural Nothing But Nets tournament. The Nothing But Nets idea is to contribute $10 to purchase, ship, and place a mosquito net in sub-Saharan Africa to protect a child or a family from malaria.

    The tournament brought almost 50 players onto the court between 1 and 5 p.m., with 12 separate teams competing. Props to the women’s basketball team for organizing and running this event! Also, hats off to winning team—The Replacements—which consisted of Ryan Foster, Dakoda Winsor, Shelby Winsor, and Preston Eaton.  If there had have been a separate competition for happeningest team names, then Still Hoopin’ It, Nothing but Tots or The Winners might have taken the cake.

    Honorable mentions go out to the Women’s Soccer Team for great teamwork, and to Christina’s Boys for being classy and tall, minus that one short guy named Stephen.

    (Post by Stephen Taylor ’15. Photos by Bronwyn Himes ’17 and Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)

  5. Video: “I’m a Knight” – Kirsten Laurence

    December 3, 2014

    In this video, Kirsten Laurence, 2014-15 Student Association President, speaks about the growth she has experienced as a student at Southern Virginia University through forming close relationships with professors and embracing the university’s unique opportunities. A business major, she describes her experiences attending the largest CES Institute of Religion on the East Coast, serving in local organizations, and playing on the tennis team.

    (Video by John Worthington ’13.)