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  1. Students Present Papers & Earn Awards at VMI Symposium

    April 26, 2016

    Four Southern Virginia University students presented Spanish papers at the Annual Spring Symposium of the Virginia Military Institute Center for Undergraduate Research last week. Three of Southern Virginia’s students received awards within the liberal arts category at the symposium. Victoria Krites won first place in liberal arts for her paper, titled “Sancho Panza un Símbolo Literario”; Desiree Gentry received second place for her paper, titled “La Importancia de la Música y la Poesía en Don Quijote”; and Sarah Edwards earned third place for her paper, “Don Quijote y la Violencia.” The title of Chelsea Snyder’s paper was “Un Aspirante Caballero: Don Quijote.”

    All four of the students’ papers focused on the classic work “Don Quijote” by the Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes. The students wrote their papers in a class taught by Dr. Iana Konstantinova, associate professor of Spanish.

    It’s always inspiring to see students presenting at academic conferences and representing our university so well. Congratulations to all of the students who participated and to their wonderful mentor!

    (Post by Hannah King ’13. Photos courtesy of Iana Konstantinova.)

  2. Introducing the 2016-2017 Student Senate!

    April 22, 2016

    SVSA-logo-greenAt a university-wide forum last week, the newly-elected members of the Southern Virginia Student Association Senate were announced to gathered students, faculty and staff. If you missed the announcement, you can view the results below! Congratulations to all the new members of the student senate. As a campus community, we’re grateful for all of the service that our students do through the Student Association!

    Academics Senator: Joseph Patino

    Activities Senator: Sarah Foster

    Arts and Athletics Senator: Cheyenne Betts

    Communications Senator: Kaylee Upham

    Finance and Clubs Senator: Quinn Skouson

    Honor Senator: Holly Rhodes

    Service Senator: Tara Brown

    Senior Class President: Cody Rogers

    Senior Class Senator: Sam Mellor

    Junior Class President: Jasmine Libby

    Junior Class Senator: Ammon Hardy

    Sophomore Class President: Keilani Torres

    Sophomore Class Senator: James Gebler

  3. Meet the New Student Executive Council!

    March 29, 2016


    The votes are in and the members of the new Student Association Executive Council have been selected! We’re excited for this group of talented, motivated students to serve our campus community next year. We would also like to extend thanks to all those who ran for the council. The enthusiasm for service on this campus is almost palpable.

    The new Executive Council members are:

    AmmonStudent Association President

    • Name: Ammon Milligan
    • Hometown: Moses Lake, Washington
    • Major: Family & Child Development
    • Minor: Politics



    AK5A7704Vice President of Operations

    • Name: Justin Wiseman
    • Hometown: Fremont, California
    • Majors: Business Management & Leadership and Liberal Arts




    AK5A7687Vice President of Campus Programming

    • Name: Courtney Neus
    • Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona
    • Major: Psychology



    AK5A7713Vice President of Arts and Athletics

    • Name: Matt Anderson
    • Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Major: Art




    AK5A7678Vice President of Academics and Service

    • Name: Keri Jensen
    • Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia
    • Major: Biology



    AK5A7722Vice President of Clubs and Finance

    • Name: Corey Garff
    • Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Major: Liberal Arts
    • Minor: Business Management & Leadership


    AK5A7671Vice President Honor

    • Name: Brigham Doxey
    • Hometown: Buena Vista, Virginia
    • Major: Business Management & Leadership
    • Minor: Creative Writing




    • Name: Ethan Pike
    • Hometown: Lompoc, California
    • Majors: Biochemistry and Liberal Arts
    • Minors: Music and Business Management & Leadership

    (Post by Hannah King ’13. Photos by Sarah Foster ’19.)

  4. More Campus Improvements

    February 24, 2016

    Campus just continues to evolve at warpspeed lately, and I have to say — I am one happy camper. It’s wonderful to see the school I love so dearly become better, and especially to see the kinds of changes students are really hankering for.

    One such change took place in the favorite hangout/cafe Jonzzey’s. The furniture has been updated and now complements the spiffy paint job and new menu and logo designs from the past year. I think that the wooden armrests on the chairs are a particularly handy improvement. Much friendlier toward textbooks and notebooks and food items. Take it from a klutz that flat surfaces are best.

    Personally, I am most excited about the improvements to the Rice Fitness Center. I love being able to use the school’s facilities every morning before class. The space is clean, utilitarian, and bright (a remarkably important thing at 6:00 or 7:00 a.m.). The expanded hours for the area now include later nights and Saturdays, which is also music to my ears. The fact that this school can nourish me intellectually and physically is an enormous plus in my book, and the new and improved facilities help make that happen.

    Though I graduate this May, I’m eager to hear about future development and to see the university become even more suited to students’ needs and desires. If there’s one thing that the last year has taught me about how business is done here, it’s that the voices of students are being heard, and the response is change.

    Way to be, Southern Virginia. Way to be.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Hannah King ’13 and Eva Sorensen Smith ’17.)

  5. Southern Virginia Mourns Passing of Board Member

    February 4, 2016

    cathy-chamberlain2Cathy Chamberlain, a member of the Southern Virginia University Board of Trustees since 2008, passed away last Saturday after a battle with multiple myeloma. She was surrounded by family at the time of her passing in Salt Lake City.

    She spent the majority of her life working in business and education. She was the CEO and owner of communications firm CTC, Inc. and also owned the nonprofit organization Options, which hosted educational conferences. She was an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and worked frequently for and with Deseret Book, both as the managing director of research and as a proponent of Time Out for Women events. Among her many notable roles was also that of political researcher, particularly around the time of the Ronald Reagan administration.

    She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a full-time mission in Los Angeles. She served the Church through various callings throughout her life, most recently as a stake relief society president.

    There will be a memorial service for Cathy Chamberlain this Friday, Feb. 5, at 11:00 a.m. at the Little Cottonwood Stake Center in Salt Lake City and a funeral service in Richfield, Utah, on Feb. 13.

    We are grateful for Cathy Chamberlain’s service to this university, and our hearts go out to the many close friends and family members she has left behind.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16.)