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  1. National Association Features Tyson Cooper (’07)

    January 15, 2014

    BOM201312_BackStoryThe National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) featured Tyson Cooper (’07) in an article by Margo Vanover Porter.

    Cooper, a Southern Virginia University graduate, currently serves as director of student financial services and associate director of human resources at Southern Virginia. He received a master’s degree from Liberty University in 2011. He and his wife, Camden, live in Buena Vista, Va., with their four children.

    Read NACUBO’s feature to learn more about how Cooper has improved the university’s Student Financial Services Office.

    (Post by Hannah Benson Rodriguez ’13.)

  2. Southern Virginia Graduate Teaches Spanish In Local School

    December 17, 2013

    IMG_0064Jordan Clark (’13) is one of the latest Southern Virginia University alumni to put his education to use in the local community. Clark started teaching Spanish at the middle school level in Lexington, Va., this fall.

    “I love it,” Clark said. “I love waking up and doing what I studied for and what I wanted to do. It’s great to have a job that you worked hard for.”

    Clark learned Spanish while living in Peru as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While attending Southern Virginia, he quickly realized he had a passion for the Spanish language.

    “When I came back from my mission,” Clark said, “I learned I loved the culture and language, and that’s when I decided that’s what I wanted to do.”

    Clark, who transferred to Southern Virginia in 2010 after attending Santa Barbara City College, chose to major in Spanish and minor in politics.

    After working as a Spanish tutor at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington while he was still a student, Clark now teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Spanish at Lilburn Downing Middle School. Clark still plans on furthering his education at the graduate level, and hopes to teach college eventually. But for now, he enjoys teaching Spanish to younger students. In the two years he spent as a student at Southern Virginia, Clark found that small classes with personal focus are the most effective model of education.

    “I love the small class environment,” he said. “When I was at my old school in California, I was in classes with 125 students. It was so impersonal. You didn’t know the professor, they didn’t know you, you were just a name on a list. But I believe in the genius of small. What made the difference was being able to interact with the teacher one on one. That’s what I try to do with my students. I try to imitate what I did here with my professors.”


    Clark says the most helpful aspect of small classes at Southern Virginia he’s been able to transfer to the middle school level is teaching a foreign language through conversation.

    “[Professor] Konstantinova’s teaching style in the class was more conversational,” Clark said. “Which really showed how teaching can be more than just standing in front of a class lecturing, but actually talking back and forth and having a conversation.”

  3. Photos: Sydney Hathaway Memorial

    December 13, 2013

    Southern Virginia students, faculty and staff gathered yesterday to honor Sydney Taylor Hathaway, a student who passed away this summer in an automobile accident a month prior to the day she was to begin serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    To memorialize Hathaway’s contribution to the university community, a new tree was planted next to a memorial stone inscribed with Hathaway’s name and a brief message.

    (Post by Hannah Benson Rodriguez ’13. Photos by Lindsey Morgan ’13.)

  4. Student Highlighted in Brad Wilcox’s Latest Book

    November 13, 2013

    52-life-changing-questionsIn “52 Life-Changing Questions From The Book of Mormon,” a new book by Brad Wilcox and John Hilton III, Wilcox shares a story about Garret Bernal, a senior at Southern Virginia University. Wilcox met Bernal when he gave a devotional at Southern Virginia.

    Bernal is highlighted in Chapter 17, which features the question in 2 Nephi 29:7 of The Book of Mormon, “Knowest ye not that there are more nations than one?” In this chapter, the authors discuss the importance of becoming familiar with the many cultures, countries and languages of the world. They included a story about Bernal, who served as an intern in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Public and International Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2012.

    “[Garret Bernal] was asked to greet the guests and help them find their places,” Wilcox and Hilton wrote in their book. “Because he served his mission in Ukraine, he greeted the wife of the Ukrainian ambassador in her native language rather than English. This led to a friendship between them and left the woman very impressed with Garret and the Church. Months later, Garret suggested the Ukrainian ambassador be the featured guest at the Washington D.C. Temple’s 2012 Festival of Light. At the urging of his wife, the ambassador accepted. The evening arrived, and the ambassador was invited to throw the switch to turn on thousands of Christmas lights on the temple grounds.

    “. . . the Ukrainian ambassador . . . expressed sincere gratitude for the Latter-day Saint temple in his country and the work of the missionaries and members there. He promised his full support for the Church. Garret and many others in attendance that night had never before heard such warm and sincere remarks about the Church from an ambassador. Who knows how many lives will be affected because one young man could greet a woman in her native language?”

    (Post by Hannah Benson Rodriguez ’13.)



  5. Mac J. Knight Passes Away, Legacy Lives On

    November 8, 2013


    Mac J. Knight, father of the chair of Southern Virginia University’s board of trustees Glade M. Knight, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, in Gooding, Idaho, due to natural causes.

    Born in 1921, Mac Knight grew up surrounded by ranching and rodeos, and it was then that he developed a love of horses and the honor that went along with being a cowboy. After he met the love of his life, Ruth Brown, he raised and instilled a sense of “cowboy ethics” that remain with his children and grandchildren to this day. This belief in a set of values led his family to establish a scholarship in his honor.

    Last year, the Mac and Ruth Knight Cowboy Ethics Scholarship, a generous fund that will help Southern Virginia students who live and epitomize the values Mac Knight treasured, was launched. Every year, one student will be awarded the scholarship based on instructor recommendations. They will receive $1,000 in financial aid for the next academic year, an all-expenses paid trip to one of the Knight-owned ranches in either Texas or Virginia and a pair of custom-made cowboy boots.

    (Post by Erin Seage ’16. Photo from the Daily Herald.)