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  1. Art Exhibit: Cameron Burgoyne (’15)

    March 22, 2016

    In my experience, every student who comes through Southern Virginia University inevitably ends up with favorite places on campus. Places that hold special memories. Places they find particularly beautiful. Whether it’s the bench beneath the weeping willow in bloom with hundreds of pink blossoms or the front porch of Main Hall, our campus is filled to the brim with beautiful, special places that will remain in our hearts and our memories for years to come.

    One such place is the Corridor Gallery. Located in between Main Hall and Chandler Hall, this hallway’s walls are always lined with new, different and beautiful works of art. Throughout the semester, the art program displays works of art painted by our students and alumni as well as by visiting artists. I really appreciate what the faculty and students in the art program are doing to beautify and culture our campus through art.

    Currently, the Corridor Gallery is displaying a series of woodblock prints by Cameron Burgoyne, who graduated with a double major in art and liberal arts last year. Cameron is a talented artist who currently works as a graphic designer in the Office of Communications and team-teaches a class on the Adobe Creative Suite. He introduced the exhibit with an opening lecture in the Ballroom. His artistic influences include Paul Klee and Josef Albers.

    “I really feel like a lot of art, especially LDS art, is so much more literal and pictorial than is necessary to convey an idea,” he said. “So in my art, I’m trying to find the simplest way to convey an idea. A lot of what is in me is religious, so that’s what tends to be reflected in my artwork. I find it interesting that Christ didn’t teach very literally, but instead taught in parables and stories.”

    If you haven’t had a chance to see Cameron’s artwork yet, be sure to stop by the Corridor Gallery and check out his exhibit soon! To view more of his artwork, visit his personal website.

    (Post by Hannah King ’13. Photos by Matt Anderson ’17.)

  2. Phi Alpha Theta Spring Induction

    March 2, 2016

    For the Alpha Mu Sigma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (that’s us), this has been an exciting year! In addition to the seven new members that were inducted last semester, four were inducted this semester. Normally there is only one induction ceremony per academic year, scheduled for the fall term. However, the increased eligibility and interest of students prompted a second wave of inductions this spring.

    Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society, but you don’t have to be a history major to join. Prerequisites to membership are a minimum GPA of 3.1 in at least 12 history credits, and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.

    Professor Jeff Benedict was invited to address inductees, chapter members and friends at this semester’s induction ceremony. Benedict is not only a professor at Southern Virginia University, but also a New York Times bestselling author, a special features writer for Sports Illustrated, and a television and film producer. His investigative work has increased public understanding on a variety of contemporary issues (interestingly, “Contemporary Issues” is one of the courses he teaches at Southern Virginia), ranging from athletes and violence against women to eminent domain to food safety to American Indians and casinos. His command of controversial socio-political issues makes him a modern-day muckraker, in the best sense of the term. Particularly interesting to Phi Alpha Theta members is that Benedict’s career started after a Bachelor of Arts in History. His address was followed by a question and answer session, during which we learned who in history he would choose to shadow for a day (Alexander Hamilton or Benjamin Franklin, both of whom started out with a means and status far lower than that which they ultimately achieved), what it’s like to rewrite lines for a movie between shooting scenes (intense … and fun!), and the importance of being trustworthy as a journalist (and, well, as a human being).

    Members of Phi Alpha Theta are now looking forward to presenting papers at a conference next month. Practice presentations will be in Durham 203 at 3:30 on Thursday, March 3, and at the same time on Tuesday, March 16. Come support members of Phi Alpha Theta and learn about espionage during WWII, Japanese Internment, and other really interesting things!

    (Post by Lauren Hafen ’16. Photos by Sarah Bench ’17.)

  3. 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.)

  4. Valentine’s Day Dance

    February 23, 2016

    It took me at least an hour to decide to go to this year’s Valentine’s Day dance. Dancing isn’t really a thing I do beyond the realm of my living room, and definitely not something I do in front of anyone but my roommate. So, when I say that I had a great time at a dance, the statement ought to be received with the appropriate amount of gravity.

    Of course, the decorations were cute and those chocolate-covered pretzel things were bomb (my friend and I may have eaten more than our fair share), but what really made the dance great  what makes any event at Southern Virginia great, when I actually get up the courage to stop being a hermit and attend them  was the people. One of the many advantages of attending a school as small as this one is that you can’t go anywhere without finding friends. And those friends helped turn what would generally be an episode of Madeleine’s Adventures in Awkwardness into a night that was fun and adventurous in all the right ways (though probably still a little awkward. What can I say? I have a gift for it).

    You didn’t need to have a date this Valentine’s Day to feel the love. You just had to show up and remember that pals are everywhere. In my experience, honestly, they won’t let you forget it. Or get away with skipping a slow dance.

    And that, my friends, is a Southern Virginia Valentine’s Day.

    (Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Photos by Eva Sorensen Smith ’17.)

  5. Beauty, Bubbles and Bird-Watching

    February 22, 2016

    Last Saturday I went bird-watching, which was a first for me. Although my ornithological skills were so undeveloped that I didn’t even know ornithology refers to the study of birds, I enjoyed myself and was reminded of a few things.

    First, it’s satisfying to recognize something, like a bird, and to know something about it. Maybe this is just because knowledge is self-satisfying. Maybe it’s because life is satisfying, and identifying birds is a way to recognize forms of life outside the little bubble in which I usually confine myself.

    Speaking of bubbles, I was reminded that it’s rewarding to expand, or even to leave, the little bubble of me-world. Thinking outside the box is great, and stepping outside of it to try something new might be even better. I was a little intimidated to go bird-watching with several students who already knew a lot more than I did, but it was actually fun to test the waters outside my comfort zone.

    I was also reminded that birds are kind of beautiful. “My heart in hiding / stirred for a bird,” to quote the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Actually, a lot of my favorite literature employs birds in beautiful and symbolic roles. For example, in James Joyce’s “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” a strange bird-girl provides a medium for divine inspiration. In William Butler Yeats’s poem “The Wild Swans at Coole,” a group of swans embody the poetic speaker’s musings on change and permanence, youth and age. In J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, the snowy owl Hedwig’s appearance almost always conveys feelings of friendship, both in her loyalty to Harry and in the form of messages she delivers to and from other friends. My favorite novel—”A Wizard of Earthsea” by Ursula Le Guin—uses birds as balanced fusions of Jungian shadow and light. This novel also has wizards, so it’s not just cool because it’s Jungian.

    In sum, you might consider trying out a new club, or reading a poem about birds. Expand your bubble. Observe something you haven’t seen before. Find beauty somewhere. If bird-watching is where you want to start, contact Professor Scott Dransfield. If not, try something else. The sky’s the limit, and that’s not a bird joke.

    (Post by Stephen Taylor ’15. Photos by Hannah King ’13.)