We like to celebrate Thanksgiving by finding out what it is that the Knights Southern Virginia is grateful for. From great roommates to milkshakes to family, it’s clear that the list is a long one.
Roommates and milkshakes and family are some of my favorite things, too, and so worth being grateful for. I’d like to add to my list the opportunity to attend and work at this exceptional school on the hill. Oh, and pie.
Happy Thanksgiving from Southern Virginia!
(Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Video by Bronwyn Himes ’17.)
This year’s homecoming devotional was given by Elder Rex D. Pinegar, an emeritus general authority and member of the seventy. He discussed his experiences as a mission president here in Virginia and focused much of his thoughts on character. His many years of service and discipleship lent him a unique perspective on life, and he offered great counsel to us, including this gem:
If you’re interested in listening to the devotional, it can be accessed via SoundCloud. Or, you can watch it below.
Critically acclaimed author Jeff Benedict, distinguished professor of writing and mass media, spoke in Pal Alto, Calif. as part of a lecture series for BYU Management Society. Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young introduced Benedict and commended him for his ability to create things that are “readily readable and absolutely true.” Listen to Benedict discuss his career and particularly the way his faith has affected his work. To learn more about him and his work, head to www.jeffbenedict.com.
The Concert Chorale recently had the opportunity to perform an arrangement of the hymn, “Praise to the Man,” which blended the fast-paced, jubilant melody sung today with the original dirge written in honor of the life and death of the Latter-day Saint Prophet Joseph Smith. The piece was arranged by Glenn Williams, who received his degree in philosophy this month. Williams, who is currently staying in Buena Vista to play Inspector Barnes in the upcoming summer musical, “Bells Are Ringing,” hopes to go on to graduate school and to someday teach art history and cultural anthropology.
“I could never have arranged that piece if it wasn’t for Southern Virginia,” said Williams. “Nowhere else would I have had the confidence to write something like that, let alone believe that it would be performed and recorded. … And my only hope with it is to share my testimony of Joseph Smith and help others feel something. If I touch one person, or help them, then I have done my job.”
The piece was originally performed as part of the spring choral concert. For more information about and photos of the concert, check out the blog post.
(Post by Madeleine Gail Rex ’16. Video by John Worthington ’13.)