Feature StoryPeacemakers Through Civic Discourse with Social Studies Expert David Blankenhorn
On Feb. 23, the Southern Virginia University community gathered for an Honors Forum to hear David Blankenhorn, founder and president of Institute for American Values and co-founder of Braver Angels, a grassroots organization that addresses political polarization, speak on being a peacemaker through civic discourse.
News ReleaseAn Exercise in Civic Discourse: Honors Program Hosts Intercollegiate Debate with Braver Angels
On Thursday Feb. 22, Southern Virginia University’s Honors Program hosted its first intercollegiate debate, welcoming Washington and Lee University, the Virginia Military Institute, and Mountain Gateway Community College to campus. Chaired by Doug Sprei, who leads Braver Angels’ College Debates and Discourse Alliance, students from each institution debated the topic, “Should Americans Receive Universal Basic Income (UBI)?”
SpotlightDiscovery-driven, Aesthetic, Spiritual: Moriah Salins’s Artistic Journey at Southern Virginia University
When Moriah Salins (‘25) first started at Southern Virginia University, like many students, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to study. After taking psychology, art, philosophy, and music classes, she decided on an art major and a double minor in philosophy and music. It was during this process of exploration that she discovered an intense love of learning.
SpotlightFrom Teammates to Eternal Companions
Playing a sport builds strong relationships between teammates, coaches, and trainers. But can it also lead to love?
SpeechesStudents Testify on Being Faithful, Honest, and Kind at University Forum
On Feb. 9, the Southern Virginia University community gathered in the Knight Arena to hear Student Body President Benjamin Whitted and students Addy Thorpe, Peyton Merwin, and Emmaline Merrill speak on the university’s Code of Conduct and what it means to be faithful, honest, and kind as individuals and as members of the community.
News Release2024 Commencement to be Held on May 3
Southern Virginia University is pleased to announce that the 2024 Commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 3, at 11 a.m. in front of Main Hall. In the event of severe weather, the ceremonies will be held that afternoon in the Knight Arena at 3 p.m.
SpotlightBringing Campus and Community Together One Scoop at a Time
Madeleine Wells Mercer (‘21) knew she wanted to remain in Buena Vista post-graduation after falling in love with the town and a local firefighter. Seeing an opportunity to build a space for Southern Virginia University students and local community members to gather, she decided to create The BeeVe, an ice cream and souvenir shop, which opened in 2022.
News ReleaseDirector of Brand & Experience Bryce Pendleton Named Interim Director of IT Services
Southern Virginia University President Bonnie H. Cordon has named Director of Brand & Experience Bryce Pendleton as interim director of information technology services. While continuing to oversee the university’s brand and digital experience, Pendleton will also now manage the Office of Information Technology. In this new role, he will focus on optimizing systems, services, and user experience for students, faculty, and staff.
SpeechesUnderstanding and Overcoming Political Polarization with Constitutional Expert Dr. Verlan Lewis
On Jan. 26, the Southern Virginia University community gathered to hear Dr. Verlan Lewis, Stirling Professor of Constitutional Studies and associate professor of political science at Utah Valley University, speak on his recent co-authored book, “The Myth of Left and Right,” and how to be peacemakers in a polarized political nation.
SpotlightWhy Caden Eskelsen (‘25) Returned to Southern Virginia University After His Mission
Caden Eskelsen (‘25), a native of Lisbon, Iowa, was initially unsure if he would be returning to complete his studies at Southern Virginia University after taking several years off to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and getting married.
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