Feature StoryMeet the Class of 2026
Over 400 new freshmen from all over the nation have gathered on Southern Virginia University’s campus for an incredible academic year. Meet five of our new Knights below and learn what brought them to Southern Virginia University.
Feature StorySouthern Virginia University Named Apple Distinguished School through 2025
Buena Vista, Va.—Southern Virginia University is pleased to announce that its status as an Apple Distinguished School has been renewed through 2025. The University’s one-to-one implementation of Apple technology—known at the LaunchPad Initiative—is an integral part of its mission to gather faithful Latter-day Saints and like-minded students from all educational and economic backgrounds, lift them in intellect, character, and spirituality, and launch them into successful lives and careers.
News ReleaseAlumni Association Inaugural Officers Announced
Southern Virginia University and Alumni Association President Scott McKeon (‘01) are pleased to announce the inaugural officers of its recently launched Alumni Association. The four appointed vice presidents are Jessica Rasmussen (‘17), Derrick Maggard (‘10), JD Drasbek (‘16), and Paul Candland (‘22). Additionally, Megan Ondricek (‘09) will serve as secretary and Brigham Doxey (‘17) will serve as treasurer.
News ReleaseChamber Singers to Perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association Fall Conference
The Southern Virginia University Chamber Singers was selected to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association Fall Conference as a featured performing ensemble.
SpotlightPreparing For Medical School: A Q&A With Eric Pinkston (‘20)
Currently pursuing a medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Eric Pinkston (‘20) details what led to his decision to become a doctor, how he was prepared for medical school while a student at Southern Virginia University, and offers advice and suggestions to students interested in pursuing a field in medicine.
News ReleaseTheatre to Perform Steve Martin’s Bluegrass Musical “Bright Star”
Southern Virginia University Theatre presents “Bright Star” by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, a wholesome toe-tapping, heartwarming, award-winning country and bluegrass musical based on a true story on Nov. 4-5, 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (formally known as Chandler Hall).
News ReleaseFinding Belonging in Institute: A Homecoming Devotional With The Southern Virginia Institute of Religion
Beginning Homecoming weekend on a spiritual note, the Southern Virginia Institute of Religion hosted a devotional in the Knight Arena, where Institute instructors Mark Schmidt, Neil Carpenter, and Terrol Williams spoke on the benefits of participating in Institute and the peace, belonging, and a sense of home found there.
News ReleaseOver 100 Alumni Sing with University Ensembles in Historic Homecoming Concert
For the first time in Southern Virginia University history, choral alumni united with current ensembles for a historic Homecoming performance, “I Long to See You: A Jubilee Choral Concert” on Oct. 14 in the Knight Arena.
News ReleaseAriel Silver, Ian Haver, Andrew Ludtke, and David Bowman Join Southern Virginia University as New Full-time Faculty Members
Two key elements of Southern Virginia University’s personalized education model are its 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio and the quality of its talented professors—caring scholars who prioritize effective teaching and student learning.
News ReleaseFamily or Duty? The Riveting and Emotional Drama of “All My Sons”
Southern Virginia University’s Theatre program started off the 2022-23 academic year tackling topics of family loyalty versus social responsibility in Arthur Miller’s hard-hitting, award-winning play, “All My Sons,” performed on Sept. 23-24, 29-30 in the Performing Arts Center.
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