SpeechesFinding and Maintaining Happiness In Life with Alumni Scott (‘01) and Rachel (‘05) McKeon
Nov. 1, 2023 — On Oct. 27, the campus community and visiting alumni gathered in the Knight Arena to kick off the annual Homecoming Weekend and hear from alumni Scott (‘01) and Rachel (‘05) McKeon as they shared stories of their time as students and principles to find happiness throughout life.
SpeechesUnderstanding the History of Race and the Priesthood in Latter-day Saint Tradition with Historian Dr. W. Paul Reeve
Oct. 18, 2023 — On Oct. 13, the campus community gathered in the Knight Arena to hear Dr. W. Paul Reeve, Simmons Chair of Mormon Studies at the University of Utah, share his research and insights on the history of race and the priesthood during the early years of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
SpeechesFormer Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon Testifies of the Blessings of Walking with the Lord
Oct. 3, 2023 — On Sept. 29, the university community gathered for a devotional to learn from Bonnie H. Cordon—former young women general president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—as she shared her testimony of the blessings of walking with the Lord and trusting His guidance.
SpeechesActing President Eric Denna and Lyn Denna on the Blessings of Making Learning a Priority
Sept. 22, 2023 — On Sept. 22, the Southern Virginia University community gathered to hear Acting President Eric Denna and Lyn Denna speak on the blessings of pursuing learning and growth continuously.
SpeechesLetting God Prevail: Executive Editor of Church News Sarah Jane Weaver’s Personal Witness
Sept. 11, 2023 — On Sept. 8, the Southern Virginia University community gathered for a devotional to hear from Sarah Jane Weaver, the executive editor of the Church News for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as she spoke on the miracles of letting God prevail in our lives.
SpeechesChurch Historian Richard Turley Jr.: “The Power is Not in the Object, But in God”
April 24, 2023 — On April 21, the campus community gathered to hear from Church historian Richard Turley Jr., the managing director of the Public Affairs Department for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as he spoke on God’s use of physical objects to help build and focus our faith in Him.
SpeechesGlade and Kathleen Knight: The Inspired Beginning of Southern Virginia University
April 18, 2023 — On April 14, the campus community gathered to hear from University Co-founders Glade and Kathleen Knight as they shared memories of Southern Virginia University’s early days, its rapid growth, and their excitement for the future.
SpeechesCreating a Culture of Psychological Safety with Dr. Tim Clark
April 12, 2023 — On April 7, the campus community gathered for university forum to hear from organizational anthropologist Dr. Tim Clark. As founder and CEO of global consulting organization LeaderFactor and author of the best-seller, “The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety,” Clark spoke on the importance of creating psychologically safe environments and culture to allow innovation and growth to thrive.
SpeechesOrganize with Your Religion and Save the World; Honors Forum with Dr. Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye
March 14, 2023 — On March 10, the campus community gathered for a forum hosted by the University’s Honors Program to hear from Dr. Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye. As an expert on Chinese history, historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and cancer survivor, Inouye spoke about the importance of organizing within one’s community and religion to lift one another in her address titled, “The Church as a Vehicle for Peace on and with the Earth.”
SpeechesAdministrator of Seminaries and Institutes Chad Webb Testifies of Prophets in Southern Virginia University Devotional
March 8, 2023 — On March 3, the Southern Virginia University community gathered for a devotional with Chad Webb, Administrator of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In a talk entitled, “The Voice of My Servants,” Webb spoke on the importance of prophets and the changing power of their inspired words and teachings.
SpeechesDr. Matthew Wickman: “On Spiritual Experience and Spiritual Life (By Way of Literature)”
Feb. 28, 2023 — On Feb. 24, Dr. Matthew Wickman, an English professor at Brigham Young University, spoke to the Southern Virginia University campus community on the changing power of spiritual experiences and literature and how it inspired his recently published book, “Life to the Whole Being: The Spiritual Memoir of a Literature Professor.”
SpeechesA Life of Faith and Love with Acting President Eric and Lyn Denna
Feb. 15, 2023 — On Feb. 10, the campus community gathered for University forum in the Knight Arena to hear Acting President Eric Denna and his wife, Lyn, share their love story and how they relied on each other and the Lord throughout their lives and marriage during the ups and downs of life.