SpeechesFormer President Rod Smith on “James Madison: The Father of Religious Liberty”
Sept. 17, 2020 — To commemorate the United States Constitution on Constitution Day, and in memory of our beloved former University President Rodney K. Smith, we wanted to share the last speech President Smith delivered at Southern Virginia University titled after his book, “James Madison: The Father of Religious Liberty.”
SpeechesFormer Olympian Richard George on Personal Integrity and Faith
Feb. 28, 2020 — Southern Virginia University Senior Advisor Richard George spoke to students, faculty and professional staff at a University-wide forum about the value of personal integrity and the relationship between honesty and faith.
SpeechesHealthy Habits and the BrightKnight Initiative
Feb. 21, 2020 — Suzanne Garcia, Director of Health and Fitness at Southern Virginia University, taught students how to develop healthy habits and introduced a new “BrightKnight” initiative to help inform healthy choices.
SpeechesDr. Brigitte Madrian: Risks Worth Taking
Feb. 14, 2020 — Dr. Brigitte Madrian, Dean of the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University, expounded on Jesus Christ’s Parable of the Talents found in the New Testament and discussed “risks worth taking.”
SpeechesVOLTAGE CEO: Doing the Right Thing Always Wins
Feb. 7, 2020 — Eric Fowles, the founder and CEO of digital agency VOLTAGE, spoke at Southern Virginia University about how faith in God and doing the right thing helped him grow his company from a two-man shop in a basement to a multi-million-dollar, award-winning enterprise.
SpeechesThe Moral Offensive: The Legacy of Dr. King
Jan. 24, 2020 — Southern Virginia University welcomed alumnus Andrew Evans (’14) to speak on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a forum hosted by the Black Student Union.
SpeechesImproving Happiness Levels Through Gratitude
Nov. 15, 2019 — In anticipation of the upcoming Thanksgiving season, Associate Professor of Psychology Michael Gibbons spoke to students, faculty and professional staff about ways to improve happiness levels through cultivating a grateful mindset.
SpeechesElder & Sister Hafen: Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity
Nov. 8, 2019 — Southern Virginia University welcomed Elder Bruce C. Hafen, emeritus General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Sister Marie Hafen, to share the spiritual strategies outlined in their latest book, “Faith is Not Blind.”
SpeechesMark & Jo Ann Skousen on Democratic Socialism and Democratic Capitalism
Nov. 1, 2019 — At this week’s campus-wide forum, Chapman University Professors Mark and Jo Ann Skousen shared their perspectives on Democratic Socialism and Democratic Capitalism with students, faculty, and professional staff.
SpeechesSean Covey: Frameworks for Making Critical Decisions
Oct. 25, 2019 — Sean Covey, president of FranklinCovey and author of several best-selling business books including “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” spoke to Southern Virginia University students about frameworks that can serve as guides in making critical life decisions.
SpeechesDefining Moments: 5 Choices to Make the Most of Our Challenges
Oct. 18, 2019 — Justin Knight, president and CEO of Apple REIT and a member of Southern Virginia University’s Board of Trustees, spoke at a University-wide forum about the perspectives he gained on adversity and purpose after a life-altering plane crash two years ago—something he called a defining moment in his life.