News from 2009

Southern Virginia Gathering Place for 1,500 EFY Participants

· July 22, 2009

Nearly 1,500 Latter-day Saint youth gathered to Southern Virginia University in the Shenandoah Valley this summer for one of five weeklong sessions of Especially for Youth.


Student Presents ‘Lord of the Rings’ Paper at UCLA

· July 17, 2009

Skyler King never imagined he would end as a presenter at a conference at UCLA when he wrote a paper this spring on divine intervention in “The Lord of the Rings” for a class at Southern Virginia University taught by best-selling author Orson Scott Card.


Regional Accreditor Plans Visit to Southern Virginia

· June 26, 2009

At its meeting on June 25, 2009, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) authorized a candidacy committee to visit Southern Virginia University in the coming academic year.


Spring Semester 2009 President’s and Dean’s Lists

· June 22, 2009

Southern Virginia University is pleased to announce the recipients of the President’s and Dean’s List honors for students who excelled academically in spring semester 2009.


Education Conference: Day Two Summary

· June 9, 2009

Speaking to Latter-day Saints on the second day of Southern Virginia University’s annual education conference, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Robert A. Seiple told attendees, “If we don’t talk about religion and politics and their intersection it is to our peril.”


Education Conference: Day One Summary

· June 8, 2009

The 13th annual education conference at Southern Virginia University began Friday in Buena Vista, Va., with the theme: Let Freedom Ring. Hundreds of Latter-day Saints gathered to hear from some of the foremost thinkers on freedom along with men and women who have fought on the front lines of wars and in the halls of government.


Largest Daytime Institute in Eastern U.S. Dedicated on Campus

and · April 2, 2009

A new 18,000 square-foot university ward and Institute building was dedicated on the campus of Southern Virginia University on Sunday, March 28.


Art Professor Makes History at the Louvre

· March 17, 2009

Barbara Crawford, a professor of art at Southern Virginia University, is making history as an assistant to the famous American painter Cy Twombly, who was given a rare opportunity to create a painting that will cover a ceiling in the Louvre—a singular honor and a first for an American.


New Director and Volunteer for Career Development Center

· March 3, 2009

Southern Virginia University has added a new director and a volunteer counselor in the Career Development Center to help students identify career interests and more effectively transition to the fulltime jobs after graduation.


SVU President Appointed to AALE Board of Trustees

· February 17, 2009

Southern Virginia University President Rodney K. Smith has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the American Academy for Liberal Education, the organization that has accredited the university since 2000.