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I used to tell people my claims to fame were playing on two National Championship football teams at the University of Oklahoma and serving an LDS mission in South America. But now my claim to fame, together with my wife, is having raised five good children; four of whom have graduated from Southern Virginia. I grew up playing in rock bands, playing sports, and spending time with my family. My favorite band right now is Imagine Dragons.
Don’t let my height fool you. I may be the shortest person in the Admissions office (by far), but I’m a two-time national karate champion with a 2nd degree black belt — so watch out.
After serving a Spanish-speaking LDS mission in Tempe, AZ, I left my home state of New Jersey for Southern Virginia University where I majored in Spanish and cheered for the Knights. For the last few years I’ve been a Spanish teacher and cheer coach while my husband pursued a graduate degree in architecture. Now we’re back in Buena Vista with our dog Tia at the school we love and the place we call home. Go Knights!
With a name like that, you’re probably wondering whats my ethnicity. I’m Armenian, and also Ecuadorian! My name means lily in Armenian. I’m from Brooklyn NY, and a recent graduate from Southern Virginia with a Family and Child Development Major. I met my best friend here at SVU on the first day of freshmen orientation back in 2011. My best friend soon became my husband 17 months after I returned from serving a full time mission in Armenia. I love a good Latin dance session, and jamming out to opera. But most importantly I love Southern Virginia University so much. It truly has lead me/prepared me to do and receive so many wonderful things.
I graduated from Southern Virginia with a major in Liberal Arts and a minor in Mathematics. Originally, I am from Las Vegas, Nevada, but I have grown to love the beauty of the East. I really enjoy exploring and visiting new places with my husband. I also love to watercolor and experiment with other artistic mediums. My husband and I met here at Southern Virginia and we live in Buena Vista with our new puppy, Argos.