Top 10 Stories of 2012

· January 4, 2013

Last year marked a number of achievements at Southern Virginia University. Some of the year’s highlights are included in the following list of the top ten most-viewed news stories of 2012.

greg-neutral-border10. Magazine Names Southern Virginia Alumnus One of 25 ‘Artists of Tomorrow’

The Tucson House at Southern Virginia University has a unique artistic history—including serving as the training ground of Gregory Mortenson (’01), named one of 25 “Artists of Tomorrow” by American Artist magazine.

two-katies-1-S29. Early Start: A Tale of Two Katies

More than 2,000 miles from her home in Kaysville, Utah, Katie De La Mare struck up a conversation in the Dulles International Airport with another young woman, who, as it turned out, also was named Katie and who also was on her way to the same small liberal arts college.

joseph-musical-S38. ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ Takes the Stage Sept. 28-29, Oct. 3-5

The Southern Virginia University Theatre Program presented Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, and the following Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 3-5, in Southern Virginia’s Chandler Hall.

whitney-reed-colbert-report-paper-S7. From Researching Colbert to Interning on Capitol Hill: A Senior’s Story

For Whitney Reed, walking up the steps of Main Hall at Southern Virginia University to receive her diploma marked the completion of her undergraduate education in only two years—during which time she wrote a 22-page senior paper on “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show,” and landed a summer internship on Capitol Hill.

drew-manning-fit2fat2fit-S6. Alumnus Gains and Loses 75 Pounds on Purpose

While many Americans struggle to become thin, one Southern Virginia University alumnus, Drew Manning, received international media coverage for spending six months of the past year struggling toward a different goal—getting fat.


block-program5. Southern Virginia University Launches New Block Program for Pre- and Post-Missionaries

Southern Virginia University announced the launch of a new block program for young men and women preparing for or returning from fulltime missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

main-hall-thumbnail4. Southern Virginia University Receives Regional Accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges—the oldest, largest and most prestigious accreditor of colleges and universities in the southern United States—awarded regional accreditation to Southern Virginia University.

kate-lindsey-S13. Employment and Graduate School Rates High for Southern Virginia Alumni

In a recent survey of Southern Virginia University alumni, of all those who sought full-time employment, nearly nine-in-ten were employed within 12 months of graduation.

new-young-single-adult-stake-buena-vista-virginia-S22. First YSA Stake Outside of Utah, Idaho Serves Southern Virginia University

A young single adult stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was formed at a special stake conference in Lexington, Va. The new stake serves members of the Buena Vista Virginia and Roanoke Virginia stakes, including students who attend Southern Virginia University.

paullynnesybrowskyS31. Former General Authority Paul K. Sybrowsky Named President

The Southern Virginia University board of trustees announced that Paul K. Sybrowsky, who served in the Second Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2005 to 2011, would become the university’s next president on June 1, 2012.