Top 10 Stories of 2013

· January 1, 2014

Last year, Southern Virginia University news featured students and alumni who excelled and served, important university announcements, and prestigious speakers at university events. 

Some of the year’s highlights are included in the following list of the top ten most-viewed news stories of 2013.

NSSE-2012-graphs-s-110. 98 Percent of Seniors Give High Ratings to Quality of Relationship with Professors

On the 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement, 98 percent of Southern Virginia seniors rated the quality of the relationships that they had with their professors above average — compared to 81 percent of seniors at all participating NSSE institutions.

brooks-family-s9. Men’s Basketball to Support Nattie Brooks, Raise Awareness for GTD

The Southern Virginia men’s basketball team will dedicate a home game against Mary Washington University to Nattie Brooks, wife of senior shooting guard Payton Brooks, who at the age of 24 was recently diagnosed with Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD) — a rare illness caused by pregnancy-related tumors.

bryce-pendleton-architecture-award-S38. Alumnus Studies Architecture Abroad, Receives Award

While spending four months in Europe studying historic architecture, Bryce Pendleton (‘10) received news that he was the recipient of the 2013 Bill Brown Award from Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture and Design.

senior-art-show-s7. Students Create, Display Artwork for Senior Art Show

Ten Southern Virginia students created pieces, each using a different medium and expressing a different theme, for the annual Senior Art Show, which was displayed in the Corridor Gallery, Main Hall and the Fawson Alumni House.

sydney-hathaway-s6. Southern Virginia Community Shows Support in Wake of Tragedy

After a car accident resulted in the death of Southern Virginia Sophomore Sydney Taylor Hathaway, members of the Southern Virginia community offered words of love and support for Hathaway’s family and friends.

misson-calls-S5. Students Prepare for Missions, Respond to Age Change Announcement

During a recent devotional, 13 Southern Virginia students stood to the applause of fellow students, faculty and staff as President Paul K. Sybrowsky recognized them for receiving calls to serve as full-time missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

thomas-petrungaro-s-14. Alumnus Finds Miracle at Missionary Mall

When Thomas Petrungaro (’12) walked into the Missionary Mall in Orem, Utah, looking for deals on mission clothing and supplies, he wasn’t expecting a miracle. Petrungaro, who was working as an Especially For Youth counselor in Provo, Utah, went shopping with a returned-missionary friend, Kristen Ford, on July 6 — one month prior to the date he was scheduled to enter the Mexico City Missionary Training Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

graduates-satified-T13. Southern Virginia University Lowers Tuition by 23 Percent

Southern Virginia University President Paul K. Sybrowsky announced that the university will lower tuition by 23 percent for the 2014-2015 academic year. Beginning fall 2014, tuition for all students at Southern Virginia will be $14,600 per year.

mitt-romney-commencement2. Mitt Romney Speaks at Southern Virginia University’s Largest Commencement Ever

Southern Virginia’s 145th commencement exercises were its largest ever as more than 1,800 people gathered on Saturday to commemorate the academic achievements of 125 graduating seniors and hear a speech by Mitt Romney.

mitt-romney-S1. Mitt Romney to Speak at Commencement April 27

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and Republican Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election, will address graduates, faculty, staff, students and friends of Southern Virginia University at the 2013 commencement exercises on Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. in front of the university’s Main Hall in Buena Vista, Va.