News from 2020

Top 10 Stories of 2020 

· December 31, 2020

Our most-read articles of the year help tell our story of 2020; growth, loss, challenge, and overall, finding the opportunity in adversity. 


Students Recommend Their Favorite Classes from This Fall Semester

· December 10, 2020

Buena Vista, Va.—As the Fall 2020 Semester comes to a close, we asked students to reflect on their favorite classes which they would recommend to others. From horseback riding to discrete mathematics, five students shared which class was their favorite despite the ongoing constraints caused by the global pandemic.


#GivingTuesday: Help Us Fulfill our Vision for the Next 25 Years

· December 1, 2020

Today, University President Reed N. Wilcox wrote the following letter to the Southern Virginia University community.


Music Major Mckenzie Kitchen (’19) Working in Carnegie Hall: “I Owe Everything I’m Doing Here to Southern Virginia University”

· November 18, 2020

[caption id="attachment_33681" align="alignnone" width="1707"] Kitchen and her family in New York City.[/caption]


Top 10 Student-Favorite Outdoor Activities Near Southern Virginia University 

· October 24, 2020

The fall is an especially beautiful time to be in the Shenandoah Valley, when the Blue Ridge mountains turn shades of crimson and ochre. As the pandemic has restricted indoor interactions and activities, Southern Virginia University students are adventuring outdoors more than ever.


Special Graduation Celebration & Homecoming Postponed

· October 5, 2020

On Oct. 3, the Office of the President sent the following letter to the Class of 2020.


Southern Virginia University Ranked in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

and · October 2, 2020

Buena Vista, Va.—The U.S. News & World Report announced its 2021 Best Colleges, ranking Southern Virginia University 63rd among liberal arts colleges for Social Mobility—defined as successfully enrolling and graduating economically disadvantaged students.


Southern Virginia University First in World to Give AirPods Pro to Every Student

and · September 30, 2020

Buena Vista, Va.—Southern Virginia University made history this semester as the first school in the world to give AirPods Pro to every full-time student, faculty, and staff member. The devices were gifted to the campus community at no extra cost to help overcome communication barriers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic while also providing students with equal access to the world’s best technology.


Former President Rod Smith on “James Madison: The Father of Religious Liberty”

· September 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.”


President Wilcox Leads First-Ever Virtual University Forum

· August 28, 2020

Buena Vista, Va.—President Reed N. Wilcox led Southern Virginia University’s first-ever Virtual University forum on Friday, Aug. 28. Streaming live on YouTube, he discussed the importance of the University’s Healthy Campus Plan and Four Pillars of Personal Responsibility.