Top 10 Stories of 2011

· December 20, 2011

It has been a banner year at Southern Virginia University. Here is a list of the 10 most viewed stories on in 2011.

10. Spring Semester 2011 President’s and Provost’s Lists

June 22, 2011

Former Southern Virginia University President Rodney K. Smith announced the recipients of the President’s and Provost’s List honors for students who excelled academically in spring semester 2011.

9. Professor Named President of Mormon Scholars Group

June 24, 2011

Dr. John Armstrong was elected president of Mormon Scholars in the Humanities—an organization that promotes intellectual and collegial exchange among Latter-day Saint humanities scholars.

8. Graduate Reaps Rewards of Well-Rounded Education

April 27, 2011

After he graduated from Southern Virginia University, Jesse Houchens attended a prestigious summer program, served as an intern on Capitol Hill and began a top graduate program—bringing with him knowledge and talents gained during his pursuit of a well-balanced life at Southern Virginia University.

7. Southern Virginia Celebrates Largest Graduating Class

May 2, 2011

More than 900 people gathered in front of historic Main Hall on a perfect Saturday morning to celebrate the graduation ceremony of 128 Southern Virginia University students—the largest graduating class since the university was revitalized and adopted an LDS spiritual environment 15 years ago.

6. Dr. Madison Sowell Appointed Provost

April 12, 2011

Dr. Madison U. Sowell, former director of the Brigham Young University honors program, today was appointed provost at Southern Virginia University.

5. New Professorship, Faculty Promotions

September 6, 2011

Last month Southern Virginia University awarded a named professorship to one faculty member and promoted three to the rank of associate professor.

4. Johnson Chooses Military Commission, Family Over Small College World Series

August 16, 2011

During Southern Virginia University’s commencement ceremony on May 3, 2011, graduating senior Jake Johnson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Although his commission fulfilled his life-long dream to serve his country, it came at the expense of another.

3. “The Wizard of Oz” As You’ve Never Seen It

September 2, 2011

A humorous twist on a beloved film classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” is adapted for the stage and will premier at Southern Virginia University on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10, and the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-17, at 7:30 p.m. in Chandler Hall.

2. Record Enrollment Exceeds 800 Students

August 30, 2011

When fall semester classes began, the Southern Virginia University campus was home to more students than ever before. Total student enrollment at the university reached an all-time record of more than 800 students.

1. President Smith Announces Departure

May 06, 2011

Southern Virginia University President Rodney K. Smith announced to assembled students, faculty and staff members that he would resign his position as president in late August.