BUENA VISTA, Virginia — Southern Virginia University is nestled in the picturesque small town of Buena Vista, Virginia, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1997, Sister Kathleen Knight, wife of SVU’s Chairman of the Board, Glade Knight, organized and hosted the school’s first Education Conference, a series of lectures and performances by prominent LDS speakers, scholars, authors, and artists.
This popular conference is now a tradition at Southern Virginia, and draws visitors from across the country to this charming, intimate campus. The conference will take place the weekend of June 2-3, and offers a variety of wonderful and inspiring speakers.
This year, inspiration for the conference’s theme was drawn from Moroni 7:35-37, which says, “has the day of miracles ceased? Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angles appear and minister unto men…” The conference will feature presentations on “modern-day miracles” that occur to protect our families, that occur in the temples, that laid the foundations for religious freedom in the United States, and that happen in other aspects of our society.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this once-in-a-year opportunity. To register, or for more information, please contact Lesley Larsen — SVU’s Coordinator of Scheduling & Conferences — at (540) 261-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org; or register online at SVU’s website: www.southernvirginia.edu/conferences/
June 2-3, 2006 Conference Snapshot
Theme — “Has the Day of Miracles Ceased?”
• Robert Millett Topic: How We Come to Know God, Parts I & II Professor of Ancient Scripture & Religious Understanding at BYU
• W. Jeffrey Marsh Topic: Has the Day of Miracles Ceased? Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU
• Doug & Janice Kapp Perry Janice: musician and composer, produced more than 50 albums of original music for LDS audiences
• Herschel Pedersen Topic: The Miracles of the Temple Sealer in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT; Inducted into the Brigham Young University Basketball Hall of Fame 1985.
• Gary & Joy Lundberg Topic: Miracles in the Midst of the Attack on Families Worldwide Gary: family therapist & counselor; Joy: lyricist & writer; Authors of marriage & relationship improvement books
• Ron Carter former Director in the Superior Courts of Los Angeles County, Historian and author of the novel series: “Prelude to Glory”
• John & Cynthia Austin John: Director of CES Institutes in Kentucky & West Virginia; Cynthia: Actress, playwright, founder of SVU’s Theatre Department
Background and History of Southern Virginia University
The institution was founded in 1867 as a young women’s finishing school. During the 20th century, the school changed philosophies and names, trying to keep up with shifting trends in American culture. Declines in enrollment eventually precipitated financial instability, and in 1996, the then-named Southern Virginia College made plans to close forever.
The school’s imminent closure came to the attention of a group of businessmen, educators, and religious leaders, sharing common membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Recognizing the demand for an LDS-oriented university in the eastern United States, these people decided to take the school under their collective wing; and under the leadership of new Chairman Glade Knight, transformed it into such an institution. SVU is not owned, funded, or operated by the Church. It is, however, a private, not-profit institution that upholds the Church’s standards.
Reborn, Southern Virginia opened Fall Semester of 1996, embracing a new set of values, establishing a new mission, and attracting a new kind of student. Seventy-four pioneering young people debuted as the new SVU’s first student body. This fall 2005, approximately 700 students attended SVU, representing forty-nine states and fourteen foreign countries. This ten-fold in increase in enrollment makes Southern Virginia one of the fastest-growing universities in the nation.
Southern Virginia University is now a thriving four-year, coeducational, nationally-accredited liberal arts university, celebrating its tenth year of service to the LDS community. It remains the only institution of its kind, producing equally unique, remarkable graduates.