New institute building shows growth at Southern Virginia

It's midday Sunday on a bright winter day, and the new LDS chapel next to Southern Virginia University's campus is bustling as five student wards take turns meeting in the chapel, cultural hall and rooms throughout the building. Sounds clash and overlap as opening, closing, and in-between hymns are sung and students greet each other in the hallways between meetings.

The 18,000-square-foot building a block off campus is just as busy any other day of the week, as it also serves as an on-site LDS Institute of Religion, offering an array of classes and activities. Institute classrooms, game room, lounge area and faculty offices are in the back.

The Buena Vista Institute also serves cadets at Virginia Military Institute and students at Washington and Lee University, both in nearby Lexington, Va., and other young single adults in the area. Before construction was completed in February 2009, students had institute classes and church services in a small wooden structure on the school's grounds.

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