“I really enjoyed my semester at Via Nova. It was the first time I'd spent an extended amount of time away from home and it was the first time I was living on my own. I know that I wouldn't have enjoyed myself if the Adderleys hadn't welcomed me with open arms. Both Mark and Adrianne invited me over for dinner, movies, and just to hang out many times during my stay. I grew comfortable around them and their family, which in turn helped during class. In class, I felt able to share my thoughts and ideas without being shot down or ridiculed. For a class like the one I was taking, which was heavy on writing and being creative, I know this was very important. I wouldn't have shared half of my thoughts and I would've been uncomfortable sharing my plays with the class. In the end, it was a very good experience that I wouldn't mind repeating.” (Elizabeth K.)
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The quest to help young Catholics gain what they need has been the impetus behind the Via Nova.
Since 1988, we have taught at Catholic grade schools, public universities, private colleges, and for-profit colleges. Through all our teaching, one question has always been with us: how can we best give our students what they need?
Dr. Mark Adderley received his M.A. from the University of Wales, U.K. in 1988, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of South Florida in 1999. Dr. Adrianne Adderley received her M.A. from the University of Wales in 1989, and her Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Missouri in 2008.
We're Catholic Ph.D.s
We're also the parents of four sons. And having taught on college campuses for decades, we have come to the conclusion that a more structured environment is a better plan for many young people. That's why, on the Via Nova Program, men Fellows reside at our home. Our two youngest sons, plus the dog, two cats, and the parrot make living and studying at the Old Vic a more connected, more homelike experience.
But We're Not Only Ph.D.s
Our women Fellows reside 3/4 of a mile away, sharing apartments in what was once Yankton's riverfront lighthouse. We're always happy to see them, whether for class, for dinner, or just to hang out and play foosball.
Our Fellows' Home: the Old Vic