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17 Tips From the Class of 2017

By Southern Utah University on April 25, 2017

in Students, Graduation

As you prepare for that walk across the stage, “seasoned veterans” will pepper you with advice for life after graduation. You’ll hear a few things likes, "The world is your oyster!" "Seize the day!" "These are the best years of your life!" These tips are about as helpful as they’re wanted. So we gathered 17 soon-to-be SUU graduates from the Class of 2017 and asked them what they really wanted to hear on graduation day and what advice they would give to their peers.

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SUU Earns Voter Friendly Campus Designation

By Cami Mathews on April 24, 2017

in Campus Resources, In the News

Southern Utah University has been designated a Voter Friendly Campus. The school is part of a select group of campuses from around the country that participated in the inaugural class.

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SUU Professor Goes Viral

A Southern Utah University professor has gone viral after responding to his daughter’s “accident” at school. Ben Sowards, associate professor of illustration, was highlighted in a Twitter post by his daughter which has received over 62,000 retweets and 253,000 likes as of Monday, April 17.

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Graduating Student Develops Innovative Bird Book

  Many on campus recognize Heather Garcia, a graduating senior theatre major from Taylorsville, UT, for her contagious smile and her service towards multiple organizations at Southern Utah University.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Kay Andersen, Dance

By Cami Mathews on April 21, 2017

in Faculty Friday

Since 1997, Kay Andersen has played a pivotal role at Southern Utah University. WIth professional training and a dedication to his art, Andersen has been able to positively impact students and have fun dancing as the chair of the department of theatre arts and dance.

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Focus on Small, Achievable Goals

Dear Students, I have a story to share with you this week as you prepare for finals and complete your projects. When I was about 8 years old my father and I went on our first overnight hike into the mountains above our home in Cache Valley.

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Finals Survival 101

By Southern Utah University on April 17, 2017

in Students

With finals week looming, it is time to study and prepare for all tests and presentations. Here are tips and tricks to help aid your success during finals.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Donna Lister, Nursing

Donna Lister weaves her experience in clinical nursing and nursing education into every lecture and one-on-one student interaction. As an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing at Southern Utah University, Lister has grown the nursing program by 50 percent in the last two years and turns out 100 percent NCLEX-RN first-time pass rates for many graduating classes.

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Student Represents Utah in National Farm Bureau Competition

Representing Southern Utah University on a state level is a big deal, but representing the entire state of Utah in a national competition speaks volumes about a person’s talent and character. Tiffani Phillips, a senior interdisciplinary studies/agriculture science and industry major at SUU, competed at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) National Collegiate Discussion Meet this semester and placed in the final four.

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Ranger Iradukunda: Moving Beyond War for a Brighter Tomorrow

Civil war is bloody and devastating. In the small country of Burundi in East Africa, civil conflict is active and destroying lives, homes and communities at an alarming rate. Southern Utah University exchange student Ranger Iradukunda knows the devastation firsthand.

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“Lentil Queen” takes on One-Woman Show

By Samantha Burfiend on April 13, 2017

in Students, Student Projects

Bailey Smith: Thunderbird, actor, singer, playwright, and “Lentil Queen of 2007.” Before enrolling at Southern Utah University, Bailey lived in Pullman, Washington, home of the National Lentil Festival; a fun-fact she frequently shares in personal and professional settings.

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Graduation Cap Decoration Ideas

By Southern Utah University on April 11, 2017

in Graduation

  Graduation is a special day for you and your family. Decorating your cap helps you stand out in the crowd, making it easier for your family to watch you on this big day.  Here is a list of some of the best caps we've seen to help serve as inspiration.

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What to Wear: Professional Closet

By Cami Mathews on April 10, 2017

in Campus Resources

Whether a career fair, job interview, or special event, every professional encounter has a specific dress code. No need to know all of the rules, we’ve created a cheat sheet for you.

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A Backstage Look at Being a Theatre Major

The SUU Department of Theatre Arts and Dance offers students the opportunity to study the extensive art of theatre within a liberal arts curriculum. Students majoring in theatre can choose to get a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. Courses are carefully designed to give students a broad understanding of the discipline, as well as various concentrations in different focus areas dependent on the needs of the student.

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What to Bring to Graduation

By Southern Utah University on April 06, 2017

in Graduation

You've finished all your classes, taken your final exams, and now graduation day is here. Come prepared looking your best for this memorable day. Here is our list of everything you need to bring to graduation. 

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How to Get Scholarships

Getting a scholarship is like getting free money you can use for college. The trick is finding the best scholarships to apply for. While thousands of scholarship websites generate huge amounts of traffic, and though they often sound enticing and exciting, the odds of actually receiving a scholarship from one of these sites are slim. Below are a few tips to help you best utilize university web sites and to guide you from applying for scholarships to accepting your award.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Kris Phillips, Philosophy

To his students Dr. Kris Phillips is more than just an assistant professor of philosophy at SUU. He is engaging, hilarious, personable and is always there for them in and out of the classroom.

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19 Things to Do/Places to See this Spring

By Southern Utah University on April 06, 2017

in Students, Cedar City

Things are warming up in southern Utah. With a rise in temps comes a need to get out and adventure. Here are 19 things to do in your own backyard in Cedar City this spring.

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Katelyn Yoakum, 2017 Valedictorian and Goldman Sachs Financial Analyst

By Southern Utah University on April 05, 2017

in Graduation

For Las Vegas native Katelyn Yoakum, excellent study habits and ambition were part of her life well before enrolling at Southern Utah University. The newly named SUU valedictorian was not only an exceptional student before attending the university, but she was also valedictorian of Shadow Ridge High School.

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International Student Follows Artistic Passion

By Cami Mathews on April 04, 2017

in Students, Student Projects

Dato Nadiradze came to Southern Utah University from the country of Georgia. Full of spirit and excitement for the world of arts, and a passion for a country full of cultural wonders and generous people, Dato sought after an arts administration degree with the goal of helping others find their artistic passions.

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Balancing Gymnastics and Nursing, a Delicate Endeavor

Madyson Howard balances her schedule like she balances in competition - with accuracy, strength and determination. A senior nursing major and Southern Utah University Gymnastics Flippin’ Bird, Howard pursues both of her dreams simultaneously with the support of family, faculty and coaches.

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7 Tips for Transfer Students

Thinking about transferring to a different college or university? If you’re moving because you changed your major, or because your current college just isn’t the right fit, you’ll be entering a different environment than what you’re used to. A change like this requires adjustments. Here are a few tips to help you create a smooth and easy transition.

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Cedar Sports Competes in Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Cedar Sports, Cedar City’s newest outdoor gear and rental shop, is a finalist representing Southern Utah University in the 2017 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. This is a competition between hundreds of students from all colleges in the state of Utah.

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SUU Offers New Programs for Highest Employment Growth

Responding to passage of Utah Senate Bill 238, which transfers responsibility for academic program approvals from the Utah State Board of Regents to campus’s Boards of Trustees, SUU will shortly announce the first new academic programs to be adopted anywhere in the state under the new plan.

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