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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Kyle Bishop, Honors & English Professor

An avid zombie expert, Dr. Kyle Bishop had one goal in mind when he went to study music at Brigham Young University: become a university professor. It didn’t take long for him to realize he wanted a broader education so he changed his major from music to humanities in order to study art, literature, music and film.

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SUU to Leading Cancer Research

Aferdit Sadrija came to Southern Utah University wanting to study physical therapy, but found herself switching her major multiple times. She began to have one-on-one conversations with professors which sparked an interest to pursue a career in clinical research. Aferdit graduated with two bachelor degrees; one in psychology and the other in human nutrition with an emphasis in allied health.

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SUU to Oakland Raider

By Southern Utah University on May 24, 2017

in Athletics, Alumni

Growing up in northern Utah, James Cowser has always had a love for sports, especially football.

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Utah Shakespeare Festival Names Frank Mack as New Executive Producer

The Utah Shakespeare Festival announced today the hiring of Frank Mack, a veteran of theatre companies across the United States, as its new executive producer, replacing the recently retired R. Scott Phillips. Mack will join the Utah Shakespeare Festival on September 1.

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SUU to Elementary Education

Southern Utah University wasn’t Caitlin Jones’ first choice for college. After visiting the campus in high school, she fell in love with the small class sizes and beautiful scenery.

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SUU Student Embarks on a Roaming Adventure

Using skills she’s learned in the classroom, junior communications major, Madi Maynard was able to plan, manage and execute a 3,000 mile road trip with a few close friends.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Cecily Heiner, Computer Science

Dr. Cecily Heiner is an assistant professor of computer science at Southern Utah University. With research interests including intelligent tutoring, educational data mining, and computer science education, Heiner brings passion and expertise into her classrooms. She has trained students of all ages in computer science and has been involved with the SUU Center for STEM Teaching and Learning, leading the Tech Ambassadors program and launching the first ACM-W Chapter

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Meet Our Professors: Wendy Sanders, Theatre Arts

Wendy Sanders found her love for costume design early in her life. She sees this field as a problem to solve and with many possible solutions. In the nine years she’s been with SUU, she’s been able to work closely with her colleagues and see the results of her work with the students, from thread to stage.

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SUU to Utah’s Capitol

By Southern Utah University on May 15, 2017

in Alumni

During a leadership weekend at Southern Utah University, Miranda Jones fell in love with the school’s Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service, and knew the college would be a good fit for her.

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Business Education takes Wedding Photographer to Wondrous Destinations

Samantha Amor is from the tiny town of Pioche, Nevada, but that’s never stopped this Southern Utah University business major from taking risks and dreaming big. Since coming to SUU, Amor has started her own wedding photography business. The company, Simply Amor, has expanded exponentially, and Amor contributes that to her classes at SUU.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Kevan Jacobson, Criminal Justice

As a retired army colonel who served more than 30 years as a lawyer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Dr. Kevan Jacobson’s expansive knowledge and experiences influences his approach to teaching.

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Top 10 Climbing Spots in Southern Utah

At Southern Utah University, we are not only surrounded by bountiful parks and recreation areas, we are also in the center of a thriving climbing community. Those that find themselves exploring southern Utah are never far away from yet another beautiful climbing spot. Each location with more fun and challenging routes than the last, they range from sandstone to lava rock, from mountain tops to caves.  Before we look at specific locations, let's define a few climbing

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Southern Utah Girls get Hands-on Experience at SheTech

With over 130 students from across southern Utah in attendance, SheTech Explorer Day exposes high school girls to technology through workshops with tech companies, competitive problem-solving events and networking activities. Led by Dr. Shalini Kesar, associate professor of information systems, SheTech Explorer Day is hosted at Southern Utah University and involves current students, faculty, local and national businesses. Girls are attending from the St George and SUU

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Phenix of the Forest: A Student’s Experience in Parks Interpretation

Originally from Las Vegas, Phenix Johnson discovered her passion for the outdoors when she came to Southern Utah University in beautiful Cedar City. Growing up in a desert city, Johnson quickly fell in love with the mountains and forests just minutes from Cedar. She embraced the outdoors and learned about explorers of all kinds.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Carl Templin, Business

A pivotal mentor in the lives of many students, Dr. Carl Templin managed eight undergraduate programs, two graduate programs, 26 faculty members, five staff, and an estimated 900 students. With his position as Dean of the School of Business, Templin looks to make a lasting impression on Southern Utah University.

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2017 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Valedictorian

By Abigail Wyatt on May 03, 2017

in Graduation

Future teacher, Tanisha Barker, always felt like she belonged at SUU and credits much of her success to the influential people she’s interacted with during her college experience. With guidance from her caring mentors, Barker was able to combine her passion for social studies with a secondary education license. Through her hard work and study habits, Barker is representing the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as its 2017 valedictorian.

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50+ Graduation Cap Ideas for 2017

Graduation. The capstone to years of stress, studying, tears and the best of memories. Students are rewarded with a degree or diploma which will set them on the path to success.  With one last chance to stand out and declare independence as a student, some graduates pull out all of the stops when decorating their graduation caps. And honestly, if you're going to go out, go out in style.  Here's the best of the Class of 2017 graduation caps.

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2017 College of Science and Engineering Valedictorian

From Gunnison Valley, Utah, Jonathan Warren is proud to represent the College of Science and Engineering as Valedictorian. As a human nutrition major and business management minor, Warren set himself up to become a pharmacist with the hope to someday run his own pharmacy.

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Illustration Student Displays Work in SUMA Exhibit

Hawaii native, Kiana Kamalu came to Southern Utah University with a desire to study English. After taking 2D Design on a whim, she ended up falling in love with the field of art. Now, as a senior studio arts major, Kamalu said she is amazed by the visual art department at SUU and is thankful for the community she has found.

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2017 Graduate and Online School Valedictorian

Originally from Shreveport, LA, Diana Chatterson moved to Cedar City in 1997. The single mother of four, grandma and step-mom, started at SUU at age 36, and has now earned her bachelor of science in General Studies through SUU’s online program. Her fundamental belief in the importance of family has helped her find an emphasis is Psychology and Family Life and Human Development.

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A Look at SUU's 2017 Student Commencement Speaker

By Samantha Burfiend on May 02, 2017

in Traditions, Graduation

Sara Ludlow started her first day of college listening to angsty punk music, overdoing her makeup and trying desperately to fit in. Just two and half years later, Ludlow is graduating from Southern Utah University a strong, confident individual who earned the opportunity to speak at commencement.

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6 Reasons to Leap Into a Dance Program

Students passionate about dance have the opportunity to follow their artistic interests by enrolling in Southern Utah University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. The program is accredited by the National Association of School of Dance (NASD) and offers a diverse curriculum of classes and laboratory experiences for dance majors. Labs are offered in studio, stage, and production to give student dancers opportunities to choreograph, design, direct and perform.

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2017 College of Education and Human Development Co-Valedictorian

By Abigail Wyatt on May 01, 2017

in Graduation

Logan Harker has loved playing sports since elementary school and has participated in everything from tumbling to basketball to soccer. This Syracuse, UT native joined a competitive soccer team in high school. She excelled at the sport and scored several game-winning goals, which caught the attention of SUU Athletics.

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2017 College of Education and Human Development Co-Valedictorian

By Abigail Wyatt on May 01, 2017

in Graduation

Outdoor enthusiast Abigail Konerman came to southern Utah for one reason: to major in Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism. Representing the College of Education and Human Development as one of their co-valedictorians, she is a humble exemplar of hard work and dedication.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Major in Communication

Southern Utah University’s Department of Communication offers students a BA or BS degree with a choice of three emphases in either communication studies, media studies, or strategic communication. The department also has three minors related to the emphases, as well as a speech and writing certificate. For students who want to further their communication education, they can earn their Master of Arts in Communication from SUU as well.

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2017 College of Performing and Visual Arts Valedictorian

Southern Utah University’s College of Performing & Visual Arts (CPVA) is proud to announce Mallory Petersen as the CPVA valedictorian for their convocation at 1 p.m. on April 28, 2017. Petersen will receive her Bachelor of Science in Art with a Museum Studies and Art History minor.

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2017 School of Business Valedictorian

From being the valedictorian at Delta High School, to representing the School of Business at this year’s commencement, Devron Johnson has always been focused on and dedicated to his academic performance.

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SUU to Vocal Performer

Janese Pentico originally enrolled at Southern Utah University to become a music teacher, but through a variety of performance classes, Janese’s natural talents started to shine. Her professors began to nudge her towards opera, a more classical and difficult direction.

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