Written by Emma Pay, University Journal, and Samantha Burfiend
Arnold Nyatanga, an exchange student from Zimbabwe, is a senior communication major at Southern Utah University who has become heavily involved with the university and community.
During his time at SUU, Arnold has been the President of the SUU Black Student Union, brother of Sigma Chi and has held various positions within SUUSA before earning his present title as SUUSA Vice President of Activities.
“I wake up every day and I’m so humbled and blessed to know that I get to serve the student population of Southern Utah University as the VP of Activities,” said Arnold. “It’s been one of the best things I could ever imagine.”
Arnold devotes 40 hours or more every week to planning and directing events on campus. He also has maintained a strong relationship with those that work around him in SUUSA and his activities branch.
“I don’t treat people like they are a worker,” said Arnold. “I treat them as if they were one of my brothers (or) one of my sisters. My activities planning board is my family. I know them individually. I love getting to know about their personal life, and I love seeing them grow.”
While working as SUUSA Vice President of Activities and developing his studies in strategic communication, Arnold has been able to work hands-on with Vice President of Alumni and Community Relations Mindy Benson in her event management class.
Arnold said that though she has over thirty students in her classes, she still takes the time to get to know everyone.
“I feel like I can go to Mindy at any time, because she has made me feel so comfortable and so loved,” said Arnold. “She is a remarkable and very selfless person.”
Arnold will graduate in May and said he will pursue a career in public relations or event management, but he hopes to keep up with the people who made him feel at home in Cedar City.
“I would love to stay in contact with all the people I have met at SUU,” said Arnold. “This is truly my home away from home. I have my family here and continuing those relationships would mean the world to me.”
Photo by Michelle Gray