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Faculty Friday; Meet Rachel Bishop, Arts Administration

Raised in a family of educators, Rachel Bishop always knew teaching was in her blood. Now at Southern Utah University, she is sharing her experience and talents to inspire the next generation of arts administrators.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Camille Thomas, Physical Education

Camille Thomas has always loved sports. She grew up competing and claims she has tried every exercise activity at least once. When she found out there was a college major that combined her passions, exercise and the medical field, she took immediate interest.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Dave Lunt, History

Dr. Dave Lunt became interested in the history of athletics in graduate school. At the time he was coaching high school football and enjoyed watching and playing sports. When it came time to write his thesis one of his mentors advised him to write about what he loved. Lunt decided to write his thesis on sports and politics in ancient Greece.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Bruce Howard, Chemistry

As an SUU alum, Dr. Bruce Howard shares his university pride and passion for chemistry daily with students. Teaching at SUU since 2002, Howard pushes students to think critically and develop analytical skills about chemistry, biology and the world around them.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Melinda Vaughn, Theatre

Melinda Vaughn is an actor, director, educator, mother, and advocate for women and the arts. Melinda’s passion for teaching, as well as an extensive professional career in theatre, reinforces the influential impact she has on her students.  

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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Matt Barton, Communication

Dr. Matt Barton’s passion for communication began in high school through participation in the speech and debate club and school radio station. Through the guidance of many mentors, he has now become the Director of the Master of Professional Communication Studies at Southern Utah University. He is motivated to “pay it forward” by working to instill an appreciation for the importance of communication in his students.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Matthew Weeg, Biology

Studying how fish hear as well as analyzing the effects of plants on human cardiovascular systems are two topics Dr. Matthew Weeg feels passionate about. Committed to undergraduate education and excellence in the classroom, Weeg, Southern Utah University assistant professor of biology enjoys each day he spends in the classroom with students. Weeg has taught biology for more than ten years, spending the last six at SUU.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Garrett Strosser, Psychology

Dr. Garrett Strosser became interested in psychology while working on his bachelor’s degree at Angelo State University in Texas. He worked as a counselor and therapist for four years before deciding to focus on research and teaching.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Mary Pearson, Accounting

Mary Pearson is an accounting guru and always has been. Teaching, however, was not always her passion. But she first became interested in teaching when she found she could balance it all: a career, her skills, and raising a family.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Lawrence Johnson, Music

Dr. Lawrence Johnson is a tenor who has sung extensively throughout the Midwest and Southwest, as well as diverse venues in Munich, Germany and Disneyworld. He has had many operatic roles but his favorites include Rodolfo in La Boheme and Tamino in The Magic Flute. This professional artist now teaches at Southern Utah University as the Associate Professor of Music.

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