Week three of the 2018 Utah State Legislature marks the last week of appropriation meetings. By Friday, Higher Education funding recommendations will be finalized in committee and forwarded to the Executive Appropriations Committee. Senator Vickers has been a great chair of this committee.
Monday, February 5, is Arts Day on the Hill and Southern Utah University will have a number of students from the Arts Administration Masters program present. The students will have an opportunity to learn about legislative activity and the process of visiting with their representatives during Floor Time. Different arts groups will be set up in the rotunda to help bring attention to the value, both economic and cultural, that the arts play throughout the state. Research has shown the Utah Shakespeare Festival, one of the state's most recognized arts organizations, generates more than $42 million in economic impact annually.
On Tuesday, February 6, we will celebrate SUU Day on the Hill. This will be the 4th year we've requested a day to showcase what is unique, innovative and exciting at SUU. This year's theme, selected by President Wyatt is Delivering Bright Futures Efficiently. We will take various opportunities throughout the day to promote SUU and several groups of students will be here for a Capitol experience. The Michael O. Leavitt Center Politics and Public Service has coordinated a trip that was extended across campus. Donna Lister is bringing her nursing students, and Angela Poole-Funai has invited Master of Public Administration students to attend.
Students will have the opportunity to attend an appropriations committee meeting, meet with Governor Herbert, and watch floor time from the House and Senate Chambers. They will also meet with their legislators and interact with them as they stop by the rotunda where we will have several posters demonstrating our efficiency efforts. Those efforts include water and electricity conservation efforts across campus, our retention and graduation rates, and building projects over the last decade. SUU has a great reputation with the legislature and President Wyatt, as a former lawmaker, is recognized for his integrity and leadership. It will be a great day!