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Utah Leaders in Education Join SUU to Prepare Teachers

Recognizing a gap between what universities teach and what public schools actually need, Southern Utah University has created a solution by employing a corps of mentors in education.

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Un-Selfies: The Dissolution of Identity in 20th & 21st Century Art

On Thursday, February 2nd at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Andrew Marvick will be delivering Southern Utah University’s annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture which he has entitled, “Un-Selfies: The Dissolution of Identity in 20th and 21st Century Art,” in the Gilbert Great Hall of SUU’s Hunter Conference Center.  His presentation will be followed by a Q&A, moderated by Dr. Lynn Vartan, and a meet and greet.

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Exchange student takes on study abroad

Written by Haleigh Clemens, University Journal, and Samantha Burfiend Coming from a long line of teachers in China, senior elementary education major Autumn Xia has always had a passion for teaching. During her time at Southern Utah University, Associate Professor of Education Michiko Kobayashi, reached out to Autumn about an opportunity to teach English in Okinawa, Japan. Autumn jumped at the chance and never looked back.

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5 Reasons Why You Should be an Art History Major

The Bachelor in Art History  degree at Southern Utah University is a liberal arts degree that focuses on knowledge about art in the context of a broad course of general studies. Students in this area of study will be able to articulate what they learn through language, writing, and hands on studio work.

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10 Hot Springs Near Cedar City

By Phenix Johnson on January 27, 2017

in Cedar City, Outdoors

For adventurers looking for a relaxing escape, consider exploring the diverse wonders of a geothermal pool. Natural hot springs heated by the earth can be found throughout Utah and offer many holistic healing benefits including increased blood circulation, reduced stress, and natural pain relief. Enjoy the surrounding scenic beauty as you soak in the warm embrace of the natural waters.

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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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Choose to Stop Procrastinating Today

By Bradley Gregory If the saying “Due tomorrow? Do tomorrow!” sounds like a pattern of behavior you find yourself adopting more often than you’d care to admit, you are likely engaging in the very common practice of procrastination.  Piers Steel, a procrastination expert, defined the behavior as “voluntarily delaying an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay.”

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Employee Campus Forum: January 23, 2017

By President Scott L Wyatt on January 25, 2017

in President's Corner

Southern Utah University President Scott Wyatt held an employee campus forum on January 23, 2017. In two separate meetings held that day, President Wyatt discussed plans for future buildings, logistics of new program partnerships, and the benefits of a college education. The legislation, university and governor's budgets were also discussed in detail. 

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Marketing, Event Planning and Leadership Develop Student Talents

Senior communication major Karlee Hirschi is a Cedar City native with big dreams, and a love for her small college town. Karlee started school with a passion for writing, fashion and sports, and has grown to be a leader in SUUSA’s marketing team.

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Meet Our Professors: Artis Grady, Nutrition

Artis Grady is an associate professor of human nutrition at Southern Utah University and has been a registered dietitian since 1976. She received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics at Brigham Young University and a master’s in education at Utah State University.

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Women and Gender Studies Program Raises Awareness

The Women and Gender Studies Minor (WGS) is on a constant mission to enrich and inform students, faculty, and community about issues of gender, race, class, nationality and citizenship in a global society. These topics are involved in multicultural, intersectional, and transnational contexts to help raise awareness and provide opportunities for students’ professional growth.

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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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Student Meets Olympic Idol While Furthering Education

Nico Fonzi is a senior hospitality management major from Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also a pole vaulter for the track and field team at Southern Utah University. While at SUU, Nico has been given opportunities to go on business trips, compete in meets around the country, and most recently attended an automotive conference where he met his track and field hero.

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Southern Utah University Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

By Southern Utah University on January 17, 2017

Innovative application of high impact educational practices at Southern Utah University earned the school recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. SUU is the only public university in Utah named with this prestigious designation.

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Nursing Student Excels in Mayo Clinic Internship

Sadie Nemelka, a senior nursing student from Syracuse, UT, has always wanted to work in medicine. With the guidance of Southern Utah University, she was able to take another step toward her dreams by completing a prestigious nursing internship at a Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

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Photography Pushes Miss SUU to New Heights

Sophomore communication major Baylee Terrones has used photography to create a picture perfect experience at Southern Utah University.

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Why Choose SUU - Meet President Wyatt

By President Scott L Wyatt on January 11, 2017

in President's Corner

When you choose to attend Southern Utah University, you are on a path to discover your purpose. Everything we do at SUU is to provide a safe, quality education for you to become your best self.

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Researching Giant Pandas, a Student’s Journey in China

From small town Erda, Utah, Hailey Wallace grew up with dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, birds, fish and turtles – leading her to the natural choice of a career in biology. As a senior majoring in biology and minoring in agriculture science at Southern Utah University, she has had many opportunities to research in Utah and abroad.

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Meet Our Professors: Andrew Misseldine, Mathematics

Professor Andrew Misseldine teaches mathematics at SUU. He discovered in graduate school that he loved teaching. He is now able to share his knowledge of math, mainly algebra, with the students here at SUU. 

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7 Best: Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Spots in Southern Utah

By Southern Utah University on January 06, 2017

in Cedar City, Outdoors

With the temperatures dropping and the snow falling, winter is officially here.  And while the cold weather may just make you want to curl up in front of the fire place with hot coco, winter reveals a magical world hidden in your public lands. With feet of snow protecting the low lying plant life, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing open up the possibilities of adventure destinations as well as letting you see your favorite places in a whole new light.

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Winter Safety Tips for the SUU Campus

By Southern Utah University on January 06, 2017

in Campus Resources

Walking on ice and snow can be challenging. Snow and icy conditions accounts for many slips and falls during inclement weather.  There are ways to stay injury free and ensure safety by noting the following safety tips:

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19 Instagram-Worthy Spots in Southern Utah

By Lexi Carter on January 05, 2017

in Cedar City, Outdoors

Southern Utah is one of the best things that can happen to your Instagram account. Red rocks, lush landscapes and breathtaking backdrops will transform your posts from average to adventurous. Here are 19 Instagram-worthy spots in southern Utah for you to check out. If you know of another killer place to snap a photo, post it on Instagram and use the hashtag #tbirdnation. Who knows, maybe you will be featured on our blog next!

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SUU Campus Resources & Services

By Marlie Scott on January 04, 2017

in Campus Resources

Homework can be difficult, presentations can be scary, and college can be tricky, so if you're struggling why not get help from one of the several SUU Campus Resources. These resources are funded by your student fees, so get your money's worth and visit one, or several, today. From Academic Advising to the Writing Center to psychological counseling, SUU has the resources to ensure you ace that test and stay sane all semester. Get started and check out the comprehensive

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A Global Partnership: SUU to China

Over the last few years, Southern Utah University has established a strong partnership with Wuhan Polytechnic University in China (WPU). SUU students will benefit from an even more internationalized campus, which will help them learn from and understand different cultures, become more aware of global similarities and differences, and increase their openness and support of people from different backgrounds.

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions for College Students

By Cami Mathews on January 03, 2017

in Student Experience, Campus Resources

Creating New Year’s resolutions, and sticking to them, can be difficult. It is all about utilizing resources, stepping into new situations, and finding support. Resolutions can make you a better person, improve your grades, and help you give back to the community. Here are ten resolutions you can focus on this year:

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Student Empowers Others Through Volunteer Work

For Cheyenne Terry, a senior psychology major from Salt Lake City, family growth and helping others has always been her passion.

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Meet Our Professors: Ali Siahpush, Engineering

Professor Ali Siahpush has worked at mulitple universities and also for NASA before and while working at SUU. He is always looking for an opportunity to enhance his knowledge for himself that he can then share with his students. 

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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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