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SUU Student Participates in Resounding Performance of Culture

Layton, Utah native Austin Andrews did not grow up in a typical home. With both parents having total hearing loss, Austin developed an understanding for American Sign Language early in life.

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Founders Hall, New Housing at SUU

By Cami Mathews on February 24, 2017

in Housing

With the recent enrollment growth at Southern Utah University, a need for more housing options has become a pressing issue. Through a partnership between the university and the Dixie and Anne Leavitt Foundation, a new housing unit is scheduled to be completed in Fall of 2018.

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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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5 Reasons to Get Involved at College

There is more to college than the classroom. One of the best decisions you can make as a student is to get involved in extracurricular activities to enrich your college experience, learn new skills, and add some fun to your schedule.

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Student Entrepreneur Creates Textbook BuyBack Program

By Cami Mathews on February 21, 2017

in Student Experience, School of Business

As an aspiring entrepreneur, Noah Evans has a passion for connecting with others. A senior majoring in marketing at Southern Utah University, Noah has been able to learn from the best and use his education to start his first business venture with a target market of those he knows well - college students.

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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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SUU Professor Named Utah Art Educator of the Year

Alisa Petersen, Southern Utah University’s Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair of Elementary Arts Education, has been named the 2016 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the Utah Art Education Association (UAEA). She was nominated by her students and K-12 teachers across the state for her dedication to increasing the presence of art in elementary education.

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Bridge Program Offers Fast Track to Graduate Degree

The Graduate Bridge program at Southern Utah University is an ideal path for students who are strongly considering earning a master’s degree or graduate certificate. The Graduate Bridge program, which includes Master of Public Administration, Master of Professional Communication, Master of Cyber Security, select courses from the Music Technology program, and a variety of certificates and endorsements, allows undergraduate students to experience graduate classes while

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Last Minute Valentine’s Gifts: Show Your Love T-Bird-Style

By Southern Utah University on February 13, 2017

in Campus Resources

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Art Student Showcases Work in Professional Museum

Michelle Allen of Monticello, Utah, received a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration from Southern Utah University in December. To earn her degree, Michelle was required to complete the final step of her undergraduate career by featuring artwork in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) fall showcase in the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA).

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Conservation You Can Taste: Restoring Biodiversity to the Farm and Table

By Southern Utah University on February 10, 2017

SUU Convocations is proud to present the internationally-celebrated, award winning, agrarian activist, Gary Nabhan. Nabhan will be discussing the root of his work with heritage food, that has been essential to mankind’s growth through-out time. The lecture will take place on February 16 at 11:30 AM. Nabhan’s lecture is being held in the Gilbert Great Hall in the Hunter Conference Center on Southern Utah University’s beautiful campus. As is the case with all of the SUU

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Outdoor Internship Program Celebrates 10 Years

By Abigail Wyatt on February 10, 2017

in Outdoors, Campus Resources

Southern Utah University’s Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Collaborating with agency partners including the U.S. Forest Service, National Parks Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Paiute tribe, the co-op has placed more than 1,300 interns in addition to facilitating employment and volunteer opportunities.

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SUU Employee Fitness Program Earns National Gold Award

By Cami Mathews on February 09, 2017

in Faculty Spotlights, Campus Resources

Southern Utah University’s T-Fit program was recently awarded gold in the 2016 Optimas Awards for vision for employee success. The awards are presented by Workforce, a national multimedia publication for human resource professionals that covers the merging point of people management and business strategy.

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Consider a Thrill: Top 5 Adventure Dates for Valentine’s Day

By Abigail Wyatt on February 09, 2017

in Outdoors, Cedar City

Roses, chocolates, candy hearts, and romantic Hallmark cards are cliché anticipations on Valentine’s Day. Surprise your sweetheart with something new this year. After all, there is nothing like adventure to stir up the romance and strengthen your bond.

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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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School of Business Offers Free Tax Assistance to Community

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) at Southern Utah University is ready for another year of helping Cedar City residents prepare their taxes. Free of charge to anyone with an annual income of $53,000 or less, VITA services are also available to persons with disabilities, elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers in need of assistance.

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Beyond the Wall: The Border as Spectacle and Performance

By Southern Utah University on February 07, 2017

SUU Convocations is proud to present the award-winning, independent film maker, Cristina Ibarra. She will be presenting in the Gilbert Great Hall in the Hunter Conference Center, on February 9 at 11:30 a.m. Ibarra will be discussing her new film, Las Marthas. The film takes place near her hometowns, taking a closer look at the Hispanic and Colonial traditions that have been taking place for over a century. As is the case with all of the SUU Convocation Series, this

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Bob Schieffer Slated for Commencement

By Southern Utah University on February 06, 2017

in Graduation

Emmy-award winning political commentator and TV journalist Bob Schieffer is slated to be Southern Utah University’s 2017 Commencement speaker. Schieffer will address the graduating class on Friday, April 28.

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Meet Our Professors: Jana Lunt, Math Education

Dr. Jana Lunt has been teaching others math since high school when she got her first taste as a tutor. With an ability to explain complicated problems, Dr. Lunt continues to educate students on how to understand the numbers. Now, she is able to help students learn how to teach others math here at SUU, specifically students wanting to become math teachers themselves.

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5 Benefits of Summer Classes

By Southern Utah University on February 06, 2017

in Student Experience

If you like the idea of catching up or moving ahead in your curriculum, summer classes offer opportunities and benefits you’ll want to consider. Most importantly, SUU can help you spend your summer smarter while leaving plenty of time for enjoying outdoor adventure in a location that draws millions of world travelers each summer.

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Student Leader Engages Fraternity to Help Fight Cancer

Ryan Bailey, a senior majoring in communication at Southern Utah University, has found a passion for working on projects that he would say are bigger than himself. As president of SUU’s Sigma Chi chapter, the Monticello, Utah native has developed an interest in higher education leadership and teamwork. These invaluable skills have all lead him to success at the university and in his fraternity.  

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SUU to Equity Actor

St. George native, Rhett Guter, was introduced to Southern Utah University after attending a high school theatre camp at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He instantly fell in love with the campus and a year later earned a four year academic scholarship to the university.

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Meet Our Professors: Dean Winward, Agriculture

Dean Winward has been at SUU for 27 years teaching students what makes the world go around: agriculture. Growing up in northern Utah with farms all around him, Dean enjoyed the outdoors and the hands-on nature of agriculture, giving him the knowledge and passion to be teaching students about the field and how necessary it is to us.

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Southern Utah University’s Continued Commitment to Being a Global Campus

By Southern Utah University on February 03, 2017

in Campus Resources

#YouAreWelcomeHere Fear and confusion surround President Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven countries. The public controversy and legal debate over the President’s order has been intense. However, Southern Utah University wants to reassure those that might be directly or indirectly impacted by the order that SUU is committed to being a welcoming place for students, faculty, staff, and visitors from across the globe. International

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SUU to Host International Film Festival

The Department of Languages and Philosophy will host The International Film Festival, Cinematic Dialogues February 6 through 17. Screenings are free and open to the public, and films will be subtitled. Participating languages include French, Spanish, German and Mandarin.

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Black History Month

By Abigail Wyatt on February 01, 2017

in Student Experience, Campus Resources

Established in 1926 as a week-long festivity coinciding with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the annual event transformed in the 1960s to a month-long celebration of African American culture and history. Today, Black History Month is celebrated in February on many college and university campuses nationwide.

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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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