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Agriculture Student Plants The Seeds Of Success

Farming has always been a part of the American landscape and hay farming has been a part of Colby Spencer’s family for generations. This heritage helped Spencer, an agriculture science major from Orderville, Utah, and senior at Southern Utah University, develop a unique EDGE project.

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Hiking Packing List

By Kevin Koontz on February 28, 2018

in Outdoors

Here are ten essentials you should take with you anytime you are in the outdoors. Use a daypack/backpack to carry all essential items.

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Student Travels Abroad to London

By Cami Mathews on February 27, 2018

in Study Abroad, Student Experience

For five days, Mariah Clayson was able to travel with fellow ACES across the pond on a study abroad. The trip was made possible by the Southern Utah University Office of Learning Abroad, becoming a chance of a lifetime for Clayson.

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President's Podcast: Storytelling

By Lexi Carter on February 26, 2018

in President's Corner

Solutions for Higher Education engages in deeper reflection of critical issues in the world of colleges and universities. In Episode 13, President Scott L Wyatt and Professor Steve Meredith talk with Mindy Benson, Vice President of Alumni and Community Relations, about some of Southern Utah University’s stories and the importance of storytelling in communication.

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What Does It Mean to be a T-Bird?

One of the best ways to jump into the SUU spirit is embracing T-Bird Nation and what it means to be a Thunderbird. Mascots have been a part of every person's life whether you are in middle school, high school, or college. These mascots are meant to help instill school spirit and give us a sense of pride. Southern Utah University's mascot is the Thunderbird (T-Bird).

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2018 Utah Legislative Session: 9 Working Days Left

By Donna Law on February 26, 2018

in Faculty Spotlights, SUU Politics

Nine working days are left in the 2018 Utah Legislative session. While we await what the budget may have in store specifically for us, we continue to watch bills relative to higher education. The Utah System of Higher Education team is watching 103 different bills that may have some impact on what we do at our various institutions. These bills are at various places in the process.

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Pizza & Politics - Sex Education

By Miles Anderson on February 23, 2018

in SUU Politics, Student Experience

The Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service hosts Pizza & Politics every Wednesday at noon to discuss a current political topic. Leavitt Center student employees research the topic and moderate the conversation. These discussions expose students to a variety of important issues and encourages them to share their own perspectives while learning all sides of an issue. Free pizza is provided for all who attend.

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Meet Our Professors: Lisa Arter, English

Before teaching at Southern Utah University, Lisa Arter was a middle school teacher in southern California. Recognizing new teachers were coming into classrooms ill-prepared, she went back to college to train pre-service teachers to ensure they thrive in their career after graduation.

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The Films That Impacted Me The Most This Year

As a lifelong film fan, I love to see movies that have not only great aesthetic quality, but also tremendous entertainment value (no, they are not the same thing--ask any fan of the Transformer movies) being celebrated in a single (often 4-hour plus) evening of glamour and self-congratulatory speeches.

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Fashion Designer’s Legacy Gives Students New Opportunities

When you sit down and watch a production from Southern Utah University's theatre department, one of the first things you’ll notice is the incredible costumes on display. Those costumes were created thanks to the incredible Eletra Casadei Trust Donation.

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2018 Utah Legislative Session: Week Four

By Donna Law on February 20, 2018

in SUU Politics, Faculty Spotlights

We've been waiting for snow and here it is! As I type this on a snowy Presidents Day I'm happy to report we have passed the halfway mark of the 2018 Utah Legislative Session. While activities on the Hill last week included a vote to send a statue of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon to Washington DC, mourning the loss of life experienced in the Florida school shooting, and learning of Mitt Romney's official entrance into the U.S. Senate race, our efforts continued with several

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Meet Our Professors: John Meisner, Education

John Meisner has a deep love of education. He is a former middle school English teacher, Iron County School District professional development, ESL and new teacher induction coordinator. And after earning both his bachelor and master degrees at Southern Utah University, he has been on both sides of the classroom at SUU.

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SUU Nursing Student Finds Ways To Help

What drives health professionals to practice medicine? Jake Ross, a junior nursing student at Southern Utah University, believes it’s the emotional payout that goes hand-in-hand with the work. It’s this type of compensation that drives the Vernal, Utah native to help his fellow nursing students succeed and it’s what motivates him to plan medical missions around the globe.

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Off-Road Checklist

By Kevin Koontz on February 15, 2018

in Outdoors

Going off-road can be an exhilarating adventure. It is important to pack strategically and prepare for the trip ahead of time. If possible, try not to go off-road alone and always tell someone (who isn't going with you) where you are going and when you should be back.

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Pizza & Politics - DACA

By Miles Anderson on February 13, 2018

in SUU Politics, Student Experience

The Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service hosts Pizza & Politics every Wednesday at noon to discuss a current political topic. Leavitt Center student employees research the topic and moderate the conversation. These discussions expose students to a variety of important issues and encourages them to share their own perspectives while learning all sides of an issue. Free pizza is provided for all who attend.

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Digital Wallets, Real Philanthropy

By Angela Pool-Funai on February 13, 2018

in Faculty Spotlights

Imagine going to an arcade to play some old-school games. You exchange a few bucks into tokens, and you end up earning a handful of tickets from the Skee-Ball game. You can trade in your tickets for a toy at the front counter, but neither the tokens nor the tickets have any purchasing power once you leave the arcade. You cannot buy groceries or make a car payment with Skee-Ball tickets.

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Car Camping

By Kevin Koontz on February 13, 2018

in Outdoors

The advantage to car camping is you can take as many items as will fit into your vehicle. So this list may have things you don’t have to bring, but you can because it all fits in the car.

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President's Podcast: Restoring Confidence in Government

By Lexi Carter on February 12, 2018

in President's Corner, SUU Politics

Solutions for Higher Education engages in deeper reflection of critical issues in the world of colleges and universities. In Episode 12, President Scott L Wyatt and Professor Steve Meredith talk with faculty expert Dr. Ravi Roy, professor of political science and public administration, about the political discourse in current American climate and how that affects the way people feel about government.

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2018 Utah Legislative Session: Week Three Recap

By Donna Law on February 12, 2018

in SUU Politics, Faculty Spotlights

The third week of the legislative session is a very busy one as appropriations committees conclude their work. In the midst of that (and quite intentionally) we celebrated SUU Day on the Hill on Tuesday, February 6. It was a fun and productive day with President Scott L Wyatt on hand to talk with legislators about the good things we do at Southern Utah University.

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Meet Our Professors: David Berri, Economics

Born in Detroit, Michigan, David Berri has a goal to live in all 50 states. From a childhood in Detroit then Lincoln, Nebraska to graduate school at Colorado State and teaching at Coe College, California State University - Bakersfield and Southern Utah University, Berri has checked off six states so far.

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A Brief History of the Olympic Winter Games

Starting this week, the world will look to PyeongChang, in the Republic of Korea, for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. PyeongChang’s vision for the Games is to offer the Olympic Movement and the world of winter sports New Horizons - a legacy of growth and potential never seen before. According to the Olympic Games, PyeongChang’s plan is one of the most compact in Olympic history, offering a unique stage on which the world’s best athletes can achieve superior performances.

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President's Podcast: Olympic History

By Lexi Carter on February 05, 2018

in President's Corner, Faculty Spotlights

Solutions for Higher Education engages in deeper reflection of critical issues in the world of colleges and universities. In Episode 11, President Scott L Wyatt and Professor Steve Meredith talk with faculty expert Dr. David Lunt, who specializes in Greek History and Olympic/athletic history and teaches in the SUU History, Sociology, and Anthropology Department.

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2018 Utah Legislative Session: Bright Futures

By Donna Law on February 05, 2018

in SUU Politics, Faculty Spotlights

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.

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The Next Wave of Outdoor Enthusiasts

By Parker Rawlins on February 05, 2018

in President's Corner, Outdoors

In late January, President Scott L. Wyatt and Southern Utah University alumna Abigail Wyatt were invited to speak at the Outdoor Foundation’s presentation on the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.

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Faculty Friday; Meet Dr. Angela Pool-Funai, Political Science & Public Administration

Dr. Angela Pool-Funai’s first exposure to teaching came during graduate school after spending 15 years working in the nonprofit sector and on the staff side of higher education. That experience as an adjunct instructor was all it took for her to fall in love with teaching.

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A Presentation to the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee

This presentation was given by President Scott L Wyatt to the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee during the 2018 Utah State Legislative Session. He later presented these slides to the faculty and staff at Southern Utah University in a campus forum held January 31, 2018. Listen to President Wyatt's presentation here.

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Canyoneering Packing List

By Kevin Koontz on February 01, 2018

in Outdoors

Canyoneering is a unique and intriguing outdoor activity. If you are interested in the sport, it is good to start gathering the necessary supplies. There can be a lot of necessary gear, partly because of the wide range of conditions and terrain you might encounter, but also because the sport is hard on equipment. From basics like water to specifics like descenders, check out this canyoneering packing list.

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What You Need To File Your Taxes

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is giving back to the Cedar City community again this year. VITA is a student run organization that prepares tax returns for anyone who makes $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance, all for free.

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Black History Month at SUU

Black History Month, established in 1926 as a week-long festivity coinciding with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, has transformed into a month-long celebration of African American culture and history. Today, Black History Month is celebrated in February on many college campuses nationwide.

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