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Pizza and Politics - Climate Change

By Cami Mathews on April 30, 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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Student Entrepreneurs Create Modest Swimwear Company

Southern Utah University is home to a number of promising student entrepreneurs. Among them are Jake and Jenna Duncan, two married students from Monticello, Utah and Parker, Colorado, respectively. Jake, a junior accounting major and Jenna, a senior marketing major, are in the process of creating a modest swimwear company, Geode Swimwear.

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President's Podcast: Sound & Psychology

Solutions for Higher Education engages in deeper reflection of critical issues in the world of colleges and universities.

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President Wyatt's Message: Good Luck With Finals

One of the great triumphs in human history occurred when Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first two people to climb the tallest mountain on earth, Mount Everest. When asked about conquering Everest Hillary said, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Wow. Think about that. He understood that developing himself into the type of person who could get to the top was far more important than actually getting to the top. To succeed in climbing he

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Meet Our Professors: 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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Pizza and Politics - Liquor Laws

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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All of Your Commencement Questions Answered

By Parker Rawlins on April 27, 2018

in Graduation

Commencement is fast approaching and you may still have questions about what to wear, the ceremonies happening, and what time everything starts. Here's a comprehensive SUU Graduation Q&A! 

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Graduation Cap Decoration Ideas

  Graduation is a special day for you and your family. Decorating your cap helps you stand out in the crowd, making it easier for your family to watch you on this big day.  Here is a list of some of the best caps we've seen to help serve as inspiration.

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50+ Graduation Cap Ideas

Graduation. The capstone to years of stress, studying, tears and the best of memories. Students are rewarded with a degree or diploma which will set them on the path to success.  With one last chance to stand out and declare independence as a student, some graduates pull out all of the stops when decorating their graduation caps. And honestly, if you're going to go out, go out in style. 

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Advice from the Class of 2018

Class of 2018, as you prepare to walk across the stage next week, “seasoned veterans” will pepper you with advice for life after graduation. You’ll hear a few things likes, "The world is your oyster!" "Seize the day!" "These are the best years of your life!" These tips are about as helpful as they’re wanted.

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Pizza and Politics- Women’s Reproductive Rights

By Cami Mathews on April 25, 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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2018 Thunderbird Awards Winners

The Thunderbird Awards have been a campus tradition at Southern Utah University since 1950. This formal event recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of students, faculty, staff, and community members. 

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6 Iconic Spots to Take Graduation Photos at SUU

By Lexi Carter on April 24, 2018

in Graduation

Among the many reasons to get professional photos taken of yourself, graduating from one of the best universities in the world is a pretty good one. It's a nice way to commemorate your time at a place that changed your life. Plus, a nice professional headshot might come in handy when you're looking for a job. 

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2018 Commencement Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 University Commencement award recipients.

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President's Podcast: Festival of Excellence, Part 2

Solutions for Higher Education engages in deeper reflection of critical issues in the world of colleges and universities.

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Meet Our Professors: Megan Brunsvold, Dance

Megan Brunsvold has been teaching, choreographing, and performing throughout the country for the past seventeen years. Now, Brunsvold has taken her talents to Southern Utah University to be an assistant professor of dance in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance. Her experience and talents have landed her this position where she is able to work with students day in and day out, making art through the form of dance.

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Introducing SUU’s New Student Body President: D’Mia Lamar

D’Mia Lamar understands first-hand the numerous opportunities and experiences available to students at Southern Utah University.  As a double major in political science and philosophy with a minor in legal studies, D’Mia has recently been elected as the Student Body President for the 2018-19 SUUSA Senate. D’Mia wants to increase and extend SUU’s many offerings to students across campus.  

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President's Podcast: Festival of Excellence, Part 1

Solutions for Higher Education engages in deeper reflection of critical issues in the world of colleges and universities.

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Outdoor Enthusiast & Mental Health Advocate Named SIEL Valedictorian

Mariah Porter was born with an instinctive passion for the outdoors. While growing up in Lindon, Utah, she frequently enjoyed hiking, biking, canyoneering, and taking naps on sunny hillsides. After visiting Southern Utah University as a senior in high school, Mariah was impressed by the beautiful campus and engaged professors.

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Meet Our Professors: Howard Hu, Hospitality Management

Born in Taiwan, Dr. Howard Hu’s passion for hospitality started in his family-owned restaurant and grew into sharing the business as a professor of Hospitality Management at Southern Utah University. Along with his courses, Hu also helps students to obtain ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, ServSafe Alcohol Certification, and Security Management Certification every semester.

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Creating a Professional Portfolio

By Brandon Street on April 11, 2018

in Campus Resources

Creating a professional portfolio can be an overwhelming process. Often students have questions such as where do I begin and what do I include? Here are a few suggestions that may ease your concerns when it comes to creating and presenting professional portfolios.

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LDS Church as a Global Faith

By Kenzie Lundberg on April 09, 2018

in Faculty Spotlights, Cedar City

Just a few short months into his presidency, President Russell M. Nelson is making historic changes to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During the recent General Conference, the church enacted two substantive changes, one disbanding the longstanding priesthood organization at the local level, and the second scrapping and reforming the hallmark program of home teaching.

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President's Podcast: Southwest Tech Partnership

Solutions for Higher Education engages in deeper reflection of critical issues in the world of colleges and universities.

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Business Valedictorian Prepared for Life After College

“Work first and play later,” says Scott Chapman, this year’s valedictorian for the School of Business.

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Meet Our Professors: Angela Pool-Funai, 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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Utah's New Free Range Parenting Law

By Kenzie Lundberg on April 06, 2018

in Faculty Spotlights

Believed to be the first such law in the U.S., Governor Gary Herbert signed the Utah “free-range parenting” bill into law earlier this month after it passed both chambers of the Utah Legislature unanimously. The law amends the current definition of child neglect and makes technical changes to the current laws and will take effect in May 2018. 

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Data Privacy - The Responsibility of Facebook

By Rob Robertson on April 02, 2018

in Faculty Spotlights

The conversation regarding data privacy of user information has been and continues to be a controversial issue that has to consider personal privacy rights, and effects of personal data being accessed by unauthorized parties. Facebook has found itself in the middle of this issue as they have experienced a breach of sorts through Cambridge Analytica according to some sources.

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The Festival of Excellence

By Southern Utah University on April 02, 2018

Every Spring SUU closes down campus and hosts the Festival of Excellence.  The Festival of Excellence is a day to celebrate the scholarly efforts through interdisciplinary dialogue to encourage lifelong learning. This celebration of research and exploration allows students, faculty, and staff to share their works with the surrounding community. The day is full of opportunities to learn about the different fields of studies. There are presentations on leadership

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President's Podcast: MLK Legacy

Solutions for Higher Education engages in deeper reflection of critical issues in the world of colleges and universities.

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