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SUU Student Composer Making Stage Production Dreams Come True

Known for his musical talents at Southern Utah University, senior musical theatre student Brandon Scott Grayson came to the university in 2014 with a dream of writing musicals. In March, Grayson came one step closer to that dream when he was approached by Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) to work as musical director for the Engelstad Shakespeare Theater’s 2017 season.

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Student Finds Passion in Choreography

Parker Hess of Rocky Mountain, Missouri, has always had a passion for performing, but came to college not knowing how much dance choreography would become part of his education experience.

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A Mother of Four Helps Make SUU Childcare Facilities a Reality

 In early 2014, Alayna Johnson was happily married to Joe, a hard working father who provided for her and their three children. However, everything soon changed in April when Johnson discovered Joe was using cocaine. This startling realization forced Johnson to make tough decisions. She put her children’s health and safety first, leaving Joe and setting out to become the sole provider for her family.

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SUU to Law Firm

Raised in the heart of Utah Valley, Grayson Moulton wanted to attend a university that provided something different than his community education options. After attending Southern Utah University’s High School Shakespeare Competition, Grayson knew SUU offered the something different he was looking for.

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SUU Student Embarks on a Roaming Adventure

Using skills she’s learned in the classroom, junior communications major, Madi Maynard was able to plan, manage and execute a 3,000 mile road trip with a few close friends.

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Business Education takes Wedding Photographer to Wondrous Destinations

Samantha Amor is from the tiny town of Pioche, Nevada, but that’s never stopped this Southern Utah University business major from taking risks and dreaming big. Since coming to SUU, Amor has started her own wedding photography business. The company, Simply Amor, has expanded exponentially, and Amor contributes that to her classes at SUU.

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Phenix of the Forest: A Student’s Experience in Parks Interpretation

Originally from Las Vegas, Phenix Johnson discovered her passion for the outdoors when she came to Southern Utah University in beautiful Cedar City. Growing up in a desert city, Johnson quickly fell in love with the mountains and forests just minutes from Cedar. She embraced the outdoors and learned about explorers of all kinds.

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Illustration Student Displays Work in SUMA Exhibit

Hawaii native, Kiana Kamalu came to Southern Utah University with a desire to study English. After taking 2D Design on a whim, she ended up falling in love with the field of art. Now, as a senior studio arts major, Kamalu said she is amazed by the visual art department at SUU and is thankful for the community she has found.

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2017 Graduate and Online School Valedictorian

Originally from Shreveport, LA, Diana Chatterson moved to Cedar City in 1997. The single mother of four, grandma and step-mom, started at SUU at age 36, and has now earned her bachelor of science in General Studies through SUU’s online program. Her fundamental belief in the importance of family has helped her find an emphasis is Psychology and Family Life and Human Development.

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A Look at SUU's 2017 Student Commencement Speaker

Sara Ludlow started her first day of college listening to angsty punk music, overdoing her makeup and trying desperately to fit in. Just two and half years later, Ludlow is graduating from Southern Utah University a strong, confident individual who earned the opportunity to speak at commencement.

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