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Student Finds Her Passion From Anthropology to Graphic Design

Katie Smedley is from a small Dutch coastal town in western Michigan and was introduced to Southern Utah University through relatives who lived in Utah. It was a big decision to attend SUU, but with a scholarship and encouragement from her family, she decided to make the leap. When she arrived, Smedley was shy, out of her comfort zone, and unsure of what she wanted to pursue academically.

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Pre-Physical Therapy Student Leads Initiative to Fight Parkinson’s Disease

Jens Howe, a pre-physical therapy student at Southern Utah University, has launched a non-contact boxing program to assist people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The Southwest Parkinson’s Disease Fitness Alliance is operated through the SUU Rural Health Scholars (RHS) program and will hold weekly classes at Snap Fitness, located on Main Street in Cedar City. The classes are tailored specifically to meet the needs of people with PD.

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Student Represents the United States in Japan Cosplay Competition

By Abigail Wyatt on August 29, 2017

in Student Projects

Lindsey Lopez had a life changing experience this summer when she won the World Cosplay Summit Preliminaries in Los Angeles with her cosplay partner Megan Tubridy. By winning the L.A. Preliminaries, Lopez and Tubridy had the privilege of representing the United States at the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan. Lopez, an opera student from Southern Utah University, used her knowledge of performing and costume design to excel above the rest of the competition.

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350 Students Participate in SUU Study Abroad Programs in 2017

By Abigail Wyatt on August 01, 2017

in Student Projects, Study Abroad

Study abroad can be a life-changing experience. Breaking from the routine of studying on campus, students are introduced to new perspectives and immersed in new cultures. They also have opportunities to grow academically, mentally, emotionally, socially and professionally. Both their academic and future professional careers benefit from international experience. That’s why the Office of Learning Abroad took more than 350 students abroad this year and awarded thousands

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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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Summer Study in India Offers Lessons in Humility

Imagine visiting the Sikh house of worship in India. You remove your shoes at the gate, ceremonially wash your feet in a shallow pool, and cover your head as you proceed into the central area of worship. Inside, you circle the Sikh holy book in a clockwise path to show respect in the presence of meditating worshipers and chanting spiritual leaders.

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Future Therapist Learns About Culture Awareness in Spain

Taylor Morgan, from Irvine, California, is a junior majoring in psychology with emphasis in human services at Southern Utah University. In May, she traveled to Spain with the SUU Psychology department. The trip gave her an opportunity to see the world from a different point of view and to better understand cultural differences.

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Student Discovers Global Perspective in Nicaragua

Andria Burdick believes it’s important to try new things. A few years ago, she never would’ve guessed she’d be hunting insects and arachnids, eating traditional Nicaraguan food and hiking a volcano in one day. She did all that and more during her recent study abroad experience in Nicaragua; a trip that has had a profound impact on her life already.

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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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