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CAMPUS NEWS - 2008


December 17, 2008, -Dixie State Receives Scholarship Donation From Questar
December 9, 2008, -Dixie State College Receives Daniels Fund Scholarship Grant
December 8, 2008, -DSC Choral Ensemble Presents "A Merry Caroling Christmas" This Friday Night
December 4, 2008, -DSC Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 11
December 1, 2008, -Days Remain in Dixie State's "Dixie Idol" Second Round of Voting
December 1, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Surgical Technology Open House for Prospective Students Friday
December 1, 2008, -Corporate Ethics Advisement the Topic of Dixie State Business and Ethics Forum Thursday
November 25, 2008, -DSC Symphony Band to Perform in Concert Dec. 2
November 25, 2008, -The Role of a Chamber of Commerce to be Discussed at Monday's DSC Colleagues Meeting
November 25, 2008, -DSC Dance Company Takes the Stage for Annual Fall Dance Concert Dec. 5-6
November 25, 2008, -DSC to Host 33rd Annual Holiday Ceramic Sale Dec. 3-5
November 25, 2008, -Dixie State College of Utah Names Daphne Selbert as New Dean of Browning Library
November 25, 2008, -The Life of Nathan Hale Featured in Final Fall Dixie Forum
November 21, 2008, -This Tuesday's Dixie Forum is Cancelled
November 21, 2008, -DSC's Southern Quill Calls for Submissions
November 18, 2008, -Dixie State College Alerts St. George Area Businesses About Scam
November 17, 2008, -Dixie State College to Hold Great American SmokeOut Event This Wednesday
November 17, 2008, -Dixie State College Science Department to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser This Saturday
November 17, 2008, -Local Business Leader Alan Crooks to Address Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
November 14, 2008, -Romantic Music of the Violin Featured at Special Tuesday Evening Dixie Forum
November 13, 2008, -Dixie State's "Dixie Idol" Campaign Begins Second Phase of Voting on Friday
November 13, 2008, -Dixie State College Announces Plans for New Show Choir
November 13, 2008, -Dixie State's Gordon Jolley to be Inducted into Utah Sports Hall of Fame
November 13, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Annual Career Day Tuesday
November 12, 2008, -Dixie State College Communication Department Announces Second Cohort for Adult Degree Completion Program
November 7, 2008, -The Global Game of Futbol to be Discussed at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
November 6, 2008, -Dixie State Campus to Community Service Project Targets Tuacahn Clean-Up Nov. 12
November 5, 2008, -DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery is Going to the Dogs (and Cats) for Fundraising Exhibit Nov. 12-Jan.16
November 4, 2008, -Dixie State College Theatre Program Continues 2008-09 Season With Production of "The Pirates of Penzance"
November 3, 2008, -Dixie State's Entertainment Dixie to Present Hypnotist Bruce McDonald This Saturday Night
October 31, 2008, -Emmy Award-Winning NFL Films Composer Tom Hedden to Visit Dixie State Campus Next Thursday
October 31, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host String Quartet Recital Nov. 8
October 31, 2008, -Global Issues and Crises the Topic of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
October 30, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Annual Diversity Week Nov. 3-6
October 30, 2008, Leadership, Cheating and Integrity to be Discussed Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
October 29, 2008, -Aerospace Industry the Focus of Monday's DSC Colleagues Meeting
October 25, 2008, -Dixie State College Formally Announces Centennial Celebration Fundraising Campaign
October 24, 2008, -DSC Dixie Forum to Host Special Thursday Debate in Run for Washin gton County Commissioner Seat
October 23, 2008, -One Week Remains in Dixie State's "Dixie Idol" Opening Round of Voting
October 23, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Academic Open House This Wednesday
October 22, 2008, -DSC Athletics to Host "Trunk or Treat" Community Event October 30
October 22, 2008, -The Life of Hemingway Featured at Special Friday Dixie Forum
October 21, 2008, -DSC Plays Host to Red Rocks Prep Marching Band Championship
October 21, 2008, -DSC to Host Centennial Celebration Gala Events This Weekend
October 21, 2008, -Dixie State Receives Scholarship Donation From SunFirst Bank
October 15, 2008, -Cultural Arts Month Culminates With Grand Gala Concert Saturday, October 24
October 15, 2008, -Archaeology of the St. George Basin is the Topic of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
October 15, 2008, -Ethics in Law Enforcement the Topic of the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
October 15, 2008, -DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles Unite for Annual Fall Concert This Tuesday Evening
October 13, 2008, -Dixie State College of Utah Names DEl Beatty as New Dean of Students
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October 10, 2008, -Dixie State Set to Kick Off Voting Portion of "Dixie Idol" This Saturday
October 9, 2008, -Utah Author Mike Ramsdell to Share "A Train to Potevka" at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
October 9, 2008, -DSC Symphony Orchestra and Band Combines for Concert Tuesday Oct. 14
October 8, 2008, -Dixie State College Crowns Homecoming Queen Tuesday Night
October 8, 2008, -Dixie State to Induct Three Into College's Hall of Fame Saturday
October 7, 2008, -DSC to Unveil Holt Wireless Learning Center This Friday
October 7, 2008, -DSC to Present Voice Student Recital This Thursday
October 7, 2008, -DSC Choral Ensemble Opens 2008-09 Season With Fall Concert This Friday
October 6, 2008, -Dixie State College of Utah Announces Dramatic Enrollment Growth
October 3, 2008, -Dixie State College's Annual Homecoming Queen Pageant Set for Tuesday Night
October 2, 2008, -Dixie State College Homecoming Week 2008 Set for Oct. 6-11
October 2, 2008, -DSC English Department to Host Caesar Lecture This Tuesday
October 1, 2008, -Local Neurosurgeon Dr. John Clark to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
September 29, 2008, -DSC's Southern Quill to Host Reading as Part of Cultural Arts Month
September 29, 2008, -Small Business the Focus of Thursday's DSC Business Ethics Forum Presentation
September 25, 2008, -Former Oklahoma Prosecutor Turned New DSC Faculty Member to Address Tuesday's Dixie Forum
September 25, 2008, -DSC Announces Dixie Idol Week #5 Nickname Finalists and Submission Winners
September 19, 2008, -DSC Hall of Famer and Alum Dr. Greg Prince to Discuss Research at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
September 19, 2008, -Dixie State College Theatre Program Opens 2008-09 Season With Production of "Dancing at Lughnasa"
September 18, 2008, -DSC Announces Dixie Idol Week #4 Nickname Finalists and Submission Winners
September 18, 2008, -DSC Students Given Chance to Earn College Credit Abroad in Costa Rica
September 17, 2008, -Dixie State College Calls for Homecoming Parade Entries
September 15, 2008, -DSC Art Students Given Opportunity to Experience Global Classroom in May
September 12, 2008, -Harry Truman and the End of Segregation in the Military to be Discussed at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
September 11, 2008, -DSC Announces Dixie Idol Week #3 Nickname Finalists and Submission Winners
September 11, 2008, -DSC Receives Utah State Board of Regents Approval for New Physical Therapists Assistant Associates Degree Program
September 11, 2008, -Dixie State College Bi-Monthly Business Ethics Forum Series Returns for 2008-09 WIth Debut Presentation Sept. 18
September 11, 2008, -Dixie State College ROTC to Host Golf Fundraiser at Sunbrook September 27
September 10, 2008, -USHE Commissioner Sederburg to Visit Dixie State College Campus This Tuesday
September 9, 2008, -DSC to Officially Dedicate Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center This Friday
September 4, 2008, -Dixie Forum Makes 2008-09 Debut With Encore Presentation on 9/11 and NFL Films Projects
September 4, 2008, -Dixie State College Dental Hygiene Outreach Program to Provide Service in Kane County
September 4, 2008, -DSC Announces Dixie Idol Week #2 Nickname Finalists and Submission Winners
September 4, 2008, -Dixie State College Partners With German University for Student Exchange
September 3, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host First-Annual College Convocation on September 7
September 3, 2008, -Dixie State College Athletics to Host Military Appreciation Night at Football Game Saturday Night
August 28, 2008, -DSC's Southern Quill Seeks Contributions From Local Writers and Artists
August 28, 2008, -DSC Announces First Three Nickname Finalists and Submission Winners
August 28, 2008, -U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson Visits DSC's New Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center Thursday
August 28, 2008, -DSC Students Given Chance to Earn College Credit Abroad in Costa Rica
August 27, 2008, -DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery to Debut "Mythical Objects: Detached Realities" Exhibit September 5
August 20, 2008, -Dixie State College Set to Welcome Back Students
August 18, 2008, -Dixie Idol!! DSC Holds Contest to Establish New Nickname and Mascot
August 14, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Inaugural President's Welcome Back 5K Fun Run/Walk September 6
August 6, 2008, -Dixie State College Announces Partnership With Higher One, Inc.
August 6, 2008, -Dixie State College's Dental Hygiene Program Receives State Funding to Continue Serving Those in Need
July 29, 2008, -Dixie State College of Utah Appoints Two New Deans
July 23, 2008, -Dixie State College of Utah Athletics Gains Eligibility for NCAA Division II Postseason Play
July 14, 2008, -Dixie State College Delivers Infant Blankets to Dixie Regional Medical Center
July 8, 2008, -Dixie State College Appoints Louise Excell as New Interim Library Director
June 26, 2008, -Dixie State College Communication Department Announces Updated Plans for New Leadership Emphasis Program
June 25, 2008, -Dixie State College Communication Program Given $75K by LDS Foundation for Nourse Media Center
June 23, 2008, -Dixie State College Tabs Sherry Ruesch as New Executive Director of Campus Services
June 19, 2008, -Dixie State College of Utah Reaches into Central Asia to Increase International Student Visibility
June 3, 2008, -Four Dixie State College Faculty Members Honored by USHE for Implementation of Technology in Distance Learning
June 2, 2008, -Dixie State College Dental Hygiene Program Receives $2,500 Award for Community Service
May 29, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Academic Open House This Tuesday
May 28, 2008, -DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents Photo History of Latinos Exhibit Beginning Friday
May 12, 2008, -Dixie State College Communication Department Announces Plans for Adult Degree Completion Program
May 5, 2008, -"A Sense of Spring" Exhibit on Display at Dixie State College
May 5, 2008, -Dixie State College Tabs Glenn Webb as First-Ever Chair of Music Department
May 2, 2008, -Dixie State College Confers 1,168 Degrees and Certificates Friday
May 2, 2008, -Dixie State College Set to Transition to Summer Four-Day Work Week
May 1, 2008, -Dixie State College Hands Out Year-End Dixie Awards
May 1, 2008, -Dixie State College President Stephen Nadauld to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
April 30, 2008, -Five to be Honored as Distinguished Citizens at Dixie State College's Commencement Ceremony Friday
April 28, 2008, -Dixie State College to Confer 1,163 Degrees and Certificates Friday Evening
April 25, 2008, -Dixie State College of Utah Announces 2008 Valedictorians
April 24, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Tedesca String Quartet Concert April 27
April 23, 2008, -DSC Theatre Arts Student Guy Smith Wins National Kennedy Center College Theater Competition
April 22, 2008, -DSC Choral Ensemble Closes 2007-08 Season with Spring Concert This Thursday
April 22, 2008, -DSC's Southern Quill to Host Reading at The Book Cellar
April 21, 2008, -DSC Receives State Approval for New Respiratory Therapy Associates Degree Program at Friday Board of Regents Meeting
April 21, 2008, -Four Dixie State College Students Honored as Governor's Scholars
April 21, 2008, -Annual Dixie State College Spring Garden Tour Set to Bloom This Saturday
April 18, 2008, -Dixie State College Commencement Speaker Announced for May 2 Exercises
April 18, 2008, -History Network Executive Director of Prgramming Cal Lindahl to Address Final Dxie Forum of 2007-08 Academic Year
April 18, 2008, -Dixie State College to Hold Annual Student Ceramic Sale April 23-25
April 16, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host North American Premiere of Soccer Documentary April 26
April 16, 2008, -Dixie State Hosts Auto Skills Contest for Scholarships
April 15, 2008, -Spring Students of the Semester Honored at Dixie State College
April 15, 2008, -Dixie State College to Present End of Semester Voice Student Recitals This Friday
April 11, 2008, -DSC Dance Company Takes to the Stage for Annual Spring Concert This Thursday and Friday
April 11, 2008, -Playwright and Poet Carol Lynn Pearson to Address Dixie Forum Next Week
April 11, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Welcome Barbeque for President and Mrs. Nadauld This Wednesday
April 10, 2008, -Dixie State Filmmakers Selected to Present at Prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May
April 10, 2008, -DSC Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band Unite for Final Concert of 2007-08 Season Tuesday Night
April 9, 2008, -DSC Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Project Combines for Year-End Concert This Monday Evening
April 9, 2008, -Dixie State College Crowns Jennifer Shakespeare D-Queen 2008 Tuesday Night
April 8, 2008, -Water and the West the Topic of a Special Friday Dixie Forum
April 4, 2008, -Dixie State College's Annual D-Queen Pageant Set for this Tuesday Night
April 4, 2008, -"The Demise of the Western Movie" to be Discussed at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
April 3, 2008, -Former DSC President Douglas Alder to Address DSC President's Colleagues Meeting This Monday
April 2, 2008, -Ten DSC Students Medal at State SkillsUSA Competition
March 31, 2008, -Dixie State College Crowns Miss Indian Dixie Friday Night
March 31, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Open House to Honor President and Mrs. Caldwell this Wednesday Evening
March 31, 2008, -Dixie State College Going "Red'til We're Dead" for Annual D-Week Festivities
March 31, 2008, -The History of African-America Churches in Utah is the Focus of Tuesday's Dixie For um
March 27, 2008, -Dixie State College Theater Concludes 2007-08 Season with Production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
March 27, 2008, -Stephen D. Nadauld Named Interim President of Dixie State College
March 27, 2008, -Caldwell Steps Down as President of Dixie State College of Utah
March 25, 2008, -DSC CIT Program Crowns Winners of Annual Computer Programming Competition
March 20, 2008, -The Four Ballades of Chopin to be Performed at Special Tuesday Evening Dixie Forum
March 20, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Annual Miss Indian Dixie Pageant March 27
March 19, 2008, -DSC Student Janette Stratton Receives Scholarship Award from Utah ASPIRE Program
March 19, 2008, -Dixie State Students to Hold "CANSTOCK '08" for Dixie Care & Share
March 18, 2008, -Dixie State College POST Academy Gradutaes Inaugural Class Monday Evening
March 17, 2008, -Former Disney Animator Jared Beckstrand Addresses Dixie State's Business and Ethics Forum Thursday
March 14, 2008, -U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson to Visit Dixie State's Campus to Address TRIO Program This Wednesday
March 14, 2008, -Dixie State Students Present Undergraduate Research Findings at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
March 14, 2008, -Dixie State College Art Professor Glen Blakely to Receive NCECA Honor
March 13, 2008, -Longtime Dixie State Theatre Department Mentor Dr. Brent Hanson Selected as Alder Faculty Honor Lecturer
March 13, 2008, -Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Heads Into Final Week
March 5, 2008, -Veda Hale to Recall Maurine Whipple's Gant Joshua at the 25th Annual Juanita Brooks Lecture
February 29, 2008, -Dixie State College and Southern Utah Trucking Association to Host Scholaship Golf Scramble at Sunbrook March 18
February 29, 2008, -Utah State Poet Laureate Katherine Coles to Read at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
February 29, 2008, -DSC Associate Dean Carole Gray Addresses Ethics in Healthcare the Dixie State Business and Ethics Forum Thursday
February 25, 2008, -The Evolution of NASCAR Featured at This Thursday's DSC Student Media Center Forum
February 25, 2008, -DSC Choral Ensemble Presents Mid-Winter Concert Friday Feb. 29
February 25, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Medical Radiography Open House for Prospective Students Tuesday
February 22, 2008, -Immigration and American Education to be Discussed at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
February 20, 2008, -DSC Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Project Unites for Concert Thursday, Feb. 28
February 20, 2008, -DSC Theatre Arts Student Wins Regional Award at Regional Kennedy Center College Theater Festival
February 20, 2008, -Dixie State College POST Academy Now Accepting Applications for Evening Classes Beginning in April
February 19, 2008, -DSC Symphony Orchestra and Band Combines for Concert this Thursday Night
February 15, 2008, -Winners of the 21st-Annual DSC Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale Announced
February 15, 2008, -Theories of Renowned Russian Psychologist Vygotsky the Focus of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
February 14, 2008, -DSC Student Media Center Forum Features Discussion on the Proposed Sky of Dreams Ranch Project Feb. 21
February 14, 2008, -Dixie State College Set to Host Annual Employment Fair Next Week
February 13, 2008, -Washington County Republican Women Donates Scholarship Funds to Dixie State to Honor War Veterans
February 13, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Scholarship Associates Golf Scramble at The Ledges February 22
February 11, 2008, -Dixie State College Women's Basketball to Participate in WBCA's "Think Pink" Campaign Saturday Night
February 11, 2008, -Local CPARod Savage to Address the Dixie State Business and Ethics Forum Thursday
February 8, 2008, -"Portraits of Courage" to be Performed at Tuesday's Special Evening Dixie Forum
February 05, 2008, -DSC to Present Voice Student Recital Feb. 12
February 5, 2008, -St. George Chamber of Commerce Tabs DSC President Caldwell as Executive of the Year
February 1, 2008, -Fan Behavior the Focus of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
January 31, 2008, -GPS Expert to Address DSC President's Colleagues Meeting This Monday
January 30, 2008, -Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Celebrates 21st Year in St. George in February
January 29, 2008, -Dixie State College to Host Read-In Chain in Celebration of Black History Month
January 25, 2008, -Dixie State College Theater Continues 2007-08 Season with Production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It"
January 25, 2008, -Dixie State College's Tuesday Forum Features Sister Act
January 18, 2008, -Dixie State College Receives State Approval for New Integrated Studies Degree at Friday Board of Regents Meeting
January 18, 2008, -Statistics and the Media the Topic of the Next Dixie State Business and Ethics Forum Thursday
January 18, 2008, -Dixie State College Paleontology Professor Jerry Harris to Address St. George Winter Bird Festival
January 18, 2008, -"The Power of One" the Focus of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
January 18, 2008, -Dixie State College Diversity Center to Hold Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
January 16, 2008, -Sunroc Corporation Delivers $5,000 Gift to Kick Off DSC's Fire and Ice Gala Drive
January 11, 2008, -Dixie State Student Case Study Results to be Presented at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
January 11, 2008, -Dixie State Student Case Results to be Presented at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
January 3, 2008, -Reformed White Collar Criminal to Address Dixie State College Bus iness and Ethics Forum January 9
January 2, 2008, -Dixie State College Set to Kick Off 2008 Spring Semester Monday


Dixie State Receives Scholarship Donation From Questar
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ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 17, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah received a $1,500 scholarship gift from the Questar Corporation Wednesday. Questar Vice President of Operations Ronald Jibson presented the gift to DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld in a morning meeting.

“Questar is one of the few large companies headquartered in Utah and we feel like we are part of the community and we certainly support education,” said Questar Vice President of Operations Ronald Jibson. “We have always been very proud of what Dixie State College has done and we feel like it is a great institution. We are trying to be more a part of every community by participating in scholarships and this is just one way we can do that.”   

Through the Questar Education Foundation, the company funds scholarships and new construction at 19 universities and colleges throughout our service area. The Questar Arts Foundation makes possible annual donations to internationally renowned arts organizations.

“We are very grateful to the Questar Corporation for their donation to our scholarship fund,” said DSC president Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld. “We appreciate them as partners in our community and we’re glad they value us for the educational component we bring to the community. We will put the money to good use on behalf of our students.”

Dixie State College Re ceives Daniels Fund Scholarship Grant
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 9, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah announced Tuesday that it has received a $32,000 Daniels Fund grant to support needs-based scholarships at DSC. The scholarship monies will provide financial assistance to one or more of the following categories of non-traditional students; including adult learners; GED recipients; foster care youth; juvenile justice youth; returning military personnel; and individuals pursuing EMT/paramedic training.

"Needs-based scholarships have been a priority here at Dixie State College," said George F. Whitehead, associate vice president of advancement. "Successful organizations that have stepped forward to help us, such as the Daniels Fund and our own Fire & Ice Foundation, have provided numerous students opportunities to reach their educational dreams, dreams that may have not been attainable without such generous support."

The Daniels Fund operates the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program and the Daniels Fund Grants Program in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The Fund was established in 1997 by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need. Visit www.danielsfund.org for more information.

"The Daniels Fund is so kind to recognize the State of Utah and its higher education system, especially Dixie State College, with this special gift," Whitehead added.

Potential students wishing to receive more information or to apply for financial assistance provided by the Daniels Fund grant should contact Sue Perschon in the DSC Financial Aid office at 435-652-7578 or at sperschon@dixie.edu.


DSC Choral Ensemble Presents "A Merry Caroling Christmas" This Friday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 8, 2008) The Dixie State College Choral Ensemble is presenting "A Merry Caroling Christmas" this Friday evening, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus. 



The concert, under the direction of Dr. Robert Briggs, will feature all five DSC choral ensembles, including the Women's Choir, Men's Chorus, The Chamber Singers, The Rebel Chorus, and The Vocal Jazz Project. The ensemble will be performing a number of familiar Christmas carols, including "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song)," "Silver Bells," and a gospel rendition of "Joy to the World," along with other holiday favorites.

General admission tickets for the concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID.


DSC Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 11
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 4, 2008) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, with present its annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The orchestra's program will feature selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," arrangements from the motion picture "The Polar Express," and music from George Bizet's "L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2," including the "Farandole," along with other traditional Christmas favorites. In addition, the program will include Gary Caldwell and Jeff Caldwell performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for two trumpets.

General admission tickets for the concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID.

Days Remain in Dixie State's "Dixie Idol" Second Round of Voting - Ten Nickname Concepts Up for Public Review and Voting Through This Friday, Dec. 5
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ¬– December 1, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah students, faculty, staff, fans, and alumni have just a few days left to vote for their favorite concept during the second round of voting of the College's "Dixie Idol" campaign to come up with DSC’s new nickname. In all, voters have 10 nickname concepts to choose from and can gain access to the electronic ballot by visiting DSC's website at www.dixie.edu, then utilizing the "Nickname Voting Page" link on the site's front page.
The second round of online voting will run through Friday, Dec. 5, to narrow the field down to the final three concepts. Voters may cast their ballot for their favorite concept from the recently announced top-10 list, , including "Blazers," "Coyotes," "Pioneers," "Ragin' Red," "Rattlers," "Red Devils," "Red Hawks," "Red Storm," "Roadrunners," and "Scorpions."

The formal announcement of the three concept finalists will be made in early January. Following that announcement, "Dixie Idol" will really get interesting as the contest moves into the "Shootout" stage, as each concept finalist will perform during a DSC's men's basketball home game (Jan. 26/Jan. 27/Feb. 14). All three finalists will perform as an ensemble during DSC's final home game of the year on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Then beginning Friday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, March 5, all DSC stakeholders can cast one more vote for their favorite finalist online. The outcome of the final vote will be reported to Dixie State's administration and Board of Trustees for approval. Following that process, the winner and new DSC nickname and mascot will be unveiled at the conclusion of the Great Race during "D" Week Friday, April 3, at the Encampment Mall.

Last year, the Dixie State College Board of Trustees voted to retire the use of the "Rebel" nickname and the "Confederate" identity, which was adopted in the 1950s. The hope of the DSC naming committee is to come up with a new school identity that reflects the true pioneer heritage, traditions, values and work ethic of the region. The committee is made up of representatives from DSC’s student government, athletic department, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Nearly 3,500 total concept submissions were nominated on DSC's "Dixie Idol" website for consideration over a five-week period from mid-August through the end of September. Each submission was judged and reviewed based on its appropriateness in conjunction with the traditions, values and virtues of the Dixie State College community. A second criteria for consideration is based on the overall number of times a concept has been nominated.

For more information on "Dixie Idol" and to cast your vote, please visit www.dixie.edu.

Dixie State College to Host Surgical Technology Open House for Prospective Students Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 1, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will host an open house for prospective students interested in obtaining information about the College's Surgical Technology certificate program this Friday, Dec. 5, from 12 noon-to-1 p.m., in Room 339 of DSC's Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located at 1526 Medical C enter Drive on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus.

The open house will provide students with information about the program's admission and pre-requisites requirements. In addition, member of DSC's Surgical Technology faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions and take prospective students on a tour of the new, state-of-the-art, mock operating room located in the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center.

Surgical Technology is one of eight health sciences programs currently offered by Dixie State College and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. According to DSC Associate Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Carole Grady, surgical technologists are in demand across the country with employment expected to grow much faster than average. She added that the median annual wage for surgical technologists was just over $36,000 in 2006, and noted that the top-10 percent of surgical technologists make over $51,000 per year.

Surgical technologists assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Surgical technologists work in hospital operating and delivery rooms, physician or dental offices, and ambulatory surgical centers.

For more information on DSC’s Surgical Technology Open House, contact DSC Associate Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Carole Grady, at 435-879-4802, or at grady@dixie.edu.

Corporate Ethics Advisement the Topic of Dixie State Business and Ethics Forum Thursday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 1, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Udvar-Hazy School of Business will host its final bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum of the 2008 fall semester this Thursday, Dec. 4, with a presentation entitled "Advising Large and Small Corporations – Ethical Considerations" by Josh Little, who is managing attorney for St. George office of the law firm of Durham, Jones and Pinegar.

The forum will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. Dixie State College students, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

Mr. Little, who also serves on the firm's board of directors, represents public and private companies in a broad range of corporate finance and business transactions, including public and private securities offerings, debt and equity financing transactions, mergers, and stock/asset acquisitions, along with other corporate partnering transactions.

Little is a member of the SEED Dixie Strategic Planning Committee, which has been established to assist in the development and growth of entrepreneurial business in southern Utah. In addition, he is the founder of the Dixie Angels Investor Network, and serves as president of the St. George chapter of the BYU Management Society.

Little graduated Magna Cum Laude from BYU in 1995, and graduated Cum Laude with his Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School in 1998. He is a member of the American, Utah and California Bar Associations in the Business Law Section.

The Business and Ethics Forum will be held every other Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with each guest lecturer speaking on business matters in their respective professions and how to integrate ethics into the discussion.

The Forums will return to its regular bi-monthly schedule for the 2009 spring semester beginning Thursday, Jan. 22, with a presentation by Lennart Erickson, who is the director of DSC’s Small Business Development Center.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus' Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

In 2006-07, Dixie State's business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college’s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

Dr. Huddleston noted that the business forums will give students – and current and prospective local business owners – an added dose of ethics training that is so sorely needed into today's business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they have been exposed to enough ethical cases that, when they get out in the workforce, they will have the wherewithal and the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, even when their job might be on the line. 

"The Institute for Business Integrity has brought an important opportunity for the business community, as well as DSC faculty and students, to emphasize the significance of social responsibility for business and industry in Washington County," Dr. Huddleston said. "As research indicates, ethics contribute to employee commitment, investor loyalty, customer satisfaction and to profits."

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.

DSC Symphony Band to Perform in Concert Dec. 2
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 25, 2008) The Dixie State College Symphony Band will take to the stage for what promises to be a spirited concert on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus. The DSC symphony band is under the direction of Gary Caldwell.

The symphony band's performance will feature a number of military-themed pieces, including Robert Jager's "Esprit de Corps," which was commissioned by the United States Marine Band and is based on "The Marine's Hymn." The band will also perform "At Dawn They Slept," the Jay Bocook composition that was premiered at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in April of 2002, as a tribute to those who fought and lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and Gustav Holst's "First Suite in E-flat for Military Band."

In addition, the symphony band will perform Jan Van der Roost's "Canterbury Chorale," the Mark Camphouse stunningly beautiful tone poem "Yosemite Autumn," Alfred Reed's timeless folk melody "Greensleeves," which is featured in Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor," and "Sound the Bells," which composer John Williams orchestrated for full orchestra to be performed by the Boston Pops. The band will also perform a medley favorite of Christmas carols in a piece entitled "A Christmas Fantasia," which was arranged by Elliot del Borgo.

Tickets are available at the door for $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff.

The Role of a Chamber of Commerce to be Discussed at Monday's DSC Colleagues Meeting
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ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 25, 2008) Chap in Burks, who serves as a vice president and sales resource officer for Zions First National Bank, will address the third President's Colleagues of Dixie State College meeting of the 2008-09 academic year this Monday, Dec. 1, at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Burks' presentation will focus on the role of a chamber of commerce in a growing city, in particular St. George, and how the Chamber and the City have worked together for the benefit of St. George. Burks moved to the St. George area in 1992 and served as president of the St. George Chamber of Commerce for four years before accepting his current position at Zions Bank.

Prior to his relocation to St. George, Burks worked for the Exxon Corporation for 37 years in a number of capacities, including both marketing and public affairs functions throughout the United States. He represented Exxon's marketing, production, refining, exploration and marine departments with both the federal and state governments.

Burks is a native of Houston, Texas, and graduated with a degree from Southern Methodist University. He has been very active in civic, business and service organizations, and he is currently serving on the St. George City Planning Commission, the SUHBA Parade of Home and the Economic Summit Planning committees. In addition, he recently received the prestigious Roy W. Simmons Community Service Award from Zions Bank.

The President's Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 16 years ago by former DSC President Dr. Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area. Dr. Alder, who also started an Honors Program at DSC, organized the Colleagues as a way to increase academic activities on campus.

The Colleagues meet together once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from each other and/or invited guests. The next meeting is slated for Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, featuring a presentation by Dr. Kyle Wells, DSC Professor of Finance and member of the Colleagues.

DSC Dance Company Takes the Stage for Annual Fall Dance Concert Dec. 5-6
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 25, 2008) The Dixie State College Dance Company, under the direction of DSC Director of Dance Dr. Li Lei, will present its annual Fall Dance Concert next Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theatre on the Dixie State College campus.

According to Dr. Lei, the DSC Dance Company, which was established in 2001, features 20 of the best dancers the College has to offer. The ensemble will perform a variety of dance styles, including creative modern, classical and contemporary ballet, lyrical and stylized jazz, passionate flamenco, funky hip-hop, and ballroom medley compiled with fluid foxtrot, tasty tango, and fun quickstep.

Tickets are now available for purchase through the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office for $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth 17-under, and $2 for DSC students, faculty and staff with current ID. For ticket information, contact the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office at 435-652-7800.

DSC To Host 33rd Annual Holiday Ceramic Sale Dec. 3-5
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 25, 2008) The Dixie State College of Utah art department will hold its annual holiday student ceramic sale next Wednesday-through-Friday, Dec. 3-5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the DSC North Plaza Art Building (west entrance), located on 55 South 900 East.

Now in its 33rd year, this annual holiday tradition features the works of many DSC art students who use the sale to help pay for their college education. Hundreds of hand-made ceramic and pottery pieces will be on sale at reasonable prices, with 20% of all proceeds going to support the DSC art department. 


The holiday sale is the first of two sales DSC's art department holds each year, including a similar sale toward the end of spring semester. For more information about the pottery sale, call DSC art professor Glen Blakley at 652-7795.

Dixie State College of Utah Names Daphne Selbert as New Dean of Browning Library
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 25, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah has named Daphne Selbert as the institution’s new dean and director of the Val A. Browning Library. Selbert assumed he r new duties this past Nov. 1.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be here at Dixie State College and to be part of the team at the Val A. Browning Library," Selbert said. "The library has an excellent group of faculty and staff dedicated to providing academic support and service to the Dixie community."

Selbert has over 40 years of librarian experience and most recently served as library supervisor and professor at the Dubai campus of Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates for nearly five years during two different appointments. She also worked as the head of technical services for the Illinois State Library and served in different library and other capacities for nearly 20 years at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.

Selbert earned a Bachelor's degree in English and Theatre from the University of Victoria (British Columbia) in 1966, and completed work on her Master's degree in Library Studies at the University of Hawai’i in 1967. She is a member of a number national library organizations and has participated in a number of conferences and seminars.

"[DSC] is going through a dynamic period of growth and change," Selbert noted. "This is an exciting place to be and a wonderful time to be here. I am grateful for this special opportunity."

The Life of Nathan Hale Featured in Final Fall Dixie Forum
ST. GEORGE, Ut f ah – November 25, 2008) Dixie State College will hold its final weekly noontime "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" convocation of the 2008 fall semester this Tuesday, Dec. 2, with a special presentation on the life of American Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale by longtime Dixie State College of Utah theatre professor Dr. Brent Hanson.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Dr. Hanson’s presentation, "Nathan Hale: One Life" recounts and analyzes the life of Nathan Hale with the goal of understanding the dramatic potential in the story and establishing the foundation for a play about Hale, which Hanson is authoring.

Nathan Hale was born in a rural Connecticut household in 1755. His father sent him to Yale to be educated, where he enjoyed a successful career as a student. After college, Hale taught school briefly, but when the Revolutionary War began, he volunteered to fight for his country. He rose to the rank of captain, and was recruited into Knowlton’s Rangers, a prestigious military unit with a reputation for accepting tough assignments.

In the fall of 1776, Washington and his army had been pushed out of New York City by the British. Washington wanted fresh intelligence about the location of British forces in New York and information about British plans. Hale volunteered to go into New York in the guise of a traveling school master and gather the information Washington needed.

Hale was inside enemy territory for perhaps several weeks, and succeeding in getting the desired intelligence. When he attempted to return to his own camp, he was caught by the British. The documents in his possession clearly identified him as a spy. On the morning of September 22, 1776, the British hanged him. He was twenty-one years old. On his way to the gallows, he is credited with saying, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

Hanson earned BFA and MFA degrees in design at the University of Utah, and completed work on his Ph.D. in theatre and film at Brigham Young University, where his studies focused on playwriting and directing. Hanson has been a theatre faculty member at Dixie State College since 1982, where he has directed and designed numerous productions.

He has served as president of the Utah Theatre Association, Director of Theatre at Dixie State College, and currently serves as Associate Dean of Arts and Letters and Chair of Fine Arts at Dixie State. In addition, he has worked as Artistic Director for the Hill Cumorah Pageant, an outdoor production staged every summer in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Hanson is especially interested in writing for the theatre. His plays, "St. George Christmas" and "Time-Share," have recently been produced.

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.


This Tuesday's Dixie Forum is Cancelled
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 21, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's weekly "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" lecture which was slated for this Tuesday, Nov. 25, has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with the presenter.

The weekly Dixie Forum series will conclude its 2008 Fall Semester run on Tuesday, Dec. 2, featuring longtime DSC theatre professor Dr. Brent Hanson presenting "Nathan Hale: One Life." The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus.

Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.


DSC's Southern Quill Calls for Submissions
(ST. GEORGE, Utah -- November 21, 2008) Dixie State College's annually published journal, The Southern Quill, is now accepting submissions for its 2009 edition. In print since 1950, The Southern Quill publishes poetry, short fiction and visual art created by DSC students and residents of Washington County.

All DSC students who submit poems will receive consideration for scholarships funded by the Annie Atkin Tanner Memorial program. The Tanner program was established in 1972 by Dr. Vasco M. Tanner to honor his wife Annie. This year, the fund will award $900 in prizes. To determine winners, The Southern Quill's editorial staff reviews and evaluates every student-written poem, selects the 10 strongest pieces from this pool and then forwards them to members of the Tanner family, who determine the first, second and third place winners of the scholarship prizes.

Contributors may submit up to three poems, three works of visual art and/or one short story. Send materials to The Southern Quill, c/o Dr. Stephen Armstrong, Department of English, Dixie State College of Utah, St. George, UT, 84770. Or submit materials electronically via thesouthernquill@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is February 2, 2009. For further information contact Dr. Steve Armstrong at 435-652-7806.

Dixie State College Alerts St. George Area Businesses About Scam
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 18, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah is alerting St. George and Washington County area businesses about a scam involving a Texas marketing company that is using the DSC name to solicit advertising and t-shirt sales.

Jam Sports Marketing, which is based out of Mansfield, Texas, has contacted at least two businesses in St. George about advertising their business on t-shirts and other promotional items geared towards DSC students.

"Jam Sports Marketing is in no way affiliated with Dixie State College a nd is not authorized to use the Dixie State College name or its logos," said Steve Johnson, DSC Director of Public Relations and Marketing.

Johnson noted that the Dixie State College of Utah name and all logos are trademarked, licensed and protected from any unauthorized use through Strategic Marketing Affiliates, Inc. (SMA). He added SMA is working on behalf of DSC to legally force Jam Sports Marketing to cease using DSC's name and trademarks.

Dixie State College is asking any area businesses that have been contacted by Jam Sports Marketing to please contact Steve Johnson at 435-652-7544 or at johnsons@dixie.edu.


Dixie State College to Hold Great American SmokeOut Event This Wednesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 17, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah¹s Wellness Center will be holding the Great American SmokeOut activity this Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m.-to-1 p.m., outside of the McDonald Building on campus.

DSC will be joined by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, Zion Chiropractic to do massages, and the DSC Dental Hygiene program will provide free mouth cancer screenings.

We will be holding a texting contest and some of the prizes will be a digital camera, Chevron gas cards, DSC bookstore stuff, DSC Campus Dining certificates, and Fabulous Freddy's Car wash coupons. DSC organizers are also hoping to set a record for the most SmokeOut text messages sent during event.

For more information on the DSC Great American Smoke Out event, please contact Barbara Johnson at 652-7755 or at 632-0146.


Dixie State College Science Department to Hold Yard Sale Fundraiser This Saturday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 17, 2008) The Dixie State College of Utah Science Department will be holding a fundraising yard sale this Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m., in the department's parking lot located just off of 100 South on campus. Proceeds from the yard sale will go to benefit the department¹s soon-to-be unveiled Marine Reef Aquarium, along with the purchase of additional organisms and food to feed all the fish and different species currently housed in the aquarium.

According to DSC Biology Professor Dr. Karen Bauer, the public is invited to donate saleable items for the yard sale. Among the items available for purchase at the yard sale are books, CDs, DVDs, both new and used clothing, home décor, housewares and small appliances, dishes, furniture, exercise equipment, and baked goods. In addition, patrons may purchase DSC Friends of the Aquarium donation gift cards.

For more information or to donate items, please contact DSC Biology Professor Dr. Karen Bauer at 652-7772 or at bauer_k@dixie.edu.


Local Business Leader Alan Crooks to Address Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 17, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Udvar-Hazy School of Business will host its penultimate bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum of the fall semester this Thursday, Nov. 20, with a presentation on business integrity by local business owner and leader Alan Crooks.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC¹s fall and spring semesters, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room

121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. DSC students, faculty and staff, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

In addition to his business ventures, Crooks is heavily involved in the political process, including management of congressional campaigns, consultation on local and regional campaigns, and has done work for the Republican National Committee at the national level. He recently attended the Republican National Convention and served as an alternate delegate.

The final Forum of the 2008 fall semester will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4, featuring a presentation by Josh Little, attorney with the law firm of Durham, Jones and Pinegar.

Each speaker throughout the semester will speak on business matters in their respective professions and have been asked to integrate ethics into the discussion.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus' Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

In 2006-07, Dixie State's business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college¹s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

Dr. Huddleston noted that the business forums will give students ­ and current and prospective local business owners ­ an added dose of ethics training that is so sorely needed into today's business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they have been exposed to enough ethical cases that, when they get out in the workforce, they will have the wherewithal and the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, even when their job might be on the line.

"The Institute for Business Integrity has brought an important opportunity for the business community, as well as DSC faculty and students, to emphasize the significance of social responsibility for business and industry in Washington County," Dr. Huddleston said. "As research indicates, ethics contribute to employee commitment, investor loyalty, customer satisfaction and to profits."

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.


Romantic Music of the Violin Featured at Special Tuesday Evening Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 14, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” lecture series continues this Tuesday, Nov. 18, with a special evening event featuring "Romantic Music of the Violin," as performed by DSC Fine Arts faculty members Dr. Paul Abegg and Dr. Nancy Allred.
 
Tuesday’s Forum will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Dr. Abegg will perform nine pieces on violin, with piano accompaniment provided by Dr. Allred, including Jules Massenet's "Meditation" from "Thais," "Romanze" and "Humoreske" by Anton Dvorak, "Vocalise" by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and "Reverie" composed by Claude Debussy. Abegg will also perform "Legende" by Henryk Wieniawski, Christopg W. Gluck's "Melodie," "Praeludium and Allegro" by Fritz Kreisler, and the theme to "Schindler's List" by legendary film composer John Williams.
 
Dr. Abegg serves as Director of Strings at DSC, where he teaches violin and viola, conducts the Dixie State Symphony Orchestra, and oversees the String Chamber Music program. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned Doctor of Music Arts and Master of Music in Violin Performance degrees. Previously he studied at Brigham Young University, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. In addition to his duties at DSC, Abegg serves as concertmaster of the Southwest Symphony.

Dr. Allred is an assistant professor of piano at DSC, where she is currently developing a piano pedagogy program, along with providing instruction in private piano, group piano and music appreciation courses. She received her bachelor and master's degrees in piano performance from Brigham Young University, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UMKC. Dr. Allred is an active chamber musician and is the accompanist and associate conductor for the Southern Utah Heritage Choir.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC communication professor Dr. Dennis Wignall, who will present "The Effects of Technology on Human Behavior & Mental Functioning" on Nov. 25; and longtime DSC theatre professor Dr. Brent Hanson will wrap up the semester schedule with his presentation "Nathan Hale: One Life" on Dec. 2.

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.

Dixie State's "Dixie Idol" Campaign Begins Second Phase of Voting on Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­­ November 13, 2008) "Fans, welcome to the court your Dixie State College Red Storm!" Or how about "That's Another Dixie State Blazers First Down!" Now imagine DSC's athletic public address announcer saying "Red Hawks Win!"

Those conceptual ideas are three of the top-10 nickname finalists for Dixie State College of Utah's "Dixie Idol" campaign to come up with a new nickname for the institution. Beginning this Friday, Nov. 14, DSC students, faculty, staff, fans, and alumni will have those three concepts along with seven others to choose from, including "Coyotes," "Pioneers," "Ragin' Red," "Rattlers," "Red Devils," "Roadrunners," and "Scorpions."

Voters may gain access to the electronic ballot by visiting DSC’s website at www.dixie.edu, then utilizing the "Nickname Voting Page" link on the site's front page. During this round of voting, which runs through Friday, Dec. 5, voters may cast their ballot for their concept as the field will be narrowed down to the three finalists, which will be announced in January.

The top-10 list was compiled by total vote count through the first round of voting this past October, in which all DSC stakeholders had the opportunity to choose from 20 concepts. However, due to possible future issues dealing with trademark and licensing infringements, a selected number of concept finalists were eliminated from consideration. In all, nearly 2,600 votes were cast during the first round last month.

"I hope that everyone, all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, will jump on the bandwagon and vote for our new nickname," said Brock Bybee, DSC Studentbody President and chair of the DSC naming committee. "It's an exciting time knowing that any one of us going to school here will someday look back on this experience and know that we did something that made a difference at Dixie State College."

Following the January announcement of the three finalists, "Dixie Idol" will really get interesting as the contest moves into the "Shootout" stage, as each concept finalist will perform during a DSC's men's basketball home game (Jan. 26/Jan. 27/Feb. 14). All three finalists will perform as an ensemble during DSC's final home game of the year on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Then beginning Friday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, March 5, all DSC stakeholders can cast one more vote for their favorite finalist online. The outcome of the final vote will be reported to Dixie State's administration and Board of Trustees for approval. Following that process, the winner and new DSC nickname and mascot will be unveiled at the conclusion of the Great Race during "D" Week Friday, April 3, at the Encampment Mall.

Last year, the Dixie State College Board of Trustees voted to retire the use of the "Rebel" nickname and the "Confederate" identity, which was adopted in the 1950s. The hope of the DSC naming committee is to come up with a new school identity that reflects the true pioneer heritage, traditions, values and work ethic of the region. The committee is made up of representatives from DSC's student government, athletic department, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Nearly 3,500 total concept submissions were nominated for consideration over a five-week period from mid-August through the end of September. Each submission was judged and reviewed based on its appropriateness in conjunction with the traditions, values and virtues of the Dixie State College community. A second criteria for consideration is based on the overall number of times a concept has been nominated.

For more information on "Dixie Idol" and to cast your vote, please visit www.dixie.edu.


Dixie State College Announces Plans for New Show Choir
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 13, 2008) Calling all singers and dancers, and those who are interested in learning. Dixie State College is forming a new show choir that will start rehearsing and performing next semester.

According to choir director Merilee Webb, the show choir, known as the "Ragin' Red" Dixie State College Show Choir, is a powerful, exciting and talented outreach group that will perform and teach in local schools, and at community and College events, in order to recruit and bring more recognition to the College.

DSC will host a pair of workshops in advance of formal auditions, the first of which will take place this Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m.-to-2:30 p.m., in room 150 of the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center on campus. The second workshop will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m.-12 noon, also in room 150 of the Eccles Center. Following the second workshop, auditions will be held later that day from 1 p.m.-to-5 p.m.

For more information on the "Ragin' Red" Dixie State College Show Choir, contact Merrilee Webb at merrileewebb@gmail.com.


Dixie State's Gordon Jolley to be Inducted into Utah Sports Hall of Fame
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 13, 2008) Long-time Dixie State College of Utah mathematics instructor and retired assistant football coach Gordon Jolley will be among the five new members inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in a dinner and ceremony to be held this Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City.

Jolley, who is being inducted in the sport of football, spent 21 years on the Dixie sidelines as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. In addition, he served as Dixie's baseball coach for 10 years and taught physical education along with his mathematics instruction duties.

Jolley was a thre e-sport, all-state performer at Salt Lake City's Granite High School and was an all-conference offensive lineman at the University of Utah. He parlayed his collegiate success with a six-year NFL career, playing for the Detroit Lions, who drafted him in the 17th round in 1971, and the Seattle Seahawks.

Joining Jolley in the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2008 is retired Weber State track and cross country coach Chick Hislop, U of U three-sport athlete Lori Salvo, former BYU gymnast Debbie Stark, and legendary mountain and ice climber Jeff Lowe.


Dixie State College to Host Annual Career Day Tuesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 13, 2008) Dixie State College morning and afternoon classes may not be in session on Tuesday, Nov. 18, but the campus will be buzzing with excitement and activity as the College hosts its annual Career Day. High school seniors from nearly 20 Utah, Nevada, and Arizona high schools, as well as DSC students, will attend over 70 career workshops scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event, a DSC staple for nearly 30 years, helps provide students with valuable information related to their future career choices.

According to DSC Career Center and Employment Services Director Kathy Kinney, Career Day is intended to be an information-gathering event to help students make informed career and college major decisions. She noted that the presenters in their respective fields will offer accurate and up-to-date information about their careers to the students to assist them in possible decision making.

"The information students can gain from attending one or more of the 73 workshops available is invaluable," Kinney said. "Although high school seniors from around the region will be here on campus for Career Day, it is actually most beneficial to DSC students who are either undecided and need to gather information on careers, or are certain of a career path and would like to hear a professional from that field present information and answer questions."

Working professionals from throughout the region will present information regarding job descriptions, employment projections, education and training needed for a given career, salary information and expectations, and things the presenters may like or dislike about their job. With 25 different workshops presentations each hour, students will be able to choose three one-hour workshops to attend throughout the morning.

The workshops include information on a number of career options, including computer and information technology, visual technology, elementary and secondary education, law enforcement, military, medical, aviation, athletics, construction and retail, among others.

In addition to the workshops, a general assembly is scheduled for 9:00 a.m., in DSC's Avenna Center Cox Auditorium to welcome the students to campus and orient them. Workshops will be held in buildings throughout campus, including the Udvar-Hazy Business Building, the McDonald Center, the Science Building, the Browning Center's Dunford Auditorium and the Technology Building. Workshop schedules will be available on campus and in the College¹s Career Center located across from DSC's Browning Library.

Morning and afternoon classes at the college have been cancelled, not only to make way for the high school students, but to allow DSC students to attend Career Day as well. Evening classes (after 5 p.m.) will continue as scheduled.

Community members are invited to attend workshops as well. For more information, call the DSC Career Center at (435) 652-7736.


Dixie State College Communication Department Announces Second Cohort for Adult Degree Completion Program
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 12, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Communication Department announced Wednesday the creation of a new cohort for the "Leadership in Communication" adult baccalaureate degree completion program designed for working professionals, single parents and others non-traditional students who need evening instruction. The 18-month bachelor's degree program is slated to begin Jan. 8, 2009.

According to DSC Communication Department Chair Dr. Randal Chase, the intensive program features one four-hour block of classroom instruction each Thursday evening throughout the 18-month course schedule. The curriculum includes 20 total courses, each of which are taught over a four-week span, with alternating instructors.

In addition, each course includes at least eight hours of weekly online instruction to be completed outside of class. Chase noted that for potential students to quality for the degree program, they must have already earned an associates degree, or have completed all general education requirements and at least 60 college credit hours.

"Our program has proved to be a popular option for non-traditional and even some traditional students who have their associate degree, but have never had time or opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree," Dr. Chase said. "The program is convenient, meeting only one evening per week for four hours, with the rest of the work being completed online. However, it is also rigorous and students should not expect that it will require less effort than a traditional degree."

Chase went on to say that the program's first cohort has been meeting since August and will finish in December of 2009. He added that students who enroll in this next cohort would be on schedule to finish in May of 2010.

Registration for the program is currently underway. For more information, contact Kathleen Briggs in the DSC Communication Department at 435-652-7638, or at kbriggs@dixie.edu.

 


The Global Game of Futbol to be Discussed at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 7, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's weekly "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" series continues this Tuesday, Nov. 11, with a discussion on the global game of "futbol" with Dixie State head men's soccer coach Danny Ortiz. The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Coach Ortiz's presentation, entitled "Soccer: Discovering the Game," will discuss how the game of soccer has grown in popularity over the last decade in the United States. He will also talk about the globalization of the game and how the U.S. is trying to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of its relevance.

Ortiz, who hails from Layton, Utah, has 28 years of coaching experience under his belt and was named DSC's first-ever men's soccer coach last spring. He has led DSC to a 5-9-1 overall record to this point in the program's debut season with one more match to be played on Friday, Nov. 7, in Hawaii. In addition, Ortiz has coached in the Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA) and currently serves as the director for the Southern Utah Soccer Association.

The next Dixie Forum will be a special evening event on Tuesday, Nov. 18, featuring DSC director of string studies Dr. Paul Abegg¹s presentation, "The Romantic Music of the Violin." Dr. Abegg will also perform, with accompaniment provided by pianist and fellow DSC faculty member Dr. Nancy Allred. That Forum will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

For further information on DSC¹s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terr e Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.


Dixie State Campus to Community Service Project Targets Tuacahn Clean-Up Nov. 12
(ST. GEORGE, Utah - November 6, 2008) Dixie State College students, faculty, and staff are banding together to participate in this semester's Campus to Community service project, which will be held on Wednesday, November 12, at the Tuacahn Amphitheater and Center for the Arts. The project, entitled "Clean Up Your Act," is designed to help the Tuacahn staff prepare for its winter season.

The service project will start at 2:30 p.m., and will finish around 4:30 p.m. All volunteers, including student clubs, faculty, staff and community members, who wish to drive to Tuacahn are encouraged to be there by 2:30 p.m., to receive their assignments. DSC will also provide transportation as school vans will leave from DSC's Old Gym parking lot at 2 p.m., and will return at around 5:30 p.m.

Lauren Jones, vice president of service for ASDSC, said Tuacahn officials had approached DSC for help in cleaning up and prepping the amphitheater and school grounds before winter set in. Participants in the project will be divided in to three different groups, with each group being assigned special tasks, including backstage clean up, grounds clean up and hanging Christmas lights.

Jones noted that Tuacahn students and faculty will also participate in the service project. She hopes that this activity will give students a feeling of service before the Holiday season.

"It is important for students to have positive experiences serving others,"Jones said. "I hope there will be a positive feeling about what we can do for the community even though we are just students."

DSC Student Body President Brock Bybee added that Campus to Community service projects are the best way for students to give back to those who support Dixie State College.

"It is hard for students to find ways to help out in the community," Bybee said. "The Campus to Community service project is a great way for students to show appreciation for the St. George area."

The Campus to Community service program was organized at Dixie State College in 2001. Campus to Community is Dixie State's version of a nationwide trend known as service learning, designed to get college students involved in service and give them opportunities for practical application of textbook learning.

DSC's Campus to Community program consists of one large-scale community service project each semester. Last spring, DSC students, faculty and staff canvassed the neighborhoods around the DSC campus and collected canned food items for Dixie Care and Share during the schoo's fourth-annual "CANSTOCK"service project.

Among the many other service projects DSC has been involved in over the past seven years include planting trees for the new Southern Utah Water Conservation Gardens in St. George, a book drive to benefit literacy in local schools, and assisting with the Confluence Project in Hurricane and LaVerkin. DSC has also been involved in removing weeds and debris at the Santa Clara Arboretum, collecting money for Washington County School District leveled libraries, planting bushes and shrubs at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, and harvesting willow stems as part of St.George City's effort to help re-vegetate area riverbeds in the wake of the flooding of 2005.As always, community members are invited to take part in all Campus to Community projects.


DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery is Going to the Dogs (and Cats) for Fundraising Exhibit Nov. 12-Jan. 16
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 5, 2008) The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College of Utah Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center is going to the dogs, and cats for that matter, as it presents the “Art for Animals” exhibit and art sale. The exhibit will open Wednesday, Nov. 12, and will run daily Monday-through-Friday through Jan. 16, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public.
 
The main element of the “Art for Animals” exhibition is Cyrus Mejia’s installation, entitled “The 575 Project,” which he will discuss in a special reception on Friday, Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m., in the gallery. “The 575 Project” calls attention to the fact that 5 million pets are put to death each year in shelters across the country.

In addition to Mejia’s work, selected works from four talented artists, including Jeff Ham, Lee Udall Bennion, Julie Rogers and Laura Mann, will also be on the gallery walls. These works all follow a theme depicting dogs and cats as intelligent, sensitive, and aware beings. The juxtaposition of these works with “The 575 Project” highlights the tragedy of using euthanasia as a solution to the problem of pet overpopulation.
 
Proceeds from the sale of these pieces will go to benefit the Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, the Sears Gallery, and other animal organizations.

“The Sears Gallery is honored to host the 575 Project, it has been shown in major cities across the nation, but never in its entirety in Utah,” said Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of the Sears Art Museum Gallery. “I hope all animal lovers will come to enjoy the exhibit and will consider purchasing a piece of artwork to benefit the Best Friends Sanctuary and other worthwhile organizations.”

For more information on the “Art for Animals” exhibit, contact Sears Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz at 435-652-7909 or at “cieslewicz@dixie.edu.”

Dixie State College Theatre Program Continues 2008-09 Season With Production of "The Pirates of Penzance"
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 4, 2008) Mix a rollicking band of pirates with a bevy of beautiful maidens and their "very model of a modern Major-General" father, along with a dashing, yet misplaced, pirate apprentice, and you have the makings a swashbuckling good time as the Dixie State College Theatre program presents "The Pirates of Penzance" in the Main Stage Theater of DSC's Eccles Fine Arts Center. The production will run nightly Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 18-22, at 7:30 p.m.

Written in 1879, this Gilbert & Sullivan classic follows the life of Frederic (played by Travis Ridd), whose eccentric and hearing-impaired nursemaid (played by Lisa West) mistakenly had him apprenticed to become a pirate instead of a pilot. After growing up around a "curious" sort of pirates, Frederic is seeking to flee his surroundings in hopes to lead a more honest life.

Unfortunately for Frederic, fate has not intended for life to go as he has planned, when his path crosses with Major-General Stanley (played by Jarom

Brown) and his set of dazzling daughters, including Mabel (played by Crystal Bates), the woman who has captured Frederic's heart. Throw in dancing policemen, led by the Sergeant of Police (played by Scott Pederson), and the Pirate King (played by Brandon Wainwright) trying to keep Frederic from leaving his raiding ways, and hilarity ensues, producing such renowned hits as "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General," and "Poor Wandering One."

"The Pirates of Penzance" is directed by Michael Harding, with vocal direction provided by Dr. Ken Peterson, and the orchestra is under the direction of Gary Caldwell.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-DSC students, and $1 for DSC students, faculty and staff with a valid activity card. Dixie State¹s Fine Art Department is also introducing an all-new DSC Fine Arts Season Pass, giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2008-09 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $85, a $49 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price.

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Performance information may also be obtained by visiting www.dixie.edu.


Dixie State's Entertainment Dixie to Present Hypnotist Bruce McDonald This Saturday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ November 3, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's ASDSC student government and the Entertainment Dixie bureau is presenting a performance by popular hypnotist Bruce McDonald this Saturday night, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m., in the Gardner Student Center Ballroom on the DSC campus.

Tickets are available at the door for $5, $3 for DSC students, faculty and staff with a current ID. For more information about this event, please contact the DSC student government office at 435-652-7517.


Emmy Award-Winning NFL Films Composer Tom Hedden to Visit Dixie State Campus Next Thursday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 31, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s Communication Department and the DSC Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation is presenting five-time Emmy Award-winning music director and composer Tom Hedden for a special lecture this Thursday, Nov. 6, at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, faculty and staff.

For the past 18 years, Hedden has served as music director and composer for NFL Films, where he has been involved in nearly all of the company’s productions. As a composer for NFL Films, he has penned music for a multitude of series and specials, five of which have earned him Emmy Awards, including scores for “Favre 4Ever (FOX),” “Emmitt Smith: Run With History (ESPN),” “NFL Century – In Their Words (ESPN),” “Unitas (HBO),” and “75 Seasons: The Story of the National Football League (TNT).”  
 
At Super Bowl XXXI, Hedden performed his original Super Bowl theme with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra before 80,000 fans on the field in the Louisiana Superdome. Hedden’s composition, “Sprint Right,” serves as the NFL’s league theme and musical logo for all NFL game broadcasts.

In 2006 and 2007, the Houston Symphony Orchestra featured Hedden’s work in performance, as part of their Grid Iron Glory concerts. The Cleveland Pops and The South Bend Symphony Orchestra have also performed Hedden’s music. In addition, Hedden’s compositions are featured on the compact disc, The P ower and The Glory: The Music and Voices of NFL Films, as well as the 10 CD set, Autumn Thunder, and in the EA Sports’ Madden games.
 
Along with his five Emmy Awards, Hedden has twice been named SESAC’s Television Composer of the Year. In 1988, he was part of a Clio Award winning effort for Subaru (Best Automotive Campaign). Hedden’s other advertising work includes music for Alltel, Ford, Exxon, Coca Cola and Mercedes Benz. He has written themes for NPR and provided documentary scores for ESPN, A & E and The History Channel.

In 2008, Hedden became the NFL’s Director of Music Administration, a league-wide position overseeing all aspects of music rights for the NFL Network, NFL.com and NFL League office. He has also continued composing for various production companies including Hock Films and NASCAR Media Group.

Hedden graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., with a degree in Music Production and Engineering. He currently resides in New Jersey’s Pinelands with his wife Lynne and two children.

For more information on the lecture or DSC’s Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation, contact DSC assistant professor of communication Phil Tuckett at 435-652-7574 or at tuckett@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College to Host String Quartet Recital Nov. 8
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 31, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Department of Music is presenting a performance of string chamber music on Saturday evening, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the DSC Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program, under the direction of DSC director of string studies Dr. Paul Abegg, will feature performances by three student string quartets. Among the pieces performed at the concert are Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante," featuring Christina Cook and Tiffany Terry on violin, Jillene Ostler on the viola, and Nathan Bybee on the cello, with pianist Kirsten Hoyt accompanying.

The concert will also include Antonin Dvorak's Quartet No. 12 in F major op.96 "American," featuring Clarissa Chamberlain and Aimee Rider on violin, Heather Fife on the viola, and Derek Spilker on the cello. The final pieces of the evening will be Joaquin Turina's "La Oracion del Torero" and Alexander Boradin's Quartet No. 2 in D major, which includes the well-known "Nocturne," performed by Tara Sevy and McKenzie Warren on violin, Catherine Edie on the viola, and Mattison Warren on the cello.

For more information, contact Dr. Abegg at 435-652-7904, or at abegg@dixie.edu.


Global Issues and Crises the Topic of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 31, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's weekly "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" series returns to its regular timeslot this Tuesday, Nov. 4, featuring a presentation on global issues and crises by University of Utah Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Danielle Endres. The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Dr. Endres presentation, entitled "Thinking about the Unthinkable and Talking about the Tough Stuff: Making Sense of Nuclear Weapons & other Big Issues that Confront Us," will discuss a number of issues confronting the world that seem overwhelming to most of its citizens. These include nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and the war on terror, global warming or climate change, and global poverty and economic disparity.

Endres received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington, her MA in Communication from San Diego State University, and her BA in History from the University of Oregon. Her visit is sponsored by Utah Council for the Humanities as part of the council's Public Square Presentations and Discussions.

The Dixie Forum will be held each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC men's soccer coach Danny Ortiz, who will share his presentation, "Soccer: Discovering the Game," with the forum Nov. 11, and DSC communication professor Dr. Dennis Wignall, who will present "The Effects of Technology on Human Behavior & Mental Functioni ng" on Nov. 25.

In addition, a special evening Dixie Forum will take place Tuesday, Nov. 18, featuring DSC director of string studies Dr. Paul Abegg's presentation, "The Romantic Music of the Violin." Dr. Abegg will also perform, with accompaniment provided by pianist and fellow DSC faculty member Dr. Nancy Allred. That Forum will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.


Dixie State College to Host Annual Diversity Week Nov. 3-6
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 30, 2008) "Unity Through Diversity" serves as the theme of Dixie State College of Utah's annual Diversity Week, which runs Monday-through-Thursday Nov 3-6. Diversity Week, sponsored by DSC's Diversity Center, will feature a number of events and activities designed to celebrate diversity both on campus and in the St. George community.

According to DSC Diversity Center coordinator Daneka Souberbielle, this year's Diversity Week should prove to be an exciting and expanding experience, filled with a variety of awareness, social and celebratory activities. She added that one of the goals for the week is to put real faces to the occasional foreign ideas of diversity.

"We hope that the events offered during the week will help all of the Dixie family feel proud of our multiplicity and serve to inspire people to actively work to understand perspectives that they may not have previously,"Souberbielle said.

One of the activities that will be featured throughout the week is the Empty Canvas Project, which consists of a canvas that will be available for students, faculty and staff to paint their collective representations of diversity. The canvas will be available all day Monday and Thursday in the North Plaza building's lobby, Tuesday in the Gardner Student Center, and in front of the Browning Library on Wednesday. The completed work on the canvas will formally be unveiled at a reception Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m., at the North Plaza lobby. Light refreshments will be served.

Diversity Week will also feature movies, presentations, food and service projects, that are open to all DSC students, faculty, staff and the community, beginning Monday with a screening of a documentary film about the Miss Navajo Nation pageant, followed by a presentation by reigning Miss Indian Dixie Charmayne Fowler, at 4 p.m., in the Gardner Center's Conference Room B. Following the film, a free soul food dinner will be served at 6 p.m., in the Old Gymnasium.

The events continue Tuesday with a service project kick-off as DSC students, faculty and staff will unite to collect children's books for the Utah Foster Care Foundation from 1-4 p.m., at the DSC Diversity Center, located at the 300 South entrance of the Old Gymnasium. Then at 4 p.m., a showing of the documentary film "Gender Me: Homosexuality in the World of Islam" will take place in the Gardner Center's Conference Room B.

Three events will be featured on Wednesday, beginning with a lunch presentation and slide show by Paul and Chantra Gooch entitled "Yearning to be Free," a narrative of the couple's personal histories in Utah and in Cambodian concentration camps. The free presentation and lunch begins at 12 noon in the Gardner Center's Conference Room B.

Following the lunch event, a screening of the HBO film "Real Women Have Curves," a comedy/drama starring America Ferrera, will be shown at 4 p.m., in room 207 of the DSC McDonald Building. Then that evening 6-8 p.m., DSC will host a Polynesian cultural celebration, complete with hula lessons, in the Gardner Center Ballroom. Admission to the event is $3 per person.

Diversity Week wraps up Thursday with three more activities, starting with a Diversity Cultural Fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Gardner Center's Conference Room B. The Fair will feature live cultural performances every hour, along with student-created cultural information booths, with the most creative booth taking home a cash prize. The week will officially come to a close with "Diversity Week Open Mic," featuring some of the best talent DSC has to offer, in the Gardner Center Ballroom from 7-9 p.m.

"This year we made a special effort to explore diversity through as many avenues as possible, specifically play, music, art, dance education, food and service," Souberbielle said. "I'm excited about the range of activities we have to offer this year and hope that the DSC and St. George communities will find something that piques their interest and enhances their experience."

For more information on the DSC Diversity Week events on campus, please contact Dixie State College's Diversity Center at 435-652-7733.


Leadership, Cheating and Integrity to be Discussed Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 30, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series on Thursday, Nov. 6, with a presentation by Washington County Economic Development Council director Scott Hirschi.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC's fall and spring semesters, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. DSC students, faculty and staff, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

Hirschi, who has served as director of WCEDC for over 10 years, will discuss his presentation entitled "Leadership, Cheating Donkeys and Integrity."

WCEDC is a partnership between the private and public sectors for the purpose of enhancing the economic vitality of the area. Hirschi is a native of St. George who has owned and operated his own business, served as Washington County Commissioner, and is a former director of the Utah State School Trust Lands Administration.

Future forum presenters include local mortgage broker Alan Crooks, who will address the forum Nov. 20; and Josh Little, attorney with the law firm of Durham, Jones and Pinegar, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Dec. 4.

Each speaker throughout the semester will speak on business matters in their respective professions and have been asked to integrate ethics into the discussion.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus' Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

In 2006-07, Dixie State's business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college's business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

Dr. Huddleston noted that the business forums will give students ­ and current and prospective local business owners ­ an added dose of ethics training that is so sorely needed into today's business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they have been exposed to enough ethical cases that, when they get out in the workforce, they will have the wherewithal an d the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, even when their job might be on the line.

"The Institute for Business Integrity has brought an important opportunity for the business community, as well as DSC faculty and students, to emphasize the significance of social responsibility for business and industry in Washington County," Dr. Huddleston said. "As research indicates, ethics contribute to employee commitment, investor loyalty, customer satisfaction and to profits."

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.


Aerospace Industry the Focus of Monday's DSC Colleagues Meeting
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 29, 2008) Retired physicist Dr. William Koldewyn will address the second President's Colleagues of Dixie State College meeting of the 2008-09 academic year this Monday, Nov. 3, at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dr. Koldewyn will discuss the aerospace industry and his involvement in a number of programs, most notably his work on the Hubble Telescope project.

He will show images from Hubble and will share with the audience the behind-the-scenes aspects of designing and implementing various projects.

Koldewyn, who originally hails from Ogden, Utah, worked with Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation, Scientech, Inc., IBM and TRW during his career, and served as a consultant to NASA. He received a bachelor's degree in Physics from Weber State University and completed his Ph.D in Physics at Wesleyan University (Conn.).

Since his retirement, Koldewyn continues to serve as a consultant to a number of aerospace companies and provides tutoring services in science and mathematics at Dixie State College. Clark currently resides in St. George with his wife, the former Katherine Trapp, and they are the parents of two children.

The President's Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 16 years ago by former DSC President Dr. Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area. Dr. Alder, who also started an Honors Program at DSC, organized the Colleagues as a way to increase academic activities on campus.

The Colleagues meet together once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from each other and/or invited guests. The next meeting is slated for Monday, Dec. 1.


Dixie State College Formally Announces Centennal Celebration Fundraising Campaign
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 25, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah Pre sident Stephen D. Nadauld publicly announced the largest fundraising campaign in the College's near 100-year history Saturday evening during the DSC-hosted Centennial Grand Gala Concert in the Burns Arena. The goal of the "Bridging a New Century of Service" campaign is to raise $100 million by 2011, $1 million for every year Dixie State College has been in existence.

"Since 1911, Dixie State College has been at the heart of this community,"President Nadauld said. "Over the years, the College's faithful mission has been to provide quality educational programs which help students establish and expand their world views. Thousands of students, young and not so young, have studied, graduated, and enjoyed successful careers."

Nadauld noted the College¹s desire to enhance its academic programs, improve ties to its alumni base and community, and expand the institution's satellite centers and facilities in Hurricane and Kanab. He added that the campaign's goals are also to enhance DSC's athletic and cultural arts programs, construct state-of-the-art campus buildings, retain and recruit world-class faculty, attract top-tier students, and create innovative partnerships and collaborations.

"Dixie State College is a distinctive educational institution that has the opportunity to accomplish the highest aspirations," said Nadauld. "We continually strive to improve the quality of education available to you, your children and your children's children, providing a foundation that will serve our future citizens well as they play their roles in the dynamic growth of our region.

"The renowned 'Dixie Spirit' has enabled our institution to achieve great success," Nadauld added. "But, success does not happen by chance. It takes planning, hard work, commitment and resources."

As part of the formal campaign kick off, Nadauld announced the largest private donation DSC had ever received, a $10 million anonymous gift, to be used toward the construction of a new Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons building on the DSC campus. Elder Holland, a 1961 graduate of Dixie College, is a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

"I am thrilled with the growth and destiny of Dixie State," Holland said in a taped video message. "A centennial commons building is a wonderfully fitting addition to a school that has always featured its students and has always put them first."

Holland went on to say that the proposed building is intended to acknowledge the many students who have come and gone at Dixie over the years, and those who will come in the future.

"There are infinitely more qualified and distinguished graduates who could, and should, be honored in connection with such a building," Holland said humbly. "But if my name can, in any way, bring back the memory of so many others who also loved Dixie College, and who also went to school there, and still long to go back to those nostalgic days, then I¹m more than happy ­ humble, but very happy ­ to lend my name to such a cause."

The 110,000 gross square foot, four-story Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons will be the hub of the Dixie State College campus. The building will house academic programs with 48 classrooms, a 25,000 square foot library, student support and administrative services, and a student friendly atmosphere, with a mixture of food and technology that will invite students to remain for extended hours to gain depth of knowledge and breadth of associations.

The Centennial Commons will also be home to the Southern Utah Heritage Choir. In addition to meeting the musical needs of both the Choir and the College, both organizations share the common goals of building and preserving the musical and cultural arts and fostering stronger ties with the community.

The quiet phase of the "Bridging a New Century of Service" campaign began in July of 2000, and since then Dixie State College has raised close to $78 million. Over that time a number of campaign successes were realized, including the George and Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center, the Mobile Dental Hygiene Clinic, the Stephen and Marcia Wade Alumni House, the Kathryn Lloyd Richards Sculpture Garden, the recently dedicated Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, and the newly named Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation.

In addition, many new endowed scholarships have been established during the first eight years of the campaign. Dixie alum and local business leader Ken Newby currently serves as executive chair of the campaign committee, while DSC vice president of advancement Christina Schultz is overseeing all strategic and operational aspects of the campaign.

"Dixie State College is committed to educating the residents of Washington and Kane Counties," Schultz said. "Our goal is to provide the critical foundation that will serve our students in their careers as they join the labor force and play a role in driving the economic growth of the region."

Schultz stated that the campaign will advance DSC's commitment to academic excellence through strategic investment in people, programs and facilities.

The campaign supports the institution's five fundraising priorities, including pursuing DSC's educational mission; forming innovative partnerships; enhancing the quality of campus life; preserving DSC's athletic heritage; and securing the College's future.

Dixie State College is closing in on its 100th birthday in 2011. That milestone and the memories of the hard work and dedication over that first century of many of the graduates, alumni and members of the community have instilled a true sense of pride and accomplishment in how the College has evolved over the years.

For more information on DSC's Centennial Campaign Celebration, contact DSC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Christina Schultz at 435-652-7542.


DSC Dixie Forum to Host Special Thursday Debate in Run for Washington County Commissioner Seat
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 24, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will host a special "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" event on Thursday, Oct. 30, featuring a debate between candidates for Washington County Commissioner.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Republican incumbent Alan Gardner and Democratic challenger Lin Alder will debate topics relevant to county voters, including the Lake Powell Pipeline, Vision Dixie, and the Toquop power plant, among other issues. The debate will moderated by DSC Communication Department Chair Dr. Randal Chase.

The Dixie Forum will return to its customary Tuesday noon timeslot on Nov.4, with a presentation by University of Utah Assistant Professor of Communication Danielle Endres entitled "Thinking about the Unthinkable and Talking about the Tough Stuff: Making Sense of Nuclear Weapons & other Big Issues that Confront Us."

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.


One Week Remains in Dixie State's "Dixie Idol" Opening Round of Voting
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­- October 23, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah students, faculty, staff, fans, and alumni have one more week to vote for their favorite concepts during the opening round of voting of the College’s “Dixie Idol” campaign to come up with DSC's new nickname. In all, voters have 20 nickname concepts to choose from and can gain access to the electronic ballot by visiting DSC's website at www.dixie.edu, then utilizing the "Nickname Voting Page" link on the site's front page.

The first round of online voting will run through Friday, Oct. 31, to narrow the field down to 10 concepts. Voters may cast ballots for up to three concepts, or select the same nickname concept three times, during this initial round of voting.

Following the first round vote tabulation, DSC officials will introduce the top-10 overall concept finalists and a new round of voting will commence from Friday, Nov. 14, through the last day of the 2008 fall semester, which ends Friday, Dec. 12. During this round of voting, voters may cast their ballot for just one concept, to come up with the three finalists to be announced in January.

Nearly 3,500 total concept submissions were nominated on DSC's "Dixie Idol" website for consideration over a five-week period from mid-August through the end of September. Each submission was judged and reviewed based on its appropriateness in conjunction with the traditions, values and virtues of the Dixie State College community. A second criteria for consideration is based on the overall number of times a concept has been nominated.

The 20 nickname concept finalists are: Blazers, Coyotes, Diamondbacks, Gators, Heat, Patriots, Pioneers, Ragin' Red, Ragin' Storm, Rattlers, Red Devils, Red Hawks, Red Raiders, Red Storm, Red Wolves, Reds, Roadrunners, Scorpions, Sun Rays and Suns.

Last year, the Dixie State College Board of Trustees voted to retire the use of the "Rebel" nickname and the "Confederate" identity, which was adopted in the 1950s. The hope of the DSC naming committee, headed by DSC's 2008-09 Studentbody President Brock Bybee, is to come up with a new school identity that reflects the true pioneer heritage, traditions, values and work ethic of the region. The committee is made up of representatives from DSC's student government, athletic department, faculty, staff, and alumni.

For more information on "Dixie Idol" and to cast your vote, please visit www.dixie.edu.


Dixie State College to Host Academic Open House This Wednesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 23, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will host its second Academic Open House this Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 5:30-8 p.m., in the concourse of the Burns Arena on the DSC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

According to DSC Director of Admissions Brandon Boulter, Dixie State and the Washington County School District have created a unique post-high school educational opportunity for high school students, parents and adult students in Washington County and surrounding areas. The open house is geared toward everyone interested in receiving a post-secondary education, whether by taking a few college courses, or completing work toward a bachelor's degree, associate's degree, or certificate.

Boulter added that attendees will find valuable information on all of DSC's baccalaureate degree, associate degree and certificate programs, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, admissions, advising, student activities and athletics. In addition, representatives from other colleges and universities from across the state and region will be present to provide information about their respective schools.

"This is the only event locally that will showcase so many career paths and educational opportunities, not only at Dixie State, but at other institutions as well," Boulter said. "We will have representatives from a number of institutions on hand to answer any questions and assist high school and adult students in furthering their education."

For more information on the DSC Academic Open House, contact Brandon Boulter, DSC director of admissions, at 435-652-7591, or at bboulter@dixie.edu.


DSC Athletics to Host "Trunk or Treat" Community Event October 30
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 22, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah Athletics and the department's Student-Athlete Activity Club (SAAC) is sponsoring the first-annual "Trunk or Treat" Halloween community activity for the youth of St. George and Washington County. The event will take place Thursday, Oct.30, from 6-8 p.m., at a number of DSC athletic complexes, including Hansen Stadium, Burns Arena, Bruce Hurst Field, Cooper Diamonds, the Old Gym and the DSC Tennis Courts.

According to DSC head women's basketball coach Angie Kristensen, who is the department's SAAC coordinator, DSC student-athletes will be parking their vehicles, decked out in Halloween decoration, at each athletic venue, where trick-or-treaters can move from car to car to show off their costumes and collect treats. She noted that in addition to the student-athletes handing out candy and treats, they would be giving children Halloween safety tips.

"This is a great way for our student-athletes to get involved with the community," Coach Kristensen said. "As the coordinator of DSC's SAAC program, I have been nothing but impressed with the character of all the teams and student-athletes here at Dixie. This event gives our athletes a chance to be kids themselves while promoting Halloween safety."

For more information on DSC Athletics' "Trunk-or-Treat" event, please contact the athletic department office at 435-652-7524.


The Life of Hemingway Featured at Special Friday Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 22, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues with a special meeting this Friday, Oct. 24, featuring Boise State University associate professor of English Dr. Rena Sanderson, who will discuss “Hemingway the Man vs. Hemingway the Myth.” The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Following the forum, DSC will host a special reception with light refreshments for Dr. Sanderson from 1:00-2:30 in the third-floor conference room of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business of Business Building.

Dr. Sanderson is a specialist in early 20th-century Modernism, in particular Ernest Hemingway. She is a Hemingway scholar and is currently editing the multi-volume “Collected Letters of Ernest Hemingway” for Cambridge University Press.

Sanderson, who holds a BA in German and an MA in English from UNLV, and a Ph.D in English from the University of Colorado-Boulder, has directed a number of Hemingway conferences and serves as trustee of the Hemingway Foundation. Her publications include articles on Hemingway and other authors, and she has edited two books of critical essays, including most recently “Hemingway’s Italy: New Perspectives.”

The next Dixie Forum will a special Thursday meeting on Oct. 30, beginning at 12 noon, featuring a debate between candidates for Washington County Commissioner, moderated by DSC Communication Department Chair Dr. Randal Chase. Republican incumbent Alan Gardner and Democratic challenger Lin Alder will debate topics relevant to county voters, including the Lake Po well Pipeline, Vision Dixie, and the Toquop power plant, among other issues.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.

DSC Plays Host to Red Rocks Prep Marching Band Championship
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 21, 2008) The Dixie State College of Utah Music Department and the Utah Music Educators Association are teaming up to sponsor the DSC/UMEA "Red Rocks" 2008 Marching Band Competition this Friday Oct. 24, at Hansen Stadium on the DSC campus. As the final competition in the Utah marching season, the event is deemed the championship by UMEA.

"Over 2,000 high school musicians have worked countless hours on the music and drill for their marching shows," said DSC Music Department Chair Glenn Webb. "It is exciting to have these talented students on our campus for the culmination of their hard work."

In all, 26 bands from Utah and surrounding states will begin competition at 3:30 p.m., with the smaller bands, while the competition will finish with larger band division featuring bands with over 200 members. The bands are evaluated by six judges in the categories consisting of music general effect, music performance, percussion performance, visual general effect, visual performance and colorguard performance.

"UMEA has come to St. George for decades for our annual mid-winter conference," added John Miller, UMEA Marching Band Chair and director of the American Fork High School Marching Band. "It made perfect sense to return to St. George for our marching band championship."

Tickets are available at the gate for $3 for children under 12, $5 for adults, and $20 for a family pass.


DSC to Host Centennial Celebration Gala Events This Weekend
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 21, 2008) In conjunction with Cultural Arts Month, Dixie State College of Utah will be hosting three community gala events this weekend as part of the institution¹s Centennial Celebration campaign.

The festivities begin this Friday evening, Oct. 24, with a Gala Ball at 8 p.m., at the St. George Community Arts Center at 86 South Main. The renovated Arts Center is the original home of the St. George Academy (later Dixie Academy and Dixie College), which was founded in 1911.

The Gala Ball, a semi-formal dress event, will feature live big band music, dancing and refreshments. Tickets are available now or at the door for $25 per couple.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, DSC will host a Gala Dinner Fundraiser at 5 p.m., at the Gardner Center Ballroom. The cost is $150 per couple or $75 a person, while additional donations will be welcome. This semi-formal dress event will feature great food and world-class entertainment, with proceeds going to benefit DSC¹s Centennial Celebration campaign. To RSVP for the Gala Ball, Gala Dinner or both events, contact Susan Taysom at 435-652-7905.

Following the dinner at 7 p.m., DSC will host the Centennial Grand Gala Concert in the Burns Arena, featuring over 1,400 musicians and artists, including symphony orchestra and band performances, theatre and dance performances, and a 500-voice combined community and college choir, performing over six stages. The Gala Concert is free for the entire community to attend.

As part of the concert's festivities, DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld will formally make the College's "Bridging a New Century of Service" Centennial Campaign announcement, including plans for a major building project on the DSC campus.

Dixie State College is closing in on its 100th-birthday in 2011. That milestone and the memories of the hard work and dedication over that first century of many of the graduates, alumni and members of the community have instilled a true sense of pride and accomplishment in how the College has evolved over the years.

For more information on DSC's Centennial Campaign, contact DSC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Christina Schultz at 435-652-7542.

Additional information on Cultural Arts Month may be obtained by calling 435-467-0014, or by visiting "http://calendar.utahstgeorge.com."


< /a>Dixie State Receives Scholarship Donation from SunFirst Bank
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 21, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld was presented a scholarship check for $3,400 from representatives from SunFirst Bank at a Tuesday morning ceremony. The scholarship will go to benefit a tuition and fee scholarship for a DSC communication student studying in the Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation program.

SunFirst Bank President John Allen, bank director David Watson, and retired KSL-TV news anchor Dick Nourse, along with DSC officials, were on hand at the brief ceremony.

"Dixie State's communication degree program is now one of the best programs in the entire state," said SunFirst Bank Director David Watson. "With the many facets, degree offerings and the remodeling of the Jennings Building on campus, [DSC's] communication program is going to be one of the great flagships for Dixie State College and we¹re happy to be a part of it."

Watson noted that the scholarship money was raised as part of radio marketing campaign. SunFirst Bank made a contribution to the scholarship fund each time a new bank customer opened an account at the institution and mentioned Dick Nourse's name. Watson added that the campaign is ongoing and he anticipates that more money will be raised for future scholarship offerings.

"We are grateful to SunFirst Bank for their support of the Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation," said Christina Schultz Dixie State College Vice President of Institutional Advancement. "This scholarship contribution will make it possible for a deserving communication student at Dixie State College to pursue his or her academic and career goals."


Cultural Arts Month Culminates With Grand Gala Concert Saturday, October 24
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 15, 2008) Over 1,400 talented artists will present the culminating concert for Cultural Arts Month on Saturday, October 25, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Burns Arena on the Dixie State College of Utah campus. The Grand Gala Concert, featuring Dr. Craig Jessop as guest director, brings performing artists from Dixie State College, local communities and schools together in one grand celebration of heritage, freedom and music. The concert is free and open to the public. Citizens are invited to bring their families, friends and neighbors.

Dr. Craig Jessop, acclaimed director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and now music department chair at Utah State University, will direct the unique organization of combined choirs comprised of the Southern Utah Heritage Choir, Dixie State Rebel Choir and Chamber Choir, Lieto! Singers, the Southwest Symphony Chorale and the Hurricane Valley Choir. This will be the first time these artists have ever combined as one magnificent voice. The famed Southwest Symphony and the outstanding Dixie State College Symphony Band will also be featured with the choirs and individually.

As part of the Dixie State College Centennial Celebration, the Burns Arena will be turned into a theatre environment with five separate stages and special lighting and sound, thereby affording everyone a front row view. The progr am will also feature five talented local high school choirs, the Dixie Children¹s Choir and the St. George Musical Theatre, as they honor our country, our brave veterans and pay tribute to the heritage and the culture we all enjoy in this region called America¹s Color Country.

After a rousing patriotic opening, the moving music of ³A Prayer for our Time² will help us remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. The resounding 25 piece brass ensemble will accompany the grand choir in ³Fanfare for Festival,² and the audience will never forget the orchestra, choir and dancers, as they combine for the music of John Rutter¹s ³Distant Land.² Southwest Contemporary Dance Theatre, under the director on Natalie Wilson will be featured throughout the musical journey.

Special segments of the program will honor the Native American Heritage and pay tribute to our forebears, along with the rich and cherished history of Dixie State College. Former and present artists and teachers will be honored, including Shane Warby, acclaimed baritone and former student at Pine View High School. Dr. Don Cook of Brigham Young University will be featured on organ and 1,000 musicians will join in one grand finale.

Many unique surprises are in store for everyone as these artists fill the air with music, dance and sacred memories. Children will be challenged to develop their own talents and adults will be edified as they behold the wonders of their youth. The program will be televised for over-flow audience in adjoining auditoriums and for historical significance.

The program has been produced and directed by Floyd and Claire Rigby, long time artists from this area. Dixie State College and the Southern Utah Heritage Choir have formed a unique collaboration involving hundreds of dedicated leaders to bring all artists together and present the special gift to our communities.


Archaeology of the St. George Basin is the Topic of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 15, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's weekly noontime "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" series continues this Tuesday, Oct. 21, with a presentation on the archaeology of the St. George Basin by Brigham Young University assistant professor Dr. Jim Allison. The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Dr. Allison will share his presentation, "Archeology in the St. George Basin & the American Southwest," which discusses the archaeology of the St. George Basin, its relationship to archaeology in the Southwestern United States, particularly the Four Corners region, and how archaeologists have come to know certain things about St. George Basin archaeology. Allison will explain the earliest archaeology in the St. George Basin, the history of archaeological research, and his current research.

Allison earned his BS and MA degrees in Anthropology from BYU, and completed work on his Ph.D at Arizona State University. He specializes in the archaeology of Utah and surrounding states, with current research emphasis on understanding the social and economic organization of the prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) horticulturalists that occupied southern Utah and neighboring states. One of his current research projects examines the development of Ancestral Puebloan communities in the St. George Basin of southwestern Utah between about A.D. 700 and 1300. This project was the focus of the BYU Archaeological Field School in 2006-2007 and has involved numerous students in fieldwork and artifact analysis.

The next Dixie Forum will a special Friday meeting on Oct. 24, beginning at 12 noon, featuring Boise State University associate professor of English Rena Sanderson, who will discuss "Hemingway the Man vs. Hemingway the Myth."

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.


Ethics in Law Enforcement the Topic of the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 15, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series Thursday, Oct. 23, with a presentation by Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC's fall and spring semesters, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. DSC students, faculty and staff, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

Sheriff Smith's presentation, entitled "How High Should We Set the Bar?,"will present some ethical dilemmas facing today's law enforcement officers. He will discuss officer discretion, officer misconduct, and the challenges faced enforcing a written code of ethics in a changing society, among other topics.

Smith is in his third term and tenth year overall as Sheriff of Washington County. He has been a law enforcement officer for 31 years, with the first 21 years as a Utah Highway Patrolman. Smith has received many honors and awards during his law enforcement career, including Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Outstanding Police Officer of the Year, and was a two-time Lawman of the Year honoree by the Utah Sheriff's Association.

Smith serves on several committees and organizations representing Utah, Western States and National Sheriff's Association, the Utah Association of Counties, and Governors DUI Committee. He is also involved with the St.George Children's Justice Center and the Dove Center.

The series will continue Nov. 6, with a presentation by Scott Hirschi, Director of Washington County Economic Development. In addition, local mortgage broker Alan Crooks will speak to the forum Nov. 20; and Josh Little, attorney with the law firm of Durham, Jones and Pinegar, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Dec. 4.

Each speaker throughout the semester will speak on business matters in their respective professions and have been asked to integrate ethics into the discussion.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus' Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

In 2006-07, Dixie State's business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college¹s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

Dr. Huddleston noted that the business forums will give students ­ and current and prospective local business owners ­ an added dose of ethics training that is so sorely needed into today's business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they have been exposed to enough ethical cases that, when they get out in the workforce, they will have the wherewithal and the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, even when their job might be on the line.

"The Institute for Business Integrity has brought an important opportunity for the business community, a s well as DSC faculty and students, to emphasize the significance of social responsibility for business and industry in Washington County," Dr. Huddleston said. "As research indicates, ethics contribute to employee commitment, investor loyalty, customer satisfaction and to profits."

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740


DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles Unite for Annual Fall Concert This Tuesday Evening
( ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 15, 2008) The Dixie State College Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble are coming together to present their annual Fall Concert this Tuesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre on the DSC campus.

The DSC Jazz Ensemble will perform a wide range of jazz literature including compositions from the libraries of Count Basie (Strike Up the Band), Glenn Miller (Pennsylvania 6-5000), and Bill Holman (Sunshinola). The band will also feature trumpet players Michael Smith and Derek Thomas performing the Grammy-winning arrangement of April in Paris. In addition, DSC student Brandon Hanson will perform the saxophone solo on Harlem Nocturne, known by many as the theme to Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer television series.
 
The Percussion Ensemble will feature its Drum Line equipment to perform a series of cadences and compositions written especially for this performance.  

General admission tickets may be purchased in advance at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or at the door prior to the concert for $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID. High school musicians may receive free tickets by contacting Glenn Webb at 435-652-7969.

Dixie State College of Utah Names DEl Beatty as New Dean of Students
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 13, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah has named DEl Beatty as the institution's new dean of students. Beatty assumed his new duties this past Oct. 1.

Beatty has 16 years of collegiate student services experience, most recently serving as Dean of Students at College of Eastern Utah. Prior to his tenure at CEU, he was the director of student involvement at Southern Utah University, where he worked for 15 years. Beatty is also a frequent speaker and presenter at a number of state, regional and national student service conferences and workshops.

Beatty, who hails from Hurricane, Utah, graduated from DSC with an associate's degree in 1989. While at Dixie, he served as a studentbody officer, performed with the program bureau, concert and chamber choirs, and in several musicals, along with involvement in a number of Dixie clubs, organizations and intramurals. Beatty then went on to complete his education at SUU, earning a Bachelor's degree in Music in 1991, and a Master's degree in Education in 2006.

"I used to dream about someday returning to Dixie as the dean of students ­ and now that dream has come true," Beatty said. "My higher education career has come full circle and has led me back to where it all started. My family and I are thrilled to return to Dixie and we look forward to rekindling old friendships and acquainting our children with the 'Dixie Spirit.'"

Beatty is married to the former Kimberly Gubler they are parents of four children.


Dixie State Set to Kick Off Voting Portion of "Dixie Idol" This Saturday
Twenty Concept Finalists to be Unveiled at Saturday's Homecoming Parade and Football Game
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 10, 2008) "Fans, welcome to the court your Dixie State College Red Storm!" Or how about "That's Another Dixie State Blazers' First Down!" Now imagine DSC's athletic public address announcer saying "Reds Win!"

Those are just three of th e 20 nickname concept finalists Dixie State College of Utah will be officially announcing during Saturday's Homecoming festivities. The first announcement will come during DSC's Homecoming Parade on Tabernacle Street, which begins at 9:30 a.m. The second announcement will follow during DSC's Homecoming football game vs. Humboldt State at Hansen Stadium at 1 p.m.

The announcements will serve as the kick off for the voting portion of the institution's "Dixie Idol" campaign to come up with the institution's new nickname gets underway this weekend. Voters can gain access to the electronic ballot by visiting DSC’s website at www.dixie.edu, then utilizing the "Nickname Voting Page" link on the site's front page.

Nearly 3,500 total concept submissions were nominated on DSC's "Dixie Idol" website for consideration over a five-week period from mid-August through the end of September. In all, 14 concepts, three each week, through that nomination process advanced to the initial voting round. The list includes the submissions of "Pioneers" and "Scorpions" from week one, along with "Reds," "Coyotes" and "Heat" from week two.

The concepts of "Diamondbacks," "Red Hawks," and "Suns" were selected for week three, while "Roadrunners," "Red Devils," and "Blazers" were chosen for week four, and "Patriots," "Rattlers" and "Red Storm" made the cut in the during the final week of nominations. One other submission from week one, "Red Bulls," was removed from consideration after DSC officials learned that the makers of the "Red Bull" energy drink owned all possible trademark and licensing variations with the brand name.

In addition, six at-large submissions were added to the list by the committee to round out the 20-concept field, including "Ragin' Red," "Ragin' Storm," "Sun Rays," "Red Wolves," "Red Raiders," and "Gators."

Each submission was judged and reviewed based on its appropriateness in conjunction with the traditions, values and virtues of the Dixie State College community. A second criteria for consideration is based on the overall number of times a concept has been nominated.

Last year, the Dixie State College Board of Trustees voted to retire the use of the "Rebel" nickname and the "Confederate" identity, which was adopted in the 1950s. The hope of the DSC naming committee, headed by DSC's 2008-09 Studentbody President Brock Bybee, is to come up with a new school identity that reflects the true pioneer heritage, traditions, values and work ethic of the region. The committee is made up of representatives from DSC's student government, athletic department, faculty, staff, and alumni.

"I'm glad we are moving in a positive direction," Bybee said. "It was exciting to see how the entire Dixie State family, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and the community got involved in the nomination process.

Now as we move into the voting stages of the campaign, I hope that the interest continues to gain momentum as we move toward adopting a new identity for years to come."

Th e first round of online voting will take place from Saturday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct. 31, to narrow the field down to 10 concepts. Voters may vote for up to three concepts during this initial round of voting. DSC officials will then introduce the top-10 and a new round of voting will commence from Friday, Nov. 14, through the last day of the 2008 fall semester, which ends Friday, Dec. 12. During this round of voting, voters may cast their ballot for just one concept.

Those votes will be tabulated and the field will be whittled down to three final entries. The three remaining entries, complete with costumes designed during the Christmas Holiday break, will be announced in January.

"Dixie Idol" will really get interesting as the contest moves into the "Shootout" stage, as each concept finalist will perform during a DSC's men's basketball home game (Jan. 26/Jan. 27/Feb. 14). All three finalists will perform as an ensemble during DSC's final home game of the year on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Then beginning Friday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, March 5, everyone can cast one more vote for their favorite finalist online. The outcome of the final vote will be reported to Dixie State's administration and Board of Trustees for approval. Following that process, the winner and new DSC nickname and mascot will be unveiled at the conclusion of the Great Race during "D" Week Friday, April 3, at the Encampment Mall.

DSC public relations and marketing director Steve Johnson noted that this campaign is a chance for all College stakeholders to have a say in how Dixie State will be identified, not only in the NCAA athletic realm, but as an institution as a whole. He noted that voters should not get hung up on a mascot idea, but rather vote for a nickname concept that would best represent Dixie State College in the years and decades to come.

"This is the institution's chance to embrace an identity that is truly unique to the area and that we can call our own," Johnson said. "Having an identity that can be marketable and will be recognized regionally and nationally is paramount as Dixie State continues to evolve, both on the athletic fields and courts, and as a four-year academic institution."

For more information on "Dixie Idol" and to cast your a concept, please visit www.dixie.edu/.


Utah Author Mike Ramsdell to Share "A Train to Potevka" at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 9, 2008) Utah author and former CIA agent Mike Ramsdell will discuss his book "A Train to Potevka" with those in attendance at a special Dixie State College of Utah "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" day/night event on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Ramsdell will speak at two forum engagements, the first will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. He will then address a special evening forum at 7 p.m., in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building.

Admission to both forums is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Set in the backdrop of the chaotic, volatile events in Russia at the end of the Cold War, "A Train To Potevka" takes the reader on an incredible winter's journey across Great Mother Russia along the 6,000-mile Trans-Siberian Railway. This fascinating story about an American intelligence agent from a small town in the Rockies is a tale of failed espionage, escape, and survival.

"A Train To Potevka" is a story of sacrifice, hope, and second chances. It is about love of family, home, and country. Most of all, it is a testimony to the basic goodness of man and the compassion and concern of a loving God.

Ramsdell, who hails from Bear River, Utah, attended Utah State University, the University of Utah Law School, and the Russian Language Institute in Washington, D.C. He was commissioned as an officer in the Military Intelligence Corps. His career specialty in Russian/Soviet counterintelligence has taken him on missions throughout Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, and to Asia. Lt. Colonel Ramsdell has served with: U.S. and NATO militaries, various U.S. intelligence agencies, and the U.S. Department of State. He had the opportunity to work in support of the firs t Reagan-Gorbachev Moscow Summit. His last foreign assignment was for a six-year period in Moscow and Gorky, Russia.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include Brigham Young University professor Dr. Jim Allison, who will share his presentation, "Archeology in the St.George Basin & the American Southwest," with the forum Oct. 21; and Boise State University associate professor of English Rena Sanderson will discuss "Hemingway the Man vs. Hemingway the Myth" with the forum Oct. 21.

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.


DSC Symphony Orchestra and Band Combines for Concert Tuesday Oct. 14
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 9, 2008) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band will come together for a combined concert on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus. The DSC symphony orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, while the symphony band is directed by Gary Caldwell.

The orchestra's program will feature Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46," which depicts the travels of the story's main character, Peer Gynt.

The movements are entitled "I. Morning," "II. Asa's Death," "III. Anitra's Dance," and "IV. In the Hall of the Mountain King." The orchestra will also perform Jean Sibelius' most well-known work "Finlandia."

The symphony band's performance will begin with Pierre LaPlante's "American River Songs," based on traditional music of an earlier time when the rivers and waterways were the lifelines of a growing nation. The arrangement includes "Down the River," "Shenandoah" also known as "Across the Wide Missouri," and Stephen Foster's "The Glendy Burk." The symphony band will also premiere an original composition by DSC student Ben Stratford entitled "Ancestral Winds," which includes a vocal solo by fellow DSC student Aubrey Limb.

In addition, the symphony band will perform music form the movie "Silverado"by Bruce Broughton and arranged by Randol Bass, along with two compositions by Eric Whitacre, including "October," which captures the stillness of the month, and "Ghost Train," which evokes the legend of the supernatural machine that roars out of the night through the forgotten towns and empty canyons.

Tickets are available at the door for $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff.


Dixie State College Crowns Homecoming Queen Tuesday Night

(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 8, 2008) Dixie State College freshman Samantha Cummings was crowned Homecoming Queen this past Tuesday evening at the Cox Auditorium. The pageant was held as part of the College¹s Homecoming Week festivities, which continue through Saturday, Oct. 11.

Cummings, a freshman fine arts major originally from Laguna Beach, Calif., won a $1,500 scholarship along with the crown for her effort s and will now go on to represent the college in the Miss Utah Pageant. She has participated in vocal study for 12 years and has performed in 17 musical productions, including the recently wrapped St. George Musical Theater production of "High School Musical." With her degree in fine arts, she hopes to further her education and begin a performance career, along with plans to become a vocal teacher.

Pageant hopefuls were judged in physical fitness/swimwear, evening wear and talent areas of the competition, along with the customary onstage question and personal interview portions of the event.

Cummings, who is the daughter of Tim and Liz Cummings of St. George, performed a vocal solo of the title song from the Tony Award-winning musical "Man of La Mancha," while her platform was on educating high school students on the dangerous effects of eating disorders. Having battled her own eating disorder in high school, Cummings hopes to bring awareness to the condition and help others fight the disorder.

First attendant in this year's Homecoming Queen Pageant is Lacey Timothy, a junior nursing major from Price, Utah. Timothy was also given the Director's Choice Award. Shannon Johnson, a sophomore communication major from Ogden, Utah, was voted second attendant, and Natasha La Vu, a freshman communication major from Salt Lake City, was named Miss Dixie Spirit.


Dixie State to Induct Three Into College's Hall of Fame Saturday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 8, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will induct three new members into the College's Hall of Fame as part of Homecoming activities this Saturday, Oct. 11, in the St. George Tabernacle. The 11th-annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Homecoming Founder¹s Day Assembly, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Honored in the area of Social Science and Humanities is St. George native and Dixie alum Lyman Hafen, who since 1980, has been a writer, editor, publisher, and active volunteer in community, state and national organizations. He was co-founder of St. George Magazine in 1983, and was its editor for 16 years. He continues to write a monthly column for the magazine, chronicling the history, culture and personality of his fast-changing hometown. He has written eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, and his writing has been honored on several occasions by the Utah Arts Council.

Over the years, Hafen has written numerous articles for regional and national publications, and has served as publisher of important books including Portraits of Loss - Stories of Hope, which sparked the multi-million dollar fund-raising effort for victims of the 2005 Santa Clara-Virgin River Flood. Since 1998 he has served as executive director of Zion Natural History Association in Zion National Park. He founded the Zion Canyon Field Institute in 2003, and the Zion National Park Foundation in 2007.

Hafen looks back at his time at Dixie State College as a turning point in his life. The same institution where his grandfather, Arthur K. Hafen, taught English, German, and Spanish for more than 40 years, is the place where he discovered a love for learning and literature, and came to terms with the idea that he would spend his life telling the compelling stories of this place to the world. He credits his English professor Ed Reber and his mentor Karl Brooks at DSC with turning his focus to writing. He and his wife Debbie have six children.

Honored in the area of Science and Technology will be the late Dr. Gordon D.Jennings, who founded and developed the Dixie State College Dental Hygiene program in 1998. Dr. Jennings, who realized his lifetime dream of being a dentist until a thumb injury limited his full-time dental-career, was committed to the youth of the community and teaching was a perfect avenue for him to begin a new career in education. His "can do" attitude allowed him to believe that anything was possible. This attitude was quickly absorbed by his co-workers and students, and together they helped build one of the premier dental hygiene program in the nation at Dixie State.

Not satisfied with just high pass rates and national rankings for the dental hygiene associate degree program, he pressed forward to establish the Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene degree at Dixie State Colleg e, which officially began classwork this semester. His concern that all children and immobile patrons receive dental care, regardless of family income, championed his idea of a Dixie Mobile Dental Clinic, which was opened in 2006. Dr. Jennings' moral, social and academic values continue to be an influence within the Dental Hygiene program as demonstrated by the success of its faculty, staff and students.

After a valiant fight with cancer and his untimely passing, Dixie State College established the Gordon D. Jennings Dental Hygiene scholarship to ensure that his spirit and love for the Dixie students would be ever present. He and his wife Lori are the parents of two sons Jared and Jacob.

Honored in the area of Science and Technology will be St. George native and Dixie alum Dr. E. Durant McArthur, for his over 30 years of work in research with the U.S. Forest Service. His research has contributed critically to the understanding of biological resources in the semi-arid Western United States, particularly to the population genetics, ecology, and systematics of the dominant shrubs and associated plants. This work is documented by some 430 publications, more than any other Forest Service scientist.

As a recognized authority on all aspects of shrubland biology and restoration, Dr. McArthur's decisions and recommendations are readily accepted by land managers across the western U.S. He has substantively assisted more than 30 graduate students from more than a dozen U.S. and foreign universities in natural resource studies. He has received a number of awards from the Forest Service for his work and contributions, including the preeminent Chief¹s Superior and Distinguished Scientist Award, and awards from other agencies, professional societies, and academia.

McArthur's foundation for success lies, in part, at Dixie College, where he gained a rigorous science and humanities education. While there he was active in student government, the X-Club, and intramural sports. He and his wife, Virginia, have four children and 13 grandchildren.

Additional details of the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of the these three Hall of Fame honorees will be given at the Founder's Day Assembly.

The Hall of Fame was introduced at Dixie State College in 1998 at which time18 individuals were inducted as charter members. The photos and plaques of this year¹s inductees will join the past 72 inductees on the Wall of Fame located in the Avenna Center on campus.


DSC to Unveil Holt Wireless Learning Center This Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 7, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will host a naming ceremony for the new Stanford and Jeannine Holt Wireless Learning Center, which is located in the main foyer of the DSC Udvar-Hazy School of Business Building. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The Holt Wireless Learning Center is equipped with a number of work tables and chairs, along with sofa-style lounge chairs surrounding an indoor water feature, to serve as a gathering place and work-study area for students.

The Holts have been longtime benefactors of Dixie State College and the community. Jeannine Holt has served on the DSC Alumni Board for several years, and in 1994 received a Distingui shed Citizen Award from DSC for her remarkable service to the school and the community. She was a member of the DSC Board of Trustees from 1997-2007, and had served as the Board's Vice-Chair since 2000. As a Trustee, her concerns were focused on Dixie State acquiring degree programs and endowed scholarships for students.

For her dedication and service to the College, Jeannine Holt received an Honorary Doctorate from Dixie State during the institution's 2007 Commencement exercises.

"Stan and Jeannine's lives have been dedicated to service and one of their passions has been to enhance student life at Dixie State College," said Christina Schultz, DSC vice president of advancement. "We are grateful for their support and commitment. It means a great deal to our campus community."


DSC to Present Voice Student Recital This Thursday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 7, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will present its annual DSC fall voice students recital this Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The recital, under the direction of Dr. Ken Peterson, is free and open to DSC students, faculty and staff, and the public.

For more information about this concert, future concerts or singing at Dixie State College in general, please contact the DSC Fine Arts office at 435-652-7790.


DSC Choral Ensemble Opens 2008-09 Season With Fall Concert This Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 7, 2008) The Dixie State College of Utah Choral Ensemble will open its 2008-09 concert season with the DSC Fall Choral Concert this Friday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus.

The concert, under the direction of Dr. Robert Briggs and Dr. Ken Peterson, will feature five DSC choral ensembles, including the Women's Choir, Men's Chorus, Chamber Singers, Rebel Chorus, and the Vocal Jazz Project.

Tickets are available at the door for $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff. For more information about this concert, future concerts or singing at Dixie State College in general, please contact the Dixie State College Fine Arts Department at 435-652-7790.


Dixie State College of Utah Announces Dramatic Enrollment Growth
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 6, 2008) After waiting nearly seven weeks to publically share the great news, Dixie State College of Utah officials announced Monday a dramatic rise in the institution’s 2008 Fall Semester enrollment numbers. The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) officially released its third week enrollment figures for the fall semester, which showed that DSC posted an 8% increase in total headcount with 6,443 students, 499 students ahead of last year’s total of 5,944.

DSC’s full-time equivalency (FTE*) figures for the fall semester also rose almost 11% with 4,422 students, compared to 3,988 students this time last year. In addition, the College’s Budget Related FTE experienced the highest-percentage increase in the USHE System at nearly 12% overall with 4,332 students, up 460 students from last year’s total of 3,872.

College officials attribute the growth to a number of factors, including affordable tuition costs, the addition of new baccalaureate and associate degree programs, and the quality and talent of Dixie’s faculty. DSC’s vice president of student services, Frank B. Lojko, is also quick to point out a challenge made by new President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld soon after he took office last spring.

“President Nadauld challenged the Office of Recruitment and the Dixie campus as a whole to set a target of bringing 400 new students to Dixie State for this fall,” Lojko said. “In redesigning some of our existing strategies, we developed a special recipe for success, and as everyone can now see, we exceeded our goal. Now we need to go out there and work even harder and continue to build on this success.”

Dixie State also saw a 36% increase in upper division enrollment with 1,131 total headcount, up an even 300 students from last year, and a 15% increase in first-time freshman with 1,431 students, compared to 1,249 in the fall of 2007. DSC also welcomed 121 new transfer students from other institutions, a 45% rise (391 total transfer students in 2008) from a year ago.

“We anticipated that our fall 2008 enrollment would grow due to efforts of building a sound enrollment strategy plan,” Lojko said. “We have begun offering additional two and four-year degree programs, and we are focusing special attention to building a positive college student-life culture on campus for all students. 

“We are equally as pleased with the continued rise of our upper division enrollment,” Lojko added. “A lot of work has gone into our retention efforts and we remain focused on giving our students every opportunity to complete their four-year degrees while at Dixie State.”

*One FTE is defined as any combination of 15 units of credit enrolled in by one or more students. For example, if a student is taking 15 credit hours, that equals one FTE. If 15 students take one credit, that equals one FTE as well.


Dixie State College's Annual Homecoming Queen Pageant Set for Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 3, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will present its annual Homecoming Queen Pageant, as part of the school's week-long Homecoming festivities, this Tuesday night, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., in the Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus. This year's pageant theme is "One Night Only" with tickets available for $8 per person, $5 for students and faculty and staff with current DSC ID, at the Avenna Center Ticket Office.

Contestants will not only be competing for the title of "Miss Dixie State College," but also for a $1,500 scholarship and an opportunity to compete at the 2009 Miss Utah Pageant next June. The pageant hopefuls will be judged in physical fitness/swimwear, evening wear and talent areas of the competition, along with the customary onstage question and personal interview portions of the event.

Seven DSC students will vie for the crown, including Samantha Brinkerhoff, a freshman communication major from Ogden, Utah; Samantha Cummings, a freshman fine arts major originally from Laguna Beach, Calif.; Amber Finlinson, a sophomore elementary education major from St. George; Jennifer Jentzsch, a freshman general studies major from St. George; Shannon Johnson, a freshman communication major from Ogden, Utah; Natasha La Vu, a freshman communication from Salt Lake City; and Lacey Timothy, a junior nursing major from Price, Utah.

For more information on the pageant, please call DSC Dean of Students Del Beatty at 435-652-7514 or email beatty@dixie.edu.


Dixie State College Homecoming Week 2008 Set for Oct. 6-11
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 2, 2008) "Dixie ­ Always and Forever" serves as the theme for the 2008 Dixie State College of Utah Homecoming Week Oct.

6-11. The annual rite of the fall season is filled with a number of exciting events and activities for all students, DSC alumni and the community.

"Homecoming really signifies the words fun, fall, football and friends, especially old friends," said Donna Stafford, DSC director of student activities. "It's a nostalgic time, a time when those people who were students and loved the institution, have an opportunity to come back to campus. Here they can renew old friendships and relive the excitement of 'their days' as college students."

Homecoming activities will begin in earnest Monday, Oct. 6, with a formal student kick-off event at the Encampment Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the annual Homecoming Queen Pageant Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., in the Cox Auditorium. This year's pageant theme is "One Night Only," with tickets available for $8 per person, $5 for students and faculty and staff with current DSC ID, at the Avenna Center Ticket Office.

DSC students will get in a little painting in on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with the annual painting of the "D" service project at the intersection of 300 South and 800 East beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 will feature the annual Homecoming Powder Puff Football game at Hansen Stadium at 7 p.m., which will include a performance by the Rebelinas, DSC's all-male version of the Dixie Dance Team. Admission is free to the game.

Raging Red Day is set for Friday, Oct. 10, in which all DSC students, faculty and staff, alumni and community are asked to show school spirit and wear red all day. Meanwhile, the ASDSC student council will host three events, beginning with its annual "Rock the Mall" school song competition at noon on the Encampment Mall. ASDSC will also hold a pep rally at the Encampment Mall at 8 p.m.

"This year's student government have worked so diligently to make this the best Homecoming ever," Stafford said. "For our new students who've just arrived, Homecoming is a lot of traditions and pageantry that celebrates the old as it welcomes the new. The activities we have planned will help our entire studentbody catch that 'Dixie Spirit' that we all speak fondly of."Friday's alumni activities include the Alumni Assembly at 10:30 a.m. in the Eccles Concert Hall and Golden Generation Luncheon and Program at noon in the Gardner Ballroom. The Alumni Assembly is free to attend, while tickets for the Golden Generation Luncheon may be purchased for $10. In addition, the annual Dixie Alumni Reunion Party and Barbeque will be held Friday at the Stephen and Marcia Wade Alumni House beginning at 7 p.m. The party and barbeque is free and open to all DSC alumni and their families.

Saturday's festivities begin bright and early with the inaugural Homecoming Alumni Run/Walk with DSC First Lady Margaret Nadauld at 7 a.m. The run/walk, which will last approximately one hour, starts and finishes at Wade Alumni House. Cost is $10 per person, which includes a t-shirt and a continental breakfast.

The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 9:30 a.m., and will travel down Tabernacle Street beginning at 300 East and ending at 100 West. DSC alum Jerry Atkin (Class of 1969) and his wife, Carolyn, will serve as grand marshals of the parade.

All entries must line up at the parade's starting point (300 East on Tabernacle) at 8:30 a.m. Currently there are over 40 entries for the parade with plenty of room for more floats and participants. Individuals or businesses wishing to place entries in the parade are asked to contact DSC director of student activities Donna Stafford at 435-652-7513, or by email at stafford@dixie.edu.

Immediately following the parade on Saturday will be the Founder's Day Assembly and Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 10:30 a.m., in the St.George Tabernacle. Admission to both is free.

The DSC Alumni Association will host a free tailgate party at the Wade Alumni House at 12 noon, prior to Dixie State's football game vs. Humboldt State, which is slated to kick-off at 1 p.m. Game tickets ($10 reserved, $7 general admission) may be purchased by calling the DSC general ticket office at 435-652-7800, or online at www.dixie.edu. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office at Hansen Stadium prior to kickoff.

The week wraps up Saturday night with the annual Alumni Homecoming Banquet at 7 p.m., in the Old Gym. Speaking at this year's banquet will be Jerry Atkin, while Joy Atkin will be presented with Distinguished Alumni award, and Lois Iverson will be given the Distinguished Service award. Tickets for the banquet may be purchased for $12. The Homecoming Dance, entitled "Autumn in New York," will follow at 9 p.m. in the Gardner Ballroom. Admission to the dance is $10 in advance at the Avenna Center Ticket Office, or for $15 at the door.

Tickets for the Golden Generation Luncheon and Alumni Banquet may be purchased by contacting the DSC Alumni Office 435-652-7535 or via email at larson@dixie.edu.


DSC English Department to Host Caesar Lecture This Tuesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 2, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah English Department will host a lecture on Julius Caesar, presented by DSC professor and internationally-recognized Shakespearean scholar Dr. Ace Pilkington, this Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m., in room 207 of the McDonald Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

The lecture is sponsored by Alpha Pi Epsilon, DSC's newly established chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an International English Honor Society. Dr.

Pilkington's lecture coincides with the production of Julius Caesar, which is currently being staged at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City through Oct. 25.

DSC's Alpha Pi Epsilon chapter was established last spring as an opportunity for students to have work published in a number of national journals and publications. The chapter, sponsored by DSC assistant professor of English Dr. Ami Comeford, currently has nine members in its ranks.

Undergraduate student membership in Sigma Tau Delta is based on the following criteria, including three semesters of completed college course work; a minimum of two courses in English language or literature beyond the freshman level; a 3.0 or equivalent grade point average or higher in English; and an overall class ranking in the top-35%.

For more information on DSC¹s Alpha Pi Epsilon chapter or Tuesday's lecture, please email Dr. Ami Comeford at acomeford@dixie.edu.


Local Neurosurgeon Dr. John Clark to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 1, 2008) Local neurosurgeon Dr. John Clark will address the first President's Colleagues of Dixie State College meeting of the 2008-09 academic year this Monday, Oct. 6, at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dr. Clark's presentation, entitled "How to Die Young at an Advanced Age,"will discuss the modern healthcare system, both in cost and effectiveness, for the majority of the country's populace, and why American affluence is counter-productive against a healthy society. In addition to his speaking role at Monday's meeting, Clark will be announced as the new chairman of the President's Colleagues.

Clark's impressive career, following graduation from Stanford University and Drexel University Medical School, includes 32 years in private neurosurgical practice and service in three branches of the United States Armed Forces.

For the past seven years, he has done recurrent humanitarian work in Ethiopia and Bulgar ia, helping to establish and maintain neurosurgical training programs. Clark currently resides in Bloomington, Utah, with his wife of 51 years, Antoinette, and the couple is the parents of six children.

The President's Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 16 years ago by former DSC President Dr. Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area. Dr. Alder, who also started an Honors Program at DSC, organized the Colleagues as a way to increase academic activities on campus.

The Colleagues meet together once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from each other and/or invited guests. The next meeting is slated for Monday, Nov. 3, when Dr. Bill Koldewyn, a physicist and consultant to NASA, will address the Colleagues and present an update on the nation¹s aerospace program.


DSC's Southern Quill to Host Reading as Part of Cultural Arts Month
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 29, 2008) To help celebrate Cultural Arts month, Dixie State College of Utah's literary journal, The Southern Quill, will host an evening of readings on October 3 at the Tabernacle in downtown St. George. Featuring poetry and prose produced by local writers, this free event will begin at 7 p.m., and is open to the public.
 
In print since 1950, The Southern Quill is committed to recognizing the arts in southern Utah. It publishes poetry, short fiction and visual art created by Dixie State College students and residents of Washington County.
 
The Southern Quill is now accepting submissions for its 2009 edition. Contributors may submit up to three poems, three works of visual art and/or one short story. Send materials to The Southern Quill, c/o Dr. Stephen Armstrong, Department of English, Dixie State College of Utah, St. George, UT, 84770. Deadline for submission is February 2, 2009.

All DSC students who submit poems will also receive consideration for scholarships funded by the Annie Atkin Tanner Memorial program. The Tanner program was established in 1972 by Dr. Vasco M. Tanner to honor his wife Annie. This year, the fund will award $900 in prizes. To determine winners, The Southern Quill’s editorial staff reviews and evaluates every student-written poem, selects the 10 strongest pieces from this pool and then forwards them to members of the Tanner family, who determine the first, second and third place winners of the scholarship prizes.

For further information contact Dr. Steve Armstrong at 435-652-7806.

Small Business the Focus of Thursday's DSC Business Ethics Forum Presentation
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 29, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series this Thursday, Oct. 2, with a presentation by Jill Elliss, who serves as the director of the Dixie Business Alliance (DBA).

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC's fall and spring semesters, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. DSC students, faculty and staff, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

Elliss' presentation, entitled "The Small Biz Paradox: Faith vs. the Brutal Facts," will discuss how small business owners have to be honest in their evaluations of business prospects. She will share with the audience about how the pitfalls of how not being honest and the inability to face the facts affects each owner¹s business future.

Elliss has served as DBA director for the past 12 years. She had previously headed up the Small Business Development Center at the DBA, where she consulted with hundreds of small businesses in Washington and Kane Counties every year. In January of 2008, she also became director of SEED Dixie and an analyst for USTAR. Both initiatives focus on developing companies with the potential to create high paying jobs in national markets.

Elliss is a graduate of Brigham Young University and earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix. In 2006, she w as named Executive of the Year by the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce and State Star by the National Association of Small Business Development Centers. She was named BPW Woman of Achievement in 2004 and recently received an award from the Utah Small Business Administration as Small Business Champion of the Year for her development of "BizSMART," a statewide program of web-enhanced entrepreneur training.

The series will continue Oct. 23, with a presentation by Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith. In addition, Scott Hirschi, Director of Washington County Economic Development, will address the forum Nov. 6; local mortgage broker Alan Crooks will speak Nov. 20; and Josh Little, attorney with the law firm of Durham, Jones and Pinegar, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Dec. 4.

Each speaker throughout the semester will speak on business matters in their respective professions and have been asked to integrate ethics into the discussion.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus' Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

In 2006-07, Dixie State's business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college¹s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

Dr. Huddleston noted that the business forums will give students ­ and current and prospective local business owners ­ an added dose of ethics training that is so sorely needed into today¹s business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they have been exposed to enough ethical cases that, when they get out in the workforce, they will have the wherewithal and the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, even when their job might be on the line.

"The Institute for Business Integrity has brought an important opportunity for the business community, as well as DSC faculty and students, to emphasize the significance of social responsibility for business and industry in Washington County," Dr. Huddleston said. "As research indicates, ethics contribute to employee commitment, investor loyalty, customer satisfaction and to profits."

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.


Former Oklahoma Prosecutor Turned New DSC Faculty Member to Address Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ Sept. 25, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's weekly
noontime "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" series continues this Tuesday,
Sept. 23, featuring a presentation on the inner workings of a courtroo m
setting by new DSC criminal justice assistant professor W. Scott Julian. The
Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning
Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community
members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Julian's presentation, entitled "On the Witness Stand: Courtroom Trial
Testimony ­ Being Honest, Efficient and Effective," will discuss courtroom
demeanor and proper courtroom testimony, among other topics. Julian served
for 25 years as a prosecutor in the state of Oklahoma, where he participated
in approximately 170 jury trials.

Julian was a highly-decorated prosecutor and earned a number of awards
honors, including being named the 2002 Region V Drug Prosecutor of the Year
and the 2007 Oklahoma Drug Prosecutor of the Year. In addition, he was given
the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Director's Award for Law
Enforcement, was made an honorary Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper for his
work in drug interdiction, and was named Outstanding Prosecutor for the
State of Oklahoma.

Julian graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Central Oklahoma
State University in 1976, and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from
Oklahoma City University in 1981.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall
semester. Upcoming guest speakers include Dr. Carole Grady, DSC associate
dean of health sciences, who will present "If We are Together, Nothing is
Impossible: Partnerships in Health Sciences Education" Oct. 7; and local
author and former CIA agent Mike Ramsdell will discuss his book "A Train to
Potevka," which chronicles his experiences as a government agent deep inside
Russia, with the forum Oct. 14.

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre
Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.

DSC Announces Dixie Idol Week #5 Nickname Finalists and Submission Winners
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 25, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah announced Thursday the fifth and final set of three concept finalists during the last week of nominations for the institution's "Dixie Idol" campaign to come up with the institution's new nickname and mascot. Over the past five weeks of the nomination process, nearly 3,500 total concept submissions have been entered on DSC's "Dixie Idol" website for consideration, including nearly 450 concept entries over the final week.

The fifth week's nickname finalists are "Patriots," "Rattler," and "Red Storm," each of which were nominated multiple times by a number of submitters. Individual entrants who submitted each of the three concepts were drawn from a hat and were awarded a $100 prize for their efforts. Two of the three of winners this week are from the St. George area, including Ezra Irvin (Patriots) and Jimmy Salley (Red Storm), while Dany Stevens of Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded a prize for the "Rattlers" concept.

Each submission up for consideration was judged and reviewed based on its appropriateness in conjunction with the traditions, values and virtues of the Dixie State College community. A second criteria for consideration is based on the overall number of times a concept has been nominated.

Overall, a total of 14 concept finalists have been identified, including the submissions of "Pioneers" and "Scorpions" from week one, along with "Reds," "Coyotes" and "Heat" from week two. The concepts of "Diamondbacks," "Red Hawks," and "Suns" were selected for week three, and "Roadrunners," Red Devils," and "Blazers" were chosen f or week four. One other submission from week one, "Red Bulls," was removed from consideration after DSC officials learned that the makers of the "Red Bull" energy drink owned all possible trademark and licensing variations with the brand name.

Last year, the Dixie State College Board of Trustees voted to retire the use of the "Rebel" nickname and the "Confederate" identity, which was adopted in the 1950s. The hope of the DSC naming committee, headed by DSC's 2008-09 studentbody president Brock Bybee, is to come up with a new school identity that reflects the true pioneer heritage, traditions, values and work ethic of the region. The committee is made up of DSC student-body, athletic, faculty and staff, and alumni representatives.

The five-week nomination process began August 19th, allowing all DSC alumni, current students, faculty and staff, fans and community members the chance to get involved. Dixie State will formally announce the 14 nickname finalists, along with at least 10 at-large entries, during DSC's Homecoming festivities, which is slated for the week of Oct. 5-11.

Following that announcement, the first round of online voting will take place from Saturday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct. 31, to narrow the field down to 10 entries. Voters may vote for up to three concepts during this first initial round of voting. DSC officials will then introduce the top-10 and a new round of voting will commence from Friday, Nov. 14, through the last day of the 2008 fall semester, which ends Friday, Dec. 12. During this round of voting, voters may cast their vote for just one concept.

Those votes will be tabulated and the field will be whittled down to three final entries. The three remaining entries, complete with costumes designed during the Christmas Holiday break, will be announced in January.

"Dixie Idol" will really get interesting as the contest moves into the "Shootout" stage, as each mascot finalist will perform during a DSC's men's basketball home game (Jan. 26/Jan. 27/Feb. 14), and will all perform as an ensemble during DSC's final home game of the year on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Then beginning Friday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, March 5, everyone can one more vote for the their favorite finalist online. The outcome of the final vote will be reported to Dixie State's administration and Board of Trustees for approval. Following that process, the winner and new DSC nickname and mascot to be unveiled at the conclusion of the Great Race during "D" Week Friday, April 3, at the Encampment Mall.


DSC Hall of Famer and Alum Dr. Greg Prince to Discuss Research at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ Sept. 19, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's weekly noontime "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" series this Tuesday, Sept. 16, with a presentation on the art of doing research by DSC alum and chairman of the College's National Advisory Council Dr. Greg Prince. The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Dr. Prince will present "Trying to Get the Questions Right: Reflections on 35 Years of Research," which discusses his career in medicine and research.A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Dr. Prince, who was inducted into DSC's Hall of Fame in 1999, graduated a class valedictorian from Dixie College in 1967. After earning his bachelor's degree, he attended the UCLA School of Dentistry from 1969-73, again graduating as valedictorian. He received a Ph.D. in Pathology from UCLA in 1975, studying respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the primary cause of infant pneumonia worldwide.

Over a period of fifteen years at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Prince and his co-workers developed the thesis that RSV disease could be prevented by administering antiviral antibodies to high-risk infants. He co-founded Virion Systems, Inc. to commercialize this thesis, and serves as its President and CEO.

In 1989, Virion Systems and MedImmune, Inc. formed a joint venture to conduct clinical trials that ultimately resulted in the licensure by the Food and Drug Administration of RespiGam (1996), and Synagis (1998) for the prevention of RSV pneumonia in high-risk infants. Synagis is the first monoclonal antibody ever licensed for use against any infectious agent and its first-year sales made it one of the most successful biotech product launches in history. In addition to a career in science,

Dr. Prince has developed an avocation as a historian. His first book, Power From on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood, was published in 1995, and has written a biography of LDS Church President David O. McKay.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include new DSC instructor Scott Julian, who will share his experiences in the courtroom in his presentation entitled "On the Witness Stand: Courtroom Trial Testimony ­ Being Honest, Efficient and Effective" Sept. 30; and Dr. Carole Grady, DSC associate dean of health sciences, who will present "If We are Together, Nothing is Impossible:Partnerships in Health Sciences Education."

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.

 

 


Dixie State College Theatre Program Opens 2008-09 Season With Production of "Dancing at Lughnasa"
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 19, 2008) The Dixie State College Theatre program will raise the curtain on its 2008-09 season with the production of "Dancing at Lughnasa," a Tony Award-winning masterpiece by legendary Irish playwright Brian Friel. The production will run nightly Oct. 2-4 and Oct.7-11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Main Stage Theater of DSC's Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center.

"Dancing at Lughnasa," set in Ballybeg, a fictional village in Donegal, Ireland, is a charming, bittersweet memory of the laughter and tears of a long-lost summer. The narrator, Michael (played by Jarom Brown), looks back to the summer of 1936, when he was seven, living with his mother and her four spinster sisters, and an uncle, Father Jack (played by Spencer Potter), a priest who, after 25 years in Africa, has recently returned home. The memory is completed by a visit from Michae's seldom-present father, Gerry (played by Scott Pederson), who had gone off to fight in the Spanish Civil War.

The play's title refers to the pagan Irish harvest festival, Lughnasa, which is celebrated with bonfires and dancing. This background, coupled with Father Jack¹s description of the ceremonies of Africa, and underscored by traditional Irish music, easily establishes the conflicts between the head and heart, faith and passion, what might have been and what is.

Friel is considered by many to be Ireland's greatest living playwright and ³Dancing at Lughnasa² is widely regarded as his masterpiece. His plays have been performed continuously around the world for over 40 years. "Dancing at Lughnasa" premiered in Ireland, went on to the London stage and then to New York where in 1992 it won three Tony Awards, including Best Play.

The cast for "Dancing at Lughnasa" features as the five sisters: Rebecca Wright as "Maggie," Whitney Morgan Cox as "Kate," Lindsay Cordell as "Chrissie," and Lindsay Harding as "Aggie," with Meleah Ridd and Hannah Davenport alternating in the performance of the role of "Rose." DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport will serve as the director of "Dancing at Lughnasa," while Potter serves as costume designer. DSC theater professor Dr. Brent Hanson serves as the set designer, with light design by Josh Scott, choreography by Whitney Cox, and Brook Owen is the Stage Manager for the production.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-DSC students, and$1 for DSC students, faculty and staff with a valid activity card. Dixie State¹s Fine Art Department is also introducing an all-new DSC Fine Arts Season Pass, giving patrons access to all 20 DSC theatre productions and instrumental and vocal concerts for the 2008-09 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $85, a $49 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price.

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Performance information may also be obtained by visiting www.dixie.edu.


DSC Announces Dixie Idol Week #4 Nickname Finalists and Submission Winners
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 18, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah announced Thursday the fourth set of three concept finalists during the penultimate week of nominations for the institution's "Dixie Idol" campaign to come up with the institution's new nickname and mascot. Through the first four weeks of the nomination process, nearly 3,000 total concept submissions have been entered on DSC's "Dixie Idol"website for consideration, including over 500 concept entries over the last week.

The fifth and final week of nominating began at midnight early Thursday morning to come up with three more unique nickname concepts. All nominations from the previous week will not be considered in determining the next three concept finalists. For more information on "Dixie Idol" and to nominate a concept, please visit www.dixie.edu/mascot.

"I have been very impressed by the number of submissions that we've received since the process started," said Brock Bybee, DSC 2008-09 Studentbody President and Naming Committee Chairman. "I hope that the excitement generated will snowball as we begin the voting process. This is a positive turning point in Dixie State's history and the my hope is that the campaign continues to gain momentum and carry us through to the final announcement during D-Week in April."

The fourth week's nickname finalists are "Blazers," "Red Devils," and "Roadrunners," each of which were nominated multiple times by a number of submitters. Individual entrants who submitted each of the three concepts were drawn from a hat to come up with the $100 prizewinners. All three of the weekly are from the St. George area, including Phillip McLeod (Blazers); Cathy Johnson (Roadrunners); and Cassandra Nielson (Red Devils), who will each be awarded $100 for participating in the nomination process.

Each submission up for consideration is judged and reviewed based on its appropriateness in conjunction with the traditions, values and virtues of the Dixie State College community. A second criteria for consideration is based on the overall number of times a concept has been nominated.

Through the first three weeks of nominating, a total of 11 concept finalists ha ve been identified, including the submissions of "Pioneers" and "Scorpions" from week one, along with "Reds," "Coyotes" and "Heat" from week two, and "Diamondbacks," "Red Hawks," and "Suns" from week three. One other submission from week one, "Red Bulls," was removed from consideration after DSC officials learned that the makers of the "Red Bull" energy drink owned all possible trademark and licensing variations with the brand name.

DSC officials are inviting all alumni, current students, faculty and staff, fans and community members to get involved in what should be a fun and exciting process. The initial five-week nomination portion of the campaign began August 19th, and will run through Wednesday, Sept. 24, giving all DSC stakeholders an opportunity to have a say in what the College's new nickname and mascot will be.

Last year, the Dixie State College Board of Trustees voted to retire the use of the "Rebel" nickname and the "Confederate" identity, which was adopted in the 1950s. The hope of the DSC naming committee, headed by DSC's 2008-09 studentbody president Brock Bybee, is to come up with a new school identity that reflects the true pioneer heritage, traditions, values and work ethic of the region. The committee is made up of DSC student-body, athletic, faculty and staff, and alumni representatives.

Each week during the five-week initial nomination process, three lucky nickname submitters will be awarded $100 and their submission will be one of 14 finalists. At the conclusion of the initial nomination process, Dixie State will announce the 14 nickname finalists, along with at least 10 wildcard entries, during DSC's Homecoming festivities, which is slated for the week of Oct. 5-11.

Following that announcement, a new round of online voting will take place through Friday, Oct. 31, to narrow the field down to 10 entries. DSC officials will then introduce the top-10 and a new round of voting will commence from Friday, Nov. 14, through the last day of the 2008 fall semester, which ends Friday, Dec. 12.

Those votes will be tabulated and the field will be whittled down to three final entries. The three remaining entries, complete with costumes designed during the Christmas Holiday break, will be announced in January.

"Dixie Idol" will really get interesting as the contest moves into the "Shootout" stage, as each mascot finalist will perform during a DSC's men's basketball home game (Jan. 17/Jan. 31/Feb. 12), and will all perform as an ensemble during DSC's final home game of the year on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Then beginning Friday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, March 5, everyone can vote for the their favorite finalist online. The outcome of the final vote will be reported to Dixie State's administration and Board of Trustees for approval. Following that process, the winner and new DSC nickname and mascot to be unveiled at the conclusion of the Great Race during "D" Week Friday, April 3, at the Encampment Mall.


DSC Students Given Chance to Earn College Credit Abroad in Costa Rica
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 18, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah students and St. George residents who either register for Geography 2990 or Community Education course 0290 this Spring semester will have a chance to earn college credit out of the confines of the classroom setting. Students will not find the class anywhere on the DSC campus, or in the United States for that matter. In fact, it is scheduled to take place abroad.

Instead of sitting in the classroom learning about the geography of the country of Costa Rica, as many as 12-20 students will spend 10 days exploring Costa Rica's tropical rain forests, beaches, volcanoes and culture first-hand and earn college credit while doing it.

The two-credit Costa Rica trip will take place during DSC's spring break, which is scheduled for March 14-23, 2009. The trip to the Central America country has been an annual occurrence since 2003.

According to DSC professor and course coordinator Kelly Bringhurst, the tri p will partially consist of various hikes, which will expose the group to a variety of wildlife and terrain. He went on to say that in addition to visiting various geographical wonders, students can expect to see a variety of wildlife, hike, snorkel and take part in a service project as part of the course. One year, Bringhurst and his students delivered 40 pounds worth of fiction and non-fiction books from the DSC library to a Costa Rican elementary school.

The course is open to students, faculty and staff, and community members and can be applied as elective credit toward a degree. Cost of the trip is $1,395, which includes all Costa Rican transportation, lodging, meals, and guides. The price does not cover airfare or transportation to and from Las Vegas' McCarron International Airport.

Students or community members wishing to participate on the trip are asked to drop off a $40 flight deposit to Mary Curtis at Murdock Travel by Friday, Sept. 26. In addition, a $500 trip deposit is due to the DSC Cashier¹s Office by Tuesday, Sept. 30, and the full balance is due by Tuesday, Dec.16. An orientation meeting will be scheduled for sometime in February 2009.

For additional information and to fill out an application for the course visit www.dixie.edu/travelstudy/index.html. Interested students and community members may also contact Kelly Bringhurst at 435-652-7768 or bringhur@dixie.edu with questions.


Dixie State College Calls for Homecoming Parade Entries
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 17, 2008) "Dixie ­ Always and Forever" is the theme for the 2008 Dixie State College of Utah Homecoming Week, which will kick off Friday, Oct. 3, and run through Saturday, Oct. 11.

One of the many Homecoming traditions is the parade, which will run down Tabernacle and 300 East on Saturday, Oct. 11. Line-up for the parade will begin at 8:30 a.m., while the parade is set to start at 9:30 a.m.

Individuals or companies wishing to place entries in the parade are asked to contact DSC director of student activities Donna Stafford at 435-652-7513, or by email at stafford@dixie.edu.

 


DSC Art Students Given Opportunity to Experience Global Classroom in May
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 15, 2008) Next spring, Dixie State College of Utah students will have an opportunity to expand their classroom experience on a global scale. Rather than just reading about the visiting the Louvre, or seeing images of the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum or the Acropolis in text books, DSC students are going to experience these historical treasures first hand, and in turn, taking their understanding of world history and cultures to a new level.

On May 6, 2009, 50 students of Professor Glen Blakley's art class and DSC's studentbody will embark on a 20-day educational adventure on an Education First (EF) Educational Tour to France, England, Italy, Switzerland, and Greece, including a cruise of the Greek Isles. The tour includes stops in London, Paris, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento, Meteora, Delphi, Athens, and the Greek Isles off Patmos, Mykonos, Rhodes, and Kusadasi.

"In today's world, international education and cultural knowledge is more important than ever before,&quo t; said Blakley. "I not only believe in the value EF Educational Tours has on my students academically, but I feel strongly that world travel changes their perspective. It can even influence career direction."

Blakley noted that this educational trip will be his sixth such trip and is his 15th venture to Europe overall. In preparation for the trip, he has incorporated educational content about the countries his students will be visiting into his curriculum. The resources are provided by PBS as part of a partnership between the organization and EF Educational Tours. Several students of Professor Blakley's class will complete coursework upon returning from their tour, enabling them to receive College credit.

"It is one thing to learn about art, world history and other cultures from a book, but it is a whole different world being there and seeing it first hand," says Blakley.

There are still slots available for DSC students to sign up for the trip.

Interested students needing may also contact Professor of Art Glen Blakley at 435-652-7795 or blakley@dixie.edu with questions.


Harry Truman and the End of Segregation in the Military to be Discussed at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ Sept. 12, 2008) In celebration of Constitution Day, Dixie State College of Utah's weekly noontime "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" series will focus on former President Harry S. Truman and his work to end of segregation in the United States Military, as presented by Lieutenant Colonel Keith June of the Army War College, this Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

A career soldier, Lieutenant Colonel June was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1986, and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is also a lifelong student as he has earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Arts in International Relations from Webster University. He also earned a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from the Command and General Staff College. Lieutenant Colonel June is a 2005 Graduate of the George Washington University with a Masters of Arts in Telecommunications. LTC June has published several articles on communications.

Lieutenant Colonel June, who hails from Bonneau, S.C., has served in a variety of command and staff positions. Prior to his selection for attendance at the Army War College, he served as the Deputy brigade Commander for the 160th Signal Brigade. The brigade was responsible for communications in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar. He commanded the 54th Signal Battalion in Iraq and Kuwait. While assigned to the Pentagon, he served as a member of the Joint Staff, J6. He also served on the Army Staff in the G-6/CIO as the Chief of the Army's Tactical Information Assurance section.

Lieutenant Colonel June served as the C6 Operations Officer for the Organization for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) later the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) during Operation Iraqi Freedom. While assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Lieutenant Colonel June was the Battalion Operations Officer in the 82nd Signal Battalion. He also served as the Brigade S-6 in the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment (AIR). While assigned to 5th Signal Command, he served as the Implementation Force (IFOR) Frequency Manager during the Peace Implementation Force mission in the Balkans. Lieutenant Colonel June also served as the Chief of the USAREUR Frequency Management Office and as the 5th Signal Command, Secretary of the General Staff. Lieutenant Colonel June commanded HHC, 82nd Signal Battalion.

Other assignments include Battalion Signal Officer, I-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment(AIR), 82nd Airborne Division and Battalion Signal Officer, 3/17th Field Artillery and Area Signal Center Platoon Leader, 141st Signal Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Ansbach, Federal Republic of Germany.

His awards include the Bronze S tar Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Exceptional Volunteer Medal, Army Achievement Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the NATO medal and the Army Staff Badge and the Joint Staff Identification Badge. In addition, Lieutenant Colonel June is a Master Rated Parachutist.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include Greg Prince, who will speak on "Trying to Get the Questions Right: Reflections on 35 Years of Research" on Sept. 23; and Scott Julian, who will share his experiences in the courtroom in his presentation entitled "On the Witness Stand: Courtroom Trial Testimony ­ Being Honest, Efficient and Effective" on Sept. 30.

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.


DSC Announces Dixie Idol Week #3 Nickname Finalists and Submission Winners
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 11, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah announced Thursday the third set of three concept finalists for its "Dixie Idol" campaign to come up with the institution's new nickname and mascot.

Through the first three weeks of the nomination process, nearly 2,400 total concept submissions have been entered on DSC¹s "Dixie Idol" website for consideration, including nearly 900 concept entries over the last week.

The third week's nickname finalists are "Suns," "Diamondbacks," and "Red Hawks," each of which were nominated multiple times by a number of submitters. Individual entrants who submitted each of the three concepts were drawn from a hat to come up with the $100 prizewinners. Mckoye Mecham (Diamondbacks), a DSC student originally from Tropic, Utah; Jean Beck

(Redhawk) of Hurricane, Utah; and Emily Theobald (Suns) from St. George who is the youngest prize winner to date (8-years old), will each be awarded $100 for participating in the nomination process.

Each submission up for consideration is judged and reviewed based on its appropriateness in conjunction with the traditions, values and virtues of the Dixie State College community and the area. A second criteria for consideration is based on the overall number of times a concept has been nominated.

Through the first three weeks of nominating, a total of eight concept finalists have been identified, including the submissions of "Pioneers" and "Scorpions" from week one, along with "Reds," "Coyotes" and "Heat" from week two. One other submission from week one, "Red Bulls," was removed from consideration after DSC officials learned that the makers of the "Red Bull"energy drink owned all possible trademark and licensing variations with the brand name.

The fourth week of nominating began at midnight early Thursday morning to come up with three more unique nickname concepts. All nominations from the previous week will not be considered in determining the next three concept finalists. For more information on "Dixie Idol" and to nominate a concept, please visit "www.dixie.edu/mascot."

DSC officials are inviting all alumni, current students, f aculty and staff, fans and community members to get involved in what should be a fun and exciting process. The initial five-week nomination portion of the campaign began August 19th, and will run through Friday, Sept. 26, giving all DSC stakeholders an opportunity to have a say in what the College's new nickname and mascot will be.

Last year, the Dixie State College Board of Trustees voted to retire the use of the "Rebel" nickname and the "Confederate" identity, which was adopted in the 1950s. The hope of the DSC naming committee, headed by DSC¹s 2008-09 studentbody president Brock Bybee, is to come up with a new school identity that reflects the true pioneer heritage, traditions, values and work ethic of the region. The committee is made up of DSC student-body, athletic, faculty and staff, and alumni representatives.

Each week during the five-week initial nomination process, three lucky nickname submitters will be awarded $100 and their submission will be one of

15 finalists. At the conclusion of the nomination process, Dixie State will announce the 15 nickname finalists during DSC's Homecoming festivities, which is slated for the week of Oct. 5-11.

Following that announcement, a new round of online voting will take place through Friday, Oct. 31, to narrow the field down to 10 entries. DSC officials will then introduce the top-10 and a new round of voting will commence from Friday, Nov. 14, through the last day of the 2008 fall semester, which ends Friday, Dec. 12.

Those votes will be tabulated and the field will be whittled down to three final entries. The three remaining entries, complete with costumes designed during the Christmas Holiday break, will be announced in January.

"Dixie Idol" will really get interesting as the contest moves into the "Shootout" stage, as each mascot finalist will perform during a DSC's men's basketball home game (Jan. 17/Jan. 31/Feb. 12), and will all perform as an ensemble during DSC¹s final home game of the year on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Then beginning Friday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, March 5, everyone can vote for the their favorite finalist online. The outcome of the final vote will be reported to Dixie State's administration and Board of Trustees for approval. Following that process, the winner and new DSC nickname and mascot to be unveiled at the conclusion of the Great Race during "D" Week Friday, April 3, at the Encampment Mall.


DSC Receives Utah State Board of Regents Approval for New Physical Therapist Assistant Associates Degree Program
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 11, 2008) As part of the institution's continued mission as the region's primary health care training provider, Dixie State College of Utah received approval from the Utah State Board of Regents last Friday to offer a new physical therapist assistant associate of applied science degree program. Classwork for the degree program will begin at the start of the 2009 fall semester.

The new physical therapist assistant (PTA) program, which has been the making for the past four years, will be housed in DSC's new Russell C.

Taylor Health Science Center, with classroom space and lab equipment to simulate a physical therapy clinic. The PTA program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills work alongside a physical therapist and perform hands-on physical therapy care. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work with pediatric to geriatric-age patients, sports injuries, exercise programs, hydrotherapy and electrical therapy, among others.

According to program coordinator Rand Edwards, the curricular requirements for the program included prerequisites such as human anatomy and physiology, and English composition. Edwards added that the PTA program will be a "limited-entry program," in which students will apply and be selected based on GPA and other criteria yet to be established. He noted that the program will accept approximately 16 students per year.

Edwards says the PTA program is applying for accreditation by the Com mission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education, a process that takes three years to complete. He went on to say that according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, rates of PTA job growth are "must faster than average," with the national median wage listed at $44,000 a year.

For more information on DSC's new PTA program, please contact program coordinator Rand Edwards at 435-879-4861 or at redwards@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College currently offers an array of health sciences programs, including baccalaureate programs in nursing and dental hygiene, along associate and certificate programs in nursing, dental hygiene, emergency care and rescue (EMT/Paramedic), medical radiography, respiratory therapy, surgical technology and phlebotomy. For a complete listing of DSC's health sciences programs, visit www.dixie.edu.

DSC moved its entire allied health sciences program into the newly-built Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, which will be located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center¹s River Road Campus. Classwork began in the new 78,000-square foot, three-story facility last month with the start of the Fall 2008 semester.

In 2000, Dixie State College was granted license to begin offering bachelor¹s degrees in high demand areas, which initially included business administration and computer & information technology. In 2005, the Board of Regents approved a change in mission for Dixie State College, allowing the college to begin offering bachelor¹s degrees in "core" or "foundational"areas consistent with four-year colleges.

Several other degrees have since followed, including elementary education (2002), nursing (2004), communication & new media (2005), English (2006), biology (2006), dental hygiene (2007), accounting (2007) communication (replacing communication & new media; 2007) and aviation management (2007).

Earlier this year, DSC received approval by the Regents to offer a new integrated studies baccalaureate degree.

The integrated studies program consists of common core and select concentrations in nine of disciplines, including business, communication, computer and information technology, English, biology, mathematical sciences, psychology, fine arts and Spanish.

In addition, DSC was given the green light by the Regents to offer a secondary education teaching (SET) licensure program this past December in three emphases; biology, English education and integrated science. Class work for those programs will begin at the start of the 2008 fall semester next August.

Dixie State College will continue to function as a comprehensive community college as well, offering associate degree and certificate programs to its students. Along with the new respiratory therapy and PTA programs, DSC recently received approval for an early childhood education associate degree program, which has three tracks, including an associate of science (AS) and associate of arts (AA), which are transferable degrees and could serve as a prerequisite for a student to enter a baccalaureate program in elementary education or early childhood development. The third track for the early childhood education degree is an associate of applied science (AAS) track, a two-year terminal working degree with a vocational track. The AAS degree aims to provide students with the skills needed to work in child care services and other care programs.

The overall strategic goal for Dixie State College is to offer core and high demand educational opportunities a t both the associate and baccalaureate levels that are consistent with and responsive to the needs of the community. Future programs for Dixie State College will likely center in three primary strategic clusters, which include business & technology, health care & public safety, and education.


Dixie State College Bi-Monthly Business Ethics Forum Series Returns for 2008-09 With Debut Presentation September 18
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 11, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Udvar-Hazy School of Business will kick off its 2008-09 bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series this Thursday, Sept. 18, featuring a presentation by Bruce T. Jensen, President and CEO of Town & Country Bank in St. George, entitled "Building and Maintaining a High Octane, High Ethics Business Team."

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC's fall and spring semesters, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room

121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. DSC students, faculty and staff, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

Jensen has worked in the banking industry for over 30 years, including working in management positions at Wells Fargo Bank and Zions Banks, prior to becoming president of Town & Country Bank. He graduated with a B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1975, and studied for an M.B.A. at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill.

The series will continue Oct. 2, with Jill Elliss, who is the director of the Dixie Business Alliance, SEED Dixie and USTAR. In addition, Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith will address the forum Oct. 23; Scott Hirschi, Director of Washington County Economic Development, will speak Nov. 6; local mortgage broker Alan Crooks will present to the forum Nov. 20; and Josh Little, attorney with the law firm of Durham, Jones and Pinegar, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Dec. 4.

Each speaker throughout the semester will speak on business matters in their respective professions and have been asked to integrate ethics into the discussion.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus' Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a way to integrate ethics into the curriculum, and have it serve as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

In 2006-07, Dixie State's business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college¹s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

Dr. Huddleston noted that the business forums will give students ­ and current and prospective local business owners ­ an added dose of ethics training that is so sorely needed into today¹s business world. His hope is that by the time students leave Dixie State, they have been exposed to enough ethical cases that, when they get out in the workforce, they will have the wherewithal and the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing, even when their job might be on the line.

"The Institute for Business Integrity has brought an important opportunity for the business community, as well as DSC faculty and students, to emphasize the significance of social responsibility for business and industry in Washington County," Dr. Huddleston said. "As research indicates, ethics contribute to employee commitment, investor loyalty, customer satisfaction and to profits."

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.


Dixie State College ROTC to Host Golf Fundraiser at Sunbrook September 27
(St. George, UT ­ September 11, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's ROTC program is hosting the First-Annual Army ROTC Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Sunbrook Golf Course. The tournament is sponsored by the Utah National Guard, Sunbrook Golf Course and the Army ROTC Corps of Cadets at DSC, with proceeds going to benefit the purchase of specialty equipment needed for DSC¹s ROTC training.

This four-person scramble will begin at 7 a.m., with tournament check-in and warm-up, followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per player/$300 per team, which includes green fees and cart, range balls and lunch on the course. In addition, there will be prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.

For more information or to register, please contact DSC ROTC at 435-879-4750 or 435-652-7723.

Now in its second year of existence, the DSC ROTC program provides leadership training experience, which includes rapelling, military weapons training, helicopter rides, swimming, land navigation, paintball, survival training, first aid training, among other opportunities.

According to DSC's Department of Military Science Army ROTC Training Officer Captain Collin M. Wallace, DSC's ROTC program can provide a lot of scholarship money to interested students. He added that prospective students may take up to two years of classes with no military obligation. However, students that do commit to the military will be obligated to either six years of military service in the Reserves or four years of active duty.

To qualify, students must carry a minimum 2.5 GPA and pass a medical physical. For more information about the DSC ROTC program, contact Captain Wallace at 435-652-7723 or at collin.wallace@us.army.mil.

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program is a college-based, officer commissioning program. It is designed as a college elective course that focuses on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning and professional ethics. Army ROTC units are organized as brigades and battalions.

 


USHE Commissioner Sederburg to Visit Dixie State College Campus This Tuesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 10, 2008) Newly appointed Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) Commissioner William A. Sederburg will pay a visit to the Dixie State College of Utah campus this Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Commissioner Sederburg's visit is the second stop on his month-long tour of Utah's public higher education institutions.

According to a press release provided by USHE, Commissioner Sederburg, along with some members of the Utah State Board of Regents, will participate in a tour of the DSC campus, including the new Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center. Sederburg will also meet with DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld, DSC administrators and trustees, students, faculty, St. George and Washington County community and business leaders, and elected officials, including members of the southern Utah legislative delegation as part of his day-long visit.

The press release went on to say that tours will help him gain a greater understanding of the services the state's higher education institutions provide to students, their surrounding communities and businesses, and the state¹s economy as a whole.

"I appreciate this opportunity to gain insight into the many activities occurring at our institutions, and to be able to do this at the most local level is especially important," remarked Commissioner Sederburg in the USHE press release. "I want to make sure that as I try to represent our institutions in front of lawmakers and other state leaders, that the higher education strategies and policies that we work to formulate support the priorities of our campuses."


DSC to Officially Dedicate Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center This Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 9, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will christen its new home for the institution's allied health programs as the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center will be dedicated this Friday, Sept.12. Due to space limitations, the by-invitation dedication ceremony, including the official ribbon-cutting, will begin at 2 p.m. Following the ceremony, the DSC will host an open house for the public with refreshments starting at 3 p.m.

Construction of the Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center took just over a year to complete. The 78,000 square foot, three-story facility, which was designed by Salt Lake City's VCBO Architecture, is located on the River Road campus of Dixie Regional Medical Center, just to the north and east of the hospital, approximately two miles from the DSC campus.

The four-acre site at the base of Medical Drive Center was donated to the College by Intermountain Healthcare and the Foremaster family of St. George.

In addition, Intermountain Healthcare donated $720,000 over the next three years to support hiring program directors for those medical career programs at Dixie State.

Classwork in DSC's complete health sciences curriculum began in the Center last August with the start of the Fall 2008 semester. The Center currently houses degree programs in nursing, including registered nursing, practical nursing and nursing assistance, along with DSC's dental hygiene baccalaureate and associate degree programs, and associate and certificate programs in emergency medical technology/paramedic, medical radiography, respiratory therapy, surgical technology, and phlebotomy.

The Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center will house 14 combined laboratories, 10 classrooms, a 150-seat lecture hall, 24 dental operatories, three computer labs and numerous offices and conference rooms, along with two student lounges with wireless internet capabilities.

In addition to the donated land, Russell C. and Joyce Taylor, along with the late Dr. Mervyn Cox and his wife Sue, have provided significant donations to this project. Private donations for the new facility have totaled in excess of $4 million thus far. Over $18 million has been funded by the state, but the private donations laid the groundwork in securing the state funding.

 


Dixie Forum Makes 2008-09 Debut With Encore Presentation on 9/11 and NFL Films Project
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 5, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's weekly noontime "Dixie Forum: A Window on the World" series makes its 2008-09 debut with an encore presentation of "9/11 and the NFL Films Project: The Healing," by 30-time Emmy Award-winner and DSC communication faculty member Phil Tuckett. The Forum will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus.Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Tuckett will discuss the fascinating project he helped spearhead that involved restoring photographs and artifacts from the World Trade Center following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, a project he was able to accomplish with the help of NFL Films and over 200 volunteers from the company.

His involvement with the resto ration project began after working with the New York Police Department on another assignment. The painstaking task ­ a task many thought impossible ­ resulted in 3,000 artifacts that could be restored to families who lost loved ones in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

"Phil's presentation was moving last year, we as a committee felt he would be a wonderful choice to kick off this year's forums," said Terre Burton, Dixie Forum coordinator and DSC faculty member.

Tuckett, who currently heads the DSC communication department's Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation, is a 30-year veteran of NFL Films, for which he worked as a producer, director, editor, and cameraman, and was named Vice President of Special Projects in 1982. During his tenure, he won 30 Emmy Awards for shows like "Football America," "The 100 Yard Universe," "Autumn Ritual," and "Lost Treasures of NFL Films."

He recently completed work on a new documentary film on a middle-aged men's soccer league in Queens, N.Y., entitled "The Golden Age ­ A Passion to Last a Lifetime." Tuckett has also produced non-sports related programming like "Blood from a Stone" for the History Channel, "Faces of Evil" for TNT, along with music videos for a wide variety of artists including B.B. King, Santana, Def Leppard, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include Lieutenant Colonel Keith June, who will present "Harry Truman & the End of Segregation in the Military" on Tuesday, Sept. 16; and historian Greg Prince, who will speak on "Trying to Get the Questions Right: Reflections on 35 Years of Research."

For further information on DSC's Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.


Dixie State College Dental Hygiene Outreach Program to Provide Service in Kane County
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­September 4, 2008) The Dixie State College of Utah Dental Hygiene Outreach Program will be coming to Kane County on Friday, September 19th and Friday, October 3rd, to provide free dental hygiene services to low income elementary school students. Services include oral screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, sealants, and oral hygiene education and will be provided in the mobile clinic on site at Kanab Elementary School.

"We are grateful that Dixie State College is able to provide these much needed services to the residents in Kane County," said Daniel W. Hulet, Chair of the Kane County Commission. "We are always seeking ways to enhance the quality of health and dental care for our citizens and this program will have a positive impact."

All services are provided by Dixie State College students under the supervision of DSC's Dental Hygiene faculty. DSC's mobile dental clinic, which has four on-board operatories, has been going to elementary schools and rehabilitation centers in Washington County as well as the Doctor's Free Clinic for nearly two years. In addition, DSC students have provided services in the mobile clinic as part of the "Give a Kid a Smile Day" campaign.

"We have found three major obstacles for our community in obtaining dental services ­ lack of transportation, lack of time, and lack of financial resources," said Karmen Aplanalp DSC Dental Hygiene Program Director and assistant professor. "The majority of the populations we serve have never had o ral hygiene education. We believe that preventive care will lead to fewer dental problems in the future."

To qualify for DSC's Outreach Program services, a student must be eligible for the school's free or reduced lunch program. Students who qualify for Medicaid, CHIPS, or are uninsured will also be accepted. Parents wishing to register their child for these no-cost dental hygiene services on either Sept. 19th or Oct. 3rd, are invited to pick up application forms at the Kanab Elementary principal’s office. For specific questions, contact: Veronica Fely at (435) 879-4906.


DSC Announces Dixie Idol Week #2 Nickname Finalists and Submission Winners
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 4, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah announced Thursday the second set of three concept finalists for its "Dixie Idol" campaign to come up with the institution's new nickname and mascot. Through the first two weeks of the nomination process, nearly 1,500 total concept submissions, including 766 entries in week two, have been entered on DSC's "Dixie Idol" website for consideration.

The third week of the five-week nomination process began at midnight early Thursday morning. All nominations from the previous week will not be considered in determining the next three concept finalists. For more information on "Dixie Idol" and to nominate a concept, please visit www.dixie.edu/mascot.

The second week's nickname finalists include the submissions of "Reds," "Heat," and "Coyotes," each of which were nominated multiple times by a number of submitters. Each of this week's finalists included a variation of the three concepts, including "Big Reds" and "Dixie Reds," "Dixie Heat," and "Dixie Coyotes" and "Wild Coyotes."

Individual entrants who submitted each of the three concepts were drawn from a hat to come up with the $100 prizewinners. Samantha Holt (Reds) of Herriman, Utah, and Laura Zwahlen (Heat) and Kraig Stowe (Coyotes) from St. George, all of whom are DSC alums, will each be awarded $100 for participating in the nomination process.

Each submission up for consideration is judged and reviewed based on its appropriateness in conjunction with the traditions, values and virtues of the Dixie State College community. A second criteria for consideration is based on the overall number of times a concept has been nominated.

Through the first two weeks of nominating, a total of five concept finalists have been identified, including the submissions of "Pioneers" and "Scorpions" from week one. One other submission from week one, "Red Bulls," was removed from consideration after DSC officials learned that the makers of the "Red Bull" energy drink owned all possible trademark and licensing variations with the brand.

DSC officials are inviting all alumni, current students, faculty and staff, fans and community members to get involved in what should be a fun and exciting process. The initial five-week nomination portion of the campaign began August 19th, and will run through Friday, Sept. 26, giving all DSC stakeholders an opportunity to have a say in what the College's new nickname and mascot will be.

Last year, the Dixie State College Board of Trustees voted to retire the use of the "Rebel" nickname and the "Confederate" identity, which was adopted in the 1950s. The hope of the DSC naming committee, headed by DSC's 2008-09 studentbody president Brock Bybee, is to come up with a new school identity that reflects the true pioneer heritage, traditions, values and work ethic of the region.

Each week during the five-week initial nomination process, three lucky nickname submitters will be awarded $100 and their submission will be one of 15 finalists. At the conclusion of the nomination process, Dixie State will announce the 15 nickname finalists during DSC's Homecoming festivities, which is slated for the w eek of Oct. 5-11.

Following that announcement, a new round of online voting will take place through Friday, Oct. 31, to narrow the field down to 10 entries. DSC officials will then introduce the top-10 and a new round of voting will commence from Friday, Nov. 14, through the last day of the 2008 fall semester, which ends Friday, Dec. 12.

Those votes will be tabulated and the field will be whittled down to three final entries. The three remaining entries, complete with costumes designed during the Christmas Holiday break, will be announced in January.

"Dixie Idol" will really get interesting as the contest moves into the "Shootout" stage, as each mascot finalist will perform during a DSC's men's basketball home game (Jan. 17/Jan. 31/Feb. 12), and will all perform as an ensemble during DSC's final home game of the year on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Then beginning Friday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, March 5, everyone can vote for the their favorite finalist online. The outcome of the final vote will be reported to Dixie State's administration and Board of Trustees for approval. Following that process, the winner and new DSC nickname and mascot to be unveiled at the conclusion of the Great Race during "D" Week Friday, April 3, at the Encampment Mall.


Dixie State College Partners With German University for Student Exchange
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 4, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah has partnered with the University of Bremen in Germany for a one-semester bilateral student exchange, with purposes to increase intercultural connections and to open students' horizon to other cultures and other ways of living. This is the first student exchange between DSC and an institution of higher education abroad, with the hope that students who participate will enhance their foreign-language skills, become culturally savvy, and gain independence and self-assurance.

DSC students Brad Atkins (Integrated Studies major) and Marc Griffin (Business Administration major) are currently studying abroad at the University of Bremen, while German students Tim Ole Heib, Yvonne Hellmann and Annika Larws, each began their semesters at DSC last week.

"This is the third time I have been to the United States and this school is a great place to get to know people and learn the culture," says Annika Larws. "I really like waking up and seeing the sun, the blue sky and the mountains. I really like it here."

The German students at DSC are all English majors, with emphasis on Education, in their third year. They hope to improve their language skills here, take a number of literature courses to count toward their degree, gain some teaching experience on campus (in conjunction with the German and EOSL programs as well as through the Music Department), and, above all, learn about American culture and everyday life.

During the time of the exchange, students remain enrolled at their home institution. Both sets of students have the option to transfer credits for the classes they take at the host institution back to the home institution.

According to DSC English professor and German native Theda Wrede, all DSC students can participate in the exchange, regardless of their major, but preferably only those in their second or third year should apply, whereas only English majors at the University of Bremen can apply. During the time of the exchange, students remain enrolled at their home institution, and students have the option to transfer credits for the classes they take at the host institution back to the home institution.

DSC students have the opportunity to take German-language summer classes before the semester begins, which is linked with a cultural program (music, art, excursions) and a formal introduction to German culture. The University of Bremen is located in the city of Bremen, a large port city on the Weser River in northern Germany The city has an old historical center and a great variety of cultural programs offered throughout the year.

For more information on the DSC/German exchange program, please contact DSC English professor Theda Wrede at 435-652-7821 or at wrede@dixie.edu.


Dixie State College to Host First-Annual College Convocation on September 7
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 3, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld is formally inviting all DSC students to attend the First-Annual College Convocation on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus. The convocation is free to attend and refreshments will be served at a reception following the event.

The convocation, a non-denominational event, will feature inspirational addresses to kick off the academic year from President Nadauld and his wife, Margaret. In addition, a number of St. George-area clergy representatives will be in attendance, along with local government leaders, DSC administration and members of DSC's Board of Trustees. The program will also include inspirational songs and performances by students and faculty from DSC' `s Cultural Arts department.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to come together and celebrate their education and their return to school," President Nadauld said. "It is also a great opportunity for me to talk to the students in a formal setting about vision and values and the importance of education. Our hope is that the students will come away from the convocation feeling inspired and ready to go to work in the classroom."

President Nadauld went on to say that these types of non-denominational gatherings go on at other college campuses throughout the country and have an inspirational flavor to them. He added that he hopes that this new idea will catch on and be a permanent fixture on the DSC campus for years to come.

For more information on the convocation, please contact the DSC Public Relations office at 435-652-7544.


Dixie State College Athletics to Host Military Appreciation Night at Football Game Saturday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ September 3, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah Athletics will pay tribute to our United States servicemen and women as part of Military Appreciation Night at Hansen Stadium this Saturday night, Sept. 6, as DSC's football team plays host to Western New Mexico. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.

All active United States military personnel, veterans, and their entire families will receive free admission to the game, with military identification shown at either the DSC Avenna Center ticket office prior to Saturday, or the Hansen Stadium ticket window before kickoff Saturday evening.

In addition, a live band will be performing a number of patriotic songs during pre-game, halftime and post-game activities, and the DSC ROTC Color Guard will present the colors just prior to kick-off. For ticket information, please contact the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office at 435-652-7800.


DSC's Southern Quill Seeks Contributions From Local Writers and Artists
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ August 28, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's literary journal, The Southern Quill, is now considering material for inclusion in its 2009 edition. The journal's editors are looking for sketches, photographs, poems and short stories produced by DSC students, as well as residents of Washington County.

Contributors may submit up to three poems, three works of visu al art and/or one short story. Deadline for submission is February 2, 2009. For more information, call Dr. Steve Armstrong at 652-7806 or visit the DSC English Department's website at www.dixie.edu/english.


DSC Announces First Three Nickname Finalists and Submission Winners
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ August 28, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah announced Thursday the first three concept finalists for its "Dixie Idol" campaign to come up with the institution's new nickname and mascot. Over the first week of the campaign's nomination process, 715 total submissions from at least 550 unique visitors to DSC's "Dixie Idol" website were recorded for consideration.

"To have over 700 total entries submitted over the first week of the campaign is really impressive," said DSC spokesperson Steve Johnson. "It is encouraging to see so many people show an interest in what the new identity of Dixie State College of Utah will be, both as a moniker for its NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic program and for an institution that continues to evolve in its current four-year mission."

The first three nickname finalists include "Red Bulls," "Scorpions," and "Pioneers," each of which were nominated multiple times by a number of submitters. Individual entrants who submitted each of the three concepts were drawn from a hat to come up with the $100 prizewinners. Mark Zwahlen

(Pioneers) and Kualii Min (Scorpions) from St. George, and Lana Magers (Red

Bulls) from Pahrump, Nev., will each be awarded $100 for participating in the nomination process.

Each submission up for consideration is judged and reviewed base on its appropriateness in conjunction with the traditions, values and virtues of the Dixie State College community. A second criteria for consideration is based on the overall number of times a concept has been nominated.

The second week of nominating began at the stroke of midnight early Thursday morning to come up with three more unique nickname concepts. All nominations from the previous week will not be considered in determining the next three concept finalists.

DSC officials are inviting all alumni, current students, faculty and staff, fans and community members to get involved in what should be a fun and exciting process. The initial five-week nomination portion of the campaign began August 19th, and will run through Friday, Sept. 26, giving all DSC stakeholders an opportunity to have a say in what the College¹s new nickname and mascot will be.

Last year, the Dixie State College Board of Trustees voted to retire the use of the "Rebel" nickname and the "Confederate" identity, which was adopted in the 1950s. The hope of the DSC naming committee, headed by DSC's 2008-09 studentbody president Brock Bybee, is to come up with a new school identity that reflects the true pioneer heritage, traditions, values and work ethic of the region.

Each week during the five-week initial nomination process, three lucky nickname submitters will be awarded $100 and their submission will be one of

15 finalists. At the conclusion of the nomination process, Dixie State will announce the 15 nickname finalists during DSC's Homecoming festivities, which is slated for the week of Oct. 5-11.

Following that announcement, a new round of online voting will take place through Friday, Oct. 31, to narrow the field down to 10 entries. DSC officials will then introduce the top-10 and a new round of voting will commence from Friday, Nov. 1 4, through the last day of the 2008 fall semester, which ends Friday, Dec. 12.

Those votes will be tabulated and the field will be whittled down to three final entries. The three remaining entries, complete with costumes designed during the Christmas Holiday break, will be announced in January.

"Dixie Idol" will really get interesting as the contest moves into the "Shootout" stage, as each mascot finalist will perform during a DSC's men's basketball home game (Jan. 17/Jan. 31/Feb. 12), and will all perform as an ensemble during DSC¹s final home game of the year on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Then beginning Friday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, March 5, everyone can vote for the their favorite finalist online. The outcome of the final vote will be reported to Dixie State¹s administration and Board of Trustees for approval. Following that process, the winner and new DSC nickname and mascot to be unveiled at the conclusion of the Great Race during "D" Week Friday, April 3, at the Encampment Mall.

For more information on "Dixie Idol," please visit www.dixie.edu/mascot.


U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson Visits DSC's New Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center Thursday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ August 28, 2008) United States Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) visited the Dixie State College of Utah campus Thursday morning and took a tour of the institution's new Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center. DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld and his administration joined Congressman Matheson, along with the College's allied health program directors.

DSC will formally dedicate the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house slated for Friday, Sept. 12.

However, classwork in DSC's complete health sciences curriculum began in the Center this past Tuesday with the start of the Fall 2008 semester.

The Center currently houses DSC's four-year and two-year programs in nursing, including registered nursing, practical nursing and nursing assistance, along with DSC's dental hygiene baccalaureate and associate degree programs, and associate and certificate programs in emergency medical technology/paramedic, medical radiography, respiratory therapy, surgical technology, and phlebotomy.

"This is a very dynamic asset here in southern Utah," Congressman Matheson said. "This facility is creating opportunities for the people of southern Utah to be trained here and help meet the need for health care workers. It's exciting for the area to have this facility for that purpose.

"I am very glad to have visited this facility and to let the administration of Dixie State College know that if I can do anything to help them I would," Matheson added.

Construction of the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center took just over a year to complete. The 78,000 square foot facility, which was designed by Salt Lake City's VCBO Architecture, is located on the River Road campus of Dixie Regional Medical Center, just to the north and east of the medical center, which is approximately two miles from the Dixie State campus. The four-acre site at the base of Medical Drive Center was donated to the college by Intermountain Healthcare and the Foremaster family of St. George.

In addition, Intermountain Healthcare has pledged $720,000 over the next three years to support hiring program directors for those medical career programs at Dixie State.

"The opening of the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center is a landmark accomplishment," said Christina Schultz, DSC Vice President of Advancement.

"Thanks to our legislators and our donors this facility has become a reality. Due to their commitment and generosity we will be able to enhance our ability to train healthcare providers for our region and beyond."

The Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center will house 14 combined laboratories, 10 classrooms, a 150-seat lecture hall, 24 dental operatories, three computer labs and numerous offices and conference rooms, along with two student lounges with wireless internet capabilities.

In addition to the donated land, Russell C. and Joyce Taylor, and Sue Cox and her late husband, Dr. Mervyn Cox, have provided significant donations to this project. Private donations for the new facility total in excess of $4 million thus far. Over $18 million has been funded by the state, but the private donations laid the groundwork to securing the state funding. The college wishes to thank all those that have worked together to make this new facility a reality.


DSC Students Given Chance to Earn College Credit Abroad in Costa Rica
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ August 28, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah students and St. George residents who either register for Geography 2990 or Community Education course 0290 this Spring semester will have a chance to earn college credit out of the confines of the classroom setting. Students will not find the class anywhere on the DSC campus, or in the United States for that matter. In fact, it is scheduled to take place abroad.

Instead of sitting in the classroom learning about the geography of the country of Costa Rica, as many as 12-20 students will spend 10 days exploring Costa Rica's tropical rain forests, beaches, volcanoes and culture first-hand and earn college credit while doing it.

The two-credit Costa Rica trip will take place during DSC's spring break, which is scheduled for March 13-22, 2009. The trip to the Central America country has been an annual occurrence since 2003.

According to DSC professor and course coordinator Kelly Bringhurst, the trip will partially consist of various hikes, which will expose the group to a variety of wildlife and terrain. He went on to say that in addition to visiting various geographical wonders, students can expect to see a variety of wildlife, hike, snorkel and take part in a service project as part of the course. One year, Bringhurst and his students delivered 40 pounds worth of fiction and non-fiction books from the DSC library to a Costa Rican elementary school.

The course is open to students, faculty and staff, and community members and can be applied as elective credit toward a degree. Cost of the trip is $1,395, which includes all Costa Rican transportation, lodging, meals, and guides. The price does not cover airfare or transportation to and from Las Vegas' McCarron International Airport. A $500 deposit is due by Tuesday, Sept. 30, and the full balance is due by Tuesday, Dec. 16. An orientation meeting will be scheduled for sometime in February 2009.

For additional information and to fill out an application for the course visit www.dixie.edu/travelstudy/index.html. Interested students and community members may also contact Kelly Bringhurst at 435-652-7768 or bringhur@dixie.edu with questions.


DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery to Debut "Mythical Objects: Detached Realities" Exhibit September 5
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ August 27, 2008) The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College of Utah Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center will present "Mythical Objects: Detached Realities," which opens Friday, Sept. 5, with a reception and refreshments from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will then run Monday-through-Friday through Nov. 4, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and opening reception is free a nd open to the public.

The exhibit will showcase two of Utah's finest artists, featuring the ceramic work of Susan Harris and the paintings of Brian Hoover. Harris, who is currently a professor of art & design at Southern Utah University, is recognized as one of the top ceramicists in the country. Her work has been exhibited not only in Utah, but also nationally and internationally, in solo and group exhibitions. Harris has taught numerous workshops at universities, art centers and craft residency programs, and is a Fellow of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Hoover also serves as a professor of art at SUU, where he instructs students in painting and printmaking. His highly detailed and symbolic oil works are exhibited nationally and are part of many public and private collections throughout the country.

"This exhibit is a rare opportunity for our local patrons to view the work of two talented and nationally-known artists," said Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of the Sears Art Museum Gallery. "Viewers can enjoy the perfection of craftsmanship, the nods to art history, contemplate meanings, and wonder at inspired creativity. Their work is truly sublime."

For more information on the "Mythical Objects: Detached Realities" exhibit, contact Sears Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz at 435-652-7909 or at "cieslewicz@dixie.edu."


Dixie State College Set to Welcome Back Students
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ August 20, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah officially begins 2008-09 fall semester classes next Tuesday, August 26, but students will get their first taste of the Dixie Spirit a couple of days early. This Saturday, August 23, marks the beginning of the "Week of Welcome," also known affectionately as "WOW Week," which is a full week geared specifically towards orienting, welcoming and getting new and returning students involved at Dixie State from day one.

According to DSC director of student services Donna Stafford, WOW Week is a chance for the entire campus to come together to show the incoming students all the college has to offer.

"WOW Week is a great opportunity for the campus to come together and welcome all of our students to Dixie," Stafford said. "It's a chance for students, especially our new students, to get their feet under them, get acclimated to college life and find out how to get involved in great academic, service and social activities here at Dixie State College."

WOW Week kicks off this Saturday, August 23, with Dixie Days at 3 p.m., at the Gardner Student Center. Dixie Days is a chance for new students to be introduced to DSC's student government and receive information on how to get involved in student committees and activities through the organization.

WOW Week activities continue Monday August 25, with a carnival featuring a barbeque and live music from 6-to-9 p.m., at the Encampment Mall. Members of DSC's student government, along with the faculty and staff, will be on hand grilling hamburgers for all in attendance, while representatives from virtually every department and club on campus will be manning information booths offering assistance to new and returning students. The carnival will also feature blow-up toys, a dunking booth and a games trailer sponsored by Wells Fargo. DSC's ROTC program will also be on-site with a tank and a climbing wall.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to join over 30 clubs that are available on campus during Club Rush, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 27-28, on the Diagonal from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other highlights of the week include Entertainment Dixie's presentation of "Christopher Carter ­ Mindreader" at the Gardner Center Ballroom Thursday, August 28, at 8 p.m., and the annual "Hot August Nights" First Chance Dance on Friday, August 29, from 9 p.m.-to-midnight, at the Old Gymnasium.

"Most of our new students are on their own for the first time and we want to catch these students when they first get here and get them excited to be here and show them that extra-curricular activities are extremely important part of their college experience," Stafford added.

WOW Week will wrap up Saturday, August 30, with a tailgate party at Hansen Stadium at 5 p.m., prior to the Dixie State football season-opener vs.Central Washington at 7 p.m.

"I am extremely excited not only for this upcoming week, but for the entire year to begin," says 2008-09 DSC Student-body President Brock Bybee. "We are confident our planning and preparations leading into this week and the year will make this a very fun and exceptional year to be a Dixie State student."


Dixie Idol!! DSC Holds Contest to Establish New Nickname and Mascot
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ August 18, 2008) Calling all fans and alumni of Dixie State College of Utah, and American Idol for that matter, as the College is kicking off a new campaign, "Dixie Idol," to come up with the institution's new nickname and mascot. DSC officials are inviting all alumni, current students, faculty and staff, fans and community members to get involved in what should be a fun and exciting process.

DSC officials have sent out postcards leading up to the start of "Dixie Idol" (minus Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell), which will begin this Tuesday, August 19th, with the first of a five-week online nomination and voting process. The initial nomination and voting process, which runs through Friday, Sept. 26, is a chance for all DSC stakeholders to have a say in what the College¹s new nickname and mascot will be.

Last year, the Dixie State College Board of Trustees voted to retire the use of the "Rebel" nickname and the ³Confederate² identity, which was adopted in the 1950s. The hope of the newly established DSC naming committee, headed by DSC¹s 2008-09 studentbody president Brock Bybee, is to come up with a new school identity that reflects the true pioneer heritage, traditions, values and work ethic of the region.

"It is sad that we are retiring the 'Rebel' nickname, that has been a traditional icon for so many years," Bybee said. "However, I am confident in the plans we have made to develop a new identity that will serve as a positive image Dixie State College from here on out."

Each week during the five-week initial nomination and voting process, three lucky nickname submitters, whose entry concepts best reflects the traditions of Dixie and receive the most on-line votes, will be awarded $100 and their submission will be one of 15 finalists. At the end the five-week nomination and voting process, Dixie State will announce the 15 nickname finalists during DSC's Homecoming festivities, which is slated for the week of Oct.5-11.

Following that announcement, a new round of online voting will take place through Friday, Oct. 31, to narrow the field down to 10 entries. DSC officials will then introduce the top-10 and a new round of voting will commence from Friday, Nov. 14, through the last day of the 2008 fall semester, which ends Friday, Dec. 12.

Those votes will be tabulated and the field will be whittled down to three final entries. The three remaining entries, complete with costumes designed during the Christmas Holiday break, will be announced in January.

"Dixie Idol" will really get interesting as the contest moves into the "Shootout" stage, as each mascot finalist will perform during a DSC's men's basketball home game (J an. 17/Jan. 31/Feb. 12), and will all perform as an ensemble during DSC's final home game of the year on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Then beginning Friday, Feb. 21, through Thursday, March 5, everyone can vote for the their favorite finalist online. The outcome of the final vote will be reported to Dixie State's administration and Board of Trustees for approval. Following that process, the winner and new DSC nickname and mascot to be unveiled at the conclusion of the Great Race during "D" Week Friday, April 3, at the Encampment Mall.

"This campaign should be a fun and exciting process, especially since we are doing it during an election year," said DSC spokesperson Steve Johnson. "We feel that the seven-month process will give all of our constituencies, including our students, faculty, staff, alumni, St. George-area community members and all institutional stakeholders, a chance to have a say in the future image and athletic identity of Dixie State College of Utah."

For more information on "Dixie Idol," whether to nominate or vote, please visit www.dixie.edu/mascot.


Dixie State College to Host Inaugural President's Welcome Back 5K Fun Run/Walk September 6
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ August 14, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld is formally inviting the College and St. George-area community to try and beat him to the finish line as DSC will host the inaugural President's Welcome Back 5-kilometer Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 a.m., at DSC's Hansen Stadium.

The President's Welcome Back 5K Run/Walk is free to all Dixie State students, faculty and staff, and the community to participate. The 5K course will start and finish at Hansen Stadium and will weave around and through the DSC campus. In addition, all participants who beat President Nadauld to the finish line will receive a voucher good for 25% off any apparel or novelty purchase at the DSC Bookstore.

"We wanted to do something that would be fun that would benefit not only our campus community, but the St. George community as well," said DSC spokesperson Steve Johnson. "It's a benefit on two fronts. The first is to welcome our returning students back to campus, as well as acclimating our new students to the Dixie Spirit, and have a chance to interact with President Nadauld and our faculty and staff.

"The second is to help enhance our image and presence in the community,"

Johnson added. "This event is a great way for our community to see what great students, faculty and staff we have here at Dixie State, and if they have not already, meet President Nadauld in a fun and relaxed setting."

Johnson added that the Run/Walk will serve as a great lead-in to DSC home football game later that day at Hansen Stadium vs. Western New Mexico at 7 p.m., and DSC's Student Convocation on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Cox Auditorium. The convocation, featuring an inspirational address to kick off the academic year from President Nadauld, is a non-denominational event is free and open to all DSC students.

Registration forms for the event are available at a number of community centers and businesses, and online at www.dixie.edu. Early registration is encouraged, though entries will be accepted on race day. Check-in and late registration on race day will begin at 7 a.m. T-shirts are also available for purchase for $5. Participants interested in purchasing a t-shirt must place the order by Tuesday, August 26th.

For additional information on the DSC President's 5K Fun Run/Walk or to register by telephone, please contact Steve Johnson in the DSC Public Relations Office at 435-652-7544 or at johnsons@dixie.edu.


Dixie State College Announces Partnership With Higher One, Inc.
Beginning this August 26, Dixie State College will be utilizing a new way for students to receive refunds from the College. DSC has partnered with Higher One, Inc., to create the Dixie OneCard, which will provide students with increased choice when it comes to receiving their financial aid or school refunds.

One of the many features of the Dixie OneCard is the preferred "Easy Refund" method, the fastest and easiest way for students to gain access to their refund money, literally the same day DSC releases the funds. Students may also elect to take advantage of a free checking account feature previously unavailable with the Intellecard solution, along with free Higher One ATMs on campus.

There is no need for students to sign up or opt-in to receive their new Dixie One Card, it will be automatically mailed to each student's current address on file with Dixie. For this reason, it is critical that all students verify their mailing address by this Friday, August 8.

We are very excited about this opportunity to provide Dixie students faster service and increased choices for receiving their refunds. Please join us in welcoming this exciting new service to Dixie State College.

Higher One, Inc., is a financial services company focused solely on higher education to bring this new method of refund disbursement to campus. Founded in 2000, Higher One provides higher education institutions and their students with efficient, convenient and easy-to-use solutions to handle financial disbursements.

Please visit www.dixieonecard.com or higherone.com to learn more about the all-new Dixie OneCard coming to campus this August.


Dixie State College's Dental Hygiene Program Receives State Funding to Continue Serving Those in Need
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ August 6, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Dental Hygiene Outreach Program was chosen to receive $18,000 in primary care grant funding to help continue providing dental hygiene services to uninsured and underserved Washington county residents. It is the third-straight year DSC's nationally-ranked dental hygiene program has received primary care grant funding.

DSC received the grant monies from Utah's State Primary Care Grants Program, and the funding will be utilized in dental hygiene services performed in Dixie State's Mobile Dental Hygiene. The clinic, which has four operatories on board, currently serves Washington and Kane Counties in addressing the dental health needs. The clinic is used to reach transportation-limited populations of southwestern Utah, including visits to qualifying elementary school children, rest homes, and various community health centers.

"This grant award has a two-fold benefit for our program, our students and our community," said Karmen Aplanalp, DSC Dental Hygiene program coordinator. "First, we are providing a service that is in great need in our area. There are a lot of uninsured individuals in our community that are at or below the poverty level that cannot afford basic dental care and we are fortunate to be able to provide this service for them thanks to this funding.

"Our outreach program also helps our students in the learning process,"Aplanalp added. "Our students are getting hands-on experience and sharpening their skills while providing this service. It's a win-win situation all the way around."

The award decisions, made by the Utah Department of Health's Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, are based on applicants who most effectively meet statewide needs for primary health care services, as well as criteria est ablished by State law and rules governing the grant program.

DSC's Dental Hygiene program received $20,000 in grant funding from the state program in December of 2006, and was awarded an additional $2,500 by Selecthealth this past May in recognition of the program's continued community service in providing dental hygiene services to the uninsured and underprivileged population of Washington and Kane Counties.

In 2007, Dixie State was granted approval by the Utah State Board of Regents to elevate the dental hygiene program into the institution's then-eighth baccalaureate degree offering. Aplanalp says the four-year program will be ready to go later this month to coincide with the program's move from the Jennings Building on the DSC campus to the new Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center, which is located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center campus. She added that the move will result in accepting up to 24 new students into the program, an 80-percent increase in enrollment, along with providing more dental hygiene services to the community.

For more information on Dixie State College's Dental Hygiene program and the Dental Hygiene Outreach Program, contact program coordinator Karmen Aplanalp at 435-879-4905 or at aplanalp@dixie.edu.


Dixie State College of Utah Appoints Two New Deans
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ July 29, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah announced Monday the appointment of two current faculty members to the position of dean in their respective schools. DSCU has appointed Dr. Bill Christensen as the new dean of the Udvar-Hazy School of Business, while Dr. Victor Hasfurther has been named as the dean of science and health sciences.

Christensen and Hasfurther will assume their new duties Monday, August 4, replacing the retiring Dr. David Borris, who had served as dean of DSCU's Business, Health and Science programs for the past six years.

"Deans are critical positions in an academic environment, they are responsible for the institutional well being of the faculty they serve,"said Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans, DSCU vice president of academics. "Both Dr.Hasfurther and Dr. Christensen have previously exhibited able leadership. I am excited about their skills, knowledge, and expectations. I am grateful to work with men of their caliber."

Christensen arrived at DSCU in 2001 as a professor in the Udvar-Hazy School of Business, and has taught courses in operations management, strategic management, purchasing & supply management, and statistics. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 2000.

Additionally, he received his bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies in 1979, and a master¹s degree in Management Science in 1981, both from California State University, Hayward.

Prior to starting his academic career, Christensen was Director of Solutions Delivery for MindFlow Technologies, a Dallas-based software company. In his 20-year business career, he has held management positions at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, Learjet (division of Bombardier Aerospace), Mercury Marine, and Whirlpool Corporation.

"I feel honored to have the opportunity of leading Dixie State's business school," Dr. Christensen said. ³The Udvar-Hazy School of Business is growing rapidly and is composed of caring faculty who are second-to-none in their fields, and students who are smart, motivated, and as good as I¹ve seen anywhere."

Christensen went on to say that DSCU's business students consistently achieve top honors in state, national, and international business competitions. He added that DSCU business school graduates who attend graduate school at other institutions often communicate back that they perceive themselves to be better prepared for graduate school than their peers thanks to the dedication of DSCU's excep tional business faculty.

"I look forward to strengthening our affiliations with Southern Utah University and University of Utah as we continue our application process for AACSB business school accreditation, the same level of accreditation held by the largest and best business schools in the country," noted Christensen.

Hasfurther has taught at DSCU since 2000, and has served as professor of engineering at the College for the past seven years. Last August, he was founding chair of DSCU's physical science department. Prior to his tenure at Dixie State, Hasfurther was a Professor Emeritus in Civil Engineering at the University of Wyoming (1981-1999), where he also served as department head of civil and architectural engineering.

While at UW, he earned a number of awards and honors, along with holding a number of other civic and advisory positions, including serving as a state climatologist. He received his bachelor¹s degree and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Utah State University in 1965 and 1971, respectively.

"I'm excited to be the new dean for our science and health sciences programs," Dr. Hasfurther said. "Hopefully we can move the two programs forward in those areas to make Dixie State College a better place for all students to attend school."

Dr. David Borris was appointed dean of DSCU's business, health and technology (later science) programs in 2002, after a 12-year stint in various roles at Pensacola (FL) Junior College. During his tenure at DSCU, the college has seen unprecedented growth, particularly in the number of bachelor and associate degree and certificate programs offered at the institution, including baccalaureate degrees in nursing (2004), biology (2006), dental hygiene (2007), accounting and aviation management (2007), along with a number of allied health AS and AAS two-year degrees.

In addition, Borris played an integral part in DSCU securing a number of grant and financial awards from government agencies, foundations and private donors. He also served as a driving force for the creation of the recently christened Dr. Mervyn Cox Mobile Dental Hygiene Clinic, and the construction of the Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center River Road campus. The center is slated to begin holding classes at the start of DSCU¹s fall semester Tuesday, Aug. 26, with the official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to be held Friday, Sept.12.


Dixie State College of Utah Athletics Gains Eligibility for NCAA Division II Postseason Play
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – July 23, 2008) Dexter Irvin, Dixie State College of Utah director of intercollegiate athletics, announced Wednesday that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has waived the final two years of DSCU’s four-year provisional membership. The decision by the NCAA means that beginning this season, DSC teams will be eligible for postseason play at the Division II level, while Dixie’s student-athletes can compete for conference championships and national titles in their respective sports.

“This announcement signifies the changing of the guard from a historical perspective to a new management system that emphasizes the quality of education and athletic experience for our student-athletes,” Irvin said. “Additionally, community service and student welfare, which are two core values of NCAA Division II membership, will bring us full circle in our ability to provide a quality experience for the students of Dixie State College.”

In 2000, Dixie State College of Utah changed its mission statement and began offering high demand baccalaureate degrees. This began the evolution of the intuition from a two year to a four year college. The transition from junior college athletic competition to four-year NCAA Division II competition began as an exploratory member in 2005-2006. At the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, the provisional period began, including the program’s acceptance into the Pacific West Conference on July 6, 2006.

Over the past two years, DSC’s athletic administration has produced two reports as part of the program’s progression toward full NCAA membership. The first was a 700-page Institution Self-Study Guide (ISSG), which was submitted to the NCAA in early 2007. The second report, a 600-page annual report delivered earlier this year, documented DSCU athletic’s financial aid, compliance, academic, budgetary, and student welfare policies and procedures.

It was the hard work and diligence of DSCU’s athletic administration, led by associate A.D. and senior woman administrator (SWA) Mo Eckroth, in the reports that impressed the NCAA into granting Dixie State full competition status at the Division II level.

“Our administrative team has played a pivotal role in the development of policies and procedures that has allowed us to be considered for full membership,” Irvin stated. “The significance of everything we have in place cannot be overstated.”

“Mo [Eckroth] has been a beacon of integrity and her hard work and dedication through this process has helped us make significant academic and procedural changes in our athletic department and institution,” Irvin went on to say.

Currently, Dixie State College sponsors 12 intercollegiate athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s tennis and men’s golf. DSCU is a member of the PacWest in all sports except football, which is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).

In addition to DSCU’s eligibility announcement, fellow PacWest member Notre Dame de Namur was also granted full NCAA Division II competition status, while the PacWest Conference achieved active conference status.

Irvin noted that the PacWest receiving active conference status was significant because of the conference’s role in obtaining additional grant money and funding from the NCAA, along with league assistance in management of its member schools.

“We are very appreciative of our affiliations with the PacWest and GNAC conferences,” Irvin said. “We are grateful for the possibilities for our student-athletes to compete for conference championships and national championship playoff berths, both of which would not be possible without these affiliations.”

The current Pacific West Conference consists of nine institutions - Brigham Young University Hawai‘i; Chaminade University of Honolulu; Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.; Dixie State College of Utah; the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo; Hawai‘i Pacific University; and Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif. Additionally, Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif., and the San Francisco (CA) Academy of Arts have recently been added to the league, though neither school will be eligible for postseason play this year.

Dixie State College of Utah athletics enjoys a storied history that spans nearly a full century since the institution’s inception in 1911, including decades of championship success at the junior college level. DSCU won NJCAA national championships in Men’s Basketball (1985, 2002), Women’s Soccer (2000, 2003) and Baseball (2004). All but the 1985 men’s basketball championship came during Irvin’s tenure. Irvin noted that the heritage and accomplishments of those student-athletes and coaches that came before helped set the stage for opportunit ies afforded his collective programs, both in the present and the future.

“Our history in athletics is rich and has played a significant role in our community and our institution,” Irvin said. “The junior college national championships and conference titles will forever impact our memories, but we are very excited to about this new quest that lies ahead of us.”

 


Dixie State College Delivers Infant Blankets to Dixie Regional Medical Center
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ July 14, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah Vice President of Institutional Advancement Christina Schultz, recently paid a visit to the Dixie Regional Medical Center to deliver a number of infant blankets to the center's Mom/Baby Unit. The infant blanket community service project, spearheaded by former DSC First Lady Bonnie Caldwell and the spouses of DSC's National Advisory Council (NAC) membership, resulted in a number of blankets sewn and donated to both Dixie Regional and the Kane County Hospital in Kanab.

"We are thrilled that the blankets will be put to good use and will benefit both mothers and their infants," Schultz said. "The dedication and quality of patient care, provided by healthcare professionals in our community, is truly unsurpassed."

Sharon Fitzgerald, manager of the Mom/Baby Unit noted that the blankets will be given to needy families and will be very much appreciated.


Dixie State College Appoints Louise Excell as New Interim Library Director
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ July 8, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah has appointed Louise Excell as its new Interim Dean and Director of the DSC Val A.

Browning Library. Excell replaces Martha Talman, who will return to her instructional and librarian roles at the College.

"It is a real honor to work with a fine and professional library staff,"

Excell said. "The staff is so dedicated to serving our students, faculty and the community. I¹m incredibly impressed with them."

Excell has served Dixie State College in a variety of roles for 22 years, beginning as a faculty member in the humanities and English departments. She also served as associate dean of arts, letters and sciences in 2000-01, and most recently worked as the campus' accreditation liaison.

"The library has prospered greatly during Martha¹s 18-month tenure in this position," said Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans, DSC vice president of academics.

"Finding a permanent dean and director of the Browning Library is a top priority and Louise will help us facilitate the process. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities."


Dixie State College Communication Department Announces Updated Plans for New Leadership Emphasis Program
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ June 26, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's communication department announced Thursday an updated start date for a new "Leadership in Communication" emphasis in its communication baccalaureate program specifically designed as an adult degree completion program for working professionals, single parents and others non-traditional students who need night-time instruction. The 18-month bachelor's degree completion program, which is offered as part of DSC's current communication degree program, is anticipated to begin August 12, 2008. The start date was pushed from July to August to help students obtain appropriate financial aid.

According to DSC Communication Department Chair Dr. Randal Chase, the intensive program features one evening a w eek spent in the classroom, with the rest of the work to be completed online. He noted that potential students need to have at least earned an associates degree, or to have completed their general education with at least 60 hours of completed college credits, as a prerequisite to qualify for the program.

Chase added that initial response to the first announcement of the program's creation was very positive, and he stressed that there are still spots available for students who desire to register for the program prior to the start date this August 12th. He went on to say that if there is enough demand generated for this initial program, a second cohort would begin next February.

Registration for the program is currently underway. For more information, contact the Dixie State College Communication Department at 435-652-7638.


Dixie State College Communication Program Given $75K by LDS Foundation for Nourse Media Center
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ June 25, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's communication department received a $75,000 gift from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation to help pay the estimated costs for start-up, operations, renovations and scholarships for the new Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation to be housed on the DSC campus.

DSC Vice President of Advancement Christina Schultz, DSC communication department chair Dr. Randal Chase, and associate professor of communication Phil Tuckett were presented a check by Greg James, Vice President and General Manager of KSL-TV and Salt Lake Digital Media, on behalf of the Foundation.

"We are thrilled to receive this generous donation towards the Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation," Schultz said. "The philanthropy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Foundation and the commitment of Bonneville International Corporation ­ KSL will make it possible for Dixie State College to become a significant center for communications education in our region."

Last November, the formal announcement of the Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation was made as part of the long-time KSL-TV news anchor's retirement celebration and final broadcast, during which Nourse made the public announcement of the DSC partnership. Schultz noted that the Center will provide hands-on training in all facets of the industry ­ print, electronic media, television and radio broadcasting and digital film production.

The agreement between DSC, Nourse, KSL-TV and KSL's parent company, Bonneville International, calls for a partnership and establishment of the Center, which will be housed in the soon-to-be remodeled Jennings Health and Technology Building on the DSC campus

The next stage for the Center is the physical remodeling of the Jennings Building, along with the construction of the television and radio studios, and media equipment acquisition. Nourse will assist in the promotion of new educational opportunities in broadcasting at DSC and will also head the creation of an advisory board, comprised of local and national media professionals, to advise and strategize regarding the DSC communication program.


Dixie State College Tabs Sherry Ruesch as New Executive Director of Campus Services
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ June 23, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah announced Monday the appointment of Sherry Ruesch as the institution's new executive director of campus services. Ruesch is replacing Ned Carnahan, who is retiring after 35 years of service at DSC in a variety of roles, including as outgoing executive director of campus services.

Ruesch, a native of Ely, Nev., is a 1985 graduate of Dixie College and earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Utah University in 1987. She has also completed classwork t oward a Master's degree in architecture at the University of Utah.

"With Ned having been a fixture on this campus for 35 years, he leaves large shoes to fill," Ruesch said. "He is my mentor and I will do my best to make him proud and continue to make this campus the treasure it is."

Ruesch, who currently serves as DSC's director of facility planning, will assume her new duties July 1, 2008.

"Sherry has had the rare opportunity of being mentored by one of the best in the business," said Stan Plewe, DSC Vice President of College Services. "Ned has the respect of higher education facilities directors and managers throughout Utah. Sherry has earned her own high level of respect among peers and co-workers over the last 11 years at Dixie. We look forward to seeing Sherry Ruesch at the helm of this most important department at Dixie State."


Dixie State College of Utah Reaches into Central Asia to Increase International Student Visibility
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ June 19, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah is a hit in the remote Central Asian nation of Tajikistan. DSC's Director of Financial Aid, York Butler, recently visited the country and presented that nation's Minister of Education, Abdujabbor Rahmonov, with two-year tuition and housing scholarships for two students.

Butler accompanied Utah's State Senate leadership, including Senate President John Valentine and Senate Majority Leader Curt Bramble, and Butler's father, Utah Valley University Associate Vice President of International Affairs and Diplomacy Rusty Butler, who were visiting the country as part of a return trip to the country after Tajik officials visited Utah this past March.

York Butler, along with the Utah contingent, met with Mr. Rahmonov and other Tajik government officials at the government headquarters in the capital city of Dushanbe. While there, he touted Dixie State College's program offerings, and the College¹s outstanding faculty, staff and students that make the Dixie experience what it is.

"I was honored to talk about our wonderful institution," York Butler said.

"Having an opportunity to include students from different countries and cultures to our campus, like our future Tajikistani students, will add to the diversity and different world views our students can experience."

In preparation for the trip, York Butler met with DSC's International Student Marketing Committee to come up with ways to increase the College's visibility around the world. The committee, headed by DSC registrar David Roos, is charged with developing strategies to increase enrollment of international students. York Butler proposed the creation of the scholarships that were presented to Mr. Rahmonov as part of the official State visit.

"I thought it would be a great idea to first offer a couple of scholarships and that in turn, those students coming to Dixie State would talk to their friends and families to encourage others to follow," said York Butler.

"Eventually our hope is that we might be able to have many students from Tajikistan attending Dixie State College."

York Butler went on to say that DSC was only the second American school to visit the country and offer scholarships to its citizens. He noted that the first institution was the University of Montana, which currently has over a dozen Tajik students enrolled in degree programs.

Mr. Rahmonov expressed gratitude for the scholarships, saying that it would be a great blessing to his country. Senator Valentine introduced Dixie State to the Minister and talked about the school's role in Utah's system of higher education.

"Dixie State College has reached across many miles to offer two scholarships to students of Tajikistan," Senate President Valentine said. "This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students of another less developed country gives us all pause to appreciate the good fortunes we have living in the great land we call America. Congratulations Dixie State College for looking to a broader and more expansive world"

Tajikistan, located just north of Afghanistan, is a U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism and drug smuggling in the region. The country is very mountainous and is one of the poorest nations in the world. Senate President Valentine, along with Senator Bramble, told Mr. Rahmonov that Utah and Tajikistan share similar geography and values.

During a reception at the United State Embassy in Dushanbe, U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan Tracey Ann Jacobson commended Dixie State College for helping the country, noting that the people-to-people contact the scholarships will create is invaluable to the stability and economic progress in this critical region in Central Asia.

For more information, please contact York Butler, DSC Director of Financial Aid, at 435-652-7582 or at ybutler@dixie.edu.


Four Dixie State College Faculty Members Honored by USHE for Implementation of Technology in Distance Learning
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ June 3, 2008) Four Dixie State College of Utah faculty members, Janet Campbell, Linda Rogers, Becky A. Smith and Patty Bingham, received the Utah System of Higher Education¹s (USHE) ³Exemplary Use of Technology Award² at its fifth-annual awards luncheon held May 23, in Salt Lake City.

According to a press release from USHE, 18 educators from the system¹s 10 public institutions, including DSC¹s four faculty members ­ the most of any other school in the system ­ were honored at the ceremony for their innovative use and implementation of technology into distance learning and classroom instruction.

Campbell, Rogers and Smith were honored for their work in Computer Information Systems (CIS), particularly in collaboration and technology enhanced instruction. Through the innovative use of technology and eight computer instruction specialists, they are able to provide 14 classes to an average enrollment of 1,300 students per semester. Hard copy, hand-graded tests, up to 7,000 per semester, have been replaced with online testing alternatives that produce immediate feedback.

Live class orientations were replaced with a Sonic Foundry Media site to webcast these sessions. Certain course lectures have been recorded for use to supplement assignment outlines and textbook and course procedures. When started 10 years ago as the challenge of an institution computer literacy requirement that would increase CIS enrollments from 200 to 1,500 students, the program has resulted in quality technology enhanced instruction for DSC students.

Bingham was recognized for her use of technology for the creative use of multiple media in art. Many students, who gravitate to an online art class because they are afraid of being required to create art, leave Bingham¹s class to enroll in advanced art classes to enjoy the creative outlet they provide. She was one of the first faculty members at DSC to explore distance education and has delivered art courses over KCEC-Television, the Internet and other hybrid formats.

The television course Bingham developed in the 1990¹s involved live artists who demonstrated skills and debated topics related to art. To ensure students had hands-on experience in her online class, she created digital instructional presentations to set up activities and a kit of materials to complete assignments. Students post artwork online for peer review, while Bingham constantly refines and updates her curriculum to ensure the best experi ence possible for DSC students.

³These awards highlight the impact of effectively incorporating technologies into distance learning and classroom instruction,² says USHE Interim Commissioner David L. Buhler. ³Today¹s students are coming to expect to use the same social media tools ­ such as podcasts, wikis, and web video ­ for education as they already do for entertainment. We applaud the innovative work and commitment of the award recipients.²


Dixie State College Dental Hygiene Program Receives $2,500 Award for Community Service
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ June 2, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah¹s dental hygiene program was presented a check for $2,500 from Selecthealth in recognition of the program¹s continued community service in providing dental hygiene services to the uninsured and underprivileged population of Washington and Kane Counties. DSC program director and assistant professor Karmen Aplanalp was awarded the prize at a luncheon last week at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

DSC¹s Dental Hygiene Outreach Program, which provides such services as x-rays, cleanings, fluoride, sealants and oral hygiene education, was one of 25 ³Select 25² award recipients out of over 300 applications state-wide.

Selecthealth¹s ³Select 25² award initiative was created as part of the organization¹s 25th-anniversary in serving Utah as a local, non-profit health insurance provider.

³We are honored to be chosen for this award, especially considering that there are some great programs throughout Utah that provide service for their communities,² Aplanalp said. ³This award will help us continue to provide free dental hygiene services to the uninsured and low income population of southern Utah as part of our Dental Hygiene Outreach Program.²

In November of 2006, Dixie State¹s dental hygiene program christened its new Mobile Dental Hygiene Clinic, which along with the Dr. Mervyn and Sue Cox Dental Hygiene Clinic on campus, serves as the centerpiece of the outreach program. The mobile clinic, which is the result of over $400,000 in private donations, has four operatories on board and serves Washington and Kane Counties in addressing the dental health needs of the community. The clinic is used to reach transportation-limited populations of southwestern Utah, including visits to qualifying elementary school children, rest homes, and various community health centers.

In January of 2007, Dixie State was granted approval by the Utah State Board of Regents to elevate the dental hygiene program into the institution¹s then-eighth baccalaureate degree offering. Aplanalp says the four-year program will be ready to go this fall to coincide with the program¹s move from the Jennings Building on the DSC campus to the new Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center, which will be located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center campus. She added that the move will result in accepting up to 24 new students into the program, an 80-percent increase in enrollment, along with providing more dental hygiene services to the community.

For more information on Dixie State College¹s Dental Hygiene program and the Dental Hygiene Outreach Program, contact program coordinator Karmen Aplanalp at 435-879-4905 or at aplanalp@dixie.edu.


Dixie State College to Host Academic Open House This Tuesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ May 29, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will host its inaugural Academic Open House this Tuesday, June 3, from 6-9 p.m., at the Burns Arena on the DSC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

According to DSC Director of Admissions Brandon Boulte r, the open house is geared toward everyone interested in an receiving a post-secondary education, whether by taking a few college courses, or completing work toward a bachelor¹s degree, associate¹s degree, or certificate. He added that attendees will find valuable information on DSC's 11 baccalaureate degree programs and the College's numerous associate degree and certificate programs, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, admissions, advising, student activities and athletics.

Boulter went on to say that that DSC professors, advisors, financial aid, athletic and registration personnel will be on hand to answer questions and help new and current students prepare for the start DSC¹s 2008 fall semester this August.

"We're excited about this opportunity to invite our community onto our campus and either introduce or re-introduce them to the Dixie Experience," Boulter said."It should be a great event that we hope will continue into the future."

For more information on the DSC Academic Open House, contact Brandon Boulter, DSC director of admissions, at 435-652-7591, or at bboulter@dixie.edu.


DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents Photo History of Latinos Exhibit Beginning Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ May 28, 2008) The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College of Utah Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center will present "We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe: A Photo History of Latinos in Utah" which opens this Friday, May 30, with a reception and refreshments from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will then run Monday-through-Thursday through August 8, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with the exception of Thursday, July 24 (Utah Pioneer Day). Admission to the exhibit and opening reception is free and open to the public.

The photo exhibit includes a number of themes and issues chronicling the history of Latinos in Utah, including early historical maps and documents from the time Utah was part of the Mexican territory, along with documentation of one of the first Hispanic communities in Monticello, located in San Juan County.

In addition, the exhibit will feature images relating to the work ethic of Latinos in mining and the construction of Utah's railroad system, and the participation of Utah Latinos in the United States armed forces and veterans of every military conflict dating back to World War I. The exhibit will also chronicle the early and contemporary religious practices of Catholic and LDS Latinos, and give patrons an idea of the role Utah Latinos played as leaders and organizers during the Civil Rights Movement.

DSC serves as sponsor of the exhibit, along with The Spectrum and El Sol, the St. George Arts Commission, the University of Utah and Zions Bank. For more information on the "We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe: A Photo History of Latinos in Utah" exhibit, contact Sears Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz at 435-652-7909 or at "cieslewicz@dixie.edu."


Dixie State College Communication Department Announces Plans for Adult Degree Completion Program
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ May 12, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's communication department announced Monday plans for a new "Leadership in Communication" baccalaureate program designed for working professionals, single parents and others non-traditional students who need night-time instruction. The 18-month bachelor's degree completion program, which is offered as part of DSC's current communication degree program, is anticipated to begin as early as July 1, 2008.

According to DSC Communication Department Chair Dr. Randal Chase, the intensive program features one evening a week spent in t he classroom, with the rest of the work to be completed online. He noted that potential students need at least an associates degree as a prerequisite to qualify for the program.

"We have had a significant number of people ask if we could offer a night-time program for working professionals and other non-traditional students," Dr. Chase said. "This is the answer to that question. We're very optimistic that this program will serve many additional students in our community and be successful."

Chase went on to say that if there is enough demand generated for this initial program, a second cohort would begin next January.

Registration for the program is currently underway. For more information, contact the Dixie State College Communication Department at 435-652-7638.


"A Sense of Spring" Exhibit on Display at Dixie State College
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ May 5, 2008) "A Sense of Spring" art exhibit, created by St. George mixed media artist Don Parker, is on display in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Grand Foyer and will remain for public viewing through August at Dixie State College. The exhibit is open Monday-through-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with the exception of May 26 (Memorial Day) and July 24 (Utah Pioneer Day).

The exhibit includes ten of Parker's recent works portraying flowers, including the pieces "Grand Duchess," "Perfect Harmony," and "Magnolia Magic."

"People are very much like flowers . . . they hide when their world is full of darkness, but when there is peace and love in their world, they open their petals and show their beauty," explained Parker. "This display celebrates Spring and the coming of peace."

Kathy Cieslewicz, curator and director of the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Sears Art Museum Gallery, said patrons who make the effort to view this display will be well rewarded. "Parker's use of brilliant hues splashed across the large canvasses has some visitors claiming they can almost hear the bees buzzing from flower to flower," she said.

Parker worked for 22 years as a stained glass artist in Sonoma County, California, with the last eight years spent painting and creating in acrylics and polymers. His works have been displayed in numerous galleries in California, Nevada, and Utah. Parker and his wife, Chris, have lived in St. George for the past 18 years.


Dixie State College Tabs Glenn Webb as First-Ever Chair of Music Department
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ May 5, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Fine Arts Department has announced the appointment of Glenn Webb as the department's first-ever Chair of Music. Webb will begin his duties as chair this August prior to the start of DSC's 2008 fall semester.

"I am honored to be appointed the first chair of the Music Department at Dixie State College," Webb said. "It is a thrill to work with so many accomplished musicians and teachers in our department."

Webb currently serves as music department lecturer and advisor, along with duties as director of the Dixie State Jazz Ensemble, the Percussion Ensemble and the Varsity Band. He noted that the establishment of a music department at DSC is a sign of the institution's commitment to providing support for a proposed bachelor's degree in music in the near future.

"We do look forward to additional growth in numbers and excellence and continuing to build upon the well-developed foundation in music at Dixie State College," Webb added. "We also will continue to partner with our colleagues in theater on their outstanding productions."

Webb holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Weber State University a nd Master's of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Utah. Webb has instructed bands and orchestras in Utah public schools for the past 14 years and has served as conductor and music director for Sandy City summer musicals for nine years. He is a solo percussionist with the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble and principal percussion with Ballet West.

In addition, Webb freelances with the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera. He was also a featured performer in the 2002 Cultural Olympiad with the Jose Limon Dance Company and Repertory Dance Theater.

"The formation of a music department is a significant milestone in the fine arts department at Dixie State College," said Dr. Brent Hansen, DSC associate dean of arts and letters. "It is very exciting for us to have this happen."


Dixie State College Confers 1,168 Degrees and Certificates Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 2, 2007) Dixie State College of Utah conferred a total of 1,168 degrees and certificates Friday evening at its 97th-annual Commencement Exercises held at the Avenna Center Burns Arena.

The College awarded a total of 924 degrees, including 153 bachelor degrees, the largest baccalaureate graduating class in school history, and 771 associate degrees. In addition, 244 vocational and technical certificates were awarded.

Retired KSL-TV news anchor Dick Nourse delivered the keynote address to Dixie State’s Class of 2008, and challenged each graduate to volunteer to make the world they enter a better place.
 
“Be that volunteer, that is my challenge to you,” Nourse urged the graduates. “I feel that the greatest reason we are on this earth is to help one another. There will come a time in your lifetimes, if not already, when you will need all the help you can get, and will be called upon to give all the help you can give.”

Nourse recalled a number of instances in American and world history where volunteerism helped shape and in some instances, change the course of history. He also noted parallels from national and international headlines both from the past and present day and encouraged the graduates to create their own legacy as they journey through life.
 
“Write your own story” Nourse said. “Embrace everything life has to offer, both its challenges and successes. Let your story be that piece of good news, one of giving, loving and of lifting up others.”
 
Of the 153 baccalaureate degrees awarded Friday, 113 degrees came from three of Dixie State’s four-year programs – business administration (50), elementary education (43) and computer & information technology (20). The college also graduated nine students in its third-ever four-year nursing graduating class.

The College awarded degrees to 13 students from its final communication and new media class as well as the first three graduates in its new communication program. In addition, DSC conferred degrees to its first-ever baccalaureate classes in three other programs, including seven students in accounting, five students in English and three students in biology.
 
Four foreign countries (Canada, The Philippines, Portugal and Japan) and 31 states were represented in the Class of 2008. Over 83 percent of DSC’s graduates called Utah home (973 students), with 27 of the state’s 29 counties represented, while nearly two-thirds of those students (631) hailed from Washington County. Female graduates constituted just over 60 percent of the class, while the class ranges in age from 18 to 71.

Kellie Marie Carter from Enterprise, Utah, and Ashley Soper from St. George represented DSC’s Baccalaureate class as Valedictorians, with Carter serving as speaker, while Whitney Phillips from St. George spoke on behalf of the Associate Degree graduate class. DSC student Stacy Lloyd James, who passed away earlier this academic year, was awarded his bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Technology posthumously.
 
In addition to his keynote address, Mr. Nourse was awarded an honorary degree, while Dr. Michael Anderson, Ray Carpenter, Dr. Scott Parry, Edna Mae Miller Sampson and Darcy A. Stewart received Distinguished Citizens awards for their exemplary service to the college and community.

Dixie State College Set to Transition to Summer Four-Day Work Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 2, 2008) For the sixth consecutive summer, Dixie State College of Utah will transition to a four-day work schedule, operating on a 10-hour a day workweek Monday through Thursday beginning this Monday, May 5. The schedule will remain in effect during the summer months through Friday, Aug. 15. The college will resume its regular schedule on Monday, Aug. 18.
 
The majority of college employees will work Monday through Thursday, with offices opening to students and the public from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. College employees will have a 30-minute break for lunch.
 
The college first experimented with the four-day summer schedule in 2003. The change in schedule has allowed the college to cut down on air conditioning and electricity costs. While variables change year to year and savings are difficult to predict, the college’s executive director of business services, Scott Talbot, estimates that the four-day workweek has saved the college nearly $40,000 in utility expenses each year in past years.
 
The measure has coincided with a statewide push to conserve power. In recent years, the state has plugged conservation as part of the state’s PowerForward alert system, a color-coded system that encourages electricity use during the summer according to daily circumstances.

Certain buildings and departments on the DSC campus will remain open five days a week, including DSC’s Student Services department offices to assist current and future students’ needs in registration, admission, school relations/recruiting, financial aid, advisement, testing and assessment, security and recreation. In addition, all Friday classes throughout summer semester will continue as scheduled, and summer semester will not be affected by the four-day workweek schedule.

This year’s summer schedule consists of two five-week blocks, which begin May 19 and June 21 respectively, and an eight-week block that begins May 19. To register for summer courses, call 435-652-7701 or logon at www.dixie.edu/reg.

Dixie State College Hands Out Year-End Dixie Awards
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 1, 2008) The winners of the 2008 Dixie Awards at Dixie State College were announced Thursday afternoon at the Dixie Awards Ceremony, held in the Gardner Center Ballroom on campus. The annual year-end awards program recognizes students, faculty, and staff who have excelled in various areas of achievement. The Dixie Awards, formerly the Rebel Awards, have been a tradition at the college since the 1960s.

Twenty-four students were presented awards in a number of academic emphases. The winners included Linda Spainhower from St. George in education; Justine Jolley from Washington, Utah, in early childhood/FCS/PEHR; Myndie Carter from St. George in developmental studies; Terri Draper from Enterprise, Utah, in human communication; Casie McNaughton from El Cajon, Calif.; in mass communication (print); Jared Burton from Tooele, Utah, in mass communication (electronic); Matt Butler from Salt Lake City in film production; Alan Houston from Leamington, Utah, in literary studies; Elaina Westegaard from St. George in professional/technical writing; Matt Conlon from Brigham City, Utah; in art; Diana Bedford from Las Vegas, Nev., in dance; and Kirstin H oyt from Price, Utah, in music.

Alex R. Gubler from St. George won the Dixie Award for theatre; as did Sean P. Hansen from Hurricane, Utah, in Biology; Ashley Soper from St. George in accounting; Austin Ballard from Hurricane, Utah, in business; Travis Brinkerhoff from St. George in nursing (BSN); Valerie Allen from McCall, Idaho, in nursing (ADN); Amanda Hanson from St. George in dental hygiene; Derron Swensen from St. George in allied health sciences; Adam Szymanski fro St. George in automotive; D.J. Holt from St. George in computer science; Randy Hunt from Fredonia, Ariz., in information technology and Marikrista Orvin from St. George in visual technologies.
 
In addition, Addy Torres from St. George, was given the “Heart of Dixie” award; Chris Kent of St. George was picked up the “Dixie Spirit” award; and Angela Jones of Las Vegas, Nev., claimed the “Dixie Service” award.

DSC associate professor of English and humanities Ed Reber was voted “Faculty Member of the Year” by the studentbody, while the “Distinguished Service Staff Award” was given to Sheila Cannon. Ned Carnahan, who will be retiring from DSC this summer after 35 years of service in various roles on campus, most recently as Executive Director of Campus Services, was presented with the “Exempt Staff Award.”

Also recognized at the ceremony were the college’s 2007-08 valedictorians and honors graduates. In addition, the ASDSC Officers for the upcoming 2008-09 academic year were also introduced and sworn in. Brock Bybee, a junior communication major from Roy, Utah, took the oath to become the new ASDSC president, while Dewey Denning, a sophomore business major from Idaho Falls, Idaho, will serve as vice president.

Dixie State College President Stephen Nadauld to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ May 1, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld will address the next President's Colleagues of Dixie State meeting this Monday, May 5, at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dr. Nadauld will share with his ideas and insights about Dixie State College, and his plans for the institution as it contributes to workforce and economic development in Washington County and the State of Utah.Nadauld was appointed interim president of DSC on March 27, 2008.

Previously, he had served as president of Weber State University from 1985 to 1990. He has also held several positions at Brigham Young University's Marriott Graduate School of Management, including director of the Master of Business Administration program from 1980-1983, and assistant and associate professor of finance from 1976-1983. Nadauld has also served as an instructor of finance at both the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Utah.

A native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Nadauld earned a doctorate from UC-Berkeley, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry, with minors in mathematics, physics and French from BYU. He has also attended the University of Idaho and Ricks College. In addition, he currently serves as a board member for the Deseret Book Corporation, the O.C. Tanner Corporation, and the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority.

The President's Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 15 years ago by former DSC President Dr. Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area. Dr. Alder, who also started an Honors Program at DSC, organized the Colleagues as a way to increase academic activities on campus. The Colleagues meet togeth er once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from each other and/or invited guests.


Five to be Honored as Distinguished Citizens at Dixie State College's Commencement Ceremony Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 30, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will honor five Washington County residents during the college’s 97th Annual Commencement Exercises this Friday, May 2, in the Avenna Center Burns Arena. Dr. Michael Anderson, Ray Carpenter, Dr. Scott Parry, Edna Mae Miller Sampson and Darcy A. Stewart, will be recognized as Distinguished Citizens for their exemplary service to the college and community.
 
Dr. Michael Anderson graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1983. In 1988, following four additional years of specialty training in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, he moved with his wife, Kelly, and their boys to St. George. For the past 15 years Dr. Anderson and his partners at Coral Desert Orthopaedics, including fellow award recipient Dr. Scott Parry, have enjoyed providing Dixie State College with medical coverage for their athletic teams. As an ardent supporter of Dixie State College athletics, Dr. Anderson has both raised funds and contributed generously to the men’s and women’s athletic programs.  
 
His practice, in addition to sports medicine, has focused on a special interest in surgery for arthritis of the hip, knee and shoulder. When not in the office his passion for landscape photography and mountain climbing has taken him to the red rock canyons of Zion and Bryce National Parks and as far south as Antarctica, where had an opportunity to assist in a production of an IMAX film.
 
Ray Carpenter was born in St. George in 1940. He began his education in the basement of a building that housed the only library in the county, where thanks to a dedicated teacher, Mrs. Schmutz, he spent extra time inspiring him to read and enjoy it. He pursued higher education at a number of institutions in California, including San Jose State and Stanford Universities, where he continued his education while working as a research engineer.
 
As a research engineer, Carpenter helped design the first all-magnetic logic for computers in a project for NASA. He also assisted in the design and building of the first laser beam (on film) for the National Security Agency, for which he subsequently taught operation of the machine in Langley, Va. He also designed the RF circuits for the Air Force version of the machine.
 
Carpenter would eventually return to his hometown of St. George, where he managed Jones Intercable operations during its growth from 850 subscribers to 7,000 overall. He taught evening classes at Dixie College in the trades area for over 15 years. He served as chief engineer for several radio and television stations, and presently serves as president of TSM, Inc., and CEO of and chairman of the board of American Wireless, Inc.
 
Carpenter served his country in the Utah National Guard from 1956 to 1968, having worked his way through the ranks to become an Army Artillery Office, while serving at Ford Ord, Fort Lewis and Fort Sill. He and his wife, Madge, have been married for 48 years and have five children, 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The couple also claim many “adopted” or extended family members. Washington County has always been his “home” and he is delighted to see the advancement of this area.
 
Dr. Scott Parry was born in Bellingham, Wash., in October, 1963, though he has seen a lot of the United States while growing up, having lived in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, Tampa and the Washington D.C. area. He served an LDS Church mission to Switzerland and France, before returning to the States and to Utah in particular, where he graduated with valedictorian honors from Brigham Young University in Biology and Agriculture in 1987. He went on to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. in 199 1.
 
After completing five years of residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Dr. Parry settled with his wife, Robyn, and now five children in Santa Clara. He earned his board certification in orthopaedic surgery and enjoys practicing in the St. George area. He co-founded Coral Desert Orthopaedics with fellow award recipient, Dr. Michael Anderson.
 
One of his favorite activities is attending Dixie State College athletic events, particularly football, basketball and baseball, while assisting the Rebel programs as the team physician for the past 12 years. Dr. Parry enjoys the outdoor recreation opportunities in Utah and can be found skiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and hiking locally, as well as hunting game around the world.

Dixie College alumnus Edna Mae Miller Sampson has devoted her life to education. She graduated with an associate degree from Dixie College before moving on to Utah State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Geology and Language Arts. She also completed graduate studies at USU, the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and the University of Michigan.
 
Mrs. Sampson to the St. George area and served for 11 years as a teacher in the Washington County School District, along with a three-year stint as a director of a community school, and four years as an owner/teacher of a pre-school. In addition to her teaching roles, Mrs. Sampson served on many academic boards and foundations, including a six-year tenure as a trustee at Southern Utah University, where she served as vice-chair. She served Dixie College as a board member of the Dixie College Scholarship Foundation and DSC Capital Campaign. She also had a role on two presidential search committees, and served a term as president of the Dixie College Alumni Association.
 
Additionally, Mrs. Sampson was a member of the Utah Academic Decathlon board, and served six years on the Washington County School Foundation, for which she worked as chairperson for the restoration of the Woodward School Building. She also had a prominent presence in a number of civic organizations, serving on the St. George Planning and Zoning Committee, including a two-year term as chairperson, and four years as vice chair of the Dixie Regional Medical Center Foundation. She also chaired the Washington County Council on Aging, served as vice president of the Southwest Guild for Performing Arts, and as president of both the Ladies Lion Club and VFW Auxiliary.
 
Mrs. Sampson’s hobbies include family, hiking, travel, reading, cooking, serving on the Heritage Choir board and as a docent for the Dixie Art Musuem. She is also a Red Cross swimming and lifeguard instructor. She and her husband, Doyle, are the parents of four children and are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
 
Darcy A. Stewart is the managing partner and co-developer of SunRiver St. George, Utah’s only master-planned active adult golf community. Since 1998, SunRiver has constructed over 1400 quality-crafted homes, and provided a host of amenities including two fully staffed community centers exceeding 35,000 square feet of fun. Recently completed is a beautiful full service restaurant, The Riverwalk Grill, which supports SunRiver Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course.
 
For the seventh year in a row, SunRiver St. George has been named one of “America’s 100 Best Master-Planned Communities” by Where to Retire Magazine, a national publication, and has received national awards for model merchandising and the Technology Award for Best Connected Community by NAHB. Under Stewart’s leadership, SunRiver has recently established a satellite campus for Dixie State College and has hosted the Fire and Ice Scholarship Fund Raising Event for the last three years. In October of 2007, SunRiver was inducted into the Huntsman World Senior Games Hall of Fame for sponsorship and volunteer support over the previous ten years. SunRiver has also partnered with Dixie Escalante to host the annual Kite Festival since its inception, rewarding readers throughout the Washington County School District. SunRiver has also partnered with Intermountain Healthcare and SunRiver residents to contribute from each home closing a sum totaling near $250,000 to date.  
 
Stewart has developed nearly 100,000 square feet of professional and medical offices, several residential real estate communities in St. George and surrounding mixed use and commercial properties. During development of commercial parcels near the Dinosaur Museum, rare dinosaur fossils were discovered and donated to the Dinosaur Discovery Center at Johnson Farms. He currently serves on the museum board and continues to be active in civic affairs.
 
Stewart and his wife, Colleen, have 7 children and 11 grandchildren and have enjoyed residing in St. George over the past 15 years. He loves his family and playing with his grandkids. He also enjoys photography, travel, his Harley and his new found hobby, flying.

Dixie State’s 2008 commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m., with recently retired KSL-TV news anchor Dick Nourse serving as commencement speaker. Graduates will march from DSC’s Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center down the palm-lined walkway to the Burns Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m. The community is invited to participate in all commencement activities.

The annual President’s Reception and Graduate Luncheon will be held earlier that day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the DSC Gardner Center Ballroom. The luncheon is free to graduates, while extra tickets may be purchased for $11. Tickets are available at the DSC ticket office. In addition, the annual Dixie Awards (formerly the Rebel Awards) ceremony will be held Thursday, May 1, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., also in the Gardner Center Ballroom.
Dixie State College to Confer 1,163 Degrees and Certificates Friday Evening
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 28, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will graduate its largest baccalaureate class ever at its 97th Annual Commencement Exercises this Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m., in the Avenna Center Burns Arena.

To date, the college is slated to confer a total of 919 total degrees, including 153 bachelor's degrees, an increase of over 14 percent from last year (134 bachelor's degrees), along with 766 associate degrees. In addition, 244 vocational and technical certificates will be awarded.

Of the 153 baccalaureate degrees awarded Friday, 113 of those will come from three of DSC's four-year programs ­ business administration (50), elementary education (43) and computer & information technology (20). The College will also graduate 13 students from its final communication and new media program as well as the first three students from its new communication program.

In addition, DSC will graduate its first-ever baccalaureate classes in four other programs, including seven students in accounting, five students in English and three students in biology. The College will also confer degrees to nine students in its four-year nursing program, the third-ever graduating class in that discipline.

Four foreign countries (Canada, The Philippines, Portugal and Japan) and 31 states are represented in the Class of 2008. Over 83 percent of DSC's graduates call Utah home (973 students), with 27 of the state's 29 counties represented, while nearly two-thirds of those students (631) hail from Washington County. Female graduates constitute just over 60 percent of the class, while the class ranges in age from 18 to 71.

Kellie Marie Carter, a senior elementary education major from Enterprise, Utah, will serve as the Baccalaureate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker. Whitney Phillips, a sophomore communication major from St. George, will represent the class as Associate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker.

One honorary doctorate degree will be awarded during the exercises, with commencement speaker Dick Nourse receiving the honor. In addition, Dr.

Michael Anderson, Ray Carpenter, Dr. Scott Parry, Edna Mae Miller Sampson and Darcy A. Stewart, will be recognized as Distinguished Citizens for their exemplary service to the college and community.

Dixie State's 2008 commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m., with recently retired KSL-TV news anchor Dick Nourse serving as commencement speaker. Graduates will march from DSC's Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center down the palm-lined walkway to the Burns Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m. The community is invited to participate in all commencement activities.

The annual President's Reception and Graduate Luncheon will be held earlier that day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the DSC Gardner Center Ballroom. The luncheon is free to graduates, while extra tickets may be purchased for $11.

Tickets are available at the DSC ticket office. In addition, the annual Dixie Awards (formerly the Rebel Awards) ceremony will be held Thursday, May 1, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., also in the Gardner Center Ballroom.


Dixie State College of Utah Annouces 2008 Valedictorians
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 25, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah has announced who will represent the graduating class of 2008 as Valedictorians at the College's 97th commencement exercises Friday, May 2, at the Avenna Center Burns Arena.

Kellie Marie Carter, a senior elementary education major from Enterprise, Utah, will serve as the Baccalaureate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker, while Whitney Phillips, sophomore communication major from St.

George, will represent the class as Associate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker.

Carter is the daughter of Cort and Kristine Clove and is married to Matthew Carter. She graduated from Enterprise High School in 2004, and would go on to receive her associates of science degree from Dixie State in 2006, before entering DSC¹s Elementary Education program. Carter has enjoyed the elementary education program very much and also appreciated the friends she has made in the program, including other students, professors and all who work in the Education Department. In August, she will begin her career teaching third grade at Bloomington Elementary in St. George.

Phillips and her family, including parents Burton and Kathy Phillips and three siblings, moved to St. George from Tetonia, Idaho, during her senior year in high school. She had previously attended Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho, where she was a member of high school volleyball, basketball and softball teams, which taught her to be a team player in every aspect of life. Phillips would go on to graduate with honors from Dixie High School in 2006. Phillips knows the importance of being a student who is involved with the campus. She currently writes for DSC's Dixie Sun student newspaper works as a tutor in the DSC Writing Center, which are two experiences she hopes will help her to achieve her goal of becoming a journalist.

The Valedictorian award is judged not only upon grades, but difficulty of courses completed. The recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 3.90 to 4.00.

Dixie State's 2008 commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m., with recently retired KSL-TV news anchor Dick Nourse serving as commencement speaker. Graduates will march from DSC¹s Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center down the palm-lined walkway to the Burns Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m.The communi ty is invited to participate in all commencement activities.

The annual President's Reception and Graduate Luncheon will be held earlier that day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the DSC Gardner Center Ballroom. The luncheon is free to graduates, while extra tickets may be purchased for $11.

Tickets are available at the DSC ticket office. In addition, the annual Dixie Awards (formerly the Rebel Awards) ceremony will be held Thursday, May 1, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., also in the Gardner Center Ballroom.


Dixie State College to Host Tedesca String Quarter Concert April 27

(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 24, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Fine Arts Department is hosting an evening of chamber music featuring The Tedesca String Quartet this Sunday evening, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., at the DSC Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Tedesca Quartet's program will feature Dimitri Shostakovich's String Quartet in C minor No. 8 op. 110, and Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F Major. The Quartet is made up of founding members Bonnie Romkey (violin), Victoria Andrus (viola) and Tracie Price (cello), who all perform as principle string players in the Southwest Symphony, along with DSC violin and string professor Dr. Paul Abegg (violin). Abegg also serves as concertmaster of the Southwest Symphony.

The Tedesca Quartet was formed in the fall of 2006, and debuted on Dec. 12, 2006, at the Eccles Fine Arts Center, with a recital comprised of Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony, and Beethoven's Quartet in E-flat, op. 130.

For more information, contact Dr. Abegg at 435-652-7904 or at abegg@dixie.edu.


DSC Theatre Arts Student Guy Smith Wins National Kennedy Center College Theater Competition
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 23, 2008) Dixie State College sophomore theatre arts student Guy Smith won the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) make-up competition held last Friday evening in Washington, D.C. Smith won the title over six other college make-up artists in the nation with his display work and performance in a number of workshops during the five-day festival.

Smith, a graduate of Dixie High School in St. George, earned the trip to the national festival by taking top honors in the KCACTF regional design contest for his makeup designs in DSC¹s production of "Sweeney Todd" last fall. For winning the national award, Smith won $500 and an opportunity to go to New York City next month for a week-long working experience called "The Clam Bake" with world-renowned designer Ming Cho Lee.

"To me personally and professionally, this is huge," Smith said. "I don't think the scale of the entire thing has hit me yet."

Smith added that winning the event only enhances his career aspirations in theatre. Having performed on stage for such theater companies as Tuacahn and St. George Musical Theater, he has pursued his love for acting. Smith admits that the life of an actor can sometimes be a struggle, but he feels having that experience in make-up and design makes him viable for a long career in the art he loves.

"It's overwhelming for me to sit back and think that if I keep working in the direction I'm going, I can guarantee myself work in theater," Smith said. "If I can keep myself afloat with the design processes and the other elements of theater, I¹ll be able to fund myself as a 'starving' actor and always have something to fall back on."

Varlo Davenport, DSC's director of theatre, lauded Smith's countless hours making the "Sweeney Todd" cast look as good as possible. He added that Smith¹s national honor is something that makes the entire DSC theatre department extremely proud.

"This is like winning the national championship for us, especially when you consider that most of the designers in the competitions are graduate students from high profile programs," Davenport said. "Guy will have this on his resume' forever, and that alone could guarantee him professional work."

Davenport went on to say that Smith's chance to work with Ming Cho Lee, a chance which used to be reserved for only the best of Ivy League student designers, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially for an undergraduate lower classman.

"Guy will have a chance to get one-on-one input from one of the best designers in the world," Davenport noted. "That is the type of learning and training very few designers ever get to experience."

For Smith, though, the chance to represent Dixie State's theatre program on a national stage was special and served as motivation to work that much harder at his craft. He hopes that his regional and national sweep of the make-up competition will not only put the DSC theatre department on the map, but serve as a springboard for the program to become a four-year degree emphasis.

"Hopefully this will be put in the back of people's minds that Dixie State's program does a lot of good things, and that¹s going to draw a lot of attention to the whole department," Smith said. "I feel good about doing my part to pull that focus in and show that we¹re doing great work here, so we should have the backing to make this into a four-year program."

Following his trip to New York City in May, Smith will return to St. George, where he will return to the stage at Tuacahn this summer to perform in Les Miserables, The Sound of Music and Big River.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide that has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF judges. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.


DSC Choral Enesmble Closes 2007-08 Season With Spring Concert This Thursday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 22, 2008) The Dixie State College Choral Ensemble will close its 2007-08 concert season with the DSC Spring Choral Concert this Thursday, April 24th, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The concert, under the direction of Dr. Ken Peterson and Dr. Robert Briggs, will feature a plethora of music, everything from Bach to rock, with some Gospel, sacred and fun music mixed in. All six DSC choral ensembles, including the Women¹s Choir, Men¹s Chorus, Southwest Choral, Chamber Singers, Rebel Chorus, and the Vocal Jazz Project, will be on stage performing for the final time this year.

Tickets for the concert are available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with ID. For more information about this concert, future concerts or singing at Dixie State College in general, please contact Dr. Peterson at 435-652-7802 or at petersonk@dixie.edu.


DSC's Southern Quill to Host Reading at The Book Cellar
O n Friday, April 25 at 4 p.m., The Book Cellar will host a special reading featuring material published in the 2008 edition of Dixie State College¹s student edited literary journal The Southern Quill. For 50 years the Quill has published poetry, prose, and visual art produced by DSC students and residents of Washington County.

This year¹s volume includes works by Phillip Evans Tuckett, Erin Riggs, and Rachel McCausland. The Southern Quill is also pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 Tanner Memorial Poetry Scholarship prizes: Jeffrey Ostler, Dustin Jackson, and Casie McNaughton. The Book Cellar is located at 130 N Main St Suite C.

Contact Dr. Stephen Armstrong at (435) 652-7806 or send email to armstrong@dixie.edu for more information.


DSC Receives State Approval for New Respiratory Therapy Associats Degree Program at Friday Board of Regents Meeting
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 21, 2008) As part of the institution's continued mission as the region's primary health care training provider, Dixie State College of Utah received approval from the Utah State Board of Regents last Friday morning to offer a new associate degree program in respiratory therapy. Classwork for the degree program will begin at the start of the2008 fall semester this August.

The new respiratory therapy program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become credentialed, licensed and employed in the field of respiratory care. The program will consist of general education and prerequisite course work, program curriculum courses, theory courses, and laboratory and clinical practice.

Respiratory therapists (as licensed in Utah as Respiratory Care Practitioners [RCPs]) provide direct patient care to a wide variety of patients with disorders or injuries that affect the cardiorespiratory system. These therapies are provided to patients who range from premature infants to the elderly, and are delivered in the acute care (hospital) setting, including neonatal, adult, cardiac and neurologic intensive care units, along with home care and rehabilitative or extended care facilities.

The curricular requirements for the program are determined by the professional accrediting agency, the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The program evaluation and final accreditation status is awarded by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) of the American Medical Association (AMA).

Dixie State College currently offers an array of health sciences programs, including baccalaureate programs in nursing and dental hygiene, along associate and certificate programs in nursing, dental hygiene, emergency care and rescue (EMT/Paramedic), medical radiography, surgical technology and phlebotomy. For a complete listing of DSC¹s health sciences programs, visit www.dixie.edu.

DSC is close to moving its entire health sciences program into the newly-built Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, which will be located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center¹s River Road Campus. The 78,000-square foot facility will also double as a training facility for the medical center.

In 2000, Dixie State College was granted license to begin offering bachelor¹s degrees in high demand areas, which initially included business administration and computer & information technology. In 2005, the Board of Regents approved a change in mission for Dixie State College, allowing the college to begin offering bachelor¹s degrees in ³core² or ³foundational² areas consistent with four-year colleges.

Several other degrees have since followed, including elementary education (2002), nursing (2004), communication & new media (2005), English (2006), biology (2006), dental hygiene (2007), accounting (2007) communication (replacing communication & new media; 2007) and aviation management (2007).

Earlier this y ear, DSC received approval by the Regents to offer a new integrated studies baccalaureate degree. Class work for the new degree program will begin at the start of the 2008 fall semester in August.

The integrated studies program consists of common core and select concentrations in nine of disciplines, including business, communication, computer and information technology, English, biology, mathematical sciences, psychology, fine arts and Spanish.

In addition, DSC was given the green light by the Regents to offer a secondary education teaching (SET) licensure program this past December in three emphases; biology, English education and integrated science. Class work for those programs will begin at the start of the 2008 fall semester next August.

Dixie State College will continue to function as a comprehensive community college as well, offering associate degree and certificate programs to its students. Along with the new respiratory therapy program, DSC recently received approval for an early childhood education associate degree program, which has three tracks, including an associate of science (AS) and associate of arts (AA), which are transferable degrees and could serve as a prerequisite for a student to enter a baccalaureate program in elementary education or early childhood development. The third track for the early childhood education degree is an associate of applied science (AAS) track, a two-year terminal working degree with a vocational track. The AAS degree aims to provide students with the skills needed to work in child care services and other care programs.

The overall strategic goal for Dixie State College is to offer core and high demand educational opportunities at both the associate and baccalaureate levels that are consistent with and responsive to the needs of the community. Future programs for Dixie State College will likely center in three primary strategic clusters, which include business & technology, health care & public safety, and education.


Four Dixie State College Students Honored as Governor's Scholars
(ST. GEORGE, UT ­ April 21, 2008) Four Dixie State College students were among 44 Utah college and university students named Governor¹s Scholars at the Third-Annual Governor's Scholars Program luncheon hosted by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., last week at the Governor¹s mansion in Salt Lake City. The Governor's Scholar Award program is aimed at encouraging higher standards and greater scholarship among some of Utah¹s most promising higher education students.

The Governor honored students from each of Utah's higher education institutions who have demonstrated academic excellence during their freshman or sophomore years. The four Dixie State students who were honored at the luncheon were Kylie Abplanalp, a freshman general studies major from St.

George; Kirstin Hoyt, a junior music major from Price, Utah; Jason Brogly, a computer & information technology major from Santa Clara, Utah; and Jason Burton, a freshman general studies major from St. George.

Now in its third year, the Governor's Scholar Award is designed to encourage more Utah students, early in their college experience, to prepare and apply for prestigious post-graduate scholarships such as the Gates, Marshall, Truman, and Rhodes scholarships.

In addition to the Governor's remarks at the luncheon, the students heard from Southern Utah University President Michael T. Benson, who spoke on his experiences while pursuing his post-graduate education. Students were also encouraged to continue their academic pursuits and pursue civic engagement.


Annual Dixie State College Spring Garden Tour Set to Bloom This Saturday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 21, 2008) The annual Dixie Spring Garden Tour will be held Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the Garden Tour go directly toward a Dixie State College scholarship.

This year, numerous privately owned gardens, in the historical downtown area are the focus. Each garden with different landscapes, varying from flowers, vegetables, lush and green, tropical and natural scenes will be on display for public viewing as part of the tour. Different locations are chosen each year for this tour.

"This is a great springtime outdoor event that everyone can enjoy, whether they have a green thumb or not," said Director of Community Education Janet O'Riley, "It's over 20 years of an old tradition in this community, the really motivating part being that it helps further student¹s college education."

The Garden Tour first began in 1986 in Santa Clara and Leeds to help support students who were returning to Dixie College. The American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Lady Lions of St. George, St. George Business and Professional Women (BPW), the Dixie Garden Club, and Community Education sponsor this event.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Community Education office at Dixie State College located at 865 East 100 South (North Instructional Building room #119) in St. George, Utah State Extension Office, City of St. George Recreation Center, Plant World Nursery, and Star Nurseries. Participants will receive a map of the gardens with their ticket purchase.

For more information about the Spring Garden Tour, contact Janet O'Riley at 435-652-7671.


Dixie State College Commencement Speaker Announced for May 2 Exercises
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 18, 2008) Retired KSL-TV news anchor Dick Nourse will serve as keynote speaker at the 97th-annual Dixie State College of Utah commencement exercises on Friday, May 2nd, at 6 p.m., at the Avenna Center Burns Arena. Nourse will also receive an honorary degree as part of the commencement exercises.

Nourse, a native of Grand Junction, Colo., was a fixture in Utah homes as a news anchor for 43 years, beginning his career at KSL-TV in 1964. As his career progressed, he gained the distinction of being Mountain America’s most-watched news anchor.

He, along with weatherman Bob Welti and sportscaster Paul James, were together longer than any other news team in the nation. Fittingly, the famed trio were inducted together into the Utah Broadcast Hall of Fame in May of 2000.

In addition to his duties as anchor, Nourse has worked on many news assignments, including a one-month tour of Vietnam in 1967 interviewing Utah military personnel to get their impressions of the war – a high point of his journalistic career. He returned to Vietnam 30 years later to renew acquaintances in that country and attempt to resolve some of his own unrest since the war.
 
Throughout his career, Nourse has maintained his role as a leader in the community. A two-time cancer survivor himself, he served as honorary chairman of the American Cancer Society and as an honorary board member of the Cancer Wellness House. In 1989, he was honored by President Ronald Reagan as an outstanding survivor of cancer.
 
Nourse is an honorary chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has served such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists; Camp Kostopulos and the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the Community Council of Cottonwood Hospital; the Great Salt Lake Development Committee; and the Utah Air Force Association. Additionally, he served his country in the United States Army and Air Force, and is active in various veterans’ activities.
 
He is married to Debra M. Peterson Nourse, formerly of Logan. He has five children , Tiffani (Ryan), Brittani (Nick), Giana (deceased), Deryck and Dayne, and five grandchildren.
 
Graduates will march from DSC’s Old Gym down the palm-lined walkway to the Burns Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. A President’s Reception and Graduate Luncheon will be held earlier that day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., DSC Gardner Center Ballroom. The community is invited to participate in all commencement activities.

History Network Executive Director of Programming Carl Lindahl to Address Final Dixie Forum of 2007-08 Academic Year
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 18, 2008) Carl Lindahl, executive director of programming for History (formerly The History Channel) will address the College’s final weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation this Tuesday, April 22. The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, faculty and staff.
 
Lindahl will discuss his presentation entitled “Re-making History,” which chronicles his career and activities with the History network. He has executive produced many of the network’s successful and critically acclaimed specials and series, including Journey To 10,000 BC; History Of The Joke; Lost Book Of Nostradamus; 1968 With Tom Brokaw; Lincoln; Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story Of the Mayflower; Deep Sea Detectives; Man Moment Machine; Blood From A Stone; Titanic’s Achilles Heel; True Caribbean Pirates; Da Vinci & The Code He Lived By; Failure Is Not An Option. Lindahl also served as executive producer for the special Blood From A Stone, a documentary co-created by DSC assistant professor of communication Phil Tuckett.

Prior to his arrival at History, Lindahl served as Executive Producer/VP of Program Production at Turner Broadcasting, overseeing non-fiction programming and promotion for TNT and TCM. He executive produced several Emmy-winning documentaries, including Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs; Football America; On Hallowed Ground: Streetball Champions of Rucker Park; Whatever Happened To Micheal Ray Richardson; Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story.

Lindahl, who is a graduate of Ithaca College, previously served as president of Communicreations, a New York production company that developed and produced non-fiction programming, advertising and promotion for clients including CBS, HBO, Cinemax, Turner Broadcasting, and The Discovery Networks.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.
 
Dixie State College to Hold Annual Student Ceramic Sale April 23-25
ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 18, 2008) The Dixie State College of Utah art department will hold its annual student ceramic sale this Wednesday-through-Friday, April 23-25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the DSC North Plaza Art Building (west entrance), located on 55 South 900 East.
 
An annual tradition at the college, the spring ceramic sale is now in its 31st-year. Many DSC art students use the sale to help pay for their college education. Hundreds of hand-made ceramic and pottery pieces will be on sale at reasonable prices. Twenty percent of all proceeds will go to support the DSC art department.
The department holds two ceramic sales each school year, the first coming in December in time for the holiday season, and this sale toward the end of spring semester as well. For more information about the pottery sa le, call DSC art professor Glen Blakley at 435-652-7795.

Dixie State College to Host North American Premiere of Soccer Documentary April 26
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 16, 2008) “Where South American futbol meets USA Soccer.” That is the premise of a new documentary film entitled The Golden Age – A Passion to Last a Lifetime, which will make its North American debut with two screenings on the campus of Dixie State College of Utah Saturday, April 26, at the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater. The first screening will be the Spanish-speaking version, which will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the English version at 8 p.m.

The Golden Age is a collaborative effort between DSC alum and assistant professor of communication and retired Emmy Award-winning NFL Films filmmaker Phil Tuckett, who served as the film’s co-producer and director, and six-time Emmy-winning cinematographer Scott Duncan. Tuckett also edited, wrote and served as photographer on the project.

The film, narrated by actor Edward James Olmos, who may appear at the DSC premiere if his schedule permits, documents a season in the life of the Golden Age League, a soccer league in Corona Park in Queens, NY. The league is not just any soccer league, the Golden Age League is a competitive middle-aged men’s league that is made up of former world champions from mostly South American and Central American countries. These incredibly skilled players, their former glory a fond memory with tighter muscles, receded hairlines and expanded waistlines, play at a level never before documented. During the week, these men are window washers, dishwashers, traders, and electricians, but the weekend is theirs. The game may be slightly different, but the passion remains.

The documentary follows the players and teams through the course of a very tumultuous and competitive season, which includes recruiting, betting rings, payoffs, boycotts and expulsion – all the strife and controversy of the professional sports world wide. The film also travels throughout South America to some of the towns where many of these players, along with current professional players, got their start. It is there where the audience will discover the life-long passion that these players’ lives are built on and the honor that will bring two teams together for one final championship match.

Tuckett noted that the premiere of this film at DSC is a culmination of a year and a half journey, which transitioned from his time living in New York to his relocation back to St. George, where he was a student-athlete at Dixie College nearly four decades ago. He added that the film made its international debut at the Guadalajara Film Festival in Mexico last year, but he feels honored to bring the film to Dixie State campus.

“Now that it’s finished, I’m really excited to show the film for the first time in the United States and to hold the premiere here at Dixie State College,” Tuckett said.

Tuckett went on to say that the film’s premiere will be used as a fundraiser for DSC student filmmakers Bobby Bowden and Ben Braten, who were selected to present their short film, Through the Lens, at the 61st Cannes Film Festival next month in French Riviera. Proceeds from ticket sales for the premiere will go to help defray the cost of the trip to France for Bowden and Braten, who are the first two Utah collegiate filmmakers ever to be selected to present at the Cannes Film Festival.

“It’s exciting to be able to help these two talented Dixie State College film students travel to Cannes for the festival,” Tuckett said. “These students are getting an opportunity that never comes to most filmmakers. We’re hoping the money raised at the premiere will help Bobby and Ben make the most of their opportunity to go and experience an event at the pinnacle of filmmaking.”

Tickets for the movie premiere are for $5 for adults, $3 for children 12-under, and are available through D SC Avenna Center Ticket Office at 435-652-7800, or at the door prior to the screenings. For more information on the documentary, visit “www.thegoldenageofsoccer.com.
 
Dixie State Hosts Auto Skills Contest for Scholarships
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 16, 2008) The Automotive Technology Department at Dixie State College of Utah recently hosted its sixth-annual high school automotive trouble shooting skills contest. Over 60 students from a number of area high schools tested their skills in the eight areas of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) program.

All candidates took a written pre-test to determine the top-20 overall competitors, who then moved on to the actual hands-on competition. The hands-on portion of the contest consisted of 10 skill area work stations which the competitors rotated through, including tool and parts identification, automatic transmission, manual power trains, air conditioning, suspension and steering. Each station in the competition covered the eight areas of ASE professional certification.

The contest's top winner was Michael Harmon of Snow Canyon High School, who took home a full tuition DSC automotive scholarship and a Snap-On rollaway tool storage chest. Placing second and third place respectively this year were Broc Grundy of SCHS and Chris Scott from Hurricane HS, both receiving half-tuition DSC scholarships and tool sets for their efforts. Pine View HS's Kenton Powell was also honored for posting the highest written test score.

Dixie State College's automotive program is an ASE certified concurrent enrollment program that includes both high school and college students. For more information about DSC¹s automotive program, contact Mel Jensen at 435-652-7853.


Spring Students of the Semester Honored at Dixie State College
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 15, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah paid tribute to the highest number of recipients ever of the Student of the Semester award as 31 students were honored Tuesday afternoon at an awards luncheon held in the Gardner Center Ballroom. Individual departments on campus made the selections based on academic and extracurricular achievement of the students.

The winners included Benjamin O'Barr, a junior from Mesa, Ariz., in two-dimensional art; Matt Conlon, a sophomore from Brigham City, Utah, in ceramics; Darren Nicol, a sophomore from North Salt Lake in automotive technology; Sean Hansen, a senior from Hurricane, Utah, in biology; Melinda Orgill, a senior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, in accounting; Mathew Butler, a senior from South Jordan, Utah, in communication; Amelia Hunt, a sophomore from St. George in dance; Darren Wilstead, a freshman from St. George in general developmental studies; Cameron England, a freshman from Kaysville, Utah, in math developmental studies; Jodilyn Blake, a senior from Ramah, NM, in elementary education; Jami Christensen, a sophomore from Escalante, Utah; in English writing (Fr./So.); Stephanie Foote, a junior from St. George in English-literary emphasis; Cortney Mathews, a junior from St. George in English-professional/technical writing; Raelyn Findley, a sophomore from Salt Lake City in family and consumer sciene; Kirsti Thomas, a senior from St. George in health sciences-dental hygiene; and Laura Johnson, a junior from St. George in health sciences-medical radiography.

In addition, Stefani McKenzi, a sophomore from St. George, received the award in the area of humanities-anthropology/sociology as did Brady Knudson, a freshman from St. George in humanities-foreign language; Marshall Skousen, a sophomore from St. George in humanities-history; Sherilee Bell, a junior from Coalville, Utah, in humanities; Ian Anthony, a freshman St. George in humanities-philosophy; Debra Cook, a junior from Ivins, Utah; in mathematics (Hurricane Education Center); Christine Webb-Munson, a senior from St.

George in mathematics; Sandy Cooper, a senior from North Hollywood, Calif., in nursing (associate program); Tiffany Wells, a senior from Santa Clara, Utah, in nursing (practical); Michelle Higginson, a senior from St. George in nursing (bachelor¹s); Shawn Munson, a junior from St. George in pre-engineering; Jeff Shipley, a senior from St. George in computer science; Jamie Bennion, a senior from St. George in information technology; Thomas C.

Picklesimer, a senior from St. George in visual technology; and Spencer Potter, a sophomore from North Ogden, Utah, in theatre.


Dixie State College to Present End of Semester Voice Student Recitals This Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 15, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will present its annual End of the Semester Voice Students Recitals this Friday, April 18, in the Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus. The first recital will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by a second recital at 7:30 p.m.

The recitals, under the direction of Dr. Ken Peterson, are free and open to DSC students, faculty and staff, and the public.

For more information about this concert, future concerts or singing at Dixie State College in general, please contact the DSC Fine Arts office at 435-652-7790.


DSC Dance Company Takes to the Stage for Annual Spring Concert This Thursday and Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 11, 2008) Soar into spring with a spectacular and moving evening in the art of dance as the Dixie State College Dance Company presents its annual Spring Dance Concert next Thursday and Friday, April 17-18, at 7:30 pm, in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater on the DSC campus.

The Spring Dance Concert will feature choreographic work from DSC dance students and faculty, along with a number of guest choreographers. The concert will feature a variety of dance styles, including modern, classical and contemporary ballet; ballroom; lyrical and stylized jazz, elegant waltz, funky hip-hop, tap and modern.

The concert is presented under the direction of DSC professor and director of dance Dr. Li Lei, a position she has held since her arrival on campus in 2000. She established the Dixie State Dance Company in 2001, and serves as its artistic director.
 
Tickets for the concert $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth 17-under, and $2 for DSC students and faculty and staff with ID, while group discount tickets are also available. For ticket information, contact the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office at 435-652-7800.

Playwright and Poet Carol Lynn Pearson to Address Dixie Forum Next Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 11, 2008) Well known poet and playwright Carol Lynn Pearson will make two appearances as part Dixie State College’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series this Monday and Tuesday, April 14-15. Admission to both forums is free for all community members, DSC students, faculty and staff.

Pearson will address a special Monday evening forum at 7:30 p.m., in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. Additionally, she will speak at the regularly scheduled Dixie Forum Tuesday at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus.

Pearson Monday evening presentation will focus on her recent play, Facing East, which has been produced in Salt Lake City, San Francisco and New York, and will be produced in St. George later this year. Facing East takes place at the funeral of a young gay Mormon ma n who committed suicide and deals with the touchy subject of how his loved ones face his death.

Pearson’s Tuesday program will focus on her poetry. She will discuss and read her poetry and talk about the writing process.

“Carol Lynn has a large following in St. George,” said says Dixie Forum coordinator and DSC faculty member Terre Burton. “Many have read her works for years and have been moved by her compassion, her understanding of the emotions of mothers, both young and old, and her sensitivity to many of the more troubling issues of our times. She has an appeal, as well, to students because she remains aware of subjects that concern them. We’re delighted that she can join us again.”

The final Tuesday Dixie Forum of the semester will be held April 22, featuring Carl Lindahl, executive director of programming for History (formerly The History Channel), who will discuss his presentation entitled “Re-Making History.”

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College to Host Wecome Barbeque for President and Mrs. Nadauld This Wednesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 11, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah is inviting residents of St. George and Washington and Kane Counties join the campus community in giving a big Dixie welcome to DSC Interim President and Mrs. Stephen D. Nadauld at a special outdoor barbeque this Wednesday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the fountain in the center of the DSC campus.

“We wanted to come up with a unique way to introduce President and Mrs. Nadauld to the community,” said DSC spokesperson Steve Johnson. “We expect having this outdoor event on campus at lunchtime will not only bring out our students, faculty and staff, but will be a great opportunity for the community to enjoy our hospitality and meet our new president and his wife in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.”

In addition to the free food, there will be live entertainment, featuring DSC’s Jazz Band, along with appearances by local community leaders and dignitaries. For more information, contact the Dixie State College public relations office at 435-652-7544.

Dixie State Filmmakers Selected to Present at Prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ April 10, 2008) Two aspiring Dixie State College of Utah filmmakers, Bobby Bowden and Ben Braten, will spend a week in May on the French Riviera rubbing shoulders with the world's top actors and filmmakers at the prestigious 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The 61st-annual Festival will take place May 14-25, 2008.

The DSC duo was selected by the festival's committee to present their film, entitled "Through the Lens," in the Short Film Corner category, where it will be screened for distributors, studio executives, producers and professional filmmakers. Though the film is not part of a competition or up for any awards at the Festival, the pair is ecstatic about the opportunity, not only for themselves, but for the chance to showcase Utah and the Dixie State filmmaking program.

"When I saw my name in the email that said that 'we are pleased to confirm your accreditation at the 61st Festival de Cannes,' and the following day when I received the email about the film, it was the best feeling I've ever had in my life with film," said Bowden, a sophomo re communication major from Murray, Utah. "It literally took 12 hours for it to sink in.

"If nothing else, our whole goal with this trip is to help get Dixie State College to become an accredited film school," he continued. "If this trip alone could help double or triple the students enrolled in the program next semester or in the future, what could be better than that? I would love to come back here in the fall and see over 100 students enrolled. This trip could do a lot to legitimize Dixie¹s program."

"Through the Lens" packs a powerful story about young boy seeing his future through a movie camera lens in the span of one minute and 42 seconds. The scene takes place outdoors with southern Utah's panoramic red rock scenery providing the backdrop, with a novice filmmaker and his son setting up a shoot of the area. With the camera assembled and ready to shoot, the father leaves to get something out of the car, leaving the boy alone with the camera. The boy seizes the moment to look through the viewfinder and sees his own dreams being realized as he directs his own film.

While at the Festival, Bowden and Braten will be marketing their film, complete with movie posters and fliers, in hopes of getting studio executives to see the production. However, it may not be all work for the tandem as they will be fully-credentialed to take part in all the movie screenings and parties associated with the Festival.

"I really didn't expect that we'd be going to Cannes," said Braten, a native of Bloomington, Utah, who completed work on his bachelor's degree in communication last fall. "We're really excited to go there and have this opportunity to experience something that few filmmakers, whether they are student filmmakers or professional, get to have a chance to experience. I feel extremely lucky and privileged to be selected to represent Dixie State College."

"Something in our film appealed to someone [at Cannes] and I can't believe that we have an opportunity to go," Braten added. "I'm very excited that Utah will be highlighted, because I think it's such a great place to film, and we get to show the amazing scenery found 15 minutes from our backyard."

For Bowden and Braten, who are believed to be the first two Utah collegiate filmmakers ever to be selected to present at Cannes, the trip to France is the pinnacle of a successful school year. Last December, the duo won the Utah Film Commission (UFC) "Spot On" commercial competition, which had the premise of asking why it would be ideal for filmmakers to shoot among Utah¹s landscape. Bowden and Braten's spot, entitled "Dream Utah," was a variation of the "Through the Lens" short film, featuring the young boy looking at the southern Utah red rock scenery and imagining what his desires as a future filmmaker might be.

For winning that competition, the tandem received a trophy and a check for $1500, as well as all-access credentials to the recent 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City. In addition, the commercial will be shown at film festivals in Los Angeles and New York.

Bowden and Braten's successes this year, along with two other past UFC commercials, has DSC communication professor and film program advisor Eric Young excited about what the future could hold for the Dixie State film program.

"The festival's acceptance of Ben and Bobby's work shows the potential this program affords students and the possibilities that students bring to the program," Young said.

Bowden noted there is a fundraising effort underway to help secure funding, around $7,000 to $10,000 total, for the trip to the Festival. Individuals or companies who wish to donate to the fund may contact DSC communication professor and film program advisor Eric Young at 435-652-7801, or at young@dixie.edu.

Founded in 1939, The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world's oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. The festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France. For more information o n the Cannes Film Festival, visit ³www.festival-cannes.org.²


DSC Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band Unite for Final Concert of 2007-08 Season Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 10, 2008) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band will present its final concert of the year on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus. The DSC orchestra is under the direction of Dr Paul Abegg, while the orchestra band is directed by Gary Caldwell.

DSC’s Symphony Orchestra will perform a number of patriotic and Hollywood-themed selections, including composer Morton Gould’s American Salute. Written in 1942, American Salute is based on the melody of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and has been a popular favorite since its debut. The orchestra will then pay tribute to Tinsel Town, starting with an arrangement entitled Pirates of the Caribbean, which will take the audience through the adventures of the blockbuster trilogy’s main character, Captain Jack Sparrow, and the life of a pirate.

Staying with the Hollywood theme, the orchestra will take the audience through a nostalgic review of classic Walt Disney films. Among the many favorites in the compilation are “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “Candle on the Water,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” and “It’s a Small World.”  

The orchestra will also perform a number of Hollywood blockbuster arrangements by film composer James Horner, including tunes from Academy Award-winning films Titanic and Braveheart, along with the Oscar-nominated Apollo 13. The orchestra will conclude its program with a performance of Mars, by English composer Gustav Holst. Holst wrote the movement as part of The Planets in 1916, which conveys the relentless violence depicting battles of the war god, Mars.

The DSC Symphony Band’s concert will include will Windy City Overture for wind orchestra by Johan de Meij, which was commissioned by the Northshore Concert Band in Chicago for its 50th anniversary celebration. Premiering in 2006, the title draws its name from the blast of frigid wind that blows in from Lake Michigan.

In addition, the band will premiere an original composition by DSC student composer Ricky Valadez entitled Sorry About Your Car, I Didn’t Think It Would Explode That Easily, along with Sammy Netisco’s Rhapsody for Trumpet and Band. This piece is an uptempo, showy piece for band and trumpet soloist, which will feature a trumpet solo by DSC student Nick Lanners.

The band will present two movements entitled Berceuse and Finale, from Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky and arranged by Robert Longfield. This work was the first of three ballets written by Stravinsky during the early years of the 20th-century. The Firebird was completed in 1910 and tells the story of Prince Ivan who rescues the princess he loves from the evil enchanter Kastchei wit the aid of the Firebird, a creature half bird, half woman with magical powers.

The band will also enlist audience participation in performing Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre. This wonderful program music depicts a giant summer rainstorm, which will call on the audience to simultaneously snap their fingers to simulate the rain. The band will close wi th Vesuvius by Frank Ticheli, which is a furious program piece depicting the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the last days of Pompeii.  

General admission tickets may be purchased in advance at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or at the door prior to the concert for $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff.

DSC Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Project Combines for Year-End Concert This Monday Evening
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 9, 2008) The Dixie State College Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Project will combine forces for the College’s final jazz concert of the year this Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The Dixie State Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Glenn Webb, and Vocal Jazz Project, directed by Dr. Robert Briggs, will perform a number of big band arrangements from the legendary libraries of Count Basie, Chick Corea and Duke Ellington. The concert will open with the DSC Percussion Ensemble presenting a variety of styles, including a drum-line performance.

The concert will also feature student solo performances by BJ Vick (tenor sax), Jason Burton alto sax), Brandon Hanson (alto sax), Tricia Littlefield (trombone), Angel Beltran (guitar), Ren Quinn (piano) and Jeremy Stoker (drums). In addition, vocalist Kiki Thompson will join the Jazz Ensemble in the performance of Ellington’s Jump for Joy.

General admission tickets may be purchased in advance at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or at the door prior to the concert for $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff. High school musicians may receive free tickets by contacting Glenn Webb at 435-652-7969.

Dixie State College Crowns Jennifer Shakespeare D-Queen 2008 Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 9, 2008) Jennifer Shakespeare, a sophomore communication major from St. George, was crowned 2008 Dixie State College D-Queen at the annual D-Queen Pageant held last Tuesday evening at the Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus.
 
Shakespeare, who is about to complete her term as DSC studentbody president, was selected out of 11 contestants and was awarded a $500 scholarship for her efforts. She will graduate with honors with an associate of science degree next month from DSC and carries a 3.7 GPA.

In the area of service, Shakespeare cited her involvement in student government and Americorp during her college experience. Those activities included planting trees on the DSC campus, making scarves for the homeless, collecting Christmas presents for underprivileged children, donating time visiting senior care facilities and helping send school supplies to children in Iraq.

As part of her service in DSC’s student government, she helped coordinate a fundraising car wash last fall and a spring canned food drive benefiting the Dixie Care and Share. Following her graduation from DSC, she will embark on a summer government internship in Washington, D.C.
 
Making up the rest of the D-Queen Court is first attendant and Miss Dixie Spirit Kathleen Price, a junior dental hygiene major from Sandy, Utah; and second attendant Rebecca Wright, a sophomore integrated studies major from St. George.

The D-Queen Pageant celebrates, first and foremost, academic prowess, service endeavors, talent, and extra-curricular activity. The pageant has long been a staple of D-Week, which first began at the college in 1915 as a way to increase school spirit among students, alumni, and the community.

The pageant, which was an all-day event that culminated with the evening’s festivities, consisted of five categories. Service and activities, an interview, and GPA made up 60 percent of the contest. The talent and evening wear categories accounted for the balance of the pageant.

Water and the West the Topic of a Special Friday Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 8, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series will present a special Friday evening event featuring University of Utah law professor and environmentalist Dr. Robert Adler. The special evening forum will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Boeing Auditorium of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Dr. Adler, who serves as associate dean for academic affairs and is a James I. Farr Chair in Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will discuss water and its importance, which is featured in his recent book entitled “Restoring Colorado River Ecosystems: A Troubled Sense of Immensity.” He regularly teaches courses in civil procedure and environmental law, and is currently co-designing an interdisciplinary course called “Environmental Law and Engineering,” in which law students and environmental engineering graduate students will work together on real-world environmental problems in Utah.

Adler received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1988, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1980, where he graduated cum laude and served as editor-in-chief of the journal Law and Policy in International Business. He served as assistant counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources and was active in the Three Mile Island litigation, and was staff attorney and executive director of Trustees for Alaska from 1984 to 1987.

His books include “Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach;” and “The Clean Water Act: Twenty Years Later.” In 2002 he was honored with the Pfeifferhorn Conservation Leadership Award, given by a coalition of state environmental organizations in recognition of his efforts to preserve Utah's natural resources.

The final Tuesday Dixie Forum of the semester will be held April 15, featuring author and playwright Carol Lynn Pearson, who will share with the audience a number of her poetry writings.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College's Annual D-Queen Pageant Set for This Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 4, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah will present its annual D-Queen Pageant, as part of the school’s week-long D-Week festivities, this Tuesday night, April 8, at 7 p.m., in the Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus. General admission tickets are now available for purchase through the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office for $6, $3 for DSC students with current student ID.

Eleven contestants will compete for the title of “Miss D-Queen 2008,” and for a $500 scholarship provided by the DSC Alumni Association. The pageant, which is an all-day event that culminates with the evening’s festivities, consists of five categories. Service and activities, an essay and interview, and GPA make up 60 percent of the contest, while the talent and evening wear categories make up the balance of the pageant.

This year’s pageant theme is “Lady In Red,” which will be performed as the opening number by all 11 contestants. In addition, outgoing 2007 Miss D-Queen Felicia Bennett will display her vocal talents with a pair of musical numbers, while the DSC Dance Company will also perform as part of the evening’s events.

The D-Queen Pageant celebrates, first and foremost, academic prowess, service endeavors, talent, and extra-curricular activity. The pageant has long been a staple of D-Week, which first began at the college in 1915 as a way to increase school spirit among students, alumni, and the community.

For more information on the pageant, please call 435-652-7506 or email bastian@dixie.edu.
 

"The Demise of the Western Movie" to be Discussed at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 4, 2008) Who or what killed the Western? That question serves as the focal point as Dixie State College director of theatre Varlo Davenport addresses the College’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series this Tuesday, April 8. The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, faculty and staff.

Davenport’s presentation, entitled “The Demise of the Western Movie,” will take the audience through the history of the western movie genre. From the beginning of movie making, starting with Edwin Porter’s “The Great Train Robbery,” the western was one of the most produced film genres. From 1927 to 1967, there were on average over 90 western movies a year produced and distributed.

However, in 1977, there were only 12 western movies made, and that number dropped to just six in 1987. In 1997, seven western movies were produced, but only two of those productions were made for theatrical release.

Davenport has served as DSC’s director of theatre for eight years. He holds an MFA in Acting from The Ohio State University, and an undergraduate degree from Southern Utah University. Prior to tenure at Dixie State, Davenport spent over seven years as producing artistic director for the Outlaw Trail Theatre in Vernal, Utah, where he also taught for Utah State University’s Uintah Basin branch campus. He has also previously taught at Ohio State, Utah State’s main campus in Logan, and at the College of Eastern Utah.

In addition to feature, commercial and industrial films, Davenport has acted, directed or worked for the Lyric Theatre in Logan, the University of Wyoming, the Stage Stop Theater in Collinston, Utah, the Pioneer Theater Company, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and was the founder and producing artistic director of the Vagabond Theatre Company in Logan. He also serves as a panelist on the Utah Arts Council’s Community Arts Council grants review panel and the nominating committee for the Governor’s Award in the Arts.

The final Tuesday Dixie Forum of the semester will be held April 15, featuring author and playwright Carol Lynn Pearson, who will share with the audience a number of her poetry writings. In addition, there will be a special evening Dixie Forum slated for Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Boeing Auditorium of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building, featuring University of Utah Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Robert Adler. Dr. Adler, who is a James L. Farr Chair and a professor of law, will read from and discuss his new book about water and its importance.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.

Former DSC President Douglas Alder to Address DSC President's Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 3, 2008) Dr. Douglas D. Alder, Professor Emeritus and the 14th president of Dixie State College of Utah, will address the next President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College meeting this Monday, April 7, at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dr. Alder, who founded the President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College 15 years ago, will present – for those who are not native to Dixie – some of the founding concepts of Washington County. Part of the discussion will be devoted to the past two decades, during which growth has been so significant in our community. He will welcome questions and comments from the Colleagues.

In 1996, Dr. Alder and Dr. Karl Brooks published “The History of Washington County, From Isolation to Destination.” The book was part of a statewide pro ject to write a history of each county for the statehood centennial undertaken by the state legislature. Washington County Commissioners appointed Drs. Alder and Brooks, as well as an advisory committee (J. L. Crawford, Heber Jones, Lyman Hafen, Loren Webb, Helen Gardner, and Laura Bowler), to produce the study. Recently the County Commission asked Dr. Alder to update the book, adding the history of the decade from 1996 to 2006.

Dr. Alder was Dixie College’s 14th president, serving from 1986-93. He is an affluent benefactor of the cultural arts and history of southern Utah.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area. Dr. Alder, who also started an Honors Program at DSC, organized the Colleagues as a way to increase academic activities on campus.

The Colleagues meet together once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from each other and/or invited guests. The next meeting is slated for Monday, May 5, when newly appointed interim president of Dixie State College, Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld, will address the Colleagues.

Ten DSC Students Medal at State SkillsUSA Competition
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 2, 2008) Ten Dixie State College of Utah students captured medalist honors at the annual Utah SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held last weekend in Salt Lake City. Collectively, DSC students brought home five gold medals, three silver and two bronze.

DSC’s Quiz Bowl team of Adam Eaton, a senior graphic communication major from St. George; Jeremy Luke, a senior elementary education major from Aurora, Utah; Jason Pegg, a sophomore graphic communication major from St. George; and Travis Theobald, a junior general studies major from St. George, claimed the gold medal in its competition. DSC’s Holly Nisson, a sophomore general studies major from St. George, also took home the gold in her Preschool Teaching Assistant contest. These students will go on to represent Utah at the 43rd-annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference this June 23-27, in Kansas City, Mo.  

Meanwhile, Angela Hughes, a senior computer information technology major from St. George, repeated her performance of a year ago with a silver medal showing in Graphic Communication. In addition, Lora Bringhurst, a senior graphic communication major from St. George, came away with a silver medal in Screen Printing, as did Cameron Call, a freshman computer information technology major from St. George, in Computer Maintainence Technology. Chris Tunbridge and Ben Carroll, who are both Washington County/DSC articulated students from Snow Canyon High School, won the bronze medal in Web Design.

“Our SkillsUSA chapter students are great kids and our gold medal winners will do well at nationals in Kansas City this summer,” said DSC SkillsUSA-VICA chapter advisor Jay Slade. “It will be a double treat for us to watch [DSC chapter member] Adam Eaton perform his duties as national treasurer at the conference.”

Slade noted that Dixie State College has been represented in the past at the national leadership level. In the last six years, DSC alums Brian Doxford and Aaron Bodell had served as president and parlimentarian, respectively.
 
The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Inc. (VICA), now SkillsUSA, was founded by students and teachers who were serious about their professions and saw the need for more tr aining in the areas of leadership to complement their chose vocation. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

Dixie State College Crowns Miss Indian Dixie Friday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 31, 2008) Dixie State College freshman student Charmayne Fowler was crowned Miss Indian Dixie this past Friday evening at the DSC Dunford Auditorium. The 17th-annual Miss Indian Dixie Pageant featured four contestants, two of whom are current DSC students, along with two St. George-area high school seniors who will attend DSC this fall.
 
Miss Fowler, a computer science major from Apple Valley, Utah, won a full-ride scholarship to DSC, along with a $700 scholarship awarded by American Indian Services. She noted that she “is loving every minute” of being a student at DSC, and among the strengths she noted during the competition were how to benefit others with service, being happy and skipping around campus saying “hello” to everyone she greets. As part of the talent portion of the competition, Fowler displayed her teachings of Japanese numbers and sayings, along with showing her ability to weave a rug from sheep wool.

First attendant in this year’s Miss Indian Dixie Pageant is Jillian Eltsosie, a freshman from Page, Ariz. Eltsosie received a $1,200 scholarship from DSC and a $500 scholarship from American Indian Services. Shayla James, a senior at Pine View High School, was voted second attendant and received a $1,000 DSC scholarship, coupled with a $500 American Indian Services scholarship. Emily Barker, a senior at Snow Canyon HS, was named Miss Congeniality and was awarded a $1,000 DSC scholarship and a $400 American Indian Services scholarship for her efforts.

To be eligible for the pageant, contestants must have at least one-quarter Native American blood, and must be a student at Dixie State College or will be applying to attend DSC this upcoming fall semester.

Contestants performed traditional Native American talent and must have knowledge of traditional customs, including demonstrating talents from the heritage of the tribe each contestant represents. Examples of talents included weaving a traditional Native American basket, demonstrating the traditional weaving process and performing it on stage within a set time, rehearsing a traditional tale, or sign a traditional hymn.

Dixie State College to Host Open House to Honor President and Mrs. Caldwell this Wednesday Evening
ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 31, 2008) Residents of St. George and Washington and Kane Counties are invited to join Dixie State College of Utah in honoring President and Mrs. Lee Caldwell at a special open house reception this Wednesday evening, April 2, from 7-9 p.m., at the DSC Gardner Center Ballroom. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a short program and video tribute. The event is free and open to the public.

“President Caldwell did a number of great things for this campus and the community to improve the economic and educational climate of southwestern Utah,” said DSC spokesperson Steve Johnson. “This venue is a wonderful opportunity for our campus community, and the citizens of Washington and Kane Counties, to show their collective appreciation to the Caldwell family for their service.”

Dr. Caldwell stepped down as the 16th president of DSC last week after nearly three years at the helm of the institution. His tenure at the College began in the 2004-05 school year, when he served as the vice president of academics. During his time as president, Dixie State College saw program growth to the tune of seven new bachelor’s degrees, along with a number of associate degree and certificate programs.

He also played a key in the implementation of a number of other programs and offerings were implemented during his time as president, most notably the creation of a new Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) satellite academy, which graduated its inaugural class earlier this month. Caldwell a lso oversaw the establishment of a new Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) program that began providing classwork and leadership training experiences and scholarship money to students last fall.

Dixie State College Going "Red 'til We're Dead" for Annual D-Week Festivities
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 31, 2008) “Red ‘til We’re Dead” will serve as the theme for Dixie State College of Utah’s second homecoming known as D-Week, which will run from April 4-12, with various activities and events held on and around the DSC campus.

D-Week’s roots can be traced as far back as 1914, three years after the college’s founding, as a chance for college alumni, students, and faculty and staff, as well as the community, to come together in a reunion setting for a week of activities.

“This is going to be the biggest and best D-Week the college has ever had,” says Donna Stafford, DSC Director of Student Activities. “The tradition of the Great Race and the whitewashing of the ‘D’ are two of the oldest traditions we have left on campus that dates back to the pioneers. These are the things that are Dixie.”

D-Week officially begins Friday, April 4, with Entertainment Dixie’s Kick-off Event featuring “Chris Carter – Mind Reader” at 8 p.m., at the Gardner Center Ballroom. The full week of activities resumes on Monday, April 7, with a D-Week kick-off activity from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring music, snow cones, cotton candy and other edible treats and displays spread throughout campus.

Other main attractions during D-Week include the D-Queen Pageant Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m., in the Cox Auditorium, and the annual painting of “D” Road, located at 300 S. and 800 E. on the DSC campus, Wednesday, April 9, at 4 p.m. D-Week will also feature a new event on Thursday, April 10, as DSC students will have a chance to meet the candidates for the 2008-09 student council from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To many, however, D-Week’s signature event is the Great Race, which will take place Friday, April 11, at 6 p.m., followed by a free BBQ and carnival at 7 p.m. The carnival will feature a number of activity and informational booths manned by DSC student clubs and organizations, along with blow-up toys for the kids, a rock climbing wall, dunking booth, and fireworks at dusk.

The starting point for the Great Race, which will snake its way throughout campus, will be on the Encampment Mall on campus. Nearly 20 ten-member teams comprised of DSC alumni, students, and faculty and staff will relay their way across campus by foot, mountain bike, roller blades, water, mud and more.

The inaugural Great Race occurred in 1971, but it origins can be traced back as early as 1964, as a bicycle race around the Black Hill near the airport. The first official Great Race included such events as motocross, horseback riding, and tubing down the Virgin River. Community growth and safety concerns eventually forced the race to the friendly confines of the DSC campus. In addition to the traditional running, biking, and swimming, Great Racers now have to negotiate, among other things, a slip n’ slide track, a roller blade course, a Dixie trivia question, and a mud pit throughout the 10-leg relay course.

“If you have never been on the Dixie State campus for the Great Race, you haven&rsq uo;t lived,” Stafford continued. “Just to see these students, alumni, and even our faculty and staff plow through the mud is worth spending the entire evening celebrating with us.”

In addition, the annual tradition of whitewashing the ‘D’ on Black Hill, which will feature a continental breakfast, will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 a.m., followed by a police escort and parade up St. George Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Following the parade, DSC students will square off against the college’s faculty and staff on the softball diamond at 9 a.m., at the Cooper Diamonds. Then DSC’s women’s softball team take the field to face Notre Dame de Namur in a key Pacific West Conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., at Karl Brooks Field. The D-Day Dance will wrap up the festivities later that day at 9 p.m., in the Gardner Ballroom.

Community members are invited to attend all D-Week activities. For more information, contact the DSC Director of Student Activities Donna Stafford at 435-652-7513 or at stafford@dixie.edu.

The History of African-American Churches in Utah is the Focus of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 31, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series returns to its regular noontime slot this Tuesday, April 1, with a discussion on the history of African-American churches in Utah by The Reverend France Davis of Salt Lake City’s Calvary Mission Baptist Church.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Pastor Davis, who has authored the book “Light in the Midst of Zion: A History of Black Baptists in Utah,” has been a frequent speaker at the Dixie Forums for a number of years and his words are always inspirational. Calvary Mission Baptist Church has the largest predominantly Black congregation in Utah, and Pastor Davis notes that while Black Baptist churches in Utah as a whole serves the primary spiritual needs of the area, these congregations have taken the lead in civil rights, political issues, cultural development and economic cooperation.

“Black Baptists are alive and well in Utah,” Davis said. “The roads of obstacles and hardships provided stepping stones into the future. Each challenge has been a summons to move on up a little higher and to cause every round to go higher and higher.

“Upon the foundations laid by our forefathers, we expect our offspring to do better and greater things than we have done,” he added.

The Dixie Forums will run every Tuesday through April, including a presentation from DSC’s Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport, who will discuss the “Demise of the Western Movie” on April 8. The final Forum of the semester will be held April 15, featuring author and playwright Carol Lynn Pearson, who will share with the audience a number of her poetry writings.

In addition, there will be a special evening Dixie Forum slated for Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Boeing Auditorium of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building, featuring University of Utah associate dean of academic affairs Dr. Robert Adler. Dr. Adler, who is a James L. Farr Chair and a professor of law, will read from and discuss his new book about water and its importance.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Theater Concludes 2007-08 Season with Production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 28, 2008) “Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” Broadway’s greatest farce and winner of over a dozen Tony Awards, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” will take center stage as Dixie State College of Utah’s theatre program concludes its 2007-08 season with one of the funniest musicals ever written. The production will run nightly April 3-5 and April 8-12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Main Stage Theater of DSC’s Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center.

F orum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in this light, fast-paced, witty and irreverent production.

Forum” follows a the plight of Rome’s most craftiest, yet laziest, slave named Pseudolus (played by Joel Thomas), who has but one wish, to purchase his freedom. When his master, Hero (played by Brandon Price), and mistress leave for the day, Pseudolus finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan, Philia (played by Katie Cluff), who belongs to the house of Lycus (played by Kiki Thompson), a slave dealer specializing in beautiful women.

Pseudolus concocts a deal in which he will gain his freedom if he can procure Philia for the young Hero. Of course, the plan cannot be as simple as that and in short order, the musical farce takes off, leaving audiences rolling in the aisles.

With its unforgettable zany characters, a hysterical, perfectly constructed book by Larry Gelbart (of “M*A*S*H” and “City Of Angels” fame) and Burt Shevelove. Along with witty songs penned by Stephen Sondheim, “Forum” allows a brilliant ensemble of comedic actors to shine.

DSC’s production of “Forum” is will be directed by Michael Harding, with musical direction by Ken Peterson. Other performers include Guy Smith (Miles Gloriosus), Travis Cox (Senex), Kathleen Hinton (Domina), Spencer Potter, (Hysterium), and Alex Gubler, (Erronius). The ensemble includes Meleah Rowley, Jessica Baird, Melissa Erickson, Crystal Bates, Heather Pope, Justin Cullimore, Heath Mecham, and Jarom Brown. Designers for “Forum” are Brent Innes (scenery), Josh Scott (lighting), and Diana Girtain (costumes).

Non-DSC student ticket prices range from $5 for students age 5-to-17, $12 for seniors and $15 for adults. DSC students and faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $1 with a valid activity card. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center Monday-through-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at the door each night of the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Online performance information and tickets may also be obtained by visiting http://culturalarts.dixie.edu.

Stephen D. Nadauld Named Interim President of Dixie State College
The State Board of Regents, Thursday, named Dr. Stephen D.Nadauld, former president of Weber State University, as interim president of Dixie State College (DSC), which is located in St. George, Utah. Dr.Nadauld is currently a professor of finance for the Marriott Graduate School of Management at Brigham Young University (BYU). He plans to assume his duties March 28. The Board named Dr. Nadauld following President Lee G.Caldwell's resignation.

"We appreciate President Caldwell's dedicated service as president, and before that as vice president, and wish him well." said Board of Regents Chair Jed H. Pitcher. "The Board is pleased Dr. Nadauld, who brings much experience and stature to the position, has accepted this assignment and is willing to begin immediately. He will carry forward discussions with the University of Utah regarding potential partnerships and an alliance, and will continue to lead the institution as it contributes to workforce and economic development in Washington County and this state."

In accepting this appointment Dr. Nadauld said, "We are very excited to be involved again with higher education in the State of Utah. We look forward to getting acquainted with the wonderful students, outstanding faculty and dedicated staff that we know are part of Dixie State College.Dixie State has a wonderfully supportive community and a very bright future.We appreciate the opportunity to be helpful in the continued planning and realization of that future and thank the Regents for their expression of confidence that accompanies this appointment."

Dr. Nadauld served as the president of WSU from 1985 to 1990. He has also held several positions at BYU's Marriott Graduate School of Management, including director of the Master of Business Administration Program from 1980-1983 and assistant and associate professor of finance from 1976-1983. Dr. Nadauld was an instructor of finance at both the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Utah.

He has earned numerous awards and honors: Outstanding Finance Professor (BYU, 2002); Outstanding Teacher of the Year (School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, 1976); Honorary Doctorate Degree (WSU, 1991); and Silver Beaver Award (Boy Scouts of America, 1992).

Dr. Nadauld is a current board member for the Deseret Book Corporation (2007-present), the O.C. Tanner Corporation (1990-present), and the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (1991-2003, 2006-present).

He has dedicated several years of service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including serving as the president of the Geneva Switzerland Mission (2003-2006) and serving as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy (1991-1996).

Dr. Nadauld earned a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry, with minors in math, physics and French, from BYU. He also attended the University of Idaho and Ricks College.

He and his wife, Margaret Dyreng Nadauld, have seven sons and 21 grandchildren. Mrs. Nadauld served as the Young Women General President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1997 to 2002.


Caldwell Steps Down as President of Dixie State College of Utah
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ March 27, 2008) Dr. Lee G. Caldwell, the 16th president of Dixie State College of Utah, announced he is stepping down after nearly three years at the helm of the institution. The announcement was made today and will take effect immediately.

"I deeply appreciate the dedication and quality of the Dixie State College faculty, staff and Trustees, and I leave behind a strong institution," Caldwell said. "The inspiring thing about this institution that it has been built on a foundation of local sacrifice and local contributions, including the very land the campus is on.

"I feel like I came in and built on a foundation of that work commitment we call the (Dixie Spirit," which is don't make excuses, roll up your sleeves and do it well, and have an entrepreneurial spirit," he continued. "What we¹ve been able to add to that is a focus on national and international bench-marking and quality. We¹ve had improvements in our programs, in our faculty, and in all the services we are offering."

Dixie State College has seen program growth during Caldwell's tenure, which began in the 2004-05 school year, when he served as the vice president of academics. He then became DSC's 16th president on July 12, 2005. During his term as president, Dixie State College received approval to offer seven new baccalaureate degree programs, increasing the number to 11 overall, including the new Integrated Studies program, which consists of common core and select concentrations in nine disciplines, including business, communication, computer and information technology, English, biology, mathematical sciences, psychology, fine arts and Spanish.

Those program additions led to DSC conferring a total of 1,317 degrees and certificates at its 96th-annual Commencement Exercises last May. DSC also gr aduated its largest baccalaureate class ever, awarding 134 bachelor¹s degrees. In addition, the College awarded 864 associate degrees, which was the largest associate degree class in school history. DSC also experienced a jump in enrollment this semester, including an increase in upper division enrollment, thanks in large part to the new bachelor degree offerings.

A number of other programs and offerings were implemented during Caldwell¹s time as president, most notably the creation of a new Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) satellite academy, which graduated its inaugural class earlier this month, and the establishment of a new Reserve Officers¹ Training Corp (ROTC) program that began providing classwork and leadership training experiences and scholarship money to students last fall.

DSC's intercollegiate athletics program also successfully completed its provisional period at the NCAA Division-II level and will be eligible for postseason play beginning in 2008-09.

"Lee Caldwell brought to this institution an open perspective about higher education in southern Utah, its mission, its role in economic development, and above all, its responsibility to build student possibilities," said DSC Vice President of Academics Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans. "His frame of reference is always about what is best for students. Dixie State College of Utah will greatly miss President Caldwell."

Under his leadership, DSC is close to moving its entire health sciences program into the newly-built Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, which will be located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center's River Road Campus.

The 78,000-square foot facility will also double as a training facility for Dixie Regional, and house degree programs in nursing, including registered nursing, practical nursing and nursing assistance, along with dental hygiene, emergency medical technology/paramedic, medical radiography, respiratory therapy, surgical technology, and phlebotomy.

 

This past legislative session, DSC received a significant increase in funding, including $500,000 dedicated to the proposed enhanced affiliation with the University of Utah. Last week, the joint task force made up of DSC and U of U administrators presented an interim report to the DSC Board of Trustees last week, and will continue work toward a possible operating agreement later this year.

 

Caldwell worked tirelessly to improve the academic landscape and economic development opportunities for Washington and Kane Counties. For his efforts, he was named Executive of the Year by the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce at the organization's annual awards and installation banquet last month.


DSC CIT Program Crowns Winners of Annual Computer Programming Competition
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 25, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah recently held its Fifth-Annual Computer Programming Competition, which featured 17 teams from local area high schools and eight DSC teams. Teams made up of two to three students competed for five hours to see who could solve as many problems possible in that time frame.

Pine View High School’s team of Tom Hutchins, Tony Bonny and Cory Hammon won the prep competition, while DSC’s tandem of D.J. Holt, Jeremy Johnson and Brian Olsen took top honors in the collegiate division.  The winning high school team came from Pine View High School, and consisted of Tom Hutchins, Tony Bonny, and Cory Hammon.

Thanks to generous contributions from the community, there were wonderful prizes for everyone, including $100 in cash or gift certificates for each of the six winning participants. The competition was sponsored by DSC’s Computer & Information Technology department, which offers a four-year bachelor’s degree program with emphases in computer science, information technology, and visual technology.

The Four Ballades of Chopin to be Performed at Special Tuesday Evening Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 20, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, March 25, with a special evening event featuring the works of Chopin performed by DSC faculty member Dr. Nancy Allred and DSC alum Monica Hymas.

Tuesday’s Forum will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.
 
The duo will present “The Odyssey of Chopin’s Soul: The Four Ballades,” which will feature discussion on the history of these works. Ms. Hymas will perform Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, and Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, while Dr. Allred will perform Ballade No. 2 in F Major, and Ballade No. 4 in F Minor.

Dr. Allred instructs the new piano pedagogy class at Dixie State College, along with private piano, group piano and music appreciation courses. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees in piano performance from Brigham Young University, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UMKC. Dr. Allred is an active chamber musician and is the accompanist and assistant director for the Southern Utah Heritage Choir. Hymas is a graduate of Dixie State College and BYU, where she received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance.
 
The Dixie Forums will run every Tuesday through April, including a motivational presentation from Reverend France Davis of Salt Lake City’s Calvary Baptist Church April 1. Author and former CIA agent Mike Ramsdell will discuss his book “A Train to Potevka,” which chronicles his experiences as a government agent deep inside Russia, with the forum April 8. The final Forum of the semester will be held April 15, featuring author and playwright Carol Lynn Pearson.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.
 
Dixie State College to Host Annual Miss Indian Dixie Pageant March 27
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 20, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s Native American Student Association is proudly presenting a night of majesty at the 17th-Annual Miss Indian Dixie Scholarship Pageant tonight, March 27, at 7 p.m., in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission to the pageant is free and all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Among the many events featured in tonight’s pageant will be an appearance and performance by Miss Western Navajo Nation Crystal Carr. In addition, the Honorary Drum Group WolfSprings from Kaibab, Ariz., will perform a Native American Intertribal number, along with musical numbers performed by DSC Studentbody President-Elect Brock Bybee and 2007 D-Queen Felicia Bennett.

To be eligible for the pageant, contestants must have at least one-quarter Native American blood, and must be a student at Dixie State College or will be applying to attend DSC this upcoming fall semester.

Contestants will perform traditional Native American talent and must have knowledge of traditional customs, including demonstrating talents from the heritage of the tribe each contestant represents. Examples of talents include weaving a traditional Native American basket, demonstrating the traditional weaving process and performing it on stage within a set time, rehearsing a traditional tale, or sign a traditional hymn.

In addition, there will be a modern and contemporary talent component, consisting of demonstrating sportsmanship, performing live, playing an instrument, among other talents. There will also be the traditional staples consisting of an evening gown competition and a question and answer session with the judges.

The winner of the pageant has the opportunity to represent DSC at the American Indian Services golf tournament, with proceeds from the event going to benefit the Native American scholarship. Miss Indian Dixie will also participate in the DSC Homecoming Parade, the Great Race held during D-Week, and will serve as host for the 2009 Miss Indian Dixie Pageant.

In addition to the scholarship, Miss Indian Dixie will be able to compete in the Miss Navajo Nation and/or the Miss Utah Navajo pageants, along with other tribal pageants.

For more information on the pageant or to receive an entry packet to enter the competition, please contact Rae Matalolo at 435-652-7594, or by email at matalolo@dixie.edu.

DSC Student Janette Stratton Receives Scholarship Award from Utah ASPIRE Program
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 19, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah sophomore mathematics education major Janette Stratton has been recognized by the Utah ASPIRE program as the recipient of a $500 educational scholarship. This scholarship acknowledges her scholastic achievements of maintaining a 4.0 GPA and her perseverance in reaching her educational goals.

Ms. Stratton, who qualifies as a low income/first generation student under federal guidelines for TriO - Student Support Services at DSC, is pursuing a degree in math education. She will continue her studies at DSC this fall.

TRiO is a federally funded program whose mission is to assist low income/first generation students attain a post-secondary education. DSC’s TRiO program serves over 1,500 students in Washington County through its Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Student Support Services programs.

Aspire Utah is a collection of 29 TRiO programs in Utah whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities to first generation and low income students who are statistically at risk of achieving their academic potential. The funds provided for Ms. Stratton’s scholarship award were generated through individual TRiO program contributions from TRiO staffs

For additional information on DSC’s TRiO program, contact DSC Director of TRiO Programs Jonathan Morrell at 435-652-7656 or at morrell@dixie.edu.


Dixie State Students to Hold "CANSTOCK '08" for Dixie Care & Share
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 19, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah students, faculty, and staff will canvas the neighborhoods of St. George next Friday, March 28, for the fourth-annual DSC “CANSTOCK” food drive to collect canned food donations for the city’s Dixie Care & Share as part this semester’s Campus to Community project, a service campaign that was instituted by the DSC student government in 2001. The service event is being held in conjunction with March’s Hunger Awareness Month.
 
DSC student-body president Jennifer Shakespeare says that a lot of attention is paid to the Dixie Care & Share during the holiday season, noting that food donations are plentiful. However, she went on to say that there is always a significant decrease in food donations in the spring and that is a problem she hopes the community will help the College tackle head on.
 
“Campus to Community is a great time for us students to show our appreciation to the community and to help out in any way possible,” Shakespeare said. “This can drive is an effort to raise awareness of hunger in our community.”

Volunteers, including student clubs, Rebel athletic teams, and faculty and staff representatives, will mobilize at the DSC Old Gymnasium parking lot at 6 p.m., and organize into teams. A geographic assignment will be given to each team. Teams will then disperse to a number of neighborhoods of St. George to collect as many canned goods as they can.

Participants will return to the Old Gym around 7:30 p.m., where all donations will be collected. Then on Saturday, DSC students will make the delivery to the Dixie Care & Share, where they will help stock the shelves at the facility with the gathered donations.

Following the drive, those in attendance will be able to enjoy a soup dinner and live concert put on by two local area bands. In addition, the team that collects the most donations that evening will also be honored as part of the post-drive festivities.

In the days leading up to the can drive itself, DSC students, faculty and staff will be able to contribute can goods while on campus. Donation boxes will be distributed to every building throughout campus and those offerings will be included for delivery.

“We hope that through this service project we will be able to reconnect the students to the community, as well as bring about a proactive awareness of the needs in this community-of our neighbors and friends,” said Shakespeare.

This is the fourth time DSC has held a “CANSTOCK” food drive for the Dixie Care & Share. In the fall of 2006, the entire DSC family came together to collect more than 4,000 cans of food and food products in time for that year’s Holiday season.
 
The Campus to Community service program was organized at Dixie State College in 2001. Campus to Community is Dixie State’s version of a nationwide trend known as service learning, designed to get college students involved service and give them opportunities for practical application of textbook learning.

DSC’s Campus to Community program consists of one large-scale community service project each semester. Last semester, students raised just over $3,000 to help the family of DSC cheerleader coach Donelle Forbes and her husband Ryan, whose infant son Teancum was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle backing out of a driveway in August of 2007.

Other projects have included a yard sale to benefit a near drowning victim, planting trees for the new Southern Utah Water Conservation Garden in St. George, a book drive to benefit literacy in local schools, assisting with the Confluence Project in Hurricane and LaVerkin, removing weeds and debris at the Santa Clara Arboretum, collecting money for Washington County School District leveled libraries, planting bushes and shrubs at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, and harvesting willow stems as part of St. George City’s effort to help re-vegetate area riverbeds in the wake of the flooding of 2005.   

As always, community members are invited to take part in all Campus to Community projects.

For more information on DSC’s Campus to Community “CANSTOCK” project, contact DSC director of student activities Donna Stafford at 435-652-7513, or by email at stafford.dixie.edu.

Dixie State College POST Academy Graduates Inaugural Class Monday Evening
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ March 18, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah's Regional Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy graduated its inaugural class in a ceremony held Monday evening at the DSC Dolores Dore' Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. In all, 14 cadets earned their graduate certificates in both the Special Function Officer (SFO) and Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) blocks.

DSC POST program director David Holm lauded the cooperation of a number law enforcement agencies in Washington and Iron Counties, including both county sheriff's departments, the Washington City Department of Public Safety, and the Ivins City Department of Public Safety, noting that the contributions of those agencies to the success of the Academy. Holm added that 11 of the 14 graduates are already employed by the sponsoring agencies.

"This class was a very dedicated group of people," Holm said. "I am very pleased to have these men lay the foundation and set the example for future graduates of the program to follow.

"We have great law enforcement officers in southern Utah," Holm continued.

"These officers will complement the law enforcement efforts in the area and will strengthen the departments they will work for"

The list of graduates include: Britt T. Ballard (self sponsored); David Bolander (Wash. Co. Sheriff's Dept.); Jake D. Bulkley (Washington City DPS); Shawn Coston (Iron Co. Sheriff's Dept.); Richard Ehlert (Wash. Co. Sheriff's Dept.); Joshua E. Finona, (Washington City DPS); Nick Gibson (Iron Co.Sheriff's Dept.); Lincoln Knighton (self sponsored); Joshua Ryan Leugers (self sponsored); Jason D. Shafer (Ivins City DPS); Jay Sissener (Iron Co.Sheriff's Dept.); Stanley A. Talbot (self sponsored); Woody Taylor (Wash.Co. Sheriff's Dept.); and Aaron Thompson (Wash. Co. Sheriff's Dept.).

In addition, three individual awards were handed out at the ceremony. Nick Gibson was presented with the Outstanding Firearms Award; Jason D. Shafer was given the Outstanding Physical Fitness Award; and Richard Ehlert was presented with the High Academic Award.

DSC's POST Academy was established in March of 2007, as the sixth satellite academy in Utah, with initial classwork beginning last summer. Utah POST oversees and regulates each of the satellite academies in the state, which offer basic training programs geared towards those wishing to gain certification that have not been hired by an agency.

Currently the Academy is now accepting applications for evening training courses from prospective students interested in a career in law enforcement.

The training courses, designed for individuals interested in law enforcement, but are currently working full-time jobs, will be held Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., at the DSC Hurricane Education Center starting April 21, 2008.

The Academy training is divided into two portions, the Special Function Officer (SFO) training, which serves as a prerequisite to the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) block.

The SFO block curriculum provides 193 hours of training and instruction for certification as a Special Function/Auxiliary Officer. Positions requiring SFO training include constables, auxiliary officers, bailiffs and reserve officers, among other positions approved by individual law enforcement departments.

The LEO training curriculum is a 360-hour block specifically geared toward students who want to pursue careers as full-time police officers, highway patrol troopers or deputy sheriffs, with full police powers.

Those interested in attending the courses need to pass the National Peace Officer Selection Test, which is given at the DSC Testing Center. Other general qualifications include that prospective students be United States citizens, 21 years of age upon graduation from the Academy, and have a high school diploma or equivalent. There is also a physical test that will be given at the beginning of the Academy courses and again prior to graduation.

The POST training mirrors that of the regular academy, all learning objectives and training is on the same level as the regular academy. Once a student has graduated they receive the same certification status as Utah Peace Officer as if they attended the regular academy.

For more information on the POST training courses or to register, please contact POST program director David Holm at 435-652-7916, or at dholm@dixie.edu. Information may also be obtained on the Academy's website at www.dixie.edu/post.


Former Disney Animator Jared Beckstrand Addresses Dixie State's Business and Ethics Forum Thursday
ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 17, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s business department continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum this Thursday, March 20, with a presentation by former Walt Disney Feature Animation animator Jared Beckstrand.

The forum will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. Dixie State College students, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

Beckstrand’s presentation, entitled “Insights from a Disney Animator,” will feature a number of film clips and the animation process and timeline. He will also discuss a number of ethical challenges faced in the business, the idea of “The creative team vs. The management team,” and will open the forum up to a question and answer session.

Beckstrand was born in Long Beach, Calif., and at age 12, began to receive commissioned requests for his artwork, most of which were portraits and caricatures. That early success led him to actively pursue a career in illustration and animation, a field he entered in 1990, as an assistant animator for Don Bluth Studios. At Don Bluth Studios, he was part of the team that created the theatrical productions of “Swan Princess,” “Thumbelina,” and “Troll in Central Park.”

In 1994, Beckstrand moved on to Disney Feature Animation, where he had his hand in such Disney classics as “Fantasia 2000,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Pocahontas,” and “Tarzan,” among others. He remained at Disney until 2004, when he decided to leave the company and relocate to St. George with his wife and four children. Currently, Beckstrand works in children’s book illustration for Golden Books Company.

The Business and Ethics Forum will be held every other Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with each guest lecturer speaking on business matters in their respective professions and how to integrate ethics into the discussion.

The Forum will wrap up its 2007-08 schedule Thursday, April 10, with a presentation Kayla Koebler, certified financial planner for Merrill Lynch.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus’ Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

During the 2006-07 scholastic year, Dixie State’s business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college’s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.

U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson to Visit Dixie State's Campus to Address TRIO Program This Wednesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 14, 2008) United States Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) will address Dixie State College of Utah’s TRiO program this Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m., at the DSC Eccles Main Stage Theater.  

TRiO is a federally funded program whose mission is to assist low income/first generation students attain a post-secondary education. DSC’s TRiO program serves over 1,500 students in Washington County through its Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Student Support Services programs.

For additional information on DSC’s TRiO program, or Congressman Matheson’s visit to the DSC campus, contact DSC Director of TRiO Programs Jonathan Morrell at 435-652-7656 or at morrell@dixie.edu.

Dixie State Students Present Undergraduate Research Findings at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 14, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series returns from Spring Break this Tuesday, March 18, with a presentation from four DSC students who recently participated at the Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research (UCUR). The students, Diana Stanley, Kay Berry, Kate Sirls and Whitney Phillips, will present their findings as part of the hour-long event.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Stanley, an English major and mother of five, will present her paper entitled “Remnants of Middle English in the Southern American English (SAE) Dialect,” which discusses how the SAE is considered to be a quaint corruption of standard English utilized by an unlettered segment of American society. She argues that rather than being a deviation from standard English, SAE is a parallel branch of the English language family which is rooted deeply in Middle English.

Berry, who is also a mother of five and is slated to be one of DSC’s first four-year English degree recipients at this May’s commencement exercise, discusses the film versions of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” identifying crucial scenes and analyzing how each director adapted them to the screen. She will share her concerns with how each director developed a scene, including camera angles, symbolic imagery and lighting, and how these elements affect an audience.

Sirls, an English major from California, will share her findings from “Understanding Satan as a Literary Character,” which focuses on how contemporary views of him stem from literature through the ages. Her research included fictitious representations of Satan, as well as those that are claimed to be nonfiction, and what purpose he serves in societies, while exploring the tenets of fear, intimidation and control.

Phillips, a sophomore communication major originally from Tetonia, Idaho, and a graduate of Dixie High Sch ool, will talk about “Segregation: An American Contradiction.” In her research, she questions how Southern lawmakers and a white society imposed legal segregation on African Americans, finding that in order to understand the reasons for separating African Americans from society, it was crucial to understand the events that took place leading up to, during, and following legal segregation.

The Dixie Forums will run every Tuesday through April, including a special evening music program featuring DSC faculty member Dr. Nancy Allred and Monika Hymas March 25, followed by a motivational presentation from Reverend France Davis of Salt Lake City’s Calvary Baptist Church April 1.

Author and former CIA agent Mike Ramsdell will discuss his book “A Train to Potevka,” which chronicles his experiences as a government agent deep inside Russia, with the forum April 8. The final Forum of the semester will be held April 15, featuring author and playwright Carol Lynn Pearson.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu

Dixie State College Art Professor Glen Blakely to Receive NCECA Honor
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 14, 2008) Longtime Dixie State College of Utah Professor of Art Glen Blakely will be presented with the “Fellow of the Council” award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) at the organization’s upcoming international conference opening ceremonies this March 19, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Blakely is being honored by the NCECA’s Board of Directors for his outstanding support and contributions to the growth and success of the organization.

Blakely has published over 70 articles in a number of scholarly magazines, including the NCECA Journal, NCECA News, Clay Times, Crafts Report and Ceramic Monthly, among others. In addition, he served as NCECA Director at Large and has been the organization’s official photographer for 15 years. His photography has also been published in major magazines and journals across the country and internationally.

“This is quite a tribute and honor that NCECA is presenting to me. I’m very humbled by it,” Blakely said. “There have been a number of great people that have been honored, a lot of them internationally-known, and to be joining those people on that list is quite an honor for me.

“NCECA is a tremendous organization with a lot of wonderful people involved with it,” he continued, noting that there will be over 6,000 people attending the conference.
 
Blakely noted that only 42 “Fellow of the Council” awards have been given out over the past 42 years. He added that along with attending several special VIP parties, he has been asked to display five of his pottery works and over 20 photographs at Pittsburgh’s prestigious Mendelson Gallery during the conference.

“We are proud to recognize Glen for his contributions to NCECA and its mission to enrich and affect the continuing development of the ceramic arts,” said NCECA Nominations Committee Chair Susan Filley.

Since his arrival on the Dixie State campus in 1976, Blakely has worked to bring art experiences to the institution, the St. George community, and the state of Utah. He helped establish the St. George Art Museum, for which he was its first director for six years, and was the first director of the St. George Arts Festival in 1979. In addition, Blakely served on the Dixie Task Force, St. George Arts Commission, Southwest Utah Arts Council, St. George Film Commission, and the Utah Arts Council Advisory Board.

Blakely completed his Master’s of Fine Arts Degree at Brigham Young University in 1973. Prior to his tenure at DSC, he taught art at Oregon City (OR) High School and at BYU. He has directed travel-study programs to art museums in the western United States for 30 years, and recently returned from his 13th annual travel-study trip to Europe.

Longtime Dixie State Theatre Department Mentor Dr. Brent Hanson Selected as Alder Faculty Honor Lecturer
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 13, 2008) Longtime Dixie State College of Utah theatre professor Dr. Brent Hanson has been selected to speak at the college’s 13th-annual Alder Faculty Honor Lecture slated for Thursday, Mar. 20. The lecture w ill be held in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Dr. Hanson’s presentation, entitled “Nathan Hale: One Life,” recounts and analyzes the life of Nathan Hale with the goal of understanding the dramatic potential in the story and establishing the foundation for a play about Hale, which Hanson is authoring. The evening will include a preview of a scene from the work-in-progress play as Hanson will be joined on-stage by DSC students Travis Cox and Joel Thomas.

Nathan Hale was born in a rural Connecticut household in 1755. His father sent him to Yale to be educated, where he enjoyed a successful career as a student. After college, Hale taught school briefly, but when the Revolutionary War began, he volunteered to fight for his country. He rose to the rank of captain, and was recruited into Knowlton’s Rangers, a prestigious military unit with a reputation for accepting tough assignments.

In the fall of 1776, Washington and his army had been pushed out of New York City by the British. Washington wanted fresh intelligence about the location of British forces in New York and information about British plans. Hale volunteered to go into New York in the guise of a traveling schoolmaster and gather the information Washington needed.

Hale was inside enemy territory for perhaps several weeks, and succeeding in getting the desired intelligence. When he attempted to return to his own camp, he was caught by the British. The documents in his possession clearly identified him as a spy. On the morning of September 22, 1776, the British hanged him. He was twenty-one years old. On his way to the gallows, he is credited with saying, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Hanson earned BFA and MFA degrees in design at the University of Utah, and completed work on his Ph.D. in theatre and film at Brigham Young University, where his studies focused on playwriting and directing. Hanson has been a theatre faculty member at Dixie State College since 1982, where he has directed and designed numerous productions.

He has served as president of the Utah Theatre Association, Director of Theatre at Dixie State College, and currently serves as Associate Dean of Arts and Letters and Chair of Fine Arts at Dixie State. In addition, he has worked as Artistic Director for the Hill Cumorah Pageant, an outdoor production staged every summer in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Hanson is especially interested in writing for the theatre. His plays, “St. George Christmas” and “Time-Share,” have recently been produced.

The Alder Faculty Honor Lecture was instituted by former DSC president Douglas Alder and his wife Elaine. Its purpose is to promote faculty scholarship about teaching and research, faculty communication and camaraderie, and improvement in teaching and learning.
 
Nominees for the Honors Lecture are presented by the college staff and faculty and voted on by the college’s Faculty Senate board. Any full-time facul ty member is available for nomination and the presenter is chosen to recognize excellence in teaching and scholarship. The papers associated with the Honors Lecture are published each year in a booklet that is available at the lecture or by contacting Demaree Johnson at (435) 652-7867.

Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Heads Into Final Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 13, 2008) The 21st-annual Robert N. and Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale, recognized as one of the biggest art events in the state of Utah, enters its final week of public viewing this upcoming week at the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center on the campus of Dixie State College of Utah.

The Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale, which has been a mainstay at Dixie State College, features 250 works from 130 renowned artists from Utah and the United States, making this year’s show the largest in the event’s history.

All artwork will remain on display through Saturday, March 22, in the Robert N. and Peggy Sears Art Gallery located in the DSC Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center. Exhibit hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. Call (435) 652-7905 for more information. The public is invited to view the exhibit free of charge.

Each work exhibited is for sale to the public, with a portion of the proceeds from each piece of art work purchased to be allocated to help fund the Sears Art Museum Gallery in the Eccles Fine Arts Center. The Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show made its debut in that new art museum gallery in 2005, which remains the show’s permanent home. Appropriately enough, the gallery bears the name of the show’s founders, Peggy and the late Bob Sears.

Veda Hale to Recall Maurine Whipple's Giant Joshua at the 25th Annual Juanita Brooks Lecture
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 5, 2008) Maurine Whipple, the author of the famous book, The Giant Joshua, will be the subject of the Weekly Music & History Series in the historic St. George Tabernacle Wednesday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m. The Giant Joshua was published in 1941, and immediately drew national attention to Utah’s Dixie because it captured pioneer life with its fables and foibles.

The nation had just begun to digest Margaret Mitchell’s epic Gone With The Wind, which appeared two years earlier and focused on the social issues of the rural south. Then came Whipple’s gripping work on the history of rural southern Utah. Both authors are famous for only one book but, despite some efforts in that direction, The Giant Joshua did not become a film like Mitchell’s work did.
 
On Wednesday night, Veda Hale will discuss her forthcoming biography of Maurine Whipple. It has been accepted by the University of Utah Press and will be soon published. She will preview the book at the 25th-Annual Juanita Brooks Lecture Series that was established at Dixie State College by Obert C. Tanner for the purpose of perpetuating the great writing of southern Utah in the tradition of Juanita Brooks. The event is free and open to the public.

Hale knew Maurine Whipple in her later years and was authorized to collect her documents, including the drafts of her writings. Veda used these and many interviews as a basis for her book on Maurine.
 
There were many challenges for Veda Hale to digest because Maureen Whipple was an enigma. Maureen desperately wanted to be loved and raise a family, but she was single and childless. She wanted to follow up her famous book with a second one but never could complete it, despite many attempts. She wanted a career beyond Dixie in teaching or dance but that didn’t materialize. She loved Dixie and lived here most of her life but her book initially frustrated the locals. She hoped to become affluent from her writing but found out that few people did.

Nonetheless she achieved something good – she learned to write exceptionally well and produced a significant book that is still in print after 67 years. Who else can do that? Veda Hale will tackle these issues in the Tabernacle on Wednesday evening, March 12. All are invited.
 

Dixie State College and Southern Utah Trucking Association to Host Scholarship Golf Scramble at Sunbrook March 18
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 29, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah, along with the Southern Utah Trucking Association, will host the second-annual SUTA Scholarship Fundraiser Tournament Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at t he Sunbrook Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit scholarships at DSC, the Dixie Applied Technology Center and the Southwest Applied Technology Center in Cedar City, for students majoring in business, driver training, engineering, and maintenance.

The tournament will be played in a four-person scramble format with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m., preceded by a luncheon and check-in beginning at 12 noon. Cost is $125 per player/$500 per team, which includes green fees, cart and range privileges. In addition, there will be tee prizes, games, drawings and prizes for the winning teams.

“We as an association wanted to do something to give back to the community,” said Don Cox, co-owner of Cox Trucking and President of the Utah Trucking Association. “Last year we raised over $11,000, a substantial sum for our first year hosting an event, which produced 10 scholarships donated to southern Utah students in need.”

Registration deadline for the tournament is Friday, March 7. For more information or to register, contact DSC Associate Vice President of Advancement George F. Whitehead at 652-7906 or at whiteheg@dixie.edu.


Utah State Poet Laueate Katherine Coles to Read at Tuesday' Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 29, 2008) Utah State Poet Laureate Katherine Coles will visit Dixie State College as part of the institution’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series this Tuesday, March 4. Ms. Coles will be reading her own works as well as discussing the creative process.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Coles, who is an associate professor of English at the University of Utah, was named Utah State Poet Laureate by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., in the fall of 2006. She is in the midst of a five-year term of office and acts as the leading public advocate for the literary arts in Utah.

She has published two novels and three collections of poetry, while a number of her poems and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. In addition, Coles has a long history of professional and community service, and has received several awards for her work. Her most recent collection of poems, entitled “Fault,” will be published by Red Hen Press later this year.

“Katherine’s literary achievements and community service in teaching and writing are a tremendous asset as she helps bring poetry and the literary arts to the people of Utah,” Governor Huntsman said of Coles’ appointment. “The arts are an essential element to investing in Utah’s future. We are grateful to Katherine for her representation of Utah’s fine artists.”

Following DSC’s Spring Break March 12-16, the Dixie Forum will return Tuesday, March 18, with a student presentation. The Forums will run every Tuesday through April, including a special evening music program featuring DSC faculty member Dr. Nancy Allred and Monika Hymas M arch 25, followed by a motivational presentation from Reverend France Davis of Salt Lake City’s Calvary Baptist Church April 1.

Author and former CIA agent Mike Ramsdell will discuss his book “A Train to Potevka,” which chronicles his experiences as a government agent deep inside Russia, with the forum April 8. The final Forum of the semester will be held April 15, featuring author and playwright Carol Lynn Pearson.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.

DSC Associate Dean Carole Grady Addresses Ethics in Healthcare the Dixie State Business and Ethics Forum Thursday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 29, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s business department continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum this Thursday, March 6, with a presentation on healthcare ethics from DSC Associate Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Carole Grady.

The forum will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. Dixie State College students, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

Dr. Grady’s presentation, entitled “Silence Kills: Speaking up in the Healthcare Workplace,” discusses the importance of ethics in hospital patient care. She notes that hundreds of thousands of patients are harmed in hospitals every year and that one of the reasons for this harm is a deeply ingrained, healthcare workplace culture, in which healthcare workers are reluctant to confront colleagues who make mistakes or break rules. The extent of the problem and its relationship to healthcare ethics, reasons why healthcare workers do not speak up, and strategies to enhance speaking up will be addressed.

In addition to her duties as associate dean of Health Sciences, Dr. Grady serves as associate professor of nursing at DSC. She is also a women’s health care nurse practitioner with 28 years of experience in nursing in a variety of healthcare settings.

Dr. Grady received her BS and MS degrees in nursing from the University of Rochester, and earned her doctoral degree from Utah State University. Her professional interests include healthcare ethics, nursing research, caring theory, women’s health, and teaching/learning strategies for the health sciences.

The Business and Ethics Forum will be held every other Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with each guest lecturer speaking on business matters in their respective professions and how to integrate ethics into the discussion.

Future forum presenters include local illustration artist Jared Beckstrand, who will address to forum March 20; and Kayla Koebler, certified financial planner for Merrill Lynch, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation April 10.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus’ Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

During the 2006-07 scholastic year, Dixie State’s business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college’s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.


The Evolution of NASCAR Featured at This Thursday's DSC Student Media Center Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 25, 2008) Just in time for this weekend’s NASCAR festivities in Las Vegas, Dixie State College of Utah’s Communication Department will present its third DSC Student Media Center Forum of the spring semester this Thursday, Feb. 28, featuring 10-time Emmy-Award winner and NASCAR Media Group executive producer Jim Jorden.

The forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC cam pus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Jorden’s presentation, entitled “From Bootleggers to the Car of Tomorrow – The National Evolution of NASCAR,” will chronicle the history of stock car racing, from the early beginnings to the super-speedway event weekends of today. He will also discuss the broadening of the NASCAR fan base, how the sport has been taken to mainstream and corporate America, and the delicate balance needed to keep the sport true to the legions of original stock car racing fans.

A native of Chicago, Ill., Jorden is in charge of all NASCAR television broadcasting and theatrical productions, including the release of the new documentary on the career of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt entitled “Dale.” In addition, his production team is currently working on a documentary that focuses on the history of stock car racing.

Jorden has won two Emmys, including a statue for his work as executive producer of the “Behind the Wheel” segments of Speed Channel’s “NASCAR Nation” program. He also won eight Emmys in his 20-year career with NFL Films, where he worked as a producer along side current DSC assistant professor of communication Phil Tuckett.

NASCAR Media Group is a media, marketing and entertainment company that creates and produces programming related to the sport, manages its media partnerships, and forges relationships to integrate the sport into mainstream entertainment. As the internal production and creative services company of NASCAR, NASCAR Media Group is the exclusive rights holder of NASCAR event footage, race data and content. The NASCAR Media Group leverages The Sight, Sound and Emotion of NASCAR through TV and film production, home video, licensed consumer products and premiums for the sports' sponsors, tracks, teams and fans. To learn more, visit www.nascarimages.com.

For more information on the DSC Student Media Center Forum, contact DSC assistant professor communication Phil Tuckett at 856-430-9466 or at tuckett@dixie.edu.

DSC Choral Ensemble Presents Mid-Winter Concert Friday Feb. 29
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 25, 2008) The Dixie State College Choral Ensemble continues its 2007-08 concert season with the annual DSC Mid-Winter Choral Concert next Friday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus.

The concert, under the direction of Dr. Ken Peterson and Dr. Robert Briggs, will feature four of DSC choral ensembles, including the Women’s Choir, Men’s Chorus, Chamber Singers, and the Rebel Chorus. Music of many varieties will be presented, including Canadian and African folk songs, along with sacred music and light works.

General admission tickets may be purchased at the door prior to the concert for $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff.
 
For more information about this concert, future concerts or singing at Dixie State College in general, please contact Dr. Pe terson at 435-652-7802 or at petersonk@dixie.edu.


Dixie State College to Host Medical Radiography Open House for Prospective Students Tuesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 25, 2008) Dixie State College will host an open house for prospective students interested in obtaining information about the College’s medical radiography associate’s degree program this Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 12 noon, at the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. The open house will provide students with information about the program requirements and pre-requisites.

DSC’s medical radiography program, established in 2006, is a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The program is full-time and includes didactic and clinical experience at local hospitals, clinics and doctor offices. Radiographers can find employment in these areas as well as in imaging clinics, mobile radiography services, urgent care centers and government facilities.

Last summer, the program received its national three-year accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Dixie State’s program is just the second radiography program in the state of Utah to become JRCERT accredited, joining Salt Lake Community College on that short list.
 
For more information, contact Marci Olsen, DSC Applied Technology and Health Science Advisor, at 435-652-7691 or at molsen@dixie.edu.

 


Immigration and American Education to Be Discussed at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 22, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Feb. 26, featuring a presentation on Immigration and American educational opportunities by local engineer Hugo Angeles.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Mr. Angeles” presentation, entitled “Immigration: The Chance of Changing Your Stars – A Peruvian Perspective,” chronicles his educational pursuits and travels from his native Peru to the United States.

“Because there have been many discussions of legal immigration to the U.S., one of the Dixie Forum committee members asked if we could have a South American speaker talk to us about why so many well-educated South Americans choose to work in the U.S.” says Terre Burton, chair of the Dixie Forum Committee. “We asked Hugo Angeles, a new resident of St. George, if he would share his ideas and longings with us.”

Angeles was born in Muquiyauyo, a small farming town located at the central Andes of Peru. After finishing high school, he decided to go to an institute of technology to get a technical degree. College was not a good option since there were scarce opportunities to get a job. Technicians on the other hand, were more demanded than ever at that time. He started a technical school at 15 years old and graduated three years later, majoring in Chemical and Metallurgical Processes and Operations.

Following his graduation, Angeles worked in the mining for two years until a phone call changed his life. Angeles’ godfather, who came to the United States 15 years earlier, invited him to come to America and get to know the country.  In 2000 Hugo came to the U.S. where he started college, noting “it was worth the fight for in this country.”  

In 2003, Angeles completed worked in an ESL program and earned his Associate's Degree in Engineering Science. He transferred credits to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he graduated his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. Angeles then relocated to St. George and is employed at a local engineering firm.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum chair Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.
 

DSC Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Project Unites for Concert Thursday, Feb. 28
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 22, 2008) The Dixie State College Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Project will take the stage for an extraordinary evening of music in presenting “Doctor Blues” next Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus.

The Dixie State Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Glenn Webb, and Vocal Jazz Project, directed by Dr. Robert Briggs, will perform music by a number of jazz legends, including Mingus, Ellington, Goodman and Ferguson, among others.

The concert will also feature several student soloists, including performances by Stephanie Flinder (flute); Nick Lanners (trumpet); Trevor Hinton (alto sax); Brandon Hanson (alto sax); Laura Wells (clarinet); BJ Vick (tenor sax); Jeremy Stoker (drums); Tabitha Maxwell (trumpet); Ren Quinn (piano); Jason Burton (alto sax); Tricia Littlefield (trombone); Ben Stratford (trombone); Angel Beltran (guitar); and Jake Cox (bass).

In addition, the Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Project will be joined on stage by DSC Director of Bands Gary Caldwell, who will perform Pat Metheny’s “Always and Forever” on the flugelhorn.

General admission tickets may be purchased in advance at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or at the door prior to the concert for $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff. High school musicians may receive free tickets by contacting Glenn Webb at 435-652-7969.



DSC Theatre Arts Student Wins Regional Award at Regional Kennedy Center College Theater Festival
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 20, 2008) Dixie State College sophomore theatre arts student Guy Smith was honored at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) competition held last week in Los Angeles, Calif.

Smith, a graduate of Dixie High School in St. George, was selected as the regional design winner for his makeup designs for DSC’s production of “Sweeney Todd” last fall. For his efforts, he earns a free trip to Washington, D.C., for the national festival held April 14-19, 2008, when he will compete against other regional winners for KCACTF and Alcone makeup design national awards.

“Guy worked very hard, spending countless hours making ‘Sweeney Todd’ look as good as possible,” said Varlo Davenport, DSC’s director of theatre. “His advancing to the finals as an undergraduate lower classman, puts a huge feather in both his cap and theatre program here at Dixie State College.”

While in Washington, D. C., Smith will have the opportunity to show his work from “Sweeney Todd” and receive advanced training through workshops held during the week. The national winner will be determined by both the display and the student’s performance in those workshops.

“He will be in Washington competing against six of the best college makeup artists in the nation,” Davenport added. “He’ll have the opportunity to learn from top designers. At past conferences, Ming Cho Lee and John Lee Beatty, two of the best designers in the world, have both been featured instructors. That’s the kind of experience he’ll be gaining. We are all incredibly proud of him.”

Davenport also noted that DSC student Whitney Morgan and her scene partner advanced to the semifinal round of last year’s KCACTF-Irene Ryan acting comp etition, but this is the first time DSC students have competed in the design competition. Davenport added that both categories are usually dominated by graduate students in well established, major theatre programs.

The KCACTF Region VIII includes colleges and universities in Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, KCACTF (http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/actf/ <http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/actf/> ) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide that has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF judges. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.



Dixie Sate College POST Academy Now Accepting Applications for Evening Classes Beginning in April
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 20, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s Regional Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy is now accepting applications for evening training courses from prospective students interested in a career in law enforcement.

The training courses will be held Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., at the DSC Hurricane Education Center starting April 21, 2008. According to program director David Holm, the courses are designed for individuals interested in law enforcement, but are currently working full-time jobs.

The Academy training is divided into two portions, the Special Function Officer (SFO) training, which serves as a prerequisite to the Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) block.

The SFO block curriculum provides 193 hours of training and instruction for certification as a Special Function/Auxiliary Officer. Positions requiring SFO training include constables, auxiliary officers, bailiffs and reserve officers, among other positions approved by individual law enforcement departments.

The LEO training curriculum is a 360-hour block specifically geared toward students who want to pursue careers as full-time police officers, highway patrol troopers or deputy sheriffs, with full police powers.

Those interested in attending the courses need to pass the National Peace Officer Selection Test, which is given at the DSC Testing Center. Other general qualifications include that prospective students be United States citizens, 21 years of age upon graduation from the Academy, and have a high school diploma or equivalent. There is also a physical test that will be given at the beginning of the Academy courses and again prior to graduation.

DSC’s POST Academy was established in March of 2007, as the sixth satellite academy in Utah. Utah POST oversees and regulates each of the satellite academies in the state, which offer basic training programs geared towards those wishing to gain certification that have not been hired by an agency.

The training mirrors that of the regular academy, all learning objectives and training is on the same level as the regular academy. Once a student has graduated they receive the same certification status as Utah Peace Officer as if they attended the regular academy.

For more information on the POST training courses or to register, please contact POST program director David Holm at 435-652-7916, or at dholm@dixie.edu. Information may also be obtained on the Academy’s website at www.dixie.edu/post.

DSC Symphony Orchestra and Band Combines for Concert This Thursday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 19, 2008) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band will come together for a combined concert this Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus. The DSC symphony orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, while the symphony band is directed by Gary Caldwell.

The orchestra’s program will feature Antonin Dvorak’s  “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” arranged by Jerry Brubaker, along with Franz Schubert’s “Symphony in B minor, ‘Unfinishd,’” and Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance No. 1.”

The symphony band’s performan ce will include such numbers as “Resplendent Glory” by composer Rossano Galante, and “Half Moon on the Hudson” written by composer Michael Sweeney, who pays tribute to New York City and the spirit of exploration and adventure. In addition, the band will feature Elliot Del Borgo’s “Slavonic Dances,” a set of dances employing five authentic Slavonic folk tunes, including “Yelenka,” “Czardas,” “The Ferryman of Okhrida,” “Love’s My Permit,” and “The Husser.” To finish the program, the band will perform “Mont-Blanc” by composer Otto M. Schwarz, who was inspired by “the roof of Europe” with its luminous and huge glaciers.

Tickets are available at the door for $5 per person, $2 for DSC students and faculty and staff.

Winners of the 21st-Annual DSC Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale Announced
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 15, 2008) The winners of the 21st-annual Robert N. and Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show were announced Friday night at the show’s annual gala banquet at the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center on the Dixie State College campus.

This year’s Best of Show Purchase Prize was awarded to Karl Thomas from Provo, Utah, for his oil painting “Utah Winter.” In addition, this year’s Invitational awarded a Best in Show Prize, the first-ever in the event’s history, which was presented to Chris Young from Orem, Utah, for his oil on panel painting entitled “Leaving the Handcarts.”

Thomas, who studied art at Brigham Young University and the Los Angeles Art Center, is known for his plain air compositions of the Grand Canyon of Arizona, the Grand Tetons of Wyoming, and Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. He acknowledges the influences of Inness, Sargent, Bierstadt, and Moran on what he describes as his own style of “realistic impressionism.”

Thomas has been included in the Collector’s Sale in Dallas, Texas, and the American Art Classic and Texas Renaissance Sale in Houston. In 2005, he won second place in the Oil Landscape category at the Sears Invitational, which was bettered in 2006 and 2007 with top honors in that category. His works are found in the Springville (Utah) Museum of Art, among other museums.

Young hails from Utah, where he developed an early love for drawing in the outdoors. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from BYU in 1986, and works in his Orem studio with the love and support of his wife and four children.

“I don’t believe an artist creates beauty, but finds it and presents it,” said Young. “In my work, I attempt to capture the silvers of transcendence in the world around me. That moment of truth and beauty when all seems to be made clearer in a wordless revelation.”

In the Oils Landscape category, Bruce Brainard took first place this year with his painting “Approaching Wave.” Second place was awarded to Richard A . Miles for “Simply Grand.” David Koch, who won the Purchase Prize in 2006, claimed third place for “Zion’s Gated Walls,” while two-time Purchase Prize Winner Kimball Warren (1991, 1994) received Honorable Mention for “Paria Canyon,” along with Sam Lawlor for his work “Sunrise at the Virgin River Gorge.”

J. Kirk Richards earned the first place award in the Oil Other category with his work “Harvest.” Glen Edwards claimed second place in the category with “Spring Run-Off,” while DSC art professor and 2000 Purchase Prize winner Del Parson placed third with “In the Shepherd’s Arms.” Richard Boyer earned Honorable Mention for “Crossing the Stream,” as did Sydney Bowman for “Communion.”

In the Watercolor Landscape category, 1992 Purchase Prize winner Spike Ress took first place for the second-straight year with his work “Mesas Near Four Corners.” Ress also earned an Honorable Mention in the category for “Parowan, Utah Heritage.” Second place was awarded to Jeffrey H. Craven for “Sunday Best,” while third place went to 2003 Purchase Prize honoree Roland Lee for “Lake Powell Morning.” The category’s other Honorable Mention was awarded to Robert D. McFarland for his painting entitled “Benjamin’s Ladder.”

Joseph Alleman received first place honors in the Watercolor Other category for “Anvil.” Fred Ensign’s “Magnolia” won second place, and Richard Brown claimed third place in the category with “Blue Door/Taos.”

In the Pastel Landscape category, Colleen K. Howe swept the top-two places, winning for her painting entitled “Cloud Color,” while taking second place for “Creekbed.” Lance Turner claimed third place for “Manti Sundown,” while Honoarble Mentions were awarded to Arlene V. Braithwaite for “Kanarraville Fall,” and to Marilee B. Campbell for “Blooming Brush, Kolob.”

Julie Rogers, who won the 2004 Sears Purchase Prize, claimed the blue ribbon in the Pastel Others category with her painting entitled “Woven Thoughts.” Rogers also earned an Honorable Mention in the category for “Delight.” Second place was awarded to “Feeding Time” created by Dan Lewis, while Turner picked up his second third-place ribbon of the Invitational for “’The Closing Hymn’ Provo Tabernacle.” Honorable Mention accolades also went to Jerry Read Hancock “The Good Life.”

In the Other Medium category, the first place ribbon went to Lynn Griffin for the acrylic entitled “Forget That,” while Eric Dowdle was awarded second place for his acrylic work “Augusta.” Spencer Budd took third place for his oil pastel work “Winter’s Sunset in Hyde Park, Utah.” Receiving Honorable Mention were Patricia Wietholter for the acrylic “Just Passing Through,” and Darlene Morgan for her India ink wash piece entitled “Beaded Princess.”

In the 3D-Bronze, Sculpture and Pottery category, Jerry Anderson won the first-ever blue ribbon in the category for his bronze entitled “Head’s Up!” L’Deane Trueblood, the inaugural Sears Purchase Prize winner in 1988, placed second with the bronze “Happy Dancer,” while Annette W. Everett claimed third place with her bronze sculpture “Duet, Mary & Martha.” Honorable Mentions were awarded to Kody Keller for the bronze “Poetry in Motion,” and Cheryl Collins for “Ala,” a bronze sculpture with fused glass.

In the inaugural 3D-Other category, LeRoy Transfield took first prize for his hydrostone piece entitled “Kisses & Dreams,” and earned an Honorable Mention ribbon for “Icarus.” Russell Wrankle placed second in the category for his clay entry entitled “Bouyant (Dog),” while Darwin Dower took third with his wood sculpture “Made in Montana,” and Brian Jensen claimed the category’s other Honorable Mention award for his ceramic entry which was untitled.

The Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale, which has been a mainstay at Dixie State College, features 250 works from 130 renowned artists from Utah and the United States, making this year’s show the largest in the event’s history.

All artwork will remain on display through Saturday, March 22, in the Robert N. and Peggy Sears Art Gallery located in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center at Dixie State College. Exhibit hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. Call (435) 652-7905 for more information. The public is invited to view the exhibit free of charge.

Each work exhibi ted is for sale to the public, with a portion of the proceeds from each piece of art work purchased to be allocated to help fund the Sears Art Museum Gallery in the Eccles Fine Arts Center. The Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show made its debut in that new art museum gallery in 2005, which serves as the show’s permanent home. Appropriately enough, the gallery bears the name of the show’s founders, Peggy and the late Bob Sears.

Robert N. and Peggy Sears Art Show and Sale Purchase Prize Winners
2008            “Utah Winter”, Karl Thomas (oil)
2007            “Sunset”, Mike Malm (oil)
2006            “Moon Over Mt. Carmel”, David Koch (oil)
2005            “Sheep at Dusk”, Steve McGinty (oil)
2004            “In the Potters Hand”, Julie Rogers (pastel)
2003            “In From the Fields”, Roland Lee (water color)
2002            “Snowfall in Snow Canyon”, Wallace Lee (water color)
2001            “Fanciful”, Bonnie Posselli (oil)
2000            “Mary Magdelen at the Tomb”, Del Parson (pastel)
1999            “Shady Lane”, Steven F. Songer (water color)
1998            “Dust Dust”, A.D. Shaw (oil)
1997            “Iris-Pink, Yellow and Blue”, Carol P. Harding (pastel)
1996            “Pollos De Copala”, Farrell R. Collett (water color)
1995            “Summer on the River”, Robert Bollough (oil)
1994            “Monument Valley”, Kimball Warren (oil)
1993            “Virgin River Canyon”, Glen S. Hopkinson (oil)
1992            “Winter Wonder of Zion”, Spike Ress (water color)
1991            “Looking Over Grandview Point”, Kimball Warren (oil)
1990            “Brigham Young Home”, Al Rounds (water color)
1989            “Hurricane Mesa”, Gaell Lindstrom (oil)
1988 & nbsp;          “Sarai”, L’Deane Trueblood (sculpture)


Theories of Renowned Russian Psychologist Vygotsky the Focus of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 15, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series returns to its regular schedule this Tuesday, Feb. 19, featuring a presentation on the educational theories of renowned Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky by UNLV faculty member Dr. LeAnn G. Putney.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Dr. Putney’s topic, entitled “Why Vygotsky? Why Now?,” discusses the theories of Vygotsky and their importance in communication and educational studies. Her research is focused on long term, in-depth ethnographic investigations into individual and collective learning and development in elementary and secondary classrooms.

Putney, who has served on the faculty at UNLV since 1997, co-authored “A Vision of Vygotsky,” and her work can also be found in numerous research journals and book chapters. In addition, she co-founded and directs Innovations International Charter School of Nevada, a K-12 charter school which provides supervised teaching and related service opportunities and a laboratory for studies by UNLV students and faculty.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.
 

DSC Student Media Center Forum Features Discussion on the Proposed Sky of Dreams Ranch Project Feb. 21
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 14, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s Communication Department will present its second DSC Student Media Center Forum of the spring semester next Thursday, Feb. 21, featuring discussion on the newly proposed multi-million dollar developing arts and entertainment community to be built in southern Utah called Sky of Dreams Ranch with executive producers Lee Steadman, Mac J. Adamson, and Jan C. Myrick.

The forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

The Sky of Dreams production team will show a video presentation and discuss with DSC students and those in attendance how the project came to be, along with future plans and upcoming productions and projects. In addition, the team will open the forum up for a question and answer session following the presentation.  

The proposed Sky of Dreams Ranch, which was formally introduced last month in a press conference in Park City, Utah, is a major motion picture studio and production facility. The ranch will include two state-of-the-art sound stages with green screen capability; a computer graphics, animation and special effects facility; post production; screening rooms; a back lot; and five-star lodging for filmmakers. As the largest production facility in Utah, the ranch would provide complete film-making services from pre-to-post production.

Additional information on the Sky of Dreams Ranch can be found at www.nextentertainment.net<http://www.nextentertainment.net>  or www.skyofdreamsthemovie.com<http://www.skyofdreamsthemovie.com> .

For more information on the DSC Student Media Center Forum, contact DSC assistant professor communication Phil Tuckett at 856-430-9466 or at tuckett@dixie.edu.
 
Washington County Republican Women Donates Scholarship Funds to Dixie State to Honor War Veterans
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 13, 2008) The Washington County Republican Women Organization and Dixie State College of Utah announced Wednesday the continuation of a scholarship fund to honor veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and the Utah National Guard’s 222nd Field Artillery Unit.

Washington County Republican Women president Susan Recknagel and treasurer Sandi Barrett presented a check for $1,200 to DSC president Dr. Lee Caldwell in a brief ceremony.

The scholarship, which was established last year, will be awarded to veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts, with priority shown to 222nd veterans. The funds will provide financial assistance with college expenses, including tuition, books and college fees, to veterans who meet specific academic qualifications and demonstrate fina ncial need.

“It’s efforts like this that makes fundraising for scholarships so special,” said George Whitehead, DSC Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “It’s nice to see an ongoing pattern of funding education that changes the lives of students. DSC is most grateful for the generosity of the Washington County Republican Women.”

The scholarship may be used for one or more persons, as financially needed. The Dixie State College financial aid office will determine the financial need. DSC will then inform the organization when and to whom the scholarship is awarded.

To qualify for the scholarship, the potential recipient must be a registered Republican, live in Washington County, be a veteran of either the second Iraq War or the conflict in Afghanistan,  and must have a 3.00 or higher academic grade point average or better.

If not enough students at Dixie State College fill these criteria before the end of the 2008 calendar year, then DSC will contact the Washington County Republican Women for a decision on how to disburse any remaining funds.

For more information about or to contribute to the scholarship, please contact WCRWO president Susan Recknagel at 435-628-8703 or at reckwest@msn.com.

Dixie State College Set to Host Annual Employment Fair Next Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – Feb. 14, 2008) Dixie State College will host its annual Employment Fair Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Gardner Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s fair is open to all students and will feature at least 60 registered employers seeking to hire four-year graduates and students with associate degrees and certificates, along with providing part-time and seasonal job opportunities for all students.

DSC Career Center and Employment Services Director Kathy Kinney, who is coordinating the event, states that students may also want to attend the fair even if they are not seeking employment because of its networking opportunity. In addition, this year’s event will also feature a resume expert, who will provide on-the-spot resume review and advice to students on how to better their marketability.

Students can also rely on prospective employers handing out various promotional items and materials, along with a free lunch as pizza will be served throughout the day.
 
“With the economy at its present state, it has become a competitive job market again,” Kinney said. “When it’s a competitive market, students have to be prepared and ready to compete for these jobs, including being ready to interview with a resume’ in hand. That preparation is a good thing, not only for the student, but for the economy as well because we are presenting students who will be graduating and ready to go out into the workforce.”

Kinney noted that several employers are interested in meeting and interviewing graduates, such as Aramark, Beneficial Financial Group, Best Buy, Intermountain Healthcare, and Steton Technologies, just to name a few. She also said that all branches of the United States military, along with various law enforcement organizations, will be represented.

“Our graduates will have several options to choose from,” says Kinney. “Business and CIT recruiters are very interested in Dixie State graduates, as are recruiters in the medical and education fields. This fair is an opportunity for students to gather information to make informed career choices.”
 
For more information, contact the DSC Career Center at 435-652-7737.

Dixie State College to Host Scholarship Associates Golf Scramble at The Ledges February 22
St. George, UT – February 13, 2008) Dixie State College will host its annual DSC Scholarship Associates/Village Bank Golf Tournament Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at The Ledges Golf Club, with proceeds going to benefit needs-based scholarships at Dixie State.

The four-person scramble will begin at 9 a.m., with tournament check-in and a continental breakfast, followed with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Cost is $125 per player/$500 per team, which includes green fees and cart, range balls and lunch on the course. In addition, there will be tee prizes, cash prizes for the top-three teams, a raffle and contests on virtually every hole.

“Tournaments like these are a good way for golfers and supporters to support charities, especially Dixie State College,” DSC Associate Vice President of Advancement George Whitehead said. “We appreciate our corporate sponsors and supporters for making this tournament possible. We could not do this without them.

“This is the third year we have had the opportunity to host this event at The Ledges,” Whitehead added. “We appreciate the generosity of the Ledges course staff, as well Village Bank and the Dixie College Foundation, with their tournament sponsorship and continued support of Dixie State College.”

For more information or to register, contact DSC events and grant coordinator Lisa Halliday at 435-652-7633 or at ljhalliday@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Women's Basketball to Participate in WBCA's "Think Pink"Campaign Saturday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 11, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s women’s basketball team is joining over 900 colleges and universities teams in all three NCAA divisions from around the county to support the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) “Think Pink” campaign. DSC will “Think Pink” this Saturday, Feb. 16, when the Rebels host Hawai’i-Hilo at 5:30 p.m. (MST), in the Burns Arena.

Pink will be as prevalent a color that night as DSC’s Red and Blue as the Rebels will wear special pink warm-up shirts, along with pink headbands, pink socks and pink shoelaces, while the coaching staff will accent their outfits with pink. In addition, the game officials will utilize pink whistles and the game management staff at the scorer’s table will be decked out in pink.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of the WBCA’s ‘Think Pink’ campaign,” DSC head coach Angie Kristensen said. “There are several coaches currently fighting this vicious disease. Women’s basketball coaches share not only a profession, but a community, and it is important to pull together and support such causes as this.”

Fans are also encouraged to wear pink to the game and a portion of ticket sales from Saturday’s game will be donated to the WBCA Breast Cancer Fund.

“We are hoping the community comes out and supports this because a portion of the gate along with donations are given to breast cancer research,” Coach Kristensen continued. “There are members of our team who have been affected in various degrees by breast cancer, so this is a way for us to come together and help fight the battle.”

The “Think Pink” initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The week set aside for this year's initiative is February 8-17, however many teams are participating outside of that window due to scheduling conflicts.

The Association's original goal for this year's “Think Pink” was 750 participants, which was surpassed last month. The “Think Pink” initiative has also crossed over to other sports, including swimming and diving, gymnastics, tennis and men's basketball.

“The WBCA is very excited to promote an initiative that touches all levels of our membe rship and unifies them for such a great cause,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “It has been remarkable to watch the support of this initiative grow from 120 teams last year to over 900 teams from a variety for sports for 2008. With the help of each of our members, the women’s basketball community and beyond can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.”

Thus far, several WBCA partners and sponsors have chosen to get involved in the WBCA’s “Think Pink” initiative. ESPN has joined the initiative by dedicating their annual “February Frenzy” and “Big Monday” women’s college basketball games on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com to promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund (www.wbca.org/kayyowwbcacancerfund) in partnership with The V Foundation.

The NCAA has also joined the “Think Pink” initiative by implementing the “Calling for a Cure” campaign where all NCAA women’s basketball officials will be blowing a pink whistle February 8-17. Additionally, officials are encouraged to make a donation to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. WBCA sponsor Russell Athletic among several others have also jumped on board with the initiative, providing numerous schools with pink uniforms and apparel. They are donating a portion of any proceeds to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For additional information about the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.

Local CPA Rod Savage to Address the Dixie State Business and Ethics Forum Thursday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 11, 2008) Dixie State College’s business department continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum this Thursday, Feb. 14, with a presentation by CPA Rod Savage, president and senior principal of the local firm of Savage, Esplin and Radmall, PC.

The forum will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. Dixie State College students, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

Savage, a member of the AICPA and UACPA, is a 1970 graduate of Southern Utah University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting. He began his career with Arthur Anderson & Co., in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1970. He then moved to St. George in 1973, to begin work at Savage, Esplin and Radmall, PC.

His many accomplishments and honors include serving as a member and officer of the Dixie State College Foundation since 1976; Dixie State College Distinguished Citizen award, Outstanding Small Businessman for Utah, 2002; past member, SU U Accounting Advisory Board; past director, St George Area Chamber of Commerce; member of the National Committee on Governmental Accounting; and recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver award.

The Business and Ethics Forum will be held every other Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with each guest lecturer speaking on business matters in their respective professions and how to integrate ethics into the discussion.

Future forum presenters include Carol Grady, DSC associate dean of health sciences, who will address the forum March 6; local illustration artist Jared Beckstrand will present to the forum March 20; and Kayla Koebler, certified financial planner for Merrill Lynch, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation April 10.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus’ Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston in 2006, as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

During the 2006-07 scholastic year, Dixie State’s business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college’s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.


Portraits of Courage" to be Performed at Tuesday's Special Evening Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 8, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series will feature a special evening event as part of Black History Month with the production of  “Portraits of Courage - African Americans You Wish You Had Known.” The play is an examination of overlooked African-Americans and their contributions to American history.

The special evening forum will begin at 7:30 p.m., inside the Black Box Theater in DSC’s Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

The production features two actors recreating six historical figures, including Ida B. Wells; Lewis Latimer; Colonel Young; CJ Walker; Bass Reeves; and Fannie Lou Hamer.
    
Wells was an activist who brought to mainstream America the horrors of the South. She was a powerful journalist and her writing made the country deplore the “justice” of the lynching system. Latimer was one of the original Edison Pioneers and one of the greatest electrical engineer in America. He was a draftsman for the invention of the telephone, and designed a lasting and cost-effective light filament that propelled the light bulb into widespread use.

Colonel Young served as commander of the Buffalo Soldiers. His portrayal will relate his experience as a graduate of West Point and the commander of the 9th Cavalry in the Apache Wars, the Spanish-American War and the American-Philippines War. Walker was an American entrepreneur who started life in Mississippi as a laundress and then rose through her business acumen with “hair growth” products to become America’s first female millionaire.

Reeves was the first black marshal west of the Mississippi and was credited with apprehending three thousand of America’s worst outlaws. Hamer, the youngest of twenty from a Mississippi sharecropping family, learned that even as a black woman she had the right to vote, and then spent the rest of her life ensuring other African-Americans also understood they had that right.  

To learn more about the production, visit www.willandcompany.com.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.

DSC to Present Voice Student Recital Feb. 12
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 5, 2008) Dixie State College will present its annual DSC voice students recital Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus.

The recital, under the direction of Dr. Ken Peterson, is free and open to DSC students, faculty and staff, and th e public.

For more information about this concert, future concerts or singing at Dixie State College in general, please contact the DSC Fine Arts office at 435-652-7790.

St. George Chamber of Commerce Tabs DSC President Caldwell as Executive of the Year
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 5, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah President Dr. Lee Caldwell was named Executive of the Year by the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s annual awards and installation banquet held last Saturday evening at DSC’s Gardner Center Ballroom.

Caldwell, who was one of seven business leaders and citizens honored by the Chamber at the ceremony, garnered the honor for his work in improving the academic landscape of not only the St. George community, but DSC’s entire service area of Washington and Kane Counties.

“I never expected anything like this,” President Caldwell said. “A vibrant business community is energetic and I think Dixie State College has a responsibility to be active participants in economic and business development in the community.

“I appreciate the Dixie spirit very much,” he continued. “It is the idea of a welcoming community that I hope we never lose and we continue to pull people in and make them feel a part of us and provide a rich, cultural and economic environment where people can flourish and develop.”

President Caldwell became DSC’s 16th president on July 12, 2005. Previously he had worked at six different institutions as a professor and administrator, and held executive level positions at three Fortune 500 high tech companies – Unisys, IBM, and Hewlett Packard – over an eight-year span. He also spent six years with Novell, Inc.

Previous to his appointment as president of DSC, President Caldwell served as the vice president of academics at Dixie State during the 2004-05 academic year.  
 
Recognized internationally as an expert in networking technology, Caldwell has 21 years of experience working with the Internet, and has been a major driver behind Internet2 and next generation networks. He authored a book on the subject with Prentice Hall; the book was released in 2002.  
 
In addition to his 13 years in the high tech industry, Caldwell had regular senior management interactions with global corporations such as Daimler Chrysler, British Telecom, Merrill Lynch, Royal Bank of Canada, General Motors, AOL Time Warner, and many others. He also has extensive government relations experience, including five years working with the Ministries of Education in France, Israel, Korea, The United Arab Emirates (UAR) and the Netherlands. Caldwell speaks Dutch, French, German, and some Japanese.
 
Dr. Caldwell also has 14 years of experience in improving the planning, quality, and effec tive-ness of business schools on a world-wide basis through his long-time service on the board of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, an elite accrediting agency for higher education business schools.
 
Before coming to Dixie State, Caldwell served as the associate dean for undergraduate business programs at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a doctorate degree in business administration (strategic management) with a minor in economics from Texas A&M University. He also holds a law degree from Brigham Young University. In addition, he has done master’s work at USC, earned a bachelor’s degree at Utah State University.

Fan Behavior the Focus of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 1, 2008) As timely as today’s headlines heading into the Super Bowl weekend, this Tuesday’s Dixie State College weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” will focus on fan behavior with a discussion hosted by three DSC faculty members.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

DSC English professor Randy Jasmine, along with psychology professor John Jones and sociology professor Matt Smith-Lahrman, will present their collective findings in a presentation entitled “Understanding Fan Aggression and Violence.”

The trio recently presented their findings about the volatility of fans at a major national conference. Their collective backgrounds in sociology, psychology and literature, along with their mutual interests in sports, music and ideas, lead to some fascinating observations about why fans behave aggressively.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Forum will sponsor a special evening event as part of Black History Month with the production of  “Portraits of Courage - African Americans You Wish You Had Known.” The play is an examination of overlooked African-Americans and their contributions to American history.

The special evening forum will begin at 7:30 p.m., inside the Black Box Theater in DSC’s Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.

GPS Expert to Address DSC President's Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 31, 2008) Dr. Steven Jefferts of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colo., will address the next President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College meeting this Monday, Feb. 4, at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jefferts’ presentation, entitled “How When Becomes Where,” discusses the history of longitude measurement leading up to the present Global Positioning Systems (GPS). He will review the Longitude Problem (the “where”) and why time (the “when”) is necessary to deduce longitude, and will explain why latitude can be easily measured without knowing the time.

Jefferts will also discuss how the GPS system works and why it requires extremely accurate atomic clocks. Using GPS as a motivation, he will explain how these atomic clocks work and why they are so accurate. In fact, the atomic clock Jefferts’ group has developed and operates is much more precise than needed for the GPS as we know of it, having an uncertainty of only one second in 64 million years.

A native of Seattle, Wash., Dr. Jefferts received his BS in Physics from the University of Washington and his Ph.D in Atomic Physics/Precision Metrology from JILA/University of Colorado in 1992. While at Colorado, he worked on precision mass spectroscopy of light atomic ions with Dr. Gordon Dunn, who currently serves as chair of the President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College.

“I worry that people may think the subject is a little bit arcane, and so decide not to come,” Dr. Dunn said. “In fact, people will be rewarded by coming, as it should be a very fine and interesting lecture for all.”

Jefferts began his tenure at the NIST in the Time and Frequency Division, where initially he worked on trapped ions for quantum computers before going to work on primary frequency standards and time transfer. Dr. Jefferts’ group designed and operates the present US Primary Frequency Standard, and he is currently designing the next generation of terrestrial laser-cooled primary standards for NIST. Jefferts was an IEEE Distinguished lecturer in 2003-2004. He has won the E. U. Condon award, a Department of Commerce Gold Medal and the Arthur Fleming Award.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 15 years ago by former DSC President Dr. Douglas Alder, is a group of retired professors and other professionals who live mostly in the St. George and Washington County area. Dr. Alder, who also started an Honors Program at DSC, organized the Colleagues as a way to increase academic activities on campus.

The Colleagues meet together once a month during the academic year to hear presentations from each other and/or invited guests. The next meeting is slated for Monday, March 3, when Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of the Sears Art Museum Gallery inside of DSC’s Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center, will address the Colleagues. The meeting will be held inside of the gallery in conjunction with the 21st-annual Sears Invitational Art Show and Sale.

Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Celebrates 21st Year in St. George in February
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 30, 2008) The annual Robert N. and Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale, recognized as one of the biggest art events in the state of Utah, kicks off its 21st year beginning Friday, Feb. 15, at the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center on the campus of Dixie State College.

The Sears Dixie Invitational, which has been a mainstay at Dixie State College, will feature nearly 250 works from 130 renowned artists from Utah and the United States, making this year’s show the largest in the event’s history. Award categories for the show include oils, watercolor, pastels and other media. In addition, the show regularly features several bronze works.
 
This year’s Invitational events will begin on Friday, Feb. 15, at 3:00 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater with an art symposium, conducted by this year’s Invitational co-chair Mary Jane (Sears) Blayloch, daughter of Robert N. and Peggy Sears, featuring 2007 Purchase Prize winner Michael Malm. Admission to the symposium is free.

“With the beginning of a new year, excitement has started to swell in anticipation of the Sears Art Show and Sale,” George F. Whitehead, DSC Vice President of Advancement and Cultural Arts, said. “Of the many cultural and fine arts events, the Sears show has become the pinnacle, in terms of importance and appearance, of where we are at Dixie State College and in the community.”

The invitation-only opening gala dinner and pre-sale will follow the symposium at 6:00 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Grand Foyer. The program for the evening will include remarks from the event’s other co-chair, Rob Sears, son of Robert N. and Peggy Sears, as well as some brief entertainment. An art preview for dinner guests will precede the gala at 4:00 p.m.

“Our following for this show extends from Washington County throughout Utah and the entire western United States,” Whitehead added. &l dquo;In visiting with a number of this year’s artists, they have all said how energized they are about the 2008 Invitational.”

Since the inaugural Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show in 1988, a portion of each painting purchased has been allocated to help fund the art gallery in the Eccles Fine Arts Center. The Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show made its debut in that new gallery in 2005, which will remain the show’s permanent home. Appropriately enough, the gallery bears the name of the show’s founders, Peggy and the late Bob Sears.

“What I have found is that the artists are honored to participate, the patrons are enthused and supportive, and I myself am honored to be a part of the Invitational,” said Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of the Sears Art Museum Gallery. “We are grateful to the Sears family and all the many patrons who continue to support the Invitational. We hope to gain the support of new collectors and to give our community this opportunity to enjoy the best of art.”

The exhibit will open to the public Saturday, Feb. 16, and will be on display through Saturday, March 22. Exhibit hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. Call (435) 652-7905 for more information.

Dixie State College to Host Read-In Chain in Celebration of Black History Month
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – Jan. 29, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s English department will host the annual African American Read-In Chain, as part of the nationwide 19th-anniversary of the Chain’s creation, in celebration of Black History Month next Monday, Feb. 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Gardner Student Center on campus.

DSC students, faculty and staff are invited to read aloud their favorite work from an African American writer, in addition to listening to others quote various works. In all, it is expected that more than a million people across the country will participate in the Read-In Chain.

In 1990, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English sponsored the first African American Read-In Chain. In 1991, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship. The Read-In has also been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Over a million readers of all ethnic groups have participated every year for the past several years. This celebration of the African American literacy tradition has become a formal part of Black History Month activities across the country.
 
The Read-In takes place annually nationwide on the first Sunday of February and the following Monday for schools. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the works of the many black authors and illustrators whose works inform and entertain us. Black History Month is a month-long celebration of African American heritage.

For more information about the Read-In Chain or schedule a time to read, please contact Sue Bennett in the Dixie State College English department at 435-652-7925 or at bennett@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Theater Continues 2007-08 Season with Production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It"
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 25, 2008) The Dixie State College theatre program continues its 2007-08 season with its production of the Shakespeare classic “As You Like It.” The production will run nightly Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and Feb. 5-9, at 7:30 p.m., in the Black Box Theater of DSC’s Eccles Fine Arts Center.

The play takes place in a forest where the characters are hiding from treachery at court or injustice in the family. When her father, a duke, is suddenly banished, Rosalind (played by Melissa Erickson) is forced to flee for the Forest of Arden to escape her malevolent uncle. Joining Rosalind on her retreat into the forest is her cousin Celia, who helps to pass her disguised cousin off as a man in order to avoid detection.

Later, Rosalind’s clever disguise begins to serve a dual purpose when she decides to use the facade to gauge the devotion of Orlando (played by Travis Cox), yet another exile attempting to escape his brother Oliver by winning his fortune in a wrestling match. Rosalind, Celia, Orlando and the Court Jester all end up in the Forest of Arden, where the deposed Duke holds court.

Non-DSC student ticket prices range from $5 for students age 5-to-17, $13 for seniors and $15 for adults. DSC students and faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $1 with a valid activity card. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center Monday-through-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at the door each night of the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Online performance information and tickets may also be obtained by visiting http://culturalarts.dixie.edu.
 

Dixie State College's Tuesday Dixie Forum Features Sister Act
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 25, 2008) Dixie State College’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Jan. 29, featuring DSC faculty member Dr. Theda Wrede and her sister, Rike Wrede, sharing their collective international experiences.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Dr. Wrede, who teaches in DSC’s English Department, will talk briefly about the value of international education and the new exchange program she is working on which will enable DSC students to study in her home country of Germany.

Meanwhile, Rike Wrede will discuss her medical studies and activities in Nepal with a presentation entitled “Deep Breathing in Kathmandu: Medicine and Mountain Paths.” She has just completed a four-week internship at the Tribuvan Teaching Hospital in the Deparment of Surgery in Kathmandu, where she was able to learn about the culture first-hand and was most impressed by Nepal’s completely different culture and religion.

In addition to working at the hospital, she had the opportunity to hike for 18 days up to Base Camp of Mount Everest.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, three DSC professors will be presenting a Dixie Forum on Understanding Fan Aggression and Violence. English professor Randy Jasmine, along with psychology professor John Jones and sociology professor Matt Smith-Lahrman, recently presented their findings about the volatility of fans at a major national conference.

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.
 

Dixie State College Receives State Approval for New Integrated Studies Degree at Friday Board of Regents Meeting

(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 18, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah received approval from the Utah State Board of Regents Friday morning to offer a new integrated studies baccalaureate degree. Class work for the new degree program will begin at the start of the 2008 fall semester in August.

The program consists of common core and select concentrations in nine of disciplines, including business, communication, computer and information technology, English, biology, mathematical sciences, psychology, fine arts and Spanish.

“This one degree is actually 36 options,” said DSC Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans. “Students who are interested in these nine areas can now stay here at Dixie State College, take upper division courses and continue to make progress toward their de grees. Psychology and Spanish. Math and biology. English and theater. Math and business. These are just a few of those possibilities.”

The degree approval continues the College’s progression toward fulfilling its mission to offer core, foundational and high demand educational opportunities. With the addition of the integrated studies degree, DSC will offer students 11 bachelor’s degrees to choose from come registration time for the upcoming Fall 2008 semester.

The integrated studies program is intended to provide opportunities for students to earn bachelor’s degree different from traditional, discipline-specific programs. The program is expected to serve students who have a variety of needs and interests, including those who are beginning a college program, students who may have started a program but wish to change direction, and those with associate degrees and/or college credits who want to complete a degree for career advancement or for personal fulfillment.

“This degree is like a tree full of ripe apples ready for harvest, which apple to choose is personal taste,” Dr. Dillingham-Evans added. “Whether it’s a new, undecided freshmen interested in option exploration or an adult student who wants to finish a four-year degree started earlier, this degree could be the most economical answer.”

The Bachelor of Integrated Studies is a carefully designed degree that provides an academically rigorous and coherent program of study, while centering around a core set of courses that provide training, issues, methods and practices vital for success in college, in personal life and a student’s career.

“The degree is intended for any student interested in tailoring a degree to meet their unique interests by combining coursework in two different disciplines,” says DSC assistant professor of English Darl Biniaz. “Students who want to major in a discipline other than those presently available at Dixie State, and those who have earned college credits beyond an associate’s degree but who have not completed a four-year degree, will find this degree especially attractive.”

The program offers students the flexibility of developing a major program of study that will uniquely suit their personal and professional goals. It presents the advantages of a liberal arts degree while allowing students to combine basic knowledge and explore relationships between two academic or professional fields.

“This degree expands the opportunities for our students and opens the door to additional desired degrees,” said Dr. Don Hinton, DSC dean of education, humanities, arts and social sciences. “Now a student who wants to attend Dixie State has an opportunity to study in their area of interest and get a degree.

“Likewise the student who can't decide which of two areas to major in can explore both and get a degree,” Hinton continued. “Then, as registrations grow, we can use it to prove the need for separate degrees in those areas.”

This approach enables students not only to assume greater responsibility and ownership of their major areas of study, but also to gain knowledge and skills tailored to a specific career or professional pursuit by expanding their training beyond a traditional, discipline-specific curriculum.

In 2000, Dixie State College was granted license to begin offering bachelor’s degrees in high demand areas, which initially included business administration and computer & information technology.

Several other degrees have since followed, including elementary education (2002), nursing (2004), communication & new media (2005), English (2006), biology (2006), dental hygiene (2007), accounting (2007) and aviation management (2007). Also in 2007, DSC received approval by the Regents to offer a comprehensive communication baccalaureate degree, replacing the communication and new media degree, which was discontinued on the recommendation of the Regents and Commissioner’s staff.

In addition, DSC was given the green light by the Regents to offer a secondary education teaching (SET) licensure program this past December in three emphases; biology, English education and integrated science. Class work for those programs will begin at the start of the 2008 fall semester next August.

In 2005, the Board of Regents approved a change in mission for Dixie State College, allowing the college to begin offering bachelor’s degrees in “core” or “foundational” areas consistent with four-year colleges. Dixie State College also continues to function as a comprehensive community college as well, offering associate degree and certificate programs to its students.  

The overall strategic goal for Dixie State College is to offer core and high demand educational opportunities at both the associate and baccalaureate levels that are consistent with and responsive to the needs of the community. Future programs for Dixie State College will likely center in three primary strategic clusters, which include business & technology, health care & public sa fety, and education.
 
Statistics and the Media the Topic of the Next Dixie State Business and Ethics Forum Thursday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 18, 2008) Dixie State College’s business department continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum this Thursday, Jan. 24, with a presentation statistics and the media by DSC Professor of Finance Dr. Kyle Wells.

The forum will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. Dixie State College students, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

Professor Wells’ presentation, entitled “Stats, Lies and Videotape,” will discuss how statistics and figures are commonly misused in research and the media. His presentation will present antidotal evidence of misrepresented statistics and ways to critically evaluate facts and figures used to persuade and promote action.

Wells, a Dixie College alumnus who has taught finance courses at DSC since 2006, earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Finance from the University of Utah in 2006. In addition, he graduated Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in MIS and Finance at the University of Arizona in 2002, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah in 1998.

The Business and Ethics Forum will be held every other Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with each guest lecturer speaking on business matters in their respective professions and how to integrate ethics into the discussion.

Future forum presenters include Rod Savage, CPA for the firm of Savage, Esplin and Radmill, who will address the forum Feb. 14; Carol Grady, DSC associate dean of health sciences, will speak March 6; local illustration artist Jared Beckstrand will present to the forum Nov. 15; and Kayla Koebler, certified financial planner for Merrill Lynch, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation April 10.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus’ Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston last year as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

Last year, Dixie State’s business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college’s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Inte grity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.


Dixie State College Paleontology Professor Jerry Harris to Address St. George Winter Bird Festival
(ST. GEORGE – January 18, 2008) Dixie State College paleontologist and professor, Dr. Jerry Harris, is slated to address the annual St. George Winter Bird Festival in a presentation to be held Friday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Dr. Harris’ presentation, entitled “Origin of Birds,” will feature discussion on the surprising connection between birds and dinosaurs. Harris will use a number of pictures and video clips, along with casts of various dinosaur bones, in his presentation.   

Dr. Harris has taught science courses at Dixie State College since 2004, including Introduction to Geology and Introduction to Dinosaurs. He also works closely with the City of St. George and the new Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm in St. George.

In 2006, Dr. Harris was part of a trio of a joint Chinese-American team of scientists that unearthed dozens of fossils in northwestern China that provide some rare clues about the evolution of modern birds from their prehistoric dinosaurian ancestors – the now famous Archaeopteryx. The discovery is being called the “missing link in bird evolution.”

Additionally, Dr. Harris was part of an international team of Chinese, British, American and Japanese paleontologists that reported fossilized footprints of a roadrunner-like bird from 120 million year old rocks in Shandong Province, China. The discovery, published in 2006 in the prestigious European journal Naturwissenschaften, is remarkable because no fossil roadrunner-like birds are known that are more than a few thousand years old.

Recently, Dr. Harris was part of another discovery as rare fossilized footprints made by two different kinds of “raptors” from 120 million year old rocks in the Shandong Province. Those findings were also published by Naturwissenschaften in the October 2007 issue.

Harris holds a doctorate in earth and environmental science from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in geology from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in geoscience from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

For more information the annual St. George Winter Bird Festival, visit www.sgcity.org/birdfestival.

"The Power of One" the Focus of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 18, 2008) Dixie State College’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Jan. 22, with a presentation by Jeb and Pam Branin entitled “The Power of One,” focusing on the power individuals have in positively affecting their surroundings.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

The couple’s inspirational and funny presentation looks at the impact for change that individuals can make. By using historical, contemporary, and even fictional characters in trying to answer the question “What can one person do to make a difference?”  
 
The Branins are both employed at Southern Utah University, where he is the school’s Director of Advising, Orientation, and Convocation, while she coordinates the Service & Learning Center and the Center for Women and Families.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, Rike Wrede, sister of DSC faculty member Theda Wrede, will discuss her medical studies and activities in Nepal with a presentation entitled “Deep Breathing in Kathmandu: Medicine and Mountain Paths.”

For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.
 

Dixie State College Diversity Center to Hold Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 18, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah’s Diversity Center is sponsoring a commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with two special events slated for this Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the DSC Gardner Center Ballroom.

DSC’s Diversity Center will present a collection of inspiring speeches made by Dr. King at 10 a.m., and again at 1 p.m. In between the two showings, DSC professor Dr. Chip McCleod will speak and share a short overview of Dr. King&rsq uo;s life and his influence on American history, which includes the showing of Dr. King’s memorable “I Have a Dream” speech. Light refreshments will be provided following the presentation.

“This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the life of an important figure in American history,” said DSC Diversity Center coordinator Daneka Souberbielle. “As we continue to evolve as a campus and with the overall growth of this community, I feel this event will go a long way to educate everyone about the importance of diversity.”

For more information on the event, please contact DSC Diversity Center coordinator Daneka Souberbielle at 435-652-7733 or at souberbielle@dixie.edu.


Dixie State Student Case Study Results to be Presented at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 11, 2008) Dixie State College will hold its first noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation of the 2008 spring semester this Tuesday, Jan. 15, featuring three DSC elementary education majors presenting their collective case study findings. The studies were conducted as part of the students’ requirements to obtain their English as a second language (ESL) endorsements.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

“We’re delighted to be able to showcase student work, especially work that is in competition with other students at the state, region, and national levels,” said Dixie Forum coordinator and DSC faculty member Terre Burton.  

Rachel Drake, a senior from St. George, will present a case study entitled “Case Study of ESL and Mainstream Elementary Students on Assessment.” The study suggests that student strategies and approaches to take the assessments may be different, but results demonstrated similar proficiency levels. The study will showcase the importance of validity and reliability in assessments for students in a socially diverse environment. Drake feels the findings of the case study are a significant step to understand her future students as she continues to her studies to become a licensed teacher.

Keri Wright, a senior from St. George, will present her study “Educators Should Not Assume ESL Status Based on Ethnicity,” which discusses how a student’s ethnic background should not be the determining factor of whether they should be placed in an ESL program. She argues that students should be appropriately assessed in order t o be placed in the most effective support program. Wright felt that looking beyond the façade is vital to a correct determination of a student’s needs.

Derek Larson, a senior from St. George, will present his case study entitled “Similarities in Academic Abilities of ELL and Mainstream Elementary Students.” The study finds that just because a student looks and sounds as though they are not native speakers of English, it does not necessarily indicate that they are English Language Learners (ELL). Therefore, educators need to withhold their assumptions towards a student until they have been assessed appropriately.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Jeb and Pam Branin will be speaking about “The Power of One,” how the power individuals have to have a positive effect on their surroundings. The following Tuesday, Jan. 29, Rike Wrede, sister of DSC faculty member Theda Wrede, will be talking about her medical studies and activities in Nepal with a presentation entitled “Deep Breathing in Kathmandu: Medicine and Mountain Paths.”
 
For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.
 

Sunroc Corporation Delivers $5,000 Gift to Kick Off DSC's Fire and Ice Gala Drive
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 16, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah received a $5,000 sponsorship gift from Sunroc Corporation Tuesday afternoon as part of the company’s overall Gold Medal sponsorship of the Dixie College Foundation’s annual Fire & Ice Gala, which will be held Friday, March 7, at SunRiver Clubhouse.
 
Sunroc Corporation President Rhys Weaver presented the check to DSC President Dr. Lee Caldwell and DSC Alumni Director and Foundation board member Kalynn Larson.
 
“We’re happy to support Dixie State and this event makes us more passionate to be involved with the College,” Weaver said of the donation. “It is important for us to help make it possible for students to have the best opportunity possible for their futures. Student successes contribute to the success of our community, both in business and education, and it’s important that students have those opportunities.”
 
The Fire & Ice Gala, put on by the Dixie College Foundation and community members, was first held in 2005. Larson noted that the purpose of the Gala is to raise funds for needs-based scholarships at Dixie State College, noting that funds are needed to help students attend school that could not without financial help and the gala has become the vehicle to accomplish this goal. She went on to say that the gala is a fun evening filled with excellent food, terrific entertainment and a live and silent auction.
 
“The donation is a great way to kick off this year’s gala,” Larson said. “It means a lot for the Foundation to partner with Sunroc to raise awareness about the need for scholarship money at Dixie State College.”

Dixie State Student Case Study Results to be Presented at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 11, 2008) Dixie State College will hold its first noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation of the 2008 spring semester this Tuesday, Jan. 15, featuring three DSC elementary education majors presenting their collective case study findings. The studies were conducted as part of the students’ requirements to obtain their English as a second language (ESL) endorsements.

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

“We’re delighted to be able to showcase student work, especially work that is in competition with other students at the state, region, and national levels,” said Dixie Forum coordinator and DSC faculty member Terre Burton.  

Rachel Drake, a senior from St. George, will present a case study entitled “Case Study of ESL and Mainstream Elementary Students on Assessment.” The study suggests that student strategies and approaches to take the assessments may be different, but results demonstrated similar proficiency levels. The study will showcase the importance of validity and reliability in assessments for students in a socially diverse environment. Drake feels the findings of the case study are a significant step to understand her future students as she continues to her studies to become a licensed teacher.

Keri Wright, a senior from St. George, will present her study “Educators Should Not Assume ESL Status Based on Ethnicity,” which discusses how a student’s ethnic background should not be the determining factor of whether they should be placed in an ESL program. She argues that students should be appropriately assessed in order to be placed in the most effective support program. Wright felt that looking beyond the façade is vital to a correct determination of a student’s needs.

Derek Larson, a senior from St. George, will present his case study entitled “Similarities in Academic Abilities of ELL and Mainstream Elementary Students.” The study finds that just because a student looks and sounds as though they are not native speakers of English, it does not necessarily indicate that they are English Language Learners (ELL). Therefore, educators need to withhold their assumptions towards a student until they have been assessed appropriately.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Jeb and Pam Branin will be speaking about “The Power of One,” how the power individuals have to have a positive effect on their surroundings. The following Tuesday, Jan. 29, Rike Wrede, sister of DSC faculty member Theda Wrede, will be talking about her medical studies and activities in Nepal with a presentation entitled “Deep Breathing in Kathmandu: Medicine and Mountain Paths.”
 
For further information contact DSC faculty member and Dixie Forum coordinator Terre Burton at 652-7812 or at burton@dixie.edu.

Reformed White Collar Criminal to Address Dixie State College Business and Ethics Forum January 9
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ January 3, 2008) Dixie State College¹s ³Dixie Forum: A Window on the World² series is teaming up with the College¹s business department for a special Business and Ethics Forum to kick off the 2008 spring semester Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, with a presentation entitled ³Analysis of a White-Collar Crime² by reformed white-collar criminal Walt Pavlo, a former MCI executive convicted of money laundering and wire fraud in 2001.

The forum will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building beginning at 7 p.m. Dixie State College students, the entire Washington County business community, and the general public are all invited to attend. Admission is free.

Pavlo received a bachelor¹s degree in engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA from the Stetson School of Business at Mercer University. He has worked in finance positions at Goodyear Tire, GEC Ltd. of England, and as a senior finance manager in MCI¹s telecommunication division where he was responsible for billing and collections in its reseller division.

While at MCI, Pavlo, a member of his staff and a business associate not employed at MCI began to perpetrate a fraud involving some of MCI¹s own customers, which led to the defrauding of seven MCI customers over a six-month period resulting in $6 million in payments to the Cayman Islands.

The case appeared as a cover story in the June 10, 2002, issue of Forbes Magazine, just weeks before WorldCom divulged that it had over $7 billion in accounting irregularities.

Pavlo now uses his experience to speak to and train federal agents, university students, corporations and professional associations. He also serves as Director of Business Development at the Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA), a non-profit organization in Maynard, Mass.

In 2003, Pavlo established Etika, LLC., for the purpose of sharing his story with business school audiences across the country. His cautionary tale has been incorporated into training programs by top professionals in the ethics and accounting fields.

He has had the privilege of working with a number of business schools by bringing his presentation into the classroom. In addition, he has worked with federal law enforcement, corporations, colleges and universities, and professional societies as part of their ethics training programs.

Pavlo¹s story has been featured in the national media, including Forbes Magazine, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Additionally, he teamed with Forbes Magazine senior editor Neil Weinberg to write ³Stolen Without a Gun ­ Confessions From Inside History¹s Biggest Accounting Fraud ­ The Collapse of MCI WorldCom.²

The Business and Ethics Forum will be held every other Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with each guest lecturer speaking on business matters in their respective professions and how to integrate ethics into the discussion.

The bi-monthly forum, along with campus¹ Institute for Business Integrity, was created by former DSC president Dr. Robert Huddleston last year as a blueprint to ensure that students graduate with a set of ethical tools to help them get along in the professional world.

Last year, Dixie State¹s business program sought initial accreditation with the high profile Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In order to become accredited with the AACSB, ethics were required to be integrated into the college¹s business curriculum. As a result, each business class on the DSC campus now includes an ethical component.

The Dixie State College Institute for Business Integrity is a partnership between the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State College, the Small Business Development Center, the Washington County Economic Development Council, and the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions regarding the DSC Institute for Business Integrity forums, contact Dr. Huddleston at huddleston@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.


Dixie State College Set to Kick Off 2008 Spring Semester Monday
(ST. GEORGE – Jan. 2, 2008) Dixie State College of Utah students will return from their winter break this Monday, Jan. 7, when class work for the 2008 spring semester begins.

For students who have yet to register our would like to enroll in addition credit hours, registration for classes without instructor permit will continue through Wednesday, Jan. 9. The last day to add a class for spring semester is Friday, Feb. 1.

Registration can be done on the Internet at www.dixie.edu/reg, and in person at the registrar’s office in the Student Services Center. For questions about registration, call 435-652-7708. For help selecting courses, call 435-652-7690.



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