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CAMPUS NEWS 2010-2011

January 18, 2011, Dixie State College Presents "A Dixie Showcase" Centennial Gala Event at Salt Lake City's Capitol Theater Feb. 1
January 13, 2011, Dixie State College Bi-Monthly Business Ethics Forum Series Makes 2011 Spring Semester Debut Jan. 20
January 11, 2011, Music Will Fill the Air at the First Dixie Forum of 2011 Spring Semester
January 11, 2011, Dixie State to Host Annual Employment Fair Next Week
December 21, 2010, British Politics and Economics the Focus of the Next DSC President's Colleagues Meeting Jan. 3
December 16, 2010, Dixie State College Announces Holiday Hours, Spring Semester Dates
December 16, 2010, Dixie State Sears Gallery to Hold Special Art Panel Discussion and Dance Performance Jan. 7
December 13, 2010, Washington County Republican Women Donate Scholarship Funds to Dixie State to Benefit 222nd Spouses
November 30, 2010, Dixie State Fall Piano Ensemble Concert Set for December 6
November 30, 2010, Learn About the History of Utah Filmmaking at the Final Fall DSC Dixie Forum
November 30, 2010, Dixie State College Percussion Ensemble to Make 2010-11 Debut in Concert December 8
November 30, 2010, Dixie State College Presents its Annual Jazz Ensemble Holiday Concert December 7
November 29, 2010, St. George Postmaster Vito Gasparro to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
November 29, 2010, DSC Symphony Orchestra Joins Southern Utah Heritage Choir for Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 11-12
November 29, 2010, Dixie State College to Present Brass Ensemble Holiday Concert December 2
November 23, 2010, Dixie State Faculty Member Al Keller to Address Final Fall DSC Business Ethics Forum
November 23, 2010, Dixie State Hosts the "Governor's Own" 23rd Army Band for Special Concert Dec. 3
November 23, 2010, Dixie State Dance Company Takes the Stage for Annual Fall Dance Concert Dec. 2-3
November 22, 2010, Dixie State to Present Voice Student Recital Dec. 3
November 22, 2010, DSC Symphony Band Opens Campus Holiday Concert Season With Special Engagement Nov. 30
November 22, 2010, Dixie State to Host 35th Annual Christmas Ceramic Sale Dec. 1-3
November 17, 2010, "The Secret Language of Fairy Tales and Children's Rhymes" Featured at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
November 17, 2010, Dixie State College to Hold Grand Opening for New Bookstore Location Nov. 23
November 16, 2010, Dixie State College to Present Woodwind Chamber Fall Concert November 22
November 15, 2010, Dixie State College Administrator Presented With BPW Woman of Achievement Award
November 12, 2010, SelectHealth Regional Director Jon Pike to Speak at DSC Business Ethics Forum Thursday
November 9, 2010, Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Perform at DSC Burns Arena February 5
November 9, 2010, Dixie State College to Host Annual Career Day Tuesday
November 9, 2010, DSC Students Lauded for Work in Biology at UASAL Awards Presentation
November 2, 2010, "The State of Dixie State Athletics" Will Be Discussed at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
November 1, 2010, Teacher Education Program at Dixie State College Awarded Accreditation Status by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
November 1, 2010, DSC Student Body President Abby Hirschi to Travel to Russia to Meet with Student and Government Leaders
October 29, 2010, Dixie State Receives Regent Approval for New Four-Year Music Education Degree
October 28, 2010, Steton Technology CEO Steve Caplin to Address the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
October 28, 2010, DSC's Southern Quill to Host Reading at St. George Tabernacle
October 27, 2010, Dixie State Criminal Justice Students Receive Program Awards
October 27, 2010, Evolutionary Ecology the Topic of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
October 25, 2010, DSC Faculty Emeritus Dr. Andrew Barnum to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
October 20, 2010, Joyce Bennett to Serve as Honorary Chair of Second Annual Business of Art Seminar
October 20, 2010, Dixie State Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents Collaborative Exhibit With St. George Art Museum
October 20, 2010, Experience Outdoor Recreation in Southwestern Utah at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
October 18, 2010, Business of Radio the Subject of the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
October 14, 2010, -DSC Symphony Orchestra Makes 2009-10 Campus Debut With Annual Fall Concert October 23
October 14, 2010, -DSC Choral Ensemble Presents Opens 2010-11 Season With Annual Fall Concert Oct. 22
October 13, 2010, -Second Annual Business of Art Seminar Set for Kanab Nov. 13
October 13, 2010, -Dixie State College Continues Upward Climb as 2010 Fall Enrollment Numbers Released
October 13, 2010, -Dixie State Jazz Ensemble Set for 2010-11 Debut With Concert Oct. 21
October 12, 2010, -The View of Today's Pop Culture in Academia Featured at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
October 11, 2010, -Dixie State Criminal Justic Students Receive Program Awards
October 11, 2010, -Dixie State College Nursing Program Slated for Accreditation Site Visit
October 8, 2010, -New Centennial Book Chronicling Dixie State College's History Released
October 7, 2010, -Photographers Document Prehistoric Rock Art in Exhibit at Dixie State Browning Library
October 6, 2010, -New Dixie State College License Plates Now Available Through Utah DMV Office
October 6, 2010, -Dixie State College Crowns Centennial Homecoming Queen Tuesday Night
October 6, 2010, -Explore the Cosmos at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
September 30, 2010, -Dixie State College's Annual Homecoming Queen Pageant Set for Tuesday Night
September 30, 2010, -Realtor Ethics the Topic of the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
September 30, 2010, -Dixie State to Present Voice Student Recital Oct. 8
September 29, 2010, -Experience Life at Dixie Through Seven Decades at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
September 27, 2010, -Entry Spots Still Available for DSC Centennial Homecoming Parade Oct. 9
September 27, 2010, -Dixie State Symphony Band to Make 2010-11 Debut With Concert Oct. 1
September 21, 2010, -Dixie State College's Centennial Homecoming Week Set for October 4-9
September 21, 2010, -The Principles of Financial Freedom to be Shared at the Next Dixie Forum
September 20, 2010, -Dixie State Historical Exhibit Takes Center Stage at First DSC Colleagues Meeting of 2010-11 Year Oct. 4
September 16, 2010, -Dixie State College to Host Two Centennial "Moments to Remember" Events
September 14, 2010, -Dixie State's Weekly Dixie Forum Series Makes 2010-11 Debut With Presentation on Constitutional Law
September 14, 2010, -DSC Symphony Orchestra Opens 2010-11 Season With Special Pine Valley Pops Concert
September 13, 2010, -Dixie State College's Southern Quill Publication Seeks Submissions for 2011 Edition
September 10, 2010, -Dixie State College's Hansen Stadium Closed to Public During Field Renovation
September 9, 2010, -Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and Mali Rising Partner to Showcase the Rich History of Western Africa
September 9, 2010, -Dixie State College Bi-Monthly Business Ethics Forum Series Returns for 2010-11 With Debut Presentation Sept. 16
September 2, 2010, -Dixie State Faculty to Hold Book Sale Fundraiser to Benefit Colleague's Son
September 2, 2010, -Dixie State College Calls for Centennial Homecoming Parade Entries
August 31, 2010, -Dixie State College Army ROTC to Perform Flag Retirement Ceremony September 10
August 31, 2010, -Dixie State College Cultural Arts Announces 2010-11 Performance Series Season
August 25, 2010, -DSC Art Students Given Opportunity to Experience Global Classroom in May
August 24, 2010, -Dixie State College Students Post Top-10 Showings at National FBLA-PBL Competition
August 24, 2010, -Dixie State College and CEBA to Co-Sponsor Annual Carmel Mountain Music and Arts Festival
August 17, 2010, -Dixie State College Set to Welcome Back Students
August 16, 2010, -Utah Governor Gary Herbert to Address Third Annual Dixie State College Convocation August 29th
August 12, 2010, -Dixie State Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents DSC Historical Exhibit
August 11, 2010, -Dixie State College to Host Third-Annual President's Welcome Back Fun Run/Walk August 21st
August 10, 2010, -DOCUTAH Film Festival Calls for Volunteers
July 29, 2010, -Dixie State College Historians Ask for Alumni and Public Help to Complete Yearbook Collection
July 12, 2010, -State Bank of Southern Utah Donates Scholarship Funds to Dixie State to Benefit Local Students
July 6, 2010, -"Return to Little Hollywood" to Be Screened at Saint George Public Library
June 2, 2010, -Two Dixie State Music Majors to Participate in Prestigious Symphony Orchestra Academy Festival
June 2, 2010, -Dixie State College Theatre Program Set to Raise the Curtain on "The Comedy Storm" Summer Series June 24
May 27, 2010, -Dixie State College and CEBA to Feature the Best of The Southern Quill With Kane County Hospital Exhibit
May 27, 2010, -Dixie State Castle Rock Music Camp to Present Two Free June Concert Events
May 17, 2010, -DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents New J. Kirk Richards Summer Exhibit
May 7, 2010, -Dixie State College Confers 1,887 Degrees and Certificates Friday
May 5, 2010, -Dixie State College Set to Transition to Summer Four-Day Work Week
May 4, 2010, -Dixie State College to Provide Free Online Video Streaming of Friday's 99th Commencement Ceremony
May 3, 2010, -Five to Be Honored as Distinguished Citizens at DSC's Commencement Ceremony Friday
May 3, 2010, -Dixie State Criminal Justice Program Awards Moot Court Championship Cup
April 29, 2010, -Dixie State College of Utah Announces 2010 Valedictorian and Commencement Student Speakers
April 28, 2010, -Dixie State College to Confer 1,887 Degrees and Certificates May 7th
April 27, 2010, -Spring Students of the Semester Honored at Dixie State College
April 27, 2010, -Dixie State College Hands Out Year-End Dixie Awards
April 27, 2010, -Dixie State College Business Department Chair Dr. Philip Lee Receives Service Award at International DECA Competition
April 27, 2010, -Dixie State College Accounting Students Provide Community Service During 2010 Tax Season
April 26, 2010, -Dixie State Theater Student Whitney Cox Wins KCACTF/Irene Ryan National Acting Competition
April 26, 2010, -DSC First Lady Margaret Nadauld to Address Final 2009-10 DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
April 26, 2010, -Dixie State College Business Students Notch Top Marks at International DECA Competition
April 23, 2010, -Dixie State Piano Ensemble Concert Set for April 28
April 22, 2010, -The Vision of Shakespeare the Focus of the Final Dixie Forum of the 2009-10 Academic Year
April 22, 2010, -Dixie State Choral Ensemble Presents Annual Spring Concert April 29
April 19, 2010, -Annual Dixie State College Spring Garden Tour Set to Bloom This Saturday
April 19, 2010, -Spots Still Available for DSC Scholarship Associates Golf Scramble at Sand Hollow April 30
April 16, 2010, -Dixie State to Host Benefit Chorale Concert April 21
April 16, 2010, -DSC Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Spring Concert April 24
April 15, 2010, -Dixie State's "Raging Red" Show Choir Teams Up With Renowned Pianist Jon Schmidt for Benefit Concert April 20
April 15, 2010, -Dixie State's "Raging Red" Show Choir Set to Perform at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
April 15, 2010, -DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles to Perform Final Season Concert April 22
April 14, 2010, -Dixie State College to Hold 34th-Annual Student Ceramic Sale April 21-22
April 14, 2010, -DSC Symphony Band Takes the Stage for Annual Spring Concert April 20ixie State College to Host String Chamber Spring Concert April 18
April 13, 2010, -Dixie State College's Annual Artist Showcase Exhibit Set to Open in the Sears Gallery This Weekend
April 9, 2010, -Dixie State College Alumni Association to Host an "Evening of Dixie" April 17
April 9, 2010, -Dixie State College to Host String Chamber Spring Concert April 18
April 8, 2010, -Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum Features Stories and Experiences in Law Enforcement
April 7, 2010, -Dixie State's Browning Library to Participate in National Library Week
April 7, 2010, -D"Blast From 'D' Past" the Theme for Dixie State's Annual D-Week Festivities
April 5, 2010, -Dixie State's Education Department to Host Special Astronomy Night at Coral Cliffs Elementary School Wednesday
April 2, 2010, -DSC Dance Company Takes to the Stage for Annual Spring Concert April 8-9
April 2, 2010, -Dixie State Receives Approval for Three New Degrees at Thursday Board of Regents Meeting
April 2, 2010, -Utah Speaker of the House David Clark to Deliver 2010 Dixie State College Commencement Address
April 1, 2010, -A Century of Dixie College Presidents the Focus of Monday's DSC Colleagues Meeting
March 31, 2010, -Experience Life in the Hollywood Scene at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
March 30, 2010, -Dixie State College Theatre Program Closes 2009-10 Season With "Miss Saigon"
March 23, 2010, -Changing the World Through Humanitarian Service Featured at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
March 22, 2010, -Wal-Mart Distribution Center Manager Keith Knowles to Address Final Spring DSC Business and Ethics Forum April 1
March 22, 2010, -Dixie State Campus to Community Service Project Focuses on Rebuilding Santa Clara Arboretum March 31
March 19, 2010, -Dixie State College Inaugurates Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld as its 17th President
March 18, 2010, -Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Heads Into Final Week
March 18, 2010, -The Politics of the Grand Staircase Escalante the Focus of Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
March 12, 2010, -Seven Dixie State English Students Selected to Present at Sigma Tau Delta International Conference
March 11, 2010, -Dixie State College to Unveil New Richards Sculpture Garden March 22
March 11, 2010, -Dixie State College to Host Special Forum With EnergySolutions Administrator
March 11, 2010, -Ethics in Health Care the Topic of Thursday's DSC Business and Ethics Forum
March 10, 2010, -Utah State Legislature Approves Funding for Dixie State's New Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons
March 10, 2010, -Talking Turkey and the Military at a Special Wendesday Evening DSC Dixie Forum
March 9, 2010, -Former BYU All-American and NFL Star Jason Buck Discusses Life and Football at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
March 8, 2010, -Eight Dixie State College Student-Teachers Receive Science Grant Awards
March 5, 2010, -Dixie State College to Formally Inaugurate Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld as Its 17th President on March 19th
March 5, 2010, -Dixie State Student Organization Donates Funds to WCSD for Classroom Emergency Packs
March 5, 2010, -Dixie State College and DOCUTAH Announces Festival Tote Bag Design Winners
March 4, 2010, -Dixie State Students Earn International Competition Bids at Utah State Career Development Conference
March 3, 2010, -Dixie State College Receives National Recognition for Community Service, Named to President's Honor Roll
February 26, 2010, -DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles to Present Mid-Winter Concert March 2
February 25, 2010, -Being a Leader in Your Career the Topic of Thursday's DSC Business and Ethics Forum
February 25, 2010, -Former NFL QB to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
February 23, 2010, -Take a Trip to Outer Space and the Moon at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
February 23, 2010, -Washington County Republican Women Donate Scholarship Funds to Dixie State to Honor War Veterans
February 23, 2010, -Dixie State Criminal Justice Students Receive Program Awards
February 21, 2010, -Dixie State College Baseball Team Involved in Bus Accident
February 20, 2010, -Dixie State Browning Library to Feature Virgin River Program Exhibit
February 20, 2010, -Dixie State College Theatre to Stage Shakespeare's "Macbeth" March 1-6
February 19, 2010, -DSC Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Winter Concert Feb. 27
February 18, 2010, -Dixie State Leads Utah in 2010 Spring Semester Enrollment Growth Percentage
February 18, 2010, -DSC Dental Hygiene Program to Participate in "Give a Kid a Smile Day
February 18, 2010, -DSC Theater Student Wins KCACTF Irene Ryan Regional, Advances to National Finals at the Kennedy Center
February 17, 2010, -Dixie State College to Host Annual Employment Fair Next Week
February 17, 2010, -Former Army Medic and Ms. Utah "GI Jill" Stevens to Address Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
February 16, 2010, -Dixie State College to Host 21st-Annual NCTE African American Read-In Chain in Celebration of Black History Month
February 12, 2010, -Winners of 23rd-Annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale Announced
February 12, 2010, -DSC to Host Overnight Recruiting Retreat
February 11, 2010, -Ethics in Antique Collecting the Topic of Thursday's DSC Business and Ethics Forum
February 10, 2010, -AOPC Donates $6,000 to Dixie State Scholarships
February 9, 2010, -Pay a Visit to China at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
February 4, 2010, -Spots Still Available for Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Opening Gala Feb. 12
February 3, 2010, -Dixie State College Announces DOCUTAH Design Scholarship Contest for DSC, Washington and Kane County HS Students
February 2, 2010, -DSC Students to Hold Benefit Dance for Cancer-Stricken Classmate
February 2, 2010, -Experience Life in the Antarctic at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
January 29, 2010, -Ethics in Real Estate the Focus of Thursday's DSC Busienss and Ethics Forum
January 28, 2010, -Dixie State to Host 2010 MathCounts Competition Feb. 5
January 28, 2010, -Dixie Forum Presents Lauren Pelon "The Living Roots of Music" for Special Thursday Event
January 27, 2010, -DSC Department of Criminal Justice Introduces New Scholarship Program
January 27, 2010, -United States Senator Bob Bennett Visits DSC Campus to Discuss Funding for New Computer Crime Institute
January 26, 2010, -Donnette Hatch Atiyah to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
January 26, 2010, -Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Returns for 23rd Year at Dixie State College in February
January 26, 2010, -Dixie State College to Host 2010 Kennedy Center College Theatre Regional Festival Feb. 8-13
January 22, 2010, -Dixie State College Scholarship Associates Award Funds to 15 Deserving Students
January 21, 2010, -Dixie College Foundation to Host Sixth-Annual Fire & Ice Gala February 26
January 21, 2010, -Award-Winning Filmmaker Helen Whitney to Screen Films at Two Special Dixie Forums
January 17, 2010, -Dixie State College English Department to Host Book Sale for Haiti Earthquake Victims
January 17, 2010, -Dixie State Receives State Approval for Three New Degrees at Friday Board of Regents Meeting
January 13, 2010, -Award-Winning Filmmaker Helen Whitney to Visit Dixie State Campus
January 13, 2010, -Dixie State College Bi-Monthly Business Ethics Forum Series Makes 2010 Spring Semester Debut Jan. 21
January 13, 2010, -DSC Students and Nutrition the Focus of First Dixie Forum of 2010 Spring Semester
January 13, 2010, -Dixie State Sears Art Gallery to Feature Live Painting Demonstration by Jeff Ham
January 12, 2010, -Dixie State College to Host Faculty Recital Jan. 19
January 12, 2010, -Dixie State to Host Fourth-Annual WCSD Orchestra Concert This Saturday
January 8, 2010, -Dixie State College Board of Trustees Unanimously Passes Resolution of Support for President Nadauld
January 6, 2010, -Dixie State College Student Entrepreneurs Create Online Marketplace for Students and Community
December 28 2009, -Dixie State's January Colleagues Meeting to Feature Discussion on Proposed Lake Powell Pipeline
December 17, 2009, -DSC Music Department to Sponsor Holiday Concert Fundraiser for Cancer Patients and Research Dec. 22
December 17, 2009, -Dixie State College Announces Holiday Hours, Spring Semester Dates
December 17, 2009, -Dixie State College Athletics to Break Ground For New Weight Training and Wrestling Facility Dec. 22
December 7, 2009, -Utah Symphony Concertmaster Ralph Matson to Work With DSC Student Violinists This Saturday
December 7, 2009, -Dixie State College to Hold Ribbon Cutting for New Smith Computer Center Student Helpdesk
December 4, 2009, -Dixie State College Communication Department Announces New Cohort for Fast-Track Bachelor's Degree Program
December 4, 2009, -DSC Choral Ensemble Presents Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 11
December 3, 2009, -DSC Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 10
December 2, 2009, -Dixie State Brass Choir to Make 2009-10 Debut With Fall Concert Dec. 9
December 2, 2009, -DSC's December Colleagues Meeting to Feature Local Author Tad Trueblood
December 2, 2009, -DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles to Presnet Holiday Concert Dec. 8
December 1, 2009, -Dixie State Piano Ensemble to Debut in Concert Dec. 7
November 25, 2009, -Dixie State Hosts the "Governor's Own" 23rd Army Band for Special Concert Dec. 4
November 24, 2009, -Dixie State to Hold 34th Annual Christmas Ceramic Sale Dec. 2-4
November 24, 2009, -Learn About "Quantum Computing" at the Final Fall DSC Dixie Forum
November 24, 2009, -DSC Symphony Band and Desert Hills HS Concert Band Combine for Special Concert Event Dec. 1
November 20, 2009, -Dixie State College's Southern Quill Publication Announces Scholarship Prize Program
November 19, 2009, -DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery "Neon Odyssey" Features Renowned Artist Jeff Ham and "The Firm" Ceramics
November 18, 2009, -Dixie State College to Hold H1N1 Flu Shootout This Monday
November 18, 2009, -Ron Haun Retires as Dixie State College Head Football Coach
November 16, 2009, -Dixie State College to Host String Quartet Recital This Sunday
November 13, 2009, -Renowned Management and Leadership Consultant Carol Leavitt to Address Final Fall DSC Business Ethics Forum
November 11, 2009, -Dixie State College to Host Annual Career Day Tuesday
November 10, 2009, -Experience "Life in Dixie 100 Years Ago" at the DSC Dixie Forum
November 10, 2009, -Dixie State Music Department Presents Annual Faculty Showcase
November 5, 2009, -Dixie State Students Club "Imprisoning" the Campus for a Good Cause
November 4, 2009, -Dixie State Art Students Feature Works in Special Installation
November 4, 2009, -Dixie State Football Game at Humboldt State to be Aired Live on KCSG-TV
November 4, 2009, -Dixie State College Theatre and Music Programs to Spend "A Year With Frog and Toad" This November
November 4, 2009, -Dixie State Campus to Community Service Project Targets Tuacahn Clean-up Nov. 11
November 3, 2009, -Racism and the Importance of Staying Human the Focus of the Next DSC Dixie Forum
November 2, 2009, -DSC Physical Therapist Asistant Program Granted Candidacy for Accreditation
November 2, 2009, -Dixie State College POST Academy Now Accepting Applications for January Class Session
November 2, 2009, -Dixie State College CIT Students Compete With the State's Best at Annual ACM Regional Meet
November 2, 2009, -Dixie State Plays Host to Two Prep Marching Band Championship Events This Weekend
October 30, 2009, -Dixie State College Theatre and Music Programs to Spend "A Year With Frog and Toad" This November
October 30, 2009, -Business of Art Seminar Set for Kanab Nov.14
October 30, 2009, -DBA Program Director Kelle Stephens to Speak at Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
October 30, 2009, -Dr. Marc Sorenson to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
October 29, 2009, -Wells Fargo Bank Donates Two Scholarships to DSC's Business Program
October 28, 2009, -Dance Among the Red Rocks at the Next DSC Dixie Forum
October 28, 2009, -Dixie State Music Department to Host Jeffrey Shumway for Special Piano Recital
October 26, 2009, -Dixie State Professor Featured in Illinois College Art Exhibit
October 26, 2009, -"Return to Little Hollywood" to be Screened to Salt Lake City Public Library November 3
October 26, 2009, -Dixie State Students Given Opportunity to Experience Global Classroom in May
October 22, 2009, -Dixie State College to Host Annual Multicultural/Diversity Week Oct. 26-30
October 22, 2009, -Visit the Galapagos Islands at the Next DSC Dixie Forum
October 21, 2009, -Dixie State Criminal Justice Studets Receive Program Awards
October 16, 2009, -"All That Jazz...and More" Featured at the Next DSC Dixie Forum
October 16, 2009, -Wilkinson Electric CFO to Address Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
October 13, 2009, -Dixie State Library Receives Book Donation From Nippon Foundation
October 7, 2009, -DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles to Perform Debut Concert Oct. 13
October 7, 2009, -Dixie State College Crowns Homecoming Queen Tuesday Night
October 6, 2009, -DSC Symphony Orchestra Makes 2009-10 Campus Debut With Annual Fall Concert Octber 12
October 6, 2009, -"Return to Little Hollywood" at the Next DSC Dixie Forum
October 5, 2009, -Dixie State College Leads Utah in 2009 Fall Enrollment Growth Percentage
September 30, 2009, -Dixie State to Induct Two Into College's Hall of Fame Oct. 10
September 30, 2009, -Dixie State College's Annual Homecoming Queen Pageant Set for Tuesday Night
September 30, 2009, -Del Parson to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
September 30, 2009, -Dixie State College Homecoming Week 2009 Set for Oct. 5-10
September 30, 2009, -"The Beauty of Bronze" Featured at the Next Dixie Forum
September 30, 2009, -Dixie State Choral Ensemble Opens 2009-10 Season With Fall Concert Oct. 9
September 26, 2009, -Homegrown Small Business Featured at the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
September 21, 2009, -Life in the UAE to be Discussed at the Next Dixie Forum
September 21, 2009, -DSC Symphony Band to Make 2009-10 Debut With Concert Oct. 1
September 18, 2009, -Dixie State College Theatre Program Opens 2009-10 Season With Production of "Almost, Maine"
September 17, 2009, -President Obama and the Constitution the Focus of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
September 15, 2009, -Dixie State to Officially Dedicate the Renovated Jennings Communication Building Sept. 24
September 14, 2009, -Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum Postponed
September 11, 2009, -Dixie State College Calls for Homecoming Parade Entries
September 8, 2009, -Dixie State Radio to Feature New Weekly Business Success Show
September 8, 2009, -Dixie State's Weekly Dixie Forum Series Makes 2009-10 Debut With Presentation on Jewish Customs
September 3, 2009, -Dixie State College Bi-Monthly Business Ethics Forum Series Returns for 2009-10 With Debut Presentation Sept. 10
September 3, 2009, -Dixie State College Announces New Board of Trustees Members
September 3, 2009, -Dixie State to Host Utah Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Spring Conference
August 26, 2009, -Dixie College Foundation Receives $25,000 Anonymous Scholarship Gift
August 26, 2009, -DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents New Fall Exhibit
August 21, 2009, -Dixie State College Cultural Arts Announces 2009-10 Performance Series Season
August 20, 2009, -Dixie State College to Host Second-Annual College Convocation on August 30
August 18, 2009, -Dixie State College Set to Welcome Back Students
August 17, 2009, -Dixie State Athletics Announces New In-House Broadcasting Agreement
August 12, 2009, -DSC/CEBA Receives $95K Congressional Appropriation for Rural Entrepreneurs
August 10, 2009, -Dixie State College to Host Second-Annual President's Welcome Back 5K Fun Run/Walk August 22nd
July 30, 2009, -Dixie State College Athletics and Dixie Athletic Club to Host Third-Annual Hall of Fame Scholarship Golf Tournament at Sunbrook August 29th
July 23, 2009, -Dixie State College to Host Art Talk Featuring Local Artist Heather Schwartzf
July 20, 2009, -Dixie State College Student Jim Nielsen Wins National Title at FBLA-PBL Competition
June 22, 2009, -Dixie State College Receives Conservation Bookshelf
June 9, 2009, -Dixie State College Business Students Record Top Marks at International DECA Competition
June 8, 2009, -Dixie State College Theatre Program Set to Debut "The Comedy Storm" for Summer Season
June 2, 2009, -"Return to Little Hollywood" Set to Premiere June 17
May 28, 2009, -Dixie State College Set to Become a "Good Neighbor" to Arizona and Nevada Residents
May 27, 2009, -Dixie State Automotive Technology Program Receives Vehicle Donation From Nissan and Stephen Wade Dealership
May 21, 2009, -DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents Dual Summer Art Exhibit Now Through July 31
May 7, 2009, -DSC Communication Department Receives $145K Donation From Simmons Media Group
May 4, 2009, -Dixie State College Theatre Program Announces Summer Season and Auditions
May 1, 2009, -Dixie State College Confers 1,440 Degrees and Certificates Friday
April 29, 2009, -Dixie State College Set to Transition to Summer Four-Day Work Week
April 29, 2009, -LDS Church Historian Raymond Kuehne to Address Final 2008-09 DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
April 28, 2009, -Three to be Honored as Distinguished Citizens at DSC's Commencement Ceremony Friday
April 27, 2009, -Dixie State College to Confer 1,440 Degrees and Certificates Friday Evening
April 24, 2009, -Dixie State Kicks Off Redesign of Native American Exhibit With Celebration This Wednesday
April 24, 2009, -DSC CIT Program Crowns Winners of Annual Computer Programming Competition
April 23, 2009, -Dixie State College of Utah Announces 2009 Valedictorians
April 17, 2009, -Dixie State College Community Unites to Raise Funds for Ailing Student Body President
April 17, 2009, -Dixie State College to Hand Out Year-End Dixie Awards Wednesday Night
April 16, 2009, -"The Art of the Exhibit" the Focus of the Final Dixie Forum of 2008-09 Academic Year
April 15, 2009, -Four at Dixie State College Receive Civic Engagement Recognition
April 14, 2009, -Dixie State Browning Library Begins Food Drive to Benefit Dixie Care and Share
April 13, 2009, -DSC Symphony Orchestra Takes the Stage for Pops Concert to Close 2008-09 Season April 20
April 10, 2009, -Dixie State College to Launch New Classical Radio Station This Wednesday
April 10, 2009, -Dixie State to Host Special Reception to Honor Longtime Music Professor Dr. Ron Garner April 17
April 10, 2009, -Dixie State Goes Hollywood at the Next Dixie Forum April 14
April 10, 2009, -School of Life Foundation Founder Jack Rolfe to Address Final Spring DSC Business Ethics Forum
April 9, 2009, -Dixie State College to Hold Annual Student Ceramic Sale April 15-17
April 8, 2009, -Dixie State Dance Company Takes to the Stage for Annual Spring Concert April 16-17
April 2, 2009, -Navigating Life Between Two Cultures the Focus of the Next DSC Dixie Forum April 7
April 1, 2009, -Dixie State College Crowns Chelsea Gould D-Queen 2009 Tuesday Night
March 31, 2009, -Two Dixie State College Nursing Programs Earn Recommendation for Accreditation
March 31, 2009, -Dixie State College to Host Faculty Recital Tuesday Night
March 31, 2009, -Dixie State College Artist's Showcase Set to Open in the Sears Gallery This Weekend
March 30, 2009, -Dixie State College President Stephen Nadauld to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
March 27, 2009, -Dixie State College's Annual D-Queen Pageant Set for Tuesday Night
March 27, 2009, -Dixie State Receives State Approval for New Four-Year Music Degree at Friday Board of Regents Meeting
March 27, 2009, -Japanese Poetry Mixed With a Little Jazz Featured at the Next DSC Dixie Forum March 31
March 26, 2009, -Secrets to Happiness in Life and Business to be Shared at DSC Business Ethics Forum April 2
March 25, 2009, -Dixie State College Theatre Program Closes 2008-09 Season with "The Crucible"
March 25, 2009, -"Dixie....Remember & Never Forgetting!" the Theme for Dixie State's Annual D-Week Festivities
March 23, 2009, -Spots Still Available for DSC/Southern Utah Trucking Association Scholarship Golf Scramble at Sunbrook March 27
March 23, 2009, -Dixie State College to Host Annual Miss Native American Dixie Pageant This Thursday
March 18, 2009, -Dixie State Campus to Community Service Project Will "Kick It" With Washington City March 25
March 18, 2009, -"Rough Rider President Theodore Roosevelt" to Pay Visit to DSC's Dixie Forum March 24
March 13, 2009, -Dixie State Humanities Faculty to Host Cambridge University Professor for Special Lecture April 3
March 13, 2009, -Dixie State College to Host Annual Miss Native American Dixie Pageant March 26
March 12, 2009, -Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Heads Into Final Week
March 12, 2009, -Washington County Republican Women Donate Scholarship Funds to Dixie State to Honor War Veterans
March 9, 2009, -Author Dr. Glen Leonard to Discuss "Massacre at Mountain Meadows" at the 26th Annual Juanita Brooks Lecture
March 9, 2009, -Dixie State to Host Renowned Utah Author Donna Poulton for Special Convocation
March 7, 2009, -DSC English Department and Sigma Tau Delta to Hold Southern Quill Read-a-Thon March 12
March 7, 2009, -Dixie State Students Present Undergraduate Research Findings at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
March 3, 2009, -Dixie State Students Find Success at Utah State Career Development Conference
March 2, 2009, -Spots Still Available for Dixie State College Scholarship Associates Golf Scramble at The Ledges March 6
March 2, 2009, -ContactPoint CEO Jason Wells to Speak at Next DSC Business Ethics Forum March 5
February 28, 2009, -Dixie State College Welcomes Utah's First Poet Laureate David Lee for Poetry Reading Wednesday
February 28, 2009, -DSC Theatre Program to Hold Scholarship Auditions March 7
February 28, 2009, -DSC Theatre Arts Student Wins Regional Award at Regional Kennedy Center College Theater Festival
February 28, 2009, -Dixie State College Theatre Program Turns Up the Heat With "110 in the Shade" This March
February 26, 2009, -Photography as Expression to Focus of Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
February 26, 2009, -Dixie State Announces Continued Successes in Enrollment Growth
February 24, 2009, -DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles Present Annual Mid-Winter Concert March 3
February 19, 2009, -"A Day in the Life of a CPA" the Focus of the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum Feb. 26
February 19, 2009, -Dixie State Symphony Band to Perform in Mid-Winter Concert Feb. 26
February 19, 2009, -Four Dixie State Englihs Students Selected to Present at National Conferences
February 19, 2009, -Dixie State College Set to Host Annual Employment Fair Next Week
February 19, 2009, -Dixie State College Women's Basketball to Participate in WBCA's Pink Zone Campaign Friday Night
February 19, 2009, -Dixie State Receives Scholarship Gift From Intermountain Healthcare
February 17, 2009, -DSC Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Winter Concert Feb. 24
February 13, 2009, -Winners of 22nd-Annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale Announced
February 13, 2009, -"World Conquest Through Cryptography" is the Topic of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
February 13, 2009, -DSC to Present Voice Student Recital Feb. 20
February 6, 2009, -DSC Dixie Forum and Diversity Center Teams Up to Bring "Human Race Machine" to Campus
February 4, 2009, -Dixie State College Nursing Program Slated for Accreditation Site Visit
January 30, 2009, -Renowned Utah Author and Protographer Stephen Trimble Featured in Special Two-Part Dixie Forum This Tuesday
January 30,2009, -Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Returns for 22nd Year in St. George in February
January 29, 2009, -Ethics in Human Resources the Topic of the Next Dixie State Business Ethics Forum Feb. 5
January 28, 2009, -Dixie State College to Host 20th-Anniversary of Read-In Chain in Celebration of Black History Month
January 28, 2009, -Dixie State Theatre Program Premieres DSC Student Original Production Feb. 2-7
January 28, 2009, -The National Park Service Closing in on 100 Years is Focus of Monday's DSC Colleagues Meeting
January 26, 2009, -Dixie State College Officially Announces New Athletic Nickname and Mascot Monday Night
January 23, 2009, -Music of the Middle East Featured in Special Two-Part Dixie Forum This Tuesday
January 22, 2009, -Dixie State College Announces Dollars for Scholars Fundraising Campaign
January 21, 2009, -Announcement to Take Place During Halftime of DSC Men's Basketball Game vs. Notre Dame de Namur
January 20, 2009, -Dixie State Cultural Arts Presents World-Renowned Pianist Marvin Goldstein for Special Valentine's Day Concert Feb. 14
January 16, 2009, -Local Author Janice Brooks to Address First Dixie Forum of 2009 Spring Semester
January 16, 2009, -Dixie State College Business and Ethics Forum Series Makes 2009 Spring Semester Debut Jan. 22
January 14, 2009, -Dixie State College Music Department to Host Faculty Recital January 20

 

Dixie State College Presents "A Dixie Showcase" Centennial Gala Event at Salt Lake City's Capitol Theater Feb. 1
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 18, 2011) As part of the institution’s Centennial Celebration, Dixie State College of Utah presents “A Celebration of the Century – A Dixie Showcase,” on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the Capitol Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. The festivities begin with a special gala reception from 6:00-7:15 p.m., followed by the “Showcase” program at 7:30 p.m. Free general admission tickets to the reception and program are available by calling the DSC Avenna Center Box Office at 435-652-7800.

“A Celebration of the Century – A Dixie Showcase” will honor the 100 years of performance and the arts at Dixie, featuring performances by current DSC students and Dixie alumni, including members of the Dixie College Program Bureau, which was under the direction of the late Roene DiFiore. The “Showcase” will also serve as a great way for Dixie’s northern Utah alumni and friends to reconnect and join in the Centennial Celebration.

Among the student ensembles performing at the “Showcase” are the DSC Symphony Orchestra; the DSC Concert, Chamber and Women’s Choirs; DSC’s Ragin’ Red Show Choir; DSC Concert and Jazz Bands; along with special performances by DSC’s Theatre Department and DSC Dance Company.

“This event is going to be a wonderful tribute to the students and history of Dixie,” says show director and DSC Dean of Students Del Beatty. “Showcasing our current students and alumni – it is bound to be an enjoyable evening of entertainment for everyone and similar to the Dixie events of the early 1990’s that were held in Salt Lake City at Abravanel Hall.”

For more information on “A Celebration of the Century – A Dixie Showcase,” please contact Del Beatty, show director and DSC Dean of Students, at 435-652-7514 or at beatty.dixie.edu.


Dixie State College Bi-Monthly Business Ethics Forum Series Makes 2011 Spring Semester Debut Jan. 20
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 13, 2011) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business resumes its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series for the 2011 spring semester on Thursday, Jan. 20, featuring a presentation by local CPA Lee Esplin.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC’s spring semester, 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.

Esplin will share his presentation entitled “Live First, Work Second,” and will also discuss the accounting profession and the important role ethics plays in his business practices. A St. George native, Esplin is a graduate of Dixie High School and Dixie College. He then completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration at Southern Utah University in 1978. Esplin joined his first accounting firm in 1978, and in 1982, he became partner of the accounting firm of Savage, Esplin and Radmall, PC.

The series will continue Feb. 3, with Dr. Mac Harmer, a retired businessman and adjunct faculty member in the DSC Udvar-Hazy School of Business. In addition, Bar 10 Ranch co-owner Gavin Heaton will address the forum Feb. 17; former Coca-Cola Human Resource Manager John Kolb will speak March 3; Bruce Wisan, Special Fiduciary with the UEP Trust will present to the forum March 17; and Kerry Hepworth, Dixie Regional Medical Center Foundation Director, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation April 7.

The Business and Ethics Forum are 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.

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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 huddlest@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.

Music Will Fill the Air at the First Dixie Forum of 2011 Spring Semester
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 11, 2011) Dixie State College will hold its first “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation of the 2011 spring semester this Tuesday, January 18, featuring former Dixie College President Dr. Douglas Alder and local professional organist Geoff Meyers. 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. Alder will narrate a brief history on the Dunford Auditorium organ, which was procured and installed by Alder and Meyers back in 1993. Meyers will also perform various musical numbers on the organ throughout the hour. Meyers, who serves as organist at the Trinity Lutheran Church in St. George, also performs bi-monthly concerts at the St. George Tabernacle.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include former DSC staff member Linda Lou Bills, who will collaborate with a few of her friends for a special presentation entitled “I Remember When.” Then on Feb. 1, American folklorist and writer D.L. Ashliman will discuss his finding in “The Secret Language of Fairy Tales and Children’s Rhymes: Addressing Taboos with Folklore.”

For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.
 
Dixie State College to Host Annual Employment Fair Next Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 11, 2011) Dixie State College of Utah will host its annual Employment Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the Gardner Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s fair is open to all students and community members and will feature nearly 30 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, says that besides job hunting, students will find the Employment Fair serves as a great networking opportunity to meet employers and learn about businesses. In addition, students who are not graduating this year can gather important information about what major to choose or what classes to select in order to be prepared to apply for jobs at particular companies in the future.  

“The Employment Fair is an excellent opportunity for students to network and hone their job search skills,” Kinney said. “The fair provides students a venue to practice delivering an ‘elevator speech,’ to conduct brief informational interviews, to research companies and exchange intelligent comments with recruiters, and to impress prospective employers.”

Kinney added that students should arrive dressed for success with a handful of resumes and take full advantage of the event.

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. In addition, this year’s event will feature a resume’ expert, who will provide on-the-spot resume review and advice to students on how to better their marketability.

Kinney noted that several employers are interested in meeting and interviewing graduates, such as Intermountain Healthcare, Zions Bank, CCSI, Wells Dairy/Blue Bunny, Wyoming Department of Corrections, Bureau of Land Management, Boy Scouts of America, Steton, Inc., All Connect, Help International, and Farmers Insurance, along with many branches of the United States Military. In addition, representatives from the University of Utah and Southern Utah University will be on hand with information on graduate programs.
 
For more information, contact the DSC Career Center at 435-652-7737.

British Politics and Economics the Focus of the Next DSC President's Colleagues Meeting Jan. 3
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 21, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host its fourth President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2010-11 academic year on Monday, Jan. 3,  featuring a presentation on the current state of British politics and economic climate by Colleagues member Dr. Steven Austin and DSC associate professor of history Joe Green. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dr. Austin and Professor Green will discuss the topic “The English Revolution: Politics and Economics.” Dr. Austin recently returned to the United States from London, where he and his wife, Claire, are part-time residents. He will describe the changes in the British government, the formation of a new alliance in Parliament, and the major proposals being presented to meet the economic downturn. Meanwhile Professor Green will bring perspective to those proposed changes by discussing the Conservative and Liberal traditions of British politics.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 18 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. On Monday, February 7, 2011, fellow Colleague Boyd Nethercott will discuss the history of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which he witnessed from the inside in 1962.

Dixie State College Announces Holiday Hours, Spring Semester Dates
(ST. GEORGE – Dec. 16, 2010) All offices at Dixie State College of Utah will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23-24 (Thurs-Fri), and then again on Dec. 30-31, 2010 (Thurs-Fri). DSC will be open for its regular campus hours of 8 a.m.-to-5 p.m., on Dec. 20-22, and on Dec. 27-29.  

Dixie State College will return to a regular five-day campus schedule on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, though DSC students will remain on winter break until Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, when spring semester classes begin. Registration for classes without instructor permit will continue through Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, while last day to add a class for the spring semester is Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

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 435-652-7701. For help selecting courses, call the DSC Advisement Office at 435-652-7690.

Dixie State Sears Gallery to Hold Special Art Panel Discussion and Dance Performance Jan. 7
(
ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 16, 2010) The Dixie State College Sears Art Museum Gallery is hosting an art panel discussion and performance special event on Friday, January 7, at 7:00 p.m. The Sears Art Museum Gallery is located in the Eccles Fine Arts building on the DSC Campus on Friday, and admission to the event is free and open to the public.
 
Local artists Alisha Tolman, Aimee Bonham, Cathie McCormick, and LuAnn Williams will comment on questions posed to them about their experiences and the content behind their art. As they share insight and knowledge they will inform the audience on a high level of expertise. They are all from Southern Utah, working professional artists, and art educators.
 
According to DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz, the non-representative art exhibit, A Panel of Women, has been well received. The free exhibit is currently on display in the Sears Gallery through January 21st, 2011.

“The collaboration between the DSC Sears Gallery and the St. George Art Museum to educate our community has been exciting,” says Kathy Cieslewicz. “The Sears Gallery continues to bring the best of art into our area and has gained a high reputation in our state. In addition, having performance art in the gallery for this event is sure to raise awareness and consideration.”
 
The St. George Contemporary Dancers are coming together again under the direction and organization of Summer Robertson, and will be performing at the Sears Art Gallery on the Dixie State College’s campus.  Summer returned to her hometown of St. George after dancing and choreographing for ten years on the east coast primarily in New York City.  She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Masters degree from Columbia University in dance education.  

The St. George Contemporary Dancers are made up of faculty from nearly every dance school in the community including Dixie State College, Westside Studio and Southwest Dance Theater among others.  Three of the dancers received dance degrees from BYU and one from the University of Utah. The dancers each bring a distinctive performance approach and their own composition to the programs.  

Dancers participating at the Sears Art Gallery and performing their own choreography are Michelle Brown, Chauntelle Lewis, Melissa Sevy, Miranda Slatter, Summer Robertson, Rebekah Wainright and Jennie Wood.
 
“As contemporary choreographers and dancers, we’re looking forward to collaborating with the contemporary, visual artists at the Sears Gallery,” says Robertson. “We’ve been well received in past performances and interpretations of other local artists, and we think the community will find enjoyment in the marriage of these two art forms.”

Washington County Republican Women Donate Scholarship Funds to Dixie State to Benefit 222nd Spouses
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 13, 2010) Representatives of the Washington County Republican Women Organization visited the Dixie State College of Utah campus Monday to donate scholarship funds to benefit and honor spouses of the servicemen and women of the Utah National Guard’s 222nd Field Artillery Unit. WCRW president Carol Aldred and WCRW member Wilma Courtney presented a check for $1,000 to DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld in a brief morning ceremony.

The scholarship, which is part of the “Caring for America” outreach program, was established at Dixie State in 2007 to honor of veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts, with priority shown to 222nd veterans and their families.

The monies will provide financial assistance with college expenses, including tuition, books and college fees to spouses of veterans or active servicemen and women of the 222nd who meet specific academic qualifications and demonstrate financial need. 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.

“This is a wonderful way to honor the spouses of our local National Guard soldiers,” President Nadauld said. “These spouses bear a heavy burden while their loved ones are away and we are very grateful for [WCRW] financial assistance to help provide these people an opportunity to get into school.”

Part of the WCRW charter is supporting the military through the “Caring for America” program, where members engage in charity work, community work and support of the military and their families. The WCRW scholarship was created to honor the 222nd for the service the unit provided in both conflicts. Monies generated for the scholarship come from the annual WCRW Freedom Run, held each spring in St. George, along with other WCRW fundraising efforts.

To qualify for the scholarship, the potential recipient must be a registered Republican, live in Washington County, married to 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 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 the scholarship or to apply, please contact Sue Perschon in the DSC Financial Aid office at 435-652-7578.

Dixie State Fall Piano Ensemble Concert Set for December 6
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 1, 2010) Dixie State College’s Music Department will present its Piano Ensemble in a special concert event on Monday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus. Admission to the concert is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Nancy Allred and Ms. Katrine’ Smith Baker, features talented DSC student pianists playing a number of duets and two-piano selections.

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

Learn About the History of Utah Filmmaking at the Final Fall DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 30, 2010) Dixie State College will hold its final weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation of the 2010 fall semester this Tuesday, Dec. 7, with a special presentation on the history of movie making in Utah with Dr. James V. D’Arc, curator of the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Archive.

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. D'Arc will discuss his new book, When Hollywood Came to Town: A History of Moviemaking in Utah, which is the result of more than 30 years of research on this hitherto untold aspect of Utah's history. D’Arc has taught courses on motion picture history and culture at BYU’s Theatre & Media Arts and American Studies departments. He also directs the BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series and is producer of the BYU Film Music Archive Soundtrack CD Series.
 
The Dixie Forum series will return to its regular weekly schedule for the 2011 spring semester beginning in January. For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.

DSC Symphony Orchestra Joins Southern Utah Heritage Choir for Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 11-12
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 29, 2010) In a memorable holiday event you won’t want to miss, the Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to partner with the Southern Utah Heritage Choir in bringing to our community, “Sing Choirs of Angels.” This special performance is a joint gift to everyone who cherishes the magic of Christmas, captured in a musical celebration. Admission to this special concert event is free and open to DSC students, faculty and staff, and the public to attend.

On December 11th and 12th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Cox Auditorium, there will be a feast of musical enchantment highlighting the considerable expertise of Dixie State Symphony Orchestra. These gifted musicians from the DSC campus will blend talents with the 200-plus voices of Southern Utah Heritage Choir.

This year the choir, under the direction of returning founder Floyd Rigby, has extended bridges of fellowship by performing at the St. George Catholic Church dedication and participating in a choral festival that brought together area choirs under the leadership of guest director, Dr. Brady Allred. In addition, they heralded the Huntsman World Senior Games in a special fireside and performed their annual fall concert with guest artist Jordan Bluth.

The Dixie State Symphony Orchestra, with the leadership of Dr. Paul Abegg, has maintained an ambitious schedule this year, as well, performing at the inauguration of DSC President Stephen D. Nadauld, at Dixie State College commencement exercises, at the DOCUTAH Opening Gala and in an outdoor concert at Pine Valley; all of this in addition to maintaining their regular campus concert schedule.  

Together, these two organizations will usher in a season of joy with soul moving Christmas music, filling the Cox with audience favorites such as “Hallelujah,” by Beethoven, “Candlelight Carol,” by John Rutter and several stunning Mack Wilberg arrangements including “Joy to the World” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The Orchestra will present rousing numbers including, “Sleigh Ride” and “The Night Before Christmas,” narrated by Margaret Nadauld. In combination with choral resonance and gifted pianist, Dr. Nancy Allred, the night promises to produce melodies that will linger in your hearts long after the concert has concluded.  

The Christmas season summons sparkling decorations, gatherings of loved ones, and a greater measure of kindness among neighbors and friends.  Bring someone along to share this magical time of year through beautiful Christmas favorites. Sing-a-long traditional carols will transport you to the manger where all kneel in wonder and honor before the newborn King.

For those wishing to attend the Southern Utah Heritage Choir’s traditional Christmas concert at the Tabernacle, performances will be held December 9th and 10th at 7:00 pm, featuring Dr. Nancy Allred, accompanist.  

Dixie State College Percussion Ensemble to Make 2010-11 Debut in Concert December 8
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 30, 2010) The Dixie State College Percussion Ensemble makes its 2010-11 debut with a special concert event on Wednesday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the DSC Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater.
 
The concert will begin with Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Colgrass’ composition Three Brothers. Swirling harmonies and new age-tinged Rainbows will follow featuring the entire range of melodic percussion instruments. Mexican marimba band and ragtime xylophone music will have the audience tapping toes in delight.
 
The ten-member group will employ the full spectrum of percussion timbre on the musical works Celestial Welcome by Karen McGuire, and the premiere of Jabulani by the group’s director, DSC Music Department Chair Glenn Webb.
 
General admission tickets will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu.” For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center.

High school musicians may receive complementary tickets by contacting the Dixie State College Music Department at 435-652-7790.  

Dixie State College Presents its Annual Jazz Ensemble Holiday Concert December 7
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 30, 2010) The popular Dixie State College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of DSC Music Department Chair Glenn Webb, presents its annual holiday concert on Tuesday December 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the DSC Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater.
 
The concert will feature a mix of holiday classics done in a jazz setting with some exciting jazz compositions, beginning with Count Basie’s version of Jingle Bells. In addition, the ensemble will perform the United States Air Force Airmen of Note arrangement of We Three Kings of Orient Are, and Grammy winner Gordon Goodwin’s version of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.

DSC music faculty member Dr. Shannon Roberts will also lead the ensemble in performing his original arrangement of Ira’s Blues. This arrangement debuted earlier this year at the Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival.
 
The Dixie State College Guitar Ensemble will also perform on the concert. The Guitar Ensemble consists of guitars exclusively and has a rich, vibrant sound. The group is lead by DSC music adjunct faculty member and well-known southern Utah performer Lisle Crowley.
 
General admission tickets will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu.” For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center.

High school musicians may receive complementary tickets by contacting the Dixie State College Music Department at 435-652-7790.  

Dixie State College to Present Brass Ensemble Holiday Concert December 2
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 29, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Department of Music is presenting the debut concert of the Dixie State Brass Ensemble of the 2010-11 performance season this Thursday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m., at the DSC Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

The Dixie State College Brass Ensemble, a 14-piece group under the direction of Dr. Shannon Roberts, will perform selections ranging from Wagner to Holiday and motion picture favorites. The ensemble will also feature original arrangements by DSC students Austin Paxman and Ben Stratford, and Dr. Roberts. The finale will be a special new arrangement of “’Twas the night before Christmas,” with guest conductor Gary Caldwell and guest narrator Connie Nokes-Roberts.

General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

For more information, contact Dr. Shannon Roberts at roberts@dixie.edu.

St. George Postmaster Vito Gasparro to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(
ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 29, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host its third President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2010-11 academic year this Monday, Dec. 6, featuring a presentation by St. George Postmaster Vito Gasparro. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Gasparro will discuss the challenges that are facing the United States Postal Service, including new media, high technology, financing, etc. Prior to his arrival to St. George, Gasparro previously served in USPS capacities in the Salt Lake Valley and in Cedar City.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 18 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.

Dixie State Faculty Member Al Keller to Address Final Fall DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 23, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business will host its final bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum of the 2010 fall semester this Thursday, Dec. 2, with a presentation by DSC faculty member Al Keller.

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.

Keller is a graduate of the University of South Florida and earned his Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1985. He has worked in the business industry for 35 years and held numerous officer level roles in administrative, sales and marketing positions at such companies as Eastern Airlines, the Wisconsin Humane Society and Stauffer Cheese, Inc. For the past five years, Keller has taught the Introduction to Business course at DSC.

The Business and Ethics Forum are 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 2011 spring semester beginning in January.

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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 huddlest@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.

Dixie State Hosts the "Governor's Own" 23rd Army Band for Special Concert Dec. 3
(ST. GEORGE, Utah — November 23, 2010) In what has become an annual holiday tradition since 1996, Dixie State College of Utah will present the “Governor’s Own” 23rd Army Band in a special concert event on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at the DSC Avenna Center Cox Auditorium. Each year the band entertains music lovers in Utah’s Dixie with marches, military tributes, holiday music, and much more throughout the night.  

The concert, which is a ticketless event, is open and free to the public. Seating will be available on a first come/first served basis at the Cox Auditorium, where the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The 23rd Army Band is under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Denny Saunders.

The 23rd Army Band has played for Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, and Heads of State over the years. Each year the Band performs for thousands of people across the state of Utah as well as the United States, giving clinics and concerts at schools, performing at civic functions, performing in parades, military dances, changes of command, and pass-in reviews. All of the 23rd Army Band concerts are free of charge.

Organized in 1924, the band has been a group throughout the years performing in some of the most elite ceremonies. The band is manned by some of the finest musicians, who as well as performing in concerts in the Band, also work as lawyers, accountants, teachers, law enforcement officers and more.   

This past summer, the 23rd Army Band was the recipient of a special invitation to conduct a two-week tour in the Kingdom of Morocco. The 23rd’s Stage Band and Rock Band wowed audiences all across the country including the historic city of Kenitra, Morocco, which played a major role in the Allied forces taking back Africa in the height of World War II.

For more information, please call the DSC Avenna Center Box Office at 435-652-7800, or DSC Associate Vice President of Advancement and Cultural Arts George F. Whitehead at 435-652-7906.

Dixie State Dance Company Takes the Stage for Annual Fall Dance Concert Dec. 2-3
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 23, 2010) 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 Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2-3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theatre on the Dixie State College campus.

The DSC Dance Company, which was established in 2001, features 16 of the best student dancers the College has to offer. The ensemble will perform different genres of dance, including ballet, modern, Middle Eastern contemporary, hip hop, tap, Paso Doble and jazz with a Latin flavor.

According to Dr. Lei, both faculty members and students work to choreograph creative and inspiring movement, pieces that convey emotion and themes to not only entertain, but to educate.

Tickets are now available for purchase through the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office, or online at “tickets.dixie.edu,” for $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and youth 17-under, and $2 for DSC students, faculty and staff with current ID. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800.

In addition to the annual Fall Concert, the DSC Dance Company will also hold a special free dance class showing on Monday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., at the Mainstage Theatre.

Dixie State to Present Voice Student Recital Dec. 3
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 22, 2010) Dixie State College will present its second DSC voice students in recital event of the 2010-11 academic year on Friday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 and 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 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 Symphony Band Opens Campus Holiday Concert Season With Special Engagement Nov. 30

(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 22, 2010) The Dixie State College Symphony Band formally opens the College’s slate of Holiday concerts with a special concert event on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The 74-piece symphony band is under the direction of longtime conductor Gary Caldwell, who is in his 32nd-year as director of bands at DSC. The symphony band will perform eight compositions, including three Christmas classics, beginning the Jan Van der Roost “Dynamica,” and “Scenes from the Louvre,” a score written b Norman Dello Joio taken from the 1964 NBC network television special on the Louvre gallery.

The band will also perform the “The White Rose, composed by Philip Sparke and commissioned by the White Rose Concert Band from Harrogate, England; along with the Bach classic “Aria;” followed by Alfred Reed’s “A Festive Overture,” which was commissioned by the Tri-State Festival, hosted by music department of Dickinson State (ND) College.  

The symphony band will conclude the evening with a trio of holiday favorites, beginning with Tchaikovsky’s “Suite from The Nutcracker,” and “The Polar Express,” based on the Chris Van Allsburg enchanting story, which was composed for the hit holiday movie by Alan Silvestri and arranged for band by Jerry Brubaker. The symphony band with conclude the evening with a performance of “A Christmas Festival,” a medley of Christmas favorites composed by Leroy Anderson, which encompasses the joy, celebration and solemnity of Christmas.
 
The DSC Symphony Band performs twice each semester, including a pair of concerts during the spring semester on Feb. 22, and April 19.

All remaining concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID.

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Dixie State to Host 35th Annual Christmas Ceramic Sale Dec. 1-3
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 22, 2010) The Dixie State College of Utah art department will hold its annual Student Christmas Ceramic Sale next Wednesday-through-Friday, Dec. 1-3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the DSC North Plaza Art Building (west entrance foyer), located on 55 South 900 East.
 
Now in its 35th 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, including a variety of artistic and functional stoneware, will be on sale at reasonable prices, with 20% of all proceeds going to support the DSC art department.

According to DSC art professor Glenn Blakley, the sale gives student the opportunity market their wares. He added that the students’ ability to sell their art is an important learning objectives as they gain a first-hand knowledge of what the public likes about what their creations.

“The students have hand-crafted a number of upside-down tea pots, wonderful platters, plates, mugs and vases,” Blakley said. “Our students have also created a large variety of sculpted art in decorative colors from warm and earthy to vibrant and bold. These pieces are a great gift idea this holiday season.”
 
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, contact DSC art professor Glen Blakley at 435-652-7795 or at blakley@dixie.edu.
 
"The Secret Language of Fairy Tales and Children's Rhymes" Featured at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 17, 2010) After a two-week hiatus, Dixie State College’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” forum series returns on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 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 Forum will feature DSC Professor Ace Pilkington and his wife Olga Pilkington discussing “The Secret Language of Fairy Tales and Children’s Rhymes: Addressing Taboos with Folklore.” Professor Pilkington is an internationally-recognized Shakespearean scholar and published author, who is well known on campus for his courses on Shakespeare, mythology, science fiction, and Western civilization. He is also Literary Seminary Director at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City.

Professor Pilkington’s wife, Olga, a native of Siberia, is an author in her own right who has published numerous articles on Shakespeare in both Russian and English. The couple has collaborated on many projects, including the book Fairy Tales of the Russians and Other Slavs.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. The next forum will be held on Nov. 30, featuring DSC students presenting research work compiled throughout the semester. The fall semester slated of Forums will conclude Dec. 7, with a presentation by BYU film curator Jim D’Arc.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.
 

Dixie State College to Hold Grand Opening for New Bookstore Location Nov. 23
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 17, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will hold a special grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Dixie State Store, located just east of the DSC campus on 1037 East 100 South, on Tuesday, Nov. 23. There will be free refreshments and a prize drawing during the open house, which will run from 1-to-4 p.m.

The new Dixie State Store, which opened last month during DSC’s Centennial Homecoming Week, is an off-campus DSC retail outlet managed by the DSC Bookstore staff. The new location is the home for officially licensed Dixie State apparel, gifts and memorabilia, including DSC designs exclusive to the new location.

“I am very proud of our new bookstore satellite location,” says T. Randy Judd, DSC Executive Director of Auxiliary Services. “Our new store is easy to get to and is a great addition to the community and our campus.”

The store also serves as the bookstore for the Dixie Applied Technology College (DXATC), and offers textbooks, office supplies and backpacks, along with wireless internet and copier services. Normal business hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-to-6 p.m., and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., on Saturdays.

For more information, call the new Dixie State Store at 435-879-4644.

Dixie State College to Present Woodwind Chamber Fall Concert November 22
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 12, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Department of Music is presenting the first woodwind chamber concert of the 2010-11 performance season on Monday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the DSC Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

The woodwind ensemble consists of two performance groups, the Flute Choir, under the direction of Ami Porter, and the Saxaphone Ensemble, led by DSC music faculty member Rhonda Rhodes. The Flute Choir, which includes student performances on piccolos, flutes, alto flutes and bass flutes, will perform three numbers, including the Ralph Vaughan Williams’ composition Fantasia on Greensleeves. The Saxophone Ensemble, which features student performances on the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, will perform four numbers, including Dance Antique by William Mason; Shepherd's Hey by Percy Grainger; The Piggly Wiggle by Edward Barroll, and Lennie Niehaus’ Lucky Seven.  

General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

For more information on the DSC woodwind chamber ensemble, contact Rhonda Rhodes at rhodes@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Administrator Presented With BPW Woman of Achievement Award
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 15, 2010) Dixie State College Vice President of Institutional Advancement Christina Schultz was presented a Woman of Achievement Award by the St. George chapter of the Business and Professional Women organization Monday afternoon in a brief ceremony on campus.

Schultz, who has served as vice president at DSC since 2005, was honored with the Woman of Achievement in Entertainment for her work as Executive Director of the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, which made its debut this past September.

The St. George chapter of Business and Professional Women (BPW) is a bipartisan organization that fosters the success of working women by providing career advancement resources, work/life strategies, and personal and professional connections. BPW’s mission is “to empower working women to achieve their full potential and to partner with employers to build successful workplaces.”

SelectHealth Director Jon Pike to Speak at DSC Business Ethics Forum Thursday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 12, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series on Thursday, Nov. 18, with a presentation by Jon Pike, who serves as Southwest Regional Operations Director of SelectHealth, which is the health insurance division of Intermountain Healthcare.

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.

Pike has worked for Intermountain Healthcare for 20 years and served as the project manager for the construction of the Dixie Regional Medical Center on River Road, which opened in 2003. Pike is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, and he completed his MBA at Westminster College.

In addition to his leadership position at SelectHealth, Pike serves in a number of community service roles as a board member for Children’s Justice Center and the Doctor’s Free Clinic, and is a member of the DSC Board of Trustees. He has also served as a board member and Board Chair of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, and was elected to the St. George City Council in 2007.

The final Forum of the 2010 fall semester will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2, featuring a presentation by DSC faculty member Professor Al Keller.

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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 huddlest@dixie.edu or 435-652-7740.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Perform at DSC Burns Arena February 5
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 9, 2010) As part of Dixie State College’s Centennial Celebration and St. George City’s Sesquicentennial, the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will perform in concert on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at the DSC Burns Arena at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10 a.m., at the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium Box Office on the DSC campus. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 435-652-7800, or online at tickets.dixie.edu. Ticket prices range from $29.50-to-$44.50.
 
The concert will mark just the fifth time the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has performed in St. George since 1990, and is the first time the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square has ever performed at a Dixie State College-sponsored on-campus event. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square performed for the first time together in St. George in 2006 when a concert originally scheduled for Tuacahn was moved to the Burns Arena due to inclement weather. Prior to that, the Choir last performed in St. George in 1997, as part of the Sesquicentennial Mormon Pioneer Tour. The Choir also performed in the area as part of the dedication of Tuacahn in 1995, and the Celebrity Concert Series in 1990.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s repertoire will feature something for everyone, from “Bach to Broadway” and everything in between, including classical music, American folk music and music from around the world. The Choir will also perform the patriotic classic “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” along with a time-honored piece special to Utah’s Dixie.

“Every great celebration should include music, and what more glorious music could we have to celebrate with than that provided by ‘America’s Choir,’” DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld said. “As we celebrate our centennial and the City of St. George celebrates its 150th anniversary, we’re very excited to have the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square as our guests to help us celebrate our extraordinary milestones.”

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, one of the oldest and largest choirs in the world, has performed before U.S. presidents, sold millions of records, won scores of awards and enthralled audiences in dozens of countries. The Choir is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Choir is composed of 360 volunteer singers ages 25-60 who are members of the Church. They practice and perform weekly and are accompanied frequently by the Orchestra at Temple Square. The Orchestra was formed in 1999 and over the last decade has earned a reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country.  The Orchestra has twice performed for the Celebrity Concert Series in 2006 and 2008.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir originated in the mid-19th century. A small choir first sang for a conference of the Church on August 22,1847, just 29 days after the first pioneers arrived to settle the Salt Lake Valley. West of the Salt Lake Temple stands the historic Mormon Tabernacle, which is home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and from which the Choir got its name. Accompanying the Choir in the great auditorium is the 11,623-pipe Tabernacle organ, featuring prominent golden pipes made of round wood staves, hand-carved from Utah timber. Ten pipes from the original organ, built in 1867, are still functioning today.

The Choir is best known for its weekly Sunday broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word, which originates from Temple Square in Salt Lake City. This program is the oldest continuous nationwide network broadcast in America. Music and the Spoken Word was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in nationally broadcast ceremonies on November 6, 2010.  Ronald Reagan, president of the United States from 1981 to 1989, dubbed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir “America’s Choir” in 1981 when the Choir sang at his inauguration.

Concert tours over the years have taken the Choir to the great concert halls of North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Choir performed at the official closing ceremonies. The Choir’s recordings have earned two platinum and five gold albums, including a Grammy Award-winning rendition of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The Choir has recorded with some of the world’s great orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
 

Dixie State College to Host Annual Career Day Tuesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 9, 2010) Dixie State College classes may not be in session on Tuesday, Nov. 16, but there will be plenty of activity and excitement, as the College will host its 33rd-Annual Career Day. High school seniors from nearly 25 Utah, Nevada, and Arizona high schools, along with DSC students, will attend over 80 career workshops scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event, which is also free and open for the community to attend, will provide valuable information related to potential career choices for all participants.

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 over 100 presenters in their respective fields will visit the campus to offer accurate and up-to-date information about their careers to interested students to assist them in possible decision making.

“Career Day is intended to help students make informed career choices,” Kinney said. “This event offers group career counseling in a way that cannot be duplicated. It’s an incredible vehicle for career information.”

Kinney also noted that nearly every academic department at Dixie State will have a workshop designed for students to learn about the programs and degrees offered at DSC.

“We encourage students to explore career options in a variety of ways so they can select an appropriate academic major,” Kinney added. “The sooner a student selects a major, the more likely the student is to complete college in a timely fashion saving time and money.”
 
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 nearly 30 different workshop presentations each hour, students will be able to choose three one-hour workshops to attend throughout the morning.

The workshops will include information on a number of career options, including computer and information technology, visual technology, elementary and secondary education, law enforcement, military, medical, broadcasting and other communication fields, aviation, athletics, business and accounting, construction, cosmetology, culinary arts, and retail, among others. Many of the educational requirements for these career paths are offered as degree or certificate programs available at DSC and Dixie Applied Technology College.
 
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, the Technology Building, and the Jennings Communication Building. Workshop schedules will be available on campus and in the College’s 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.
 
For more information on Career Day or a complete schedule of workshops, call the DSC Career Center at (435) 652-7736, or visit www.dixie.edu/career.  

DSC Students Lauded for Work in Biology at UASAL Awards Presentation
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 9, 2010) Two Dixie State College of Utah biology majors were honored for their work this past Friday evening at the annual Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Awards ceremony held at the Maeser Building on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah.

Allystair Jones, a senior from San Marcos, Calif., and Daniel Sumko, a senior from Perry, Utah, were presented the “Best Paper in Biology” award for research they co-authored on the lethal effects of chytrid fungus on amphibians throughout the world. According to DSC Biology Professor Dr. Curt Walker, who also served as co-author on the project, the chytrid fungus has been found in Arizona among the species of tree frogs, but through research, the trio has found no evidence of the fungus in the tree frog population that inhabits Zion National Park.

“Huge numbers of amphibians are going extinct right now because of this fungus,” Dr. Walker said. “It’s been found in Arizona populations of the canyon tree frog, but not in the populations in Zion so far, and we’re the ones that found that out.”

For more information on the project or DSC’s Biology program, contact Dr. Curt Walker at 435-652-7785 or at walker.dixie.edu.
 
"The State of Dixie State Athletics" Will Be Discussed at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 2, 2010) Dixie State College’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” forum series will travel into the world of intercollegiate athletics as first-year DSC Athletic Director Jason Boothe will discuss “The State of Dixie State Athletics” on Tuesday, Nov. 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.

Boothe was named DSC athletic director last spring and currently oversees the daily operation of the institution’s 12 intercollegiate athletics programs. Prior to his arrival at Dixie State, he worked for 10 years at the United States Naval Academy, where he served as an Assistant and Associate AD for Operations.

While at Navy, Boothe managed all game day operations for Navy football home and neutral site games, including the annual Army-Navy game and yearly matchups with Notre Dame. In addition, he assisted in the fundraising and construction of the $20 million Brigade Sports Complex, a 150,000 square foot facility on the Annapolis campus. In 2006, Boothe received the Naval Academy Athletic Association Distinguished Leadership Award.

Boothe is a 1995 graduate of Northern Arizona University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University in 1996.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Following a week off, the Forum returns on Nov. 23, with DSC Professor Ace Pilkington and his wife Olga Pilkington discussing “The Secret Language of Fairy Tales and Children’s Rhymes: Addressing Taboos with Folklore.”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.
 
Teacher Education Program at Dixie State College Awarded Accreditation Status by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 1, 2010) The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) awarded national accreditation to the Teacher Education Program at Dixie State College of Utah. TEAC is recognized as a national accreditor by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
 
DSC’s teacher education program, led by Dean of the School of Education Dr. Brenda Sabey, joins more than 118 accredited programs in 21 states with TEAC-accredited educator preparation programs. Dr. Frank B. Murray, President of TEAC commented, “Only a bare majority of the nation’s college and university teacher education programs and programs for professional educators in the United States are nationally accredited. We welcome Dixie State College to this select group.”
 
Founded in 1997, TEAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators—those who will teach and lead in schools pre-K through grade 12.  Accreditation by TEAC is a voluntary system of quality review for educator preparation programs. It is designed to assure both education professionals and the public of the institution’s commitment to academic quality and fiscal integrity as well as stimulate on-going improvement in its educator preparation program.  Graduates of accredited programs can be confident that they are well prepared as competent, caring, and qualified educators—the main goal of TEAC.
 
To be accredited by TEAC, a teacher education program must have solid, independently verifiable evidence of its graduates’ competence.  In particular, the program must show that its graduates understand the subject matter they are certified to teach, understand the process of learning and teaching, and possess teaching skills that lead students to appropriate levels of achievement.  The program must also have an ongoing process for reviewing and improving itself, and must demonstrate that it has the capacity to offer quality education.
 
The TEAC accreditation process includes two levels of decision-making, culminating in a decision by TEAC’s Accreditation Committee, which includes representatives of both the public and the education profession.
 
In making the accreditation announcement, Dr. Murray noted “We congratulate the Dixie State College teacher education program on this significant accomplishment and appreciate their dedicated work for students and educators in Washington County and Utah.”
 
According to Dr. Sabey, the philosophy of DSC’s Education Department is the development of competent, caring, and qualified educators by ensuring that candidates demonstrate professional abilities in academic and pedagogical knowledge and the skills and dispositions of reflective practitioners.

"We are thrilled with the decision of TEAC. The faculty have worked very hard over the last year or so in order accomplish this goal,” Dr. Sabey said. The required self-study of our program was rigorous and beneficial. We received wonderful support from our DSC colleagues and administration, as well as the Washington County School District. We've always believed we had an excellent teacher education program. Now it's even better. Students can be confident they are receiving quality preparation for teaching."

For more information on Dixie State’s elementary and secondary education programs, visit www.dixie.edu/education.


DSC Student Body President Abby Hirschi to Travel to Russia to Meet with Student and Government Leaders
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 1, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s student body president Abby Hirschi will be one of four Utah collegiate student leaders and 15 overall from across the United States to Russia this month to participate in the Library of Congress Open World Program.

Hirschi, a junior dental hygiene major from Layton, Utah, will join fellow Utah Student Association student body presidents Richard Portwood from Utah Valley University; Cooper Henderson from Westminster College; and Tucker Smith from Snow College, for a week-long trip, which will be held Nov. 13-20.

The four Utah student leaders, the most of any state represented, will also travel with student body presidents from such schools as MIT, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Georgetown and Harvard, among others. These presidents plan to share their experiences as student leaders and how they have been able to make a difference on their campuses and in their states with Russian student colleagues and government leaders.

“I’m extremely honored for this opportunity to represent Dixie State and Utah,” Hirschi said. “It’s going to be a wonderful experience to travel with other student leaders from Utah and across the country. I’m excited to meet with prominent Russian leaders and see how their government structures and policies work and bring back any kind of pertinent information I can to further and better Dixie State.”


The mission of the Library of Congress’ Open World Program is “To enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America's democratic, accountable government.” The program was designed as a way to connect student leaders from Russia and the United States. Mikhail Mamonov, head of the International Relations Department of the Federal Agency on Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation, extended the invitation to the presidents.
 
“This is a great opportunity to represent Utah’s 173,000 students,” said Portwood. “It is also an unprecedented experience for us to have a shared learning experience with student leaders around the world who care about making a difference in the lives of other students.”

Dixie State Receives Regent Approval for New Four-Year Music Education Degree
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 29, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah Friday received Utah State Board of Regents approval to offer a new four-year degree program in music education at its meeting held at the University of Utah. The new music education baccalaureate degree approval continues the College’s progression toward fulfilling its mission to offer core, foundational and high demand educational opportunities consistent with four-year colleges.

Class work for the new music education degree, DSC’s 16th four-year degree overall, will begin in the fall of 2011. The program will provide a core of music courses giving students a fundamental background in theory, ear training, history, conducting, private applied lessons, piano proficiency and large ensembles.

“The faculty and students in the DSC Music Department are elated with the Commissioner's recommendation and the Board of Regents approval vote,” said DSC Music Department Chair Glenn Webb. “We are prepared to offer a high quality educational experience and prepare students for professional careers in music.”

The program is designed to prepare students in foundational areas such as theory, history, performance, keyboard and pedagogy to facilitate establishing careers in the education workforce or to continue their studies at the graduate level. The degree program will also allow students to pursue additional course work to qualify for a secondary education license.

Webb noted that the music education degree is aimed at matching and enhancing the rich music heritage of Utah and more specifically for Washington and Kane Counties by providing highly qualified music educators. He added that program administrators will begin the process of accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Music (NSAM).

“There is a rich history of music and the arts here in Washington County and at Dixie State,” said. Webb. “We anticipate having our graduates continue that tradition here in our area schools for years to come.”

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), English (2006), biology (2006), dental hygiene (2007), accounting (2007), aviation management (2007), communication (2007), integrated studies (2008), music (2009), psychology (2010), clinical laboratory science (2010) and theatre (2010).

In addition, DSC was given the go-ahead by the Regents to offer a secondary education teaching (SET) licensure program in three emphases; biology, English education and integrated science, along with additional emphases in accounting, finance and visual technology in Dixie’s business administration program.

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 safety, and education.

Steton Technology CEO Steve Caplin to Address the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 28, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series on Thursday, Nov. 4, with a presentation by Steven G. Caplin, President and CEO of Steton Technology.

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.

Caplin’s presentation will explain Steton Technology’s place in today’s business world and how ethics and integrity play a critical role in the company’s success. Currently, Steton is deployed in over 85 countries and in 34 languages, and is used to measure quality, service, safety and brand delivery.

Prior to forming Steton, Caplin was successful in sales and business management at IBM, as well as in corporate accounting at Southland Financial Corporation. Caplin graduated Summa Cum Laude in Accounting from Southern Utah University and holds an MBA from the University of Texas, where he focused on high technology entrepreneurship and competitive corporate strategy. Caplin is involved in community service and currently serves as Vice Chair of the DSC Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s governing board.

The series will continue Nov. 18, featuring Dixie Regional Medical Center Administrator Jon Pike, while DSC faculty member Professor Al Keller will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Dec. 2.

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 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,” said Huddleston. “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's Southern Quill to Host Reading at St. George Tabernacle
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ October 28, 2010) As part of Dixie State College’s Centennial Celebration, DSC will host a special evening of readings from its literary journal, The Southern Quill, on Saturday,  on Nov. 6, at the St. George Tabernacle. Featuring poetry and prose produced by local writers, this free event will begin at 7 p.m., and is open to the public. Two of the evening’s featured readers will be Doug Keller, Poet Laureate of Kane County, and DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld, who will recite one of his original works.
 
Published annually since 1950, The Southern Quill is committed to bringing attention to the arts in southern Utah. The journal publishes poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and artwork produced by Dixie State College students; it also welcomes material from writers and artists who live in Utah’s Washington and Kane Counties. Recognizing the historical and cultural links between St. George, Utah and Mesquite, Nevada, The Southern Quill has begun to accept submissions from residents of Clark County, Nevada, as well.
 
The Southern Quill is currently reviewing materials for potential inclusion in its 2011 edition. Contributors may submit up to three poems, three works of visual art and/or one short story. The Southern Quill now accepts electronic submissions only. Send materials to submissions@thesouthernquill.com. Deadline is January 11, 2011.

For further information contact The Southern Quill’s faculty advisor Dr. Stephen B. Armstrong at 652-7806, or visit www.thesouthernquill.com.

Dixie State Criminal Justice Students Receive Program Awards
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 27, 2010) Four students in Dixie State College of Utah’s criminal justice program were presented awards Wednesday for their efforts in the classroom this semester. Assistant professor of criminal justice Scott Julian, along with Utah State Representative Don Ipson, presented the awards at the DSC Administration Building.

Senior Danay Stucki and junior Brett Sampson, both from St. George, received first place trophies for winning the DSC Moot Court competition, while Gabriella Rodriguez, a sophomore from West Jordan, Utah, was awarded a second place medallion. Stucki also earned a first-place gavel award for his work in the Ethics competition, which is part of the DSC/Southern Utah University partnership class, and Gary Bagley, a senior from Vista, Calif., received a second place medallion.

For more information on the criminal justice program, contact assistant professor Scott Julian at 435-652-7894.

Evolutionary Ecology the Topic of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 27, 2010) Dixie State College’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” forum will take you into the animal kingdom with one of the world’s leading evolutionary ecologists in University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Dr. Joel Brown on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 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. Brown’s will discuss his research in his presentation entitled “Predator-Prey Foraging Games: Traveling the World in Search of Fear.” His research asks the question: How does natural selection acting as an optimization process determine feeding behaviors, population characteristics, and the properties of communities? His work includes the mathematical formulation and field tests of models and hypotheses based on foraging theory, consumer-resource models of species coexistence, and evolutionary game theory using the concept of evolutionary stable strategies (ESS).

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include first-year DSC Athletic Director Jason Boothe, who will discuss “The State of Dixie Athletics” on Nov. 9. Following a week off, the Forum returns on Nov. 23, with DSC Professor Ace Pilkington and his wife Olga Pilkington discussing “The Secret Language of Fairy Tales and Children’s Rhymes: Addressing Taboos with Folklore.”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.
 
DSC Faculty Emeritus Dr. Andrew Barnum to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 25, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host its second President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2010-11 academic year this Monday, Nov. 1, featuring a presentation by DSC Faculty Emeritus Dr. Andrew Barnum. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dr. Barnum currently serves as the director of the DSC Science Museum, and he will discuss the extensive collection of flora and fauna from this region, as well as a collection of animals and insect skeletons, which is all preserved at the Museum. In addition, Barnum will explain his current research in support of a major Washington County mosquito-control research project.

At age 86, Barnum has been a part of Dixie High School/Dixie College for 70 years, beginning with his time as a student in 1940. After completing his education, he returned to Dixie as a biology professor in 1959, and later became Dean of Science and the school’s first academic vice president. Barnum formally retired almost a decade ago, though he continued to teach students in the biology lab up until late last year.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 18 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.

Joyce Bennett to Serve as Honorary Chair of Second Annual Business of Art Seminar
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 20, 2010) Joyce Bennett, wife of United States Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah), will serve as Honorary Chair of the Second Annual Business of Art Seminar, which will be held at held at Kanab Middle School in Kanab, Utah, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. Mrs. Bennett will be one of two featured luncheon speakers at the event and will share her thoughts on “How Art Has Enriched the Culture of Utah.”

This free one-day seminar for artists and aspiring artists from Utah, northern Arizona and southern Nevada, will provide an informative slate of classes presented by knowledgeable professionals from Salt Lake City, Cedar City, St. George and Kanab.
 
Mrs. Bennett received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Flute Performance from American University in Washington, DC, and completed graduated studies in Suzuki Flute Pedagogy in the Suzuki Studies Program at East Tennessee State University. As a certified Suzuki teacher, she has maintained Suzuki flute studios in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City and currently teaches Suzuki flute and Music Mind Games at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Bennett is active in the Senate Spouses Group and an International Neighbors Group, which consists of congressional spouses and diplomatic spouses. She is on the board of the Meridian International Center. She and Bob are the parents of six children and 20 perfect grandchildren.

The Business of Art concept was created by The Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), a regional economic development organization centered in Kanab and Kane County. This year’s seminar is sponsored by Dixie State College of Utah, the Southwest Applied Technology College, CEBA, and the Kane County Office of Tourism & Film Commission.
 
An opening reception will be held at Kanab Middle School on Friday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m., and will feature entertainment and an artist’s showcase. The showcase allows artists to display their work throughout the duration of the seminar (limited to 2 pieces per artist).  The seminar itself will begin Saturday with breakfast at 8 a.m., featuring founding honorary co-chairs Paul and Susan Bingham discussing the topic of: “100 Years of American Art.”

Seminar attendees will also be able to take part in several breakout sessions and a special panel discussion. A complete listing of the breakout sessions and panel discussion can be found at the bottom of this release.
 
Register Online at ce.dixie.edu or contact Janet O'Riley at (435) 652-7671 or oriley@dixie.edu

Dixie State Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents Colaborative Exhibit With St. George Art Museum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 20, 2010) The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College of Utah Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center, in partnership with the St. George Art Museum, is presenting a new exhibit entitled “A Collaboration,” featuring works from a number of artists and disciplines.

The exhibit will open on Friday, October 29, with a special reception held simultaneously in both museums from 6-9 p.m. The DSC exhibit will be open Monday-through-Friday until January 22, 2011, except during DSC’s Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday breaks, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the show is free to all DSC students, faculty and staff, alumni and the public.

DSC’s portion of the exhibit, “A Panel of Women,” will feature works from artists Sunny Belliston Taylor, Aimee Bonham, Alisha Celeste Tolman, Cathie McCormick and LuAnn Williams (artist bios available at the end of the release).

According to Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of the Sears Art Museum Gallery, each of the artists featured come from a background of traditional realism and have chose this point of departure as a valid form of expression and communication. Cieslewicz added that each of the five artists show unity with strong connections to southern Utah, are all art educators, and have a strong exhibit history.

“This is an exciting opportunity to educate our students and community about nonobjective art,” said Cieslewicz. “Many people do not realize this art form appeared and then has continued to evolve since the early 1900’s.”
 
Cieslewicz went on to say that individual style, freedom of technique, and improvisational expression continues to evolve in many forms today. She noted that abstract and/or nonrepresentational artwork can be conceptually diverse based on the subjectivity of the artist and viewer.

“As viewers experience the art, their life experiences will naturally and logically produce thoughtful reflection and evoke conversation,” Cieslewicz said

At the St. George Art Museum, under the direction of Deborah Reeder, four talented artists, including Lynn Berryhill, Noel Logan, Pearl Meadows and Anne Weiler-Brown, will be featured in an exhibit entitled “Beyond the Literal” in Main and Mezzanine Galleries. In addition, local painter Royden Card will have his works displayed in “Land Beyond Literal” located in the Legacy Gallery.
 
“Creative artists like the those we are featuring in these exhibits continue in this tradition of nonobjective art,” Cieslewicz noted. “It has been an honor to work with these talented artists and Deborah Reeder on this event.”

For more information on the pair of exhibits, contact Sears Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz at 435-652-7909 or at “cieslewicz@dixie.edu.


Experience Outdoor Recreation in Southwestern Utah at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 20, 2010) Dixie State College’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” forum will take you on a trip in the great outdoors of southwestern Utah with renowned Zion National Park climbing expert Bo Beck on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 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.

Beck has explored Zion National Park extensively by hiking, canyoneering and climbing, and even set a record by hiking the 52 miles across Zion in one day. His numerous years of experience and his vast knowledge of the climbing, canyoneering and hiking trails in and around Zion National Park led him to become a valued member of Zion's high angle search and rescue team. He has experienced Zion as few others ever will.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include University of Illinois at Chicago professor Dr. Joel Brown, who will share his findings on evolutionary ecology in his presentation entitled “Predator-Prey Foraging Games: Traveling the World in Search of Fear” on Nov. 2. Then on Nov. 9, first-year DSC Athletic Director Jason Boothe will discuss “The State of Dixie Athletics.”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.
 
Business of Radio the Subject of the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 18, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series this Thursday, Oct. 21, with a presentation by local radio personality Mike McGary.

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.

McGary is currently in his 26th year on local radio here in St. George, where he is the news director and host of the “Open Mike” morning show on 890-AM KDXU. He also provides play-by-play voice for local high school sports and was the voice of Dixie State College athletics for 24 years. McGary began his radio career as the overnight disc jockey in Pocatello, Idaho, in 1979. However, his love for sports soon took over and in 1981, he and his family moved to Manti, Utah, where he worked on KMTI Radio as news and sports director, and was the play-by-play voice of the Snow College Badgers for three seasons.

The series will continue Nov. 4, with Steve Caplin, CEO of Steton. In addition, Dixie Regional Medical Center Administrator Jon Pike will address the forum Nov. 18; and DSC faculty member Professor Al Keller will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Dec. 2.

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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 Orchestra Makes 2009-10 Campus Debut With Annual Fall Concert October 23
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 14, 2010) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, will present its annual Fall Concert on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus.

The orchestra’s program includes Gioachino Rossini’s final operatic composition, the William Tell Overture, Mozart’s Concerto No. 22 in D minor, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “The Italian,” and Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia. In addition, DSC’s Symphony Orchestra will be joined on stage by DSC senior piano major Justin R. Hansen, who will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor.

A southern Utah native, Hansen taught himself to read music at the age of 10. In all, Hansen has directed four musicals, composed and arranged music for chamber orchestra, piano and choir, and performed two piano concertos with the Southwest Symphony.

The growth of DSC Symphony Orchestra has led to a change of venue for the ensemble’s 2010-11 performance season, as the Orchestra will perform all four of its campus concerts in the spacious Avenna Center Cox Auditorium. In all, the DSC Symphony Orchestra will perform twice this semester, including the annual Christmas concert entitled “Sing Choirs of Angels,” which will be a two evening engagement with the Southern Utah Heritage Choir, on December 11-12.

The Orchestra will also perform a pair of concerts during the spring semester, beginning with a special Concerto Evening on Saturday, Feb. 26, and on Sunday, April 24, featuring guest violinist Misha Rosenker. The Orchestra will also perform during Dixie State’s Centennial Commencement Ceremonies slated for Friday, May 6, 2011.

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

For the third-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance performances), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2010-11 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price. In addition, a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


DSC Choral Ensemble Presents Opens 2010-11 Season With Annual Fall Concert Oct. 22
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ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 14, 2010) The Dixie State College Choral Ensemble will open its 2010-11 concert season with the annual DSC Fall Choral Concert on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus.
The concert will feature four DSC choral ensembles, including the Dixie State College Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz Project, both under the direction of Dr. Robert Briggs, along with the Women’s Chorus, directed by Merrilee Webb, and the Concert Choir, led by Dr. Ken Petersen.

The Choral Ensemble will perform nearly 20 spirited numbers that showcase a wide array of music and genres. From gospel and inspirational numbers, to the Beatles classic “Yesterday” and the Ronald and Ruby favorite “Lollipop,” the Ensemble’s program features something for every musical taste.

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.
 
For the third-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance performances), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2010-11 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price. In addition, a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Second Annual Business of Art Seminar Set for Kanab Nov. 13
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 13, 2010) On Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, artists and aspiring artists from Utah, northern Arizona and southern Nevada will gather in Kanab for the Second Annual Business of Art Seminar in an effort to enhance their business skills. This free one-day seminar for visual artists in all disciplines, held at Kanab Middle School, will provide an informative slate of classes, presented by knowledgeable professionals from Salt Lake City, Cedar City, St. George and Kanab.  
 
This concept was created by The Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), a regional economic development organization centered in Kanab and Kane County. This year’s seminar is sponsored by Dixie State College of Utah, the Southwest Applied Technology College, CEBA, and the Kane County Office of Tourism & Film Commission.
 
“Dixie State College has served the educational, cultural, and community enrichment needs of southwestern Utah and beyond for one hundred years. This year, the College enters its second century of service by sponsoring activities and events such as this,” says Christina Schultz, DSC Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “I am pleased that this seminar is officially designated a Dixie State College Centennial Celebration event and several of the presentations will reflect this 100-year theme.”
 
An opening reception will be held at Kanab Middle School on Friday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m., and will feature entertainment and an artist’s showcase. The showcase allows artists to display their work throughout the duration of the seminar (limited to 2 pieces per artist).  The seminar itself will begin Saturday with breakfast at 8 a.m., featuring founding honorary co-chairs Paul and Susan Bingham discussing the topic of: “100 Years of American Art.”  Featured luncheon speakers will be this year’s seminar honorary chair Joyce Bennett, wife of United States Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah), speaking about “How Art Has Enriched the Culture of Utah.”  She will be followed by keynote speaker Donna Poulton, Curator of Utah and Western Art, University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts, who will present “Painting Utah’s Red Rock: 100 Years.”  

Seminar attendees will also be able to take part in several breakout sessions and a special panel discussion. A complete listing of the breakout sessions and panel discussion can be found at the bottom of this release.
 
Register Online at ce.dixie.edu or contact Janet O'Riley at (435) 652-7671 or oriley@dixie.edu
 
Dixie State College Continues Upward Climb as 2010 Fall Enrollment Numbers Released
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 13, 2010) The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) announced Wednesday that the number of students attending Utah’s colleges and universities continues to surge. That fact is certainly true in the case of Dixie State College of Utah as DSC officials also announced another double-digit percentage increase in the institution’s 2010 Fall Semester enrollment numbers.

USHE officially released its third week enrollment figures for the fall semester (www.higheredutah.org for complete release), which showed that DSC posted a 10.67% increase in total headcount with 8,755 students, 844 students ahead of last year’s total of 7,911.

DSC’s full-time equivalency (FTE*) figures for the fall semester also rose 12.53% with 6,267 students, compared to 5,569 students this time last year, which is the second-highest percentage increase in the USHE system. In addition, the College’s Budget Related FTE experienced the highest-percentage increase in USHE at nearly 13% overall with 6,118 students, up 698 students from last year’s total of 5,420.
 
DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld and other college officials credit Dixie’s continued enrollment growth to a number of factors, including successful recruiting efforts and the addition of two and four-year degrees. Officials also credit Dixie State’s affordability and low tuition costs, talented and dedicated faculty, and the current economic climate, as other key components that have played a role in Dixie’s unprecedented growth.

“We’re grateful to see so many students who want to get an education and we’re thankful for our faculty and staff who have bent over backwards to accommodate the extra students,” President Nadauld said. “We hope to receive some additional resources that reflect our dramatic growth and to allow us to continue to provide an education for the men and women of our state, whose education will be vital for preparation for their future and to our state’s economic development.”
 
Part of Dixie State’s extraordinary enrollment growth is a 5% increase in first-time freshmen with 1,828 students, the largest freshman class in school history, which eclipsed last year’s previous best total of 1,741 students. This year’s freshman class also includes 1,286 new freshmen just out of high school, 55 more student than last year.

In addition, DSC saw a 33% increase in upper division enrollment with 1,970 students, up 488 students from last year, while the institution welcomed 560 new transfer students from other institutions, a 9% rise (512 total transfer students in 2009) from a year ago. Dixie State also saw a 17% percent bump in minority student enrollment from this time last year with a total of 1,017 students.

“Students are seeing Dixie as a destination place to receive a quality education and be involved in intellectual and extracurricular activities,” says DSC Vice President of Student Services Frank B. Lojko. “With three consecutive double-digit fall enrollment increases, Dixie State still provides quality instruction and one-on-one student interaction with faculty and staff, which is a major component of our customer service pledge to our students.”
 
Established in 1911 and built on the site of the first pioneer encampment in St. George, Dixie State College of Utah strives to help students to define, shape and achieve educational and life goals. Dixie State College is dedicated to providing personalized and excellent teaching in a learning environment where all students can become passionate about their individual educational endeavors.
 
Dixie State College offers associate degrees and certificate programs, but has also offered a limited number of high demand baccalaureate programs since 2000. DSC now offers a number of baccalaureate programs in core or foundational areas consistent with four-year colleges.
 
Currently, Dixie State College students can earn baccalaureate degrees in 15 areas of study. Recently, Dixie State added four-year degrees in clinical laboratory science, psychology and theatre. Students can also earn bachelor’s degrees in accounting, aviation management, biology, business administration, with emphases in accounting, finance and visual technology, as well as communication, computer & information technology, dental hygiene, elementary education, English, integrated studies, music and nursing.
 
Dixie State’s new mission will pave the way to more and more bachelor’s degrees in the coming years. (Please visit the college’s website – www.dixie.edu - for the most updated list of programs.)

*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 Jazz Ensemble Set for 2010-11 Debut With Concert Oct. 21
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 13, 2010) The Dixie State College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of DSC Music Chair Glenn Webb, will take the stage for the first time this concert season for a special performance on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The ensemble will open the concert with a favorite from the Count Basie library, Splanky. This blues based, Kansas City style riff will feature many of the student musicians on improvised solos. The ensemble will also perform the Johnny Mercer favorite made famous by Frank Sinatra, One for My Baby, which will feature saxophonist James Beard, while student trumpeter Derek Thomas will be featured on a number of compositions by Grammy winners Randy Brecker, Thad Jones, and Maria Schneider.
 
New Dixie State College brass professor, Dr. Shannon Roberts, will be featured on flugelhorn during the concert. Roberts comes to DSC from the Salt Lake area where he performed with the SLC Jazz Orchestra and the Great Basin Street Band. In addition, the Pine View High School Jazz Ensemble will also perform on the concert. The Pine View band is lead by long time music educator Ed Candland.
 
Tickets are available at the door or through the Avenna Center Box Office. Tickets are $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff. High school musicians may receive complementary tickets by contacting the Dixie State College Music Department at 652-7790.  

For the third-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance performances), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2010-11 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price. In addition, a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

The View of Today's Pop Culture in Academia Featured at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(
ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 12, 2010) What place and value might vampires, slayers and demons have inside the ivory towers of academia? Well that question and many others about today’s popular culture will be discussed and answered at the next Dixie State College weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” forum on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 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 assistant professor of English Dr. Ami Comeford will share her finding on the uses of pop culture in the classroom in her presentation entitled “Vampires, Slayers, Demons and ‘Angels’: Pop Culture’s Academic Bite, or ‘A Little Less Ritual and a Little More Fun.’” Comeford will discuss the ways in which traditional literary narratives, genres, and allusions are re-configured and re-negotiated for a modern academic audience. Drawing on her experiences at DSC and her research in popular culture studies, she will explore these negotiations between popular culture and academics through a discussion of popular vampire and hero narratives, specifically focusing on two of Joss Whedon's popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

Dr. Comeford currently teaches courses in women's literature, early British and nineteenth-century American literature, literary theory, and women in pop culture at DSC. She is also a founding member of the Whedon Studies Association, which is a scholarly association dedicated to the academic study of the works of Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse. Her most recent scholarly endeavor was as co-editor for an academic collection of essays entitled The Literary Angel: Essays on Influences and Traditions Reflected in the Joss Whedon Series. The book is published by McFarland Press and was released this past summer.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include renowned outdoors Bo Beck, who will share his experiences in the great outdoors of Utah in his presentation entitled “Outdoor Recreation in Southwest Utah “ on Oct. 26. Then on Nov. 2, University of Illinois at Chicago professor Dr. Joel Brown will discuss evolutionary ecology in his presentation entitled “Predator-Prey Foraging Games: Traveling the World in Search of Fear.”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.

Dixie State Criminal Justice Students Receive Program Awards
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 11, 2010) Four students in Dixie State College of Utah’s criminal justice program were presented awards last week for their efforts in the classroom. Assistant professor of criminal justice Scott Julian, along with Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith presented the awards at a ceremony held at the Washington County Sherriff’s Department offices.

The Outstanding Criminal Justice Student awards that were presented, as part of the DSC/Southern Utah University criminal justice partnership, consisted of a judges’ gavel for first prize and medallions for second and third places. Danay Stucki, a senior from St. George, was awarded the gavel in the Criminal Justice Management category; with Scott Colon, a senior from Santa Ana, Calif., and Gary Bagley, a senior from Vista, Calif., each placing second; and Stacey Collins, a senior from St. George, taking third.

For more information on the criminal justice program, contact assistant professor Scott Julian at 435-652-7894.

Dixie State College Nursing Program Slated for Accreditation Site Visit
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 11, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s nursing program is scheduled to host an accreditation site visit by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.
 
The public is invited to meet the visit team and share comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled to begin 4 p.m., in room 158 of DSC’s Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located at 1526 Medical Center Drive on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus.

Any written comments may be submitted to:
Dr. Sharon Tanner, Executive Director
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA, 30326
sjtanner@nlnac.org
 
The on-site review is for the initial accreditation of DSC’s four-year baccalaureate nursing degree program. All written comments should arrive at NLNAC by Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010.

New Centennial Book Chronicling Dixie State College's History Released
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 8, 2010) Just in time for Dixie State College’s Centennial Homecoming celebration, DSC has released A Century of Dixie State College of Utah, which chronicles the evolution of the institution from its beginnings as an LDS stake academy in 1911, to a four-year state college on the cusp of becoming of regional state university.

Dr. Douglas D. Alder, former DSC president and professor emeritus, is the author of the 415-page book filled with interesting facts, photographs and historical accounts depicting the history Dixie College, including campus construction, special events, activities, athletics and student life through the years.

Alder noted the book also explores how the college survived and grew through three different educational systems, beginning with LDS Church sponsorship from 1911-1933, followed by being under the auspices of the Utah Board of Education from 1935-1969, to the institution’s current status with the Utah State Board of Regents since 1969.

“For half of its history, the College was so small that many state leaders felt it should not continue to exist,” says Alder. “That is the reason that until 1963, Dixie consisted of college and high school students and faculty so it could be big enough to maintain programs.”

Alder says that A Century of Dixie State College of Utah describes the story of Dixie College as one of struggle and amazing survival, serving as a celebration of Dixie reaching the century mark while overcoming several near misses when the college could have been closed.

“One message of the book is that the College existed largely because of the initiative of many local residents over the first century,” Alder said. “These residents gave their time, money and property, guaranteed debts and built buildings. One constant in all this throughout the century is the sacrifice and dedication to Dixie, and that sacrifice and dedication still goes on today.

“Since 1964, the College has grown steadily as it changed its role to become a community college,” Alder went on to say. “Over the last 10 years, Dixie’s enrollment growth has been stunning. It’s no longer a question of whether Dixie should continue to exist. Now the question is how soon will it be a university?”

Alder began the writing the book three years ago, with much of the work compiled through archived records located at the DSC Val A. Browning Library. Alder noted that the book would not have happened without the help of many collaborators, including his wife and editor Elaine Alder, DSC historian Dan Watson, fellow DSC professor emeriti Dr. Andrew Barnum and Paul Crosby, DSC assistant professor of visual technologies Ron Woodland, DSC Vice President of Administrative Services Stan Plewe, and the DSC Browning Library staff. Alder also paid tribute to DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld and Randy Judd, DSC Executive Director of Auxiliary Services for their assistance in the project.

A Century of Dixie State College of Utah is available for purchase at the Dixie State College Bookstore, the Dixie State Store, the DSC Alumni Office, Christensen’s, Deseret Book and Little Professor Book Center. A Century of Dixie State College of Utah can also be ordered online at http://bookstore.dixie.edu. For more information, please contact Randy Judd in the DSC Bookstore at 435-652-7641.

About the Author: Dr. Douglas D. Alder received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Utah, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1966. He did research for his doctoral dissertation on a Fulbright Fellowship in Vienna, Austria. Alder taught European History at Utah State University from 1963 to 1986. He was then appointed president of Dixie College, serving in the capacity until 1993. He remained at Dixie after his presidency, teaching history full-time until 1999. From 2002 to 2009, Alder he returned to Dixie State as an adjunct professor. Since then he has been doing historical research and writing. He is married to the former Elaine Reiser and they have four grown children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Photographers Document Prehistoric Rock Art in Exhibit at Dixie State Browning Library
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 7, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah is sponsoring The Art in Rock Art, a Utah Arts Council Traveling Exhibition that features 24 photographs by Utah State University professor Craig Law, chronicling Utah’s prehistoric rock art. Located at the DSC Val A. Browning Library daily through Tuesday, Nov. 2, these photographs are a small selection of images included in a greater documentary project called the BCS Project run by Law and project director, David Sucec.
 
Utah is home to numerous world-class prehistoric rock art sites. This artwork provides a critical record of Utah and North America’s cultural history; yet, these sites are virtually unprotected. To date, many sites have been seriously compromised by vandalism, others by accelerated aging and weathering. In 1991, the BCS (Barrier Canyon Style rock art) Project was started by Law and Sucec in response to growing alarm over this deterioration. Since incorporation, the BCS Project has sought to document any and all known sites of prehistoric Barrier Canyon rock art in Utah before it is lost. As of 2001, the PROJECT has photographed 212 sites. The complete documentation (without specific locations of sites) will be housed in the Special Collections Division of the Marriott Library at the University of Utah as a record and resource for scholars/interested public in the study of the Barrier Canyon style and Utah prehistoric rock art.
 
A native of Logan, Utah, Law served as project photographer and is the chair of the art department at Utah State University. Law has received numerous awards and honors. His work is in many private and public collections including the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Utah State Collection. Law is currently represented by Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City.
 
Sucec, who was the BCS project director, is a visual artist, scholar, independent cura­tor, and teacher who resides in Salt Lake City. In 1991, David was awarded a Utah Humanities Council Research Fellowship to initiate the BCS PROJECT.
 
The Art in Rock Art exhibit will be open to the public during regular Browning Library hours, which are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m., Saturdays from 12 noon-6:45 p.m., and Sundays from 3-9:45 p.m. For more information on viewing the exhibition, please call Ellen Bonadurer at the DSC Browning library at 435-652-7713 or visit www.utahtravelingexhibits.org.
 
About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the Traveling Exhibit Program

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibit Program is a statewide outreach program that provides schools, museums, libraries, and community galleries with the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community. This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on participating in the program, please contact Laura Durham, TEP Coordinator, at ldurham@utah.gov or call 801.533.3582. For media inquires, please contact Dennis Elsbury, Communications Specialist, at delsbury@utah.gov or call 801.236.7548.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov <http://www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov>  or by calling 801.236.7555.

New Dixie State College License Plates Now Available Through Utah DMV Office
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 6, 2010) As part of Dixie State College’s Centennial Homecoming celebration, DSC alumni and friends now have the opportunity to show their “Dixie Spirit” on the roadways of Utah at beyond. Beginning this week, newly designed DSC license plates are available through the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles. All proceeds from the sale of the new DSC license plates, which costs $25 annually, will go to benefit student scholarships at Dixie State College.

“For a small donation, our alumni and friends can stay connected to Dixie and spread the ‘Dixie Spirit’ throughout the state,” said Kalynn Larson, DSC Alumni Director. “In addition, the money generated will stay here at Dixie State to give financial support to our students.”

Larson added that for every 150 plates that are ordered, one full academic scholarship is created for a Dixie State student. Currently there are 1,000 sets of DSC plates available for purchase.

The new Dixie State license plates are available to Utah residents only and can be ordered online or at a local Utah DMV office. In addition to the minimum $25 annual scholarship donation, there is also a one-time plate application fee of $63. For more information, please contact DSC Alumni Director Kalynn Larson at 435-652-7535 or at larson@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Crows Centennial Homecoming Queen Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 6, 2010) Dixie State College junior Jessica Baird was crowned 2010 Homecoming Queen in front of a capacity crowd this past Tuesday evening at DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theatre. The pageant was held as part of the College’s Centennial Homecoming Week festivities, which continue through Saturday, Oct. 9.
 
Baird, a physical therapy major from Roy, Utah, won a full tuition scholarship and an opportunity to represent DSC and compete at the 2011 Miss Utah Pageant next June for a chance to advance to the Miss America Pageant later that year. Baird, who performed a vocal solo of the Alicia Keys’ hit “Fallin’” during the talent portion of the competition, promoted her platform “Reading Revamped: Encouraging Kids to Love Reading,” which emphasizes the importance of childhood literacy as a pathway to better communities through education.

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.

Rounding out the 2010 DSC Homecoming Royalty is first attendant Shanae Vaifanua, a junior communication major and a member of Dixie State’s women’s basketball team from Hurricane, Utah, and second attendant Kelby Tyler, a sophomore biology major from St. George. Jessica Derrick, a sophomore elementary education major from Newport News, Va., was named third attendant, while fourth attendant honors went to Mandy Stout, a freshman integrated studies major from Bountiful, Utah. Clara LeFevre, a junior elementary education major from San Antonio, Texas, was presented with the Community Service Award, and Jill Dallon, a freshman family and consumer science major from Brigham City, Utah, was named Miss Dixie Spirit.

Explore the Cosmos at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 6, 2010) Just in time for Dixie State College’s Centennial Homecoming, DSC’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series will take a look at life at the College through the eyes of Dixie faculty emeritus Dr. Andrew Barnum. The Forum will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 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. Lotz will discuss her extensive research about the evolution of galaxies over the past 10 billion years in her presentation entitled “Collisions in the Cosmos.” Dr. Lotz will also explain the role that galaxy mergers play in the history of cosmic star formation and the growth of black holes. Dr. Lotz currently serves as an assistant astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md. She received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, and did post-doctoral work at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Ariz.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC assistant professor of English Dr. Ami Comeford, who will share her findings on pop culture in her presentation “Vampires, Slayers, Demons and ‘Angels’: Pop Culture’s Academic Bite, or ‘A Little Less Ritual and a Little More Fun’” on Oct. 19. Then on Oct. 26, the Dixie Forum will take a look at life in the great outdoors of Utah with renowned outdoorsman Bo Beck, who will share his presentation entitled “Outdoor Recreation in Southwest Utah.”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.
 
Dixie State College's Annual Homecoming Queen Pageant Set for Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 30, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will present its annual Homecoming Queen Pageant, as part of the school’s week-long Centennial Homecoming festivities, this Tuesday night, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater on the DSC campus. This year’s pageant theme is “Black and Gold” and tickets are on sale now for $5 per person at the Avenna Center Ticket Office.

In all, 16 contestants will compete for the title of “Miss Dixie State College,” which includes a full tuition scholarship, and an opportunity to compete at the 2011 Miss Utah Pageant next June for a chance to advance to the Miss America Pageant later that year. 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.

The pageant, with outgoing DSC Homecoming Queen 2009 Alana Lee and DSC Board of Trustees member Elizabeth Bingham serving as co-emcees, will also feature the contestants performing a dance routine to the Sam Sparro song “Black and Gold.”

In addition, there will be a special DSC Centennial reception, reuniting all the past Dixie Homecoming Queen, prior to the pageant from 6:30-to-7:30 p.m., at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Sears Art Museum Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
 
For more information on the pageant, please call DSC Dean of Students Del Beatty at 435-652-7514 or email beatty@dixie.edu.

Realtor Ethics the Topic of the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 30, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series this Thursday, Oct. 7, with a presentation on realtor ethics by Vardell Curtis, who serves as CEO for the Washington County Board of Realtors (WCBR).

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.

Curtis has worked in the real estate profession for over 20 years and has served as the CEO of WCBR since 1996. The WCBR is a trade organization made up of over 1,000 real estate professionals in Washington County.

The series will continue Oct. 21, with local radio talk show host Mike McGary. In addition, Steve Caplin, CEO of Steton, will speak Nov. 4; Dixie Regional Medical Center Administrator Jon Pike will address the forum Nov. 18; and DSC faculty member Professor Al Keller will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Dec. 2.

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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 to Present Voice Student Recital Oct. 8
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 30, 2010) Dixie State College will present its first DSC voice students in recital event of the 2010-11 academic year on Friday, Oct. 8, 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 the public. The recital is the first of four student vocal recitals to be held this academic year at the Eccles Concert Hall. DSC will also host recitals on Dec. 3, 2010, Feb. 24, 2011, and April 22, 2011.

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.

Experience Life at Dixie Through Seven Decades at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 29, 2010) Just in time for Dixie State College’s Centennial Homecoming, DSC’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series will take a look at life at the College through the eyes of Dixie faculty emeritus Dr. Andrew Barnum. The Forum will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 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. Barnum will share his many experiences and perspectives on Dixie’s near 100-near history in his presentation entitled “Experiencing Dixie College through Seven Decades.” At age 86, Barnum has been a part of Dixie High School/Dixie College for 70 years, beginning with his time as a student in 1940. After completing his education, he returned to Dixie as a biology professor in 1959, and formally retired almost a decade ago, though he continued to teach students in the biology lab up until late last year.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include renowned astrophysicist Dr. Jennifer Lotz of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, who will discuss space and the galaxies in her presentation “Collisions in the Cosmos” on Oct. 12. Then on Oct. 19, DSC assistant professor of English Dr. Ami Comeford will share her findings on pop culture in her presentation “Vampires, Slayers, Demons and ‘Angels’: Pop Culture’s Academic Bite, or ‘A Little Less Ritual and a Little More Fun.’”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.

Entry Spots Still Available for DSC Centennial Homecoming Parade Oct. 9
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 27, 2010) “Hurrah For Dixie” is the theme for the Dixie State College of Utah’s 2010 Centennial Homecoming Week, which runs October 4-9, with a number of campus events that both campus and Washington Counties communities are invited to participate in.

One of the many Dixie Homecoming traditions is the annual parade, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. This year’s Centennial Parade will follow a new route, traveling east on 100 South, beginning at the original Dixie campus on Main Street and ending at the Old Gym on the current DSC campus on 700 East. DSC alumnus Elder Steven E. Snow (Class of 1971), a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.

This year’s parade promises to be the biggest and best parade in school history as DSC officials are hoping to feature 100 or more entries, including over 20 high school marching bands from Washington County and across the state, to commemorate Dixie’s Centennial Year.

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.

Dixie State Symphony Band to Make 2010-11 Debut WIth Concert Oct. 1
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 27, 2010) The Dixie State College Symphony Band will makes its 2010-11 season debut with its annual Fall Concert this Friday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The 74-piece symphony band is under the direction of longtime conductor Gary Caldwell, who is entering his 32nd-year as director of bands at DSC. The symphony band will perform eight stirring compositions, beginning the David Shaffer Mediterranean-inspried “Costa del Sol,” and the “Procession of the Sorcerers,” a composition by Robert Buckley which will take the audience’s imagination into a colorful world of magical and mythical characters and creatures.

The band will also perform the Mark Camphouse piece “Heartland Sketches,” which includes fragments of the University of Iowa fight song and Alma Mater Iowa, that is sure to pull at the heartstrings of any Hawkeye fan, along with the Samuel Barber classic “Commando March,” which Barber penned just after enlisting in the United States Army in 1943. In addition, the audience will enjoy a piece of Americana, starting with Claire Grundman’s “American Folk Rhapsody No. 3,” and the Gary Gilroy composition “Four Dance Episodes for Band.”

The symphony band will conclude the evening with a pair of Old Testament-inspired pieces, beginning with “Echoes of Egypt,” which features five short musical vignettes composed by Nicholas Baratta, and “Abram’s Pursuit,” inspired by the fourteenth chapter of Genesis as told in the music of David R. Holsinger, will serve as the concert’s grand finale.

The DSC Symphony Band will perform twice this semester, including the ensemble’s annual Christmas concert Nov. 30. The Symphony Band will also perform a pair of concerts during the spring semester on Feb. 22, and April 19.

All remaining concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID.

For the third-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance performances), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2010-11 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price. In addition, a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Dixie State College's Centennial Homecoming Week Set for October 4-9
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 21, 2010) “Hurrah For Dixie” is the theme for the Dixie State College of Utah’s 2010 Centennial Homecoming Week, which runs October 4-9, with a number of campus events that both campus and Washington Counties communities are invited to participate in. From the annual Queen Pageant, the Parade, Founder’s Day Assembly, Football Game and Tailgate Party, and the Gala Ball, this year’s Centennial Homecoming at Dixie State has something for everyone.
 
“The age old tradition of returning as Alumni to Dixie State College gets even bigger and better this year as we celebrate the centennial year of higher education in St. George,” said George F. Whitehead, DSC vice president of advancement and cultural arts. “I invite everyone in Washington County to join us in celebrating and rekindling the ‘Dixie Spirit’ at the many activities scheduled during our Homecoming Week. The events will be second to none and will culminate with a Centennial Gala Ball with live band music that spam’s the decades of Dixie. Hurrah for Dixie!”

Homecoming activities will begin on Monday, Oct. 4, with a formal student kick-off event at the Encampment Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual Homecoming Queen Pageant will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center’s Main Stage Theater. This year’s pageant theme is “Black and Gold,” with 17 contestants vying for the title of Ms. Dixie 2010-11. Tickets will be available for purchase for $8 per person, $5 for all DSC students, faculty and staff with current DSC ID, at the Avenna Center Ticket Office beginning Sept. 28.

Festivities continue the following evening on Wednesday, Oct. 6, as DSC will hold its annual Homecoming Powder Puff Football game under the lights at Hansen Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. DSC students will then get in a little painting in on Thursday, Oct. 7, with the annual painting of the “D” service project at the intersection of 300 South and 800 East beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is free both events.

Raging Red Day is set for Friday, Oct. 8, 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 present the annual “Rock the Mall” school song competition at 2 p.m., on the Gardner Center Plaza.

Friday’s alumni activities include the Alumni Assembly at 10 a.m., in the Eccles Concert Hall, and Golden Generation Luncheon and Program at 12 noon, in the Gardner Center Ballroom. The Alumni Assembly is free to attend, while tickets for the Golden Generation Luncheon may be purchased for $11. 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.
 
The Friday night activities will wind down during the midnight hour as DSC will host the 2nd-Annual Alumni 5-Kilometer Run/Walk at the Encampment Mall on campus.

Saturday’s (Oct. 9) festivities begin bright and early with a free community breakfast at the St. George Town Square from 7-8:30 a.m. Immediately following the breakfast will be the Founder’s Day Assembly at 8:30 a.m., in the St. George Tabernacle. Admission to both is free. This year’s Assembly will pay tribute to the original eight founders of Dixie College and their descendents, including James G. Bleak, David H. Cannon, Thomas P. Cottom, Arthur F. Miles, David H. Morris, Edward H. Snow, George F. Whitehead, and John T. Woodbury.

The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m., and will travel up 100 South Street, beginning at the original Dixie campus on Main Street and ending at the Old Gym on DSC’s campus on 700 East. DSC alumnus Elder Steven E. Snow (Class of 1971), a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal.

DSC officials anticipate this year’s Homecoming Parade will be the biggest in school history with more than 100 entries, one entry for each year the College has served the community. 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.

The DSC Alumni Association will host a free tailgate party at the Wade Alumni House at 11:30 a.m., prior to Dixie State’s football game vs. Western Oregon, which is slated to kick-off at 1 p.m. Game tickets ($7 reserved, $5 general admission) may be purchased by calling the DSC general ticket office at 435-652-7800, or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.” Tickets may also be purchased at the box office at Hansen Stadium prior to kickoff.

Homecoming Week festivities wrap up Saturday night with the annual Alumni Homecoming Banquet at 6 p.m., in the Old Gym. Speaking at this year’s banquet will be Elder Steven E. Snow (Class of 1971), while fellow alumni Spence and Olive Esplin, and Sharon and the late Dr. Jay Blake will be presented with Distinguished Alumni awards. Tickets for the banquet may be purchased for $13/couple ($18/couple includes banquet and Homecoming Gala Ball tickets).

Following the Banquet, alumni and guests alike will be invited to dance the rest of the night away at the Centennial Homecoming Gala Ball from 7:30 p.m.-midnight, in the Gardner Ballroom. Admission to the dance is $15 for couples, and may be purchased in advance at the Avenna Center Ticket Office or at the door. This year’s Ball will feature music from all 10 decades of Dixie College’s existence, including performances from the “Beatles Imagine Band” and the DSC Jazz Band.

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.

The Principles of Financial Freedom to be Shared at the Next Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 21, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Sept. 28, with a presentation entitled “Ten Principles of Practical Personal Finance” by DSC Professor of Finance Dr. Kyle Wells. The Forum will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 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.

Wells, a sixth-generation St. George native and Dixie College alumnus, completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Finance at 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. Wells has served as Professor of Finance in the DSC Udvar-Hazy School of Business since 2006.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC faculty member emeritus Dr. Andrew Barnum, who will share his many experiences and perspectives on Dixie near 100-year history in his presentation entitled “Experiencing Dixie College through Seven Decades” on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Then on Oct. 12, renowned astrophysicist Dr. Jennifer Lotz of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory will discuss space and the galaxies in her presentation “Collisions in the Cosmos” Oct. 12.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.
 
Dixie State Historical Exhibit Takes Center Stage at First DSC Colleagues Meeting of 2010-11 Year Oct. 4
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 20, 2010) Dixie State College will hold its first President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2010-11 academic year on Monday, Oct. 4, at 12 noon, inside the Sears Art Museum Gallery at the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The focus of the first Colleagues meeting will be centered on the history of Dixie State College captured in the current DSC Now and Then: A Centennial Celebration exhibit on display in the Sears Gallery. In addition to the exhibit, those in attendance will be treated to music performed by many of DSC’s talented music department faculty, including Dr. Paul Abegg (violin), Gary Caldwell (trumpet), and Dr. Ken Peterson (tenor), along with special guest pianist Terry Lamoreaux.

DSC Now and Then takes patrons back through the annals of Dixie College’s near 100-year history. The exhibit features yearbooks and artifacts from the past, including desks, text books, athletic trophies, and the “Ax” which symbolized the bitter rivalry between Dixie and the neighbors to the north in Cedar City at Branch Agricultural College/College of Southern Utah (now Southern Utah University). Visitors will also be treated to a video slide show of hundreds of photos that chronicle the evolution of the St. George Stake Academy into what is now known as Dixie State College of Utah.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 18 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.

Dixie State College to Host Two Centennial "Moments to Remember" Events
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 16, 2010) As part of its DSC Now and Then: A Centennial Celebration exhibit, Dixie State College will be hosting a pair of “Moments to Remember” special engagements inside the Sears Art Museum Gallery located in the DSC Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center.

The first special event is slated for Thursday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., featuring a retrospective history of Dixie College’s Rebelettes and cheerleaders entitled “We’ve Got Spirit …. 5,6,7,8,” presented by longtime Dixie Rebelette advisor Pat Roper. The second event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 12 noon, chronicling “The Beauties of Dixie – Homecoming and D-Day Queens” with former DSC academic vice president and current Washington County School District Superintendent Dr. Max Rose. Admission to both events is free to all DSC students, faculty and staff, alumni and the public.

The DSC Now and Then exhibit, currently on display in the Sears Gallery, takes alumni and visitors alike back through the annals of Dixie College’s near 100-year history. The exhibit features yearbooks and artifacts from the past, including desks, text books, athletic trophies, athletic and cheerleader uniforms, paintings of Dixie’s past presidents and current president Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld, portraits of past beauty queens, and the “Ax” which symbolized the bitter rivalry between Dixie and the neighbors to the north in Cedar City at Branch Agricultural College/College of Southern Utah (now Southern Utah University).

Visitors will also be treated to a video slide show of hundreds of photos that chronicle the evolution of the St. George Stake Academy into what is now known as Dixie State College of Utah. In addition, a copy machine is available in the Sears Gallery, so visitors can copy photos out of yearbooks on display free of charge.

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

Dixie State's Weekly Dixie Forum Series Makes 2010-11 Debut With Presentation on Constitutional Law
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 14, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series makes its 2010-11 debut with a presentation on constitutional law by Deputy Washington County Attorney and DSC adjunct faculty member Rick Erickson. The Forum will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 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.

Erickson will discuss his findings on constitutional law in his presentation entitled “Friend or Foe? The Federal Judiciary and Constitutional Interpretation.” Erickson graduated from Dixie State College and Southern Utah University, before earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law. He has served as a public defender, St. George city prosecutor and assistant city attorney.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include BYU Film Curator Jim D’Arc on Tuesday, Sept. 28; and DSC faculty member emeritus Dr. Andrew Barnum, who will share his many experiences and perspectives on Dixie near 100-year history in his presentation entitled “Experiencing Dixie College through Seven Decades” on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at marius@dixie.edu.
 
DSC Symphony Orchestra Opens 2010-11 Season With Special Pine Valley Pops Concert
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 14, 2010) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, will open its 2010-11 season with its Second-Annual Pine Valley Pops Concert, performed at the Historic Pine Valley LDS Chapel on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. This special outdoor concert is free and open to the public to attend.

The orchestra’s program will have a patriotic theme, which includes John Philip Sousa’s Semper Fidelis and Stars and Stripes, the William Tell Overture, Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia, and Morton Gould’s American Salute.

Dr. Abegg noted that the Orchestra’s Pine Valley trip is intended to be a retreat as well as an outreach effort to communities in the St. George area. He added that his orchestra has continued to grow in size and quality, noting that his ensemble boasts some of the most talented musicians on campus who are preparing challenging and inspiring repertoires.  

The growth of DSC Symphony Orchestra has led to a change of venue for the ensemble’s 2010-11 performance season, as the Orchestra will perform all four of its campus concerts in the spacious Avenna Center Cox Auditorium. In all, the DSC Symphony Orchestra will perform twice this semester, including its Fall concert on Saturday, Oct. 25, and the annual Christmas concert entitled “Sing Choirs of Angels,” which will be a two evening engagement with the Southern Utah Heritage Choir, on December 11-12.

The Orchestra will also perform a pair of concerts during the spring semester, beginning with a special Concerto Evening on Saturday, Feb. 26, and on Sunday, April 24, featuring guest violinist Misha Rosenker. The Orchestra will also perform during Dixie State’s Centennial Commencement Ceremonies slated for Friday, May 6, 2011.

All four orchestra concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID.

For the third-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance performances), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2010-11 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price. In addition, a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

Dixie State College's Southern Quill Publication Seeks Submissions for 2011 Edition
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 13, 2010) Dixie State College’s literary journal, The Southern Quill, is now accepting submissions for its 2011 edition. Published annually since 1950, The Southern Quill is committed to celebrating the arts in southern Utah. The journal publishes poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and artwork produced by Dixie State College students; it also welcomes material from writers and artists who live in Utah’s Washington and Kane Counties. Recognizing the historical and cultural links between St. George, Utah and Mesquite, Nevada, The Southern Quill is now accepting submissions from residents of Clark County, Nevada, as well.

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 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. The Southern Quill now accepts electronic submissions only. Send materials to submissions@thesouthernquill.com. Deadline is January 11, 2011.

For further information contact The Southern Quill’s faculty advisor, Dr. Stephen B. Armstrong, at 652-7806 or visit The Southern Quill’s website at http://www.thesouthernquill.com

Dixie State College's Hansen Stadium Closed to Public During Field Renovation
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 10, 2010) Dixie State College’s Hansen Stadium will be temporarily closed to the public over the next three weeks as the Stadium’s football and soccer playing surface will be receiving a much-needed facelift. Starting this Monday, Sept. 13, crews will begin installing of a new football and soccer field-turf surface, which will replace the current artificial surface that has served as Dixie’s home turf since 2004

According to DSC Director of Facilities Planning Jon Gibb, the installation will take place during the late evening and early morning hours, which will require the stadium lights to be on during that time. Gibb added that because of the nature of the renovation project, DSC officials decided to close the facility, including the track, until the installation is completed.

Dixie State’s final home football game on the current surface will take place this Saturday night vs. Humboldt State at 7 p.m. Following the HSU game, the Red Storm football team embarks on a two-game road swing at Central Washington (Sept. 18) and Simon Fraser (Oct. 2), with a bye week sandwiched in between the two games. Meanwhile, the DSC women’s soccer home match vs. CWU scheduled for this Monday, Sept. 13, will be played at Dixie High School beginning at 7 p.m. Additional DSC men’s and women’s soccer matches scheduled for Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, will also be relocated. Information on those venue changes may be found on DSC’s official athletic website at www.dixieathletics.com.

When completed, Dixie State’s new football and soccer field will be ready for action in time for Homecoming Week on Oct. 4-9, including a pair of Red Storm men’s and women’s soccer doubleheaders against BYU-Hawai’i at Hansen Stadium Oct. 5 and Oct. 7, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Dixie State’s Homecoming Football Game vs. Western Oregon will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, with kick-off slated for 1 p.m.

For the latest news and information on DSC Athletics, including game schedules and results, visit www.dixieathletics.com.

Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation and Mali Rising Partner to Showcase the Rich History of Western Africa
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 9, 2010) The Dixie State College Art Department presents, Faces of Mali, a Utah Arts Council’s Traveling Exhibition featuring photographs of village life in western Africa that opens a window for viewers into a region with a 600-year history as a center for scholarship and trade. The Faces of Mali exhibit will be displayed DSC North Plaza Art Building (west entrance), located on 55 South 900 East, Monday-through-Friday until October 5, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The images of Mali villagers were captured by Edgar Gomez-Palmieri and Yeah Samake during recent working visits. Gomez-Palmieri is director of international outreach and fieldwork for SMGF. Samake is Malian honorary consul in Utah; mayor of Ouelessebougou, a city in southwest Mali; and president of Mali Rising Foundation, a Sandy-based organization that built five village-owned and operated schools.
 
“The people of rural Mali have a culture that is rich in tradition and history and it is delightful that people all over Utah will be able to enjoy this photo essay,” said Samake. “Many Utahns already have a positive connection with Malians by helping us explore and record our ancestry, build schools and better educate our children.”

For five years SMGF has been collecting DNA and family history information from Malians in the process of creating the world’s largest repository of correlated genetic genealogical information. Sandy-based Mali Rising Foundation helps Mali villages develop clean water sources, improve sanitation and build schools.
 
Today’s Republic of Mali includes the legendary Saharan desert city of Timbuktu, a name once used as shorthand for remoteness from Western civilization, which was a crossroads for ancient commercial routes and is believed to have established one of the world’s first universities in the 14th century. Mali has a population of 13 million today and is one of the world’s poorest countries, ranking 174 of 175 in measures of wealth.
 
Faces of Mali exhibit is sponsored by Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) and Mali Rising—two Utah-based non-profit organizations—and the Embassy of Mali. It was first displayed in October 2009 at the Salt Lake City-County Building and was opened by Mali Minister of Secondary Education and Research Ginette Bellegarde, Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City and Samake. The Utah Arts Council traveling exhibits are a statewide outreach program that provides schools, museums, libraries, and community galleries with the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community.

For more information on the exhibit, please contact DSC Art Professor Dennis Martinez at 435-652-7794 or at martinez@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Bi-Monthly Business Ethics Forum Series Returns for 2010-11 With Debut Presentation Sept. 16
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 9, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business will kick off its 2010-11 bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series next Thursday, Sept. 16, featuring a presentation by Rick Smith, president of RCS Appraisal, Inc.

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.

Smith’s presentation, entitled “It’s Just Business,” will discuss the importance of ethics in the real estate appraisal profession. He formed RCS Appraisal, Inc., in 1997, and is a certified general real estate appraiser in Utah, Arizona and Nevada. Smith entered the appraisal profession in 1986 at the firm of Burke Hansen, Inc., in Phoenix, Ariz., in addition to working in the banking industry for six years in various appraisal policy and management capacities. He is a 1984 graduate of Arizona State University, and completed graduate work in Instructional Design at ASU.

The series will continue Oct. 7, with Vardell Curtis, who serves as chief operating officer of the Washington County Board of Realtors. In addition, local talk radio host Mike McGary will address the forum Oct. 21; Steve Caplin, CEO of Steton, will speak Nov. 4; Dixie Regional Medical Center Administrator Jon Pike will present to the forum Nov. 18; and DSC faculty member Professor Al Keller will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Dec. 2.

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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 Faculty to Hold Book Sale Fundraiser to Benefit Colleague's Son
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 2, 2010) Dixie State College’s faculty are banding together to help raise money for a child one of their own colleagues with a special used book sale fundraiser to be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Bean Scene, located at 511 East St. George Blvd.
 
The fundraiser is being held in honor of Arizona Smith-Lahrman, the 10-year-old son of DSC sociology professor Dr. Matthew Smith-Lahrman, who received a life-saving liver transplant last March 31st. All monies raised through the book sale will go to the Arizona Smith-Lahrman account with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) to help defray the costs of the transplant operation.

“Arizona is doing well since his liver transplant surgery,” Professor Smith-Lahrman said. “He has shown no signs of rejection and started the fifth grade this year. As he gets further away from his surgery, and as his immunosuppression medicines are reduced, he will be less susceptible to common illnesses. Overall, Arizona’s recovery thus far is going splendidly.”

The public is invited to buy or even donate books to be sold at the fundraiser and may be dropped off at the McDonald Building located on the DSC campus. For more information or to drop off books for the sale, please contact DSC assistant professor of English Dr. Randy Jasmine at 435-652-7811, or administrative assistant Janeene Cowley at 435-652-7815. For more information on Arizona Smith-Lahrman and is story, please visit http://cotaforarizonas.com.

Dixie State College Calls for Centennial Homecoming Parade Entries
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 2, 2010) “Hurrah For Dixie” is the theme for the Dixie State College of Utah’s 2010 Centennial Homecoming Week, which runs October 4-9, with a number of campus events that both campus and Washington Counties communities are invited to participate in.

One of the many Dixie Homecoming traditions is the annual parade, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9. Line-up for the parade beginning at 9 a.m., while the parade itself will start at 10 a.m. This year’s Centennial Parade will follow a new route, traveling east on 100 South to 700 East, then turning right and finishing at Hansen Stadium, which is the site of DSC’s annual Homecoming Tailgate Party starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by the kick-off of Dixie’s Homecoming football game vs. Western Oregon at 1 p.m.

This year’s parade promises to be the biggest and best parade in school history as DSC officials are hoping to feature 100 or more entries, including over 20 high school marching bands from Washington County and across the state, to commemorate Dixie’s Centennial Year.

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.
Dixie State College Army ROTC to Perform Flag Retirement Ceremony September 10
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 31, 2010) The Dixie State College Army ROTC will perform a formal flag retirement ceremony on Friday, September 10, 2010, at 5 p.m., at the DSC Administration Building and the Encampment Mall on campus. All DSC students, faculty and staff, alumni and the community are invited to attend.
 
The ceremony will start at 5 p.m., beginning at the DSC Administration Building with the retirement of the first of four American flags on the DSC campus. The DSC Army ROTC will pay tribute to the flag that has flown in front of the Administration Building for the past year and will raise a new flag in its place.

Following the flag raising, the ceremony will continue at the Encampment Mall, where representatives from the St. George Police and Fire Departments, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, will join the DSC Army ROTC in retiring all four campus American flags, along with several other flags gathered throughout the area.

“The culmination point for the aspiring officers for which we train is when they take the officer’s oath to defend the constitution against all enemies’ both foreign and domestic,” said Captain Gerald Williams, DSC Assistant Professor of Military Science. “The Dixie State Army ROTC takes great pride and honor, especially at this time as we reflect and remember those valiant Americans who died on 9/11, in retiring the very symbol of that constitution, our American Flag.  

“This formal retirement of flags which are tattered and in disrepair, the U.S. Flag Code, and the symbolism and formality a ceremony like this, promotes patriotism and pride,” Capt. Williams added.
 
Community members are also invited to bring flags that they can dispose of immediately following the formal DSC Army ROTC ceremony.
 
For more information, please contact the DSC Army ROTC at 435-879-4750, or the DSC Public Relations Office at 435-652-7544.
 
Dixie State’s Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program was established in the fall of 2007. DSC's ROTC program is a reserve branch of Southern Utah University's program, which both run through the Utah National Guard. In addition, both DSC and SUU programs are affiliated with the active-duty ROTC program at Brigham Young University. 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.

Dixie State College Cultural Arts Announces 2010-11 Performance Series Season
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 31, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Cultural Arts program has announced its 2010-11 Performance Series season, which includes over 45 instrumental, choral, theatre and dance programs held in the state-of-the-art Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center on the DSC campus.

For the third-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance performances), giving patrons access all DSC theatre productions, instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2010-11 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price.

In addition, a season Theatre-Only pass is available for $40 for adults (a $14 savings), $30 (a $24 savings) for seniors, and $20 for youth ages 5-17. Patrons may also purchase a season Music-Only pass for $85, a savings of $65 over the regular box office single-event ticket price.

DSC’s theatre department will stage four major productions this season, beginning with Noel Cloward’s British comedy “Blithe Spirit,” running Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 5-9, in the Black Box Theater, followed by the production of the “The Baker’s Wife,” based on the book by Joseph Stein with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, from Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 16-20, in the Mainstage Theater. The theatre program will also present Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in the Mainstage Theater March 3-5 and March 8-12, and will wrap up the year with the Cole Porter classic “Anything Goes” March 31-April 2 and April 5-9, in the Black Box Theater.

DSC will offer a number of vocal and instrumental concerts and recitals this season, featuring Dixie’s talented students and faculty. DSC’s Symphony Band and Symphony Orchestra will each perform four times this season, as will a number of instrumental ensembles, including DSC’s Jazz, Brass, Percussion and Piano Ensembles. In addition, the music concert season includes multiple string and woodwind chamber performances.

Patrons will also have the opportunity to enjoy DSC’s talented choral ensemble in four concert events in 2010-11, along with several faculty and student recitals throughout the season, while DSC’s dance department will present a pair of concert events to be held in December and April.

In addition to the concert events, DSC’s Sears Art Museum Gallery will host several art exhibits this upcoming season, highlighted by the 24th 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, from Feb. 18-through-March 27, 2011. The Museum Gallery’s season will also include four more exhibits showcasing the talents of the area and region’s best artists, including a special DSC historical exhibit “DSC Now and Then” currently on display, and the annual DSC Showcase April 11-through-May 5, 2011, featuring works created by Dixie students, faculty and alumni.

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”
 

DSC Art Students Given Opportunity to Experience Global Classroom in May
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 25, 2010) Dixie State College students are expanding their classroom on a global scale – to the Louvre, the Colosseum and the Acropolis. On May 11, 2011, 50 members of Professor Glen Blakley’s art class, along with other DSC students, will embark on a 20-day educational adventure on an EF Educational Tour to France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Greece and a cruise of the
Greek Isles.

Rather than just reading about the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum, DSC students are going to experience these historical treasures first hand – taking their understanding of world history and cultures to a new level. 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,” Professor Blakley said. “I not only believe in the educational value these tours have on my students academically, but I feel strongly that world travel changes their perspective. It can even influence career direction.”


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.

For additional information about the upcoming trip, contact Professor Glen Blakley at blakley@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Students Post Top-10 Showings at National FBLA-PBL Competition
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 24, 2010) Four Dixie State College students posted top-10 national finishes in six competitions at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) competition held last month in Nashville, Tenn.

Among the award winners were recent graduate Jim Nielsen, who placed second in website development and ninth in word processing. Last year, Nielsen won the national title in website design in the same competition in Anaheim, Calif. In addition, junior Kolby Traveller posted a runner-up national finish in website development, freshman Bryan Poulsen placed third in website development, and freshman James Price placed third in website development and seventh in computer concepts.

“I am proud of the way our students competed in their events, they prepared well,” said DSC’s PBL adviser Kent Brown. “Competitions like these are a good indication of the quality of the students at Dixie State and the education they are receiving here.”
 
Individuals, state teams, and local chapters were encouraged to compete in any of the over 50 different events representing a wide range of activities and the business and leadership development focus of FBLA-PBL. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of 250,000 students and advisers and represent some of the best and brightest of today’s youth.
 
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest and oldest student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in 12,000 chartered middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.fbla-pbl.org.

Dixie State College and CEBA to Co-Sponsor Annual Carmel Mountain Music and Arts Festival
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 24, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah and the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA) are presenting the annual Carmel Mountain Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. The Festival, which has been designated as a DSC Centennial Event, will take place from 12 noon to 10 p.m., at the Mount Carmel Junction and the Thunderbird Golf Course. Admission to the Festival is free and open to the public.

The fun-filled day will include something for everyone, including a performance by the St. George Contemporary Dancers, and live music by the bluegrass band Cold Creek and local band The Katch. In addition, there will be a farmer’s market, art show, booths, games and food vendors, along with a car and motorcycle show, a “Soup Town” soup cook-off, and a Rocky Mountain Oyster Feast.
 
The event will also feature a special 9/11 tribute and fundraiser to honor the emergency responders of Kane County.
 
For more information about the festival, please contact DSC Vice President of Advancement Christina Schultz at 435-652-7542/schultz@dixie.edu, CEBA Executive Director Kelly Stowell at 435-899-0443/stowell@dixie.edu, or visit www.cebakanecounty.org.


Dixie State College Set to Welcome Back Students
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 17, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah officially begins its 2010 fall semester classes this Monday, August 23, but students will get their first chance to catch the Dixie Spirit a couple of days early. This weekend 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.

“This is going to be a good week and it’s a great way to start a brand new year,” said DSC Dean of Students Del Beatty. “This time of year is always an exciting time on campus, though a busy time a week before school starts, but an exciting time.”

WOW Week festivities get underway this Friday with the second-annual “New Student Kickoff,” beginning at 10:30 a.m. The “Kickoff,” designed to welcome and acclimate new students to Dixie, will feature a special assembly at the Cox Auditorium, followed by a special lunch and networking event with DSC professors and instructors beginning at 12:15 p.m., at the fountain. From 2-7 p.m., new students will have an opportunity to buy books, pay tuition and other fees, visit the Val A. Browning Library, tour the campus and find classrooms. In addition, each department on campus will be holding classroom receptions at various campus locations. The Friday night activities will conclude with a dinner on the Encampment Mall from 7-9 p.m., followed by a special DSCSA outdoor activity at the Fountain from 9-11 p.m.
 
“We are excited to be welcoming in such a large freshman class to Dixie State,” Beatty added. “We’re thrilled to host our freshman day. It’s a time for them to really get acclimated and to adjust to college life for those few days before they hit the ground running with classes on Monday.”

Saturday’s full slate of events starts bright and early at Hansen Stadium with the Third-Annual President’s Welcome Back Fun Run/Walk. The Run/Walk is free to all Dixie State students, faculty and staff, and the community to participate. The near 5-kilometer course will start and finish at the 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.

Registration forms for the event are available at the DSC campus and online at www.dixie.edu, with the first 250 entrants receiving a free t-shirt as early registration is encouraged, though entries will be accepted on race day. For additional information on the DSC President’s 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.

Following the Run/Walk, students and the community are invited to attend the DSC Athletics Fall Sports Kickoff at Hansen Stadium at 11 a.m. The event is free to attend and will feature food, games, bounce houses, swings and trains for the children, and will give everyone a chance meet and greet Dixie State Red Storm student-athletes and coaches.
 
Two more activities round out Saturday’s full slate of events, beginning with a special workshop and audition for DSC’s “Ragin’ Red Show Choir,” which will be held in the Eccles Fine Arts Center’s band room from 1-5 p.m. Students will then have the opportunity to learn about and take advantage of numerous outdoor recreational activities, including mountain biking, hiking and other activities, with a special event, sponsored by DSC’s Campus Recreation Department, at the Old Gym from 5-7 p.m.
 
WOW Week activities continue on Monday August 23, with a special Centennial Carnival, sponsored by DSCSA, featuring a barbeque and live music at the Encampment Mall from 6-9 p.m. 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 climbing wall provided by DSC’s ROTC program, and fireworks at dusk.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to join nearly 50 clubs that are available on campus during Club Rush, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 25-26, on the Diagonal from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other highlights of the week include a special Encampment Bash and movie at the Encampment Mall on Tuesday, August 24, at 7 p.m., followed by an Entertainment Dixie presenting comedian Jeff Dye in the Gardner Center Ballroom on Wednesday, August 25, at 8 p.m., and the annual Foam Dance on Friday, August 27, from 9-11 p.m., at the North Instructional Building Plaza.

For more information on the various WOW Week events, please contact DSC Director of Student Activities Donna Stafford at 652-7513 or at stafford.dixie.edu.
 

Utah Governor Gary Herbert to Address Third Annual Dixie State College Convocation August 29th
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 16, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld is formally inviting all DSC students, faculty and staff, and the community to attend the Third-Annual College Convocation on Sunday, August 29, at 7 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 an inspirational address from Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and First Lady Jeanette Herbert to set the pace for DSC students as they begin their academic year. In addition, a number of St. George-area clergy representatives will be in attendance, along with local government leaders, DSC administration and the school’s Board of Trustees. The program will also include a musical number performed by the Shepherd of the Hills Methodist Church Chancel Choir.

“We are very excited to have Governor and Mrs. Herbert visit our campus,” President Nadauld said. “Governor Herbert is very strong supporter of education, both public and higher education, in our state. “He’s been a real champion of higher education and it is a pleasure to welcome him to our campus.”

President Nadauld introduced this new tradition in 2008, as a way to establish a four-year culture at Dixie and is pleased that the convocation has become a part of the opening week of classwork on the campus. He noted that these types of non-denominational gatherings go on at other college campuses throughout the country and have an inspirational flavor to them.

“We will have Governor and Mrs. Herbert talk to our students as if they were the state’s ‘First Parents’ sending off to school this wonderful group of young men and women who are attending Dixie State College,” President Nadauld said. “They will be speaking about the importance of education and will provide good parental council about ways young people ought to be thinking about their relationships with one another, the state and their families.”

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

Dixie State Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents DSC Historical Exhibit
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 12, 2010) The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College of Utah Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center will begin its 2010-11 exhibit season next week with a special show celebrating the history and heritage of DSC as part of the institution’s Centennial Celebration. The exhibit, entitled DSC Now and Then: A Centennial Celebration, will open on Friday, August 20, and will run Monday-through-Friday until October 15, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the show is free to all DSC students, faculty and staff, alumni and the public.

DSC Now and Then will take the patrons back through the annals of Dixie College’s near 100-year history. The exhibit will feature yearbooks and artifacts from the past, including desks, text books, athletic trophies, and the “Ax” which symbolized the bitter rivalry between Dixie and the neighbors to the north in Cedar City at Branch Agricultural College/College of Southern Utah (now Southern Utah University). Visitors will also be treated to a video slide show of hundreds of photos that chronicle the evolution of the St. George Stake Academy into what is now known as Dixie State College of Utah.
 
“As an alumnus, I have been very excited to prepare for this exhibit. It has truly been a treasure hunt,” said Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of the Sears Art Museum Gallery. “I’m very grateful to everyone who has made this exhibit possible, especially George Whitehead, Deborah Wirth and Lynne Clark, along with all of our special and generous alumni and friends who loaned their Dixie memorabilia for us to exhibit. There is something in this show for everyone to enjoy.”

Cieslewicz added that a copy machine will be available in the Sears Gallery, so visitors can copy photos out of yearbooks on display free of charge. In addition to the show inside the Gallery, a special photo exhibit will be featured in the Eccles Fine Arts Building Grand Foyer entitled This Place We Call Dixie: The Best of Photography and Photographers, which will depict the beauty and splendor of Dixie.

For more information on the pair of exhibits, contact Sears Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz at 435-652-7909 or at “cieslewicz@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College to Host Third-Annual President's Welcome Back Fun Run/Walk August 21st
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 11, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld is once again challenging the College and St. George-area community to try and beat him to the finish line as DSC will host the Third-Annual President’s Welcome Back Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, August 21, at 8 a.m., at DSC’s Hansen Stadium.

The President’s Welcome Back Run/Walk is free to all Dixie State students, faculty and staff, and the community to participate. The near 5-kilometer 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 are very pleased that we’ve been able to make this event an annual tradition to kick off our Welcome Week festivities,” DSC Public Relations Director Steve Johnson said. “As was the case the first two years, this event is a great chance to welcome both our new and returning students back to campus. It’s also an opportunity for our new students to feel that Dixie Spirit and meet President Nadauld, along with many of our faculty and staff who will be participating.”

Johnson added that the Run/Walk will serve as a great lead-in to the first day of classes, which begin the following Monday, August 23rd.

Registration forms for the event are available at the DSC campus and online at www.dixie.edu. In addition, the first 250 entrants will receive a free t-shirt as early registration is encouraged, though entries will be accepted on race day. Check-in and late registration will begin at 7 a.m.

For additional information on the DSC President’s 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.
 

DOCUTAH Film Festival Calls for Volunteers
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 10, 2010) DOCUTAH officials are holding an open call for outgoing, friendly and enthusiastic volunteers who want to be part of the premiere of the DOCUTAH Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, which will be held Sept. 16-25, 2010, at 13 venues at Dixie State College of Utah and throughout Washington and Kane Counties.

DOCUTAH will feature over 130 selected films created by professionals, amateurs and student filmmakers from around the world. In all, 34 countries will be represented at the festival.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas: Theatre venues; Special Events; Education, Information and Merchandise; Operations; and Guest Services, Volunteers and Transportation. Prospective volunteers may either sign up for either full-time or part-time categories. Additional information on each of these areas can be found at the official DOCUTAH website at www.docutah.com/volunteer.
 
“In all, we estimate that we will need at least 300 volunteers over the 10-day event,” said Jennifer Kohler, DOCUTAH Guest Relations and Volunteer Director. “Volunteers make events like this happen and hopefully they will leave with the rewarding knowledge that DOCUTAH would not have been possible without them.”

Full-time volunteers will be asked to work 60 hours during the festival, normally in 6-8 hour shifts that are pre-arranged. Full-time volunteers will also receive training for their respective responsibilities. Additionally, individuals may sign up as a part-time volunteer and will be asked to work 15-plus hours over the 10-day period (3-5 hour shifts), and will receive training prior to the beginning of the festival.

Each volunteer will receive a DOCUTAH cap and shirt to wear during their shifts, and will have access to a special Volunteer Lounge, complete with snacks and drinks, during festival hours. In addition, full-time volunteers will receive unlimited wait list access to films during the festival, while part-time volunteers will receive two film ticket vouchers for every shift worked.

A special volunteer group orientation meeting will be held on Monday, August 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Gardner Center Ballroom on the Dixie State College campus. For more information on becoming a DOCUTAH volunteer, visit www.docutah.com/volunteer, or contact DOCUTAH Guest Relations and Volunteer Director Jennifer Kohler at 702-630-3859 or at jenniferlbs@mac.com.

DOCUTAH is a documentary only film festival, nestled in the red rocks and slot canyons of majestic southern Utah. By blending the attractions of the area with a love of documentaries, we hope that many professional and student filmmakers embrace what DOCUTAH has to offer. Brace yourselves because DOCUTAH has arrived—now and for the future; 2010 is just the beginning. Being one of the few college-based festivals, much of DOCUTAH will take place on Dixie State College’s campus, including master class seminars taught by internationally renowned guest lecturers who are industry professionals.
 
Dixie State College Historians Ask for Alumni and Public Help to Complete Yearbook Collection
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – July 29, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah historians are calling upon Dixie alumni, relatives of alumni, and the community to help the College complete its yearbook collection as the institution begins its Centennial Celebration.  

According to DSC special collections librarian Bonnie Percival, school historians have identified eight years worth of yearbooks that may possibly be missing, including the years 1917, 1919, 1922, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1936, and 1937.

Dixie State formally kicked off its Centennial Celebration last May during its commencement exercises. The 17-month affair will be filled with events and festivities leading up to the institution’s 100th birthday on September 19, 2011.

Alumni or members of the public with information about the yearbooks in question or who may be interested in donating yearbooks from those time periods are asked to contact DSC special collections librarian Bonnie Percival at 435-652-7718 or at bpercival@dixie.edu.

State Bank of Southern Utah Donates Scholarship Funds to Dixie State to Benefit Local Students
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – July 12, 2010) Representatives of State Bank of Southern Utah visited the Dixie State College campus Monday and presented College administrators a generous scholarship gift to benefit DSC students for this upcoming academic year. SBSU executive vice president Kim Christensen and assistant vice president Jimi Kestin presented a check to DSC Vice President of Advancement Christina Schultz Monday morning.

“We are very grateful to State Bank of Southern Utah for their generous support of Dixie State and education in Washington County,” Schultz said. “We truly appreciate their investment in our mission of helping students achieve their academic, career, and life goals and look forward to continuing our partnership with them.”

The funds will be used for scholarship awards for eight deserving area high schools students and to fund an endowment established by SBSU for upper division students in DSC’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business.

“The biggest thing for us is that we know how important education is to young people,” Christensen said. “[SBSU] has been around for 53 years and we have built a reputation of being involved in the community, especially in supporting our area schools.”

"Return to Little Hollywood" to Be Screened at Saint George Public Library
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – July 6, 2010) "Return to Little Hollywood," a documentary about the film industry's history in southern Utah written and directed by Dixie State College of Utah English professor Dr. Stephen Armstrong, will be screened at Saint George Public Library on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 7PM. Co-sponsored by DSC and Kane County’s Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), the 38-minute film has been used to promote the city of Kanab, Utah and surrounding Kane County to production companies and other potential investors from the entertainment industry.

The scenic landscape that characterizes Kanab has long been a favorite for motion picture production. Since the 1920s, hundreds of feature films and television programs have been made there, most notably "Western Union," "Buffalo Bill," and Clint Eastwood's classic western "The Outlaw Josey Wales," as well as the long-running TV series "Gunsmoke" and "Have Gun, Will Travel." For this reason, Kanab is often referred to as "Utah's Little Hollywood."

"Return to Little Hollywood" provides audiences with the opportunity to view footage of locations and sets used in past movie and television productions. It also includes interviews with county residents who participated in these productions, as well as interviews with local officials, historians and several Hollywood professionals, including the actors Clint Walker and Harry Carey, Jr. Veteran Utah newsman Dick Nourse serves as the film's narrator.

"Kanab has an amazing past," Armstrong said. "As remote as this area used to be, it managed to attract some of Hollywood's greatest talent. Movie stars like Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Dean Martin, Maureen O'Hara
and James Garner made movies out here. World-class directors like Fritz Lang, John Sturges and Clint Eastwood worked out here, too. It really was a 'Little Hollywood.'"

Since its premiere in June 2010, "Return to Little Hollywood" has been selected for screening at festivals throughout the United States, including the Red Rock Film Festival, the LDS Film Festival, the Foursite Film Festival and the Tallahassee Film Festival.

The screening is free. For more information contact Dr. Stephen B. Armstrong at (435) 652-7806 or Christina Schultz at (435) 652-7542.


Two Dixie State Music Majors to Participate in Prestigious Symphony Orchestra Academy Festival
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – June 2, 2010) Two Dixie State College student violinists have been chosen to participate in the prestigious Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific (SOAP) summer festival this June 22-through-July 7, in British Columbia. Tara Tichenor, a junior music major from St. George, and KateLyn Wall, a sophomore from Centerville, Utah, both received scholarship awards to cover the tuition for the three-week festival.

The Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific offers a unique program that prepares advanced students and young professionals for a career in music performance and in obtaining a position in a professional orchestra. Participants play in the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific under the baton of Maestro Arthur Arnold and study with renowned players from some of the world’s top orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Columbus, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Chicago orchestras.  

In addition, students take part in master classes, private lessons, audition training, workshops, forums, and enjoy chamber music concerts by the outstanding faculty and student ensembles. SOAP takes place in the picturesque seaside town of Powell River, on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Dixie State College Theatre Program Set to Raise the Curtain on "The Comedy Storm" Summer Series June 24
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – June 2, 2010) DSC’s Theatre Department will present its second-annual “The Comedy Storm” summer theater series in the Laboratory Theater located inside the Dolores Dore Eccles Fine Arts Center on the DSC campus. The second season will include two comedies presented in repertory, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, by John Bishop on Thursday and Saturday evenings, and Fred Carmichael’s Exit the Body on Friday and Monday evenings.

The productions will open on Thursday, June 24, and will run through Saturday, July 24. Each performance will start nightly at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for just $10. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

Additionally, DSC’s Theatre Department will host a special half-price preview event prior to official opening of each show’s run, featuring The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 on Tuesday, June 22, and Exit the Body on Wednesday, June 23. Both preview performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The run will also feature a pair of Saturday matinees beginning at 2 p.m., with Musical Comedy Murders on July 17th, and Exit on July 24th.

According to DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport, the department kicked off “The Comedy Storm” last year as a way to create a niche market in between Tuachan, the Neil Simon Festival and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He added that the purpose of “The Comedy Storm” is to feature light comedies, perfect for a summer evening’s entertainment,
This year’s “Storm” troupe will consist of about 15 actors and technicians, each of whom will have multiple roles or assignments. The shows will be under the direction of Davenport and Michael Harding and Varlo Davenport, along with other DSC theatre faculty members.
 
“The actor who is in a leading role one night may be the props master or stage manager the next night,” said Davenport. “Summer stock theatre is a great way to find out if you really have a passion for the work and to develop a better understanding of how all the elements of theatre work together.”

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 tells the story of a creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, where three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher" during production. The team reunites for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel,” complete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people – all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous "Slasher" makes his reappearance and strikes again – and again.

As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the "Slasher" is unmasked.

Exit the Body features murder, mayhem and a country setting which helps define this delightful comedy. A famous mystery writer and her secretary rent a retreat to the country for a little rest and relaxation, but she gets more than she bargained for when a body she finds in the closet promptly disappears only to be succeeded by another. Mix in her wisecracking secretary, the housekeeper, her crooked boyfriend, and a hilarious cast of characters and mystery and comedy reach a high peak. What follows is the hunt to find the body, identify the killer, locate stolen diamonds, and find out which one of the characters will be the next victim. Exit The Body is for the whole family and is sure to leave everyone roaring with laughter.


Dixie State College and CEBA to Feature the Best of The Southern Quill With Kane County Hospital Exhibit
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 27, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah is teaming up with the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA) for a special DSC Centennial exhibit featuring the near 60-year history of Dixie’s literary magazine The Southern Quill. The exhibit, entitled “The Cycle of Life: The Best of Dixie State College’s Literary Magazine The Southern Quill – Poetry, Prose & Photography,” will be on display at the Kane County Hospital, located at 355 North Main Street in Kanab, from Tuesday, June 15 through Thursday, July 15, 2010. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public.

DSC and CEBA will host a special opening reception for the exhibit on Tuesday, June 15, from 5-6 p.m., at the Kane County Hospital. To RSVP for the reception, please contact DSC Vice President of Advancement Christina Schultz at 435-652-7542 or at schultz@dixie.edu.
 
The traveling Southern Quill exhibit will feature 19 poems/prose and 13 photographs, including works by current DSC students, alumni and community members, along with an original poem written by DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld.

Since the 1950s, The Southern Quill has provided the citizens of southern Utah with an outlet for their creative writing and artwork – among them short stories, poetry and photography. In recent years, this literary magazine, published by Dixie State College of Utah, has been expanding its scope by also accepting non-fiction materials, such as literature reviews and essays.
 
In 2011, the 60th-edition of The Southern Quill will be published to coincide with DSC’s Centennial Celebration.

Dixie State Castle Rock Music Camp to Present Two Free June Concert Events
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 27, 2010) As part of its youth Castle Rock Music Camp, Dixie State College’s music department is presenting a pair of free June concerts highlighting some of the most talented youth and faculty performers in the state. Both concerts will take place in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The first concert, the DSC Castle Rock Music Camp Faculty Recital, will take place on Wednesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. The recital will feature performances by a number of DSC music department faculty members, including department chair Glenn Webb, director of string studies Dr. Paul Abegg and assistant professor of piano studies Dr. Nancy Allred, along with an introduction of DSC’s newest faculty member, cellist Jim Hardy, featuring the works of Grieg, Saint-Saens, Prokoviev and Piazzolla, among others.

The second concert, the DSC Castle Rock Music Camp Orchestra and String Chamber Concert, is scheduled for Friday, June 11 at 6 p.m. The concert will showcase the talents of camp students, ranging in age from 14-to-18 years old, who will show off their skills learned after three days of intensive training.

According to Dr. Abegg, the DSC Castle Rock Music Camp was created for junior high and high school-age string instrument students as a way to enhance their musical talents, while receiving personalized instruction taught by members of DSC’s music faculty.

For more information on the camp of the concert events, please contact Dr. Abegg at 435-652-7904 or at abegg@dixie.edu.


DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents New J. Kirk Richards Summer Exhibit
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 17, 2010) The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College of Utah Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center will present a new summer exhibit, featuring the works of figurative artist J. Kirk Richards. The exhibit, which is free to the public, will open Friday, May 28, with a special reception at 7 p.m., and will run Monday-through-Thursday until August 12, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Richards is known for his spiritually-themed paintings and sculptures. In 2005 he accepted a request from renowned documentary filmmaker Helen Whitney to create artwork for her PBS Frontline Documentary entitled The Mormons: An American Experience, which aired in May of 2007. Richards also created work for the BYU Museum of Art exhibit entitled Beholding Salvation: The Life of Christ, and for Lee Groberg's collaborative project, Sweetwater Rescue: The Willie and Martin Handcart Story.

His work has been included in numerous publications including Ensign and Liahona Magazines, the non-denominational publication The Upper Room, BYU Studies, the Covenant Communications publications Images and Testimonies of the Living Christ, The Holy Bible: New Testament, and The LDS Family Hymnbook. His painting The Paralytic was recently featured on the cover of Jeffrey R. Holland’s newest book, Broken Things to Mend. In addition, Richards has been featured in articles by Meridian Magazine, Deseret News, 15 Bytes, LDStoday.com, and Mormon Artist Magazine.  

While he prefers to work in a variety of styles, most of Richards’ work exhibits a love for the human figure, general use of symbolism and metaphor, an emphasis on lyric composition, and a fusion of the old and the new.

“My current work is about combining the physical and the spiritual—two elements that, when put together, create both tensions and harmonies in surprising and beautiful ways,” Richards says.  

“I have chosen archetypal symbols to represent the spiritual: wings and haloes, the sun, trees and vines, lights and lamps,” he added. “In contrast, the physical is represented with human figures, roads, and even animals.”

A native of Provo, Utah, Richards attributes much of his love for the arts to an early emphasis on musical training in the home. As a teen, his interests turned from music to visual arts. He took private lessons from artist Clayton Williams to supplement his public school studies. Upon graduation, Richards was accepted into Brigham Young University’s art program, where he studied with artists Bruce Smith, Hagen Haltern, Gary Barton, James Christensen, Wulf Barsch and Joe Ostraff, among others. While at BYU, Richards took a break from his studies to briefly apprentice with Swiss-born symbolist Patrick Devonas. Richards credits his learning of classical realist skills to the instruction he received from Devonas in Princeton, N.J.
  
“I have tried to make aesthetic and process choices to reinforce the tension between spiritual and physical:  traditional materials versus mixed media, traditional glazing versus impasto paint application, representation versus textural surface, tight finish versus process marks,” Richards said. “I want all of these things to combine in a tension that echoes the sometimes difficult, sometimes triumphant spiritual journey of the human soul.”
 
In addition to fine art, Richards’ creative pursuits include writing and illustrating children’s books, songwriting, and music performance. He also teaches figure drawing classes at the Bridge Academy in Provo, and privately at his home and by correspondence. Richards splits his time between his home/studio in Provo and his studio in rural Redmond, Utah.

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


Dixie State College Confers 1,887 Degrees and Certificates Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 7, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah conferred a total of 1,887 degrees and certificates Friday evening at its 99th-Annual Commencement Exercises held at the Avenna Center Burns Arena.

DSC awarded a total of 1,245 total degrees, including 330 bachelor degrees, the largest baccalaureate graduating class in school history, along with 915 associate degrees. The 330 four-year degrees conferred was a 43 percent increase from last year (231 bachelor’s degrees) and more than double the number in 2008, while the number of associate degrees awarded was up 10 percent from 2008-09. In addition, 642 vocational and technical certificates were awarded, which was 255 more than a year ago.

David L. Clark, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, delivered the keynote address to Dixie State’s Class of 2010. Clark reminded the graduates of the rich history of Dixie and how their collective accomplishments are now part of that history. He recited the Linda Ellis poem “I’m Glad You’re In My Dash,” and challenged the graduates to go out into the world, make their own history, and live the best life possible in their own dash.  
 
“As you begin life post-Dixie State College, you will face challenges that will test you and your ability to succeed,” Speaker Clark said. “Over the next weeks, months and years, you will discover the value of your degree. Its value will likely not be found in the money the degree helps you earn, but the way in which it helps you shape the way you choose to live your life.

“Some people have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can,” Clark noted. “As you move forward from this day of celebration, carry something of the history of Dixie State College with you to build on. These long ago southern Utahns are part of your dash and will be carried forward to be part of some future generation’s dash.”
 
Of the record 330 baccalaureate degrees awarded on Friday, more than half (163) of the graduates came from three of DSC’s four-year programs – business administration (72), elementary education (48) and communication (43), along with a record 39 graduates in Dixie’s integrated studies program. In all, students earned Bachelor’s degrees in 12 of DSC’s four-year degree programs, including the first-ever class of six graduates in the College’s new music program.
 
Five foreign countries (Canada, Finland, Japan, South Korea, Peru) and 29 states were represented in the Class of 2010. Meanwhile, nearly 87 percent of DSC’s graduates called Utah home (1,058 students), with 27 of the state’s 29 counties represented, while over two-thirds of those students (631) hailed from Washington County. Female graduates comprised almost 56 percent of the class, and the class ranged in age from 16 to 62.

This year’s graduating class also featured the second class of high school students who were awarded an associate degree as part of the Southern Utah Center for Computer, Engineering, and Science Students (SUCCESS) Academy program. The SUCCESS Academy is a state-approved early college high school in partnership with Washington County School District and Dixie State College. This academically rigorous and challenging program provides students the opportunity to earn an associate degree through an on-campus college curriculum while also completing their high school graduation requirements at their boundary high school. The Success Academy on the DSC campus began in the fall of 2006 and to date, 99 students have completed the program and  earned their associate degree, including 45 students this year.
 
Whitney Phillips, who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, represented DSC’s Baccalaureate class as Valedictorian. Emily Thomas, a 16-year-old student from the SUCCESS Academy, spoke on behalf of the Associate Degree class. Thomas, who became the youngest commencement speaker in DSC history, is also a junior at Dixie High School
 
In addition to his keynote address, Speaker Clark was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities. Meanwhile, Mr. Jerry Anderson, Mr. Jeremy Johnson, and former DSC Board of Trustees members Mr. D. Williams Ronnow, Mr. Christopher A. Roybal and Ms. Vicki R. Wilson, each received Distinguished Citizen Awards for their exemplary service to the college and community.
 
Along with the usual “Pomp and Circumstance” of the commencement ceremony, Dixie State also used the occasion to formally kick off its Centennial Celebration with confetti cannons and the unveiling of Dixie’s Centennial logo. DSC’s Centennial Celebration is a 17-month affair filled with events and festivities leading up to the institution’s 100th birthday in September of 2011.
 
Dixie State College Set to Transition to Summer Four-Day Work Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 5, 2010) For the eighth 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 10. The schedule will remain in effect during the summer months through Friday, Aug. 13. The college will resume its regular schedule on Monday, Aug. 16.
 
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 in past years, the four-day workweek has saved the college thousands of dollars in utility expenses.
 
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, DSC’s 2010 summer semester will not be affected by the four-day workweek schedule as all Friday classes throughout term will continue as scheduled.

This year’s summer schedule consists of two five-week blocks, which begin May 17 and June 21 respectively, and an eight-week block that runs from June 1 through July 23. In addition, a 14-week block for DSC’s allied health programs begins May 10. To register for summer courses, call 435-652-7701 or logon at www.dixie.edu/reg.

Dixie State College to Provide Free Online Video Streaming of Friday's 99th Commencement Ceremony
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 4, 2010) Dixie State College will offer free live online video streaming of Friday's 99th Commencement Exercises. The URL for the web event is www.dixie.edu/2010commencement. The site will be available beginning at 6 p.m., and instructions on how to view the video will be provided. In addition, the video will be archived on the DSC official website and available for future viewing later that evening.

Dixie State’s 2010 commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m., with David L. Clark, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, serving as commencement speaker. Graduates will march from DSC’s 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 for adults, $7 for children age 12-under. Luncheon tickets are available at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or by call 435-652-7800. For more DSC Commencement information, please visit “http://www.dixie.edu/commencement.

Five to Be Honored as Distinguished Citizens at DSC's Commencement Ceremony Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 3, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will honor five Utah residents during the college’s 99th Annual Commencement Exercises this Friday, May 7, in the Avenna Center Burns Arena. Mr. Jerry Anderson, Mr. Jeremy Johnson, Mr. D. Williams “Bill” Ronnow, Mr. Christopher Roybal and Ms. Vicki R. Wilson, will be recognized as Distinguished Citizens for their exemplary service to the college and community.
 
Jerry Anderson is a noted Utah sculptor who resides in Silver Reef, Utah, where he maintained his studio and gallery in the restored Wells Fargo building for 25 years. He has become widely recognized as a master of bronze sculpture; his work may be found in many private and museum collections from California to Washington, D.C. Some of Anderson’s awards include the “Western Heritage Award” by the Western Artists of America, and the “Sid Burns Award” given at the Death Valley 49ers art show.
 
Anderson was born in Las Vegas, Nev., the son of a well driller. His family traveled around Utah drilling water wells and it was there Anderson first acquired his love for the desert southwest as well as an interest in art. After marrying his wife, Fawn, they moved to southern California, where he was in the steel business for 26 years. Upon moving to the West Coast, he enrolled in the “Famous Artists Course” where he received a diploma in commercial art and illustration.

In 1981, the couple returned to Utah where began devoting full time attention to his sculpting. Some of Anderson’s most noted life-size monuments include “Old Sorrel” and the twelve figures at the Centurium at Southern Utah University, as well as figures at Encampment Mall and the “Rebel” statue at DSC. Anderson’s Tree of Life sculpture can be found at Dixie Regional Medical Center, and several of the founding fathers are also depicted in sculpture at the City of Washington.
 
Besides his art, Anderson enjoys flying his own airplane and riding his Harley, 4-wheeling, fishing and hiking. He and Fawn have been married for 55 years, are the parents of two sons and have four grandchildren.

As an entrepreneur, Jeremy Johnson has always been known for reaching out to others and serving his community. A St. George native and a graduate of Dixie High School, he served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Independence, Mo. Soon after returning from his mission, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own stucco business. Over the next few years, Johnson moved into web endeavors where he became the CEO of a successful Internet business.

Johnson has never taken his success in business for granted. He has coupled his resources, along with his love of flying and endorsements to fly helicopters, to strengthen and expand his opportunities to extend his natural generosity. He has received numerous awards for his willingness to pay it forward, earning recognition in the community for the many rescues he has assisted on with the Washington County Search and Rescue team, providing air support during the St. George flood of 2005, and involving himself in red ribbon week at local elementary schools. Johnson was also a silent contributor who made the “Operation Hero Flight” possible. His resources aided in flying 134 World War II veterans and their families from Utah to Washington D.C., to be honored.

Internationally, Johnson assisted in the Haiti Earthquake Relief efforts as one of the first to step up to deliver food and medical aid to medical tents and orphanages. His 12-day mission to the devastated country solidified his position in our hearts as an unsung hero. His contributions to the earthquake victims and their families continue to date.
 
Johnson resides in his hometown of St. George with his devoted wife Sharla and two beautiful daughters. In his own words, “There are a lot of people who are successful, have a lot of money, and go through life and die lonely happens all the time. I don’t want to be one of those people. I don’t want to be the person who has to answer on the other side and say, ‘I was given everything and I gave nothing.’”

D. Williams “Bill” Ronnow spent six years as a member of the DSC Board of Trustees, from 2003-09, and served as the Board’s first chairman of the audit committee for all six years. Under his direction, the audit committee initiated campus wide audit review procedures to comply with the newly adopted mandates from the Board of Regents. While on the Board of Trustees, Ronnow worked with fellow Trustees for increased funding and approval of expanded bachelor’s degrees; and worked with community and legislative leaders in the effort to affiliate Dixie State College with the University of Utah. He enjoyed working with Presidents Huddleston, Caldwell, and Nadauld and the administration in the advancement of quality and affordable education for students. Ronnow built many friendships with faculty, staff, and members of the Dixie community, and considers his service at Dixie “the most rewarding of my career.”

Born in Salt Lake City, Ronnow moved to southern Utah in 1967, and finished high school in Cedar City. He received a B.A. in English Literature from Southern Utah University in 1978, and a J.D. from the University of Utah School of Law in 1983. He spent 26 years building his practice in southern Utah specializing in civil litigation. He worked closely with municipalities in land use and zoning matters and is currently volunteering as the Ivins City sensitive lands committee chair, and is also the Administrative Law Judge for the City of Ivins. Recently, Ronnow accepted an offer with the Portland, Ore., law firm of Vial and Fotheringham to head their construction defect litigation for their Salt Lake City office.  
 
Ronnow and his wife, Patricia, will celebrate 35 years together this June. The couple now divides their time between their home in St. George and their home in Salt Lake City and enjoy being closer to their kids and grandkids. Bill is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys literature, rodeos and movies.

Christopher Roybal, who served on DSC Board of Trustees from 2007 through 2009, has spent over 20 years in business and economic development. He began his career in management consulting followed by work in the economic development field.
 
Roybal helped create Utah’s first incentive fund assisting major companies such as Boeing and Intel. Following his work as President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, he was appointed by Governor Jon Huntsman as his Senior Economic Development Advisor wherein he co-authored the Governor’s Ten Point Economic Revitalization Plan. Upon completion of his assignment by Governor Huntsman, Roybal returned to the private-sector as President and COO of Northwest Research, a Salt Lake based logistics firm with operations in Utah, Tennessee and Canada.  

Roybal is married with three children and resides in Farmington, Utah. He holds a B.S. in Geophysics from the University of Utah and an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Graduate School of Management.

Vicki Reese Wilson was born and raised in Salt Lake City and first moved to St. George to attend Dixie College on an art scholarship. After graduating from Dixie College (‘77) she returned to Salt Lake to attend the University of Utah. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the U of U with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, and later obtained an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Health Administration from the University of Colorado.

Wilson has worked in various professional and leadership positions in the human resources field for 30 years. She has worked for Intermountain Healthcare for the last 20 years and is currently the Human Resources Director for Intermountain’s Southwest Region. She is accountable for HR services at three hospitals in southern Utah, including Dixie Regional Medical Center, Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City and Garfield Memorial Hospital in Panguitch. As the director of Human Resources, she is responsible for human resources plus the education department, employee health, volunteer services and the child development center.  

Wilson transferred to the St. George community from a similar position with Intermountain in the Salt Lake area. She joined the leadership team in St. George prior to construction of the new hospital on the River Road campus and was instrumental in creating and implementing a workforce plan that ensured the hospital had the desired quantity and quality of employees to meet the tremendous growth in health care services.

In addition, Wilson was a member of DSC’s Board of Trustees for the eight years from 2001 through 2009, and served as the Board’s vice chair from 2007-09. She was a key supporter of the college’s strategic plan to grow health science degrees. Her knowledge of the health care industry and link to professional hospital staff and resources assisted the college in their successful pursuit of several new degrees in the health care field.

Wilson loved Dixie College and the St. George community as a student. She recognizes that the outstanding faculty, friends and community helped shape her young life as a new college student and was thrilled to have the opportunity to return to St. George and be a part of growth for both “Dixies” -- Dixie State College and Dixie Regional Medical Center.  

Wilson and her husband, Terre, are the parents of three children, daughters Dion and Lauren and one son Brett. She loves to spend time outdoors with her family and friends and continues to explore the red rocks, red sand and other beauty found in our community. If she is not out hiking near St. George or Zion she can be found riding her bike, golfing, skiing or returning to the artwork that drew her to this community in the first place.

Dixie State’s 2010 commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m., with David L. Clark, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, serving as commencement speaker. Graduates will march from DSC’s 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 for adults, $7 for children age 12-under. Luncheon tickets are available at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or by call 435-652-7800. For more DSC Commencement information, please visit “http://www.dixie.edu/commencement.
 
 
Dixie State Criminal Justice Program Awards Moot Court Championship Cup
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 3, 2010) Dixie State College’s criminal justice program announced the winners of the inaugural DSC Vice President’s Championship Cup Moot Court Challenge. The student team of Danay Stucki and Brett Sampson, both seniors from St. George, were presented the trophy at a special presentation last week.

DSC held the “Donna Dillingham-Evans Moot Court Challenge,” named in honor of Dixie’s vice president of academics on April 24th. Several teams competed by arguing a legal and factual situation involving a first-degree pre-meditated murder case and the legal defenses to that charge. The tandem of Stucki and Sampson, who were coached by DSC adjunct faculty member Craig Harter, bested the field to claim top honors and were the first to hoist the trophy.

“It was an excellent competition and all the students did an outstanding job of arguing the appellate law,” said DSC criminal justice assistant professor Scott Julian.

Second place honors went to the team of Gabriella Rodriguez (Fr., West Jordan, Utah) and Sean Barnett (Jr., Brigham City, Utah), while the team of Shandon Young (Fr., Hurricane, Utah) and Katina Young (Fr., Hurricane, Utah) placed third. The competition was judged by Washington County Assistant District Attorney Rick Erickson, local attorneys Dan Deschamps and Jake Graff, and DSC communication professor Eric Young.

For more information on the criminal justice program, contact assistant professor Scott Julian at 435-652-7894

Dixie State College of Utah Announces 2010 Valedictorian and Commencement Student Speakers
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 29, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah has announced who will represent the graduating class of 2010 as its Valedictorian and Associate Degree student speaker at the college’s 99th Commencement Exercises next Friday, May 7, at the Avenna Center Burns Arena.
 
Ms. Whitney Phillips, a senior communication major originally from Tetonia, Idaho, will serve as the Baccalaureate Degree Valedictorian speaker. Ms. Emily Thomas, a 16-year-old student currently enrolled in the Southern Utah Center for Computer, Engineering, and Science Students (SUCCESS) Academy program, will speak on behalf of the Associate Degree class. Thomas, who is also a student at Dixie High School, will be the youngest graduating commencement speaker in DSC history.
 
Phillips, who also served as DSC’s Associate Degree Commencement speaker in 2008, and her family moved to St. George from Idaho during her senior year in high school and was a 2006 graduate of Dixie HS. She has spent the last three years of her time at Dixie as a member of the Dixie Sun student newspaper staff, including serving as news editor this year. Phillips continually learned valuable journalistic skills from her advisor and peers, and she is very appreciative for that experience. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to interact with her fellow students and has worked as a DSC Writing Center tutor since her freshman year. Phillips plans to further her education in journalism this fall at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
 
Thomas enjoys exploring the world around her, especially through chemistry, math, writing, literature, physics, biology, history, political science, and just about every subject whose class she has had the good fortune to attend. She has been awarded the Utah State "Top Scholar" in the Academic Decathlon, and has won medals in astronomy, dynamic planet, chemistry lab, rocks and minerals, and road scholar at the State Science Olympiads. Thomas recently attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta, Ga., and successfully wrote 50,000 words during National Novel Writing Month. Her future goals include pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
 
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 2010 commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m., with David L. Clark, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, serving as commencement speaker. Graduates will march from DSC’s 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 for adults, $7 for children age 12-under. Luncheon tickets are available at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or by call 435-652-7800. For more DSC Commencement information, please visit “http://www.dixie.edu/commencement.
 
 
Dixie State College to Confer 1,887 Degrees and Certificates May 7th
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 28, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will graduate its largest baccalaureate class in school history at its 99th Annual Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 7, at 6 p.m., in the Avenna Center Burns Arena. Along with the usual “Pomp and Circumstance,” Dixie State will also use the occasion to formally kick off its Centennial Celebration. The Centennial Celebration will be a 17-month affair filled with events and festivities leading up to the institution’s 100th birthday in September of 2011.
 
To date, the college is slated to confer a total of 1,245 total degrees, including 330 bachelor degrees, an increase of 43 percent from last year (231 bachelor’s degrees) and more than double the number in 2008, along with 915 associate degrees, which is up 10 percent from 2008-09. In addition, 642 vocational and technical certificates will be awarded, which is 255 more than a year ago.
 
Of the record 330 baccalaureate degrees to be conferred, more than half (163) of the graduates will come from three of DSC’s four-year programs – business administration (72), elementary education (48) and communication (43), along with a record 39 graduates in Dixie’s integrated studies program. In all, students will be graduating in 12 of DSC’s four-year degree programs, including the first-ever class of six graduates in the College’s new music program.
 
Five foreign countries (Canada, Finland, Japan, South Korea, Peru) and 29 states are represented in the Class of 2010. Meanwhile, nearly 87 percent of DSC’s graduates call Utah home (1,058 students), with 27 of the state’s 29 counties represented, while over two-thirds of those students (631) hail from Washington County. Female graduates constitute almost 56 percent of the class, while the class ranges in age from 16 to 62.

This year’s graduating class also features second class of high school students who will be awarded an associate degree as part of the Southern Utah Center for Computer, Engineering, and Science Students (SUCCESS) Academy program. The SUCCESS Academy is a state-approved early college high school in partnership with Washington County School District and Dixie State College. This academically rigorous and challenging program provides students the opportunity to earn an associate degree through an on-campus college curriculum while also completing their high school graduation requirements at their boundary high school. The Success Academy on the DSC campus began in the fall of 2006 and to date, 99 students have completed the program to earn their associate degree, including 45 students this year.
 
Whitney Phillips, a senior communication major originally from Teton Valley, Idaho, will serve as the Baccalaureate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker. Emily Thomas, a 16-year-old student currently enrolled in the SUCCESS Academy, will speak on behalf of the Associate Degree class. Thomas, who is also a student at Dixie High School, will be the youngest graduating commencement speaker in DSC history.
 
One honorary doctorate degree will be awarded during the exercises, with commencement speaker, David L. Clark, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, receiving the honor. In addition, Mr. Jerry Anderson, Mr. Jeremy Johnson, Mr. D. Williams Ronnow, Mr. Christopher A. Roybal and Ms. Vicki R. Wilson, will receive Distinguished Citizen Awards.
 
Dixie State’s 2010 commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m., with David L. Clark, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, serving as commencement speaker. Graduates will march from DSC’s 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 for adults, $7 for children age 12-under. Luncheon tickets are available at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or by call 435-652-7800. For more DSC Commencement information, please visit “http://www.dixie.edu/commencement.
 
 
Spring Students of the Semester Honored at Dixie State College
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 27, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah paid tribute to one of the highest number of recipients in of the Student of the Semester award in school history as 44 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 William Kirschner in allied health/medical radiography; Kyler Braunberger and Trevor Braunberger in art/sculpture & ceramics; Ben O’Barr in art/painting installation and integrated studies; Rashelle Brady in art/painting/drawing; Alan McNair in auto technology; Truston Humpries in accounting; Rebecca Glauser in business administration; Whitney Phillips in communication; Rachel Tanner in communication/print journalism; Kate Semmens in communication/broadcast journalism; Whitney Brooks in communication/public relations; Kasia Palmer in public communication; Don Sheline in communication/digital film production; Sherri Pandya in organizational communication; Matt Hanks in interpersonal communication; Jessica Brown in CIT/visual technology; Andrew Page in CIT/computer science; Klayton Kolb in CIT/information technology; Vicki Webb in dance; Kayla Harris in dental hygiene; Hillarie Rosenberg in elementary education; and Matt Barber in secondary education.

In addition, Shawn Mattson received the award in the area of in English/professional-technical writing, as did Jackie Fletcher in English/literary studies; Aaron Meadows in English/freshman writing; Derek Schweitzer in English/education; Haili Hunter in early childhood development; Gregory Anderson in Humanities/Spanish-foreign language; Aime Skelton in humanities; Susan Henderson in history; Katina Young in criminal justice; Chase Bigham in philosophy; Heather Tuttle in mathematics/Hurricane Center; Natasha Stander in mathematics/DSC; Aaron Lund in vocal music; Kirstin Hoyt in instrumental music; Brett Burrows in practical nursing; Jennifer Harrington in nursing (associate); Susan Cooper in nursing (bachelor’s); Cassi Merrill in physical science; Holly Van Orden in psychology; Jessica Rice in biology; and Grace Wells in theatre.

Dixie State College Hands Out Year-End Dixie Awards
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 27, 2010) The winners of the 2010 Dixie Awards at Dixie State College were announced last week at the annual Dixie Awards Ceremony, held in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater 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.

Ten students were presented awards in a number of academic emphases. The winners included Montana Platt in English; Justin Hansen in music; Whitney Phillips in communication; Hillarie Rosenberg in education; Kirby Cook in computer & information technology; Derek Bradley in biology; Camille Jensen-Fairbanks in dental hygiene; Jesse Broome in nursing; Jeff Clark in accounting; and Tony Christensen in business and finance.
 
Other student award winners included Shayley Nutter with the “Heart of Dixie” award; Nate Jensen the “Dixie Spirit” award; and Jareau Cordell the “Outstanding Student Involvement” award. Outgoing studentbody president Dewey Denning was named “Outstanding Male Student,” while Stefanie Higginson was tabbed as “Outstanding Female Student.” DSC women’s soccer player Mikaela Wilkes was named “Athlete of the Year,” Nick Rhodes was selected student “Entertainer of the Year,” and the DSC Polynesian Club won “Student Organization of the Year” honors.

DSC assistant professor of English Dr. AmiJo Comeford was voted “Faculty Member of the Year” by the studentbody, while the “Distinguished Service Staff Award” was presented to DSC Scholarship Coordinator Sue Perschon, and Dr. Tom McNeillis was named “Advisor of the Year” for his work with the Rural Health Scholars student club.

Dixie State College Business Department Chair Dr. Philip Lee Receives Service Award at International DECA Competition
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 27, 2010) Dr. Philip Lee, chair and associate dean of Dixie State College’s Business Department, was honored with the “Outstanding Service Award,” presented by the National DECA/Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) Board of Directors, at the annual DECA International Business Conference and Competition held last week in Louisville, Ky.

Dr. Lee has over 30 years of service both to DSC and in the DECA/Delta Epsilon Chi organization. He has been a member of the national DECA post-secondary advisory council and has garnered Utah state and national DEX Advisor of the Year recognition. Lee served as chair of the DSC Business Department from 1987-91, and again from 1997 to present. In addition, he has served as associate dean of the business department since 2007.
 
“I greatly appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to be associated with this outstanding international student organization and I am deeply honored by this award,” Lee said.
 
Lee earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Southern Utah University, a Master’s Degree in Marketing/Distributive Education from Utah State University, and his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

The award is presented to one post-secondary administrator annually and the recipient is selected from among hundreds of colleges and universities from around the country. The award recognizes marketing education personnel who have rendered outstanding contributions toward DECA/Delta Epsilon Chi for more than five years at the local, state and national level.

Dixie State College Accounting Students Provide Community Service During 2010 Tax Season
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 27, 2010) Students in Dixie State College’s four-year accounting program, in association with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, provided nearly 1,100 hours of community service during the recent tax preparation season. During the nine weeks prior to the April 15 tax return deadline, certified tax accounting students assisted over 700 community members in the completion and filing of their tax returns at no charge.
 
Dr. Kevin Barrett, DSC Professor of Accounting, noted that 340 hours were devoted to student certification (IRS Basic, Intermediate and Advanced), with preparation oversight provided by Certified Public Accounting faculty tax professionals. Through this preparation and the professionalism of the students, DSC’s VITA program achieved the lowest IRS rejection rate in the Southern Utah Coalition.
 
“We were happy to be instrumental in saving members of the community an estimated $195,525 with this no fee for service tax preparation,” Dr. Barrett said “In all, our clients received over $1,250,483 in both federal and state refunds during the time our students devoted to their clients.”   

Barrett added that the students are able to practically use their classroom studies in a realistic setting which mirrors what they can expect to experience professionally. He noted that each completed tax return was first reviewed by a peer reviewer (who did not create the tax return) and then by a faculty supervisor.
 
Student volunteers were supervised by tax professors who are certified public accountants and are present at the VITA site during tax preparation. In addition, the VITA program provides further assistance to any client to resolve post-filing matters that might arise after the completion of their return.
 
Barrett said that the students will provided the free VITA tax service again next February. For more information on the VITA program, please contact Barrett at 435-652-7747.


Dixie State Theater Student Whitney Cox Wins KCACTF/Irene Ryan National Acting Competition
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 21, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah theater student Whitney Morgan Cox bested all comers en route to winning the Irene Ryan National Acting Competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) held last week in Washington, D.C. For her efforts, Ms. Cox won the coveted Irene Ryan Scholarship and earned the distinction of being named the country’s top collegiate actor.

Cox, a senior theatre major from Santa Clara, Utah, along with her scene partner Jon Dodart, a junior communication major from St. George, won the national title and the $3,000 scholarship by performing a scene from DSC’s 2009 production of 110 in the Shade, in which Cox portrayed the character “Lizzy Curry.” The duo earned the national berth by winning the KCACTF Regional competition held at Dixie State last month.
 
“I’m still kind of in shock by it – the title of top collegiate actor,” Cox said. “The competition was really intense because everybody there was so awesome. There wasn’t an actor [in the competition] that didn’t deliver good work.

“It was very intimidating seeing these graduate and university students who come from established theater programs up there performing this fantastic work,” she added. “That made my anxiety a lot worse, which I think always makes me into a better performer because it made me feel like I had something to prove and to make sure [the judges] knew that I worked really hard to be there as well.”

Cox originally came to Dixie as a psychology major and to dance, but an injury forced her to give up on dancing. After taking an acting class with her younger brother, Cox was hooked and has been a mainstay on DSC stage ever since. Cox paid tribute to Dixie’s theater program and the quality of the many talented students that have helped build it.

“The biggest thing is the fact that now everybody realizes that Dixie has a formidable theater program, a program that is really putting out good students,” Cox said. “Now when we go to competitions, or festivals, or even to auditions, people will know who Dixie is and understand it’s a good program. That’s the biggest thing for me and I can put [Dixie] on my resume.”

Cox will complete her studies next semester and will be one of the first Dixie students to earn a bachelor’s degree in theatre, a new four-year degree that was approved by the Utah State Board of Regents earlier this month.

“We have known that Whitney was very talented, but to have her win this award is both a credit to her talents and abilities, but it also speaks to the experiences and opportunities we’ve been able to give her here at Dixie,” said DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport. “Whitney represents what we hope is a standard that all of our students will aspire to reach.”

Cox became the second DSC Theater student to win a national title at the KCACTF Festival in Washington, D.C. In 2008, DSC student Guy Smith won the national Stage Makeup competition for his designs for the College's production of Sweeney Todd.

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, Calif., has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty “Granny” in The Beverly Hillbillies.

KCACTF is dedicated to encouraging, recognizing, and celebrating the finest and most diverse work produced in college and university theater programs. The eight regional festivals and national festival provide an opportunity for college and university theater departments to present their work, especially new or student-written work, and to receive outside assessment. Since its establishment in 1969, the KCACTF has reached more than 17.5 million theatergoers, students, and teachers nationwide.

DSC First Lady Margaret Nadauld to Address Final 2009-10 DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 26, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host its final President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2009-10 academic year, featuring DSC First Lady Margaret Nadauld, this Monday, May 3. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Mrs. Nadauld will share her presentation entitled “Recent and Future Dixie State College Activities, as seen by the First Lady,” in which she will present a unique and personal perspective of the state of Dixie State College.
 
Nadauld attended Snow College and graduated from BYU with a secondary teaching degree. She has taught high school English and speech in Utah and in Massachusetts. She has served on the Board of the Church Educational System and as a member of the Board of Trustees of BYU, and is an author of two books and numerous articles. In addition, Nadauld has served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many positions. She was serving on the Relief Society General Board when, in 1997, she was called by President Gordon B. Hinckley to be the Young Women General President for the Church.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 17 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 final President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2009-10 academic year will be held on Monday, May 3, 2010, featuring a lecture by DSC First Lady Margaret Nadauld entitled “Recent and Future DSC Activities, as Seen by the First Lady.”

Dixie State College Business Students Notch Top Marks at International DECA Competition
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 26, 2010) Members of Dixie State College of Utah’s chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi turned in a successful performance at the DECA International Business competition held last week in Louisville, Ky. The students competed against other college and university students in the areas of marketing, management, finance, law, hospitality and entrepreneurship.

According to Dr. Philip Lee, chair of DSC’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business, Dixie State placed seven of its 10 participating students into the top 10 in their respective areas, compared to the approximate 12% national average for the rest of the field.

Among the top-10 national finishers were Tony Christensen (Sr.; St. George) in Financial Services Management; Melissa Cowles (Soph.; St. George) and Katie Bock (Soph.; Grand Junction, Colo.) in Business to Business Marketing; Jerry Jones (Soph.; St. George) and Ben Bybee (Jr.; St. George) in Business Law; and Alan Ayala (Jr.; Santa Clara, Utah) and Brandon Staples (Sr.; Mesa, Ariz.) in Business Ethics.

“Our students really performed well at this competition,” said Dr. Lee. “I know we say it every year, but I really do think it’s a great indication of the quality of our programs and the education students get here at Dixie State College.”  

In all, approximately 2,200 students from across the country, along with representation from Puerto Rico and Canada, took part in the international competition.  



Dixie State Piano Ensemble Concert Set for April 28
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 23, 2010) Dixie State College’s Fine Arts Department will present its Piano Ensemble in a special concert event on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus. Admission to the concert is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Nancy Allred and Caroline Jennings, is made up of DSC students majoring in music with an emphasis in piano. The students will perform duets and quartets for one or two pianos featuring a number of compositions, including Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7,” Lecuona’s “Malaguena,” and Grieg’s “Norwegian Dances.” In addition, the students will perform Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” and Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance.”

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

The Vision of Shakespeare the Focus of the Final Dixie Forum of the 2009-10 Academic Year
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 22, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation wraps up a successful 2009-10 academic year this Tuesday, April 27, with a presentation by University of Utah Renaissance scholar Dr. Mark Matheson. Dr. Matheson’s visit to Dixie State is made possible by funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council promotes understanding of diverse traditions, values and ideas through informed public discussion.

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.

Matheson’s presentation, entitled “Visionary Humanism: The Concept of Imagination in Shakespeare's work from Macbeth through The Tempest,” will analyze instances of imaginative vision from the later plays. He will include instances such as Macbeth's evocation of "pity, like a naked new-born babe/ Striding the blast;” Cleopatra's "dream" of Antony; and Caliban's "The clouds, methought, would open and show riches/ Ready to drop upon me." Matheson will illuminate such passages through reference to Renaissance conceptions of imagination and to the work of William Blake, and will explore the role of the visionary in the development of what seems to be a new kind of humanism in the later plays--an imaginative humanism specific to the post-Reformation world.

Matheson received his doctorate (D.Phil.) in Renaissance English from the University of Oxford in 1990, and has taught in the English Department and the Honors Program at the University of Utah for nearly 20 years. He has published articles on Shakespeare's plays in both Shakespeare Survey and Shakespeare Quarterly, and has conducted two seminars in London on Shakespeare's work and Renaissance culture for University of Utah students, in conjunction with the Gordon B. Hinckley Endowment for British Studies. In addition, Matheson directed a seminar on the Renaissance for Dixie State College faculty in 2005.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.

Dixie State Choral Ensemble Presents Annual Spring Concert April 29
 (ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 22, 2010) The Dixie State College Choral Ensemble will close an exciting 2009-10 season of cultural arts concerts and events on the DSC campus with its annual Spring Choral Concert on Thursday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus.

The concert will feature four DSC choral ensembles, including the Dixie State College Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz Project, both under the direction of Dr. Robert Briggs, along with the Women’s Chorus, directed by Merrilee Webb, and the Concert Choir, led by Dr. Ken Petersen.

The Choral Ensemble program, entitled “A Plethora of Prodigious and Palatable Pieces Performed Professionally by Pious Performers,” will feature everything from Bach to rock, and some surprises in between. The concert promises to be a stirring and fitting way to draw the curtain on another successful cultural arts season on the Dixie campus.

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.


Annual Dixie State College Spring Garden Tour Set to Bloom This Saturday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 19, 2010) The 25th-Annual Dixie Spring Garden Tour will be held Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the Garden Tour go directly toward a Dixie State College scholarship. This year’s Tour will feature gardens in the Ivins and Kayenta area.
 
Each garden offers 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 are wanting to find the right plant for their garden, or a special feature for the yard,” said Director of Community Education Janet O’Riley, “Every penny raised from the tour goes toward scholarships at Dixie State. This year over $7,500 will be given to deserving high school and college students.”

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 #120) in St. George, Little Garden Sprout in Santa Clara, Backyards Gardens and Gifts (formerly Plant World Nursery), or both St. George locations of Star Nursery. 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 652-7671.


Spots Still Available for DSC Scholarship Associates Golf Scramble at Sand Hollow April 30
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 19, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host its annual DSC Scholarship Associates Scramble for Scholarships Golf Tournament on Friday, April 30, 2010, at Sand Hollow Golf Resort in Hurricane. Proceeds from the golf tournament will go to benefit needs-based scholarships at Dixie State.

This four-person scramble will feature a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m., with check-in beginning at 6:45 a.m. Cost is $125 per player/$500 per team, which includes green fees and cart, tee prizes and lunch on the course. In addition, there will be prizes for the top team, a raffle and golf skills contests on selected holes.

“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. “This is a great opportunity for the community to get out in this great Dixie weather, play some golf, and help Dixie State provide scholarship opportunities for students in need.”

For more information or to register, contact DSC Associate Vice President George Whitehead at 652-7536 or at whiteheg@dixie.edu.

Dixie State to Host Benefit Chorale Concert April 21
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 16, 2010) Dixie State College’s Cultural Arts Department is hosting a benefit chorale concert, featuring “Great Works of Master Composers,” on Wednesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Concert Hall.

Monies raised through this special concert event will to benefit the families of Annie Rowan and Arizona Smith-Lahrman, who are young children in the St. George community who recently received liver transplants. The concert is free to attend, though there is a suggested donations of $5 per person to help the families offset rising medical expenses.

The Southwest Symphony Chorale will join forces with the Choir of Desert Hills High School, The Good Shepherd Presbyterian Bell Choir, and the Southwest Symphony Chamber Orchestra, to perform works by some of the world’s most famous composers, including Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn and Goudnod, among others. In addition, Ms. Terri Metcalf-Peterson, adjunct professor of voice at DSC, will be a featured soprano soloist with the Chorale.

“The music is exciting, beautiful and varied in styles and periods of composition,” said Dr. Robert Briggs, DSC assistant professor of choral and vocal studies. “The patrons will no doubt recognize several of the pieces as they are performed. I invite everyone to join us and enjoy worthy music for a worthy cause.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Briggs at 435-652-7922 or at briggs@dixie.edu.

DSC Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Spring Concert April 24
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 16, 2010) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, will present its final concert of the academic year on Saturday, April 24, 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 a mix of selections by American and European composers, including Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” and Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” In addition, the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings,” Dvorak’s “Carnival Overture,” and “Capriccio Espagnol” by Rimsky Korsakov, among other selections.

The program will also include a special guest appearance by DSC vocal director Dr. Ken Peterson, who will sing the beloved “Nessun Dorma,” from Puccini’s opera “Turandot.”

“Much of the classical repertoire for orchestra is dominated by European composers, so it is unique that we have two American composers represented in this program,” Dr. Abegg said. “We are excited to have Dr. Peterson join us for ‘Nessun Dorma,’ an opera piece which became the signature piece of Luciano Pavarotti.”

The DSC Symphony Orchestra recently perform at the inauguration of DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld, and will perform as part of DSC’s upcoming 2010 Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 7.

General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Dixie State's "Raging Red" Show Choir Teams Up With Renowned Pianist Jon Schmidt for Benefit Concert April 20
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 15, 2010) Dixie State College’s “Raging Red” Show Choir will team up with world-renowned pianist Jon Schmidt for a fundraising concert on Tuesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus. Proceeds from the concert will go to help offset the costs of “Raging Red’s” upcoming goodwill tour of China, slated to take place this May 9-20.

“Raging Red,” under the direction of Merrilee Webb, was established in January of 2009 as a goodwill and showcase performance group for Dixie State. The ensemble is a powerful, exciting and talented outreach group that performs and teaches in local schools throughout the state and region, and at a number of community and campus events.

General admission tickets are now available at the Avenna Center Ticket Office for $8, $5 for DSC students, faculty and staff with a valid activity card. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or to purchase tickets online, visit “tickets.dixie.edu.”

Dixie State's "Raging Red" Show Choir Set to Perform at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 15, 2010) The penultimate Dixie State College weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series event of the 2009-10 academic year promises to amaze and delight this Tuesday, April 20, as DSC’s “Raging Red” Show Choir will infuse the Dixie Spirit into all that attend.

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.

“Raging Red,” under the direction of Merrilee Webb, was established in January of 2009 as a goodwill and showcase performance group for Dixie State. The ensemble is a powerful, exciting and talented outreach group that performs and teaches in local schools throughout the state and region, and at a number of community and campus events.

Tuesday’s Forum will feature “Raging Red’s” performance program, complete with singing and choreography, which has dazzled thousands of spectators over the past year. The show will also serve as one of the last tune-up performances before 30 members of the ensemble, along with several DSC administrators, represent Dixie State and the community during a goodwill tour of China this May 9-20.   
 
The final Dixie Forum of the 2009-10 academic year will be held on Tuesday, April 27, featuring a lecture on Shakespeare by Mark Matheson. For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.
 
DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles to Perform Final Season Concert April 22
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 15, 2010) The Dixie State College Jazz and Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of DSC Music Chair Glenn Webb, will take the stage for the final time this concert season for a special performance on Thursday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.  

The Percussion Ensemble will perform a wide variety of musical styles, including Music for Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich, which has been a standard of percussion concerts since its premiere in 1970, along with Sextet for Violin and Percussion by Alan Hovhaness, featuring Dixie State Symphony Orchestra violinist Makenzie Warren. Hovhaness’ blend of Eastern and Western musical styles produces a mystical and enchanting mood.

The Jazz Ensemble will also perform the Gordon Goodwin arranged, Beauty and the Beast, featuring saxophonist BJ Vick, along with the exciting composition Two Seconds to Midnight with brassman Austin Paxman and guitarist Isaac Gish, and the Count Basie composition Tree Frog, which will display the talents of trumpet player Derek Thomas. In addition, several student musicians will be spotlighted throughout the performance, including Jill Montgomery on the flute, Kirby Cook on piano, Nick Lanners on trumpet, and Courtney Thomas on the xylophone.
 
Tickets are available at the door or through the Avenna Center Box Office. Tickets are $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff.  High school musicians may receive complementary tickets by contacting the Dixie State College Music Department at 652-7790.  

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

Dixie State College to Hold 34th Annual Student Ceramic Sale April 21-22
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 14, 2010) The Dixie State College of Utah art department will hold its annual student ceramic sale next Wednesday and Thursday, April 21-22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the main lobby of the DSC North Plaza Art Building (west entrance), located on 55 South 900 East.
 
Now in its 34th year, this annual end-of-the-year 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. 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 sale, please call DSC art professor Glen Blakley at 435-652-7795.

DSC Symphony Band Takes the Stage for Annual Spring Concert Aptil 20
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 14, 2010) The Dixie State College Symphony Band will take the stage for the final time in the 2009-10 season with its annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The 78-piece symphony band, under the direction of Gary Caldwell, will perform nine stirring compositions, beginning the Jack Stamp composition “Gavorkna Fanfare,” followed by the Franz von Suppe’ galloping classic “Light Calvary Overture,” which will be conducted by student Austin Paxman. The band will also perform Jaime Texidor Dalmau’s “Amparito Roca,” led by student conductor Ben Stratford, and the Thomas Doss melodious composition entitled “Cantus.”

In addition, the symphony band will perform pair of Leroy Anderson compositions, including “Clarinet Candy” and “Bugler’s Holiday,” which features three trumpet solos by students Derek Thomas, Nick Lanners and Ryan Tommer. The band will also play some New Orleans jazz with “Tuba Tiger Rag,” arranged by Harry Decosta, which will feature tuba solo performances by students Ben Stratford and Steve Hymas, along with Jim Brickey.

The symphony band will close the evening’s performance with “Sunrise At Angel’s Gate,” commissioned by Colonel Finley Hamilton, conductor of the United States Army Field Band, and the Jim Curnow arranged “The Cowboys Overture,” will serve as the grand finale.

General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

Dixie State College's Annual Artist Showcase Exhibit Set to Open in the Sears Gallery This Weekend
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 13, 2010) The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center is presenting the annual Dixie State Artist’s Showcase, which will on display beginning on Friday, April 16.

A free artist reception will be held Friday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and guests will be first to view the art show, enjoy refreshments, musical entertainment, and meet the artists.

The showcase will feature a wide variety of art media, including oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, drawings in various media, ceramics, mixed media sculptures, traditional and digital photography and various art installations. The exhibit is a strong presentation of the many studio art classes offered at Dixie State. Several students exhibiting work will be graduating with an Associate of Arts degree and a Bachelors of Integrated Studies.

“The DSC Artist’s Showcase highlights the art produced in the Art Department though the past year,” says DSC Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz. “Our art professors teach, direct, and prepare their students to present themselves and their artwork in a profession manner for this exhibit each year. It has become a favorite exhibit of students and the community.”

Of note is an installation titled "Endgame," by Art and Integrated Studies student Ben O'Barr. In addition, DSC Art Department professors also display their recent work, including Dennis Martinez, Del Parson, Glen Blakley, Kay Miner, and Molly Lund.

“The DSC Artist’s Showcase turns the gallery into a complexity of content and creativity,” Cieslewicz added. “I enjoy the ideas and especially the meaning behind the art. Maybe the artist had a message that they intended to put forth, but often the viewer brings their own life experiences into the process and glean their own interpretation. This subjectivity makes it possible for all art to be appreciated on some level by every patron.”

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through Thursday, May 6, with exhibit hours running weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact Sears Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz at 435-652-7909, or DSC art professor Dennis Martinez at 435-652-7794.

Dixie State College Alumni Association to Host an "Evening of Dixie" April 17
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 9, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Alumni Association is hosting a special “Evening of Dixie,” as part of D-Week festivities, on Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m., at the DSC Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“Evening of Dixie” will take those in attendance on a fun look back at the history of Dixie, featuring performances by DSC’s Raging Red Show Choir, and former members of Dixie College’s Program Bureau, which was under the direction of the late Mrs. “D” Roene DiFiore. The evening will also include an oral history of Dixie, presented by DSC Alumni President Connor Shakespeare and his mother, Gloria Shakespeare.
 
A free refreshment social will follow the event at 8 p.m., in the Sears Art Museum Gallery. For more information, contact DSC Alumni Association Director Kalynn Larson at 435-652-7535, or at larson@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College to Host String Chamber Spring Concert April 18
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 9, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Department of Music is presenting a special string chamber spring concert on Sunday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the DSC Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

The program, under the direction of DSC music faculty member Dr. Amy Leung, will feature performances by four student string and piano performances, beginning with Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op. 13, featuring Clarissa Chamberlain and Jennifer Coles on violin, Kaitlyn Stone on viola, and Nathan Bybee on cello.

The program will also include Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 3, no. 3, with Katelyn Wall on violin, Corinne Nelson on cello, and Katrine Smith on piano; and Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata in C major, Op. 119 for Cello and Piano, featuring Jessika Soli on cello and Justin Hansen on piano.

The concert will conclude with a second Mendelssohn piece entitled Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, with McKenzie Warren on violin, Mattison Warren on cello, and Justin Hansen on piano.

General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

For more information, contact Dr. Leung at 435-652-7996, or at leung@dixie.edu.


Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum Features Stories and Experiences in Law Enforcement
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 8, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, April 13, featuring what promises to be a lively hour-long discussion from two longtime veterans of law enforcement in Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith and Ivins City Director of Public Safety Bob Flowers.

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.

Sheriff Smith’s law enforcement career has spanned 32 years, beginning in 1978 when he was sworn in as a member of the Utah Highway Patrol. He served with the UHP for 21 years before being elected Washington County Sheriff in 1998, and he is currently serving his third term as the county's highest-ranking law enforcement official. In his capacity as Sheriff, Smith has responsibility for 151 employees and 450 inmates at the Purgatory Correctional facility.
During his time with the UHP, Smith received many honors and awards including Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Outstanding Police Officer of the Year, and Outstanding Utah Public Employee. He was awarded the Department of Public Safety Star for Valor, the Golden Beehive Award for recovering the most stolen vehicles in the state, and the Silver Beehive Award three times for recovering the most stolen vehicles in the region.   
                          
Over his near 12 years as sheriff, Smith was named “Lawman of the Year” for the State of Utah twice by his peers in the Utah Sheriff’s Association. He currently serves on several committees and organizations including Western States Sheriff’s Association, National Sheriffs Association, and the Governors DUI commission. He is also a board member for The Children’s Justice Center, the Dove Center, Drug Court, and several other local service organizations. During his tenure as Sheriff, Smith faced several high profile challenges, including the 2005 Santa Clara River flooding, and the incarceration and prosecution of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs in 2007.

Flowers has served in the area of public safety for thirty years. He served four years in the United States Coast Guard then spent the next 26 years serving as police officer and working through the ranks. Flowers as served as Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Utah, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region VIII, and Chief of Police for the City of St. George.
 
In addition, Flowers served as the chairman of the Utah Olympic Safety Command for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The Olympic Command had the responsibility for coordinating and directing the efforts of over 11,000 public safety personnel from more than 40 local, state, and federal agencies. During his time with FEMA, Flowers led the agency’s response to several events across the region, which included flooding in North and South Dakota, along with fires in Montana, Utah, and Colorado. Additionally, Flowers was selected to serve as a Principle Federal Official by the Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security in preparation for a pandemic flu response.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday at 12 noon through the rest of the spring semester. The next Forum on April 20, will feature an hour-long performance by DSC’s Raging Red Show Choir, which is in the middle of preparations for a goodwill trip to China this upcoming May.


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 Browning Library to Participate in National Library Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 7, 2010) In celebration of next week’s National Library Week, the faculty and staff at Dixie State College of Utah’s Val A. Browning Library are participating in a number of events to commemorate the week.

In conjunction with the Utah State Library (USL), Utah Library Association (ULA), Utah Educational Library Media Association (UELMA), Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) and other organizations, DSC is participating in the “Snapshot 2010-One Day in the Life of Utah Libraries” event on Monday, April 12. This event allows library staffs to show what happens in a single day in their libraries, including how many books are checked out, and show how many people utilize library services for a variety of uses, including finding a job, doing their homework, and other activities. The initiative provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos and stories that allow library advocates to prove the value of their local libraries to decision-makers and increase public awareness.

In addition to the “Snapshot” event, the DSC Browning Library will host a special poetry reading session on Tuesday evening, April 13, at 7 p.m., in the Library Conference Room. The Browning Library faculty, staff and student workers will also be collecting canned goods and other food items throughout the week to benefit the Dixie Care Share as part of its community outreach program.   
 
For more information about on DSC’s participation with National Library Week, please contact DSC Browning Library Dean and Director Daphne Selbert at 435-652-7711 (selbert@dixie.edu), or Tracey O’Kelly at 435-652-7710 (okelly@dixie.edu).
 

"Blast From 'D' Past" the Theme for Dixie State's Annual D-Week Festivities
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 7, 2010) “Blast from ‘D’ Past” serves as the theme for Dixie State College of Utah’s annual second homecoming known as D-Week, which will run from April 12-17, 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.

The full slate of D-Week of events begins on Monday, April 12, with a D-Week kick-off activity from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring music provided by Red Storm Radio and pancakes, along with decorations and displays spread throughout campus.

Other main attractions during D-Week include the painting of “D” Road, located at 300 S. and 800 E. on the DSC campus, on Tuesday, April 13, at 4 p.m., followed by a Rootdown Concert and Root Beer event at the Fountain Amphitheater at 7 p.m. The annual D-Queen Pageant will be held on Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater. Tickets for the pageant are available at the DSC Avenna Center ticket office for $3, while DSC students, faculty and staff receive free admission with a valid ID card.

The festivities continue Thursday, April 15, featuring a free outdoor movie presentation of “The Blind Side,” beginning at 7 p.m., at the Encampment Mall.

To many, however, D-Week’s signature event is the Great Race, which will take place Friday, April 16, at 6 p.m., followed by a free BBQ and carnival at the DSC Encampment Mall beginning at 7 p.m. All DSC students, faculty and staff, and the community are invited to participate in the Great Race, carnival and concert festivities. For more information on the Great Race or to enter a team, contact the DSC Alumni Office at 435-652-7535.

The starting point for the Great Race, which will snake its way throughout campus, will be on the Encampment Mall on campus. Over 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.

D-Week wraps up with a busy day of events on Saturday, April 17, beginning with the annual tradition of whitewashing the ‘D’ on Black Hill, which includes a pancake breakfast provided by the DSC Alumni Association, at 7 a.m., followed by a flag football tournament beginning at 9 a.m., at the Encampment Mall.

Then at 7 p.m., the DSC Alumni Association will be hosting an “Evening of Dixie,” which will take those in attendance on a fun look back at the history of Dixie, featuring the Raging Red Show Choir, former members of Dixie College’s Program Bureau. The “Evening of Dixie” is a free event that will begin at 7 p.m., at the Eccles Fine Arts Center, followed by a refreshment social at the Sears Art Museum Gallery at 8 p.m.

The D-Day Dance will wrap up the festivities later that evening at 9 p.m., in the Gardner Center Ballroom, followed by the annual “True Rebel Night” event held at midnight at the fountain. Tickets for the D-Day Dance are available at the door for $5 per couple, or $10 for single attendees.

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.

Dixie State's Education Department to Host Special Astronomy Night at Coral Cliffs Elementary School Wednesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 5, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Education Department has partnered with astronomy students at Coral Cliffs Elementary School (CCES) for an Astronomy Night especially designed for CCES students, faculty and parents. The Astronomy Night will be held this Wednesday, April 7th, at CCES.

According to Dr. Tracey Wheeler from DSC’s Education Department, the Astronomy Night will include viewing a number of objects in space, including planets, the moon and other galaxies. In addition, students will be able to participate in number of astronomy works stations, which will teach students about planets, stars, space forces, space travel and how to use a telescope.

“This event provides opportunities for our students to learn and to serve our community through enriching science experiences,” said Dr. Wheeler.
 
For more information about Astronomy Night, please contact Dr. Tracey Wheeler at 435-652-7742 (wheeler@dixie.edu), or Dr. Gary Cooper in the DSC Science Department at 435-652-7767 (gcooper@dixie.edu).

DSC Dance Company Takes to the Stage for Annual Spring Concert April 8-9
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 2, 2010) 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 8-9, at 7:30 p.m., 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’s talented dance students and faculty. The concert will feature a variety of dance styles, including classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom, lyrical contemporary and hip-hop, among other styles.
 
General admission ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 65-over) and youth (age 17-under). DSC students, faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $2 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

Dixie State Receives Approval for Three New Degrees at Thursday Board of Regents Meeting
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 2, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah received Utah State Board of Regents approval to offer three new degree programs, including the institution’s 14th and 15th baccalaureate degrees, at its meeting held Thursday at Snow College in Ephraim. The degree approvals continue the College’s progression toward fulfilling its mission to offer core, foundational and high demand educational opportunities.

Starting this fall, DSC will begin instruction in its new four-year degrees in Theatre, which will be offered as a Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) or Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree, and a BS degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. In addition, Dixie State received the green light to begin offering a Criminal Justice emphasis in its four-year Integrated Studies program.

The new theatre degree features two emphasis study tracks, acting and design & technology, which will provide students with a meaningful level of professional preparation. School officials noted that job opportunities for trained individuals in theatre are growing, with demand existing in the regional and national job markets, as well as in the local job market. In addition to the typical job titles for theatre professionals, these types of degrees are designed to develop graduates with a wide variety of communication, teamwork, critical thinking and other skills that could lead to placement in a range of meaningful jobs outside of theatre.

Additionally, school officials lauded the institution and area’s rich artistic history and support for the arts as justification for the addition of the theatre degree. Entities such as the Tuacahn Center for the Arts and the St. George Musical Theater (SGMT) could benefit from the addition of theatre to DSC’s array of four-year programs. Since 2004, DSC has housed its fine arts programs in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center, which includes the 500-seat Mainstage Theater, a laboratory (Black Box) theater, a 300-seat concert hall and a 7,000 square foot art gallery.

“Our new theatre degree opens a much-needed fine arts door in southern Utah,” said Dr. Don Hinton, DSC dean of arts and letters. “Dr. [Brent] Hanson deserves tremendous credit for tenaciously working to bring this opportunity to Dixie State students. This degree gives all theatre students an equal door to success, be they actors, directors, costumers, technical or other roles. We feel a deep gratitude for President [Stephen] Nadauld and [DSC VP of Academics] Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans’ help in making this happen.”

Dixie State’s four-year degree in clinical laboratory science (CLS) is designed to prepare students to enter the medical technologist professional field by incorporating an emphasis in chemistry and the skills and tasks demanded by the field. At career entry, a medical technologist will be proficient in performing the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, molecular diagnostics and other emerging diagnostics.

Currently, the University of Utah and Weber State University are the only USHE institutions that offer four-year degrees in CLS, and medical establishments throughout the country, including the prestigious Mayo Medical group, heavily recruit many of the students graduating from those programs. With the addition of a four-year CLS program, Dixie students will also be in demand for those jobs, including positions locally at Dixie Regional Medical Center, and other facilities in northern Arizona and southern Nevada. Last January, DSC received regent approval for an Associate of Applied Science degree in CLS.

“Dixie Regional Medical Center has a great need for both associate and baccalaureate degree-trained clinical laboratory scientists,” said Dr. Carole Grady, DSC Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health. “The Board of Regents’ approval of both the degrees in CLS enhances Dixie State's ability to fulfill community needs for well trained clinical laboratory scientists and provides students with opportunities for career advancement.”

The addition of the criminal justice emphasis to DSC’s four-year integrated studies (IS) degree will provide students an opportunity to specialize in that discipline and another significant supporting area essential to the preparation for a career in criminal justice. Additionally, other emphases in the IS degree, including Spanish, technology, psychology, communication, biology and even English, are greatly enhanced with the addition of the criminal justice emphasis, which in turn gives criminal justice students a number of degree completion possibilities.

“This is an exciting day for DSC’s criminal justice program and our students,” said Scott Julian, DSC assistant professor of criminal justice. “Our students will benefit from having the opportunity to advance their education and careers by obtaining their four-year degree right here at Dixie. This is also an important steppingstone for us as we seek to offer stand alone degree in criminal justice in the future.”

The newly added criminal justice emphasis will also help bolster plans for the recently announced Southwest Regional Criminal Justice Computer Crime Institute at Dixie State, which will be used to train students, police, prosecutors, business leaders and the public on identity theft prevention, computer crime prevention, detection and investigation. The program aims to reduce the devastating economic impact cyber crime is having on our economy by educating government employees and businesses.

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), English (2006), biology (2006), dental hygiene (2007), accounting (2007), aviation management (2007), communication (2007), integrated studies (2008), music (2009) and psychology (2010).

In addition, DSC was given Regents approval to offer a secondary education teaching (SET) licensure program in three emphases; biology, English education and integrated science, along with additional emphases in accounting, finance and visual technology in Dixie’s business administration program.

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 safety, and education.


Utah Speaker of the House David Clark to Deliver 2010 Dixie State College Commencement Address
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 2, 2010) David Clark, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, will deliver the commencement address at the 99th-annual Dixie State College of Utah Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 7th, at 6 p.m., at the Avenna Center Burns Arena. Speaker Clark will also receive an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities as part of the commencement ceremony.

“We’re thrilled that Speaker Clark has agreed to be our commencement speaker. David is someone who has made a tremendous contribution to our institution, not just as Speaker of the House, but throughout the years as a member of this community,” DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld said. “What better person to kick off our Centennial Celebration than someone who is a native son of St. George and someone that occupies a prominent position in this state. David understands the importance of this institution and its place in the community. We know he will do a terrific job in inspiring our graduates.”
 
Clark was elected Speaker of the House in 2008. Prior to his election as Speaker, he served as Majority Leader and Executive Appropriations Vice-Chair. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 representing District 74 - Washington County.
 
Speaker Clark has been involved in a number of key issues during his time in the legislature. He has been a leader in pushing a number of key ethics changes but his greatest efforts have come in health system reform. In addition, Utah is recognized as the “best managed state in the nation,” and Speaker Clark has been an important part of that specifically in reforming the State’s post-employment benefits structure and spearheading the massive effort to streamline and consolidate the State's information technology department.
 
Clark is the Southern Utah Regional President for Zions Bank. He has worked his entire career for Zions starting in 1976. He has also been an active member of the St. George Rotary Club and was recognized as a Rotarian of the Year in 1998.  
 
A resident of Santa Clara, Speaker Clark and his wife and high school sweetheart, Nan Nielsen Clark, have four children and nine grandchildren. He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Brigham Young University where he played football under legendary coach LaVell Edwards.
 
 
A Century of Dixie College Presidents the Focus of Monday's DSC Colleagues Meeting
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 1, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host its seventh President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2009-10 academic year this Monday, April 5, with a presentation by Dixie College historian Dan C. Watson. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Watson’s presentation, entitled “A Century of Dixie State College Growth, and Its Presidents,” will highlight and discuss each of the institution’s 17 presidents. Watson served as administrative assistant to five former Dixie College presidents, and was the inaugural committee chair for four of those five presidents. In addition, he was executive secretary of the DSC Board of Trustees, and is a former president and secretary of the DSC Alumni Association. Watson has served on several civic boards, including positions with Leadership Dixie, the Dixie Center Control Board, and Dixie Regional Medical Center Foundation.
 
Watson is a St. George native who graduated from Dixie High School, Dixie College, and Brigham Young University. He also attended the University of Utah and Northwestern University for graduate studies. He served in the United States Army from 1943-46, and was secretary to the Commanding General at Fort Gordon, Ga., and court reporter (General Courts) at Fort Gordon and Fort Hood, Texas.

An accomplished writer, Watson authored the life story of his mother, Nan Milne Watson, and has composed 131 songs. Watson has also received a number of awards, including a Special Citizen Award from the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, Distinguished Service Staff Award from Dixie State College, and a Community Service Award from BYU.  

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 17 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 final President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2009-10 academic year will be held on Monday, May 3, 2010, featuring a lecture by DSC First Lady Margaret Nadauld entitled “Recent and Future DSC Activities, as Seen by the First Lady.”

Experience Life in the Hollywood Scene at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 31, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, April 6, featuring a guest that was cuddled by Scarlett O’Hara, caressed by Marilyn Monroe, proposed to by Linda Evans, married to Raquel Welch, and shot down by Ho Chi Minh. Who is this guy? He is retired Colonel Patrick Curtis, who will share these experiences and more with his presentation “The Life and Times of Patrick Curtis.”

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.

Curtis will entertain the audience as he takes a lighthearted look at his rather extraordinary life. Currently he is one of five surviving cast members of the American cinematic classic “Gone With the Wind.” Curtis played the character “Beau Wilkes” as an infant and shared the silver screen with Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland. He since has served as a film and television producer, in addition to his service to his country as a C-4 Phantom pilot in the United States Navy.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday at 12 noon through the rest of the spring semester. Upcoming guest speakers include Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith and Ivins City Police Chief Bob Flowers, who will discuss their careers and experience in law enforcement.

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 Closes 2009-10 Season With "Miss Saigon"
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 30, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Theatre Department will conclude its 2009-10 season with the Schönberg and Boublil Tony-Award winning musical Miss Saigon. The production will run nightly April 8-10 and April 12-17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Laboratory (formerly Black Box) Theater of DSC’s Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center.

Based loosely on Puccini's Madame Butterfly, this pop-opera relocates the story to Saigon in the last days of the Vietnam War. Chris (played by Brody Perry), an American soldier has a brief, torrid affair with an innocent and orphaned Vietnamese girl named Kim (played by Alexa Thompson). In the chaos of the United States exodus out of Vietnam, the lovers are tragically separated. Believing that Kim has died, Chris returns home and eventually marries. Meanwhile, Kim begins a harrowing journey to escape her ravaged homeland and reunite with the man she is certain is waiting for her - and their son.

In all, Miss Saigon has won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The sweeping, impassioned score includes, "Why God, Why," "Sun and Moon," "The Last Night of the World," "I Still Believe," "I'd Give My Life for You" and "The American Dream."

Southern Utah University professor Matt Neves serves as guest director for the production, accompanied by vocal director Dr. Ken Peterson, and the orchestra is under the direction of Maestro Gary Caldwell. Scenery design was created by Joshua Scott, with costumes and masks by Monica Hart and lighting by Carly Waggoner. Additional masks were designed and created by Susan Lane. Rosemary Fernandez is the production stage manager. Jennifer Whipple served as choreographer, with Whitney Cox as her assistant.

“Many people have asked me how you can do a play set in Vietnam in St. George, Utah, and that challenge has led to a very exciting process that will hopefully engage audiences,” Professor Neves said. “This is not your mother’s Miss Saigon. We’ve used masks and an intimate setting to highlight the tragic life of a Vietnamese girl caught in the middle of the Vietnam War. [Kim’s] struggle to survive both physically and emotionally is at the heart of this epic love story.”

“One thrilling part of this process for me is the incredibly talented cast  (with some local favorites) that have embraced my crazy ideas and have thrown themselves into the story completely,” Neves went on to say. “Add to them a beautiful orchestra that interprets the Tony Award-winning score beautifully, and a group of amazing designers and crew, and it should be an unforgettable theatrical experience. If anyone wonders about the talent level at Dixie and in St. George, they should see this show.”

Additional cast members include Joel Thomas (The Engineer) and Ryan Norton (John), with performances by Jake Thomas, Tamari Dunbar, Gabriella Noble, Alexa Winn, Laura Hawk and Abby Tucker. The ensemble includes Elsa Davis, Michelle Honey, Becca Morse, Kyle Flowers, Chance Steglich, Alex Gubler, Joe Ahern, Frank Bryant, Christhian Roa, and Justin Mortensen.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+) and non-DSC students ages 6-17, and $1 for DSC students, faculty and staff with a valid activity card. Patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance due to limited seating in the Laboratory Theater.

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the DSC Cox Auditorium Box Office. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu” or one hour prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office. For information on DSC’s Cultural Arts programs, visit “http://culturalarts.dixie.edu.
 

Changing the World Through Humanitarian Service Featured at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 23, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, March 30, with a special presentation by local humanitarian volunteers Dr. Cal and Ann Durfey. 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.

“Want a Better World? You Can Change It!,” serves as the title of the Durfey’s presentation, which will focus on how individuals, regardless what their circumstances, can change the world through understanding and with a very small effort. Together, the Durfey’s have volunteered several years to humanitarian service and efforts, including two years in Africa, two years in Europe and another two years in Asia. They have worked in over 60 third-world and emerging countries and “have been everywhere you can’t drink the water.”

Dr. Durfey is a retired educator and administrator who held many positions, including teacher, principal, superintendent and university instructor. He currently serves as an post-graduate instructor for Southern Utah University. Meanwhile, Ann Durfey serves as a director in DSC’s Elderhostel Program, a position she has held for 10 years.

The Dixie Forum series will continue each Tuesday at 12 noon through the rest of the spring semester. The next Forum features a guest that was cuddled by Scarlett O’Hara, caressed by Marilyn Monroe, proposed to by Linda Evans, married to Raquel Welch, and shot down by Ho Chi Minh. Who is this guy? He is retired Colonel Patrick Curtis, who will share these experiences and more on April 6, with his presentation “The Life and Times of Patrick Curtis.”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.

Wal-Mart Distribution Center Manager Keith Knowles to Address Final Spring DSC Business and Ethics Forum April 1
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 22, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business will host its final bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum of the 2010 spring semester on Thursday, April 1, featuring a presentation by Keith Knowles, manager of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Hurricane.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC’s spring semester, 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.

Knowles will share his presentation entitled “Career Success in a Changing World.” Prior to his tenure at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Knowles worked in logistics for 25 years. He is a graduate of Utah State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. Knowles has lived in St. George for 16 years and is active in the community, where he currently serves on a number of non-profit boards and committees.

The Business and Ethics Forums are presented 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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 Campus to Community Service Project Focuses on Rebuilding Santa Clara Arboretum March 31
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 22, 2010) Dixie State College students, faculty, and staff are uniting to participate in this semester’s Campus to Community service project, which will be held on Wednesday, March 31, at the Santa Clara Arboretum.
 
All volunteers, including student clubs, faculty, staff and community members, who wish to drive to the Santa Clara Arboretum should arrive at the location by 2:30 p.m., to receive their assignments. The Arboretum is located on Little League Drive near Snow Canyon High School off of Lava Flow Drive. DSC will also provide transportation as school vans will leave from DSC’s Old Gym parking lot around 2 p.m., and will return around 5:30 p.m.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothes and shoes, and bring a hat, gloves, rakes and shovels, if possible. Refreshments, including sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks, will be provided at the end of the event.

The project will involve pulling weeds, removing dead brush, clearing and cleaning the trail system, and otherwise helping renovate the Arboretum. In addition, volunteers will be replanting vegetation, which will go a long way to begin the restoration of the natural plant species found in the Arboretum. This is the second time DSC has targeted the Santa Clara Arboretum has part of its Campus to Community project. Students and other volunteers first teamed up to help clean up and repair the Arboretum in 2006.
 
The Santa Clara Arboretum consists of a series of trails that wind through the lava rock beds near the Santa Clara and St. George border. Lining the trails system is a variety of trees and other foliage native to the area. The Arboretum was founded in the 1970s by artist Robert Shepherd with the goal to preserve the area in the face of growth.

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 teamed up with Washington City to prepare an earmarked for the City’s new sports complex, located near the Virgin River on 300 East.
 
Among the many other service projects DSC has been involved with in past 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. In addition, students have held four “CANSTOCK” food drives for the Dixie Care and Share, collected money for Washington County School District leveled libraries, planted bushes and shrubs at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, and harvested 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.
 
Dixie State College Inaugurates Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld as its 17th President
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 19, 2010) Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld was formally inaugurated as the 17th president of Dixie State College of Utah in a ceremony held Friday morning at the DSC Avenna Center Cox Auditorium. Nadauld, who had served as interim president of DSC since late March of 2008, was appointed permanent president by a unanimous vote by the Utah State Board of Regents this past January.

In an address that mixed humor and philosophy, Nadauld laid out his vision for building Dixie’s future as the institution closes in on its 100th birthday and begins a new century of service to southwestern Utah and the region. Among the plans he shared with those in attendance included the addition of a number of two-year and four-year degrees, and plans for campus expansion, including the soon-to-be constructed Holland Centennial Commons Building, which are all part of DSC’s present trajectory to one day becoming a regional state university.

He praised Dixie’s students for their energy, enthusiasm, hard work and compassion. Nadauld also reassured students that they are valued and their successes and futures are a top priority.

“I don’t know if you understand how much we love you and how deeply committed we are to your success,” Nadauld said to the students. “I have first-hand evidence – you are for real. You really are going to amount to something. You can count on it; you can take it to the bank!”

“Our job as educators is to help you analyze, compute and think and write clearly,” he added. “It is to reinforce the values of honesty, integrity, and hard work, that you have received in your homes. It is to prepare you in every way to take your place in an increasingly complex society. We believe in you and we’re determined to see you succeed.”

Nadauld also lauded the efforts of DSC’s faculty and staff, noting that their collective dedication and enthusiasm for the institution and its students is completely remarkable. He saluted them for their efforts in facing the challenges of record enrollment growth while remaining steadfast in the commitment to the education of Dixie’s students.

“We can take great satisfaction in our work, we are building competencies and careers,” Nadauld said. “We are building the lives of men and women who will support the families and institutions of our society. We are building for their future and our future. Let us build with quality and integrity. Let us build with passion and compassion, and let us build with love.”

Nadauld paid tribute to the St. George and Washington County community, noting that for 90-plus years, Dixie was a vibrant and successful junior and community college, thanks in large part to the sacrifice and hard work of many that came before, and the “Dixie Spirit” that has sustained the College for nearly a century.

“Our history is one of personal and public sacrifice in support of educational access and attainment,” said Nadauld. “It is no small feat for an institution to endure for 100 years. It is a testament to the citizens of this community that Dixie College was founded and has been supported through the years by the grit and determination of so many who have believed in the value of education.”

In addition, Nadauld thanked the Utah State Board of Regents for their support of the institution. He also publically praised the work of the southern Utah legislative contingent on DSC’s behalf, led by House Speaker David Clark, particularly with their assistance in securing funds for Dixie’s new Holland Centennial Commons Building, for which construction will begin this summer.

Nadauld concluded his remarks by reiterating Dixie State’s commitment to providing a quality education for its students, both present and future, and continuing its service to the community as the institution inches closer to its centennial anniversary and begins to embark on another century of service.  

“The future of Dixie State College could not be brighter,” Nadauld concluded. “We will become a regional state university, with degrees at each level designed to serve the educational needs of our community and region. We will add to a highly qualified faculty and staff, who will continue to provide the personalized education that has been a hallmark of Dixie State. We will continue to enroll students to an open access institution dedicated to their success. We will celebrate a century of service to the community, and begin a new century of progress that will amaze and delight us all.

“Building is fun – let’s continue to have fun together. Hurrah for Dixie!”
 
Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Heads Into Final Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 18, 2010) The 23rd-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 a record 270 pieces of artwork from nearly 160 renowned artists from Utah and around the country, making this year’s show the largest in the event’s history.

This year’s Best of Show Purchase Prize was awarded to Ian Ramsay from Murray, Utah, for his watercolor painting “Farm in Winter, Bellvue, Idaho.” In addition, this year’s Invitational awarded its third-ever Best in Show Prize, which was given to Bonnie Posselli from Salt Lake City, for her oil painting entitled “Evening Finery.”

Over the first four weeks of the Invitational, patrons have also been given the opportunity to vote for the show’s Viewer’s Choice Award. This year’s recipient is Alexander Selytin of Provo, Utah, for his oil painting entitled “Three Houses.”

All artwork will remain on display through Sunday, March 28, 2010, in the Robert N. and Peggy Sears Art Museum 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 exhibited is for sale to the public, with a portion of the proceeds from each piece of artwork 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 will remain the show’s permanent home. Appropriately enough, the gallery bears the name of the show’s founders, the late Robert N. and Peggy Sears.

The Politics of the Grand Staircase Escalante the Focus of Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 18, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, March 23, featuring a what promises to be a lively discussion on the politics and controversy involving Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. 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.

Southern Utah resident and photographer David Pettit and his wife, DSC staff member Louise Excell, will discuss the history of the Grand Staircase National Monument, from its creation by former President Bill Clinton 14 years ago through the Antiquities Act of 1906, to today’s political issues and controversies.

In addition, the tandem will take the audience on a stunning pictorial tour of the national monument and surrounding scenic wonders. Pettit has been capturing the incomparable scenery of the Colorado Plateau and the Grand Staircase Escalante region with his camera since 1980, and his stunning imagery argues for the importance of preserving the area’s natural beauty as a national monument.


The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday at 12 noon through the rest of the spring semester. Upcoming guest speakers include Calvin and Ann Durfey, who will share their experiences in working with religious organizations to serve those in need in their presentation entitled “Humanitarian Missions & How Different Denominations Work Together” on March 30.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.

Seven Dixie State English Students Selected to Present at Sigma Tau Delta International Conference
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 12, 2010) Seven Dixie State College of Utah English majors have been chosen to present their original creative and research work at the prestigious Sigma Tau Delta International Convention this March 17-21, in St. Louis, Mo.

All seven students are members of DSC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, which is the International English Honor Society. Those who are making the trip are Lindsay Ferrin, a junior from Hurricane, Utah; Jackie Fletcher, a senior from St. George; Catherine Glover, a senior from St. George; Jason Jones, a senior from St. George; Myrianne Jones, a senior from Hurricane; Ryan Rarick, a senior from Blanding, Utah; and Derek Schweitzer, a senior from St. George.

“It is a tremendous honor for our students and Dixie State College that we have so many students representing us this year, particularly given that our chapter is only two years old,” said Dr. Ami Comeford, DSC assistant professor of English. “The English Department and I are excited that these students have taken on the challenge to present their work in this kind of public and prestigious forum.”

Comeford went on to say that the process to be accepted to present at the convention is a competitive one, and not all students who submit work are accepted to present. She added that DSC’s English Department is currently fundraising to help defray some of the travel costs for the students.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ami Comeford (acomeford@dixie.edu) at 435-652-7826, or Dr. Sue Bennett (bennett@dixie.edu) at 435-652-7925.

Dixie State College to Unveil New Richards Sculpture Garden March 22
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 11, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will formally unveil its new Kathryn Lloyd Richards Sculpture Garden with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held on Monday, March 22, at the DSC Dolores Dore Eccles Fine Arts Center. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., and all DSC students, faculty and staff, and the public are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

The garden is located outside of the Eccles Fine Arts Center just north of the Center’s Sears Art Museum Gallery. Frank and Kathy Richards donated $250,000 for the garden, which will feature a variety of donated traditional and contemporary sculpture pieces created by a number of local and regional sculptors, including L’Deane Trueblood, Jerry Anderson, Doug Adams, Matt Clark Annette Everett, Kreg Harrison and Gary Price, just to name a few.

“The Kathryn Lloyd Richards Sculpture Garden adds to the overall beauty of our campus and truly reflects the class and generosity of its namesake,” said George F. Whitehead, “[Frank and Kathy] are the some of the classiest people I have met and the garden reflects their personality. I really enjoyed working with them and enjoy their love of fine art.”

Whitehead added that the garden is visually appealing with walkways and vegetation, along with a stunning reflection pool with a miniature waterfall. In addition, the garden features meditation benches and wheelchair accessibility.

“When we first set out, one of the objectives was to create a place of tranquility, where someone can go that is soft and relaxing,” Whitehead added. “When we completed the reflection pool, we found out by accident that it reflects the lighted ‘D’ on the Black Hill at night. It’s very stunning.”

Kathy Richards’ love of the arts began when she was young as her mother introduced her and her family to music, dance, theatre, visual arts and other cultural events to help the family become well rounded. She believes the arts are what make us complete as people, enhance our process of learning, improve our emotional expression and acquire an appreciation for diversity.

“I am honored to be part of this wonderful sculpture garden,” Mrs. Richards said. “The garden will create not only a beautiful landscape, but also a functional one that will complement the preexisting architecture and its surroundings. We hope this garden will be a year-round focal point, not only from the inside of the garden, but from the windows looking outside from the Eccles Fine Arts Center.”

For more information, please call the DSC Advancement Office at 435-652-7509.

Dixie State College to Host Special Forum With EnergySolutions Administrator
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 11, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host a special afternoon forum featuring a presentation by Mark Walker, who serves as the Director of Marketing and Media Relations for EnergySolutions on Thursday, March 18, at 12 noon in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. The forum presentation, which includes refreshments, is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Walker’s presentation will explain what the nuclear industry is all about and how it affects our lives, including 10 to 20 million medical procedures which are made from nuclear processes. Walker has worked at EnergySolutions for more than six years. A native of Moab, Utah, he attended Brigham Young University on a football scholarship, where he double-majored in Sociology and Communication, and graduated in 1995. Walker worked as a sportscaster, reporting on events including the 2000 Sydney Olympic Summer Games and the NBA Finals, and had received a number Emmy nominations for his broadcasting work.

Walker left broadcasting to pursue a career in marketing and public relations, including being a spokesperson for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Torch Relay. He is actively involved in his community, serving as a chair for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and he participates regularly in raising money for local charities.

Ethics in Health Care the Topic of Thursday's DSC Business and Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 11, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series for the 2010 spring semester on Thursday, March 18, featuring a presentation by longtime St. George-area physician Dr. Craig Booth.
 
The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC’s spring semester, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy School of 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.

Dr. Booth’s presentation, entitled “Ethics – Medicine in Southern Utah,” will discuss the evolution of health care in Washington County. He will also share his thoughts on the national health care debate and current medical reform issues.

A St. George native, Dr. Booth has served as a general practitioner physician in St. George for 37 years, where he has delivered over 2,500 babies, and was the first medical director at Dixie Regional Medical Center. He also organized and chaired the first ethics committee at Dixie Regional. Dr. Booth is a graduate of Dixie College and the University of Utah. He did he post-graduate work at UCLA’s Harbor Regional Hospital before returning to St. George in 1973.

The Forum will wrap up its 2009-10 schedule on Thursday, April 1, with a presentation by Wal-Mart Distribution Center Manager Keith Knowles.

The Business and Ethics Forums are presented 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 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,” said Huddleston. “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.
 
Utah State Legislature Approves Funding for Dixie State's New Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 10, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah officials announced Wednesday that the Utah State Legislature approved $35 million in funding for DSC’s new Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons Building (HCC). The $35 million in funding is the single-largest state appropriation for the institution in its near 100-year history.

Construction of the new HCC Building, which will be located just south of the existing Gardner Student Center on DSC’s Encampment Mall, will begin this summer with a formal groundbreaking to take place in July. DSC officials anticipate the project will be completed in late 2011 or early 2012.

Considered a top priority by DSC administrators and the Utah State Board of Regents, and rated fourth-overall by the Utah State Building Board, the 170,000 square foot, five-story HCC Building is the keystone of Dixie’s overall campus master plan to accommodate the growth that has already begun to transform the College. The state gave DSC $3 million last year to begin the design and planning for the proposed $48 million building. In addition, DSC received a $10 million anonymous donation for the construction of the building in 2008, which is the largest private donation DSC has ever received.

“The funding for the building is something that we have hoped for and we are so grateful to have received it from the state,” DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld said. “It is going to have a huge impact on our campus, because this building will provide the best possible opportunity for our students to get an education.

“This would not have happened without the support of our Regents, the State Building Board and our state legislature, especially Speaker David Clark and our Washington County delegation,” President Nadauld added. “We also express our thanks for the support of Governor [Gary] Herbert; we know his help has been important and is greatly appreciated. Everyone who has been involved has played an important role in helping this come to pass and benefiting our students.”
 
According to Stan Plewe, DSC Vice President of Administrative Services, the HCC Building will embody and symbolize Dixie State’s transition from a two-year to a four-year college and the seriousness of the academic mission the transition entailed. Plewe added that when completed, the HCC Building will serve as the intellectual and academic hub of Dixie State, while its central location on the campus’ historic Encampment Mall will instantly confer iconic status on the building.

“This is the culmination of years of dreaming, planning and hard work on the part of many people,” Plewe said. “We are so overjoyed to realize that what has been a big dream will now become a reality for our students, faculty, staff, and the Washington County community.”

When completed, HCC Building will become the new home of DSC’s library and English Department. Plewe added that the building will also support DSC’s mission to provide a student-centered learning environment by placing all the services students will need in one location, including registration, financial aid, advising and counseling, among other resources.

“The Holland Centennial Commons will be a ‘student success center’ offering all the resources and services students need to ensure their success at Dixie State College,” said Plewe. “Bringing all these functions and more under one roof will be instrumental in enriching and enlivening campus life.”

Plewe also noted that the HCC building will provide services that all competitive institutions of higher education must have, including flexible, well-equipped classrooms to facilitate innovate teaching; a central data center to serve the information technology needs of the campus; and a variety of areas for group and individual study suited to current computer-based learning.

“This building will give our students the kind of student support services they need, but more importantly, it will be a state-of-the-art digital learning center and library that will signal that Dixie has the kind of four-year quality education that any young person would be pleased to ascribe to,” Nadauld said.

The building’s namesake, Elder Jeffrey R. 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. Dixie State College formally announced plans for the HCC Building in October of 2008, during the College’s Centennial Celebration Grand Gala concert. As part of the event, Elder Holland expressed his gratitude for the honor in a taped video message.
 
“I am thrilled with the growth and destiny of Dixie State,” Holland said in the 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 I’m more than happy – humble, but very happy – to lend my name to such a cause.”

Talking Turkey and the Military at a Special Wednesday Evening DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 10, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host a special evening session of its “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series on Wednesday, March 17, with a presentation by retired United States Army Colonel Preston Hughes, Ph.D. The Forum will begin at 5:15 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.

Col. Hughes will discuss his military career, including his service in the nation of Turkey, in his presentation entitled “Talking Turkey.” He will share his experiences in training to be an area specialist in the Army’s Foreign Area Officer program and how such a program enhances the military’s ability to work in different cultures. Col. Hughes will talk about his 13-plus years of military duty in Turkey, including positions held as a military attaché in the U.S. Embassy and as a NATO liaison officer for eight years at the Turkish General Staff headquarters, where he was the only foreign officer at that country’s version of our country’s Pentagon.

Col. Hughes is a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Mississippi. In addition, he is a member of the AmericanTurkish Council, which works to enhance Turkish-American relationships with focus on business development between the two countries.

For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.
 
Former BYU All-American and NFL Star Jason Buck Discusses Life and Football at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 9, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series returns from Spring Break this Tuesday, March 16, featuring a motivational presentation by former BYU All-American and Super Bowl-winning defensive lineman Jason Buck. 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.

Buck will share the pivotal life shaping challenges that inspired his football career, and his present-day life, in his presentation entitled “Rushing Destiny.” He will take the audience behind the plays to the real grit of what drove him forward during the toughest years of his life – and to what he lives for today. Buck will chronicle his experiences as he fought insurmountable odds and adversity as a boy growing up in a small Michigan farming community, and how through his hard work, heart and determination, he was able to transform himself into a world-class athlete.

Buck played two seasons at BYU from 1985-86, where he earned All-American honors and won the 1986 Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior defensive lineman his senior season. He went on to become the 17th-overall pick in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, for whom he played for four seasons from 1987-90, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXIII. Buck played three more years with the Washington Redskins from 1991-93, and was part of Washington’s Super Bowl XXVI championship team.

As a special feature to his presentation, DSC faculty member Phil Tuckett, a 30-year veteran of NFL Films who is collaborating with Buck on a documentary about his life, will show a number of highlight clips for Buck’s NFL career. In addition to his rigorous motivational speaking schedule, Buck is completing work on his autobiography, which will complement the documentary film.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday at 12 noon through the rest of the spring semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC staff member Louise Excell and photographer David Pettit, who will share their thoughts the “Grand Staircase Controversy” on March 23.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.
 
Eight Dixie State College Student-Teachers Receive Science Grant Awards
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 8, 2010) Eight Dixie State College pre-service teachers were recently awarded grants from the Rocky Mountain NASA Consortium for their work on various science projects. Each of the eight students, all elementary education majors, received $250 to aid in their student-teaching efforts at many area Washington County elementary schools.
 
According to Dr. Shirley Davis, DSC associate professor of elementary education and co-administrator of the project, the funding from the Consortium will be used toward the purchase of equipment and materials for the creation of a hands-on science project.

The award winners were: Paula Fawson at Little Valley Elementary; Kelli Ann Casey at Bloomington Elementary; Amanda Rhodes at Red Mountain Elementary; Melisa Oyler at Panorama Elementary; Hillarie Rosenberg at Diamond Valley Elementary; Miki Rowan at Hurricane Elementary; Bonnie Carr at East Elementary; and Angela Graham at Bloomington Hills Elementary.
 
“I am very proud of our students for doing this work to promote science in our elementary schools,” said Dr. Shirley Davis, DSC associate professor of elementary education and co-administrator of the project. “These mini-grants will provide our students the ability to purchase anything they want for a science project of their choosing at their assigned schools.”
 
In addition, Dr. Davis was able to secure grant funding for two large telescopes for Red Mountain and Coral Cliffs Elementary schools. Davis also noted that Dr. Victor Hasfurther, DSC Dean of Science and Health Sciences, was instrumental in securing the funding from the Consortium to make the project possible.

Dixie State College to Formally Inaugurate Dr.Stephen D. Nadauld as Its 17th President on March 19th
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 5, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will formally inaugurate Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld as its 17th President at a special inaugural assembly on Friday, March 19th, 2010, in the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all DSC students, faculty and staff, alumni and community members to attend.
 
The inauguration ceremony, which begins promptly at 11 a.m., will feature many of the traditional aspects of an inauguration such as the investiture ceremony and the inaugural address by the president. In addition, there will be a significant musical component to the program, which will include performances by the DSC Symphony Orchestra, DSC Concert Choir, DSC String Quartet, and inaugural fanfare provided by the DSC Herald Trumpeters.

“An inauguration is a celebration for the campus and the community,” said Christina Schultz, vice president of institutional advancement at DSC. “This is our opportunity to honor President Nadauld.  Dixie State College is extremely fortunate to have someone of President Nadauld’s talent and vision at our helm.

“Collegiate presidential inaugurations in this country originated in the colonial colleges during the seventeenth century,” Schultz added. “As is tradition, this inauguration will reflect the importance of the office of the president and highlight the significance of this institution in our community.”

Following the assembly, those in attendance are invited to a special scholarship luncheon in the Gardner Center Ballroom. The luncheon is $20 per person, $8 for DSC students, with 100 percent of these proceeds going to benefit student scholarships. For more information on the scholarship luncheon or to reserve seating, please contact the DSC Institutional Advancement Office at 435-652-7509.  All checks should be payable to Dixie State College.

Nadauld was appointed interim president of Dixie State College on March 27, 2008, following the resignation of former President Dr. Lee G. Caldwell. This past Jan. 15, 2010, the Utah State Board of Regents unanimously voted to permanently appoint Nadauld as the 17th president of DSC. Previously, Nadauld served as president of Weber State University from 1985 to 1990.

He has 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.

Nadauld has 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. 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.
 
He has earned numerous awards and honors: Outstanding Finance Professor (BYU, 2002); Outstanding Teacher of the Year (School of Business, UC Berkeley, 1976); Honorary Doctorate (Weber State, 1991); and the Silver Beaver Award (Boy Scouts of America, 1992).

Nadauld 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 (2003-06) and serving as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy (1991-96).
 
President Nadauld and his wife, Margaret Dyreng Nadauld, have seven sons and 25 grandchildren, with one more due in April. Mrs. Nadauld served as the Young Women General President for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1997-2002.

Dixie State Student Organization Donates Funds to WCSD for Classroom Emergency Packs
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 5, 2010) Representatives from Dixie State College’s Rural Health Scholars Club Friday presented a check for $6,118 to administrators at the Washington County School District (WCSD) for the creation of emergency preparedness packs to be distributed to every classroom in the district.

According to club president Austin Cope, a junior biology/pre-med major from St. George, the check presentation was the culmination of a seven-month effort to raise funds to begin outfitting the near 900 classrooms in the county with the emergency packs, which can either be stored in backpacks or plastic buckets for easy accessibility and portability.

Cope noted that the bulk of the monies raised came from tickets sales and other donations stemming from the club’s sponsored benefit concert featuring renowned classical pianist and composer Jon Schmidt at the DSC Avenna Center Cox Auditorium last November. Cope added many area businesses, community members and health care professionals, generously contributed to the cause.

“As a club we were looking for a project and we wanted to do something meaningful,” Cope said. “We see this as an ongoing project that I’m sure we can continue.”

When created, the packs will feature a first-aid kit and bandages, radio, flashlight, hand sanitizers and soap, and a clipboard with emergency phone number and procedure information, among other items.

“The students approached us and asked how they could be of help,” said Luanne Forrest, WSCD Director of Student Services. “I explained to them that all of our schools are involved in strengthening our emergency preparedness plans, and one area we needed help in specifically is putting together evacuation kits for every classroom.”

The DSC Rural Health Scholars Club is made up of students who plan to go into careers in medicine. For more information on the club or any of the DSC student clubs and organizations, contact DSC Director of Student Activities Donna Stafford at 435-652-7513.

Dixie State College and DOCUTAH Announces Festival Tote Bag Design Winners
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 5, 2010) Dixie State College announced Thursday the high school and collegiate contest winners of the official DOCUTAH tote bag design contest. The two winning designs will be featured on the gift tote bags at DOCUTAH – Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, which will be held the September 16-25, in St. George, Kanab, and Springdale.

The winning design in the high school competition was submitted by Snow Canyon High School senior Alison Bringhurst. For her efforts, Ms. Bringhurst will receive a $250 cash award, as will the SCHS art department. The DSC design winner was Allie Nothum, a junior visual technology major and a member of DSC’s women’s basketball team from Washington, Mo. Ms. Nothum, who is also a graphic designer for Brushfire Pottery Studio in St. George, will receive a $500 scholarship for her efforts.

In addition to their designs being selected, Bringhurst and Nothum, along with top entrants from each participating high school, will receive special recognition and tickets to DOCUTAH film screenings. They will also have the opportunity to attend master class seminars and have a chance to rub shoulders with celebrities, VIPs and industry professionals from around the world.

“We were thrilled to have such a positive response and appreciate the effort of Washington and Kane County high school and Dixie State students,” said Christina Schultz, vice president of institutional advancement at DSC and executive director of DOCUTAH. “The submitted artwork was interesting and imaginative. We are pleased that the community is getting involved with DOCUTAH.”

DOCUTAH is a documentary only film festival, nestled in the red rocks and slot canyons of majestic southern Utah. By blending the attractions of the area with a love of documentaries, we hope that many professional and student filmmakers embrace what DOCUTAH has to offer. Brace yourselves because DOCUTAH has arrived—now and for the future; 2010 is just the beginning. Being one of the few college-based festivals, much of DOCUTAH will take place on Dixie State College’s campus, including master class seminars taught by internationally renowned guest lecturers who are industry professionals. With a focus on independent films looking for distribution, DOCUTAH will also feature a distributor’s marketplace – an invaluable networking hub.
 
Dixie State Students Earn International Competition Bids at Utah State Career Development Conference
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 4, 2010) Five Dixie State College of Utah business students recently took first place at the 2010 Utah State Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) Career Development Competition held two weeks ago at Weber State University in Ogden. Those five students, along with six other DSC business students, earned the right to advance and compete at the 2010 International DEX Career Development Conference in Louisville, Ky., this April 17-20.   
 
Both annual conferences are a competitive forum for marketing students, specifically members of DEX, an international college level marketing club geared toward providing leadership and career-oriented opportunities to students.
 
Among the first-place winners was DSC student Tony Christensen, a senior from St. George, who claimed top honors in Financial Services. Four other first-place finishers won in team competition, including Melissa Cowles (Soph.; St. George) and Katie Bock (Soph.; Grand Junction, Colo.) in Business to Business Marketing, and Alan Ayala (Jr.; Santa Clara, Utah) and Brandon Staples (Sr.; Mesa, Ariz.) in Business Ethics.

In addition to her first-place win, Cowles placed second overall in the Restaurant & Food Service Management competition, as did J. Brock Jensen (Fr.; St. George) in Marketing Management. Four more students earned runner-up finishes in their respective competitions, including Jerry Jones (Soph.; St. George) and Ben Bybee (Jr.; St. George) in Business Law, and Stephen Campbell (Soph.; St. George) and Derek Leinbach (Soph.; Fruit Heights, Utah) in Web Site Design. One other DSC student, junior Robert Sinnott from Woodbridge, Va., medaled and advanced to the national competition in the Travel & Tourism competition. In all, 18 DSC students medaled in the competition, including seven finalist medal winners.

“This is the first time in my 31 years as advisor that everyone who competed earned a medal of some sort,” said DSC business department chair Dr. Phillip Lee. “This is also the largest number of first and second place finishes that we have ever earned. I am really proud of the students and feel this is a great indicator of the quality of the business program and students here at Dixie State College.”
 
In the state competition, students were judged primarily on their ability to analyze and come up with impromptu solutions to case studies. The competition consists of eighteen different categories. In order to qualify for internationals, students had to at least place in the top eight of their respective categories at the state level.
 
Approximately 2,200 students from across the country, along with representation from Puerto Rico and Canada, will take part in the international competition.  
 
Dixie State College Receives National Recognition for Community Service, Named to President's Honor Roll
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 3, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
 
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.   
 
“Congratulations to Dixie State College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”
 
The Honor Roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as Presidential Awardees, with an additional 115 named to the Distinction List and 621 schools named as Honor Roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
 
“At the beginning of this process, I told the team we can be recognized for our stellar services and volunteer efforts for 2009,” said Frank B. Lojko, DSC Vice President of Student Services. “This is a milestone for Dixie as this was our very first time to compete for and receive this prestigious honor. We achieved this recognition as a way to say thanks to all those who gave of themselves that counted for the thousands of volunteers and services hours that Dixie State accomplished.”

According to Paige Andersen, DSC’s UCAN Serve AmeriCorps program director, 126 DSC students were involved in the UCAN Serve AmeriCorps and have provided 53,345 hours of service to our community last year. The service rendered came from many of DSC’s academic programs, including dental hygiene, nursing, radiography, EMT and elementary and secondary education. All of these students were prepared through classroom instruction and lab work opportunities prior to their outreach in their specified fields.

Dental hygiene and nursing students visited area schools to provide education to children and young adults about health care and prevention. These students have served with local medical practitioners in their respective fields to provide many free services to under-privileged and under-served members of the community, including the American Dental Association’s “Give a Kid a Smile Day” and work in the local Doctor’s Free Clinic. Radiography and EMT students have also volunteered in area hospitals and note a need for more medical services in our growing community. Additionally, DSC’s education students have served many ESL and low-income students in selected in the Washington County School District.

Along with the service provided through the UCAN Serve AmeriCorps program, various DSC Campus to Community, Service Club and DSC Clubs and Organizations’ projects have provided 553 students the opportunity to engage in and donate nearly 11,000 hours or service to worthy causes. These include food collection for the Dixie Care and Share, providing monthly meals for the homeless, poverty awareness week, senior citizen nights, voter registration, Christmas gifts for needy families, large fall and spring area clean-up activities, large parades, and two free carnivals for the entire community.

“I want to thank my colleagues at Dixie State that help with the submissions of our many programs for the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service,” Lojko added. “I thank everyone that joined the bandwagon to gather the data, to write reports, to calculate the service hours and to the volunteerism that occurred among faculty, staff, students and to our wonderful neighboring communities in southern Utah for their support.”

Across the country, college students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.
 
The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles to Present Mid-Winter Concert March 2
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 26, 2010) The Dixie State College Jazz and Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of DSC Music Chair Glenn Webb, will take to the stage for a special mid-winter performance on Tuesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform music by jazz legends Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Woody Herman. The trombone section will be featured on “I’m Getting’ Sentimental Over You,” and the saxophone section will feature in “Four Brothers,” one of Woody Herman’s biggest hits.  
 
The Percussion Ensemble will perform a traditional Mexican folk song on marimbas, then transition into contemporary percussion literature. This includes an exciting new composition, “Power Struggle,” which pits the melodic instruments against the drum sections.  
 
Tickets are available at the door or through the Avenna Center Box Office. Tickets are $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff.  High school musicians may receive complementary tickets by contacting the Dixie State College Music Department at 652-7790.  

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Being a Leader in Your Career the Topic of Thursday's DSC Business and Ethics Forum

(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 25, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series for the 2010 spring semester on Thursday, Feb. 18, featuring a presentation by former Dixie College President Dr. Alton Wade.
 
The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC’s spring semester, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy School of 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.

Dr. Wade’s presentation, entitled “In a Career: Sheep and Shepherd,” will discuss leadership in the world of business, along with traits and characteristics that separate leaders from followers.

Wade served as president of Dixie College from 1981-86. He then went on to become president at BYU-Hawai’i from 1986-94, before returning to the mainland to serve as Student Life Vice President at BYU in Provo from 1994 to 2000. Prior to his arrival at Dixie, Wade worked for over 20 years in the educational system for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is a graduate of BYU and earned his Master’s Degree from Long Beach State, before returning to BYU to complete his Ph.D. in Education in 1973.

The series will continue March 18, with a presentation by local physician Dr. Craig Booth, while Wal-Mart Distribution Center Manager Keith Knowles will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation April 1.

The Business and Ethics Forums are presented 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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 NFL QB to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 25, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host its sixth President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2009-10 academic year this Monday, March 1, with a presentation by former NFL All-Pro quarterback and St. George resident Jay Schroeder. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Schroeder will discuss his pro career and life after football in his lecture entitled “A Successful Life.” A two-sport athlete, Schroeder was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1979 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, and split his time between playing minor league baseball and playing quarterback at UCLA. Following his career at UCLA, he was then taken in the third round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and was named the full-time starter in 1985, during which he broke a franchise record for passing yards with 4,109 en route to his only Pro Bowl appearance. Schroeder was also part of Washington’s 1987 Super Bowl XXII championship team.  

In all, Schroeder played for four teams during his 10-year NFL career, including five seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders (1988-92), the Cincinnati Bengals (1993), and the Arizona Cardinals (1994), before retiring in 1995. He finished his career with over 20,000 passing yards and 114 touchdowns.

Schroeder will also share his experiences and trials after football, and how his faith and family play a pivotal role in his life today. He was involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), both in Utah and in San Diego, Calif., and has been involved in many Christian and charitable organizations.

In addition, Schroeder is currently coaching football at Desert Hills High School and serves as the team chaplain for the St. George Roadrunners Baseball Club through an organization called Baseball Chapel, which he discovered while playing in the minor leagues. He speaks regularly at schools, churches, Christian organizations and FCA-related events.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 17 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 will be held on Monday, April 5, 2010, featuring a lecture by Dan Watson entitled “A Century of DSC Growth, and its Presidents.”

Take a Trip to Outer Space and the Moon at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 23, 2010) Dixie State College’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation series continues this Tuesday, March 2, featuring a presentation on NASA’s exploration of water on the moon by DSC staff member Dr. Andy Christensen. 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. Christensen’s presentation, entitled “Water on the Moon: NASA Science and Politics,” will discuss former President George Bush's Vision for Space Exploration, which the desire to explore resources on the Moon and led to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Mission and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). At the same time of the LCROSS impact on the moon and the discovery of water, the National Academy's Augustine report was released which stated there is not enough money to do the Vision. Christensen will also discuss what the Obama administration could choose for NASA now and in the future.

In addition to his work at DSC, Christensen is employed by The Aerospace Corporation. He is also currently the principal investigator for the Global Ultraviolet Imager on the NASA TIMED satellite mission launched in December 2001, and a co-investigator on the RAIDS International Space Station investigation of the upper atmosphere. He has authored or co-authored of over 70 scientific publications in the Journal of Geophysical Research and other space science journals.
 
Christensen recently served as Chair of the NASA Mission Planning Working Group preparing the 2009 science roadmap for the Heliophysics Division. In August 2008, he was appointed to the National Academies Space Studies Board, and served on the NASA Advisory Council and Chair of the Space Science Advisory Committee from 2001-04. Previously, he chaired the Office of Space Science Sun-Earth Connection Subcommittee and the Management of Operations Working Group for ionospheric science and served on numerous evaluation panels for both NASA and NSF. In addition, Christensen received the distinguished Trustees Award at the Aerospace Corporation for his contributions to science.
 
Following DSC’s Spring Break (March 8-12), the Dixie Forum series will continue each Tuesday at 12 noon through the rest of the spring semester. Upcoming guest speakers include former NFL quarterback and St. George resident Jay Schroeder, who will discuss his pro career and life after football in his lecture entitled “Experiences in the NFL and Preparing for Life” on March 16. Then on March 23, Louise Excell and photographer David Pettit will share their thoughts the “Grand Staircase Controversy.”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.
 
Washington County Republican Women Donate Scholarship Funds to Dixie State to Honor War Veterans
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 23, 2010) The Washington County Republican Women Organization and Dixie State College of Utah announced Tuesday the continuation of a scholarship to benefit and honor veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and the Utah National Guard’s 222nd Field Artillery Unit.

Washington County Republican Women president Carol Aldred, treasurer Tanya Beaulieu, and assistant treasurer Sandi Barrett presented a check for $2,000 to DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld in a brief morning ceremony.

The scholarship, which is part of the “Caring for America” outreach program, was established at Dixie State in 2007 to honor of veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts, with priority shown to 222nd veterans. The monies will provide financial assistance with college expenses, including tuition, books and college fees, to veterans who meet specific academic qualifications and demonstrate financial need. 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.

“This is a nice gesture to our servicemen and women as a way to help them get and education and thank them for what they do in service to our country,” President Nadauld said.

According to Aldred, the scholarship monies will be equally divided, with $1,000 awarded to a deserving veteran and another $1,000 to be given to spouse of a veteran, which is something newly added to the scholarship program. Aldred noted that special consideration was given to the spouses as part of the scholarship program because of their sacrifices and the uncertainties they encounter with loved ones away serving our country.

“We feel honored that we can give something back to our troops because they have done so much for us,” Aldred said. “We also thought about the spouse [of our servicemen and women]. What if something happens and they need to go back and get an education? This would give them the opportunity for them to get some college under their belt to help them take care of their children.”

Part of the WCRW charter is supporting the military through the “Caring for America” program, where members engage in charity work, community work and support of the military and their families. The WCRW scholarship was created to honor the 222nd for the service the unit provided in both conflicts.

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 2010 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 the scholarship or to apply, please contact Sue Perschon in the DSC Financial Aid office at 435-652-7578.

Dixie State Criminal Justice Students Receive Program Awards
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 23, 2010) Nine criminal justice students through the Dixie State College and Southern Utah University criminal justice program partnership were recently presented awards for their efforts in the classroom. Assistant professor of criminal justice Scott Julian and the Honorable District Court Judge Eric Ludlow presented the awards at a ceremony held in Judge Ludlow’s courtroom at the new Washington County Courthouse.

Awards were handed out in three different categories and consisted of a judges’ gavel for first prize and medallions for second and third places. Ryan Weaver, a sophomore from St. George, was awarded a gavel in the Introduction to Criminal Justice category, while Martha Hafen, a junior from Ivins, Utah, placed second, and Alisha Freestone, a freshman from Orem, Utah, and Alicia Stiner, a freshman from Bunkerville, Nev., each claimed third place honors.

Charlotte Meinkey, a junior from Washington, Utah, claimed the gavel in Criminal Procedure, and Jason Young (graduate of SUU), placed second. Danay Stucki, a senior from St. George, and Allan Dressler, a junior from Washington, Utah, tied for first in Criminology, and Stacey Collins, a senior from St. George, was awarded the second place medallion.

For more information on the criminal justice program, contact assistant professor Scott Julian at 435-652-7894.

Dixie State College Baseball Team Involved in Bus Accident
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 21, 2010) A Dixie State College charter bus transporting the DSC baseball team was involved in an accident with a snowplow early Sunday morning approximately five miles south of Colorado City, Ariz. None of the members of the DSC travel party were seriously injured.

The accident occurred on northbound Arizona State Highway 389 at around 5:15 a.m., and only the bus and the snowplow were involved in the collision. The Red Storm baseball team was returning from a four-game Pacific West Conference weekend series at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

According the DSC assistant baseball coach Trent Pratt, the bus began following the snowplow outside of Kanab, Utah, due to snow and poor road conditions. Just outside of Colorado City, the snowplow driver stopped quickly in front of the bus after coming upon a vehicle that had apparently spun off the road. The bus driver acted instantly to try and avoid the collision, but the right side of the bus collided with the back of the plow, severely damaging the bus. The bus stayed upright and the travel party was able to escape the vehicle through the emergency window exits.

“Our bus driver did all he could and did a great job in minimizing the damage,” Coach Pratt said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

Five DSC student-athletes were taken by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, and all five were released by 10:30 a.m. One student-athlete suffered a laceration to the forehead and was checked for concussion symptoms, while two another student-athlete were treated for possible rib injuries. One other student-athlete was checked for concussion symptoms and another was treated for a possible foot injury. All x-rays and tests came back negative for major injury.

In addition, the bus driver was also taken to the hospital upon arriving in St. George for observation.

The uninjured team members were transported to the Colorado City Fire Station, where residents provided the team with food and drinks. Another DSC charter bus was dispatched to pick up the remaining team members and transported them back to St. George, arriving to the campus at around 9:30 a.m.

“Obviously as an administrator we’re always concerned that an accident can occur because we travel by bus a lot and the last thing I always say to our teams is to be safe,” said DSC Interim Athletic Director Maureen Eckroth. “We are blessed in this situation that all of our student-athletes are alright. I commend Coach Pratt and our bus driver for their efforts, they were extremely well-organized after the accident and helped our student-athletes.

“I would also like to thank the all people of Colorado City for stepping up and taking care of our team and I would like to thank the ambulance service that transported our injured athletes to St. George,” Eckroth added. “We’re extremely grateful that it turned out the way it did and with everyone OK.”

Dixie State Browning Library to Feature Virgin River Program Exhibit
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 20, 2010) The Dixie State College Val A. Browning Library is currently featuring a new exhibit produced by the Virgin River Program. The exhibit will be on display daily until Friday, March 12, 2010. Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m., Saturdays 12 noon to 6:45 p.m., and from 3 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Sundays. During DSC’s Spring Break (March 8-12), library hours are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The program is a partnership that includes the State of Utah Department of Natural Resources, Washington County Water Conservancy District, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US National Park Service, the US Bureau of Land Management, the Dixie Soil Conservation District, the Washington County Farm Bureau, the Nature Conservancy, with participation by the Nevada Division of Wildlife, the Arizona Department of Fish and Game, and the Utah Water Research Laboratory.  
 
The exhibit is housed in the north end of the Browning Library and provides an in-depth look at the ecology of our area. Brochures, information booklets and stickers featuring the fish and birds of the Virgin River are also on display.

For more information, contact DSC Dean and Director of the Val A. Browning Library Daphne Selbert at 435-652-7711 or at selbert@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Theatre to Stage Shakespeare's "Macbeth" March 1-6
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 20, 2010) “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” The Dixie State College of Utah Department of Theatre is proud to present “Macbeth,” William Shakespeare’s classic supernatural tragedy about lust for power and its bloody repercussions. The production will run nightly this March 1-6, at 7:30 p.m., in DSC’s Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater.

This production of Shakespeare's classic play of betrayal and ambition explores the pros and cons of the human driving spirit. How far is appropriate to go when forwarding one's self to heretofore dreamed of heights? When that limit is discovered and ultimately surpassed, is rectification possible? These questions and many others are explored in detail in this innovative exploration of one of the Bard's best-known works.
 
Directed by DSC Assistant Professor of Theatre Michael Harding, the production features the performances of Travis Cox and Hannah Davenport as “Macbeth and Lady Macbeth,” Frank Bryant and Whitney Morgan Cox as “Macduff and Lady Macduff,” and Alex Gubler as “Banquo.” The cast also includes Spencer Potter, Gabriella Noble, Rebecca Wright, Grant Nordine, Guy Smith, Trey Patterson, Cole Chollet, and several other DSC actors. The setting was designed by Brent Hanson, with lighting by Joshua Scott, and costumes by Andrea Davenport. Cali Pistorius serves as stage manager.
 
"This production is fresh, new, and informative," says Professor Harding. "We have delved beyond the existing text in an effort to understand better what Shakespeare was saying. Some of our methods are outside of what most people consider 'normal Shakespeare,’ but by asking these questions in this way, we are learning a tremendous amount. We hope our audiences will learn in turn."

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+) and non-DSC students ages 6-17, and $1 for DSC students, faculty and staff with a valid activity card. No children under age 5, please.

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the DSC Cox Auditorium Box Office. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu” or one hour prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office. For information on DSC’ Cultural Arts programs, visit “http://culturalarts.dixie.edu.
 

DSC Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Winter Concert Feb. 27
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 19, 2010) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, will take the stage for the first time this semester for its annual Winter Concert on Saturday, Feb. 27, 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 “Russian Sailors Dance” from Reinhold Gleire’s “The Red Poppy,” Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite,” Symphony No. 94 in G major “The Surprise” by Franz Joseph Haydn, and “Scene and Dances” from the Manuel De Falla composition “The Three-Cornered Hat.”  

General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Dixie State Leads Utah in 2010 Spring Semester Enrollment Growth Percentage
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 18, 2010) Coming on the heels of last fall’s extraordinary enrollment growth, Dixie State College of Utah officials Thursday announced continued significant gains in enrollment as the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) made public its 2010 Spring Semester numbers. USHE officially released its third week enrollment figures for the semester, which showed that DSC posted a system-leading 27.12% increase in total headcount with 7,693 students, 1,641 students ahead of the institution’s total of 6,052 in spring of 2009. The addition of 1,641 students was the third-highest overall gain in the entire USHE system, behind only Salt Lake Community College and Utah Valley University.

DSC also posted the System’s highest percentage gain in full-time equivalency (FTE*) enrollment this spring at 27.23% with 5,352, a 1,145 FTE increase from 4,207 in the spring of 2009, while Dixie’s budget-related FTE saw a system-leading increase of 26.93% with 5,261 students, a 1,117 student BR-FTE increase compared to 4,144 students this time last year. Dixie State also saw a 26% increase in upper division enrollment with 1,843 total headcount, up 378 students from early 2009.

“The strength of our enrollment is an exciting indication of the value that students see in receiving an education at Dixie State College,” stated DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld. “We’re anticipating that our growth will continue in the future, though not at such an accelerated rate.”

President Nadauld praised the hard work of Dixie’s faculty and staff in responding to the classroom and educational needs of the students. He went on to say that he recognizes the added stress this type of growth puts on Dixie’s current infrastructure and is hopeful the state takes notice of that stress in order to assist the College maintain its educational mission for the region.

“We certainly recognize that we are an open-access institution and we are fulfilling our mission to enroll all these students that are presenting themselves at our doors,” President Nadauld said. “We’re pleased to that we’re able to fulfill that mission and hope that we can continue to do so despite the budget cuts, but our ability to respond is going to be dramatically hindered if we do not get some more resources from the state to help us.”
 
Last fall, DSC posted a USHE system-high 22.78% increase in total headcount with 7,911 students, while Dixie’s full-time equivalency (FTE*) figures for the fall semester also rose a system-best 25% with 5,569 students. In addition, the College’s Budget Related FTE experienced the highest-percentage increase in USHE at over 25% overall with 5,420 students.

Part of Dixie State’s extraordinary enrollment growth last fall was a 22% increase in first-time freshmen with 1,741 students, the largest freshman class in school history, which included 1,231 new freshmen just out of high school.

Overall, student enrollment at the nine Utah public institutions rose 9.48% from 2009 with an increase of 13,104 total students.

*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.


DSC Dental Hygiene Program to Participate in "Give a Kid a Smile Day"
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 18, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s dental hygiene program is teaming up with 21 St. George area dentists to volunteer their time and talents in an effort to “Give a Kid a Smile” with a special free dental clinic for Washington County children. The clinic will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dr. Mervyn and Sue Cox Dental Hygiene Clinic, located in the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center at 1526 E. Foremaster Drive.

The event is part of the American Dental Association’s “Give a Kid a Smile Day,” the annual children’s oral health access initiative which mobilizes dental practitioners throughout Utah and across the country to provide free dental screening and treatment to pre-selected, underserved children.

According to DSC program coordinator Veronica Fely, 47 DSC dental hygiene students, along with faculty and staff members, anticipate they will provide over 200 Washington County uninsured and low income children with free dental care, including cleanings, x-rays, tooth extraction, fillings and other dental services, along with oral hygiene tips for both the child and parents.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to get out in the community and provide these much needed services to the children of Washington County,” Fely said. “This event was a great success last year and we anticipate providing this service to even more children this time around.”

This is the second year DSC’s dental hygiene program has participated in the ADA’s “Give a Kid a Smile Day” initiative. Last year, Dixie students helped provide free dental services to 73 children.

In addition to the DSC dental clinic, three other free dental clinics will take place that day at Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College and the Utah College of Dental Hygiene

The U.S. Surgeon General reports oral decay as a silent health epidemic affecting children from underserved families nationwide. Working in partnership with the American Dental Association and local area dentists, Utah’s “Give a Kid a Smile Day” partners with Henry Schein Dental, the exclusive professional products sponsor, and other local businesses to help mobilize the provision of free dental services to needy children. The media is invited to document area children learning about dental care and receive free screenings and treatment. Dental experts will also be available to discuss the importance of oral healthcare, the Utah Give Kids a Smile organization, and state dental needs.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Veronica Fely at 435-879-4905 or visit “www.utahgivekidsasmile.com.

DSC Theater Student Wins KCACTF Irene Ryan Regional, Advances to National Finals at the Kennedy Center
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 18, 2010) Dixie State College theater student Whitney Morgan Cox captured top acting honors at the 42nd-Annual Kennedy Center College Theatre Region VIII Festival (KCACTF), hosted Dixie State College last week. Ms. Cox, along with her scene partner, Jon Dodart, will now advance to compete for the coveted Irene Ryan Scholarship and the distinction of being the country’s top collegiate actor this April at the KCACTF finals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Cox, a senior integrated studies major from Santa Clara, Utah, has appeared in many DSC productions, but won her nomination to the national competition for her role as “Lizzy Curry” in DSC’s 2009 production of 110 in the Shade.

“Whitney is an extraordinarily talented actress and watching her grow and progress has been one of the biggest delights of my career,” said DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport. “Whitney is exactly the kind of student we are working to produce at Dixie State College. This competition is usually won by very established schools, and often by grad students. This will get Dixie State noticed nationally.”

Each year the KCACTF selection panel reviews up to 300 nominees chosen from thousands of submissions nationwide. Two winners from each of the eight regions are invited to attend the national festival to audition for the national scholarships. Each of the 16 finalists receive a $500 scholarship and a week-long, expenses paid trip to the national festival, where a judging panel made up of leading artistic directors, actors, producers, and casting agents views presentations of monologues, short scenes, and songs and award two scholarships of $3,000.

This is the first time an acting student from Dixie State College has advanced to the finals in Washington D.C. Two years ago, DSC Student Guy Smith won the national Stage Makeup competition for his designs for the College's production of Sweeney Todd.

In addition to Cox’s accomplishment, DSC students Joshua Scott, Spencer Potter and Carly Waggoner were regional finalists in this year’s stage design competition and each received honorable mention recognition for their work.

Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty “Granny” in The Beverly Hillbillies.

KCACTF is dedicated to encouraging, recognizing, and celebrating the finest and most diverse work produced in college and university theater programs. The eight regional festivals and national festival provide an opportunity for college and university theater departments to present their work, especially new or student-written work, and to receive outside assessment. Since its establishment in 1969, the KCACTF has reached more than 17.5 million theatergoers, students, and teachers nationwide.

Dixie State College to Host Annual Employment Fair Next Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 17, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host its annual Employment Fair this Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Gardner Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s fair is open to all students and community members and will feature nearly 30 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, says that besides job hunting, students will find the Employment Fair serves as a great networking opportunity to meet employers and learn about businesses. In addition, students who are not graduating this year can gather important information about what major to choose or what classes to select in order to be prepared to apply for jobs at particular companies in the future.  

“The Employment Fair is a valuable networking opportunity,” Kinney said. “A good way for students to make the most of the Fair is to collect business cards from employers. After collecting the cards, write a personal reminder on the back of each business card about the recruiter and the company. Then follow up with the recruiter when you are ready to graduate or seeking employment.”

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. In addition, this year’s event will feature a resume’ expert, who will provide on-the-spot resume review and advice to students on how to better their marketability.

Kinney noted that several employers are interested in meeting and interviewing graduates, such as Intermountain Healthcare, Wells Fargo, KCSG-TV, Job Corps, Wells Dairy/Blue Bunny, Living Scriptures, TURN, the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Navy, just to name a few. In addition, representatives from the University of Utah and Southern Utah University will be on hand with information on graduate programs.
 
For more information, contact the DSC Career Center at 435-652-7737.

Former Army Medic and Ms. Utah "GI Jill" Stevens to Address Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 17, 2010) Dixie State College’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation series continues this Tuesday, Feb. 23, featuring a presentation by former Army medic and Ms. Utah 2007 Jill Stevens. 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.

Ms. Stevens’ presentation, entitled “Miss Utah’s Experiences in Afghanistan,” will chronicle her experiences serving in the military and competing in the Miss America Pageant. She will discuss life as a combat medic in service with the Utah Army National Guard in Afghanistan, along with her journey in turning in her camouflage and combat boots for an evening gown and a tiara as she represented Utah in the 2008 Miss America Pageant, where she was named “America’s Choice” and advanced to the semifinal round of the competition.

Stevens remains a national spokesperson for the United States Military and has traveled to Washington, D.C., numerous times to speak about military issues. In addition, she recently teamed with former Miss America Sharlene Wells-Hawkes to spearhead a trip with a number of other former Miss America pageant winners to visit troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stevens graduated Summa Cum Laude in Nursing from Southern Utah University and currently works as an emergency room nurse at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
 
The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday at 12 noon through the rest of the spring semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC staff member Dr. Andy Christensen, who will share his work with NASA and its exploration of water on the moon in his lecture “Water on the Moon: NASA Science and Politics,” on March 2. Following DSC’s Spring Break (March 8-12), the Forum will return March 16, with a presentation by former NFL quarterback Jay Schroeder entitled “Experiences in the NFL and Preparing for Life.”
 
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 21st-Annual NCTE African American Read-In Chain in Celebration of Black History Month
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 16, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s English Department will host the 21st-annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) African American Read-In Chain, in celebration of Black History Month next Monday, Feb. 22, from 1-4 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 DSC Associate Professor of English Dr. Sue Bennett in the Dixie State College English department at 435-652-7925 or at bennett@dixie.edu.

Winners of 23rd-Annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale Announced
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 12, 2010) The winners of the 23rd-annual Robert N. and Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show were announced Friday night at the show’s premiere gala banquet at the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center on the Dixie State College campus. In all, artists received awards in nine medium categories, along with “Best of Show” Purchase Prize and “Best in Show” honors.

This year’s Best of Show Purchase Prize was awarded to Ian Ramsay from Murray, Utah, for his watercolor painting “Farm in Winter, Bellvue, Idaho.” In addition, this year’s Invitational awarded its third-ever Best in Show Prize, which was given to Bonnie Posselli from Salt Lake City, for her oil painting entitled “Evening Finery.”

Ramsay, who won his first Sears Invitational Purchase Prize award, has been a full time artist for over 30 years, painting exclusively in watercolor in a representational style. His work is represented in collections throughout the United States, Japan, Great Britain, Canada, France and Switzerland. Ramsay has received numerous awards over the span of his career, most recently the Best of Show and Grand Prize at the Utah State Fair, and First Prize for watercolor at the Shenandoah Invitational Art Show. In 2009, he was made a honorary lifetime member of the Utah Watercolor Society.

Posselli, who won the 2001 Sears Dixie Invitational Purchase Prize for her oil painting “Fanciful,” is herself an award-winning and highly recognized Utah artist and instructor, having taught on a private basis for many years, along with conducting outdoor painting workshops. She studied under renowned Utah portrait painter Alvin Gittens at the University of Utah. Posselli has won many awards, including recognition from the Salt Lake Olympic Curatorial Committee, Best of Show at the Maynard Dixon Invitational, People’s Choice and Best Oil Award, the Deseret News Purchase Award, and was named one of the 100 Best Artists of Utah by the Springville Museum.

Among the other awards handed out, Steve Songer, a 1999 Purchase Prize winner who also won last year’s Best in Show Prize, won top honors in the Oils Landscape category for the second-straight year his painting “November.” Second place was awarded to Robert Call for “View Near Henefer,” and G. Russell Case placed third for his painting “The Mound.” One other Purchase Prize winner, Karl Thomas (2008), claimed Honorable Mention recognition for his work “Zion Sunrise.” Additionally, three other Honorable Mention ribbons were handed out to David Dixon for “Evening Showers,” Ken Baxter for “Stoddard Sleigh With Moon,” and Jeff Hepworth for “September Shadow.”

Mike Malm, who won the Invitational’s Purchase Prize in 2007, claimed his second-straight first place ribbon in the Oil Other category for his work entitled “Comfort,” while fellow Purchase Prize winner David Koch (2006) placed second with “Summer Breeze,” and Kate Starling took third for “West Temple.” Five Honorable Mention ribbons were awarded to Trent Gudmensen for “Pink Dress, Orange Cat,” Cassandria W. Parsons for “January Storm,” Jerry Read Hancock (untitled), Sydney Shutt for “Day’s End,” and Alexander Selytin for “The Key.”

In the Watercolor Landscape category, Jeffrey H. Craven won top prize for “Softly,” and 2003 Purchase Prize winner Roland Lee placed second with “Nature’s Sculpture.”

Rebecca H. Hartvigsen received first place honors in the Watercolor Other category for “Pile of Pumpkins,” with Fred Ensign placing second for “Hersheys on Broadway,” and Paula Wadsworth taking third for “Mountain Man.” H. Shane Ross earned Honorable Mention recognition for “Youngward Farmhouse in Winter,” as did Peggy Brown for “October.”

In the Pastel Landscape category, Norma L. Molen took top honors for her painting entitled “City Creek,” with Arlene V. Braithwaite claiming second place with “First Snow Zion.” Marilee Campbell won the third place ribbon for her work “Utah Memories – Early Autumn.”

Jerry Read Hancock, who won Honorable Mention in the Oil Other category, claimed the blue ribbon in the Pastel Others for his untitled work. Second place went to 2000 Purchase Prize winner and DSC faculty member Del Parson for “The Messiah,” while 2004 Purchase Prize winner Julie Roger placed third with her work “The Magic Touch,” and Darlene Morgan earned Honorable mention for “Jordan.”

In addition to her Honorable Mention ribbon, Morgan claimed top honors in the Other Mediums category with an untitled piece, while Paul G. Fuentes was awarded second place for his work “Gooseberry Mesa.” Michael J. Bingham took third place for “Work Horse,” while James Lund received an Honorable Mention ribbon for “Color My Wind,” as did Royden Card for “Babylon Valley II.”

In the Sculpture Bronze category, Annette W. Everett took the top prize for her creation entitled “Rite of Spring,” while 1988 Purchase Prize winner L’Deane Trueblood claimed second place with “Little Explorer.” Douglas Adams placed third with his work “Blue Ivy Ledge,” and Cheryl Collins earned Honorable Mention recognition for “The Glass Heart.”

In the 3D Sculpture and Pottery Medium category, Darwin Dower won the blue ribbon for his sculpture entitled “Footsteps of Faith.” DSC faculty member Glen Blakley placed second for “St. George Birds,” and R. Morgan Clements took third with “Lizard Pot.” Honorable Mentions were awarded to Shane Christensen for his creation “Side Fired Oval Vase,” and Cheryl Collins for “Symbols in Glass.”

The Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale, which has been a mainstay at Dixie State College, features a record 270 pieces of artwork from nearly 160 renowned artists from Utah and around the country, making this year’s show the largest in the event’s history.

All artwork will remain on display through Sunday, March 28, 2010, in the Robert N. and Peggy Sears Art Museum 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 exhibited is for sale to the public, with a portion of the proceeds from each piece of artwork 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 will remain the show’s permanent home. Appropriately enough, the gallery bears the name of the show’s founders, the late Robert N. and Peggy Sears.

Robert N. and Peggy Sears Art Show and Sale Purchase Prize Winners
2010    “Farm in Winter, Bellvue, Idaho,” Ian Ramsay (watercolor)
2009    “Mesa I,” Lance Turner (pastel)
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 (watercolor)
2002    “Snowfall in Snow Canyon,” Wallace Lee (watercolor)
2001    “Fanciful,” Bonnie Posselli (oil)
2000    “Mary Magdelen at the Tomb,” Del Parson (pastel)
1999    “Shady Lane,” Steven F. Songer (watercolor)
1998    “Dust Dust,” A.D. Shaw (oil)
1997    “Iris-Pink, Yellow and Blue,” Carol P. Harding (pastel)
1996    “Pollos De Copala,” Farrell R. Collett (watercolor)
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 (watercolor)
1989    “Hurricane Mesa,” Gaell Lindstrom (oil)
1988    “Sarai,” L’Deane Trueblood (sculpture)

DSC to Host Overnight Recruiting Retreat
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 12, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will hold a special “Red Storm Retreat” for high school students next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20.

The “Red Storm Retreat,” hosted by DSC’s School Relations Department, is an overnight event that includes informational topics ranging from academic programs, financial aid and scholarship, admissions, campus tours, student Q&A panel and student life on and off campus.

“The high school students will experience Dixie from a current student’s perspective,” says DSC Admissions Advisor Holland Olsen. “This event is always a hit with students and we find that a whopping 90% of student who attend this retreat enroll at Dixie.”

For more information, contact Holland Olsen at 435-652-7593 (holsen@dixie.edu), or visit www.dixie.edu/futurestudents.  

Ethics in Antique Collecting the Topic of Thursday's DSC Business and Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 11, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series for the 2010 spring semester on Thursday, Feb. 18, featuring a presentation local antique dealer Bert Walker.
 
The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC’s spring semester, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy School of 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.

A resident of Washington, Utah, Mr. Walker will share his presentation entitled “My Life as an Antique Dealer,” which will chronicle his career in that field. Walker will discuss how he got involved in antiques, from his first auction and sale, to transforming his hobby into a full-time successful business. He will also discuss the ethical challenges he faces, including honest interactions with customers and possible pitfalls when dealing with the IRS.

Walker is a veteran of the United States Air Force, for which he served as an instructor for foreign officers and as an interpreter for Spanish, Portuguese and French-speaking dignitaries. In addition, he served as an instructor and professor of aerospace studies at Penn State from 1963-65 and Memphis University from 1978-79. Walker graduated Magna Cum Laude in Spanish from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and earned his Master’s Degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The series will continue March 4, with a presentation by former DSC President Dr. Alton Wade. In addition, local physician Dr. Craig Booth will address the forum March 18, and Wal-Mart Distribution Center Manager Keith Knowles will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation April 1.

The Business and Ethics Forums are presented 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 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,” said Huddleston. “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

AOPC Donates $6,000 to Dixie State Scholarships
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 10, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah today received a $6,000 scholarship donation from the Association of PUD’s and Condominiums of Washington (AOPC).

AOPC President Bob Frost, on behalf of the company, Jerry Campbell and D’Arcy Grisier, presented a $4,000 check to DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld. In addition, Frost awarded a a pair of $1,000 checks to two DSC students – Kelsey Vernon, a junior elementary education major from St. George; and Jon Juett, an integrated studies major from Roseburg, Ore. – to assist them in their educational pursuits.

“With our incredible enrollment growth, our scholarship fund is in dire need,” President Nadauld said. “I thank Mr. Frost and his association for their timely gift and thank them for their generosity.”

Frost recounted his own struggles as a college student at the University of Utah. He noted that he was fortunate enough to apply for and receive a scholarship during his junior year, which allowed him to complete his college education.

“When I got involved in this organization, I heard about this scholarship fund and was very interested in getting further involved,” Frost said. “We look forward to continue this scholarship for years to come.”

Pay a Visit to China at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 9, 2010) Dixie State College’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation series continues this Tuesday, Feb. 16, featuring DSC education professor Dr. Shirley Sung Davis and her husband, Elwin, discussing their collective experiences while on sabbatical in China. 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 presentation, entitled “A Year of Teaching in China, or Waiguorens’ (Foreigner’s) Glimpses of the Middle Kingdom,” will chronicle the their year-long teaching sabbatical at Shandong University in Shandong, China. The Davis’ will share what they learned about the youth of China and will take the audience on a fascinating photo tour of the “Middle Kingdom.”

“It was an extraordinary opportunity to teach at this excellent university,” Dr. Davis said. “The students were awesome, very eager and motivated to learn.”

Dr. Davis, who was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Taiwan, has taught educational technology and gifted & talented education at DSC since 2003. She earned a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed her Ph.D. in Educational Technology at New Mexico State University. She also earned a law degree at the National University in Taiwan.

Elwin Davis, a retired electronics engineer, is a graduated of Brigham Young University. He spent many years working in Taiwan and China in TV development and manufacturing. While accompanying his wife on sabbatical, Elwin was the recipient of the prestigious "Foreign Teacher of Year" award at Shandong University.
 
The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday at 12 noon through the rest of the spring semester. Upcoming guest speakers include former Miss Utah 2007 Jill Stevens, who will visit the Dixie campus to share her adventures as a United States Army combat medic and a beauty pageant queen with her presentation “Miss Utah’s Experiences in Afghanistan” on Feb. 23. The following week on March 2, DSC staff member Dr. Andy Christensen will discuss his work with NASA and its exploration of water on the moon in his presentation “Water on the Moon: NASA Science and Politics.”

For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.
 
Spots Still Available for Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Opening Gala Feb. 12
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 4, 2010) Tickets are still available for the annual Robert N. and Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale Opening Gala, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 12, beginning at 6 p.m., in the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Grand Foyer.

The program for the evening will include dinner, musical entertainment and remarks by the event’s honorary chair, former DSC President and Dixie historian Dr. Douglas Alder. An art preview for dinner guests will precede the gala at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for the gala may be purchased by calling Susan Taysom at 435-652-7905.

Prior to the Opening Gala at 3 p.m., a free art symposium for all aspiring artists will be conducted by 2009 Purchase Prize winner Lance Turner in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater. A resident of Provo, Utah, Turner became the oldest artist (age 84 at the time) to ever win the Purchase Prize in the show’s 22-year history with his pastel painting “Mesa I.” Turner will also serve as this year’s Art Show adjudicator.

The Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale, now entering its 23rd-year at Dixie State College, will feature a record 270 pieces of artwork from nearly 160 renowned artists from Utah and around the country. Award categories for the show include oils, watercolor, pastels and other media. In addition, the show regularly features several bronze works.

The exhibit will open to the public Saturday, Feb. 13, and will be on display through Sunday, March 28. 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 Announces DOCUTAH Design Scholarship Contest for DSC, Washington and Kane County HS Students
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 3, 2010) In conjunction with the upcoming premiere of the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, Dixie State College of Utah is inviting Washington and Kane County high school students, and DSC students, to enter a scholarship contest to submit design for the official DOCUTAH gift tote bag.

In all, two winning designs will be chosen, one collegiate and one prep design, and those designs will be printed on DOCUTAH tote bags. The winning high school student entry will a $250 scholarship award and public recognition, while the winning high school art program will receive a $250 cash donation from Dixie State. Meanwhile, the winning DSC student entry will receive a $500 scholarship and public recognition.

In addition, special recognition will be given to the top entry from each participating high school, along with tickets to DOCUTAH film screenings and master class seminars, along with the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities, VIPs and industry professionals from around the world.

The deadline for art submissions is Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. For more scholarship contest information, including art submission, rules and guidelines, or on the festival, please visit www.docutah.com, or contact Janet O’Riley with DSC community education at 435-652-7671.

DOCUTAH is a documentary only film festival, nestled in the red rocks and slot canyons of majestic southern Utah. By blending the attractions of the area with a love of documentaries, we hope that many professional and student filmmakers embrace what DOCUTAH has to offer. Brace yourselves because DOCUTAH has arrived—now and for the future; 2010 is just the beginning. Being one of the few college-based festivals, much of DOCUTAH will take place on Dixie State College’s campus, including master class seminars taught by internationally renowned guest lecturers who are industry professionals. With a focus on independent films looking for distribution, DOCUTAH will also feature a distributor’s marketplace – an invaluable networking hub.

DSC Students to Hold Benefit Dance for Cancer-Stricken Classmate
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 2, 2010) The Dixie State College PRIDE student club is sponsoring a Mardi Gras Cancer Benefit dance to raise money for one of its fellow students who is currently battling a brain tumor. The dance will be held this Saturday evening, Feb. 6, from 8 p.m.-to-midnight, in the DSC Gardner Center Ballroom.

Admission to the dance is $5, with music provided by All-in-1 Productions, and attendees are encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras-style costumes. Proceeds from the dance will go to benefit DSC student Linda Stay and her family to offset the cost of her treatment and upcoming surgery.

For more information, call Alisha Stucki at 435-313-0164 or DSC Director of Student Activities Donna Stafford at 435-652-7513.


Experience Life in the Antarctic at Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 2, 2010) Dixie State College’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation series returns to its regular format this Tuesday, Feb. 9, featuring DSC assistant professor of biology Dr. Marius van der Merwe discussing his experiences on an expedition in the Antarctic. 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. van der Merwe’s presentation, entitled “Sub-Antarctic Marion Island: A Natural History and My Experiences There,” will chronicle his adventure as part of a 1993-94 South African expedition team sent to Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean. He will talk about the natural history of the island, its climate and the plants and indigenous animal and insect species that call Marion Island home. He will also share his experiences while living and working there.

Dr. van der Merwe has taught biology and ecology at Dixie State since 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology in 1991, and a Master’s Degree in Entomology in 1995. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Biology-Ecology from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2004.
 
The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday at 12 noon through the rest of the spring semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC faculty member Dr. Shirley Davis and her husband, Erwin, who will share their experiences on sabbatical in China with “A Year of Teaching in China, or Waiguorens’ Glimpses of the Middle Kingdom” on Feb. 9. The following week on Feb. 16, former Miss Utah 2007 Jill Stevens will visit the Dixie campus to discuss her adventures as a United States Army combat medic and a beauty pageant queen with her presentation “Miss Utah’s Experiences in Afghanistan.”

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

Ethics in Real Estate the Focus of Thursday's DSC Business and Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 29, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series for the 2010 spring semester on Thursday, Feb. 4, featuring a presentation by Lori Chaplan, who serves as president of the Utah Association of Realtors.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC’s spring semester, will be held in the Boeing Auditorium (Room 121) of the DSC Udvar-Hazy School of 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.

Ms. Chaplan’s will share her presentation entitled “Ethics in Real Estate!?!?,” which discusses the current state of the real estate market. She will share with the audience tips on how to find an ethical realtor, along with things homeowners and potential owners need to know when buying or selling homes. Chaplan will also explain home and property equity, and will discuss ethics in foreclosures and short sale home transactions.

Chaplan has been a realtor in the St. George area for 29 years and has chaired the local ethics board for the Board of Realtors. In addition to her role as president of the UAR, she served as president of the Washington County Board of Realtors in 2008 and was named 2009 “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Women’s Council of Realtors.

The series will continue Feb. 18, with area businessman Bert Walker. In addition, former Dixie College President Dr. Alton Wade will address the forum March 4; local physician Dr. Craig Booth will speak to the forum March 18; and Wal-Mart Distribution Center Manager Keith Knowles will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation April 1.

The Business and Ethics Forum are 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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 to Host 2010 MathCounts Competition Feb. 5
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 28, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host its annual MathCounts competition, featuring entrants from middle and junior high schools throughout southwestern Utah, on Friday, Feb. 5, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in room 127 of DSC’s North Instructional Building (NIB).

According to DSC Mathematics Department Chair Scott Mortensen, more than 90 students from St. George, Enterprise, Kanab and Beaver will participate in this year’s competition. The competition features individual and team testing events, which will be corrected and judged by DSC upper division math students.

“We are currently working on adding a four-year math degree here at Dixie State College and we feel that this is a great recruiting tool for future students,” says Mortensen.

For more information on the competition, contact Sylvia Bradshaw in the DSC Mathematics Department at 435-652-7984.

Dixie Forum Presents Lauren Pelon "The Living Roots of Music" for Special Thursday Event
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 28, 2010) Dixie State College’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation series is switching from its regular format to present a special Thursday evening concert engagement on Feb. 4, featuring a special program by the Lauren Pelon Musique Company in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The special Forum concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Ms. Pelon’s visit to Dixie State is made possible by funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council promotes understanding of diverse traditions, values and ideas through informed public discussion.

Under the title “The Living Roots of Music,” Pelon traces the story of music and instruments throughout history with performances on a multitude of instruments, including archlute, guitar, lute-guitar, lyre, recorders, and MIDI-pedalboard, among others. Her program features music from ancient Greece, medieval and renaissance Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.
 
"I am fascinated by the interesting ways people of other cultures and different times have found to make music," says Pelon. "I especially enjoy doing these programs because they differ from ordinary concert performances. They offer not only an opportunity to listen to music, but also a way to think about how music has affected the lives of people all over the world -- from ancient times to our own modern day."
 
Pelon, recipient of the 2001 "Artist of the Year" Award from Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), has studied the history of music and instrumentation both in America and overseas. She has performed in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and China. Recent tours took her to Australia, to perform at Australian National University, Canberra, ACT; to the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia; and to the Conservatory of Music in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Pelon has also performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras, on television specials and with Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."


The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday at 12 noon through the rest of the spring semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC faculty member Marius van der Merwe, who will discuss his activities in the Antarctic with his presentation “Sub-Antarctic Marion Island: A Natural History and My Experiences There” on Feb. 9. The following week on Feb. 16, DSC faculty member Dr. Shirley Davis and her husband, Elwin, will share their experiences on sabbatical in China with “A Year of Teaching in China, or Waiguorens’ Glimpses of the Middle Kingdom.”

For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.
 
DSC Department of Criminal Justice Introduces New Scholarship Program
Dixie State College’s Department of Criminal Justice introduced a scholarship program on Friday, January 22, 2010, awarding 16 students who have proven academic excellence in their Criminal Justice classes. These students are the first recipients of scholarships honoring outstanding students, award winners, and top students in the Criminal Justice Program. Their academic achievement was acknowledged by both Academic Vice President Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans and DSC Dean of Arts and Letters Dr. Don Hinton.  


United States Seneator Bob Bennett Visits DSC Campus to Discuss Funding for New Computer Crime Institute
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 27, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah welcomed United States Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) to campus this past Jan. 13, to discuss the creation of a new Southwest Regional Criminal Justice Computer Crime Institute at DSC with school administrators and faculty, along with a number of area law enforcement officials.

Senator Bennett championed the effort by securing $1 million in federal grant monies for the Institute, which will be used to train students, police, prosecutors, business leaders and the public on identity theft prevention, computer crime prevention, detection and investigation. The program aims to reduce the devastating economic impact cyber crime is having on our economy by educating government employees and businesses.

“I am happy that I was able to do something in this area. I have long been interested in the changes that are occurring in crime, with respect to computers,” Senator Bennett said. “Cyber crime, cyber attacks – the more I get into it at the federal level, the clearer it is that this is international crime on a very big scale, stealing by computers.

“There is a crying need in the economy for people who are trained to deal in this arena. To be able to have the cooperation with law enforcement on the local level and learn that aspect of [cyber crime] is really exciting,” Senator Bennett added. “[This program] gives Dixie a niche that no one else in the state has. This is a growth industry, you don’t want to think of law enforcement as a growth industry, but it really is.”

According to DSC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Scott Julian, the concept of the Southwest Regional Criminal Justice Computer Crime Institute will make Dixie State College one of the first institutions of higher education in the country that will introduce cutting edge computer-based forensics training to law enforcement professionals, private industry professionals and students.
 
“Dixie State will be one of six institutions in the United States where law enforcement will be working on cases with students,” Julian said. “The latest techniques in computer forensics and the latest technology will be taught here on campus in a joint effort with law enforcement and students. The highest quality of students in computer forensics will come out of Dixie State College.”

The institute, which will be overseen by DSC, will enable criminal justice students to gain experience in the investigation and prevention of computer crime, including in areas such as ID theft, internet crimes against children, online child pornography and fraud. Julian noted that these issues have become a contemporary challenge for business and public safety agencies throughout the southwest.

Julian went on to say that in addition to the opportunities in training, the Institute can be expected to produce numerous dividends for Utah’s economy, including job creation in spin-off industries, such as cyber security analysis, software development and electronic discovery and consulting.

“We are grateful for the opportunity [Senator Bennett] has given Dixie State College and the State of Utah to train not only police, but students, in computer forensics,” said Julian. “This opportunity and the technology that will come from the center will not only train the law enforcement and the students, but will bring jobs to the area.”


Donnette Hatch Atiyah to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 26, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will host its fifth President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2009-10 academic year this Monday, Feb. 1, with a presentation by artist, activist, educator and fellow Colleague Donnette Hatch Atiyah. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Hatch Atiyah will present her illustrated lecture entitled “Masters of African American Art in the Smithsonian Collection of American Art.” A Utah native, she studied in Great Britain for a year as a Fulbright Scholar before settling in New York City, where she commenced painting studies at the Art Students League and founded The Children’s Art Studio on Madison Avenue.

After returning to Salt Lake City in the early 1970s, she completed work on her Masters of Fine Arts degree the University of Utah. Hatch Atiyah then returned to New York City, where she taught studio art and art history at Horace Mann Prep School from 1980 to 2002. While serving as a docent at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York for 10 years, she discovered a graduate program at City University of New York that offered study of African American literature and comparative world literature. Noted scholars in these fields inspired her and complimented earlier worldview studies.
 
Hatch Atiyah has served on Fulbright alumni boards for 14 years in New York City and Utah. In addition, she worked as film co-chair for Z-Arts in Springdale and the Zion Corridor, and has supported Citizens for Dixie’s Future with a particular interest in community building and quality of life concerns. In 2009 she was invited to join the steering committee to establish a Children’s Art Museum in St. George.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 17 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 will be held on Monday, March 1, 2010.

Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Returns for 23rd Year at Dixie State College in February
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 26, 2010) 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 23rd year beginning Friday, Feb. 12, at the Dolores Dore´ Eccles Fine Arts Center on the campus of Dixie State College of Utah.

The Sears Dixie Invitational, which has been a mainstay at Dixie State College, will feature nearly 220 works from over 110 renowned artists from Utah and the United States. Award categories for the show include oils, watercolor, pastels and other media. In addition, the show regularly features several bronze works.
 
“The Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale has become the standard by which successful art shows in Utah are measured,” said George F. Whitehead, DSC Vice President of Advancement and Cultural Arts. “The Sears Invitational has something for all ages and level of art knowledge. During the Art Show the youngest children learn to love art with the children’s art quiz while parents full in love with oils, pastels and watercolors that are fresh from artists all over the west.”
 
This year’s Invitational events will begin on Friday, Feb. 12, at 3:00 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater with a free art symposium for all interested artists, conducted by 2009 Purchase Prize winner Lance Turner. A resident of Provo, Utah, Turner became the oldest artist (age 84 at the time) to ever win the Purchase Prize in the show’s 22-year history with his pastel painting “Mesa I.” Turner will also serve as this year’s Art Show adjudicator.

The Invitational’s opening gala dinner and pre-sale will follow the symposium at 6:00 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Grand Foyer. Tickets for the gala may be purchased by calling Susan Taysom at 435-652-7905. The program for the evening will include remarks and performance by the event’s honorary chair, former DSC President and Dixie historian Dr. Douglas Alder. An art preview for dinner guests will precede the gala at 4:00 p.m.

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, and appropriately enough, the gallery bears the name of the show’s founders, the late Robert N. and Peggy Sears.

“The beautiful Robert N. and Peggy Sears Fine Art Gallery is truly a space that enhances the visual arts and provides an atmosphere of reflection for the viewer,” says Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of the Sears Art Museum Gallery. “It is with great hope and anticipation that the Invitational Show will continue to grow and to provide opportunities for everyone involved.”

Cieslewicz echoed the desires and goals for the Invitational set forth by the Sears family, which are to display and sell quality art to the college and the community, to raise funds to support the Sears Gallery, and for winning paintings to become part of the DSC Permanent Art Collection. Cieslecwicz went on to say that the show would not be a success without the wonderful talents and enthusiasm of the many artists who have shared their best works with the thousands of patrons who have enjoyed the show over the past two decades.

“Our artists have a passion for what they do,” Cieslewicz said. “Their life is one of creativity and joy. Let’s remember they are the keepers of our culture and how happy their art makes us.

“We are dedicated to educating our community and patrons concerning on how to become collectors of fine art,” Cieslewicz added. “As a collector, buy art you love and you will always feel that happy feeling you had when you purchased it each time you look at it. Art becomes part of a mix that makes the whole package of life so wonderful.”

The exhibit will open to the public Saturday, Feb. 13, and will be on display through Sunday, March 28. 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 2010 Kennedy Center College Theatre Regional Festival Feb. 8-13
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 26, 2010) The Dixie State College of Utah Fine Arts Department will host more than 1,100 collegiate theater artists, faculty members and industry professionals from across the west for the 42nd-Annual Kennedy Center College Theatre Region VIII Festival (KCACTF), Monday-through-Saturday, Feb. 8-13, 2010, on the DSC campus. The six-day festival will feature the best collegiate designers, technicians and performers from colleges and universities in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California.

The KCACTF Region VIII Festival will feature 10 fully-staged theater productions held in the Eccles Fine Arts Center and the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium, including DSC’s production of Almost, Maine, directed by DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport. Additionally, there will be daily scholarship competitions in acting, directing, playwriting and stage management.

Students will also be able to take part in a number of workshops and exhibitions dealing with stage and lighting design, audition techniques, stage combat, theatre critique, costume and makeup design, choreography and physical improvisation, which will held in various DSC campus locations.
 
“Hosting this conference is such a great opportunity for not just for the theatre program at Dixie,” said Davenport, “but it also gives great exposure to the college. For a week we’ll have people from all over the country here, professional actors and directors, representatives from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and faculty members from many of the best programs in the country.

“During the week they’re here, we get to show off our campus and facilities, impress with the level of our hospitality, and share the amazing community we have here in St. George,” Davenport added. “It’s going to be a lot of work, but we’re excited to face the challenge.”

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, KCACTF (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.

Through state, regional and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another’s work, and share experiences and insights. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers students individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.

The 2010 national festival will take place in Washington, D.C., April 12-17. Selected regional productions and performers will be invited to take part at the national festival.

For more information on this year’s KCACTF Region VIII Festival at DSC, contact DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport at 435-652-7797, or visit http://www.kcactf-8festivalinfo.org/, for a full schedule of Festival events.


Dixie State College Scholarship Associates Award Funds to 15 Deserving Students
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 22, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Scholarship Associates Endowment committee announced the recipients of needs-based, full-tuition scholarships to 15 deserving DSC students for the scholastic year.

Each of the scholarship recipients was selected through an application and interview process, with financial need serving as the first consideration, along with each student’s lifetime goals and family situation, among other factors.

Honorees include Paul Eno, a senior English major; Jessica Thorley-Billings, a junior music major; Jarom Foster, a sophomore engineering major; Brandon Hansen, a senior music major; Landon Hedgepeth, a junior biology major; Karson Huffman, a sophomore majoring in English; and Michael LeMond, a junior business major.

In addition, Kameron Mickelson, who is a junior wishing to receive a degree in integrated studies, earned a scholarship, as did Ronny Ruesch, a senior English major; Mark Shamo, a junior interested in accounting; Christopher Shuck, a senior communication major; Janette Stratton, a senior education major; Clarissa Chamberlain, a sophomore music major; Matthew Wiest, a junior integrated studies major; and Taylor Linton, who is a sophomore interested in mechanics.

“This is the simplest and most productive way to give scholarship funds that really make an impact on Dixie State students,” says George F. Whitehead, DSC associate vice president of advancement. “These students make the most of their educational opportunity and they believe that education is the answer.”

Membership into DSC’s Scholarship Associates is open to all community members with a desire to assist students in their educational pursuits at Dixie State College. Active membership requires an annual gift of $100 per individual/couple, or a $1000 lifetime membership, with all proceeds benefiting DSC scholarships.

Monies received from membership dues and a percentage of the monies from funds raised during the year are deposited into an endowment managed by DSC. Interest earned from this endowment, along with the remainder of funds earned during the year, are used to provide the yearly scholarships.

For more information on the DSC Scholarship Associates program or to become an active member, contact DSC Associate VP of Advancement George F. Whitehead at 435-652-7906 or at whiteheg@dixie.edu.

Dixie College Foundation to Host Sixth-Annual Fire & Ice Gala February 26
(St. George, Utah – January 21, 2010) -Every year for the last five years, the hottest ticket in town has been the Fire & Ice Gala – a night of glamour, good food, and fun – with proceeds going to needs-based scholarships for students attending Dixie State College of Utah. The Sixth-Annual Fire & Ice Gala is sponsored by the Dixie College Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 entity and by generous local individuals and businesses.

Last year, 110 Dixie State students received a scholarship award through the Dixie College Foundation and its Fire & Ice Gala, including current DSC student Julie Wright, a pre-law major and who would not be able to afford to complete a college education without the generosity of donors to the Dixie College Foundation.
 
“Those who donate to this fund make it possible for struggling students to further our education,” says Wright. “I make a solemn promise that I will utilize these funds to their utmost and in turn, I will use my education to continue to make our community such a special place to live.”
 
This festive evening begins with greetings from some of the community’s most prominent citizens. Hors d’oeuvres are enjoyed as guests participate in a silent auction with something for everyone to bid on, including vacation packages, personal pampering items (e.g. massages and facials), sports memorabilia, autographed books and collectibles, and more.  
 
A delectable meal is served in the ballroom as the live auction commences with an opportunity to bid on larger items such as motarized vehicles, paintings by prominent local artists, and extravagant vacation packages.  
 
This year’s event will take place on Friday, February 26th at 6 p.m., in the SunRiver Clubhouse. Tickets are $125 per person. For reservations and more information, please contact Marilyn Lamoreaux at 435-652-7502.
 
Award-Winning Filmmaker Helen Whitney to Screen Films at Two Special Dixie Forums
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 21, 2010) Dixie State College’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation series is presenting a special two-day event featuring award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney. Ms. Whitney will screen two of her latest documentary films during her visit, and admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff for both campus events.

Whitney will present her current documentary for PBS, entitled “Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate,” on Tuesday, January 26, at 12 noon in the Dunford Auditorium. In “Forgiveness,” Whitney seeks to explore forgiveness in even the most tragic circumstances by following stories of individuals facing agonizing choices.

The Forum will also feature a special showing of Whitney’s documentary “The Mormons,” on Thursday, January 28, at 6 p.m., in the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater. “The Mormons” is a four-hour exploration into the richness, the complexities and the controversies of the Mormons' story as told through interviews with members of the church, leading writers and historians, and supporters and critics of the Mormon faith.

During her week-long visit to DSC, Whitney will also serve as a guest lecturer in a number of DSC film production and communication classes, where she will share her experiences and knowledge of documentary filmmaking with Dixie State students.

Whitney has been writing, producing and directing films for nearly 40 years. Her documentaries have received many awards and honors, including an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, an Oscar nomination, the Humanitas Award and the prestigious duPont-Columbia Journalism Award.

Her documentary work has appeared on ABC's "Closeup" and PBS's “American Masters,” as well as on PBS’s “FRONTLINE.” Whitney’s documentaries have ranged over a wide variety of subjects, among them: youth gangs, presidential candidates, the mentally ill, a Trappist Monastery, Pope John Paul II, the class structure of Great Britain, homosexuals, and the photographer Richard Avedon.

Whitney maintains a passionate personal interest in the religious journey. Her 90-minute ABC News "Closeup" documentary, "The Monastery," about the Cistercians in Spencer, Mass., left her searching for other projects about spiritual life. This passion was also evident in FRONTLINE's "John Paul II: The Millennial Pope", a film for which she and her team conducted more than 800 interviews in six countries.

The next Dixie Forum will be a special Thursday evening engagement on Feb. 4, featuring a special program by the Lauren Pelon Musique Company in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Pelon features a multitude of instruments, including archlute, guitar, lute-guitar, lyre, recorders, and MIDI-pedalboard.

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 English Department to Host Book Sale for Haiti Earthquake Victims
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 17, 2010) The calamitous earthquake in Haiti last week has prompted members of the Dixie State College English Department’s faculty to organize a white elephant sale, which will generate funds that can be used to help the injured and their families. The sale will occur on this Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21-22, on the second floor of DSC’s McDonald Center.

Money collected from the sale will be donated to Doctors Without Borders, a non-profit group that specializes in helping people during times of extreme crisis. Anyone interested in contributing to the sale can drop off unwanted books, movies and CDs in the McDonald Center’s main office. All unsold items will be given to a local charity.
 
For more information, contact DSC’s English Department at (435) 652-7925


Dixie State Receives State Approval for Three New Degrees at Friday Board of Regents Meeting
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 17, 2010) The Utah State Board of Regents this past Friday gave Dixie State College of Utah the nod to offer three new degree programs, including the institution’s 13th baccalaureate degree, at its meeting held at Salt Lake Community College. The degree approvals continue the College’s progression toward fulfilling its mission to offer core, foundational and high demand educational opportunities. 

Starting this fall, DSC will begin instruction in its new four-year degree in Psychology, which will be offered as a Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) or Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree, along with a pair of two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science and in Operations Management.

The new psychology degree will provide students a common core of courses in three main topical areas representing a broad spectrum of modern Psychology, including Social/Developmental, Behavioral Neuroscience/Cognitive, and Clinical Counseling/Applied.

The program is intended to develop graduates who have the knowledge and skills required to enter the workforce upon graduation. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue advanced study in psychology or a closely related behavioral science discipline, pursue degrees in law, medicine, business, or numerous other professional fields at the postgraduate level.

“This is an exceptionally happy day for Dixie State College,” said Dr. Don Hinton, DSC dean of arts and letters. “A four year degree in psychology is a core degree that we have needed and for which many students have been waiting. Now we can put in place the last details and begin accepting candidates for this degree.”

Dixie State’s AAS degree in clinical laboratory science is designed to prepare medical laboratory technicians to provide service and research in clinical laboratory science and related areas in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems. Upon completion of the program, these professionals will have the ability to perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information, direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations, and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

“This program is essential for the southern Utah community,” says Dr. Carole Grady, DSC Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health. “It is the latest in a growing repertoire of health sciences programs offered by Dixie State College to meet community needs for well-trained healthcare professionals.”

The main purpose of the new AAS degree in operations management at DSC is to respond to the needs and demands of Washington County businesses, particularly in the manufacturing and service industries, to obtain or develop qualified operations managers. The degree program was designed by DSC to build upon a manufacturing technology (MT) certificate that is currently being offered by the Dixie Applied Technology College (DXATC).

A number of manufacturing programs in the Washington County area have chosen employees to attend the MT program at DXATC in order to gain additional skills. Students completing the MT program would then have the opportunity to complete an AAS degree in operations management at DSC. In addition, Dixie State has a proposal awaiting Regent approval for an operations management emphasis in DSC’s four-year Integrated Studies degree program.

The operations management program is designed to provide students with a strong applied foundation in the management of activities and processes directly associated with the conversion of inputs (materials, labor and energy) into outputs (goods and services). The program focuses on carefully managing the processes that produce and distribute products and services, including strategy planning, new product or service development, production, distribution, work design, supply chain management, recycling and sustainability, customer service, storage, transportation and logistics.

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), English (2006), biology (2006), dental hygiene (2007), accounting (2007), aviation management (2007), communication (2007), integrated studies (2008) and music (2009).

In addition, DSC was recently given the green light by the Regents to offer a secondary education teaching (SET) licensure program in three emphases; biology, English education and integrated science, along with additional emphases in accounting, finance and visual technology in Dixie’s business administration program.

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 safety, and education.
 


Award-Winning Filmmaker Helen Whitney to Visit Dixie State Campus
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 13, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah will welcome award-winning documentary filmmaker Helen Whitney to campus for a special weeklong visit Jan. 25-29, 2010. Ms. Whitney’s visit serves as a precursor for the first-ever DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, which will be held on the DSC campus and other venues throughout Washington County and Kanab this upcoming Sept. 16-25, 2010.
 
During her visit to DSC, Whitney will serve as a guest lecturer in a number of DSC film production and communication classes, where she will share her experiences and knowledge of documentary filmmaking with Dixie State students. In addition to her guest lecturer duties, Whitney will screen two of her latest documentary films as part of a special two-part DSC “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation.

Whitney will present her current documentary for PBS, entitled “Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate,” on Tuesday, January 26, at 12 noon in the Dunford Auditorium. In “Forgiveness,” Whitney seeks to explore forgiveness in even the most tragic circumstances by following stories of individuals facing agonizing choices. Additionally, Whitney will hold a free screening the documentary at the Crescent Moon Theater in Kanab, Utah, on Wednesday, January 27, at 6 p.m.

DSC will also host a special showing of Whitney’s documentary “The Mormons,” on Thursday, January 28, at 6 p.m., in the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater. “The Mormons” is a four-hour exploration into the richness, the complexities and the controversies of the Mormons' story as told through interviews with members of the church, leading writers and historians, and supporters and critics of the Mormon faith.

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

Whitney has been writing, producing and directing films for nearly 40 years. Her documentaries have received many awards and honors, including an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, an Oscar nomination, the Humanitas Award and the prestigious duPont-Columbia Journalism Award.

Her documentary work has appeared on ABC's "Closeup" and PBS's “American Masters,” as well as on PBS’s “FRONTLINE.” Whitney’s documentaries have ranged over a wide variety of subjects, among them: youth gangs, presidential candidates, the mentally ill, a Trappist Monastery, Pope John Paul II, the class structure of Great Britain, homosexuals, and the photographer Richard Avedon.

Whitney maintains a passionate personal interest in the religious journey. Her 90-minute ABC News "Closeup" documentary, "The Monastery," about the Cistercians in Spencer, Mass., left her searching for other projects about spiritual life. This passion was also evident in FRONTLINE's "John Paul II: The Millennial Pope", a film for which she and her team conducted more than 800 interviews in six countries.

For further information on Ms. Whitney’s visit, please contact DSC Vice President of Advancement Christina Schultz at 435-652-7542, or DSC Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation Director Phil Tuckett at 435-652-7574.
 
Dixie State College Bi-Monthly Business Ethics Forum Series Makes 2010 Spring Semester Debut Jan. 21
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 13, 2010) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business resumes its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series for the 2010 spring semester on Thursday, Jan. 21, featuring a presentation by Dr. Shandon Gubler, who serves as the Chair of DSC Board of Trustees.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC’s spring semester, 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 duties on DSC Board of Trustees, Gubler serves as President and CEO of Merasoft Corporation, a technology firm he co-founded in Provo, Utah. In addition, he is a real estate developer, entrepreneur and serves on a number of other civic boards. Gubler is a Dixie College alumnus who went on to earn Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Finance, along with his Ph.D. from Brigham Young University.

The series will continue Feb. 4, with Lori Chaplan, who serves as president of the Utah Association of Realtors. In addition, In-and-Out Burger franchise manager Mike Rodrigues will address the forum Feb. 18; former Dixie College President Dr. Alton Wade will speak March 4; local physician Dr. Craig Booth will present to the forum March 18; and Keith Knowles, Wal-Mart Distribution Manager, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation April 1.

The Business and Ethics Forum are 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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 Students and Nutrition the Focus of First Dixie Forum of 2010 Spring Semester
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 13, 2010) Dixie State College will hold its first “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation of the 2010 spring semester this Tuesday, January 19, featuring a presentation and discussion on nutrition as it relates to college students and the public in general by DSC faculty member Demaree Johnson. 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.

Johnson’s presentation, entitled “What’s a College Student to Eat,” focuses on nutrition and the diet practices of today’s college student. She will provide insight and advice to DSC students and those in attendance on how making the right choices when it comes to diet practices may lead to better performance in the classroom and in everyday life, particularly with the start of a new year and a new semester.

Johnson has taught nutrition and family relations at DSC for the past 17 years. She is a graduate of Utah State University and earned a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University. Johnson and her military husband had the opportunity to live and travel in many states and countries around the world. Through her travels, she has studied the local food and cultures of those destinations and has collected a number of cookbooks. Johnson has also taught at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and at the public school level in Florida. She and her husband are the parents of eight children, four biological and four adopted, and have six grandchildren.

The Dixie Forum series continues each Tuesday, unless otherwise noted, through the rest of the spring semester. The next Forum will be a special two-part event featuring award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney, who will visit southern Utah and the DSC campus Jan. 25-29. Whitney will discuss her current project “Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate,” on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 12 noon in the Dunford Auditorium. Whitney will also discuss and present a special screening of her latest documentary, “The Mormons,” during a special Forum engagement on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m., in the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff for both events.

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

Dixie State Sears Art Gallery to Feature Live Painting Demonstration by Jeff Ham
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 13, 2010) As part of his one-man “Neon Odyssey” show currently on display at Dixie State College, contemporary southwest artist Jeff Ham will present a live painting demonstration at the Sears Art Museum Gallery in the Eccles Fine Art Center at Dixie State this Friday, January 15 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For the past 10 years he has taken the western art world by storm and is represented by galleries in Jackson, Wyoming; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Sedona, Arizona; Scottsdale, Arizona; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Park City, Utah.  His work is found in national and international private collections and universities across the country. In April 2009 he was profiled in Western Art Collector.

“It’s very interesting to watch a master like Jeff at work,” says Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of the DSC Sears Museum Gallery. “I have watched him do several live painting demos in Park City and St. George, and it was fantastic.”

According to Cieslewicz, the canvas that Ham will be painting on will possibly be four feet by five feet or larger. Ham took his first sojourn through the southwest and southern Utah at age 18. The wonders of Zion, Bryce and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon proved to be such an influence on his art that he works from a studio in St. George. He paints what he loves: people, animals and landscapes. His raw, bright, explosive colors evoke emotion and draw attention to each subject.

“I love color,” Ham says. “I do my best to translate emotion and feelings into color as well as communicate my individual interpretation of each subject.”

Each image Ham paints becomes iconic—no setting or backgrounds. For this reason, in September 2009 he was asked to create an image for the First Annual DOCUTAH – Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, which will take place in 2010. His magnificent image of a raven holding a strip of film will be on display during the “Neon Odyssey” show and can also be viewed at www.docutah.com. More of Ham’s work can be seen on his own website, www.jeffham.net.

For more information about the exhibit or Friday’s live event, please contact DSC Sears Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz at 435-652-7909.

Dixie State College to Host Faculty Recital Jan. 19
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 12, 2010) The Dixie State College Music Department will present a special faculty recital department chair Glenn Webb on Tuesday, January 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

Webb’s solo recital will feature a wide variety of percussion performance. Among the pieces performed include Freddie Freeloader by Miles Davis, Feels So Good by Chuck Mangione, and Goodbye Pork Pie by Charles Mingus. In addition, pianist Justin Hansen will accompany Webb on Unchosen Path for 5 timpani and piano, while fellow DSC music faculty members Dr. Paul Abegg (violin) and Dr. Amy Leung (cello) will join Webb (marimba) for a performance of Saturday Night.

Dixie State to Host Fourth-Annual WCSD Orchestra Concert This Saturday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 12, 2010) Dixie State College will host the Fourth-Annual Washington County School District Honor Orchestra Concert this Saturday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert, under the direction of DSC Director of Strings Dr. Paul Abegg, will feature string students from Desert Hills, Dixie, Enterprise, Hurricane, Pine View, Snow Canyon and Tuacahn high schools. In addition, students in the WCSD Junior High Honor Orchestra will join the ensemble, which according to Dr. Abegg, will spend two days together in intense rehearsal to prepare for the concert.

The program will include the Benjamin Britten composition “Simple Symphony,” Maurice Ravel’s “Pavane,” Gliere’s “Russian Sailors Dance,” and the fiddling favorite “Orange Blossom Special.”

Dixie State College Board of Trustees Unanimously Passes Resolution of Support for President Nadauld
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – January 8, 2010) The Dixie State College of Utah Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution of support for the Utah State Board of Regents to permanently appoint Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld as the 17th President of DSC. The resolution was discussed and voted on at a special Trustees meeting held Friday morning on the DSC campus.

The vote was 9-0 in favor of the resolution, with one trustee absence from the meeting. The resolution will be submitted to the Board of Regents ahead of its regularly scheduled meeting slated for Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in Salt Lake City.

DSC Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Shandon D. Gubler stated that it was very important to the institution to continue under the leadership of Nadauld. He noted through Nadauld’s direction, DSC has seen record enrollment growth, in addition to Dixie State fostering business and scholastic affiliations with a number of institutions throughout the country and around the world, including China.

“It is very important that we have a president with a permanent appointment to help accomplish the vision that this Board of Trustees has, and which President Nadauld shares, for this institution to become a university as soon as appropriate and with the resources to sustain it into perpetuity,” Gubler said. “[Nadauld] has the full confidence of the Board of Trustees, the administration, the students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

Nadauld was appointed interim president of Dixie State College on March 27, 2008, following the resignation of former President Dr. Lee G. Caldwell. Previously, Nadauld served as president of Weber State University from 1985 to 1990.”
 
“I appreciate the expression of support by our Board of Trustees,” President Nadauld said. “It’s been a great source of personal satisfaction to be able to come here and be helpful. This is an institution that has an unlimited upside of potential and such an extraordinary future. It’s fun to work with people who love this institution, love the students, and who want to see things happen here on behalf of the students.”

Dixie State College Student Entrepreneurs Create Online Marketplace for Students and Community
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ January 6, 2010) Four Dixie State College of Utah student entrepreneurs have created a new online campus marketplace designed for students to buy and sell items and services from fellow students and the community.

DSC students Dewey Denning, a senior from Iona, Idaho, along with Cody Olsen, a junior from West Jordan, Utah, and freshmen Bryan Poulsen and James Price from Hurricane, Utah, launched “www.stuffyourdorm.com” last month. The concept was developed as part of a project for an upcoming E-commerce class the tandem will be enrolling in at DSC next semester.

According to Denning, “Stuff Your Dorm” is a site “created by students for students,” which gives students, local companies or individuals the opportunity to post and sell their products or services directly to their targeted demographic. Denning added that the group began brainstorming ideas about ways for Dixie State students to sell books, housing contracts and personal merchandise, including items such as calculators, DVDs, CDs and other personal entertainment devices.

Although no formal marketing effort has been initiated, the concept of “stuffyourdorm.com” has generated a lot of initial word-of-mouth interest. Since the site’s launch in mid-December, there have been over 150 unique advertisement postings, including at least 120 listings for used textbook sales.

“We are so excited for the potential of this website and what it can do for students,” says Poulsen. “The site is sort of like a ‘Craigslist’ concept, but it specifically targets Dixie State students, and hopefully in the future we can expand it to other campuses in Utah and maybe even throughout the country.”

Denning added that in addition to the commerce side of “Stuff Your Dorm,” students will also be able to utilize a number of services through the site, including ride-sharing/carpooling and job searches, along with updated information on student life at Dixie State College.

The students say that the overall goal of this site is to make college life simpler and easier for their fellow classmates to manage their everyday stresses of working with textbooks and checkbooks.

“Students are often frustrated with the financial chaos that is created by the stress of campus life and this site is an attempt to remedy that frustration and provide additional options for students,” Olsen said. “We can relate and we know what it’s like to need a little extra cash in your pocket.”
 
For more information, please call DSC Dean of Students Del Beatty at 435-652-7514, or visit www.stuffyourdorm.com

Dixie State's January Colleagues Meeting to Feature Discussion on Proposed Lake Powell Pipeline
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 28, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will host its fourth President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2008-09 academic year, featuring a discussion on the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline this Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The discussion will be led by Corey Cram, who serves as the watershed and environment coordinator for the Washington County Conservancy District, and Utah attorney Paul Van Dam, who is the executive director of the Citizens for Dixie’s Future. The presenters will also field questions from the audience following their presentations.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 17 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 will be held on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.

DSC Music Department to Sponsor Holiday Concert Fundraiser for Cancer Patients and Research Dec. 22
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 17, 2009) The Dixie State College of Utah Music Department is partnering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to present “A Celtic Christmas” concert in support for the race for life. The concert will be held this Tuesday, December 22, in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

Admission is free and open to the public, though monetary donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help cancer patients and their families improve their quality of life, as well as help finance research to ultimately find a cure for cancer.

“A Celtic Christmas” will feature festive holiday music by the band “Wooden Tantrum,” featuring Channing Sevy on harp. A St. George native, Ms. Sevy has been studying the harp in New York City, where she became actively involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For more information, call Coleen Sevy at 435-628-3355 or Bret Sevy at 435-632-8531.

Dixie State College Announces Holiday Hours, Spring Semester Dates
(ST. GEORGE – Dec. 17, 2009) All offices at Dixie State College of Utah will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23-25 (Wed-Fri), and then again on Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 1, 2010 (Thurs-Fri). DSC will be open for its regular campus hours of 8 a.m.-to-5 p.m., on Dec. 21-22, and on Dec. 28-30.  

Dixie State College will return to a regular five-day campus schedule on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, though DSC students will remain on winter break until Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, when spring semester classes begin. Registration for classes without instructor permit will continue through Jan. 13, 2010, while last day to add a class for spring semester is Jan. 29, 2010.

Registration can be done on the Internet at www.dixie.edu/registration, and in person at the registrar’s office in the Student Services Center. For questions about registration, call 435-652-7701. For help selecting courses, call the DSC Advisement Office at 435-652-7690.

Dixie State College Athletics to Break Ground For New Weight Training and Wrestling Facility Dec. 22
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 17, 2009) Dixie State College Athletics will be holding an official groundbreaking ceremony this Tuesday, Dec. 22, to formally kick off construction of the Frank Habibian Wrestling and Athletic Center, which will be located adjacent to the west grandstand of Hansen Stadium. The ceremony will begin at Hansen Stadium at 12 noon, which will be followed by a refreshment buffet to held in the DSC Football team room. All DSC students, faculty and staff and the public are invited to the ceremony.

Featured speakers will include Dixie State President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld and DSC Interim Athletic Director Maureen Eckroth. Following the remarks, the speakers and Mr. Habibian, along with invited dignitaries, will proceed with the groundbreaking and photo opportunity. Mr. Habibian will then address those in attendance and will be presented with a ceremonial plaque.

When completed, 14,300-square-foot Frank Habibian Wrestling and Athletic Center will feature a 6,400-square-foot weight training facility for DSC student-athletes, along with 4,800 square feet dedicated to youth and college club wrestling. In addition, the Center will house lockerroom facilities, two offices and one conference room. Construction of the facility is anticipated to be completed by late spring or early summer of 2010.

“The student-athletes and coaches at Dixie State College are ecstatic about the building of the Frank Habibian Wrestling and Athletic Center,” Eckroth said. “We all realize the impact Mr. Habibian’s generous donation will have on every current student-athlete, as well as serve as a major recruiting tool for future student-athletes.”

Habibian is the owner and operator of the Red Rock Canyon School, a St. George adolescent residential treatment center. He credits his love of wrestling and his dedication to giving area youth a chance to succeed as the driving force behind the creation of the new center which will bear his name.

“I am very happy to be a part of Dixie State College and help them build this athletic facility,” Habibian said. “It has been my dream to someday be able to help St. George and assist college students in this area. I’ve always loved wrestling because that mat teaches you a lot of lessons. If you learn how to wrestle, you come to be responsible, you come to be dedicated to yourself and society and eventually you come to be a good leader.”

Utah Symphony Concertmaster Ralph Matson to Work With DSC Student Violinists This Saturday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ December 7, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah student violinists will have an opportunity to work with and study from Utah Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Ralph Matson during a special workshop this Saturday, Dec. 12. The workshop will be held in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The event is free and open to the public.

The workshop coincides with the Utah Symphony Orchestra’s visit to the St. George area for a pair of weekend concerts, as part of the Celebrity Concert Series, at the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12. For tickets or information on the concert, call 652-7800 or visit tickets.dixie.edu.
 
For more information on the workshop, contact DSC Director of String Studies Dr. Paul Abegg at 652-7904 or abegg@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College to Hold Ribbon Cutting for New Smith Computer Center Student Helpdesk
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ December 7, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will hold a special ribbon cutting ceremony for its new DSC Student Helpdesk to be housed in the Smith Computer Center. The ceremony will be held this Thursday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m., in the Smith Computer Center, located across from the Avenna Center on campus just off of 700 East. Following the brief ceremony, DSC will host an open house for the campus and public with refreshments until 5 p.m.

According to DSC Dean of Information Services/CIO Gary Koeven, the new Student Helpdesk will provide a necessary service to Dixie students that will assist in keeping them up-to-date with DSC’s ever-changing information technology (IT) services. Services including Blackboard Vista, campus wireless access, online course support, campus email, live chat support and laptop assistance, which includes laptop leasing and repair, among other services.
 
“We have always worked hard to provide great service to students, but centralizing these services in one easy to find location in the Smith Computer Center will be a much more convenient and effective way to address student IT related questions,” Koeven said. “If we can make it easier for them to get the assistance they need, it should help them to have a better experience here and to be more successful.”

The Student Helpdesk will be located in the northwest corner of the Smith Computer Center. A technician will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students can also reach the Helpdesk by calling 652-7951 or at helpdesk@dixie.edu.

For more information, contact DSC IT Center Director Jared Johnson at 652-7950 or at johnson@dixie.edu

Dixie State College Communication Department Announces New Cohort for Fast-Track Bachelor's Degree Program
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ December 4, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah's Communication Department announced the creation of a new class for its Organization and Leadership adult baccalaureate degree completion program designed for working professionals and other non-traditional students who need evening instruction. The 18-month bachelor's degree program begins this March.

According to DSC Communication Department advisor Sidney Brown, the program is a rigorous curriculum designed for students who have completed or almost completed work toward an associate’s degree. Brown noted that each course will run over a four-week span, which includes one four-hour block of classroom instruction each Tuesday evening throughout the 18-month course schedule. Brown added that students would complete much of the classwork online and outside the classroom.

DSC senior Elisha Jones, who enrolled in Dixie’s first cohort in August of 2008, is near completion of her work toward her four-year degree. She and her fellow classmates are set to earn their Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication, with an emphasis in organization and leadership this upcoming May.

“I will graduate before my husband, and he started his education before me,” Jones said.

For more information, contact Sidney Brown in the DSC Communication Department at 435-879-4279, or at sbrown@dixie.edu.

DSC Choral Ensemble Presents Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 11
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 4, 2009) The Dixie State College Choral Ensemble will cap an exciting week of holiday instrumental and vocal performances on the DSC campus with its annual Christmas Choral Concert on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus.
The concert will feature all five DSC choral ensembles, including the Dixie State College Chamber Singers, the Southwest Symphony Chorale and Vocal Jazz Project, all under the direction of Dr. Robert Briggs, along with the Women’s Chorus, directed by Merrilee Webb, and the Concert Choir, led by Dr. Ken Petersen.

The Choral Ensemble will perform a variety of Christmas favorites for the entire family, including traditional carols, new Christmas music, gospel music, jazz and calypso. In addition, the audience will participate in the singing of Silent Night. The concert will also serve as a preview of the DSC Choir Ensemble’s performance the following evening in the Assembly Hall at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

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.

DSC Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 10
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 3, 2009) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, with present its annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 10, 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, including Arabian Dance and Waltz of the Flowers, in addition to Mannheim Steamroller’s Stille Nacht (Silent Night), and arrangements from the renowned Canadian Brass Christmas, along with other traditional Christmas favorites. The evening will also be highlighted by a performance of Bill Holcombe’s arrangement of T’was the Night Before Christmas, featuring DSC First Lady Margaret D. Nadauld as narrator.

General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Dixie State Brass Choir to Make 2009-10 Debut With Fall Concert Dec. 9
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 2, 2009) The Dixie State College Brass Choir, directed by DSC music department faculty member Joseph Patrick, will make its 2009-10 season debut with a special fall concert on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The evening will open with six numbers performed by the “Large Mouth Brass,” consisting of students Derek Thomas and Nick Lanners on trumpet, Austin Paxman on horn, Tyler Benson on trombone, and Ben Stratford on tuba. Among the selections in the set are Intrada by Johann Chistoph Pezel; March from 1941 by John Williams; Just a Closer Walk, arranged by Don Gillis; Amazing Grace, arranged by Luther Henderson; Chopin’s Prelude in Db Major; and Sergei Prokofiev’s Troika from Lieutenant Kije Suite.

In addition, the trio of Ryan Tommer and Kasey Call on trumpet, and McKenzie Fisher on trombone, will play Claude Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, and the Dorsey and Holcombe arrangement Angels We Have Heard On High. The Brass Choir will then close the evening with two Giovanni Gabrieli selections, including Come, Let Us Sing, and Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2 from Sacrae Symphoniae.
 
Tickets are available at the door or through the Avenna Center Box Office. Tickets are $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

DSC's December Colleagues Meeting to Feature Local Author Tad Trueblood
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 2, 2009) Local author Tad Trueblood will address the December President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College meeting this Monday, Dec. 7, at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Trueblood has more than 20 years experience in the United States Air Force and as an analyst in the national security community. He currently writes a blog for The Spectrum newspaper, oriented toward world affairs from the military vantage, including international and immigration issues, among other topics. A resident of Santa Clara, Trueblood also works as a marketing manager for Strata Inc., a local software design company.  

“We can look forward to a wide ranging survey of world problems from Tad’s military experience and perspective,” said Colleagues Chairman John Clark, “Tad’s writing are reminiscent of the enormous inquiries and reports of the Drew Pearson/Jack Anderson syndicated columns of yesteryear.”

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 17 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.

DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles to Present Holiday Concert Dec. 8
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 2, 2009) The Dixie State College Jazz and Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of DSC Music Chair Glenn Webb, will take to the stage for a special holiday concert on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The Jazz Ensemble will open the evening by performing standard jazz literature by the likes of Buddy Rich and Gordon Goodwin. In addition, the Jazz Ensemble will get into the holiday spirit with offerings such as Count Basie’s version of Jingle Bells and Duke Ellington’s Sugar Rum Cherry, a spinoff of the Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy.
 
Keeping with the seasonal music flavor, the Percussion Ensemble will present two Cuban-flavored arrangements, Que Nino Es Esto? (What Child is This?) and Carol of the Cowbells. The Brass Ensemble will round out its performance with the high-spirited The Highway and a new composition by Ensemble director Glenn Webb.
 
Local trumpet player Darin Thomas will join Jazz Ensemble as a guest artist on Libertango, a flashy trumpet feature composed by Argentine Astor Piazzola.
 
Tickets are available at the door or through the Avenna Center Box Office. Tickets are $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff.  High school musicians may receive complementary tickets by contacting the Dixie State College Music Department at 652-7790.  

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Dixie State Piano Ensemble to Debut in Concert Dec. 7
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – December 1, 2009) Dixie State College will debut its new Piano Ensemble with a special concert event on Monday, Dec. 7, with a special start time of 5:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus.
The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Lynn Dean and Dr. Nancy Allred, is made up of DSC students majoring in music with an emphasis in piano. The students will perform duets, including one-piano/four-hand and two-piano/four-hand, along with a quartet consisting of a two-piano/eight-hand performance.

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

Dixie State Hosts the "Governor's Own" 23rd Army Band for Special Concert Dec. 4
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 25, 2009)  In what has become an annual tradition since 1996, Dixie State College of Utah will present the “Governor’s Own” 23rd Army Band in a concert event on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:00 p.m., at the DSC Avenna Center Cox Auditorium. Each year the band entertains the crowd with marches, military tributes, holiday music, and much more throughout the night.  

The concert, which is a ticketless event, is free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first come/first served basis at the Cox Auditorium, where doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The DSC Symphony Band serves as sponsors for the concert, and under the direction of Gary Caldwell, will join the 23rd Army Band onstage.

The 23rd Army Band has played for Presidents, Senators, Congressmen, and Heads of State over the years. Each year the Band performs for thousands of people across the state of Utah as well as the United States, giving clinics and concerts at schools, performing at civic functions, performing in parades, military dances, changes of command, and pass-in reviews. All of the 23rd Army Band concerts are free of charge.

Organized in 1924, the band has been a group throughout the years performing in some of the most elite ceremonies. The band is manned by some of the finest musicians, who as well as performing in concerts in the Band, also work as lawyers, accountants, teachers, law enforcement officers and more.  

Chief Warrant Offier Jay Cottam serves as commander of the 23rd Army Band, and performs with the Band as a percussion player and soloist, in addition to acting as the Band's announcer and conductor.

For more information, please call the DSC Avenna Center Box Office at 435-652-7800, or DSC Associate Vice President of Advancement and Cultural Arts George F. Whitehead at 435-652-7906.

Dixie State to Hold 34th Annual Christmas Ceramic Sale Dec. 2-4
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 24, 2009) The Dixie State College of Utah art department will hold its annual Student Christmas Ceramic Sale next Wednesday-through-Friday, Dec. 2-4, 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 34th 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.

According to DSC art professor Glenn Blakley, the sale gives student the opportunity market their wares. He added that the students’ ability to sell their art is an important learning objectives as they gain a first-hand knowledge of what the public likes about what their creations.

“The students have thrown over 12,000 pounds of clay this semester and they have produced some excellent pieces of ceramics,” Blakley said. “These beautiful pieces will be on sale and at a great price, too. The public is invited to come and purchase ceramics from the sale.”

In addition to the sale, four nationally renowned ceramic artists known as “The Firm,” made up by Shane Christensen, Brian Jensen, Stephen Heywood, and Michael T. Schmidt, will host a special free workshop in the Ceramic Room (room 122) of the North Plaza Building on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3-4, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The group will also present a free lecture on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., which will be held in the Ceramic Room.

“The Firm’s” workshop and lecture is held in conjunction with the premiere of the group’s ceramic exhibit to be held in the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Sears Art Museum Gallery from Dec. 4-Jan. 22. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery is closed during school holidays. Admission is free and open to the public.
 
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.
 
Learn About "Quantum Computing" at the Final Fall DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 24, 2009) Dixie State College will hold its final weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation of the 2009 fall semester this Tuesday, Dec. 1, with a special presentation on Quantum Computing by DSC Computer & Information Technology department chair and assistant professor Curtis Larsen.

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.

Larsen’s presentation will review the principles of classical physics, current computer systems, and the theory of what can be computed. He will also explain the relevant principles of quantum mechanics, quantum computers, and quantum algorithms, along with a discussion on the current state of quantum computer research.

“Quantum computers use an entirely different physical mechanism for computing solutions to problems than current computers,” Larsen said. “The quantum computer theory demonstrates methods for calculating results exponentially faster than current computer for some problems.”

Larsen added that the most widely noted example is the factoring of very large numbers, which would allow a functioning quantum computer to break almost all of the information encryption schemes in use today.
 
Larsen has served as a faculty member in DSC’s computer science program for 10 years. In addition to his time at DSC, he worked for five years as a software engineer in radiation treatment planning. After earning his associate degree at Dixie State, Larsen completed work on his Bachelor of Art and Master’s Degrees in Physics at the University of Utah, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in Cosmic Ray Physics.  

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

DSC Symphony Band and Desert Hills HS Concert Band Combine for Special Concert Event Dec. 1
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 24, 2009) The Dixie State College Symphony Band will team with the Desert Hills High School Concert Band to kick-off the College’s slate of Holiday concerts with a special engagement on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus.

The DHHS Concert Band, directed by Mike Winslow, will begin the evening with a number of spirited selections. Followed by a brief intermission, the 78-piece DSC Symphony Band, under the direction of Gary Caldwell, will perform six compositions, many of which with a Christmas theme, beginning with James Curnow’s “Inventions from The Sacred Harp,” followed by “Fanfare and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” a Robert Longfield adaptation of Chip Davis’ arrangement from the Mannheim Steamroller CD entitled “A Fresh Air Christmas.”

The band will also perform Mark Camphouse’s “Watchman, Tell Us of the Night,” along with Cecil Alexander’s children hymn “Once in Royal David’s City,” arranged by Philip Sparke; “Arabesque,” composed by Samuel R. Hazo; and the composition “Russian Christmas Music,” by Alfred Reed.

Following the DSC set, both ensembles will combine for a stirring finale, which includes “Deep River,” a chorale setting by James Swearingen; “An American Christmas,” by Robert Smith, featuring a festive medley of Christmas carols ala John Philip Sousa; and “Belle,” from Cajun Folk Songs by Frank Ticheli.

The DSC Symphony Band performs twice each semester, including a pair of concerts during the spring semester on Feb. 23, and April 20.

All remaining concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID.

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Dixie State College's Southern Quill Publication Announces Scholarship Prize Program
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 20, 2009) Dixie State College’s literary journal, The Southern Quill, is calling for DSC students to contribute their poetry for possible inclusion in the publication’s 2010 edition. All 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.

Published annually since 1950, The Southern Quill is committed to celebrating the arts in southern Utah. In addition to poetry, the journal publishes short fiction, non-fiction and artwork produced by Dixie State College students; it also welcomes material from writers and artists who live in Washington and Kane Counties.

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 B. Armstrong, Department of English, Dixie State College of Utah, St. George, UT, 84770. Electronic submissions are welcome. Send materials to: thesouthernquill@gmail.com. Deadline is January 25, 2010.

For further information contact Steve Armstrong at 652-7806.

DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery "Neon Odyssey" Features Renowned Artist Jeff Ham and "The Firm" Ceramics
(ST. GEORGE, Utah — November 19, 2009) The Sears Museum Gallery at DSC’s Eccles Fine Arts Center is preparing for “Neon Odyssey” a one-man show that will feature the works of artist Jeff Ham. Also on display will be ceramics by “The Firm,” four friends who have been showing as a group for several years. The show opens December 4 with a reception at 7 p.m. and will run until January 22. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery is closed during school holidays.  Admission is free.

“I have looked forward to this exhibit for a long time,” says Kathy Cieslewicz, the Gallery’s curator. “It will be explosive with energy! Jeff’s work is spontaneous and powerful. The Firm’s work communicates their individual expressions. The Sears Gallery will be alive and simply the place to be!”

For the past 10 years, Ham has taken the western art world by storm and is represented by galleries in Jackson, Wyoming; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Sedona, Arizona; Scottsdale, Arizona; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Park City, Utah. His work is found in national and international private collections and universities across the country. In April 2009 he was profiled in Western Art Collector.

Ham took his first sojourn through the Southwest and Southern Utah at age 18. The wonders of Zion, Bryce and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon proved to be such an influence on his art that he works from a studio in St. George. He paints what he loves: people, animals and landscapes. His raw, bright, explosive colors evoke emotion and draw attention to each subject.

“I love color,” Ham says. “I do my best to translate emotion and feelings into color as well as communicate my individual interpretation of each subject.”

Each image Ham paints becomes iconic—no setting or backgrounds. For this reason, in September 2009 he was asked to create an image for the First Annual DOCUTAH – Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, which will take place in 2010. His magnificent image of a raven holding a strip of film will be on display during the “Neon Odyssey” show and can also be viewed at www.docutah.com. More of Ham’s work can be seen on his own website, www.jeffham.net.

The four members of The Firm, Shane Christensen, Brian Jensen, Stephen Heywood, and Michael Schmidt, are all MFA graduates of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. All are active in teaching as well. Christensen teaches at Snow Canyon High School and DSC, while Jensen teaches at Utah Valley University. Heywood teaches at the University of North Florida, and Schmidt teaches at Valdosta State University in Georgia.

But how exactly did they get started?  In an article in the January 2007 issue of Ceramics Monthly fellow ceramist and Edinboro classmate Sarah Rossiter explains: “In his first semester at Edinboro University, during one of many conversational marathons on all things great, small and technological with Professor Steve Kemenyffy, Christensen once mentioned that he was an Eagle Scout. Nearly a year later, Kemenyffy arrived in his studio with the 1966 Boy Scout Merit Badge Book of Pottery folded in his back pocket. “There’s some crazy stuff in here!” Kemenyffy announced, and left it for Christensen’s edification and amusement.

“The merit badge book resurfaced after graduate school when Christensen, then teaching at Western Texas College, was invited to lecture to Art majors at SUU. He included in his presentation this Boy Scout advice: “You may enter the field of ceramics without attending college, but college training will give you a much better opportunity to advance. If you find that a college education is impossible, you may get employment with a ceramics concern and show an interest in your work so that, in time, you will become of real value to the firm.”

“Jensen attended Christensen’s lecture at SUU, and afterwards the two discussed the optimism and opportunity presented in the merit badge book. It resonated with the paths they had chosen in ceramics and the art collective idea they had been considering for several years with Heywood and Schmidt. So the four friends decided to formalize their fellowship in goals, art, profession and media (and a certain entrepreneurial panache). The result: The Firm.”
Stephen Heywood talks about what The Firm means to him. “It’s more than an organization. It’s four friends that want to help each other succeed.  It’s the idea that you can do better with three other people helping you than you can do by yourself.  It’s an opportunity to serve to give and to inspire.”

Visit www.michaeltschmidt.com/ceramics/thefirm for more of their work.
 

Dixie State College to Hold H1N1 Flu Shootout This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 18, 2009) In conjunction with The Southwest Public Health Department (SWUPHD), Dixie State College of Utah will hold a mass vaccination clinic at the DSC Old Gym this Monday, November 23, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

According to the SWUPHD, the priority groups eligible to get the H1N1 vaccine have been expanded to include the following:
●       Everyone ages 6 months to 24 years of age
●       Pregnant women
●       Parents/Caregivers of infants under 6 months of age

Through an agreement between DSC and SWUPHD, approximately 2,000 doses will be made available through this shootout on a first come-first serve basis to DSC students, faculty and staff members and immediate family who meet the criteria. In addition, community members who also meet the criteria are also eligible to receive the vaccination.

There will be no charge for the vaccine, but individuals wishing to receive the vaccine are asked to bring proof of age and an insurance card, if available. Students and faculty from Dixie State’s nursing department, along with nurses from the SWUPHD, will be on hand to administer the vaccine. In addition to the vaccine, flu kits will be available for purchase at the clinic for $5.

For more information, contact DSC Dean of Students Del Beatty at 435-652-7514 or visit www.dixie.edu/wellness.


Ron Haun Retires as Dixie State College Head Football Coach
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 18, 2009) Ron Haun, who guided the Dixie State College of Utah football program’s transition to four-year NCAA Division II competition, announced Wednesday that he is retiring from his position as head coach.

“Coach Haun has had a long and extremely successful career as a football coach and we appreciate his efforts in laying the foundation for the Dixie State football and dealing with the challenges of the transition to NCAA Division II competition,” DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld said. “He is a man of integrity and our program and student-athletes continue to improve, both on the field and in the classroom, as a result of his attention to the character and success of our athletes. Dixie State owes him our profound thanks and our best wishes for his retirement.”

Interim Athletic Director Maureen Eckroth announced that offensive coordinator Scott Brumfield will be promoted to interim head coach and Jim Eggleston will be retained as director of football operations. Eckroth also noted that the rest of the coaching staff positions would be filled in time for spring drills this upcoming March.

“Not many people understand the difficulty of transitioning a junior college program into an NCAA Division II program. It is an exhaustive process that includes athletic responsibilities, education in NCAA regulations, compliance paperwork and numerous other responsibilities,” Eckroth said. “Coach Haun understood the challenge and did all the groundwork to make the football program competitive. His graduating class of 2010 will serve as a great example of his leadership for generations to come. The entire athletic department appreciates his dedication and wishes him well in his retirement.”

Haun compiled a 12-32 overall record in his four years on the Red Storm sideline, including a pair of 4-7 marks in 2008 and 2009. He led DSC to a third-place showing (2-4) in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this past season, and a fourth place finish (2-6) in the program’s first year in the GNAC in 2008.

“I appreciate the opportunity given to me to lead this program. It’s been a great experience for me and I have really enjoyed coaching our players, but it is time for me to retire,” Coach Haun said. “This program has really taken steps forward both on and off the field and our kids are performing well academically. I want to thank those who have supported our program. We’ve had a lot of support and I want to thank everybody.”

Prior to his arrival at DSC in 2006, Haun served as offensive coordinator at Weber State University (2005), and head football coach at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho), where he compiled a 178-40-2 record from 1982 to 2002, prior to BYU-I dropping its intercollegiate athletic programs. Haun, who played quarterback for two seasons at Dixie College in 1963-64, was inducted into the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
 

Dixie State College to Host String Quartet Recital This Sunday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 16, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Department of Music is presenting a special evening performance of string chamber music this Sunday, Nov. 22, 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 music faculty member Dr. Amy Leung, will feature performances by two student string quartets. Among the pieces performed at the concert are Mozart’s String Quartet no. 14 in G Major, K. 387, featuring Katelyn Stone and Jennifer Coles on violin, Jillene Ostler on viola, and Nathan Bybee on cello.

The concert will also include Brahms’ String Quartet Op. 51, no. 2 in A Minor “Finale: Allegro non assai,” featuring Tara Tichenor and McKenzie Warren on violin, Catherine Edie on viola, and Mattison Warren on cello.

For more information, contact Dr. Leung at 435-652-7996, or at leung@dixie.edu

Renowned Management and Leadership Consultant Carol Leavitt to Address Final Fall DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 13, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business will host its final bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum of the 2009 fall semester this Thursday, Nov. 19, with a presentation by renowned management and leadership consultant Carol Leavitt.

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.

Leavitt will share her presentation, entitled “Why Good People Make Bad Ethical Choices: Current Events and Case Studies,” which will draw on her experiences as a consultant to many companies in “Corporate America.” She will share with the audience numerous current and past stories illustrating poor ethical decision-making, along with success stories of the day. Leavitt will also discuss guidelines for sound business ethics.

Leavitt has served as a management and leadership consultant for over 15 years, working with a range of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to small, entrepreneurial firms. She received her MBA from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, with a special certificate in Organizational Development. In addition, Leavitt co-authored Play to Your Strengths: Stacking the Deck to Achieve Spectacular Results for Yourself and Others, which was published in 2008.

The Business and Ethics Forum are 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 2010 spring semester beginning Thursday, Jan. 21, with a presentation by Dr. Shandon Gubler, real estate developer and entrepreneur. Gubler also serves as the Chair of DSC’s Board of Trustees.

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,” said Huddleston. “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 to Host Annual Career Day Tuesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 11, 2009) Dixie State College classes may not be in session on Tuesday, Nov. 17, but there will be plenty of activity and excitement, as the College will host its annual Career Day. High school seniors from over 20 Utah, Nevada, and Arizona high schools, along with DSC students, will attend nearly 85 career workshops scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event, a DSC staple for 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 over 100 presenters in their respective fields will visit the campus to offer accurate and up-to-date information about their careers to interested students to assist them in possible decision making.

“In addition to our Career Day being a valuable tool in career or major selection for students, it is a great recruiting tool for Dixie State College,” Kinney said. “Last year we had over 1,100 students attend our Career Day, and for some of them, it was their first experience on the DSC campus.”
 
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 nearly 30 different workshop presentations each hour, students will be able to choose three one-hour workshops to attend throughout the morning.

The workshops will include information on a number of career options, including computer and information technology, visual technology, elementary and secondary education, law enforcement, military, medical, broadcasting and other communication fields, aviation, athletics, construction, cosmetology and retail, among others. Many of the educational requirements for these career paths are offered as degree or certificate programs available at DSC and Dixie Applied Technology College.
 
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, the Technology Building, and the Jennings Communication Building. Workshop schedules will be available on campus and in the College’s 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.
 

Experience "Life in Dixie 100 Years Ago" at the DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 10, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Nov. 17, with a special look back at life in Dixie a century ago, presented by former DSC president Dr. Douglas Alder and DSC Special Collections Librarian Bonnie Percival. The Forum will begin at a special start time of 1 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.

Alder and Percival’s presentation, entitled “Life in Dixie 100 Years Ago: Washington County Oral Histories,” will feature accounts of life in Utah’s Dixie in the 1910’s through the 1930’s, as described by five Washington County natives, including Della Humphries Hardy, Lulu Mae Hunt Jones Waite, Anson Perry Winsor III, Homer Young Englestead, and Isaac Loren Covington, in interviews conducted in the mid-1960’s. The accounts of these interviews will be presented by living descendants of these five featured Dixie residents.

These interviews, along with 400 others, were taped by Fielding Harris between 1965 and 1967, as a project to record the memories of many people living in the area during the early years of the 20th-Century. To date, nearly 200 of these interviews have been transcribed by a team of community typists, headed by Valerie Johnson. According to Alder, the project, funded by a grant provided by the Utah Humanities Council and Utah State History, will help fill the void in the history of this locality.

“Much is known about the pioneer period and about the modern times since World War II,” Alder said. “These interviews are telling us about life in Dixie during the first half of the century, which will help tie all three eras together.”

The weekly Dixie Forum series will conclude its 2009 Fall Semester run on Tuesday, Dec. 3, featuring DSC Computer & Information Technology Professor Curtis Larsen presenting “Quantum Computing.”
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu

Dixie State Music Department Presents Annual Faculty Showcase
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 10, 2009) The Dixie State College Music Department will present its annual Faculty Showcase this Monday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to all DSC students, faculty and staff, and community to attend.  
 
“This is a chance for our students and the community to see our faculty making music,” said Glenn Webb, DSC Music Department Chair. “We hope that this concert becomes an area favorite.”

The evening’s program will feature a variety of numbers and performances by the entire DSC music faculty. Dr. Nancy Allred will perform two numbers, including Concert Etude No. 3 in D-flat Major, Un Sospiro, by Franz Liszt, and the Utah premiere of Joseph Patrick’s Between Dreams and Reality. In addition, Gary Caldwell, accompanied by Jim Brickey on tuba and Glenn Webb on drums, will perform Claude Bollings’ Toot Suite, a charming mix of baroque and jazz styles, while Dr. Paul Abegg will play a movement of Mozart’s Sonata in A major K 536.

Dixie State Student Club "Imprisoning" the Campus for a Good Cause
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 5, 2009) Dixie State College’s Diagonal will be transformed into a courtroom and jail on Thursday, Nov. 12, as students from DSC’s 3L Club will “Imprison the Storm” in an effort to raise money for their fellow students who are in need. The “Imprison the Storm” event will be held from 8 a.m. - to - 1 p.m., as part of the College’s Poverty Awareness Week activities.

According to 3L Club activity director Katina Young, a freshman criminal justice major from Hurricane, all monies generated during the “Imprison the Storm” event will go to create a Students Offering Support (SOS) Fund. She pointed out the Fund’s ultimate goal is to help provide financial assistance to students who may be struggling with their finances and the costs of everyday life through interest-free loans. Young added that the club would eventually like to create a food storage bank for students and provide for utility assistance in the near future.

“We chose to do this project during Poverty Awareness Week because it is important to us to call attention to this issue,” Young said. “We are setting up this fund to help our fellow students who have families and may be struggling to make ends meet, especially with the holidays approaching.”

DSC students, faculty and staff are invited to request warrants for the “arrest” of their peers on a variety of “offenses,” with Dixie State’s ROTC serving as “arresting officers” and guards at the jail. Funds are generated by “prisoners” either serving jail time or posting bail, with the fines ranging anywhere from just $.50 to $5. In addition, a judge will be on hand for those wishing to plead their case.

“We want this to be a fun event that all students, faculty and staff members will remember,” said Young.

Dixie State’s 3L (Lifelong Learners) Club is made up of non-traditional students, also know as returning adult students, many of whom juggle classwork along with family and regular work. The club’s purpose is to provide peer support and social networking among the returning adult students.

For more information on the “Imprison the Storm” event, please contact DSC 3L Club activity director Katina Young at 435-256-5279.

Dixie State Art Students Feature Works in Special Installation
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 4, 2009) Dixie State College students enrolled in Art Professor Dennis Martinez’ 3-D Design class have constructed an installation in the North Plaza lobby in commemoration with the celebration of “El Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead,” a holiday primarily celebrated in Mexico and by Latinos in the United States and Canada. The installation, which is free and open to the public to view, will be on exhibit all through November.

According to Martinez, his students were assigned to scavenger hunt artifacts related to Mexican culture and create 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional related icons, both traditional and personal, in the creation of the installation. He noted that the presentation has a focus on Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, along with references to other deceased artists including Van Gogh, Picasso, O’Keefe and Warhol. Martinez added that there is a commemorative wall dedicated to pop culture icons such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson, among others.

“I have been a big fan of ‘Day of the Dead’ for years and I see this as an opportunity for the campus and community to visit the installation and hopefully take something with them from the experience of this celebration of life,” says DSC art student Danielle Anderson. “As Frida Kahlo would say ‘Viva la Vida – Long Live Life.”

For more information on the exhibit, please contact DSC Art Professor Dennis Martinez at 435-652-7794 or at martinez@dixie.edu.
 
Dixie State Football Game at Humboldt State to be Aired Live on KCSG-TV
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 4, 2009) For the first time in 10 years, a Dixie State College football road game will be televised back to St. George and statewide. Thanks to the partnership between DSC’s Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation (CMI) and KCSG-TV, live coverage of the Red Storm’s season finale at Humboldt State will air this Saturday, Nov. 7, beginning at 2 p.m. (MST), on KCSG-TV.

In addition, Saturday’s game coverage will be simulcast on KXDS-91.3 FM, the new and temporary radio home of DSC athletics, with Red Storm play-by-play announcer John Potter and Phil Tuckett, who played football at DSC in the 1960’s and recently retired after a near 40-year career at NFL Films, calling the action.

“This broadcast signals CMI’s validation and the partnership with KCSG,” said Tuckett, who serves as DSC assistant communication professor and CMI director. “Our goal is to broadcast every home and away football game and selected men’s basketball road games in the very near future.”

Tuckett added that the long-term goal is to have an all-sports radio station at DSC, complete with games, coaches shows and sports talk programs, which will be interspersed with coverage of campus and community events.

Saturday’s game at Humboldt State will also serve as the first-ever football game broadcast at HSU’s famed Redwood Bowl, which is situated in the Redwood Forest in Arcata, Calif.
 
KCSG-TV (www.kcsg.com), southern Utah's only television station providing locally produced news, weather and sports is an affiliate of MyNetworkTV. KCSG-TV can be seen throughout the Salt Lake DMA (Designated Market Area) on a network of translators, cable systems, and statewide via satellite: Direct-TV channel 44 and Dish-TV channel 37; Salt Lake City, Davis County, Ogden, Brigham City, Logan, Provo and Park City - Comcast cable channel 116; St. George - Baja cable channel 6; Cedar City - Bresnan cable channel 6; Mesquite - Rio Virgin cable channel 99; and Provo - Broadweave cable channel 6.

Dixie State College Theatre and Music Programs to Spend "A Year With Frog and Toad" This November
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 4, 2009) Jumping from the pages of Arnold Lobel’s beloved books to the stage of Dixie State College’s Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater, the DSC Theatre and Music programs are proud to present a show that will appeal to the whole family, the Tony Award winning musical, A Year with Frog and Toad. The production will run nightly Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 17-21, at 7:30 p.m.

Based on the popular Newbery and Caldecott Honor books, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Original Score, Best Book and Best Musical.  The production features an upbeat, jazzy score by Robert Reale and funny, heartwarming dialogue and lyrics by Willie Reale.

A Year With Frog and Toad follows the optimistic Frog, his worrywart best friend Toad, and other neighborhood animals through the four seasons. Together, Frog and Toad go swimming, learn to fly a kite, bake (and eat) cookies, ride a sled, and have many other hilarious adventures, and along the way learning life lessons about friendship and the things that make each of us different and special. The exuberant music bubbles with upbeat melody and clever wit – an enchantingly perfect match for the hopping, crawling and flying creatures that inhabit Frog and Toad's world.

Alex Gubler and Jimmy Seely play the title characters of Frog and Toad. Kobe Campbell plays the role of the mail-delivering Snail. Kyle Flowers, Michelle Honey and Brandy Hadfield round out the cast playing birds, turtles, mice and other animals that inhabit Frog and Toad’s world.

The production is directed by Michael Harding, and the orchestra is under the direction of Maestro Gary Caldwell. Melissa Erickson is the production stage manager, with Jess Wilkinson as her assistant. Whitney Cox-Morgan served as choreographer. Brent Innes designed the scenery and serves as the department Technical Director. Guy Smith created the light design.

“The appeal of this musical is that it’s a story about friendship, and we all crave friendship, especially when you have a friend who still likes you, warts and all,” Harding said.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and non-DSC students, and $1 for DSC students, faculty and staff with a valid activity card.

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the DSC Cox Auditorium Box Office. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu” or one hour prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office.
 

Dixie State Campus to Community Service Project Targets Tuacahn Clean-Up Nov. 11
(ST. GEORGE, Utah—November 4, 2009) Dixie State College students, faculty, and staff are uniting to participate in this semester’s Campus to Community service project, which will be held on Wednesday, November 11, at the Tuacahn Amphitheater and Center for the Arts. The project, entitled “Clean Up Your Act II,” marks the second-straight year DSC has teamed with the Tuacahn staff as it prepares for the Amphitheater’s winter season.
 
All volunteers, including student clubs, faculty, staff and community members, who wish to drive to Tuacahn are encouraged to be at the Tuacahn Amphitheater 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 around 2 p.m., and will return around 5:30 p.m.
 
Dewey Denning, 2009-10 DSCSA Studentbody President, noted that last year’s project was such a success that DSCSA student organizers approached Tuacahn officials expressing interest in returning to assist this year. 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.
 
“This is the ultimate opportunity for service learning groups, clubs and other organizations at Dixie State to experience the feeling that community service can bring, especially as we get closer to the holiday season,” Denning said.  
 
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 teamed up with Washington City to prepare an earmarked for the City’s new sports complex, located near the Virgin River on 300 East.
 
Among the many other service projects DSC has been involved with in past years include planting trees for the new Southern Utah Water Conservation Gardens in St. George, a book drive to benefit literacy in local schools, assisting with the Confluence Project in Hurricane and LaVerkin, and students have held four “CANSTOCK” food drives for the Dixie Care and Share. 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.
 
Racism and the Importance of Staying Human the Focus of the Next DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 3, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Nov. 10, with a special presentation by Michael S. Styles, who serves as one of the directors of Utah’s Office of Ethnic Affairs. 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.

Styles’ presentation will discuss the overall evolution of the country’s dealings with racism and the importance of staying human. He will also share with the audience his work with Utah’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission and its “Adopt-a-School” program, which is committed to educating elementary school children about Dr. King’s belief of respect, acceptance and understanding for all people, and the importance of civic participation.

“Our children are the voices of tomorrow and it’s important that we cultivate, encourage and nurture those voices to fight against bigotry, racism and injustice,” Styles said. “If we are committed to fruition of Dr. King’s dream, then we must be committed not just one day a year, but 365 days a year.”

A Utah native, Styles earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of Utah, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. In 2004, Styles was appointed by former Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr., to serve in the Office of Ethnic Affairs as the Program Director for the Utah Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission, which includes the Adopt-A-School Program and the annual Utah Martin Luther King, Jr. “Drum Major Awards” Luncheon.

As one of the directors for the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Styles duties include working with the Governor’s ethnic advisory councils and ethnic business leaders in addressing economic development concerns and partnership opportunities. In 2005, Styles was instrumental in facilitating the development of the Utah Black Chamber of Commerce and was appointed to serve on the state commission on aging. In addition, Styles was selected by Senator William Bennett to participate in the African American Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., and was awarded the 2005-2006 Red Cross (Salt Lake Chapter) “Heroes Award” for his work with the victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Styles was appointed to serve a four-year term on the Utah Anti-Discrimination and Labor Advisory Council in 2007. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College, where he teaches U.S. Government & Politics.

The next Dixie Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 17, will feature a special start time of 1 p.m., with former DSC president Dr. Douglas Alder and DSC Special Collections Librarian Bonnie Percival discussing the history of Dixie and Washington County with their presentation entitled “Life in Dixie 100 Years Ago: Washington County Oral Histories.” The presentation is made possible through a grant from the Utah Humanities Council.

For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.
 
DSC Physical Therapist Assistant Program Granted Candidacy for Accreditation
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 2, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah has announced that its physical therapist assistant associate of applied science degree program (PTA) has been granted candidacy status for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

DSC’s PTA program will host a special open house this Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4-7 p.m., in Room 245 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The open house is free for prospective students interested in obtaining program information, as well as area physical therapists, PTAs, and community members interested in the new program.

The new physical therapist assistant (PTA) program, to be housed in the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, will feature classroom space and lab equipment to simulate a physical therapy clinic. The PTA program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to 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, as well as sports injuries, exercise programs, hydrotherapy and electrical therapy, among others.

According to program coordinator Rand Edwards, the curricular requirements for the program include 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.

Edwards noted that the program will accept approximately 16 students per year, beginning with its inaugural cohort this January. In the meantime, DSC’s PTA program will enter the final “self-study” phase of the accreditation, which is an 18-month process, and if completed, full program accreditation by CAPTE will occur in time for the first cohort’s graduation in December of 2011.

For more information on DSC’s PTA program, please visit www.dixie.edu/health/physical_therapist_assistant.php.


Dixie State College POST Academy Now Accepting Applications for January Class Session
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 2, 2009) 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 application deadline for this session is Monday, Dec. 14, 2009.

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 January 11, 2010. 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 new.dixie.edu/post.
 

Dixie State College CIT Students Compete With the State's Best at Annual ACM Regional Meet
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 2, 2009) Six Dixie State College Computer and Information Technology (CIT) students went toe-to-toe with some of the best collegiate programmers in the state and region and more than held their own at the 34th-annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Rocky Mountain Regional competition held last Saturday at the University of Utah.  
 
The competition consisted of 16 three-person teams made up from six of Utah’s seven four-year institutions, along with several out of state schools. Each team was presented five problems in the five-hour competition, consisting of nine total practical programming problems and scenarios.

DSC’s three-person team of David Horne, Daniel Morwood and Brandon Holdaway was one of four teams to solve a contest-best three problems in the five-hour time limit. However, the trio wound up third-overall in the tiebreak behind Weber State University and one of four teams from the U of U. In addition, DSC’s second team of Andrew Page, Joe Ferguson and Kevin Hansen placed seventh overall.

“Even though we did not finish first, it was a solid performance by the smallest of the Utah colleges,” said Dr. Bart Stander, DSC professor of computer science and ACM club team advisor. “Last year one of our teams again tied for first place, but we lost by the tie-breaking rules, and we won the competition outright in 2007. We have talented students in our CIT program at Dixie and I’m very proud of the way they competed.”
 
Dixie State College’s four-year computer and information technology program was introduced at the college in 2000. The program consists of three emphases – computer science, information technology and visual technology.
 
Dixie State Plays Host to Tow Prep Marching Band Championship Events This Weekend
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – November 2, 2009) Dixie State College’s Hansen Stadium will serve as the host site for all the sounds and pageantry associated with high school marching bands as DSC’s Music Department is sponsoring a pair of championship band events this weekend.

The festivities kick off Friday, Nov. 6, with the annual DSC/Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA) “Red Rocks” Marching Band Competition. The event will feature 2,100 of the state’s best high school musicians in the final competition in the Utah marching band season, which has been deemed as the “state championship” by UMEA.

The competition begins at 1 p.m., with continuous band performances all afternoon and evening. The event is organized by combined efforts of the American Fork High School, Kaysville’s Davis HS, and Hyrum’s Mountain Crest HS band booster organizations.

Tickets for the DSC/UMEA “Red Rocks” competition will be available Friday at the gate for $3 for children under 12, $5 for general admission, and $20 for a family pass.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, DSC will host the Bands of America Western Regional Championship at Hansen Stadium, sponsored by the Music For All Corporation from Indianapolis, Ind. Superior band from this event will be eligible for the Grand National Championship in Indianapolis.   
In all 21 bands from Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Idaho, and Washington will compete.

The preliminary competition begins at 9:30 a.m., with the top-10 scoring bands advancing to the finals that evening. Tickets for the regional championship will be available at the gate for $26 for an all-day pass, while student and senior all-day passes may be purchased for $15.
 
For more information, please contact DSC Music Department Chair Glenn Webb at 435-652-7969, or at webbg@dixie.edu

Dixie State College Theatre and Music Programs to Spend "A Year With Frog and Toad" This November
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 30, 2009) Jumping from the pages of Arnold Lobel’s beloved books to the stage of Dixie State College’s Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater, the DSC Theatre and Music programs are proud to present a show that will appeal to the whole family, the Tony Award winning musical, A Year with Frog and Toad. The production will run nightly Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 17-21, at 7:30 p.m.

Based on the popular Newbery and Caldecott Honor books, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Original Score, Best Book and Best Musical.  The production features an upbeat, jazzy score by Robert Reale and funny, heartwarming dialogue and lyrics by Willie Reale.

A Year With Frog and Toad follows the optimistic Frog, his worrywart best friend Toad, and other neighborhood animals through the four seasons. Together, Frog and Toad go swimming, learn to fly a kite, bake (and eat) cookies, ride a sled, and have many other hilarious adventures, and along the way learning life lessons about friendship and the things that make each of us different and special. The exuberant music bubbles with upbeat melody and clever wit – an enchantingly perfect match for the hopping, crawling and flying creatures that inhabit Frog and Toad's world.

Alex Gubler and Jimmy Seely play the title characters of Frog and Toad. Kobe Campbell plays the role of the mail-delivering Snail. Kyle Flowers, Michelle Honey and Brandy Hadfield round out the cast playing birds, turtles, mice and other animals that inhabit Frog and Toad’s world.

The production is directed by Michael Harding, and the orchestra is under the direction of Maestro Gary Caldwell. Melissa Erickson is the production stage manager, with Jess Wilkinson as her assistant. Whitney Cox-Morgan served as choreographer. Brent Innes designed the scenery and serves as the department Technical Director. Guy Smith created the light design.

“The appeal of this musical is that it’s a story about friendship, and we all crave friendship, especially when you have a friend who still likes you, warts and all,” Harding said.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and non-DSC students, and $1 for DSC students, faculty and staff with a valid activity card.

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the DSC Cox Auditorium Box Office. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at “tickets.dixie.edu” or one hour prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office.
 

Business of Art Seminar Set for Kanab Nov. 14
(St. George, Utah – October 30, 2009) On Saturday, November 14, 2009, artists and aspiring artists from Utah, northern Arizona and southern Nevada will gather in Kanab to enhance their business skills. This free one-day seminar for visual artists in all disciplines will provide an exciting schedule of classes, presented by knowledgeable professionals from Salt Lake City, Cedar City, St. George and Kanab.  
 
This concept was created by The Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), a regional economic development organization centered in Kanab and Kane County. This seminar is sponsored by CEBA, Dixie State College of Utah and the Southwest Applied Technology College.
 
“We are holding this event as an effort to enhance economic development in our region and to educate and support our artists,” says Nina Laycook, Chair of the CEBA Arts & Culture Advisory Committee.
 
Renowned artist and co-keynote speaker Eric Dowdle will address the seminar with a presentation entitled “Can You Make a Living While Living as an Artist?” In addition, fellow keynote speaker Margaret Hunt, Executive Director of the Utah Arts Council, will address the topic “Making a Living While Benefiting the Community.”
 
Seminar attendees will also be able to take part in several breakout sessions and a special panel discussion. A complete listing of the breakout sessions and panel discussion can be found at the bottom of this release.
 
To register for this seminar, visit http://www.dixie.edu/ce/business_of_art.php, or contact Janet O’Riley at (435) 652-7675 or at oriley@dixie.edu.
 
DBA Program Director Kelle Stephens to Speak at Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 30, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series this Thursday, Nov. 5, with a presentation by Kelle Stephens, who serves as director of the Dixie Business Alliance’s Custom Fit training program.

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.

The final Forum of the 2009 fall semester will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, featuring renowned management and leadership consultant Carol Leavitt.

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 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,” said Huddleston. “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.

Dr. Marc Sorenson to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 30, 2009) Dr. Marc Sorenson, renowned author and co-founder of the National Institute of Fitness, will address the monthly President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College meeting this Monday, Nov. 2, at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dr. Sorenson will discuss his presentation, entitled “The Marvelous Health Benefits of the St. George Sunlight; Now You Know the Rest of the Story!” He and his wife Vicki founded the National Institute of Fitness, one of the world’s top health institutes. As part of their work at the institute, clients have lost 110 tons of fat, two-thirds of diabetic guests were medication-free in two weeks, and others recovered from high cholesterol, arthritis, and hypertension. Their work has been featured in major magazines and newspapers in the United States, Canada, Japan and Singapore.

Dr. Sorenson is the author of the books Megahealth and Vitamin D3 and Solar Power. He is currently partnering on a book called The Athlete’s Edge: Quicker, Stronger, Faster with Vitamin D. He enjoys athletics and is currently hiking the highest peak in each county in Utah, having to date scaled 21 of the 26 peaks overall. He once rode a bicycle 4,000 miles from Phoenix to Fairbanks, and has also biked from sea level to the top of Maui’s 10,000 ft. Mt. Haleakala.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 17 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.

Wells Fargo Bank Donates Two Scholarships to DSC's Business Program
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 29, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah has received a $3,000 scholarship gift from Wells Fargo Bank, which will go to support deserving students in the College’s business program.

Wells Fargo Bank Southwestern Utah Regional President Brigham Johnson presented a check to DSC Vice President of Advancement Christina Schultz, which will fund two $1,500 scholarships to two upper-division students currently enrolled in DSC’s business baccalaureate degree program. The two scholarship recipients will be designated the Wells Fargo Bank Business Scholars.

“Thanks to Wells Fargo’s generous support, we will be able to continue the Wells Fargo Business Scholars program,” Schultz said. “We truly appreciate the investment in our mission of helping students achieve their academic, career, and life goals and look forward to continuing our partnership with Wells Fargo Bank.”

There are over 600 students enrolled in DSC’s business program, which offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration and accounting. DSC students have consistently placed in the top-six overall in the international Strategic Management Competition, hosted by Illinois-based Management Solutions, Inc.

“As a company, we are proud to support local organizations that make our community a better place to live and work,” says Denise Winslow, Wells Fargo Vice President of Community Relations. “We appreciate Dixie State’s efforts as it works toward achieving our shared goals.”

Dance Among the Red Rocks at the Next DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 28, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Nov. 3, with a special film depicting the DSC Dance Program entitled “Enter the Sacred Among the Red Rocks,” by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and DSC assistant communication professor Phil Tuckett. 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.

Tuckett’s presentation will include the screening of the eight-minute film, along with a panel discussion featuring members of the crew who will share with the audience how the film was made, along with the step-by-step processes that went into the production. In addition, members of the DSC Dance program who performed in the film will share their experiences and the work the ensemble put in to create a cinematic record of their talents.  

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 Michael S. Styles, who serves as one of the directors of Utah’s Office of Ethnic Affairs, will discuss Dr. Martin Luther King and the “Adopt-a-School Program.” The following week on Nov. 17, former DSC president Dr. Douglas Alder and Bonnie Percival will discuss the history of Dixie and Washington County with their presentation entitled “Life in Dixie 100 Years Ago: Washington County Oral Histories.”


For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.
 
Dixie State Music Department to Host Jeffrey Shumway for Special Piano Recital
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 28, 2009) The Dixie State College Music Department will host a special recital featuring Dr. Jeffrey Shumway on Friday, Nov. 6, at 4:00 p.m. in the Eccles Concert Hall. The recital is free and open to all DSC students, faculty and staff, and community to attend.  

Dr. Shumway will perform four numbers, including Beethoven’s “Sonata in G Major, op. 31, no. 1,” “Suite Bergamasque,” by Claude Debussy, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude in D Minor, op. 23, no. 3,” “Prelude in E-flat Major, op. 23, no. 6,” and “Prelude in C-sharp Minor, op. 3, no. 2.” In addition, Shumway will discuss the music he will perform and allow students to ask questions.

Shumway is a member of the music faculty at Brigham Young University, serving as Professor of Piano. He received the Doctor of Music degree with High Honors from Indiana University in 1981, and was the second prize winner of the 1977 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
 
Since joining the piano faculty at BYU in 1985, Shumway has performed extensively solo and chamber music, including performing the complete piano works of Maurice Ravel. In 1990, he completed a series of ten recitals featuring the complete thirty-two sonatas of Beethoven, for which he received high acclaim and was honored with the inaugural Gina Bachauer Medal of Artistic Distinction. Shumway was the recipient of the Utah Music Teachers Association 2007 Legacy Award for lifetime service to the profession, and received the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching award for 2009-2010 from BYU.


Dixie State Professor Featured in Illinois College Art Exhibit
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 26, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah Assistant Professor Shane Prine will be featured in a special art exhibit hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Ill. According to a press release provided by NCC, the exhibit will be run Nov. 15 through Dec. 17, 2009, in Naperville’s Gallery of Oesterle Library.

The exhibit will feature a series of Prine’s photographic images chronicling the slow decay of a farmhouse that has been in his family for generations. Currently he serves as an assistant professor in the Art and Design departments at DSC. Prine earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing and Photography at Washington State University.

“As an artist, my goal is to capture an elegiac quality in subjects both animate and inanimate,” Prine says in the press release. “What I continually strive against in my artistic endeavors is ‘to make pretty pictures’; rather, I’d prefer to create compelling, thoughtful images.”

“The Presence of Absence” features a series of photographic images that chronicle a family farmhouse.
“The structure that I’ve chosen to depict in the series exhibited here is the house in which my grandfather grew up,” Prine added. “The farm on which this house sits has been in my family for over 100 years. It is now owned by my aunt who, as a result of living hundreds of miles away, has not maintained it. I am making an effort to document the farm’s slow but certain decay as well as vandalism that has taken place over time.”
Prine hopes viewers see a deeper meaning in the works.

“Themes which reoccur in my creative work include longing, loss, psychological remoteness, elegy and alienation,” Prine said. “The purpose of the art I create is to communicate my interest in individual psychology, existentialist philosophy, and memory. My work invites viewers to better understand their own life experiences by activating memories—perhaps long-forgotten—of times past by presenting what I believe to be archetypical images from my own history.”

For more information on the exhibit, please contact DSC Assistant Professor Shane Prine at 435-652-7979 or at prine@dixie.edu <mailto:prine@dixie.edu> .
 

"Return to Little Hollywood" to be Screened at Salt Lake City Public Library November 3
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 26, 2009) “Return to Little Hollywood,” a documentary about the film industry’s history in southern Utah written and directed by Dixie State College of Utah English professor Dr. Stephen Armstrong, will be screened at the Salt Lake City Public Library on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Co-sponsored by DSC and Kane County’s Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), the 38-minute film has been created to promote Kanab and Kane County to production companies and other potential investors from the entertainment industry.

The scenic landscape that surrounds Kanab has long been a favorite for motion picture production. Since the 1920s, hundreds of feature films and television programs have been made there, most notably “Western Union,” “Buffalo Bill,” and Clint Eastwood’s classic western “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” as well as the long-running TV series “Gunsmoke” and “Have Gun, Will Travel.” For this reason, Kanab is often referred to as “Utah’s Little Hollywood.”
 
 “Return to Little Hollywood” provides audiences with the opportunity to view footage of locations and sets used in past movie and television productions. It also includes interviews with county residents who participated in these productions, as well as interviews with local officials, historians and several Hollywood professionals, including the actors Clint Walker and Harry Carey, Jr. . Veteran Utah newsman Dick Nourse served as the film’s narrator. The film was recently named an Official Selection of the 2009 Red Rock Film Festival, which will be hosted in Springdale, Utah in November.

“Kanab has an amazing past,” Armstrong said. “As remote as this area used to be, it managed to attract some of Hollywood’s greatest talent. Movie stars like Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Dean Martin, Maureen O’Hara and James Garner made movies out here. World-class directors like Fritz Lang, John Sturges and Clint Eastwood worked out here, too. It really was a ‘Little Hollywood.’”
 
“Return to Little Hollywood” will be presented by Armstrong at the Salt Lake City Public Library on November 3 at 7:00 pm. Following this, Armstrong will host a question and answer panel with several distinguished guests, including Leigh von der Esch, Managing Director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Kay Giles, Director of the Kane County Office of Tourism & Film Commission and film historian James D’Arc, of Brigham Young University.  
 
The screening is free. For more information contact Dr. Stephen B. Armstrong at (435) 652-7806 or Christina Schultz at (435) 652-7542.


Dixie State Students Given Opportunity to Experience Global Classroom in May
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 26, 2009) For the second-straight year, 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 12, 2010, 50 students in 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.  
 
“International education and cultural knowledge is more important than ever before,” 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 seventh such trip and is his 16th 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 may also contact Professor of Art Glen Blakley at 435-652-7795 or blakley@dixie.edu with questions. In addition, registration is now open for students interested in the 2011 EF Tour trip.
 

Dixie State College to Host Annual Multicultural/Diversity Week Oct. 26-30
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 22, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will celebrate its annual Multicultural/Diversity Week, which runs next Monday-through-Thursday, Oct. 26-30. The third-annual week of events, sponsored by DSC’s Multicultural and Diversity Center, will feature a number of events and activities designed to increase cultural awareness and embrace diversity, both on campus and in the St. George community.

DSC’s Multicultural/Diversity Week will feature presentations, food, a movie and various other activities, which are free and open to all DSC students, faculty, staff and the community, beginning Monday with a kick-off event on the DSC Diagonal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include a number of booths featuring information and facts representing different cultures and nationalities, which make up the Dixie State community.

The events continue Tuesday with a special screening of the film “The Mission,” which will be held in the Browning Resource Center’s Dunford Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. “The Mission” is a 1986 British film depicting the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th-century South America.

An all-day authentic dance event will highlight Wednesday’s activities, as DSC students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn about and receive instruction on how to perform dances of many cultures. The dance event will take place in the south balcony of the Old Gymnasium. Festivities continue Thursday with a special forum entitled “The Role of Women in Today’s World,” presented by Caitlyn Kennedy, beginning at 12 noon, in Room B of the DSC Gardner Student Center.
 
Multicultural/Diversity Week wraps up Friday with a special lunch to be held in the breezeway between the DSC Gardner Center and Whitehead Building. Everyone is invited to taste many ethnic dishes from around the world and have a chance to trade recipes.
 
For more information on the DSC Multicultural/Diversity Week events on campus, please contact Dixie State College’s Multicultural and Diversity Center assistant Jayson Malufau at 435-652-7733.

Visit the Galapagos Islands at the Next DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 22, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Oct. 27, with a special look at the biology of the Galapagos Islands with DSC Biology Professor Dr. Curt Walker. 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.

Walker’s presentation, entitled “What I Did on my Summer Vacation: Biology in the Galapagos,” will chronicle his visit to the world-famous islands last June. Walker, along with a group of other biologists, cruised among the islands on a yacht, hiking and snorkeling among the wild animals. He will share his many amazing pictures of the fauna (and flora) of these unique islands, along with the group’s experiences playing tag with sea lions, crawling into tortoise shells, and swimming with manta rays. He will show images of the red, green, and black sand beaches, which punctuate the bizarre volcanic landscape of these islands, where Charles Darwin nearly died of thirst.

Walker is a native of Wisconsin, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry at UW-Madison in 1987. He then went on to earn his Ph.D in Zoology at the University of Idaho in 1993.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include Phil Tuckett, DSC assistant communication professor and director of DSC’s Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation, who will host a discussion and presentation of a film depicting the DSC Dance Program entitled “Enter the Sacred Among the Red Rocks,” on Nov. 3. The following week on Nov. 10, Michael S. Styles, who serves as one of the directors of Utah’s Office of Ethnic Affairs, will discuss Dr. Martin Luther King and the “Adopt-a-School Program.”

For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu
 
Dixe State Criminal Justice Students Receive Program Awards
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 21, 2009) Eight students in Dixie State College of Utah’s criminal justice program were presented awards Wednesday for their efforts in the classroom. Assistant professor of criminal justice Scott Julian, along with Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap presented the awards at a ceremony held at the County Courthouse Office Library.

Awards were handed out in two different categories and consisted of a judges’ gavel for first prize and medallions for second and third places. Katina Young, a freshman from Hurricane, was awarded a gavel in the Introduction to Criminal Justice category, with Brett Sampson, a sophomore from St. George placing second, and Jacob Blatter, a sophomore from Ivins, in third.

James Trunnell, a senior from St. George, claimed the gavel in Criminal Procedure, with Gary Bagley, a junior from Vista, Calif., taking second, while Alan Dressler, a junior from Washington, Utah, Kristen Rose, a sophomore from Orderville, Utah, and Stephanie Spendlove, a sophomore from St. George, each claimed third place honors.

For more information on the criminal justice program, contact assistant professor Scott Julian at 435-652-7894.

"All That Jazz...and More" Featured at the Next DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 16, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a special musical presentation by DSC Music Department Chair Glenn Webb. The Forum will begin at 12 noon, inside the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Webb’s presentation, entitled “All That Jazz … and More,” will feature a discussion on the music genre, along with a number of musical selections that is sure to jazz up those in attendance. In addition to his role as department chair, Webb serves as music department lecturer and advisor, and is the director of the Dixie State Jazz Ensemble, the Percussion Ensemble and the Varsity Band. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Weber State University and Master’s of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Utah.

Prior to his arrival at DSC, Webb instructed bands and orchestras in Utah public schools for 14 years and had served as conductor and music director for Sandy City summer musicals for nine years. He was a solo percussionist with the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble and principal percussion with Ballet West. Additionally, Webb freelanced 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 Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester at the Browning Resource Center’s Dunford Auditorium. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC Biology Professor Dr. Curt Walker, who will share his research experiences with his presentation “What I Did on my Summer Vacation: Biology in the Galapagos,” followed by a discussion and presentation of a film depicting the DSC Dance Program entitled “Enter the Sacred Among the Red Rocks,” produced and directed by DSC CMI Director Phil Tuckett on Nov. 3.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.
 
Wilkinson Electric CFO to Address Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 16, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series Thursday, Oct. 22, featuring a presentation by Travis Wilkinson, chief financial officer of Wilkinson Electric in St. George. An employee of the company for 12 years, Wilkinson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Southern Utah University and an MBA from Utah State University.

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.

The series will continue Nov. 5, featuring Custom Fit director Kelle Stephens, while management consultant Carol Leavitt will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Nov. 19.

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 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,” said Huddleston. “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 Library Receives Book Donation From Nippon Foundation
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 13, 2009) The Dixie State College of Utah Val A. Browning Library recently became the recipient of a collection of books on the history and culture of Japan. The donation of the books, made possible through The Nippon Foundation as part of its “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan” program, are currently on display for DSC students, faculty and staff, and the public to utilize.

As a means to facilitate understanding of Japan overseas, The Nippon Foundation produced a catalog detailing 100 carefully selected books that provide information on contemporary Japan in the English language. The books are donated to college and university libraries and special libraries used by scholars and students, as well as to public libraries serving a wider community.

The collection covers a wide range of topics, including politics, government and international relations, economics and business, society and culture, and history.

“These are great books,” said Dr. Bill Christensen, Dean of the DSC Udvar-Hazy School of Business. “There are excellent books not only in my area of business, but books on all subjects.”  
The Nippon Foundation is an independent, non-profit, grant making organization that was founded in 1962. It supports projects both in Japan and overseas. It funds activities in three areas: domestic social welfare and volunteer support; maritime research and development; and overseas cooperative assistance. It works with other non-profit organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations and international organizations.
 
For more information on the collection please call Daphne Selbert, DSC Dean and Director of the Val A. Browning Library, at 435-652-7711 or at selbert@dixie.edu.

DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles to Perform Debut Concert Oct. 13
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 7, 2009) The Dixie State College Jazz and Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of DSC Music Chair Glenn Webb, will take the stage for the first time this concert season for a special performance on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.  

These popular groups will present a wide range of music that is sure have the audience tapping their foot and humming melodies. The Jazz Ensemble will be playing musical arrangements from the Buddy Rich library and Los Angeles jazz legends Les Hooper and Bob Florence. Several student musicians will be featured throughout the performance, including Kasey Call on the flugelhorn, Derek Thomas on the trumpet, and BJ Vick on tenor sax. Zac Webb will play the piano solo of the well-known 88 Basie Street.
 
The Percussion Ensemble will perform an exciting and flashy set of cadences and contrast that with a melodic new age composition. The ensemble’s performance will also include Coldplay’s No. 1 and Grammy Award-winning hit, Viva La Vida.
 
Tickets are available at the door or through the Avenna Center Box Office. Tickets are $5 per person, $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff.  High school musicians may receive complementary tickets by contacting the Dixie State College Music Department at 652-7790.  

For the second-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2009-10 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price. In addition, a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

Dixie State College Crowns Homecoming Queen Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 7, 2009) Dixie State College sophomore Alana Lee was crowned Homecoming Queen in front of a capacity crowd last Tuesday evening at DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theatre. The pageant was held as part of the College’s Homecoming Week festivities, which continue through Saturday, Oct. 10.
 
Lee, a mass communication major originally from Las Vegas, Nev., won a $1,500 scholarship along with the crown for her efforts and will now go on to represent DSC in the Miss Utah Pageant next summer. With her degree in mass communication, she aspires to become a broadcast journalist at a major network, with hopes of eventually hosting her own television show.

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.

Lee, performed a vocal solo of Celine Dion’s hit “You and I,” while her platform was entitled “Rebalancing the Power,” which emphasizes higher education for women. This summer Lee has been invited to serve as an intern for United State Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and was listed on the DSC Dean’s List as a freshman with a 3.97 GPA.

Rounding out the 2009 DSC Homecoming Royalty is first attendant Shiulina Wu, a freshman general studies major from Honolulu, Hawaii, and second attendant Shanae Vaifanua, a sophomore general studies major and a member of DSC’s women’s basketball team from Hurricane, Utah. Natalie Belka, a sophomore elementary education major from West Valley City, Utah, was crowned third attendant, while fourth attendant honors went to Katerina Nicole Black, a freshman integrated studies major from Blanding, Utah. Kelby Tyler, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from St. George, was named Miss Dixie Spirit.

DSC Symphony Orchestra Makes 2009-10 Campus Debut With Annual Fall Concert October 12
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 6, 2009) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, will present its annual Fall Concert on Monday, Oct. 12, 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 Camille Saint-Saens’ “Dance Macabre,” featuring orchestra concert master and DSC music major Tara Tichenor. In addition, the symphony orchestra will perform Dimitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8.”

Monday’s concert is the first of two fall semester DSC Symphony Orchestra performances, which includes the annual Christmas concert Dec. 10. The Orchestra will also perform a pair of concerts during the spring semester on Feb. 27, and April 24.

All symphony orchestra concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID.

For the second-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2009-10 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price. In addition, a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


"Return to Little Hollywood" at the Next DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 6, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Oct. 13, with the DSC campus premiere of the documentary short film “Return to Little Hollywood,” which was written, produced and directed by Forum presenter and DSC professor and author Dr. Stephen Armstrong. 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.

“Return to Little Hollywood” chronicles the history of filmmaking in southern Utah, particularly in the Kane County region, where more than 200 movies and TV shows had been produced, including such classics as “Western Union,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “Gunsmoke,” and “The Lone Ranger,” among others. The documentary film, narrated by retired long-time KSL-TV news anchor Dick Nourse, features interviews with several Hollywood professionals who worked on movies and TV shows in Kanab, including Ed Faulkner, Harry Carey, Jr., Clint Walker and Johnny Western. The film is a co-production of Dixie State College, Kane County and Utah's Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA).

To date, “Return to Little Hollywood” has been shown at a number of venues in southern Utah, on KCSG-TV, and has been broadcast in Oregon. In addition, the selection committee of the upcoming Red Rock Film Festival, held each year in Springdale, Utah, announced that the film will be entered to compete in the Short & Featurette category.

Armstrong, who is an Assistant Professor of English at DSC, earned his Ph.D. in English from Florida State University in 2004. His writing about the movies has appeared in Film Quarterly, Classic Images, and Film Score Monthly. He is also the author of “Pictures about Extremes: The Films of John Frankenheimer (McFarland, 2008).”

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC Music Department Chair Glenn Webb, who will share his special musical presentation “All That Jazz – and More” at the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on Oct. 20. The Forum will return to the Dunford Auditorium the following Tuesday, Oct. 27, featuring a presentation by DSC Biology Professor Dr. Curt Walker entitled “What I Did on my Summer Vacation: Biology in the Galapagos.”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Dr. Ami Jo Comeford at 435-652-7826 or at acomeford@dixie.edu.
 


Dixie State College Leads Utah in 2009 Fall Enrollment Growth Percentage

(ST. GEORGE, Utah – October 5, 2009) As Dixie State College of Utah enters its Homecoming Week festivities Monday, it will do so with the highest enrollment growth percentage increase in the state, as DSC officials announced a skyrocketing rise in the institution’s 2009 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 USHE system-high 22.78% increase in total headcount with 7,911 students, 1,468 students ahead of last year’s total of 6,443.

DSC’s full-time equivalency (FTE*) figures for the fall semester also rose a system-best 25% with 5,569 students, compared to 4,422 students this time last year. In addition, the College’s Budget Related FTE experienced the highest-percentage increase in USHE at over 25% overall with 5,420 students, up 1,089 students from last year’s total of 4,332.
 
DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld and other college officials credit Dixie’s unprecedented enrollment growth to a number of factors, including a successful recruiting effort, which came on the heels of DSC’s growth spurt from a year ago. Officials also credit the addition of new baccalaureate and associate degree programs, affordable tuition costs, talented and dedicated faculty, and the current economic climate, as other factors that played a role in DSC’s enrollment increase.

“We’re excited because the growth in our enrollment is a harbinger of growth in the economy,” President Nadauld said. “In fact, the economy cannot grow unless we produce the educated young men and women for the workforce. The fact that we have such strong enrollment growth sends a very positive signal for this part of the state.

“Our enrollment growth is very strong and we are grateful to our faculty and staff who are doing a heroic job in accommodating our students,” Nadauld added.
 
Part of Dixie State’s extraordinary enrollment growth is a 22% increase in first-time freshmen with 1,741 students, the largest freshman class in school history, which includes 1,231 new freshmen just out of high school. In addition, DSC saw a 31% increase in upper division enrollment with 1,482 students, up 351 students from last year, which Nadauld attributes to the while the institution also welcomed 512 new transfer students from other institutions, a 31% rise (391 total transfer students in 2008) from a year ago.

Dixie State also saw a near 60% percent bump in minority student enrollment from this time last year, which Nadauld lauded as a chance to give even more students an opportunity to take advantage of what a college education has to offer.

“We have our largest freshman class in history, so our enrollment growth is not just the function of people coming back out of the workforce,” President Nadauld noted. “We’re doing a great job in recruiting. We’re recruiting the right students for our institution and we’re recruiting them from the right places. That is showing up with our minority enrollment and our other enrollment programs. We are growing because of good enrollment management as well as the economy.”
 
Established in 1911 and built on the site of the first pioneer encampment in St. George, Dixie State College of Utah strives to help students to define, shape and achieve educational and life goals. Dixie State College is dedicated to providing personalized and excellent teaching in a learning environment where all students can become passionate about their individual educational endeavors.
 
Dixie State College offers associate degrees and certificate programs, but has also offered a limited number of high demand baccalaureate programs since 2000. DSC now offers a number of baccalaureate programs in core or foundational areas consistent with four-year colleges.
 
Currently, Dixie State College students can earn baccalaureate degrees in 12 areas of study. Recently, Dixie State added four-year degrees in accounting, aviation management, communication, dental hygiene, integrated studies and music. Students can also earn bachelor’s degrees in biology, business administration, with emphases in accounting, finance and visual technology, as well as computer & information technology, elementary education, English and nursing.
 
Dixie State’s new mission will pave the way to more and more bachelor’s degrees in the coming years. (Please visit the college’s website – www.dixie.edu - for the most updated list of programs.)

*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 to Induct Two Into College's Hall of Fame Oct. 10
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 30, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will induct two new members into the College’s Hall of Fame as part of Homecoming activities on Saturday, Oct. 10, in the St. George Tabernacle. The 12th-annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Homecoming Founder’s Day Assembly, which begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Honored in the area of Athletics will be former DSC and NFL All-Pro running back Corey Dillon. Dillon was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where he attended Franklin and Federal Way High Schools. He Dillon was a prep two-sport standout, starring in football and baseball, at Franklin and Federal Way High Schools, where he garnered all-metro and all-state honors. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1993 Major League Baseball draft, but chose to play football, first at Garden City CC (KS), where he was first introduced to the powerful “Dixie Spirit” when GCCC played Dixie College in the 1994 Dixie Rotary Bowl. That spring Corey transferred Dixie College, where he led the Rebels to the 1995 Western States Football League and Dixie Rotary Bowl championships.  

During his year at Dixie, Corey garnered All Conference and All-American honors and was chosen JC Offensive Back of the Year by College Sports magazine after rushing for 1,999 yards and 20 TDs. Following his graduation from Dixie, Dillon transferred to PAC-10 power Washington, where he continued his assault on the record books setting all-time single season records for rushing and touchdowns scored and led the Huskies to a berth in the 1996 Holiday Bowl. In 1997, Dillon was the 43rd-overall pick in the NFL draft of the Cincinnati Bengals, for whom he played for in seven of his 10 seasons. He spent the final three years of his NFL career with the New England Patriots, and was part of the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXVIII victory in 2004. During his NFL career Dillon set Cincinnati and New England franchise single game and season rushing records, and he was four-time Pro Bowl selection. He ended his NFL career with 11,241 total yards rushing and 82 touchdowns. In 2002, Dillon established the “Corey Dillon Foundation” to provide inner-city youth with opportunities and resources to go the distance and achieve their goals. Dillon is also a member of the Dixie State College Athletic Hall of Fame. He and his wife Desiree are the parents of three daughters, Cameron, Carly, and Devan.

Honored in the area of Public and College Service will be Patricia Terry Holland. In a way very different from some students over the years, Patricia Terry Holland "played" her way through grade school, then Dixie High School, Dixie College, BYU and beyond. A gifted musician by birth, she began playing the piano before starting off to school, accompanying the singing of classmates as early as the third grade in her native Enterprise, Utah. While at Dixie High and Dixie College, she accompanied musical performances of every kind, including one of Professor Marion Bentley's legendary Dixie College musicals, Kismet. Recognizing her singing talent as well, Professor Bentley cast her in a leading role in his 1960 production of The Boy Friend. It is not surprising that at Dixie College, where Pat served as a class officer, she was voted Dixie's Outstanding Musical Student. She would go on to study in New York City at the famed Julliard School of Music, before returning to Utah to marry fellow Dixie alum, Jeffrey R. Holland, who would later become a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In her service as First Counselor in the General Presidency of the Young Women organization of the LDS Church, Holland helped create the current Young Women program loved by teenage girls all over the world. In that capacity, as well as being the First Lady of Brigham Young University and the wife of an LDS Apostle, Pat has traveled literally "around the world," speaking in scores of countries and having her messages translated into dozens of languages. She lived in England for three years and Chile for two, showing Dixie-style love and affection for every person she has ever met and every economic circumstance in which that wide variety of people lived.

Along with many civic duties and educational assignments, Holland found the time to write the award-winning book, A Quiet Heart. She also co-authored with her husband a second book, On Earth as it is in Heaven. She has served on the governing boards of ZCMI, Deseret Book Company, and the Primary Children's Regional Medical Center, all based in Salt Lake City. One of her most personally rewarding assignments is to have served on the Dixie College National Advisory Council. In addition, her greatest joy and deepest satisfaction in life has been being the mother of three children — Matthew, Mary Alice, and David — and the grandmother of thirteen grandchildren.
 
Additional details of the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of the these two 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 time 18 individuals were inducted as charter members. The photos and plaques of this year’s inductees will join the past 75 inductees on the Wall of Fame located in the Avenna Center on campus.
 

Dixie State College's Annual Homecoming Queen Pageant Set for Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 30, 2009) 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. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater on the DSC campus. This year’s pageant theme is “On Broadway” with free admission to all DSC students, faculty and staff with current DSC ID, or tickets will be available for purchase for $5 per person 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 2010 Miss Utah Pageant next June for a chance to advance to the Miss America Pageant later that year. 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.

In all 15 DSC students will vie for the crown. The pageant, with DSC Homecoming Queen 1989 Kimberly Gubler Beatty serving as emcee, will feature the contestants and outgoing queen Samantha Cummings performing a number of recent Broadway hits as part of the program.

For more information on the pageant, please call DSC Dean of Students Del Beatty at 435-652-7514 or email beatty@dixie.edu.
 
Del Parson to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 30, 2009) World-renowned artist and DSC faculty member Del Parson will address the first President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College meeting of the 2009-10 academic year this Monday, Oct. 5, at 12 noon, in Room 156 of the DSC Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus at 1526 Medical Center Drive. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For 32 years, Del Parson has been painting professionally, producing art work for top national galleries, print companies, and public, religious and private institutions. He has been a faculty member at DSC for 20 years, and considers his time at the College a major highlight of his life. In 2007, he was inducted into the Dixie State College Hall of Fame for his contributions to DSC and the art community.

Parson has received public and critical acclaim and has won numerous regional and national awards for his paintings. Millions of art prints have been made of his images. Some of his most well-known images are the more than 200 works he has painted for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, especially those depicting the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Parson counts among his most fulfilling accomplishments the success of students he has taught, many of whom have gone on to their own professional art careers.

The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State College, founded 17 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.

Dixie State College Homecoming Week 2009 Set for Oct. 5-10
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 30, 2009) “Dixie Spirit Runs Red” serves as the theme for the 2009 Dixie State College of Utah Homecoming Week Oct. 5-10. The annual rite of the fall season is filled with a number of exciting events and activities for all Dixie State students, DSC alumni and the community.
 
“Homecoming is the most exciting time of the year,” said Donna Stafford, DSC director of student activities. “It’s the time when you turn your hearts and your thoughts to those people who made Dixie and our community what is it today. As we are nearing our centennial, Homecoming provides with an opportunity to reflect upon our rich history and the sacrifices that were made to create this great institution.”

Homecoming activities will begin in earnest Monday, Oct. 5, with a formal student kick-off event at the Encampment Mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by DSC women’s volleyball as the Red Storm takes to the court against Pacific West Conference rival BYU-Hawai’i at 7 p.m., in the Old Gymnasium.

One of the highlights of week is the annual Homecoming Queen Pageant, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center’s Main Stage Theater. This year’s pageant theme is “On Broadway” with free admission to all DSC students, faculty and staff with current DSC ID, or tickets will be available for purchase for $3 per person at the Avenna Center Ticket Office. In addition, DSC women’s volleyball will close out its brief four-match homestand against BYU-H at 7 p.m., in the Old Gymnasium.

DSC students will then get in a little painting on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 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. 8 will feature some futbol, and more football, beginning at 2 p.m., as DSC’s women’s soccer team squares off against Chaminade at 2 p.m., at Hansen Stadium. Following the women’s match, the Red Storm men will face Chaminade in men’s soccer action at 5 p.m. Then under the lights at 7:30 p.m., DSC will hold its annual Homecoming Powder Puff Football game at Hansen Stadium at 7:30 p.m., which will include a performance by the Rebelinas, DSC’s all-male version of the Dixie Dance Team. Admission is free all three events.

Raging Red Day is set for Friday, Oct. 9, 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 present the annual “Rock the Mall” school song competition at 2 p.m., on the Gardner Center Plaza.

“Our student government have been planning our Homecoming and they have worked very hard at to incorporate our established traditions with new ideas to make this year’s events the best ever,” Stafford added. “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 a.m., in the Eccles Concert Hall, and Golden Generation Luncheon and Program at 12 noon in the Gardner Center 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 (Oct. 10) festivities begin bright and early with the inaugural Homecoming Dixie Crew/Alumni Run/Walk 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 a.m., and will travel down Tabernacle Street beginning at 300 East and ending at 100 West. DSC alums Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (Class of 1963), a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife, Patricia Terry Holland, 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 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 a.m., in the St. George Tabernacle. Admission to both is free. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be Patricia Terry Holland, and former Dixie State and NFL all-pro running back Corey Dillon (Class of 1996).

The DSC Alumni Association will host a free tailgate party at the Wade Alumni House at 11:30 a.m., prior to Dixie State’s football game vs. Western Oregon, 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 “tickets.dixie.edu.” Tickets may also be purchased at the box office at Hansen Stadium prior to kickoff. Following the Red Storm football game, DSC’s men’s and women’s soccer teams will play host to PacWest foe Hawai’i-Hilo at 4:30 and 7 p.m., respectively.

Homecoming Week festivities wrap 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 Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (Class of 1963), while fellow alumni Charles Pickett (Class of 1938) and Ken Bowler (Class of 1964) will be presented with Distinguished Alumni awards. 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 $5 for couples, $10 for singles, and may be purchased in advance at the Avenna Center Ticket Office or at the door.

“No homecoming would be complete without all the pageantry and events, and our Dixie homecoming events have all that and more,” said DSC Alumni Director Kalynn Larson. “We invite all of our alumni, students and the community to come out and celebrate this week with us.”

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.

"The Beauty of Bronze" Featured at the Next Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 30, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Oct. 6, featuring nationally-renowned sculptor L’Deane Trueblood. 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.

Trueblood’s presentation, entitled “The Beauty of Bronze,” will give the audience a glimpse into the artist’s love of sculpting. She will share her thoughts and discuss the preparation and inspiration needed to create a precious piece of art.

Trueblood has received national acclaim for her sensitive portrayals of the human face and figure through her bronze sculpture. Her achievements have helped her establish a solid reputation, and have earned her wide recognition in the art world. She is listed in "Utah's 100 Most Honored Artists,” in “Who's Who in American Art,” and was featured in Feminine Fortunes "Fifty Most Successful Women” in 2003.
Much of her commissioned work involves painting and sculpting children. In these tender portraits and statues, Trueblood has done some of her most satisfying and beautiful work. Her skill at capturing a childlike expression is unmatched. She has received many top awards for both painting and sculpture in regional and national shows. Her works may be seen in many private and corporate collections throughout the country, including several museum collections.

Trueblood works from her studio in the beautiful red rock country of southern Utah. An active supporter of the arts in her community and state, she has served on several boards including two terms on the board of the Utah Arts Council by appointment of two governors. She helped establish "Art Around the Corner" for an exhibit of sculpture in downtown St. George.
The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC English professor Dr. Stephen Armstrong, who will discuss his documentary film “Return to Little Hollywood: A History of Motion Picture Production in Southern Utah” on Oct. 13, followed by a special musical presentation by DSC Music Department Chair Glenn Webb entitled “All That Jazz – and More” at the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Oct. 20.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Dr. Ami Jo Comeford at 435-652-7826 or at acomeford@dixie.edu.
 
Dixie State Choral Ensemble Opens 2009-10 Season With Fall Concert Oct. 9
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 30, 2009) The Dixie State College Choral Ensemble will open its 2009-10 concert season with the DSC Fall Choral Concert on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus. The concert will feature four DSC choral ensembles, including the Dixie State College Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz Project, both under the direction of Dr. Robert Briggs, along with the Women’s Chorus, directed by Merrilee Webb, and the Concert Choir, led by Dr. Ken Petersen. The concert will feature music from many different styles and countries.  

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.

For the second-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2009-10 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price. In addition, a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Homegrown Small Business Featured at the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 26, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series Thursday, Oct. 1, featuring a presentation by Tom McArthur, owner of McArthur Jewelers in St. George.

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.

McArthur’s presentation, entitled “Stories of a Retail Jewelry Company,” will chronicle the creation of family jewelry business established in St. George by his father and mother when just after his birth, which, in his words, essentially caused him to be “raised in the business.” An alumnus of Dixie College, McArthur completed his Bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University, and has earned genealogical certificates from the Genealogical Institute of America.

The series will continue Oct. 22, featuring Travis Wilkinson, owner of Wilkinson Electric. In addition, Custom Fit director Kelle Stephens will speak Nov. 5; and management consultant Carol Leavitt will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Nov. 19.

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 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,” said Huddleston. “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.

Life in the UAE to be Discussed at the Next Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 21, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues on Tuesday, Sept. 29, with a discussion on life in the United Arab Emirates, presented by Daphne Selbert, DSC Dean and Director of the Val A. Browning Library. 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.

Selbert’s presentation, entitled “The Oil is not for Drinking: A View of the Modern United Arab Emirates,” will give the audience a first-hand account of life in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE. She lived in the United Arab Emirates from January 2001 through December 2003, working as campus librarian for the Abu Dhabi campus of Zayed University, followed by a three-year stint as campus librarian for the Dubai campus of Zayed University from 2006-08. Selbert also lived in Iran from December 1974 to January 1979.  

Selbert has over 40 years of librarian experience, including 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.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include local artist and sculptor L’Deane Trueblood, who will share her love of sculpting in her presentation “The Beauty of Bronze” on Oct. 6, followed by a presentation by on the history of film-making in southern Utah by DSC English professor Dr. Stephen Armstrong entitled “Return to Little Hollywood: A History of Motion Picture Production in Southern Utah” on Oct. 13.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Dr. Ami Jo Comeford at 435-652-7826 or at acomeford@dixie.edu.

DSC Symphony Band to Make 2009-10 Debut With Concert Oct. 1
  (ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 21, 2009) The Dixie State College Symphony Band will makes its 2009-10 season debut with its annual Fall Concert on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The 78-piece symphony band, under the direction of Gary Caldwell, will perform five stirring compositions, beginning the John Zdechlik spirited and festive piece entitled “Celebrations,” followed by the Clifton Williams’ “Symphonic Dance #3 – Fiesta,” which is described as an invigorating and intense piece of music with numerous mood and style changes. The band will also perform Bach’s “Fantasia in G,” which was originally written for the organ. The Bach piece, arranged for band by Richard Franko Goldman, with its contrapuntal style, lends itself beautifully to the modern concert band.

In addition, the symphony band will perform Paul Hindemith’s “March from Symphonic Metamorphosis,” arranged by Keith Wilson, and “Splashes of Gold,” composed by James L. Hosay, will serve as the concert’s grand finale.

Entering his 31st year as Director of Bands at Dixie State, Caldwell has seen many changes occur to the music program at DSC, most notably the addition of a four-year music degree, which formally began classwork this semester. The addition of the four-year degree helped lead to a increase of performers in the symphony band this year.

“This year’s band has 78 players in it, compared to 64 players last year,” Caldwell said. “Even though we are performing earlier in the year than usual, the band is prepared and refined and ready to perform.”

The DSC Symphony Band will perform twice this semester, including the ensemble’s annual Christmas concert Dec. 1. The Symphony Band will also perform a pair of concerts during the spring semester on Feb. 23, and April 20.

All remaining concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. General admission tickets for each concert will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $1 for DSC students and faculty and staff with current ID.

For the second-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2009-10 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price. In addition, a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”


Dixie State College Theatre Program Opens 2009-10 Season With Production of "Almost, Maine"
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 18, 2009) The Dixie State College Theatre program will raise the curtain on its 2009-10 season with the Utah premiere of the John Cariani romantic comedy “ Almost, Maine .” The production will run nightly Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 6-10, at 7:30 p.m., in the Laboratory (formerly Black Box) Theater of DSC’s Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center.

Almost, Maine is set on clear, cold moonless night in the deepest winter in the remote town of Almost, Maine (so far north it’s almost Canada.) As one resident explains, Almost is "not an actual town because we never got around to getting organized.” On this night, while the northern lights hover magically above, knees are bruised, and hearts are healed or broken, as the residents of Almost fall in and out of love in unexpected, unusual, and often hilarious ways.

The production is directed by Varlo Davenport, head of the DSC theatre program. The cast includes Noah Dixon, Jessica Baird, Justin Cullimore, Guy Smith, Crystal Bates, Kristina Kessler, Hannah Davenport, Lindsay Cordell, Joel Thomas, and Lindsay Harding. Several of the actors play multiple roles.

This production is also a showcase for DSC student designers with scenery by Spencer Potter, costumes by Hannah Davenport and lighting by Josh Scott. Rebecca Wright is the production stage manager with Gabriella Noble serving as her assistant.

“I read a lot of play scripts during the year,” said Davenport, ‘As soon as I started this one I knew I had to share it. It is a wonderful combination of sweetness and tears, painful realizations and joyful discoveries. I think the audience is going to love it.”

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-DSC students, and $1 for DSC students, faculty and staff with a valid activity card. For the second-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2009-10 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price.

In addition, a season Theatre-Only pass is available for $40 for adults ($14 savings), $30 ($24 savings) for seniors and youth ages 6-17, while a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”
 

President Obama and the Constitution the Focus of Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 17, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, Sept. 22, with a discussion on current political issues led by DSC Associate Professor Joe Green. 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.

Green’s presentation, entitled “President Obama and the Constitution,” will provide an explanation of how our country’s limited government got so big. The speech will first review the basic components of the separation of powers. It will then show the process by which the separation of powers have been compromised. A key component of the discussion will center Alexis de Tocqueville’s prediction, made in 1840, that centralized government was inevitable given the values intrinsic in American democracy.  

“Perceptive members of our community wonder how the expansion of government is possible given the limited government philosophy of the American founders,” Green said. “They wonder why the Constitution, with its system of checks and balances designed prevent this sort of expansion, doesn’t appear to be working.”

Green will discuss one significant concern for many Americans recently being the seeming relentless growth in the powers of our government, noting that President Obama, President Bush, and most of the other Presidents since the Great Depression have sought to extend and expand its role.

“The news is full of reports of American who are angry about bailouts, the rising deficit, systemic reform of health care, the Iraq war, enhanced interrogation methods, cap and trade, and the prescription drug entitlement,” Green adds. “Citizens from the left and the right have even taken to the streets in protest. Some even associate this growth with the onset of tyranny.”

Green has taught at DSC since 1978, and is currently an associate professor of Political Science and American History for the School of Arts and Letters. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Utah State University. Green has also completed one year of work in the Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of Utah.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include Daphne Selbert, DSC Dean and Director of the Val A. Browning Library, who will speak on “The Oil is not for Drinking: A View of the Modern United Arab Emirates” on Sept. 29; and local artist L’Deane Trueblood will share her love of sculpting in presentation entitled “The Beauty of Bronze” on Oct. 6.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Dr. Ami Jo Comeford at 435-652-7826 or at acomeford@dixie.edu.
 
Dixie State to Officially Dedicate the Renovated Jennings Communication Building Sept. 24
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 15, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will unveil its new home for the institution’s entire communication program as the Jennings Communication Building will be dedicated at a special ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 24. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will include a brief program and official ribbon-cutting, followed by an open house and tour of the recently renovated facility.

In addition to the dedicatory ceremony, another special event and announcement, introducing plans for a documentary film festival, will take place at 7 p.m., in the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater.

The evening events will wrap up a full day of events centered around the DSC communication department. In order to raise needed funds, DSC will hold a special telethon/radiothon pledge drive, which will be simulcast on KCSG-TV and on DSC’s classical music radio station, Dixie’s Classical 91.3, from 9 a.m.-to-5:30 p.m. The radio simulcast will feature a mix of classical music and special guest interviews. Listeners may pledge online at www.dixie.edu/classical91, or by phone at 435-652-7888 during the drive.

Meanwhile, the television portion of the simulcast will broadcast a number of DSC faculty and student films, concerts and special events from the past year. KCSG-TV can be found in St. George on Baja-Cable channel 6, on the Wasatch Front on Comcast Digital Cable channel 116, on Dish Network channel 37, on DirecTV channel 44, and in Mesquite, Nev., on Rio Virgin channel 99.

The renovation of the Jennings Communication Building took just over a year to complete and classwork in the facility began last month with the start of the 2009 fall semester. The Jennings Communication Building houses the Community Education Channel Agency (CEC), which is now known as D-TV, along with the newly established Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation (CMI). In addition, the Dixie Sun student newspaper and DSC’s radio stations, KXDS Dixie’s Classical 91.3 and 103.1 The Storm (KURR-FM), are located in the facility.

In all, the Jennings Communication Building features five radio studios, three television/film studios, two remote television production trucks, seven post-production rooms, and four fully-functional classrooms/computer labs.

“The dedication of the Jennings Communication Building is a landmark event,” states DSC Vice President of Advancement Christina Schultz. “This facility will train a vital workforce of media professionals for our region and beyond – laying the framework for the enhancement of film and television production in Southern Utah. We wish to send a special thank you to our legislators and to our donors who caught the vision and made this building a reality.”

DSC’s comprehensive communication degree features three emphases - human communication, mass communication and digital film. Human communication will include educational tracks in interpersonal, small group, organizational and public (speech) communication. The mass communication tracks include print, communication technology, public relations and electronic media, while the digital film tracks will feature digital film production, digital film production management and compositing.

“The Communication Department is thrilled to be in our new facility, which I believe is the finest in the state,” said DSC Communication Department Chair Dr. Randal Chase. “Our program has grown 500% in just three years, now serving 250 majors in our three educational tracks.

“These new facilities make it possible to give our students a world-class, hands-on experience with their training, while at the same time getting a solid and scholarly education in the classroom,” Chase added. “We deeply appreciate the many people who have made this new facility a possibility.”

Previously, the Jennings Building housed DSC’s dental hygiene, nursing and EMT/paramedic programs, which were all relocated last year to the newly completed Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center.

For more information on DSC’s communication program or the dedication ceremony, please call 435-652-7638.


Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum Postponed
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 14, 2009) The first Dixie State College weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” meeting of the 2009-10 academic year scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, featuring a presentation on Jewish customs and traditions by Rabbi Lenore Bohm, has been postponed due to an illness in Rabbi Bohm’s family.

The next Dixie Forum will be held as scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 22, with a presentation entitled “President Obama & the Constitution” by DSC associate professor Joe Green. The Forum will be held 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, or Dr. Ami Jo Comeford at 435-652-7826 or at acomeford@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Calls for Homecoming Parade Entries
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 11, 2009) “Dixie Spirit Runs Red” is the theme for the 2009 Dixie State College of Utah Homecoming Week, which will kick off Friday, Oct. 2, and run through Saturday, Oct. 10.

One of the many Homecoming traditions is the parade, which will run down Tabernacle and 300 East on Saturday, Oct. 10. Line-up for the parade will begin at 8 a.m., while the parade is set to start at 9 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.

Dixie State Radio to Feature New Weekly Business Success Show
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 8, 2009) In tough economic times it is the innovative and forward thinking businesses, like KXDS 91.3 Dixie State College Radio, which survives and thrives by looking for alternative programming to build their public image as well as their bottom line.

Paul Bulkley, manager and program director of the new Dixie State College Radio station KXDS 91.3, has brought in professional marketing and business trainer, Jon Bingham, to host “The Business Success Radio Show.” This show will promote the growth of small businesses during these tough economic times within the communities of Washington and Iron Counties and Mesquite, Nev.

“We are looking forward to add the show to our line-up and working with businesses, providing them a valuable resource they can use to increase their growth and revenues,” Bulkley said. “It will prove to be very valuable to many small business owners in our community.”

The “Business Success Radio Show” will air each Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m., featuring interviews of local business owners, live question-and-answer call-ins, and proven marketing strategies for business success. There will be call-in giveaways of gift cards, audio programs, books and more from sponsors.

“Business owners should jump at the chance to be interviewed,” say Bingham. “They will have an opportunity to tell the listeners of Dixie State College Radio about the products and services they offer, what unique about their business, how to contact them and receive customized marketing strategies that they can use the same day. This is our way of helping and giving back to the business community.”

Right now the “Business Success Radio Show” is offering FREE interviews for any businesses in the southern Utah area. To schedule a time to be on the show call Greg Spackman at 435-668-2517 or 1-800-914-9681.  

For more information about this opportunity, contact Paul Bulkley at 435-879-4264, or Jon Bingham 435-632-4759.

Dixie State's Weekly Dixie Forum Series Makes 2009-10 Debut With Presentation on Jewish Customs
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 8, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series makes its 2009-10 debut with a presentation on Jewish customs and traditions by Rabbi Lenore Bohm. The Forum will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 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.

Rabbi Bohm will lead a discussion on the Jewish High Holy Days, which present a unique opportunity to Jewish people to reflect, repair and renew in the season associated with creation. Rabbi Bohm will speak about the prayers and customs that define the High Holy Days and how this season helps those of the Jewish faith remember what most makes their lives matter.

“In the course of several weeks of intensified prayer, giving of charity, introspection and repentance, we seek to return to God and our best selves through time-honored rituals and traditions,” Rabbi Bohm said of the High Holy Days.

Rabbi Bohm was one of the first 50 women rabbis ordained in the United States, having been ordained from the Hebrew Union College in 1982, and has since served the Jewish community of San Diego, Calif. She is a popular speaker and teacher on many aspects of Jewish life and has authored numerous articles, which have been published in books and magazines nationally. Rabbi Bohm is a certified Spiritual Director and Retreat Leader and has worked in many interfaith settings. She and her husband live part-time in Ivins, Utah, and she advises Beit Chaverim, the Jewish Community of Southern Utah.

The Dixie Forum will continue each Tuesday through the rest of the fall semester. Upcoming guest speakers include DSC associate professor Joe Green, who will speak on “President Obama & the Constitution” on Tuesday, Sept. 22; and Daphne Selbert, DSC Dean and Director of the Val A. Browning Library, who will present “The Oil is not for Drinking: A View of the Modern United Arab Emirates” on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu, or Dr. Ami Jo Comeford at 435-652-7826 or at acomeford@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Bi-Monthly Business Ethics Forum Series Returns for 2009-10 With Debut Presentation Sept. 10
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 3, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business will kick off its 2009-10 bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum series next Thursday, Sept. 10, featuring a presentation by R. Neil Walter, managing director at NAI Utah Southern Region, entitled “Real Estate Investment & Ethics.”

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.

Along with his duties at NAI Utah, Mr. Walter is a part-time instructor at DSC. He graduated with a B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1975, and earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The series will continue Sept. 24, with Drew Heaps, who is the manager of the St. George Holiday Inn Resort. In addition, McArthur Jewelers owner Tom McArthur will address the forum Oct. 1; Travis Wilkinson, owner of Wilkinson Electric, will speak Oct. 22; Custom Fit director Kelle Stephens will present to the forum Nov. 5; and management consultant Carol Leavitt will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation Nov. 19.

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.

“We have a great slate of speakers and we look forward to having the students, businessmen and women, and the community come out to attend these forums,” Huddleston said.

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,” said Huddleston. “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 Announces New Board of Trustees Members
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 3, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah announced Tuesday the first three of four new appointments to its Board of Trustees. The new board members were approved this summer by former Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., followed by formal confirmation by the Utah State Senate.

Selected for four-year terms on the board are Kathie Thayne, who replaces outgoing board member Vicki Wilson; Jon Pike, who replaces D. Williams “Bill” Ronnow; and Elisabeth Rhodes Bingham, who replaces Shawn Southwick-King. In addition, a fourth new DSC Trustee, replacing outgoing Trustee Christopher A. Roybal, will be announced just prior to the first scheduled DSC Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, Sept. 18.

The new trustees will join DSC Trustees Dr. Shandon D. Gubler, Chair; David H. Jeppson; Washington County School District Superintendent Dr. Max H. Rose; DSC Alumni Association President Connor Shakespeare; and Steven D. Caplin, who was reappointed for a second four-year term on the board. Additionally, DSC student-body president Dewey Denning will serve as a voting member of the Trustees during his year-long term.

Thayne, who was born in Provo, Utah, and raised in northern California, recently retired as the Chief Executive Officer for the Huntsman World Senior Games, a position she held from 1995 to 2008. Thayne was responsible for the management of all aspects of the Games, which included 22 sport competitions and 96 sporting events. Under her leadership, the Games grew to host almost 9,000 participants to become the premier and largest annual senior sporting event in the world. Thayne continues to serve on the Games Board of Trustees. In addition, she has held numerous positions on other civic boards, including the St. George Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors for four years and was named the Chamber’s “Executive of the Year” in 1999. Thayne was also part of the Health and Wellness Coalition under former Utah Governor Michael Leavitt, and served as Utah State Coordinator on the Board for the National Senior Games Organization for 13 years. Thayne attended the University of Utah and the New York School of Interior Design. She and her husband, Gary, have been married for 40 years and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

Pike, who currently serves as a St. George city councilmember, has spent the last 17 years working for Intermountain Healthcare. One of the highlights of his career has been working as project manager for the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s River Road campus, the largest building project ever undertaken in Washington County. Currently he works as SelectHealth’s Market Director for the Southwest Utah Region and also for Dixie Regional over facilities management and development. Pike is the past chair of the St. George Chamber of Commerce Board, and also serves as chair of the St. George Arts Commission, as well as on the boards of the Children’s Justice Center and the Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic. Pike, who hails from Salt Lake City, earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance at the University of Utah and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He and his wife, Kristy, are the parents of five children.
 
Bingham is a noted humanitarian and patron of the arts. She is the co-founder of the Alliance for Youth Service, a non-profit international humanitarian aid organization for LDS teens that works in over ten different countries. She is also the co-founder of the Ashby Foundation that provides educational and employment assistance to the people of Cape Verde, West Africa. These two organizations, together, have provided more than 200,000 hours of community service. Bingham is active in the community. She currently serves on the Dixie State College National Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors at Tuacahn. She has also served as a board member for Dixie’s Sear’s Art Invitational and has been involved in other community positions including Fine Arts Commissioner for the city of Cupertino, Calif. Bingham loves music and was a member of the Grammy Award winning, Saints Unified Voices choir conducted by Gladys Knight. She has sung with Lieto, a local community choir and currently is a member of the Southern Utah Heritage Choir. She has moonlighted as a viola and violin teacher and played in many community orchestras. Bingham is a Cum Laude graduate of BYU and holds a Master of Education degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. She and her husband are the parents of four children.

Dixie State College’s Board of Trustees is the institution’s governing board, appointed by the Governor and approved by the Utah State Senate, and acts as a liaison between the college and the community. In addition, the Board of Trustees assists and approves the college’s mission, traditions, strategic planning, policies, budgets, new degree programs and honorary degrees. The Trustees are also involved in alumni relations and fundraising.


Dixie State to Host Utah Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Spring Conference
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – September 3, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah has been chosen to host the 2010 Utah Academy of Science, Arts and Letters (UASAL) spring conference. The conference, which will feature a series of addresses and plenary lectures, will be held on Friday, April 9, on the DSC campus.

According to Dr. Erin O’Brien, DSC Assistant Professor of Biology and UASAL Biology Chair, the conference will be divided into two sessions, with the morning session consisting of a series of addresses, culminating with the Tanner lecture, which the entire community is welcome to attend. She added that during the afternoon portion of the conference, participants will break in to sessions where faculty, researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students will give oral and poster presentations of their research.

“The fact that Dixie State College is hosting the conference is a big deal and a fantastic opportunity for the college, its students and the community at large,” O’Brien said. “Generally our attendees are from Utah, but we have had presenters from foreign countries as well as other states.”

As part of the privilege of hosting the UASAL conference, DSC President Stephen D. Nadauld was presented with an original painting commissioned by the Utah Academy to celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2008. This painting now travels to each member institution that hosts the annual Academy conference in the year leading up to that conference.

The painting, entitled “Polymath,” created by locally and nationally-renowned artist Chris Young, will be on loan to DSC through April of 2010, at which time UASAL officials will award DSC with a high-quality print of the painting, while the original will presented to the institution hosting the 2011 conference.

“The wonderful thing about this conference is that it’s very collegial and provides a friendly atmosphere for students to make their first professional presentation and to receive statewide attention for their work,” O’Brien added. “Students interested in graduate school or professional school often make important contacts at the conference if they are interested in continuing their schooling in Utah.”

For more information on the 2010 UASAL conference, please contact DSC assistant professor of Biology Dr. Erin O’Brien at 435-652-7761 or at obrien@dixie.edu. Information on UASAL may also be found at www.utahacademy.org.


Dixie College Foundation Receives $25,000 Anonymous Scholarship Gift
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 26, 2009) The Dixie College Foundation received a $25,000 scholarship gift from an anonymous donor, which will be used to fund Single Parent Scholarships at Dixie State College. Dixie Foundation President Randy Wilkinson and Foundation Vice President of Community Awareness, Dale Larkin, presented the check to DSC President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld late last week.

According to DSC Alumni Director Kalynn Larson, the scholarship gift will have a bigger impact this year than ever before. She added that with preliminary enrollment numbers indicating one of the largest increases in school history, coupled with the current economic climate, student need of financial assistance is greater than ever before.

“The generosity of alumni, friends and community is really appreciated,” Larson said. “Their support does make a huge difference in the lives of our students, especially in these challenging times. Enrollment continues to grow and providing a top-notch education to our Dixie students is a big job. Donors that can see this need and donate to help others are very special. We truly appreciate them.”

Potential students wishing to receive more information or to apply for financial assistance through the Single Parent Scholarship fund should contact Sue Perschon in the DSC Financial Aid office at 435-652-7578 or at sperschon@dixie.edu.

DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents New Fall Exhibit
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 26, 2009) The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College of Utah Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center will present a new fall exhibit, featuring a number of mediums and subjects, which will be on display in both the Gallery and the Fine Arts Center Grand Foyer. The exhibit, which is free to the public, will open Friday, Sept. 18, and will run Monday-through-Friday through Nov. 20, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

In addition, a special Art Talk forum, highlighting the featured artists in the exhibit, will be held in the Gallery on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. The forum is free for the public to attend.

Inside the Gallery, DSC will present a number of watercolor selections from its permanent art collection, along with several recent acquisitions. In addition, longtime DSC art professor Glen Blakley will share various ceramic pieces he has created over his career from his special collection.

On display in the Eccles Fine Arts Center Grand Foyer will be a pair of thought-provoking exhibits by local artist Pamala Bird and photographer Ernesto Perez.

Bird’s exhibit, entitled “Feminine Archetypes Around the World and Through the Ages,” will provide a fresh, empowering perspective in femininity through the use of cast paper. Created by the vision of a contemporary woman, who has been profoundly impacted by her study of the art and mythology of the archetypal feminine in ancient cultures.

Bird designs her pieces by creating latex molds, making the paper pulp in her kitchen blender from cotton linters, followed by casting the pieces. She then “patinates” the pieces with acrylics and oil washes.

“There is a great deal of time invested in sculpting each piece, in addition to the time invested in research and design,” Bird said. “I use some of each particular culture’s art styles and iconography, and the attributes to each individual goddess, but I have also added my own vision.”

Perez will present his photographic display entitled “Footprints of Humanity,” which according to Sears Art Musuem Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz, is timely, fresh and new. “Footprints” features 20 images taken in St. George and surrounding areas, which depict places that have somehow become invisible to the common eyes, while illustrating what has been discharged and left behind.
 
“What drives my work as an artist is the search of the perfect lighting conditions to capture the essence of these sites,” Perez said. “The final objective is to deliver a message that is able to move our emotions of what these places were and are about. They also show how our new ambitions have buried the past.”

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


Dixie State Cultural Arts Announces 2009-10 Perforamnce Series Season
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 21, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Cultural Arts program has announced its 2009-10 Performance Series season, which includes at least 75 instrumental, choral, theatre and dance programs held in the state-of-the-art Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center on the DSC campus.

For the second-straight season, Dixie State is offering a DSC Fine Arts Season Pass (excluding dance), giving patrons access to all DSC theatre productions, along with all instrumental and vocal concerts, for the 2009-10 season. The DSC Fine Arts Season Pass is available for $99 per patron, an $85 savings over the regular box office single-event ticket price.

In addition, a season Theatre-Only pass is available for $40 for adults ($14 savings), $30 ($24 savings) for senior and youth ages 6-17, while a season Music-Only pass may be purchased for $85, a savings of $65 over the regular box office single-event ticket price.

DSC’s theatre department will stage four major productions this season, beginning with John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine,” running Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 6-10, in the Black Box Theater, followed by the production of the Tony Award-nominated “A Year with Frog and Toad,” Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 17-21 in the Mainstage Theater. The theatre program will also present Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in the Mainstage Theater March 1-6, and will wrap up the year with Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alan Boublil’s 11-time Tony Award-winning hit “Miss Saigon” April 8-10 and April 12-17 in the Black Box Theater.

DSC will offer a number of vocal and instrumental concerts and recitals this season, featuring Dixie’s talented students and faculty. DSC’s Symphony Band and Symphony Orchestra will each perform four times this season, which also includes multiple performances from a number of instrumental ensembles. Patrons can also enjoy DSC’s talented choral ensemble in four concert events in 2009-10, along with several faculty and student recitals throughout the season, while DSC’s dance department will present a pair of concert events to be held in December and April.

In addition to the concert events, DSC’s Sears Art Museum Gallery will host several art exhibits this upcoming season, highlighted by the 23rd 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, from Feb. 13-through-March 28, 2010. The Museum Gallery’s season will also include four more exhibits showcasing the talents of the area and region’s best artists, including a special DSC Showcase April 8-through-May 6, 2010, featuring works created by Dixie students, faculty and alumni.

For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”
 

Dixie State College to Host Second-Annual College Convocation on August 30
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 20, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld is formally inviting all DSC students to attend the Second-Annual College Convocation on Sunday, August 30, at 7 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 an inspirational address from President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to kick off the academic year. In addition, a number of St. George-area clergy representatives will be in attendance, along with local government leaders, DSC administration and Board of Trustees. The program will also include inspirational songs and performances by students and faculty from DSC’s Cultural Arts department.

“President Eyring has a special love for young people, and vast experience in education,” President Nadauld said. He has been an inspirational teacher, an outstanding leader, and a trusted advisor. This will be a great opportunity for Dixie State College students to hear from a superb educator whose counsel and insight will prepare them well for the coming academic year.”

President Nadauld introduced this new tradition last year as a way to begin establishing a four-year culture at Dixie and hopes the convocation will be a permanent fixture on the campus for years to come. He noted that these types of non-denominational gatherings go on at other college campuses throughout the country and have an inspirational flavor to them.

President Henry B. Eyring was named as First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 2008. Previously, he had served as Second Counselor in the First Presidency to President Gordon B. Hinckley since October 6, 2007. He was named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 1, 1995, having previously served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since October 3, 1992.

President Eyring had served as Commissioner of Church Education since September of 1992. He previously served as First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric from 1985 to 1992, and as Church Commissioner of Education from 1980 to 1985, and also from 1992 to 2005.
President Eyring was president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, from 1971 to 1977. He was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University from 1962 to 1971.

He holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Utah and Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration degrees from Harvard University. President Eyring is married to the former Kathleen Johnson, and they are the parents of four sons and two daughters.

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

Dixie State College Set to Welcome Back Students
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 18, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah officially begins its 2009 fall semester classes this Monday, August 24, but students will get their first taste of the Dixie Spirit a couple of days early. This weekend 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. “This is an exciting time of the year for the entire campus and these activities are designed to band the campus together and to invigorate the ‘Dixie Spirit’ in all of us. We are going to have a great year and this week really sets the tone for us.”

WOW Week festivities get underway this Friday with the first-annual “New Student Kickoff,” beginning at 11 a.m. The “Kickoff,” designed to welcome and acclimate new students to Dixie, will feature a special assembly at the Cox Auditorium, followed by a special lunch and networking event with DSC professors and instructors beginning at 12:15 at the fountain. From 2-7 p.m., new students will have an opportunity to buy books, pay tuition and other fees, visit the Val A. Browning Library, and tour the campus and find classrooms. In addition, each department on campus will be holding classroom receptions at various campus locations. The Friday night activities will conclude with a dinner on the Encampment Mall from 7-9 p.m., followed by a special DSCSA outdoor activity from 9-11 p.m.

Saturday’s full slate of events starts bright and early at Hansen Stadium with the Second-Annual President’s Welcome Back 5-kilometer Fun Run/Walk. The 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.

Registration forms for the event are available at the DSC campus and online at www.dixie.edu. In addition, the first 250 entrants will receive a free t-shirt as early registration is encouraged, though entries will be accepted on race day. 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 Athletics Announces New In-House Broadcasting Agreement
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ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 17, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s intercollegiate athletics radio and television broadcasts will have a new address beginning this season as the DSC Communication Department’s Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation (CMI) will serve as the broadcast home for all Red Storm sports. The formal announcement comes less than two weeks before Dixie State’s football opener vs. Adams State slated for Thursday, Aug. 27, at Hansen Stadium at 7 p.m.

The new radio home of DSC athletics will be 103.1 KURR-FM, which is currently a 2,000-watt commercial radio station with coverage throughout southern Utah and southern Nevada. CMI has partnered with Simmons Media Group, which owns KURR, for use of the frequency through a local management agreement. KURR-FM is licensed to Hurricane City, with tower and antenna on Seegmiller Mountain on the Arizona Strip south of St. George.

In addition to the radio coverage, CMI will also provide live streaming audio of all DSC athletic events through the internet, while D-TV (formerly KCEC-The Community Education Channel) will continue to televise Red Storm home athletic events on a taped-delay basis.

“We look at Dixie State College as a brand we can promote,” says CMI director and DSC Assistant Communication Professor Phil Tuckett. “We now have the control to promote that brand and make DSC and coverage of DSC athletics the best it can be.”

John Potter, who has served as the voice of the St. George Roadrunners for the past three seasons and handled play-by-play duties for DSC women’s basketball and baseball in 2008-09, will assume the role as the lead play-by-play announcer for DSC football, men’s basketball and baseball, in addition to his current role in the DSC Athletic Department. Meanwhile Tuckett, who played football at DSC in the 1960’s and recently retired after a near 40-year career at NFL Films, will serve as the radio color analyst for football.

On the television side, Paul Bulkley, who has 10 years of sports broadcasting experience and serves as general manager and program director for DSC radio, will take over the play-by-play duties for the D-TV broadcasts. Bulkley will be joined on the television broadcasts by current DSC communication student Andrew Spainhower, who will be one of the many DSC students who will be gaining valuable hands-on experience through the educational mission of the CMI program.

“One of the advantages we enjoy is that we are able to control the production of the broadcasts and give our students practical application of the skills they’re learning in the classroom,” Tuckett said.

Tuckett added that the long-term goal is to have an all-sports radio station at DSC, complete with games, coaches shows and sports talk programs, which will be interspersed with coverage of campus and community events.

“Dixie State Athletics is proud of our affiliation with CMI and the role they will play in the overall development of our media outlets,” DSC Athletic Director Dexter Irvin said. “I can foresee a ‘Red Storm’ network of stations and outlets powered by our affiliation with CMI.

“To be able to put our television and radio with one entity strengthens our objectives of electronic media availability,” Irvin continued. “CMI possess the capability to handle all of our electronic media needs unlike anyone in the area, and we are counting on them as great partners in our future.”

DSC athletics had been a staple on KDXU 890 AM for over two decades before the current contract expired this past spring. Tuckett, along with his CMI staff and DSC athletic representatives, approached the two major radio companies in the area with the hopes of creating a partnership with CMI. Tuckett noted, however, that a conclusive agreement could not be reached.

“Our intent was to give the other stations in the area a chance to partner in this endeavor,” Tuckett said. “Our short-term goal was to create a joint partnership. However we do have the resources to take over the radio and television broadcasts, which was our long term goal.”

Tuckett went on to say that the plan is to program KURR to be a full-service, community access radio station managed by DSC. The station will have the capabilities to broadcast live from various events around the DSC campus and the community, meaning that community members and businesses can contract for blocks of time to broadcast topical and educational programs.
 
“We’re excited and eager to launch into something that we had eventually planned to do in the near future,” says Tuckett. “KURR is a college community station that can bring both entities together and I feel this is a step in the right direction.”
 

DSC/CEBA Receives $95K Congressional Appropriation for Rural Entrepreneurs
(KANAB, Utah – August 12, 2009) The United States Department of Education awarded $95,000 to Dixie State College of Utah and The Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA) in Kane County through a congressionally-directed grant to develop innovative training initiatives to assist rural entreprenuers in establishing and advancing their businesses. A blended learning approach to instruction, which includes combined on-line and in-person instruction, and communication for entrepreneurs will enable those who are in remote areas to participate in training programs.  
 
CEBA is the driving force behind this project, which is intended to provide information that will be of value to all entrepreneurs as well as specialized training in area such as art, writing and animal care. The long-term goal of the project is the coming together of e-learning and e-commerce technologies with education and business experts and entrepreneurs, which will enable rural businesses to succeed and compete on local, national and international levels.  Curriculum development and website design are underway. Training is scheduled to begin in January 2010.

“In rural counties, a large part of economic development is entrepreneurship,” says Daniel W. Hulet, Chair of the Kane County Commission and the CEBA Governing Board. “Employment opportunities typically occur not with 20, 50 or 100 employees, but with two, five or nine.  In Kane County, 42 percent of businesses have fewer than 20 employees.”
 
While centered in Kane County, this grant has a regional focus and will enable entrepreneurs in ten counties and three states to participate in training programs. The counties include Garfield, Beaver, San Juan, Iron and Washington counties in Utah; Coconino and Mohave counties in Arizona; and Clark and Lincoln counties in Nevada.
 
Dixie State College contracted with Ed Meyer, who owns a rural consulting firm out of Kanab, to serve as the Project Coordinator of this initiative. He will work in conjunction with the Dixie Business Alliance, the Utah Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Dixie State College Udvar-Hazy School of Business and other regional partners to facilitate the development and delivery of services to area entrepreneurs. In addition, Ray Spencer, who represents the SBDC in Kane County, will also play a vital role in outreach, administration and marketing.  

“One of the greatest challenges faced by entrepreneurs in small rural communities is that they are isolated from the information they need to succeed. At the same time, they cannot afford the time or expense of traveling to more populated centers where resources are more available,” Meyer said. “Our goal is to collaborate with partners throughout the region to deliver specialized training in more effective ways.”
 
Established in 2006, CEBA was created to encourage economic development in Kane County and the surrounding region and represents a partnership between local governments, education, industry and the community. For more information, contact Len Erickson at the Dixie Business Alliance at 435-652-7752 or at ericksonl@dixie.edu.
 

Dixie State College to Host Second-Annual President's Welcome Back 5K Fun Run/Walk August 22nd
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – August 10, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld is challenging the College and St. George-area community to try and beat him to the finish line as DSC will host the Second-Annual President’s Welcome Back 5-kilometer Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, August 22, 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.

In addition, all departments and faculty and staff associations are invited to put teams together for a special “Tour de Dixie” competition. Scored like a cross country meet, the team that completes the course first wins a special prize.

Registration forms for the event are available at the DSC campus, and at a number of community centers and businesses, and online at www.dixie.edu. In addition, the first 250 entrants will receive a free t-shirt as early registration is encouraged, though entries will be accepted on race day.

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 Athletics and Dixie Athletic Club to Host Third-Annual Hall of Fame Scholarship Golf Tournament at Sunbrook August 29th
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – July 30, 2009) Dixie State College Athletics and The Dixie Athletic Club is hosting the Third-Annual DSC Hall of Fame/Dixie Athletic Club Cup Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at the Sunbrook Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit DSC student-athletes and athletic scholarships.

The tournament will be played in a four-person scramble format with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., with check-in beginning at 7 a.m. Cost is $150 per player/$500 per team, which includes green fees, cart, and lunch. In addition, there will be tee prizes, games, drawings and prizes for the top-three teams.

“We are excited about many things involving the Dixie Athletic Club this upcoming year, one of them being our Dixie Athletic Club Golf Tournament during our Hall of Fame weekend,” said 2009-10 Dixie Athletic Club president Vasu Mudliar. “This is an awesome opportunity for everyone to come meet and support our wonderful coaches and student athletes at Dixie State.”

The tournament will cap an exciting weekend of events, beginning with the Dixie State Red Storm home football opener vs. Adams State on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., at Hansen Stadium. The following evening, Friday, Aug. 28, DSC will induct five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame, and retire the jersey of former DSC football great Scott Brumfield, at a special banquet at 6 p.m., in the DSC Old Gymnasium. For more information on DSC Athletics Hall of Fame weekend events, please contact the DSC athletic department at 435-652-7524.

Registration for the tournament is currently underway, while a number of sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to register, contact Ali Threet in the DSC Athletics Community Engagement office at 435-879-4275 or visit www.dixieathletics.com.

Dixie State College to Host Art Talk Featuring Local Artist Heather Schwartz
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – July 23, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Sears Art Museum Gallery will host a special “Art Talk” forum, featuring artist and St. George native Heather May Schwartz, on Thursday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m., in the Gallery inside the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
 
Schwartz, who is a Dixie College alumnus, will discuss her exhibit entitled “Life at Guantanamo Bay,” which is currently on display in the lobby of the Eccles Fine Arts Center. Schwartz and her family recently returned from Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba, where they lived for the past six years.
 
After residing at GTMO for a short time, Schwartz found her niche and became a well-known local artist in the community. She has painted many commissioned-works and created a substantial amount of local-themed paintings to sell to the residents of the Naval Base as mementos. After a couple of years of residing at GTMO, Heather began teaching Elementary Art for the Department of Defense Education Activity at W.T. Sampson Elementary School. She also was the department head for the Gifted Education Program.
 
Over the years, Schwartz’s paintings have reflected much of the life, traditions, and landscape of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and its residents. The people of GTMO are as unique as the scenery. The atmosphere is leisurely and reminiscent of small town life. Everyone knows everyone and watch out for each other.

The “Life at Guantanamo Bay” exhibit will be on display Monday-through-Thursday through Sept. 10, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information the forum or the exhibit, please contact Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of the DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery, at 435-652-7909.


Dixie State College Student Jim Nielsen Wins National Title at FBLA-PBL Competition
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – July 20, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah student Jim Nielsen recently claimed a national title at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) competition held last month in Anaheim, Calif.

Nielsen, a junior integrated studies major from St. George, claimed top honors in the national team website competition, in which he alone outlasted teams of three-to-four programmers representing all 50 states. Nielsen won the award for his work and designs on DSC’s PBL chapter website, which included newslinks, calendars, photo galleries and alumni pages.

“Jim did a great job representing Dixie State College,” said DSC assistant professor and PBL adviser Nate Staheli. “His hard work and intelligence allowed him to compete and ultimately claim the national title. He is the epitome of our Dixie students and is a great example of what our students can do with our continued support.”

The award was part of a comprehensive competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL. Individuals, state teams, and local chapters were encouraged to compete in any of the over 50 different events representing a wide range of activities and the business and leadership development focus of FBLA-PBL. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of 250,000 students and advisers and represent some of the best and brightest of today’s youth.
 
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest and oldest student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in 12,000 chartered middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Va., just outside Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.fbla-pbl.org.

Dixie State College Receives Conservation Bookshelf
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – June 22, 2009) Treasured objects and artifacts held by Dixie State College of Utah will be preserved for future generations with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

Having access to professional information will be invaluable to the progress of projects we are undertaking to protect and conserve Dixie State’s permanent art collection,” said Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of DSC’s Sears Art Museum Gallery. “We appreciate the efforts and generosity of the Bookshelf Grant in recognizing the need to carefully and correctly preserve our heritage and culture.”  

“When IMLS launched this initiative to improve the dire state of our nation’s collections, we understood that the materials gathered for the Bookshelf would serve as important tools for museums, libraries, and archives nationwide,” said Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of IMLS. “We were both pleased and encouraged by the overwhelming interest of institutions prepared to answer the call to action, and we know that with their dedication, artifacts from our shared history will be preserved for future generations.”

Dixie State College will receive this essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for the care of its collections. The IMLS Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries' special collections, with an added selection of texts for zoos, aquaria, public gardens, and nature centers. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.

The IMLS Bookshelf is a crucial component of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a conservation initiative that the Institute launched in 2006. IMLS began the initiative in response to a 2005 study it released in partnership with Heritage Preservation, A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections. The multi-faceted, multi-year initiative shines a nationwide spotlight on the needs of America’s collections, especially those held by smaller institutions, which often lack the human and financial resources necessary to adequately care for their collections. Click here for more information on the Connecting to Collections initiative.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.  
 

Dixie State College Business Students Record Top Marks at International DECA Competition
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ST. GEORGE, Utah – June 9, 2009) Members of Dixie State College of Utah’s chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi recently returned from a successful trip to the DECA International Business competition held in Anaheim, Calif. The students competed against other college and university students in the areas of marketing, management, finance, law, hospitality and entrepreneurship.  

In all, five DSC students advanced to the final round of the competition, with two students posting top-three overall showings. Robert Sinnott, a senior from Woodbridge, Va., claimed top honors in the National Management Institute event, while Dani Harter, a junior from Las Vegas, Nev., followed with a third-place overall finish. In addition, Michael Sheffield, a sophomore from St. George, was a finalist in the Sales Representative event, while Blair Thorpe, a junior from Malad City, Idaho, and Wiley McArthur, a senior from St. George, were finalists in the Business to Business team marketing event.  

“We’re extremely pleased with the success of our DSC business students at this prestigious competition,” said Dr. Philip Lee, chair of DSC’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business. “Our students placed as finalists or above in their respective events at more than double the national average. It’s a great indication of the quality of our students, faculty, and programs here at Dixie State College.”  

In addition to the awards received by DSC students, Dr. Lee was honored as the retiring chair of the DECA National Post-secondary Advisory Council and recognized for 30 years of service to the organization.

Dixie State College Theatre Program Set to Debut "The Comedy Storm" for Summer Season
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – June 8, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Theatre Department will be one of the many campus programs hard at work during the summer season, thanks in part to the launch of “The Comedy Storm,” a new summer theater series to be housed in the Laboratory Theater in the Eccles Fine Arts Center.

The debut season will include three comedies, Black Comedy, Lend Me A Tenor and A Bedfull of Foreigners. The productions will be presented in repertory, with Black Comedy and A Bedfull of Foreigners on Thursday and Friday evenings, respectively, and Lend Me a Tenor on Saturday and Monday nights.

The productions will open on Thursday, June 18th and will run through Saturday, July 18th. The three weekend shows will start nightly at 7:30 p.m., while the Monday shows will begin at 5:00 p.m.

According to DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport, the department has been working to create a niche market in between Tuachan, the Neil Simon Festival and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He noted that “The Comedy Storm” will feature light comedies, perfect for a summer evening’s entertainment, and will offer an early evening performance on Mondays that will give patrons plenty of time to drive out and see Tuacahn’s production of Annie.

“We have been discussing this for some time and we now have the resources and support to make it happen,” said Davenport. “Dixie State College theatre had a very successful year and as a way to keep our momentum and add to our students’ experience, we are excited to launch this program.”
 
“The Comedy Storm” will consist of a company of about 15 actors and technicians, each of whom will have multiple roles or assignments. “The actor who is in a leading role one night may be the props master or stage manager the next night,” said Davenport. “Summer stock theatre is a great way to find out if you really have a passion for the work and to develop a better understanding of how all the elements of theatre work together.”

The shows will be under the direction of Michael Harding and Varlo Davenport, DSC theatre faculty members, and Andrew Hunsaker. Hunsaker is the performance instructor at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, both he and Mr. Harding have appeared many times at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Tickets are available now for just $10. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

"Return to Little Hollywood" Set to Premiere June 17
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – June 2, 2009) “Return to Little Hollywood,” a new documentary about the film industry’s history in southern Utah, will premiere at the Crescent Moon Theatre in Kanab, Utah, on Wednesday, June 17, 2009.
 
Co-sponsored by Dixie State College of Utah and Kane County’s Center for Education, Business, and the Arts (CEBA), the 38-minute film has been created to promote Kanab and Kane County to production companies and other potential investors from the entertainment industry.
 
The scenic landscape that surrounds Kanab has long been a favorite for motion picture production. Since the 1920s, hundreds of feature films and television programs have been made there, most notably “Western Union,” “Buffalo Bill,” and Clint Eastwood’s classic western “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” as well as the long-running TV series “Gunsmoke” and “Have Gun, Will Travel.” For this reason, Kanab is often referred to as “Utah’s Little Hollywood.”
 
“Kanab has an amazing past,” said the film’s director, Stephen B. Armstrong, an assistant professor of English at Dixie State College of Utah. “As remote as this area used to be, it managed to attract some of Hollywood’s greatest talent. Movie stars like Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Dean Martin, Maureen O’Hara and James Garner made movies out here. World-class directors like Fritz Lang, John Sturges and Clint Eastwood worked out here, too. It really was a ‘Little Hollywood.’”
 
“Return to Little Hollywood” provides audiences with the opportunity to view footage of locations and sets used in past movie and television productions. It also includes interviews with county residents who participated in these productions, as well as interviews with local officials, historians and several Hollywood professionals, including the actors Clint Walker and Harry Carey, Jr.
 
Christina Schultz served as the documentary’s executive producer. She is Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Dixie State College and Chair of CEBA’s Governing Board. Schultz recruited veteran Utah newsman Dick Nourse to help with the project.
 
The documentary has presented several opportunities for DSC students to gain valuable work experience. Students pursuing the digital film track in the College’s communication department have assisted the producers during shooting, while professional & technical writing students from the College’s English department have developed promotional materials, such as brochures, packaging covers and publicity kits.
 
English student Charles Cornwall designed the website for the production. “It’s been great utilizing the skills I’ve learned in the classroom,” Cornwall said.
 
“Return to Little Hollywood” will premiere on June 17 at 7:00 pm at the Crescent Moon Theatre in downtown Kanab. Following this, the documentary’s producers plan to screen the picture throughout the state.
 
For more information regarding “Return to Little Hollywood,” contact Steve Armstrong at (435) 652-7806 or Christina Schultz at (435) 652-7542.


Dixie State College Set to Become a "Good Neighbor" to Arizona and Nevada Residents
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 28, 2008) Thanks to a bill passed by the Utah State Legislature earlier this year, Dixie State College of Utah will position itself as a viable higher education option for residents in northern Arizona and southeastern Nevada.

Beginning this July 1, Utah House Bill No. 364, known as the “Good Neighbor Policy,” potential college students living in any county within a 70-mile radius of the main Dixie State campus in St. George, will be eligible to pay in-state tuition to attend DSC. The new policy covers Clark and Lincoln counties in Nevada, including residents of Mesquite, Logandale and Las Vegas, as well as residents of Mohave and Coconino counties in Arizona.

According to the bill, co-sponsored by Utah state representative Don Ipson and Utah state senator Steve Urquhart, a student attending Dixie State through the policy would pay a per-credit-hour surcharge in addition to the regular DSC resident tuition and fees. The surcharge will be based on a percentage of the price of each in-state credit hour, which will not be less than 70% of an approved per-credit-hour fee.

“There will be a surcharge of $85 per credit for out-of-state students who qualify for the Good Neighbor Policy, along with the regular DSC in-state tuition and fees,” said Frank Lojko, DSC vice president of student services. “For students who want to pursue a degree in our allied health programs, there will be a higher surcharge per credit hour for those cohort programs.”

Lojko noted that even with the total cost of in-state tuition and the surcharge fees, students coming from Arizona and Nevada will still be paying less to attend DSC under the new policy than they would by either staying home to go to college or paying full out-of-state tuition at DSC. Lojko went on to say that DSC’s full slate of allied health programs and new four-year music degree, along with its business and aviation management degree programs, are very attractive options for the students who will benefit from this policy.

“We currently offer the lowest four-year in-state tuition costs in Utah,” Lojko said. “With the federal government increasing Pell grant funding, this financial aid option will help these students cover the majority of their college expenses while attending Dixie State.”
 
In addition to the “Good Neighbor” policy, the bill establishes an “Alumni Legacy” policy, in which children of DSC alumni who live out-of-state could be eligible to attend Dixie State for the in-state tuition price. If a non-resident Dixie alumna has earned at least an associate’s degree at DSC, their children could attend DSC and have the out-of-state portion of the tuition costs waived.

According to Lojko, the Legacy policy was established as a way to recognize DSC’s valued alumni base and promote a continued connection with their alma mater, as well as promote the enrollment of non-resident students with high academic aptitudes.

“The Legacy portion of the bill is a great opportunity for not only Dixie State, but the rest of Utah’s higher education institutions, to re-connect with their alumni base and encourage their children to follow in their footsteps,” said Lojko. “The Legacy component waives out-of-state tuition, but each institution can establish their own surcharges and fees for their individual programs.”

Lojko went on to say that these two policies will help bolster DSC’s already successful recruiting and retaining efforts, in addition to establishing Dixie State as a destination for higher education in the region. The anticipated increase in visibility and enrollment could also mean the addition of two and four-year programs to Dixie’s current slate of academic offerings.

“I see Dixie State College becoming a destination institution for several reasons,” Lojko noted. “DSC is offering more programs and degrees to serve the greater need of our communities and surrounding areas. In addition, we have wonderful and progressive communities within Washington County, along with our climate and outdoor opportunities.”

Currently, Dixie State College students can earn baccalaureate degrees in 12 areas of study, including recently added four-year degrees in accounting, aviation management, communication, dental hygiene, integrated studies and music. Students can also earn bachelor’s degrees in biology, business administration, with emphases in accounting, finance and visual technology, as well as computer & information technology, elementary education, English and nursing.
 
In addition, Dixie State has partnered with Southern Utah University to offer four-year programs in criminal justice, family & consumer science, history education and psychology. Dixie State also offers a wide variety of associate degree and certificate programs, including a number of health science and business as well as a number of adult education opportunities.

Dixie State is home to some of the top allied health science programs in Utah, which are housed in the Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center, a 78,000 square foot facility located on St. George’s Dixie Regional Medical Center’s campus. DSC’s nursing program consistently achieves one of the highest student pass rate among all programs in Utah on the RN licensor exams. Meanwhile, students in Dixie’s dental hygiene program score among the top-10 percent in the nation on board exams, including the fourth-highest pass rate on the 2007 National Board Exam at 93.3 percent. DSC’s dental hygiene program also posted a No. 1 ranking in 2004 and a national runner-up finish in 2006.

For more information about DSC’s “Good Neighbor” and “Alumni Legacy” policies, please contact DSC scholarship coordinator Sue Perschon at 435-652-7578 or at sperschon@dixie.edu.

Dixie State Automotive Technology Program Receives Vehicle Donation From Nissan and Stephen Wade Dealership
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 27, 2009) Students in Dixie State College of Utah’s automotive technology program will have five new top-of-the-line vehicles to train on thanks to generous donations made by Nissan North America and the St. George Stephen Wade Nissan dealership.

The five vehicles donated by Nissan North America include a 2003 Infiniti FX45, 2004 Nissan Titan truck, a 2005 Nissan Frontier truck, a 2006 Infiniti M45 and a 2007 Nissan Sentra. All five vehicles have an approximate value of $135,000.

Program instructor Bill Schouten, who himself is retired from the Nissan Corporation, said that DSC’s automotive department approached Nissan about the possibility of receiving vehicles the company was preparing to move out of its corporate fleet. The department then received word last March that the vehicles would be made available to the College.

“We discussed our need for vehicle donations to keep our fleet of school-owned shop vehicles up-to-date with the latest technological advances in the industry,” Schouten said. “By incorporating these vehicles into our fleet, we will now have current, state-of-the-art automobiles on which to train our students.”

According to Schouten and assistant professor Mel Jensen, the donated vehicles are for student training only and cannot be licensed or operated on public streets, which left the department staff wondering how they would get the automobiles from Pleasanton, Calif., to the DSC campus. However, that problem would be solved thanks to the generosity of Stephen Wade and his son C.J. Wade, who arranged and paid for the expensive transportation of the vehicles from California to St. George.

In addition, C.J. Wade, who is a member of the DSC automotive department’s advisory council, took on the added expense of detailing the vehicles before delivering them to the Dixie campus.

“Our sincere thanks go to Stephen and C.J. Wade and the entire Stephen Wade Nissan dealership for their generosity, we would not have these vehicles here without their help,” Schouten said. “They recognize the need for properly trained technicians for the auto industry and our department is fortunate to have local industry partners like Stephen and C.J. Wade support our program and students.”

For more information on DSC’s automotive technology program, please contact Bill Schouten at 435-652-7859 or at schouten@dixie.edu, or Mel Jensen at 435-652-7853 or at jensenm@dixie.edu.

DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery Presents Dual Summer Art Exhibit Now Through July 31
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 21, 2009) The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College of Utah Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center is currently presenting a dual summer art exhibit, featuring two talented artists from southwestern Utah, including Cedar City’s Fiona Phillips and part-time Apple Valley resident Paul Fuentes. The exhibit is open Monday-through-Thursday through July 31, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

In addition, a special artist reception with refreshments will be held on Friday, May 30, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Gallery. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.

Phillips’ exhibit, entitled “Fiona Phillips: Recollection and Connection,” depicts her work as an exploration into the place of memory in regards to identity within the family, and the “snap-shot” photograph as a mediator, linking past and present. She has been working on a series of oil paintings depicting memories of her mother, including reflections that were jogged by rereading old letters and enjoying old photos she and her mother shared over the years. The richness of those slices of memory are seen in visions of hand embroidered linens blowing in the summer breeze, perfect hued flowers, and patterns reminiscent of times gone by. Standing back for a moment, a viewer, not surprisingly, may find themselves remembering vignettes of their own childhood.

Phillips, who has been painting since she was a senior in high school, currently serves as an adjunct professor at Southern Utah University. She earned her MA in Painting from Cal State Dominguez Hills and an MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Art. Before moving to Utah, Phillips worked and exhibited throughout California, and has participated in numerous national, state and regional juried shows, including shows at the St. George Art Museum.

Fuentes will present his works in an exhibit titled “Paul Fuentes: Celebrating 91 Years Here…and There.” Still going strong at age 91, Fuentes captures his enthusiastic observations with retrospection in his studio and en plein air. His landscapes evince his native love of the land whether his medium is pen and ink, or oil. The landscapes are dramatically lit with well-placed strokes of light and dark. Some maintain a small-scale intimacy and other are large and place the viewer within the space. He is most likely successful in these endeavors, since he can watch the light, details, and juxtaposed majesty of the views outside his window of views of Zion National Park.

Fuentes also frequents Sedona, Ariz., where he spends a week each year painting and chatting with gallery patrons at the Showcase Gallery in Tlaquepaque. In addition, his works can be seen at the annual Dixie Invitational Art Show on the DSC campus, and he is represented by DeZion Gallery in Springdale, Utah, and the NoHo Gallery in North Hollywood, Calif.

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

DSC Communication Department Receives $145K Donation From Simmons Media Group
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 7, 2009) The Dixie State College of Utah communication department has announced a partnership with Simmons Media Group that will help provide practical and hands-on experience to DSC students interested in broadcasting.

The partnership announcement, highlighted by a $145,000 donation from Simmons Media Group, coincided with the DSC communication department’s debut of a new classical music FM station, KXDS Dixie’s Classical 91, which began airing this past April 15. KXDS Dixie’s Classical 91 is currently broadcasting on a preview basis on FM frequency 103.1 KURR-FM, with plans to move to its permanent frequency home at 91.3 FM in the near future.

Simmons Media Group’s commitment to DSC includes donated equipment, a site lease, use of an on-air frequency and legal costs to make the partnership possible. As part of the partnership, Dixie State will also provide equipment and pay for power and utilities.

“Simmons Media is very pleased to become a partner with Dixie State College in providing quality media resources and experiences for students and listeners in southern Utah,” said Craig Hanson, President and COO of Simmons Media Group. “We look forward to assisting Dixie State with their outstanding mission to create a world class media organization that will prepare students for professional careers while providing exceptional programming and public service opportunities for the listening communities served.  

“We believe that the vision and values of Dixie State’s Media Department are compatible with our desire to create worthy and mutually beneficial relationships,“ Hanson added.

According to Paul Bulkley, general manager of KXDS, Dixie State’s radio broadcasting program will provide students with everyday practical and technical knowledge of a working radio station. He added that students will gain hands-on experience in radio station management, production, promotion and on-air talent enhancement, which includes disc jockey training, along with news and sports reporting.

“This program will give a jumpstart to students seeking careers in broadcasting,” Bulkley said. “The partnership with Simmons Media will enable Dixie State College students to gain real-world experience that they may not have access to at other institutions.”

“The generosity of Simmons Media Group will greatly impact our community and our students,” said Christina Schultz, DSC Vice President of Advancement. “Dixie State’s communication degree is one of the fastest growing four-year programs on this campus and this collaboration will enhance that growth.”

KXDS Dixie’s Classical 91’s broadcast range covers Washington County and most of southwestern Utah, including as far north as Enterprise and Cedar City, along with coverage in Kanab and Mesquite, Nev. In addition, listeners are able to enjoy their classical music favorites online either at home or in the office at http://new.dixie.edu/classical91.

For more information on the new KXDS Dixie’s Classical 91 or to inquire about advertising, please contact general manager Paul Bulkley at 435-879-4264 or at bulkley@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College Theatre Program Announces Summer Season and Auditions
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 4, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Theatre Department will be one of the many campus programs hard at work during the summer season, thanks in part to the launch of “The Comedy Storm,” a new summer theater series to be housed in the Laboratory Theater in the Eccles Fine Arts Center.

According to DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport, the department has been working to create a niche market in between Tuachan, the Neil Simon Festival and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He noted that “The Comedy Storm” will feature light comedies, perfect for summer evening’s entertainment, and will offer an early evening performance on Mondays that will give patrons plenty of time to drive out and see Tuacahn’s production of Annie.

“We have been discussing this for some time and we now have the resources and support to make it happen,” said Davenport. “Dixie State College theatre had a very successful year and as a way to keep our momentum and add to our students’ experience, we are excited to launch this program.”

The debut season will include three comedies, Black Comedy, Lend Me A Tenor and A Bedfull of Foreigners. The productions will be presented in repertory, with Black Comedy and A Bedfull of Foreigners on Thursday and Friday evenings, and Lend Me a Tenor on Saturday and Monday nights. The productions will open on Thursday, June 18th and will run through Saturday, July 18th. The three weekend shows will start nightly at 7:30 p.m., while the Monday shows will begin at 5:00 p.m.

“The Comedy Storm” will consist of a company of about 15 actors and technicians, each of whom will have multiple roles or assignments. “The actor who is in a leading role one night may be the props master or stage manager the next night,” said Davenport. “Summer stock theatre is a great way to find out if you really have a passion for the work and to develop a better understanding of how all the elements of theatre work together.”

For those interested in participating there will be a meeting this Tuesday, May 5th, at 6:00 p.m., in room 156 of the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center. Company members who are not current DSC students will be asked to enroll in a DSC summer theater class. Further details will be discussed at the meeting.

The company will also provide opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to gain advanced training and experience, by creating four student internships. The intern auditions for area high school students will be Friday, May 8th, in room 156 of the DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center. High school students interested in applying for an intern position should contact Varlo Davenport at davenport@dixie.edu <mailto:davenport@dixie.edu>  or 652-7797 to schedule their audition.

The shows will be under the direction of Michael Harding and Varlo Davenport, DSC theatre faculty members, and Andrew Hunsaker. Hunsaker is the performance instructor at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, both he and Mr. Harding have appeared many times at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Tickets are $10. For tickets and further information, please call 435-652-7800 or visit the central campus ticket office at the DSC Avenna Center. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

Dixie State College Confers 1,440 Degrees and Certificates Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 1, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah conferred a total of 1,440 degrees and certificates Friday evening at its 98th-Annual Commencement Exercises held at the Avenna Center Burns Arena.
 
DSC awarded a total of 1,053 degrees, including 231 bachelor degrees, the largest baccalaureate graduating class in school history, along with 822 associate degrees. The 231 four-year degrees conferred was a 51 percent increase from a year ago (153 bachelor’s degrees), while the number of associate degrees awarded was up seven percent from 2007-08. In addition, 387 vocational and technical certificates were awarded, which is 143 more than last year.

United States Congressman Jim Matheson delivered the keynote address to Dixie State’s Class of 2009. Matheson focused his remarks on how education uses technology to empower individuals. He pointed out that many of today’s college majors did not exist 10 years ago, which posed the question of what will today’s students be studying 10 years from now?”
 
“There has never been a time in our history when it was more critical for individuals to invest in themselves through education,” Congressman Matheson said. “Your future, here in St. George, Utah, has never been more closely linked with the futures of the billions of people around the globe.

“Economies and cultures have become intertwined,” Matheson added. “The earth has shrunk to less than five seconds—or the time it takes an email or a text message to reach someone’s cell phone.”
 
Of the record 231 baccalaureate degrees conferred Friday, 140 of the graduates came from three of DSC’s four-year programs – business administration (68), elementary education (38) and communication (34). In all, students earned Bachelor’s degrees in nine of DSC’s 11 four-year programs, including the first-ever class of four graduates in the College’s integrated studies program.
 
Two foreign countries (Mongolia and Peru) and 21 states were represented in the Class of 2009.  Meanwhile, nearly 87 percent of DSC’s graduating class called Utah home (915 students), with 24 of the state’s 29 counties represented, while over two-thirds of those students (631) hailed from Washington County. Female graduates constituted 54 percent of the class, while the class ranged in age from 17 to 61.

This year’s graduating class also featured 44 high school seniors who were awarded an associate degree as part of the Southern Utah Center for Computer, Engineering, and Science Students (SUCCESS) Academy program. The SUCCESS Academy is a state-approved early college high school in partnership with Washington County School District and Dixie State College. This academically rigorous and challenging program provides students the opportunity to earn an associate degree through an on-campus college curriculum while also completing their high school graduation requirements at their boundary high school. The Success Academy on the DSC campus began in the fall of 2006 with 50 10th-grade students, and 44 of those registered students (88%) completed the program to earn their associate degree.
 
Diana Stanley of St. George, who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English, represented DSC’s Baccalaureate class as Valedictorian and speaker, while Angela Watts, a communication major from Sandy, Utah, spoke on behalf of the Associate Degree graduate class as its Valedictorian.
 
In addition to his keynote address, Congressman Matheson was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities. Mrs. Alice Evans Allred, Washington County Commissioner Alan D. Gardner, and State Representative Brad Last, each received Distinguished Citizen awards for their exemplary service to the college and community.

Dixie State College also honored three retiring faculty members, who combined have served for nearly 130 years at the College. Dr. Ronald Garner, the longest tenured faculty member in the Utah System of Higher Education, retired after 54 years of service as a professor of music, along with Dr. Nolan Ashman, who was a psychology professor at DSC for 44 years, and Jay L. Slade, who served as professor in DSC’s graphic communication program for 30 years.
 
Dixie State College Set to Transition to Summer Four-Day Work Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 29, 2009) For the seventh 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 4. The schedule will remain in effect during the summer months through Friday, Aug. 14. The college will resume its regular schedule on Monday, Aug. 17.
 
The majority of college employees will work Monday through Thursday, with offices open 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 in past years, the four-day workweek has saved the college nearly $40,000 in utility expenses annually.
 
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, and security. In addition, DSC’s 2009 summer semester will not be affected by the four-day workweek schedule as all Friday classes throughout term will continue as scheduled.

This year’s summer schedule consists of two five-week blocks, which begin May 18 and June 22 respectively, and an eight-week block that runs from June 1 through July 23. To register for summer courses, call 435-652-7701 or logon at www.dixie.edu/reg.

LDS Church Historian Raymond Kuehne to Address Final 2008-09 DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 29, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will host its final President’s Colleagues of DSC meeting of the 2008-09 academic year, featuring LDS Church historian Raymond Kuehne, this Monday, May 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.

Kuehne will share his presentation, entitled “The LDS Church in Communist East Germany, 1945-1990,” which describes how 6,000 members of the LDS Church remained and practiced their faith in the Soviet-occupied zone that became the German Democratic Republic, following the end of World War II. He will discuss how nowhere else in the world did so many church members, well organized in branches and districts, were able to live under an atheistic, communist government.  

Kuehne’s presentation will also answer questions on what happened to the church members and how the church function in the GDR, and will also review how the church and members adapted to changing conditions over the years. It will provide examples regarding missionary activities, church youth programs, education and employment discrimination, how the church was able to dedicate a temple in 1985, and why missionaries were allowed into the country before the regime collapsed.     
 
Kuehne was born in New York City in 1937, eight years after his parents had immigrated from Germany in 1929, though the family relocated to Salt Lake City during his boyhood years. After serving a mission for the LDS Church in the North German Mission, Kuehne graduated from the University of Utah in 1964 with a BA in History. In 1964-65, he was a Fulbright Fellow at Marburg University in Germany, and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of Virginia in 1965-66. He was employed by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., from 1967 to 1994; and served as a staff director for four National Advisory Boards for diabetes, digestive diseases, kidney and urologic diseases and arthritis for 17 years.  

He retired in 1994, and he and his wife, Genie, moved to St. George in 1995. The English version of Kuehne’s book, “Mormons as Citizens of East Germany, a Documentary History, 1945-1990,” is awaiting publication by the University of Utah Press (the German version was published in Leipzig, Germany in 2008). Kuehne is currently writing a biography of President Henry Burkhardt, East German citizen, president of the LDS Church in East Germany, and the first president of the Freiberg Germany Temple.       

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.

Three to be Honored as Distinguished Citizens at DSC's Commencement Ceremony Friday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 28, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will honor three Washington County residents during the college’s 98th Annual Commencement Exercises this Friday, May 1, in the Avenna Center Burns Arena. Mrs. Alice Evans Allred, Washington County Commissioner Alan Gardner, and Utah State Representative Brad Last, will be recognized as Distinguished Citizens for their exemplary service to DSC and community.
 
Alice Evans Allred’s life has been devoted to education and service. Since her arrival to the St. George area in 1996, opportunities for service have been abundant for Allred to immerse herself in this community, and she has held a wide variety of jobs since her arrival. Following a bout with health issues, she showed her appreciation to those that kept her “glued together” by volunteering in the Dixie Regional Medical Center’s information center. In addition, she keeps in touch with what goes on in Dixie by working as a volunteer in the St. George Chamber of Commerce and has spent time as a docent at the St. George Art Museum.
 
However, Allred will tell you that the love of her service life has been as a member of the Dixie State College Scholarship Associates, who raise money for needy students to attend DSC. The time she spends interviewing and getting to know students as part of the Associates, along with helping the students realize their academic dreams is, in her words, an exciting and exhilarating experience.

All of these jobs add much to her happy life and allow her the ability to keep busy and pay it forward for all that she has been blessed with. Her philosophy is “One day we will all run out of tomorrows, so make the best possible use of each today.”
 
DSC alumnus Alan Gardner will tell you that his Dixie roots run deep as a fifth-generation Washington County resident. Gardner graduated from Dixie High School, attended Dixie College, and after an LDS Mission to Florida, graduated with a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. He has had a life-long involvement with all phases of the cattle business, from ranching to retail meat sales.
 
Gardner is no stranger to service. He is the past president of the Washington County Diabetes Association, the Washington County Cattleman's Association, and the Dixie Jr. Livestock Show, and has served in a variety of leadership positions in his church. In 1994, he was chosen “Republican Man of the Year” for Washington County. The Utah Association of Counties also honored him as outstanding Commissioner of the Year and outstanding Elected Official of the Year. He was also the recipient of the Dale Sowards Award, a national recognition awarded to the county commissioner who has done the most for public lands over a three-year period at the national, state and local levels.
 
Gardner was elected to the Washington County Commission in 1996 and was recently re-elected to his fourth term. As a commissioner he has served as a liaison with Federal and State Public Land Agencies. He has been the lead commissioner dealing with desert tortoise and other endangered species issues in the county. In addition, he currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the Western Interstate Region, the fifteen western states of the National Association of Counties (NACo). He is also serving in his fourth year as  Chairman of the Public Lands Management Subcommittee for NACo. Gardner, along with the other commissioners, have worked hard to keep Washington County one of the most fiscally responsible counties in Utah; and in his opinion “the very best place to live in the world.”
 
Fellow DSC alumnus Brad Last is also a southern Utah native, having been raised in Hurricane, and is a graduate of Hurricane High School.  He attended Dixie College in 1976-77, and following an LDS mission, he completed work on his bachelor’s degree and an MBA at the University of Utah. Following his formal schooling, he worked as an instructor and writer for Wall Street Training Institute, and in the investment and insurance industry for several years.  
 
Last returned to southern Utah in 1991 to help manage Southern Utah Home Care and Hospice, a company that was started by his late father, Dr. Garth Last, M.D., and Betty McDonald, RN. He was instrumental in establishing Home Care and Hospice operations in Las Vegas and Prescott, Ariz., and he is currently the President and CEO of Home Health Services, Inc., the parent company of this small family of Home Care and Hospice companies.
 
Last also serves as president of the Garth B. Last Charitable Foundation, a non-profit company that was created by the McDonald family to honor a beloved friend and business partner. The Foundation provides educational opportunities and helps with health care and related costs for individuals or families without resources.
 
He is a firm believer in the value of education and wanted to get involved in the community. To satisfy this urge he ran for a seat on the Washington County Board of Education in 1994. He served on the Board through 2002 and was the president of the Board in 1999 and 2000. He truly enjoyed the association with administrators, teachers and staff of the Washington County School District and came to appreciate their dedication to students. He remains convinced that it is the best school district in the state.  
 
Last was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2002 and is now serving his fourth term in the House. During his legislative tenure, he has served as the chair of the Health and Human Services Standing and Appropriations Committees and the Public Education Appropriations Committee. In addition, he is now the vice-chair of the House Executive Appropriations Committee, which places him squarely in the middle of the current budget challenges.
 
The Last family loves and is deeply involved with Dixie State College. His wife, Jan, is currently pursuing an elementary education degree, while daughter Sara completed an associate degree last December and daughter Rachel will complete the DSC registered nursing program this December.  

Dixie State’s 2009 commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m., with U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) serving as commencement speaker. Graduates will march from DSC’s Old Gym 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 for adults, $7 for children 12-under. Luncheon tickets are available at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or by call 435-652-7800. For more DSC Commencement information on, please visit “http://new.dixie.edu/commencement.
 
 
Dixie State College to Confer 1,440 Degrees and Certificates Friday Evening
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 27, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will graduate its largest baccalaureate class ever at its 98th Annual Commencement Exercises this Friday, May 1, at 6 p.m., in the Avenna Center Burns Arena.
 
To date, the college is slated to confer a total of 1,053 total degrees, including 231 bachelor degrees, an increase of 51 percent from last year (153 bachelor’s degrees), along with 822 associate degrees, which is up seven percent from 2007-08. In addition, 387 vocational and technical certificates will be awarded, which is 143 more than a year ago.
 
Of the record 231 baccalaureate degrees to be conferred Friday, 140 of the graduates will come from three of DSC’s four-year programs – business administration (68), elementary education (38) and communication (34). In all, students will be graduating in nine of DSC’s 11 bachelor’s degree programs, including the first-ever class of four graduates in the College’s integrated studies program, along with a record 16 from its nursing program and 15 from Dixie’s biology program.
 
Two foreign countries (Mongolia and Peru) and 21 states are represented in the Class of 2009.  Meanwhile, nearly 87 percent of DSC’s graduates call Utah home (915 students), with 24 of the state’s 29 counties represented, while over two-thirds of those students (631) hail from Washington County. Female graduates constitute 54 percent of the class, while the class ranges in age from 17 to 61.

This year’s graduating class also features 44 high school seniors who will be awarded an associate degree as part of the Southern Utah Center for Computer, Engineering, and Science Students (SUCCESS) Academy program. The SUCCESS Academy is a state-approved early college high school in partnership with Washington County School District and Dixie State College. This academically rigorous and challenging program provides students the opportunity to earn an associate degree through an on-campus college curriculum while also completing their high school graduation requirements at their boundary high school. The Success Academy on the DSC campus began in the fall of 2006 with 50 10th-grade students, and 44 of those registered students (88%) completed the program to earn their associate degree.
 
Diana Stanley, a senior English major from St. George, will serve as the Baccalaureate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker. Angela Watts, a sophomore communication major from Sandy, Utah, will represent the class as Associate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker.
 
One honorary doctorate degree will be awarded during the exercises, with commencement speaker, United States Congressman Jim Matheson, receiving the honor. In addition, Mrs. Alice Evans Allred, Washington County Commissioner Alan D. Gardner, and State Representative Brad Last, will receive Distinguished Citizen Awards.

In addition, Dixie State College will be honoring three retiring faculty members, who combined have served for nearly 130 years at the College. Dr. Ronald Garner, the longest tenured faculty member in the Utah System of Higher Education, is retiring after 54 years of service as a professor of music, along with Dr. Nolan Ashman, who taught psychology at DSC for 44 years, and Jay L. Slade, who served as an instructor in DSC’s graphic communication program for 30 years.
 
Dixie State’s 2009 commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m., with U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) serving as commencement speaker. Graduates will march from DSC’s Old Gym 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 for adults, $7 for children 12-under. Luncheon tickets are available at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or by call 435-652-7800. For more DSC Commencement information on, please visit “http://new.dixie.edu/commencement.

Dixie State Kicks Off Redesign of Native American Exhibit With Celebration This Wednesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 24, 2009) To celebrate the redesign of a Native American exhibit inside its Browning Learning Resource Center, Dixie State College of Utah will hold a “Celebration of Cultural Connections” event this Wednesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the Browning Center’s Dunford Auditorium. Admission to the celebration is free and open for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

The celebration will include a program that will be entertaining and informative, beginning with a private Native American blessing for the safety and respect of the objects. Following the blessing, a special song for the artifacts will be presented by Mark Rogers, which will serve to set the tone for the program. In addition, there will be a short lecture concerning the objects by Glen Rogers and Clarence John of the Shivwits Band of Paiutes, along with presentations made by other invited Native American guests who will share their culture and talents with those in attendance.

The redesign is made possible by a grant given to DSC through the work put in by DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz. She noted that the glass exhibit cases in the Browning Building have contained Native American artifacts for almost 30 years, and is in need of cleaning, conservation and updated informational text. Cieslewicz added that a committee has been selected to help with research and the building of the exhibit.

“I appreciate all those who are donating their time and talents to make this program a success,” Cieslewicz said. “I have received a lot of help from people who also appreciate the artifacts and who share the same vision as I do to represent the objects in a safe and respectful way.”

For more information, contact Kathy Cieslewicz at 435-652-7909 or at cieslewicz@dixie.edu.

DSC CIT Program Crowns Winners of Annual Computer Programming Competition
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 24, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah recently held its Sixth-Annual Computer Programming Competition, which featured 24 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 Cory Hammon, who won last year’s competition, and Adrian Miguel took home top honors in the prep competition. Meanwhile, the DSC tandem of Andrew Page, Kevin Hansen and Joe Ferguson won the collegiate division. Each of the five winning students received a $100 cash prize for their efforts.

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.

Dixie State College of Utah Announces 2009 Valedictorians
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 23, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah has announced who will represent the graduating class of 2009 as Valedictorians at the College’s 98th Commencement Exercises next Friday, May 1, at the Avenna Center Burns Arena.
 
Diana Stanley, a senior English major from St. George, will serve as the Baccalaureate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker, while Angela Watts, sophomore communication major from Sandy, Utah, will represent the class as Associate Degree Valedictorian commencement speaker.
 
Stanley is one of the many non-traditional students benefitting from Dixie State College’s new four-year degrees. She earned her Associate of Arts degree with highest honors from DSC in 2008, and will be receiving her Bachelor of Science in English with an emphasis in professional and technical writing. Stanley’s academic achievements include being named Student of the Semester for English/Professional and Technical Writing, earning the English/Professional and Technical Writing department scholarship, and membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. She has presented papers at the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference, the Wooden O Symposium at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the DSC Dixie Forum, and the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research. Her writings have appeared in the Dixie State Magazine, The Journal of the Wooden O Symposium, The Southern Quill and many other local publications.
 
Watts is a non-traditional disabled student who is currently working towards a bachelor degree in communication. Though she has struggled with her health for most of her life, she knows an education is her key to freedom from the disability system and, in her words, a life in which she is a fiercely loyal contributing member of society. Over the last two years, she has been honored to receive a number of campus awards, including the Student of the Semester award in communication, Superior Academic Performance recognition from TRiO, an Award of Excellence for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement from Student Support Services, and the communication department’s Student of the Year award. In addition, she serves as the vice president of DSC’s Americans with Disabilities Act Club.
 
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 2009 commencement exercises will begin at 6 p.m., with United States Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) serving as commencement speaker. Graduates will march from DSC’s Old Gym 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 for adults, $7 for children 12-under. Luncheon tickets are available at the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office or by call 435-652-7800. For more DSC Commencement information on, please visit “http://new.dixie.edu/commencement.
 

Dixie State College Community Unites to Raise Funds for Ailing Student Body President
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 17, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah students, faculty and staff have joined together to raise money on behalf of their student body president, Brock Bybee, who is facing major surgery in the coming weeks.

The 23-year old Bybee, a senior from Roy, Utah, is set to undergo necessary brain surgery next month, soon after he dons his cap and gown in graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in Communication. Having suffered from epileptic seizures most of his life, he received the good news that he is a candidate to have surgery to help correct the problem. However, the bad news is that this operation is extremely expensive. What makes the matter worse for Bybee and his family, including his widowed mother and four younger sisters at home, is that they are uninsured.
 
Upon hearing the news, the Dixie State campus community sprung into action by creating the “’Buck’ets for Brock” campaign, in an effort to raise money to help defray some of the costs of procedure and recovery. The campaign is complete with buckets donated by Jones Paint & Glass that are spread throughout campus where students can drop a “buck” or more into the containers. In addition, a donation account has been established in Bybee’s name at Zion’s Bank, where people in St. George and across the state can donate to the cause at any Utah bank branch.

“I am almost speechless and very humbled by the amount of love and support my Dixie family has shown me,” Bybee said. “I feel truly blessed and I am very grateful to have such great friends, professors and administrators who have stood by me during my time at Dixie State.”

DSC faculty member Candace Mesa, along with the school’s director of student activities Donna Stafford and her assistant Paige Anderson, are spearheading the campaign. Collectively, the trio have seen the effects the seizures have had on Bybee during his two years serving in student government, but have also marveled at the way he continued to persevere and succeed academically while carrying on in his duties as a student leader.

“We feel confident that as his story is told, it will strike a chord with many who understand the financial and emotional strain it has put on Brock and his family,” Mesa said. “We want to help lift that burden, one drop in the bucket at a time.”

Meanwhile, Anderson praises Bybee’s courage and humility in publically dealing with his seizures during his time at Dixie. She is also quick to point out that the grace and support a number of his peers have shown him over the years has made it easier on him to continue pursuing his education. She adds that his love for Dixie State during his five years at the institution is now being paid forward as those that have seen the best and worst of times in his life are now rallying with love and support on his behalf.

“Brock has really put himself out there with his illness and it is touching to see his fellow students coming to his aid like they have,” Anderson said. “He really loves Dixie and his friends, and since we have started placing buckets around, it is clear to me that he is loved right back. This is the best way we can let Brock and his family know that when he goes to Salt Lake City for that surgery, we will all be with him for this journey.”

The campaign will continue over the next several weeks. In addition to the account established at Zions Bank, donations may be made by contacting DSC Director of Student Activities Donna Stafford at 652-7513.

Dixie State College to Hand Out Year-End Dixie Awards Wednesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 17, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will host the 2009 Dixie Awards Ceremony this Wednesday night, April 22, at 7 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater. The event is free and open to all DSC students, faculty and staff, and community members to attend.
    
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.

The ceremony will feature a number of academic, campus spirit and achievement awards, along with the announcement of the 2009 Valedictorians for the Baccalaureate and Associate degree graduating class, and honors graduates. In addition, the DSCSA Officers for the upcoming 2009-10 academic year will be introduced and sworn in. Dewey Denning, a junior integrated studies major from Iona, Idaho, will take the oath to become the new DSCSA studentbody president, while Nate Jensen, a junior communication major from Willard, Utah, will serve as vice president.

"The Art of the Exhibit" the Focus of the Final Dixie Forum of 2008-09 Academic Year
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 16, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation wraps up a successful 2008-09 academic year this Tuesday, April 21, with a presentation by DSC art professor Dennis Martinez.   

The Forum will begin at 12 noon, inside the Robert N. and Peggy Sears Art Museum Gallery in the Eccles Fine Arts Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

Professor Martinez will discuss “The Art of the Exhibit,” which will center on the history of art presentation from ancient time to the present. Part of his presentation will include the DSC Artist’s Showcase currently on display in the Sears Gallery. Within the scope of the Showcase, Martinez will focus on art as a functional form, art as historical and religious iconography, art as a teaching element, and art as human expression and communication.

“Display of art creation has taken its evolutionary course from elements of everyday life to the inclusion of modern or contemporary interactive installation art,” Martinez notes.
 
Examples of art Martinez will draw from will range from the Greco-Roman era, Medieval Period, The Renaissance, Impressionism, Modernism and the Technical Age.

Martinez received a Bachelor’s of Arts and Archaeology degree from Princeton University, a Master’s in Art and Art History from the University of New Mexico, and an MFA in Creative Arts from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has primarily taught at the college, and has also worked as a gallery curator, art therapist and a graduate instructor supervisor.

The DSC Artist’s Showcase is currently on display weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday, May 1, in the Sears Gallery. The Showcase features a wide variety of art media, including drawings, paintings, photography, ceramic and mixed media pieces, most of which were created and produced in DSC art classes. A number of student projects and pieces will be on display, along with entries from DSC faculty members Glen Blakely, Del Parson and Martinez.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.

Four at Dixie State College Receive Civic Engagement Recognition
 
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 15, 2009) Four members of the Dixie State College of Utah campus community recently received awards and recognition from the Utah Campus Compact (UCC). The awards were presented at the UCC’s annual statewide recognition event held this past April 7, at the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City.

The UCC presents these awards annually to recognize the work of outstanding faculty, staff, students and community partners at every higher education institution in Utah. UCC’s mission links and supports Utah’s colleges and universities in promoting civic engagement and preparing students for responsible citizenship.

Candace C. Mesa, DSC associate professor in Developmental English, was awarded the Civically Engaged Scholar Award. Since her arrival on the DSC campus, Mesa has worked tirelessly to bring service-learning to the forefront of the Dixie experience for not only the students, but for faculty and staff alike. She has built many bridges in the community through providing meaningful service opportunities and good relations that will extend far into the future. Mesa has challenged students to look outside themselves and beyond the borders of the DSC campus with such activities as harvesting and replanting of willows to help with flood concerns, canned food drives for the local Dixie Care and Share, and the clean up and restoration of the La Verkin Convergence River Project.

“I believe strongly that students who are actively engaged in service-learning become better stewards in the future,” Mesa said. “I also believe that faculty who provide service-learning as part of their pedagogy are more fulfilled in their teaching experience, thus strengthening the environment of our campus and community.”

Veronica Fely, who serves as administrative assistant for DSC’s Mobile Dental Clinic, was given the Civically Engaged Staff Member Award. Fely organizes and coordinates all the community outreach programs the DSC Dental Hygiene program participates in throughout southwestern Utah. She has coordinated trips made by DSC’s mobile clinic to a number of elementary schools, rehabilitation center, Headstart programs, and volunteer clinics in St. George, Kanab, Enterprise and Cedar City. Her hard work and dedication have bettered enabled DSC’s dental hygiene faculty and students to provide much needed services to many low-income families in Washington and Kane Counties. In addition, Fely organized the “Give a Kid a Smile Day” this past February, which provided over $35,000 worth of free dental work to children in the St. George area.

“It has been my privilege to coordinate the efforts of our faculty and students in performing dental hygiene services in many venues throughout our community,” Fely said of the award.

DSC senior dental hygiene student Tessa A. Creel received the Civically Engaged Student Award. As president of the 2008-09 Student American Dental Hygiene Association (SADHA) chapter at DSC, Creel has led nearly 40 students in the organizing and planning of many community service engagements. One such event, Sealant Saturday, provided approximately 500 free sealants for over 150 southern Utah children over a three-week stretch. She has also organizes free dental exams and fluoride treatments for families of Headstart; visits two classrooms every week (K-5) teaching oral health and nutrition; volunteers on the DSC Mobile Dental Clinic; extends free dental hygiene services to Kanab elementary school children; and renders services at rehab centers and Doctors Volunteer Clinics in St. George. Creel also served as the main trainer for the “Give a Kid a Smile Day” this past February, which provided over $35,000 worth of free dental work to children in the St. George area.

“The DSC Dental Hygiene Program not only taught me work skills, but also how to use those skills to make the world a better place,” said Creel. “Providing oral care over the past two years to those who cannot afford to see a regular dentist has been the most rewarding experience of my life.”

The UCC’s Committed Community Partner Award was presented to Steve Meismer, who serves as local coordinator of the Virgin River Program. On a number of occasions, Meismer has coordinated the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and DSC students to help with various projects along the river. This past semester, he has given presentations and set up service opportunities for students in DSC’s Developmental English program.

“I am committed to the revegetation of the Virgin River to protect and enhance the local community and wildlife habitat,” Meismer said. “Successful tamarisk removal and revegetation with native species will result in less flood damage, more water conservation, and better wildlife habitat, which is a winning situation for all concerned.”


Dixie State Browning Library Begins Food Drive to Benefit Dixie Care and Share
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 14, 2009) In celebration of National Library Month, the Dixie State College of Utah Val A. Browning Library has begun a “Because We Care” food drive from now through April 30, with all donations going to benefit the Dixie Care and Share Center.

Donation drop boxes can be found inside the Browning Library and on the first floor of the Gardner Student Center on the DSC campus. DSC students, faculty and staff, and community members are invited to visit the two locations to drop off any non-perishable canned or package food item. In addition, a Clothing-and-Bedding Collection Box has been established in the DSC Housing Office.

“We are excited to help keep the shelves stocked at the Dixie Care and Share,” said DSC Special Collections Librarian Bonnie Percival. “Our goal is to collect 1,000 cans or 1,000 pounds of food to feed families in need here in Washington County. We’re inviting everyone, both here on the DSC campus, and in the community to join us and help us reach our goal.”

For more information about the “Because We Care” food drive or to donate, please contact Bonnie Percival in the DSC Val A. Browning Library at 435-652-7718.

DSC Symphony Orchestra Takes the Stage for Pops Concert to Close 2008-09 Season April 20
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 13, 2009) The Dixie State College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Abegg, will present its final concert of the year on Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the Dixie State College campus.

DSC’s Symphony Orchestra will perform a number of Broadway and Hollywood-themed selections, including music from “The Lord of the Dance,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “West Side Story,” and Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” from “Prince Igor.” In addition, the orchestra will pay tribute to the late legendary Hollywood and Academy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini, and will play a number of selections from the music library of The Beatles.

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. For tickets or for more information, call the Avenna Center Ticket Office at 435-652-7800, or visit tickets.dixie.edu.

Dixie State College to Launch New Classical Radio Station This Wednesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 10, 2009) Fans of classical music here in Dixie and in southwestern Utah will soon have a new radio station to listen to as Dixie State College of Utah’s Communication Department will launch a new classical music FM station this Wednesday, April 15. The launch of the station, KXDS Dixie’s Classical 91, will begin broadcasting on a preview basis on FM frequency 103.1 KURR-FM, with plans to move to its permanent frequency home at 91.3 FM in the near future.

KXDS Dixie’s Classical 91’s broadcast range will cover Washington County and most of southwestern Utah, including as far north as Enterprise and Cedar City, along with coverage in Kanab and Mesquite, Nev. In addition, listeners will also be able to enjoy their classical music favorites online either at home or in the office at http://new.dixie.edu/classical91.

“Dixie State College is proud to bring classical music to Utah’s Dixie and we will strive to always represent the community and Dixie’s overall commitment to higher education,” said KXDS general manager and program director Paul Bulkley. “We hope that the music we play will lift up and inspire the community, much like the community has lifted and inspired Dixie State College.”
 
Bulkley went on the say that as the station grows in popularity, it will be something that DSC and the community can be proud of. He noted that it is the overall hope of DSC’s communication department that the launch of Dixie’s Classical 91 will attract more students, both young and old, from around the area and that they will want to become part of this new community-supported radio station.

Bulkley added that DSC finalized plans for the launch this past Friday and said that the launch would not have been possible if not for the hard work of DSC’s Communication Department, along with several groups, including Simmons Media and Canyon Media, and the school’s administration.

“We wish to thank all of those who have diligently pushed forward to help put Classical 91 on the air,” Bulkley said. “We hope that it will be a benefit to the college and to our listeners.”

For more information on the new KXDS Dixie’s Classical 91 or to inquire about advertising, please contact general manager Paul Bulkley at 435-879-4264 or at bulkley@dixie.edu.
 

Dixie State to Host Special Reception to Honor Longtime Music Professor Dr. Ron Garner April 17
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 10, 2009) After 54 years dedicated to educating students at Dixie State College of Utah, longtime music professor Dr. Ron Garner has announced his retirement from the institution at the end of the 2009 spring semester. His colleagues, former students and friends will be honoring him for his service to the College with a special reception on Friday, April 17, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the foyer of the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center on the DSC campus. The reception is free and open to public.

Dr. Garner arrived on the Dixie campus in 1955, when Dixie College was a two-year school situated on St. George’s Main Street between Tabernacle and First South. At that time, Dixie’s studentbody consisted of approximately 300 students with 20 faculty and 3 administrators. Over his 54 years, he has seen Dixie go through a complete transformation into a four-year institution with nearly 6,500 student and 12 baccalaureate degrees, including a new Bachelor’s of Music degree program that will begin this fall.
 
Garner is currently the longest-tenured professor in the entire Utah System of Higher Education, and has continued to teach on a full-time basis at the college to this day. In 2005, he celebrated his 50th-anniversary on campus and was inducted into the DSC Hall of Fame, an honor usually reserved for retired DSC employees, but then-DSC President Dr. Lee Caldwell made the motion to waive this criterion in Dr. Garner’s case.
 
As a professor of music, Dr. Garner has influenced the lives of thousands of DSC students and has contributed greatly to the cultural arts of southern Utah. In 1955, he accepted the position of director of instrumental music at Dixie College. He founded the DSC marching band and jazz ensemble and directed the concert band, orchestra, chamber orchestra, theater orchestra, and choir, whose combined performances number in the thousands.

Along with Norman Fawson and Irene Everett, he established the Southwest Symphony, serving as its first conductor for eight years during its primary development. He founded the Dixie Fine Arts Series (Celebrity Concert Series) and has served as president and board member on several occasions. Many of his former students are music educators who continue the fine music traditions of Dixie.

In addition, an endowment for a perpetual music scholarship has been has been established in Dr. Garner’s name as tribute to his many years of teaching and inspiring many music students at DSC. For more information or to contribute, please contact the DSC Alumni Office at 435-652-7535.

Dixie State Goes Hollywood at the Next Dixie Forum April 14
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 10, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation will give patrons a little taste of Hollywood this Tuesday, April 14, as the Forum will host Emmy-nominated musician and composer Michael Andreas for a special hour of music and entertainment.  

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.

Andreas has composed music for several television series, including Married…With Children; Wheel of Fortune; Men are From Mars/Women are From Venus; Early Edition; and music for NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games. Andreas received an Emmy nomination for his work on the A&E special, Heroes for the Planet – featuring Charlotte Church.

In addition, Andreas has a number of film credits to his name and serves as the music director for the Los Angeles Ballet. As a musician, he has performed with everyone from The Beach Boys to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Dixie Forum series continues each Tuesday through the rest of the spring semester. The final Forum of DSC’s 2008-09 academic year will introduce patrons to the DSC Artist’s Showcase, hosted by DSC Art Professor Dennis Martinez inside the Robert N. and Peggy Sears Art Museum Gallery in the Eccles Fine Arts Center. The Showcase features a wide variety of art media, including drawings, paintings, photography, ceramic and mixed media pieces, most of which were created and produced in DSC art classes. A number of student projects and pieces will be on display, along with entries from DSC faculty members Glen Blakely, Del Parson and Martinez.
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.
 

School of Life Foundation Founder Jack Rolfe to Address Final Spring DSC Business Ethics Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 10, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business will host its final bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum of the 2009 spring semester this Thursday, April 16, featuring a presentation by Jack Rolfe, physical therapist and founder of the School of Life Foundation.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC’s spring semester, 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.

Rolfe’s will share his presentation, entitled “Learn to ‘School’ Your Toughest Opponent,” will feature life lessons based on his workbook by the same title, which serves a tool to that has helped many onto the path of success in life. Rolfe’s presentation will reference the fact that “we” are our toughest opponent, and he will explain points of how honesty and ethics are a big part of that battle.

Rolfe heads The School of Life Foundation (SOLF), which is a worldwide nonprofit organization currently working with thousands of young people in 15 states and seven countries. SOLF is committed to the social, moral and character development of youth. The Foundation donates the workbook, Learn To "School" Your Toughest Opponent, to sports teams, schools, church groups, at-risk programs and other youth organizations. The book offers life-guiding principles and values to help youth achieve straight A's in the school of life.

Rolfe has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah and is currently enrolled in Masters of Nonprofit Administration program at the University of Notre Dame.

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 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 to Hold Annual Student Ceramic Sale April 15-17
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 9, 2009) The Dixie State College of Utah art department will hold its annual student ceramic sale next Wednesday-through-Friday, April 15-17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the main lobby of the DSC North Plaza Art Building (west entrance), located on 55 South 900 East.
 
Now in its 33rd year, this annual end-of-the-year 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. 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 sale, call DSC art professor Glen Blakley at 435-652-7795.

Dixie State Dance Company Takes to the Stage for Annual Spring Concert April 16-17
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 8, 2009) Dixie State College’s Dance Company welcomes spring with an imaginative night of fantastic and inspirational performances in the art of dance as the Company presents its annual Spring Dance Concert next Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, 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 classical and contemporary ballet, ballroom, lyrical and stylized jazz, hip-hop, Ukrainian dance, moving and humorous modern, and romantic waltz.

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.
 
Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 65-over) and youth (age 17-under). DSC students may purchase tickets for $2 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”

Navigating Life Between Two Cultures the Focus of the Next DSC Dixie Forum April 7
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 2, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation continues this Tuesday, April 7, featuring a special presentation on multiculturalism by DSC professor Dr. Chizu Matsubara-Jaret.

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.

Jaret’s narrative presentation, entitled “In Between the Cultures – Growing Up Japanese in a White World,” will share with the audience how her experiences and exposures to different languages, culture and the identities of individuals that accompany them, helped prepare her to become an open-minded person in a globalized world. It was these experiences that allowed Jaret to explore more about herself while navigating life between the two cultures.

“As a young person, it was difficult not knowing how to belong to the so called ‘mainstream’ crowd,” Jaret said. “In the United States, I was referred to as a model minority. In Japan, I was an outsider since I didn’t know how to behave as a normal Japanese teenager. Recently, I have begun to look inward towards my heritage, culture, language, and identity, which I didn’t feel comfortable doing before.”

Jaret was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in San Francisco, California. She has lived in Southeast Asia and has traveled extensively throughout North and South Asia. Her area of interest is second language acquisition, culture acquisition, and identity.

Jaret earned her Ph.D. from UNLV in 2007, a Master’s Degree from Florida International University in 1994, and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Meijigakuin University (Japan). Jaret teaches English as a Second Language endorsement courses and Multicultural Education courses in the Department of Education at DSC.

The Dixie Forum series continues each Tuesday through the rest of the spring semester. The next Forum will be held April 14, featuring a presentation by renowned Hollywood music editor Michael Andreas. Andreas has worked on such shows at “Lost” and “The Practice,” and has served as music director for the Los Angeles Ballet.
 
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 Crowns Chelsea Gould D-Queen 2009 Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – April 1, 2009) Chelsea Gould, a sophomore nursing major from Orem, Utah, was crowned 2009 Dixie State College D-Queen at the annual D-Queen Pageant held last Tuesday evening at the Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus.
 
Gould was selected out of eight contestants and was awarded a $500 scholarship for her efforts. Her young adult life has been dedicated to service, both at Dixie State and abroad. She currently serves as a Dixie Ambassador at DSC, where she assists in the recruitment of students and helps organize campus community service projects each semester.

In 2007, she was given the Utah Young Humanitarian Award, sponsored by YouthLINC, for her efforts in “Operation Smile” in Mexico, in addition to her working with children in orphanages and AIDS hospitals as part of an independent medical mission to Nairobi, Kenya. Gould plans on pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing following her graduation from Dixie State, and hopes to someday do humanitarian work on every continent.
 
Making up the rest of the D-Queen Court is first attendant Amy Theobald, a third-generation DSC student and sophomore general education major from St. George; and second attendant Kimberlie Ramirez, a sophomore biology major from Las Vegas, Nev. In addition, Lexy Cline, a sophomore pre-med major from Salt Lake City, was named Miss Dixie Spirit.

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.
 

Two Dixie State College Nursing Programs Earn Recommendation for Accreditation
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 31, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s nursing program recently received a shot in the arm as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) recommended that DSC’s Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs continue with full accreditation.

NLNAC made the determination during its site visit to the DSC campus in February. The site team, consisting of five nurse educator peer evaluators, recommended the continuing accreditation of both programs for eight years, the maximum possible. The site team’s recommendation will be evaluated by an NLNAC peer review committee and the Commission, with official notification of continuing accreditation status to occur in July.

“Accreditation is an ongoing, voluntary, self-regulatory process by which nursing programs are recognized as meeting standards and criteria for educational quality,” said Dr. Carole Grady, DSC Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health.

Grady added that DSC’s PN and ADN programs have been accredited by NLNAC since 2002. She also added that Dixie State’s four-year Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program (BSN) is in the process of applying for candidacy for accreditation, with an anticipated site visit slated to take place in the spring of 2010.

Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans, DSC Vice President of Academics, added that DSC’s accreditation for BSN programs is most useful for placing students in graduate programs. She noted, however, that Dixie State nursing program graduates have been able to enter their chosen graduate programs without problems. Dillingham-Evans went on to say that graduation from an accredited BSN program generally is not a requirement for advancement into managerial nursing positions.  

“Dixie State has three areas of strategic program development and one of those is health care opportunities, including nursing.” Dr. Dillingham-Evans said. “We are extremely proud of the quality faculty and students we have in our nursing programs and are pleased that the NLNAC will most likely make a site visit for our BSN program next spring. They will find we have great programs, great faculty and great students here at Dixie State College.”

DSC’s nursing program began in 1996, while the College’s four-year BSN program started in 2004. Over that time, DSC nursing students have shown an impressive pass rate in state nursing board exams and led the state with the highest RN pass rate from 2001 to 2004. In addition, Grady notes that the program’s LPN pass rates are close to 100 percent.

“Our pass rates show potential employers that Dixie State students are motivated and focused not only in the classroom, but in their practical exercises as well,” Grady said.

DSC’s entire allied health program is housed in the new Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center, a 78,000 square foot, three-story facility, 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 Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center houses 14 combined laboratories, 10 classrooms, a 150-seat lecture hall, 24 dental operatories, three computer labs and numerous offices and conference rooms, along with several student lounges with wireless internet capabilities.
 

Dixie State College to Host Faculty Recital Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 31, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s performing arts department will host a faculty recital featuring Dr. Nancy Allred on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Dr. Allred’s recital will include works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Chopin.

Dr. Allred is an assistant professor of piano at DSC, where she teaches piano pedagogy, piano literature, private piano and group piano 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.

Dixie State College Artist's Showcase Set to Open in the Sears Gallery This Weekend
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 31, 2009) The Sears Art Museum Gallery at the Dixie State College of Utah Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center is presenting the annual Dixie State Artist’s Showcase beginning this Friday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. A free artist reception will be held this Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and guests will be first to view the art show, enjoy refreshments and meet with the artists.

The showcase will feature a wide variety of art media, including drawings, paintings, photography, ceramic and mixed media pieces, most of which were created and produced in DSC art classes. A number of student projects and pieces will be on display, along with entries from DSC faculty members Glen Blakely, Dennis Martinez and Del Parson.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs through Friday, May 1, with exhibit hours running weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact Sears Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz at 435-652-7909.

Dixie State College President Stephen Nadauld to Address DSC Colleagues Meeting This Monday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 30, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld will address the next President’s Colleagues of Dixie State meeting this Monday, April 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.

President Nadauld will present a report on the “State of Dixie State,” and share with his ideas and plans for DSC, particularly regarding these “best of times and worst of times” with the institution’s historic enrollment growth coupled with the challenges of today’s economy.

Nadauld was appointed as 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 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 4, featuring a presentation by fellow Colleague Ray Kuehne, who will discuss the LDS Church in communist East Germany from 1945-1990.

Dixie State College's Annual D-Queen Pageant Set for Tuesday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 27, 2009) 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, March 31, at 7 p.m., in the Avenna Center Cox Auditorium on the DSC campus. General admission tickets are now available for purchase through the DSC Avenna Center Ticket Office for $5, $3 for DSC students with current student ID.

Eight contestants will compete for the title of “Miss D-Queen,” 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 interview, and GPA make up 60 percent of the contest. The talent and evening wear categories make up the balance of the pageant.

This year’s pageant theme is “Remember Me This Way,” which will be performed by pageant emcee and reigning Mr. Dixie Nolan Hanley.  In addition, DSC’s new “Ragin’ Red” show choir will perform a pair of spirited numbers.

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 435-652-7513 or email stafford@dixie.edu.

Dixie State Receives State Approval for New Four-Year Music Degree at Friday Board of Regents Meeting
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ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 27, 2009) The Utah State Board of Regents Friday gave Dixie State College of Utah administrators news that was music to their ears as DSC received approval to offer a new music baccalaureate degree. The announcement came during the Board’s meeting held at Dixie State’s Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center.

Class work for the new liberal arts degree program, which will be offered as a Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) or Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree, will begin at the start of the upcoming fall semester this August.

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 new four-year music degree, DSC now offers students 12 bachelor’s degrees to choose from.

“The approval of this degree is an exceptionally bright moment for Dixie State College,” said Dr. Don Hinton, DSC dean of arts and letters. “From the earliest, music and the fine arts have been a major part of our campus. I keep remembering the many students who have been pleading for this degree and who have waited patiently for it. Now it is here and we are very happy.”

According to Glenn Webb, the chair of DSC’s Music Department, the new music degree will serve as an essential ingredient to an already vibrant and thriving institution. He added that having the new degree at Dixie State will give the College the ability to serve the community’s needs with graduates teaching and performing in the area.

In addition, Webb noted that the new music degree will provide all prospective music students in the Washington County School District, as well as Kane County and other surrounding areas, a local choice to continue their education, thus allowing students to pursue career goals at Dixie State instead of transferring to another institution to complete their music degree.

“This decision by the Regents is a life-changer,” Webb said. “It will change the lives of each current and future music student at Dixie State.”
 
Webb went on to say that DSC’s faculty is energized to provide its students with an excellent education and credits the assistance and support of Dixie State’s administration to help see this degree through to fruition.

DSC’s new music degree features a core of music courses giving students a fundamental background and will instructs students in foundational areas, including theory, history, performance, keyboard, and pedagogy. The programs and curriculum will provide students with an ideal training environment for aspiring performers and those seeking music graduate studies or professions in related fields.

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 will be discontinued on the recommendation of the Regents and Commissioner’s staff.

Last fall, DSC began class work in its integrated studies degree consisting 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, Dixie State recently received approval for two additional degree programs from the Utah State Board of Regents. The two programs, a physical therapist assistant associate of applied science degree program, and a new finance emphasis in DSC’s Business Administration baccalaureate program, are slated to begin this fall.

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 safety, and education.

Japanese Poetry Mixed With a Little Jazz Featured at the Next DSC Dixie Forum March 31
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 27, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah may have come up the perfect mix of culture during the lunch break as the College’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, March 31, with Japanese poetry and jazz piano music featuring the talents of retired University of Utah professor Dr. Ed Lueders.

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.

Lueder’s presentation, entitled “Like Underground Water: 20th century Japanese Poets and a Little Jazz Piano,” will highlight his work as author, poet, essayist, and co-translator of modern Japanese poets. He will also discuss his love of jazz piano and his experiences of playing professionally since his college days. Patrons to the Forum may have enjoyed his music at a number of Utah ski resorts and for years as house pianist at Ala's Rustler Lodge. He is currently dinner pianist at the Capitol Reef Inn in Torrey, Utah.

Lueders is retired from the U of U where he served as English Department Chair, Director of Creative Writing, Editor of Western Humanities Review, and professor. Since retiring, he has taught on the writing faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College in Vermont. In addition, he has spent 40 years consulting with students and teachers as Poet in the Schools throughout the United State, India and Japan.

The Dixie Forum series continues each Tuesday through the rest of the spring semester. The next Forum will be held April 7, featuring a presentation by DSC faculty member Dr. Chizu Jaret entitled “Growing Up Japanese in a White World.”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.

Secrets to Happiness in Life and Business to be Shared at DSC Business Ethics Forum April 2
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 26, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Udvar-Hazy School of Business will host its penultimate bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum of the 2009 spring semester this Thursday, April 2, featuring a presentation by St. George area real estate and investment professional Steve Wilson.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC’s spring semester, 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.

Wilson will share his presentation entitled “The 5 ½ Secrets to Happiness & Success in Life & Business,” which will draw upon his almost 30 years of experience in the corporate world and will attempt to illuminate the path ahead for those working to complete their education and get on the road. He will incorporate the insights of some of the world’s greatest thinkers, such as baseball great Yogi Berra, who is attributed for having said “You can observe a lot just by watching.”

In addition, Wilson will argue that greed has caused us to think in terms of business ethics, as if there is a different code of ethics that should govern business dealings, and he will discuss how many individuals get into trouble in business by focusing on selfish desires rather than the secret of serving others. Wilson will also share a number of his other business secrets, including having an attitude of gratitude, along with the law of attraction and the six degrees of separation (Network Theory), among others.

Wilson currently runs Wilson Realty and is a managing partner of Will2Win, CRW Holdings and BTW Investments. Prior to that he worked for over 20 years at Dixie Regional Medical Center, where he served as CEO along with other management positions.

Wilson is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. In addition, he is working toward his Ph.D. in Health Services Management from the University of Iowa. Wilson has served on a number of civic and business councils and committees and has earned a number of awards, including an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Dixie State College in 2004.

The Forum will wrap up its 2008-09 schedule Thursday, April 16, with a presentation by Jack Rolfe, physical therapist and founder of the School of Life Foundation.

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 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 Theatre Program Closes 2008-09 Season with "The Crucible"
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 25, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Theatre Department will conclude its 2008-09 season with Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Miller’s great American masterpiece, “The Crucible.” The production will run nightly April 2-4 and April 7-11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Art Center’s Main Stage Theater.

“The Crucible,” the winner of the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play, is set in Salem, Mass., amid the chaos of the infamous Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Written as a reaction to the equally famous McCarthy Red Scare of the 1950’s, “The Crucible” serves as a cautionary tale for all times. As this modern classic unfolds, a timeless parable about lust for power, the power of fear and the abuses of unchecked authority, become evident.

“We are proud to close out our fantastic season with one of the great American plays,” says DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport. “Even today, ‘The Crucible’ is a powerful example of how theatre and art reacts and reflects the society around it.”

The production will feature a talented cast made up of DSC theatre students and noted community actors. DSC alumnus Guy Smith will play the central character, John Proctor, with Melissa Erickson portraying his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, and Lindsay Cordell plays the part of the conniving Abigail Williams. “The Crucible” will also feature the talents of Scott Pederson, Ginger Jensen, Gabriella Noble, Miriah Kessler, Kristina Kessler, Roger Dunbar, Hannah Davenport, Rebecca Wright, Meleah Ridd, Josh Scott, Spencer Potter, Alex Gubler, Mitchell Christensen, Travis Cox, Mathew Hansell, Trey Paterson, Summer Shakespeare, Gabe Pederson, Noah Pederson, and violist Heather Fife.

“The Crucible is directed by DSC faculty member Michael Harding, who has previous directed DSC productions of “The Pirates of Penzance,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and “I Hate Hamlet.” The production will also feature original music composed by DSC music department chair Glenn Webb.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 65-over) and $10 for youth (age 17-under). DSC students, 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening’s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at “tickets.dixie.edu.”
 

"Dixie....Remember & Never Forgetting!!" the Theme for Dixie State's Annual D-Week Festivities
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 25, 2009) “Dixie….Remember & Never Forgetting!!” serves as the theme for Dixie State College of Utah’s annual second homecoming known as D-Week, which will run from March 27-April 4, 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.

“I have a feeling that this is going to be the best D-Week Dixie State has ever had,” says Donna Stafford, DSC Director of Student Activities. “The traditions of D-Week, including the Great Race and the whitewashing of the ‘D’ on the Black Hill, are two of the oldest traditions we have on campus. These are the things that make us Dixie.”

D-Week officially begins Friday, March 27, with a “DSC SandBlast” at Vernon Worthen Park from 7 -10 p.m. The “DSC Sandblast” will feature a barbeque, relays races and sand volleyball, along with other activities. The full week of events resumes on Monday, March 30, 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 on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m., in the Cox Auditorium. Tickets for the pageant are available at the DSC Avenna Center ticket office for $5, $3 for DSC students, faculty and staff with current ID. In addition, the annual painting of “D” Road, located at 300 S. and 800 E. on the DSC campus, will be held on Wednesday, April 1, at 4 p.m., while students will have a chance to meet the candidates for the 2008-09 student council from on Thursday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Gardner Center.

To many, however, D-Week’s signature event is the Great Race, which will take place Friday, April 3, at 6 p.m., followed by a free BBQ and carnival at the DSC Encampment Mall beginning at 7 p.m. In addition to the carnival, Zions Bank is presenting a free concert at the Encampment Mall featuring Utah’s own American Idol finalist Carmen Rasmusen at 7:30 p.m. All DSC students, faculty and staff, and the community are invited to participate in the Great Race, carnival and concert festivities. For more information on the Great Race or to enter a team, contact the DSC Alumni Office at 435-652-7535.

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.

“You haven’t lived if you have never seen or participated in the Great Race,” Stafford said. “Just to see these students, alumni, and even our own faculty and staff plow through that mud pit is worth spending the entire evening celebrating with us.”

D-Week wraps up with a busy day of events on Saturday, April 4, beginning with the annual tradition of whitewashing the ‘D’ on Black Hill, which will also feature a pancake breakfast, at 7 a.m., followed by a police escort and parade up St. George Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Following the parade, DSC student and alumni teams will square off against each other on the diamond in a softball tournament beginning at 10 a.m., at the DSC Cooper Diamonds. The D-Day Dance will wrap up the festivities later that evening at 9 p.m., in the Gardner Center Ballroom. Tickets for the D-Day Dance are available at the door for $10 a couple.

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.

Spots Still Available for DSC/Southern Utah Trucking Association Scholarship Golf Scramble at Sunbrook March 27
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 23, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah, along with the Southern Utah Trucking Association, will host the third-annual SUTA Scholarship Fundraiser Tournament this Friday, March 27, at the Sunbrook Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit scholarships for DSC 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 1:30 p.m., preceded by a luncheon and check-in beginning at 12:30 p.m. 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.

For more information or to register, contact DSC Associate Vice President of Advancement George F. Whitehead at 652-7906 or at whiteheg@dixie.edu.

Dixie State College to Host Annual Miss Native American Dixie Pageant This Thursday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 23, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Native American Student Association is proudly presenting a night of majesty at the 19th-Annual Miss Native American Dixie Scholarship Pageant to be held this Thursday night, March 26, at 6 p.m., in the Dunford Auditorium of the DSC Browning Resource Center on campus. Admission to the pageant is free and all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff are invited to attend.

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 Native American Dixie will also participate in the DSC Homecoming Parade, the Great Race held during D-Week, and will serve as host for the 2010 Miss Native American Dixie Pageant.

In addition to the scholarship, Miss Native American 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, please call Karl Hutchings at 435-652-7668 or email hutching@dixie.edu.

Dixie State Campus to Community Service Project Will "Kick It" With Washington City March 25
(ST. GEORGE, Utah—March 18, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah students, faculty, and staff are banding together to participate in this spring semester’s Campus to Community service project, which will be held on Wednesday, March 25, at the future home of Washington City’s new sports complex, which is near the Virgin River on 300 East. The project, entitled “Kickin’ It Into High Gear,” is designed to assist Washington City prepare an area earmarked for the complex, which will include a number of new soccer fields and other recreational opportunities for the community.
 
The service project will start at 2:30 p.m., and will finish around 5 p.m. All volunteers, including student clubs, faculty, staff and community members, who wish to drive to the location are encouraged to be there by 2:30 p.m. DSC will also provide transportation as school vans will leave from DSC’s Old Gym parking lot around 2 p.m., and will return around 5:30 p.m.

All volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothes and shoes, and bring a hat, gloves, rakes and shovels, if possible. Refreshments, including sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks, will be provided at the end of the event.
 
“All Dixie State clubs are required to help, and many of our instructors encourage their students to attend,” said Candace Mesa, DSC’s Faculty Coordinator of Service. “Studies have shown that the team building of service projects promotes retention, so this project is one step in keeping the students we have.”
 
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 fall, DSC students, faculty and staff paid a visit to the Tuacahn Amphitheater and Center for the Arts and assisted the staff in its preparation for the winter season.
 
Among the many other service projects DSC has been involved in over the past eight 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 students have also held four “CANSTOCK” food drives in support of the Dixie Care and Share. Students have also teamed together to remove weeds and debris at the Santa Clara Arboretum, collected money for Washington County School District leveled libraries, planted bushes and shrubs at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, and harvested 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.

"Rough Rider President Theodore Roosevelt" to Pay Visit to DSC's Dixie Forum March 24
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 18, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series returns from Spring Break this Tuesday, March 24, Tuesday, with a reenactment of the life and presidency of Theodore Roosevelt by New Mexico State University at Carlsbad instructor Randy Milligan.

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.

Milligan’s portrayal of Roosevelt, entitled “Theodore Roosevelt: Rough Rider President,” is a classic tale of perseverance, activism and America’s Western mythology. On his way to becoming our 26th president, Roosevelt overcame asthma, poor eyesight, and the deaths on Valentine’s Day of his mother and wife. Roosevelt also commanded two companies of New Mexico volunteers as they charged, on foot, up San Juan Hill.

Along with his duties as an instructor at NMSU-Carlsbad, Milligan serves as president of the Carlsbad Arts & Humanities Council. He has also done Chautauqua performances of James Madison, Joe Meek, and Judge Roy Bean in several states.

The Dixie Forum series continues each Tuesday through the rest of the spring semester. The next Forum will be held March 31, featuring a presentation by former University of Utah English department chair Dr. Ed Lueders entitled “Like Underground Water: The Poetry of mid-20th Century Japan.”
 
For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact Terre Burton at 435-652-7812 or at Burton@dixie.edu.

Dixie State Humanities Faculty to Host Cambridge University Professor for Special Lecture April 3
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 13, 2009) As part of Dixie State College of Utah’s annual “D-Week” celebration, DSC’s humanities faculty will present the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) community lecture, “Dixie State College Humanities Seminars at Cambridge University: An Enduring Academic Legacy or Minding and Closing the Gap,” featuring Cambridge University Professor Charles Moseley, MA, Ph.D., FSA, FRSA. The lecture will take place at the St. George Tabernacle on Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to all DSC students, faculty and staff, and the community.

“The Dixie State College seminars at Cambridge University have been mind-expanding experiences for our humanities faculty,” said DSC Professor of English Dr. Tim Bywater. “We are honored to welcome Professor Charles Moseley and his wife, Jenny, to our campus and to St. George.”

Dr. Moseley’s lecture will examine the significant role that humanities study should play in students’ lives, as provided by DSC’s humanities faculty, thanks in part to their participation in humanities seminars at Cambridge University. As part of his lecture, Moseley will report on the highlights of each of the last three DSC/Cambridge seminars held in 2002, 2006 and 2008.

These seminars, sponsored by the NEH and DSC, provided Dixie State faculty from every academic discipline the opportunity to participate. The two-week seminars included a week at Cambridge, hosted by Moseley, and included lectures, seminars and field trips to important libraries (the Wren and Clare College), museums (the Fitzwilliam and the Whipple), and galleries (the Trumpington), presented by many of Cambridge University’s finest professors.
 
The lecture will also feature a violin and piano performance by DSC director of string studies Dr. Paul Abegg and pianist and fellow DSC faculty member Dr. Nancy Allred.

“Now the broader college community, as well as the St. George community, will have the opportunity to learn what the excitement has been about,” Bywater added. “Professor Moseley, a key participant in all of the Cambridge seminars, will share his experiences as our teacher and colleague.”

Professor Moseley is a Fellow and Tutor, and Director of Studies in English, Hughes Hall and St. Edmund’s College, and has taught Classics and English Literature at the University of Cambridge for many years. He has published extensively and lectured world-wide on topics as diverse as Shakespeare, the history of travel literature, the Norsemen, Medieval art, and his own travels to the Arctic, Baltic and Antarctic.

For more information on the lecture, please contact DSC English professor Dr. Tim Bywater at 435-652-7808 or at bywater@dixie.edu

Dixie State College to Host Annual Miss Native American Dixie Pageant March 26

(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 13, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Native American Student Association is proudly presenting a night of majesty at the 19th-Annual Miss Native American Dixie Scholarship Pageant to be held on Thursday night, March 26, at 6 p.m., in the Dunford Auditorium of the DSC Browning Resource Center on campus. Admission to the pageant is free and all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff are invited to attend.

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 Native American Dixie will also participate in the DSC Homecoming Parade, the Great Race held during D-Week, and will serve as host for the 2010 Miss Native American Dixie Pageant.

In addition to the scholarship, Miss Native American 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, please call Karl Hutchings at 435-652-7668 or email hutching@dixie.edu.
 
Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Heads Into Final Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 12, 2009) The 22nd-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 240 works from 140 renowned artists from Utah and the United States, making this year’s show one of the largest in the event’s history.

This year’s Best of Show Purchase Prize was awarded to Lance Turner from Provo, Utah, for his pastel painting “Mesa I.” At age 84, Turner’s Sears Dixie Invitational Purchase Prize win is the first for the artist and made him the oldest artist to ever win the Purchase Prize in the show’s storied history.

In addition, this year’s Invitational awarded a second-ever Best in Show Prize, which was given to Steven F. Songer from Huntsville, Utah, for his oil painting entitled “Sea Fog.” Over the first four weeks of the Invitational, patrons have also been given the opportunity to vote for the show’s Viewer’s Choice Award, which was recently presented to Jerry Anderson for his 3D-Acrylic entitled “Come Unto Me.”

All artwork will remain on display through Sunday, 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 artwork purchased going 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 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.

Washington County Republican Women Donate Scholarship Funds to Dixie State to Honor War Veterans
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 12, 2009) The Washington County Republican Women Organization and Dixie State College of Utah announced Thursday the continuation of a scholarship to benefit and 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, treasurer Sandi Barrett, and “Caring for America” outreach program chairperson Wilma Courtney presented a check for $1,250 to DSC president Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld in a brief morning ceremony.

The scholarship, which is part of the “Caring for America” outreach program, was established at Dixie State in 2007 to honor of veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts, with priority shown to 222nd veterans. The monies will provide financial assistance with college expenses, including tuition, books and college fees, to veterans who meet specific academic qualifications and demonstrate financial need.

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.

According to Recknagel, part of the WCRW charter is supporting the military through the “Caring for America” program, where members engage in charity work, community work and support of the military and their families. She added that the scholarship was created to honor the 222nd for the service the unit provided in both conflicts.

“We established this scholarship at Dixie State College so anyone returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan could receive financial support,” Recknagel said. “All of the women in our group really wanted to do something to continue to remember them, even after they have come home.”

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 2009 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.

Author Dr. Glen Leonard to Discuss "Massacre at Mountain Meadows" at the 26th-Annual Juanita Brooks Lecture
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 9, 2009) Dr. Glen M. Leonard, Utah historian and former director of the LDS Museum of Church History and Art, will present his findings as co-author of the long-awaited book “Massacre at Mountain Meadows,” as part of the 26th-Annual Juanita Brooks Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m., in the historic St. George Tabernacle. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Juanita Brooks Lecture Series, which 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, is an annual part of the St. George Tabernacle’s Weekly Music and History series.

Leonard and his fellow co-authors, Ronald W. Walker and Richard E. Turley Jr., published “Massacre at Mountain Meadows” last August through Oxford University Press. Leonard and his colleagues spent seven years on the project after being granted access to all documents in the LDS Church archives, along with those found in university, private and national archives.

Leonard will compare their work with Juanita Brooks’ “The Mountain Meadows Massacre,” which was published in 1962. Collectively, Leonard and his fellow authors are indebted to Brooks for her work, but were able to gain access to more information and material made available in the recent decades.

Following the lecture, Leonard will be available to meet patrons and answer questions at a reception held downstairs in the Tabernacle.

Leonard earned a Ph.D. in History and American Studies at the University of Utah in 1970. He has worked as a journalist, a publications editor, and a research historian. He retired in the spring of 2007 after 26 years as director of the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. Leonard has authored or co-authored four books and numerous articles on Utah, the LDS Church, and the American West. His 2002 comprehensive study “Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A People of Promise” received two best book awards.

Juanita Brooks, who served on the Utah Board of State History for 28 years, was a long-time professor at then-Dixie College and became a well-known author. She is recognized, by scholarly consent, to be one of Utah’s and the LDS Church’s most eminent historians. Her total honesty, unwavering courage and perceptive interpretation of fact, set more stringent standards of scholarship for her fellow historians to emulate.

Dixie State to Host Renowned Utah Author Donna Poulton for Special Convocation
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 9, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s Cultural Arts department is welcoming renowned Utah author Dr. Donna L. Poulton for a special convocation on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m., in the Dolores Dore’ Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater. Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Poulton will discuss “The Art of Red Rock Country,” and how paintings of the sweeping desert and colorful canyon country of southern Utah captured the popular imagination of American and European audiences. She will talk about the expeditions and visits to Utah of such artists as Thomas Moran, Samuel Colman, Conrad Buff, Maynard Dixon and Georgia O’Keefe, who all came to paint Utah’s red rock scenery.

Poulton currently serves as curator of Art of Utah and the West at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. She studied at the Boston University extension in Germany and completed work on her Ph.D. at Brigham Young University. Poulton has juried and curated many exhibits, including the Olympic Exhibition of Utah Art. She has written articles on Utah and Western Art, is the co-author of Utah Art, Utah Artists, and recently completed a book on the early pioneer artist, Reuben Kirkham.

Poulton has taught Utah Art History at the University of Utah and has served on the boards of several arts organizations. She has also filmed extensive interviews with numerous Utah artists, produced commercials on Utah art, and consulted with private art collectors and galleries.

For more information, please contact Kathy Cieslewicz, curator of the DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery, at 435-652-7909.

DSC English Deparrtment and Sigma Tau Delta to Hold Southern Quill Read-a-Thon March 12
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 7, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s English department and the DSC Sigma Tau Delta student organization is sponsoring an all-day read-a-thon of the "Southern Quill" as a celebration of its over 50 year presence in the community. The event will be held Thursday, March 12, in the DSC Val A. Browning Library conference room from 10 a.m. – to – 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public. In addition, any past contributors to the Southern Quill are invited to come and read their own work.

The "Southern Quill" read-a-thon will also serve as a fundraiser in which DSC’s English department and Sigma Tau Delta students will be soliciting donations for their “Penny-A-Page” campaign to raise money to send three DSC students to the National Sigma Tau Delta conference in Minneapolis, Minn. The students, Dustin Jackson, a senior from Santa Clara, Utah, Kenneth Marrott, a senior from St. George, and Diana Stanley, a senior from St. George, will present their original research and creative projects.

For more information or to donate, please contact Dr. Ami Comeford at 435-652-7826 or at acomeford@dixie.edu.

 


Dixie State Students Present Undergraduate Research Findings at Tuesday's Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – March 7, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly noontime “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series continues this Tuesday, March 10, with a presentation from three DSC students who recently participated at the Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research (UCUR). The students, Ken Marrott, Nick Adams and John Knudsen, 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.

Marrott, who last fall was awarded the Mark Swain Scholarship for English and was named DSC Student of the Semester for literature studies, returned to school to pursue his degree in English after working in healthcare informatics the last 14 years. His essay will engage the environmental movement and aesthetics in a dialogue concerning the movement toward an eco-aesthetic, a movement designed to bring the environment into popular epistemology, as it is identified, promoted and elucidated by literature.

Adams, a senior Biology major who was just accepted to Vanderbilt University for his graduate studies, will discuss his recent internship in the biomedical engineering department at the University of Utah. Under the direction of Dr. Patrick Tresco, Adams was involved with world-class, graduate-level research in tissue engineering, which focuses on the repair and regeneration of central nervous system (CNS) tissue.

Knudson, a senior Biology major from St. George, conducted studies on the canyon tree frog (Hyla arenicolor), which were performed in various isolated canyons in Zion National Park. Among the studies conducted were calculating population data, weight recordings and other trends as it related to the tree frog species’ found in a number of different areas and landscapes in and around Zion.

The Dixie Forum series continues each Tuesday through the rest of the spring semester. Following DSC’s Spring Break, the next Forum will be held March 24, featuring a presentation by New Mexico State University at Carlsbad professor Randy Milligan entitled “Theodore Roosevelt: Rough Rider President.”

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


Dixie State Students Find Success at Utah State Career Development Conference
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ March 3, 2009) Six Dixie State College of Utah students recently took first place at the 2009 Utah State Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) Career Development Competition held two weeks ago on the DSC campus. Those six students, along with 16 other DSC business students, earned the right to advance on to the 2009 International DEX Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 22-25.

Both annual conferences are a competitive forum for marketing students, specifically members of DEX, an international college level marketing club geared toward providing leadership and career-oriented opportunities to students.

Among the first-place winners is DSC student Wiley McArthur, who claimed top honors in Retail Management and teamed with Blair Thorpe to win the Business to Business Marketing competition. In addition, Sabrina Daniel was the top competitor in the Restaurant & Food Services Management section, as were the team of Ryan Lakey, Karli Blake and Phillip Moore in the Financial Statement Analysis competition.

Other international qualifiers include Krista Florida and Natasha Vu in Entrepreneurship; Connor Fowles in Human Resource Management; Jordan McNair in Internet Marketing; Melissa Cowles and Tamron Lee in Marketing Management; Aaron Merrill in Financial Services; Tom Trump and Ben Coulter in Retail Management; and Mike Sheffield in the Sales Representative competition.

"We are very pleased with the results of all the efforts of our students,"said DSC business department chair Dr. Phillip Lee. "It's just another indication of the high quality of programs and students that we have here at Dixie State College."

In addition, six more DSC students will be traveling to the international conference to participate in institutional workshops. Erin Howard will participate in the Culinary Institute, where she will work with a renowned chef and food services group.

Meanwhile the group of Dani Harter, Narris Cox, Katie Bock, Tim Leeny, and Robert Sinnott are going to the Management Institute, where they will work with a southern California retailer in an actual merchandising/management situation. The management workshop will team DSC students with other students from across the country and will address the problems facing the retailer and report back to the company with presentations of their ideas of how to problem solve.

"These institutes are great learning experiences because of the real-world problems these students will be working on," Lee noted.

Lee added that the St. George business community was very supportive of the state marketing event, as were the over 70 judges that took time to work with the students.

"The Utah State DEX organization was extremely impressed with the quality and experience displayed by the students who competed," Lee said. "The DSC Business Department also acknowledges the great contribution of our business community to the success of this conference."

In the state competition, students were judged primarily on their ability to analyze and come up with impromptu solutions to case studies. The competition consists of eighteen different categories. In order to qualify for internationals, students had to at least place in the top eight of their respective categories at the state level.

Approximately 2,200 students from across the country, along with representation from Puerto Rico and Canada, will take part in the international competition.


Spots Still Available for Dixie State College Scholarship Associates Golf Scramble at The Ledges March 6
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ March 2, 2009) Dixie State College will host its annual DSC Scholarship Associates/Village Bank Golf Tournament this Friday, March 6, 2009, at The Ledges Golf Club, with proceeds going to benefit needs-based scholarships at Dixie State.

This 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 a number of hole contests.

³Last year¹s golf tournament successfully awarded 12 needs-based scholarships to worthy Dixie State College students,² DSC Associate Vice President of Advancement George F. Whitehead said. ³We are very appreciative to all of our corporate sponsors and supporters for making this tournament possible. We would not be able to provide these scholarship opportunities to our students without their support.²

For more information or to register, contact George F. Whitehead at 435-652-7906 or at whiteheg@dixie.edu.


ContactPoint CEO Jason Wells to Speak at Next DSC Business Ethics Forum March 5
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ March 2, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah's Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum spring semester series this Thursday, March 5, featuring a presentation by Jason Wells, who is the CEO of ContactPoint, an international sales performance company.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC¹s spring semester, 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.

Wells will share his presentation "It's not just what you say and do. It's what they think you think," which will discuss how business must be conducted with the other party's perspective in mind. The presentation will draw on his experiences in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America, explaining that "whether it is the dot-com boom or bust, Hollywood executives, or small business, the principles remain the same."

Wells has been CEO of ContactPoint since January of 2008. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president at Sony Pictures Television International, where he led the creation and international expansion of the mobile business line from London, England. Wells was also a vice president for Sony Pictures Digital Sales and Marketing in Los Angeles, where he worked in both large corporate environments as well small company start-ups.

Wells is a DSC alum, where he earned his associate's degree before moving on to graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Brigham Young University. He went on to earn a Master's Degree in Economic Quantitative Methods from the University of Utah, and completed his MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The series will continue April 2, with a presentation by real estate agent Steve Wilson, while Jack Rolfe, physical therapist and founder of the School of Life Foundation, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation April 16.

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 Welcomes Utah's First Poet Laureate David Lee for Poetry Reading Wednesday
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 28, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will host a special poetry reading by Utah¹s first Poet Laureate, David Lee, to be held this Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 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.

Mr. Lee¹s visit is co-sponsored by DSC¹s English department and the department¹s Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society, along with the Dixie Forum series committee.

For more information on Mr. Lee¹s visit, please contact DSC Assistant Professor of English Dr. Ami Comeford (acomeford@dixie.edu) at 435-652-7826 or at acomeford@dixie.edu.

 


DSC Theatre Program to Hold Scholarship Auditions March 7
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 28, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah¹s Theatre program will be holding scholarship auditions this Saturday, March 7, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Dolores Dore¹ Eccles Fine Arts Center.

Students interested in auditioning should prepare at least two, one-to-two minute contrasting monologues. In addition, students who sing are encouraged to prepare 16 bars from a Broadway-standard musical (excluding ³Wicked,² ³Les Miserables,² and ³Rent²). A piano and CD player will be available, though students will need to provide their own pianist if needed.

Prospective students are asked to email DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport at davenport@dixie.edu, to request an audition time slot. High school students considering attending Dixie State College are encouraged to visit the school¹s website, www.dixie.edu, to apply for admission and to fill out an on-line scholarship application.

Each student who participates in the audition will also receive complementary tickets to that evening¹s performance of the DSC musical, ³110 in the Shade.²


DSC Theatre Arts Student Wins Regional Award At Regional Kennedy Center
College Theater Festival
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 28, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah theatre arts student Travis Cox was honored at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) competition held recently in Fullerton, Calif. The festival features the best collegiate designers, technicians and performers from the California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah regions.

Cox won the regional award for his sound design of DSC¹s production of ³Dancing at Lughnasa,² last fall. Cox¹s design, which featured the arrangement of both period and contemporary music and sound effects, was praised for its research, cohesiveness and integration with the overall production. In addition, he was given specific praise for his inventiveness and creativity in solving problems presented by the production.

DSC¹s participation in the KCACTF allows its student designers, technicians and performers to be reviewed by outside respondents and have their work nominated to participate in the Festival competitions. To participate, student designers must prepare a display outlining what they have accomplished and the documentation from the production, explaining how the work was completed. The students also prepare a 10-minute oral presentation in front of judges and participate in a question/answer session.

Cox¹s regional award marks the second-straight year a DSC theatre arts student has won a KCACTF regional award. Last year, Dixie student Guy Smith won the KCACTF regional and national competition for his work in DSC¹s production of ³Sweeney Todd.²

In addition to his production skills, Cox is also featured in the lead male role in DSC¹s upcoming production of ³110 in the Shade,² which will be presented March 5-7 and March 10-14, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore¹ Eccles Fine Art Center¹s Main Stage Theater.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center¹s 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 State College Theatre Program Turns Up the Heat With "110 in the Shade" This March
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 28, 2009) Although it is not summertime yet in St. George, the Dixie State College of Utah Theatre and Music departments are turning up the heat as both programs unite to present the musical ³110 in the Shade,² based on N. Richard Nash¹s 1954 American classic play ³The Rainmaker.² The production will run nightly March 5-7 and March 10-14, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore¹ Eccles Fine Art Center¹s Main Stage Theater.

With the music of Harvey Schmidt, coupled with lyrics by Tom Jones, and Nash¹s script, the show features a wonderful range of styles and songs to support the plot. In ³110 in the Shade² a drought, both physical and emotional, has hit a small Midwestern town and the plain, where hometown girl Lizzie Curry (played by Whitney Morgan-Cox), fresh from a life of spinsterhood, has seen her love life become as dried up as the Western soil.

Her family tries to set her up with the town¹s sheriff, File (played by Travis Cox), but life takes an unusual turn when Starbuck (played by Nolan Hanley), a conman and rainmaker by trade, rides into town claiming to be the answer to all their needs.

³The whole production staff is very excited about the production of this musical,² says DSC Director of Theatre Varlo Davenport. ³In St. George, we can relate to heat, drought, and the desire to find love and fulfillment, which makes this production really attractive to recreate.²

Davenport, who also serves as the production¹s director, noted that when ³110 in the Shade² made its debut in 1963, it went up against two powerhouse shows in ³Hello Dolly!² and ³Funny Girl,² which resulted in ³110² not receiving the notoriety and accolades it deserved. In addition to Davenport¹s direction, Morgan-Cox serves as choreographer, vocal direction is provided by Dr. Ken Peterson, and the orchestra is under the direction of Gary Caldwell. Other castmembers include DSC students John Gibson, Cole Chollet, Justin Cullimore and Anisa Bennett.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (age 65-over) and $10 for youth (age 17-under). DSC students, 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. Patrons may also purchase tickets prior to each evening¹s performance at the Eccles Fine Arts Center Box Office or online at ³tickets.dixie.edu.²


Photography as Expression to Focus of Tuesday's DSC Dixie Forum
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 26, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah¹s weekly noontime ³Dixie Forum: A Window on the World² convocation continues this Tuesday, March 3, featuring a special presentation on photography by renowned photographer Catherine Angel.

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.

Angel¹s presentation, entitled ³Photography as Expression of Self,² will encompass the history of her investigation into photography and how it reflects on her life. Angel¹s work spans black and white large format photography, mixed media collage and handmade books.

³When I photograph, my eyes and camera hold fast to those nearest and dearest to my heart,² Angel said. ³I hold still the moment as it slips away, making visible this proof of stopping time on film.²

Angel¹s work can be seen in a number of galleries and collections throughout the country and currently serves as a professor at UNLV. She earned a Bachelor¹s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma in 1985, and completed work on a Master¹s Degree in Fine Arts at Indiana University in 1988.

The Dixie Forum series continues each Tuesday through the rest of the spring semester. The next Forum will be held March 10, featuring a number of DSC students presenting undergraduate research projects.

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


Dixie State Announces Continued Successes in Enrollment Growth
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 26, 2009) Riding the momentum generated by last fall’s dramatic enrollment growth, Dixie State College of Utah officials announced continued significant gains in enrollment as the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) made public its 2009 Spring Semester numbers. USHE officially released its third week enrollment figures for the spring semester this past Friday, which showed that DSC posted a 13.38% increase in total headcount with 6,052 students, 714 students ahead of the institution’s total of 5,338 in spring of 2008. The 13.38% gain was the second-highest percentage gain in the entire USHE system.

DSC also posted the System’s highest percentage gain in full-time equivalency (FTE*) enrollment this spring at 16.34% with 4,144 students, a 582 student FTE increase compared to 3,562 students this time last year.

“Dixie State’s student services continues to promote this institution as a destination where students can begin or continue their college education,” said DSC vice president of student services Frank B. Lojko. “We implemented a sound enrollment strategy plan last year and we are truly seeing these efforts paying off for us. In addition, 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.”

Dixie State also saw a 46% increase in upper division enrollment with 1,465 total headcount, up 481 students from this time last year.

“We are equally as pleased with the continued rise of our upper division enrollment,” Lojko added. “This shows that our four-year programs are successful and gaining traction. It also shows that our student retention efforts are working and we will continue to remain focused on giving our students every opportunity to complete their four-year degrees at Dixie State College.”

Last fall, Dixie State was among the leaders in the USHE system with an 8% increase in total headcount with 6,443 students, while DSC’s full-time equivalency (FTE*) figures for the fall semester also rose almost 11% with 4,422 students. In addition, the College’s Budget Related FTE experienced the highest-percentage increase USHE at nearly 12% overall with 4,332 students.
 
College officials attribute the institution’s overall enrollment 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.

“In redesigning some of our existing strategies, we developed a special recipe for success, and as everyone can now see, we have exceeded our goal,” Lojko said. “Now we need to go out there and work even harder and continue to build on this success.”

*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.


DSC Jazz and Percussion Ensembles Present Annual Mid-Winter Concert March 3
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 24, 2009) The Dixie State College Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble will take the stage to present its annual Mid-Winter Concert this Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore¹ Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre on the DSC campus. Both ensembles are under the direction of Glenn Webb.

The DSC Jazz Ensemble will perform a wide range of works dating back from the 1930s to today composers. Among the compositions are the Glenn Miller standard ³A String of Pearls,² which feature several student solo performances, and ³Quintessence² by the legendary Quincy Jones, spotlighting DSC student Brandon Hanson on alto saxophone. In addition, student trombonist Jay Nygaard will be featured on ³Cerulean Blue,² and many other members of the band will take center stage on arrangements by Horace Silver and John Clayton.

The Percussion Ensemble will play the popular ³Farandole² by Bizet in a unique setting featuring only marimbas and a xylophone. Other selections include the novelty ³Time Worn,² the salsa number ³Dance On,² and the driving ³El Muchacho Cinco.²

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.


"A Day in the Life of a CPA" the Focus of the Next DSC Business Ethics Forum Feb. 26
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 19, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah¹s Udvar-Hazy School of Business continues its bi-monthly noontime Business and Ethics Forum spring semester series on Thursday, Feb. 26, featuring a presentation by local certified public accountant Robert Whatcott.

The Business and Ethics Forum, presented every other Thursday throughout DSC¹s spring semester, 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.

Mr. Whatcott will speak to the forum about the CPA profession and ³what a normal day of a CPA consists of,² especially during the tax season. He will also share his thoughts on the importance of ethics and how ethics plays a vital role in his everyday business practices, but in his experiences as a former St. George city councilman. Whatcott will also answer questions and give career advice to students who have an interest in the accounting field.

Whatcott, who is the owner of Whatcott & Associates, has lived in the St.George area for nearly 30 years. He is a graduate of DSC and Southern Utah University, where he earned a Bachelor¹s degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Whatcott has worked nearly 20 years in the accounting profession, and has also been involved in community activities, including serving on the St. George City Council for 12 years.

The series will continue March 5, with a presentation by local business owner Jason Wells. In addition, local real estate agent Steve Wilson will speak to the forum April 2; and Jack Rolfe, physical therapist and founder of the School of Life Foundation, will wrap up the semester schedule with a presentation April 16.

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 campus¹ 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 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.

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.

³The 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,² Dr. Huddleston said. ³As research indicates, ethics contribute to employee commitment, investor loyalty, customer satisfaction and to profits.²

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 Symphony Band to Perform in Mid-Winter Concert Feb. 26
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 19, 2009) The Dixie State College Symphony Band will take to the stage for the first time in 2009 for its annual Mid-Winter Concert on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dolores Dore¹ Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the DSC campus.

The 64-piece symphony band, under the direction of Gary Caldwell, will perform seven stirring compositions during the engagement, beginning the Steve Burch piece entitled ³Centurions,² which portrays the bravery and glory of the Roman centurion from the ancient world. The band will also perform Tchaikovsky¹s ³March Slav,² inspired by the his country¹s involvement in the war between Serbia and Turkey, along with Leonard Bernstein¹s ³Overture to ŒCandide¹² from his 1956 operetta ³Candide,² and Robert Russell Bennett¹s composition ³Suite of Old American Dances,² which will take the audience back to a time where Saturday nights were for barn dances.

In addition, the symphony band will perform Samuel R. Hazo¹s Scottish ballad ³Perthshire Majesty,² the Robert W. Smith¹s ³The Quest,² from ³Symphony No.3, Don Quixote,² which is based on the Cervantes literary classic, and the Charles Ives¹ composition entitled ³Variations on ŒAmerica¹.²

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

 


Four Dixie State English Students Selected to Present at National Conferences
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – February 19, 2009) Four Dixie State College of Utah English majors have been chosen through a nationwide search competition to present at two prestigious national conferences this spring.

Three of the four students, Dustin Jackson, a senior from Santa Clara, Utah, Kenneth Marrott, a senior from St. George, and Diana Stanley, a senior from St. George, were selected to present at the National Sigma Tau Delta conference in Minneapolis, Minn. In addition, Kassie Kirkland, a senior from St. George, will present at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research to be held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The four students were chosen based on the quality of their work and the originality of their ideas.

To help defray some of the travel costs for the students and their respective sponsors, DSC’s English Department and the DSC Sigma Tau Delta student organization will be sponsoring a number of fundraising events over the next several weeks, beginning with a “Battle of the Books” competition, which is currently underway in the McDonald Building on campus. The “Battle of the Books” competition features DSC students, faculty and staff voting for their favorite books by dropping coins into jars representing each classic story, including “Pride and Prejudice,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “A Farewell to Arms.”

In addition, Sigma Tau Delta will celebrate a longstanding literary tradition in southern Utah by conducting an all-day “Penny-A-Page” read-a-thon from issues of the Southern Quill, dating back from 1950 to today’s latest edition. The event will be held Thursday, March 12, in the DSC Val A. Browning Library from 10 a.m. – to – 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Any past contributors to the Southern Quill are invited to come and read their own work.

The fundraising effort will continue into April, as Sigma Tau Delta and other English students will be acting out scenes from their favorite literature and accepting donations for their performances in front of the McDonald Building.

For more information or to donate, please contact Dr. Ami Comeford (acomeford@dixie.edu) at 435-652-7826, or Dr. Sue Bennett (bennett@dixie.edu) at 435-652-7925.

Dixie State College Set to Host Annual Employment Fair Next Week
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 18, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah will host its annual Employment Fair on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Gardner Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year¹s fair is open to all students and community members and will feature at least 40 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, says that besides job hunting, students will find the Employment Fair serves as a great networking opportunity to meet employers and learn about businesses. In addition, students who are not graduating this year can gather important information about what major to choose or what classes to select in order to be prepared to apply for jobs at particular companies in the future.

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. In addition, this year¹s event will feature a resume¹ expert, who will provide on-the-spot resume review and advice to students on how to better their marketability.

Kinney noted that several employers are interested in meeting and interviewing graduates, such as Allconnect, Biolife, Boy Scouts of America, Frito-Lay, Intermountain Healthcare, the Internal Revenue Service, SkyWest Airlines, Steton Technologies, and Wells Dairy/Blue Bunny, just to name a few. She also said that all branches of the United States military, along with various law enforcement organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U. S. Border Patrol, will be represented.

For more information, contact the DSC Career Center at 435-652-7737.


Dixie State College Women's Basketball to Participate in WBCA's Pink Zone Campaign Friday Night
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 18, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah¹s Red Storm women¹s basketball team is joining over 1,000 colleges and universities teams in all three NCAA divisions across the county to support the Women¹s Basketball Coaches Association¹s (WBCA) Pink Zone campaign. DSC will be in the Pink Zone this Friday, Feb. 20, when the Red Storm hosts BYU-Hawai¹i at 5:30 p.m. (MST), in the Burns Arena.

Pink will be as prevalent a color that night as DSC¹s Red and Blue as the Red Storm 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 official game ball will be pink, the game¹s officiating crew will utilize pink whistles and the game management staff at the scorer¹s table will be decked out in pink.

³This year women's basketball lost a very significant member of its family when North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow lost her long battle with breast cancer,² DSC Head Women¹s Basketball Coach Angie Kristensen said. ³I am hoping this community can come out and support us as we do our part in helping fight this ugly disease because the money we raise is actually staying with our local American Cancer Society chapter.²

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game and DSC athletic officials noted that 100% of ticket sales from Friday¹s game will be donated to the St. George American Cancer Society chapter through the WBCA Breast Cancer Fund.

³Every year more and more institutions are getting involved with the Pink Zone and Dixie State is trying to help in any way we can by donating to the cause,² Coach Kristensen continued. ³We are asking all our fans come to the game, wear something pink and make a donation to this cause. Any help would be greatly appreciated.²

The WBCA Pink Zone (formerly known as "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 13-22, however many teams are participating outside of that window due to scheduling conflicts.

In 2008, over 1,200 teams and organizations participated in the WBCA¹s ³Think Pink² campaign, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research. Since its inception in 2007, the initiative has also crossed over to other sports, including swimming and diving, gymnastics, tennis and men's basketball.

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.

 


Dixie State Receives Scholarship Gift from Intermountain Healthcare
(ST. GEORGE, Utah ­ February 18, 2009) Dixie State College of Utah received a $3,424 scholarship gift from the Intermountain Healthcare Wednesday to be used to create a new Intermountain Women¹s Conference Nursing scholarship at the College. Dixie Regional Medical Center CEO Terri Kane presented a check to DSC First Lady Margaret Nadauld.

The contribution was derived from Dixie Regional¹s share of residual funding which previously supported the Women¹s Conference in Dixie. Last fall, because of declining attendance, the conference was dissolved with joint consent of the sponsoring organizations ­ the college, hospital and Washington County Extension Service.

³It has been our pleasure to be a part of the Women¹s Conference over the last 20 years,² Kane said of Dixie Regional¹s involvement. ³We felt that the remaining funds should go to a cause that truly benefits women in the name of the conference.²

The scholarship donation is part of Dixie State¹s new ³Dollars for Scholars Campaign,² or ³DSC,² which has a goal of raising $500,000 in much-needed scholarship funds. The campaign, which formally kicked off last month, will continue through August 15, 2009.

³Dixie State College values our partnership with Intermountain Healthcare and we are ve