Dixie State University Campus Update

Dixie State University Campus UpdateThe Institute of Politics, in conjunction with the DSU Staff Association’s Legislative Committee, will host the Pizza & Politics forum “What’s the Deal on Utah’s Capitol Hill” at noon on Thursday, March 23, in the Gardner Center Conference Room B. The forum will feature local legislators and offer highlights of the just-finished 2017 legislative session.


The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences hosts a free Brown Bag Seminar at noon on Thursday, March 23, in Room 108 of the Wellington & Margaret McDonald Center for Humanities & Social Sciences. The forum will feature Dr. Matt Eschler on the laws of relationship satisfaction. Dr. Eschler’s talk suggests that every relationship we engage in has sets of laws that, if understood, can maximize the purposes of the relationship. Bring your lunch and learn!


Celebrity Concert Series presents Joe Trio at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in the Cox Performing Arts Center. Admission is $25.celebrityconcertseries.com

The Surgical Technology program is hosting an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 27, in the surgery lab of the Russell C. Taylor Health Sciences Center to highlight the career of surgical technology.  Usually hidden behind the doors of the operating room, surgical technologists perform critical functions during a patient’s operation.  Current students will demonstrate the skills required of professional surgical technologists.

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George and DSU communities to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews. Forums are held every Tuesday from noon to 12:50 at the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center. humanities.dixie.edu/the-dixie-forum 

Upcoming forums:

– Date: Tuesday, March 28

Speaker: Jason Johnstone-Yellin, vice president and COO of Single Cask Nation

Topic: Philosophy in the Age of Science and Capitalism

– Date: Tuesday, April 4

Speaker: Bernice Lewis

Topic: Music Theory 101

– Date: Tuesday, April 11

Speaker: American Association of University Women

Topic: Equal Pay for Women

– Date: Tuesday, April 18

Speaker: Rico Del Sesto, Tracey O’Kelly and the Sustainability Committee

Topic: Earth Day

– Date: Tuesday, April 25

Speaker: Dr. Dana Carroll from the University of Utah School of Medicine

Topic: Biochemistry


The Criminal Justice Program presents the murder mystery dinner event “A Murder in the Woods” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Stephen & Marcia Wade Alumni House. Participants will be grouped together to “solve a murder” by viewing a “crime scene” as well as the “weapon” that was used in the crime. The event will raise funds for Criminal Justice and Digital Forensic students to attend and present at conferences. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.


The monthly series DOCUTAH @ the Electric presents a screening of “Sunshine Superman” on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. at The Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle St., and Saturday, April 1, at 7 p.m. the Bumbleberry Theater, 897 Zion Park Blvd. in Springdale. Admission is $10. Hosted by Director Marah Strauch, the event will feature a Q&A session after the screening. The film paints a portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular — and dangerous — feats of foot-launched human flight. The DOCUTAH @ the Electric series screens one DOCUTAH film each month in anticipation of the festival Sept. 4-9 on the DSU campus.


Latino Family Day will celebrate the Latino heritage within our community on Saturday, April 1.  The celebration will start with workshops for high school juniors, seniors, and their parents in the Gardner Center at 8:30 a.m. Then, starting at 1 p.m., a Fiesta on the Whitehead Lawn will feature live music, folkloric dances, delicious food, children’s crafts and so much more. Admission is free.

The “D” on the Black Hill will light up in red starting April 2, signifying the arrival of D-Week 2017, themed “Destination: Dixie.” D-Week kicks off on Monday, April 3, with Food Fest, a tasty roundup of local food trucks parked north of the DSU Encampment Mall from 6 to 8 p.m. A food sample card is $5. On Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., students will compete for coveted D-Queen crown during the D-Queen Pageant in the Cox Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Then on Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m., campus and the community will vie for a world record by participating in the largest game of Twister ever on the field next to DSU’s Innovation Plaza (formerly East Elementary). On Friday, April 7, at 5 p.m., teams will run, swim and crawl across campus as they compete in the Great Race. After the race at 6:30 p.m., the D-Week Carnival featuring free food, treats, and games, will be held on the South Encampment Mall. D-Day, Saturday, April 8, will begin with the age-old tradition of whitewashing the “D” on the Black Hill at 7 a.m. That evening at 7 p.m., distinguished alumni will be honored for their service during the Evening of Dixie event in the Zion Room on the fifth floor of Holland Centennial Commons.

The Theatre Department presents the musical comedy Nunset Blvd.” at 7:30 p.m. April 6-8 and April 11-15 in the Eccles Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10 and available at dsutix.com.


Dixie State Dance Company is performing the 2017 Spring Dance Concert on April 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Eccles Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater. Admission is $12. This concert provides an opportunity for the 22 dance company members to express their passion and love of dance with the community.


The Dixie State University Undergraduate Research Office is hosting its first Regional Research Symposium from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on April 7 in the Dolores Dore Eccles Fine Arts Center. Admission is free.

As part of its Celebrate Steinway campaign, an effort to become an All-Steinway School, Dixie State University’s Department of Music is hostingCanadian piano duet Duo Fortin-Poirier at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, in the Eccles Concert Hall. Pianists Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier will present “Vingt doigts et un piano” (Twenty Fingers and a piano), a concert performed with two heads, four hands, and thousands of notes. Tickets are $15.

Dixie State University will host its 106th Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 5. The baccalaureate ceremony, at which Dixie alumnus and former NBA player and coach Lionel Hollins will be the speaker, is set for 10 a.m. The ceremony for associate graduates will take place at 2 p.m.and feature Clinton Buhler, an assistant professor at Dixie State and chair of the Humanities Department, as the speaker. Both ceremonies will take place in the M. Anthony Burns Arena. Attendees should be seated at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. This year, 1,829 students have applied for graduation with 863 students applying for bachelor’s degree and 966 applying for associate degrees.

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