Dixie State University Campus Update

Dixie State University Campus UpdateD-Week 2017, themed “Destination: Dixie,” continues through the end of the week and there still is plenty of excitement to capture. On Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m., campus and the community members 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 RaceAfter 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 8will begin with the age-old tradition of whitewashing the “D” on the Black Hill at 7 a.m. That evening at 7 p.m.Local Chick-Fil-A franchise owner Deven Macdonald will receive the Dixie Spirit Award, CEO of the DiFiore Center for Arts and Education Ernie Doose will be given the Big D/Roene DiFiore Award, President of Camping World Roger L. Nuttall will receive the Rebel Award and both Dixie Foundation Board members and former co-chairmen of the Fire and Ice Gala Dorothy Orton and Marcia Wade will be honored with the Community Service Award during the Evening of Dixie event in the Zion Room on the fifth floor of Holland Centennial Commons.

· In connection with this year’s theme, D-Week participants can win a free cruise for two, a 55-inch TV and other prizes through a contest on Seek —an augmented reality, location-based app. To participate in the contest, download the app by visiting seekadventureapp.com, and join the “DSU D-Week” contest. Points can be accumulated daily at D-Week events, Trailblazer Art in the City bison statues and local sponsoring businesses throughout town.


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 hosting Canadian 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 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, April 18

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

Topic: Earth Day

– Date: Tuesday, April 25 (last forum of the semester)

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

Topic: Biochemistry


The Criminal Justice Program’s Computer Crime Institute is inviting members of the media along with city officials and community organizations to afacility tour and equipment demonstration from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. on April 27 in Room 201 of Building D in the University Plaza to show what they offer police agencies and new students.


The monthly film series DOCUTAH @ The Electric will screen the Oscar-winning documentary “Born Into Brothels,” which tells the story of the feisty, courageous, and wickedly funny children of Calcutta’s prostitutes. The film portrays the resilience of children and the magic art can have in transforming life for young people living in the brothels. The screening will be hosted by Executive Producer Geralyn Dreyfous at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in The Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle St. Tickets are $10 and required reservations may be made at www.docutah.com. The DOCUTAH @ The Electric series screens one DOCUTAH film each month in anticipation of the festival Sept. 4-9 on the DSU campus.


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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