The Dixie Power Kite Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, on the Dixie State University Encampment Mall. The festival promotes reading and encourages students to engage in family-oriented physical activity by giving qualifying students a high-quality kite or book for their reading efforts. Entrance to the festival is free. www.dixiepowerkitefestival.com
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. The final forum of the semester will take place from noon to 12:50 on Tuesday, April 25, in the Browning Resource Center. Dr. Dana Carroll from the University of Utah School of Medicine will present on biochemistry. humanities.dixie.edu/the-
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 DSU Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 28, in the Zion Room on the fifth floor of the Holland Centennial Commons. I will send the complete agenda/workbook as the meeting date approaches.
Dixie State Athletics will host the Brooksies, its annual all-sports awards banquet, at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in the Gardner Ballroom. Student-athletes will be honored for their dedication on and off the field and honors will be given in multiple categories, including Female and Male Athlete of the Year, Senior Class Male and Female Senior Scholar Athletes of the Year and Most Valuable Player for each of Dixie State’s 13 intercollegiate sports, cheer and dance. Additionally, student-athletes with a 3.8 grade point average or higher will be recognized.
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.
The Service Branch of the Dixie State University Student Association is hosting Talents for Treatments, a benefit concert to raise funds for Intermountain Precision Genomics Lab, which provides a personalized approach to testing, diagnosing, and treating cancer here in St. George. The event is set to take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, in the Eccles Mainstage Theatre and will feature Miss Dixie, Dixie state teams, and principal dancers from the Nevada Ballet and Universal Ballet theaters performing a duet from Swan Lake. Tickets are $8 per person or $6 per ticket for groups of 10 or more and are available at dsutix.com.
DSU President Richard B. Williams will present his annual State of Dixie State University Report and Update for the final President’s Colleagues of DSU meeting of the Spring 2016 semester. The presentation is set to take place at noon on Monday, May 1, in Lecture Hall 156 of the Taylor Health Science Center, located on the Dixie Regional Medical Center campus at 1526 East Medical Center Drive.
The Dixie Awards, which recognize the accomplishments of DSU students, faculty, staff, community members and businesses who have been extraordinary in their commitment to DSU, will be held on Thursday, May 4, in the Eccles Mainstage Theatre. The Dixie Academic Awards will be held at 5 p.m. and the Dixie Awards will be at 7:30. https://dixieawards.dixie.edu/
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.