ST. GEORGE, Utah — Dixie State University signified the completion and opening of Campus View Suites, the first housing complex to be added to campus in 48 years, during a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon.
During the ceremony, held in the courtyard of the beautiful four-story building, Dixie State President Richard “Biff” Williams lauded the entire team who worked on the project for the tremendous accomplishment of completing the facility in just one year.
“This was no small feat,” Williams said. “Campus View Suites is an invaluable asset to campus that will not only help our students build the meaningful relationships that will help them succeed in college and life, but also better connect them to the resources that will help them thrive at Dixie State University.”
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Williams asked a series of “who knew” questions, reflecting on all the changes campus has seen since the ground was broken for Campus View Suites in August 2015. For example, he asked who knew Dixie State would welcome its largest freshman class of 2,166 students the same semester Campus View Suites opened. He went on to ask who knew the university would expand its academic offerings to more than 150 academic programs and who knew that DSU’s proposed Human Performance/Student Wellness Center would be ranked as the Board of Regents’ No. 2 building project priority. He then answered his own inquiries with the response that DSU knew these accomplishments would be achieved due to diligent planning and adherence to the university’s Dixie 2020: Status to Stature strategic plan.
Student Body President Sarah Ramaker and Campus View Suites resident Gabby Benson offered students’ perspectives on the importance and benefits of living on campus, saying full immersion to campus life makes the Dixie State experience unique and beneficial. Illustrating the student focus of Campus View Suites — and the entire Dixie State campus — the two students had the honor of cutting the ceremonious ribbon that spanned the complex’s front door.
David Clark, chair of Dixie State’s Board of Trustees; Sherry Ruesch, DSU executive director of facilities management; Seth Gubler, DSU director of housing and residential life; Kelly Morgan, founding partner of Method Architecture; Josh Haines, vice president of Layton Construction; and Alex Chamberlain, assistant professor of art whose photos are used as murals in the facility, also spoke, commenting on how the complex, which was the result of a great partnership between multiple entities, provides great opportunities for Dixie State students.
After the ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to tour the housing complex and take in the stunning facility, including Chamberlain’s murals that demonstrate DSU’s mantra of “active learning, active life.”
Campus View Suites adds 352 beds to Dixie State’s on-campus housing offerings via six-person suites. A great amount of preparation went into the planning of amenities and features offered in order to enhance students’ experiences. These elements include game rooms, a fitness room, indoor secure bike storage, trash chutes on each floor, a multipurpose room for social and educational events and computer stations.
For more information about on-campus housing at Dixie State University, visit housing.dixie.edu.