The Festival of Excellence: Celebrating Scholarship in All Forms

CEDAR CITY, Utah — The Festival of Excellence is an annual one-day event dedicated to celebrating Southern Utah University’s scholarly efforts through interdisciplinary dialogue to encourage lifelong learning. Students and employees are encouraged to present their major projects, research, performances, displays, and any other type of scholarly activity to the general SUU community.

Participation in the festival provides a valuable opportunity for students and faculty alike as they gain experience presenting their work in a professional atmosphere.

“The 2018 Festival of Excellence represents the culmination of years of labor on the part of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Scott Knowles, assistant professor of theatre arts and dance and one of the directors of the Festival of Excellence. “This year’s presentations integrate a vast array of different topics and offer a truly interdisciplinary look into the excellent work accomplished at Southern Utah University.”

Dr. Bertice Berry, a best-selling author, teacher, educator, and public figure, will be the keynote speaker at the festival. Dr. Berry’s mission is to “inspire change and transformation through life-long learning, diversity, values, and excellence.” Her mission is further articulated in her vision statement that says “when you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.” Berry will provide a powerful supplement to the inspiring work presented throughout the festival.

Students, faculty, and members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend and support the scholarly work and research taking place at SUU.

“We don’t do enough of celebrating the talent we have on our campus,” said SUU Provost Bradley Cook. “We have faculty and students writing books, engineering projects, writing and publishing papers, traveling the world to present research and yet our own community doesn’t know about it.”

This year’s festival will take place on April 3, 2018. The schedule for the program can be found on the Festival of Excellence website.

About Southern Utah University

Established in 1897, Southern Utah University evolved from a teacher training institution to Utah’s designated masters university, offering over 140 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. With world class project based learning, unique undergraduate research opportunities, and a personalized learning environment (18:1) students lead projects mentored by professors. True to the University’s core vision, SUU faculty, staff and administrators enable students to honor thought in all its finest forms, achieve excellence in their chosen field, and create positive change in the world.

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