July 16, 2017

Trailblazer nation: Letter from the president

The Dixie State University campus is teeming with activity this summer, and I encourage you to come experience our unique brand of “Active learning, active life.” for yourself. In the classroom, our educational philosophy translates to hands-on, individualized learning experiences and, outside of the classroom, the University hosts a variety of events ranging from festive citywide celebrations to concerts performed under Zion’s picturesque cliffs.

As part of the City of St. George’s Independence Day observance, Dixie State will host the 99.9 Kony Country 4th of July Celebration. Featuring Diamond Rio and Sawyer Brown live in concert, the spectacular will conclude with the biggest fireworks show in Southern Utah. The celebration will take place in DSU’s Legend Solar Stadium and gates will open at 5 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For ticket information, visit 999konycountry.com.

The festivities will continue on into July, when Dixie State hosts The Pioneer Legacy Celebration on July 24. Written and produced by world-renowned singer and songwriter Merrill Osmond, this firework spectacular and theatrical representation tells the story of the pioneers’ trek west. The celebration will start at 6:30 p.m. at Legend Solar Stadium, and admission is open and free.

Featuring the impressive production quality synonymous with the Osmond family name, the celebration will serve as a peek for what is to come from the proposed DSU Osmond Center for Arts Production. Planned to be established over the next five years, the center will have the dual mission of teaching DSU students the art of performance production through a Bachelor of Science in Arts Production program while producing top-notch campus and regional productions for the community to enjoy.

The 4th of July and Pioneer Legacy celebrations will serve as the perfect opportunity to check out the renovations taking place at Legend Solar Stadium, which now boasts a recently resurfaced track and football field. I am confident I’m not the only one filled with Trailblazer pride after taking in the newly branded football field. Plans are in place to begin construction this August on an east side grandstand that will increase the stadium’s seating capacity to 10,000 and house new locker rooms, restrooms, concessions, and ticketing. The structure, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018, will help Legend Solar Stadium become Southern Utah’s premier hub for large-scale events.

Another great opportunity available all summer long is the Trailblazers Summer Concert Series. Held at the breathtakingly beautiful O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, located at the gateway of Zion National Park in Springdale, the series is the perfect way to relax and enjoy a beautiful summer evening.

The series will host Rock Fest on July 8, the musical celebration “Sanctuary: The Story of Zion” on July 22, country music hitmaker Collin Raye on August 4, classically trained tenor Nathan Pacheco and the Lyceum Orchestra on August 11, the renowned Utah Symphony on August 29, Zion Matrix festival on September 9, and Zion Canyon Music Festival on September 29 and 30. Additional show and ticket information is available at www.octannershows.com.

As summer begins to fade away, the Dixie State University DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival is the perfect way to usher in fall. Mark your calendar for September 4-9, when DOCUTAH will screen fascinating documentaries created all around the world. With a mission to inspire a global connection through independent documentaries, DOCUTAH also hosts special events and free Filmmaker Chats every day of the festival to allow attendees to sit down with filmmakers in an intimate setting.

Leading up to the festival, the DOCUTAH @ The Electric series screens films on the last Friday of each month, spreading the educational mission of the festival throughout the year. Screenings are held at 7 p.m. in the historic Electric Theater, located in downtown St. George at 68 E. Tabernacle St. Tickets are $10 and available at docutah.com.

With so much going on this summer, you’ll want to be sure to make your way to our beautiful campus to be immersed in Dixie State University’s “Active learning, active life” experience.


Richard “Biff” Williams

President, Dixie State University



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