About A.P.E.X.

A.P.E.X. Events is almost 40 years old! We are starting to plan the celebration! We are of one of the longest standing programs on campus and we can’t wait to celebrate this huge milestone! Stay tuned for details!

In its previous iteration as the "SUU Convocations Series," this program has been bringing exciting experts across all disciplines to campus for almost 40 years! It began as a speakers’ series funded by the president’s office, and its first event was on March 24, 1983, with motivational Speaker Dan Clark speaking on the "The Power of Positive Thinking." Currently, the series is housed in the Provost’s Office and directed by a faculty member on a ½ time teaching load with a support staff. Attendees to our events are students, faculty, staff and community members, and speakers have been invited from all areas of the US and abroad. While on campus, guests are invited to interact with students and faculty in multiple ways, with opportunities to connect and network in vast areas of scholarship! All A.P.E.X. events are free and open to the public!

What’s with the [X]? The new tagline for our series is “Ask. Ponder. Educate. [X].” and the [X] represents the variety of topics we explore in the series – it's the variable element from week to week. Dr. Vartan and her team are passionate about the broad spectrum of thoughts, ideas, disciplines, backgrounds and cultural themes that can be showcased and shared, all within the context and with the consistency and organization that our team provides. There is sure to be something for everyone at some point in the season, and all events will certainly open your mind and creativity!

Our Team

Dr. Lynn Vartan - Director

Contact: vartan@suu.edu  - lynnvartan.com

Percussionist Lynn Vartan is an international performer and educator who is an advocate for diversity in music. As a new music percussionist Lynn has worked with Michael Colgrass, Vinny Golia, Arthur Jarvinen, Ursula Oppens, Joan Tower, Glen Velez, Xtet, James Newton, Chinary Ung, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble and Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music, and is known for her dynamic athleticism and exciting energy on stage. She has commissioned and/or performed countless new works for percussion by composers such as Donald Crockett, William Kraft, Steve Hoey, Veronika Krausas, Erica Muhl, Arthur Jarvinen, Sean Heim, Jeff Holmes, Keith Bradshaw and Shaun Naidoo.

A devoted ensemble musician, Lynn is the percussionist for Southwest Chamber Music, the violin/percussion duo 61/4 which she founded with Shalini Vijayan, and a duo percussion group Exacta that she formed with Tambuco’s Miguel Gonzalez. Lynn is currently the Director of Percussion and director of the APEX Event Series at Southern Utah University. Lynn is endorsed by the Paiste Corporation, Remo Inc. and Marimba One.

Emily Sexton
Assistant Event Producer

Emily is currently a Sophomore at SUU majoring in Music Education with a Secondary Instrumental Emphasis. She loves anything that has to do with music, especially learning as many instruments as she can - but her favorite is anything percussion! Emily also enjoys playing tabletop and video games, reading comic books, and watching a wide variety of TV shows.


Katie Englert

Katie Englert is Lecturer in the Honors and BIS programs at SUU. With a background in Photojournalism and Anthropology, she is always taking photos of the culture and community around her. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside and working in her yard, mountain biking, swimming, and exploring the southwest.


Andrea Aguayo
Graphic Design and Marketing

loving every minute of it! Cedar City is a perfect place for her because she is always down to do anything outdoors: rock climb, hammock, snowboard, go camping - you name it! She loves to read, watch the Blacklist, travel and try new things (especially food). Fun Fact: The only movie she has ever fallen asleep in was Twilight.

Colton Hughes
Marketing and Branding

Colton Hughes is a college Junior majoring in Graphic Design. He's a fan of all things art and design, with a particular fondness for early twentieth-century design, especially the Bauhaus school. When he isn't designing, he enjoys listening to music, playing tabletop games, or simply hanging out with friends.