About A.P.E.X.

In its previous iteration as the "SUU Convocations Series," the A.P.E.X. 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. The A.P.E.X. team is 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

Ryan Paul, APEX Director

Ryan Paul - Director

Contact: paul@suu.edu

Ryan Paul is an advocate of diversity in storytelling, a curator of Cedar City’s history, and studies Rock'n Roll's impact on the world.

After earning a graduate degree in History from the University of Mississippi, Ryan forsook his Northern Utah home and settled in Southern Utah. He currently works as an Assistant Professor of History at Southern Utah University, specializing in Public and Local History and the History of the National parks. Ryan was thrilled to take on A.P.E.X. Events and continue the series on campus as Director.

Ryan has written five documentary films, lectured across the State as a Utah Humanities Council Road Scholar, served as President of the Utah Museums Association, and created a number of museum exhibits.

Alongside Cedar City’s local tourism bureau, Ryan writes and hosts the web series “Main Street Minutes” which dive into the history of the area. Ryan also served as the Museum Curator at Frontier Homestead State Park Museum for 19 years.

In 2015 he earned a Master's Degree from Southern Utah University in Arts Administration.

Ryan is a devotee of all things Elvis, Dr. Who, and DC Comics.

Amelia Naumann
Assistant Event Producer

Amelia is currently in her Junior year here at SUU. Amelia is a T-bird through and through and would not trade her time at SUU for anything. She is majoring in Strategic Communications with a minor in Psychology. Amelia loves everything in the field of communications, from major event planning, to social media algorithms and content creation. When not thinking about writing the perfect message, Amelia is thinking about bears. From the Kodiaks of Alaska to the Sun Bears of southern Asia. Email Amelia to find out all things APEX or for a fun bear fact!


Christina Schweiss

Christina Schweiss is a Sophomore at SUU majoring in Theatre and Communications and minoring in Shakespearean Studies. She loves writing, poetry, acting, meeting new people, and exploring different wonders life has to offer. Her favorite Shakespeare play is “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and she loves the show “Golden Girls” with her favorite character being Blanche.