Festival of Excellence

Celebrating Academic and Creative Scholarship

View the 2023 Schedule

Dear Colleagues,

One of the joys of our work as academics is the pursuit of new knowledge. No matter your particular “brand” of research or creative endeavor, the successes we enjoy as a community in the areas of scholarship should be shared and celebrated. This is particularly true for our students and their scholarly work – a critical part of their development as learners and scholars.

It’s time for us to come together and share those scholarly successes during our annual Festival of Excellence. This annual festival provides a rich opportunity for each of us to gather as a community of learners to share our projects and passions from the last year. With a variety of venues and presentation styles to chose from, there is a place for everyone to share their work in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere.

Please join me as we prepare for this year's Festival of Excellence. Like last year, each college will create its own structure and schedule that meet its disciplinary needs. An organizer from each college (listed below) has already begun reaching out to their college colleagues to begin designing the event. New this year will be an all-campus poster session. This will occur on the day of the Festival from 2:00-3:30 pm in the America First Event Center.

Conference Details

Jan. 9 - Registration opens
Feb. 24 - Registration closes
Mar. 21 - Schedule will be disseminated
Mar. 28 - Day of Event (daytime classes are suspended so all students and faculty can attend. Evening classes will meet as usual.)

College Organizers

BUS - Jeff Swigert
CECS - Laurel Dodgion
COEHD - Brionne Neilson and Clint Broadbent
CHS - Kevin Tipton
COS - Jason Kaiser
HSS - Jessica Tvordi
Library/Honors - Richard Saunders
PVA - Richard Bugg

Thank you for changing students' lives,


Bill Heyborne, Ph.D.
Associate Provost   |  Southern Utah University
Old Main 207  |  351 W. University Blvd, Cedar City, UT 84720
435-586-1937  |  williamheyborne@suu.edu