Founders Celebration

To all who have come to love Southern Utah University, the story of the founding of the institution has long stood as a source of pride and of inspiration. It is a story of heroism and selflessness, and serves as a constant reminder of the precious value of higher education. Watch the docudrama Back Up the Mountain

Each March, our Founders Celebration salutes our rich past and promising future with a variety of events. Importantly, it pays tribute to the steadfast and visionary men and women who sacrificed greatly to establish the institution and to the enduring spirit of those founders, as it honors, as well, those who have devoted comparable service to the building of the University over many decades.

2017 Founders Celebration Activities

Tuesday, March 21

Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture
11:30 a.m. 

Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Conference Center
Dr. Quintard Taylor presenting The Challenge of the Racial Frontier: Four Centuries of African American History in the American West, 1600 to 2000.

Wednesday, March 22

Leadership Speaker
Sharwan Smith Student Center Ballroom
Joshua Fredenburg, a nationally acclaimed speaker and author, will present Emotional Intelligence 2.0: Are You Emotionally Fit? This leadership session is open to the community.

Thursday, March 23

Founders Reception
6:00 p.m.

Hunter Conference Center

Founders Dinner & Awards
6:30 p.m.
Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Conference Center
RSVP to Sara Greener or call 435-586-7775
Distinguished Service Awards will be presented to David Jeppson, Bonnie Bishop and Ken Bettridge.

Friday, March 24

Lunch on the Main
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Founders stories and lunch for students at the Library Plaza, Library Entrance, Centurium, Founders Monument (Old Sorrel), Old Main and the Sharwan Smith Center.

Remembering Dr. Gerald R. Sherratt
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a program at 7:30 p.m.
Huntsman Reading Room, second level of the Sherratt Library
An evening of "Jerry stories" shared, heard and recorded. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sherratt Library.

Tuesday, March 28

Dan+Shay Concert
7:30 p.m.
Centrum Arena
Purchase tickets at