Department of Communication

Facilities & Equipment

Photo of dancerSpeech and Presentation Center. The Speech and Presentation Center, housed in the Leadership Engagement Center on University Blvd. (across from the P.E. Building) is designed to assist students, faculty, staff and community members in the writing and presentation of speeches. The center is staffed by a director, graduate students and interns who provide assistance as needed.Although the center is housed in the School of Integrative & Engaged Learning, it is closely affiliated with the Department of Communication.


Student Disc Jockies at KSUU-FM, Power 91 radioKSUU-FM (Thunder 91) is the University's radio station, with studios located in the Sharwan Smith Student Center. Thunder 91 is licensed to transmit 10,000 watts of effective radiated power to Cedar City and the surrounding area. KSUU is a teaching tool of the Communication Department in educating students through practice of skills necessary to enter the professional ranks of broadcasting. KSUU was the first licensed FM radio station in the Cedar City area and has been operating for over 50 years.

Both on-air and production studios utilize the state of the industry hardware and software found in the commercial broadcasting environment. Students take advantage of Adobe Audition digital audio editing software in creating promotional messages that air on the station. Thunder 91 programs a full schedule of Alternative Rock music utilizing Music Master scheduling software, teaching students the music scheduling principles found industry-wide.

The station also has a Web presence and can be accessed from anywhere via the Web. 


Image of TV camera and student on news setSUTV is the University's cable TV station, with studios located in the Centrum. SUTV operates 24 hours per day on the Cedar City cable system (TDS). SUTV is another teaching tool of the SUU Communication Department. Students train on the latest digital video equipment and electronic newsroom systems. Television students also assist with video recording of SUU athletics, concerts and other events giving them real-world experience.

SUTV affiliates with the Classic Arts Showcase (http://www.classicartsshowcase.org) which is a classical MTV-like service. Local programming including newscasts (fall and spring semesters), rebroadcasts of various university and community events, concerts and other public interest programs occupy the programming schedule.

In addition to broadcasting on the cable system, several of the programs including the news and selected SUU athletic events are webcast.


Image of student editing video at the University Journal NewspaperUniversity Journal, in its printed, electronic, audio and video formats, is published by and for the student body of Southern Utah University. The Journal is located in the Sharwan Smith Student center. The paper is published on Friday of each week during fall and spring semesters and is distributed to the SUU campus as well as being available in several other community locations. 


T-bird Advertising Group (TAG), a fully-operational, student-operated, advertising group, is also a part of the Communication Department.

TAG is a unique and valuable experience for advertising and PR students with a real-world environment working with real clients and obtaining real results.