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.

Student Disc Jockies at KSUU-FM, Power 91 radioKSUU-FM (Thunder 91) is the University's radio station, with studios located in the Centrum. 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.

In addition to music programming, Thunder 91 is the flagship station for Southern Utah University Athletics, broadcasting all SUU football and men's basketball games. The games are broadcast over the air as well as over the Internet. Selected programming is also made available from the station's web site as podcasts.

The station is also affiliated with Utah Public Radio and carries some of the UPR programming.

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 channel 9 over the Cedar City cable system (Baja Broadband). SUTV is another teaching tool of the SUU Communication Department. Students train on the latest digital video equipment and electronic newsroom systems.

SUTV affiliates with the Classic Arts Showcase ( which is a classical MTV-like service, University of California Television media service (UCTV) and CNN. 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.

Centurium Consulting Group (CCG), a fully-operational, student-operated, advertising group, is also a part of the Communication Department.

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