Southern Utah University’s Top 10 News Stories of 2014

Published: December 31, 2014 | Author: Jessica Young | Read Time: 3 minutes

The past calendar year has been one marked by progress and achievement at Southern Utah University. From a new president swearing into office to obtaining national recognition, 2014 was a year of growth and expansion for SUU, ultimately improving the student’s experience at the University.

Take a look below for a list (based on the number of views) of SUU’s top stories from 2014.

1. Cookie Cutter Mold Broken

It’s not the bold red lipstick or the cheetah print blazer that catches your eye when you look at Heather Garcia. What speaks the loudest is her genuine ability to shine. And this talent comes naturally to the junior from Taylorsville, Utah, and ultimately led her to royalty and being crowned Miss SUU 2014-2015 on Tuesday, September 9.

2. Proving the Existence of SUU’s Resident Ghosts

Southern Utah University is known for its long history of tradition and excellence, but with that history comes a dark past. Over the years, accounts of ghostly hauntings and paranormal sightings have been passed down from generation to generation.

3. Top 10 Utah Caves from SUU Cave Expert

Utah is known for it’s majestic mountains and red cliffs, but some of its most splendid views are found hundreds of feet underground. Caves are hidden natural wonders filled with gravity defying formations and Megan Barrett, freshman outdoor recreation major and resident cave expert, has a few favorites found within the Beehive State.

4. Why Cedar City is the Best, and Most Affordable, College Town

When you are picking what college to go to, you’re also picking what town you’re going to live in.  So remember location determines price, making Southern Utah University an even easier choice, seeing that it’s home, Cedar City, has been named a top ten affordable college town in the U.S. by the Council for Community and Economic Research.

5. Celebrating Class of 2014

Southern Utah University is proud to celebrate the success of its 1,764 Class of 2014 graduates at SUU’s 115th annual commencement festivities on Friday, May 2.  The University Commencement, featuring keynote speaker and former first lady of Massachusetts Ann Romney, will begin at 9 a.m. on May 2 in SUU’s Centrum Arena.

6. SUU Jumps Rank above Utah Universities as Best in the West

Marking considerable strides among the nation’s best regional universities, Southern Utah University’s undergraduate experience is gaining national attention from U.S. News and World Report, which ranked the Cedar City institution in the top tier of all universities across the West, at 58th — up 13 points from SUU’s 2014 standing.

7. Students, Community Chip in to Crash the Super Bowl

The typical bag of chips curbs hunger and stains fingers, but when you give Southern Utah University professors and students a bag of Doritos, they attempt to “Crash the Super Bowl” and win $1 million.

8. SUU Professors Reveal the Tricks Behind Mentalists

Before Wayne Hoffman, a world renowned mentalist, comes to campus as part of Southern Utah University’s 2014 Welcome Week, a few psychology professors took note of how Hoffman appears to have telepathic, clairvoyant, psychokinetic and precognitive abilities, revealing a few tricks of the trade.

9. Breaking Ground on Groundbreaking Arts Complex

The cultural landscape of southern Utah will soon take a major step forward with a groundbreaking ceremony that signals the beginning of construction on a new performing and visual arts complex. The groundbreaking for SUU's Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts happened March 27 drawing state representatives, civic leaders, trustees, major donors, board members, officers and executives from Southern Utah University, the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA).

10. We the Geeks: Science Grads Create a More Perfect Future

After spending the last four years attacking the intellect’s most extreme sports, the Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science & Engineering’s top students within the Class of 2014 are reaching graduation day and begging for more.

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