New Professional Closet at Southern Utah University

Published: January 19, 2017 | Author: Cami Mathews | Read Time: 2 minutes

Students at the Utah state capitol buildingThe Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service and the Career Center at Southern Utah University are launching the Professional Closet, a new campus resource for students.  The organizations have identified a growing need for professional wear among students and want to educate individuals on appropriate attire for opportunities such as job interviews, internships, career fairs or networking events.

The new initiative was conceived by Donna Law, executive director for the Leavitt Center, during a trip to the state capitol. Law realized that students either didn’t know what to wear or did not have access to professional clothes.

“During our legislative intern training last year, we discussed appropriate attire,” said Law. “I could see, through their expressions, that some of the students didn’t have the professional attire they needed and acquiring those clothes may be unfeasible.”

The goal of the Professional Closet is to give every student the opportunity to make a positive first impression when they enter the professional workplace. The closet can help give them an additional competitive edge.

The Professional Closet is now accepting donations from faculty, staff and community members. When considering a donation, please make sure the item is clean, in good condition and professional.  For those wishing to donate, items can be taken to the Leavitt Center (SC 112) or the Career Center (SC 204) at Southern Utah University.

The following donations are needed:




Suits with pants or skirts

Dress slacks

Blouses and dress shirts

Dress shirts


Business shoes





Accessories- scarves, jewelry, etc.



Operational details are still being finalized, but donated clothing will be available to borrow or purchase at a nominal fee. A grand opening fashion show for the Professional Closet will be held on January 27th at 12 p.m. in the Sterling Church Auditorium in the Student Center on SUU’s campus.

About Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University (1897) evolved from a teacher training institution to Utah's designated public liberal arts and sciences university, offering over 140 undergraduate programs and ten master's degrees. With world class project based learning, unique undergraduate research opportunities, and a personalized learning environment (18:1) students lead projects mentored by professors. True to the University's core vision, SUU faculty, staff and administrators enable students to honor thought in all its finest forms, achieve excellence in their chosen field, and create positive change in the world.

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