SUU Launches Community Initiatives with New Office, Programs

Published: November 15, 2017 | Author: Haven Scott | Read Time: 1 minutes

In 2018, Southern Utah University is poised to launch a series of programs designed specifically for the community. Housed in SUU’s School of Integrative and Engaged Learning, the newly created Office of Community and Academic Enrichment (CAE) has been charged to reach out to community members by extending academic experiences beyond campus boundaries to local and regional communities.

“Our role at Southern Utah University has always been to extend our reach to our off-campus community,” SUU Provost Dr. Bradley Cook said. “We are in a unique position where we can draw on our on-campus experts to contribute to the continuing education for all residents, and the School of Integrative and Engaged Learning is continually making a concerted push to elevate the lives of others in our community.”

Five unique programs have been placed under the direction of new CAE Director Melynda Thorpe to provide cultural, intellectual and skill-based learning opportunities for the entire community through a variety of interactive outlets. Programs include Community Education, Community Professional Development, Community on the Go, Summer Experience, and Road Creek Inn.

“Work hard, have fun and make a difference in your community — that has always been my motto,” Thorpe said. “SUU has long relied on the strength and support of its local community. We feel that offering new and interesting courses designed specifically for members of the community is an important way to give back.”

Community education classes, and the CAE office, evolved over time to provide a better quality of life for southern Utah residents, whether that be a social-based class, professional development, or the love to learn something new.

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