Festival of Excellence: Celebrating Scholarship in All Forms

Published: March 27, 2018 | Author: Miles Anderson | Read Time: 1 minutes

student research presentersThe Festival of Excellence is an annual one-day event dedicated to celebrating Southern Utah University’s scholarly efforts through interdisciplinary dialogue to encourage lifelong learning. Students and employees are encouraged to present their major projects, research, performances, displays, and any other type of scholarly activity to the general SUU community.

Participation in the festival provides a valuable opportunity for students and faculty alike as they gain experience presenting their work in a professional atmosphere.

“The 2018 Festival of Excellence represents the culmination of years of labor on the part of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Scott Knowles, assistant professor of theatre arts and dance and one of the directors of the Festival of Excellence. “This year’s presentations interrogate a vast array of different topics and offer a truly interdisciplinary look into the excellent work accomplished at Southern Utah University.”

Dr. Bertice Berry, a best-selling author, teacher, educator, and public figure, will be the keynote speaker at the festival. Dr. Berry’s mission is to “inspire change and transformation through life-long learning, diversity, values, and excellence.” Her mission is further articulated in her vision statement which says “when you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.” Berry will provide a powerful supplement to the inspiring work presented throughout the festival.

Students, faculty, and members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend and support the scholarly work and research taking place at SUU.

“We don’t do enough of celebrating the talent we have on our campus,” said SUU Provost Bradley Cook. “We have faculty and students writing books, engineering projects, writing and publishing papers, traveling the world to present research and yet our own community doesn’t know about it.”

This year’s festival will take place on April 3, 2018. The schedule for the program can be found on the Festival of Excellence website.

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