Arts Administration Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation Conference

The 2021 Arts Administration Orientation will be held September 2-4. The detailed schedule for the event will be posted in mid-June. Watch this space for updates.

Arts Administration Orientation 2020 - September 3-5

Welcome to the official page of the Arts Administration Orientation, a three-day event held every year at Southern Utah University. Based on the Mission and Learning Outcomes of the Arts Administration program, this conference will introduce new students not only to the field of arts administration, but to Arts Administration faculty, mentors, and fellow students on both degree tracks.

This page includes the conference schedule, descriptions of events, and maps. Please note that some events require an RSVP, linked below. We look forward to seeing you all in September!

Note on Our COVID-19 Preparations and Precautions:

As we plan the 2020 Arts Administration Orientation Conference, we are staying up-to-date on best practices in regards to COVID-19 safety. We are listening to our Southern Utah University and State of Utah leadership, as well as local and state health officials, to ensure the best possible experiences for our attendees.

The 2020 Arts Administration Orientation Conference will be held in compliance with all of the State and University guidelines. To view SUU campus policies in regards to the safety of our students, employees, and guests, visit suu.edu/coronavirus. Additionally, SUU is following the procedures outlined by the State of Utah, which can be viewed at coronavirus.utah.gov.

Please be aware that all 2020 Arts Administration Orientation Conference attendees and presenters will be required to wear a face mask, and to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. Knowing the situation is fluid, if further restrictions or rules are enacted as a result of a spike in the pandemic, we will adjust as needed. For example, we are prepared to split up conference sessions, reserve larger spaces, and/or host many of the scheduled events outside or virtually.

For further information on our COVID-19 conference preparations, please contact Program Director Rachel Parker (rachelparker@suu.edu). We look forward to seeing you (from a distance!) in September.

**Last Updated 08/26/20**

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THURSDAY, September 3

09:00 am - WELCOME
All AA faculty, students, and mentors will meet together for a brief introduction and instructions regarding the orientation process. The Seminar Grove (between the Randall L Jones and Englestad Theatres), The Beverley

10:00 am - SESSION 01
Canvas Training - Intro to Canvas: Students will receive general training on Canvas, the education platform used at SUU. GeoScience 327-328 (The Office of Online Teaching and Learning "Across from the Library, above the dinosaurs!")

11:00 am - SESSION 02
Loose Ends: Students will use this time to take care of any university items, like HR paperwork, visiting Financial Aid, getting SUU Student IDs, etc. Current students will be on site and available to help in any way. Meet at the Carter Carillon Bell Tower

12:00 pm - FREE TIME

01:00 pm - SESSION 03 
Critical Thinking: Students will learn about the theory of Critical Thinking and gain the tools needed to use it throughout their time in the Arts Administration Program. The Frehner Rehearsal Hall, USF Administration Building, The Beverley

02:00 pm - SESSION 04
General Orientation [MA Students]: Students on the MA track will receive a general orientation to Arts Administration at SUU. The Burch Mann House Classroom
General Orientation [MFA Students]: Students on the MFA track will receive a general orientation to Arts Administration at SUU. The Burch Mann House Backyard

03:00 pm - SESSION 05
Digital Literacy and Networking: Students will learn about resources to find, evaluate, and communicate information requiring both cognitive and technical skills and what resources are available outside of the program to help the student network with and research organizations to meet those expectations. The Burch Mann House Classroom

04:00 pm - SESSION 06
SUMA Tour:
 Students will be guided on a behind-the-scenes tour of Southern Utah Museum of Art. Meet in the SUMA Lobby

05:00 pm - FREE TIME

06:00 pm - AA PICNIC SOCIAL 
All AA faculty, students, mentors, and family members are invited a socially-distanced and casual get-together at Cedar City's Canyon Park (West Side). Please bring your own dinner, as well as blankets and chairs to sit on! Directions from SUU: Head east on Center St/University Blvd, turn right onto 400 East, turn left into Canyon Park. We’ll meet at the pavilion right next to the parking lot. 

FRIDAY, September 4

09:00 am - SESSION 07
USF Tour:
 Students will be guided on a backstage tour of Utah Shakespeare Festival. Meet at the Fred Adams statue in the USF Administration Building courtyard

10:00 am - SESSION 08
Canvas Training - Canvas and Arts Administration: 
All students will receive Arts Administration-specific training on Canvas, the education platform used by SUU for both online and residential courses. The Electronic Learning Center (ELC) Room 311

11:00 am - SESSION 09
The Bell Tower Tradition: The traditional welcome to SUU - Walking under the bell tower when you arrive as a new student, and not doing so again until you graduate. Meet at the Carter Carillon Bell Tower 

12:00 pm - FREE TIME

01:30 pm - SESSION 10
Capstone Presentations:
Over the summer, graduating students have linked theory with practice through a Capstone Project. Upon completion of these projects, students return to Cedar City to give a presentation on the experience and how it all relates back to the AA program. This is also a wonderful opportunity for incoming students to see what the end of their tenure in the program could be like. The Frehner Rehearsal Hall, USF Administration Building, The Beverley

04:00 pm - FREE TIME

07:30 pm - SESSION 11
AA Hooding Ceremony: 
All AA students, family, friends, faculty, and mentors are invited to this special event where recognition is given for those graduating with their masters degree through the placement of the master's hood. President Scott Wyatt, Dean Shauna Mendini, and Provost Jon Anderson will be in attendance. The Seminar Grove, The Beverley

SATURDAY, September 5

09:00 am - SESSION 12
Alumni Panel:
An informational panel discussion of alumni from both degree tracks, facilitated by Rachel Parker (Director).The Frehner Rehearsal Hall, USF Administration Building, The Beverley

10:00 am - SESSION 13
Hindsight is 20/20 - MA:
Incoming students will learn from the graduating students about how to make the most of their time in grad school. The Burch Mann House Backyard 
Hindsight is 20/20 - MFA: Incoming students will learn from the graduating students about how to make the most of their time in grad school. The Burch Mann House Classroom

11:00 a.m. - FAREWELL 
Closing remarks from Rachel Parker, AA Program Director, Shauna Mendini, Dean of the College of Performing & Visual Arts, and James Sage, Associate Provost of Southern Utah University. The Burch Mann House Backyard