The school year is about to start for the Southern Utah University T-birds, bringing in a new year of academics, athletics, and events. The university is a huge part of Cedar City’s culture and pride as a community, drawing in students from all over the state, country, and other countries. The roughly 8,000 students who attend SUU benefit Cedar City’s economy by living, working, and contributing to the community. In 2015, Scott Wyatt, the President of SUU, stated that the students the previous year had contributed over 200,000 service hours to the community, which is why it’s important for the community to give back to the students. An easy and fun way to do this is to help support SUU athletics and events and events.
On August 21 from 9-11 am, SUU will be hosting a Solar Eclipse party at the Cedar City Main Street Park. This highly anticipated solar eclipse can be seen in 3/4 coverage from the park and will have fun for the kids. Games, popsicles, solar glasses, and solar telescopes will be available at the event for all ages.
SUU’s famous Shakespearean season is in full swing at the moment, continuing on the festivities until October. Since the founding in 1961, this is one of the largest and oldest Shakespeare festivals in America. The festival just moved into the newest facilities on campus, the Beverley Center for the Arts, a beautifully modern building built to celebrate the artistic spirit of the students and alumni of SUU. A stage built to resemble an Elizabethan playhouse for the Shakespearean festival was included in the new arts center. The festival includes free Greenshows, orientations, seminars, classes, backstage tours, and the New American Playwrights Project. The 2017 season presents Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, How To Fight Loneliness, as well as Shakespeare in Love, Guys and Dolls, Treasure Island, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tavern, and William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). For more info, visit www.bard.org
An exciting event that happens at the start of every school year at SUU is the Paint the Town Red celebration, where SUU students flood main street for live food and music to celebrate the upcoming school year. This unites students with local businesses in Cedar City’s Historic Downtown Area, where students can get info on clubs at the school and opportunities available for them. This year, it will be taking place on Friday, September 1, at 6:30 pm.
SUU Football’s first home game will be September 16 vs Northern Iowa. Tickets are available now at tbirdtickets.com with season tickets starting at just $45 for bleacher seats and $75 for chair-backs. Family passes are also available, which include five tickets to each game for just $125. Single game tickets are available for just $10 bleacher seats and $20 for chair-backs. Single game family packs include six bleacher seats for $30.
SUU’s complete 2017 football schedule is listed below.