The Dixie Sunshiners Meet the President in Cedar City!

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Thursday, September 24th marked the Dixie Sunshiner's Summer Trip to Cedar City, Utah to meet with President Michael T. Benson, have lunch, take a tour of the Southern Utah University and see Tuesdays with Morrie at the Randall L. Jones Memorial Theatre.

Dr. Benson was elected the 15th President of Southern Utah University in November 2006. At 44 years of age, he is one of the youngest University Presidents in the nation. For more information about the President, go to:

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Pictured bottom left to right: Dixie Sunshiners, Philip Lee, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Paula Bell, President of SUU Michael T. Benson, Lani Puriri, Janine Holt, Sandy Thompson, Cedar City Chamber Director, Scott Jolley, Gene Sturzenegger, Nina Heck, Al Thorne, Jeff Tuscano, Mark Babcock, Doug Labrum, Suzanne Moore, Steve Wilson, Sandee Card, Laura Keefe and Randy Patterson

Southern Utah University logo

Southern Utah University has 108 years of rich history in Iron County. It serves the southern region of Utah and the contiguous counties of two states with undergraduate and graduate programs and applied technology training. People of the region look to the University for outreach services, culture, economic and business development, public education, regional history, public affairs, and major academic specialties. ...For more history, go to:

Old Sorrel, sculpted by Jerry Anderson depicts the dire struggle to build the first college building for Southern Utah University under a strict deadline established by the state. To meet the deadline, lumber had to be hauled from Cedar Mountain, more than thirty-five miles away in one of the worse winters ever experienced by the locals. The monument depicts Old Sorrell, a workhorse who saved many lives that winter.

Old Sorrel - Jerry Anderson

This plaque below honors the builders who believed in the importance of the University to the future of their community and some mortgaged everything they had in order to finance the project.

Names of original builders of SUU

The Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival makes its home on the campus of SUU. The outdoor Adams Theater and adjacent courtyard, detailed to simulate the times-of-old at Stratford-upon-Avon, are a bustle with excitement and pageantry during the summer months.

Shakespearean Festival logo

For season and ticket information, contact the Theater Box Office, 1-800-PLAYTIX or

Utah Summer Games logo

Southern Utah University is also host to The Utah Summer Games. The Games brings 8,000 athletes to Cedar City to compete in summer sporting events, like soccer, baseball, basketball, track and field. The opening ceremonies are held at the Eccles Coliseum.

This is the largest Olympic style sports festival in Utah. For more information call 435-865-8421 or Carillon on SUU Campus


The Carter Carillon stands 76 feet tall and complete with 26 bells - right in the middle of SUU campus. Now visible from I-15, the Carillon soars above the City's rooflines and promises to be a significant landmark for years to come as well as an extremely handsome addition to upper campus.


There is a new tradition at SUU regarding the Carter Carillon. Incoming freshman will travel in one direction under the bell tower as they attend orientation and will travel the opposite direction once they graduate. President Benson said the students will actually go around and not through!


According to President Benson, "The bells have been programmed to play 100 songs ­- a sampling of songs compiled by university and community members - and will play on special occasions."







As we walked through the beautifully landscape complete with waterfalls, fountains, ponds, and several varieties of trees, plants and shrubbery, it's easy to see why the University has been presented the Best Maintained Campus Award for several years.

SUU Campus

We rounded the corner to enter the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building and the beauty of the stained glass windows was amazing! This facility provides students with state-of-the art technology, equipment, and learning centers.  Colorful displays of artwork were proudly hung on the walls throughout the building as well.

Emma Eccles Jones Education Building

Jim Floyd Jones of Cedar City and Springdale, Utah is a broadly realistic painter of southern Utah landscapes. His work conveys a powerful sense of grandeur in a tonalist abstracted sense. He is one of the most significant talents in Utah art today. Mr. Jones now resides in Rockville, Utah. He will be donating 15 of his most recent paintings to the Southern Utah Art Museum that will be opening sometime in 2010. 

Jim Jones Art

After the University tour, we headed over to the Randall L. Jones Memorial Theatre to see Tuesdays with Morrie. written by Mitch Albom. It tells the true story of sociologist Morrie Schwartz and his relationship with his students. Both the film and the book chronicle the lessons about life that Mitch learns from his professor, who is dying. They should pass out kleenix at the door!

Tuesdays with Morrie

For more information regarding the author and play, go to:

Many, many thanks to President Benson and his staff for making our trip to the Southern Utah University campus a memorable one! We truly enjoyed every minute and hope you did too!

There was so much to learn that we were unable to absorb it all. For more in-depth information regarding Southern Utah University, please go to:


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Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I enjoyed the post. But I really enjoyed the pictures. Thank you for sharing and going to all the trouble you did. The pictures for those of us out of area really give a good feel about what you are writing about.

Sep 26, 2009 12:59 PM #1
Judy Schneider
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA


Some interesting information! 44 years old is young for that position! WOW! Nice Art photo's I loved the painting!


Sep 26, 2009 01:05 PM #2
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thank you Charlie! It was an enjoyable day spent with great people!

Sep 26, 2009 01:08 PM #3
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thanks Judy! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Sep 26, 2009 01:19 PM #4
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Looks like a gathering of eagles.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 26, 2009 01:34 PM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Very nice post Wanda.  Thanks for sharing the information.  Looks like a great school that you are proud to be a supporter of.

Sep 26, 2009 11:36 PM #6
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Wanda - excellent information and terrific pictures to illustrate, terrific Localism content!

Sep 27, 2009 01:36 AM #7
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Lou, It was an interesting and inspiring day!

Gabe, I learned many positive things about SUU that I never would have had I not attended.

Thanks Mike! I appreciate that! And congrats again to you!

Sep 27, 2009 04:00 AM #8
Nina Heck

Good job Wanda. Wish you would have picked a picture of the group that had my eyes open. LOL. I had a wonderful time in Cedar. Thank you for riding with me. It was a blast.

Sep 27, 2009 04:41 PM #9
Mark Babcock

Wow! You did a great Job on this. Thanks for sending me the link.. I had a great time!

Sep 28, 2009 01:21 AM #10
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thanks Nina! The other photo was dark so this was the best one! I had a great time as well!

Thanks Mark, I really enjoyed the trip and I really enjoyed putting this together! The President also appreciated it and said we were welcome anytime!

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