New Dixie President Focusing on Community Involvement
by Lindsay Gough
on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 10:21pm.
If you pay attention, you may notice a few more Dixie State University flags and t-shirts around St. George. This increase of paraphernalia is part of a PR campaign by the new university president, Dr. Richard “Biff” Williams, to try to involve St. George in the Dixie school spirit.
Dr. Williams’ goal is to “create an engagement between the university and the community that is unmatched anywhere else in the country.” as reported by The Spectrum.
While Dixie State has been around since 1911, St. George hasn’t really embraced the college town feel like its Utah counterparts in Provo and Logan have. There are many reasons to embrace school spirit and enjoy the perks of a nearby university. Here are a few reasons St. George residents can benefit from nearby Dixie State.
Universities offer plenty of family friendly activities in the community. The Sears Art Museum at Dixie offers free admission and can be a great outing for a family or group activity. Interesting speakers and performing artists come to campus and their events are open to the public. The school’s theater majors put on great plays and musicals. Sports activities are available throughout the year. If you pay attention to the university’s calendar, you will never be without something to do.
Colleges provide a uniting force in the community. When the community pays attention to a university’s accomplishments, everyone has something to celebrate. Game days are a lot of fun, as are school events such as Homecoming. A strong feeling of school spirit can be great for a community.
A lot of universities are placing an emphasis on volunteering. Students are expected to get involved on campus and in their communities. You can typically find tutoring sessions and athletic camps for your children. Students can also help with food drives, school events, and other community efforts. Search through the clubs and organizations at Dixie State’s website to find a group who may be able to volunteer for you.
Universities are usually the first places to get new technology and facilities. This can translate into a better hospital and medical staff, better computer labs, and larger libraries. University facilities are often open to the public, so see what might interest you on Dixie’s campus.
Living in a college town gives residents a chance to experience art, culture, sports, and science in a whole new way. Universities, such as Dixie State, aren’t meant to just better students, they also serve the community. This is why Dr. Williams wants more St. George Residents involved in Dixie State. Keep these advantages in mind when searching for St. George real estate.