The convocation, a non-denominational event, will feature inspirational addresses from Dixie College alumni Dave and Cheryl (Lang) Rose. Joining DSU students, administrators, faculty and staff in attendance will be a number of St. George-area clergy representatives, along with local government leaders and the school’s Board of Trustees, among other dignitaries. The program will also include inspirational songs and performances by students and faculty from DSU’s Fine Arts department.
Dave Rose (’80) was a two-sport star at Dixie College and was first-team all-league selection in basketball and baseball. In 1977, he helped lead the Rebels to the NJCAA College Baseball World Series. After serving a two-year mission for the LDS Church, Rose returned to St. George and picked up where he left off. He earned all-SWAC honors in basketball, and won the 1980 Region 18 batting title with a .421 average as a sophomore. He then went on to play two seasons at the University of Houston, where he was a member of the famed “Phi Slamma Jamma” teams with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.
Rose, who will be inducted into DSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 14, returned to Dixie as an assistant men’s basketball coach under Ken Wagner for three seasons before taking over as head coach in 1990, and in seven seasons he compiled a 167-57 overall record, led the Rebels to three Scenic West Conference titles, and was named the 1993 SWAC Coach of the Year. In 1997, Rose moved up the road to become an assistant coach at BYU and was named head coach of the Cougars prior to the 2005-06 season. In his eight seasons as head coach at BYU, he has compiled a 209-66 overall record, and his 209 victories rank him second on BYU’s all-time list. He also led the Cougars to seven-straight post-season trips, including seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
Cheryl Rose (’77) was a former Dixie College Rebelette who met her husband Dave in a business class at Dixie in 1979. The couple got married in 1980, just prior to the move to Houston. When the couple returned to Dixie in 1990, Cheryl helped established a drug and alcohol prevention program on the Dixie campus, and her efforts led to the institution becoming the first state-funded prevention program in Utah. Her foresight and leadership also led to her appointment as a regional drug and alcohol prevention coordinator by the U.S. Department of Education.
To this day, Cheryl provides community service, including the annual Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation annual party for families of pediatric cancer patients and survivors, and even those who have lost children to the disease. In 2005, she was given the Intermountain Healthcare Beacon of Hope award for her unyielding commitment to the cause.
President Nadauld introduced a new convocation tradition in 2008, as a way to establish a four-year culture at Dixie and is pleased it has become a permanent part of the fabric of the campus. He noted that these types of non-denominational gatherings go on at other college campuses throughout the country and have an inspirational flavor to them.
For more information on the convocation, please contact the DSU Public Relations office at 435-652-7544.