The Convocation was originally slated to feature inspirational addresses from Dixie College alumni Dave and Cheryl (Lang) Rose. However due to an unexpected medical issue that arose late Monday, the former Dixie and current BYU head men’s basketball coach and his wife will be unable to attend the event.
“First and foremost, we want to extend our best wishes for a complete recovery for Dave and our support for him and his family,” DSU President Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld said. “Dave and Cheryl were very gracious in accepting our invitation to speak and we look forward to welcoming them back to Dixie at a later date.”
President Nadauld announced that former Dixie State and current BYU head baseball coach Mike Littlewood has accepted an invitation to speak at Sunday’s Convocation. Littlewood spent 16 years in the DSU dugout before taking the reigns as head baseball coach at his alma mater in 2012. Littlewood is Dixie’s all-time winningest coach, having compiled a 563-238 (.702) record, while capturing nine league titles along the way, including seven SWAC championships and two PacWest crowns. He led Dixie to four NJCAA World Series appearances, including a 2004 national title and a national runner-up finish in 2001.
“We are pleased to welcome Coach Littlewood back to campus, especially on this short of notice. He spent nearly 20 years here and is very familiar with the quality of students we have here,” Nadauld noted. “He is a dynamic speaker and motivator, and I am confident that those in attendance will come away with a renewed passion to succeed this upcoming school year.”
The annual convocation event was introduced as a new campus tradition by President Nadauld in 2008, as a way to establish a four-year culture at Dixie State. 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. In addition to a keynote address, the program also includes inspirational songs and performances by students and faculty from DSU’s Fine Arts department. 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.
For more information on the convocation, please contact the DSU Public Relations office at 435-652-7544.