The annual year-end awards program recognizes DSU students, faculty and staff who have excelled in various areas of achievement throughout the academic year. The Dixie Awards, formerly known as the Rebel Awards, have been a tradition at the Dixie State since the 1960s.
The ceremony will feature a style typical of a Hollywood-type awards presentation, featuring five finalists in nearly 30 award categories, ranging from academic excellence, campus spirit and service to the campus and community. In what has become tradition, the ceremony takes place the night before Dixie State’s Commencement Ceremonies in an effort to involve family and friends of the award nominees in an effort to establish a new legacy for the annual event.
For the second-straight year, the Dixie Awards’ emcee duties and entertainment will be provided by “Dakaboom,” and edgy, music-driven a cappella comedy duo featuring the talents of actor/musicians Ben McLain and Paul Peglar. “Dakaboom” combines the musical genres of pop, hip-hop, opera, jazz, musical theatre, electronica and a cappella to modernize and reinvent the vaudeville art form. For more information on “Dakaboom,” visit www.thedakaboom.com.
“The annual Dixie Awards really gives us the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff, and highlight the great things that have happened at Dixie State this past year,” said Del Beatty, DSU Dean of Students.
The ceremony will also feature the formal introductions of the 2014 Dixie State University Baccalaureate Valedictorians and Associate degree high honors graduates. In addition, the DSUSA Officers for the upcoming 2014-15 academic year will be introduced and sworn in. Gregory J. Layton, a senior English major from Cottonwood Heights, Utah, will take the oath to become the new DSUSA student body president, while D’Andre Mathews, a junior biology major from Las Vegas, Nev., will serve as vice president of academics, and McKell Price, a sophomore communication major from Brigham City, Utah, will serve as vice president of student clubs.
For more information about the 2014 Centennial Dixie Awards, visit www.dixie.edu/dixieawards.