The Dixie State University DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival will screen 64 documentary films from 15 countries when the DSU campus hosts the festival Sept. 4-9. The festival features DOCtalks, sessions in which filmmakers and directors talk about the business, at 3 p.m. on Sept. 5-8 in the Sears Art Museum Gallery in the Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center. Other special events include:
A gala dinner and world premiere of the film “Tuacahn: Miracle in Padre Canyon” at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Tuacahn Amphitheatre
A free community concert featuring local musicians Eric Dodge and Sam Payne as well as Yoshi Sakamoto, a Japanese country music singer, and a screening of “Far Western,” the story of a Japanese band besotted with American Country and Western music, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the St. George Town Square
A free presentation of exclusive clips from “The Vietnam War,” the new 10-part documentary film from award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center
The Red Carpet Awards Celebration on Sept. 9
Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George and DSU communities to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews. Forums are held every Tuesday of the semester from noon to 12:50 at the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center. humanities.dixie.edu/the-dixie-forum
– Date: Tuesday, Sept. 5
Speaker: Boyd Matheson, president of The Sutherland Institute
Topic: Politics Has Failed; America Will Not
– Date: Tuesday, Sept. 12
Speaker: Utah Shakespeare Festival Panel
Topic: Utah Shakespeare Festival 101
– Date: Tuesday, Sept. 19
Speaker: DSU Associate Professor of Education Dr. Cari Buckner
Topic: Brain Development in Young Children
DSU is participating in the 9/11 National Day of Service by hosting Books for Brunch from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Gardner Center Ballroom. The community is invited to bring a new children’s book in exchange for brunch. Special guests including veterans, community leaders, and fairy tale characters from Tuacahn’s “Shrek the Musical” will read books throughout the event. DSU students will deliver the donated books and read to children in local schools on Monday, Sept. 11. Additionally, the DSU Student Association’s Service Branch will host a 9/11 memorial ceremony at noon on Monday, Sept. 11, at the University Clock Tower.
Athletic Excellence Weekend, a premier event organized to raise support for DSU’s student-athletes, is being held Sept. 14-16. The weekend kicks off with a golf tournament at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Green Springs Golf Course. The signature gala dinner and auction will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, in the M. Anthony Burns Arena.
The Trailblazers football team, who is ranked fourth in the RMAC Preseason Poll, kicks off the home season at 6 p.m. on Sept. 16 vs. Black Hills State at Legend Solar Stadium. A groundbreaking ceremony for Legend Solar Stadium’s 5,000-seat eastside grandstand will be held during halftime. Before the game, join Trailblazer Nation for a free tailgate party complete with free hamburgers, hot dogs and sides at 5 p.m. at the Wade Alumni House. dixiestateathletics.com
President Richard B. Williams will present the State of the University Address at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center. President Williams will discuss Dixie State’s success and growth over the previous year as well as the university’s goals and vision for the upcoming year. Free lunch will be served afterward.
The DSU Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, in the Zion Room on the fifth floor of the Holland Centennial Commons. I will send the agenda as we get closer to the date.