Last week SUU had their annual SUNFest. The theme this year was “Cirque du SUNFest,” a play on “cirque du Soleil,” which means “circus of the sun.”
Events during the week included a comedian; the Mr. SUU pageant; bingo with great prizes; a showing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; a carnival with fun bouncy inflatables, free food, carnival games, prizes, and live music; the Thunderbird Awards Ceremony; and a masquerade ball.
I love dancing. Any time I have an excuse to go dancing is a good time. Sometimes I’ll go to rather sketchy places if I know there’s going to be dancing. When I found out about the masquerade, you can imagine how excited I was to go.
I went with my dancing friend Ali (whenever there’s a dance beat, chances are you’ll see us together) and our outfits matched. Unintentionally.
At the dance (which was free!) I ate lots of cookies and fruits and vegetables, danced, sweated, and got some photos done in a photo booth.
I love the great activities and events SUUSA does.
Want to know how? It’s called Sweat for Clean Water.
For those out there who don’t know, I write for another blog called Southern Utah Hiking. It is about hiking here in Southern Utah (seems to match the name, right). I recently wanted to make a difference in the world so I came up with this event and now I need your help.
Instead of retyping everthing here is the info.
Welcome everyone to the first annual “Go out and Explore” Day put on by me here at Southern Utah Hiking and Trails360.com. I hope you are all excited because I am! What we are doing is going out and hiking Calf Creek Falls out in Escalante Utah.
Along with this we are going to do a fundraiser for a charity group called Charity: Water. All those who donate will get a free T-Shirt. We are trying to raise 1000 dollars which will put upwards of 50 new wells so that people can have fresh drinking water.
Location- Calf Creek Falls, Escalante Utah
Date: June 29th, 2013
In order to for proper registration I need everyone to go the site, and follow the registration instructions
The feet marched to the sound of the call. What call you might ask? The call to action! The call to serve! And the thunder came and the T-Birds arrived to do their civil duty to those who fought in a war that eventually made up “the greatest generation.”
Hopefully you liked my flowery introduction to a service project I had the opportunity to be apart of. I currently belong to the Cedar City Young Single Adult 10th Congregation for the LDS church. My job is to plan Monday night activities. When the congregational leader (bishop) asked if we could do this activity for a Monday activity, I was happy to let them take over the evening.
So at 5 o’clock we gathered together our congregation and one other, which all are SUU students, and headed out to the service project. The project was to help out a World War II veteran named Ravena. She use to fly planes from the factories out to California to be shipped across sea’s and to the front line. That was cool to find out.
When we arrived we found out the project; which was to help bring her yard back to life. At the age of 90 it becomes very difficult to maintain your yard, so we were called in to save the day. With chainsaws, shovels, rakes, and willing hands we went to work.
It was a great service project, and everyone had a fantastic time. There is always someone out there that we can help, and we T-Birds are always excited to help. Hope everyone had a happy Easter and enjoy the rest of your week.
Of all the places on earth, I have a deep connection to Cedar City.
It’s my home and I love it here.
However, it is nice to get away for a bit, especially when it’s your friend’s birthday!
Las Vegas, Nevada is only 175 miles away, or 2.5 hours driving time, according to GoogleMaps.
Ten of us friends went to Las Vegas to spend time together and celebrate Nick’s 21st birthday!
We stayed in Circus Circus. Friday night we were going to party like 1999 and decided to walk from Circus Circus along the Strip to Excalibur for dinner. I wanted to drive because I was pretty sure the distance was a lot further than anticipated, but, in the end, I was glad we walked because we became closer friends and had some pretty awesome things happen.
Awesome thing #1: While enjoying the wonderful 80° F weather on our walk, a gentleman had the top down in his convertible and was blasting music. And it was good music. So I said, “Thanks for the tunes!” and he pointed to me and sang to us as we walked by. That made my day
We were walking to Excalibur to eat at Dick’s. It’s a restaurant where the servers are intentionally mean and swear at you and throw things at you and it’s quite the experience. They also make really inappropriate hats for you to wear. I, however, have a filter when it comes to posting things on the Internet so I will only be posting a photo of my hat, which was the only appropriate one made….
After dinner and drinking lots of water (I don’t drink alcohol. Notice how the pitcher I’m drinking right out of is water? I was super thirsty), six of us went to a dance club and danced the night away! It was the most fun!
Of all these people on the trip, there was only one that I didn’t know because of SUU. Every day it is hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that I have the best friends in the world.
Thank you, SUU, for giving me friendships that I will value forever.
Last Thursday I got a text from a friend inviting me out to go play kick ball in the Upper Quad here on SUU’s Campus. I jumped on that idea real fast because I love playing kick ball, so when Friday came I was geared up in shorts and a t-shirt and was ready to go.
At five o’clock we met and set up our teams and the games began. I was the first kicker and sent a huge kick into the right field. Most people were not expecting that because they didn’t know that I use to play soccer and still have a good leg on me. From that point on it though, I no longer had that advantage so I had to really try to control my kicks.
The game went on for about an hour and a half and in the end I think our team won by a few points, but we stopped keeping track after 40 minutes or so.
Over all it was a blast! I was sore all weekend because of it, but that’s all apart of the fun and games of it all.
One thing that I love about SUU (that I’m sure I’ve said before) is the ample opportunities SUU students have to get involved with the community.
One of my best friends, Abby, had that opportunity, too. She was in The Sleeping Beauty ballet presented by Cedar City Junior Ballet. She was one of the fairies and I was so proud of the work she did.
My other friend, Alex (from this post) was also in it as Aurora. It really was a splendid production. The costuming, makeup, adaptation, and set were all exquisite.
Photography was not permitted in the theatre, so here’s the link to Parker Grimes Photography and you can see some great shots of the ballet.
When I was in high school, I was very involved with, well, a lot of different things.
Especially the performing arts. I love singing, violin, and acting.
My favorite thing was when I could combine all three of those things into one: musicals!
Well, maybe not the violin, but singing and acting for sure (although, we did do Fiddler on the Roof. But I wasn’t the fiddler).
SUU does many fantabulous productions in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, but due to my other interests and ridiculously busy life, and the fact that I am not a theatre arts major, I have chosen not to audition for SUU shows (in retrospect, I wish I had).
But guess what?
I’m going to be in a musical and I’m freakin’ excited!
I haven’t been in a play since 2008, so it’s been a while, for sure.
The production is being put on by Cedar Valley Community Theatre and it is Hello, Dolly! I was cast as Barnaby.
Events that happen in Cedar like this one are evidence that SUU is a major integral part of the community.
For example, CVCT’s board of directors: four out of the seven have direct ties to SUU.
Hello, Dolly!‘s cast?
Dolly: adjunct professor of voice at SUU
Ernestina: SUU student
Ambrose: SUU student
Ermangarde: SUU alumna
Cornelius: SUU student
Rudolph: SUU student
And some of my best friends are in it!
I think it’s fantastic that so many SUU students go out and find a place in the Cedar City community.
Sooooooo if you want to see the show, performances are May 30 & 31 and June 1 & 3. I’m not advertising. Don’t worry
Now I have a sudden desire to watch Wall-E.
I love art.
SUU is a great institution if you’re interested in art.
And what is art? Well, everything is art. Athletics, singing, writing, chemistry, cooking, business, visual arts, acting, architecture, biology.
All those things are art.
Why? What makes them art?
Art, to me, needs to be created with passion. So if you are passionate about something you do and you create anything, tangible or not, you are an artist.
Mondo Guerra, Project Runway season 8 runner- up and Project Runway All-Stars winner, came to SUU last week as part of Identity Week. He is passionate about what he does.
“If you apply truth and honesty to what ever you do, you are an artist.” he said.
So there you go.
Passion. Truth and honesty. Create. You’re an artist.
A college education will likely lead to a better career.
And so sometimes, being at college leads to career fairs.
Like last week. Lots of future employers and future employees shaking hands and swapping informational materials. It’s a pretty awesome use of the SUU ballroom.
See? I wasn’t kidding.
College education + career & internship fair = a much happier world for everyone
Ok… So I love three day weekends. I think I can say that is true for most everyone. Unless you are a stickler and have no friends/social life, then you might hate three day weekends. But I bet that is not an accurate representation of the population as a whole. Well enough with my blabbing lets get onto the story of a three day adventure.
So in reality I did not do anything all weekend long except homework until Monday hit. I had called my parents and asked them if they would be interested in doing something on Monday. Low and behold they were. So they came down and we headed out to one of SUU’s fun geological neighbors, Cathedral Gorge. For all you students who follow this, directions to the park are easy.
- Head west on 200 north until you can’t head west anymore. (a little over an hour)
- Make a right
- Drive 1 mile
- Turn left
It cost 7 bucks to go into the park, but if you spread this amount up with friends, this whole trip could cost like 3 bucks a piece.
Well what to do here? There are a few hikes and there are these things they call caves, but in reality they are these crazy cool slot canyons that you can wander around in. I will let the pictures explain from here. But this place is awesome.