Convocations to A.P.E.X.

A walk around campus last year would have meant passing around large posters that said “SUU Convocations” with the name of a speaker and a date for the following week. This year, those same posters say “A.P.E.X. Event Series.” Despite slight differences in name and types of speakers, SUU Convocations is the same program now named A.P.E.X.

A.P.E.X. stands for “Ask. Ponder. Educate. [X].” The [X] represents whatever topic might be going on week to week. The series has hosted comedy groups, journalists, spoken word poets, judicial court sessions and more.

The A.P.E.X. series, like Convocations, is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve, and attendance is limited by seating.

The events are every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. However, many events include a small question and answer after the event. These are typically advertised on the posters and at the beginning of the event.

The series is run by Director Lynn Vartan, who is also director of percussion in the music department. It is a part of the School of Integrative and Experiential Learning.

The change to the A.P.E.X. Event Series features not only a change in name and look, but will also feature more diverse speakers in addition to the “prestigious level of academic speakers you have come to associate with the series,” according to the blog.

They also offer CONVO 2010, a one-credit class where the weekly A.P.E.X. events are the classes. This class was offered in the past but was discontinued. It has been reinstated alongside the name change.

A.P.E.X. events will begin again on Jan. 18 with “Ravi Ray: Distinguished Faculty Scholar.” Ray is an SUU professor of political science. The event is located in the Great Hall.

For more information on the A.P.E.X. Event Series, go to, follow them on Facebook under the name SUU A.P.E.X. Events or find them on Twitter with the handle @suuapex.

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Andrew Leavitt