Starting School Off Right, One Event at a Time

The Students Programming Board (SPB) hosted eight different events, welcoming all Southern Utah University students back to campus.

The events began Monday with the annual Food and Faith Barbeque. Students had the opportunity to meet local religious leaders and different church denominations, which oftered treats and dinner to those in attendance.

Students had the opportunity tuesday morning to participate in the Let’s go Fly a Kite celebration.

Tuesday Night, comedian Pete Lee performed for SUU Students. Lee has most recently been seen on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

More than 1,000 students attended the outdoor movie at the lower practice field. Ocean’s 8, starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway was a comedy-heist film for everyone to enjoy.

The Party on the Hill was an end of summer party featuring kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding, and DJ Zach Fryer.

One of SUU’s most popular event, Paint the Town Red, hosted hosted students, alumni and community members of Friday night. returned on Friday night. Paint the Town Red allows students to connect with different clubs and organizations found on campus. Students also had the opportunity to participate in the tradition of leaving their handprint on the art wall.

SPB’s Athletic team hosted the student tailgate in preparation for the football game against University of North Alabama. SUU clubs and organizations gave out candy and food to all those in attendance.

Those attending participated in the Thunder Walk. The Thunder Walk is a new SUU tradition where students line the walkway as the football team enters the field

The tailgate had a great turn out, and had tons of energy from start to finish,” said SPB Athletics Director Chris Ozeretny. “We were so proud of all the T-birds that turned out for the Thunder walk and look forward to building this tradition up all year long.”

Welcome Week ended with a paint dance following the football game. Students showed up in white and left covered in blue, purple and orange paint.

“Welcome week was such a success!” said SPB Event Director Alexis Hacking. “The marketing team did a great job getting the word out so the students knew what was going on throughout the week. Each event had an incredible turn out and it really set the tone for the school year.”

To stay up to date with all of SPB’s events, follow their instagram @suu_spb.

Story by: Easton Bowring
Photos by: Easton Bowring and Mitchell Quartz