Dixie State College celebrates its 100 years

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College of Utah will culminate its 17-month centennial celebration with a number of events leading up to the college’s 100-year birthday celebration on Sept. 19.

The festivities begin on Sept. 14 with the premiere screening of the documentary film “Red Sand in Our Shoes – The History of Dixie College,” sponsored by the Southern Utah Chapter of the DSC Alumni Association and DOCUTAH, at 8 p.m. in the City of St. George town square. Admission to the screening is free and open to the public.

DSC Athletics will also be involved in the celebration with a pair of events, beginning will the enshrinement of four new members into its Hall of Fame at a special induction ceremony banquet at the Gardner Center Ballroom on Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. The class includes legendary head football coach Greg Croshaw, former Dixie College men’s basketball player and baseball coach and Major League Baseball all-star Bruce Hurst, former men’s basketball standout Marcus Banks, and former women’s soccer head coach Heather Mendenhall Dahl. Banquet tickets are now available for $55 per person, or tables for eight for $440. Proceeds from the event will benefit DSC athletic scholarships. For reservations or more information, please contact Derek Dawes in the DSC Athletic Community Engagement office at 435-879-4295 or by email at [email protected].

DSC football team will get into the act on Sept. 17, as the Red Storm hosts Simon Fraser in Dixie’s Centennial Football Game at Hansen Stadium. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m., and tickets are available now by calling the DSC Ticket Office at 435-652-7800 or through the DSC Box Office online. General admission tickets are $5; children under 12 are free.

Prior to the football game, the DSC Alumni Association will host a free tailgate party in front of the Wade Alumni House, which is located across from Hansen Stadium on 500 South. The tailgate party will feature free food, games, bounce houses, slides, and a climbing wall. In addition, the DSC football team will walk through the tailgate party on its way to Hansen Stadium beginning at 4 p.m.

Then on Sept. 19, DSC students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community are invited to Dixie’s Birthday Bash beginning at 6 p.m. at the new Dixie Pavilion located on the east end of campus next to the DSC Udvar-Hazy Business Building. All in attendance will be treated to free ice cream and a piece of what DSC says will be arguably the largest birthday cake ever made in Utah’s Dixie.

The birthday party will continue that Monday at the Cox Auditorium as Dixie celebrates a century of education and performance at the “Dixie Showcase” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to this wonderful night of entertainment filled with the “Dixie Spirit,” which has sustained DSC throughout its 100-year history.

The “Dixie Showcase,” will honor the 100 years of performance and the arts at Dixie, featuring performances by current DSC students and DSC alumni, including members of the Dixie College Program Bureau, which was under the direction of the late Roene DiFiore. Among the student ensembles performing at the “Showcase” are the DSC Symphony Orchestra; the DSC Concert, Chamber and Women’s Choirs; DSC’s Ragin’ Red Show Choir; DSC Concert and Jazz Bands; along with special performances by DSC’s Theater Department and DSC Dance Company.

DSC debuted the first Centennial “Showcase” at the Capitol Theater in downtown Salt Lake City last February.

For more information on these events or DSC’s Centennial Celebration, visit the college’s special centennial website.

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