Dixie State University invites the community to celebrate Homecoming week
By Jyl Hall
October 12, 2018
In celebration of Dixie State University’s 2018 Homecoming week, the iconic “D” on Black Hill will glow red each evening Oct. 29 through Nov. 3, signifying that the community is invited to campus to take part in Homecoming week’s timeless traditions.
“Homecoming week is the perfect opportunity for Dixie alumni and Trailblazer fans to visit Dixie State University and witness for themselves the growth that this beautiful campus has experienced over the years,” John Bowler, director of alumni relations at Dixie State, said. “Homecoming activities are great for making memories and we are excited to welcome the entire community to participate in the fun.”
The week kicks off with the Classic Car Show and Truck-or-Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 on the Atwood Innovation Plaza lawn. The event is free to attend and will feature lots of candy, games and classic cars. Children are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes to trick-or-treat at this event hosted by the DSU Alumni Association and Dixie State Athletics.
The next evening, Dixie State will host the annual Miss Dixie State University pageant, a precursor to the Miss Utah and Miss America pageants, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission.
Continuing the fun, the Trailblazer 5k will be held on Nov. 1 at Trailblazer Stadium. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. and the run starts at 7 p.m. Registration, which is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger, is available at dixie.edu/5k.
The Dixie Spirit will be alive and well at the Forever Dixie: Then & Now Homecoming Assembly at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2 in the Eccles Concert Hall. The high-energy talent show featuring alumni from all generations will include a Memories of Dixie segment. Admission is free.
Later that evening, the Alumni Banquet will combine with the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to celebrate some of Dixie’s outstanding supporters. Linda Lou Crosby-Bills will be awarded the Distinguished Former Faculty/Staff Award and Dennis Udy will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Thales “Tad” A. Derrick, Monte and Lisa Holm, and Roger L. Nuttall will be inducted into Dixie State’s Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in the Gardner Center Ballroom at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2. Tickets are $18 and available by visiting dixie.edu/banquet or calling 435-879-4400.
Also at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2, Dixie State Volleyball will celebrate its senior student-athletes during the Senior Day game vs. Westminster in the Student Activities Center. Tickets are $9 for general admission and $6 for senior citizens.
Closing out Nov. 2 will be the Homecoming Concert featuring Daya, who will perform her hit songs “Hide Away,” “Don’t Let Me Down” and others starting at 8:30 p.m. in the Burns Arena. Tickets are available at dsutix.com.
Homecoming week wraps up with a full schedule of events on Nov. 3. The annual Homecoming Parade starts the day at 10 a.m. with more than 100 entrants marching along Tabernacle Street from 900 East to Main Street.
Immediately following the parade, free hot dogs, treats and games will be available at the Trailblazer Tailgate, held at the Wade Alumni House until 12:30 p.m. Then, the community is invited to cross the street to Trailblazer Stadium to cheer on the DSU football team as they take on Colorado School of Mines at 1 p.m. Tickets to the game are $9 for general seating, $12 for reserved seating and free for children and DSU students.
Homecoming week will close with the free Drive-In Movie on Nov. 3 at the Ridge Top Complex (the old airport), located at 620 S. Tech Ridge Drive. Doors will open at 6 p.m., “Incredibles 2” will start at dusk and “Mission Impossible” will follow.
“Homecoming week is going to be filled with fun, traditional events that highlight the Dixie Spirit that Dixie State University is known for,” Bowler said. “You won’t want to miss the opportunity to spend a week getting the ‘active learning. active life.’ experience firsthand.”
For a complete schedule of all the Dixie State University Homecoming activities, visit dixie.edu/homecoming or call the Alumni Association at 435-879-4400.