Board of trustees welcome new staff, programs

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Dixie State University is continuing  to grow by welcoming new faculty and staff to the Trailblazer community along with several new additions to campus centers.

One of the newest additions, Gerry Lucey, in the general session of the board of trustees meeting Friday was hired on to be the women’s soccer head coach for the fall season.

Mo Eckroth, senior associate athletic director, was eager to introduce Lucey, as a great addition to the athletic department.

“He has come in and has already signed five student athletes,” Eckroth said. “All [from] Utah with GPA’s of 3.9.”

Eckroth expressed her excitement in Lucey both in his experience and recruitment skills.

“It’s a great day to be a Trailblazer,” President Richard B. Williams said after Lucey’s introduction.

DSU’s mens basketball team has been in the top five teams every year for NCAA competition, but this year basketball is at No. 2, Williams said.

Moving forward in the session the dean of library and learning services, Kelly Peterson-Fairchild, gave a presentation regarding the library services provided to faculty and staff. 

Aside from the special collections, writing center and academic performance center, Peterson-Fairchild also mentioned the addition of a program known as Dixie Reads.

Dixie Reads, started by the library advisory board, encourages all Trailblazers alike to recommend a book.

“They don’t have to be academic [books], these can just be good books,” Peterson-Fairchild said.

Peterson-Fairchild said students can build a community of learners through the sharing and reading of books, this is the type of community DSU strives for with its active learning active life motto.

According to CJ Ferguson, a DSU mentor and  alumni from Austin, Texas, mentioned the need to increase instate recruitment efforts by posting more fulltime DSU recruiters in northern Utah.

By targeting students in their earlier high school careers DSU hopes to bring in a more diverse enrollment, Ferguson said.

With younger high school students set as the recruitmnet target DSU is beginning to accommodate for those students with new bachelor degrees. 

By fall of 2018, a Bachelor of Art in design as well as a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology will be added to DSU’s curriculum.

To find out more about the Board of Trustees meeting head to trustee.dixie.edu