UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | April 15, 2024

Utah Tech springs into semester with events students can look forward to

With students on the downhill slope toward the end of the year and summer being months away, this may contribute to a lack of motivation. Many events will occur throughout the spring semester to give students that extra boost of motivation, giving them something to look forward to in these last few months of school. Photo courtesy of UMAC

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Spring Semester is now in full swing, and with that comes more work and more classes. But not all of campus life consists of those things. There will be plenty of events for students to look forward to, so mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

Valerie De La O, events and promotions coordinator, said, “There will be fun events for both the community and students to come together and have fun.”

D-Week

D-Week is a week-long celebration of community, tradition and pioneering spirit. It occurs during the first full week of April. Some activities that occur include an art tour, painting the “D” on the hill, Brooks’ Block party and more activities for community members and students.

During D-Week, there is an event called The Great Race. This is a traditional event that consists of different activities to participate in such as a mud pit, obstacle course and slide pull. People can build teams and compete in various physical activities to take home prizes.

Kite Festival

Utah Tech University partners with different businesses for events throughout the year such as Dixie Power for the Dixie Power Kite Festival April 6 at 10 a.m.

About 25,000 people come to this all-day event. This event is for everyone including the Utah Tech community, elementary schools and Washington County residents.

UTSA Events

Christian Hildebrandt, executive director of campus life and wellness, said a lot of activities are put on by the actual students themselves, such as the Utah Tech Student Association. There are many collaborations with clubs and businesses as well.

These UTSA events are typically on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. but times can vary. UTSA plans many of these events months in advance to ensure students have the best time possible.

Some events happen annually, such as Casino Night Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Students get to dress up and enjoy playing various casino games like Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, Roulette and Craps.

Another event people can enjoy is Live and Local April 10 at 7:30 p.m. where local bands come and play live music. This is held on the encampment mall.

To end the year and celebrate the start of summer, UTSA puts on the last dance of the year, Inferno, April 13 at 9 p.m.

TAT Events

Every Thursday, the Trailblazers Activity Team puts together activities that are open to all students but designed for those who live in the on-campus dorms.

An event that the TAT team recently organized was a Big Shots Night where students were invited to golf for free.

Hildebrandt said, “These events can include connection and engagement to others on campus.”

Pageants

More activities put on by UTSA are the Mr. Trailblazer pageant as well as the Trailblazer Queen pageant. This is where students compete in various levels of competition to win a title and scholarship while demonstrating school spirit.

Mr. Trailblazer will be Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Trailblazer Queen will be April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Be Well Workshops

The Booth Wellness Center hosts the Be Well Workshops every Wednesday from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Campus View Suites II multipurpose room They are meant to encourage positivity and help students accomplish their goals while engaging in various wellness topics.

Ali Threet, dean of students and assistant vice president, said: “Any students who may need help with basic life skills or adulting, from topics that include, but are not limited to self-care, test anxiety, navigating relationships and sleep hygiene, can go to the Be Well Workshops.”

Threet said if students get involved, they’ll be able to make connections and form a sense of community. Threet also said if any student needs help with feeling like they belong, they can come to her or to the Dean of Students Office.

Upcoming events are advertised in a variety of ways, such as the a-frames around campus, the Blazer Digest posters in the bathroom stalls and social media.

Attending these events can give students a break from classwork and stress while giving the Utah Tech community events to look forward to for the spring semester.