OPINION — My time at Dixie State University has been very unique. As a freshman, I would go to class, to work, and then home with no involvement in extracurricular activities. From my sophomore year until now, I have been involved in many different areas from volunteering on the DSU Alumni Board, participating in the student leadership with the DSU Student Alumni Association, being a member of the spirit group The D-Crew, and staying involved in several clubs on campus.
In the recent light of events which a DSU Professor suggested now is the time for a name change for Dixie State University, and I am here to tell you that would be a huge mistake.
Dixie State University has been alive for 104 years, since 1911. Dixie has been in its name since 1913 (see What is Dixie State University?).
Being involved at DSU has completely changed my understanding and has helped me better understand the Dixie Spirit. The feelings and attachment to DSU is part of what the Dixie Spirit consists of. The same unifying “spirit that has prompted thousands of alumni and townspeople to share their time, talents and financial resources with the school that gave them their start” (see DSU: Historical Overview).
This became necessary in dire times when Dixie almost was closed by the State in its early years. The name Dixie came from “many of the families assigned to settle the area hailed from the South and possessed the necessary skills to grow cotton and establish a community. Paying homage to the nickname of their former home, these settlers called the region ‘Utah’s Dixie.'” (See The History of St. George, Utah.)
The pride held for Dixie, our alma mater, is another component of the Dixie Spirit. The Dixie Spirit consists of so many things, and it is easily contagious. The Dixie Spirit is truly what helped inspire the founders of St. George and encouraged them to look forward in hopes of a positive future. This makes up everything about Dixie, St. George, Dixie State University, and the people it encompasses.
As I have read many of the recent publications on this topic, I created a Facebook Page, “We Are Dixie,” in support of preserving and maintaining the Dixie name. You hear too much about the negative in the media on this, which makes it difficult to truly understand the desires of those it involves.
The We Are Dixie Facebook Page was created at 1 p.m. on July 14, 2015, and as of the morning of July 16, 2015, there are over 2,600 Likes from individuals who are fully supportive of keeping “Dixie,” and have been voicing their experiences with Dixie and its relation to St. George and DSU (see Facebook Page, “We Are Dixie.”)
I ask all of you to join me as we support our important heritage of Dixie. Let’s look forward to the good we have done and the differences we can make. We can come together to support our own Dixie heritage, our community. Let’s show our support of higher education at Dixie State University, and inspire those around us, as the early occupants of our Dixie. WE ARE DIXIE, and we always will be!
Submitted by Chet Norman, DSU graduate 2015
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- We Are Dixie Facebook
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- On the EDge: Time to decide on DSU name
- Applause and song resound, Dixie name change survey results; STGnews Videocast and Photo Gallery – 2013
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