RENAME The North Plaza Building (DSU) to the Glen B. Blakley Building of the Arts

RENAME The North Plaza Building (DSU) to the Glen B. Blakley Building of the Arts

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Dan Whalen started this petition to President Richard B. Williams, PhD, ATC

After the tragic passing of Glen B. Blakley, MFA, a beloved Professor of Fine Arts & Ceramics at Dixie State University.* We PROPOSE an official name change of the North Plaza Building, in which Glen called his professional home for nearly four decades, to the Glen B. Blakley Building of the Arts.

"It is with deep sorrow and grief that I pass along news of the passing of Glen Blakley, Professor of Art.  Glen lost his battle with COVID-19 yesterday, December 31, 2020.  He was a beloved father and teacher; world-class artist, ceramicist, photographer and painter; mentor, teacher, and friend to countless DSU students, faculty, and staff.  Glen will be remembered for so much, including his generous kind heart and encouraging spirit.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. "

~ President Richard B. Williams, PhD, ATC

Glen was an accomplished ARTIST & CERAMICIST but more importantly, an accomplished TEACHER, EDUCATOR, MENTOR & above all... a FRIEND. He was internationally recognized for his contributions to the CERAMICS world and locally recognized for his LOVE of the arts.

It is proposed that the name of the North Plaza Building be changed to the Glen  B. Blakley Building of the Arts as part of the initiative and reasons for the renaming of Dixie State University.*

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* "The Dixie State University governing bodies – Board of Trustees, President’s Cabinet, University Council, Staff Association Board, Faculty Senate, and Student Executive Council – are collectively recommending to the Utah Board of Higher Education an institutional name change for Dixie State University. Through a multidimensional, in-depth impact study regarding our name, we have learned that the inclusion of Dixie in the University’s name is increasingly disadvantageous for our students and alumni, hinders our ability to recruit students, faculty, and staff, and limits the partnerships we can build.

Although we deeply believe moving toward an institutional name change is in the best interest of our campus community, we understand this change will be difficult for many since the name has been cherished in our region since 1857, when 38 families settled Southwest Utah to grow cotton. We share in the profound pride of the local meaning of Dixie that embodies the region’s pioneering heritage of grit, service, and sacrifice. However, the word Dixie has a national meaning that is vastly different from the local understanding of the term. The data shows that Dixie means the Confederacy to 33% of Southern Utah residents, 41% of Utahns, and 64% of respondents from our recruiting region."

~ President Richard B. Williams, PhD, ATC

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Please consider signing the PETITION to declare the the name of the North Plaza Building be changed to the Glen B. Blakley Building of the Arts in memory of a true ARTIST, TEACHER, MENTOR & FRIEND. The memory, impact & contributions Glen made during his tenure at Dixie State University* will forever be REMEMBERED & the relationships, bonds & friendships will NEVER be forgotten.  

The COMMUNITY & the WORLD will never forget the impact Glen had on each of us but let us DECLARE our SUPPORT to a great cause & with great effort to HONOR Glen's NAME & LEGACY by renaming the North Plaza edifice, at Dixie State University* & to embody the true nature of an artists SANCTUARY of learning & exploration. The Glen B. Blakley Building of the Arts will be a place of ART & CREATION. It will be a beacon for the budding & aspiring artist. It will be a place that lives up to the BEAUTYFINE ART & LEGACY of Artist & Distinguished Professor, Glen B. Blakley.

THANK YOU GLEN!

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