Dixie State Communities 2 Choices if the name change MUST happen we want one of these.

Dixie State Communities 2 Choices if the name change MUST happen we want one of these.

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Dixie State Community Name started this petition to Utah State Senate and

The community that makes up Dixie State University has reached the breaking point. We are done with being ignored time and again by those hand-picked to be in charge of the name change. We DO NOT support the choices that have been made. Neither choice has our vote nor our support. 

We as a community choose that if a name change MUST happen then our choices are either Utah's Dixie State University (UDSU) or Desert State University (DSU).

Utah’s Dixie State University (UDSU) maintains the school’s current status and name while providing the location for the school to assist in the location of the institution. It provides a simple change for the school and creates much less of a need for the rebranding of the institution. It also maintains strong community support. And will keep current donors, sponsors, and fans involved with the institution.

Desert State University (DSU) This choice creates less of a need for a complete rebranding than the current suggested names than what the committee and board of Trustees have proposed. The Logos and everything; that does not contain the word Dixie can remain the same. The simple name change is not that big of a change. Many of those who have been against a name change at all have even stated they are willing to accept this name choice, and rally behind it. The reason for this name to help is the location of the institution which is not only located in the desert southwest but is the closest located institution to the Southwest’s three major deserts. The Colorado Plateau, The Great Basin, and sits at the northeast edge of the Mojave Desert. The convergence of these three deserts in our area creates a unique environment to learn in and is as unique as the institution itself. And DESERVES to have a unique name that will set it apart from everyone else. The administration is claiming to be creating something unique. Let's keep our name unique. Make people learn who we are and what we do. 

This institution can simply continue with the current polytechnic goals that they have set. The community is not against this form of education. We simply do not wish to be known as a Tech school. Especially one that has negative connotations (Utah Polytech State University UPSU). Nor do we want to take the previous name of our athletics in-state conference rival Utah Valley, previously known as Utah Tech. The community does not support taking on someone else’s past, nor appearing to be following someone else's trail. If the institution wants to be The Trailblazers we must create our own identity. Not comparing ourselves to other institutions who have similar names as the choices with Tech. 


Sincerely, The Dixie State community

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