It’s October 8, 2015, day three of the Huntsman World Senior Games. As the visiting athletes prepare to take aim and fire on the golf course, archery range, basketball court, pickle ball court, and shotgun range – potential future medical students will be eyeballing the new College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Ivins, slated for opening by August 2017. Meanwhile up in Cedar City, Southern Utah University has announced an interesting new partnership with the Confucius Institute, part of the prestigious Hunan University in China.
Those are your Thursday morning headlines for southern Utah; let’s inspect the facts!
What to expect? Including such sports as badminton, bowling, and tennis, the St. George Huntsman World Senior Games (HWSG) is an annual two-week event that generally occurs during the first two weeks of October. The HWSG offers an incredible opportunity aimed at active seniors looking to participate in any number of the event’s 27 athletic competitions. Headquartered in St. George Utah, the Huntsman World Senior Games draws athletes over the age of 50 from Australia to Alaska, and everywhere in between. Not only is this a wonderful chance for social interaction on a global scale, the HWSG promotes health by providing life-saving screenings for breast & prostate cancer. Additionally, the Game’s in-depth screenings provide insight into potentially life-threatening health issues; like decreased bone density, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, glaucoma, and diabetes. Making the event of a lifetime a potential lifesaver!
Out in the City of Ivins things are changing quick. No later than summer of 2017, the once redheaded stepchild to St. George will be seriously contributing to the local economy, becoming the home of the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic medicine. Expected to open and be accepting enrollment by August of 2017. According to Ivins Mayor Chris Hart, the tentative plans for the educational medical facility, which had kept city officials tightlipped due to a nondisclosure agreement, were open for discussion in a special joint session of the Ivins City Council and Planning Commission earlier this week. Provided all goes well, Rocky Vista University should enroll approximately 125 to 150 students as part of its first graduating class, with the same number expected the following year.
Up in Cedar City, SUU (Southern Utah University for the uninformed) just announced an interesting partnership between the Confucius Institute and Southern Utah University, partnering up with the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and Hunan Normal University in China. When officially up and running, the Confucius Institute will deliver educational courses for student immersion within the Chinese language, history, culture and literature. Providing insights and potential job opportunities in our rapidly expanding global economy going forward, SUU students will enjoy the cultural exchange of Chinese centric concerts, performances, workshops and seminars – these events will be open to the public as well.
(Main Photo Courtesy of Rocky Vista University)
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