Rolling out the red carpet and shining the brightest of lights, the Southern Utah University community will never look more dapper then at the annual Thunderbird Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Centrum Arena.
Since it’s inauguration in 1950, the Thunderbird Awards have been SUU’s premier, formal event to recognize outstanding contributions by faculty, staff, students and community members.
The star-studded evening will feature Peter Sham of SUU’s Department of Theatre & Dance as the master of ceremonies and several student dance performances. The main event will be Dakaboom, a vaudeville-like comedy group.
An on-site photographer will be taking pictures of attendees in their fanciest duds with the famous Thor.
Immediately following the awards, SUUSA will host the Thunderbird Ball in the Hunter Conference Center Great Hall. After a long hiatus, the ball returns as SUU’s most formal dance, the perfect complement to the highly honored Thunderbird Awards. Dancing will begin at 9 p.m.
Admission to both events calls for formal wear, but in return everything is free and open to the public.
Thunderbird Awards are granted for excellence in 16 different categories. Professor of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Male and Female Contributor of the Year are among the most prestigious awards given.