Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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About the Community

Things to Do in Southern Utah

Zion National Park

60-75 Minutes from Campus

Complete with massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion has a variety of different hikes, from beginner to advanced.


Snow Canyon State Park

10 Minutes from Campus

Snow Canyon State Park is a short 10-minute drive from campus. Snow Canyon is situated on a 7,400 acre scenic park filled with amid lava flows and sandstone cliffs colored with red and white. This park has a sand dune just inside the park, which is a popular play spot. It also features a nice campground which is open year-round.


Gunlock State Park

20-25 Minutes from Campus

Gunlock Reservoir is the perfect place to boat, fish, swim, kayak or paddleboard on the beautiful tranquil waters. Its mild climate attracts visitors year round. You can enjoy an afternoon picnic on the beach, with warm waters during the summer and a mild winter climate this makes the park a year-round destination.


Sand Hollow State Park

35-40 Minutes from Campus

Sand Hollow Reservoir’s warm water is ideal for skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, scuba diving, tubing, kayaking, swimming, and paddleboarding. Anglers fish for bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. The red sand dunes of Sand Mountain make a spectacular backdrop to any activity in the water. Open all year long, this scenic spot delights the senses.


Quail Creek State Park

30-35 Minutes from Campus

Pack a picnic lunch and head to Quail Creek reservoir for the day in and around the water. Mountain biking, hiking, camping, swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, jet skiing, boating, and fishing are all welcomed here. Water sports are popular here during the long warm weather season, and boaters and fishermen enjoy the reservoir year-round. The maximum depth can reach 120 feet, so the reservoir stays cold enough to sustain stocked rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, and crappie. Spend a day on the water, then retire to a campsite in a spectacular red rock desert setting.


Winter Bird Festival


Whether you are a beginner or longtime birder, you will find many that are eager to share their enthusiasm for birding. This area attracts over 375 species of birds during the year. The habitats range from desert to pine with riparian areas. During the St. George winter months, many waterfowl migrate through and stop at lakes and reservoirs.


St George Area Parade of Homes


The St. George Area Parade of Homes is no ordinary Parade. With 28 new homes full of the extraordinary, this event has a tradition of displaying a variety of spectacular homes and exciting new trends. The homes are set among breathtaking landscapes only found in Southern Utah. If you’re building a home or in the middle of a remodel this is the perfect place to find the latest and greatest in home building and ideas. Parade of Homes begins the weekend of President’s Day and continues for ten days.


Tri-State ATV Jamboree

March 13-16, 2019

Are you an outdoor enthusiast with an ATV or Side by Side? Do you want to experience fantastic OHV trails of Southwest Utah and Northwest Arizona? Do you want to shake off those winter blues and spend 3 fun-filled days riding through some of the most scenic areas in all of the Western United States? This year we have 28 rides planned for our Jamboree participants, including 5 brand new rides. Each ride will be led by experienced guides who not only know the trails but also the history of the area and key points of interest. The guides are also there to ensure that you have a safe and memorable ride experience.


St George Art Festival 


The St. George Art Festival showcases many artists who call St. George their home. Festival goers enjoy thousands of original works of art, live entertainment on two stages, a vibrant children’s area, and foods of all kinds. The Art Festival is set in the beautiful Town Square with its carousel, fountains, water features, flower gardens, and historic buildings.


Dixie Power Kite Festival


The Annual Dixie Power Kite Festival is a family-friendly event on the Dixie State University campus each April. This is the biggest kite flying festival in the State. The fair style festival features over 20 bounce houses with zip-lines, oversized boxing rings, laser tag, waterslides, rock climbing, local foods and vendor booths. The Kite Festival provides a wholesome, uplifting, family-oriented event and everyone can participate regardless of experience, training, financial means or physical abilities.


Washington City Cotton Days

April – May

The Washington City hosts their annual Cotton Days heritage festivities with activities that include a parade, fun run, breakfast, family “hoe-down” dance, car show, tractor pulls and more much. The city was settled over 160 years ago.



May 4, 2019

IRONMAN St. George is an extraordinary course is widely known as one of the most challenging yet most scenic and rewarding on the Ironman 70.3 circuit. The race as a whole is an athlete favorite. In 2017, out of all Ironman 70.3 races across the globe, the St. George event received two major Athlete’s Choice Awards from the Ironman organization: Best Race Venue Experience and Best Host City Experience


4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2018

Bring the whole family for this fun-filled extravaganza! This year, the entire Celebration will take place at Town Square meaning the whole party is in one place! There will be music, food booths, a carnival, contests, Slip-n-Slides, a parade, 4k race, tons of games and countless memories! Be sure to come out to Town Square and join this Independence Day for a Celebration like no other!  Events will be going all day long, so there will be something for everyone in the whole family to enjoy!


Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration

July 24, 2018

Merrill Osmond is excited to bring back The Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration to southern Utah on Tuesday, July 24. In partnership with Dixie State University, this year’s celebration will be held at their beautiful, new Trailblazer Stadium. The Pioneer Legacy & Firework Celebration is based on Merrill’s strong belief that today’s youth are the hope and future of tomorrow. Wagons, handcarts, tepees, local entertainment, special guests, and one of the LARGEST firework displays in the valley will delight all in attendance.


Washington County Fair

August 8-11, 2018

The Washington County Fair brings an event to smiling crowds who came to experience that hometown feeling and enjoy a night of fun with their families. This years theme is Pirate of the Carribean.


Enterprise CornFest

August 25, 2018

Come take the short trip to Enterprise for the annual Cornfest for some Fresh Corn, Vintage cars, live entertainment, and much more…


Hurricane Peach Days

Labor Day Weekend

“Peach Days: A Celebration of our Heritage”. This well-loved, small town celebration is attended by visitors from all over the world as well as our own local friends and family. Complete with food, entertainment, displays, and contests for all, this event has become what is said to be the 5th largest in the state of Utah. Passerby’s that have curiously stopped in the past – have now made it their summer destination. Families and graduated HHS Classes have made this event the base to their reunions.



September 3-8, 2018

DOCUTAH celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking, connecting Dixie State University and the community to the world. DOCUTAH offers a unique, entertaining International Documentary Film Festival and year-round programs providing creative, cultural, and educational engagement. The DOCUTAH Festival takes place every September on the Campus of Dixie State University. Filmmakers attend the Festival to introduce their films, hold Q & A sessions after their screenings, and participate in DOCtalk™ – intimate conversations, where audience members can glean insights into topics filmmaking and the business of film. The Festival offers students at DSU an enhanced education and easy access to the Festival.


Ivins Heritage Days

September 7-8, 2018

Ivins City will kick off its annual Heritage Days celebration Friday night with things both modern and historic as the city gets. Parade, Entertainment, Vendors, Food, Games, and family fun.


St. George Lions Dixie Round-up Rodeo

September 13-15, 2018

The St George Lions Dixie Roundup Rodeo is an annual rodeo held the second week in September at the historic Sun Bowl in St. George, Utah. Held by the St. George Lions Club and approved by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association. For years the roundup has been a huge event for the St. George area, with cowboys and cowgirls alike everyone comes out for our young mutton busters on up through our fearless bull riders! You will not be disappointed by the action and excitement of the Dixie Roundup! PRCA approved professional rodeo featuring Rodeo champion cowboys and stock.


Santa Clara Swiss Days

September 20-22, 2018

Santa Clara’s Annual Swiss Days Celebration is truly a home-town celebration full of history and fun! Santa Clara celebrated its first Swiss Days in 1990 in tribute to the town’s pioneer heritage in which Swiss members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints settled in Santa Clara in 1861. Swiss Days includes our famous 5k run/walk and pancake breakfast, followed by the always popular Swiss Days Parade heading east on Santa Clara Drive from the Jacob Hamblin home to the City Hall.  The parade will showcase the Santa Clara Princess Royalty, antique cars, the Grand Marshal, local businesses and schools, live animals, homemade floats, and everything in between!


St George Marathon

October 6, 2018

Rated by Runner’s World as one of the four “Marathons to Build a Vacation Around” in the World. Included in Runner`s World 10 Most Scenic and Fastest Marathons and Top 20 Marathons in the USA. It begins in the majestic Pine Valley mountains and descends nearly 2600 feet through scenic southwest Utah, to the beautiful Worthen Park. The St. George Marathon is a point-to-point race which is USA Track & Field Certified & Sanctioned. Runner`s World listed the St. George Marathon as the fastest fall marathon. A fun race indeed–and scenic.


Staheli Family Farm

September 22- October 30, 2018

Staheli Family Farm is a place where families can play, the Farmland and Attractions; such as Corn Maize, Field of Screams, Pumpkin Patch, Farmland, Chuck Wagon Diner, Cow Train, Petting Zoo, Campfires and more.


Huntsman World Senior Games

October 8-20, 2018

Welcome to the Huntsman World Senior Games! Each year we reflect on the joy we receive from being the title sponsor of the Huntsman World Senior Games. What a wonderful event this is! It is amazing to see the growth since 1987. The city is filled with energy and enthusiasm for life as we mingle with you. It’s exciting to see thousands of athletes marching into the stadium, the animation on the faces of the children and entertainers, the thousands of volunteers happily performing their tasks, the anticipation of the next day’s competition-no wonder these Games have earned the title of the premier senior athletic event in the world.


Jubilee of Trees

November 14-19, 2018

Jubilee of Trees is a holiday tradition celebrated by thousands throughout Southern Utah while raising funds that support Dixie Regional Medical Center. There’s something for everyone at Jubilee of Trees. Don’t miss this exciting family tradition and the opportunity to kick-off your Holiday Season in a special way.


Tuachan’s Christmas in the Canyons

November 23 – December 22, 2018

Tuachan has a Christmas setting featuring twinkling lights, a visit with Santa Claus, carolers, hot chocolate and live nativity program, all you need to complete this picturesque memory. There is no admission charge to visit Tuacahn and enjoy Christmas in the Canyon.  It’s Tuacahn’s way of saying “thank you” to the community for its support and to remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas


Dicken’s Christmas Festival 

November 23 – December 1, 2018

This Festival is not just another craft show, but a unique and unusual entertainment and shopping experience. Olde English shops, hundreds of period costumes, fortune tellers, orphans, royalty, and the “real” Father Christmas all combine to offer our guests a Christmas experience like no other! The Festival is known for its unique gifts and quality merchandise. Shoppers come to The Dickens’ Festival for that special treasure. Join us as the streets of Olde London come to life!


Southern Utah has some spectacular golf courses with stunning vistas, challenging shots and scenery which is out of this world. There are 10 golf courses in the area. Most course are within a 20-30 minute drive of each other.

Coral Canyon Golf Club

1925 N. Canyon Greens Circle, Washington, UT 84780
(435) 688-1700

Coral Canyon Golf Club has been a top ranked golf course in the state of Utah, and an area favorite for visitors and locals since it opened in 2001. With it’s unique location, the golf course provides breathtaking views of Bryce Canyon’s snow-capped pink spires in the winter and Zion National Park’s green springtime bloom.


Dixie Red Hills

645 W. 1250 N, St. George, UT 84770
(435) 627-4444

Dixie Red Hills Golf Course was the first golf course developed by the City of St George in the mid 1960’s. On this beautiful golf course you can play in the red rocks. You’ll be calling shots off the boulders, around the cliffs and through the trees as you find your way to the green. Dixie Red Hill is a 9-hole, par-34 layout which meanders around the sandstone cliffs, which are commonly seen in this area. It’s shaded by hundreds of Cottonwood, Mondale Pines, Mesquite and other trees.


Green Spring Golf Course

588 N. Green Spring Drive, Washington, UT 84780
(435) 673-7888

Green Spring Golf Course is a favorite among locals and guests. There are some memorable holes on this course, such as Hole 5 and 6 which will have you shooting across red rock ravines. Hole 15 will have plenty of water which you can have fun with. It has drawn some considerable attention with its signature holes, which is placed between red rock canyons and sandstone outcroppings. The contrast in natural desert springs and wetlands water feature on the property, as well as the large cottonwood trees offers a different landscape.


The Ledges Golf Club

1585 W. Ledges Parkway, St. George, UT 84770
(435) 634-4640

The Ledges Golf Club is designed by renowned golf course architect Matt Dye, which features impressive red rock backdrops, immaculately designed greens, and expansive view of Snow Canyon State Park make you feel like you are playing golf in a postcard. The desert environment makes year round golf.


Sand Hollow Golf Course

5662 W. Clubhouse Drive, Hurricane, UT 84737
(435) 656-4653

The Sand Hollow Golf Course has it’s own standard for a unique course design that includes an 18 hole championship track as well as a walk-able 9 hole links style course. Have you ever played golf on a cliff? Sand Hollow Golf Club is known for its jaw-dropping memorable golf holes playing among towering red rock cliffs through the coral pink sand dunes of Sand Hollow State Park.


Sky Mountain Golf Course

1030 N. 2600 W. Hurricane, UT 84737
(435) 635-7888

The Sky Mountain Golf Course is surrounded by Zion National Park and the Pine Valley Mountain Range. The Sky Mountain Golf Course is set in one of the most picturesque and beautiful locations in the world. The desert surroundings make Sky Mountain Golf Course both challenging and scenic!


Southgate Golf Course

1975 Tonaquint Drive, St. George, UT 84770
(435) 627-4440

The Southgate Golf Course comes with two different types of terrain between the front and back nine, outward holes wind along the Santa Clara river, and bring numerous hazards into play. The inward holes, completely change the look of the golf with elevation changes and holes playing through washes and hills of St. George. The back nine also offer nice views of Zion National Park in the distance, Snow Canyon State Park to the west, and the striking black lava rock of the Black Hill.


St George Golf Club

2190 S. 1400 E, St. George, UT 84790
(435) 627-4404

The St George Golf Club has been open since 1976, this course is a local tradition with large greens that make for long and rewarding putts. The 18 hole golf course is designed around the riverbeds of the Ft. Pierce Wash. The golf course offers a classic, relaxed feel to the design with simple features. Although the golf course is very wide, and quite forgiving, the routing features a few holes around two lakes which demands well-struck shots to avoid the water.


Sunbrook Golf Club

2366 W. Sunbrook Drive, St. George, UT 84770
(435) 627-4400

The Sunbrook Golf Club is right in town, play from the top of the bluffs to the desert floor. Shoot through black lava rock and try to avoid the red sand traps. With beautiful views of red rock formations and nearby alpine mountains, you’ll be in awe over the amazing landscapes that surround this beautiful course. Bridges, water hazards and elevation drops make every hole an adventure.


SunRiver Golf Club

4210 Bluegrass Way, St. George, UT 84790
(435) 986-0001

The SunRiver Golf course is set in the Virgin River Valley and surrounded by the most colorful desert landscape in the country. With the smooth greens and the only bent grass tees in Southern Utah you are bound to have one of your best rounds of gold. Come spend the day and have an experience that will bring you back again and again.


Historic Downtown St.George

Main Street & Tabernacle, St. George, UT 84770
This is the center for culture and historic attractions. Here you will discover one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and boutiques.

Ancestor Square

Main Street & St. George Blvd, St.George, UT 84770
A unique collection of shops, galleries and restaurants creates a signature St. George shopping experience.

Dixie Commons

1664 South Dixie Drive, St.George, UT 84770
Home to quality businesses and shops, Dixie Commons has over 54,000 sq feet of retail, restaurant and professional office space with site amenities second to none.

Red Cliffs Mall

1770 E. Red Cliffs Drive, St.George, UT 84770
Located in beautiful St.George, Red Cliffs Mall features more than 385,000 square feet of shopping with terrific department stores, such as Dillard’s, JC Penny, H&M is coming Soon. Also there’s a Barnes and Nobles, as well as many other stores.
Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM Sun 12PM-5PM

Red Rock Commons

15 S. River Rd. St. George, UT 84770
This community center benefits from the rapid expansion of St. George, which was the second fastest growing US metro from 2000-2010. The shopping center is anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, PetSmart, Old Navy, Ulta and the Gap Outlet. Complete with restaurants such as Chick-fil-A, Burger Theory, Firehouse Subs, Einstein Bagels, Cafe Rio and Yogurtland.

The Promenade at Red Cliffs

245 N. Red Cliffs Dr., St George, UT 84770
The Promenade at Red Cliffs has easy access from I-15 at St. George Boulevard with an attractive, busy center with excellent mix of retail, restaurants and service. Shops include: Big 5, Staples, Sally Beauty Supply, Desert Book. Along with restaurants such as Panda Express, Apollo Burger, Chili’s Bar & Grill, Red Lobster, Cold Stone Creamery, Chipotle, and more.

The Shoppes at Zion

250 N Red Cliffs Dr., St. George, UT 84770
With over 30 premium shops and restaurants, the Shoppes at Zion’s is your elite shopping place for the entire family with stores that include Eddie Bauer, Skechers, Van Heusen, Sunglass Hut and more.

Big Box & Other Specialty Stores

National chains such as Costco, Home Depot (2 locations), Lowe’s, Target, Super Walmart (3 locations), and Best Buy all call the St. George area home.

St. George Children’s Museum

86 S. Main Street, St. George, UT 84770
The St. George Children’s Museum (SGCM) provides vibrant and engaging interactive activities that invite children and families to Discover, Imagine and Create! The Children’s Museum has many different exhibits; Art Room, Castle Room, Desert Discovery Room, Farm Room, Government Room, Grocery Store Room, Treehouse, Lending Library Room, Music Room, Post Office, Science Discover Room and More.

St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm

2180 E. Riverside Drive, St. George, UT 84790
See thousands of fossilized dinosaur footprints at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. This rare site preserves a 200 million-year-old lake ecosystem that includes dinosaurs, fishes, plants, sedimentary structures, and other animals. The museum houses accurate life restorations of animals from the Early Jurassic such as Diaphanous, MegapnosaurusScelidosaurus, and Protosuchus.

Silver Reef Museum

1903 Wells Fargo Rd, Leeds, UT 84746
Silver Reef was a mining boom town in the late 1800’s with the discovery of “Silver in Sandstone” – a geological rarity. The museum, located in this Wild West ghost town is home to artifacts and images of days gone by. It was a Wells Fargo Express stop and still has the original vault and a mock mine exhibit that will give you the feel of 19th Century mining.

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum

1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St.George, UT 84790
With over 300 animals on display you will traverse the wildlife habitat of the Savannahs of Africa, the forests and jungles of South America, under the mountains and through the nocturnal scene of Asia and into North America. This 33,000 square feet of all-natural habitat is unparalleled in its scope.

Daughters of Utah Pioneer Musuem

145 N 100 E., St.George, UT 84770
The Daughters of Utah Pioneer (DUP) Museum has photos of relics, histories or pioneers, histories of photos, histories of local towns.

St. George Art Museum

47 E. 200 N. St. George, UT 84770
The St George Art Museum is a part of the beautiful Pioneer Center for the Arts Complex.

Brigham’s Playhouse
25 N 300 W. Building C, Washington UT 84780

Children’s Musical Theater
Electric Theater
68 E. Tabernacle Street, St. George, UT 84770

DSU Celebrity Concert Series
225 E. University Ave., St. George, UT 84770

OC Tanner Amphitheater

St George Musical Theater
St George Opera House
212 N. Main Street, St. George, UT 84770

The Stage Door
15 E. Tabernacle, St. George, UT 84770

Tuacahn Center for the Arts
1100 Tuacahn Dr., Ivins, UT 84738