CEDAR CITY, Utah Feb. 20, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Southern Utah University has filed for a trademark on a phrase that would allow it to spread the news about its scenic location:
“Southern Utah University, University of the Parks”
SUU, in Cedar City, falls within a 5-hour driving radius of almost 20 national parks, national monuments and recreation areas, according to a news release from the university.
“When new students join the SUU community, they inherit the greatest backyard in the country,” the statement says.
“Students may go horseback riding among the red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, hike to the top of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, explore the cool caves at Great Basin National Park, or go boating at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.”
SUU President Scott L. Wyatt believes the new title is a great fit for the adventurous spirit of the university.
“With so many young people suffering from nature deficit disorder, our stunning location, our partnerships with the national parks, our academic focus which includes the outdoors, and our designation as the ‘most outdoorsy’ school in the nation, it made sense to trademark the name,” Wyatt said in the statement.
Southern Utah University earned the title of The Most Outdoorsy School in a competition hosted by Outdoor Nation, REI and The North Face.
Starting fall term of this year, SUU will offer students a Semester in the Parks study option. They can take 16 credits on site, in Bryce Canyon, with classes that include outdoor recreation, geology, communication and biology.