Honors and Awards

Exceptional Service Award: November 2015

On November 6, 2015, the School of Humanities awarded its first-ever Exceptional Service Award to Chris Alverson, DSU part-time staff. The award recognizes DSU employees who model personal attention to detail, polite service, and professional standards. Chris was recognized for her day-to-day work that keeps Dixie State University, and particularly the Holland Centennial Commons Building, working and looking fantastic.

Thank you, Chris Alverson!

2015 Service Dog of the Year: Max

Dean Featherstone is proud to announce the School of Humanities’ first-annual Service Dog of the Year Award. The 2015 Award goes to Max, a husky-shepherd mix owned by US Army veteran and Dixie State University psychology major, Dave Gaspardo. Dave’s service dog, Max, is trained and certified by the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary located in Kanab, Utah.

What makes Max so special is the calming effect she has on her owner and other students on campus. Dave says, “When we are out in the halls, Max senses when someone is stressed. To help that person, Max will do something to make them focus on her, giving them a shot of feel-good dopamine—a stress reliever.”
The School of Humanities wants to thank Max and other service dogs on campus for helping students navigate the stress of everyday life on DSU’s campus. If you see Dave and Max on campus, please say hello and congratulations!
For more information regarding service dogs on campus, please visit Dixie State’s Service Animal Policy page.