Changing from a college to a university can only happen once, so Southern Utah officials are planning a once-in-a-lifetime celebration to mark the occasion.

Because the name change becomes official Jan. 1, 1991, the University Gala to mark the event will also be a New Year's Eve party. Chaired by SUSC President Gerald R. Sherratt, a committee already is busy laying plans for a bash that will include dances at three locations and a fireworks display over the campus at midnight.An important aspect of the celebration is that all proceeds will be used to create endowed scholarships for the growing enrollment at the new university.