News from the Nest April 2010 
In This Issue
Best Documentary
Presidential Award
Students Shine
Women's Athletics
ALUMNI EVENTS
 
Texas Alumni Network Representatives Glynn ('03) and Becca ('04) Wilcox are looking to connect with all alumni in the great state of Texas. Please email your name, graduation year and contact info to SUUTEXAS@yahoo.com.  
 
 
COLLEGE NEWS  

College of Computing, Integrated Engineering & Technology's most recent newsletter.

 
 
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Hello,
 
We had a fantastic Founders Celebration March 24-25 as we celebrated SUU's birthday. We invite you to take a glimpse of the festivities, which included the introduction of a new SUU tradition called Lunch at The Main, which was a mix of food and the sharing of founders' stories and traditions with students.

Commencement is April 30 and May 1. This year's format has changed with the University-wide Ceremony being held on Friday and the various college convocation ceremonies on Saturday.  The change will allow for convocations to be held in the Centrum and the Randall Jones Theatre. Utah Senator Robert F. Bennett will be this year's Commencement speaker and will receive an honorary degree. Norma Matheson, former First Lady of Utah, will also receive an honorary degree.
 
All our best.
 
SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ashlee
 
 
SUTV Production Named Best Documentary
Jon Smith, SUU Communication ProfessorA documentary produced in southern Utah about the trail to glory of a national saddle bronc champion has won the "Outstanding Documentary, Contemporary" award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Born to Ride: Cody Wright and the Quest for a World Title, produced by Southern Utah University garnered the prestigious Western Heritage Award.
 
SUU communication professor Jon Smith and Zion Natural History Association Executive Director Lyman Hafen co-produced and directed the documentary. SUTV's Lee Byers edited the DVD. The award will be presented at a black tie event in Oklahoma City on April 16 and 17, 2010. 
 
 
 
SUU Receives Presidential Community  Service Award
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Southern Utah University has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
 
As a first time honor roll recipient, the University logged nearly 42,000 hours of student service, with nearly 7,000 students engaged in community service between July 2008 and June 2009. The recognized service log included service programs, service-learning courses and a variety of co-curricular programs.
 
 
 
Business and Engineering Tech Students Shine at State Competition
Southern Utah University's Delta Epsilon Chi Club (DEX) collected nine awards at the State Delta Epsilon Chi Career Development Event where students competed in a variety of events to test their knowledge in sales, marketing, retail management, advertising and finance. Students will participate in the national DEX competition later this month. 
 
In the SkillsUSA state competition, the University's engineering technology students brought home one gold, three silver and three bronze medals. Chris McGahan became the first ever SUU student to advance to the national computer programming event which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri later this summer.  
 
 
Women's Athletics Make History in March 
ThorSouthern Utah University celebrated an all-American finish and a conference title in March.
 
Sharla Manuele was named a U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American after her showing at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The all-American citation is SUU's first since 2006.
 
SUU Gymnastics swept each individual title with the exception of floor en route to its first ever Western Athletic Conference gymnastics championship. In addition to the team title, Scott Bauman was named WAC Coach of the Year, Elise Wheeler Gymnast of the Year and Alyssa Click Freshman of the Year.
 
Way to go T-Birds!
 
 
Construction has begun on the new Science Building! Watch the LIVE construction webcam.
 
 
 
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