News from the NestAugust 2010 
In This Issue
Invite to SLC Art Exhibit
Alpha Phi Award
Thunderbird Athletics
Southern California Alumni Picnic and senior send-off Saturday, August 14, Noon to 4 p.m. at Jessamyn West Park in Yorba Linda. Click for information and please RSVP to
Ralph Spence
Carter Carillon Tradition
Be part of SUU's newest tradition on Friday, August 20 at 11:15 a.m. as we welcome and cheer on our newest freshmen class. Lunch on the Upper Quad for those wearing red.
Chicago Alumni Event
August 22, Cubs vs. Braves. $32 ticket price. Come to Chicago for the weekend and network with fellow SUU Alums at Wrigley Field. For more information contact
Anna Ables or Michael Anderson
Thor's Thunder Classic
Monday, September 27, at Entrada.
Homecoming 2010 - True to SUU 
Friday and Saturday, October 15-16.  
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The month of August is an exciting time as we prepare to welcome students back to campus. Classes start on Monday, August 23. If you live in the Cedar City area, or will be passing through, we invite you to participate in the Carter Carillon Tradition on Friday, August 20, at 11:15 a.m. on the Upper Quad as we provide a special welcome to the freshmen class.
Homecoming 2010 - True to SUU - is Friday and Saturday, October 15-16. Make your plans now to participate in reunions, activities and sporting events as we celebrate Southern Utah University. September's News from the Nest will have a complete rundown of all the activities. 
The fall edition of the SUU In View Alumni Magazine is nearing completion and will be mailed to your home the first part of September. It will also contain a complete Homecoming schedule as well as the latest SUU news. We encourage you to update your mailing address now so your magazine reaches you in a timely manner. 
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Be our Guest at the Jim Jones Art Exhibit in Salt Lake City
Cathedral Mountain from "Jim Jones: Recent Paintings."Zions Bank, O.C. Tanner and Southern Utah University invite you Jim Jones: Recent Paintings, an exhibit honoring the late Jim Jones, August 2 - 20, 2010 at the O.C. Tanner flagship store located at 15 S. State Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Exhibit hours are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday Noon - 5 p.m.
Jim Jones, a Cedar City native and SUU honorary doctorate degree recipient, painted more than 1300 original works in his lifetime including 400 paintings of Zion National Park and 90 different paintings of the Grand Canyon. He was affectionately known as the "Painter of Zion." 
Prior to his passing last December, Jim donated a large portion of his final work to SUU's permanent art collection which will be featured in the new Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) planned to open on our campus in 2012.
Alpha Phi Garners International Merit Award
Alpha PhiSUU's Theta Sigma chapter accepted the international Order of the Lamp award in recognition of standout excellence among the sorority's 149 active chapters worldwide at the 68th Biennial Convention of the Alpha Phi International Fraternity in Miami, Florida.
The sorority's campus advisor, Kathleen McDowell, credits the recognition to the girls' commitment to their campus and their sisters. "The chapter's greatest strength is their ability to communicate and share responsibility," she explains. "They are committed to succeeding as a team and take time to identify and praise the talents each of the girls brings to the table." 
The Alpha Phi Order of the Lamp is awarded just once every two years to standout Alpha Phi chapters who excel in all five areas of the fraternity's evaluation, showcasing creativity and commitment in their administration of the chapter's recruitment, finance, citizenship, size and retention, and advisory board. 
Thunderbird Athletic Highlights
Melissa Johnson, one of four T-Birds that earned a 4.00 during the year.The SUU Gymnastics team claimed its tenth academic national championship since 1993 as the team finished with a combined grade point average of 3.8923 to earn the award for the 2009-10 season. The T-Birds finished ahead of their academic rival, Southeast Missouri State, which finished with an overall GPA of 3.8905. More on the academic national championship. 
Head Coach Ed LambSouthern Utah Football was honored by the FCS Athletic Directors Association for posting the most improved Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the Great West Conference this past year. The APR mark is determined by the NCAA and is based upon a number of factors, including student-athlete graduation, retention and eligibility rates. Read more about football's academic honor and check out the 2010 season, which gets underway September 4 at Wyoming.
Tyson Poots, senior wide receiver from Henderson, NV.Senior wide receiver Tysson Poots has been named to the 2010 Walter Payton Award Watch List. The Payton Award is bestowed annually by The Sports Network upon the top offensive player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Tyson is from Henderson, NV and is the nation's (FCS) leading returning receiver in yards per game, receptions per game and scoring. More on Tysson Poots.
New spotlights on the alumni website. Get acquainted with Kim Bonniksen ('93)Randy Cowan ('71)June Thorley ('48) and Brandon Guzman ('08)
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