News from the NestDecember 2010 
In This Issue
Canadian National Champ
White House Ornament
Shakespeare Top Honor
All-America Honors


Holiday Tailgate Party
Saturday, December 11, in the Sharwan Smith Center Rotunda. The women's basketball team takes on Utah Valley at 5:00 p.m. and the men play Weber State at 7:30 p.m. Food & a visit from Santa in the Rotunda beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Carter Carillon Tradition Monday, December 13, at 4:00 p.m. Join us in welcoming spring semester's newest Thunderbirds as they walk under Carillon. Please wear red and meet inside Old Main.

SUU Gymnastics vs. UCLA Friday, January 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Centrum. Join us at 6:15 p.m. in the Sharwan Smith Center Rotunda for an Alumni & Booster Party and then watch the Flippin' Birds take on the depending national champions.

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With the holiday season here, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and the many wonderful things that have happened at
Southern Utah University. But most of all we reflect on you, our amazing Thunderbird Alumni and Friends who make SUU such a special place. Thank you for your continued interest in and support of this institution.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity. 

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Dennis

p.s. Check out Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Concert pictures on the Alumni Blog.

Thunderbird Captures Canadian Cross Country Championship

Cameron LevinsSouthern Utah's Cameron Levins made the most of his training in Cedar City as a redshirt with the Thunderbird cross country team this past fall as he raced to a first-place finish at the Canadian Cross Country Championships on November 27.

Cameron finished the 10k race more than 24 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Robin Watson, crossing the finish line in 29:25.7. Watson (29:49.0) and third-place finisher Reid Coolsaet (30:04.7) are both considered among the top marathon runners in Canada as Levins also finished well ahead of former NCAA All-American Kip Kangogo (30:22.7) and the 2010 NCAA steeplechase champion during the outdoor season, Matthew Hughes (31:10.7) of the University of Louisville.

Levins had to brave sub-freezing temperatures and a snowy course for the victory and will now return to Cedar City to prepare for the indoor track and field season. He will likely redshirt during the indoor season as well, allowing for additional training for a breakout season on the NCAA front in 2011-12.


Watch the race and his post-race interview


Decking the White House Halls

Carrie TrenholmSouthern Utah University Endowed Chair of Elementary Arts Education Carrie Trenholm has been selected to create the state tree ornaments for Utah to be featured at this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting event hosted by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. 


Fused Glass Christmas Tree OrnamentsA teacher in every sense, Carrie chose to include local high school students in the creation of these ornaments to share what is most certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Together, Carrie and the Canyon View High School teens created fused glass ornaments that represent the various wild flowers of Zion National Park and Kolob Canyon.

Carrie has been working with fused glass since 2004 and has had her work displayed at the Springville Museum of Art, St. George Museum of Art, DeZion Gallery in Springdale, Blue Sage in Cedar City and, of course, the Braithwaite Gallery of Fine Arts on the SUU campus.


Read what state and federal officials are saying about her work


Salt Lake Tribune Article


Deseret News Article

History Anew: SUU Student Recasts Shakespeare and Wins Top Honor
Kirstin BoneHistory is just that: said and done. Though we can learn from it, we can't do much to change it. 

Yet, at the recent Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference in Toledo, Ohio, Southern Utah University student Kirstin Bone did just that with new theories about the Bard. And though she shared the stage, this SUU senior undoubtedly stole the show with her research paper, "Geoffrey Chaucer: The Forgotten Fool."

After her formal presentation, Bone participated in a question and answer session that was supposed to be shared with two other scholars. Though the other two presenters were on stage, the audience was singularly interested in Bone's work, and at day's end, Bone went home with the M. Rick Smith Memorial Undergraduate Prize - the conference's top honor - and a fair amount of notoriety among the nation's Shakespearean scholars.

Read more about Kirstin's premise and top honor

Poots Earns Coaches All-America Honors

Tyson PootsSouthern Utah University wide receive Tysson Poots has earned NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association.


Poots, a graduate student from Henderson, Nevada, earned a spot on the team after catching 85 passes for 1,230 yards and 11 touchdowns. He finished the season ranked fourth in the nation in receptions and yards per game, the third consecutive year he has ranked among the nation's top-four in those categories.

Poots holds every single-season and career receiving record at Southern Utah and he finished his career ranked among the NCAA's career leaders as well.

More on Tysson's All-America Honors


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