News from the NestJune 2010 
In This Issue
New Artistic Directors
USF Summer Season
Service Fellows
ACS Accreditation
Utah County Alumni
 Our annual Summer BBQ will be Monday, June 21, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Olmsted Power Plant - 1600 East 800 North. Bring your own meat and a dish to share. Grills, eating utensils and drink will be provided. Please RSVP to Everett Kelepolo by Friday, June 18. Families & friends are invited to attend.
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  

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 - is Friday and Saturday, October 15-16. More details to come.
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The Opening Ceremony of the 25th anniversary of the Utah Summer Games is this Thursday at Eccles Coliseum. The show will be fantastic and the fireworks better - and longer - than ever before. Congratulations and thank you to all who have made the Utah Summer Games a success. 
As we prepare for the fall Homecoming issue of the SUU In View Alumni Magazine we want your help in identifying the Top Ten Things to Love about Cedar City. Whether it be a favorite restaurant, tradition, landmark, hiking trail, festival or leisure activity, we want to know what keeps your heart rooted to Cedar City. Please submit your ideas along with a short explanation of what makes each suggestion so lovable. Then keep an eye out for the fall alumni magazine where the final top ten list will be published. 
SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ashlee
Utah Shakespearean Festival Announces New Artistic Directors - both have SUU Alumni Ties
Brian VaughnTwo long-time Utah Shakespearean Festival actors and directors have been named as joint artistic directors at the Tony Award-winning theatre company. Brian Vaughn (SUU Alumnus) and David Ivers (married to SUU Alumna Stephanie Johnson Ivers) were introduced at a press conference at the Alta Club in Salt Lake City on May 5.
"I was elated when I received the call from Scott (Phillips) offering me this position," said Vaughn. "The call came on April 23, Shakespeare's birthday, of all days, which is especially noteworthy and beautifully ironic."
David Ivers"This is literally a dream come true," said Ivers. "Being an artistic director, especially at the Festival, seems like a natural progression in the long history that I have had with the organization. I am extremely passionate about the Festival and highly motivated."

Vaughn and Ivers will take over the artistic leadership of the organization, which has been previously managed by two associate artistic directors, Kathleen F. Conlin, and J.R. Sullivan, in addition to R. Scott Phillips, who will continue to serve as executive director.
Utah Shakespearean Festival Presents a Season of Classics
Utah Shakespearean FestivalIgnite your passion with William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Alfred Hitchcock, Anne Frank, and Charles Dickens - all featured in the 2010 season at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.
"The 2010 season offers something for every member of the family," said Executive Director R. Scott Phillips. "We have built a slate of productions that can keep us current with the themes and issues of the 21st century, and yet remain true to the mission and values that have guided this Festival for the past 48 years."
Presented in the Adams Shakespearean Theatre from June 28 through September 4 will be three plays by Shakespeare. The romantic comedy "Much Ado about Nothing," the sometimes controversial tragicomedy "The Merchant of Venice,"and the haunting "Macbeth." Three additional plays will be presented in the Randall L. Jones Theatre from June 28 through August 28. A compelling adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice," the hilarious mystery spoof "The 39 Steps,"and the world premier of "Great Expectations," a new musical based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
In Service, Five Faculty become Fellows 
As service-learning has become increasingly important to the well-rounded education of the SUU student over the past few years, many Thunderbird professors are creating innovative programming and unique opportunities for their students to engage their knowledge and skills in real world service settings.
These professors consider the work a student does outside the classroom as equally important to the work accomplished during class hours. Under their tutelage students are thriving - gaining firsthand professional experience while simultaneously giving back to the communities that support them. Above all, these professors expand perspectives and encourage responsible citizenry, and, as this year's Service-Learning Fellows, their commitment to service learning is both admirable and inspirational.         

Over the past school year, professors Lisa Assante, Laura Cotts, Shobha Gurung, Jean Lopour and Cindy Wright have each displayed an ongoing commitment to service-learning, and though each teaches in very different areas of study, all have found commonality in the impact their work has had on both the T-Bird student body and the larger campus and local communities.
Chemistry Department Receives ACS Accreditation
SUU ChemistryThe Southern Utah University College of Science is pleased to announce the recent accreditation of their chemistry department by the American Chemical Society (ACS). This accreditation ensures that SUU's program is comparable to other top chemistry programs in the nation.
"While chemistry has been very successful in placing its students in employment with a bachelor's degree, and in graduate programs in chemistry or the allied health fields, this accreditation will improve the marketability of an SUU chemistry degree even more," said Terry Alger, professor of chemistry.
WEBCAM -- construction of the new Science Building. 
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