News from the NestApril 2011
In This Issue
$1 Million Gift
Nursing Program at the Top
Business Accreditation



SUU in China
9-day tour of China (July 17-25) in conjunction with the staging of The Dream of Helen at Qui Tai Grand Theatre of Wuhan by SUU faculty, students and their Chinese colleagues. The tour is a collaborative effort between SUU Alumni Relations and the Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested please Scott Jolly or call 435-586-4484. Itinerary and pricing. 



Grad Fair Volunteers

The Alumni Relations Office is looking for volunteers to help check-in graduates at the Grad Fair Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6. If you have a few hours to give during one or both of those days please email Linda Bauer or call 435-586-7851.



SUU Commencement Friday and Saturday,

May 6-7. View schedule. 



Utah County BBQ

Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Scera Park, 600 South State Street in Orem.



Alumni Days at the USF

June 27-29. Mark your calendar and plan to enjoy 50 years of the Utah Shakespeare Festival with your alumni association. Watch your email inbox for more details.


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Spring is an exciting time of year for everyone on campus as we look forward to Commencement on May 6-7. We are also excited to welcome members of the Class of 2011 as the newest members of the Alumni Association. This year's distinguished University Commencement speaker is Clayton Christensen. Honorary doctorate degrees will be presented to Mr.Christensen, Anne Judd ('52) and Ted Stokes ('48).
Are you a member of our alumni facebook group? Now is the time to join and enter to win an SUU long sleeve polo by Adidas. Join the group and take a look at the contest post to learn how.
Have a great month,

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Dennis

College of Science Receives $1 Million for New Science Center from the ALSAM Foundation

Science BuildingSouthern Utah University is pleased to announce a gift of $1 million from The ALSAM Foundation toward the final phase of construction for our much-anticipated new science building, set to open for classes in the fall of 2011. 

"We could not be more appreciative to The ALSAM Foundation and the Skaggs Family for their generosity and commitment," said President Michael T. Benson. "This extraordinary gift is crucial to completing the new science facility. The gift also establishes an endowment that will provide much needed support for student scholarships and research. What a red-letter day for the University and for our community."

Half of the foundation's gift is designated for building construction and half has been set aside for scholarship and research endowments specifically for College of Science students.


The ALSAM Foundation was founded by and is named in honor of L.S. "Sam" and Aline W. Skaggs. The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people around the world through its broad support of deserving causes and organizations. 


Read more about the ALSAM Foundation Gift 



Thunderbird Nursing Soars to the Head of the Class
SUU Nursing, 98% pass rate on the 2010 NCLEX licensure exam.Southern Utah University's nursing program graduates are the best-prepared new nurses in the state, so says a survey of the 2010 NCLEX-RN test scores across Utah's colleges and universities. 
With a 98-percent pass rate - higher than all other state schools - on the 2010 nursing licensure exam, our nursing graduates proved the benefits of the SUU's educational hallmarks of personalized instruction and experiential education.
According to Nursing Department Chair Donna Lister, this success is largely due to the department's efforts to "ensure students are getting what they need to be prepared to successfully enter the nursing practice."
Lister explains that the bar is set high for these future nurses from the moment they enroll in SUU's nursing program. "Our goal as professors and advisors," says Lister "is to ensure we far exceed the minimum standards for what a quality educational experience should be."

Read more about SUU's exceptional nursing test scores, including student and professor comments.



Best in the Biz: School of Business Earns Top Accreditation

Carl Templin, dean of the School of BusinessThe School of Business has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.


Only 620 schools of business, or less than five percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.


According to SUU Provost Brad Cook, this accreditation places SUU among the nation's best when it comes to business education. "Academic accreditation is the currency of quality in this country, and AACSB is the nation's premier entity of evaluating business programs."


"We are certainly pleased with the results of our accreditation visit," said Carl Templin, dean of the School of Business. "We are especially pleased with the commendations of the peer review team: the collegiality, collaboration and scholarly output of our faculty; the successful placement of our graduates; our focus on student engagement which permeates our curriculum; the online Master of Accountancy program; and the excellent support we get from our School of Business National Advisory Board. This is a reflection of the dedication and quality of our faculty, staff and students."


Read more about the School of Business AACSB Accreditation  



Kudos to the SUU Womens Rodeo Team for winning the NIRA Rocky Mountain Region Reserve Team Championship.
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