News from the NestAugust 2011
In This Issue
Homecoming 2011
The Dream of Helen
Football Accolades

SUU Alumni Day at Lagoon

Saturday, August 6. 

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 Art Home Tour

Saturday, August 6, in support of the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). The tour features five homes with magnificent art collections, along with a gourmet lunch catered by Chef Imi of Orchids at the home of SUU President Michael T. and Debi Benson. Purchase your tickets. 

Bard's Beach Bash 

Saturday, August 13, 1-5 p.m. at Cedar City Aquatic Center. Celebrate 50 years with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Enjoy a beach, swimming, hot dogs and live music from the 1960's by Good Vibrations and The Clique. Free Admission.


Chicago Alumni Event

Saturday, September 3. Cubs vs. Pirates baseball game at Wrigley Field. Meet at Cooper's for tailgate food at 11:00 a.m. and the game at 12:05 p.m. Click here for event and RSVP details.



Homecoming 2011

True to SUU

Friday & Saturday, September 16-17. Mark your calendar and watch for more information next month.



 Thor's Thunder Classic

Monday, September 26, at Entrada. Team & Sponsorship Information.


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SUU's fall semester begins Monday, August 22, and all of campus is thrilled to be welcoming a new class of students to the Thunderbird Nation. The Carillon Tradition will take place Friday, August 19, at Noon. Join us if you can.


Homecoming 2011 is set for September 16-17, and we invite you back to campus. Take a look at the schedule of events below and make your plans now.  

Congratulations to Ed Larson ('09) from Blanding, UT, the winner of last month's Facebook contest. This month's prize is another two tickets to the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Simply like us on Facebook and you are automatically qualified for the drawing on August 8! Spread the word to your SUU Alumni friends.

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Mindy, Ron & Linda

Homecoming is September 16-17

Homecoming LogoCome back to campus September 16-17, for Homecoming 2011! We have a fun and unique schedule of events planned as we celebrate our alma mater and look to the future. Here is a sneak peek:


Friday, September 16

  • 4:00 p.m. Science Building Dedication
  • 5:00 p.m. 50-Year Club Reception for all 50-Year Club members and induction of the Class of 1961
  • 6:00 p.m. SUUSA Executive Club Reunion for all former executive council members
  • 7:00 p.m.. Delta Psi Omega Reunion
  • 8:00 p.m. Outdoor Celebration (Upper Quad)
  • 9:30 p.m. Special Announcement (Upper Quad)
  • 10:00 p.m. Fireworks (Upper Quad)
  • 10:30 p.m. Music and Dancing (Upper Quad)
  • Midnight True T-Bird

 Saturday, September 17

  • 7:00 a.m. Cedar City Half Marathon, register at and use discount code "SUU11"
  • 9:00 a.m. Alumni Campus Tour
  • 10:00 a.m. SUUSA Reunions for the following administrations: Steve Kiisel ('06-'07), Ryan Richey ('01-'02), Valarie Ekins Olson ('96-97) & Kimber Heaton ('91-'92)
  • 10 a.m. Presidential Ambassador Reunion
  • 11:30 a.m. Alpha Phi Alumni Tea
  • Noon Alumni Luncheon in the Gilbert Great Hall and awarding of honors to Gail ('51) & Jane Bradshaw, Lee Fife ('72) & Tommy Burr ('02)
  • 1:00 p.m. Volleyball Game
  • 2:00 p.m. Parade
  • 4:00 p.m. Thunderbird Village Tailgate Party
  • 6:00 p.m. Football Game

The fall edition of the SUU In View Alumni Magazine will have more Homecoming details as will next month's News from the Nest e-news. But if you are excited for Homecoming and want more details now, give the Alumni Relations Office at call at 435-586-7777.


Living The 'Dream': T-Birds Partner with Chinese Artists to Celebrate Cedar Native, Helen Foster Snow 

SUU students and their Chinese colleagues rehearsing for The Dream of Helen"The magnitude of this project seems almost overwhelming at times, especially while being in the middle of the whole experience, and I feel like this is just the beginning of something that will affect the rest of my life." 

That is how SUU dance student Jenny Smith sums up her role in the recent production of "The Dream of Helen" with China's Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theatre.  

Smith and her fellow thirteen SUU dance students were featured in the production that opened on July 23. The Dream of Helen, a dance drama inspired by the life and achievements of Utah native, Helen Foster Snow, is a collaboration between Southern Utah University's College of Performing and Visual Arts and the renowned Hubei performance troupe. The dance drama was performed at the Wuhan's Qui Tai Grand Theatre in China's Hubei Province.   


Read more student and faculty reaction about The Dream of Helen

Watch for the fall edition of your SUU In View Alumni Magazine for more information on The Dream of Helen.


Brad Sorensen Named to Payton Award Watch List

SUU Quarterback Brad SorensenThe pre-season accolades for Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen continue to roll in as the junior from Grand Terrace, CA, was named to the 2011 Payton Award, sponsored by, watch list by The Sports Network. 


Sorensen, who was tabbed as the third-best non-FBS player in the nation in July by and has already been named to Consensus Draft Services pre-season all-America list as well as to the College Football Performance Awards 2011 watch list, joins 19 other players at the FCS level on the pre-season watch list for the Payton Award, the FCS version of the Heisman Trophy.

Last year Sorensen threw for 21 touchdowns and a school-record 3,231 yards while leading the team to its first Great West Conference championship and earning consensus first-team all-GWC honors at the quarterback position.


SUU Football begins fall camp August 2, and opens the season September 3, on the road at South Dakota State. The firts home game is Saturday, September 10, vs. Sacramento State. See a complete football schedule.


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