News from the NestFebruary 2011
In This Issue
Presidential Influence
Coach Contintues to Inspire
Range Management Awards
A Midsummer Dream with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Utah Symphony, Thursday, February 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Browning Center in Ogden and Friday & Saturday, February 25-26, 8:00 p.m. at Abravanel Hall. Experience a music version of one of Shakespeare's most popular stories as the Symphony performs Felix Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream op 61. Narrated by Fred C. Adams, David Ivers, Brian Vaughn and Kimberly Mellen.
Dance Department Alumni Reunion Saturday, March 5, following the Journeys Faculty-Choreographed Dance Concert.
Gymnastics Reunion honoring Coach Scott Bauman's 20 years at SUU, Saturday, March 12. Pre-Meet Munchies in Centrum 231. SUU vs. Iowa & Utah State, 2:00 p.m. in the Centrum Arena. Dinner & program at 7:00 p.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall. To RSVP and purchase your dinner ticket ($25) email Kit Janes or call 435-590-1209.
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Southern Utah University's Founders Celebration is next month and we are excited to give you an early glimpse at the festivities planned to celebrate the University's birthday.
Founders Celebration Banquet, Wednesday, March 16, in the Gilbert Great Hall. Ken Benson and Warren Bulloch will be inducted into the Hall of Honor. Mary MacDonald and Lois Bulloch will both receive Distinguished Service Awards.
Lunch at The Main, Wednesday, March 23, is a new tradition that teaches current students the remarkable history that makes SUU so unique among institutions of higher education.
Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture, Thursday, March, 24, in the Gilbert Great Hall. Award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer Dayton Duncan will present his lecture entitled 'Preserving the Story of History". 
We invite all SUU alumni and friends to attend any of the Founders Celebration activities.
Have you visited our Alumni Blog lately? It now features a recurring post from alumnus Clinton Painter ('94, Accounting). He reminisces about the Glory Days as a student on campus and we think you'll enjoy the walk down memory lane.

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Dennis

President Benson's Influence Reaches Far Beyond Cedar City
President Michael T. BensonAmong Utah's more than 2 million residents, Southern Utah University President Michael T. Benson has been named by Utah Business magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the state when it comes to social progress and forward thinking.

This is an honor that is only given out every three years.

He and the other 99 individuals chosen represent people who are helping shape the "economic, political and social climate of the state," according to the article in Utah Business. "These are the people who are responsible for creating the widely held perception that Utah is the most business-friendly state in the nation." 

President Benson is "honored to be included in a list with people I greatly admire for their contributions to our state." He continued, "My hope is to use whatever influence I have to help move Southern Utah University forward and to continually improve the experience of students on our campus."

More on President Benson's recognition in Utah Business Magazine



Track Coach Continues to Inspire Athletes after 20 Years

Eric HouleSUU's track coach has been at the University for almost 20 years where his passion for the sport and dedication to SUU are an inspiration to his athletes and coworkers.


Since his first season as a coach in 1992, Eric Houle ('81) has built the track program into what it is today.


But before Houle began his coaching career, he was a student at SUU. "I ran track and cross country for four years, and I was student body president for two years," he said. "I was very active and involved."


Houle enjoys being a part of SUU. "I've had chances to go other places," he said. "But SUU reflects what I was taught early on by my family, that you take care of the people and the places that take care of you."


Read more about Eric Houle's SUU coaching career.


Article Courtesy the University Journal 




Top Awards Find a Home in SUU Range Management

Cedar City's location at the convergence of several different climates provides a built-in advantage for students interested in range management, the process of maximizing land productivity using scientific tools such as crop rotation, soil testing, and pest control.


While an official range management degree program is still in the works, students have already taken the initiative and formed a range management club as a means of coordinating hands-on learning experiences.

Their proximity to so many types of ecologies allows these students to gain a wealth of real-world experience from working with local farmers and ranchers. That experience definitely pays off, both in the academic world and in the professional world. At a recent competition with other university range management groups from around the state, the SUU club took top team honors, beating much more experienced teams from Brigham Young and Utah State.  


More on Range Management Awards & Dr. Jim Bowns




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