News from the NestJanuary 2011
In This Issue
Shakespeare Top Honor
Canadian National Champ
White House Ornament
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 defending national champions. Fireworks before the meet and autograph signing after.

Utah Jazz at Washington Wizards Monday, January 17, 1:00 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. For tickets or information contact Washington D.C. chapter officers Aaron Miller or John & Tara Bunkall.  



MBA Employer Networking Night, Thursday, January 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cucina Nassi - 2155 S. Highland Drive in Salt Lake City. Unique opportunity to build a network of corporate contacts and engage in informative discussion with business representatives. Sponsored by the Intermountain MBA Consortium. Read more details about the MBA Employer Networking Night or contact Megen Ralphs with event questions.



Love Letters, Friday & Saturday, February 4-5, 7:30 p.m. in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. A. R. Gurney's popular romantic comedy will be performed by SUU alumni Brian Vaughn and Melinda Pfundstein and benefits the Utah Shakespeare Festival's Artistic Initiative Fund. Purchase tickets by calling 435-586-7878 and be sure to mention you are an SUU Alumnus to receive a special discount.





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Happy New Year! We hope your 2011 is off to a wonderful start.

In this year's first edition of News from the Nest we are excited to announce that our homecoming celebration will take place September 16-17. Activities, events and reunions are still in the planning stages but mark your calendar, visit with your classmates and plan now to attend. 

Have you recently checked out the benefits and privileges page on the alumni website? The SUU Alumni Association offers several benefits and privileges to you and other members of the association and a new golf benefit has recently been added.

Are you a fan of the hit television reality show The Biggest Loser? If so, you'll be interested to know that one of our own, Sarah Hill Nitta ('08), is a contestant this season. We wish her all the best.

Have a great month!

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Dennis

SUU Service Earns Prestigous Carnegie Nod
Carnegie Foundation RecognitionThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected 115 U.S. colleges and universities for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification, and Southern Utah University is among the elite group that will now join the 196 institutions identified in the 2006 and 2008 selection process. 

SUU Provost Brad Cook remarks, "This recognition is a powerful statement on SUU's commitment to its stewardship of place." He points out the campus benefits of such curricular focus are equally impressive. "Engaged and experiential education is proven to increase faculty involvement and enhance student academic success." 

Of SUU's bid for Carnegie classification, Anthony C. Byrk, Carnegie Foundation president, said SUU displayed "excellent alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement."

Learn more about the Carnegie designation and SUU's community engagement programs

The Innovative Life: Clayton Christensen to Headline Commencement

Clayton M. ChristensenSouthern Utah University is pleased to announce Clayton M. Christensen as this year's distinguished University Commencement speaker. Consistently acknowledged as a leading world thinker on innovation, Christensen is best known for his innovative work in commercial enterprises. 

Widely sought after as a speaker, advisor and board member across the globe, Christensen will address SUU's Class of 2011 at the University Commencement Ceremony on May 6, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. in the Centrum Arena. 

Of Christensen's appointment as the University's 2011 Commencement speaker, SUU President Michael T. Benson said, "Dr. Christensen is known around the world for his research and writing on business practices and strategy. His work on disruptive technologies and innovation is second to none and I have every confidence the graduating class will long remember his address." 

Though best known for the lasting impact his ideas have made in global business, Christensen is highly sought after as a public speaker thanks, in large measure, to his broader approach to what he calls the "Well-Planned Life." According to Christensen, life's actions can and should be deliberate decisions about how an individual wishes to allocate one's time, energy and talent in pursuit of a well-defined overall purpose.

Read More on Clayton Christensen



Jamie Smith Named Cross Country Athlete of the Year

Jaime Smith, a sophmore chemistry major from Lehi, Utah.Southern Utah's own Jamie Smith has been honored as the Summit League Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year after her record breaking first-place finish at the conference championships on Oct. 30. The Athlete of the Year is voted on by the ten head cross country coaches in the league. 


Finishing the 6k race with a league-best time of 21:17.0, Smith also earned Conference MVP and first-team all-Summit honors. She finished in the top-three for the Thunderbirds in every meet of the season, including top Thunderbird finishes at Notre Dame and NCAA Pre-Nationals.


Additional SUU Cross Country Honors





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