News from the NestJune 2011
In This Issue
Kennedy Center Honor
Vying for a National Title
Presidents Honor Roll
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Utah County BBQ
Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Scera Park, 600 South State Street in Orem. We will provide the hot dogs, hamburgers and eating utensils; you can bring a dish to share with others. Swimming & an outdoor movie are both available. Click for BBQ details.  



SUU in China

9-day tour of China (July 17-25) in conjunction with the staging of The Dream of Helen at the Qui Tai Grand Theatre of Wuhan by SUU faculty, student 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 in traveling to China with SUU, please email Scott Jolly or call 435-586-4484. Click for an itinerary and pricing.


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.



SUU Alumni Day at Lagoon

Saturday, August 6. Mark your calendar and watch for details next month.


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Making a Scene: T-Bird Wins Kennedy Center Competition

Britannia Bahr HoweAt the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional competition last February, Southern Utah University student Britannia Bahr Howe awed spectators with a theatre piece she directed - earning the senior classical acting and education major the opportunity to compete in the Kennedy Center's national competition in Washington, D.C. 

Howe chose a scene from Jim Leonard's "Anatomy of Gray" and asked SUU students Justin Carter, Tony Carter, MacKenzie Pedersen and Kaitlin Woolley to appear in it.

Working diligently over the next two months, Howe approached the national competition with the same wit and zeal she has time and again used to inspire her peers and cast members, and in the end, she came out victorious with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Directing Award - the highest directing honor bestowed in the national competition.

Howe was up against seven other collegiate competitors from across the nation. And though they were, technically, pitted against one another, she said "It didn't really feel like a competition at all - just a budding friendship with some really great people."  


Read more about the Kennedy Center competition and Howe's reaction to winning  


Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival


Cameron Levins Vying for National Title after First Round Performance

Cameron Levins at NCAA Championships First Round at Eugene, Oregon.Cameron Levins is set to represent Southern Utah University at the NCAA Track & Field National Championships after his finish at the first round of the championships on May 28. 


Levins ran in the first heat of the men's 5k on the day, staying among the leaders until breaking away on the final lap to finish first in the heat with a time of 13:46.48. The time put the redshirt junior ninth overall as the second heat went out faster with at-large qualifications on the line for the top times. Five athletes from each heat qualified with two at-large berths coming out of the second heat as the first-place time in the later race was 13:30.64.


The NCAA National Championships will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11. Ticket information for the National Championships. Or watch CBS television for live coverage.

More on the Thunderbirds at the NCAA Championships First Round, including a strong 5K finish by Diana Medina

SUU Again on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor RollSouthern Utah University students and educators have earned rank on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year, granting the Thunderbird community the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. 

In its second successful bid for appointment to this elite honor roll, SUU's students logged an astounding 76,191 hours in community service in projects spanning nearly every academic discipline from the Fall 2009 through the Summer 2010 semesters. 

A sample of the projects counted within this impressive total includes complimentary residential drafting from engineering students; work within the city government across varied disciplines; event-based fundraising planned and executed by students preparing for work in hotel, resort and hospitality management; community nutrition classes, health clinics and safety fairs by SUU's science students; and international humanitarian work and fundraising for needy communities as well as for those impacted by large-scale natural disasters.

Learn more about SUU's appointment to the community service honor role 


Quality Control: Nursing Department Receives Top Accreditation
SUU Nursing StudentsIt's official, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has granted accreditation for Southern Utah University's Nursing Program for the next 10 years.

Nursing Department Chair, Donna Lister, is thrilled about this recent news and said the department will continue going onward and upward. "We want to be sure that our bachelor program stays solid and makes improvements as opportunities arise," she says,

Also during this timeframe the department hopes to establish a master's degree program. Lister said this will be up for consideration over the next two to three years.

Current and future Thunderbirds can expect to see great things develop within the nursing program over the next few years. An exciting time for a department that is already doing very well.

"Our graduates had the highest pass rate in...Utah during 2010," Lister said. "Our graduates are also having very high acceptance rates into graduate programs and most are employed as a registered nurse with weeks of their license."

Read more about SUU Nursing accreditation

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