News from the NestMay 2011
In This Issue
Alumni Days at Shakespeare
Sham on London's West End
Education Without Borders
Graduation Recap



Utah County BBQ

Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Scera Park, 600 South State Street in Orem. We provide the hot dogs, hamburgers and eating utensils; you can bring something to share with others. Swimming & an outdoor movie are both available. BBQ details.



Alumni Days at Shakespeare

June 27-29. Be among the first to see the 50th Anniversary Season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. View a complete schedule of events and order your tickets.


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 email Scott Jolly or call 435-586-4484. Click for an itinerary and pricing. 



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Enjoy the latest news from SUU, including details on our upcoming Alumni Days at Shakespeare and a recap of the 2011 Commencement Ceremony.

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Alumni Days at Shakespeare
Alumni Days at ShakespeareIn celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, you are cordially invited to attend the first ever Alumni Days at Shakespeare, June 27, 28 & 29, presented by your SUU Alumni Association.
The three-day event offers SUU Alumni & Friends tickets for all shows of the summer season at a significant discount and access to four exclusive events with the Utah Shakespeare Festival staff and cast.
The ticket packages offer something for everyone, starting at just $30 per person for a 1 day, 1 play option and $150 per person to see all 6 plays over the entire 3 days (based on ticket availability).  
Plan now to attend this new SUU Alumni tradition and be one of the first to see the 50th anniversary season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Lend Me a Tenor the Musical to Open on London's West End

Peter ShamFollowing a critically acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2010, "Lend Me a Tenor the Musical," the uproarious new musical comedy by Southern Utah University's director of theatre, Peter Sham (book and lyrics) and frequent SUU Guest Artist Brad Carroll (music), will have its official West End opening at London's Gielgud Theatre on June 15, 2011, following preview performances which begin on June 2.

"Lend Me a Tenor the Musical," which received its world premiere at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2007, is a riotous, unpredictable explosion of mistaken identities and unexpected romance, based on the award-winning West End and Broadway hit comedy, "Lend Me a Tenor," by Ken Ludwig.

At the announcement of this production, Bradley J. Cook, SUU's provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, commented, "Peter is a great example of an SUU faculty member who inspires his students inside and outside the classroom. This is also proof positive of the benefits of the unique partnership of SUU and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, where Sham first debuted 'Lend Me A Tenor The Musical'." 

More on Peter Sham and "Lend Me a Tenor the Musical"



Education Without Borders: United Arab Emirates Proves Perfect Classroom

Provost Brad CookStudents at Southern Utah University might, for a time, live in a small town in rural southern Utah, but they are learning their place in life extends far beyond Cedar City's borders.

To help prepare them for the globalized world, The University's Provost, Brad Cook, recently took a group of 19 students from SUU to the Education without Borders Conference in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The conference spanned four days with events in Dubai and the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, and featured a cavalcade of Nobel Laureates and world leaders offering their advice and insights to students from around the globe.

Speakers included Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Albert Fert, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Michael Stevenson, a Vice President at CISCO and Austin Quigley, a former dean at Columbia University.

While learning from the diversity of the world's people, students found it particularly poignant to be reminded just how similar college students are, regardless of their cultural origins. "The world really is small," said Jon Mitchell, a senior management major from Hyde Park, UT. "We think people on the other side of the world are totally different, but really they're a lot like us."


And for Provost Cook, that is exactly why opportunities such as this are so critical to today's students. 

Read more about the educational experiences of SUU students in the United Arab Emirates



2011 Graduation Recap

Members of the Class of 2011The University celebrated a successful 112th Commencement Ceremony on May 6. This year's keynote commencement speaker, Harvard professor, acclaimed author and business advisor Clayton Christensen addressed the more than 5,000 graduates and their guests who were in attendance with an insightful and thought provoking speech entitled The Importance of the Right Question. English graduate Landon Gray Mitchell delivered an engaging and poignant message to his classmates entitled Some Infinite Thing. And congratulations to Nursing graduate Nicole Schmutz who was this year's Valedictorian.


Size of the Graduating Class:

1741 graduates

335 master's

997 bachelor's

389 associate's

20 one-year certificates


Age Range of the Graduates:



Gender Breakdown:

992 Females

749 Males

Class includes 59 married couples


2011 Graduates come from:

37 U.S. states

14 difference nations


Most Popular Degrees:

Elementary Education






Criminal Justice

Physical Education & Human Development





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