News from the Nest to the Thunderbird Nation

October 2011
In This Issue
SUU Named a Best College
100% on NCLEX
Call for Entries
CPVA Fall Line-Up
Shakespeare Competition


 Thunderbird Football & Tailgate at Weber State

Saturday, October 22. Tailgate party begins at 2:00 p.m. in the W5 Parking Lot at Stewart Stadium on the Weber State campus. Kick-off at 4:00 p.m. 

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September was an amazing month for Southern Utah University and the Alumni Association.

Friday, September 16, marked an exciting turning point for SUU as a new comprehensive capital campaign was unveiled during The Future is Rising Celebration on the Upper Quad. The huge outdoor party was an amazing sight and something our campus will not soon forget. 

Saturday, September 17, was Homecoming and hundreds of alumni returned to campus for reunions, the alumni luncheon, parade and football game. Take a look at a few of the Homecoming festivities.

Help us spread the word about the October 22 tailgate & football game at Weber State
Have a great month,

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ryan


SUU Tops U.S. News' "Best Colleges" List

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges List 2012U.S. News & World Report has recognized Southern Utah University as one of the top universities in the West in its 2012 Best Colleges guidebook, placing SUU in the first tier of all universities in the West which provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master's programs.  

Moving up yet again in the rankings from last year, this is the University's eighth consecutive appointment to the regional list and second consecutive listing in the top tier of all Western colleges formally recognized. The "West," as defined by U.S. News, includes a peer group that spans 16 states.


"This recognition from US News further validates the progress we continue to make in our efforts to carve out a specific niche within the Utah System of Higher Education," President Michael T. Benson says. "It also promotes SUU within our region as an option for students seeking an educational experience that is wholly unique." 


Read more on SUU's Best College Ranking



Leading the Pack: SUU Nursing Grads Shine in Licensure Exam

SUU Nursing - 100% Pass RateWhen the department chair of SUU Nursing received a text message from one of her students reading, "Prepare to be amazed," Donna Lister knew it could only mean one thing: her students had done it again.


And for the second time in the past year (the first was for a 98% pass rate), the entire Southern Utah University community would like to congratulate SUU Nursing for a 100-percent first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate among its most recent class of graduates.


The NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) is the required licensing test for students seeking a nursing career, and SUU's students tout the highest pass rate for this exam in the state of Utah.

Lister is, obviously, thrilled with her students' success and is proud of what this says for SUU's Nursing program at large.

"It shows that our graduates are very well prepared to pass this exam," she says, which is an important barometer of a graduate's preparation for their chosen line of work.  


Read more about SUU Nursing 100% pass rate, including student (now alumni) reaction



Kolob Canyon Review Call for Entries

Kolob Canyon ReviewSUU Alumni are invited to submit their best written work, art and photography to be considred for the 2012 issue of the Kolob Canyon Review. Submissions are due by November 30, 2011. 


The Kolob Canyon Review is a peer reviewed literary journal featuring the work of students, faculty and alumni from Southern Utah University. Its purpose is to emphasize student learning in the production and dissemination of the journal to provide a forum for writers and artists associated with SUU to publish their work and to have their work read by their peers and to serve as undergraduate research, in that, it assists students in editing and designing a magazine as well as providing a collaborative effort between supervisors, mentors and students.


More on the Kolob Canyon Review



Performing and Visual Arts Offers an Impressive Fall Line-Up

CPVA's 2011 production of King Lear. Pictured left to right: Alex Allred, a junior from Scottsdale, AZ as the King of Burgundy/Doubling; Heather Gibeson a junior from Pahrump, NV as the Nurse/Doubling; Jenny Smith a senior from South Jordan, UT as the Fool; and Payden Adams, senior from Cedar Fort, UT as King Lear.As Southern Utah University continues on into the fall 2011 semester, the College of Performing & Visual Arts (CPVA) is thrilled to offer a schedule of entertainment that will take its audience around the globe, with performances inspired by works from England, Russia, China and the United States. 


Music, dance, theatre and art enthusiasts alike are all encouraged to keep in touch with CPVA happenings online at or through the ticket office: 435-586-7872.  


View CPVA's Fall Schedule 



35th Annual Shakespeare Competition at The Utah Shakespeare Festival

Over 2,700 students and 110 schools participated in the 35th annual Shakespeare Competition hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University. From October 6 to 8 student thespians from across the Intermountain West competed as actors, dancers and theatre technicians before panels of theatre and dance professionals in the largest scholastic Shakespeare competition in the country. A closing night awards ceremony was held October 8 in the Centrum Arena. 

"For thirty-five years this event has changed the lives of aspiring young students from all over the United States," said Michael Bahr ('89), Festival education director. I'm looking forward to continuing this great tradition of theatre, dance, and music."  


Read more about the Shakespeare Competition


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