News from the Nest

August 2012
In This Issue
Homecoming 2012
SUU Licence Plate Program
New Benefit


Carter Carillon Tradition

Friday, August 24, at 11:15 a.m. Welcome this year's freshmen class to the Thunderbird Nation. Wear your Southern Utah Red and join us at the Bell Tower. Call the Alumni Relations Office at 435-586-7777 for additional information.



Get the Red Out in Logan!

Cheer on Thunderbird Football during the season-opener at Utah State on Thursday, August 30. Game time is 6:00 p.m. with a tailgate party at 4:30 p.m. in the north parking lot. SUU celebrates its first season in the Big Sky Conference and its 50th season as a four-year football-playing institution. See you there!



SUU Professional Society

Friday, September 21, 12:00 Noon hosted by Nate Wilkey at General Electric, 6510 Millrock Drive in 

Salt Lake City. 



Thor's Thunder Classic

Monday, September 24, at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club.

Sponsorship and Team Information. 



Homecoming 2012

True to SUU!

September 27-29

Join us for the Alumni Banquet, Old Main Homecoming Celebration, Pep Rally, True T-Bird, Old Sorrel 5K, Pancake Breakfast, Reunions, Parade, Tailgate festivities and of course the Football Game.



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August is an exciting (and busy) month on campus as preparations are underway to welcome back students for fall semester, which begins on Monday, August 27. Expectations are high for a great school year and we look forward to sharing those highlights with you in future editions of News from the Nest.

One of those highlights takes place on Thursday, August 30, as SUU opens the football season at Utah State in Logan. Game time is 6:00 p.m., but we will host a tailgate at 4:30 p.m. in the north parking lot at Romney Stadium. If you will be in the Logan area, put on your SUU red and join us for an exciting game.

Homecoming is September 27-29, and we encourage you to return to campus and enjoy the celebration. The article below has a schedule of events and next month's News from the Nest will have more information. 

Finally, your alumni magazine should arrive at your home by the end of the month. We do our best to keep mailing addresses current, but if you happen to not receive your copy send us an email (along with your current mailing address) and we will get you a copy. If you would prefer to receive an electronic version of the magazine rather than one in print, email us your preference.  

We hope to see in Logan, and in Cedar City for Homecoming 2012,


SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ryan 

Homecoming: September 27-29

Homecoming 2012

Homecoming is just a few weeks away and we invite you back to campus to join in a weekend of being True to SUU.


Thursday, September 27

Alumni Banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Gilbert Great Hall. Reconnect with friends while we honor our Thunderbird Heritage and celebrate this year's award recipients: Ellen Wheeler (Outstanding Alumnus), Craig Jones (Distinguished Service) and Jamie Shaw (Young Alumnus). To RSVP and purchase your tickets, call the Alumni Relations Office at 435-586-7777.


Friday, September 28

SUUSA Executive Club Reunion at 6:00 p.m. at the Hunter Conference Center.


School of Business Alumni Reception, 6:00 p.m. at the Dixie Leavitt Business Building.


Old Main Homecoming Celebration, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on the Upper Quad. Enjoy live music from the Joe Muscolino Band, food, pep rally and fireworks. The Celebration is free of charge.


True T-Bird at Midnight at Old Sorrel.


Saturday, September 29

SUUper Sorrel 5K, 7:30 a.m. on the Coal Creek Trail. Register now!


SUUSA Reunions, 9:00 a.m. at the Alumni House for the following administrations: Jesse Holt ('07-'08), Matt Glazier ('02-'03), Stephen Allen ('97-'98) and Sandra Lord Thomas ('92-'93). 


Pancake Breakfast, 9:00 a.m. Alumni House Parking Lot, compliments of the SUU Emeriti (retired faculty & staff) and the Alumni Association.


Homecoming Parade, 10:00 a.m. down University Boulevard. Come watch the parade at the Alumni House. 


Thunderbird Village Tailgate Party, 11:30 a.m. in the southeast parking lot of Eccles Coliseum.


Homecoming Football Game vs. Montana State at 1:30 p.m. Call the Centrum Ticket Office at 435-586-7872 to purchase advance seating.


Please call the Alumni Relations Office at 435-586-7777 if you have questions for need assistance with your visit back to campus.



SUU License Plate Program is a Success

Our collegiate license plate program continues to grow and makes a positive impact at Southern Utah University. 


Currently there are more than 1500 SUU license plates on the road generating more than $40,000 in scholarships for students from all walks of life who are studying in departments across campus.


Our students are very grateful to receive a scholarship and here's what three have to say about the generosity of others:

  • "Studying here at SUU is laying the first bricks to my future and I am lucky to be here."
  • "Thank you for making a difference in my life. I can't even put across how much it means to me."
  • "Thank you so much for keeping my dreams alive for being a college graduate. I will be the first in my family to achieve this higher education goal."  

In addition to providing needed scholarships, the license plates do two more great things for SUU. Dean O'Driscoll ('83), vice president for university services, explains, "They work as hundreds of little billboards, constantly in motion year round. And, they allow our alumni and friends the chance to show their pride for a great school. It is a terrific program I am happy to take part in as an alum." 


SUU license plates can be purchased at any State of Utah Department of Motor Vehicles Office. 



Our Newest Alumni Benefit

LifeCard Plans The SUU Alumni Association has just partnered with LifeCard Plans to bring a whole new world of personal benefits to you.


LifeCard Plans provides you, and medical professionals, with secure 24/7 online access to your most important legal and medical documents (emergency medical information, advance medical directives, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, etc.) from anywhere in the world. Simply carry your LifeCard with you, or download one of their phone apps, and medical professionals will understand how to care for you and how to notify your family members.


Take a look at all of the benefits LifeCard Plans can provide you and your family. We believe it will be a unique and valuable service to you in times of emergency, particularly when traveling. Plus, it is a great way to help your Alumni Association as LifeCard Plans will donate a portion of your monthly fee back to the Alumni Association in support of a variety of projects such as our homecoming & founders celebrations, tailgate parties, chapter functions and more.


Visit our benefits page to learn more about LifeCard Plans.



New spotlights on the Alumni website: 

Kevin Butler & Eric Houle 


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