News from the Nest

December 2012
In This Issue
USF Gift
Christmas Carol on the Air
T-Bird Win Competition
New Trustee


SUU Professional Society

Salt Lake City

Friday, December 14, 12:00 Noon at One Sweet Slice (1644 W. Towne Center Dr. Suite D6) in South Jordan and hosted by Trent ('06) & Janell ('03) Brown. Plan to attend and hear about their sweet road to success. Lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A and delicious cupcakes by 

One Sweet Slice.

RSVP to Kristian Olsen



Save the Date!

SUU Alumni 

Appreciation Night 

Thursday, January 10, as our men's basketball team takes on Weber State in the Centrum Arena. The party begins at 6 p.m. in the Sharwan Smith 

Center Rotunda. 



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Utah Shakespeare Festival Receives Unprecedented Gift Toward New Theatre
Utah Shakespeare Festival
The Utah Shakespeare Festival recently announced the largest gift in the theatre company's history. The Engelstad Family Foundation of Las Vegas contributed $5 million to the building of a new state-of-the-art Shakespeare theatre, moving the capital fundraising project significantly closer toward a groundbreaking by the end of 2013.
According to the Festival's Executive Director, R. Scott Phillips ('76), "A gift of this magnitude is so important to our regional theatre as fundraising moves forward. It demonstrates tremendous faith in the Utah Shakespeare Festival by this respected Nevada foundation." 
"The entire Southern Utah University community is proud of the Festival and its five decades of enriching the cultural life of our campus," said President Michael T. Benson. "We are well on our way to ensuring that the Festival's next fifty years will have a facility to match the quality of its productions." 


Christmas Carol On The Air, And On The Road

Fred Adams as Scrooge Southern Utah University's Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is helping all of Utah-north and south-usher in the holiday season with "A Christmas Carol on the Air." Created by internationally acclaimed playwrights Peter Sham and Brad Carroll, A Christmas Carol on the Air is a hilarious retelling of the holiday favorite by Charles Dickens.   


"It is," explains Sham, "a behind-the-scenes story of radio actors and their conflicts as they tell Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's reformation-all during a live broadcast."


Kicking off its holiday tour in Cedar City, Christmas Carol on the Air will open for its 2012 season at the Randall L. Jones Theatre Thursday, December 6. The show will run in the Randall December 6 - 8, 10, 13 - 15 and 17. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.


Following its Cedar City run, the troupe will head north to the Egyptian Theatre on downtown Main Street in Park City, with performances December 19 - 22. All Park City performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., with one additional 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday, December 22.


Read more about Christmas Carol on the Air 



T-Birds Win Regional Construction Management Competition

SUU Construction Management Students within the Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management are building a bedrock foundation for life after graduation, thanks to a first-place finish in the regional collegiate Construction Management Competition.  


Six T-Birds worked as a group against five other universities in the competition hosted on Brigham Young University's campus; SUU took first place in the health care division of the competition.


The weeklong event kicked off with the Salt Lake City based company Layton Construction-who also sponsored the competition-giving all groups a hypothetical to build a medical center meeting certain specifications, schedules and estimates. The SUU cohort focused their efforts on conceptualizing a rehabilitation center and then had just one week to complete a comprehensive building proposal, which consisted of a building schedule, insurance claims, price estimates and a blueprint. 


"All six of us were bent over computer screens for that entire week to get the work done. We had to do everything a typical construction manager would do before ground is broken on a building project," said Cole Wilson, a senior studying construction management from Las Vegas, Nev. 


Read more about our T-Birds winning the regional construction management competition 



SUU Welcomes New Trustee
Southern Utah University is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Marie Allen to the Board of Trustees, the University's governing oversight. Allen replaces Nina R. Barnes, who served for three years in support of SUU before accepting a position on the Utah Board of Regents. 


"I am honored by the invitation to serve on SUU's Board of Trustees," Allen said. "I am deeply committed to making higher education-especially of the quality offered at SUU-accessible to everyone."    


Read more about SUU's newest Trustee 



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