News from the Nest

January 2012
In This Issue
Grammy Nomination
New Languages


Pre-Meet Party

Friday, January 20, 2012. Food in the Rotunda beginning at 6:15 p.m. SUU vs. BYU gymnastics meet at 7 p.m. in the Centrum. 

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SUU Night @ Lincoln County High School

Tuesday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m. (Nevada time). Alumni, friends and prospective are invited to attend. Look for the SUU table filled with memorabilia, information and a free prize drawing.

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Happy New Year! We hope your 2012 is off to a great start.
In a continued effort to keep you connected with campus, the Alumni Association now has a flickr photostream. We have posted a variety of photos from campus and alumni events and will do so in the future. We hope you enjoy our flickr photo collections and that they provide you with a glimpse of campus and alumni happenings. 

And did you know that SUU's Advancement Office has a YouTube  channel? It's another great way for you to stay connected with your alma mater.
Kind regards, 

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ryan 

Students Perform on Grammy Award-Nominated Recording

Taliah Lee JohnsonWhen this year's Grammy Award nominations were recently announced, two of SUU's talented vocal students had reason to be excited: they performed on a nominated recording. Taliah Lee Johnson and Geneil Perkins received word that their work on the recording "Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem" was nominated for Best Choral Performance in the Classical Music division.


Geneil PerkinsLast summer, Perkins and Johnson were awarded scholarships for their work as part of the first-annual Professional Choral Institute (PCI) at the University of South Florida. The two weeks spent with other college singers from across the country finished with a professional recording of the Brahms' Requiem with Seraphic Fire, an internationally acclaimed choir based out of Miami, Florida. The recording was a huge success on the iTunes classical charts when it was released last August. Then came word of the Grammy Award nomination.


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Gymnastics Finishes Second in Academic National Championship

SUU Flippin' Birds 2012Southern Utah University gymnastics finished the 2011 season second in the nation in academics with 12 gymnasts earning NACGC/W academic all-American citations. The Thunderbirds finished the 2011 season with a team GPA of 3.8050, second only to Southeast Missouri State which finished with a 3.9118.   


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SUU Adds New Popular Language Offerings

Elise Leahy, Foreign Languages and Philosophy department chair.This year, Southern Utah University's college of Humanities and Social Sciences added three new languages to its catalogue: Latin, Arabic and Mandarin. The college is particularly excited about the addition of an Asian language, which heretofore, has never been offered at SUU. 


A multi-year agreement established in 2010 between Southern Utah University and Hunan Normal University (HNU) in Hunan, China will bring one highly-credentialed instructor to SUU each year to educate students in Mandarin language and culture. Visiting professors will teach two classes each semester, continuing through spring of 2016. 

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