News from the Nest

June 2012
In This Issue
Alumni Days at Shakespeare
National Title Hunt
MSFS Grad Program
Utah Summer Games


SUU Professional Society Lunch & Networking

Friday, June 8, Noon to 1 p.m. at Ray Quinney & Nebeker, 36 South State Street, Suite 1400, hosted by Matt Cannon ('01). Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to Kristian Olsen. See more details



Alumni Days at Shakespeare

June 25-27, in Cedar City. Ticket packages are now on sale and feature a 3 day/6 play package, a 1 day/2 play package, or a 1 day/1 play package. Great way to catch the Utah Shakespeare Festival and participate in exclusive events while enjoying the camaraderie of friends from your

alma mater.

Purchase your tickets! 



  All Theatre Arts Alumni, particularly those from 1980-1990, are invited to attend a Reunion BBQ on June 24, at the Alumni House hosted by Julianne Crofts Palma ('88),Tobin Atkinson ('88) and Jayceen Craven Walker ('87). RSVP now for the BBQ. And the reunion will continue on through Alumni Days at Shakespeare



Utah County BBQ

Tuesday, June 19, 6:00 p.m. at Scera Park & Pools in Orem. Alumni, friends and students are invited to attend. Details and what to bring. Please RSVP to Pat Fossat.



SUU Day at Lagoon

Saturday, August 4.

The Elm Pavilion is reserved all day for SUU use, with drinks and ice cream being served at 2 p.m. Purchase your discount tickets now



Save the Date

SUU Football Tailgate

Party at Utah State Thursday, August 30. Game time is 6 p.m.

Tailgate prior.

More details to come.



Save the Date

Homecoming 2012 is September 27-29.

More details to come.



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We are excited about several upcoming events and invite you to join us and celebrate our common connection as Thunderbirds:

Utah County BBQ (June 19)
SUU Day at Lagoon (August 4)
Thunderbird Football at Utah State (August 30) Homecoming (September 27-29)


Take a look at the Alumni Events section to your left for more details. You can also email us at or call 435-586-7777.


We look forward to seeing you,


SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ryan 

Alumni Days at Shakespeare
Last day to order tickets is June 11 @ 5:00 p.m.

Alumni Days at ShakespeareIf your summer plans include the Utah Shakespeare Festival, take advantage of Alumni Days at Shakespeare, June 25-27.


Three play packages offer something for everyone:

  1. Six play option
  2. Two play option
  3. One play option (new)

Plus, each ticket purchased includes an exclusive event such as a Dinner in the Pines with Fred C. Adams and R. Scott Phillips, a Reception with R. Scott Phillips, Brian Vaughn, David Ivers and Ben Holman, or an Ice Cream Social with Festival Staff and Cast.


Don't delay in purchasing your ticket(s). 



Levins National Title Hunt Begins Wednesday

Cameron LevinsSouthern Utah University's Cameron Levins enters the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships this week having turned in the fastest time in the nation in both the 5k and 10k this season. The senior will attempt to capture the individual title in both events when he runs in the 10k on Wednesday (June 6) and 5k on Friday (June 8) in Des Moines, Iowa.


Levins' time in the 10k this season (27:27.96) ranks as the second fastest mark in the history of the NCAA with his time of 29:58.44 at the NCAA Preliminaries ranking first among 24 preliminary qualifying times. Levins will be up against familiar foes in the race, having faced Stanford's Chris Derrick and Oregon's Luke Peskedra at the West preliminaries and at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country National Championships.

In the 5,000-meters at the indoor championships in March, Cameron blazed to a fourth-place finish, earning his second All-American citation of the year and beating out several of the field in this Friday's 5k. Included in the group were Minnesota's Hassan Mead (7th), Oklahoma State's Girma Mecheso (10th), Eastern Kentucky's Soufiane Bouchikhi (11th) and Stanford's Brendan Gregg (15th).


A video stream of Levins' 10k race on Wednesday night at 7:45 pm is anticipated to be available online at Fans are then encouraged to go to on Friday night to watch Levins run in the 5k at 6:10 pm.


Read more about the Cameron Levins title hunt 



SUU Reintroduces MSFS Grad Program, Unique in the Nation

Professor Carl Franklin, director of the MSFS program.This fall, Southern Utah University will welcome the return of the Master of Science in Forensic Science program after a nearly three-year hiatus. As part of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, the program distinguishes itself as the only one in the nation that emphasizes investigation and criminalistics in its curriculum.  


"Traditional forensic science programs focus on the laboratory sciences but our program is very different," said Dr. Carl Franklin, newly appointed director of the MSFS program at SUU. "We concentrate on the investigative process and help prepare students for a career in the field."  


According to Franklin, what distinguishes SUU's program from that of other schools is that students receive considerably more hands-on experience in the investigatory realm, expanding their learning beyond the science lab and applying it in a crime scene environment. Emphasis on practical investigative methods and the means of proof applied in the courts make SUU's program especially unique and highly pragmatic.  


Learn more about this unique graduate program



Utah Summer Games Presents "Thrillbillies"

Utah Summer GamesFrom the creators of Nitro Circus the "Thrillbillies" will be performing live on Thursday, June 14, 2012, 8:30 p.m. during the Opening Ceremonies of the Utah Summer Games at  SUU's Eccles Coliseum. Expect the impossible, ridiculous, insane, hysterical, and purely awesome. Don't miss out on a chance to see these "dare-devils" attempt the unthinkable.


The Utah Summer Games Opening Ceremonies will also include the Athlete's March, Hall of Honor Inductees, live music from the a cappella ensemble singing sensation "ReMix", lighting of the Cauldron and an amazing fireworks show.


Purchase tickets to the Opening Ceremonies by going online at, calling 435-586-7872 or stopping by the Centrum Ticket Office.


Utah Summer Games Information



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