News from the Nest

March 2012
In This Issue
Best Value College
Utah Arts Council Prize
Indoor Track Champions

  SUU Professional Society Lunch & Networking

Friday, March 9, Noon to 1 p.m. at the Bank of America Conference Room, 201 S. Main St., Suite 200, Salt Lake City. Join us for the inaugural meeting and hear from SUU alumnus Travis Lovell ('03) on the current state of the economy. Bring your own lunch.

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Theatre Arts

Alumni Reception

Saturday, April 14, following the production of Little Women. Visit with friends, faculty and staff from CPVA.

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SUU Commencement

 Friday & Saturday,

May 4-5, 2012.

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Alumni Days at Shakespeare

June 25-27, in Cedar City. Join us for the second year of this new alumni tradition and be one of the first to see the 51st season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Information on purchasing your ticket package coming soon.


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This month we celebrate Southern Utah University's birthday and remember the Founders who sacrificed much to make our alma mater a reality. We are also grateful to you and the thousands of other SUU Alumni who have preserved the dreams of the Founders by helping our University develop into a nationally recognized institution of higher education.

Several events are planned to celebrate SUU's birthday including a special Convocations presentation by Ambassador John Price on Tuesday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall. And the annual Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture will be presented by Dr. Claudia L. Bushman on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall.

The Founders Celebration Dinner be held Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall. Virginia Higbee, Dane Leavitt and the late Dennis Stowell will be recognized for their invaluable service to the University. For tickets to the dinner, please contact Robin Heilgeist at 435-586-7775.


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SUU Named to Princeton Review's 2012 "Best Value Colleges"
The Princeton Review Best Value CollegesSouthern Utah University is one of the "best value" institutions in the U.S., according to The Princeton Review's highly regarded ranking system that evaluates colleges and universities across the nation for excellence in academic programming.


The Princeton Review's newly published book, "The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition," specifically measures that academic excellence against the cost of tuition to determine which schools have proven themselves the best investment for prospective college students hoping to aim high without breaking the bank.


Above all, however, the strength of an institution's academics prove the ultimate barometer, according to Best Value Colleges lead author Robert Franek who, in a recent interview with USA TODAY explained, "We're very quick to say it can't just be a low sticker price. The commitment has to be much deeper than that." 


Read more about what makes SUU a "Best Value College" for the Princeton Review.



Resident Poet Earns Second Utah Arts Council First Place Nod

Danielle DubraskySouthern Utah University's Danielle Dubrasky has once again impressed judges at the Utah Arts Council (UAC) as a now two-time first place author in the poetry division of the UAC's annual writing competition.  


Dubrasky's winning collection of poems, "The Sand Man," describes the journey of a brother and sister in a small and desolate desert town. In telling their story, Dubrasky uses imagery inspired by the Southwest desert landscape, interweaving the Night-Blooming Cereus or "Queen of the Desert," with the legend of the sand man. 


The collection is broken into ten sections, each vividly depicting the pair's encounters with a malevolent sand man and other strange objects flying through the desert wind. 

Read more about Professor Dubrasky's first place award.


Thunderbird Men Claim Summit League Chaptionship

SUU Track & Field emerged victorious from the Summit League Indoor Championship as the men's team claimed the title with 142 points over second-place Oral Roberts' 118. The win also earned head coach Eric Houle ('81) his 33rd Summit League Coach of the Year award.


Summit League 2012 Indoor Track Champions. Photo courtsey Lucas Carter.


"To win the conference championship is really an opportunity to celebrate what this team has been accomplishing this season," Houle said. "It's a great example of the caliber of athletes we have at Southern Utah." 

Read more on SUU winning the Summit League Indoor Track Championship.


Related running news:

Cam Levins Ranked Eight in the World following Boston Grand Prix.



New to the Alumni blog is a post on the 2012 Coaching Factory Honorees, as well as this year's inductees into the Coaching Factory Hall of Fame: Kevin Butler ('84) and Eric Houle ('81).

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