News from the Nest

May 2012
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SUU Commencement
Thunderbird Olympian


New York Mix & Mingle

Tuesday, May 15, 6 p.m. at Global Design, 601 W. 26th Street, Suite 1601. Join us for a reception, networking and visiting with students from the School of Business who will be in New York touring several finance companies.

RSVP now.



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).



Alumni Days at Shakespeare

June 25-27, in Cedar City. Ticket packages are now on sale and feature a 3 day/6 play package, as well as 1 day/2 play packages. 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



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Time is running out to purchase your tickets for Alumni Days at Shakespeare, which will take place June 25-27.
Our initial sales period featured a three-day, six-play ticket packages. Now single day, two-play packages are available for $60, and each day includes an exclusive event with Festival cast or crew. Choose your package now before tickets are gone
The 2012 summer season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival will feature The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mary Stuart, Titus Andronicus, Scapin, To Kill a Mockingbird and Les MisÚrables. It will be an exciting year at the Festival.
We hope you will join us June 25-27 for Alumni Days at Shakespeare, 

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ryan 

SUU Commencement

University SealSouthern Utah University's 113th annual Commencement Ceremonies were held Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, and we are excited to welcome the Class of 2012 as the newest members of the SUU Alumni Association.


Of the 1,746 degrees awarded, 351 were master's degrees, 1000  bachelor's  degrees, 384 associate's degrees and eleven special education certificates.


Gwen Knight, a psychology graduate from Cedar City was this year's valedictorian, and Payden Adams, a musical theatre graduate from Cedar Fort, UT, gave the student commencement address.


The Department of Psychology reigned in popularity, topping the top ten most popular majors among the Class of 2012:

  1. psychology
  2. elementary education
  3. biology
  4. nursing
  5. communication
  6. accounting
  7. physical education and human development
  8. criminal justice
  9. management
  10. English

Ranging from 17 to 75 years of age, this year's graduates came to SUU from 12 different countries and 37 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia. The Class of 2012 is comprised of 737 men, 1009 women, and 58 married couples.


Catch a glimpse of the festivities by visiting the Alumni Association's flickr photostream.  



SUU's Cameron Levins Qualifies for the Olympics and Leads the World
Cam Levins 5K
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Cameron Levins punched his ticket to the 2012 Olympics in London with a first-place finish in the 5,000-meters at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 21. He overtook NCAA 3,000-meters, 5,000-meters and cross country champion Lawi Lalang in the final seconds of the race, recording a top national time of 13.18.47 and earning a Canadian Olympic A+ Qualifier.


"It felt better than any other race and I knew going into the final mile that I was going to make it," Cameron said. "Training has gone really well this past week but I never could have expected to achieve the Olympic standard this early in the season. It feels amazing."



Read more about his 5K Win


Cameron Levins 10K
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Nine days later on April 30, Cameron was on the national stage again as he raced to a first place finish in the 10,000-meters at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational. His time of 27:27.96 ranks first in the world according to and qualifies for London 2012 with a Canadian Olympic A standard.


"To run at a world stage like this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Cam," head coach Eric Houle ('81) said. "His accomplishment yesterday really speaks of all the hard work he has put into this sport."


Read more about his 10K Win 



Faculty and Staff Awards 

Dr. Joe BakerWith the close of another academic season, the Universiy recently looked back on the year's most outstanding scholars and contributors and honored them with awards that are among the institution's most prestigious. 


This year's Outstanding Educator award was given to Dr. Joe Baker, professor of economics. Three additional faculty members were selected to receive the 2012 Distinguished Educator Awards: Betsy Bancroft, assistant professor of biology; Randle Hart, assistant professor of sociology; and Lee Wood, associate professor of agriculture.


On the staff side, Paula Mitchell, university archivist, and Ross Murdock, grounds horticulturist, were presented with Distinguished Service Awards. Tiger Funk, director of utility services and energy management, and Linda Liebhardt, library circulation coordinator, were awarded in the category of Outstanding Staff Employee.


Our thanks to them all for their wonderful service to Southern Utah University.


Read more about each honoree and his/her contributions to SUU.




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