News from the Nest

October 2012
In This Issue
Alumni Directory
Library Gala
The Princeton Review
SUU in China


Sherratt Library Gala

will be held Saturday, October 13, 6:30 p.m. in the Sherratt Library. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening filled with exhibits, food and entertainment. Tickets for the evening are only $10.

Read more about the Gala and purchase your tickets.



SUU Professional Society Las Vegas

The first meeting of the SUU Professional Society of Las Vegas will be held Thursday, October 18, 12:00 Noon at 1057 Whitney Ranch Drive, Suite 100. Ken Ashworth ('87) will be the host and lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Savannah Cannon



Tailgate Party at NAU

 Mark your calendar and plan to join us in Flagstaff, AZ, on Saturday, November 10, as Thunderbird Football wraps up its first regular season in the Big Sky Conference.

Tailgate at 12:00 Noon, football game at 2:00 p.m. Details on the location of the tailgate are being finalized so stay tuned.



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Homecoming 2012 is in the history books and from our perspective, it was a huge success! We are very appreciative of the large crowds of alumni, campus and community members that came together at variety of events and activities to celebrate Southern Utah University. It was a wonderful weekend. We will keep you informed of dates for Homecoming 2013 so you can make your plans to return to campus.

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SUU Alumni Partners with Harris Connect to Produce Alumni Publication
Harris Connect
We are partnering with Harris Connect to produce a beautiful hardcover publication that will allow you to reconnect with friends and network professionally. 
The publication will feature an introduction with full color pictures of campus, prominent SUU personas and a history of the University. It will also include a section for photos and memories from your days at SUU.

Harris Connect specializes in alumni publications and the data needs involved with this type of project. Members of the SUU Alumni Association will be contacted - by phone, email and mail - over the next few months to verify and update your contact and career information.

We value your privacy and will treat your information in a secure manner, and you decide whether or not your personal information is published -- make your wishes clear to the representative with whom you speak.

If you have any questions or concerns please call the Alumni Relations Office at 435-586-7776.

All Aboard: Library Gala 2012

Sherratt Library Gala 2012

October 13 marks a unique convergence of anniversaries in the combined celebration of three organizations most influential in developing, promoting and connecting southern Utah to the rest of the nation.


In grand fashion, The Friends of the Gerald R. Sherratt Library at Southern Utah University will celebrate the legacy of the Union Pacific Railroad, the Utah Parks Company and the Library's own Special Collections in its annual Friends of the Library Gala, though this year's celebration will be unlike any other in both scale and custom, beginning with a reunion, of sorts, for former employees of the Utah Parks Company from the '20s through the '70s.


Please join them for the Gala which will begin at 6:30 p.m. with registration and hors d'oeuvres in the main lobby. At 7 p.m., a formalized program will begin in the Garden Level with remarks from Union Pacific Director of Public Affairs, Daniel Harbeke, and former UPC employees Mary Ellen Edmunds and brother Paul Edmunds will address the audience. Mary Ellen Edmunds is a popular speaker, who worked in the Utah Parks as a young lady, and has authored several books.


Following the program, attendees will join in a live SingAway in the Huntsman Reading Room at 7:45 p.m.  Birthday cake will be served to the sounds of hits from the 1940s and 50s, played by SUU's Jazz Band.  


Read more about the Gala and purchase tickets (only $10) online 



Experiencing More: Student Opinion Places SUU Among Nation's Best

Best in the West In its just released collegiate survey, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region," The Princeton Review identifies the top tier of colleges and universities across the nation that "stand out as academically excellent institutions of higher learning." And in what is beginning to feel like an annual tradition at Southern Utah University, SUU has again been recognized as one of the West's best schools on the "Best in the West" listing. This is the University's ninth consecutive appearance on this top national listing. 


Above all, according to The Princeton Review, colleges and universities are selected for this prestigious recognition primarily for excellence in academic programming.


Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher, "We're pleased to recommend Southern Utah University as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite." 


Read more about SUU and the 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region 



Southern Utah University to Open American Cultural Center in China

China Wuhan

The U.S. Department of State has selected Southern Utah University as one of ten U.S. higher education institutions this year to receive a grant to establish an American Cultural Center in China. A joint undertaking between SUU and Hunan Normal University (HNU), the center will be housed on the HNU campus in Changsha.


The main purpose of the American Cultural Center of Changsha is to foster understanding of American culture, history, values, policies and institutions by students, faculty and local community members. No less important is the goal of conveying to the Chinese people the good will and generosity of the American people.


According to SUU Music Professor Xun Sun, who is originally from China, "It's so important to inform the younger generation of Chinese, especially college students, about American culture, the U.S. political system and democratic institutions. This center will create a path toward more discussion and less conflict between the U.S. and China." 


Read more about SUU establishing an American Cultural Center in China 



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