News from the Nest

February 2013
In This Issue
Best Value College
Opera Competition
Academic National Champions
Scholarship Luncheon


Capitol Hill Event

Saturday, February 16, Washington, D.C.

Reception begins at 1 p.m. in The Cannon Caucus Room. RSVP deadline is Wednesday, February 13.

RSVP via email to or call 202-587-5595. This event is a collaboration between the alumni associations of Utah colleges and universities.

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Convocation Speaker

SUU Alumnus Brandon Schrand ('98, English)

Tuesday, February 19, 11:30 a.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Conference Center. Brandon is an award winning author and will speak on Reading in the Kindle Age: Or, Why Life-Writing Matters Now More than Ever. Join SUU for its distinguished lecture series.



SUU Professional Society Luncheon SLC 

Friday, March 8, Noon - 1 p.m., 997 W. 950 N., STE 101 in Centerville. The luncheon will be hosted by John Redd ('97) and Jason Hunter ('00). Topic: Financial & Estate Planning, and what you should be doing now to make sure you have the retirement you want. 

RSVP to Kristian Olsen



Chicago Theatre Event  

Saturday, March 16. The Utah Shakespeare Festival's production of Stones in His Pockets

starring David Ivers and Brian Vaughn ('95), will be at the Northlight Theatre. Play begins at 8 p.m. with an After Play Celebration at Potter's VIP Lounge, Palmer House. Tickets for the play and party must be purchased by Friday, February 15




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Standout Education, Price Places SUU among Nation's Best Values 
The Princeton Review When it comes to college, inexpensive doesn't necessarily mean easy and a high price tag isn't always a promise for quality. It is, instead, the convergence of these two critical factors that make the very best stand out from all the rest. To that end, The Princeton Review created its annual collegiate "Best Value" ranking system, to help prospective students and parents sift through the hundreds upon hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation in an effort to identify the right choice.
As the only public or private school in the state of Utah and one of just 11 public schools within the western U.S. to be included among The Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges: 2013," SUU is thrilled to stand out as a truly unique and valuable option for the region's students-the very best above all the rest. 
Students Sing Victory's Song in National Opera Competition 

Shaye Leavitt, Alex Byers and Christina Meikle. With voices raised in song, four students from SUU's Department of Music commanded the stage at the National Opera Association's annual conference in Portland, Oregon, leaving the audience and judges in awe and returning to Cedar City with a second place national finish that speaks volumes of a small but mighty program that outshines the nation's biggest and best.


The cast, vocal students Alex Byers, Taliah Byers, Shaye Leavitt and Christina Meikle, accompanied by Sasha Bainson on the piano, impressed the distinguished panel of judges in the final round of the competition with their 10-minute scene from Gian Carlo Menotti's chamber opera, The Old Maid and the Thief. According to their mentor, Carol Ann Modesitt, director of SUU Opera and Voice, the quartette "sang beautifully and represented SUU's mission, vision, and its commitment to excellence."  


Read more about the student's experience at the National Opera Competition  



Gymnastics Team Earns 12th Academic National Championship 

Caitlin Kennedy, senior from Temple, TX, one of four gymnasts who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA Southern Utah University Gymnastics has earned its 12th academic national championship after leading the nation with a team GPA of 3.843 during the 2011-12 season. In addition, a total of 12 gymnasts earned academic all-American citations from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) for carrying a year-long cumulative GPA of 3.5 of higher last season.


"We try to push it as much as we can both inside and outside of the gym," head coach Scott Bauman said. "We have been strict in how we recruit and working hard in the classroom has really become a part of the culture at SUU with our upperclassmen helping to drive our level of excellence."


Read more about Gymnastic's 12th Academic National Championship, including individual honorees


2013 Gymnastics Schedule 


Related student-athlete story: Thirty-eight T-Birds Named to Academic Big Sky Team 



Campus Tradition Puts Face to Each Scholarship's Impact
Lori Blackner, SUU Director of Development for Schlarships The weather outside was frigid, but inside the Hunter Conference Center, hearts were warmed during the fourth annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon in January, which brought SUU scholarship recipients together with the donors who have paid for their education, revealing the impact a single person can have on another's success.

Though the event was intended for students to give thanks to their benefactors, the givers were, in turn, just as openly grateful for the students they were able to support.


According to donor Dan Jones ('70) of Cedar City, whose parents created the Homer and Belle Jones Scholarship Endowment, "It was great to talk to the student who is benefiting from my parents' legacy. To know that their sacrifice wasn't in vain brings me great joy."


Read more about the Scholarship Luncheon on the Alumni Blog and view pictures

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