News from the Nest

January 2013
In This Issue
Bowerman Award
Tanner Center
Engineering Students


SUU Alumni 

Appreciation Night 

Thursday, January 10, in the Sharwan Smith Center Rotunda. Join us for food and prizes, followed by the SUU vs. Weber State men's basketball game at 7 p.m. in the Centrum Arena. The party is FREE and tickets for the game can be purchased at the Centrum Ticket Office.



SUU Professional Society Las Vegas meets Friday, Januay 11, 12:00 Noon and will be hosted by Chris Wilcox ('84) at Jacobson and Wilcox, 9139 W. Russell Road. Lunch will be provided. Suggested donation of $20. 

RSVP to Suzette Beach.



The next SUU Professional Society Luncheon in Salt Lake City will be held Friday, March 8, hosted by John Redd ('97). Mark your calendar and watch for more details.



The Future Is Rising  
Like us on Facebook
View our profile on LinkedIn 

View our photos on flickr

View our videos on YouTube

LifeCard Plans 
This Year, I Will: 
  • Organize My Documents
  • Write My Will
  • Protect My ID 

When you sign up, all of your legal documents are free and a portion of your low monthly cost will be donated to our Alumni Association.

We hope your 2013 is off to a fantastic start and wish you and yours all the best in the new year. Alumni Relations is excited for 2013 and all the wonderful things it has in store for our University. As always, our office looks forward to sharing with you news and event information from your alma mater.

To start 2013 off right, we are hosting on campus an Alumni Appreciation Night Thursday, January 10, with a 6:00 p.m. party (FREE) in the Sharwan Smith Center Rotunda. There will be food and a prize drawing as we say Thank You to all members of the SUU Alumni Association. We are extremely grateful for your contribution to the SUU legacy and your membership in our Association. Following the party, our Thunderbird Men's Basketball Team takes on in-state (and Big Sky) rival Weber State at 7:00 p.m. in the Centrum Arena. Game tickets can be purchased online or at the Centrum Ticket Office. We invite you to join us for a fun evening.

Please take note of the the Alumni Events section to your left and dates of upcoming events in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. We invite you to attend if your schedule permits.
Have a great day,
SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ryan 

Cameron Levins Wins Bowerman Award 
Eric Houle ('81) and Cam Levins ('12) Southern Utah University's Cameron Levins has been named the 2012 Bowerman Award winner. The Bowerman, which is essentially the Heisman Trophy of the collegiate track & field world, is given annually to the most outstanding male and female track & field athlete of the year. 
Levins was recognized for his truly world-class collegiate performance in front of a packed house at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention in Orlando, Fla., on December 19. 
"I only fathomed, a little bit, that I might be able to win," Levins said after the award was presented. "To have it happen was just unreal, I'm still in a bit of shock." 

"This really just cements Southern Utah Track & Field in the history books," head coach Eric Houle ('81) said. "I can't think of a better student-athlete than Cameron Levins to represent SUU and our program, and I look forward to what is in store for us going into the future."  


Read more about Cam Levins winning the Bowerman Award 



Tanner Center's New Director to Boost Student Presence 

Kirk FitzpatrickKirk Fitzpatrick as been named the new director of the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values. An associate professor at SUU since 2003, Fitzpatrick will advance the center as he leads the campus community in the study of important ethical issues among faculty and students, and supports the teaching, research and discussion of ethics and human values across disciplines at SUU. 


The Tanner Center is best known for its annual Grace Adams Tanner Lecture in Human Values, which brings distinguished scholars from around the world to campus to discuss human values and ethics. Presenters have varied from Nobel Prize winners to Pulitzer Prize winners, and university presidents to English lords-and even a former president of the United States.


It also annually hosts the Tanner Symposium and Distinguished Faculty Honor Lecture, highlighting the research and scholarship of top performing SUU professors, as their work relates to broader philosophical and ethical issues.


Learn more about the Tanner Center and Dr. Fitzpatrick  



Engineering Students Trade Laptops for Hammers in Interstate Service Learning 

Mark Trevort, SUU integrated engineering student A unique collaboration between students from Southern Utah University and the University of Colorado Denver has resulted in the construction of a family's new home in the heart of the Navajo Nation.


The home construction project began in May of 2012 when students from the two universities combined forces with the non-profit organization DesignBuildBLUFF (DBB) to build an energy sufficient home for a deserving family on the Navajo reservation.


With a budget of just $40,000, which was donated by organizations through DBB, students worked with the chosen family to create an energy sufficient home well suited for the region's climate and a drastic improvement in living conditions for the recipient family. 


"These kinds of projects literally take the families out of poverty and for the first time gives them a home that has running water and working electricity, a home they can depend on," said SUU integrated engineering student Mark Trevort.


"During all of my schooling I've only used pencils and keyboards to create, but to turn our design into an actual home was incredible," said Chris Hoffman, SUU integrated engineering student. "Since we were the only engineering students on the project we were able to teach the architecture students about solar design and they, in turn, taught us how to make design beautiful."  


Read more about this integrated engineering project 



Are you following us on Facebook? If not, you're missing out on Trivia Tuesdays (prizes awarded) and Photo Fridays.
Like us now! 

Let us know what you think of News from the Nest by emailing