News from the Nest

July 2013
In This Issue
Presidential Search Input
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Science Gender Gap


Presidential Search Community Forum

Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 p.m. at Cedar City's Festival Hall, Room #7 (105 N. 100 E). All individuals who are interested in providing input to the Presidential Search Committee are invited to attend.



SUU Day at Lagoon

Saturday, August 3

Join us for a Thunderbird Family Reunion.

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SUU Career & 

Internship Fair

Wednesday, September 18, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom. Sponsored by the SUU Career & Professional Development Office. Alumni welcome to attend.

Career Fair Information 



Thor's Thunder Classic

Monday, September 30

We invite you to participate in SUU's premiere four-person scramble and enjoy a day of golf with friends from your alma mater at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club.

Sponsorship & Team Info



Homecoming 2013

True to SUU

Save the date!

October 10-12 



Alumni Career Expo

Wednesday, November 6

If you are interested in exploring new career opportunities, mark your calendar for November 6, and plan to attend an alumni-only career expo in Salt Lake City. 

More details to come.  


Intermountain MBA Consortium 

Wednesday, November 6

This state-wide networking event is designed to connect MBA alumni with representatives from partner corporations. 

More details to come.


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We hope you are enjoying summer and time with family and friends. On Saturday, August 3, we invite you to spend time with your Thunderbird Family at SUU Day at Lagoon. Purchase your Discount Tickets now!
Summer is a beautiful season on campus and reminds us of the wonderful work our Facilities Management Team does in maintaining our buildings and grounds. This past year, Facilities has been involved with several projects and initiatives that have not only improved and beautified campus, but also saved energy and water. Take a look at some of their workWe think you will be impressed. 
As we prepare from Homecoming 2013 (October 10-12), we want to know your favorite Homecoming stories, traditions, activities and/or events. Please share with us your memories

Enjoy this month's edition of News from the Nest and have a great day, 
SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ryan 

Presidential Search Seeks Your Input

Mark Russell It is a new day at SUU! 


I am sure you have heard that our President, Dr. Michael T. Benson, has accepted the post of President of Eastern Kentucky University. The State Board of Regents has named Dr. Richard Kendall, former Utah Commissioner of Higher Education, as interim President. We wish President Benson and his family all the best in their new adventure, and welcome President Kendall to campus.


As a result, we are in the beginning stages of the selection process for a new University President. As your Alumni President, I have been asked by the Board of Regents to represent you, our alumni, on the Search Committee. I take this responsibility very seriously, as the decision that we make will affect the course of SUU for generations to come.


So I am asking for your input. I would appreciate your opinions and welcome your comments. As a guide, here are some questions to ponder:

  • What characteristics do you value most in a new President? 
  • What academic qualifications should a new President have?
  • What background and/or experience should a new President bring to SUU?
  • What should the role of athletics be on campus?
  • How much time should be spent fundraising?
  • What is your vision of SUU's future?

Please e-mail me at with your comments.


I consider it an honor to serve, and I look forward to hearing from you.




Mark Russell ('74)

SUU Alumni President



P.S. A Presidential Search Community Forum will be held in Cedar City on Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 p.m. at Festival Hall, Room #7. All are invited to attend.



2013 USF Season Now Open!
Utah Shakespeare Festival

Four Shakespearean classics, two hit musicals, an American stage icon about justice, and a regional premier of a new play are all part of the 2013 summer season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, which runs June 26 to August 30.


Watch a few highlights via YouTube: 

King John 

The Tempest 

Love's Labour's Lost 

Peter and the Starcatcher 

Anything Goes 

Twelve Angry Men 


Come back to campus and enjoy the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Purchase your tickets now and read how the Randall L. Jones Theatre is Celebrating its 25th Anniversary.


Closing the Science Gender Gap

Rural Health Scholars Dental Nicaragua The idea that boys are better than girls in science has persisted throughout history due, largely, to social constructs and opportunity throughout the ages.


Even now, explains Deb Hill, dean of Southern Utah University's Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development, "We have an inclination in our society to not celebrate smarts with girls."


Assistant Professor of information systems within SUU's College of Science and Engineering Shalini Kesar, who is actively working for change with IT colleagues across the nation, says the problem extends far beyond school-aged children. "It doesn't matter who we work for or our racial background, we all see the lack of women in the STEM fields as a concern."


To say that Hill, Kesar and their colleagues are troubled that half the population is grossly underrepresented in the all-important fields of engineering, math, science and technology is an understatement. And faculty across SUU's campus have set out to change perceptions by creating opportunities.  

Read more about SUU's STEAM efforts

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