News from the Nest

May 2013
In This Issue
Commencement Stand-Outs
Rabbi Shmuley Speech
Pre-Med Institute
College National Finals Rodeo
NFL Draft


Recruit Salt Lake City

Career & Job Expo

Thursday, May 23 

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Utah Student Union. Recruit Salt Lake City is an alumni only career expo organized and hosted by MyWorkster. The career expo will be a trade show format, attended by alumni from other Utah institutions and will feature 50 employers with hundreds of good jobs to fill. Standard ticketing provides free admittance, but tickets are limited so don't delay registering.  



SUU Professional Society Luncheon - SLC

Friday, June 14

12:00 Noon

Hosted by Rob Ferre ('03) and Richie T. Steadman ('05) at Corporate Alliance at 7730 Union Park Avenue in Midvale. The pair will speak on building strong professional networks 

and being successful entrepreneurs. 

RSVP to Kristian Olsen 



  Alumni Days at Shakespeare
June 24-26

View all six summer 

season plays of the Utah Shakespeare Festival and enjoy exclusive events with Festival cast, crew and staff. Alumni Days at Shakespeare offers you fabulous savings on USF plays and a great reason to return to campus. We hope to see you!

More information & purchase your tickets



SUU Day at Lagoon

Saturday, August 3

Join us for a Thunderbird Family Reunion.

 Purchase your Discount Tickets



Homecoming 2013

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SUU Commencement was a fitting culmination to a remarkable academic year, and we are thrilled to officially welcome the 1,756 graduates of the Class of 2013 into the ranks of the SUU Alumni Association. The T-Bird Standouts article below offers a glimpse of the great heights of this year's class, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's inspiring keynote speech is definitely worth watching. 
Over the next few months there are several events in which we invite you to participate and help spread the word to others:
August 3: SUU Day at Lagoon 
October 10-12: Homecoming - True to SUU! Details to come.

Warm Regards, 
SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ryan 

T-Bird Standouts Exemplify Great Heights of Class of 2013
Class of 2013
Southern Utah University's Class of 2013 boasts 1,756 students, each with a unique story of their journey from freshman registration to this year's graduation. Sometimes in the face of great adversity and against all odds, and other times on a seeming path of destiny to culminate years of standout performance, our graduates have left SUU with formative experiences and stories to tell that have, collectively, shaped our Thunderbird community.
The stories of Choryn Glad, Blake Clark, Kodai Kusano, Jordan Williams and Craig Randall are just a few examples of the 2013 grads who have left their mark, persisting through to graduation and inspiring others along the way.


Rabbi Shmuley Incites Grads to Shine
SUU 2013 Commencement Speaker - Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach delivered a stirring speech at this year's Commencement Ceremony.
Betty McDonald Pre-Med Institute Set to Assist SUU's International Students

Betty McDonald Pre-Med Institute Ribbon Cutting Southern Utah University's new Betty McDonald Pre-Med Institute (MPI) ceremoniously opened its doors on April 22, with preparations now well underway for its first group of students set to join this Fall 2013 semester.


The new pre-med program, designed to satisfy the need for more complete medical school preparation for SUU's international students, is the first of it's kind in the country.  


The MPI will enhance the traditional undergraduate pre-med experience by providing the necessary guidance and tutoring to SUU's growing base of international students seeking medical degrees, engaging them in cultural immersion programs and helping to improve their communication skills and cultural acclimation.


Read more about the Betty McDonald Pre-Med Institute 


Cowgirl Thunderbird Qualifies for Fourth College National Finals Rodeo

Milli Twitchell SUU senior Milli Twitchell can do more in 6.5 seconds than most could even dream to do on college rodeo's grand stage. After taking first place in the Rocky Mountain Region in goat tying for the fourth straight year, Twitchell is now in first place in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and will be competing in June at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo.


This will mark Twitchell's fourth consecutive appearance in the CNFR for goat tying; she has taken first place in all three previous national competitions and is well positioned to claim her fourth title, according to SUU Rodeo Coach Shane Flannigan.


"This achievement is unheard of," said Flannigan. "To see one girl be completely dominant in one event for four straight years is a feat you rarely see. At the national level she is more than 200 points ahead of any competitor, she can't be touched."


Read more about Milli Twitchell and her fourth consecutive trip to the College National Finals Rodeo 


Brad Sorensen Makes SUU History in NFL Draft

Brad Sorensen Midway through the first half of Southern Utah University's annual spring football game, its 2012 quarterback made SUU history when Brad Sorensen ('13) became the first Thunderbird to be drafted into the National Football League when the San Diego Chargers made him the 221st selection in the 2013 draft.


"That's great, it's exciting," SUU Coach Ed Lamb said. "The key is, he's good, he's got legitimate ability and he's going to get a shot. He was going to get a shot whether he got drafted or not, I knew that."

Read more about Brad Sorensen and becoming the first Thunderbird to be drafted into the NFL  


Watch Brad Sorensen 2012 Highlights 


Our Southern Utah University Alumni Linkedin Group now features a weekly "Wednesday Word" on Career and Professional Development. We invite you to check it out, contribute to the discussion and connect with friends.

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