Alumni: August 2014 News from the Nest | SUU

News from the Nest

August 2014
In This Issue
Homecoming 2014
Alumni Awards Banquet
The Installation Ceremony
Forever Red
USF Ticket Offer


 Carter Carillon Tradition

August 22

Help us welcome our newest Thunderbirds 

to campus as they participate in the Carter Carillon Tradition. Meet at the Carillon at 11:45 a.m. dressed in red. 



Alumni Networking Lunch - Salt Lake City

September 4

Noon to 1 p.m. 

Guest speaker will be Justin Harding ('00), chief-of-staff for Governor Gary Herbert. Snell & Wilmer (Gateway Tower West, 15 W. South Temple) is proud to sponsor the luncheon for alumni working or living in the Salt Lake City area. The event is complimentary and parking validations are available. Don't miss this opportunity to renew old friendships and create new ones! Please RSVP by calling 435-586-7777 or email Mindy Benson.



 Homecoming 2014

September 8-13



Homecoming 2014 is just around the corner (Sept. 8-13) and now is the time to make your plans to attend. An entire week filled with activities is being planned that includes events for you and your family and friends. View the entire Homecoming schedule here! 

The Inauguration of President Scott L Wyatt is also part of Homecoming this year and the article below has details on the Installation Ceremony and how you can participate.

It is an exciting time on campus and we hope you will take part.
Go T-Birds!

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy Benson, Ron Cardon & Linda Bauer

Homecoming Week set for September 8-13

Homecoming - True to SUU SUU Homecoming 2014 comes a bit early this year (Sept. 8-13) so mark your calendar now and plan to be back on campus for the celebration. Coinciding with Homecoming is The Inauguration of Scott L Wyatt as the 16th President of Southern Utah University. This will be a celebration you won't want to miss!


Monday, Sept. 8

  • Bread & Soup Night, 5 p.m. on the Business Quad.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

  • Academic Outdoor Engagement, 4 p.m. at the SUU Mountain Center to include hikes and a cookout.
  • Miss SUU, 8 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

  • Alumni Homecoming Awards Banquet, 6 p.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall. Call 435-586-7777 or email Linda Bauer to reserve your ticket(s).
  • Student Art and Performance Showcase, 8 p.m. in the Sherratt Library. 

Thursday, Sept. 11

  • Inauguration Keynote Address and 9/11 Memorial featuring Billy Collins, U.S Poet Laureate, 11:30 a.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall.
  • Powder Puff Football Game, 8 p.m. at Eccles Coliseum.
  • Pep Rally, 9 p.m. on the steps of the Harris Center.

Friday, Sept. 12

  • The Inauguration of President Scott L Wyatt as the 16th president of Southern Utah University, 2 p.m. in the Centrum Arena.
  • Inauguration Celebration, 3:30 p.m. on the Multi-Purpose Quad.
  • Forever Red, 8 p.m. on the Upper Quad featuring Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night. FREE concert and food!
  • True T-Bird, midnight at the Founders Monument - Old Sorrel

Saturday, Sept. 13

  • Pancake Breakfast, 9 a.m. at the Alumni House, sponsored by the SUU Emeriti and Alumni Associations. All are welcome to attend.
  • Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m. west on University Boulevard. Watch at the Alumni House.
  • Tailgate Parties, 4 p.m. at Eccles Coliseum.
  • Football Game vs. South Dakota State, 6 p.m. Eccles Coliseum. Purchase your tickets.

Alumni Homecoming Awards Banquet

Join us for the annual Homecoming Awards Banquet on Wednesday, September 10, 6 p.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Alumni House at 435-586-7777 or by email


A long-standing tradition, the Homecoming Banquet celebrates our alma mater and strengthens the ties that bind us together as alumni of SUU. During the evening we will recognize three individuals, who like many in our association, exemplify the Thunderbird spirit of excellence in their chosen fields and in service to others. This year's honorees are Stan Parry, Joan Woodbury and Grant Smith.


Stan parry Stanley W. Parry

Outstanding Alumnus

Stan '74, has fashioned an enviable career of service and achievement, and has made time amid a fast-paced schedule as a litigator and partner in Las Vegas law firm Ballard Spahr to give back to his alma mater in myriad ways. While at SUU, he served as secretary of academic affairs for the Associated Students and in the years following has served on the University's National Advisory Board and been highly active in alumni affairs and a regular attendee at many campus functions. Before entering private practice, Stan served as a prosecutor for both Clark County and the U.S. Department of Justice. Stan's wife, Carol Wright Parry, is a 1971 graduate of SUU.


Joan Woodbury Joan Jones Woodbury

Distinguished Service

Joan Woodbury's name has become synonymous with modern dance in the state of Utah as she has delivered exceptionally distinguished service over more than a half-century. The 1947 graduate spent 47 years teaching at the University of Utah, and is most renowned as the co-founder of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co., now celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company has enriched the cultural life of Utah with a deep commitment to the value of dance for all and its necessity in the education of youth. The Company has grown from its beginning as a local entity into an internationally hailed contemporary dance company, having performed in every state in the U.S., as well as around the world. 


Grant Smith Grant Smith

Young Alumnus

Grant, SUU class of 2005, has not slowed down since graduating, earning a master's degree in financial economics from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from Columbia Business School, each with high honors. His career has taken him on an ever-increasing plane of responsibility and success in the business world, from Zions Bancorporation to Ensign Park Advisers, to Koch Industries, to his current position of vice president of business development for Molex Incorporated. An economics major at SUU, he served as a student senator and was a defensive back on the Thunderbird football team.


The Installation Ceremony of Scott L Wyatt
This year's Homecoming celebration is unique in that it coincides with The Inauguration of Scott L Wyatt, 16th President of Southern Utah University. You are invited to attend the official Installation Ceremony on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the SUU Centrum Arena.

The Ceremony will be an historic occasion for our alma mater as President Wyatt officially becomes president and will share his vision and plans for the future. Immediately following the Installation Ceremony, a Celebration Reception will be held on the Multipurpose Quad just south of the Centrum Arena and all are invited to attend.

You, along with other interested alumni, are invited to participate in The Processional which will begin on upper campus and end at the Centrum where participants will be seated in a reserved section. If you would like to participate please, reserve a gown (free of charge) by clicking here

For additional information, call our office at 435-586-7777.

Homecoming's Forever Red - Upper Quad
Chuck Negron
formerly of Three Dog Night

Now a much-anticipated Homecoming tradition, Forever Red will again fill the Upper Quad on Friday, September 12, at 8 p.m. with live music, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, delicious desserts and a fireworks show that will light up the night sky. The entire event is FREE and all are welcome to attend.


Headlining this year's concert is Chuck Negron, legendary vocalist of Three Dog Night - a group that had 18 Top-20 hits, four number-one hits and sold 90 million albums. Bring your family and friends to an exciting evening of great rock hits that includes Joy To The World (aka Jeremiah was a Bullfrog), Celebrate and One

Lawn-chairs and blankets are encouraged. 


Special Ticket Offer from the Utah Shakespeare Festival



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SUU Homecoming 2014: September 10-13
Enjoy a few highlights from last year's Homecoming Celebration.
Created by Meishan Zhu, a junior Communication Media Studies major from Quingdao, China.