News from the Nest

February 2014
In This Issue
The President's Listening
National Award
Experience More
Convocation Roster


 Alumni Appreciation Night at Thunderbird Basketball

Thursday, February 13, 6:00 p.m.

You are invited to a FREE pre-game party in the Sharwan Smith Center Rotunda as we say "Thank You" for your support of the Alumni Association and Southern Utah University. FREE food, drawings and activities. Families invited to attend. Our Thunderbird Men's Team will take on Weber State at 7:00 p.m. in the Centrum Arena. Special $5 basketball ticket offer to SUU alumni.



February is a busy month for our SUU Recruiters and Admissions Staff as they encourage high school, and junior college, students to choose Southern Utah University. Do you remember making the choice of which university you would attend? What were your determining factors in choosing SUU? The University Journal recently published a great opinion piece entitled At SUU, People Make the Place that points to four reasons to choose SUU. It is a great article to read.
Work is nearly complete on our spring SUU In View Alumni Magazine that will be mailed the first of March. If your address has recently changed or if you did not receive your fall magazine, please update your contact information.
Enjoy the latest news from SUU, and take special note of Alumni Appreciation Night at Thunderbird Basketball on Thursday, February 13.


SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Charley

Wyatt Will Target SUU Enrollment

President Wyatt listens to Braxton Winterton, a junior Psychology major from St. George, and Marina Woodward, a senior elementary education major from Lindon. Photo credit Jamine Lewis/University Journal. SUU's new president, Scott L Wyatt, recently announced that in accordance with Governor Gary Herbert's 66 percent by 2020 initiative, recruitment will be a large part of Wyatt's focus during his tenure as president.


According to the governor's official website, the "On PACE to 66 percent by 2020" initiative states that 66 percent of Utahns need to have a post-secondary degree by 2020 in order for Utah's economy to remain stable.


"If we have less than 66 percent, it's going to hurt the economy," Wyatt said. "We won't have enough workers to help fuel the expansion of the state."


Wyatt said helping reach the governor's goal would not only benefit Utah's economy, it would also benefit SUU.


Read more about how President Wyatt will grow SUU while also maintaining our small campus feel 


Article courtesy University Journal 


SUU Student Turns Flight Professor with Dream Job

Aerial view of SUU's campus from a helicopter flown by Jodi Brommer. Photo credit Arissa Moore/University Journal. Jodi Brommer, a 25-year-old Cedar City resident, has her dream job: she is a helicopter pilot instructor for the SUU aviation partner program with Upper Limit Aviation. She said her job is, in one word, awesome.


Brommer's journey to become a pilot began after she served five years in the military. When she was getting ready to leave the military in 2001, President George W. Bush passed the G.I. Bill, which approved flight training for veterans.


This bill gave Brommer the opportunity to become a pilot, something she had always wanted to do, but had not thought possible, especially with the expense of attending flight school.


"That was the first time in my entire life that I knew exactly what I wanted to do," Brommer said.


Read more about SUU student Jodi Brommer and her dream job as a helicopter pilot instructor


 Article courtesy University Journal


How Do SUU Students 'Experience More'?

With aim to reveal all that is special and unique about SUU, as well as showcase the diverse collection of individuals who compose our student body, The Experience More Video Campaign features a series of students in short video clips that tell the story of who they are, what their daily lives are like and how they experience more at Southern Utah University.  

Experience More: Mary Klapperich
Experience More: Mary Klapperich
SUU's STEAM Reaches Educators Statewide in Unique Program 

For Kim Sauceda, a first grade teacher with East Elementary in Cedar City, adding the required professional development courses to her already hectic schedule was going to be a balancing act.


"It's hard to come off a long work day with six year olds and then stay in the classroom for three more hours for the required development courses," she stated. "I enjoy going to the classes, but attending was difficult."


Sauceda isn't alone and now through the Southern Utah University K-12 Professional Development and Concurrent Enrollment program, teachers are receiving unprecedented support.


Four new spotlights have been posted on the alumni site. Read about Marsha Rowley ('10)Matt Barton ('95)Sue Houston ('80) and Wes Brinkerhoff ('89)
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