News from the Nest

January 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.



All of campus is thrilled to welcome Scott L Wyatt as the 16th president of Southern Utah University. His first official day was Monday, January 13, and since then, he has kept an extremely busy pace visiting with faculty, staff, students and community members. 
We invite you to follow the President during his 100-Day Listening Tour and see where he goes and with whom he visits. We also encourage you to ask President Wyatt questions and to share your thoughts and ideas with him at Talk To Scott.
Enjoy your day and Go T-Birds!

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Charley

The President's Listening, the Floor is Yours

SUU's new president, Scott L Wyatt, closed his second day on campus two weeks ago by announcing his plans for a 100-Day Listening Tour that will send the University's 16th president to every corner of campus, all over southern Utah and across the state. 


At the outset of the Faculty and Staff University Forum in which the President announced his plans for the listening tour, Wyatt explained, "I think the best vision for the University exists here and isn't planted by somebody."


He went on to explain that the University's administrative structure of shared governance created an ideal forum in which all voices can and should be heard, to the benefit of the University as a whole. To that end, Wyatt will spend the bulk of the spring semester meeting with any and everybody who holds a stake in SUU's future and who has ideas, questions and concerns they'd like to share with the University's new leader.  


"It's not about my vision or my ideas to make this a better place," said Wyatt. "It's about helping to facilitate a conversation and then together coming up with a refinement of the vision or more energy for the vision that's here." 


Read more about President's Wyatt Campus Forum and his 100-Day Listening Tour 


Department of Interior Award to SUU's Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative

The Utah Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative. Dr. Briget Tyson Eastep, director of the Harry Reid   Outdoor Engagement Center at the Southern Utah University; Carolyn Shelton, assistant monument manager at   Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; Rosie Pepito, superintendent, Grand Canyon-Parashant National   Monument; and Paul Roland, superintendent of Cedar Breaks National Monument, accepted the award on behalf of   the partnership. Photo: Tami Heilemann, DOI The U.S. Department of the Interior met with SUU faculty and staff in Washington, D.C. on January 16, in recognition of the University's Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC). The IIC received the Secretary's Partners in Conservation Award from the Department of Interior for the outstanding conservation results achieved through collaboration and partnering.


"The Department of the Interior is proud to recognize the accomplishments of those who are innovating and collaborating in ways that address today's complex conservation and stewardship challenges," Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said at the awards ceremony, according to the Interior's press release. "These partnerships represent the gold standard for how Interior is doing business across the nation to power our future, strengthen tribal nations, conserve and enhance America's great outdoors and engage the next generation."  


Read more about SUU's IIC and its project-based internships and service learning projects  


How Do You '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: Maurice Mapps


SUU Presents Rich Spring Convocation Roster 

When a former governor, a NASA chief scientist, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and group of songwriters visit Southern Utah University's campus, all can expect to feast on copious amounts of ideas from the world's affluential leaders, thinkers and innovators as part of SUU Convocations.


And that is just the beginning. A more than 30-year-old program at SUU, the Convocations Lecture Series regularly features top scholars, musicians, philosophers, scientists, educators, authors, and activists, with the goal to increase understanding and opportunity for personal, academic and professional growth across the University and the region. Each unique presentation brings a new world perspective to the public's consideration and seeks to both educate and inspire. 


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