Alumni: July 2014 News from the Nest | SUU

News from the Nest

July 2014
In This Issue
PVA Students in China
Student Success Story
Women's Basketball Coach
Softball Coach
Experience More


 SUU Day at Lagoon

August 2

It's a Thunderbird Family Reunion at Lagoon! Discount price of $35.95. Elm Pavilion reserved all day for SUU Alumni Association. Ice cream and drinks at 2 p.m. Family and friends are invited.

More information and purchase tickets.



Carter Carillon Tradition

August 22

Help us welcome the 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

Save the date. More information next month.



 Homecoming 2014

September 11-13

Save the date!


With a successful Alumni Days at Shakespeare now complete, our summer activities continue on with SUU Day at Lagoon on Saturday, August 2. The day will be filled with thrilling rides and opportunities to connect with your Thunderbird family. The Elm Pavilion has been reserved for SUU throughout the day, and free ice cream and drinks will be served at 2:00 p.m. along with a free drawing for Thunderbird memorabilia. Family and friends are invited to attend and discount tickets of $35.95 can be purchased online. We hope to see you at Lagoon! 

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron & Linda

Traveling T-Birds Create New Beats in China

Sitting in the McCarran Las Vegas Airport four college students lounge on the gray chairs waiting for a flight back to Cedar City, Utah. Darin Hunsinger, a Southern Utah University senior studying music, thumbs through his passport, finally a black inked stamp is shown, proof of a month long trip through China performing with some of the most acclaimed Chinese symphonies and orchestras.


Hunsinger was joined with three other percussion students and four professors from the University's Department of Music, all of who debuted their boundless talent to audiences in Wuhan, Changsha City and Beijing.


Read more about our student's experience in China.


Student Sews Together a Handmade Success Story

The rhythmic sound of scissors cutting emanates from the 15x15 feet workroom and thick leather stretches across the cramped workspace as Tyler Condie meticulously snips through the material. With the stained leather now in pieces, Condie's calloused hands begins to steady the heavy cloth beneath the pulsating needle.


Within minutes the once disordered fabric takes shape and Condie piles the now functional leather bag in a large pile of other goods, all branded with his insignia, Rugged Material.


Condie, founder and CEO of Rugged Material, has taken his passion for American made goods and made it into a business, which has exploded. Within 18 months, the company is receiving a new workshop and his leather goods - ranging from belts to wallets, even satchels and backpacks - are being shipped worldwide.


Chris Boettcher Becomes New Coach of   
T-Bird Women's Basketball

SUU  Women's Head Basketbal Coach Christ Boettcher Southern Utah University introduced new women's basketball coach Chris Boettcher during a press conference in June. This will be Coach Boettcher's first NCAA head coaching position after spending several seasons as an assistant at both Utah Valley and BYU before moving to Japan to lead the Shiga Lakestars last year.


"With the success of SUU and the direction they're headed, we're excited to bring our work ethic and vision," stated Boettcher. "It was easy to pack up again, leave Japan and know we're settling in for a while to make Cedar City home." 


The new head coach also gave fans an idea of what they can expect to see on the floor in the upcoming season, describing himself as being a "defensive-first coach."


"My general philosophy is man-to-man defense with the ability to switch and maintain pressure," commented Boettcher. "We will focus on stopping opponents and taking away their strengths."


Read more about Coach Boettcher.


Jayci Stone & Dionisio Gomez Complete Coaching Staff.


Tom Gray Named Softball Head Coach
SUU Head Softball Coach Tom Gray. Photo courtesy OSU Media Relations. SUU Athletics has also announced the hiring of Tom Gray as head coach of Thunderbird softball. Gray will become the 10th head coach of the softball program and inherits a team that qualified for the NCAA Regionals in 2014. 

"Coach Gray has a great deal of coaching experience at a high level," Beazer said.  "He has strong regional recruiting ties and we are happy to have he and his family join the Thunderbirds. They will be a great asset to the community and we look for him to continue to build upon the success that our softball team has enjoyed." 


"I can't wait to get going. This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and my family," Gray said. "I'm looking forward to working with a supportive community, a supportive administration and with girls that are ready to excel."


Read More about Coach Gray. 


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 at SUU: Robbie Paul
Experience More at SUU: Robbie Paul


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