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News from the Nest

June 2014
In This Issue
150th Anniversary Stamp
Professor Wins Top Award
Kovar Competes at Nationals
Nation's Best in Comm
Experience More


 Alumni Days at Shakespeare

June 23-25

Purchase your ticket package and enjoy this year's Utah Shakespeare Festival with your SUU family. 



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.



 Homecoming 2014

September 11-13

Save the date!


Summer is upon us and we have several fun events planned for you. First up is Alumni Days at Shakespeare, June 23-25, and time is running out to purchase your tickets. This is a wonderful opportunity to return to campus (still as beautiful as always), enjoy the 2014 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival (discounted rate), and participate in unique events planned specifically for you. Several ticket packages are available including: Three-day package, Monday only, Tuesday only and Wednesday only. Please call us if we can be of assistance in purchasing your ticket package. 


SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron & Linda

Three Years of Work on one 49-cent Piece of Art
SUU Professor Ron Spears with  
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval 

SUU art professor Ron Spears started planning for Nevada's upcoming 150th birthday nearly three years in advance, on a two-year tour of the Silver State's best known landmarks as well as its hidden gems. The end result of this multi-year cross-state tour of Nevada's vast mountain valleys and desert skylines: a postage stamp-sized piece of art - one iconic image for the limited edition U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamp to celebrate Nevada's sesquicentennial.


The stamp, selected from dozens of paintings Spears created for consideration - created from thousands of scouting photos across hundreds of miles - showcases one of the state's most hauntingly beautiful landscapes: Fire Canyon, part of the Valley of Fire, Nevada's oldest state park.  


Read more about Professor Ron Spears and his commemorative stamp for Nevada's 150th birthday.


Psychology Professor Wins Top Award
Dr. Lynn White

The Southern Utah University introduction to psychology class is run a little differently than typical initiatory courses; students automatically get their first taste of psychological research and the results have been instrumental, for the students and the professors.

One of those professors is Lynn White, psychology professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, who was announced as the 2014 Faculty Mentor of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA) for her dedication to mentoring students and faculty with their research endeavors.


"Our entire department is committed to providing undergraduate research opportunities. As professors we could be even more prolific publishers, but we recognize that directing our efforts to promote student learning has helped put us on an upward trajectory," said White.  


Read more about Dr. White and her approach to teaching.


Kayla Kovar Named Mountain Region Athlete of the Year, Headed to Nationals
Kayla Kovar

Southern Utah University's Kayla Kovar will head to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field championships this weekend as one of only three competitors in the nation to qualify in three separate events. Kovar is set to compete in the women's hammer on Wednesday, women's discus on Thursday and the women's shot put on Saturday.  


The Ridgecrest, Calif. native will enter the meet on the heels of having been named the 2014 Mountain Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year. She picked up the award after her performance at regionals - a 10th-place finish in the shot put and discus and second-place finish in the hammer. Kovar also had a strong showing at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships, placing second in the hammer and discus and claiming an individual title in the shot put.  


Kovar's season included school records in all three events after season-best throws of 53 feet 6.5 inches in the shot put, 216 feet nine inches in the hammer and 178 feet one inch in the discus. Her distance in the hammer is more than 20 feet greater than the previous school best, thrown by NCAA national qualifier Kristi Koplin in 2010 (196-7).  


Kovar will be making her second appearance on the national stage this week, having already qualified for the indoor championships in March. At indoors, Kovar finished 10th in the shot put, throwing 53 feet 3.75 inches. 

Fans can follow her performance at the national championships with recaps available online at


Good luck Kayla!


SUU Master's Online Programs, Nation's Best in Communication
Dr. Kevin Stein ('99) Professor of Communication

With the increasing trend of higher education's presence in the online world, it's no surprise that Southern Utah University has proven itself as one of nation's best with it's fully online Master of Professional Communication program, according to Best Online Colleges.  


As only one of 20 universities in the nation chosen for this accolade of Best Online Communications and Public Relations Degree Programs, SUU is also the only university in the state of Utah selected.

Read more about SUU's Master of Professional Communication program.


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: Sceri Ivers 4K
Experience More: Sceri Ivers


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