Alumni: May 2014 News from the Nest | SUU

News from the Nest

May 2014
In This Issue
Alumni Days at Shakespeare
Softball Champions
Rural Health Scholars
SUU Service
Experience More


 Recruit Salt Lake City

May 14

Alumni only career expo in Salt Lake City. Whether you're looking to network or for a new career in finance, investment banking, marketing, technology, media, nonprofit, consulting and more, you will find all the best opportunities at Recruit Salt lake City.


If you are an employer interested in recruiting at the expo,



SUU Professional Society Luncheon - SLC

June 6

Networking lunch with speaker Josh Jones, SUU alumnus and public relations officer with the Utah Girls Scouts. 

RSVP to Kristian Olsen.

More details.



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. 

More information and purchase tickets.



 Homecoming 2014

September 11-13

Save the date!


Campus enjoyed a wonderful commencement celebration on May 2, as 1,764 graduates of the Class of 2014 joined the ranks of the Southern Utah University Alumni Association. Take a look at the alumni blog and flickr for a few highlights from the graduation festivities. 

This Wednesday (May 14) is the Recruit Salt Lake City Alumni Only Career Fair. Registration is open and the career fair will accommodate walk-in attendees. SUU Alumni Relations is pleased to present this as a benefit to you and we look forward to another successful career fair as more than 97 companies, all ready to hire, have registered to attend. 

We are also excited to inform you that our women's softball team captured the Big Sky Conference tournament title this past weekend - the first ever tournament title for an SUU team! They now move on to the NCAA Division I Softball Championships and will play in the Los Angeles Regional.  

Go Thunderbirds!

SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron & Linda

Alumni Days at Shakespeare

Can you think of a better way to kick-off your summer than returning to our beautiful campus to enjoy the 2014 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival? We can't think of one either . . . so plan to attend Alumni Days at Shakespeare June 23-25. 


Now in its fourth year, Alumni Days at Shakespeare offers you (and your guests) the opportunity to see the Utah Shakespeare Festival at a reduced rate and enjoy unique events planned specifically for you. 


This summer at the Festival is Twelfth Night, Henry IV Part One, Sense and Sensibility, Measure for Measure, Into the Woods and The Comedy of Errors. Plus, we have planned for you a Dinner in the Pines, a Frontier Homestead State Park Museum tour, a Utah Shakespeare Festival Backstage Tour, and an Ice Cream Social with Festival cast and staff. It will be a wonderful event with your Thunderbird family.


Select and Purchase your 2014 Ticket Package Now!


Softball Captures Southern Utah's First Big Sky Tournament Title

The Southern Utah Softball Team (23-29) defeated Idaho State (34-20) by a final score of 8-5 to win the Big Sky Conference Tournament. SUU took down Sacramento State in their weekend opener and shutout the Bengals on Friday to enter the final round without a loss in the double elimination tournament. ISU forced an additional game with a 7-2 win in the two team's first meeting on Saturday, but the Thunderbirds took an 8-5 victory in the championship bout to bring home the title - the first Big Sky Tournament Title in school history.


Read more about SUU's first Big Sky Tournament Title.

Southern Utah returns to the NCAA Softball Regionals for the first time since the 2007 season and will play in the Los Angeles Regional May 16-18. SUU opens against UCLA on Friday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. (MT) and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.


NCAA Division I Softball Championship Information.


Healing the Path to Medical School

The average student completes 16.5 hours of homework in a week, and for students desiring to enter the medical field the number of hours clocked doing homework increases dramatically. But to get accepted into medical school, it takes more than a 4.0 grade point average; it's also going to take an immense amount of service hours.


This is where Southern Utah University's Rural Health Scholars comes into play, a program for all aspiring physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and any other medical practicing professional, to help give the support and opportunities necessary to get into medical school and thrive in the field.


"Years ago to get into medical school, it only depended upon your grades," said Rita Osborn ('02), associate director of the Utah Center for Rural Health. "Now we realized that is better to have a well-rounded doctor - a doctor that is more than a lab rat. We want doctors who are kind, compassionate and are leaders. It is this holistic approach that creates the best doctors."


Read more about the SUU's Rural Health Scholars program.


Weeding to Painting, Spirit of Community Service Strong at SUU

From reading to children at the local library to coordinating the Special Olympics and even cleaning debris from a hillside, Southern Utah University has cultivated amongst its students a spirit and culture of community service, which has led students completing more than 190,000 service hours between July 2012 and June 2013.


A 74 percent increase from the previous year, students are continuing to increase their service efforts for class and group projects because of the great initiative by campus and community leaders and service advocates.


Read more about SUU's Community Engagement Center


Read about SUU Student-Athletes Capturing the Big Sky SAAC Conference Cup for their hours of service.


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: Heather Childs
Experience More at SUU: Heather Childs


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