SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Spring 2004)
Greetings to all SUU Alumni and Friends
The founders of this great institution had a dream and a vision when making their presentation for a school in Cedar City. No doubt their dream was to provide a place where their children, grandchildren and others could be properly educated in order to have a better life. The slogan “Learning Lives Forever” indicates their dream included a vision of something that would reach beyond any natural boundaries. They did not dream that the institution would be just another school but an institution unique and wonderful. Results of several campus wide efforts reaffirm the dream and vision of the founders.
The re-accreditation of the university by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), are testaments to the spirit and determination of those who have blazed the educational trails that have resulted in these prestigious certifications. And on December 11th the Utah Board of Regents granted SUU a Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN), program. The announcement speaks volumes about the uniqueness and exceptional opportunities that will bring added value to a degree from SUU.
These and other accomplishments are the result of over 100 years of dedication and cooperation. The dreams of the founders continue to today in many ways and at many levels. Like the founders, each contributed what they could…some more, some less…all vital. It was neither the work of a few…but many…all doing a part. For instance the successes in annual giving, and the organization of alumni chapters are providing “founder” like opportunities for our alumni.
In annual giving for example, Valynne Nicholes, Director of Annual Giving, made a couple of challenges in her letter to donors this year. If they gave $25 last year she asked if they would consider giving $25 each quarter for the coming year. Valynne reports, “The response has been heart-warming and sometimes a bit overwhelming as we receive these gifts.”
Other examples of dedication to the principles of the founders are found in the development and growth of the alumni chapters. As they organize activities and events there is a level of dedication and personal sacrifice of time and talent that is remarkable. Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Pennie Copley, says “From California to New England we see the commitment and determination of the founders being reborn in each succeeding generation.”