News from the Nest January 2010 
In This Issue
Convocation Schedule
All-Americans
SUU License Plates
ALUMNI EVENTS
 
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Freeze Your Buns Run for scholarships Saturday, January 9. The fun run/walk begins at 10 a.m. just outside of the Cobblecrest Park (190 E. 100 S.) in Kanarraville. Proceeds benefit Educational Talent Search and TRiO. Registration & Information 
 
 
Southern Utah University and Cedar City Coporation
invite you to celebrate the extraordinary public service life of Gerald R. Sherratt - Cedar City Mayor and SUU President Emeritus - on Thursday, January 14 in the Gilbert Great Hall. Open House and Reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with a program at 5:30 p.m.
 
 
Iron County Chili Night Saturday, January 30, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the Sharwan Smith Rotunda during the UMKC vs. SUU basketball double header. The women play at 5 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. Spread the word and bring your family & friends for a fantastic Alumni Night at Thunderbird Basketball!
 
 
Career Fair
 
Tuesday, February 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom. Search for employment opportunities and share jobs with others. Learn more. 
 
 
One of the most convenient ways to send birthday and special occasion cards. 
 
 
Hello,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a fantastic holiday and that your 2010 is off to a good start.
 
The date for Homecoming 2010 - True to SUU - is set for Friday and Saturday, October 15-16. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend. We will pass along to you concert, reunion and other event details as they become available.
 
A little over a year ago we launched a SUU Alumni Facebook Group that has grown to include more than 1300 members. We would love for that group to double in size by this time next year. So join now (if you haven't already) and encourage your alumni friends to do the same.
 
If you are interested in professional networking, check out our Southern Utah University Alumni Linkedin Group that is now 400 strong.
 
Best regards to you and yours during 2010.
 
 
SUU Alumni Relations
Mindy, Ron, Linda & Ashlee
 
 
A Feast of Ideas: Spring Convocations Schedule has Something for Everyone
Great Hall Stained GlassStudents and community members can expect "A Feast of Ideas" when a Harvard law professor, an Olympic gold-medalist and a lawyer who represented America's prisoners of war in World War II visit Southern Utah University's campus as part of the 2010 spring semester line-up for the University's Convocation Lecture Series.
 
This spring's line-up features many talented and knowledgeable individuals, beginning with James W. Parkinson, the lawyer who represented WWII prisoners of war, as the semester's first presenter on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. The series runs weekly, generally on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., and will then conclude mid-April with professor, playwright and Ibsen scholar Dr. Eric Samuelsen.
 
 
Ward, Poots Earn TSN All-America Football Nods
Southern Utah University's Trevor Ward has been tabbed as a first-team All-American by the Sports Network, while teammate Tyson Poots earned a second-team nod in balloting conducted among the nation's FCS sports information directors and selected media members.
 
Trevor WardWard, a senior from Ogden, Utah (Bonneville HS) led the nation in punting this year with a 48.0 yards per punt average, the best average in SUU history. He finished the season with 35 punts for 1,680 yards. Twelve of his punts traveled over 50 yards, he pinned opponents inside the 20 with 14 of them and 15 of his attempts were fair caught. As a result, SUU also led the nation in net punting yards, at 45.1 yards per kick.
 
Tyson PootsPoots, a junior from Henderson, Nev. (Coronado HS) finished the season ranked second in the nation in receptions per game (9.4) and receiving yards per game (120.1) as well as 26th in the FCS in scoring with 10.0 points per game. After missing the first two games of the season with an injury, Poots came back to lead the Great West Conference in receptions, receiving yards per game and in scoring, with 85 catches for 1,081 yards and 15 touchdowns.
 
 
SUU License Plate Program Continues to Grow
SUU Collegiate License Plate, available at any Utah Motor Vehicle OfficeThe collegiate license plate program continues to grow - thanks to the efforts of our amazing alumni.
 
Since our last report in News from the Nest about 15 months ago, the number of SUU license plates purchased has grown from 656 to 1,148 - a 75% increase. Even more exciting is that those 1,148 license plates generate $25,000 a year in student scholarships!
 
If you live in Utah, we encourage you to get a SUU license plate and help us grow that number even more. The scholarship money this program generates is huge for our students, not to mention the wonderful advertising and marketing that occurs too.
 
Your local Utah Motor Vehicle Office has SUU collegiate license plates in stock and can answers any questions you may have.
 
 
We are looking for an SUSC sweater (turquoise and coral in color) to add to our collection and display here at the Alumni House. If you have such a sweater and are willing to donate, please let us know.
 
 
We welcome your comments.  Let us know what you think about News from the Nest by emailing us at alumni@suu.edu.