SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Fall 2001)
Does it really seem like 10 YEARS AGO that Southern Utah State College became SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY, let alone the 104 that our beloved school has been around? In honor of these milestones, we have planned a school-wide reunion celebrating the history of the Branch Normal School, Branch Agricultural College, College of Southern Utah, Southern Utah State College, and Southern Utah University. "Be True To Your School" seems a fitting theme to celebrate a history in which we all had part. This year's Homecoming will be two days of open houses and activities you won't want to miss! Everyone will have plenty of opportunity to visit with fellow students, teachers, and administrators. We hope you will join us in Cedar City, September 28-29, for a wonderful Reunion.
The Homecoming Entertainment Extravaganza will start at 8 p.m. in the Centrum Arena. Scheduled performers are TBA. Tickets will be available at the door. Following is the Homecoming Dance in the Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom with the sounds of the Joe Muscolino Band. The dance will continue until 1 a.m. A photographer will be on hand for commemorative photos.
Making New Traditions
Indeed, a reunion would not be the same without some time honored traditions, and we'll certainly be enjoying many of them. But, also, it is an opportunity to establish some new and fun traditions, too. So get ready to pucker up! Friday, at midnight, the Office of Alumni Relations will host a special opportunity to become a "True T-Bird." This tradition requires you and a partner to be touching the Founders' Monument (Old Sorrel), while kissing one another, at the stroke of midnight. Those who do will receive a card (suitable for framing) proclaiming you and your partner "True T-Birds."
Breakfast, Parade, Football
Saturday the 28th will start with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Alumni House on the corner of 300 West and Center Streets. The Homecoming Parade will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the University Hosting Center; the Alumni House is right on the Parade route. The rest of the afternoon will leave plenty of time for checking out the Utah Shakespearean Festival Fall Season. "The Fantasticks" plays at 2 p.m. in the Randall Jones Theatre. (Tickets can be purchased at (435) 586-7878 or 1-800 PLAYTIX (752-9849). The Tailgate Party begins at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot east of the Harris Center. SUU hosts Western Oregon, with kickoff at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Coliseum.
Alumni Barbecue and Open Houses
The celebration will kick off on Friday, September 28 with all day check-in at the Sharwan Smith Center. The first event will be the Academic Department Open Houses from 10 a.m. to noon, offering the opportunity to visit with teachers and administrators. Beginning at noon, will be an Alumni Barbecue on the Lower Quad (the lawn below the old library and in front of where South Hall used to stand; or, south of the Leavitt Business Building.) For $10 per person, you will receive lunch, a commemorative T-shirt and a pass to tour the facilities of the new J.L. Sorenson Physical Education Building. Tickets for the Alumni Barbeque must be purchased beforehand. (See Homecoming schedule on page 5). Organizational/Campus Involvement Open Houses will follow the BBQ on the Lower Quad from 1-5 p.m. Some of the groups who have already reserved space are Student Government, Resident Housing Association (RHA), Presidential Ambassadors, Greek Organizations and Athletics. If you have a group that would like to have a booth, call the Student Activities Office at (435) 586-7762. Additionally, during much of the afternoon there will be hosted tours of the campus.
Distinguished Alumni to be Honored at Banquet
SUU honors individuals who have positively impacted the well-being of the University community. Four Alumni Distinguished Service awards and one Outstanding Alumni award are presented. This year's banquet is on September 28 in the Great Hall in the Hunter Conference Center. Activities will begin with a casual reception in the Whiting Room at 5 p.m. Dinner will follow at 6 p.m.
The recipients for the Alumni Distinguished Service Awards are Gary Giles ('57, Accounting); York Jones ('47, Engineering) and Evelyn Kunz Jones ('46, '76 Music); and Fred Esplin ('71, Communication).
Gary Giles taught accounting and business administration at SUU for 34 years before retiring in 1999. He also served stints as chair within the department. He was named educator of the year in 1979 and 1999.
Fred Esplin is the vice president of university relations at the University of Utah, and former general manager of KUED Channel 7 in Salt Lake City.
York Jones, a native of Cedar City, was named after the WWI hero, Sergeant York. After serving in the next World War, he attended BAC. York had a 33-year career with Utah International Construction Company. He has been invited on several occasions to lecture senior business management students. He has been honored for his authoritative stance as a historian. He and Evelyn were given the 1982 "For Years of Historical Research" award. Incidentally, York's grandfather, Lehi W. Jones, was one of the individuals who mortgaged their homes in order to get enough money to operate the fir st year of Branch Normal School in 1897.
Evelyn Kunz Jones was also born and raised in Cedar City. She graduated from BAC and SUSC with degrees in music, physical education and business. She taught music at SUU for 20 years, and is one of the founders of the Orchestra of Southern Utah.
Walter M. Gibson ('51, Gen. Ed.) has been selected to receive the Outstanding Alum Award. This award acknowledges an alum who has dedicated and distinguished himself in a chosen profession. Since leaving BAC, Walter has established a long and distinguished career as an internationally recognized researcher in physics. Dr. Gibson, a native of Enoch, Utah, received his associate degree from BAC, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Utah. Walter is married to Alice, whom he met in Denmark. The couple has seven children and 15 grandchildren, one of whom attends SUU.
Fifty year club welcomes the class of '51 at this year's Homecoming
A long-cherished tradition will once again return to SUU when the Fifty-Year Club meets this Homecoming, September 28, to welcome the Class of 1951 into this most elite club of alumni of Branch Normal College and Branch Agricultural College. Activities are slated to begin with a Social Hour at 10 a.m. in the Whiting Room in the Hunter Conference Center. A luncheon and short program will follow at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall. The Fifty Year Club is pleased to have Walter Gibson ('51, Gen. Ed.), of Vorheesville, N.Y., as the speaker. Since leaving BAC, Walter has established a long and successful career as an internationally recognized researcher in physics. He is sure to delight classmates with his comments on the adventures of his career, as well as memories from time on campus. The cost for the luncheon is $10 per person. Please make your reservations with the Alumni Office by calling toll free 1-888-586-1997 or (435) 586-7777. Reservations must be received by Sept. 26, 2001.