SUU In View (Alumni Magazine)
Enthusiastic new director selected for Summer Games
Kyle Case was the unanimous choice of a selection committee representing the Cedar City community as the new person to take over the leadership of Utah Summer Games, located on the campus of Southern Utah University. Kyle has been a member of the USG team for years and will be able to take over the position with a solid background of knowledge.
“Kyle’s energy is going to move the games to a new level,“ says SUU Vice President for Advancement Mark Barton. “He impressed us all with his well-thought-out action plan for where he wants to take the Games. His leadership is going to be good for the Games, the athletes across the state and for our community.” Kyle will report to Barton as he assumes the reins of responsibility for the Summer Games.
“I’m very excited about the potential this gives me to be a positive influence in the lives of others,” Kyle exclaims. “This is something I’ve been looking forward to and I have a lot of energy I want to put into this.”
“The appointment of Kyle Case as director of the Utah Summer Games is an important step in the continuing progress of the Games,” states SUU President Steve Bennion. “Kyle’s familiarity with and passion for the Games, his organizational and technological skills, and his character make him a splendid choice.” Bennion adds appreciation, on behalf of the USG’s Board of Commissioners, for the excellent work of the selection committee which included community members.
For the past 18 years the Games have been conducted in Cedar City with an average of 7,000 participants, 50,000 spectators, and 1,000 volunteers. More than 70 percent of the athletes participating in the Games, which totaled 8,900 in 2003, come from along the Wasatch Front in northern metro Utah.
Alum returns to SUU to assume enrollment responsibilities
Southern Utah University enters a new era of focus in Enrollment Management with the appointment of Stephen C. Allen as its first Executive Director. Enrollment Management is a relatively new focus in higher education and involves close coordination between the several related functions of Student Services. It involves the integration of admissions, student recruitment/school relations, financial aid and scholarships. Additionally marketing and student retention closely correlate with enrollment management to insure that students are not only successfully recruited but are effectively served until graduation.
At SUU the offices of admissions, school relations, and financial aid/scholarships will serve under the executive director of enrollment management.
Steve graduated from SUU in 1998 with a degree in communications and earned a masters degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he is also nearing completion of a doctorate in educational leadership. While at SUU he served as student body president.
President Steven Bennion noted, “He brings an impressive background of experience and education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he has spent the past five years in a variety of assignments all related to marketing.”
Georgia Beth Thompson, SUU Vice President of Student Services echoes similar sentiments and adds, “Allen’s involvement while at SUU as President of the Student body as well as his role with the Presidential Ambassadors and co-producer of the SUU “Viewbook” and other campus publications as a student have all given him an intimate working knowledge of the institution. His enthusiasm and creativity are a terrific combination.”
He is married to the former Lisa Brown of Cedar City and they are the parents of two daughters.