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TRANSFORMING ANIMATION 2000 theatre arts graduate Kris Fitzgerald won an Emmy Award for his work as animatics editor on Transformers: Prime, a computer animated television show. The Emmy nod was granted in the “Outstanding Special Class Animated Program” category.

MAN OF PRINCIPAL Kendall Benson (’84) was awarded the Outstanding Middle Level Administrator of the Year award at the Utah Middle Level Association’s annual conference. Benson has worked as Cedar Middle School’s principal for the past seven years in Iron County School District.

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the perfect student

Head Coach Eric Houle (’81 & ’98)


received his 33rd Summit League Coach of the Year Award after the SUU Men’s Track and Field Team won the Summit League Indoor Championship in February.




earned title as the Class of 2012’s top student—University Valedictorian—after maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA as well as an impressive resume of service and community involvement both on campus and across southern Utah.

A SECOND LIEUTENANT IS hero2 Second Lt. Rory Mele (’11) is a statistical oddity, and a lifesaver at that. He is among a very small percentage (less than one in 1,000) of bone marrow registry members who actually match a potential recipient and donate marrow in a given year to treat critically ill patients with serious blood disease and leukemia. Mele, a platoon leader in the U.S. Army’s 1864th Transportation Company, made his marrow donation last fall.

A MENTOR AND ADVOCATE Co-chair of Theatre Arts and Dance and Theatre Professor Peter Sham earned the 2012 SUU Board of Trustees Award of Excellence for his commitment and talents as both a mentor and advocate for Southern Utah University and its students.

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SUU In View - Fall 2012  

The Fall 2012 issue of Southern Utah University’s alumni magazine.