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Community Engagement C l a s s i f i c at i o n The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected Southern Utah University as one of just 115 U.S. colleges and universities for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification. This is the most prestigious accolade in the nation for outstanding commitment to community service and service-learning. This elite list includes the likes of the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University — a powerful statement of SUU's stewardship of place through both academic and extracurricular programming. SUU was specifically recognized for its integration of service learning campus wide. Though civic engagement has always been a core value of SUU, recent steps through the “Academic Roadmap” have enhanced SUU’s liberal arts and sciences approach to a more personalized and hands-on higher education. This award comes at the beginning of a rapidly rising future for SUU and our students.
Thunderbird students gather in the early Saturday morning hours to receive assignments for various community service projects across Iron County as part of SUU’s annual Service Saturday.
On the Cover: First Row -  Christopher Barnes and Craig Zehms in Two Gentlemen
Fourth Row -  Dudley Knight in Henry IV, 1996;  Matt Tallman,
of Verona, 1975;  Jesse Bennett, Brian Mertes and M. Scott Wilkinson
Daniel Molina and Sara J. Griffin in Much Ado about Nothing, 2010; 
in Much Ado About Nothing, 1981;  Ric Stoneback and JoAnn Johnson
Patrick Page in Nothing Like the Sun;  Melinda Pfundstein in My Fair
Patton in Measure for Measure, 1980;  Sam Tsoutsouvas and Tom
Lady, 2004;  Robert Peterson in Man of La Mancha, 2002
Lancaster in Coriolanus, 1977;  Alex Hentleoff and James S. Horton in Henry IV Part I, 1981;
Fifth Row -  Ellen Crawford in Pride and Prejudice, 2010;  Michael
Second Row -  Harold Gould in King Lear, 1992;  Anthony Defonte
Cox, Douglas N. Cook and Fred C. Adams receiving the Tony Award for
in King Lear, 1979;  Peter Aylward in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
Outstanding Regional Theatre, 2000;  no photo;  Brian Vaughn in
1973;  Michele Farr in Henry VIII, 1995;  Ken Day, Howard Jensen,
Richard Jamieson and Lance Whetten in Much Ado About Nothing, 1965.
Sharon and Shelly Gaza in Twelfth Night, 2007;  Scott Phillips, Sue
Sixth Row -  Croliss Preston and David Ivers in Love’s Labour’s Lost,
Third Row -  A. Bryan Humphrey, Fred C. Adams, Brian Vaughn and
2005;  Aaron Galligan-Stierle in Forever Plaid, 2004;  Matt Burke
Peter Sham in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1995;
and Justin Matthew Gordon in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2008; 
 Stephen Pelinski and Joyce Harris in The Taming of the Shrew, 1984;
no photo;  Barbara Jo Bednarczuk and Kyle Jeffery Eberlein in The
 Ellen Lockhead, Charles Antalosky and Laurie Birningham in The
Merry Wives of Windsor, 1985;  Charlene Bletson in Love’s Labour’s Lost, 1969;  Ty Burrell and Eduardo Rioseco in Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1999.
WELCOME FRIENDS, This spring's alumni magazine features exciting news about the University's progress as well as a look back at a few of the traditions and people who have helped define the campus community. To kick things off, we hope you enjoy a glimpse at a few of the top headlines from the past six months. As you will see throughout the magazine, these happenings showcase just a few of the many reasons why it is a truly exciting time to be a Southern Utah University Thunderbird.
September 23 – SBSU Gifts Beloved Paintings State Bank of Southern Utah gifted two Jim Jones paintings from its permanent collection to SUU in preparation for SUMA and is working with SUU to reproduce 50 limited edition giclée prints of three additional paintings, available for public purchase.
October 30 – T-Birds Grab GWC Championship SUU Football secured its first ever Great West Conference Championship with a 55-24 win over UC Davis, ending conference play with a perfect 4-0 and 6-5 overall record.
November 11 – Music Prof Gets GRAMMY Nod November 1 – SUU Joins the Big Sky Thunderbird Athletics accepted an invitation to join the Big Sky Athletic Conference in the fall of 2012. This marks the culmination of many years of effort on the part of countless people committed to Southern Utah University and its future.
SUU Music Professor Lynn Vartan was among the featured performers on the GRAMMY nominated recording of “William Kraft: Encounter” performed by the Southwest Chamber Music and Tambuco Percussion Ensemble for the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.
December 9 – Southern Utah on the Ellipse Elementary Arts Education Endowed Chair Carrie Trenholm was the artist selected to work with local high school students to create the Utah ornaments for the 2010 National Christmas Tree. Together they created fused glass representations of the wild flowers of Utah’s National Parks.
January 14 – WAC Champs Best NCAA Champs SUU Gymnastics drew a record home crowd of more than 5,000 when No. 22 ranked T-Birds, defending Western Athletic Conference Champions, upset the 2010 NCAA National Champs and No. 5 ranked UCLA Bruins 194.750-194.425.
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CONTENTS Utah Shakespeare Festival Turns Gold The Bard celebrates 50 years. PAGES 4-9 Snow "Birds" PAGES 16-17 Nestled at the base of Cedar Mountain, SUU's students, faculty and staff welcome the snow season with long-standing wintertime traditions.
Minding Our Business PAGE 14 Long-anticipated changes are on the horizon for the School of Business.
THE COACHING FACTORY - Decades ago, Southern Utah State College (now SUU) was dubbed "The Coaching Factory" by a state newspaper reporter because a large portion of the state's high school coaches whose teams made it to championship playoffs were SUSC graduates. From 1A to 5A play, this tradition continues today, and each year, these championship coaches are inducted into
Southern Utah University's Coaching Factory (above: 2010 honorees and inductees).
2011 Founders Celebration PAGES 10-13 Celebrate with us! â€” check the list of events and make sure to mark your calendars. The Office of Alumni Relations, left to right: Dennis Busch, Mindy Benson, Ron Cardon and Linda Bauer
A Home for the Birds PAGES 18-21 Get the scoop on the "Big" news from SUU Athletics.
Honors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Alumni Awards
Focus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27 Class Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 Alumni Photos and News
Learning Lives Forever. . . . . . 22 We Will Remember. . . . . . . . . 31 Last Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Olympic Momentum
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Michael Sharon (left) as Orsino and Shelly Gaza as Viola in the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2007 production of Twelfth Night. Photo by Karl Hugh. ÂŠ Utah Shakespeare Festival 2007
ifty years ago, a young Fred C. Adams
spectacular that it would “transform the
and his fiancée, Barbara, planned
little town.” And five decades later, the
to bring Shakespeare to southern
Utah Shakespeare Festival has grown from
Utah — fanciful dreams, for sure, for the
a start-up community theatre of volunteer
Parowan native and new theatre director of
actors on a handmade wood pallet stage to
the 380-student College of Southern Utah in
an internationally recognized, Tony Award-
the heart of an isolated mining community.
But the couple moved forward with purpose in the vision of something so
Turns out their youthful imaginings were not far off mark.
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A young Fred C. Adams (far left) reviews a model of the Adams Memorial Theatre, completed in 1977.
Adams Memorial Theatre under construction.
With a meager $1,000 budget for
could become; Gerald Sherratt (’51)
looked around the community,
the first three-play season, the Utah
saw not only what we were but
I discovered art everywhere. For
Shakespeare Festival opened, with
also what we could yet be. These
over 50 years, the community had
volunteer actors that included CSU
men — including Steven Bennion
been producing the entire Handel’s
faculty as well as eight members
and President Mike Benson today
Messiah; they had an orchestra here
of the college’s football team and
— were men who saw beyond the
in Cedar City older than the Utah
countless community members who
existing picture, and that made my
symphony; more opera had been
freely gave of their talents and time
dream a lot easier. I had visionaries
performed in Cedar than in Salt
in everything from sewing costumes
in my corner.”
Lake City. Per capita, there was more
to baking tarts.
“Also,” he adds with a smile in
original art hanging on walls in
The Festival made $3,000 that first
his eyes, “My wife didn’t cut me any
Cedar City homes than in any other
season — just enough to pay for the
slack. Whenever I thought, ‘I am
city in Utah.”
so tired, and I am so discouraged,
He adds, “Granted, Cedar City was
Though Adams admits there were
maybe we won’t do it this summer,’
not a thriving metropolis. But that
lean years, long hours and times
Barbara would remind me of all our
was the point of the whole thing.
when he questioned carrying on,
plans — and then she’d tell me to get
Barbara and I both loved Cedar; we
it seems, as he puts it, “as if the
needed to find a way to stay. Even
Festival’s past five decades have
“It's as if the Festival's past five
long been written in the stars.” His gratitude swells apparent when
decades have long been written in Adams talks of the community members, the stars.” - Fred C. Adams friends and university administrators
ive decades later, the Festival looks a whole lot like the young
lovebirds imagined. By the book, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is defined as “a repertory theatre company that presents both classical and contemporary theatre
though the college was a small little
who helped to keep the dream alive.
with Shakespeare as its cornerstone.”
school, it was a school with a lot
“We were blessed with presidents
Current Executive Director R. Scott
of heart and a lot of promise, and I
Phillips (’76) points to an additional
loved it. So that was enough.”
Royden Braithwaite saw what we
factor in the Festival’s measure of
success. “We want you to have an experience. We want to provide something you can’t get anywhere else.” He adds, “The experience was always Fred’s intention — that there be a reason to see it here.” Though
Barbara and Fred C. Adams prepare for another summer season.
R. Scott Phillips, executive director.
Shakespeare festivals around the globe, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, according to Phillips, is fairly unique in its hands-on approach that gives audience members more accessibility to the actors and directors. Explains Phillips, “It feels like a family reunion each summer as cast and crew and audience members all come back together. We all look forward to greeting these friends year after year.” As
Shakespearean formula seems to be working, the Festival’s administrators
A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival's 2005 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo by Karl Hugh © Utah Shakespeare Festival.
and its creative team continue to imagine more.
REACH (Real Eager Actors Crying
to Phillips, the Festival hopes to one
In recent years, they have added
Hire) was started 14 years ago to
day soon have “the finest theatre
the Actors’ Cabaret, late-night music,
help expose the burgeoning talent
education program in America.”
of the Festival’s actors to artistic
Though lofty, Adams's success is
the acting company in informal
directors and managing agents from
proof that great things come from
around the nation who are charged
ambition and imagination, especially
with scouting and hiring new talent.
considering the annual high school
abroad which take Festival Founder
competition is the largest drama
Fred C. Adams and the Bard’s biggest
talents have signed them into a very
competition in the U.S. dedicated to
fans to Europe in examination of all-
unsteady field, REACH is invaluable.
the works of Shakespeare.
things-Shakespeare; and Repertory
Phillips is also one of four founding
Phillips explains that it is in these
Magic, a backstage pass to see all that
members of the Shakespeare Theatre
outreach programs that the Festival’s
goes into swapping out entire sets in
Association (STA) which, according
future lies, teaching youth — future
between the Festival’s afternoon and
to the STA website, provides “a
theatre-goers — to internalize and
forum for the artistic and managerial
The dreams that bring the Festival
to its 50th are not limited to summer
central activity is the production of
and fall season programming. They
long with Phillips and Adams, the Festival’s newest administrators,
co-artistic directors Brian Vaughn
work year round to enrich the local,
The Festival also successfully
(’95) and David Ivers, both see their
regional and international theatre
runs Shakespeare in the Schools,
charge into the future as “simple,” in
communities and, in recent years,
Playmakers and the High School
that they aim to “follow through with
have also taken the lead on important
Shakespeare Competition year after
Fred’s basic vision of entertaining
year. Through such efforts, according
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Pictured from left to right: Fred C. Adams, David Ivers, R. Scott Phillips and Brian Vaughn. Photo by Karl Hugh © Utah Shakespeare Festival 2010.
understand and accept Shakespeare.”
in the off season — we’ve really been
with technology and a controlled
Said Ivers, “Fred engaged a
able to substantiate the demand for a
generation who, in turn passed the
Plans for the new theatre have
Festival along to their children. We’re
The two explain that the Festival
been focused on enhancing the
here to protect that by engaging ours
is currently limited in what it can
outdoor Shakespearean experience
and future generations to be here
do during the academic school
that initially put the Festival on
and remain here.”
year because the University cannot
the map. It will improve audience
comforts and educational outreach
necessary for repertory productions
and feature a retractable roof for
establishing a more developed and
on the professional scale while its
inclement weather and extended
year-round children’s theatre, within
own College of Performing and
the next few years, the Festival
Visual Arts is in session
hopes to extend its season through
and rendering its own
nine months of the year.
Said Vaughn, “The Festival is
already a national treasure; we are
severely limiting our opportunities
about plans for a new Elizabethan
The new theatre will also provide
by not servicing a larger portion of
theatre. In the middle of its largest
additional room for rehearsal halls,
the year — particularly during the
fundraising campaign to date, the
education space and more dressing
school year when we could have
Festival is abuzz in anticipation of
rooms — very exciting prospects for
the most impact on young artists,
a 37,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor
the Festival’s actors.
theatre-goers and future audiences.”
theatre that will replace the aging
Ivers is quick to add, “That the
“We hope to honor the past with a keen eye to the future.” - Brian Vaughn
Adams Memorial Theatre.
Explains Vaughn, “While the patron who attends the Festival may
Festival is a destination theatre
Of the new theatre, Ivers said, “the
not see the wear and tear of the
actually works to our advantage. Our
current facility is lovely in concept,
theatre over the years, the backstage
patrons plan around our productions
and the new theatre virtually mimics
environment is not as comfortable
year after year. Unfortunately, a lot of
much of the existing Adams but
as one would hope. Our dressing
them are clamoring to see something
adds all of the comforts that come
space is limited; there are only two
50th Anniversary Featured Special Events
Opening Night Entertainment! Surprise entertainment will be featured after each of the six opening night performances Jun 23–Aug 30: The Costume Designer's Art - 50 Years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival on display at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Jun 23–Sep 3: What's Past is Prologue: 50 Years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival on display at Frontier Homestead State Park Museum Jun–Aug: More Precious Than Gold, the Treasures of William Shakespeare - A rare first folio edition of Shakespeare's work on loan from the Folger Library displayed at the SUU Sherratt Library
bathrooms to accommodate more
to expand work with the University
than 30 people backstage per night;
to strengthen both the Festival and
actors have to traipse around pipes
SUU’s theatre arts program.
and scenery; there is a significant
Such plans included opening the
amount of leakage in the dressing
first round of Festival auditions to
area and tunnel during rainstorms;
SUU students this year. Vaughn
and the dressing spaces provide only
explains, “this is one of the first
enough room for a limited number
things we did when [David and I]
of actors. The new theatre will make
came aboard. We are excited about
the level of talent among our student
smoother and more enjoyable.” to
This is not at all surprising to
accommodate the Festival’s future
Adams, who worked primarily with
is just the beginning. Like their
student actors in the Festival’s early
predecessors, Ivers and Vaughn both
years. According to Adams, SUU
has always been fortunate to attract
Vaughn sees great potential for
talented young actors.
the Festival due, in large part, to its
Vaughn would like to see this
location. In his mind’s eye, Vaughn
continue, adding, “My ultimate goal
imagines Cedar City as “the Park
is for this place to be the place to go
Jul 15: Annual Board of Governors Fundraising Gala held in the SUU Hunter Conference Center
City of live theatre,” explaining,
for theatre education.”
Jul 16: Concours d'Elegance on the lawn of the Randall Jones Theatre will feature fine automobiles from the past fifty years
great theatre, a beautiful little
continue to receive exposure to
The 2011 Season
“all the components are there —
professional theatre in a unique
and arts community through the
partnership that most college-level
University, great location in terms
arts students only dream about.
of accessibility — we just have to
Such was the case for Vaughn,
continue to seek innovative ways to
who started his own professional
bring it all together.”
journey as Castrone in the Festival's
He hopes the enthusiasm he and
1991 production of Volpone. The end
Ivers both feel for such objectives
result is obvious in Vaughn's new
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare's Richard III Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Meredith Willson's The Music Man Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie
will catch on just as it did 50-some-
role within the Festival — a modern-
odd years ago when a youthful
day Cinderella story that echoes of
Adams first voiced the dream of
Adams' earlier dreams turned reality.
“We really want to spark the
to be drawn between the Festival’s
Jun 28–Oct 22
region to follow suit with hotels,
early years and the seasons that will
B&Bs, restaurants, attractions — we
soon follow its golden anniversary,
can make this a great destination
chiefly, the grand ideas that continue
city. I just know that if we build it,
they will come.”
community. The stage is set for much
Jun 23–Sep 3
Michael Frayn's Noises Off!
Sep 23–Oct 22 Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale Frederick Knott's Dial M for Murder
This is just one of many parallels
Shakespeare in southern Utah.
Our congratulations to the Utah
For tickets and a complete listing of 50th anniversary special events, visit www.bard.org
University, Vaughn said, “There’s
Shakespeare Festival on a storied past
something going on here that is really
and our best wishes for another 50
To participate in the new Shakespeare Theatre project, contact Jyl Shuler at 435-586-7884
special.” Moving forward, he hopes
years that exceed all imagination.
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Howard R. Driggs (far left) teaching english class in early BNS years
GET TO KNOW THE FOUNDERS
H o wa r d R. D r i g g s
Howard R. Driggs with his son H. Wayne Driggs who would grow up to become director of the BAC from 1945–51
Howard R. Driggs was both a Professor of English Education and historian of the American West, and was well known throughout the country as an author and speaker in both fields. He also became the President of the Oregon Trail Memorial Association in 1928, which later became the American Pioneer Trails Association, which Howard headed until his death in 1963. Howard’s parents and grandparents were among the early pioneers who crossed the plains to Utah as children, and their stories developed in young Howard an intense interest in American history very early on. He was intensely interested in uncovering new stories about the history of the nation and committed to sharing those stories with all. After graduating from the University of Utah in 1897, Howard immediately accepted an opportunity to go to Cedar City to help start the new Branch Normal School, where he also served as the school’s first English professor.
According to Driggs, “It is not enough to teach pupils how to read well; it is also necessary to provide worthwhile reading material and cultivate in them a lasting love for good books.” This belief was the driving force behind Driggs' broad professional success, including writing more than 50 books and receiving countless honors both as an educator and historian of the American pioneers. Decades later, his legacy is reflected in the Howard R. Driggs Collection archived in the Sherratt Library at SUU—where his distinguished career in higher education began. The extensive collection includes Howard’s papers, correspondence, diaries, honors, awards, photographs, memorabilia and poetry. It also includes records of the Oregon Trail Memorial Association and the American Pioneer Trails Association as well as a wealth of historical information and artifacts valuable to researchers.
Celebratio C E L E B R A T I O N
Celebrate with Us!
Wednesday, March 16 6 p.m. - Founders Celebration Reception. Kick off this yearâ€™s festivities with a reception in the Hunter Conference Center. 6:30 p.m. - Founders Celebration Dinner & Awards in the Gilbert Great Hall. Ken Benson and Warren Bulloch will be inducted into the Hall of Honor; Lois Bulloch and Mary MacDonald will receive Distinguished Service awards.
Wednesday, March 23 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch at The Main. Founders stories and food for students at Old Main, the Braithwaite Building, Sherratt Library, Sharwan Smith Center Rotunda and Old Sorrel. Thursday, March 24 7 p.m. - Howard R. Driggs Lecture Series Presentation in the Gilbert Great Hall. Lecture, "Preserving the Story of History" delivered by Dayton Duncan. Mr. Duncan is an award-winning documentary film maker and writer.
For more information about Founders Celebration: Alumni Relations at 435-586-7777 or www.suu.edu/alumni
BNS Faculty seated around a desk in 1901. Pictured from left to right: H. Claude Lewis, and the founders: Annie Spencer Milne, Milton Bennion (standing), Howard R. Driggs and George W. Decker
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C E L E B R A T I O N
H a l l o f H ono r KEN BENSON ’55 R. Kenneth Benson is best known for stature – "a giant
recognizes individuals who have contributed to this institution through diverse and enduring service over many years.
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lead and make meaningful decisions. Beyond campus, Ken was president of
figure in the history of SUU
the Lions Club, earned the Silver Beaver
not only because he stood 6
Award as a scoutmaster with the Boy
feet, 6 inches tall, but more
Scouts of America, and was recognized
so because of a heart and resolve large
by a number of government and civic
enough to inspire an entire campus.
organizations for his devotion to Cedar City's youth and college students.
Ken made his mark as an All-American in
He and his wife Donna ('76), their
the shot put and discus; All-Conference
children, spouses and grandchildren
lineman in football; active member
have all attended SUU. Long after his
of the music and drama
death in 2002, his legacy
programs; and president
will live at Southern Utah
of the Associated Men
WARREN BULLOCH ’14 Warren Higbee Bulloch
football career at USU
wore a great many hats. As
(where he later earned a in
administration), Ken was
drafted by the National
Bulloch’s Drug and Café,
Football League, but chose to remain
president of the Southern Utah Power
in Utah and devote himself to teaching
Company and one of the founders and
and his family. He then taught and
board members of the State Bank of
coached football and wrestling at Union
High School in Roosevelt, Utah, before
With an active role in many facets
returning to his hometown to serve as
of the Cedar City community, Warren
vice principal and special education
believed deeply in public service. He
teacher at Cedar City Junior High School
served in the Rotary Club; was the
and as the City's recreation director.
state’s highest-ranking Elk; headed the
Ken served as one of the first
local draft board; was a member of the
directors of the Upward Bound program
Utah National Guard’s Honorary Colonel
at SUSC and then as director of student
Corps and chairman of the USO. He also
activities for 14 years. Ken also served as
served as a member of the Iron County
president of the alumni association. He
Commission for 16 years.
is most remembered for his unwavering
empower students with opportunities to
of a man" and impressive
As a College of Southern Utah student,
support of students; His aim was simple:
In addition to marshaling the region's
D i st i n g u i shed se r v i ce resources in a successful bid to make
Her talents qualified
this institution a four-year school,
her to teach at this
Warren was also among the charter
members of what was the precursor
Lois L. Bulloch came
to SUU as a student in
1957 and has left an
to the State Board of Regents, as well
College. Her work
indelible mark on this
as the first chair of what is now the
institution. Her multi-
SUU Board of Trustees. His 18 years
faceted career has been
of service on the state body helped
per ma nent
punctuated by a deep
plot SUU’s course and raise its profile
in the state.
in addition to the
After attending the
Southern Utah State
College of Southern Utah, Lois
graduates of the Branch Agricultural
College, she also studied at Mills
worked in real estate and mortgage
College in 1914 and in 1971 was
College and the California College of
endeavors for a time before dedicating
awarded an honorary doctorate in
Arts and Crafts.
her career to public service.
He was proud to be among the first
humanities from SUSC President
Lois BULLOCH ’59
desire to serve others.
A tireless advocate for the arts, Mary
Services for 18 years and, along
died in 1980, his influence will be
establishment of the Utah Designer
the way, served as president of
felt by both Cedar City and Southern
Craftsmen organization and the
the Utah Higher Education Staff
Utah University for generations to
Cedar City Creative Artists Group
Association, president of the SUU
and was president of
Staff Association and as Thunderbird
the Cedar City Fine
cheerleader adviser. She was also
a dedicated supporter of the Utah
MARY MACDONALD ’38
Mary MacDonald’s contributions to
At SUU, Lois worked in Student
Royden Braithwaite. Although he
While serving both SUU and the
re m a i ne d
Cedar City community, Lois has
her prodigious artistic
never faltered in her desire to do the right thing.
used to teach ceramics
with a great number
and design to untold
County Commission, she has served
numbers of students
and orchestras. She
on numerous community bodies
over the years.
is a founder of the
including the Library Board, Airport
Born in Cedar City to a pioneer
Orchestra of Southern Utah and is
Board, Tourism Board, Hospital
heritage, Mary graduated from the
a past president of Cedar City Music
Board, Five County Association of
combined high school and Branch
Governments, Five County Health
As two-time member of the Iron
Agricultural College in 1938. She
Although she retired from teaching
learned music and painting at the
in 1982, Mary remains active in
feet of her mother, a piano teacher
many realms of her creative life and
Currently, she serves on the
and artist, and she studied the violin
is a pivotal member of the extended
Utah State Parks Board and has
and viola as well as watercolors
enjoyed past service in many other
before devoting herself to ceramics.
and Human Services and the Five County Mental Health Board.
community support endeavors.
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n May 8, 1981, the University’s business division rejoiced as its new $1.3 million, 25,000-square foot
building was dedicated, the Dixie Leavitt Business Building.
“It’s clear that we have outgrown the current business building” However, within seven years, plans for increased classroom space were again afoot. Though the School of Business hoped to double the size of the building to meet growing needs, and even as interest in business majors has steadily increased, the college's classroom and meeting space have not expanded. Today, the need for greater and more modern space is vastly more critical. In the past 30 years, enrollment in the School of Business has grown by
Above: A classroom is filled to capacity. Right: A study group lines the stairway.
142 percent, faculty numbers have increased by 73 percent and six new major offerings have been launched, including
see this building,” Hamlin
two graduate programs.
said. “This building is
“It’s clear that we have outgrown the current business building,” said Carl Templin, who has served as the dean
simply not functional for us.”
of the School of Business since 1997. “Our focus is engaged
Greg Powell, an associate professor of management, says
and experiential learning where students apply the business
that when he came to SUU as a student in the late ’80s,
concepts they learn, individually and in teams, through
the building was even then barely meeting the needs of
cases, simulations, exercises and business consultations.
students. Now, he said, the lack of meeting space in the
Our building does not support that experiential learning.”
building is a great concern.
Business programs have succeeded despite the challenges
“Even what we’re teaching — that businesses today
of space and utility in their building over the years, and
recognize the need for space for team members to have
Templin and his faculty hope for even greater successes
face-to-face time — is not what we’re able to practice,”
with a new, state-of-the-art facility.
Dr. Alan Hamlin, professor and head of the Master’s
To compensate for increased student enrollment, the
of Business Administration program, says that when he
building is heavily scheduled from morning well into the
arrived at SUU in 1981 the then-new building was adequate
evening. Some MBA courses have even been scheduled in
for the school’s needs but that the mushrooming growth
the evening at Dixie State College in St. George.
over the years has made the structure essentially obsolete.
SUU officers and the state building board agree that the
“We have excellent programs and are a leader in
need for a new building is very acute, and plans are now
educating business students both as undergraduates and
under way to design and secure funds from the state and
graduates, but it is difficult to recruit students when they
other interests for a new Dixie Leavitt Business Building.
Superior Academics Last fall, we introduced the "Academic Roadmap: 2010-2013," a strategic initiative to set the course for SUU to distinguish its academic experience as unique among the state's colleges and universities. As the Thunderbird community moves forward in such pursuits, we hope to keep our alumni and friends apprised of all that goes into becoming a nationally-recognized institution of higher learning. We continue the discussion in this issue with letters to the editor from President Michael T. Benson and President Emeritus Gerald R. Sherratt on the University's award-winning approach to modern-day higher education (pg. 15 & pg. 30).
“ Education is the Power
diverse interests and ideas – that during
To think clearly, to act well and
to appreciate life.
experience, a student
tah is one of six states in America to be categorized as a
has attended lectures
LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) state.
At its core, LEAP states and institutions are committed to
producing graduates with the portable skills necessary to
ensure success in today’s uber-competitive global environment:
one of our state’s
• knowledge of human cultures and the physical and
in service learning
• intellectual and practical skills
• personal and social responsibility
• integrative and applied learning
In sum, LEAP subscribes to the philosophy of the architect
an internship, and/or taken in a Shakespeare play. The vertical
of the Great Books program at the University of Chicago,
axis denotes “drilling down” into one’s chosen major and
Robert Hutchins: “The object of education is to prepare the
acquiring those skills that distinguish our graduates from
young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”
While difficult economic times such as we are in certainly
Brigham Young, the Utah Territory's first governor, once
require job and skill training that can result in immediate
said, “Education is the power to think clearly, the power to
employment, we must not discount the irreplaceable value of
act well in the world’s work, and the power to appreciate
a liberal education.
life.” Skill sets, while necessary and vital to one’s success, do
Southern Utah University is proud to be the state’s designated public liberal arts and sciences university.
not guarantee an appreciation for what really enriches one’s existence. This transformative power comes from the liberal
Taken from the Latin libero, to make free, a liberal
arts and humanities. Our future, and the quality of life we
education has nothing to do with one’s political bent; rather,
leave for future generations, depends on opportunities through
it suggests the liberation one feels in exploring a range of
those who choose to avail themselves of all a liberal arts
subjects and ideas while shaking off the debilitating effects
education can provide. Degrees in these areas truly provide a
of ignorance and prejudice. Such an approach to education
portal to anywhere.
produces students who can think critically and actively engage within their communities. At SUU, we like to say our graduates are “T Birds” – the University’s mascot, yes, but the “T” means so much more. The horizontal axis suggests the student’s exposure to
Michael Benson is President of Southern Utah University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in non-profit administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctorate in modern Middle Eastern history from the University of Oxford.
SUU ALUMNI MAGAZINE SPRING 2011
-Birds do not migrate nor do they hibernate, for that matter, when
the air turns cold and the fields are dusted in snow. Just down the road from Brian Head Ski Resort and at the base of the Cedar mountains, wintertime brings with it new opportunities for outdoor fun. From past traditions of Snow Week to the current Snow Fest, this cozy college town has always had much to offer SUUâ€™s winter enthusiasts. Snow Week, which ran from the 1940s through the 1980s, provided everything from skiing and campuswide snowball fights to dances and the annual Snow Queen Pageant. Anticipated across campus year after year, students and faculty would even go as far as to haul snow from Cedar Mountain to ensure there was enough powder and slush for the annual snow sculpting contest. Snow Week also touted the annual Snow Bowl, which included competitive sledding, tubing, snowmobiling and snowman building, along with unlimited hot cocoa, of course. After a 20-year hiatus, and complete with unlimited hot cocoa, Snow Week is revived in the SUU Outdoor Rec. Center's Snow Fest. This annual celebration brings students and community members together for a snow day of epic proportions, with winter sport competitions as well as general instruction for the novice snow men and women.
SUU ALUMNI MAGAZINE SPRING 2011
A home for the
Thunderbird sports fans are accustomed to a light load by way of face paint and noisemakers due, in part, to an athletic conference that has taken SUUâ€™s athletes to the skies more often than the road for away games as distant as Detroit, Mich. and Shreveport, La. But that will all change when SUU officially joins the Big Sky Athletic Conference in the fall of 2012. Ushering in a new era for Thunderbird Athletics, this move brings more than 20 years of petitioning and positioning to a close. In short, the Big Sky is a big deal. Thunderbird Athletics is finally at home as the newest member of the biggest athletic conference in the West.
For those unfamiliar with the
enjoyed a touching moment with an
Big Sky, the conference is an NCAA
incoming athlete and her parents.
Division I member in all sports, with
Beazer introduced the following as
member universities that include
“the perfect example to encapsulate
Eastern Washington, Idaho State,
what many student-athletes have
Montana, Montana State, Northern
He explained, “A new women’s
Portland State, Sacramento State and
basketball player had committed
to us a month or so before we were
And SUU’s rowdies have got just
invited to the Big Sky. Just days before
over two semesters to perfect their
the announcement, this player and
chants in preparation for the future
her parents were down here visiting
of Thunderbird Athletics and the
families and fans, the Big Sky is a
from their home in Alberta, Canada.
new rivalries that will accompany
very exciting game changer.
I told her ‘you’re going to be the first
in-state and regional play against the rest of the Big Sky line-up. For Thunderbird athletes, their
Just ask SUU Athletic Director Ken
student-athlete to know this: in a few
Beazer who, shortly after learning
days, we will announce our move to
SUU had been invited to the Big Sky,
the Big Sky Conference’.”
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Beazer noted, “I thought I would
college athletes take for granted:
levels; and more and more receives
have to explain to them what the Big
the kind of fan base that faithfully
national recognition for its highly
Sky was, but then her dad started
supports the team both home and
crying. As he wiped the tears away,
academic environment, including a
he said he truly thought he would only be able to see his daughter play maybe once a year. And now,
The Big Sky’s take-away is no less admittedly
Tier One nod from U.S. News & World Report on its "Best Colleges" list.
As to athletics, according to
he would be able to make trips to
conference, the Big Sky has previously
see her in Missoula and Bozeman
overlooked Southern Utah University
performance during the 2010 season
[Mont.]as well as Cheney [Wash.].”
for membership because it did not
— including a hard-fought game
feel the University’s athletics
against what would be the 2010 Big
right there, is what it means to our
academics were of the same caliber.
Sky and national champions, Eastern
That perspective has changed,
Washington University — sent a
Back on campus, Beazer is just as
however, since SUU's last run for
clear message that we are going to
cheered to consider SUU Athletics’
the Big Sky in 2004. The University
be a solid addition in football.”
future among all Thunderbird true,
That said, Beazer recognizes the
adding that SUU’s student-athletes
standards; added key programming
step up to the Big Sky will pose
will finally experience what so many
at the undergraduate and graduate
student-athletes and their parents.”
Eastern washington montana North Dakota
PORTLAND STATE montana state
WEBER STATE Sacramento State
He has created a transition team
with architects in March of 2010.
to be is not just about facilities
to “help chart the course not only
According to Beazer, the addition
and number of teams. It’s about
over the next year, but also beyond
“will enhance what we’re doing not
the student-athlete as a whole. And
– to where three, four, maybe five
only with football, but also with
in that sense, SUU Athletics looks
years into the conference, we are
track and field, the student-athlete
very promising among Big Sky
where we need to be.” Beazer
Looking ahead, SUU’s membership
sitioning from the Summit League to
in the Big Sky Conference has, in
the Big Sky will obviously take some
Beazer’s words, “really set the stage
time, there are some things we can immediately change.” SUU Athletics is looking to add Men’s Tennis, a core Big Sky Sport,
“...Now the real work begins.”
within the next year. to
SUU is. We’ll do that on the field, we’ll do that in the classroom, and we’ll do that through our alumni and
Other immediate changes include upgrades
for us to tell the story about who
easily follow and participate in our
academic center, weight facilities,
including continued progress on
coaching offices.” He added, “It’s a
an addition to Eccles Coliseum, for
which the University began working
progress and success.” Chuckling, Beazer adds, “Now the real works begins.”
But getting to where they need
SUU ALUMNI MAGAZINE SPRING 2011
Operation Kinship: Improving Family Communication
LEARNING LIVES FOREVER An ongoing look at topics of interest from SUU professors
Brian Heuett Associate Professor of Communication
f all the institutions a
family member, thus improving
person can belong to in
lines of communication. sense
important, longer-lasting or
accountability allows individual
more central to our well-being
family members to recognize
than family relationships. This
what the needs and goals of
each family member are and
the world today, none are more
how to explore and evaluate
name but a few. Therefore,
communication strengths in
it seems prudent to discuss
the family. Furthermore, a
some potential ways to become
change of behavior in habits
and reactions can certainly
more effective in our family communication. The following are just a few ideas
increase self-esteem, confidence and motivation within
that have the potential for life-long influence on family
and between family members to reach out and express
themselves more honestly.
Communication can be divided into three domains that
The Cognitive Domain involves a person’s ideas,
help us to identify who we are in the family circle; why we
attitudes, opinions and values that divert that individual
think and behave the way we do both as individuals and
away from their happiness. For example, a family member
as family members. These three communication domains
may have thoughts such as “I am stupid,” or “I am ashamed
include Affective, Behavioral and Cognitive processes.
of myself.” The family may come together to help create a
The Affective Domain makes reference to emotions,
list of negative things that a family member may often
moods, strong feelings and individual experiences. Within
think about themselves. By doing such it is an opportunity
the family circle, communication might be focused on the
to appraise the family member and communicate some
emotions that tend to surface most often. Take not of those
type of positive cognitive restructuring. Thus allowing
emotions, including the perceived negative emotions,
the family member to contribute more positively to the
such as anger, guilt, anxiety or depression.
relationships in the, family. Furthermore, to develop a
effort by all members of the family to acknowledge and
higher sense of personal integrity, self-worth, personal
assess alternative communication processes that are more
value and insights of communication.
positive in nature will unite and bond family members
By implementing these three domains of communication, families will become more aware and accountable of the
closer together. The Behavioral Domain refers mainly to overt behaviors
emotions communicated within the family circle. Families
such as habits, responses, reactions and gestures that
will begin to acknowledge and assess the behaviors they
are observable and measurable.
For example, a parent
display in their day-to-day family relationships, and
might ask a child to write down what they would like
continue to think about attitudes, opinions and what they
to improve upon or what actions they would like to stop
truly value in their family. After all, “families are human
systems represented by ordinary people.”
Spouses or siblings should ask themselves the
same questions. By doing so, family members are helping
effective family is the family who learns to communicate
raise the level of awareness and accountability within each
SIDE OF LIFE AT SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
campus buildings are retrofitted with high-efficiency lighting to save the University thousands of dollars and hundreds of thousands of kilowatt hours every year.
79,200 79,200 square feet of green grass will replace the 33 year-old city pool when the Bud Bowman Intramural Field opens for students next fall.
65,000 84,000 84,000
people from around the country watched the always entertaining Green Show at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival last summer.
kilowatt hours are saved every single day by the state-of-art lighting system at the recently renovated campus tennis courts.
tons of paper from across campus have been recycled in the past five months.
pounds of pollutants are offset by the 50 news trees planted each year on SUU's campus.
homes could be powered by the solar arrays on the campus Facilities Management building.
square feet of green house space compose the new Jim Bowns Herbarium that will top the new Science Building.
gallons of water are saved at each of 42 new waterless urinals across campus, totaling 1,680,000 gallons of water per year. SUU ALUMNI MAGAZINE SPRING 2011
H O N O R S Old Main Society Recognizing ongoing generosity and honoring new inductees Larry & Joan Dahle
students at their alma mater, West Side
For their aid to nearly 200 needful students
Anne & Neil Gardner Anne and Neil Gardner’s selfless and
continued commitment to SUU ushers
them into the circle of Benefactors in the
Old Main Society this year.
salute Larry and Joan
Neil, a Cedar City native, graduated
Benefactors Larry and Joan with President Benson (right)
costs for its graduates to attend SUU.
the Larry and Joan Dahle
High, and a program to fund out-of-state
Society. Raised in humble
circumstances themselves, the Dahles learned early the value of hard work. Larry began service as a pilot and flight instructor for the U.S. Air Force during
the Korean War and continued to serve
duty. In 1957 he met and married Joan,
in the reserve after five years of active Neil and Anne with President Benson (right)
then worked and attended night classes
the Old Main
at the University of Utah in business and
from SUSC with a BA in communication.
marketing before opening the nation’s
After earning a master’s degree in
third Red Wing Shoe Store and taking
forensics from the University of Arizona,
his growing family to San Francisco.
he returned to SUU in 1991 as director of
the extra margin
They later returned to Utah and in 1963,
Larry re-enlisted for active duty, serving
His wife, Anne Marie Nicholson, grew
two combat tours in Vietnam as a highly
up in San Francisco and found her way
decorated fighter pilot. He left active duty
to Cedar City in the mid 1980s to teach
again in 1968 to help Joan raise their
art classes at the University. The couple's
family, and the couple founded another
allegiance to Southern Utah University
Utah icon, Dahle’s Big and Tall Clothing
has never wavered.
of excellence that enables the University to meet
higher education today.
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Stores, which eventually spread across
Neil now serves as associate athletic director for media relations and Anne has
Today, retired, Larry and Joan say
provided decades of service to the Utah
they have more than they need and
Shakespeare Festival and Friends of the
give in many ways, including funding
Braithwaite Gallery, where she currently
a concurrent enrollment program for
serves as president.
To be eligible for membership in the Old Main Society, individuals, couples or businesses have made cumulative cash, Neil and Anne have a long history of giving to the arts at SUU as well as to the Thunderbird athletic program.
in-kind, or deferred gifts to the University of $25,000 to $99,999. Other levels of giving include: Benefactor: gifts between $100,000 and $499,999
Gold Medallion: gifts between $500,000 and $999,999
Zions Bank has, for 137 years, been an integral cog in the lifeblood
Centurium Circle: gifts more than $1,000,000.
of Utah and a friend of Southern Utah University. As such, it has been gratefully recognized as a Benefactor in the Old Main Society.
Festival, where Jesselie served on its
higher education for 18 years, was a
board of governors.
key figure in elevating SUU to fouryear status. Sylvia’s family included
Don & Sylvia Bulloch Don
leading figures in the region's sheep
forebearers set out to build a city that Zions Savings Bank and Trust Company was established in the Utah Territory by Brigham Young in 1873, in response to global financial panic. Zions has since been highly
would serve people for generation
side by side to serve the people of Cedar City following Don earning his pharmacology degree from the University of Arizona after his days at CSU. Today, Don and Sylvia enjoy their retirement and their posterity, including 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
operates full-service banking offices
Center Board and today continues
wife, Jesselie, are true friends of the University and the Utah Shakespeare
member of the Valley View Medical
New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah
SUU and its students. Scott and his
Don served many years as a
California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada,
life in the Beehive State, including
in 10 Western states: Arizona,
organizations dedicated to elevating
University are one.
Bank supports a wide range of Utah
that Cedar City and Southern Utah
citizenry of Utah.
by Utah native Scott Anderson, Zions
Street for 35 years and worked
helping to sustain and enrich the
more than business alone. Led today
carries this legacy on with a belief
Utah’s icons while at the same time
Zions leaders recognize Utah is
operated Bulloch Drug on Main
financing the foundation of many of
build a prosperous city.
upon generation to come; the couple
instrumental in building the state,
industry who worked strenuously to
in his work as a director of the State Don and Sylvia with President Benson (right)
Bank of Southern Utah.
Don’s grandfather David Dunn
The Bullochs know full well the
Bulloch was on the first wagon
value of and the need for adequate
into town and later mortgaged
lab space in SUU’s College of Science
his holdings to help secure this
and came forward enthusiastically to
institution. His father Warren was a
aid in the expansion of the science
giant of industry in Cedar City and,
center to better prepare its students.
as a member of the state board of
SUU ALUMNI MAGAZINE SPRING 2011
F O C U S Isaac Holyoak
BROOKE Anderson Bischoff
’08, communication composite. Merit fellow and doctoral of communication student at Texas A&M in rhetoric & public affairs. Lives in Bryan, Texas.
’97, communication. Full time mom. Lives in Norfolk, Virginia.
What are you doing now? We recently moved from Bakersfield, Calif. Eric is a dentist in the Navy and we have two children, Sydney (4) and Carson (2), with a third due the end of March.
What accomplishments make you most proud? Motherhood is absolutely the best and hardest thing I have ever done. Before becoming a mom I traveled to some wonderful destinations as an event planner for a consulting firm.
I think the greatest people
How do you stay involved with SUU? When I meet youth of college age, I always share with them how awesome
went to SUU. I
SUU is and encourage them to attend.
loved the people I
Do you have any long-standing SUU traditions?
met and friends I made.
Does eating at Brad’s Food Hut count?
What are your favorite SUU memories?
BROOKE ANDERSON BISCHOFF
I think the greatest people went to SUU. I loved the people I met and friends I made.
What is your favorite vacation spot? Huntington Beach, California.
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What kind of impact has attending SUU had on your success? Dr. S.S. Moorty, professor of English, not only taught me Shakespeare and English composition, but he taught me generosity, humor, the art of selfdeprecation and the importance of being well-rounded. My own teaching style is influenced by Dr. Moorty.
Have you received special recognitions for your work or service? Most recently, in 2010, I was given the Earl R. Harlan Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Master’s Student at Purdue University.
Do you do anything to keep your Thunderbird pride alive? I proudly hang my old SUU license plate on the wall in my office on campus. It is a great conversation starter – I totaled my car two years ago but managed to salvage the plates.
What is your favorite book? These days my favorite book is Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger.
RUTH IPSON CANNON
Nolan Ashman ’57, psychology. Professor emeritus of psychology, Dixie State College. Lives in St. George, Utah.
’39. "At 90 years of age, I’m pleased to report that I don’t have a job title." Lives in Provo, Utah.
Brenda GUBLER haight ’76, elementary education. Second grade teacher at South Elementary. Lives in Cedar City, Utah.
What accomplishments make you most proud?
Where are you now?
My five children, all of whom
I live in St. George with my wife,
are college graduates and have been
Yvonne. We have four daughters, 18 grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.
I am married to Dr. Robin D.
What is your favorite book? Anything
successful in business, education,
What are you doing now?
Haight and we have four children
and 10 grandchildren. I raised my
Sapolsky, but especially Why Zebras
family and returned to teaching 15
Don’t Get Ulcers.
How did your SUU professors impact your success?
What are your most memorable accomplishments?
Professor Parley Dalley changed
I am blessed to work with wonderful
the way I saw southern Utah,
children and delight in seeing their
Professor DL Sargent prepared my
growth and development.
proud to have earned my master’s of
zoology, and Professor Vern Kupfer
education from SUU in 2009.
was my mentor and good friend – I
What special recognitions have you received?
owe him more than I can ever repay.
What are your favorite college memories?
(teacher of the year) for South
law and volunteerism. I am also proud of my 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
How were you involved as a student? I was elected vice president of the freshman class and, coming from Garfield High School, which did not have a football program, had fun watching my first football game at the BAC.
What is your favorite vacation spot? I grew up near Bryce Canyon and I’d rather go home than any place else. I love the green trees, blue skies and the red rocks of Bryce.
Elementary; Iron County Teacher
direction of AB Larsen; dances on
of the Year; Utah Science Teacher
the top of the old rec building;
Association Outstanding Elementary
My father Parley Ipson attended
driving up the old North hill after
Educator for Region VII; and Utah
the Branch Normal School. I liked
a winter storm; and activities in the
Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom
attending the BAC and knowing that
old student union.
Teacher of the Year.
my father also went to school here.
How is SUU a tradition for you?
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C L A S S
N O T E S
(above) Members of the 1990-91 SUUSA Executive Council reunited during homecoming for a reunion celebrating 20 years since they were in office. Pictured left to right: Oscar Fakahua (’91), Julie Stuart Castle (’92) and Mark Holyoak (’93).
Stay in touch with your former
(above) Jill Stevens Shepherd (’07) recently visited Afghanistan and found fellow SUU alumnus Kent Hinchcliff (’88). Kent is a lieutenant colonel with the 82nd Airborne and Jill was touring with members of the Miss America organization, which included six former Miss Americas and the chairman, in an effort to boost morale and provide “big hugs” to our troops.
(left) Alumni from the inaugural two years of the MFA program gathered recently for a reunion in Cedar City. Back row left to right: Yenfen Chen Miller (’03), Holly Kuhn Lahrman (’04), Katy Shannon Wampach (’04), Sarah Johnson Kay (’03), Marlo Madsen Ihler (’03). Front row left to right: Kelly Pugh (’03), Derek Hansen (’04).
(left) Two generations of Thunderbirds. Bona Bray Dalton Rose (’82) and Andrea Dalton Taylor (’10) at Andrea's May 2010 graduation.
share in the celebration of your accomplishments through our online Class Notes program at suu.edu/alumi/ classnotes.
(above) Laurie Paris (‘10), Lucie Jassigneux (’10), Frederic Mereau (’09) and Alexane Gerard (’10) celebrating spring 2010 graduation. All four were international exchange students from France and participated in the double degree program between SUU and ESCEM School of Business and Management.
(above) Shawn Marchant (’92), Brad Farmer (’88), Jeff Marchant (’61) and Steve Kiisel (’07) at the Thunderbird Tailgate Party prior to the SUU vs. San Jose State Football Game in September.
(above) Christy Harding Florence (’96), Marsha Harding (’70), Justin Harding (’00), Stephen Allen (’98), Lisa Brown Allen (’97) and Michael Wasden (’01) at a Homecoming 2010 tailgate.
(left) Josh Hansen (’09), Michael Franklin (’08), Liz McNaughtan (’09), Jon McNaughtan (’09) and Brooke Dudley (’11) are surrounded by Thunderbird students and staff members during the SUU vs. Cal Poly football game in October we won 20-7.
(above) Dorothy Roller, Bob Roller and Marijeanne Carter (’06) enjoy a visit before kick-off of the SUU vs. San Jose State Football Game
(right) Class of 1960 reunion in Cedar City during Homecoming. Front row left to right: Clyda Porter Torres, Deanna Lyman Greer, Janine Bauer Jolley, Arvonne Alvey Whittaker. Back row: Arlen Grimshaw, Cathy Siggard Grimshaw, Leon Hyatt and Dee Whittaker.
(right) Former roommates and best friends gather for their second annual Homecoming reunion. Pictured left to right: Sam Tappana, Caitlin Tappana (’09), Justin Harrison, Mel Harrison (’09), Tifanee Miller (’08), Jessica Stoneman (current student), Savannah Sommers (current student), and Jessica Dickinson (’10).
(left) Jeff Orton (’05), Todd Sorenson (’01) and Glenn Bougie (Chair of the School of Business National Advisory Board) at the Master’s of Accountancy 25th Anniversary Dinner last October.
(above) Afton Jolley Peterson (’57) gathered her family for the SUU Tailgate Party in San Jose, California. Pictured left to right: Jose Salido, Afton Jolley Peterson (’57), Dana Karren (’84), Kyle Karren (current SUU student), Terilyn Peterson Karren (’84), Melanie Peterson Karren, Danielle Karren Walten (’07), Peter Karren, Tiana Karren Willis, Hailey Willis, Glen Karren. (right) Left to right: Jerri Kay Callantine (’69), Janice Brown Marriott (’68), Vicki Wright Gomez (’69), Vanez Christensen Butler (’68), Linda Monson Rowley (’69) in front of the Alumni House following October’s Homecoming Parade.
SUU ALUMNI MAGAZINE SPRING 2011
University Administration Taking SUU to a Higher Level Gerald R. Sherratt
s a former president of SUU, I am delighted with the current goal of SUU becoming a liberal arts and sciences institution. President Benson and his colleagues are carving out a special role for SUU in the Utah System of Higher Education, a role that will give the University many opportunities for future growth and advancement and separate it from the seemingly ever expanding number of traditional state colleges. And, in the process, give SUU a national reputation for excellence. For those not familiar with the meaning of liberal arts and sciences, don't associate the word "liberal" with its use in political circles. Universities substitute the word liberal for the word "broad." The word's Latin root means "free" and in some languages liberal equates with "growth." Liberal merely means preparing SUU students for the higher education demands of tomorrow by ensuring that the students make good connections â€” to their professors, to their subject matter, to their field, to their campus and to their community. Southern Utah University is not abandoning its traditional roles of teacher preparation, business, engineering, communications, computer science, health, the arts and sciences, etc. Indeed it is not dropping any academic offering. What the SUU administration is doing is elevating the status of the University to that of the state's research universities, at least as it pertains to the academic teaching process. The preparation requirements for entrance to SUU are becoming more and more similar to those at the University of Utah and Utah State University. And the word is getting out. This year's SUU freshman class average GPA and ACT composite scores were among the highest incoming first-year profiles in the state. A number of so-called "comprehensive" colleges (SUU will remain comprehensive too) are open-admission institutions. This means all one has to have to gain entrance is a high school diploma (and sometimes not that). At SUU (and at USU and the U of U) entrance requirements require prospective students have a high school diploma, yes, but a student's grades also have to indicate he or she can handle college-level coursework, and the classes they completed in high school must truly have qualified them for "higher" learning. Why is that important? Because when a college class is
composed of people whose academic preparation varies greatly â€” from those who are highly prepared to those not prepared at all â€” the teaching is generally directed to the lowest denominator, and those who are well prepared are not challenged as they should be. SUU is thus guaranteeing that everyone in its classes are well prepared and that the academic experience in the classroom is rigorous and intellectually challenging. For all practical purposes, it means that SUU is raising the bar, demanding higher standards and academic performance from faculty and students alike, and, in the process, guaranteeing the future of its students and of the University itself. SUU will resemble other "liberal arts and science colleges" in the U.S. by insisting that classes are smaller in size (which usually means more individual attention is given to each student); that enrollment remains primarily residential (which means students learn to live well with others); and that the first two years are spent in exploration of general knowledge (thus cultivating the analytical and critical thinking skills and intellectual capacities applicable to numerous career paths and any real-world challenges students may face). By providing a variety of emphasis areas and a diverse selection of electives, it will make it much easier for SUU to tailor an educational program to a student's unique talents and interests, and produce graduates far more able to cope with whatever the future throws at them. SUU would thus be precisely the place alumni would want to send their sons or daughters for a well-rounded and rigorous educational experience, and parents should be pressing their children in their high school years to produce the necessary grades that will get them admitted. As alumni, we can be grateful that at this point in the University's history, SUU is lucky enough to have two Oxford University-trained leaders as president and provost who are capable of shaping a university of uncommon quality, one that will be able to attract the best and brightest young minds to SUU and Cedar City for an educational experience that could literally define their lives.
Gerald R. Sherratt (AA 1952) is a past president (1982-1997) of Southern Utah University. He has a doctorate degree from Michigan State University in the administration of higher education.
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ALUMNI Eldon W. Schmutz (’48), age 83, passed away July 7, 2010 Fay Frahske Burns (’49), age 85, passed away July 20, 2010 Steven C. Walton (’96), age 42, passed away July 24, 2010
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C. Jon Perkins (’65), age 65, passed away July 26, 2010 Kenneth R Hazon (’38), age 90, passed away July 31, 2010 Darren R. Duckworth (’09), age 28, passed away August 3, 2010 Janet Faye Hansen Earl, age 71, passed away August 17, 2010
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Steven V. Gibilterra, (’93), age 53, passed away September 10, 2010 Calvin Ray Robison, age 68, passed away September 19, 2010 Michael Bladen Dix, (’88), age 42, passed away September 20, 2010
Dallas Isom, (’58), age 72, passed away October 3, 2010
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Kailie Marie Jones Browning, age 24, passed away October 12, 2010 Sharron Ann Barker Mangum (’92), age 62, passed away October 13, 2010
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FRIENDS&SUPPORTERS Jack Alan Hymas, age 56, passed away July 15, 2010 Ruth M. Challis, age 83, passed away July 19, 2010 Willard Stratton, age 86, passed away October 21, 2010 Nevada Hyland Lake-Morris, age 79, passed away November 30, 2010 Dorothy M. Mansour, age 87, passed away December 7, 2010 Alfred Blaine Stucki, age 78, passed away December 26, 2010
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O U T H E R N U TA H U N I V E R S I T Y
SUU ALUMNI MAGAZINE SPRING 2011
Olympic Momentum: 2010 Grad sets sights on 2014 Gold As a freshman nursing student, Kristi Koplin hit the ground running.
The past four years of running from classroom to practice to drills
and soon after her performance at the NCAA Championships, she received
From sunrise to long after sunset,
an e-mail from U.S. Olympic Team
she stayed busy with lab work, track
organizers inviting her to try out for the
and field practice, arms training and
national bobsled team.
weight lifting. At day’s end, it was more
That she had never been on a bobsled
of the same: homework and meetings.
didn’t slow Koplin’s pace as she accepted
And though most people would balk at
the invitation to join thousands of
the prospect of running through each
Olympic hopefuls at open workouts held
new day at full tilt, Kristi Koplin doesn’t
throughout the country.
mind the breakneck pace.
From this pool of the highest caliber
Building momentum, it would seem
athletes, Koplin was one of just 30
the past four years of running from
invited to a rookie camp in Lake
classroom to practice to drills and then
Placid, NY. Like a stone rolling or, as
labs was all just a warm-up for the
she describes her first bobsled run,
surprise around the bend: Olympic
“like getting pushed down a hill in
up for the surprise
an aluminum trash can,” Koplin sped
From the start, Koplin tackled college
forward, earning one of 10 invitations to
around the bend…
life with an oddly singular focus: do
further competition, where she finished
it all. And she did, graduating with
in fifth place – just behind the 2010
3.7 GPA and nursing degree; a 12th
silver and bronze Olympic medalists.
and then labs was all just a warm-
place NCAA national ranking in the
Since then, Koplin has literally
hammer toss; and airborne-certified
pushed her way into an official spot on
second lieutenant status in the United
the U.S. National Bobsled team and is
on course for the 2014 Winter Olympics
Along with high marks and the respect
in Sochi, Russia. Her enduring speed
of her peers, coaches and advisors,
in life and on the bobsled track have
Koplin’s performance on the field and in
brought her to this point, and we all
the ROTC’s infamously rigorous airborne
cheer with high hopes of seeing her
certification drew a surprise admirer,
push to the medal stand.
I N V E S T
K N O W L E D G E
Neither of my parents graduated from college. Although the
motivation to attend college existed, we knew that if we were to enjoy the beneﬁts of higher education the ﬁnancial resources were up to us to secure. Today, out of eight
children in my family, ﬁve have college degrees and of those ﬁve, three hold terminal degrees in their ﬁeld of expertise. We succeeded because of the generous support of donors who consistently contributed to education. Now it’s my turn, my chance to
invest in intellectual discovery, development and direction. Knowledge that will yield
remarkable results and make marked diﬀerences in the lives of my children and yours. I am committed to creating and sustaining educational experiences that allow
individuals to achieve their full potential. I invest in higher education. Supporting my alma mater is my contribution to the greater good and to a better future.
I am proud to be an alumnus of Southern Utah University. I understand the vital importance and need for a strong ﬁnancial system supported by generous institutional giving.
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We invite you to join your Thunderbird Family at the following events:
CHAPTERS Boston, ma
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April 7, Thunderbird Night at the SLC Bees
May 6–7, 112th annual Commencement ceremonies
June 2–27, Utah Summer Games (Opening Ceremonies June 16)
Florida Fresno, CA Iowa Iron County (Utah) Juab County (Utah)
June 20, Utah County BBQ
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June 23–October 29, Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 50th anniversary season
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