Page 1






S ou t h ern

U t a h

U ni v ersi t y


Utah Shakespeare Festival celebrates its golden anniversary


2 0 1 1

On the Rise N at i o n a l

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 - [1] Christopher Barnes and Craig Zehms in Two Gentlemen

Fourth Row - [1] Dudley Knight in Henry IV, 1996; [2] Matt Tallman,

of Verona, 1975; [2] Jesse Bennett, Brian Mertes and M. Scott Wilkinson

Daniel Molina and Sara J. Griffin in Much Ado about Nothing, 2010; [3]

in Much Ado About Nothing, 1981; [3] Ric Stoneback and JoAnn Johnson

Patrick Page in Nothing Like the Sun; [4] Melinda Pfundstein in My Fair

Patton in Measure for Measure, 1980; [4] Sam Tsoutsouvas and Tom

Lady, 2004; [5] Robert Peterson in Man of La Mancha, 2002

Lancaster in Coriolanus, 1977; [5] Alex Hentleoff and James S. Horton in Henry IV Part I, 1981;

Fifth Row - [1] Ellen Crawford in Pride and Prejudice, 2010; [2] Michael

Second Row - [1] Harold Gould in King Lear, 1992; [2] Anthony Defonte

Cox, Douglas N. Cook and Fred C. Adams receiving the Tony Award for

in King Lear, 1979; [3] Peter Aylward in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,

Outstanding Regional Theatre, 2000; [4] no photo; [5] Brian Vaughn in

1973; [4] Michele Farr in Henry VIII, 1995; [5] Ken Day, Howard Jensen,

Hamlet, 2006

Richard Jamieson and Lance Whetten in Much Ado About Nothing, 1965.

Sharon and Shelly Gaza in Twelfth Night, 2007; [3] Scott Phillips, Sue

Sixth Row - [1] Croliss Preston and David Ivers in Love’s Labour’s Lost,

Third Row - [1] A. Bryan Humphrey, Fred C. Adams, Brian Vaughn and

2005; [2] Aaron Galligan-Stierle in Forever Plaid, 2004; [3] 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; [4]

[2] Stephen Pelinski and Joyce Harris in The Taming of the Shrew, 1984;

no photo; [5] Barbara Jo Bednarczuk and Kyle Jeffery Eberlein in The

[3] Ellen Lockhead, Charles Antalosky and Laurie Birningham in The

Greenshow, 2010

Merry Wives of Windsor, 1985; [4] Charlene Bletson in Love’s Labour’s Lost, 1969; [5] 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.



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! — 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


The Southern Utah University Alumni Association supports and celebrates the University by fostering a lifelong spirit of loyalty, service and fellowship among alumni, faculty, students and S O U T H E R N U T A Hfriends U N IofV SUU. ERSITY


SUU in View is created twice a year, in the fall and spring. Past editions can be found S A LT L A K E online at 351 West University Blvd.

S O U T H E R N U T A H Cedar U NCity, I V EUTR 84720 SITY

(435) 586-7777 email: web: Executive Director Mindy Benson

Editor Jennifer Burt

Production Assistant Ron Cardon

Creative Director Nate Christian

Layout & Photography SUU Publications Contributing Writer Larry Baker






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. Š 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.

winning endeavor.

But the couple moved forward with purpose in the vision of something so

Turns out their youthful imaginings were not far off mark.



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.”

next season.

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

to work.”

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



dancing of


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

evening performances.

forum for the artistic and managerial

appreciate theatre.



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

Shakespeare plays.”


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

national initiatives.

year. Through such efforts, according







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

longer season.”

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

season performances.

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.

student productions.




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

dream big.

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.









much more.


Our congratulations to the Utah

For tickets and a complete listing of 50th anniversary special events, visit

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.







FoundersC 2 0 1 1


Howard R. Driggs (far left) teaching english class in early BNS years


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 year’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

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





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.


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


Students. After





WARREN BULLOCH ’14 Warren Higbee Bulloch


football career at USU

wore a great many hats. As

(where he later earned a in

master's secondary







businessman, was




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

Southern Utah.

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,

SUU annually

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

several institutions'

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

Arts Guild.

a dedicated supporter of the Utah






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









Summer Games.

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

campus community.

enjoyed past service in many other

before devoting herself to ceramics.

and Human Services and the Five County Mental Health Board.

community support endeavors.





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.

Powell said.

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


spectacular national

• knowledge of human cultures and the physical and


natural world


in service learning

• intellectual and practical skills


• personal and social responsibility


• integrative and applied learning




language, completed

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.






-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 SUU’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.



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 SUU’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

Weber State.

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’.”



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.

exciting. An



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

certain challenges.

student-athletes and their parents.”



Eastern washington montana North Dakota

PORTLAND STATE montana state


WEBER STATE Sacramento State


Cal Poly





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

big undertaking.”

which the University began working


progress and success.” Chuckling, Beazer adds, “Now the real works begins.”

But getting to where they need



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.

A focused

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

The most

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









18 18

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.

30 30

tons of paper from across campus have been recycled in the past five months.

3,000 3,000

18.56 18.56

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.

2,880 2,880

square feet of green house space compose the new Jim Bowns Herbarium that will top the new Science Building.

40,000 40,000

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

teacher education,

them into the circle of Benefactors in the


Old Main Society this year.


proud ly

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

in Main

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

Through their

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)

members of

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

Society provide

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,

sports information.

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

the ever-increasing

Utah icon, Dahle’s Big and Tall Clothing

has never wavered.

challenges facing

nine states.

of excellence that enables the University to meet

higher education today.



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

Zions Bank

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

and Washington.

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



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?


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.



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.


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.

years ago.

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




I’m also

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?





(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.

classmates and

(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 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.



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 — 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 — from those who are highly prepared to those not prepared at all — 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.




remember July 1 - December 31, 2010


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

Search Southern Utah University for our page and Southern Utah University Alumni for our group.

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

Search Southern Utah University Alumni

Thirza Little Robinson (’42), age 88, passed away August 27, 2010 Coleen Orton, age 73, passed away August 30, 2010 Sharon D Schutte (’99), age 71, passed away August 29, 2010 Elaine Wilcken Nelson (’79), age 81, passed away September 5, 2010


Janet Gower Leigh, age 93, passed away September 9, 2010

Go to

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

Sign up at (bottom lefthand corner)

Kailie Marie Jones Browning, age 24, passed away October 12, 2010 Sharron Ann Barker Mangum (’92), age 62, passed away October 13, 2010

Verl L Frehner (’63), age 75, passed away October 19, 2010 Beverly Fern C Stewart (’75), age 58, passed away October 23, 2010 Kelly Leavitt Gates (’60), age 78, passed away October 26, 2010 Marie P. Dalley (’48), age 82, passed away October 29, 2010 James Calvin Sandberg (’47), age 85, passed Away November 12, 2010 Dorothy L Ruesch (’71), age 78, passed away November 16, 2010 Richard Winterrose (’48), age 83, passed away November 24, 2010 Gordon Petty George (’74), age 62, passed away December 4, 2010 Wayne Gordon Jackson (’37), age 92, passed away December 10, 2010 John J Barondeau (’99), age 40, passed away December 22, 2010 Dell Peterson Hall, age 89, passed away December 23, 2010

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

Beth Sargent Porter, age 83, passed away October 20, 2010 Donald J Rosenberg (’49), age 83, passed away October 19, 2010 IRON COUNTY CHAPTER





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

States Army.

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.




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.     

Join with me in giving back to our alma mater. Our donations, no matter what size, matter! Make it an annual tradition in your family to support Southern Utah University!

-Sandra Lord omas ( ’93)

To make a gift,



Alumni Association 351 West University Blvd. Cedar City, UT 84720 Electronic Service Requested

If the addressee does not live


at this address anymore, or for


address corrections including duplicate magazines, please



call 435-586-7777.



We invite you to join your Thunderbird Family at the following events:


CHAPTERS Boston, ma

Central Utah Chicago, IL Davis County (Utah)

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

Lincoln County (Nevada) Logan, UT

June 23–October 29, Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 50th anniversary season

August __, Iron County Movie Night In The Park

Michigan Nebraska North Carolina Northeast

August 6, Lagoon Day

Northwest Reno, NV

September 16–17, 2011 Homecoming: True To SUU!

September 24, T-bird Football at UNLV (Tailgate prior to the game)

Salt Lake City, UT San Francisco, CA Southern Arizona Southern California

For additional information on these and future events, visit

Southern Nevada Texas Utah County (Utah) Washington County (Utah) Washington, D.C. Weber County (Utah) Connect with an Alumni Chapter or Network Representative in your area. Go to

SUU In View - Spring 2011  

The 2011 Spring issue of Southern Utah University's alumni magazine.