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Greetings Fellow SUU Alumni As the leaves start to change on the face of Cedar Mountain and the air turns a little cooler, my thoughts always turn to memories of Fall on the SUU Campus, particularly all the Homecoming celebrations I’ve watched over the years. I particularly remember walking in the parade and then watching the T-Birds, cheering until I’d lost my voice. Whether you were one of the muddied participants in the mud football game on the quad or one of the football players on the field fighting for victory with the roar of the crowd behind you, I’m certain we all have fond memories of Homecoming at SUU. The exciting thing about Homecoming is that it’s built on traditions—a time for alumni, students, faculty and staff to come together to celebrate the events that shaped our experiences at SUU. And even as we gather to celebrate our own glory days of times past, the golden days of SUU continue to take shape amongst today’s students—we need

“Some of these are formal gatherings, some informal…

the T-Bird history to be an integral part of its future. I’d like to invite you all back to campus to celebrate SUU for this year’s Homecoming festivities. This issue of the magazine will detail the Homecoming schedule and opportunities for you to get involved. Something new the Alumni Relations office is excited about are the groups of Alumni

…all are an

who are putting together reunions to come back to campus. For example, Student Body

opportunity to

President Darin Bird is putting together a reunion to reflect on the 20 years since his staff

celebrate and

a reunion for student body leaders from the 1960’s, and a reunion of SUU Basketball

renew cherished

players from the eighties. Sigma Chi and Alpha Phi also always hold gatherings during

friendships and

opportunity to renew friendships and reminisce on your time together at SUU. The

warm memories

Alumni Relations Office is willing to help you put these gatherings together; please

of the time you

served the student body. There is a football reunion of the 1968-1970 Thunderbird Squad,

Homecoming weekend. Whether formal events or just small get-togethers, all are an

contact them for more information at 435.586.7777. Can’t wait to see you on campus in September!

were on campus.” Sincerely, Sterling Church (’64) Assistant to the President for Special Projects

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True to SUU As summer winds down, we look forward to another first day of school, a new batch of Thunderbirds and, of course, SUU’s annual Homecoming festivities. This issue of SUU in View should give you everything you need to come back to campus for what promises to be one of SUU’s best Homecoming weekends yet. So pack up those tailgate supplies and head for the red hills: this year’s Homecoming game, pitting the T-Birds against Northern Arizona, is one you don’t want to miss!

Homecoming ’08

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An entire weekend filled with opportunities to reunite with T-Birds of the past, present and future. Get the insider’s look at all the fun awaiting your return to campus.



Forging Success PAGE 6

The Office of Alumni Relations, left to right: Mindy Benson, Ron Cardon, Ashlee Nelson, and Linda Bauer

New Head Football Coach Ed Lamb outlines challenges and goals for the 2008 football season.

Ten Years of Timeless Beauty PAGE 8 The College of Performing and Visual Arts celebrates a decade of fostering creativity. I RO N CO U N T Y CH AP T E R

Pizza, Pasta, and Pals PAGE 12 A local relic is the unlikely catalyst behind some SUU alumni’s greatest successes—filling the hearts and stomachs of all the rest in the process.

A Campus on a Mission PAGE 16 With more than 30,000 hours of service in the last year alone, Thunderbird Nation impacts communities far and wide.

Commencement 2008 PAGE 18 A quick look at the newest flock of T-Bird Alumni.

The Southern Utah University Alumni Association supports and celebrates the University by fostering a lifelong spirit of loyalty, service, and fellowship among S O U T H E R N U T A Halumni, U N I faculty, V E R S Istudents, TY and friends of SUU.


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Editor Jennifer Burt

Layout SUU Publications Photography SUU Publications, unless otherwise noted Cover: The Carter Carillon was dedicated during the Founders’ Day festivities in March of 2008. Photo and enhancement by Rohn Solomon

Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Honors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 Alumni Awards

Focus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-28 Chapters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-33 We Will Remember. . . . . . . . . 35 Afterthoughts. . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Farewell to Manzanita Hall

Southern Utah University is a comprehensive regional university which provides students a personalized learning environment to foster meaningful experiences involving the mind, heart and hands. SUU’s mission is to encourage a lifelong love of learning, foster academic excellence, instill ethics and values and to honor thought in all its finest forms. SUU offers baccalaureate, applied technology, and selected graduate degrees. We address the unique needs of rural students and communities; serve as a major cultural center for southern Utah; and create partnerships with public and higher education, government, business and industry.

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2 0 0 8 - 0 9 HOMECOMING (435) 586-7777 September Friday the 19th 4:30 p.m. 1968-1970 Football Reunion 4 p.m. Parents’ Weekend 8 p.m. Smashmouth Concert 10 p.m. Alumni Reception Saturday the 20th All Day Football Reunion 8 a.m. 5K Fun Walk/Run 10:30 a.m. Parents’ Weekend 11 a.m. Homecoming Luncheon and Alumni Awards 2 p.m. Homecoming Parade 3 p.m. Thunderbird Village 6 p.m. Homecoming Football Game vs. Northern Arizona

ATHLETICS (435) 586-7752

ALUMNI (435) 586-7777 October 6 Thor’s Celebrity Thunder Classic. 9 a.m. shot gun start at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club. January 2009 22 Celebrate SUU: The Future Is Rising. Enjoy a night of art and entertainment at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.



August 16 Women’s Soccer vs. Weber State 22 Women’s Soccer vs. UC- Riverside 29 Women’s Soccer @ CS- Northridge 30 Football @ Air Force 30 Cross Country @ Idaho State September 5 Women’s Soccer @ Northern Arizona 6 Football vs. Adams State 13 Women’s Soccer vs. UVSC 13 Football @ Montana 13 Cross Country @ Aztec Invitational 15 Women’s Soccer vs. UC- Irvine 20 Women’s Soccer vs. UT- San Antonio 20 Football vs. Northern Arizona 20 Cross Country @ Iona Invitational 25 Women’s Soccer vs. Western Illinois 27 Women’s Soccer vs. No. Colorado

27 Football @ Texas State 27 Cross Country @ UC Riverside October 3 Women’s Soccer @ North Dakota St. 4 Football vs. Youngstown State 5 Women’s Soccer @ South Dakota St. 11 Women’s Soccer vs. Westminster 11 Football @ UC Davis 17 Women’s Soccer @ IUPUI 18 Cross Country SUU Pre-Nationals @ SUU 18 Cross Country Pre-Nationals @ Terra Haute 19 Women’s Soccer @ Oral Roberts 23 Women’s Soccer vs. IPFW 25 Football @ Cal Poly 26 Women’s Soccer vs. Centenary 30 Cross Country @ Notre Dame 31 Women’s Soccer vs. Oakland November 1 Women’s Basketball vs. Dixie State 1 Cross Country Summit Championships @ Centenary College 2 Women’s Soccer vs. South Dakota

For more details on these events and many others, check the website at

3 Men’s Basketball Exhibition 7-9 Women’s Soccer Summit League Tournament @ Macomb, Illinois 7 Women’s Basketball vs. Mesa State 8 Football @ North Dakota 8 Men’s Basketball vs. Adams State 14 Women’s Basketball vs. UC Davis 14 Cross Country NCAA Mountain Region @ Colorado State 15 Men’s Basketball vs. Mesa State 18 Women’s Basketball @ UNLV 20 Men’s Basketball @ Florida 22 Women’s Basketball @ Nebraska 22 Cross Country NCAA National Championships @ Terra Haute 22 Men’s Basketball @ Tennessee Tech 26 Men’s Basketball vs. Seattle Pacific 28 Women’s Basketball @ BYU 29 Men’s Basketball @ Boise State December 1 Women’s Basketball @ Boise State 2 Men’s Basketball vs. Oakland 4 Men’s Basketball vs. IPFW 6 Women’s Basketball vs. Oakland 8 Women’s Basketball vs. IPFW 13 Women’s Basketball vs. No. Arizona 13 Men’s Basketball vs. Weber State 17 Women’s Basketball vs. W. Oregon 17 Men’s Basketball vs. Utah State 20 Women’s Basketball @ Utah State 20 Men’s Basketball @ Utah Valley 23 Men’s Basketball @ UNLV 27 Men’s Basketball vs. Sacramento St. 29 Women’s Basketball vs. Weber State 31 Men’s Basketball @ Western Illinois January 2009 1 Women’s Basketball vs. Westminster 2 Men’s Basketball @ IUPUI 3 Women’s Basketball @ IUPUI 5 Women’s Basketball @ Western Illinois 10 Women’s Basketball vs. UMKC 10 Men’s Basketball @ UMKC 13 Women’s Basketball @ UVSC 15 Men’s Basketball vs. North Dakota St.

16 Gymnastics @ CS-Fullerton 17 Women’s Basketball vs. So. Dakota St. 17 Men’s Basketball vs. So. Dakota St. 19 Women’s Basketball vs. No. Dakota St. 22 Men’s Basketball @ Centenary 23 Gymnastics vs. Sacramento State 24 Women’s Basketball @ Oral Roberts 24 Men’s Basketball @ Oral Roberts 26 Women’s Basketball @ Centenary 26 Gymnastics @ Utah State 29 Men’s Basketball vs. IUPUI 30 Gymnastics @ SE Missouri State 31 Women’s Basketball vs. W. Illinois 31 Men’s Basketball vs. Western Illinois

22 Faculty Recital 25 Art Insights: Gary Earnest Smith 25-27 Lysistrata October 2 Art Insights: TBA 2-4 Lysistrata 9 Art Insights: TBA 13 Music Department Faculty Recital 16 Art Insights: Marshall Arisman 17 SUU Choral Concert 23 Art Insights: Scotty Mitchell 29 Halloween Concert 30-31 The Elephant Man 30 Art Insights: TBA November 1 The Elephant Man 6-8 The Elephant Man 6 Art Insights: Passage: New Painting and Photography 11 SUU Jazz Band Concert 13 Art Insights: TBA 17-18 SUU Chamber Ensembles Recital 20 Art Insights: TBA 21-22 SUU Ballroom Dance Review

Brian Vaughn as Cyrano in the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s 2008 production of Cyrano de Bergerac. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespearean Festival 2008.

Arts and Entertainment 435-865-8561 Utah Shakespearean Festival Fall season: Moonlight and Magnolias, Julius Caesar, and Gaslight. September 4 Art Insights: Sigmund Abeles 11 Art Insights: National Geographic Greatest Portraits 18 Art Insights: Thomas Leek

December 2 SUU Wind Symphony Concert 2 SUU Ballroom Dance Social 3 President’s Gala 3-6 Breaking Bounds: Student -Choreographed Dance Concert 3 SUU Symphony Orchestra Concert 4 Art Insights: Show Off VII 5-6 SUU Christmas Choral Concert January 2009 15 Art Insights: Zion: A Creative Response 28-31 SUU Opera: The Magic Flute 29-31 The Seagull 29 Art Insights: TBA

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Photo illustration by Rohn Solomon


“Our players won’t lightly take a

practices have been rigorous and the

have to set our standards high just

loss. They’re gonna really fight for

requirements are demanding, but

to be competitive in that first game.”

it,” beams SUU’s new Head Football

this only seems to have inspired the

Lamb laughs, “Really, the rest of the

Coach Ed Lamb, looking forward to

team further. Even the installment of

schedule looks manageable from that

the upcoming season. With a new

6:30 a.m. practices hasn’t lessened

point. If we’re always preparing for

coaching staff, increasingly intense

their dedication.

Division 1-A at Air Force, then some

trainings and a lot of energy, the

Enthusiastic about what he’s seen

of these other teams with winning

T-Birds are ready to tackle one of the

so far, Lamb commented, “This team

records don’t seem as intimidating.”

toughest season schedules in SUU

is as willing as any I’ve ever known to

history, and Lamb promises fans this

practice really, really hard.” Coming

“There’s no other way to look at our

season will be anything but boring.

from someone with seven conference

season: if we’re here working hard,






putting all our time and energy into

After joining the Thunderbirds in

it, we’d better plan on winning.”

late December, Lamb went to work

In addition to a spring camp full of

assessing the current team. He found anxious for

returning players, the 2008 Football

redirection after an unsuccessful

Squad is bringing on 25 new players,

2007 season. And even before their

16 of whom are on scholarship and

first practice, Coach Lamb began

are, in Coach Lamb’s words, “highly

testing his squad.

recruited players.”

many skilled players,

To Lamb, academic performance

Lamb also has an entirely new

is just as important as a player’s

coaching staff that includes three

performance on the field, and he

former NFL players. When forming

oftentimes finds the most successful

his staff, Lamb looked for “established

football players reach such great

men with character,” and he found


just that in Steve Clark, Justin Ena,




remained disciplined as students.

Head Football Coach Ed Lamb

Jason Anderson, Paul Peterson, Al Pupunu, Demario Warren, and

States Lamb, “For every guy who’s an exceptional athlete and not a very

championships in just 11 years of

returning SUU coach Ryan Hunt

hard worker in the classroom, I can

coaching, such an outlook bodes

(’03). They bring with them a fresh

think of ten that are overachievers

well for SUU’s upcoming season

set of ideas and experience as both

on the football field because of their


high-level players and coaches.

work ethic in the classroom.” So

scheduled against dominant teams

It’s a lot of change to cram into a

the Coach tightened scholarship GPA

like Idaho and Montana, the T-Birds

year, but change seems to be exactly

requirements, and in March, when

have high hopes.

what the team needed. Both players




the team kicked off spring training,

States Lamb, “The nice part about

and coaches anxiously await the end

players were asked to raise the bar

our season is that what should be

of August, and Lamb promises, “Our

both on and off the field.

our toughest opponent—Air Force—

fans can count on seeing a team


is the first game. We’re obviously not

that’s going to work really hard and

that by and large, the team has

going to work all through fall camp

not give up,” Then, with a smile, he

stepped up to the challenge. Spring

planning to lose game one, so we

adds, “Right now, we’re undefeated.”




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Detail from an urn created by SUU ceramics Professor Susan Harris.



The College of Performing and Visual Arts

Big things are happening within SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts (PVA). But then again, with roughly 70 theatrical productions, 38 art exhibits, 127 musical performances, 22 choreographed

prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony and the Kennedy Center. And most importantly, the College’s student base continues to grow— as do its programs and course offerings.

dances, one student’s work displayed in the White House

This fall semester, the College of PVA will begin offering

and 21 artists studying abroad in just the last year,

two new undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in

something always seems to be buzzing within the College’s

Theatre (BFA) and a Bachelor of Music (BM). In addition

South Hall home base.

to attracting top undergraduate talent, the BFA and BM

And with a wellspring of talent year after year, it’s

will offer students two of the

no surprise the College of PVA would have big plans to

best degree opportunities within

celebrate its first ten years in the limelight.

the arts—degrees that are not

In fact, to many, the biggest surprise is not that there will be a tenth anniversary celebration, but instead, that in

currently offered at a majority of Utah schools.

just ten years, a single college has accomplished so much.

According to President Michael

To date, PVA has produced more than 1,000 performances

T. Benson, the approval of these

and exhibits since it became its own college just ten years

two degrees “is further evidence

ago, splitting off from the College of Humanities and

of SUU’s commitment to carving

Social Sciences. PVA’s students have performed in such

out unique niches within the

William Byrnes, PVA Dean

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left to right: “Curious People” choreographed by Associate Professor Kay Andersen, oil painting by SUU Professor Brian Hoover, graphic design student Clare Campbell,

in the new programs this fall, students

capitalizing on the unique atmosphere

To PVA Dean Bill Byrnes, the

in the music and theatre departments

surrounding the University.

creation of these programs at SUU

are already lining up to apply for

is most exciting because they give

acceptance. And Byrnes, whose focus

SUU difference from many other

students an edge in terms of being

is to “make PVA’s offerings relevant

universities with strong arts programs

competitive for graduate schools and

and current to trends and demands

is that “SUU’s close-knit campus, and

professional arts positions.

in the field,” anticipates both new

the personalized education each PVA

programs will be well-received.

student receives, allows a student

state’s educational system.”






curriculum design behind both of











to take risks without being quite as

the new programs that will increase



afraid to fall flat on his face.” Byrnes

the number of field-specific classes

excuse to wax nostalgic, for Byrnes,

says these risks—and failings—are



vital to the personal growth that

students must take. He explains, “Our current music or theatre degree requires students to take roughly one-third of their classes within their specific discipline. Conversely, these new degrees will allow two-thirds of a student’s classes to be disciplinespecific. This shift helps a student better focus on his or her interests, allowing a much more in-depth look

“...the personalized education each PVA student receives allows a student to take risks...” PVA’s horizon is filled only with what

PVA’s new BFA degree will offer

But graduates credit PVA’s success to much more than just location. According to Brian Vaughn (‘95), who, since leaving SUU, has become an equity actor in a renown theatre and is currently one of the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s brightest stars, SUU gives students many more opportunities to perform than larger

at the issues and trends surrounding those interests.”

advances an artist’s work.

can still be done.

schools can offer. States Vaughn, “I learned by doing

emphases in Classical Acting and

Joining PVA in 2004, Byrnes’ only

at SUU. During school, you could

Musical Theatre, Theatre Design and

directive was simply to “grow the

be involved in a range of projects,

Technology. The BM degree will offer

college.” He sought to do this by

constantly working on your skills.


both expanding opportunities for

Then in summer, you could watch

students to gain a deeper education

professionals from all over the nation—

within their specific interests and by

to really absorb the process.”



performance and piano pedagogy. With the first opportunity to enroll



SUU Theatre alumni Brian Vaughn and Melinda Pfundstein, the SUU Orchestra and Chorus, pastel painting by SUU Associate Professor Arlene Braithwaite.


lecturers from top arts institutions

professional exposure to a renown arts

who teach classes and work one-on-


program that many of SUU’s students

one with smaller student groups to create performance pieces. Students

SUU’s College of Performing and

gain with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, is an opportunity most

treasure these opportunities for

undergraduates only dream about.

feedback from the best in their field.




Visual Arts will host a wellspring of anniversary events this 200809 school year. Mark those

Such opportunities for professional

With all this, and with a 40 percent

engagement reach beyond PVA’s

increase in the number of arts majors

theatre students as well. In fact, many

since 2004, Byrnes still believes PVA’s

September 11, 2008

of SUU’s music, dance and design

largest accomplishments are yet to

In Focus—National Geographic’s

students work within the Festival


Greatest Portraits, Braithwaite

calendars now to join us.

Gallery, SUU

year after year. And all PVA’s leaders

As of this past year, PVA’s three

stay focused on current professional

departments are all recognized by

September 23, 2008

development opportunities—helping

top education accreditation agencies.

SUU Convocation: A Showcase

students audition and submit their

But Byrnes is excited simply because

of the Arts, Auditorium, SUU

work far and wide.

such standings—and the grueling

November 7, 2008

In addition, programs like “Art

review process behind them—have

Insights,” a weekly lecture series,

helped him see even more clearly

bringing artists from around the

where and how PVA can still improve

December 5, 2008

world to SUU, provides a real life

to ensure students get the very best in

Dance Alumni Weekend, SUU

glimpse into a student’s chosen arts

liberal arts training and professional

January 22, 2009

profession. This “gives students a


Celebrate SUU, Abravanel Hall,

realistic look at the process behind

The past ten years have clearly

success in the professional arts,”

been good to PVA. And with forward-

according to Byrnes.

thinking leaders, a talented faculty

Eventually, Byrnes would like to





implement lecture series within the

display opportunities for students,

music and theatre arts and dance

PVA’s future should be full of rave

departments as well. Currently,


Theatre Alumni Weekend, SUU

Salt Lake City February 6, 2009

Art & Design Alumni Weekend, SUU April 3, 2009

Music Alumni Weekend, SUU

both departments bring in visiting

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The custom stain glass windows in the restaurant depict local scenes.

In 1973, The Godfather won the

discuss how they might make a go of

Oscar for Best Picture, Roberta

it in Cedar City. When they were told

Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your

there was no pizzeria in town, they

Face won a Grammy for Song of the

knew they’d hit the jackpot. Kringlen

Year, the Oakland A’s beat the New




York Mets (4-3) to win the World

Immediately started searching for

Series, and Bill Kringlen opened The

a location for their idea, and found

Pizza Factory, ushering in a new era

a house on Main Street that—aside

for Thunderbirds old and young.

from that it was not up for sale— seemed perfect.

Always a favorite student and

Bill knocked on

alumni gathering spot, The Pizza

the door to find an elderly woman

Factory has been the site of numerous

who was no match for Kringlen’s

first dates, proposals, parties, retreats

charm, and within months, he’d

and all-you-can-eat late night buffets.

quit his teaching and coaching job

It is a tradition that has stood the test of time, and for many alumni, a visit back to SUU is not complete without a stop at The Pizza Factory.

Bill Kringlen, Pizza Factory Founder. This painting hangs in the Cedar City restaurant and was created by SUU Artist-in-Residence Ben Sowards.

in California, hauled in huge cable spools for tables, tested dozens of pizza sauces, and quickly opened The Pizza Factory for business.

Founder Bill Kringlen discovered

in love with the area and knew this

From the beginning, Bill Kringlen

Cedar City during the winter of

was where they wanted to live. After

knew The Pizza Factory should have

1973. He and three of his southern

a day on the slopes at Brian Head, the

a strong relationship with Southern

California buddies immediately fell

foursome decided to get a pizza and

Utah University. In addition to great



food, he created an environment that welcomed students, and The Pizza Factory soon became— and remains—an unofficial gathering place for the SUU community to relax and socialize. Kringlen was heavily involved in Thunderbird Athletics. In addition to being a longtime booster, he served as an assistant to legendary baseball coach Cleo Petty and opened his home to baseball skipper Bill Groves. The restaurant’s involvement with the T-Birds continues today, hosting many teams for pre-game meals season after season. Just one year later, in 1974, Bill Randall (’75) began his life-long relationship with the restaurant. Randall and his roommates provided afternoon help at The Pizza Factory by hauling out garbage and bringing in wood for the fireplace; they were compensated with pizza. One busy evening, Kringlen asked Randall to help, and by the end of the night, he had a new job and quickly moved into a managerial position. The relationship between the two Bills strengthened the business, creating a partnership that spread into the community. Kringlen became known as “Big Bill” and Randall as “Little Bill.” Together the two Bills coached

Above top: The original Pizza Factory building on Main Street, directly across the street from its current location. Above bottom: The second building, constructed by adding on to the original structure.

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little league teams and served as mentors to hundreds of teenagers and college students, all the while, recruiting future employees and valued customers.

In fact, in 35

years of business, The Pizza Factory has never posted a “Help Wanted” sign. These ties to SUU and to the

Above: Cedar City manager Chris Weaver (background) watches as Bill Randall demonstrates he still knows how to put a pizza together. Below: The Pizza Factory’s signature breadstick bouquet.

community, along with mile-high

from short visits to his native Las

The Pizza Factory tradition as well.


Vegas, Little Bill has never left the

Former SUU Football player Bruce

home he’s found in southern Utah.

Jensen created the original Pizza



pizzas, have ensured the restaurant’s


Factory logo; Darryl Magelby (’87)

Randall still remembers his first

planted a seed in Randall’s mind to

and Dana Giles Magelby (’86) have

day at SUU in 1972, “It was great.

buy out one of the original partners

led the restaurant’s expansion into

People said hello, the instructors

and make The Pizza Factory his

Utah County; and Kim Kringlen-

were friendly and helpful; they made


In 1979, Randall did just

Hansen (’85) ensures the originality

you feel like part of a family.” Aside

that, and has led The Pizza Factory

of her husband’s business, along with

expansion in St. George.

its close ties to SUU, carry on. “We

success from the very beginning.




Another recruit, from Kringlen’s

love our relationship with Southern

Little League coaching days, was

Utah University, the students, faculty

Chris Weaver (’93). Off the field,

and alumni. We are so excited for

Weaver pulled weeds and washed

each new school year and the people

Big Bill’s boat, and in turn,


we meet, as well as the familiar


faces that continue to patronize our




Chris describes Kringlen as “the

Although Kringlen passed away in

Pizza Factory was Cedar City’s little

2002 after a courageous battle with

Cheers.” Weaver has come a long

cancer, The Pizza Factory carries on

way from pulling Big Bill’s weeds,

and remains involved with SUU. Kim

and is now the manager of The Pizza

says, “The college makes us happy

Factory in Cedar City, carrying on

and in return we know it’s important

Kringlen’s tradition directly across

to support them. We are quite the

the street from the original house-

pair—with a lot of PIZZAzz!”

turned-restaurant. Other alumni have contributed to



restaurant,” Kim states.

Ted Danson of Cedar City and The

Big Bill wouldn’t want it any other way.

The Bard’s T-Bird Team

Alumni fill the ranks of the Shakespearean Festival


outhern Utah University

and the Utah Shakespearean



enjoyed a symbiotic relationship since the Festival first took the stage in 1962. This year is no exception, and with more than 60 Thunderbird students and alumni working for the Festival this 2008 season, no facet of the Shakespearean experience is complete without a T-Bird or two in the mix. From selling tickets and painting sets to acting in hit performances, SUU’s students are given the opportunity to work with a

Front row, left to right: Latoya Rhodes, Cassandra Leigh Averill, Anna Laura Hales. second row: Payden Adams, Ashley H. Pollock, Rebecca Fischer, Jessica Cowden, Kendall Hall. back row: Marlo Ihler, Philip W. Hermansen, Fred C. Adams, Tyler Wanshura, Amanda Endsley, Charity Johansen, Kami Terry, Emily Smolka, R. Scott Phillips, Meghan Rimmasch, Sara Greener, Rachel Mann, Michael Don Bahr, Michael S. Kartchner.

Tony Award-winning professional arts organization before they ever don a cap and gown. This unique professional

As artistic founder of the Red Bull Theatre in New York,

exposure has helped many SUU alumni achieve great

this latest appointment within the Festival is indicative of

success within the arts.

years of success behind the scenes of many well-known

This year, two of the festival’s most beloved actors—and

productions. Other notable SUU alumni—involved in

fellow Thunderbird alumni—are stars in the summer’s

the Festival year after year—are Scott Phillips (‘76), the

hit, Cyrano de Bergerac. Brian Vaughn (‘95) and Melinda

Festival’s current executive director, and, of course, Fred

Pfundstein (‘00) both hail from SUU’s theatre department,

Adams, founder of the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

and as equity actors in the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre

These stars are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes

(and with a new baby daughter to boot), this dynamic

to SUU’s own in the Festival. So without further ado,

duo has enjoyed phenomenal success. Another alumnus,

we’re proud to congratulate all the T-Birds of yesterday

Jesse Berger (‘92), is directing this summer’s The Two

and today who have helped make this year’s USF season

Gentlemen of Verona, which has received rave reviews.

another four-star success.

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From hosting to helping, SUU pitches in to improve communities near and far Thirty-two cyclists (photo above)

the students only stayed long enough

we work to help develop in our own

converged upon the SUU campus in

to rest and fuel up for an early-

student body.”

early August to recharge in Cedar

morning start to their 108-mile ride

Indeed, service is nothing new

City on their nine-week bicycle trip

planned for the next day, many from

to SUU’s student body. In the last

from Jacksonville, Florida to San

the group commented on SUU’s

academic year alone, the University’s


hospitality, expressing their gratitude

students completed 36,196 hours

Bike and Build is a group of college

for SUU’s Housing and Residence


students from across the nation who

Life and Chartwell Dining Services

SUU’s Service and Learning Center.

spend their summer cycling from

who Sponsored the cyclists while in

According to the Center’s Director

one end of the United States to the

Cedar City.

Pam Branin (‘01), these results are




fairly consistent with student service

other to increase public awareness

But according to SUU’s Vice

of the housing crisis in America,

President for Student Services Donna

working with Habitat for Humanity

Eddleman, empty beds, hot showers

With projects that ranged from

on construction projects in various

and a couple of meals was the least SUU

tying quilts to working with Habitat

communities along their way.

could do. States Eddleman, “These

for Humanity to build homes over

from one year to the next.

And even with seven weeks of

students represent the potentially

Spring Break, SUU’s students are

peddling and more than half the

life-changing opportunities that can

becoming increasingly exposed to

country toured by the time the team

come from the university experience.

new opportunities for community

rode down Cedar Canyon, the group

Though they may not be from SUU,

involvement and service.

was still awed by the area’s scenery.

the Bike and Build group is indicative

One new project SUU students

As for the University itself, though

of the kind of service-minded citizens

created this past 2007-08 school year



Several SUU Alumni chapters will be participating in the nation’s largest day of service, Make a Difference Day, on Saturday, October 25, 2008. All SUU alum are welcome to join in the fun. Simply contact your local chapter or network representative to help them volunteer in the name of SUU in your hometown. (Local projects and details on this national day of giving back can be found by going to

was an after school program for middle schoolaged teens. A success in its first year, the project satisfied two objectives: 1) provide positive afterschool activities for teens, and 2) increase the exposure of economically-disadvantaged youth and their families to the University environment— presenting college as a very real possibility. Though it’s too soon to predict the program’s success, as its participants still have a few years before their high school graduation, Branin said anecdotal evidence suggests a very positive impact, indeed, “The teens stopped talking about if they were going to college and started getting excited about a future that included higher education.” Not to be undone, many of SUU’s alumni remain involved in their communities—carrying on the T-Bird tradition of responsible citizenry. On or off campus, SUU’s students and alumni are proof the University’s mission to prepare students for excellence through “community and social responsibility and involvement,” is being fulfilled.

Above: A contractor from the Tacoma area who is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer tutors SUU student Rachel Wilson. Below: SUU students Cami Sorensen (in the brown shirt) and Erin Evans (far right) work with two University of Portland students at the Habitat for Humanity site. Right: Students’ signatures adorn a framing board inside the house they helped to build.

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On a sunny Saturday morning last

all with perfect 4.0 GPAs, were

of Computing, Integrated Engineering

May, SUU’s Class of 2008 lined up

named as Co-Valedictorians for the

and Technology, with 61 graduates.

around the University’s new Carter

Class of 2008.

During the University’s main

Carillon in caps, gowns and candy leis

Along with these five outstanding

commencement ceremony, the Class

for their commencement processional.

students, SUU’s newest group of

of 2008 heard from Nobel Laureate

Southern Utah University’s Alumni

graduates earned a total of 346

Mario R. Capecchi, renowned for

Association is proud to welcome 1535

graduate degrees, 951 bachelor’s

his work with gene modifications

new alumni, as we all celebrate the

degrees, 235 associate degrees and

in mice aimed at discovering the

achievements of SUU’s largest ever

three one-year certificates.


genetic basis for human neurological

graduating class.

students receiving degrees on the

disorders. Capecchi spoke of civic


third of May ranged in age from 17

responsibility and of our individual

countries, 35 different states and 27

to 67; the average age of a 2008 SUU

impact on the world around us. Most

Utah counties received their Southern

graduate was 28 years old.





Utah University degrees on Saturday,

The College of Humanities and highest number of graduates, with

Capecchi’s words are just as fitting


530. HSS was followed by the College

today, as we welcome the new alumni


of Education in the total number

of Southern Utah University: “Be

(elementary education), Whitnee

of degrees awarded, with 430; the

creative and bold in your pursuits.”

Sorenson (English), Brittany Jensen


most Croft


love and to pursue those passions.

GPA of 3.444. year’s


SUU’s graduates to find what they





May 3, 2008, with an average class




School of Business, with 227; the

We have no doubt this is one directive


College of Science, with 206; the

SUU’s alumni can far surpass.

(elementary education) and Savanna

College of Performing and Visual

Sorensen (nutrition and chemistry),

Arts, with 81; and finally, the College





Outstanding Educator Greg Powell Associate Professor of Management Outstanding Scholar Todd Petersen Assistant Professor of English Distinguished Educators Robin Calland Assistant Professor of English Laura Cotts Assistant Professor of Physical Science Kirk Fitzpatrick Assistant Professor of Philosophy Outstanding Staf f Members Stacia Thomas Student Employment / Education Specialist Casey Bowns Motor Pool & Receiving Manager Classified Staf f Distinguished Ser vice Andrea Masterson Cashier Professional Staf f Distinguished Ser vice Glen Pryor Information Technology Associate Vice President

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For More Information on Homecoming 2008, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 888-586-1997, or email, or go to

Friday, September 19th 4 - 6 p.m. SUU Alumni Parents’ Weekend Events (see next page for detailed list) 6:30 p.m. SUUSA President’s/Executive Council Reunion and Inductions 8:00 p.m. SMASH MOUTH concert sponsored by Alumni Relations and SUUSA Tickets are $25 for the arena. Alumni and SUU students get a $5 discount on their tickets. 9:30 p.m. Alumni Reception following the Concert in the Starlight Room, Sharwan Smith Center Midnight “True T-Bird” activity at Old Sorrel. Sponsored by SUU Student Alumni Smashmouth

Saturday, September 20th 8:00 a.m. Iron County Alumni 5K Run/Walk – Coal Creek trailhead at Baseball Park (200 E. and 200 N.) 10:00 a.m. SUU Alumni Parents’ Weekend, Brunch, Starlight Room, Sharwan Smith Center (see next page for details) 11:00 a.m. 50 Year Club/Homecoming Alumni Luncheon at the Gilbert Great Hall, R. Haze Hunter Conference Center: Awardees will be: Outstanding Young Alum –Jill Stevens, Miss Utah; Distinguished Service - Cedar City Corporation; Outstanding Alum - Bud Bowman 2:00 p.m. Homecoming Parade Begins in Historic Downtown Cedar City, moves north on Main Street to University Boulevard and then to Eccles Coliseum. Plan to watch the Homecoming Parade at the Alumni House (corner of 300 W. & University Blvd). Come and enjoy free drinks, goodies and balloons. Out side seating will be available, restrooms inside and plenty of space for visiting and reminiscing.



3:00 p.m.

Thunderbird Village Activities, booths, music, food, Alumni Tents, Parent Tent and more.

6:00 p.m.

Homecoming Football Game SUU vs. Northern Arizona!

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SUU Parents’ & Homecoming Weekend Friday, September 19th

Saturday, September 20th

4:00 pm • Welcome Reception Living Room, Sharwan Smith Center Mix and mingle with campus administrators, faculty, and other parents; experience firsthand the personalized learning environment of SUU.

10:00 am • Parents’ Brunch Starlight Room, Sharwan Smith Center Dine together on what your student likes to eat, experience entertainment SUU style, and listen to speakers representing the SUU Administration.

5:00 pm • Campus Tours Living Room, Sharwan Smith Center Join us on a campus tour. If you’re here for the first time, you’ll learn interesting facts about the history and growth of SUU. Whether you attended SUU, SUSC, or CSU, you’ll love being back and seeing how we’ve changed yet how much we’ve preserved.

12:30 pm • Free Time to browse the Bookstore for Homecoming deals, stroll campus, take pictures and get acquainted with other parents and students. Or if theater is what you’re looking for, take in a Utah Shakespearean Festival Fall Matinee.

6:00 pm • Parents’ Panel Living Room, Sharwan Smith Center Do you have questions about what your student is experiencing here at SUU? Here’s your chance to talk to the experts about housing, registration, student services, food services and the campus experience. 8:00 pm • Homecoming Concert • Centrum Arena Join with your student, fellow parents, SUU Alumni and community members in a Homecoming Celebration with the band SMASHMOUTH. Tickets are $25 for the arena. Alumni and SUU students get a $5 discount on their tickets. Contact the ticket office (435-586-7872) for more information.

2:00 pm • Homecoming Parade Main Street to University Boulevard to Eccles Coliseum. We will escort you to reserved seating so you have a front row seat to the Homecoming Parade. Meet at the Alumni House 3:00-5:00 pm • ThunderBird Village Events, booths, games, shopping, tailgating, live band, Alumni Tents, Parent Tent. Come mingle and get a taste of College Game Day.


6:00 pm • Homecoming Football Game • Eccles Coliseum Join us and watch new SUU Coach Ed Lamb and his Thunderbirds as they take on Northern Arizona in one of the most breathtaking stadium settings in the country where nature is the backdrop.

For more information and to register for Parents’ Weekend 2008 contact Ashlee Nelson in the Alumni Relations Office at 888-865-1997 or

Football Reunion All Thunderbird Football Alumni are invited to attend Thunderbird Village on September 20, prior to the 6:00 p.m. kick-off of the Homecoming Football Game against Northern Arizona. Thunderbird Village is located west of Eccles Coliseum. A special reunion gathering for the 1968-1970 teams will be held Friday evening, September 19, and all day Saturday, September 20. Contact the Alumni Relations Office at 888-586-1997 for more information.



50 Year Club to induct the Class of 1958 SUU alumni Dee Smith and Al Tait will represent the Class of

Dee Albert Smith (1958)

1958 at the luncheon and will share CSU memories at the annual Homecoming Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 20th, at 11 a.m. in the Hunter Conference Center. Club President Roy “Pug” Urie, and his committee of Marion Turner, Louise Jones and Lorin Brown extend a special invitation to











Southern Utah

the Class of 1958 and to all members of the 50 Year Club to attend

on the G.I. Bill after spending two

the luncheon while reminiscing and celebrating our common bond as

years in the U.S. Army. Dee was a

alumni and friends of Southern Utah University.

football star at CSU, and graduated

The 50 Year Club is a Southern Utah University tradition and is

in 1958 with an Associate of Science in Physical Education. He later

reserved for members of the SUU Alumni Association who attended

earned a Bachelor of Science from

the institution 50 years ago or more.

Utah State University and a degree

Bernard Al Tait (1958)

as an Educational Specialist in Administration from the University

dean of the college. As dean of the College of Science,

of Utah.

B. Al Tait,

Tait was responsible for a number

After moving around from Idaho

originally from

of academic departments, including

to Las Vegas as a math teacher and




athletic coach, Smith moved back


Science, Family Life, Nursing and

to Cedar City in 1963 to teach and

an Associate of

Mathematics. During his tenure as

coach where he grew up. He went

Science degree

department chair and dean, both the

on to become principal of Cedar Jr.

from the College of Southern Utah

Life Science and Science buildings

High School and then principal of

in 1958. He went on to complete

were constructed on campus. He was

North Elementary where he retired in

a Bachelor’s degree in Botany and

also a member of the University’s

1993. Upon his retirement, he moved

Master’s degree in Plant Pathology

Athletic Council and served on the

to Alamo, Nevada, where he remains

from Utah State University, and

SUU statistics crew for football and

involved in public education as a bus

attended Brigham Young University

basketball for many years.

driver for kindergarten students.




Al was instrumental in the retention

Dee met and married Bertha

of the cooperative Nursing program

Hardy while attending CSU and they

Al rejoined Southern Utah State

and the Agriculture program during

just celebrated their 50th wedding

College as a Botany instructor in

times of change, still serving on the

anniversary. They are the parents of

1966, and served in several leadership

advisory boards of both programs.

four children: Scott, Dee Ann, Roger

for a doctoral degree in Botany and Plant Pathology.

positions within the School—and

Al is married to the former Susan

then College—of Science from 1975

Peterson, and has four children,

to 1999—concluding his career as the

Rhett, Eric, Alicia and David.

and Russell, and 16 grandchildren.

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Young AlumNA AWARD

appearances and was always an amazing

W hen


alma mater. She is currently finishing



an autobiography of her first 25 years


of life entitled, It’s All Good, that will


hit stores this fall. Jill attributes much

her hunt for the

of her success to experiences at school

perfect college, she

stating, “Thanks to SUU, dreams really

fell in love with

do come true… because I have been able

SUU. She chose to

to live the life of a soldier, nurse, runner,

study Nursing with the goal of one day

volunteer, and yes, even a pageant

working in an intensive care unit or


visited ca mpuses

Jill Stevens


emergency room.

Leading up to the pageant,

Association is honored to present Jill

including Student Government and

Stevens with its 2008 Young Alumna

Service & Learning. She even participated







competition. Of this involvement, Jill

how to speak and present, how to laugh

representative and


extracurricular activities while at SUU,

ous television and

an amazing


and dedication to SUU, the Alumni

said, “I discovered a new Jill Stevens

and was always


Jill was also involved in many

Jill made numer-

public appearances

representative and advocate for her

that was learning how to be a leader,

You can contact Jill at jill.k.stevens@



Bowman (’48) has

at myself and have a great time.”


For the last seven years, Jill has



served as a combat medic in the Utah

life in southern

National Guard, and in November 2003,


she was deployed to Afghanistan. She

born in Panguitch

came home in April 2005 and returned to SUU to finish her education.



and, at the age Bud Bowman

of four, moved to

In 2006, Jill participated in her first-

Cedar City. Bud graduated from the

advocate for her

ever beauty pageant, where she was

Branch Agricultural College in 1948,

surprised to be crowned Miss SUU. In

and then earned a degree in Business

alma mater.

2007, as Miss Davis County, Jill was


crowned Miss Utah, and went on to







represent the state at the Miss America

In his early years, Bud worked with

Pageant in Las Vegas. At the pageant,

his father, Demar, as the commissioned

Jill was voted “America’s Choice” and

agent for the Continental Oil Company.

earned a spot as one of eleven finalists.

A short time later he took a job with the

Leading up to the pageant, Jill

Utah Highway Patrol where he enjoyed

made numerous television and public

an outstanding 30 year career. Bud also

served on the Board of Directors of






The bond between Cedar City and

Association for 26 years, earning

Southern Utah University has always

its Lifetime Achievement Award in

been strong, stemming from the

1992. SUU presented Bowman with

town’s desire to be granted the Branch

a Distinguished Service Award in

Normal School in 1897. Donating all


they had to build a home for the new

Bud’s civic leadership is diverse and includes service as President

school, the community came together to turn dreams into reality.

of the Cedar City Jaycees and Vice

More than a century later, that

President of the Utah Jaycees. He was

spirit is still present in the citizens

The City, in turn, feels just as

named President of Cedar City Area

and leaders of the community, always

fortunate for its partnership with the

Chamber of Commerce in 1961, and

striving to keep SUU progressing.

University. Cedar City Mayor Gerald

is also the longtime Chairman of the





and Thunderbird Athletics.

R. Sherratt (’51)

said, “There has

Southern Utah Chapter of the Cystic

remarked, “SUU is fortunate to

always been a special relationship

Fibrosis Foundation.

have such a strong and positive

between Cedar City and SUU. It was

Elected to the Utah House of

working relationship with Cedar City

the people of Cedar City working

Representatives in 1992, Bud will

Corporation. This bond has meant all

together that brought the University

finish his eighth and final term later

the difference on several projects and

into being in 1897-98 with their efforts

this year. Throughout his 16-year

really begins with the mayor and the

to build Old Main. Over the years, the

run, the prosperity of Southern Utah

city council, as well as with the city

city has stepped forward on many

University was always his priority.

manager and the various staff.”

occasions to continue that tradition of

His advocacy helped secure state

Cedar City Corporation has had

support for the school. We recognize

funding for the Sharwan Smith

a profound impact on the academic

that without SUU, Cedar City would

Center, the JL Sorensen PE Building,



be a very different place in which to

the Emma Eccles Jones Education

According to longtime Cedar City

live. The contributions of SUU to the

Building and the renovation of Old

resident and SUU Provost Rodney

quality of life in the city are numerous,

Main. He also worked on behalf of

Decker (’61), “Cedar City wants a

from its cultural and artistic endeavors

the Utah Shakespearean Festival and

university with strong academic

to its athletic programs, from its long

the Utah Summer Games in securing

programs that create graduates who

tradition of excellence in academics

important state funding.




will stay in the area and contribute

to the beauty of the campus setting. It

Bud is married to Marilyn Jackson

back to the community. We don’t

would be impossible to think of Cedar

Bowman. They raised five children,

have a ‘town & gown,’ as happens

City without the University, and vice

have twenty one grandchildren and

elsewhere, thanks to SUU and Cedar


twenty five great-grandchildren.

City’s cooperation.”

For its years of service and

The SUU Alumni Association is

In addition to academics, Cedar City

support to Southern Utah University,

honored to recognize DeMar “Bud”

has helped SUU succeed culturally

the Alumni Association is honored

Bowman as its 2008 Outstanding

and athletically, most notably by

to present Cedar City Corporation


supporting The Utah Shakespearean

with its 2008 Distinguished Service

Festival, The Utah Summer Games,


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n Richard

and his team brought back SUU’s ROTC

M i l l e r

program after a nine-year absence.

(’91, Master

In three short years, he developed a

of Account-

program that won the coveted Ranger

ancy) entered

Challenge Competition, beating out


prominent schools like UCLA, USC and

s e r v i c e

Stanford. By the fourth year, the program

in 1981 and was commissioned as a

commissioned more than 50 cadets, and

Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery

today SUU has one of the strongest ROTC

in 1987. Richard earned a Bachelor of

programs in the western United States.

Science in Accounting in 1990 and later

During his deployment to Iraq, Richard

a Master’s degree; both from Southern

was honored to take 11 of his SUU ROTC

Utah University. He attended Harvard

cadets with him as Platoon Leaders. He

University in August 2007 and completed

attributes the success of the SUU ROTC

a National Security Fellowship as part

Program to the great soldiers, officers and

of the Kennedy School of Government;

University staff with which he worked.

Richard Miller, right, with his wife Rhonda and Utah Senator Bob Bennett.

In three short years, Richard and his team

studying and researching the elements of national power and leadership.

Richard has received numerous awards during his military career, including:

Richard says that the small classes and

the Bronze Star Medal, Iraqi Campaign

the personal interest from the faculty and

Medal and the Combat Action Badge. In

administration were his favorite things

October 2008, he will take command of

ROTC program

about SUU. “I felt like someone wanted

the 65th Fire Brigade and serve as the G4

me to succeed and helped me in areas in

for the Utah National Guard.

at SUU that

addition to academics.”

won the coveted

Following graduation, Richard worked

in Highland, Utah, and have six children:

as an accountant for KPMG Peat Marwick.

Austin, McKenna, Tessa, Maia, Cooper

Ranger Challenge

He went on active duty with the Utah

and Ivy.

National Guard in 1993 and continues to

enjoys playing golf, and spending time


work full-time for the National Guard.

with his children and lovely wife.

developed an

beating out schools like

Richard has served in numerous positions in the Utah National Guard,

Richard and his wife Rhonda (‘91) live

He is active in his church,

Contact Richard at richard.g.miller@

including battery commander. In 2005, he was the battalion commander of the

n Jen Hemme


2-222nd Field Artillery during its 18

(’97, Theatre Arts and Dance) began

and Stanford.

month deployment in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2006, he


gave up command of the 2-222nd and

career at the Las

currently serves as the assistant chief of


staff for the Utah Army National Guard.


In 1999, as officer-in-charge, Richard



teaching Academy


Studies- Performing and Visual Arts.

She taught there for four years and

for SUUSA and to rush Alpha Phi

was a precursor to the creation of

then spent two years at Silverado

Sorority so they can have their own

the College of Performing and Visual

High School. Currently Jen teaches

wonderful Southern Utah University

Arts and at the time was a rare,

theatre arts at Green Valley High


collaborative effort between the three

School in Henderson, Nevada.

and rewarding cycle to send my own

She was honored in 2006 by Music Theatre International to be one of the first high school directors in the

“It is an interesting

students to my alma mater, see them get involved and then graduate.” Contact Jen at

departments. Following graduation she worked in the SUU Music Department as secretary and discovered her desire to

entire country to receive production

teach. “I had great examples in Bart

rights to perform the play High School

Shanklin, Carol Ann Modesitt and

Only six high schools,

Gerard Yun. They really helped me

nationally, were chosen for these

not just learn the craft or art of music

rights—and none further west than

but to be a better communicator

Green Valley High School.



and teacher,” she explains. Because

received that invitation after she

of those influences she returned

directed a state-wide performance of

to school in 1999 and earned a

Seussical The Musical that showcased

bachelor’s degree in music education

both the acting abilities of her students

— a decision she has not regretted.

and her talents as a director.

Adrianne was recently presented opened

with the Utah Secondary Music

the fall of 2006 and sold out each

Educator of the Year Award for her


The show’s success

work at Canyon View High School in

allowed her school to purchase a

Cedar City. Under her direction the




school’s choral program has grown

new sound system and re-energized Adrianne Tawa, top left, with her husband Toa and daughter Julia.

from 56 students to more than 200,

High School Musical 2 which ran

n Adrianne Tawa (’01, Music)

Most importantly, her program has

the last two weeks of July at Green

always knew it was her destiny to

earned the reputation of consistently

Valley High School. Rehearsals were

attend Southern Utah University

producing superior choirs.

a challenge because the script was

since her parents, retired business

proud of the work they do and the

still being written, but it was worth

professor Jim Jensen (’62) and

work I have done to help them get

it to direct a play with strong name

Kathryn Cox Jensen (’63), met while

there,” she said.

recognition that appealed so strongly

attending CSU.

children’s theatre and dance camps. Jen recently wrapped up directing

to kids.

performing in five different choirs.

“I am

Reflecting on SUU she comments,

In 1994, Adrianne completed her

“I had so many amazing experiences!

Looking back on her days at SUU

first SUU degree in Theatre Arts with

In fact, that is the best thing about

Jen says, “It was a million little things

a minor in Vocal Performance. For


that collectively created my great

her senior project Adrianne produced

can have a chance to be involved in

experience at SUU.” She now sends a

and directed All Gershwin, a review

almost everything that goes on, yet

few students each year to audition for

that benefitted the theatre, music

big enough to make that involvement

the Theatre Arts Department, apply

and dance departments. The show

a quality experience.”

It is small enough that you

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Like her parents, Adrienne met the

Robert served in Vietnam from

He started school in 1972, and

love of her life Toa Tawa (’98) while

1965-1966, and following his service,

immediately found his place. “When I

attending SUU. Toa teaches English,

he enrolled at Dean College in

got to SUSC, I felt like I’d come home,”



Franklin, Massachusetts. It was at

he said. Robert is especially thankful

Literature class at SUU, and beginning

Dean that he discovered his love

for his academic advisor and mentor

this fall semester he will teach the

and talent for writing. Robert even

Frain Pearson, saying, “I knew he

English Practicum class for future

turned down offers to attend Harvard

just wanted me to succeed.”

educators. The Tawas are the proud

University, deciding instead to return

Robert excelled at SUSC and even

parents of a “very indulged” 16 year

to Vietnam as Associate Field Director

received an offer from President

old daughter named Julia who is a

for the American Red Cross, serving

Braithwaite for assistance to get into

student at Cedar High School.

from 1970-1972.

any graduate school of his choice,



Contact Adrianne at adrianne.

Robert was serving in Thailand in 1972 as the Vietnam conflict was

and even to come back and teach at Southern Utah.

nearing its end. It was during this

In the fall of 1974, Anderson left

time that he reconnected with the

SUSC and took a job writing for the

idea of going to Utah. He had heard

magazine Guns and Ammo, where

of Southern Utah State College, as

he worked for two years. He then

it was one of the few schools that

took his career to Chicago where he

offered a degree in Communication.

worked for the Krause Publishing

One day, while talking with other

Company. While there, Robert did

officers from the Red Cross, the

freelance work for Shooting Times,

topic turned to their post-war plans.

Guns and Ammo, and Guns Digest

Robert’s plan of attending SUSC

magazines, writing for the latter for

created quite a response. At this

25 years.

table in an officer’s club 10,000 miles

he sold advertising, which was a

Robert Anderson, shown here in a photo from his service in Vietnam in 1965-66

from Utah, 4 or 5 of the men had a

favorite aspect of his career.

n Robert Anderson

having attended SUSC.


Communication) was born in Ontario, Canada, while his father was serving

connection to the school, some even When he returned to the U.S., Robert





For the next 15 years





Robert with


enjoys wife,

Marylyn, and working on his first loves, hunting and fishing.

in the Royal Canadian Air Force. When his father transferred to the American Air Force, his family relocated to Newark, New York, a small town located 7 miles from Palmyra. There, several LDS missionaries lived near his home and he became acquainted with Utah’s culture and geography, and he desired to move there some day.



Deadline information for Alumni and Friends as they share the good word about SUU to prospective students • Scholarship Application Deadline: February 1 • Financial Assistance Deadline: One month prior to a student wanting to receive assistance • Admissions: August 1 for Fall Semester and January 1 for Spring Semester • Registration: September 8 for Fall Semester and January 16 for Spring • Housing: No deadline currently for housing. Based on availability.





tons of cardboard recycled by the SUU community in the past year.

Number of Utah athletic mascots who “ziplined” into the Opening Ceremonies of the Utah Summer Games. The Jazz Bear (right) came in from the top of a crane that was perched behind the Harris Center.

50 & 9

states and countries that Alumni and Friends of SUU can be found in.



Number of plants that are used in SUU flower beds, pots, planters and hanging baskets. These plants are a combination of annual flowers, herbs, perennials, ornamental vegetables and ornamental grasses.

new trees—30 conifers and 50 deciduous—that were planted on SUU’s campus in the last year.


different songs that the bells of the Carter Carillon are programmed to play— Any requests?

250 +

students destined for graduate school from the 2008 graduating class—Good luck to you all this fall!

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Alumni can be found sharing their stories about their time at Southern Utah University from all corners of the globe Staying connected and reconnecting has never been more convenient, as the Alumni Association now maintains chapters to promote regional activities and Thunderbird friendships across the nation. This year we have added Network Representatives in areas where there is a desire for SUU’s ever-growing alumni population to be in contact with and mentor one another. Our chapters are actively engaged in recruiting prospective

Whether you

students and uniting SUU Alumni to make a difference in their communities. Whether

prefer a small

for you to be an involved member of the SUU Alumni Association.

gathering or

edu/alumni or contact the Alumni Relations Office at 1-888-586-1997 or 435-586-7777.

a large scale

you prefer a small gathering or a large-scale event, there are myriad of opportunities To learn more about participating, contact an alumni leader below, visit www.suu.






event, there


Iron County

Betsy Carlile (’03)


are myriad of

SLC Area

Mechelle Mellor (’94)


Utah County

Everett Kelepolo (’91)



Washington County Ben Kroff (’02)


North East

Jennifer Wilkey (’99)


for you to be


Natalie Coombs Pfleger (’92)


So California

Ralph E. Spence (’72)


an involved

So Nevada

Chad Marchant (’05)


Washington, DC

Justin Harding (’00)


member of the


SUU Alumni


Regan Borton (’01)


Fresno, CA

Weaver Ryan (’05)


Lincoln County, NV Sherrin McHenry (’83)

Lincoln County, NV Sarah K (Pete) Getker (’58)



Juab County, UT




San Francisco, CA Steve Kiisel (’07)

Clinton Painter (’94)


Central Utah

Stacee Yardley McIff (’96)


North Carolina

Tosh Brinkerhoff (’96)

Chicago, IL

Anna Ables (’06)

Boston, MA

Ken (’86) & Rosanne (’87) Harvey 617-573-5814

Cache Valley, UT

Dave & Tasha Adams (’98)




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filled September 19th and 20th are 2008 with fun-packed Homecom ing to activities that ever yone is invited

ing attend, including the SUU Homecom Reg ister in 5K Fun Run/Wa lk. w. advance for the 5K by going to ww 7 to or call 586 -777 ded. sign up. Volunteers are also nee ing For a complete list of homecom activities, refer to page 20.

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Boston Higbee, son of Jeff (‘07) and Colette (‘03) Higbee, at the annual Las Vegas Alumni Chapter BBQ held on May 10, 2008 at Aliante Nature Discovery Park.

ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT Sign your team up for “Thor’s Celebrity Thunder Classic,” to benefit the SUU Alumni Association and Chapter Scholarships. Hosted by the Washington County Alumni Chapter, the tournament will be held at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club, Monday, October 6. Call 888-586-1997 or email alumni@suu. edu to reserve your team today. Hole sponsorships are available as well.

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Two New Alumni Join SUU’s Staff SUU’s Advancement Team Roster Expands


UU’s Institutional Advancement

Jones saw the same enthusiasm for

Office welcomed two new faces

the University in Anderson as well. Of

this summer—both SUU alumni

his return, Michael said he is “excited

and both ready to help progress the

to work on new initiatives that will

University’s vision for SUU’s future.

solidify SUU as an educational and

Michael Anderson (’89), the newest

cultural destination for the entire

director of development, and Staci Carson (‘85) will now assist in SUU’s

region.” Staci (Bird) Carson





Michael Anderson

comprehensive fundraising campaign. Anderson will focus

Anderson continued his training in Michigan at the

his efforts within the College of Performing and Visual

Rochester School of Dance and in Seattle at the Pacific

Arts and the Gerald R. Sherratt Library, while Carson will

Northwest Ballet School. He later earned a Master’s in Arts

oversee Advancement’s overall operations as Associate

Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1992, Michael joined The Joffrey Ballet in New

Vice President for University Advancement. Carson joins SUU after working in marketing,

York City and built an extensive resume of repertory

management and fundraising in both higher education as

performances with world-famous choreographers, dancers

well as private organizations across the nation.

and actors. After retiring from The Joffrey in 2005,

On her return to her alma mater, Carson said, “I am

Michael worked for the Institutional Advancement Office

excited to come back to serve a place I am truly passionate

at Columbia College and continued to perform, teach and

about, and am thrilled to know my work will have an

choreograph throughout the country. The SUU community is proud to welcome back two

impact on the University’s future.” It’s that enthusiasm, paired with her experience and

outstanding alumni to campus, and looks forward to the

professional reputation that, according to SUU Vice

seeing what their past Thunderbird experiences will lend

President of Advancement Stuart Jones (‘86), made Staci a

to their current work.

“shoe-in for this position.”

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Much More than Knowledge Record-breaking Employee Giving Benefits SUU Students


s alumni, you may notice many familiar faces amongst the scores of SUU employees working to advance

the University as a leader in providing the personalized education you all enjoyed. But beyond friendly faces and memories, many of our T-Bird friends may not know of the extent to which SUU’s faculty and staff give of themselves to ensure the University’s continued success. And so it is with great pride that we announce the results of SUU’s 2008 Employee Giving Campaign: As of this July, 85 percent of SUU’s salaried employees are contributing to the University’s fundraising. This marks a 217 percent increase in the number of employee donations from previous years. Not limited to specific groups on campus, this 85 percent includes 52 departments and three colleges that all saw 100 percent of their employees supporting SUU through financial contributions. Of this astounding growth, President Benson states, “A good measure of how employees feel about the institution where they work is the percentage of those who voluntarily choose to give back. That so many of our own have donated a portion of their hard-earned income to SUU is a tribute to their belief that we’re heading in the right direction.” Echoing Benson’s hunch, faculty and staff members campus-wide confirm that employee giving boils down to a belief in and desire to support SUU’s students and goals. And yet with each donation, a different perspective on student support is presented. Alan Hamlin, Chair of the Management and Marketing Department, participates in Employee Giving because of his love for students, stating, “I believe in their future and

Facilities Management Secretary Cindy Moxley stands by her department’s framed “100 percent” citation.

that my giving will allow them to reach their potential, which eventually benefits society at large.” Nursing Department Chair Donna Lister gives to SUU because she remembers the difference a scholarship made for her and wants to make the same difference for others. Similarly, Cindy Moxley, in Facilities Management, wants to help students earn their degree in less time than it took her and to help them pursue their career of choice. She notes, “I would like to think that they might too ‘pay it forward’ to future students when they have the resources to do so.” Benson’s suspicions seem to have hit the mark: SUU’s future is on the rise, and with the generosity of SUU’s faculty and staff, so too are the futures of thousands of Thunderbird scholars.

“It’s nearly unheard of to see such high internal giving at a public institution. I’m incredibly proud M ichael T. B enson of my fellow employees and thank them for their support.” P resident, S outhern U tah U niversity

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Welcome to SUU CareerNet New online service for students, employers, and mentors Career




Relations are excited to introduce SUU CareerNet. This new web-based software program




Mentoring Network and offers new services not previously available to

in the new system.

SUU Alumni.

recommend that alumni access SUU


CareerNet and make certain contact


information is correct.

invited to register with the system

With a more inviting format and easier



However, we

the positions on-line. looking



new are

students will be able to connect more

One exciting new feature is that

(by using a student login) and view

frequently with alumni mentors as

individuals can now post a job on the

job announcements and apply on-line

they seek career information. We also

SUU website and have it be viewed

for positions of interest.

hope that the number of students using

by both alumni and current students.

Take a moment and check out our

the Alumni Mentoring Network will

Simply logon as an EMPLOYER, post

exciting new SUU CareerNet via the

increase. Alumni mentors registered

the position and then manage the

Alumni Relations website at www.

in the old system are now registered

job. Alumni and students apply for

Have You Provided For Your Love d Ones?

Plannin g ahead can • Save tax es • Distribu te your ass ets as you • Care for wish your loved ones after • Provide you are go a gift to th ne e Universit y

Learn More About Giving Through Bequests & Annuities Contact Cameron Brooks in SUU’s Gift Planning Office at 435.865.8045 or see us online at





remember JAN 2008 – JUNE 30 2008

ALUMNI Lillian Adams Grimshaw (’31), passed away May 24, 2008. Elva Gibson Nelson (’32), passed away June 4, 2008. Zina Lunt Rigby (’32), 94, passed away January 27, 2008.

Share Your SUU Experience Alumni who are high school educators can be a great resource for informing prospective students about SUU. Recently, a soon-to-be high school senior announced that he was planning to attend SUU. His parents knew little about SUU and even had a few reservations about the University. During their tour of campus, the parents revealed that their son had an incredible teacher at Bonneville High School by the name of Jennifer Warren, an SUU Alumna. She had shared her love for the University and encouraged this student to consider the institution. After their tour, the parents were very impressed with campus and were excited about the possibilities that awaited their son. If you are currently teaching, similar opportunities await you. Talk to your students about your alma mater. Register at www. and you will receive helpful SUU information and memorabilia.

Alice S. Smith (’32), 99, passed away March 12, 2008. Emma Bastian Dalton (’33), passed away March 31, 2008. Rulon John Mendenhall (’33), 91, passed away March 10, 2008. Eldon Ashdown (’35), passed away February 17, 2008. Donald Andersen Knight (’35), 93, passed away June 3, 2008. Marshall Hollingshead (’36), 92, passed away January 18, 2008. Mildred Walker Hayman (’37), 88, passed away January 27, 2008. Rixey Riddle (’38), 87, passed away April 10, 2008. Audrey Sabina Wood Bryan (’39), 86, passed away February 11, 2008.

Thelma Cottam (’69), 86, passed away March 24, 2008 Dan W. Westwood (’74), 58, passed away February 20, 2008. Randall Timmons Bentley, passed away February 7, 2008. Joseph Edward Callens 73, passed away March 10, 2008. Christian Richard Jensen, passed away June 19, 2008. York Fielding Jones, passed away April 12, 2008. Preston (PJ) Wickley Maxwell, passed away February 10, 2008. Adam Elijah McCausland, 21, passed away March 20, 2008. Dennis James Nielsen, 70, passed away May 29, 2008. Steve Staheli, 58, passed away March 31, 2008. Jack Shane Tripp, passed away June 8, 2008. Saara Patjas Werner (’73), passed away June 30, 2008.

Elva Oldroyd Hatch (’43), passed away February 9, 2008. Robert Henry Linford (’43), passed away May 14, 2008. Brian Turner (’48), passed away April 5, 2008. Evan “Gale” Whittaker (’52), 77,

FACULTYSTUDENTS George Loring LeBaron, passed away March 26, 2008. Dennis R. Morton, passed away January 25, 2008.

passed away May 4, 2008. Clark Johnson (’55), 73, passed away April 2, 2008. Harry Berry Leigh (’56), 96, passed away January 18, 2008. Tommy Russell Leavitt (’58), passed away May 15, 2008. Richard LaVon Church (’60), 79, passed away May 27, 2008.

FRIENDSSUPPORTERS Melvin Dex Cowley, passed away June 14, 2008. George Russell Feller, 82, passed away May 25, 2008. Garth Nelson, 80, passed away March 10, 2008.

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AFTERTHOUGHTS Farewell to an old friend: Manzanita Residence Hall

On June 30, 2008, Manzanita Court fell to the ground after serving as home to more than 8,000 students over the past 46 years. As the dust settles on an SUU relic, we look forward to the fall 2009 completion of a new housing complex that will house decades more Thunderbirds. Meanwhile, we pause to reflect on the memories shaped within Manzanita’s halls.

Manzanita Court has been the home of more

Originally just apartment-style dorms, Manzanita’s amenities included private bathrooms, kitchens and shared living space that housed countless game nights. With a sand volleyball court, a picnic

than 8,000

area and lots of shaded grass for student

Thunderbirds in

to be happening at Manzanita. From

its 46-year history.

pranks involving goldfish

gatherings, something always seemed mud football before Homecoming to in bathtubs

and potluck dinners, for many T-Birds, their SUU memories would be incomplete without a fond recollection of their time in Manzanita. Above: One of Manzanita’s last group of residents. Below and left: During and after one of the famous girls’ mud football matches, which were held before Homecoming in the field next to Manzanita.



SUU In View - Fall 2008  

The Fall 2008 issue of Southern Utah University's alumni magazine, SUU In View.