SUU Gymnastics Ranked Number 9 Nationally!

Flippin’ Birds Rank No. 9 Nationally Following First Meet

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Following their first meet of the season the Thunderbird gymnastics team rocketed up the National polls, and are now ranked ninth in the entire country. SUU’s 196.150 against the Cardinal of Stanford placed them ninth, one spot ahead of Michigan who they will take on later this season.

SUU Women’s Basketball Loses to Idaho 68-85

Vandals steal win from Thunderbirds

Southern Utah University’s women’s basketball team’s losing streak was extended to six games in a row after losing last night to the Vandals of the University of Idaho, 68-85. “Short-term memory is important to stay positive,” Head Coach Chris Boettcher said. “I trust in our kids that they are not quitters they are competitors.

Tre James Named Big Sky Athlete of the Week

Tre James Named Big Sky Athlete of the Week

OGDEN, Utah – Southern Utah freshman Tre James has been named men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week by the Big Sky Conference following a record breaking performance in his first collegiate meet. James ran in the Friday Night Duels last week where he posted 6.70 (6.74 after altitude adjustment) in the 60-meter dash.

SUU Men’s Basketball Loses to Portland State

Vikings Win For Seventh Time In Eight Games, 88-77, At Southern Utah

Starting guards and Oregon high school products Zach Gengler and Bryce Canda each scored a game-high 16 points as Portland State picked up an 88-77 Big Sky Conference road win at Southern Utah. Gengler’s defense also made a big difference as the Vikings won for the seventh time in eight games.

Several T-Birds Break SUU Indoor Track Records

Several T-Birds Break Into the Record Book as Indoor Begins

CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Thunderbird track and field programs kicked off their indoor campaign on Friday at a pair of meets. The majority of the team competed at the Friday Night Duels hosted by NAU while other athletes competed at the Ed Jacoby Invitational hosted by Boise State. Flagstaff, Ariz.

SUU Gymnastics Prepares for 2017 Season

Gymnastics Team Makes Final Preparations for 2017 Season | 2017 archive | News & Press | SUU

The Thunderbird gymnastics team is gearing up for their 2017 season, with a chance to shake off the rust in the annual Red/White Meet on January 13 before hosting the Pac-12’s Stanford Cardinal for their first meet of the season on January 20.

Thunderbird Throwdown

suu-thunderbird-throwdown-basketballThe SUU Thunderbird Throwdown will be Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Centrum Arena.

Meet the basketball teams, dunk contest, 3-point contest and red & white scrimmage.

Free to the public.

This event has been added to the calendar.

SUU Football Loses to Montana 20-43

Thunderbirds Fall to Grizzlies in Montana’s Homecoming Game

MISSOULA, Montana – Despite trailing just 15-14 with just one minute remaining in the opening half, the Montana Grizzlies managed to blow open the second half for a 43-20 homecoming victory in Missoula. Patrick Tyler threw 16-41-1, including three touchdowns to Mike Sharp.

20 Highlights of the prior 12 months at Southern Utah University by President Scott L. Wyatt:

1. SUU climbed the News & World Report rankings and is 1st in Utah, among public, regional universities, and 3rd in the eight Intermountain West states. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/…/regional-un…

2. LendEDU ranked Southern Utah University in the top 5% of all public and private colleges and universities in the country, in their 2016 College Risk-Reward Indicator score (student loan debt to early career salary).https://lendedu.com/blog/college-risk-reward-indicator

3. We successfully completed the first “Jumpstart” cohort—all general education courses taught together in a completely integrated format in one year—of this Inside Higher Ed reported: “The institution—top to bottom—should be commended for taking educational risks,” said Karen Gross, former president of Southern Vermont College and former senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. She called the experiment bold and thoughtful. “Change doesn’t occur often in higher education,” said Gross, “And when it does, it’s usually tinkering at the edges. This isn’t that.”https://www.insidehighered.com/…/general-education-gets-mak…

4. We had the best graduation rate last year, of all public, regional universities in the eight Intermountain West states, and a record number of graduates last spring totaling 1712.

5. During the first week of school SUU (branded University of the Parks) pulled off the largest field trip in the world, on the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service (SUU Day in the Parks). We had more than 100 different field trips with over 4,500 students participating.http://www.spokesman.com/…/schools-out-utah-immersio-natio…/

6. This is SUU’s 5th year on the United State’s President’s Honor Roll and the second year in a row with distinction. SUU documented 215,405 hours of community service in the most recent reporting year.https://www.suu.edu/…/suu-rakes-in-national-attention-for-c…

7. Southern Utah University was named Utah’s first Purple Heart Campus.http://www.thespectrum.com/…/suu-honored-work-inj…/86359572/

8. MSN ranked Southern Utah University 3rd in the country for the largest increase in applications over the past 10 years. Applications are up 509% from ten years ago. http://www.msn.com/…/100-colleges-where-applica…/ss-AAii6uF…

9. We have broken through the 50/500 international student ceiling for the first time in our history, we have 520 international students from 50 different countries this semester.

10. We opened the new Kenneth L Cannon Equestrian Center and now have a beautiful indoor arena for our equestrian program.https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/…/equestrian-center-offers-y…/…

11. We opened the $39 million Beverley Center for the Arts, including the new home for the Utah Shakespeare Theatre and Southern Utah Museum of Art, of this the Los Angeles Times said, “The most noteworthy summer theater complex in North America is the Utah Shakespeare Festival.”http://www.latimes.com/…/la-ca-cm-utah-shakespeare-festival…

12. Students entered Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge and Southern Utah University won the title of National Outdoor Champions.http://www.good4utah.com/…/suu-declared-most-outdoorsy-scho…

13. The Arbor Day Foundation awarded Southern Utah University the Tree Campus USA designation. http://www.thespectrum.com/…/suu-earns-tree-campu…/81004448/

14. We led the state in enrollment growth last year—looking at the total year—fall 2015, spring 2016 and summer 2016 combined our FTE Annualized growth was 10.6%. The next closest was UVU at 6.3%, Snow 5.6%, USU 4.6%. Everyone else was either flat or down.

15. Cedar City was just ranked the 20th best college town in the America. The only other two college towns that were ranked in Utah were Logan at 35 and Provo at 28. http://upr.org/…/cedar-city-provo-logan-ranks-among-top-col…

16. Back Up The Mountain, the docudrama on Southern Utah University’s founding, won several film awards including one at a New York City film festival. https://www.suu.edu/…/film-about-suus-history-wins-national…

17. Our T-Bird Football and Men’s Cross Country teams won their conference titles in the Big Sky Conference. (This was Football’s first D-1 Title; Men’s Cross Country’s 13th D-1 Title since 1992 when we became a D-1 school.) Speaking of football—several of last years championship football team members were getting serious looks from NFL teams, two of them, Miles Killebrew (Detroit Lions) and LeShaun Sims (Tennessee Titans), played against each other last week. http://www.sltrib.com/…/southern-utah-football-thunderbirds…
http://www.thespectrum.com/…/suu-men-win-first-bi…/74954548/

18. The Larry H. Miller Group joined in with our Utah Summer Games as the title sponsor this summer and for the coming years.http://www.thespectrum.com/…/utah-summer-games-la…/85683040/

19. We secured approval and funding for a new business building and our architectural team is working on program and design in anticipation that construction will start next year. http://www.thespectrum.com/…/planning-phase-under…/90868792/

20. What about the future? We just completed a new strategic plan after 18 months work. It is a very ambitious plan with a new mission statement, vision statement, and core themes. The vision statement is: “Southern Utah University will receive national recognition for its innovations in learning, student success, and providing the best educational experience in the Intermountain West.” This is already happening but there is much more to come! https://www.suu.edu/future/

SUU Football Beats Portland State 45-31

SUU Opens Big Sky With Homecoming Victory Over Portland State

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Four interceptions, 292 rushing yards, and a record-breaking 10,306 fans in attendance were just a few pieces that contributed to Southern Utah’s 45-31 Big Sky opening victory over Portland State. “I’m extremely proud of the administration, players, coaches, and community,” head coach Demario Warren said.