SUU Alumni and Community Welcome in Homecoming Celebrations

Homecoming week is the biggest celebration of any University. At Southern Utah University, it’s not only a full week jam-packed with activities for students to participate in, but an opportunity for the entire community, alumni and donors to celebrate what SUU has meant for generations.

The SUU Alumni Association is an organization that fosters a lifelong spirit of loyalty, service and fellowship among alumni, faculty, students and friends of SUU.

“The relationship between the students, alumni and community at SUU is one of connection, communication and involvement,” said Ron Cardon, Director of Alumni Relations.

While all alumni and community members are invited to the various Homecoming events throughout the week of Sept. 22-28, the most popular event for the alumni is on Thursday, Sept. 26.The Alumni Banquet and Honors program will honor three alumni who have achieved great career success since graduating from SUU. 

Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, has been nominated to receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award for her work as an animal rights activist. 

Steve Shirts has received the Distinguished Service Award for his career as a teacher at Cedar High School and Dr. Timian Godfrey will receive the Young Alumnus Award for her success in the medical field.

The SUU Alumni Association provides a way for community and alumni to have a voice at the University and to remain involved. 

“When you attend SUU, we want you to know that you are always a part of Southern Utah University,” says Cardon. “So much momentum comes from alumni and community staying involved with the school.” 

Story by Connor Aste
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