Updated: Jul 27
We appreciate your continued support of T-Bird Nation during these trying times. I started my job at SUU in February, and within a month, COVID-19 impacted the way we conduct business in a way that no one could have imagined. I would like to have sat down with every one of you before this crisis occurred and had a chance to visit. We understand that everyone is affected in some way by the virus, and life seems to have many uncertainties. As Debbie outlines in her attached letter, now more than ever, we need your help to support our student-athletes’ education.
Annually, our scholarship bill is just south of $2 million. In the history of SUU Athletics, we have never reached 50% of the scholarship bill. The need for scholarship and operational support is at an all-time high.
Although our day-to-day business has changed because of the virus, we continue to improve our athletic program administrative procedures. For example, we have adjusted our benefits chart to align ourselves with IRS regulations, the COVID-19 crisis, and university policies. Our benefits chart is now universal and accounts for every donated dollar. You may still direct your gifts to the fund of your choice (TD Club, Thunderbird Scholarship Fund, or others) and they will be displayed on our improved benefits chart. We have also lowered base membership to $4.17 a month, or $50 a year.
We also have created the "Thunderbird Elite Fund," which is our unrestricted giving account that will directly impact every student-athlete and athletic program at SUU. Our goal is to be ELITE in everything we do. This fund will help us to become ELITE both on-and-off the fields of play.
Lastly, as an alum, donor, and new employee of this university, I am excited to be here to help and grow the Thunderbird brand. Debbie and I, as well as the other members of the athletic administration, are committed to improving the student-athlete experience and boosting pride among our alumni, faculty, the community
and others who have a strong interest in SUU.
Southern Utah University is a great institution.
Together We Fly.