Founders Celebration

To all who have come to love , the story of the founding of the institution has long stood as a source of pride and of inspiration. It is a story of heroism and selflessness, and serves as a constant reminder of the precious value of higher education. Watch the docudrama Back Up the Mountain

Each March, our Founders Celebration salutes our rich past and promising future with a variety of events. Importantly, it pays tribute to the steadfast and visionary men and women who sacrificed greatly to establish the institution and to the enduring spirit of those founders, as it honors, as well, those who have devoted comparable service to the building of the University over many decades.

2018 Founders Celebration Activities

Tuesday, March 20

Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture
11:30 a.m. 

Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Conference Center
Dr. Jennifer Keene will present, "Americans at War: Experiencing World War One." Dr. Keene is a specialist in American military experience during World War I, and professor of history and chair of the History Department at Chapman University. She also is the current president of the Society of Military History. 

Bid for the Birds
6:00 p.m.
Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom
A celebration of Thunderbird Athletics with a dinner and silent auction. Featured keynote speaker is James Cowser, SUU alumnus and current team member of the Oakland Raiders. To purchase tickets, contact Sophie Collett at 111.111.7832.

Wednesday, March 21

Lunch on the Main
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Founders stories and lunch for students at the Library Plaza, Library Entrance, Centurium, Founders Monument (Old Sorrel), Old Main and the Sharwan Smith Center.

During Lunch on the Main, students, alumni, and the community will have the opportunity to name the two oldest trees on campus, two giant elms located on 300 West that are more than 120 years old. They are the last remaining trees of a row planted in 1898 in preparation for the dedication of Old Main. At SUU, they represent some of nature’s greatest works of art. People will be encouraged to submit their naming nominations throughout the day.

Thursday, March 22

Founders Dinner & Awards
6:00 p.m.
Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Conference Center
RSVP to Sara Greener or call 111-111-7775
Distinguished Service Awards will be presented Richard Dotson, Gae Lynn Froyd, and the Syrett Family.

Saturday, March 24

Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championship
6:00 p.m.
America First Event Center
Come cheer on the Flippin' Birds as they take on Boise State University, Brigham Young University, and Utah State University. Purchase your tickets at the Thunderbird Ticket Office, online at  or by calling 111.111.7872.