Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SUU Homecoming 2012

Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words on my Monday post - and the great ideas for building blogging motivation. I have a crazy few months coming up work wise, so blogging is going to be difficult, I'm sure I'll use all your ideas to keep going. As I said Monday, I'm trying to get back to my one of my original purpose in blogging: making a record of my life. First up, a pretty incredible experience from this weekend - homecoming at SUU, my alma mater.

2012.09 Cedar City Alumni Award
I got a call a couple of months ago from the alumni office at my university telling me I had been named the Young Alumnus of the Year. I was shocked, honored and a bit overwhelmed (all the the while being completely overjoyed that they still considered me young.) They invited me to a series of events over homecoming weekend and I enthusiastically started planning.

2012.09 Cedar City Alumni Award
Homecoming, for me, started on Thursday evening with an awards banquet where they honored three alumni. Nearly my entire family and a huge group of friends took vacation days, found baby sitters, drove hundreds of miles and gave up some of their deer hunting time to be at the banquet.

2012.09 Cedar City Alumni Award
The alumni department had put together a video of our lives and accomplishments and just like at the Oscar's I got to give an acceptance speech (scary!) Friday I met with the Business School's National Advisory Board, full of some amazing people that I'd like to be just like someday. I taught a business class (those poor students) and then went to several receptions hanging out with some of the important people. The highlight for me was meeting the parents of my mentor in college. An amazing professor who passed away a few years ago. It was incredible to be able to tell them how much Dr Woodbury changed my life and to thank them for raising an amazing daughter.

2012.09 Cedar City Alumni Award
Saturday started with a parade. I got to ride in this amazing car - and isn't my driver in his cool hat and mustache, the cutest ever? After the parade I did a bit of tailgating - both with the students and at the president's house - and can I just say that having the university president know me by sight and talk about me in his speeches was a pretty cool feeling.

2012.09 Cedar City Alumni Award
It was finally game time! Hanging out with my friends at the game was like a walk back in time - it was so much fun to be together again. The team did amazing, nearly pulled off a win against the top team in their new division.

2012.09 Cedar City Alumni Award
My last official duty of the weekend was walking out to mid-field at half time and waving along with one of the other nominees. An actress/writer/producer who was amazingly nice and down to earth (not to mention TALL.) When I was telling a friend about the entire experience, I said I'd never felt so special in my life and that I didn't know that I'd ever feel that special again, a truly once in a life time experience.

When I got in the car to drive to SUU last week I was in the mood for Kings of Leon - and their music was my soundtrack for the entire trip, Revelry seems like a good way to end this post. Pin It

18 comments:

DecorandtheDog said...

Aww, congrats! That is beyond an honor!! Glad your family was there to root you on as well!!

Clinton Painter said...

Jamie--sounds like an incredible weekend. So sorry I missed it. Definitely an honor you deserve, congratulations!

Nicole said...

It was such a special time. Glad I got to spend it with you!

Dagmar said...

Congratulations Jamie, very very well deserved..now aren't you glad you have a blog, were able to write about this and have it as such a sweet week in your amazing life❤your entire family must of been so proud....pure joy!

Chelsea said...

Congrats girl!!!

Joanne said...

It was a weekend I will never forget, special beyond words...it was so incredible. You are a remarkable young woman! I love being your mom..

The Felix Family said...

Oh my gosh!!!! How cool!!!! What an awesome, much deserved experience for you!! SUU is an amazing school and will always hold a special place in our hearts as well. Congratulations on your award! There is nothing like a Cedar City parade and an SUU football game!!

Cindy said...

such a wonderful, deserved honor and so great your family was there to experience it with you. love your dress, you look so pretty, and can't imagine all of that attention. sounds & looks fabulous!

~Kristina said...

What an honour! Congrats Jamie.

Meg {henninglove} said...

wow what an accomplishment!! congrats on receiving such an honor

Krystal said...

aw, there's your face!! come visit again :) that looks fun....

Lisa Gordon said...

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Jamie.
It looks like it was a wonderful time for everyone!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

So cool!!! Congrats Jamie, that is such an honor!

Karen said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful honor, and the photos capture your weekend perfectly.

Tezzie said...

Wow! Congratulations! What an amazing experience, and what an honour <3 Great seeing some photos of you, too. Maybe you're like me, usually more comfortable behind the camera...but I admire you for showing everybody the true, beautiful you! Looks like you were very happy and had a wonderful time :)

Stampmouse said...

wohooo congratulations that is an awesome accomplishment.

Jerica said...

Congratulations Jamie! What an exceptional honor to receive! I'm so glad I got to be a part of it, even if it was just a small part. Glad to hear the rest of the weekend went well.

Penny said...

Congrats Jamie!! So well deserved! What a great event! xoxoxo

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