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Official University News and Notices

Community Chest Funding Deadline

Is your student organization in need of funding for an engaging, entertaining, interactive, and inclusive program?


Apply for funding from the Community Chest on the Student Activities website!


The next application deadline is:  Sunday, March 29th at 5:00 pm. 


Please contact Rebecca Silverblatt at if you have any questions.

delivered by:Rebecca Silverblatt


SIRA Kayaking Trip on Sat, April 18th - Register online now!!

Sign up for an entire day of fun with other SU students as you Kayak the San Marcos River on Sat, April 18th.

Cost: Only $25 -the fee covers transportation, two meals, all the equipment you'll need, and a whole lot of fun!!!

Follow this link to register online and/or learn more -

Have questions?  Contact Derek Timourian ( or 512-863-1665)

delivered by:Derek Timourian


Board of Visitors

Southwestern University's Board of Visitors will be on campus for their spring board meeting on Friday, March 27.  Parking for the Board of Visitors will be reserved in the Chapel Plaza.  The Board of Visitors is a group of advocates and advisers who support the University's mission by becoming informed of its programs and providing feedback to the President and other administrative officials.

delivered by:Xan Koonce



Saturday Brunch will be served in The Cove, on March 28th, from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm.

delivered by:cynthia moody


TODAY! Senior Art Exhibit Reception

This year’s first senior art exhibition consists of three Southwestern University seniors. The exhibit includes paintings and sculptures by Carly Dennis, Charles Morris, and Amber Wallour.

This joint exhibition will consist of:
“Accumulations” by Carly Dennis
"Beyond Minimalism" by Charles Morris
“Box Worlds" by Amber Wallour

Read more here.

Senior Art Exhibit
March 23-29
1-5pm daily
Fine Arts Gallery

Opening Reception (refreshments provided)
March 26
Wood-Avant Foyer

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

delivered by:Alena Garcia


Yoga Under The Stars - Fundraising Event - Fountwood Observatory - March 28th

YOGA UNDER THE STARS: A Fundraiser for Education and Public Outreach Activities at the Fountainwood Observatory. 

SATURDAY, March 28, 2015

Yoga fundraiser from 8:00 PM CDT to 8:45 PM CDT

Free Public Night from 9:00 PM CDT to 10:30 PM CDT

Join Moksha Yoga at the Southwestern University Fountainwood Observatory to experience yoga and explore celestial wonders with telescopes under the night sky. The yoga portion of the evening will be lead by Anna Easterling. On hand to guide viewing will be S.U. Physics Department faculty and talented observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club. The yoga session will be held from 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM

Following the yoga practice at 9:00 PM various telescopes will be available to look through. The viewing portion of the evening is free and open to the general public. We respectfully ask the general public not participating in the yoga practice to wait till 9:00 PM so that a quiet and meditative atmosphere can be maintained for those participating in the yoga practice.

Proceeds collected at the event will help support the education and public outreach efforts of SU's Fountainwood Observatory. Suggested donation amount for attending is $5 to $10.

Space is limited for the yoga practice. Please RSVP to:

For up-to-date news and information about public viewing nights - including weather-related updates - call the Fountainwood Observatory Hotline at 512/ 863-1242.

delivered by:Viola Hunt


Expressive Arts Evening Workshop, TONIGHT

Dream Catcher Workshop with SU Native

Please register with Betsy Naylor via: Spaces are limited. Please note: this workshop is for students only. Faculty and staff are welcomed to inquire about other expressive arts opportunities that I will be offering in the near future!

Note: This art workshop is offered through The Counseling Center and is not part of an art class offered by the Art and Art History Department.

delivered by:Betsy Naylor


Q&A with the SARR Committee TODAY

In response to the Staff Steering Committee's request, the Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Committee will be holding a Q&A that is open to the SU community on Thursday, March 26th, in the Marsha Ballroom. We will provide a brief overview of the charge of the committee and then open it up to questions. Please feel free to bring your lunch and join us from 12pm-1:30pm. For further information, contact Dr. Judy Sonnenberg via or 512-863-1252

delivered by:Betsy Naylor


Investigating Identity mixer Thursday! Free Pizza!!

The Investigating Idenity Paideia cluster is having a mixer for the students in our cluster.  We'll have information about Fall classes, pizza, and cool activties.  Join us at 4:00 (3/26) on Thursday in the Howry Center. See you there!!

delivered by:valerie renegar


LAST DAY FOR SING! TICKETS 11:30-1 & 5:30-7

SING! is a longstanding Southwestern tradition where student organizations perform short skits complete with song and dance numbers. The theme this year is "Spirits of Southwestern." Peformers in SING! are required to pick up a ticket. SING! will be this Saturday, March 28th, at 8:00 p.m.

Today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m is your last chance to pick up tickets before the show. Tabling will happen on the Concourse. 

Additional tickets for family or friends who are not SU students will be on sale for $8 each (cash only). 

Email Michelle Hershberger with any questions. 

Michelle Hershberger

delivered by:Michelle Hershberger


HIRING: Admission Ambassadors needed for summer and next year!

The Admission Office is seeking enthusiastic students to be Ambassadors for this summer and for the 2015-16 school year. The Admission Ambassadors are a team of students who give campus tours, assist with large campus visit programs, act as a lunch host for prospective students and their families, and provide other administrative assistance for Admission staff. Summer Ambassadors will work part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), and Ambassadors during the school year will work about three to four hours per week (weekdays and select Saturdays), although this may vary. Please contact Rachel Martin, Admission Counselor, for detailed job descriptions and an application at Please indicate in your email if you would like to apply for the summer or school year position (or both). All applications are due to the Admission Office by Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m.

delivered by:Rachel Martin


DATE CHANGE: Art History working papers

(Note: lecture has been moved from Tuesday to Thursday!)

Why Does Moctezuma Look So Wistful?

A Quest to Reunite a Fragmented Colonial-Period Painting

Dr. Patrick Hajovsky

Thursday April 2nd, 12-12:30 PM

FAC 235

Presented by the SU Art History Program:

Part of the 'Working Papers' Series

Feel free to bring your lunch!

delivered by:Katherine Hooker


Do you have ideas for Friday Night Live?

UPC is starting to plan the FNL line-up for Fall 2015.  But first, we need to hear from YOU!

We're looking for people to participate in focus groups (snacks provided!) about perceptions of Friday Night Live and the types of events that are of most interest.  We specifically want to hear from students who attend all/almost all FNLs and students who attend no/almost no FNLs.  If you fall into either of these categories and want to talk, please email

Focus groups will last about 30 minutes and times will be determined by participants' schedules.

delivered by:Rebecca Silverblatt


"Truth or Fiction: The DaVinci Code"

As an “historical fiction” the DaVinci Code made quite a splash soon after it was published, in part because it blurred the boundaries between truth and fiction.  In addressing key claims made by the Code that resonated as “truth,” this talk will provide insights into our understandings of the High Renaissance.

Dr. Alan D. Pizer, Senior Lecturer, School of Art & Design, Texas State University will deliver this talk, followed by a Q&A.

 Monday, March 30th

12:30  pm

Margaret Shilling Room

The talk will be about 40 minutes, followed by Q&A. There will be a brief pause at 12:50, so that anyone who needs to get to a 1:00 pm class can step out.  Those who want to attend the event but are bringing their own lunch should meet Dr. Saenger at the cashier at 12:30 pm.

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


First Year Students: Still a few spots left for Global Engagement Hall

We have a few spots left for the Global Engagement Hall! Don't miss your chance to apply. The deadline is extended until this Friday March 27th. Learn more and apply here: OR visit us in the bishops lounge Thursday 3/26 5pm-6pm. We'll have the applications with us so you can sign up then! Questions: E-mail Sarah Puffer (

delivered by:Sarah Puffer


International Studies Program - free Chinese food lunch - advising event

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


Club, Organization, and Extracurricular Notices

KDChi's Annual Cesar Chavez Dinner

The sisters of Kappa Delta Chi invite you to the Annual Cesar Chavez Dinner at 6:30pm in the Ballrooms on March 30th, 2015.

There will be speakers are Southwestern University professors and will be in a panel discussion about health in the Latino community. A Question and Answer session will proceed afterward. We hope to see you there!

Admission and Dinner is Free!

Funding by the McMichael Fund

"Leading with intergrity, United through Service."

delivered by:Alexandra Bonnet



The Megaphone has launched our website! In celebration we are hosting a door prize contest! Go to The Megaphone website and enter your email for your chance to win! Faculty, staff, and students are elligible! 

delivered by:Jayden Beatty


seak presents CRAFT NIGHT- Sunday

Sunday night at 7pm in the Korouva.

For those of you who want to submit a piece into the Trash Art Showcase or you really need a craft night!

Think of it as a potluck of art. Bring whatever supplies, canvases, trash and we can all share what each other needs.

Let's have a relaxing night full of creativity.

If you have any questions, email Kay at

delivered by:Kalyn Kane


TRASH ART SHOWCASE April 1-30 Submissions

Earth Month is so close! Are you excited to see all of the amazing pieces presented around campus?

If you are wanting to submit a piece....or 5.... please fill out this form and email it to me.

We will begin putting pieces up on April 1st, but late submissions are welcomed as well.

Happy crafting!

Submission Form:

We’re excited to have you be a part of our Earth Month Showcase! This is meant for everyone. It could be that little push that you need to finally make that awesome spoon lamp from Pinterest or a way to promote your art or business. Either way, we welcome everyone to be involved. Too many useful things are thrown away every day. What we are doing is inspiring people to look at these things in a new and useful way. Think before you toss. Fill out a new submission for each of your pieces and try to email them before we start the showcase. There is a 5 piece max. Thank you for participating!




And/or Business/Organization/Class involved:


Website (optional):




Phone Number:


Name of Piece:


All Materials used:


Can it be outside? (Rain, wind, etc...): Y or N


A brief explanation for how this project inspired you or changed your views:

For any questions or to submit, please email 

delivered by:Kalyn Kane


Community Service and Fund-Raising

SU Food Drive

Join the fight against hunger in Austin by supporting the SU food drive for Caritas of Austin from March 22 - 31. Your food donation will directly help serve those in need in the Central Texas area.

The Caritas Community Kitchen and Pantry rely on food donations from the community.  ALL non-perishable canned food items are accepted but their most needed items are: Cooking oil, canned fruit cocktail, canned soups, canned chicken, canned pears, salt, canned salmon, canned chili, toothpaste, and deodorant. Gift cards always work too!

Drop Station Locations:

F. W. Olin Building

Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning

McCombs Campus Center

Mood-Bridwell Hall

Fine Arts Building

For more information visit:

For campus specific information contact:  

Dr. Carlos De Oro

delivered by:Susie Bullock


Georgetown Quilt and Stitchery Show Benfitting Handcrafts Unlimited

Mark this Friday and Saturday, March 27 & 28 on your calendar to attend the Georgetown Quilt & Stitchery Show.  Admission is $6 for adults and free for children under 12.  All proceeds support Handcrafts Unlimited, a non-profit organization that gives seniors an opportunity to supplement their limited incomes by making and selling crafts.

Quilt and Stitchery Show hours are 10am - 5pm, Friday and Saturday, March 27 & 28. Location:  San Gabriel Park, Community Center

Southwestern women's basketball team is volunteering to help with the show.  Thanks for all you do for the community.

delivered by:Deborah Pauley