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The Office of Intercultural Learning (OIL) helps students integrate an intercultural experience into their liberal arts education.   OIL provides assistance throughout all phases of the study abroad process: advising, application, pre-departure, on-site, and re-entry.

50% of students study abroad at some point during their academic career at SU.  Where will you study abroad as a Pirate?  Attend one of the Study Abroad Info Sessions to learn about your options and how to begin the process.

WHEN: Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week throughout January, February, March, and April

WHERE: Prothro Center — Room 244

WHAT TIME: 4:15pm — 5pm

Office of Intercultural Learning

Prothro Center - Room 231-233 │p: 512.863.1857



delivered by:Matthew Slaten


Guided Meditation

Every Wednesday at The Counseling and Health Center we are having a time of guided meditation for students, faculty, and staff.

Come join us each Wednesday from 12:20pm to 1pm for some focused relaxation, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation and/or guided imagery.

Regular meditation is related to lowered anxiety, increased productivity, and increased self-acceptance.

There is no sign-up, just show up and do something good for yourself!

delivered by:Betsy Naylor


Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture - TODAY - Wednesday April 23, 2014

The Feminist Studies Program presents

The 2014 Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture:


“Transforming Feminist Scholarship and Pedagogy Through Digital Media:
The Chicana por mi Raza Digital Archive Project"


Wednesday April 23, 2014

4:00 pm, Olin 105


Maria Cotera, CPMR National Director, Advisor, CPMR Michigan

Linda Garcia Merchant, CPMR technical Director, Advisor, Chicago/Wisconsin

Maria Cotera and Linda Garcia Merchant will co-present on the national digital archive project, "Chicana por mi Raza: Uncovering the Hidden History of Chicana Feminism" (CPMR) and its implementation. Speakers will also address the project's educational network, which includes undergraduate classes and graduate student mentoring. Maria Seiferle Valencia and Martha Cotera will join the speakers for the Q & A. CPMR digital archivist Seiferle Valencia will answer questions regarding the technical and archival aspects of the CPMR project. Cotera, feminist scholar and long time political and community activist, will address the ways in which the project is connecting older generation Chicana feminists to a new generation of scholars and activists. Reception to follow.


JDA Workshop: "Feminist Community History from the Ground Up:

a workshop on oral history and digital archiving"

Thursday April 24, 2014

11:30 am to 1:30 pm, SLC 202/204

RSVP Required

Chicana por mi Raza Project members (Linda Garcia Merchant, Maria Cotera, and Maria Seiferle-Valencia) will share their experiences with community oral history/archive projects. The workshop will include guidelines for managing community-based oral history and archive projects, archival best practices, scanning and organizing digital material, and working with data management systems.

Presenters and participants will explore how the Chicana por mi Raza model can be applied to SU's new Latina History Project (LHP). All students are eligible to attend the workshop, particularly students interested in participating in the LHP. Space is limited.


Please contact Dr. Brenda Sendejo at by Friday, April 4 to apply for the workshop or for more information on the LHP.


A short video on the CPMR project can be viewed at:


2014 JDA Library Information Guide:

Additional support provided by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Religion Department.

delivered by:Viola Hunt


Learn more about Community-Engaged Learning at SU

Interested in learning about Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) pedagogy and Southwestern’s innovative classes and community partnerships? Join us for the first annual CEL Fellows Showcase to see how faculty have transformed their classes to engage with the community. 

Date: April 30th

Time: 4-5:30pm

Location: Prothro Lobby

This year’s Fellows include:

Sherry Adrian (Education)
Barbara Anthony (Computer Science)
Kathleen Juhl (Theatre)
Joshua Long (Environmental Studies)
Maria Todd (Biology)

delivered by:sarah brackmann


Tomorrow! Dance Repertory Theatre

Only happens every 2 years!

A five-piece work presented by the Southwestern University Dance Repertory Theatre and its gifted choreographers. These pieces celebrate the enduring power of movement in a visual and kinetic revelry. Experience a mosaic of vibrant and imaginative dance works in Modern, Ballet, Broadway, and Jazz styles.

April 24-25, 2014
7:30pm Alma Thomas Theater

SU students receive one complementary ticket, faculty and staff receive two complementary tickets. Visit the Box Office for complementary tickets.

To purchase additional tickets contact the Box Office at 512.863.1378 or visit

delivered by:Alena Garcia


Need an energy boost this summer? Register today for SIRA Fitness Classes

Have fun and get fit with SIRA's fitness classes.  SIRA classes re-start in early May and continue through late June (7 weeks for one low price), so register now...

All these classes offer a great workout and the opportunity to interact with your SU peers in a healthy, fun-filled environment. BIG FUN, small prices. Whether you are looking for a mid-day or early evening workout, SIRA has the class for you.

    - Tues/Thur at 12:15pm & Fri at 12noon
    - Cost is $20/1day/wk, $40/2days/wk

    - Mon/Thurs at 5:15pm
    - Cost is $20.00/1day/wk, $40/2days/wk

delivered by:Derek Timourian


Reception for Rick McKelvey and Dave Voskuil -- Note Change of Time and Location

President Burger will host a reception in Mood-Bridwell Atrium on Thursday, April 24, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. to honor Rick McKelvey and Dave Voskuil for their important contributions to Southwestern as they begin new life endeavors.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend and show their appreciation.

delivered by:frances schroeder


SUstainability Symposium, Apr. 30th

Dear Members of the Southwestern Community,

I am pleased to invite you to the SUstainability Symposium, a presentation by the 2014 Environmental Studies Capstone Class that will discuss the past, present, and future of sustainability efforts at Southwestern University. This presentation will highlight the significance of environmental, social, and economic sustainability at institutions of higher education, with a focus on Southwestern's role as a campus and community leader in sustainability efforts. The presentation will be followed by a short interactive session in which we invite our audience to provide feedback and advice for our ongoing efforts.

The event will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, April 30th in the Marsha and Lynda Ballrooms of the McCombs Center at Southwestern University.

Reception with food and drink to follow.

We hope to see you all there,

Joshua Long

delivered by:Joshua Long





A Commencement ticket is yours for simply passing out programs and ushering guests from 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. A 20-minute mandatory usher meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Robertson Center foyer and is required for all student volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Kara Lawson at

delivered by:kara lawson


Expressive Arts Evening Workshop TONIGHT!

"Writing Dragons: Enjoyable Participation in Chinese Calligraphy" 

Chinese Calligraphy, the writing of Chinese characters, is an art which has developed over many centuries in China. Usually the very first attempt produces something aesthetically pleasing. Join us for an evening of spontaneous expression, Tai Chi, and relieve school pressures through the supple art of Chinese writing! Drop by to gain a tiny dose of another culture and develop a shade more skill in the art of living. 

Lynda McCombs Ballroom, Wednesday, 4/23, 8pm 

Registration is required. Please RSVP to today by 5 PM. 

Sponsored by: The Counseling and Health Center and the The Chinese Department 

delivered by:Betsy Naylor


Biology Seminar Wednesday, April 23

Dr. Sana Khan, a first-year family medicine resident at Houston Methodist Hospital, will present a seminar on Wednesday, April 23 from 12:20-1:10 pm. in FJS 151. Dr. Khan is the winner of Houston Methodist's essay contest "On Being a Doctor." Dr. Khan will discuss her medical experiences and her essay "Ask, why?" 

Dr. Khan will be available from 2:30-3:30 pm in FJS 416 to meet with interested students and discuss medical school and medical practice.

delivered by:Viola Hunt


Cinematic Saturday: THE HOBBIT

Cinematic Saturday presents The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

Saturday, April 26th

8:00 pm in the Cove

This is the final Cinematic Saturday of the semester! Come out for a relaxing Saturday night with your friends, a great movie, and some free popcorn.

delivered by:Rebecca Silverblatt


What do you want to see at Friday Night Live?

UPC is taking suggestions now for next year's Friday Night Live line-up. Do you have a good idea or a performer you'd really love to see? Share your thoughts on this survey:

delivered by:Rebecca Silverblatt


Art and the Environment Crafting interdisciplinary perspectives



Next week there will be a student art exhibition from the 22nd-24th, and on thursday is the reception for Art and the Environment!! There will be stations linking different subjects to the environment along with food and interactive activities from 6pm-10pm in the Bishops Lounge!!! Come and check it out!! Support your friends and their art!!


Thank you!!!


Ali Shipman

delivered by:alexandria shipman


Chemistry and Biochemistry Honors Presentation

Chemistry and Biochemistry Honors Presentation

Zach Jenner

Title:  Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Membrane Disruptive Tryptophan- and Arginine-rich Cyclic Antimicrobial Peptides

Friday, April 25 at 12:00 noon

Fondren-Jones Science Hall Room 151

All are welcome to attend.  Pizza will be served!

delivered by:Viola Hunt


TOMORROW! Annual Art Exhibit & Reception

This year’s Annual Student Exhibition consists of thirty to forty Southwestern University students ranging from freshman to seniors. The exhibit will showcase works in a variety of mediums. Featured work will include all of the Fine Arts and Architecture classes from the following Professors:

Jonathan Faber
Thomas Howe
Matt Rebholz
Victoria Star Varner
Patrick Veerkamp
Mary Visser

Annual Art Exhibit
Apr 24-May 1
1-5pm daily
Fine Arts Gallery

Opening Reception
Apr 24
Wood-Avant Foyer

Free and open to the public.

delivered by:Alena Garcia


Shearn Writing Award in Humanities - Win $1000

Shearn Writing Prize in Humanities

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


Groundbreaking for Phase 1 of the new Science Center

Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase I of the new Science Center on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. on the north side of the Fondren-Jones Science Hall.

delivered by:Rebecca Rodriguez


Club, Organization, and Extracurricular Notices

Spanish Table / Mesa de Español

Please come and join us at the Spanish Table in the Cafeteria today at noon.  Look for the red flag.  The Spanish table is a informal opportunity for members of the SU community to speak in Spanish.  Students currently enrolled in a Spanish course, please check with your instructor about the possibility of receiving extra credit for your participation in the Spanish Table. !Hasta pronto!

delivered by:Ted Jobe


Animal Behavior Society Meeting Tonight!

The last Animal Behavior Society meeting of  the semester will be tonight in the lobby of Olin at 7:30pm.  

delivered by:Katelyn Kimble


Garden Volunteer Session

Thurdsay from 5-7pm come down to the SU garden for a work session! We would love for you to bring friends to weed, hoe, smash, build, plant, harvest and more! We have strawberries, snap peas, beets, spinach, lettuce, swiss chard, ROSES, other beautiful flowers and fun! 

email me at to learn more or to be added to our email list serve!

delivered by:Adrienne Dodd


Student Organization Calendaring Meeting

The annual Student Organization Calendaring Meeting will be held this Wednesday at 6:00pm in the Connie Ballroom. The Calendaring Meeting is for student organizations to add their events to the 2014-2015 Student Activities events calendar. The events on this calendar are used to update the calendar in the Commons, the take-away calendars, the Mood-Bridwell and Mood Shearn kiosk calendars, and the chalkboard in The Cove. This is a perfect opportunity to get FREE advertising for your organization's events.

delivered by:Jason Chapman


Save the date: Late Night Breakfast!

Please save the date for Late Night Breakfast! 

Tuesday, May 6th at 10p.m. 


delivered by:Jaime Woody


The Vagina Monologues TONIGHT!

Tonight, on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 8pm in Mood-Bridwell Atrium, 20 women from Southwestern will perform The Vagina Monologues. Last year we brought this tradition back to campus; almost 200 students attended to watch women from their community tell the stories of women worldwide. This year, we return with new ladies and new monologues thrown into the mix, while maintaining many of last year’s most-loved stories. Hailed by The New York Times as “funny and poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent and courageous,” The Vagina Monologues dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.

This student performance of The Vagina Monologues is part of V-Day, a global effort to stop violence against women and girls. Last year alone, the V-Day campaign had over 5,800 events, raising 5 million dollars towards defeating violence against women and girls. For more information on The Vagina Monologues and V-Day, please visit or .

delivered by:zoe cordesselbin


Open Mic Night!

Come to Korouva this Thursday the 24th at 9pm for an Open Mic Night hosted by Delta Omicron! Anyone can perform. Everyone is welcome to come hang out. There will be baked goods to buy!

delivered by:Nicole Jacks


Kappa Delta Chi's Pennant Competition!

Have you voted yet?

Support an organziation with the change from your pocket!

All proceeds go toward the American Cancer Society and to the philanthropy of the organization that raises the most money.

The participants created a pennant representing their organizations; these include ZTA, Sigma Phi Lambda, and H.E.A.T.

Find the pennants at the Concourse tables during dinner time to cast your vote and help raise funds for two charities!

"Leading with Integrity, United through Service."

delivered by:Areli Gutierrez


Community Service and Fund-Raising

Woof Walk & Wrun 5k: SAVE PUPPIES!

Sunday, April 27th at Berry Springs Park Williamson County Animal Shelter is hosting the WOOF, WALK &WRUN 5k!

$20 to walk, $25 to wrun. All proceeds go to the Medical Fund which helps the shelter stay a no kill facility and helps hundreds of dogs and cats be rehabilitated from abusive former owners, car accidents, broken legs, flees etc.

Bring your own dog and give an extra $5 for the cause! The Wrun starts at 8:30am

For more information email Adrienne Dodd at

delivered by:Adrienne Dodd


Perfectly Pearl "Free the Girls" Campigan

Perfectly Pearl is kicking off its' "Free the Girls" campaign by collecting gently used bras for women who have been rescued from human trafficking in Mozambique and other countries.  We will be out on April 23rd and April 29th in order to collect bras. Also there will be a drop-off box. 

Currently 27 million men, women and children are being held as slaves around the world. 80% of those slaves are women and girls. There are a many amazing organizations that are helping to rescue these women out of a life of prostitution, but what happens after they are rescued? 

"Free the Girls" Campigan offers a way for resuced women to make a living while attending to school and taking care of their Families. More information can be found at their website,

delivered by:Zainab Oketokoun


Are you ready to TRI?!

All Pirates,

GET PUMPED! the SU Pirate Triathlon has returned! It'll take place at 11 AM this Saturday, April 26th.

Suggested donation of $10 is asked of participants. Proceeds will go towards the Pirate Bike Fund.

The Triathlon will consist of a swimming, running, and biking portion of the following distances:

Swim: 12 laps

Bike: 2-3 miles around campus 

Run: 1 mile around campus

All experience levels are welcome, as are relay teams if anyone does not wish to participate in all three events. 

Volunteers are also needed!

Please feel free to contact Bekah Vela (, Coach Donald Gregory ( or myself, Brandi Martin ( with any comments/questions you may have.

Hope to see you there!

delivered by:Brandi Martin


Grab a sandwich; help the arts at East View

The East View High School Patriot Band and Colorguard invite everyone to the Georgetown Schlotzsky's for lunch or dinner on Thursday, April 24th. Schlotzsky's will donate .50 from each sandwich sold all day.

Schlotzsky's is also a proud sponsor of the Pirate Buc$ program! 

delivered by:Christine Bowman