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French Capstone on Wednesday, April 29th

French Capstone on Wednesday, April 29th, from 3:00pm - 4:30pm in Olin 322.

The Modern Lanuages and Literatures Department presents the following French Capstone:

"Student Organizations in French Higher Education," Brittany Martin

Everyone is invited to attend.  The presentation will be in French, followed by discussion, with questions welcome in French and English.

delivered by:Susie Bullock


ENDS THIS FRIDAY: The #SU175 Rephotography contest closes May 1st!

#SU175 Rephotography - the contest to re-create some of our most memorable photos as accurately as possible.

Replicate selected Southwestern historic pics by This Friday, May 1st for a chance to be voted winner! Top prize winners will receive more than $200 in gift cards!

Find the Official Rules, photos, and more info at

delivered by:adam damon


Computer Science Capstone Presentations

Computer Science students present their capstone projects to an audience of their peers, professors, family, and friends. 

Tuesday, April 28th

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Smith Library, Prothro Room

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Commencement Social Media

Commencement is around the corner and the Class of 2015 will be walking across the stage before we know it.

Share your well wishes, memories and excitement about the day on social media using #SU15grad

Tweets, Instagram photos and other posts will be compiled after the big day. Join the conversation!

delivered by:Danielle Stapleton


SIRA Fitness Classes - TWO4ONE Summer Special!

Have fun and get fit with SIRA's fitness classes.  SIRA Summer 2015 classes begin the week of May 11th and continue through the end of June (6-7 weeks of classes for only $20), so register now to claim your spot...

*****Two4one Summer Special*****
If you are an SU community member that hasn't registered for a SIRA fitness class in 2015, then you and a friend can register two4one (half-price each)!

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.

  • CARDIO SCULPT - Tue/Thurs @ 12noon
    - Cost is $20/1day/wk, $40/2days/wk

  • YOGA CLASS - M/Th @ 5:15pm
    - Cost is $20.00/1day/wk, $40/2days/wk

delivered by:Derek Timourian


Chief Marketing Officer - OPEN FORUM TUESDAY

Jeanne Hartig, a canddiate for the Chief Marketing Officer position, will present in a Campus Open Forum on Tuesday, April 28.

Please visit for information on Dr. Hartig.


Candidate Two: Jeanne Hartig

Open Forum: Tuesday, April 28, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., F.W. Olin Building, Room 105

Dr. Hartig will continue the conversation on the forum topic below. There will be ample time for a Q&A.

Title of Open Forum:  "Marketing The Mission: The CMOs Impact on the Future of SU"

Forum Prompt: "Spend 30 minutes telling the Southwestern community what impact you would have on SU's future and describe the plan you would build to achieve it."

Following this interview, we will request your feedback through a survey that will be open for four days.

Due to the confidentiality of these searches, we ask that you do not reach out to contacts or post any details on social media. The search committee has conducted multiple reference checks on both candidates.

We appreciate, in advance, your participation.

delivered by:megan frisque


TOMORROW! Jazz Band & Clarence Hines, trombone

The concert will be conducted by Dr. David Guidi, and will include “Boogaloo, What’s Up with That?” By Clarence Hines, “April Green” by Bunky Green, “Weaver of Dreams” by Victor Young and Jack Elliot, “Raincheck” by Duke Ellington, “Hay Burner” by Sammy Nestico, “Big Dipper” by Thad Jones, and “Self Portrait in Three Colors” by Charles Mingus.

Tuesday, April 28
7pm Alma Thomas Theater

Free and open to the public.

Clarence Hines has performed throughout North America, Central America, and Europe. He has performed with musicians such as Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Johnny Mathis, Josh Groban, the Temptations, the OJays, John Pizzarelli, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, David Sanborn, Maceo Parker, and Diane Schuur. Hines has performed on numerous occasions at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the East Coast Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. He has also performed with Latin pop and salsa legends, Johnny Rivera and Hector Tricoche and featured on a number of jazz recordings on labels such as Origin and Sea Breeze and on television broadcasts on PBS.

As a composer and arranger, Hines has written works for various ensembles ranging from large and small jazz ensembles to studio orchestras. His works have been premiered in the Distinguished Concerts International concert series at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, the Midwest Clinic, the International Association for Jazz Education, the Festival Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre in France, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. His music has been performed by top military and college jazz ensembles around the country, including the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors and U.S. Army Blues, Eastman School of Music, University of Tennessee, Bowling Green State University, University of Wisconsin, and the University of Texas-Arlington. Hines compositions and arrangements are published by UNC Jazz Press, Really Good Music, and eJazzLines.

Hines is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida. He is a recipient of UNF’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2012-2013. Prior to teaching at UNF, he coached combos and directed the Jazz Lab Band at the Eastman School of Music where he studied composition and arranging with Bill Dobbins. He has served on the faculty of the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies and the Tritone Fantasy Jazz Camp and is currently on the faculty of the Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s Jazz Session in Door County, Wisconsin. Hines served as a trombonist/paratrooper in the “All-American” band of the U.S. Army’s famed 82d Airborne Division and the 79th Army Band in the Republic of Panamá. Clarence is an artist/clinician for Conn-Selmer (C.G. Conn Trombones).

delivered by:Alena Garcia


Shearn Writing Award in Humanities - $1000 cash prize

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


Comm Studies End of Year Party

The Communications Studies department will celebrate with an End of Year Party on Wednesday, April 29th at 6:00 in Olin 305.  Pizza and cupcakes will be served.  All are welcome!

delivered by:Susie Bullock


Comm Studies Capstones on 4/28 & 4/29

Communication Studies Capstone Schedule, Spring 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Connie McNab Ballroom (McCombs Student Center)

Race and Resistance: Framing Race and Social Justice in Popular Media (4:00 - 5:00 pm)

Alvaro Rojas, "Race and Riches: Representations of Black Athletes in ESPN's Broke"

Geddy Keeble, "Suh The Scapegoat:  An Analysis of Character Framing and Racialized Attributions"

Kaitlyn Rossa, "Real Housewives of Atlanta: Representations of Racially-Coded Wealth"

Victoria Flores, "Becoming Movers and Shakers: An Analysis of How Teach For America Frames Itself as a Social Justice Movement"

The Promises and Perils of Feminism in Media (5:00 - 6:00 pm)

Sloane Sander, "Feminism in Parks and Recreation"

Zoe Cordes Selbin, "Stories Can Be Very Powerful, Hannah"; An Analysis of Postfeminism in Girls"

Manon LaGrange, "What is 'Real' Beauty? Dove's "Real Beauty Sketches" and the Beauty Myth"

Melina Cantu, "Latin Lovers and Sexy Mothers: Stereotypes in Jane the Virgin"

Wednesday, April 29, 4:00 - 6:00 pm 

Connie McNab Ballroom (McCombs Student Center)

Identity and Power: Media and Challenges to Identity (4:00 - 5:00 pm)

Ross Roach, "The Wizard of Oz, Little People, Stigmas, and Representation in Media"

Will Camfield, "Knowledge, Power, and Suffering: Direct-to-Consumer Marketing and Its Effects on Construction of Self"

Emma Aird, "How Many Moms is Too Many?: The Symbolic Annihilation and Heteronormative Representation of LGBT+ Characters in Children's Media"

De Andre D. Woods-Walker, "Do Black Lives Matter?: J. Cole's "Be Free" Performance and the Legacy of Police Brutality on Black Bodies"

Beyond the Surface: Engaging Complex Texts Through Close Analysis (5:00 - 6:00 pm)

Katy Rothfelder, "You Can't Understand This, But I Want You To Try': Examining the Dialectic of Relation vs. Distance in Mental Illness Narratives"

Kristen Samulesen, "Clickhole: Satire, Parody, and Positionings Within Viral Media Discourse"

Tony Irizarry, "Mad About the Past: Mad Men and Prosthetic Nostalgia"

Blake Scott, "Horror Speaks"

Please join us on Wednesday, April 29, in Olin 305 for our end-of-year Comm. Studies party.  Friends and parents of Comm. Majors welcome!  Food and prizes.

delivered by:Susie Bullock


Club, Organization, and Extracurricular Notices

Don't Have A Cow! It's Meatless Monday!!!

America's overconsumption of meat is unhealthy for humans and disastrous to our environment. Did you know that Animal Agricultural produces more greenhouse gases than all forms of transportation in the world combined? That includes buses, cars, planes, trains, boats and more! That's why SEAK has started a Meatless Monday education campaign! You will find us outside the commons on Mondays encouraging everyone to participate in order to help us create more sustainable habits within the Southwestern community. If you sign our pledge to go meatless for the day, you will receive a FREE button and be entered into a raffle to win a FREE Cove meal or reusable mug! The more Mondays you participate, the greater your chances of winning! Prizes are given out at the end of every month. But remember, there’s no better prize than maintaining a healthier way of life for you and the planet! Cool


Amanda Blanchard


SEAK Secretary 

delivered by:Amanda Blanchard


Late Night Breakfast!

Please save the date for the (free) tradition, Late Night Breakfast!   Tuesday, May 5th at 10p.m. in the Campus Center (Commons)! See you there!


delivered by:Jaime Woody


Sailors and Sirens A Capella Concert April 30th

Southwestern's very own a capella group Sailors and Sirens would like to invite you to their final concert on April 30th in Mood-Bridwell at 7 PM!

We will be performing a wide variety of songs only using our vocal cords, so if you enjoy music or are interested in a capella please come see us!

It's free but there will be only 50 seats available so first come first serve!

Hope to see you there!

delivered by:Caroline Haywood


Campus kittens need fosters and adoptions

Five little kittens and their mama were caught by Cat Partners on Tuesday from under Korova.  The kittens are about five weeks old.  A volunteer from Georgetown Animal Outreach is caring for the mama and kittens until the kittens are weaned.  In a couple of weeks (right about graduation time) the kittens will be put into foster care.  FOSTERS NEEDED.

The process for adoption can go two ways:

The person can become a foster-to-adopt.  This means they get the kitten(s) in a couple of weeks, and take them to three vet visits in Georgetown for booster shots and spay/neuter (paid for by GAO).  They foster until the kittens weigh 3 lbs. and are neuter/spay.  Then they sign an adoption contract with GAO.  The cost for GAO kittens is usually $75 each, but foster-to-adopt is either free or greatly reduced.

The person can wait until the kittens are 3 lbs. and have all their surgery/shots.  Then they adopt through GAO at $75 each.

INTERESTED IN FOSTERING OR ADOPTION?  Contact Kelly Lessard, 512-289-0960 (cell / text) or


delivered by:Kelly Lessard


SEAK Presents: "RESISTANCE" Documentary Viewing

6 PM in Prothro (meet in the atrium)

Teaser and info here!

RSVP to our Facebook Event!

This is a chance for members of the Georgetown community as well as students to come and learn more about how antibiotics are being misused on factory farms, why it's creating a public health crisis, and what we can do to stop it. (Snacks will be provided)

The city council of Georgetown is voting on the antibiotics resolution Tuesday April 28 @ 6 PM in the Municipal Court House (108 E 7th St) to send a letter to our State Representatives, Congressional Representative and U.S. Senators calling for a ban on the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock agriculture and for them to co-sponsor the PAMTA/PARA.

If you'd like to support this issue and are willing to speak at the council meeting for 3 minutes or less, please contact Sam Guess at

delivered by:Anne Brown


Community Service and Fund-Raising

Boys and Girls Clubs of Georgetown seeking volunteers to help with Free Swim

Boys and Girls club of Georgetown is seeking about 4 student volunteers to help on Thursday and Friday 1pm-3pm with their free swim at the city pools during the summer months. You can volunteer for one or both days, part or all of the summer. Interested volutneers should reach out to Daniel Anstee

delivered by:Sarah Puffer


SUPP Art Supplise Drive

SUPP is hosting an ART SUPPLIES DRIVE through Wednesday, May 6th to collect unused art supplies for the NEST. The NEST is a Georgetown Project program that supports homeless and transitioning youth. This summer the NEST needs art supplies! We are asking for donations of any unused art supplies, especially markers, paint, crayons, and canvas boards. Boxes for donations are located in Olin, Mood-Bridwell, the Library, McCombs, the Fine Arts Building, and Cullen. This is the perfect way to get rid of any unwanted crafting supplies as move out day approaches. Help us support our Georgetown community!

delivered by:Sarah Pass


SUPP Art Supplies Drive

SUPP is hosting an ART SUPPLIES DRIVE through Wednesday, May 6th to collect unused art supplies for the NEST. The NEST is a Georgetown Project program that supports homeless and transitioning youth. This summer the NEST needs art supplies! We are asking for donations of any unused art supplies, especially markers, paint, crayons, and canvas boards. Boxes for donations are located in Olin, Mood-Bridwell, the Library, McCombs, the Fine Arts Building, and Cullen. This is the perfect way to get rid of any unwanted crafting supplies as move out day approaches. Help us support our Georgetown community!

delivered by:Sarah Pass