The Association of Southwestern University Alumni

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  • Southwestern History Book: “To Survive and Excel: The Story of Southwestern University, 1840-2000” by Dr. William Jones (professor emeritus of history). 
  • Career Services for Alumni
  • Legacy Link Program 
  • Pirate Party Packs
  • Alumni Pirate ID Cards
  • Sou’wester Yearbooks
  • Historical Alumni Directory

“To Survive and Excel: The Story of Southwestern University, 1840-2000”

In 2006, University Historian, Dr. Bill Jones (professor emeritus of history), wrote this 559-page book about Southwestern’s storied history. He writes, “Based on extensive research and rich with vivid detail, To Survive and Excel: The Story of Southwestern University, 1840-2000 narrates the history of Southwestern University in Georgetown from the time of the Republic of Texas to the present while providing a unique perspective on the development of the Lone Star state.”

Thanks to the staff in the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library at Southwestern, Dr. Jones’s book is available in PDF version (and is searchable) for all to learn about the history of the University. 

Career Services for Alumni

Southwestern’s Office of Career Services has a variety of services and opportunities for alumni

  • One free 30-minute individual career consultation.

  • Free personality self-assessment; interest self-assessment for a nominal fee.

  • Unlimited access to the Career Services Resource Center and extensive website.

  • Free access to PirateLink, a Web-based job posting and resume referral system where all full-time, part-time and internship positions advertised to Southwestern University are posted.

  • Access to on-campus recruiting for full-time jobs.

  • Access to programs and workshops on a space-available basis.

Legacy Link Program 

Southwestern families create a linkage between generations of alumni. As a University, we recognize legacies as the children, grandchildren or siblings of our alumni.

The Offices of Admission and University Relations will celebrate the milestone birthdays of our youngest legacies - at birth, age 5, age 10 and age 16. Enroll your children or grandchildren in the Legacy Link Program and the University will send them Southwestern presents in these years. In 2015, the gifts included:

  • Birth: 12-month old Southwestern Pirates t-shirt
  • Age 5: Southwestern Pirates lunch bag
  • Age 10: Southwestern Pirates draw string backpack
  • Age 16: Southwestern Pirates lanyard

Gifts for newborns will be mailed upon enrollment in the Legacy Link Program. Gifts for children turning ages 5, 10 and 16 will receive their presents in the month of August, prior to their birthday. We will contact you prior to the mailing to confirm your desire for them to receive that milestone gift.

Have a new legacy in the family? Announce the birth of your child through a Class Note.

If there are children in your family with whom you want to receive Southwestern Admission materials, please complete this Admission Request Form.

Pirate Party Packs

Planning an alumni gathering with your friends? Let Southwestern know and we’ll send you an SU Party Pack (SU goodies: 10 cups, 10 koozies and 10 eye patches.). In return, we ask that you share with us who is planning to attend your Southwestern party. Email Alumni and Parent Relations to request your Southwestern Party Pack. Please allow at least two weeks for delivery of items. We appreciate that you are engaging classmates and friends by continuing their Southwestern Experience

Alumni Pirate ID Card

There are many benefits you may enjoy as an Alumni Pirate ID Card holder. However, this benefit is ONLY available to alumni who graduated between 2007 and the present. We do hope to offer this benefit to all alumni in the future. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

HOW DO YOU GET AN ALUMNI PIRATE ID CARD? Send a passport-sized photo as a JPEG file (300 dpi) and your mailing address to and we’ll have a card made and sent to you! 

Sou’wester Yearbooks

You’d be surprised at how many people stop by the Schrum Alumni Center (located in the Roy and Lillie Cullen Building) and the University’s Special Collections (located in the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center) to flip through yearbooks (dating back to the early 1900s). GREAT NEWS! Now you can search the pages of yearbooks at your own leisure. 

Access the Sou’wester Yearbooks online (1904 - 2002). 

Historical Alumni Directory

Often times, we have historians, family members and friends of our alumni come through asking questions about members of the Southwestern community. The Historical Alumni Directory (1844-1920) has a list of alumni who attend Southwestern and the four root colleges.