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In Focus: 10/16/2008

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GEORGETOWN RESIDENT RECEIVES 2008 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD

William Engvall, a respected family medicine practitioner and anesthesiologist from Georgetown, has received the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southwestern. The award is the highest honor given annually by The Association of Southwestern University Alumni. Recipients exemplify the qualities of excellence as taught and represented by Southwestern.

Engvall graduated from Southwestern in 1955 with a degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and then proceeded to hold appointments with the United States Public Health Service, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Scott & White Hospital in Temple and Texas A&M University College of Medicine. Before his family medicine career was over, he was averaging 175 deliveries each year, evidence of just how sought-after he was. Just three years ago, at the height of his anesthesiology career, however, Engvall chose to retire.

“I wanted to go out when people still wanted me around, instead of when they were begging me to go,” he says.

Engvall has held numerous volunteer roles at Southwestern, including Class Agent and 50th Reunion Chair.

“I don’t look at serving Southwestern in those capacities as any sacrifice,” he says. “My years at the university were four of the best years of my life, and I’m proud that I am able to give back in any way.”

PIRATE GOLF CLASSIC TO BENEFIT SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETICS

Southwestern will host its second annual Pirate Golf Classic on Friday, Nov. 7th, at Teravista Golf Club in Round Rock. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12 noon.

Glada Munt, director of intercollegiate athletics, will serve as host of the event. A range of sponsorship opportunities are available, with all proceeds benefiting Southwestern athletics. The tournament is limited to the first 96 registered golfers. For registration and sponsorship information, visit the Tournament web site, or contact Glada Munt at 512-863-1618 or by e-mail at muntg@southwesten.edu.

Events

AUSTIN CHAMBER ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM AT SOUTHWESTERN OCT. 21

The Austin Chamber Ensemble will perform Bold, Batty & Beautiful: The Muses of Richard Strauss, Ned Rorem and Gwyneth Walker on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.

This unique concert of chamber music and poetic recitation is sponsored by the Department of Music in the Sarofim School of Fine Arts. Kiyoshi Tamagawa, professor of music at Southwestern, and Kathleen Juhl, professor of theater, will perform with the Austin Chamber Ensemble.

The concert is free for Southwestern students, staff and faculty. Tickets for the general public are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for children ages 10 and under with parent. To purchase tickets, call the Austin Chamber Ensemble at 512-345-3399 or visit www.austinchamberensemble.com

SOUTHWESTERN PROFESSOR TO SHARE EXPERIENCES IN GHANA OCT. 22

Suzanne Buchele, an associate professor of computer science at Southwestern who recently spent two years teaching at a university in the West African country of Ghana, will share her experiences with the community on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 4:45 p.m. in Olin 110 (Building 10 on the campus map here. In particular, Buchele will talk about her experiences with the One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC). OLPC is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide laptops to children in poorer and more remote areas of the globe, since many of these children do not have access to quality educational opportunities.

Media Coverage

  • The Williamson County Sun, the Austin American Statesman and KXAN-TV covered the forum for District 52 state representative candidates held at Southwestern.
  • The Williamson County Sun ran a story about Southwestern elevating lacrosse to a varsity sport.
  • The Williamson County Sun ran a story about the forum at which Southwestern business and economics professors spoke about the current economic crisis.
  • Jimmy Smith, professor of kinesiology, was interviewed for Kim West Cycling Show on KXNO radio in Des Moines, Iowa. The subject of the show was Lance Armstrong and cycling efficiency. The show he appears on is #23 on this page.

Notables

  • Suzanne Buchele, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, presented “Experiences with OLPC Technology in Ghana, West Africa” at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computer Science Conference in Keystone, Colo., Oct. 3. She will give the same presentation to the campus community on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 4:45 p.m. in Olin 110.
  • Senior Kristin M. Lahaie recently won a Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) Education Scholarship. Lahaie is one of only three education students in the state of Texas to win this prestigious scholarship this year. Lahaie will be invited to the annual TASPA conference in Austin in early December to formally accept her scholarship at the awards luncheon, attended by hundreds of school district recruiters from around the state. Southwestern’s Education Department nominates one student annually to compete for the scholarship against students from universities that have very large education departments, including Texas State University, The University of Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Christian University. Lahaie is the ninth straight Southwestern student to win this scholarship − a feat not matched by any other Texas university.