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In Focus: 9/3/2010

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LOCAL FAMILY HAS THREE STUDENTS ATTENDING SOUTHWESTERN

First-year student Nancy Juarez won’t have far to go if she needs some family support this year.

Her two older brothers, Juan and Roberto, also are at Southwestern. All three have earned full-tuition Upward Bound Scholarships to attend the university. All three also have earned a variety of other scholarships to cover their room, board and books.

“It’s amazing to see them succeed like this,” said Upward Bound Director Lorna Hermosura. “They work hard and definitely deserve the scholarships they received.”

Read more here.

Events

SEPT. 3 IS FIRST FRIDAY IN GEORGETOWN

This Friday, Sept. 3, is First Friday in downtown Georgetown. Shops on the historic downtown square will be open until 8 p.m. around for an evening of strolling, gallery-hopping and dining. From 8-10 p.m., visitors can enjoy music provided by the Austin-based reggae rock band Tin Can Phone.

NATIVE AMERICAN LEADER TO VISIT CAMPUS SEPT. 7

Comanche elder and leader Ladonna Harris will give a lecture titled “Global Indigeneity and Indigenous Value-based Leadership in the 21st Century” on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. in the McCombs Ballrooms (NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION). Harris also will be available to visit with members of the community from 1:30-3:30 in the Merzbach Room.

Harris is the co-founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) in Albuquerque, N.M. She has been a prominent leader in federal Indian policy, Indian activism, and social issues affecting all Americans for the past five decades. Read more here.

RHAPSOIDOS TRIO TO PERFORM SEPT. 11

The Rhapsōidos Trio will give a guest recital on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The concert will feature works by Saint-Saens, Mozart and Schubert.

The trio was founded in the fall of 2009, and debuted at Austin Lyric Opera in January 2010. Trio members include Melinda Brou, soprano; Naomi Seidman, flute; and Chuck Dillard, piano. Brou graduated from Southwestern in 1999 and is now an assistant professor of voice and opera at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Seidman also is on the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and Dillard teaches at UT-Austin and St. Edward’s University.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504. 

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun ran a story on professors who were appointed to endowed chairs.

2010 graduate Jessica Bolton was interviewed for an article that appears in the September issue of Smart Money magazine. Read the story here.

Notables

Senior elementary education major Dylan Hickey is one of three students selected statewide to receive a scholarship from the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) for the 2010-2011 school year. The scholarship will be presented at the organization’s annual awards luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel in Austin Dec. 9. This is the 11th year in a row that a student in Southwestern University’s Teacher Certification Program has received a TASPA scholarship. Read more here.

Helene Meyers, professor of English and holder of the McManis University Chair, had an article titled “On Homelands and Home-Making: Rebecca Goldstein’s Mazel,” published in the most recent issue of Journal of Modern Literature

Work by Mary Visser, professor of art, will be permanently exhibited at the Beijing Tomorrow Art Gallery in China. The gallery is devoted to the works of digital sculptors from around the world.