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In Focus: 10/15/2010

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SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN ENDOWS THE PAIDEIA PROGRAM

Southwestern’s signature Paideia® program is now permanently funded, thanks to the completion of a $9 million fundraising challenge.

The Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust offered Southwestern $3 million for the Paideia program if the university could raise $6 million by September 30, 2010. It ended up raising a total of $6,003,943.

Southwestern was able to meet the challenge with several major gifts this year, including a $1 million gift from long-time supporters Frank and Louise Carvey of Fort Worth and a $1 million pledge from Red and Charlene McCombs of San Antonio.

Read more here.

SOUTHWESTERN RECEIVES $127,000 GRANT TO ENHANCE OFFERINGS IN ITS ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM

Southwestern has received a $127,000 grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) that will enable it to expand the science offerings in its Environmental Studies Program.

The grant will enable the program to hire a postdoctoral fellow for two years. The fellow will teach two environmental chemistry courses a year starting in the fall of 2011. The fellow also will develop “green” activities for existing introductory chemistry courses, organize a campuswide lecture series on an environmental topic, and conduct research.

This is the second environmental fellowship Southwestern has received from the ACS. The university was awarded an ACS fellow in the field of global ecology for 2009-2011. The program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Read more here.

Events

WEEKEND CONCERTS WILL PREVIEW THE 2011 FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS IN GEORGETOWN

Two free concerts this weekend will offer a preview of the 2011 Festival of the Arts in Georgetown, which will feature the work of Johannes Brahms. The concerts will include selected piano, organ and vocal works by Brahms. Performers will include Professor Emeritus Ellsworth Peterson and his wife, Suzanne, and a chamber choir directed by alumnus Philip Smith which includes current students Katie De La Vega and Andrew Fields.

The first concert will be given at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, in the old sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church at 703 S. Church St. The concert will be repeated on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 410 East University Ave.

The 2011 Festival of the Arts will be held June 2-5.

TEXAS LAND COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES TO SPEAK AT SOUTHWESTERN OCT. 18

The two candidates running for Texas Land Commissioner will speak and answer questions at Southwestern at noon on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Bishops Lounge. Jerry Patterson, a Republican, is the current land commissioner and he is being challenged by Democrat Hector Uribe. The event has been organized by SEAK.

CERAMICS EXHIBITION OPENS OCT. 18

An exhibit titled “Central Texas Collects: the Ceramic Spectrum.” Will open in the Fine Arts Gallery Oct. 18 and run through Nov. 20. The exhibit will feature 20 contemporary ceramic works by a variety of nationally acclaimed artists. The exhibit is curated by Chris Campbell and Professor Patrick Veerkamp, drawing works from half a dozen private local collections. , Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. daily, including weekends. 

A public reception will take place on Thursday, October 21, from 4-6 p.m. at the Fine Arts Gallery For more information, call The School of Fine Arts 512-863-1379.

‘THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER’ OPENS OCT. 21

The Southwestern University Theatre Department is presenting “The Man Who Came to Dinner” Oct. 21-24 in the Alma Thomas Theater.

The play tells the story of an unassuming Ohio family whose home is taken over by a visiting critic who only came to dinner. He is injured by a slip and fall, so must stay until he is mended. As the situation spins hilariously out of control, a parade of characters takes over the house, from the forgetful country doctor and the frazzled nurse, to the starry-eyed young lovers, famous Hollywood actors, a cockroach farm, an Egyptian mummy case, and a crate of penguins, which are a gift from Admiral Richard E. Byrd.

The play features a large cast of actors from Southwestern and the Georgetown community. The lead role of Sheridan Whiteside will be played by 1992 Southwestern graduate Brian Coughlin.

Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for the Thursday and Sunday performances are $18 for adults and $14 for seniors, students and youth age 16 and under. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors, students and youth age 16 and under. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 512-863-1378 from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or by going to www.southwestern.edu/boxoffice

GUITARIST TO GIVE GUEST ARTIST RECITAL OCT. 22

Guitarist and composer Matthew Dunne will give a recital on Friday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Caldwell-Carvey Foyer. The recital will feature a performance of “Twenty Miniatures for Guitar.”

Dunne is an assistant professor of music marketing, guitar and jazz at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He has performed and taught throughout the United States and Mexico in both the classical and jazz genres.

Media Coverage

Religion Professor Laura Hobgood-Oster did an interview about her new book with the Santa Fe public radio station and the Fox News.com program “God Talk.” Watch the Fox News.com interview here.

Community Impact newspaper featured Southwestern in its October “Community Corridor” feature. Read the feature here.

Notables

Romi Burks, associate professor of biology, was the invited speaker for the opening session of the Association of College and University Biology Educators annual meeting held at Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio, Oct. 8-9. The meeting focused on recommendations and goals set by BIO2010, a call for change in national biology education. To this end, Burks titled her talk “Everything I needed to know about BIO2010 I learned from snails” and used her experience studying apple snails (specifically the island apple snail Pomacea insularum) as a model for a successful undergraduate research program. The research model used by Burks has met the recommendations of BIO2010 by providing students with ownership of their projects, opportunities to present their work at regional and national meetings, chances for international travel and research, and involvement in the scientific publication process.  

Matt Flatau, a senior computational math major, presented “Implementing Ruppert’s Algorithm for Generic Curves in 2D” at the 19th International Meshing Roundtable in Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 5. The research note, co-authored with Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, was a product of their summer 2010 faculty-student research project.  

Lynn Guziec, assistant professor of chemistry, received the second “Inspiring Hope” award presented by the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, a nonprofit organization created by breast cancer survivors to support women who are newly diagnosed with the disease. The award was announced Oct. 13 during a stop of the national “Pink Heals Tour” in Georgetown. Read more here.

Maria Lowe, professor of sociology, had an article titled “Sowing the Seeds of Discontent: Tougaloo College’s Social Science Forums as a Prefigurative Movement Free Space, 1952-1964 published in the Journal of Black Studies.