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In Focus: 1/21/2011

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CAPSTONE PROJECT PROMPTS STUDENT TO TAKE CARE OF FERAL CATS ON CAMPUS

It’s about dinnertime and a large grey and white cat is anxiously waiting for Alex Brown to bring him some food. Two calico cats are cautiously hovering nearby, but Jack seems determined to chase them away so he can get all the food.

Jack, as Brown calls him, wasn’t always so heavy, though. He was actually pretty thin when Brown first started feeding him.

Brown has been feeding Jack since September, when she became aware of the feral cat problem on campus as a result of doing her sociology capstone project.

Read more here.

Events

CELLIST, PIANIST TO PERFORM LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC JAN. 22

Cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi and pianist Gloria Lin will give a concert on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.

The program will include “Fünf Stücke im Volkston,” Op. 102, by Robert Schumann; “ Cánticos del Esperar and “Cantos Itinerantes by Luís Jorge Gonzalez;  Tentado por la Samba” by Robert Xavier Rodriguez; “The Paul Bunyan Suite” by Martin Blessinger; and “Le Grand Tango” by Astor Piazzolla.

 Castro-Balbi and Lin are on the faculty at Texas Christian University. They have performed together since 1996 and have released Rapsodia Latina, an album featuring music for cello and piano with a Latin American flavor, including seven world premiere recordings.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 512-863-1379.

GALLERY EXHIBIT OPENS JAN. 27

An exhibit titled “Salon Explosion!” opens at the Fine Arts Gallery Jan. 27 and will run through Feb. 25.  The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the 33rd annual Brown Symposium titled “Think–Converse–Act: The Salon and Its Histories” and includes works related to themes of politics, religion, science and technology by more than a dozen contemporary American printmakers. It was co-curated by Victoria Star Varner, professor of art at Southwestern, and Matthew Rebholz, who teaches drawing and printmaking at Southwestern.  

AUTHORS TO SPEAK AT SOUTHWESTERN FEB. 5 FOR EVENT CELEBRATING J. FRANK DOBIE

Two noted authors will speak at Southwestern on Saturday, Feb. 5, as part of a celebration honoring one of the university’s most famous graduates – J. Frank Dobie.

The 2010-2011 academic year marks the 100th anniversary of J. Frank Dobie’s graduation from Southwestern. Southwestern will honor Dobie Feb. 5 by presenting lectures by Steven L. Davis, author of the 2009 book, J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind, and Austin writer Sarah Bird. The lecture by Davis will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the atrium of Mood Hall and will be followed by a book signing. Bird’s lecture will begin at 11 a.m.

The events are being held as part of the university’s 2011 Charter Day celebration. Charter Day refers to the day that Southwestern University was granted its charter from the Texas Legislature on Feb. 6, 1875.

Read more here.    

AUSTIN CIVIC ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT SOUTHWESTERN FEB. 5  

The Austin Civic Orchestra will give its Winter Concert at Southwestern on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program will include Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantaisie,” Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 12. Admission is free for Southwestern students, faculty and staff.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.austincivicorchestra.org.  

Media Coverage

Austin American-Statesman ran a story about Southwestern’s Feb. 5 program focusing on J. Frank Dobie. Read the story here.

The Williamson County Sun covered the community dinner held at Southwestern to celebrate MLK Day.

Notables

Dirk Early, professor of economics and associate dean of the Brown College of Arts and Sciences, presented a paper titled “Do Blacks Pay More for Identical Rental Housing and Do Whites Pay a Premium to Live in Predominantly White Areas?: Evidence from HUD’s Housing Voucher Program” at the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association meeting in Denver, Colo., Jan. 6-9. The paper was coauthored with Paul Carrillo at George Washington University and Edgar Olsen at the University of Virginia.

Edward L. Kain, professor of sociology and University Scholar, participated in the Pearson Sociology Forum January 14-17 in Palm Springs, Calif. Eight sociologists nationwide were invited to attend this forum on topics related to teaching and learning in sociology.

Scott McLean, associate professor of kinesiology, is chairing the steering committee for an initiative sponsored by the Williamson County Wellness Alliance called “Exercise is Medicine.” The project is designed to help people who have Type II diabetes manage their disease though exercise instead of just medicine. Sixty people are participating in the project through the Lone Star Circle of Care.

Theatre Professor Rick Roemer is playing the role of Lady Bracknell in the Austin Playhouse production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The production runs through Feb. 13. For reservations, call 512-476-0084 or visit www.austinplayhouse.com. Southwestern graduates Hans Venable and Jessica Colley Mitchell also are involved with the production, along with SU Technical Director Don Day.