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In Focus: 9/12/2013

A weekly newsletter published by the Communications Office

Getting in the Spirit

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Rachel Childers directs the SU Pep Band at the Sept. 6 pep rally that was held on the Georgetown Square in advance of Southwestern’s first football game Sept. 7. See more photos from the pep rally here. See photos from the game here. (Photo by Ellen Davis)

Top News

NEW LOUNGE GIVES COMMUTER STUDENTS AN AREA OF THEIR OWN

The lounge area on the second floor of the Prothro Center has always been popular with commuter students because it offered a quiet and uncrowded place to study between classes.

This fall, the area has officially been designated as a commuter student lounge. And in addition to providing a comfortable place to study, it offers a half kitchen where students who commute to Southwestern can eat lunch and lockers where they can store items during the day.

“We wanted to create a space that feels like a home base for commuter students,” said Derek Timourian, assistant dean for student life.

Read more here.

SOUTHWESTERN GRADUATE NOW WORKS FOR THE PROGRAM THAT MADE HER EDUCATION POSSIBLE

As a student at Granger High School, Veronica Luna saw how the Upward Bound program helped prepare her brother for college.

So Luna also applied for the program, which is designed to help students from East View, Georgetown, Jarrell and Granger high schools become the first in their family to attend college.

Luna excelled in the Upward Bound program and was awarded a four-year scholarship that allowed her to attend Southwestern and graduate in May with a major in communication studies and a minor in education.

“If it had not been for Upward Bound I would not have graduated from Southwestern because Upward Bound helped me learn about the FASFA and learn about applying for schools,” Luna said. “Plus, I received the scholarship from Southwestern and with that I was able to attend all four years and even go abroad to London for a semester.”

Today, Luna is back in the Upward Bound office serving as the academic advisor for the 50 students in the program.

Read more here.

Events

SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES THROUGH OCT. 3

Southwestern is hosting a film festival this fall that features films from Spanish-speaking countries. The films will be shown in Olin 105 from 7-10 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 3. The film to be shown on Sept. 12 is a 2012 film titled “La Demora/The Delay.” The film to be shown on Sept. 19 is a 2012 film from Costa Rica titled “El Regreso/The Return.”

Read more here.

PIANIST TO GIVE FACULTY RECITAL SEPT. 17

Pianist Kiyoski Tamagawa will give a faculty recital on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.The program will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Peter Schubert, John Adams and Samuel Barber.

The event is free and open to the public. Read more here.

DANCE COMPANY TO PERFORM AT SOUTHWESTERN SEPT. 22

The Psophonia Dance Company and Chaski will present a collaborative production titled “Infinite Shapes of Creatures” at Southwestern on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.

Psophonia Dance Company is one of one of Houston’s most promising modern dance companies and Chaski is an Austin-based duo that consists of flutist Adrienne Inglis and harpist Shana Norton. Infinite Shapes of Creatures weaves together dance and live music inspired by poet Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Kathleen Juhl, professor of theatre, will narrate excerpts from Spenser’s poetry as part of  the performance.

The event is free and open to the public. Read more here.

THEATRE SEASON BEGINS WITH PERFORMANCES OF ‘THE LARAMIE PROJECT’ SEPT. 25-29

Southwestern’s 2013-2014 theatre season begins Sept. 25-29 with performances of the Emmy-nominated play, “The Laramie Project.” The play chronicles how the town of Laramie, Wyo., comes to grips with the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming.

Performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Jones Theater. Tickets are $12 - $18 and may be purchased online at www.southwestern.tix.com or by calling the Box Office at 512-863-1378.

 

See a complete listing of all upcoming events at Southwestern.

Media Coverage

KXAN did a story on how the return of football is benefitting the whole university. Watch the story here.

Fox7 news reported live from Georgetown the evening before the first football game. Watch the story here.

The Williamson County Sun covered the pep rally and first football game.

Fast Company magazine ran an article by junior Natalia Rodriguez about how she landed an internship with the magazine. Read the story here.

Notables

Edward L. Kain, professor of sociology and University Scholar, taught a graduate seminar in family studies at Michigan State University via Skype Sept. 10. He led a discussion about his 1990 book The Myth of Family Decline and his next book, Interconnected (R)evolutions: U.S. Families in 2050.

Thomas McClendon, professor of history, has been invited to give this year’s Distinguished Africa Lecture at The University of Texas at Austin Sept. 19. The title of his talk is “Making African History in the United States: the South African Education Program in the 1980s.”

Emily Niemeyer, professor of chemistry and holder of the Herbert and Kate Dishman Chair in Science, published an article titled “Regiospecificity of human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase isoforms in chalcone and flavanone glucuronidation determined by metal complexation and tandem mass spectrometry” in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Natural Products. The research was conducted during her sabbatical in collaboration with co-author Jennifer Brodbelt, professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin.

Mary Visser, professor of art and holder of the Herman Brown Chair,  was invited to exhibit some of her artwork during the RAPID Conference and Exposition that was held in Pittsburgh June 10-13. The show was organized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, which introduced the Contemporary Art Gallery in 2010 and dedicated it to creativity and design in 3D printing. Internationally known artists familiar with design software and additive 3D printing processes are selected to display their work.