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In Focus: 9/19/2013

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First-year student Hailee Williams works on the set for The Laramie Project, which opens Sept. 25. Read more below.

Top News

SOUTHWESTERN LAUNCHES NEW VERSION OF ITS PAIDEIA PROGRAM

In the past when she taught Introduction to Statistics, Alison Marr says the subject of health rarely came up in the class.

This fall, however, Marr will be asking the students in her class to do a project in which they have to find real data sets related to health, formulate research questions related to that data, and then perform some basic statistical analysis to try to answer the questions. In addition, many of the day-to-day classroom examples will now be related to health.

Marr, who is an associate professor of mathematics, made the change because she is one of the faculty members who are helping roll out the new version of Southwestern’s Paideia program this fall.

While Southwestern’s Paideia program initially focused mainly on activities outside the classroom, it is now central to the academic curriculum. Faculty from departments throughout the university are looking at themes that some of their courses have in common and are developing “clusters” that students will be required to select courses from as part of their core curriculum. 

This fall, Southwestern rolled out its first three Paideia clusters – “Mediterranean Mingling,” “Representing Gender” and “Taking the Pulse of Global Health.” About fifteen students are currently participating in each cluster and more are expected to join this fall.

Read more here.

SOUTHWESTERN EARNS DESIGNATION AS A MILITARY-FRIENDLY SCHOOL

In the past four years, the number of veterans enrolling at Southwestern has steadily increased. In response to this, the university has been working hard to help these students with their adjustment from civil service to student life.

Those efforts were recognized Sept. 17 when Southwestern was included in the 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, which is published by veteran-owned Victory Media. Only 15 percent of schools nationwide are included in the guide.

“This title will allow veterans who are searching for a university to see that Southwestern provides a support system and resources for veterans,” said Will Molidor, a veteran and Southwestern graduate who now works in the Admissions Office.

Read more here.

Events

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. 19 is a 2012 film from Costa Rica titled “El Regreso/The Return.” The film to be shown on Sept. 26 is a 2013 film from Brazil titled “Father’s Chair.”

Read more here.

HERITAGE SOCIETY HOSTS SEPT. 24 PROGRAM ON THE HISTORY OF SOUTHWESTERN FOOTBALL

The Georgetown Heritage Society is sponsoring a program on the history of football at Southwestern University on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the new field house. Filmmaker and sports commentator Merle Bertrand will talk about Southwestern’s storied past in football, and will also premier parts of his new documentary, “Go For Two! The Return of Southwestern University Football.”  

Tailgate-type appetizers and drinks will be served at 6:30 and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Coach Joe Austin is scheduled to make an appearance at the end of the program, following football practice.

The program is free of charge. For more information, call Laurie Locke at 512-818-0447.

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.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, go here.

CELLIST AND PIANIST TO GIVE GUEST RECITAL SEPT. 27

Cellist Jesus Balbi and pianist Gloria Lin will give a guest recital on Friday, Sept. 27,at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program will include works by Benjamin Britten, Frederic Chopin, Dongqing Fang (a Southwestern University premiere performance) and Witold Lutoslawski.

Castro-Balbi and Lin are both on the faculty at TCU.

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

TEXAS GUITAR QUARTET TO PERFORM AT SOUTHWESTERN OCT. 4

The Texas Guitar Quartet will give a guest recital at Southwestern on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program will include music of Isaac Albéniz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Peter Lieuwen and Joseph Williams II.

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

OCT. 6 FACULTY RECITAL WILL FEATURE MUSIC FOR BASSOON, PIANO AND HORN

Faculty members Eric Stone Miller (bassoon), Kiyoshi Tamagawa (piano) and Patrick Creel (horn) will give a faculty recital on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Caldwell-Carvey Foyer, which is located next to the Jones Theater in the Fine Arts Building. The program will include works by Christoph Schaffrath, Halsey Stevens and Fritz Berens.

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

OCT. 6 RECITAL TO FEATURE MUSIC AND DANCE

Soprano Dana Zenobi will be among the participants in a collaborative recital that will be held at Southwestern on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program will include works by Giovanni Bottesini, George Frideric Handel, Gabriel Fauré, Pauline Viardot, Achille-Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss and others.

The centerpiece of the concert will be a set of five vocal duets based on specific dance forms. As the duets are sung, student dancers will perform original choreography inspired by each dance tradition. The program also includes three chamber vocal works for soprano and double bass by Giovanni Bottesini and Amy Beach, as well as ensembles from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Claudio Monteverdi’s The Incoronation of Poppea

Concert collaborators include bass instructor Jessica Gilliam-Valls; guest artists Chuck Dillard (piano) and Agnes Vojtko (mezzo soprano); and students Keeley Hooker, Brandon Baker and India West.

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

Media Coverage

KEYE-TV did a story on Southwestern student, veteran and football player Daniel Say. Watch the story here.

The Austin Business Journal ran an op-ed piece on career services at liberal arts colleges by Dave Voskuil, vice president for enrollment services. Read the piece here.

The Williamson County Sun ran an op-ed piece by President Edward Burger thanking the Georgetown community for supporting Southwestern’s football program.

Professor Ben Pierce and the students who are conducting research with him were featured in a KEYE-TV story on the Georgetown Salamander. Watch the story here.

Notables

Junior business major Maya Adighibe has been awarded a $2,400 scholarship from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund for 2013-2014. The scholarship was awarded through the ICUT Foundation, which is operated by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.

Christine Bowman, director of admissions, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL). Her term begins in October.

Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, will be the Cecil H. and Ida Green Honors Chair at Texas Christian University this fall. This Chair includes offering a public lecture, meeting with several classes and groups of faculty, and engaging with the broader TCU community over several days. Her lecture, “Becoming Human and Dog Together: Exploring the Human-Canine Bond Through Time,” will take place Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. Read more here.

Senior Environmental Studies and Feminist Studies major Jessica Olson is receiving a national award from the Sierra Club this week. Olson is receiving the club’s Joseph Barbosa Award, which recognizes club members under 30. The award will be presented in San Francisco Sept. 21. Read more here.

Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, has been invited to serve on the organizing committee of the 2014 Lozano Long Conference “Archiving the Central American Revolutions” sponsored by LLILAS Benson and to be held Feb. 19-21, 2014, at The University of Texas. The conference will bring together more than 250 activists and scholars from across the Americas and beyond.