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In Focus: 2/6/2014

A weekly newsletter published by the Communications Office

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Southwestern’s new women’s varsity lacrosse team will play its first conference home game on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. on the varsity soccer/lacrosse field. The team will be facing Hendrix College, which is also fielding a women’s lacrosse team for the first time this year. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 fans who come to the game. Read more here. (Photo by Megan Hardin)

Top News

EDUCATION PROFESSOR NAMED NEXT DIRECTOR OF PAIDEIA

An education professor who has been involved with Southwestern’s Paideia program since the beginning has been named the new director of the program.

Sherry Adrian, associate professor of education and holder of Dishman Endowed Professorship for Special Education, will serve a three-year term as director of Paideia.

“Sherry has a solid understanding of all the components of Paideia and how the various parts fit together,” said Provost Jim Hunt. “She has a clear, detailed vision of where the program has been, how it is currently unfolding, and where it needs to go next.”

Read more here.

SCOTT ALARCÓN RECEIVES THE 2014 COLLEGE TOWN AWARD

A Georgetown resident with a passion for both education and philanthropy has received Southwestern’s ninth annual Martha Diaz Hurtado College Town Award.

Scott Alarcón is chief executive officer of the Georgetown Health Foundation, which provides grants to a variety of organizations that promote health and social services in Georgetown. Alarcón also is president of the Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees and is a past chair of the Texas Life Sciences Collaboration Center, which was co-founded by the City of Georgetown, Southwestern University and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.

Alarcón has held leadership positions in a variety of other local civic organizations including The Caring Place, Georgetown Partners in Education, the Lone Star Circle of Care and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.

Alarcón’s passion for both education and philanthropy is evidenced by his involvement with the First-Year Seminar class taught by Melissa Byrnes, assistant professor of history.

Read more here.

Events

REGISTRATION FOR INAUGURATION WEEK EVENTS BEGINS

Registration for inauguration week events is now open to Southwestern faculty, students and staff. The inauguration ceremony for President Edward Burger and 2014 Shilling Lecture, which will be held March 25, are free but registration is required. Additional inauguration week events such as the March 26 gala require the purchase of tickets.

To read more about the inauguration week events or register for events, visit www.southwestern.edu/inauguration.

Registration for all inauguration week events will be open to the general public March 1.

RON SWAIN TO SPEAK AT FEB. 15 BLACK HISTORY BANQUET

Ron Swain, who recently retired as senior advisor to the president for strategic planning and assessment, will be the featured speaker at a Feb. 15 Black History Banquet sponsored by the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the McKinney Ministry Center at First United Methodist Church, 410 E. University Ave.

Swain will speak about the 2014 theme for Black History Month  − Civil Rights in America and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  

Tickets to the banquet are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

PIANIST TO GIVE GUEST RECITAL FEB. 16

Pianist Russell Hirshfield will give a guest recital on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The concert will include works by Domenico Scarlatti, Piet Swerts, Rhian Samuel and Alexander Scriabin.

The performance is free and open to the public. Additional information is available here.

FEB. 18 RECITAL WILL FEATURE WORKS FOR TROMBONE AND PIANO                    

Boston Symphony Orchestra trombonist Stephen Lange and pianist Chuck Dillard will give a guest recital on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The concert will include works by Joseph Jongen, Gustav Mahler, Jean-Michel DeFaye, Bernard Croce-Spinelli and Arthur Pryor.

Dillard is on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music. 

The performance is free and open to the public. Additional information is available here.

Media Coverage

The Austin American-Statesman ran a story about the upcoming Brown Symposium.

The Williamson County Sun covered the Jan. 30 talk President Burger gave on “Thinking Through a Southwestern Education.”

Notables

Shannon Mariotti, associate professor of political science, has an article in the edited volume A Political Companion to Herman Melville, which was recently published by the University Press of Kentucky. Her essay is titled “Melville and the Cadaverous Triumphs of Transcendentalism” and examines how Thoreau and Emerson influenced Melville’s writings, including his enigmatic short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener.”

Barbara Owens, professor emeritus of computer science, has been invited to speak at the ACM Women’s Day program that is being held as part of the ACM India conference Feb. 13-15. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society for the computer science/IT community. ACM India was started in 2010 to increase the focus on the country. 

Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, gave a talk at Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus Feb. 5 titled “Spaces and Places of (Im)Possibility and Desire: Transversal Revolutionary Imaginaries” as part of the school’s series on revolution.