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Student Life

Student Organizations: Special Interest

These student organizations are special interest organizations.


Contact: Amy Miller
Advisor: Andrew Reichert
Purpose: to promote education, communication, and understanding among all sexual orientations in order to unify the Southwestern community. We seek to provide a safe space for discussion of GLBTQ/sexual orientation issues, both personal and political.

Alpha Phi Omega

Contact: Anne Bannister
Advisor: Neal Mann
Purpose: to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide service to humanity.

Animal Behavior Society

Contact: Nicoletta Memos
Advisor: Fay Guarraci
 Purpose: to foster a student-wide interest in animal behavior and provide a forum for animal behavior majors, minors and other interested students to interact and explore animal behavior related opportunities.

Best Buddies

Contact: Alison MacAluso
Advisor: Sherry Adrian
Purpose: to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and development disabilities by providing opportunities for mutually enriching friendships and integrated employment.

The Catalyst

Contact: Adam Damon
Advisor: Jason Chapman
Purpose: to identify, educate, and empower emerging leaders at Southwestern University.

Circle K International

Contact: Katie Morgan
Advisor: Emily Niemeyer
Purpose: to serve Southwestern and the community through service, leadership, and fellowship.

Coalition for Diversity & Social Justice (CDSJ)

Contact: Lucero Castillo
Advisor: Terri Johnson
Purpose: to serve as an umbrella organization comprised of representatives from registered cultural and identity organizations at Southwestern University.


Contact: Chelsea Allen
Advisor: Paul Sicard
Purpose: to educate the campus on important issues and encourage participation in the political process. As well as promoting the advancement of Democratic candidates and ideals.

College Republicans

Contact: Lauryn Deering
Advisor: Tim O’Neill
Purpose: to promote and discuss Republican issues and candidates, to encourage a more politically active campus community.

Collegiate Percussive Arts Society

Advisor: Erin Martysz
Purpose: to enrich the Southwestern community through the advancement of the percussive arts while serving as a vehicle for its members to cultivate and explore their interests in the field of percussion.


Contact: Octivia Marcel
Advisor: Carina Evans
Purpose: to promote unity among African Americans and the SU community; greater awareness and appreciation of the African American culture.

Finch Society

Contact: Cameron Phelps
Advisor: Lili McEntire
Purpose: to unite students with prospective students to enrich the recruitment experience.


Contact: Allie Watts
Advisors: Melissa Johnson & Fay Guarraci
Purpose: to educate students on and improve situations for human rights, animal welfare, and environmental preservation and conservation.

Interfaith Dialogues

Contact: Sara Goodman
Advisor: Patrick Veerkamp
Purpose: to facilitate communication across faiths to learn more about ourselves and others.

Korouva Milkbar

Contact: Kasey Polk
Advisor: Derek Timourian
Purpose: to provide beverages and a social space to students, faculty, and staff and valuable business experience to volunteers.

Latinos Unidos

Contact: Jessica Parada
Advisor: Katy Ross
Purpose: to provide an understanding of Hispanic culture and to serve as a means for intercultural exchange.

Model United Nations

Contact: Danielle VanZandt
Advisor: Bob Snyder
Purpose: to further students’ understanding of students of many international organizations, particularly the United Nations, and their procedures through preparation for and attendance of Model UN Conferences and other forms of current event forums.

New Music Society

Contact: Laura Brackney
Advisor: Jason Hoogerhyde
Purpose: to promote and perform new compositions by stimulating interdisciplinary thinking and musical development among students.

Operation Achievement

Advisor: Joni Ragle
Purpose: Operation Achievement is an outreach program to Georgetown Middle Schools.  It is a voluntary-based mentor program where the children come for 2 hours & O.A. provides an enrichment and tutor time.

Pan-Asian Association

Contact: Thuy Truong
Advisor: Carl Robertson
Purpose: to provide a space for all Pan-Asian communities to identify with and feel welcome on campus.  This organization strives to celebrate the diverse groups represented under the term “Pan-Asian.”

Perfectly Pearl

Contact: Octivia Marcel
Advisor: Alicia Moore
Purpose: to learn more about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as address the needs of the community through service to Southwestern University and the surrounding community.

Physics Club

Contact: Vicente Estrada-Carpenter
Advisor: Steven Alexander
Purpose: to foster wide student interest and participation in the field of physics and engineering.

Psychology Club

Contact: Jeanette Brown
Advisor: Fay Guarraci
Purpose: To spark and spread interest in psychology across the campus; to provide psychology oriented activities and discussion to students interested in psychology; to provide stimulation for research ideas and to promote thought, discourse and awareness of the many fields of psychology.

Rotaract Club of Southwestern

Contact: Sarah Ally
Advisor: Taylor Kidd
Purpose: to provide opportunities for local and international community service and enhance professional development through affiliation with local Rotary Clubs and Rotary International.

She’s the First

Contact: Brenna Conway
Advisor: Desi Roybal
Purpose: to promote awareness about complex global issues related to poverty, and the role education plays in alleviating poverty.

Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK)

Contact: Kendall Guidroz
Advisor: Laura Hobgood-Oster
Purpose: to pursue and promote more environmentally sound actions at SU and to facilitate awareness at SU.

Southwestern Community Garden

Contact: Anne Howard
Advisor: Joshua Long
Purpose: to foster community through sustainable food cultivation

Southwestern Mock Trial Team

Contact: Alan Ramos
Advisor: Davi Thornton
Purpose: to bring students together in an organization that challenges and develops public speaking, debating, critical thinking, and acting skills; educates students on the inner-workings of the legal system; and allows students, professors and alumni to work together to achieve a common goal.

Southwestern University Guitar Society

Contact: Andrew Smith
Advisor: Steven Kostelnik
Purpose: to provide a community for the many guitarists on campus; to foster student interest in, and increased campus awareness of, the rich tradition of classical guitar.

Southwestern University Photography Club

Contact: Jennifer Bommer
Advisor: Bob Bednar
Purpose: to foster further exploration learning, and experience with all things photography

Southwestern University Veterans Association

Contact: Roxanne Wilhite
Advisor: Will Molidor
Purpose: to provide support and awareness to transitioning veterans and military dependents.

Student Foundation

Contact: Lucero Pina
Advisor: Grace Pyka
Web Site: link
Purpose: to serve as a liaison between the student body and the university administration; to enlist and motivate S.U. students to promote the welfare of the university.

Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

Contact: Aimee Slagle
Advisor: Betsy Warren
Purpose: to promote student health and enlighten students on relevant health topics through health education, activities, and improvements on campus.

Student Philanthropy Council

Contact: Alex Rodriguez
Advisor: Taylor Kidd
Purpose: to raise awareness among Southwestern University students about the importance of giving the the University.

SU Advocates

Contact: Alison MacAluso
Advisor: Alison Kafer
Purpose: to provide a warm, caring environment for the students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Southwestern who are disabled as well as their supporters.

SU Amnesty International

Contact: Abby Birkett
Advisor: Don Gregory
Purpose: to spread awareness of the violation of human rights around the globe, and working to protect these rights.

SU Animal Alliance

Contact: Patrick Garza
Advisor: Laura Hobgood-Oster
Purpose: to provide a place for animal lovers to meet and discuss animals, to foster an interest in animal rights among its members and the community, and to support animals through volunteer work and activism.

SU Habitat for Humanity

Contact: John Stickels
Advisor: Jason Chapman
Purpose: To facilitate opportunities which encourages the SU community to become involved with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County.

SU Libertarians

Advisor: Fred Sellers
Purpose: to increase campus awareness of libertarian ideas, engage varying ideologies in debate and give voice to the libertarian student body.

SU Native

Contact: Rhiana Stevens
Advisor: Ben Nava
Purpose: to raise awareness of Native American and indigenous teachings, values, and cultures to build a connection between the SU community and native issues in the Georgetown area.

SU Planned Piratehood

Contact: Annie Emswiler
Advisor: Alison Kafer
Purpose: to educate the university community about reproductive health and rights, and to translate increased awareness into pro-choice activism on campus.


Contact: Cori Gagliardi
Advisor: Stephen Marble
Purpose: to promote and interest in teaching and learning.

Theatre for Social Justice

Advisor: Kathleen Juhl
Purpose: to promote social justice through the medium of the stage.

Transfer & Nontraditional Student Society

Contact: Bertha Faudoa
Advisor: Amy Grosso
Purpose: to provide and fulfill a sense of community to transfer and nontraditional students attending Southwestern University.

The Trouveres

Contact: Annie Emswiler
Advisor: Jim Kilfoyle
Purpose: to promote the appreciation, creation, and propagation of poetry, literature, spoken word, and music that incorporates these elements.

U Can 2

Contact: Erica Hernandez
Advisor: Alisa Gaunder
Purpose: to foster leadership and philanthropy among first-generation and supportive students at Southwestern University by providing academic assistance and pre-college workshops.