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Student Life

Student Organizations: Special Interest

These student organizations are special interest organizations.

Alpha Phi Omega

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

Animal Behavior Society

Contact: Katelyn Kimble
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.


Contact: Vanna Tran
Advisor: Carl Robertson
Purpose: to revive and maintain campus-wide interest, activity, and exploration within the distinctive cultures of Asia, and to provide a space to support Asian/Pacific/Islander/Desi American students.

Best Buddies

Contact: Ryan Jones
Advisor: Jason Chapman
Purpose: to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and development disabilities by providing opportunities for mutually enriching friendships and integrated employment.

Cat Partners of Southwestern University

Contact: Nkechinyelum Okolo
Advisor: Kelly Lessard
Purpose: dedicated to the care and safety of the campus cats.

The Catalyst

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

Circle K International

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


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

Colleges Against Cancer

Contact: Blake Smithson
Advisor: Maria Todd
Purpose: to fight cancer by volunteering for and supporting the programs of the American Cancer Society.

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: Nyokabi Kamau
Advisor: Terri Johnson
Purpose: to promote unity among African Americans and the SU community; greater awareness and appreciation of the diverse African American culture by emphasizing acceptance not tolerance, and breaking stereotypes.

Finch Society

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


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

Interfaith Dialogues

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

Korouva Milkbar

Contact: Ben Galindo
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: Lauren Gieseke
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: Jeffrey McKenzie
Advisor: Jason Hoogerhyde
Purpose: to promote and perform new compositions by stimulating interdisciplinary thinking and musical development among students.

Operation Achievement

Advisor: Jeanette Montalvo
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.

Perfectly Pearl

Contact: Maya Adighibe
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: Angelyn Convertino
Advisor: Steven Alexander
Purpose: to foster wide student interest and participation in the field of physics and engineering.

Pirates for Pride

Contact: Jordan Richardson
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.

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.

Robotics Club

Contact: Amir Hessabi
Advisor: Steven Alexander
Purpose: to foster a wide student interest and participation in activities by providing leadership, programs, and service, and to assist the student in developing skills and experience in the world of robotics.

Sailors and Sirens

Contact: Caleb Martin
Advisor: Kenny Shephard
Purpose: to bring enthusiasm and engagement to the Southwestern community through acapella music.

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.

Southwestern Community Garden

Contact: Ben Galindo
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: Natalie Wheeler
Advisor: Steven Kostelnik
Purpose: to promote increased knowledge and interest for classical guitar and performance.

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: Travis Fuller
Advisor: Nadia Mahannah
Purpose: to provide support and awareness to transitioning veterans and military dependents.

Student Foundation

Contact: Taylor Vickers
Advisor: JoAnn Lucero
Web Site: link
Purpose: to facilitate relationships among faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and the Georgetown community.

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: Zoe Cordes Selbin
Advisor: Becky Rodriguez
Purpose: to raise awareness among Southwestern University students about the importance of giving the the University.


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

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 Animal Alliance

Contact: Patrick Garza
Advisor: Laura Hobgood-Oster & Shannon Mariotti
Purpose: to provide a place for animal advocates and enthusiasts, to foster and interest in animal welfare among its members and the community, and to support animals through volunteering and activism.

SU Habitat for Humanity

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: Jessica Campos
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: Carly Dennis
Advisor: Alison Kafer
Purpose: to promote an understanding of reproductive justice on campus, which includes economic justice, the environment, immigrants’ rights, disability rights, discrimination based on race and sexual orientation, and a host of other community centered concerns.  We also provide resources on these subjects.


Contact: Kathryn Reagan
Advisor: Sarah Brackmann
Purpose: to foster ongoing relationships between Southwestern University, local and national organizations and businesses, and the local community.


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

The Tabletop Pirates

Contact: Alex Petrucci
Advisor: Glenda Carl
Purpose: to inspire a widespread student interest and participation in activities that cultivate friendship, community, and imagination; to strengthen the bonds between students; and to encourage the use of creativity, ingenuity, and strategy through tabletop role playing.

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.

U Can 2

Contact: Bria Washington
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.


Contact: Hannah Steen
Advisor: Jason Chapman and Rebecca Silverblatt
Purpose: to sponsor entertainment activities for the entire SU community.


Contact: Christian Scott
Advisor: Patrick Van Horn
Purpose: to train, educate, and mobilize youth activists committed to “winning on principle.”