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WELCOME

It is often true in academic settings that change happens slowly. After all, colleges and universities are meant to be places for deep inquiry with equally thoughtful and wise planning. At Southwestern University, we are nothing if not mindful of those elements that will have lasting impact on our community.

Still, many positive changes have occurred and much has been accomplished in the last 12 months. Academically, Southwestern flourished. As part of our distinct interdisciplinary educational approach, we introduced new Paideia cluster courses under the umbrella of seven cluster themes, which will inform a unique and more robust academic experience for students and faculty. Our enrollment and graduation numbers were also notable. Last fall, 438 new students matriculated, while 272 graduated the following spring, 27 percent of whom earned their degrees with honors.

Indeed, much has happened this year for which we can be proud. I am pleased to report the following achievements:

  • Three Fulbright Scholarship recipients were among our Southwestern family. Two students and one faculty member will have the opportunity to pursue their respective research interests around the globe.
  • Thirty-eight students were inducted into our chapters of the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Chi honor societies.
  • Among our student-athletes, 169 were designated as Academic All-Americans.
  • Students, faculty and staff members participated in the second annual daylong “From Every Voice” Research and Creative Works Symposium.
  • Our football team had its first win in more than 65 years.
  • Our women’s basketball team won the SCAC Conference Championship and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • New campus committee structures were set in place.
  • New colleagues joined the President’s staff.
  • USA Today and US News and World Report ranked Southwestern as the top national liberal arts college in Texas.

All of these accomplishments and more are evidence of how far Southwestern has come since Martin Ruter established the first of our four root colleges back in 1840, perhaps even further than our pioneering founders could have imagined.

We must continue to create the future of Southwestern, where our accomplishments will grow beyond our own expectations. Thank you for supporting Southwestern University—Texas’ First University. I hope to see you at Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, October 16-18, 2015.

Looking forward,

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Edward Burger

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235

PERSONAL PHONE CALLS
TO ADMITTED STUDENTS

 

64

CITIES VISITED

 

21

EPISODES OF KUT
HIGHER ED” SERIES

 

1176

TWEETS SHARED
FROM @EBB663

 

61

STUDENT DINNERS
HOSTED

 

 

 

 

175th Anniversary

On February 5, 2015, Southwestern University celebrated the 175th anniversary of its original 1840 charter in a big way! The day began by marking the 65th anniversary of the Lois Perkins Chapel with an organ concert performed by Professor Emeritus of Music Ellsworth Peterson ’55 and Instructor of Music Pamela Gregory Rossman ’72, and a chapel service with the Rev. Laura Merrill ’85 delivering the sermon.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and community members gathered on the Academic Mall to form a giant “175”, captured in an aerial photograph. Moving into the Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, the crowd of nearly 1,100 enjoyed a huge birthday cake, live music by the SU Jazz Band, Congressional proclamations read by President Edward Burger, the presentation by students of an empty time capsule to be filled during the next year and buried on Charter Day 2016, and the announcement of Southwestern’s largest-ever single gift of $5.1 million from Margaret S. Odiorne, the widow of Truman J Odiorne ’66.

 

1066

PEOPLE IN THE
175 ANNIVERSARY PHOTO

500

SLICES OF CAKE SERVED
AT CHARTER DAY

400

BALLOONS DROPPED
AT CHARTER DAY

  

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ACADEMICS

Southwestern’s unique Paideia curriculum featured seven cluster themes this year, providing students with broader opportunities for interdisciplinary study and faculty-student collaboration. New students had the opportunity to participate in First Symposium, which showcases work resulting from the First-Year and Advanced-Entry Seminar experience. Students, faculty and staff also presented their work at the second annual From Every Voice: Research and Creative Works Symposium. And, for the 15th consecutive year, the King Creativity Fund supported selected innovative and visionary student projects.

 

2.945  OVERALL STUDENT GPA

2.945 OVERALL STUDENT GPA

74%
7

PAIDEIA CLUSTER
THEMES OFFERED

 

17897

LIBRARY BOOKS
CHECKED OUT

1300

ACADEMIC COURSES
OFFERED

 

 

Fine Arts

55

CONCERTS PERFORMED

88

STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

182

STUDENT ARCHITECTURE

PROJECTS CREATED

9

ART EXHIBITIONS

ON CAMPUS

 

 

 


ADMISSION

Students arrive at Southwestern seeking rigorous academics, nationally recognized career preparation, affordability and a completely unique college experience…and that’s exactly what they receive. In the fall of 2014, 438 new students began their Southwestern Experience, many of whom learned of Southwestern through a friend or family member. Do you know any potential Pirates? Click here to refer a student to Southwestern.

 

 

1538

TOTAL STUDENTS ENROLLED

 

Of the 382 incoming first-years…

21%WERE FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS(2 WERE IN OUR UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM)
37%WERE IN THE TOP 10% OF THEIR CLASS(69% WERE IN THE TOP 25%)
20STATES WERE REPRESENTED(AND FIVE COUNTRIES)

99%RECEIVED NEED-BASEDAND/OR MERIT AID

 

 

STUDENT LIFE

 

Campus Life

77%

LIVED ON CAMPUS

32%

PARTICIPATED IN GREEK LIFE

33%

OF 2015 GRADUATES STUDIED ABROAD

 

 

Pirate Training

Pirate Training helps new Southwestern students get to know each other while learning and experiencing University traditions both old and new. In fall 2014, 400 new students formed 12 teams who participated in 15 events over the course of two days, resulting in one Pirate Training Champion!

 

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Civic Engagement

 

 

 

Career Services

 

1105

STUDENTS ENGAGED WITH
CAREER SERVICES

 

 

124

STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN
AT LEAST ONE INTERNSHIP

 

 

204

EVENTS HOSTED BY
CAREER SERVICES

In 2014, The Princeton Review named Southwestern #8 in the country
and first in Texas for Best Career Services.

 

 

 

ATHLETICS

Southwestern’s 20 varsity teams participate in the NCAA Division III as members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. In 2014-15, the SCAC announced that 169 Southwestern student-athletes had made its Academic Honor Roll. To qualify, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.25 for the term and be a regular member of a varsity athletic team in a sport sponsored by the conference. This year, Southwestern women’s tennis dominated with all 12 members of the team earning a spot on the honor roll.

 

503

STUDENT-ATHLETES
IN FALL 2014

466

STUDENT-ATHLETES
IN SPRING 2015

169

ATHLETES NAMED TO
SCAC ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL

410

CONTESTS PLAYED

 

 

Southwestern Greats Return for Hall of Fame Inductions

Approximately every-other year since 1990, Southwestern has inducted up to four former student athletes and/or coaches into the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The most recently inducted Hall of Fame honorees include: Ken McAllister ’64, Danny Mickan ’84, Ronda Seagraves and the 2007–08 women’s golf team, for a total to date of 38 inductees. Read More

Top Four Moments of 2014–15 Season

FIRST FOOTBALL WIN

Football earns their first win since reinstatement, defeating Sul Ross State at home.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPS

Women’s Basketball won the SCAC Conference Championship and were regular season Tri-champs; earning their first trip to the NCAA National Tournament since the 1997-98 season.

FIRST EVER NO-HITTER

Cozette Palmer posts the first ever no-hitter in SCAC Softball Tournament history.

POLE VAULTING HISTORY

Cody Taylor wins third consecutive pole vault championship, becoming the first athlete in SCAC history to accomplish this feat.

 

 

ALUMNI

This year, The Association honored the achievements of the 2014 Distinguished Award Recipients; through a collaboration with the Office of Admission, The Association formed the Southwestern University Recruitment Volunteers (SURV) group and enhanced the Legacy Link program for the children and grandchildren of alumni; the Alumni Leadership Summit brought volunteers together for discussions about Southwestern’s Wheel of Impact; and, The Association launched the Class Committee program to better connect alumni with one another.

 

Where is the Class of 2014?

  • 70% Employed

  • 22% Attending Graduate or Professional School or Engaged in Advanced Coursework

  • 8% Seeking Employment or Volunteering

  • 86% in Texas

  • 10% Outside of Texas

  • 4% International

 

 

 

Alumni Association

15473

ASSOCIATION MEMBERS

551

ALUMNI VOLUNTEERS

62

ALUMNI EVENTS HOSTED

 

 

Distinguished Alumni

At Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2014, The Association of Southwestern University Alumni presented their annual awards to seven deserving alumni and one faculty member each living out the University’s Core Values on a daily basis, and representing its Core Purpose, “Fostering a liberal arts community whose values and actions encourage contributions toward the well-being of humanity,” in his or her own unique way.

 

 

 

 

GIVING

During the 2014-15 academic year, Southwestern exceeded the Southwestern Fund goal, continued work on the new Science Center, celebrated a $5.1 million gift from Margaret and Truman J Odiorne ’66, held several gift “challenges” — including the “Five in Five” challenge to raise an additional $5 million in five months, doubling the impact of the Odiorne gift — and received gifts from 2,567 alumni.

1090

FIRST-TIME GIVERS

 

 

Gifts by Source

  • 38% Estates and Trusts

  • 35% Foundations and Corporations

  • 11% Alumni

  • 11% Other Individuals

  • 4% Parents

  • 1% Other Organizations

Gifts by Fund

  • 42% Endowment

  • 24% Capital Projects

  • 20% Current Restricted

  • 14% Southwestern Fund

 

 

Participation

23%

ALUMNI PARTICIPATION

 
27%

PARENT PARTICIPATION

87%

CLASS OF 2015 PARTICIPATION

 

Donor Honor Roll

Your gifts help keep Southwestern University the number one national liberal arts college in Texas by supporting every facet of the academic experience, including small class sizes, groundbreaking research, and up-to-date facilities. Your gift, regardless of size, is an investment in students and faculty with the potential to change the world. Look for the 2014–15 Southwestern University Honor Roll of Donors this August (or check back here for a link). Names of all donors who made gifts to Southwestern from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 will be included.

 

 

Giving Challenges

712 PARTICIPATED
$37,400 RAISED

196 PARENTS PARTICIPATED
$47,000 RAISED

632 BRICKS PURCHASED
$95,575 RAISED

236 SENIORS PARTICIPATED (87%)
$3,687.41 RAISED

 

 

 

VISIBILITY

 

Southwestern  magazine

29817TOTAL MAGAZINES PRINTED THIS YEAR
153TOTAL CLASS NOTES PRINTED IN THE FALL AND SPRING ISSUES

Southwestern Online

12DIGITAL ISSUES DISTRIBUTED VIA EMAILTHIS YEAR
21616EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS(CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE NOW)

 

 

Most Viewed Online Stories

 

 

Social Media

Twitter

3438

TWITTER MENTIONS
THIS YEAR

Facebook

38

NEW FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS
PER WEEK, ON AVERAGE

Instagram

1876

INSTAGRAM PHOTOS SHARED
USING #BESOUTHWESTERN

YouTube

64

NEW YOUTUBE VIDEOS
POSTED THIS YEAR