Reflecting on the 2013–14 academic year—my first as President of Southwestern University—I am genuinely moved by the enormity of effort put forth by the entire Southwestern community in the shared desire to engage minds and transform lives. That collective creativity and diversity of talent have fostered our Paideia moments in which we, with great intent, discover deep and life-changing connections in the unique way for which our University has become well known. Our shared commitment to educating the whole person for life also helped feed a renewed pride in Southwestern. For me, I am profoundly proud to be a Pirate.
It has been a year of many firsts, including the following and many more outlined throughout this report:
- Our first day-long, campus-wide Research and Creative Works Symposium–From Every Voice, during which classes were cancelled.
- The first time all graduating seniors were invited to dinner at Turner-Fleming House with the President and members of the faculty, staff, alumni and community members.
While the firsts are exciting, I’m most proud that we continued to take an active role in positively influencing our community and the world, and delighted that we continue to be recognized for those efforts. You will see many examples of how we’re making a difference as you scroll through this comprehensive report on the past year.
Looking forward, as we move into our terquasquicentennial anniversary (look it up!), I hope the entire Southwestern community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends—will, in unprecedented ways, commit to working together to further distinguish our beloved University as one of the finest institutions of higher education in the country; one that offers a truly differentiated undergraduate experience that genuinely changes and enriches lives. To realize this attainable but lofty goal, I need your help—your engagement—as together we create new ways of engaging minds and transforming lives. Thank you for all you do to support Southwestern and the mission we hold so dear.
With all good wishes,
STUDENTS HOSTED FOR DINNER
AT TURNER-FLEMING HOUSE
MEALS IN COMMONS
In his inaugural invitation, President Burger challenged everyone to solve a mathematical puzzle. In his inaugural address, he explained that the puzzle’s solution is 365—the number of days in a year, and encouraged alumni to consider what Southwestern means to them. “How has Southwestern changed and influenced you in your daily life? How are you engineering your own Paideia moments to connect with Southwestern every day of every year?,” he asked. In the past year, many alumni have expressed their answers to those questions through their involvement and engagement with the University community.
ALUMNI GIFTS MADE
ALUMNI & PARENTS
ALUMNI & PARENTS
Now central to the curriculum, Paideia is intentional, integrative and interdisciplinary. In 2013–14, first-year students chose from three available themes to follow through their Southwestern career, and worked with faculty to make connections across classes, departments and programs.
In spring 2014, Southwestern launched “Paideia Connections,” a lecture series that features two Southwestern faculty members each delivering a 20-minute address for a general audience about their recent scholarly work, followed by a time for the audience to share connections they discovered while actively listening to the presentations.
Top Five Majors
Students by Division
38% Social Sciences
27% Natural Sciences
11% School of Fine Arts
STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
TOTAL STUDENTS ENROLLED
Southwestern has been included in every edition of the influential book Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.
From scholastic and honorary to government, Greek, special interest and departmental, students participate in more than 100 campus organizations.
PARTICIPATED IN INTRAMURALS
PARTICIPATED IN GREEK LIFE
OF 2014 GRADUATES STUDIED ABROAD
STUDENT HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
2014 GRADUATES WHO PARTICIPATED IN AT LEAST ONE INTERNSHIP66%
INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS WHO ENGAGED WITH CAREER SERVICES73%
STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED
CAREER SERVICES EVENTS
BAGS OF POPCORN SERVED
DURING “POP IN FOR POPCORN”
Southwestern’s 20 varsity teams participate in the NCAA Division III as members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. According to the NCAA, “Academics are the primary focus for Division III student-athletes. The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment in which student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills.”
IN FALL 2013
IN SPRING 2014
OF 75 SENIOR ATHLETES
GRADUATED WITH HONORS
The Association of Southwestern University Alumni observed its 10-year anniversary, continuing the lifelong Southwestern Experience for more than 15,000 alumni. To celebrate, The Association welcomed members to a record-breaking Homecoming and Reunion Weekend (1860 attendees) and launched its new website.
25% Attending Graduate or Professional School or Engaged in Advanced Coursework
8% Seeking Employment or Volunteering
ASSOCIATION EVENTS HOSTED
Where are our alumni?
Every year during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, The Association of Southwestern University Alumni honors members of the Southwestern community who exemplify the core values of the University and the mission of The Association. In 2013, The Association recognized seven alumni and one faculty member.
During the 2013-14 academic year, Southwestern exceeded the Thinking Ahead Campaign goal; broke ground on the new Science Center; established a Parent Leadership Gift Council — held several gift “challenges” — including a parent challenge which raised more than $70,000 from 292 parents — received gifts from 2,503 alumni.
Gifts by Source
68% Foundations and Corporations
3% Other Individuals
3% Other Organizations
Gifts by Fund
51% Capital Projects
23% Current Restricted
19% Southwestern Fund
CLASS OF 2014 PARTICIPATION
Thanks to generous donors, Southwestern was able to increase its visibility through outdoor ads on both the northbound and southbound sides of Texas’ well-traveled I-35. In fall 2013, gifts from three alumni households made possible billboards promoting the return of football to Southwestern. In spring 2014, a gift from the WD Kelley Foundation made possible the Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives billboards.