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WELCOME

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,

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Edward Burger

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35

CITIES VISITED

 

225

EVENTS ATTENDED

 

377

STUDENTS HOSTED FOR DINNER
AT TURNER-FLEMING HOUSE

 

62

MEALS IN COMMONS

 

 

 

ENGAGEMENT

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.

 

726

ALUMNI VOLUNTEERS

2503

ALUMNI GIFTS MADE

80

ALUMNI & PARENTS
EVENTS HOSTED

8507

ALUMNI & PARENTS
ATTENDED EVENTS

 

ACADEMICS

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

1. Business

2. Biology

3. Psychology

4. Comm Studies

5. English

 

Students by Division

  • 38% Social Sciences

  • 27% Natural Sciences

  • 24% Humanities

  • 11% School of Fine Arts

 

 

 

Fine Arts

57

CONCERTS PERFORMED

109

STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

152

STUDENT ARCHITECTURE

PROJECTS CREATED

3835

STUDIO ART

PROJECTS CREATED

 

 

ADMISSION

 

 

1536

TOTAL STUDENTS ENROLLED

 

#1 TOP 100 NATIONAL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES IN ENROLLMENT OF HISPANIC/LATINO STUDENTS

33%UNDER-REPRESENTED STUDENTS

552NEW STUDENTS (THE LARGEST INCOMING CLASS EVER!)
99%OF THE INCOMING CLASS RECEIVEDNEED-BASED AND/OR MERIT AID

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.

 

 

STUDENT LIFE

 

Student Organizations

From scholastic and honorary to government, Greek, special interest and departmental, students participate in more than 100 campus organizations.

 

60%

PARTICIPATED IN INTRAMURALS

29%

PARTICIPATED IN GREEK LIFE

34%

OF 2014 GRADUATES STUDIED ABROAD

 

 

Civic Engagement

 

 

 

Career Services

2014 GRADUATES WHO PARTICIPATED IN AT LEAST ONE INTERNSHIP

66%

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS WHO ENGAGED WITH CAREER SERVICES

73%

 

1628

STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED
CAREER SERVICES EVENTS

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175

BAGS OF POPCORN SERVED
DURING “POP IN FOR POPCORN”

 

ATHLETICS

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.”

 

519

STUDENT-ATHLETES
IN FALL 2013

468

STUDENT-ATHLETES
IN SPRING 2014

16

OF 75 SENIOR ATHLETES
GRADUATED WITH HONORS

354

CONTESTS PLAYED

 

 

Conference Recognition

Inaugural Seasons

FOOTBALL

5,851ATTENDED THEFIRST GAME

1,400SEASON TICKETS SOLD

1,000RALLY TOWELSDISTRIBUTED

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

6,981MILES TRAVELED FOR GAMES

2RECRUITS FROMOUT OF STATE

2VARSITY TEAMSIN TEXAS

 

ALUMNI

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.

 

Where is the Class of 2013?

  • 67% Employed

  • 25% Attending Graduate or Professional School or Engaged in Advanced Coursework

  • 8% Seeking Employment or Volunteering

 

 

Alumni Association

15187

ASSOCIATION MEMBERS

13

LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS

66

ASSOCIATION EVENTS HOSTED

 

 

Where are our alumni?

78% IN TEXAS
21%OUT-OF-STATE
1%OUTSIDE THE U.S.

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Distinguished Alumni

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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.
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GIVING

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

  • 17% Alumni

  • 8% Parents

  • 3% Other Individuals

  • 3% Other Organizations

  • 1% Estates

Gifts by Fund

  • 51% Capital Projects

  • 23% Current Restricted

  • 19% Southwestern Fund

  • 7% Endowment

 

 

Participation

22%

ALUMNI PARTICIPATION

 
26%

PARENT PARTICIPATION

78%

CLASS OF 2014 PARTICIPATION

 

 

Giving Challenges

613 ALUMNI PARTICIPATED
$20,000 RAISED

292 PARENTS PARTICIPATED
$70,000 RAISED

1,194 ALUMNI PARTICIPATED
$995,000 RAISED

239 SENIORS PARTICIPATED
$4,474 RAISED

 

 

 

VISIBILITY 

Outdoor Advertising

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9,732,216

BILLBOARD IMPRESSIONS

 

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.

 

 

Southwestern  Magazine

 

30,205

MAGAZINES DISTRIBUTED

Southwestern Magazine Fall 2013Southwestern Magazine Spring 2014

 

Social Media

Twitter

 

956NEWFOLLOWERS

1,937RETWEETS

Facebook

 

768NEW LIKES

6,467TOTALLIKES

Instagram

 

1,214TOTALFOLLOWERS

YouTube

 

37VIDEOSADDED

17,296VIDEOSVIEWED