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Urgent University Notices

Regularly Scheduled Server Maintenance beginning at 5AM this Sunday morning

Starting this Sunday morning, servers will be brought down to install the latest security patches and/or software upgrades during this regularly scheduled downtime period.  This maintenance window will start at 5AM and end at 12PM.  Not all servers will be affected during this downtime.  Future planned  outages will occur every fourth Sunday of each month during this same time period.

delivered by:Nathan Mendez


Official University News and Notices

2017/18 Global Engagement Hall Application - DEADLINE FEB 23RD!!!!

The deadline for the 2017-18 Global Engagement Hall applications is FEBRUARY 23RD!!! If you are a first-year planning to apply to the GEH, apply now!  To apply, or for more information, please visit

delivered by:Cortney Carlson


SU Shuttle MONDAY 2/27

The SU Shuttle makes stops at both HEB and Wolf Ranch.  All SU students can ride along for free.

 This weekend's SU Shuttle is scheduled for MONDAY the 27th of February from 3-5pm.

No advance reservations are necessary. Just bring your cell phone and show up behind the McCombs Center (near The Cove patio) between 2:55-3:45pm on a designated shuttle day. The first Shuttle departs each scheduled day at 3pm. Subsequent pickups (riders must be present by 3:45pm!) will only occur if necessary. 

The entire Spring Semester schedule appears on the SU Shuttle web page - 

Please direct any questions to Student Activities at (512)-863-1345 or

delivered by:Allison Grahl


Research and Creative Works Symposium - Accepting Abstracts

The 17th Annual Research and Creative Works Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  

The Abstract Submission Form is available now.  Abstracts are due no later than March 1, 2017.  

delivered by:Christine Vasquez


Hip Hop's Inheritance


delivered by:Susie Bullock



The Prize shall be awarded to a student who has produced a written essay that demonstrates a technical mastery of writing. The Prize winning essay will be an excellent example of work that pushes the envelope and challenges commonly held ways of thinking and knowing. Previously graded student works in classes related to English, Music, Spanish or Theatre are eligible.

Questions may be directed to David Gaines by email ( or by phone (512-863-1494).

Applying for the Prize

a) Applicants will complete a 15-page/3750-words maximum essay.  Previously graded student work in classes related to English, Music, Spanish or Theatre is eligible.  Applicants may submit only one paper per year.

b) Applicants will submit their essay electronically to David Gaines ( no later than Monday, April 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

This endowment fund has been established by Jason Magnon’s family.

delivered by:Susan Lamb


Today! Dr. Hajovsky on Aztec Art

Join us today in art history room FAC235 for a sneak peek into Dr. Hajovsky's current Aztec research. Feel free to bring your lunch.

delivered by:Katherine Hooker


Green Fund Apps due 2/24!

the Green Fund presents an incredible opportunity for you to secure money for your sustainable project or initiative on campus. follow the link below to find out more and submit your application now~

delivered by:Keara Hudler


Fall 2017 Study Abroad Deadline - March 1st!!!

Don’t forget, the SU application deadline for ALL fall study abroad is March 1st.  You must meet with the Office of Intercultural Learning before you can apply.  Follow this link to make an appointment today!  

delivered by:Cortney Carlson


looking for a break?

you're invited to gather thursday at 11:30 in the chapel to meditate, pray, and join others for coffee, community and conversation.  

eiréné, which happens every thursday, is a conversation guided by curiosity and is a place to discuss spiritual ideas while embracing our diversity of beliefs, backgrounds and worldviews.

delivered by:Megan Danner


Interested in the Endangered Species Act? Seminar 02/24

Biology and Environmental Studies Present:  

Mr. Adam Zerrenner

Friday, February 24, 2017

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

FJS 148


Central Texas Biodiversity and the Endangered Species Act

This seminar will provide an overview of Central Texas’s rich natural heritage and biodiversity and efforts to save and recover rare and imperiled species that have been protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act

Mr. Zerrenner has worked in the field of environmental policy and natural resource management for more than 20 years. Mr. Zerrenner has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington DC, California’s Central Valley, and the Northeast. In his career Mr. Zerrenner has worked collaboratively with community leaders to resolve complex and controversial water and land use issues that protect the environment and the economy.

Mr. Zerrenner currently manages a field office in Austin, Texas, which has Endangered Species Act responsibility for Central and West Texas and he has served in this position for over nine years.  Under Mr. Zerrenner’s leadership, the office oversees the fastest growing region in the country that also has some of the highest numbers of threatened and endangered species.

*food and drinks provided* 

delivered by:Jennifer Esparza


Do you like to a good challenge?

If so, you may be a good match for the Debby Ellis Writing Center! The DEWC is how accepting applications for writing consultants starting August 2017! Do you like writing? Working with others? Asking questions and having in-depth conversations? If so, consider joining our team!

 Here is a link to the application. Deadline is Friday, March 3, for all parts of the application.

Please contact Jennifer Marciniak, DEWC Director, if you have questions. 

delivered by:Jennifer Marciniak


IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play

Please note this production contains adult content and nudity

Pick up your free tickets for all faculty, staff and students at the box office. Box office hours are 1:00 to 5:00 Monday - Friday and one hour before performances.

February 17 - 26, 2017

7:30pm | Friday and Saturday

3pm | Sunday

Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Theater

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Theatre Department is pleased to present “IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play” by Sarah Ruhl.

Set in the 1880s, IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play follows the lives of a young doctor and his wife and the women he is treating for “hysteria” with a newfangled machine that could only be invented by the onset of electricity. This funny and provocative play was nominated for three Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for playwright Sarah Ruhl.  The New York Times calls Sarah Ruhl, “… one of the most gifted and adventurous American playwrights to emerge in recent years”

delivered by:Julie Hudson


Student Honors Recital

February 26, 2017

7:30pm | Alma Thomas Theater

 Free and open to the public

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present the Student Honors Recital consisting of selected exceptional music students.



delivered by:Julie Hudson


History pre-advising luncheon

History Advising Luncheon

11:30am - 12:30pm CST March 7 in MBH Atrium

Advising lunch for majors & students interested in History

Come meet our faculty, find out about spring classes, learn more about History at SU, and get great answers to the question, “But what can you do with a history degree?”  Students can come and go as their schedule allows.

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


Pirates for Pirates Basketball

Please support the women's and men's basketball teams in the SCAC Championships this weekend. On Friday the 24th, the women play at Noon, and the men play at 5:00 P M in Robertson gym. We will hand our Pirates for Pirates T-shirts to all the SU fans. Bring some JOY to the gym, and Go Pirates!

delivered by:Don Gregory


Environmental Studies pre-advising lunch with free pizza

Environmental Studies Advising Pizza Lunch

12:00pm - 1:00pm CST March 8

Mood-Bridwell Hall, Atrium

Environmental Studies majors and minors and interested students get to know each other, learn more about the major, and eat free pizza.


delivered by:Kelly Lessard


English Pre-Advising Q&A Session

English Advising Session

4:00pm - 5:00pm CST February 28

Mood-Bridwell Hall, Room 113

Are you interested in English as a major or minor ?
If so, come join the English faculty for a pre-advising Q&A session!

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


Club, Organization, and Extracurricular Notices

Get your hands dirty & beautify SU!

On February 25th, SU is hosting a day of service opportunities to help make our campus beautiful! Dig in the garden, plant flowers near Moody-Shearn, paint a wall in Olin--there are so many ways for you to contribute to the beautification of Southwestern. 

Follow the link below to register, and spread the word to your friends and family!

delivered by:Keara Hudler


German Lunch Table!

Want to practice your language skills around other German speaking students and teachers? Need to go to a German language event for a class requirement? Simply interested in learning more about the German department?

Then German Lunch Table is for you!! We hope to see you in Bishops Lounge at 12-1pm :) you can come and go when you need to!

Moechten Sie ihren Sprachefaehigkeiten um andere Deutsche Studenten/innen und Professoren/innen betreiben? Muessen Sie ein erforderlich Deutsch Ereignis teilnehmen? Einfach interessiertet Sie, mehr ueber der Deutsch Fachbereich lernen? 

Dann Deutschmittagessentisch sind fuer Sie! Ankommen Sie ins Bishops Lounge um 12-1pm. Sie konnen kommen und gehen, als Sie moegen:)

delivered by:Mattie Mills


Save the Date - Film Screening and Panel Discussion BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY: Climate Change on the Last Frontier

Film Screening: Between Earth & Sky

Time: 7:00pm - 9:15pm CDT (6:00pm - 8:15pm CST)

Location: F.W. Olin Building, Room 105

Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier

Director: Paul Allen Hunton

Executive Producer: Dr. David C. Weindorf

Film Screening followed by a panel discussion with the film’s Director and Executive Producer who will address your questions on film-making and promotion, the movie’s original score, and climate change and its impacts in Alaska. Dr. Emily Northrop will also briefly summarize a bi-partisan policy to mitigate global warming.

Synopsis: Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change. Between Earth and Sky examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers, and arctic soil. The island of Shishmaref has been home to the Inupiaq people for thousands of years. As sea ice retreats and coastal storms increase the people of Shishmaref are faced with a disappearing island and a 200 million dollar price tag to move their people with an untold cost on their culture and history.

Permafrost(permanently frozen ground) in northern upland landscapes sequesters 40% of the earth’s carbon, Alaska has experienced the largest regional warming of any state in the U.S. increasing 3.4 degrees F since 1949. This warming has created a feedback loop of carbon to the atmosphere and the thawing of permafrost impacting the daily life of Alaskans.

Mixing interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists in climate change and arctic soils, with the day to day struggle of native Alaskans living on the front lines of global warming, Between Earth and Sky shows the calamity of climate change that has started in Alaska but is already engulfing the globe.


Free and open to the public.

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


Community Service and Fund-Raising

In case you wanted to read Coretta Scott King's 1986 statement

Dear Senator Thurmond:

I write to express my sincere opposition to the
confirmation of Jefferson B. Sessions as a federal district
court judge for the Southern District of Alabama. my
professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting.
Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States
Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the
ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts.

Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a
shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.
For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded

with a federal judgeship.

I regret that a long?standing commitment prevents me from
appearing in person to testify against this nominee. However,
I have attached a copy of my statement opposing Mr. Sessions'
confirmation and I request that my statement as well as this
letter be made a part of the?hearing record.

I do sincerely urge you to oppose the confirmation of
Mr. Sessions.


Coretta Scott King

delivered by:Zainab Oketokoun