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SIRA Rock Climbing (Sat, 10/25) - Register online now!!

Only $25 for an all-inclusive day of fun!!  To learn more about this trip on Saturday, Oct 25th and/or register follow this link -

While we have your attention, here's a reminder that we also check out tents, sleeping bags, ice chests, backpackes, propane stoves, etc. via our online reservation system...

Have questions?  Contact Derek Timourian ( or 512-863-1665)

delivered by:Derek Timourian


Interdisciplinary Thursday Night Film Festival

This week's movie is entitled, "Amerikanuak".  It will be shown in Olin room 105 at 7pm on Thursday, October 2nd.  Snacks will be provided, and Dr. Katy Ross will lead a discussion after the film.

Click here to see the film clip 

All of the movies in the series are in either Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles.  Some movies also contain indigenous or regional languages.

delivered by:Susie Bullock



Texas Premiere!

A strong, bitter comedy about women scorned in Minnesota and the really, really nice gangsters—Norwegian hit men—they hire to whack their ex-boyfriends. Olive is a transplant from Texas and Betty is a transplant from Kentucky, but neither of them was prepared for the Norwegian men they would fall in love with there: the practical, warm, thoughtful, destructive, evil, jilting kind. If you’re a hit man in Minnesota, 83% of your clients want to take out their ex (oofda!). Betty has referred Olive to Gus and Tor, a partnership in the whacking business. What Tor doesn’t know is that Gus has been sleeping with the clients. What Olive doesn’t know is that Gus is Betty’s ex, and she has already put out a hit on him with a Swiss firm. Can Betty call off the job in time to let Gus do his? Should she? (some adult language)

“Playfully dark comedy” – New York Times

Jones Theater
Sept 26-28 & Oct 2-5

SU students receive one complementary ticket, faculty and staff receive two complementary tickets. Visit the Box Office for complementary tickets.

To purchase additional tickets contact the Box Office at 512.863.1378 or visit

For details on the 2014-15 season click here

delivered by:Alena Garcia


WHAT'S THE OOFDA! Meet the Playwright of "THE NORWEGIANS'

Meet the playwright, C. Denby Swanson. She will discuss her play “The Norwegians” and answer any questions.

Thur. Oct 2
4:30pm Caldwell-Carvey Foyer

Free and open to the public.

C. DENBY SWANSON (playwright) graduated from Smith College, the National Theatre Institute, and the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers, where she was a fellow in playwriting and screenwriting. She has been a Jerome Fellow, a William Inge Playwright in Residence and a McKnight Advancement Grant recipient. Her work has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, 15 Head Theatre Lab (in Minneapolis), Macalester College (in St. Paul), and The Drilling Company (in New York) and featured in the Southern Playwrights Festival, the Women Playwrights Project, the Lark Theater’s Playwrights Week, PlayLabs, the WPA Festival at Salvage Vanguard, JAW: A Playwrights Festival at Portland Center Stage, and multiple residencies at New York Stage & Film. Swanson has had ten works premiered by The Drilling Company, seven of which have been published. Notable among them is her full length adaptation, “Atomic Farmgirl” (2007), which was developed by The Drilling Company at the Culture Project’s Impact Festival and at the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, and won a prize in the 2009 Earth Matters on Stage Festival at the University of Oregon. She won a 2008 Susan Smith Blackburn Special Prize for her short play “The Potato Feast,” which was also nominated for a 2008 New York Innovative Theater Award. Her blues play, “Blue Monday,” was developed at ZACH Theatre Center in Austin as part of the NEA/TCG National Theater Residency Program for Playwrights. Swanson is a former Artistic Director of Austin Script Works and is currently on the faculty at Southwestern University. Her work is published by Smith & Kraus, Heinemann, and Playscripts, Inc.

delivered by:Alena Garcia


SIRA Fitness Classes re-start after Fall Break! Register online today!

Have fun and get fit with SIRA's fitness classes.  SIRA Fall 2014 classes re-start after Fall Break (8 weeks of classes for as little at $20), so register now to claim your spot...

All these classes offer a great workout and the opportunity to interact with your SU peers in a healthy, fun-filled environment. BIG FUN, small prices. Whether you are looking for a mid-day or early evening workout, SIRA has the class for you.

  • CARDIO SCULPT - Tues/Thurs @ 12:15pm
    - Cost is $20/1day/wk, $40/2days/wk

    - Cost is $25/1day/wk, $50/2days/wk

  • YOGA CLASS - M,W,Th @ 5:15pm
    - Cost is $20.00/1day/wk, $40/2days/wk

delivered by:Derek Timourian


The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help

On Wednesday, October 1st, Dr. Jackson Katz will speak at Southwestern University to address how we ALL can stop gender violence. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn how you can get involved and make a difference. 

Alma Thomas Theater @ 8pm. For more information, check out 

Sponsored by: The Counseling and Health Center, SARR (Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Committee) and SHAC (Student Health Advisory Council). 

delivered by:Betsy Naylor


Diversity Panel: We're Telling our stories; Somebody better Listen

Students and Alums telling their stories, Olin 105  4:30-5:30 pm
This Wednesday the 1st

Introduction - Michele Ramos
Moderator - De Andre Woods-Walker
The panelists are:

Indigo Morgan
Kathryn Reagan
Benjamin Galindo
Jordan Richardson
Jay Scheinman
Anne Means
Bella Ferranti
Anna Beaver
Olivia Woodward
Lizette Villarreal (Alum)
Linda Lam (Alum)

Refreshments will be available, Hope to see You there!

Sponsored by: Office of Diversity Education, Diversity Enrichment Committee, Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice, Student Life, and Office of Civic Engagement

delivered by:Jessica Campos


Expressive Arts Evening Workshop, 10/09

Paint Pouring, Thursday, 10/09/14, 7pm-10pm, Connie McCombs Ballroom 

Are you yearning for something creative to do to help you alleviate stress and decompress? Do you have an interest in exploring yourself through the arts and would like to awaken new insights about yourself? If you said yes to all of these questions, than this workshop is for you! Let me guide you through the process of finding your voice, trusting it, and allowing your inner guidance to shine through! This once a month experiential workshop is for anyone who wants to loosen up and explore their creativity in a more authentic way. All experience levels are welcome and the focus is on the PROCESS, not the end result. This workshop will also provide opportunities for participants to self-reflect and share their experience with others. So what do you have to lose? Signup today!

For more information about expressive arts and upcoming workshops, please check out:

Please register with Betsy Naylor via: Spaces are limited. Please note: this workshop is for students only. Faculty and staff are welcomed to inquire about other expressive arts opportunities that I will be offering in the near future!

Thanks and take care! :D 

delivered by:Betsy Naylor


Fountainwood Observatory - PUBLIC NIGHT

PUBLIC NIGHT Saturday October 4, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.

The evening viewings begin with a waxing gibbous moon high in the eastern sky. Overhead wheels the summer triangle consisting of the stars Vega, Altair and Deneb. On this fall evening, provided the weather is clear, bright star clusters and double stars can be seen through telescopes. 

On hand to guide viewing will be S.U. Fountainwood Observatory staff and talented observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club. Fountainwood Viewing Nights are always FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The Observatory is located on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the Rockwell Baseball Field. 

For up-to-date news and information about public viewing nights - including weather-related updates - call the Fountainwood Observatory Hotline at 512/ 863-1242.

delivered by:Viola Hunt



The DEWC will be having a welcoming party for international students TODAY, October 1, from 12:30--1:30.

In this time, you will have the chance to ask questions about the writing center and meet some of the writing center staff--including the new English Language Learning SpecialistAudrey Hamoy!

We will also have ***FREE PIZZA*** for you to enjoy, so bring your questions as well as your appetite!

The writing center is in Mood-Bridwell Hall, room 306. We hope to see you all there and look forward to meeting you!

delivered by:Austin Archinal


Club, Organization, and Extracurricular Notices

Friday Night Live: The Hunts

This week's Friday Night Live features The Hunts, an indie-folk band comprised of seven siblings from Virginia. They have done seven U.S. tours and traveled worldwide for ten years and will be performing at Austin City Limits 2014.

Friday, October 3rd at 9:00 pm in The Cove

delivered by:Rebecca Silverblatt


TODAY: Guided meditation

Every Wednesday at the Office of Health & Counseling, we are having a time of guided meditation.

Come join us each Wednesday from 12:20pm to 1pm for some focused relaxation, meditation, progressive muscles relaxation and/or guided imagery.

Regular meditation is consistently shown to be related to lowered anxiety, increased productivity, and increased self-acceptance.

There is no sign-up, just show up and do something good for yourself!

delivered by:Kylin Lee


Win a $25 Amazon gift card! Participate in our study!

If you are in a romantic relationship, Dr. Crockett's psychology research capstone could really use your help! We are looking for Southwestern students who are in romantic relationships, over 18, and in generally good health to help us better understand how relationships affect your well-being. If you fit these requirements, please click on the link below to complete our prescreening form. Based on your eligibility, we will email you a time to come into our lab for about an hour and a half. Remember, participants in the lab portion of the study will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

delivered by:Annelise Carlin


Why Are Animals Are Important to You?

SU Animal Alliance will be meeting Thursday, October 2nd, at 6:00pm in the McCombs Media Room in The Cove. We will be discussing Homecoming and The Importance of Animals Lecture Series. Then, in the spirit of the Lecture Series, we will be discussing why animals are important to us.

delivered by:patrick garza


Acro Yoga this Thursday!

Here's another chance for you to learn Acro! Invite friends - all are welcome! 

 Thursday 5:30-7:30 PM on the Academic Mall. 

Instructors from Yogabatics are coming on the evening of October 2nd to teach a FREE Acro Yoga workshop at a beginner skill level. If you have a yoga mat, please bring it, but we will have some if you don't have one.

Acro Yoga blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a practice that cultivates trust, playfulness, and community. Founded by a Canadian couple in 2000.

Afterwards, grab a cool drink & watch the sun set with new friends!

delivered by:Natalie LaFlare


Artsts, writers, photographers, painters--YOU! Become a published artist:

The Spyglass Student Literary Magazine is taking submissions for the Fall 2014 Edition! 

This is your chance to become a published artist. 

 We love our classic prose--but we're also open to fan fiction, photography, paintings, extra long short stories, upside down poetry, drawings, comics, and even poetic tweets and romantic snippets of code. We're looking to push boundaries with this edition!

Submit a piece and evolve from artist to published artist.

Please send all the greatness to before November 1st.

delivered by:Natalia Rodriguez


SEAK's Food 4 Thought Petitions! Help us support people, animals, the environment, & local economy!

Hello All!

These are the three petitions SEAK has made for our Food 4 Thought campaign that seeks to educate the SU community on how their food choices affect people, animals, the environment, and our economy. Please follow the different links below to our three petitions. Feel free to sign one or all three -- whatever you're passionate about! If you have already signed these petitions at one of our tabling events, please ignore this post.

Thank you!

Amanda Blanchard

Secretary of SEAK

delivered by:Amanda Blanchard


Less is More LIVE at The Milk Bar

As a short, last second stop on their cross-country tour, Michigan natives Less is More will be delighting the campus community at The Korouva Milk Bar with an impromptu performance tonight. Stripped down from their larger set, the folk duo will be delivering an exclusive, raw performance eloquently set in the warm embrace of our very own student-run coffee shop. 

So come on out
All ages
No cover
Once in a lifetime chance
Catch this up-and-coming band
And grab some delicious caffeinated
Beverages while you're at it.

Who: Less is More

When: Wednesday, October 1 9:00 PM sharp

Where: Korouva Milk Bar (attached to the police station)

Why: 'Cause you've got nothing to lose.

delivered by:Anna Beaver