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Leadership Development Series: Passing the Baton - Effective Officer Transitions

Join us on Thursday, March 23rd at 5:00pm in the Lynda Ballroom as the Leadership Development Series presents: Passing the Baton - Effective Officer Transitions. Officer transitions are extremely important for student organizations. One of the most difficult things that occur at the end of one term and the beginning of another is the transition between leaders. What happened last year? Is your organization reinventing the wheel every year? A thorough Leadership Transition plan will provide an organization with continuity so that next year’s officers can build on the knowledge gained rather than starting from ground zero.

delivered by:Jason Chapman


SU Shuttle 3/26

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 Sunday the 26th of March 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


TODAY - Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture

The 2017 Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture

Dr. Gina Ulysse

Contemplating Absences and Distances: Because When God is Too Busy

Thursday, March 23, 2017

4:00 pm

Olin 105

In her most feminist book to date, artist-academic-activist Gina Athena Ulysse uses chants, poetry, performance and photography to confront the past, which looms too largely in the present.  In this process of self-repossession, she mediates on her journey through silence, rebellious rage, love and the sacred.

Book signing and reception immediately following lecture

Why Haiti Needs New Narratives

Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, me & THE WORLD

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


Between Earth and Sky Film Screening

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


Promised Land: A Radical Queer Revival

Come see Rudy Ramirez perform his one-man show in the Cove, Saturday March 25.  Join us at 6:30, the show will begin at 7:00.

Brothers and sisters and siblings of all genders, one queer Latino city boy from central Texas has seen the Promised Land...

Sponsored by the Representing Gender Paideia Cluster, with support from the Conflict Paideia Cluster.

delivered by:Michael Saenger


An Afternoon of Opera

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present Opera Theatre in An Afternoon of Opera in Alma Thomas Theater on March 26th at 3pm. This event is free and open to the public. 

Southwestern University Opera Theatre will present a pastiche of Handel arias in English to tell a story that still has relevance today. Additionally, there will be a few scenes from Mozart’s comic masterpiece, “The Marriage of Figaro” sung in Italian. 

delivered by:Savannah Coleman


May Term Science of Chocolate Class

Did you miss your chance in FYS to take a whole class focused on chocolate?  Or do you just want to know more about the science?

I'm pleased to be able to offer a May Term class on the Science of Chocolate (with a lab!) that also carries a Social Justice Tag as we learn about the "dark side" of the industry. 

Come enter the chocolate world. No pre-requisites required.  The course does carry an additional $75 fee to provide for high quality chocolate and field trips.  Class limit is 12 so register your spot!

Please contact me with any questions.  

Dr. Romi Burks, Biologist & Chocolate Educator


delivered by:Romi Burks


On-Campus Job Opportunity: Apply to be the next Note Taking Coordinator!

The Note Taker Coordinator supports the Assistant Director of Academic Success in recruiting note takers for classes, managing the electronic database of notes, as well as auditing the quality and frequency of uploaded notes provided to students with qualifying disabilities.  This position requires the ability to maintain confidentiality, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and proficiency with technology (including Excel, Gmail, and Moodle, among others). Candidates must be available to work on-campus 8 hours per week starting Fall 2017 and must be in good standing. First- and second-year students are especially encouraged to apply!

If interested, please fill out this application: Applications will be due by 5pm on March 31st.

Questions may be directed to Jennifer Smull at or Purna Bajekal at

delivered by:Purna Bajekal


Register today for SIRA fitness classes

Have fun and get fit with SIRA's fitness classes.  SIRA fitness classes re-started this week and continue until the end of the semester (that's 6 weeks of classes for only $15 or $2.50/class), 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 - Mon/Tue/Thurs @ 12:15pm
    - Cost is $15/1day/wk, $30/2days/wk

  • YOGA CLASS - Mon/Wed/Thurs @ 5:15pm
    - Cost is $15/1day/wk, $30/2days/wk

delivered by:Derek Timourian


Lecture: Intro to Environmental Law & Enforcement 03/24

delivered by:Jennifer Esparza


Lecture: The Career in Translational Medicine - Spanning the Gap from Bench to Clinic 03/23

delivered by:Jennifer Esparza



When: Saturday, March 25 @ 7pm


Where: The Cove


What: Brothers and sisters and siblings of all genders, one Latino city boy from central Texas has seen the Promised Land, and it only took getting lost twice in the Tennessee woods, sleeping in a freezing cabin and pooping in an outhouse to find it!


Join Pirates for Pride and performing artist Rudy Ramirez as he searches for a queer sense of belonging. It's a a journey that will teach him how to fight the Abercrombie zombies, heal with the power of homemade salsa and imagine a new way of being in the world.


delivered by:Jamar Keaton


Save the Date: Immigration Talk

Thanks to the following sponsors: The Latina History Project, Feminist Studies, Sociology & Anthropology, Latin American and Border Studies, Global Citizens Fund, Representing Gender and Situating Place Paideia Clusters, History Department, Spanish Department, and the Diversity Enrichment Committee.

delivered by:Kelly Lessard


Club, Organization, and Extracurricular Notices

Italian Feast Night In The Commons!

Join SU Dining in the Commons on Thursday, March 23rd, from 5pm - 8pm for our Italian Theme Meal.

The Menu Will Consist Of:

Beef Lasagna, Vegetable Lasagna, Italian Vegetables, Garlic Bread, Minestrone Soup, Creamy Tomato Basil, Chicken Picatta, Margherita Pizza, Tiramizu, Grilled Italian Sausage, Spinach & Artichoke Dip w/ Toasted Baguette and Bread Bar

delivered by:cynthia moody


SEAK's 2nd annual Global Food Feast!!

Join SEAK on April 10th at 6PM in Bishops for a food-based fundraiser! All proceeds will go to Texas Here to Stay, a local nonprofit that works on "strengthening our diverse community by ensuring access to legal information and services for all immigrants in Central Texas."

If you enjoy cooking & supporting great causes, sign up with a team to creat a dish from a chosen country, write a blurb about environmental issues in that country, and sell your food to support our Central Texas community~

Follow the link below to sign your team up!

delivered by:Keara Hudler


TODAY Hidden Figures Campus Showing w/ Panel on Diversity in STEM

TODAY: Hidden Figures Showing at 6pm and 9pm with Panel on Diversity in STEM fields at 8pm between showings in Olin 110

Brought to you by CDSJ, EBONY, and Student Activities

delivered by:Marissa Madrid-Ortega


Make exfoliating facial scrub with HEAT

This Thursday, March 23rd, HEAT will hosting an exfoliating scrub making craft in bishops from 12-2 pm. For only 3 dollars, you can make your own organic facial scrub. We take cash AND venmo. We'll be making all types of scrubs!! All proceeds go to Collect for Effect, a way to donate to teachers in India.

Hey! I hope you had a good spring break! also i hope I'm not reaching you too late 

Can you set a postmaster saying that this Thursday 3/23 HEAT will hosting an exfoliating scrub making craft in bishops from 12-2 and it'll be 3 dollars. We take cash AND venmo. We'll be making all types of scrubs!! All proceeds go to Collect for Effect, a way to donate to teachers in India.

Thank you shis Thursday 3/23 HEAT will hosting an exfoliating scrub making craft in bishops from 12-2 and it'll be 3 dollars. We take cash AND venmo. We'll be making all types of scrubs!! All proceeds go to Collect for Effect, a way t

delivered by:Cristina Costas


TEAM : Dealing with Cancer is a Team Effort

Thursday-March 23rd 2017

 Olin 105


 “ The Team”, in which  individuals speak about  the roles of team members in the life of a patient once they are diagnosed with cancer.

 Come gain knowledge and understanding that would help people see patients as humans first and patients second and that tackling cancer is a community effort.

 If you have free time , an open hearts and want to make a difference in the lives of people  living with cancer but don’t know what niche fits for you, come find out.

delivered by:Zainab Oketokoun


Love Memes? Love Food?

Love memes? Love winning food?

Active Minds is inviting every club to Penny Wars. All you have to do is sign your club up and choose a meme that you would think would be the most popular around campus. Whoever donates the most pennies in their milk jug will receive a Chick Fil A party (while supplies last), a pizza party, or an ice cream party of the club's choice!

For any further questions, contact me! 

delivered by:Christine Nguyen


Retro Game Night TOMORROW!

This Friday, March 24, UPC teams up with Computer Science Club once again to bring you Retro Game Night!

Come see the Bishops Lounge transformed into a gigantic arcade and enjoy classic video games ranging from the Pong and Pac-Man era all the way up to the Xbox Kinect!

Enjoy free food and live video game music! Try your luck at winning one of several raffle prizes and test your mettle by entering our Super Smash Bros tournament.

Retro Game Night starts at 7 PM on Friday in the Bishops Lounge in the McCombs Campus Center.

delivered by:Jefferson Ellinger


Community Service and Fund-Raising

Food Drive

delivered by:Susie Bullock