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Money for Creativity and Innovation!

Are you a visionary? Do you have innovative ideas? Receive funding for your ideas! The King Creativity program provides funding to Southwestern students for innovative projects.

The program provides students the opportunity to explore ideas and interests that fall outside of the usual academic process and curriculum--ideas that may not have a lot to do with a student's major, that combine interests in more than one area, or are extra-curricular in nature. Proposals may be funded in the range of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The only limitation is your imagination!

For more information and instructions on how to apply, go to

Application deadline is Friday, October 10, 2014.

Proposals should be submitted to Alena Garcia in The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at

delivered by:Alena Garcia


Interdisciplinary Thursday Night Film Festival

This week's movie is entitled, "Eternal Amazon".  It will be shown in Olin room 105 at 7pm on Thursday, September 18th. Snacks will be provided, and Dr. Romi Burks will lead a discussion after the film.

Click here to see movie trailer.

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

delivered by:Susie Bullock


Expressive Arts Evening Workshop, TONIGHT

Collage Making, Thursday, 9/18/14, 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. 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


Taize Chapel TODAY 11:30am

This morning we will have a special service of prayer and silence led by alumus, Rev. Milton Jordan and the SU Singers.

We will begin in the Chapel at 11:30am

delivered by:marianne brown


Dark Comedy About NORWEGIAN Hit Men For Hire!

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


Fountainwood Observatory - Public Viewing Night

PUBLIC NIGHT Saturday September 20, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.

On this moonless public night the constellations of Scorpio and Sagittarius lie in the southwest while high overhead wheels the summer triangle consisting of the stars Vega, Altair and Deneb. On this 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


Board of Visitors

Southwestern University's Board of Visitors will be on campus for their fall board meeting on Friday, Sept. 19.  Parking for the Board of Visitors will be reserved in the Chapel Plaza.  The Board of Visitors is a group of advocates and advisers who support the University's mission by becoming informed of its programs and providing feedback to the President and other administrative officials.

delivered by:Xan Koonce


Do You Enjoy Math?

Do you enjoy making a difference? Do you like working with high school students? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should join the Upward Bound family! We are currently looking for students of all majors to help tutor our high school scholars. Tutors will be scheduled to volunteer atleast once a week for our tutoring sessions on either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at our office. 


If you are interested or know someone who would be a great tutor, then please email me at or call (512) 863-1174.

delivered by:Veronica Luna


Gentle "March to Stabilize the Climate"






            The upcoming UN Climate Summit (September 23rd in New York City) will be attended by over 120 heads of state and President Obama will be among those who speak.  This Summit is aimed to help build the political will to meaningfully address climate change in the next international climate negotiations.  Those negotiations will be held in Paris in late 2015.  As we approach the Paris negotiations our leaders need to hear our insistence for a binding international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

            In conjunction with the UN Climate Summit, over 2500 rallies and marches will be held around the world.  A local “March to Stabilize the Climate” will be held on the Georgetown Square at noon on Saturday, September 20.  We will not disrupt traffic or shoppers, we won’t chant or amplify our voices, and there will be no speeches.  We will simply march.  Make a placard (or not) and join us!


Sponsored by Environmental Studies Program, SEAK, College Democrats, and HEAT.

For more information contact Emily Northrop ( 


delivered by:Emily Northrop


Club, Organization, and Extracurricular Notices


Josh Long, assistant professor of environmental studies, will be the featured speaker at a Sept. 18 event sponsored by the Interfaith Eco-Network of Georgetown. The event will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church on University Avenue.

Long will address the scientific understanding and evidence for climate disruption, global warming and the impact of human activity on climate change, including responses to climate change skeptics and the likely effects of climate change in Texas and around the world. He also will discuss some positive actions that can be taken to mitigate against the adverse effects of climate change.

The event is free and open to the public.

delivered by:Ellen Davis


Solar Lounge Chair Workshop

We are looking for individuals to help assemble the Solar Lounge Chairs in the upcomming month. Food will be provided.


If interested please contact for details:

Amir Hessabi -

delivered by:amir ardjomandhessabi


Ultimate Frisbee!!

Entries for Ultimate Frisbee close this Friday, September 19!

Men's, Women's, & Co-Rec divisions available!

Play begins Wednesday, September 24!

Register your team or as a free agent using the link below:

delivered by:Linsay Biggers


Sign-ups for SU Showcase Auditions are open

Do you have a talent to share with the SU community?  Come audition for the SU Showcase on Monday, September 29th!  All talents are welcome - singing, dancing, hoola-hooping, stand-up comedy, baton twirling - the possibilities are endless.  SU Showcase will be held as part of Friday Night Live on Friday, October 24th.

If you would like to audition, please fill out this form:  The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 26th at noon and we will respond with your audition time later that day.  Feel free to email Rebecca at with any questions.

delivered by:Rebecca Silverblatt


Second H.E.A.T. meeting of the year this week!

The Southwestern chapter of H.E.A.T. (Human, Environment, Animal Team) will be having their second meeting of the year this Thursday. Same time, 8:00pm, same place, Olin 110, look forward to seeing everybody again after a great turnout a couple weeks ago!

delivered by:Clement Banaszak-Holl


Leadership Development Series: Recruiting & Retaining Members

The Leadership Development Series kicks off today at 5pm in the Lynda McCombs Ballroom with a special presentation on Recruiting & Retaining Members.  This workshop focuses on the tips and tricks to entice people to join your organization and how to keep the members you already have.  This workshop is great for every organization!

delivered by:Jason Chapman



Do you love helping the community? Do you love exciting people? Do you love HAVING FUN??? Then come visit SUSTAIN tonight!!

Sustain Meeting tonight at 7:22PM in the Prothro 2nd floor lobby!

I don't know about you,

but im feeling 7:22!!

delivered by:Cody Hebert


Southwestern University Veterans Organization Meeting

SUVA will be having their first meeting of the academic year this Friday on September 19th at 5 p.m. (1700 for you military types) on the second floor lounge of the Protho building. We will be discussing our goals as an organization and future activities. There will also be some tasty treats available at the meeting (more than likely pizza and soda). SUVA is a recognized university organization with the primary purpose to help out veterans on campus. We are not an exclusive organization (so you don't have to be a veteran to be involved) but we will focus on veterans and military issues. If you're interested in seeing what this organization has to offer or just want some info regarding the military from recent veterans, feel free to join our meeting. Semper Fi.

delivered by:eric rodriguez


Hispanics Needed for Table Read of Feature Film


My name is Kenedi Delgado and I am organizing a table reading on behalf of Cindy Weigand. Cindy has been working on an Animated Musical Feature Film for a couple of years now and she is ready to hear it read aloud. Fortunately,she has asked Southwestern to foster the voices she is looking for. The film is based on the old Mexican Legend of La Llorona and reveals the truth behind the woman in the tale. If you are interested in reading an interesting script and being a part of a fun film experience, please let me know as soon as you can. As of now the table reading will be on October 4th, sometime in the early afternoon in the Fine Arts Building. This will be a very relaxing environment where we can just have fun with the words and see where it takes us. There is both English and Spanish in the Script, so you must be able to read both. I am looking for men and women of all ages as there are many different characters. Please let me know if you are interested or want more information. Cheers!



delivered by:Kenedi Delgado


Come eat at Mama Fu's-Support SU Teach!

Come eat dinenr at Mama Fu's Monday, September 22nd and support Teach, and organization dedicated to making learning fun! When you pay for your food, be sure to mention that you want some of the proceeds to go to SU Teach!

delivered by:sara hall


Community Service and Fund-Raising

FREE Screenings and Volunteer Opp this Saturday!

This Saturday at Georgetown High School, the Chamber of Commerce is putting on its first ever Health Fair! There will be a ton of free screenings including: Blood pressure, oral cancer, vision, spinal, and balance testings. 

There will also be cooking demos and guest speakers.

Its a totally free event! Feel free to come and go.

Time: 10am-2pm

**Also, if you would like to volunteer to get community service hours, contact me at

delivered by:McKenzie Bryan