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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


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, "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



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


Still Nee to Register to Vote? Voter Registration & Education Drive - THIS WEEK!

The Voter Registration and Education Drive will be held from September 29 through October 6th.  Visit us on the concourse every day at lunch for information on how to register to vote, how to change your voter address, or pick up an application for a ballot by mail.  There will also be information on what is on this year’s ballot, and information about upcoming events.  So stop by and visit and help us rock the vote!

Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & SU Votes

delivered by:Jason Chapman


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


World Communion Week with Student Preacher, Marianne Brown

Today in the Chapel at 11:30 am:

join other members of the campus community in worship as we celebrate unity and shared grace. 

delivered by:User Spiritual and Religious Life


Club, Organization, and Extracurricular Notices

Why Are Animals Important to You?

SU Animal Alliance will be meeting Today 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


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



Student Congress is hosting this month's Student Body Forum in Bishops at 4 THIS THURSDAY. The focus for this Student Body Forum is acknowledging students have complaints/issues with the new Paideia program as it is currently running and so y'all will have the chance to ask for advice and give suggestions on how to improve it for the roll-out students (juniors and sophomores) and first-years. We will also want to hear from seniors on the negatives and positives of their version of the program.

delivered by:Marisa Sanchez


Want to be a Student Congress Organization Rep?

Student Congress is making significant changes to better serve the Student Body, specifically with adjustments to our membership, which is currently comprised of elected housing and class-year representatives. While we are interested in maintaining our connection to student groups, we will now be opening it up through an application process to ALL student organizations for a 1-year position on Congress. This gives everyone the opportunity to serve the Student Body while providing us unique perspectives on issues pertaining to student groups. The 8 representatives elected to these seats will be adopted into the core membership and expected to fulfill the roles of a full Congress member. While they will represent their organization, they also are to act as a voice and provide a perspective for issues effecting all student groups, not just their own.

Please discuss this with your organization(s). If any of your members would like to run, have them submit the google form by 5pm on Thursday October 9th.


All members of Congress are expected to fulfill their role by attending Congress and Council meetings on Tuesdays from 6-8pm. Congress representatives also sit on at least one University Committee. If you have any questions concerning Congress or the election process please feel free to contact the President at or the Parliamentarian, Hunter Jurgens at


delivered by:Marisa Sanchez




Don't forget about the SUSTAIN meeting at 7:22PM in the 2nd floor lobby of Prothro!

I don't know about you, but im feeling 7:22!!

delivered by:Cody Hebert