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In Focus: 2/6/2009

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NOBEL LAUREATE TO GIVE 2009 SHILLING LECTURE FEB. 10

Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, will give Southwestern’s 2009 Shilling Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.

Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work with the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, which she founded in 1977. The organization encouraged women’s groups to plant trees to prevent soil erosion, provide firewood and produce food. Through the Green Belt Movement, Maathai has helped women plant more than 30 million trees on their farms and in school and church compounds across Kenya.

In conjunction with Maathai’s visit, Southwestern University President Jake B. Schrum plans to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.
http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/

Read the rest of the story here. http://www.southwestern.edu/newsroom/story.php?id=332

SOUTHWESTERN PRESIDENT NAMED GEORGETOWN’S ‘CITIZEN OF THE YEAR’

Southwestern University President Jake B. Schrum received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Jan. 30. The award is presented to persons whose outstanding efforts on behalf of the community, above and beyond employment responsibilities, best exemplify the values and characteristics of true citizenship.

Schrum has served on the board of The Georgetown Project, the Chisholm Trail Community Foundation and First Texas Bank of Georgetown. He has worked with many other civic organization in town, including Georgetown Partners in Education.

“Causal observation of President Schrum in action reveals a man with uncommon intellect and a passion for a community that serves the needs of children from pre-school through university level,” said Gene Davenport, executive director of The Georgetown Project.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.southwestern.edu/newsroom/story.php?id=757

DOUG BENOLD RECEIVES ‘COLLEGE TOWN’ AWARD FROM SOUTHWESTERN

Dr. Douglas Benold, a retired Georgetown physician and community leader, was recognized Jan. 30 for his efforts to help make Georgetown seem like more like a college town.

Southwestern University presented Benold with its fourth annual Martha Diaz Hurtado College Town Award during the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet.

The award was created in 2006 to recognize citizens, organizations or businesses whose exemplary efforts have enhanced the “college town” environment for students, faculty and staff at Southwestern.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.southwestern.edu/newsroom/story.php?id=740

Events

FEB. 7 FESTIVAL SHOWCASES THE ARTS ON CAMPUS

The fine arts will come out of the Fine Arts Building Feb. 7 as Southwestern hosts its second SU Arts Festival.

The festival, organized by senior Natalie Moore, is designed to showcase the finest of the music, theatre and arts on campus. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and provide activities for all ages.

For more on the festival, go here: http://www.southwestern.edu/newsroom/story.php?id=674

SAN GABRIEL CHORALE TO PERFORM AT SOUTHWESTERN FEB. 8

San Gabriel Chorale, directed by Bruce Cain, will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Seasons,” on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. in Southwestern’s Alma Thomas Theater.

“The Seasons” contains some of the most varied and fascinating ideas - some humorous, some pictorial, others noble and brilliantly descriptive in manner.

The concert is sponsored by the Department of Music in the Sarofim School of Fine Arts. Admission is $20. For more information, visit http://www.sangabrielchorale.com/

Media Coverage

The Waco Tribune-Herald ran Biology Professor Ben Pierce’s opinion piece on science and religion. Read the column at http://www.wacotrib.com/opin/content/news/opinion/stories/2009/02/02/02022009wacpierce.html

Economics Professor Ken Roberts was quoted in an article in the Wall Street Journal about Chinese migrants. Read the article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123359977495740199.html?mod=rss_Today%27s_Most_Popular

The Williamson County Sun ran items about Doug Benold receiving the College Town Award and Red and Charline McCombs receiving the Lamar Medal.

The Williamson County Sun ran an article about the SU Arts Festival being organized by senior Natalie Moore.

The Williamson County Sun ran a preview of the Brown Symposium.

KXAN-TV did a live shot from the Brown Symposium. View the story at http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/texas/scholars_examine_science_religion

Notables

Junior Charles Prince has been accepted to a summer program in South Africa that will focus on education and social change. Program participants will explore the history of education in South Africa, examine the challenges and successes of educational transformation since the 1994 elections, and analyze potential paths for the future. The program is sponsored by the School for International Training Programs.