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In Focus: 1/9/2009

A weekly newsletter published by the Communications Office

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JOE ERNST NAMED FIRST MEN’S LACROSSE COACH

Joe Ernst has been named head coach of the new varsity men’s lacrosse team at Southwestern University. Ernst comes to Southwestern from Mercyhurst North East, where he began a lacrosse program and has served as the head men’s lacrosse coach for the past five seasons. He started at Southwestern Jan. 1.

“This is a historic time for Southwestern as we embark on fielding the first NCAA men’s lacrosse program in the state of Texas,” said Glada Munt, director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “Coach Ernst rose to the top of a very competitive national search and we are confident that he is the right person to lead us in the transition from a highly successful club program to a top-notch Division III program. We are delighted with the energy, enthusiasm, and love for the game of lacrosse that he is bringing to the Southwestern community.”

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.southwestern.edu/newsroom/story.php?id=551 

SOUTHWESTERN STUDENTS TACKLE RESEARCH PROJECT ON SMOKING FOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Despite well-documented research that smoking is dangerous, 15 percent of the population continues to smoke. Students and faculty members from the Departments of Economics and Sociology at Southwestern are conducting research on the reasoning behind this, particularly in Williamson County.

With the help of grant money Southwestern received from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop collaborative programs among faculty members, the departments have joined with the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) to explore the effectiveness of tobacco cessation strategies available to employers in Williamson County.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.southwestern.edu/newsroom/story.php?id=542 

Events

STAFF RECOGNITION EVENT JAN. 9

Staff members with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service will be honored at the annual Staff Recognition Event Jan. 9. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Bishops Lounge. Forty-three employees will be honored, including 40-year employee Torivia Zavala, 35-year employee Mike Rossman and 30-year employee Jan Nowlin. All employees are invited to attend the event.

JAN. 12 LECTURE WILL FOCUS ON EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND THE FINE ARTS

Jeff Burke, executive director of the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, will give a talk at Southwestern on Monday, Jan. 12th, titled “Emerging Technologies and the Fine Arts.”  The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.

Burke’s work in the arts and engineering explores how emerging technologies can be employed to serve expressive and social goals, and focuses on the rich opportunities for synthesis across disciplines within theater, media installation, architecture and systems engineering. He has designed, managed or produced performances, new genre art installations and new facility construction in nine countries from 1999-2008. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Intel, Cisco, Nokia and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

MLK DAY COMMUNITY DINNER JAN. 19

Southwestern will host a community dinner in honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center ballrooms. Cost is $8 for adults $4 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call 512-863-1305 or send a message to flemmine@southwestern.edu. Guests may pay by cash or check at the door. Featured speaker will be Rev. Quinton Gibson from St. James United Methodist Church in Temple. Musical entertainment will be provided by Michael Cross. 

Media Coverage

The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted President Jake B. Schrum in an article about college holiday cards.

The Williamson County Sun ran photos of Southwestern swim team members helping with a holiday fundraiser for Handcrafts Unlimited in Georgetown.

Southwestern’s participation in the College Forward program was noted in a story the Austin American-Statesman wrote about the program.

The Austin American-Statesman ran a story about the 2009 Shilling Lecture speaker.

The Williamson County Sun ran a column by English professor Michael Sanger.