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In Focus: 4/2/2010

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TRUSTEES APPROVE NEW STRATEGIC PLAN FOR SOUTHWESTERN

What will Southwestern be like in the year 2020?

For one thing, it will probably have more students – 250 of them. It also will have a new science building. And the vacant land east of campus may be developed.

These are among the goals set forth in the University’s new strategic plan, which will cover the period from 2010-2020.

The plan was developed throughout 2009 by a 19-member Commission on Planning and Action that included faculty, staff and student representatives along with representatives from the Association of Southwestern Alumni and the Board of Trustees. It was approved by the Board of Trustees March 26 following approval from the University Council, the Staff Affairs Committee and the faculty, and endorsements from the Student Congress and the Alumni Council.

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SOUTHWESTERN TEAM DEMONSTRATES ACUMEN IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPETITION

As a varsity tennis player, D’Artagnan Bebel II knows something about athletic shoes.

It turns out that he knows something about the business of athletic shoes as well.

Bebel and teammate Jordan Evins have placed among the top 100 teams twice this semester in the Business Strategy Game, an international competition that is done via the Internet and tests students in all aspects of business, from HR and marketing to product design, production and finance.

In the game, teams of two to five students imagine that they are running an athletic footwear company that competes in the global arena. Each team has to develop and execute a competitive strategy that results in a respected brand image, keeps their company in contention for global market leadership, and produces good financial performance as measured by earnings per share, return on equity investment, stock price appreciation and credit rating. They have to keep corporate social responsibility in mind as well.

“It’s like a business wargame,” said Don Parks, associate professor of business. “It enables students to experience the impact of their decisions, evaluate the results, and then respond to the new situation. They test theories, models and concepts in a simulated world.”

Bebel and Evins have been participating in the competition this semester as part of Parks’ business capstone class in strategic management. The competition runs year-round and teams can join the competition whenever they want. Over the course of each week, teams have to make more than 150 decisions that will impact their performance.

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Events

TROMBONE CHOIR TO PERFORM AT SOUTHWESTERN APRIL 5

The Central Texas Civic Trombone Choir will give a recital in celebration of
International Trombone Week on Monday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Lois Perkins Chapel.

The concert is free and open to the pubic. For more information, contact Eileen Meyer Russell at 512-863-1732 or russelle@southwestern.edu.

DANCE REPERTORY THEATRE TO PERFORM APRIL 6-7

The Dance Repertory Theatre will feature the work of Southwestern choreographers and dancers in performances to be held Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.

The program is free to Southwestern students, faculty and staff. General admission tickets for members of the community are $5 and may be purchased online at southwestern.tix.com

APRIL 10 LATINO HERITAGE SYMPOSIUM WILL EXPLORE THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION

The fifth annual Latino Heritage Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the McCombs Ballrooms.

The symposium is titled “Immigration: Realities of a Controversial Struggle” and will feature lectures and workshops on this complicated topic. The symposium will also include a 3 p.m. screening of “The 800 Mile Wall” directed by Juan Carlos Frey, which depicts the problems related to the recent border wall construction. A discussion will follow.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, write LHSymposium@gmail.com or call Mary González at 512-863-1342.

SU CHORALE, ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM BACH ‘MAGNIFICAT’ APRIL 11

The Southwestern University Chorale and Orchestra will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat” on Sunday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Lois Perkins Chapel.

Soloists for the concert include Chorale members Catherine Klassen, Katie De La Vega, David Shaw, Ashley Foster, Zach Zeman, Brooke Lyssy and Brian Miller. Southwestern faculty members playing in the orchestra include Eri Lee Lam, Adrienne Inglis, Stephen Martin, Susan Douglas and Pam Rossman. The Chorale and Orchestra will be conducted by Kenny Sheppard.

The concert also will include Bach’s Cantata 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme.”
It is free and open to the public.

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun did a feature story on groundskeeper Ben Nava.

Notables

Southwestern received five awards this week from District IV of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In the category of Best Student Program, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations received a Grand Award for last fall’s “Day without Pirate Bikes” fundraiser, which was conducted in conjunction with the Student Foundation. The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations also received an Achievement Award in the category of Alumni Program, Project or Special Event for the 2009 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. The Office of Creative Services received a Grand Award in the category of Four-Color Magazines for Southwestern magazine. It also received an Achievement Award in the category of Four-color Brochures for one of Southwestern’s admissions brochures and an Achievement Award in the category of Magazine Design – Single Editorial Spread, for a “Senior Stories” spread that appeared in Southwestern magazine.

Four psychology students are presenting papers at the Southwestern Psychological Association Meeting to be held in Dallas April 8-10. Kathryn Bollich, Whitney Laas, Lauren Margulieux and Stacy Mathis are presenting a paper titled “Introverted But Not Shy: A New Perspective on the Measurement Of Introversion” and another paper titled “Shy to ‘Fly’: Testing the Effectiveness of Self-Presentation Strategies of Shy Individuals.” The papers were written with Traci Giuliano, professor of psychology.

Sandi Nenga, assistant professor of sociology, had an article titled “The Value of Volunteering: Comparing Youths’ Experiences to Popular Claims” published in a special issue of Sociological Studies of Children and Youth (Bingley, UK:  Emerald Publishing Group). The 2010 special issue theme was “Children and Youth Speak for Themselves.”

Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, has been invited to participate in the 62nd annual Conference on World Affairs to be held at the University of Colorado at Boulder April 5-9. Selbin has been invited to speak on seven panels, including ones titled “Youth: Revolution, Resistance and Rebellion,” “Latin America and Its Discontents,” “My Terrorist, Your Freedom Fighter,” “Time, Memory and Landscape,” “Pirates!,” “A Lower Priority on Higher Education” and “I Never Let My Schooling Interfere With My Education.”