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In Focus: 12/10/2010

A weekly newsletter published by the  Communications Office

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SOUTHWESTERN STUDENTS SHARE EXCITEMENT ABOUT SCIENCE WITH LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

When he was growing up, Jacob Guajardo said he thought it was “really cool” when older students came to visit his school.

This fall the roles were reversed. Guajardo was one of 69 students from Southwestern who visited a Georgetown elementary school to guide students in real-life chemistry experiments. The project was part of the requirement for students taking General Chemistry.

“It’s actually quite a challenge to take sophisticated chemistry concepts and make them simple enough for elementary school students to understand,” said Willis Weigand, an associate professor of chemistry who teaches the General Chemistry course along with Emily Niemeyer, professor of chemistry, and Gulnar Rawji, associate professor of chemistry.

Read more here.

HISTORY PROFESSOR RECEIVES TEACHING AWARD FROM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

History Professor Daniel Castro has been selected to receive the 2010-2011 Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Each year the Board allows the university to designate one teacher to receive this award, which includes a $500 cash prize.

Castro has been a member of the Southwestern faculty since 1996.  He teaches courses on Latin American history and is one of Southwestern’s Paideia professors. He also has taught First-Year Seminars on several different topics.

Castro was instrumental in creating Southwestern’s Latin American Studies Program and currently serves as chair of that program. His research focuses on revolutionary movements in Latin America.

Read more here.

Events

DEC. 11-12 TOUR SPOTLIGHTS HISTORIC HOMES IN GEORGETOWN

The Georgetown Heritage Society is sponsoring its annual Holiday Home Tour Dec. 11-12 from noon to 5 p.m. The tour will showcase five homes in Old Town, several of which have connections to Southwestern. Among the houses on the tour will be the house at 1403 Elm St., which was once lived in by William Dwight Wentz, Southwestern’s first theatre professor.

Tickets for the tour are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the tour. Tickets may be purchased in advance at any of these locations:

  • Georgetown Visitor Center at 101 West 7th St.
  • Hill Country Bookstore at 719 South Main St.
  • Georgetown Antique Mall at 110 West 8th St.
  • Sun City Community Association Office at 650 Sun City Blvd.

On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at Grace Heritage Center, 811 South Main St.

For more information, call 512-869-8597 or visit http://www.georgetownheritagesociety.com

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun covered the lecture given at Southwestern by Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey.

Notables

Three Southwestern students have been awarded Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship for the spring 2011 semester. The scholarships, which are highly competitive, enable U.S. undergraduate students with financial need to pursue academic studies abroad. Joseph Hillman, a junior international studies major with a focus on East Asian art history, received $3,500 to study in China. Daisy Mateus, a junior Latin American studies major, received $4,000 to study in Spain. Adriana Saad, a junior international studies and Spanish double major, received $4,500 to study in Ecuador. Read more here.

Thomas McClendon, professor of history, had a chapter published in an collection edited by Karl Ittman, Dennis Cordell and Gregory Maddox titled The Demographics of Empire: The Colonial Order and the Creation of Knowledge (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2010). His chapter is titled “Makwerekwere: Separating Immigrants and Natives in Early Colonial Natal.”

  
This is the last issue of In Focus for the fall 2010 semester. Publication will resume Jan. 7. Happy holidays!