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In Focus: 1/7/2011

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EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED FOR LONG-TIME SERVICE

Nearly 40 Southwestern employees will be recognized Jan. 7 for their long-time service to the university.

Geraldine Stanford of Custodial Services will be recognized for 30 years of service.

Physical Plant employees Randy Damron and Tim Fisher will be recognized for 25 years of service. Xan Koonce of University Events and Mike Lyda of Physical Plant will be recognized for 20 years of service.

Employees who will be recognized for 15 years of service are Reyes Diaz, Irene Gallegos, Thelma Garza, Inez Gonzales, Laura Helms, Sue Mennicke, Chris Murray, Pat Murray, Don Repa and Ruben Torres.

Employees who will be recognized for 10 years of service are Alex Anderson, Jose Arreola, Monty Curtis, Michael DeLance, Margie Funkhouser, George Godward, Georgianne Hewett, Phillip Lindinger, Janie Litton, Nadia Mahannah, Kim Murphy, Tony Orcutt, Roy Salazar, Michael Sedwick, Sue Smith, Lillian Smith, David Stones, Stella Torres and David Williamson.

Employees who will be recognized for five years of service are Trish Aitken, Vernon Bell, Ellen Davis, Randy Diaz, Karen Fruge, Diane Gonzalez, Katherine Hooker, Debbie Keith, Laura McCord, Nick McCormick, Yolanda Mendez, Katy Sombito and Paula Sutton.

Recent retirees Bob Bohl, Josie Cosper, Phil Collier, Mike Mitchell and Bob Radford also will be recognized. Bohl retired in April 2010 with almost 17 years of service, Cosper retired in December with 27 years of service, Collier retired in December with more than 26 years of service, Mitchell retired in December with 21 years of service and Radford retired in December with more than 31 years of service.

SOUTHWESTERN STUDENT WINS ROTARY CLUB AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY IN PERU

Southwestern student and pre-med major Maureen Johnson has received an Ambassadorial Scholarship from The Rotary Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Rotary International. The Ambassadorial Scholarship program was founded in 1947 and provides academic year scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and professional members to study abroad and act as goodwill ambassadors in their host country.

Johnson will spend a year in Lima, Peru, which was her first choice for an assignment. She will head there in June 2011. In addition to studying full-time at a university in Lima, she will make presentations to at least 12 different Rotary Clubs in Peru and will also make presentations to Rotary Clubs in the United States before and after her trip to Peru.

Read more here.

Events

ART HISTORY PROFESSOR TO SPEAK AT JAN. 12 SALON AT WILDFIRE

Patrick Hajovsky, assistant professor of art history at Southwestern, will be the featured speaker for the Jan. 12 Salon at Wildfire sponsored by the Williamson Museum. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the back room of Wildfire Restaurant, 812 S. Austin Ave.

Hajovsky will discuss his research on portraiture of the Aztec ruler Moctezuma.

JAN. 13 FACULTY RECITAL WILL FEATURE WORKS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

Violinist Eri Lee Lam, violin and pianist Vincent Lam will give a faculty recital on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m.  in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program will include the Violin Sonata in G by Maurice Ravel; “Poème,” Op.25 by Ernest Chausson; “The Graceful Ghost Rag” by William Bolcom; and the Violin Sonata No. 9 in A and “Kreutzer,” Op. 47, by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call 512-863-1504.

JAN. 17 COMMUNITY DINNER WILL CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Southwestern will host a community dinner to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. in the McCombs Ballrooms.

Featured speaker for the dinner will be Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, associate professor and director of the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

The dinner is free for Southwestern students, faculty and staff. Members of the community may attend for $8 ($4 for children under 12). For reservations, call 512-863-1342 or write schiltp@southwestern.edu.   Read more here.  

Media Coverage

The Austin American-Statesman ran a Q&A with President Schrum. Read the interview here.

The Williamson County Sun ran a story about student Maureen Johnson receiving a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to spend a year in Peru.

The Williamson County Sun ran a story about professors who received Sam Taylor Fellowship awards from the United Methodist Church.

The Williamson County Sun ran a column comparing Southwestern to UT.

The Williamson County Sun ran a wrap-up of 2010 highlights from Southwestern.

The Austin American-Statesman and the Williamson County Sun ran articles about John Pipkin’s appointment as Writer in Residence. Read the Statesman article here.

The Austin American-Statesman ran an article about the Pirate Apprentice Program. Read the article here.

Austin American-Statesman columnist Ken Herman wrote a column about Southwestern’s potential name change. Read the column here.

Religion Professor Laura Hobgood-Oster’s teaching and research were mentioned in a story that appeared in the Portland Oregonian. Read the story here.

Notables

Steve Alexander, professor of physics, gave an invited talk titled “Nonadiabatic Calculations Using Monte Carlo Methods” on Dec. 16 at the Pacifichem 2010 Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Lois Ferrari, professor of music and music director of the Austin Civic Orchestra, made history on Nov. 21, 2010, as the first woman to conduct in Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin. Ferrari and the ACO performed for a sold-out audience of 2,300 and hosted guest artists Peter Bay and Jessica Mathaes of the Austin Symphony.

Sophomore biology major Allyson Plantz has received an $800 grant from the science research society Sigma Xi. Plantz will use the award to create more housing for freshwater turtles known as red-ear sliders that she uses as for predation experiments involving the turtles and the egg clutches of freshwater apple snails.

Several Southwestern students and faculty members are involved with the Fourthworld Theatre Projects production of “A Samuel Beckett Cabaret,” which will be performed at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin Jan. 19-30. Tickets for the performance are $14 and are available online at www.hydeparktheatre.org.