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In Focus: 1/31/2013

A weekly newsletter published by the Communications Office

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Southwestern students were among those who participated in Georgetown’s 2013 MLK Day Parade. See more photos of Southwestern students participating in MLK Day activities here. (Photo by Erica Goode)

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SOUTHWESTERN TO PRESENT ITS ANNUAL COLLEGE TOWN AWARD FEB. 1

A committee made up of representatives of both Southwestern and the Georgetown community has been selected to receive Southwestern’s eighth annual Martha Diaz Hurtado College Town Award.

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. Previous recipients of the award include the Williamson County Sun, the Downtown Georgetown Association, former mayor Gary Nelon and Chamber of Commerce President Mel Pendland, Dr. Doug Benold, Ellsworth Peterson, Esther Weir, and Barbara and George Brightwell. The award is named for a long-time Southwestern University employee who was also very active in the community.

The 2013 College Town Award is going to the College Town Committee, which includes nearly 20 representatives from local businesses, city offices and nonprofit organizations as well as staff members from throughout Southwestern. The committee has been meeting regularly since 2003 to find ways to connect Southwestern to the greater Georgetown community.

The current chair of the committee is Bob Villarreal, who owns the local Cici’s Pizza franchise. Villarreal will accept the award on behalf of the committee Feb. 1 at the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.

Read more here.

WORKING FOR THE SPEAKER OF THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES GIVES GRADUATES AN INSIDE LOOK AT TEXAS POLITICS

It’s the second week the 83rd Texas Legislature is in session, and a steady stream of visitors is coming into the office of House Speaker Joe Straus.

Right by the door to the Speaker’s office is Channing Burke, a 1988 Southwestern graduate. Burke serves as the Speaker’s executive assistant, coordinating all the meetings he has with other members of the Texas Legislature. It’s a demanding − but also very rewarding − job.

“I get to meet people who have very interesting careers,” Burke says. “I can also connect the issues being debated with what stories appear in the news the next day.”

Burke is one of four Southwestern graduates who have ended up working for Speaker Straus, who is one of the most powerful people in Texas government. Burke joined the Speaker’s staff in late 2010 after having held a variety of jobs in government and public relations.

Read more here.

Events

CAMPUS TICKETS FOR 2013 SHILLING LECTURE AVAILABLE FEB. 4

World-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall will be the featured speaker for Southwestern’s 2013 Shilling Lecture. The event will be held Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Corbin J. Robertson Center.

Tickets for Southwestern faculty, students and staff will be available on the Shilling Lecture website Feb. 4. All campus tickets must be picked up March 18-20.

Tickets for alumni and parents will be available Feb. 12 and tickets for the general public will be available March 4. These tickets may be picked up at the box office the evening of the event.

Goodall will speak at Southwestern as part of her 2013 “Sowing the Seeds of Hope Tour.” She will discuss her work with the chimpanzees in what is today Tanzania’s Gombe National Park from the 1960s to the present.

Goodall also will share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues her pioneering research and celebrates its 36th anniversary this year. The Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Read more here.

AUSTIN CIVIC ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT SOUTHWESTERN FEB. 9

The Austin Civic Orchestra will perform in the Alma Thomas Theater on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D, “Titan.” The concert also will feature Bruce Cain, associate professor of music at Southwestern, singing the four German lieder upon which the Mahler symphony is based, collectively titled “Songs of a Wayfarer.”

The concert is free for all Southwestern students, faculty and staff with a valid SU ID. The general public can purchase advance tickets at the Austin Civic Orchestra’s website (www.austincivicorchestra.com) or at the door the evening of the performance (cash or check only). Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors/military/students, and $5 for children 11 and under.

MEZZO-SOPRANO TO GIVE GUEST RECITAL FEB. 13

Mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell will give a guest recital on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Maxwell will perform seven original songs by Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century German prophetess, healer, and composer who was canonized in 2012.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504.

Media Coverage

The Austin Chronicle did a preview of the Brown Symposium and gallery exhibit featuring the work of Michael Mogavero. Read the story here.

The Williamson County Sun did several stories on the Brown Symposium and an update on Southwestern’s grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Notables

The December 2012 issue of ASA Footnotes, the newsletter of the American Sociological Association, included an article titled “Changes in the MCAT Have Implications for Sociology Department Planning” that was written by Edward L. Kain, professor of sociology and University Scholar. Kain had significant help on the article from Kerry Bruns, professor of chemistry.

Theatre majors Lauren Knutti, Alison Meagher-Manson and Alejandra Navarro served as judges at a UIL competition in Jarrell last week.

An essay titled “War and Witnessing” by Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton, associate professor of English, is part of a new volume titled Critical Insights: War that was edited by Alex Vernon and published by Salem Press. The essay looks at the changes in non-fiction war narratives in the past 40 years.