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In Focus: 2/28/2013

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Students traded their regular lunch fare for peanut butter sandwiches on Valentine’s Day in order to help donate meals to needy residents in Georgetown. Students donated 378 meals and Sodexo donated an additional 200 meals, meaning that a total of about $3,000 in food was donated. Shown here delivering some of the food to a program at Eastview High School are senior Forest Baker, sophomore Maria Gonzalez and first-year student Malcolm Harvin-Conner. (Photo by Erica Grant)

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SOUTHWESTERN STUDENTS, FACULTY MEMBERS PRESENTING AT TEXAS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE MEETING

The scientific and artistic talents of Southwestern students, alumni and faculty members will be on display Feb. 28-March 2 at the 116th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science being held in Kerrville.

Southwestern students will give five oral presentations and one poster presentation at the conference. In addition, senior Kira McEntire and biology professor Romi Burks will have pieces in an exhibit titled “Art from the Republic of Science” that has been put together in conjunction with the conference.

Read more here.

ART HISTORY PROFESSOR DIVIDES HIS TIME BETWEEN TEXAS AND ITALY

For the past 13 years, art and art history professor Thomas Noble Howe has spent much of his time amid the ruins of ancient Roman villas in Stabiae, Italy.

Stabiae is not a normal town site, but rather a series of enormous villas just south of Pompeii; one villa measures 236,000 square feet. They are built right next to one another on a high sea cliff with stunning views of the Bay of Naples and have some of the highest quality frescoes ever found. Stabiae was buried by the same eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79 that wiped out Pompeii and Herculaneum.

While the specific owners of the villas are not known, Howe has argued in a recent article that the villas at Stabiae housed an elite community both of senators from Rome and local “municipals,” that is, town councillors.

“This was a major scene of political power in the late Republic,” Howe said. “Some of the most important events of the late Republic and early Empire occurred in these villas, often over dinner. During the Senate holidays in April and November the capital virtually moved from Rome to the villas of the Bay of Naples. Only at Stabiae can archaeology recover that environment.”

Read more here.

Events

OBSERVATORY TO HOST PUBLIC VIEWING NIGHT MARCH 8

The Fountainwood Observatory will host a public viewing night on Friday, March 8, from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Viewing nights are free, but donations are encouraged to help maintain the observatory. The observatory is located on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the Rockwell Baseball Field (see #6 on the campus map at http://www.southwestern.edu/map). Faculty members from the Physics Department at Southwestern as well as observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club will be on hand to guide viewing.

A “Yoga Under the Stars” fundraising event is being held to benefit the observatory on Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in the event should reserve a space by writing anna@mokshayogaonthesquare.com.

For weather-related updates about viewing nights, call the Fountainwood Observatory hotline at 512-863-1242.

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM AT SOUTHWESTERN MARCH 19

The SOLI Chamber Ensemble will perform contemporary works by Columbian composer Diego Vega on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Caldwell-Carvey Foyer.

The SOLI Chamber Ensemble is based in San Antonio and includes Ertan Torgul on violin, Stephanie Key on clarinet, Carolyn True on piano and David Mollenauer on cello. For this performance, they will be joined by Southwestern University faculty members Kiyoshi Tamagawa on piano, Eri Lee Lam on violin, Adrienne Inglis on flute and Anna Carney on clarinet.

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 Williamson County Sun covered the announcement of Southwestern’s new president.

The Williamson County Sun did a story about Southwestern graduate Bobby Moegle being inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Student Kadidatou Magassa and English professor Carina Evans were quoted in a Williamson County Sun story about Black History Month panel discussion they participated in.

The City Week section of the Williamson County Sun did a story about a recent article published by Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton, associate professor of English.

Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, was interviewed for a piece on “Global Perception of Che Guevara” that appears on the website of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Read the article here.

BroadwayWorld spotlighted the Theatre program offered by the Sarofin School of Fine Arts. Read the story here.

Southwestern’s community garden was included in a Williamson County Sun story about local gardens that give produce to local nonprofits.

Research conducted by psychology professor Traci Giuliano and several former students was mentioned in an article in the Huffington Post. Read the article here.

Economics professor Dirk Early was interviewed by the Williamson County Sun for a story about the rise in gun sales in Texas.

Notables

Nineteen Southwestern students were inducted into the Alpha Chi national honor society Feb. 13. Membership in the society is open to juniors and seniors who are in the top 10 percent of their class. The 2013 inductees were Alexandra Bryan, Cortney Carlson, Gregory Carrera, Katherine Elder, Kendall Guidroz, Christina Hadly, Hayley Hamilton, Stephen Holloway, Lindsay Jakszta, Lindsey Moringy, Megan Myers, Rebecca Norcini, Joshua Page, Samantha Sada, Kristin Stuckey, Megan Vestal, Gina Watts, Erin Weber and Emily Wick. Read more here.

Current students Allison Chance, Paige Duggins and Andrea Gannon presented papers at a symposium on “The Future of Writing Centers” that was held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of UT’s Undergraduate Writing Center Feb. 23-24. Duggins presented a paper titled “Writing and Word Processors: Student Perceptions of the Writing Process and the ‘Affect’ of Technology on Composition” and Chance and Gannon presented a paper titled “Building Stronger Networks: The Ever-Changing Key to Good Communication at a Small Liberal Arts College.” Three Southwestern graduates also presented papers at the symposium. Graham Oliver and Kristie (Carroll) O’Donnell, who are now at Texas State University, presented a paper titled “Big & Small: Theory in Practice.” Morgan Gross, who is now at Pittsburg State University, presented a paper titled “Manifesting Identity for Consultants and Clients.” Oliver also was co-author of a paper titled “Shifting Gears and Mindsets: Strategies for ELL Interactions.”All these students either have worked or currently work at the Debby Ellis Writing Center.

Elaine Craddock, professor and chair of Religion, gave the keynote address for the Department of Religious Studies Graduate Student Conference at Indiana University - Bloomington Feb. 22. The theme of her talk was “Religion and Desire.”  Craddock was invited to be the keynote speaker by 2007 graduate and religion major Ashlee Andrews, who is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at Indiana.

Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology, presented three papers at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology’s 14th conference in New Orleans Jan. 17-19. The papers were “Disengaging your mind distresses your body: The negative impact of distraction on newlywed couples’ diurnal cortisol” (with L.A. Neff and T.J. Loving), “Men seek social standing, women seek companionship: Sex differences in deriving self-worth from relationships” (with T. Kwang, D.T. Sanchez and W.B. Swann, and “When receiving help hurts: Gender differences in cortisol responses to spousal support” (with L.A. Neff). The second paper has been accepted for publication in Psychological Science. The third paper will be published in March in Social Psychological and Personality Science but is currently available online.

The men’s swimming coaching staff, led by head coach Jon Duncan, was named the 2013 SCAC Men’s Staff of the Year during the SCAC Championships. Read more here.

Patrick Hajovsky, assistant professor of art history, gave a talk for the Pan American Round Table of Austin Feb. 25. The talk was about his research on painting in Cusco and devotional imagery following its disastrous earthquake of 1650.

Brenda Sendejo, assistant professor of anthropology, presented a paper at the Abriendo Brecha (Opening a Path) annual conference on activist scholarship held at The University of Texas at Austin Feb. 15. The paper was titled “Feminist Methodologies and the Politics of Spirituality in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands.” The paper discussed the Spirit Stories intergenerational oral history project Sendejo and students Abby Morales and Janice Contreras conducted last summer.