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News from SU for Parents

August 2013

Campus Spotlight

Fall Family Day Part of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend This Year
Families are invited to join the campus community for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Nov. 1-3. Fall Family Day activities including departmental receptions, student organization receptions, athletic events and Classes Without Quizzes will be held on Friday and Saturday. A very special Homecoming Worship will complete the weekend on Sunday morning. In addition to our regular programming for parents, you will be able to watch students compete for the Homecoming Cup in the Homecoming Parade and a Dodgeball Tournament. Watch for your copy of Southwestern, the University magazine, mailed to you in September, for full details and pre-registration information.

Campus News

New Career Services Director Joins SU Staff
Daniel Orozco is joining the Southwestern staff from Abilene Christian University, where he served as associate director of their Career Center since 2008. Before that, he was associate director of the Career Center at Texas A&M University from 1986 to 2008. He holds two degrees from A&M − a bachelor’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in educational administration. Southwestern’s Career Services was recently ranked #7 in the country and #1 in Texas for Best Career/Job Placement Services by the Princeton Review. The office offers a variety of programs throughout the year to help students explore career options. Particularly popular programs include the annual Etiquette Dinner and a Career Connections Barbecue on campus that connects students with alumni.

Football Returns
Southwestern welcomed more than 100 football players to campus this semester. Practices began in preparation for the first football game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. against Texas Lutheran University. All home games will be played at the GISD Birkelbach Field. Individual game tickets will be available for purchase at the stadium. Each student may pick up one free ticket for home games the Friday prior to the game in the McCombs Campus Center. Families wishing to tailgate are invited to join the SU community before each game at the GISD stadium parking lot. Tailgating spots will be for sale on a first-come, first-served basis upon arrival at the stadium.

2013: Fall Semester of Many Firsts
This fall the campus welcomed its largest-ever incoming class. As of Aug. 7, Southwestern expected approximately 498 first-year students and 69 transfer students, bringing total enrollment to over 1500 students. President Edward B. Burger also participated in Orientation activities in his first semester of service to Southwestern. He assisted with move-in and spoke to new students and parents at Matriculation Convocation.

Upcoming Events

    Labor Day Holiday - Sept. 2 (University Closed)
    Fall Break - Oct. 12-15*
    Power Up Pirates - Oct. 19
    Homecoming and Reunion Weekend/Fall Family Day - Nov. 1-3
    Thanksgiving Holiday - Nov. 27-Dec. 1 (University Closed)
    Candlelight Service - Dec. 5
    Final Exams - Dec. 9-13

Around Town
Tours of the Williamson County Courthouse
Fridays and Saturdays

SU Pep Rally and Concert on the Square
Friday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

A Few Good Men at the Palace Theater
Through Sept. 8
Connect With Us
Stay connected to SU! Add to your contacts to ensure our emailed messages are delivered properly. You are invited to join the Southwestern University Parents Facebook Group as well as our other social media outlets.