Volume 16 • Issue 3

On Campus: News and Notes

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David Clifford ’71 addresses the class of 2005.

2005 Commencement

Alumnus David Clifford ’71 Delivers Address

Southwestern University’s 2005 Commencement exercises took place Saturday, May 7, in the Corbin J. Robertson Center. Southwestern alumnus Dr. David B. Clifford ’71 delivered the commencement address. Clifford graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., in 1975. For the past 11 years, he has taught and conducted research at Washington University School of Medicine. Clifford, the Melba and Forest Seay Professor of Clinical Neuropharmacology, is an internationally recognized pioneer for his study of the neurological effects of HIV.

Currently, he is the principal investigator for the Neurologic AIDS Research Consortium and the Washington University AIDS Clinical Trials Unit.

Beginning his address, Clifford noted, “I owe a lot to Southwestern, and I treasure it. Above all, the special people that have been here through the years and are here now are a treasure. These teachers and friends have been a north star for me in my career.”

His message focused on what the study of HIV has taught him about life and society. He mentioned the importance of teamwork, embracing the diversity of humanity and a need to eradicate poverty around the world as key lessons he has learned while studying the virus. Clifford said, “Remember how much strength is gained by combining diverse approaches to tough problems. Don’t suppress or fear people who experience the world in a different way, but work to integrate them and support them in positive ways. Finally, don’t be paralyzed by a local view of the world. In the 21st century, the entire world is a community, and whenever we hide from this, we only diminish our own security and opportunity.”

Iota Chapter of Kappa Sigma Alumni Association Establishes Endowed Scholarship Fund

Several Iota Chapter alumni have made gifts totaling more than $35,000 to fund a new scholarship endowment at Southwestern. A Kappa Sigma active will be eligible for a scholarship from the endowment within the next two years.

Iota Chapter President Matt Barnes ’06 says, “I could not be more excited about this scholarship. In addition to demonstrating the lifelong support of our alumni, the scholarship is also evidence of the continuing warm relationship between our fraternity and the University. This scholarship is testament to the rewards of giving back to those significant institutions in our lives.”

The scholarship will benefit an active Kappa Sigma who is in good standing with the University and who demonstrates the highest level of academic excellence and/or leadership in the University community. If no students meet the first preference guidelines, then the scholarship will be awarded to University students in good standing who are members of any fraternity that is traditionally social in nature with continued preference to fraternity members who demonstrate the highest level of academic leadership and excellence.

Southwestern Joins the Institute for the International Education of Students

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Southwestern University was one of only five schools granted full membership to the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) in 2005. IES consists of 64 Member and 87 Associate institutions. Other institutions of higher education recently given full membership include Yale, Brown, Ithaca and Brandeis.

IES is a nonprofit organization for global study abroad founded in 1950. The Institute has 29 academic centers in 15 countries around the world. The IES annual enrollment exceeds more than 4,400 undergraduate students from member and associate institutions. The Institute also provides more than $1.25 million a year to students in scholarships and financial aid.

The University believes that cross-cultural awareness is an integral part of the liberal arts education, and students are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Approximately 50 percent of students study abroad while enrolled at Southwestern. Two study abroad scholarship funds are maintained by the University: the Lokey Scholarship for Study Abroad and the Kahler Scholarship. Reserved for summer study, Lokey Scholarship Awards range from $200–$500. Kahler Scholarship Awards, for semester and yearlong study abroad, typically range from $1,000–$3,500. Both awards are granted primarily on the basis of financial need. Last year, all of Southwestern’s Paideia Scholars used the $1,000 Paideia Experience award they received to pursue intercultural programs.

Southwestern Arts Garner Critical Acclaim

The Austin Critics Table nominated several Southwestern University artists and performances for best-of-the-year awards.

Haydn’s “Mass in the Time of War,” directed by Kenny Sheppard, Southwestern professor of music, was nominated in the choral concert category. This project, performed at Southwestern and Carnegie Hall in New York City, was a joint effort by the Austin Civic Chorus and the SU Chorale.

The Southwestern production of “Hair” earned recognition in multiple categories. “Hair” received nominations for best musical; director of a musical, Professor of Theatre Rick Roemer; musical direction, Visiting Artist Dennis Whitehead; and movement, Instructor of Theatre Judy Thompson-Price.

Two Southwestern University alumni also garnered recognition. David Stahl ’84, and Jill Crowley Blackwood ’97, were nominated for both their lead and supporting performances. Stahl received a Best Actor in a Drama nomination for “Night Swim” and one for Best Supporting Actor in a comedy for his work in “Enchanted April.” Blackwood earned a Best Actress in a Musical nomination for “Aida” and a Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy nod for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Stahl won for “Night Swim” and Blackwood for “Aida.”

2006 Brown Symposium Set for Feb. 10 & 11

To measure how well off a nation is, to gauge its progress, or to measure its standard of living, economists usually add up all goods and services produced in a given year. This measure is called Gross National Product (GNP). According to economic thinking, the higher a country’s GNP per capita, the higher its standard of living. Similarly, the more consumption or more income/wealth an individual has, the better off one should feel. This leads to the conclusion that increasing economic growth is the best political policy for government to pursue.

Recent studies in economics and psychology, however, indicate that neither consuming more, earning more, nor being wealthier leads to greater happiness. In America, these facts are ignored or do not seem to be very apparent to most people. Moreover, GNP is misleading. For instance, negative events that reduce well-being, such as an auto wreck or a hurricane, actually increases GNP, because of the medical expenses, repairs costs, etc., incurred. Finally, quality of life may improve even if GNP is not increasing. Clearly something is not being captured by our traditional GNP measure. One critical omission is social or quality of life indicators like family, literacy, type of employment, leisure time, sense of community, etc.; all of which affect one’s well-being and overall satisfaction with life but are not necessarily reflected in GNP.

Recently, a small but growing number of economic and psychology researchers have created a new field of inquiry that can’t be found in any economics textbooks---the “economics of happiness or well-being.” The 2006 Brown Symposium, coordinated by Dr. A. J. Senchack, will focus on the latest research and findings on well-being from economics, neuroscience, psychology and sociology. This symposium’s intent is to encourage our thinking to move away from or to go beyond measuring well-being in terms of dollars or total consumption. Rather, we should look deeper and assess societal and individual happiness by focusing on and measuring quality of life indicators. Such emphasis should lead to alternative national well-being measures that give a more accurate picture of how happy people are. In addition, these measures should encourage governmental policies to take into account, rather than solely focusing on, economic growth, as reflected in a GNP index.

Stanley Hauerwas to Deliver Willson Lectures

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Southwestern will welcome Stanley Hauerwas ’62, Gilbert T. Rowe professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School, as this year’s Willson Lectureship speaker. Time magazine named Hauerwas “America’s Best Theologian” in 2001, and he also delivered the esteemed Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Professor Hauerwas works across the boundaries of narrative theology, social ethics and moral theology, drawing from classical, philosophical and theological texts. He also has special interest in contemporary political theory. He is a provocative speaker, often shocking audiences with wit and humor. He has a knack for combining common sense with unusual ideas, helping to address contemporary issues with fresh thinking.

The lectures are free and open to the public. A reception will follow the evening lecture for those who would like to meet and talk with Dr. Hauerwas. For more information, contact Beverly Jones, University Chaplain at 512-863-1965.

SU People in the News

Margaret Ritzert

Southwestern senior Margaret Ritzert has been elected State Chair of the Texas Federation of College Republicans, the governing body of Texas’ 32 chapters of College Republicans. The Federation is an affiliate of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) and the Republican Party of Texas (RPT).

As chair, Ritzert will lead new initiatives and implement the CRNC and RPT’s overall plans. In a non-election year, Ritzert’s biggest challenge will be to maintain membership and enthusiasm. She comments, “I’m really looking forward to contributing to the continued growth and strengthening of College Republicans, especially in preparation for the next gubernatorial and mid-term Congressional elections.”

Currently, she is in the process of appointing a board of directors for the next year, including an executive director, chief of staff, and directors of communications, fundraising and marketing.

A Dallas native, Ritzert is a political science and economics double major. This past year she served as president of Southwestern’s College Republican chapter and excelled at recruiting new members and keeping the chapter involved with Republican happenings around the area. She also is actively involved in Student Congress. Ritzert has spent the last several summers interning with U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions ’78 of Dallas. Last summer she served as his intern coordinator.

Tim O’Neill

Tim O’Neill, professor of political science and holder of the Tower-Hester Chair in political science, was named a 2005-2006 Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He participated in the FDD Academic Fellowship program that took place in Tel Aviv, Israel, from May 29-June 8, 2005. In a 10-day course, participants were educated on defending against terrorism and the threat it poses to democratic societies. The program consisted of lectures by diplomats and military officials, as well as academics from Israel, Jordan, the United States, India and Turkey. It also included visits to military, police and immigration facilities throughout Israel. The goal of the FDD Academic Fellowship program is to offer educators information on a wide variety of terrorism-related issues that can then be used in the classroom.

O’Neill joined the Southwestern faculty in the fall of 1987. He teaches courses in American politics and law and is a Paideia Professor. O’Neill specializes in the comparison of different legal systems used around the world.

O’Neill received his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

La Vonne Neal

Associate Professor of Education La Vonne Neal has been appointed dean of the College of Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) following a national search.

Neal came to Southwestern in 1997 after a varied career outside the academy. She has been a middle school teacher, worked for both Philip Morris and Johnson & Johnson Inc. and was the first female Battlefield Information Officer with the U.S. Army’s Second Armored Division.

Neal’s nationally recognized work at Southwestern included research on human rights, the impact of culture on teaching and special education. Her study of the connection between the walking styles of African-American males in middle school and their likelihood of being placed in special education classes garnered considerable national media attention, including USA Today.

Neal earned a bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She was named Southwestern’s 2002-2003 Exemplary Teacher.

*Contains information from a UCCS press release.

Jim Kilfoyle

Jim Kilfoyle, associate professor and chair of the Department of English, has been appointed Senior Faculty Representative of the Brown College of Arts and Science. Dr. Kilfoyle will assume these responsibilities beginning in the fall semester.

SU Welcomes New Director of Communications

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Ellen Davis joined the Southwestern University staff in July as Director of Communications. She will be overseeing all internal and external communications, including content development for Southwestern@Georgetown.

Davis has more than 20 years experience in university communications, including media relations and publications. Her higher education background includes previous employment at New Mexico State University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from the University of Dallas. She also is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

She welcomes news from members of the Southwestern community: davise@southwestern.edu.