Volume 17 • Issue 1
Pinsky Speaks
Ebony Rose ’02 speaks at matriculation convocation.

Alumni News & Notes

Matriculation Convocation 2005: The Welcoming of 374 New SU Students

Sunday, Aug. 21, Southwestern University officially welcomed 374 new students into the community through the annual matriculation convocation ceremony. The concept of matriculation convocation has a long tradition within higher education. At Southwestern, matriculation convocation celebrates students’ entry into higher education, welcomes the entering class to SU and provides the class with a sense of the community’s traditions and values. President Jake Schrum ’68 addressed the new students and shared his thoughts on the Southwestern educational experience. Students also were welcomed by Ebony Rose ’02, SU student activities coordinator and master’s student in African-American cultural studies and cinema media studies at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study; Vice President for Student Life Jerry Brody; Provost and Dean of the Faculty James Hunt; and Brian Gingrich ’08. As it does each year, matriculation convocation marked the ceremonial beginning of new students’ Southwestern experience.

“You see, the future of Southwestern really is in your hands. As new members of the Southwestern community, you have the ability to continue creating the traditions that have endured through decades of changes in the student body, changes in the University landscape and with the addition of new faculty and staff. As an alumna, looking back on my time at Southwestern, I can honestly say that if your time at Southwestern teaches you one thing, I hope that it is this: No matter where you go or who you meet along the way, always be accountable and willing to actively participate in building and maintaining your community.” —Ebony Rose

Highlighted Readings for the 2006 Brown Symposium (XXVIII)

Each year, students, alumni and friends of Southwestern await the Brown Symposium and the opportunity to take a closer look at an area of study. The 2006 Brown Symposium (XXVIII) at Southwestern University is “GNP or Gross National Well-Being?” The 2006 Brown Symposium will focus on the latest theoretical research and findings from economics, neuroscience and psychology, which indicate that consuming more, earning more or being wealthier does not necessarily lead to greater happiness or well-being. The symposium’s intent is to encourage measuring quality of life as an assessment of social and individual happiness and to discourage using capital or total consumption as a measurement of well-being.

Mark your calendar for Feb. 9-10, 2006, and consider these readings suggested by A.J. Senchack, professor of economics and business and chair of the 2006 Brown Symposium: Happiness: Lessons from a New Science (2005) by Richard Layard, and Happiness & Economics: How the Economy and Institutions Affect Human Well-Being (2002), by Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer.

For additional readings, including Internet-accessible articles, visit www.sugrads.org.