Volume 18 • Issue 1
Alumni News & Notes
Local Associations Update

The Association of Southwestern University Alumni envisions that the Southwestern Experience can continue for alumni no matter where they live. Therefore, the ASUA supports alumni who want to organize local associations for the purpose of connecting Southwestern alumni with one another and the University. Since 2004, local associations have formed in Dallas, Houston and Washington, D.C. Each local association sponsors between two and four events a year. Keep up-to-date on the upcoming events that these groups are planning, view photos from past events and find officer contact information by visiting www.sugrads.org and clicking on Local Associations.

Alumni interested in starting a local association in their area are invited to attend the Volunteer Leadership Weekend, Jan. 19-20, 2007, at Southwestern University. This is a great opportunity to network with other alumni, learn from other local association officers and receive training. For more information or to register, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@southwestern.edu or 1-800-960-6363.


Officers for the Dallas Association of Southwestern University Alumni were installed August. Officers include President Steve Cotton ’77, Programming Chair Meredith Morgan ’97, Membership Chair David Leggett ’97 and Communications Chair Ryan LaMountain ’04. For the association’s inaugural event, the officers invite Dallas-area alumni to a Candlelight Service for the Season of Advent, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m., at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-960-6363.

Pinsky Speaks
The Pirates returned to Houston! Over 20 alumni attended the Southwestern University Pirates vs. the Houston Baptist University Huskies volleyball game Tuesday, Sept. 26. Alicia Kerr ’97 showed her Southwestern spirit dressed as the Southwestern Pirate!

The new Houston Association officers were installed in August. Officers include President Jean Janssen ’84, Programming Chairs Kathleen Carberry and Michael Johnson, both ’97, Membership Chair Tony Armstrong ’98 and Communications Chair Alicia Kerr ’97. Officers coordinated several events during the fall, including monthly happy hours and attendance at the Pirates volleyball game at Houston Baptist University.

Houston alumni are invited to attend a Candlelight Service for the Season of Advent at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (Main and Bissonnet). The service is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at 7 p.m., with a reception to follow. Senior Pastor Jim Bankston ’70 will preside over the service, with music directed by Rob Phillips ’93.

The Houston officers developed a survey to get to know Houston alumni better and tailor events accordingly. If you are from Houston, please visit http://tinyurl.com/zfbvw so that they know how to best serve you.

Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C. Association of Southwestern University Alumni had a busy fall, hosting two successful events. Seventeen alumni and friends gathered at the Oasis Winery for a wine tasting event Saturday, Sept. 9. On Thursday, Nov. 14, the Association hosted a Road Scholars event. Jennifer Suchland ’96, visiting professor of political science, presented “Madame President: Would It Make a Difference?”