Volume 18 • Issue 1
On Campus: News and Notes
Construction Starts on New Residential Center
Construction began this fall on a new residential center that will enable Southwestern to move toward its strategic goal of having 95 percent of its students live on campus.
The new residential center, which is expected to be open for the fall 2007 semester, will house 64 students plus a residence life professional. It will consist of three buildings with two-bedroom apartments. Each student will have a private bedroom and bath, and each apartment will have its own kitchen. All the units will be fully furnished.
The project also will include a common area designed to support Residence and Student Life Programs.
We are very excited to be able to add this additional housing for Southwestern students, says Mike Leese, associate vice president and dean of students. It will clearly help us move toward more living/learning opportunities and theme housing for our students and to meet their requests for private bedrooms and baths.
The new apartments will be reserved for students who are either juniors or seniors. Leese says the new housing area will enable Southwestern to convert some of its other existing residence halls to special interest housing. For example, he says that one of the buildings in the McCombs Residential Center might be reserved for a living/learning community for sophomores participating in Southwesterns Paideia® Program.
Total cost of the project is estimated to be $5.8 million. Southwestern raised $1 million for the project and the remainder will be financed by revenue bonds. Donors to the project include the Grogan Lord Foundation of Georgetown, Jack Blanton of Houston, Frank 45 and Louise Britt Carvey 44 of Fort Worth, and Red and Genevieve Britt Caldwell 42 of Amarillo.
The new buildings are being constructed adjacent to the existing Grogan and Betty Lord Residential Center between 8th Street and Southwestern Boulevard on the north side of campus.
Four New Members Named to Board of Trustees
Four new members have been elected to the Southwestern University Board of Trustees.
Trustees elected to four-year terms are Houston businessman Robert H. Graham, Dallas minister Ronald Henderson and pharmaceutical company executive Dr. Robert Karr 71.
Graham is the chair and co-founder of AIM Investments, a Houston-based mutual fund group, and vice-chair of the parent company AMVESCAP PLC, a leading global investment management firm. He is the father of a first-year student at Southwestern University.
Henderson is senior pastor of Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano, one of the largest United Methodist churches in the country. He previously served as District Superintendent of the Dallas Northeast District of the United Methodist Church, as senior pastor of Hamilton Park United Methodist Church in Dallas and as pastor of Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas.
Karr is president of Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. Prior to becoming head of Idera Pharmaceuticals, he was senior vice president of strategic management for Pfizer Global Research and Development and held management positions in research and development with G. D. Searle Corp. and Warner-Lambert. Karr received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1975. He is married to Jean Gibson Karr 71.
Ana T. Baida 06 was elected to a two-year term as a student representative on the board. Baida is currently pursuing a masters degree in education at Texas A&M University in College Station and plans to specialize in higher education student affairs administration.
Gandhi Grandson Speaks at Peace Conference Organized by Southwestern
A keynote speech by Arun Gandhi, grandson of famed Indian peace activist Mahatma Gandhi and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence (www.gandhiinstitute.org), highlighted a peace conference held at Southwestern Oct. 11-12.
The conference, titled Making Multi-faith Connections in the Practice of Peace and Non-Violence, was organized by senior philosophy major Ansa Copeland. Copeland says she wanted to put together a conference to discuss how persons of different religions and convictions relate to and understand peace.
Gandhi told conference participants that his grandfather realized the importance of bringing religions together in the cause of peace.
Religion is like climbing a mountain, he said. Everyone is going to the same place (the top), so why does it matter which side you go up?
Gandhi suggested that eliminating poverty was they key to eliminating violence in the world. He also said that peace needs to begin at a personal level.
Unless we have peace in ourselves, we cant create peace in the world, he said.
The conference, which was attended by more than 600 persons, included a panel discussion in which representatives of different faiths responded to Gandhis lecture.
Conference participants also attended workshops on a variety of topics, including Islam: A Religion of Violence or Peace? and Peace in Palestine: Strategies and Considerations.
McCombs Receive 2006 Presidents Philanthropy Award
Longtime benefactors Red 49 and Charline 50 McCombs received the 2006 Presidents Philanthropy Award at the annual Presidents Appreciation Dinner Sept. 28.
The McCombs have given more than $8 million to Southwestern since 1971. Their contributions have included funds for the Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, which was dedicated in 1998, and the Charline Hamblin McCombs Residential Center, which opened in 2001. The McCombs also have contributed to a number of scholarship funds at the University.
Southwestern would not be the same institution it is today without the generous and far-sighted philanthropy of Red and Charline McCombs, says President Jake B. Schrum. They have been particularly generous with gifts that have enriched the lives of our students.
The McCombs also have given generously of their time to Southwestern. Red has served on Southwesterns Board of Trustees since 1987 and was chair of the board from 1992 through 2000 during the historic Leadership 2000 Campaign, which raised more than $91 million. He currently serves as an honorary chair of Thinking Ahead: The Southwestern Campaign, which has a goal of $125 million. Charline was an inaugural member of Southwesterns Board of Visitors.
At the event, the McCombs were presented with the first copies of William B. Jones new book about Southwestern, To Survive and Excel: The Story of Southwestern University, 1840-2000. Eric Heinke 01 also performed a song he composed for the couple.
Southwestern Hosts Conference on Business and the Liberal Arts
Southwestern received $50,000 from the James S. Kemper Foundation to host a national conference in November that focused on ways to improve the business programs offered at liberal arts colleges.
Nearly 30 business leaders and business faculty members from leading liberal arts colleges came to Southwestern to discuss the best ways to teach business within the liberal arts environment. A final report from the conference, titled Envisioning Business Programs in Liberal Arts Worlds, is expected to be available in the spring.
The world of business has changed rapidly in the past 20 years but business programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level are not adequately preparing students for these changes, says Mary Grace Neville, an assistant professor of business at Southwestern who organized the conference.
Of particular concern, Neville says, is the fact that most business programs simply teach subjects such as accounting and operations management without putting them in a larger context.
She says liberal arts colleges such as Southwestern are the perfect place for students to learn the interconnectedness between business and the larger global society.
Liberal arts business programs hold unique opportunities to influence society, Neville says. We can shape the next generation of business leaders to consider the social impact of their actions as well as just the impact on the bottom line.
For more information on the conference, visit http://www.southwestern.edu/laab.
Southwestern Library Receives Peace and Nonviolence Collection
Southwesterns A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center has received a large collection from the late Vance Engleman related to world peace and nonviolence.
The Engleman World Peace and Nonviolence Collection includes the 100-volume Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi as well as more than 100 additional printed and audiovisual works about Gandhis life and nonviolent practices, and the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa. The collection also contains 20 pieces of artwork, including busts of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa.
The library is very fortunate to have received the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi and the rest of Mr. Englemans collection, says Dana Hendrix, head of collection development and acquisition. While the set is not incredibly rare, there seem to be very few copies readily accessible to Texas scholars. Southwestern joins The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston as being among the few universities in Texas to own the set.
Engleman was a management consultant who became interested in ideas of peace and nonviolence later in his life. He traveled around the world learning about nonviolence practices and conducting peace and nonviolence workshops.
The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, which speak to Gandhis experiences through many letters and journal entries, are accessible for library use in the periodical reading room. The remaining books and videos in the collection are shelved in the librarys stacks and are available for regular checkout by students and other library patrons. I believe this collection will be a great asset to our students and their studies, Hendrix says.
Three Greek Organizations Celebrate Milestones
Three Greek organizations at Southwestern are celebrating major milestones this year. The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority is celebrating its 100th anniversary and both the Kappa Sigma and Phi Delta Theta fraternities are celebrating their 120th anniversaries.
In 1906, a small group of women helped found the Lambda chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha at Southwestern. This year, the sorority became the first womens Greek organization on campus to reach their centennial anniversary. They celebrated the achievement during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. The alumnae, along with the collegiate members, hosted a number of events, including a campus reception. One of the philanthropic events planned for the weekend was their participation in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Austin. Alumni and 60 active members walked and ran the race to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
Homecoming and Reunion Weekend also marked the 120th anniversary celebration for the brothers of Kappa Sigmas Iota Chapter and Phi Delta Thetas Texas Gamma Chapter. The Kappa Sigmas kicked off the weekend with a poker night for all returning alumni. An official celebration and awards reception was held at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house Saturday afternoon and included a performance by alumni who put on a short skit about the past 120 years.
The Texas Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta started off the weekend with an open house for all alumni, and on Saturday night the brothers celebrated with a live band playing in the backyard of their fraternity house. It is such an achievement to have reached this mile marker in our history, says senior Travis Nelson, president of Phi Delta Theta. Strong brotherhood brought us here, and hopefully there will be many more celebrations to come.
And the 2007 College Guides Say
College guides published in the summer and fall brought good news for Southwestern.
An updated edition of Lauren Popes book, Colleges That Change Lives, includes Southwestern among its 40 featured schools. The book says the University is one of the few jewels of the Southwest whose mission is to prepare a new generation to contribute to a changing society, and to prosper in their jobs, whatever and wherever in the world they may be.
In the 2007 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Southwestern was ranked 57th in the country among liberal arts colleges. This is up from 61st in 2006. Southwestern remains the top-rated national liberal arts college in Texas.
Southwestern also is included in The Princeton Reviews 2007 edition of The Best 361 Colleges, a book its authors say chooses schools primarily for their outstanding academics.
Southwestern is one of 247 colleges featured in the latest edition of Barrons Best Buys in College Education. The guide says that if it isnt the hidden scholarship (due to income from Southwesterns endowment) that first draws students to Southwesterns campus, its the much more obvious benefits that keep them there, such as its personalized attention, 5-star faculty, and first-rate academic programs.
The second annual College Golf Guide published by Golf Digest ranked Southwestern as one of the top 50 schools in the country for women who want excellent academics but also a chance to play golf.