Volume 18 • Issue 2

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 Association supports alumni who want to organize local associations for the purpose of connecting Southwestern alumni with one another and the University. Each local association sponsors between two and four events a year. Keep up to date on the 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.” If you are interested in bringing a local association to your area, please contact alumni@southwestern.edu.

The Dallas Association

Sixty-five alumni and friends of Southwestern gathered for the inaugural Dallas Association of Southwestern University Alumni event, A Candlelight Service for the Season of Advent. The service was performed by Rev. Thomas Hudspeth ’84, associate pastor for deaf and alpha ministries, and Aaron Rohre ’03, Southwestern’s chaplain intern. Professor Emeritus of History and University Historian and honorary alumnus William B. Jones was in attendance to sign copies of To Survive and Excel: The Story of Southwestern 1840-2000.

In collaboration with the Offices of Career Services and Alumni and Parent Relations, The Dallas Association sponsored SU Connections: Metroplex, a program where students and alumni were matched based on their occupational fields of interest. On Jan. 5, 65 participants enjoyed a Cross-Culture Communications presentation by Cynthia Brink ’90 and a luncheon at the Crescent Club. Students then joined alumni at their place of work.

In February, Dallas-area alumni connected at Chaparral Restaurant for a happy hour event. Check out upcoming events for The Dallas Association at www.sugrads.org. For more information, contact The Dallas Association officers at dallasalumni@ southwestern.edu.

The Greater Austin Association

The Greater Austin Association officers were trained for their leadership positions in January during Volunteer Leadership Weekend. Officers include president Ellen Stewart ’93, programming co-chairs Sara Lucero Moore ’95 and Jessica Story ’05, membership chair Cary Laudadio ’98, communications co-chairs Jason Embry ’98 and Aleta Estrada ’01, and finance co-chairs Justin Harris ’04 and Matt Moore ’95. The officers are creating a list of activities for 2007. If you have any programming suggestions or want to get involved, contact the officers at greateraustinalumni@southwestern.edu or check out www.sugrads.org.

The Greater Georgetown Association

Officers for The Greater Georgetown Association of Southwestern University Alumni were trained for their leadership positions in January. Officers include president Jason Chapman ’03, programming co-chairs Nisa Sharma ’92, Jon Porter ’93 and Ebony Rose ’02, membership co-chairs Mary Ann Springer Whitfield ’56 and Bill Glaze ’56, communications chair Sylvia Mayer ’01 and finance chair Everett Schrum ’70 . For the association’s inaugural event, the officers invite Greater Georgetown alumni to a “Pirates in the Park” picnic, scheduled for Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bootys Road Park, Georgetown. For more information, visit www.sugrads.org or contact your GG officers at greatergeorgetownalumni@southwestern.edu.

The Houston Association

The Houston Association had a busy season. More than 100 alumni gathered for A Candlelight Service for the Season of Advent at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006. Senior Pastor Jim Bankston ’70 presided over the service, with music directed by Rob Phillips ’93.

In February, The Houston Association hosted a Road Scholars Presentation, “Berlin Stories,” featuring Erika Berroth, Southwestern’s associate professor of German in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department.

This spring, Houston alumni enjoyed happy hours at Blanco’s and Brian O’Neill’s. On April 1, The Houston Association sat together in premium seats for the Houston Rockets game, watching their home team take on the Utah Jazz.

For more information on upcoming Houston events, visit www.sugrads.org. Contact The Houston Association officers at houstonalumni@southwestern.edu.

D.C. alumni

The Washington, D.C. Association collaborated with St. Edward’s University Alumni for an I-35 Happy Hour at Café Asia in Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C. Association

The Washington, D.C. Association celebrated its Texas pride during an “I-35 Happy Hour” with the alumni of St. Edward’s University. Nearly 30 alumni from both universities attended the event.

Officers for The Washington, D.C. Association welcomed their new president, Amanda Hunt ’93, and a restructured leadership board. This new structure allows for additional alumni volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in serving on the programming committee, please contact dcalumni@southwestern.edu. Otherwise, visit www.sugrads.org for updates.

Bay Area

Six alumni gathered for an organizational interest meeting Feb. 24, at World Grounds Café in Oakland, Calif. The group chose to organize a local association and decided upon the name The Bay Area Association of Southwestern University Alumni. Check out www.sugrads.org to learn more about The Bay Area Association.

San Antonio Area

On Feb. 12, San Antonio area alumni formed The San Antonio Area Association of Southwestern University Alumni. Mark your calendar. Leadership elections for the San Antonio Area Association will be held Thursday, April 12. Check the latest edition of News from SU for Alumni for an update on time and location. Get connected in San Antonio.

Temple/Waco Area

The Temple/Waco Area Association is in the formation stages. The formation chairs want to make The Temple/Waco Area Association what alumni want it to be, but they need alumni input. Share your thoughts on programming activities by completing an online survey at tinyurl.com/ytsqd7. Also, check out The Temple/Waco Area Association Web site at www.sugrads.org for information on upcoming events.

Are you interested in forming a local association in your area? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations: alumni@southwestern.edu or call 800-960-6363.