PACIFIC NORTHWEST ALUMNI WINE AND CHEESE EVENT
Front row, left to right: Kathryn Pursch 00 (programming chair), Linda Hall 89 (finance chair), Gwen Griffin Sherman 80 (membership chair), Catherine Pi-Sunyer 96 (communications chair), Jeanne Clifford Weiss 83 (president).
Second row: Eric Coe 85, Irene Dinning Hardy 59, Leslie Armsworth Koutroulis 91, Shelia Kandeler 94.
Third row: Carrie Cornforth 00, Scarlett Foster-Moss 86, Marla Steinhoff 93, Barbara Kearley 93, Kelley McClelland Wells 00.
Fourth row: Dana Sanders 03, Ashlea Rives Frank 02, Chris Cadle 94.
Back row: Holly Allen 06, Jay Frank 02, Jason Wells 99.
The local associations are expanding in the west! Two of the newest local associations, The Colorado Association and The Pacific Northwest Association, held their inaugural events last summer. In Colorado, alumni began with a July happy hour in downtown Denver, followed by a barbecue in Gold Hill, northwest of Boulder, at the home of co-chairs Arthur and Joan Schelling Few, both 62. Though the gathering had to be moved inside due to late summer rain, the spirits of the alumni were not dampened; a great time was had by all. The Pacific Northwest Association was officially established Sept. 7, 2008, at a wine and cheese reception at the home of Ben and Gwen Griffin Sherman 80. Nearly 40 alumni, family members and friends were present at the event, as well as Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rick McKelvey.
For more information about your 13 local associations, visit the newly redesigned alumni Web site at www.sualumni.net. Interested in building a local association in your area? Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-960-6363.
Southwestern University welcomed 27 legacy students among the 2008 first-year class. Contact the Office of Admission at 800-252-3166 to register your child or relative for the Legacy Link program.
TAKING A STAND AGAINST SEGREGATION IN 1946
Iola Bowden Chambers, Southwestern professor of music and Negro Fine Arts School program director, with two students, E. J. Johnson and Margie Nell Johnson. Photo by Evans Studio, Georgetown, Texas, courtesy of Mary Elizabeth Fox.
At the 2008 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, 74 alumni, students and friends of Southwestern University attended the dedication of a plaque commemorating the Negro Fine Arts School. Inspired to take action against racial segregation, several Southwestern students and alumni conceived of the program in 1946. With the support of First United Methodist Church, Georgetown ISD and other community entities, Georgetown-area African-American and Hispanic students were able to take music and art lessons through the Negro Fine Arts School for 20 years, until the desegregation of the local schools in 1966. To know that the school finally loved itself out of existence is one of the wonderful surprises that we as Gods people can expect, remarks Appletree Rodden 64, who taught in the program.
In 2004, Nettie Ruth Brucks Bratton 48, one of the schools initiators, was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award. At that time, the University made a commitment to create a permanent display to memorialize the program once the renovations to the Universitys Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center were complete. The unveiling celebration was hosted by Southwesterns African-American student organization, E.B.O.N.Y., and sponsored by The Association of Southwestern University Alumni, the Sarofim School of Fine Arts and the Diversity Enrichment Committee. A special feature of the program was a piano performance by Ernest Clark 69, a Negro Fine Arts School alumnus and the first African-American student to graduate from Southwestern University. In this way, the occasion also served as the inaugural event in a year-long celebration of the legacy of Southwestern University African-American alumni over the 40 years since Clarks graduation. The celebration is set to culminate in a gala event at the 2009 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.
John Murrell 68, Calgary, Canada, has won numerous awards for his work as a playwright, theatre director and arts advocate. He has worked as playwright-in-residence at Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects, associate director of the Stratford Festival of Canada, head of the Banff Playwrights Colony, head of the theatre section of the Canada Council for the Arts, and artistic director/executive producer of theatre arts at The Banff Centre.
The National Theatre School of Canada presented him with the 1998 Gascon-Thomas award in recognition of an outstanding lifetime of service to arts education. He received the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellency in the Performing Arts and the Alberta Order of Excellence. In 2003, he was appointed officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2008, he was awarded the Governor Generals Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.
Murrells play, Power in the Blood (1975) won the University of Albertas Clifford E. Lee Playwriting Award. Several of his other works, Waiting for the Parade (1977), Farther West (1982) and The Faraway Nearby (1995) were honored with Chalmers Awards, and Democracy (1991) received the Canadian Authors Associations and the Writers Guild of Albertas Best Play Awards. Murrell also has written a number of opera libretti, including Frobisher and Filumena, which received four Betty Mitchell Awards, including Outstanding New Play.
Marisela Treviño Orta 99, San Francisco, Calif., works as one of six Resident Playwrights at the Playwrights Foundation (http://playwrightsfoundation.org).
At Southwestern, her academic work in Latin American Studies with faculty like Professor of History Daniel Castro and Professor of Political Science and University Scholar Eric Selbin, greatly impacted her writing. Dr. Castro encouraged Marisela to start a literary journal, La Voz, which featured poetry and essays by Latino students. That experience, she says, is what put her on the path to a writing life.
Ortas first play, Braided Sorrow, draws parallels between the cultural conquest of the Aztecs and the economic conquest of Latin America and has been taught in a course at New York University that explores how theatre can be used to examine social justice issues. Another play, Ghost Limb, deals with the disappeared in Argentina.
My plays push the boundaries of reality, relates Marisela. In my plays pomegranates bleed, paintings rise from beneath the surface of a blank canvas, guardian angels detach from their wings, stars appear indoors, and the desert floor is covered with marigolds instead of sand. Braided Sorrow won the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama in 2006, and was one of five plays out of 500 selected for the 2005 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Follow Mariselas latest work on her literary blog, www.xanga.com/mtorta.
TMNT issue #53, Andrew Arnold 04
Crowded, Andrew Arnold 04
But it cant possibly be as cool as the one Andrew Arnold 04 has, working in New York City as a custom publishing coordinator at DC Comics, home of Batman, Superman and Green Lantern.
By night, Arnold has completed several of his own projects (started prior to signing on at DC) and writes: One of the most valuable things I learned at Southwestern was time management. When you have so many things going on at once it can be hard to find the energy to study for a test, finish a paper or go to the studio. The same goes for making comics. With so many stages you need to treat each stage equally. And when you have a full-time job this can lead to very long nights.
Looking at his to-do list, its easy to see why. Arnold is co-author and co-illustrator of Adventures in Cartooning, a childrens book that teaches the fundamentals of cartooning. He illustrated Mission: Save the Planet, showing readers how to fight global warming with fun facts, activities and practical things to do to live a greener life. Going greener yet, Arnold inked, colored and lettered TMNT issue #53 (a.k.a. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). In March 2009, Arnolds work will be featured in Trivial, the third in a series of 4-Square anthologies published by I Know Joe Kimpel comics, which will be available at http://www.iknowjoekimpel.com/Anthologies.php
Christine Carlisle Cutler 97, Brandon Hobratschk 02, Bobby Linhart 92 and Nicole Cowan Morgan 91 took part in the performance and production of Oklahoma! at the Country Playhouse in Houston. Bobby and Brandon starred in the lead roles of Curly and Jud, respectively. Nicole directed the production, and Christine served as music director and played the role of Mrs. Carnes. Several other Houston area alumni gathered to attend the show and a reception afterward at the theater.
Courtesy of southwestern university Special collections, researched by Sheran Johle