Who We Are
Student Foundation serves as a link between students, staff, faculty, and administration at Southwestern. While fostering these connections, Student Foundation strives to engage the campus community in promoting the welfare of the University through support of University events and programs.
Student Foundation takes initiative to develop programs that encourage campus community and open dialogue among students, faculty, staff and the administration. Members also represent and assist with annual University activities and programs, including:
- Orientation Week Events
- Homecoming and Reunion Weekend - Organize the Homecoming Cup (including the Parade) and assist University staff at various functions throughout the weekend.
- Family Days
- Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture
- Other Special University Events
In addition to assisting with University events, Student Foundation coordinates their own events, which are designed to encourage dialogue between students, faculty, staff and the administration. These events include:
- Straight Talk with Senior Staff
- Activity with Transfer Students
New Faculty and Staff Luncheon
Student Foundation maintains a membership of up to 35 students. Current members review membership applications, conduct interviews and vote to elect new members. The Membership Drive occurs every spring. Any Southwestern student may apply to be in Student Foundation; however, the following criteria must be met in order to be considered for membership:
- Members must be of sophomore, junior or senior standing during the next academic year.
- Members must maintain a 2.5 grade point average each semester.
- Members must have a genuine commitment to the welfare of the University, leadership potential, effectiveness in meeting people, maturity, responsibility and time to actively participate in the organization’s activities.
- To inquire about membership, please contact the chair or call the Alumni Office at x1486 (800-960-6363 off-campus).
2015 Steering Committee
A six-member Steering Committee provides leadership, sets goals, and delegates authority and responsibility to other Student Foundation members. Members are divided into committees that oversee detailed planning of Student Foundation activities and initiatives. The Office of University Relations - Alumni and Parents works closely with and advises Student Foundation.
- Taylor Vickers, Chair
- Caitlin Schneider, Vice-Chair
- Abe Martinez, Public Relations Chair
- Livi Drummond, Planning Chair
- Anne Means, Membership Chair
- Najmu Mohseen, Special Projects Chair
Student Foundation Committees
Members of Student Foundation, with the exception of the Chair and Vice Chair, belong to one of four committees: The Planning Committee, the Membership Committee, the Special Projects Committee or the Public Relations Committee. All members of Student Foundation represent and help to staff University events such as New Student/ Transfer Student/ Parent Orientations, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Family Days, the Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture Series and Commencement.
The Membership Committee
Plans and runs the Membership Drive, which includes planning a Membership Informational for the Fall and the Spring, recruiting new members for Student Foundation and overseeing New Member Training sessions and the Induction Ceremony. The Membership Committee keeps current members engaged with Student Foundation. Membership also oversees the Foundation’s programs “Straight Talk with Senior Staff” and the New Faculty and Staff Welcome and Luncheon. We staff and help with campus events like New Student/ Transfer Student/ Parent Orientations, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Family Days, Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture Series and Commencement. The Membership Committee supports other committees with their projects as needed.
The Planning Committee
Plans and coordinates every element of SING! Additionally, we staff and help with campus events like New Student/Transfer Student/Parent Orientation, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Family Days, and Commencement. The Planning Committee supports other committees with their projects as needed.
The Public Relations Committee
Coordinates and produces all the publicity for Student Foundation events and University events if requested by faculty, staff and administrators. PR is responsible for spreading the word about Student Foundation events, programs and other initiatives. PR helps to foster anticipation in Student Foundation and the campus community for programs such as SING!, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend and Family Days. Duties include creating signs/flyers/banners, sending email and producing effective marketing materials for Student Foundation. PR also oversees the Transfer Student Dinner and Activity. We staff and help with campus events like New Student/Transfer Student/Parent Orientation, Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Family Days, and Commencement. The PR Committee supports other committees with their projects as needed.
THE SPECIAL PROJECTS COMMITTEE
Occasionally, Student Foundation is approached by various members of the Southwestern community to participate and/or oversee special projects designed to uplift the University, a department, an event or something unique. An example of a special project is the famous Pirate Bike program. Student Foundation was instrumental in getting that program off the ground in 2005 and has since supported initiatives to keep the program running. More recently, the Foundation was asked to oversee the Time Capsule Project as part of the University’s 175th Anniversary celebration. The Special Projects Committee supports other committees with their projects as needed.
Student Foundation Adviser
Senior Associate Director for University Relations- Alumni and Parents
Current Members Of Student Foundation
Zoe Cordes Selbin