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. Read our Constitution and By-laws to learn more. 



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 
  • SING!
  • Family Days
  • Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture
  • Commencement
  • Other Special University Events (e.g., anniversaries, Board of Trustee meetings/events, etc.)

Student Foundation also coordinates their own events, which are designed to encourage dialogue between students, faculty, staff and the administration. These events include:

  • Homecoming Cup: In collaboration with Homecoming, Student Foundation manages three events throughout the weekend in which student organizations may compete for prizes and the Cup. 
  • Straight Talk: An open conversation with University administrators addressing issues concerning to students
  • Activity with Transfer Students: Offering an insight to life as a Southwestern student and providing some history about the University and our graduates. 

Learn more about Student Foundation by reading our flyer


Student Foundation maintains a membership of up to 40 students. Current members review membership applications, conduct interviews and vote to elect new members. The Membership Drive occurs every fall. Any Southwestern student may apply to be in Student Foundation; however, the following criteria must be met in order to be considered for membership:

Potential members must be of enrolled at Southwestern University during the next academic semester and/or year.

Potential members must maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average each semester.

Potential 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 of Student Foundation or the Adviser of Student Foundation. Contact information can be found in the right column of this page. 

Read Student Foundation’s Constitution and By-laws for full details.

2015 Steering Committee

A five-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
  • Livi Drummond, Planning Chair
  • Anne Means, Membership Chair
  • Najmu Mohseen, Special Projects & Public Relations Chair

Read Student Foundation’s Constitution and By-laws for full details.

Student Foundation Committees

Members of Student Foundation, with the exception of the Chair and Vice Chair, belong to one of three committees: The Planning Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Special Projects/Public Relations Committee. Each committee is charged with overseeing a variety of items to assist with the function of the Foundation and the events within the University. 

Read Student Foundation’s Constitution and By-laws for full details.

Student Foundation Adviser

JoAnn Waldrop
Senior Associate Director for University Relations- Alumni and Parents
Office: 512-863-1589

Current Members of Student Foundation

Rachel Arco
Daniel Buffington
Zach Cole
Kaitlyn Corbett
Livi Drummond
Emilie Fisher
Arthur Garcia
Ben Gil
John Gramza
Sebastian Gualy
Michelle Hershberger
Haylee Knight
Mac Light

Anne Means
Najmu Mohseen
Andrew Pratt
Sydney Rochelle
Caitlin Schneider
Roanne Shoubaki
Sarah Surgeoner
Laith Tucker
Ilka Vega
Taylor Vickers
Ariana Weeks
Elizabeth Wright

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