Charter Day Celebration

Pirate for a Day


Step on to campus for an afternoon of engaging, educational experiences, as Southwestern celebrates its 180th anniversary. Programming is for all ages - for Young Pirates (toddlers to pre-teen) and their Parents and Seasoned Sailors (teen and up).

Participation is free in all activities listed below. Register to let us know that you plan to attend.



1:00–2:00 p.m. Soap Bubble Math
Everybody loves to play with bubbles - even mathematicians! Perhaps surprisingly, these objects of childhood wonder exhibit a rich playground of mathematical ideas, offering forays into the world of geometry and mathematical optimization! In this hands-on talk, we will discuss why bubbles are spherical; what happens when two or more bubbles collide; and how to create squares, ribbons, and even stranger shapes out of soap film! 
Fondren-Jones Science Center, Room 100

1:00–5:00 p.m. Treasure Hunt
Arrr! Calling all Pirates! Form a crew and take to campus for an afternoon of exploration.
Floyd and Annetta Jones Plaza, Southwestern Arch (starting location)

1:00–5:00 p.m. Games with the Greeks
Join members of Southwestern’s Greek-letter organizations for outdoor activities. A perfect opportunity to burn off some energy between sessions! (This is a come and go event.)
Floyd and Annetta Jones Plaza

2:30–4:00 p.m. “Kung Fu Panda” (2008) 
Join us for a viewing of the featured film “Kung Fu Panda” (2008), produced by Southwestern alumna Susan Slagle Rogers ’83.
Fondren-Jones Science Center, Cullen Atrium

4:15–5:00 p.m. Pirate Bike Cookie Decorating
Celebrate a Southwestern tradition since 2005: our beloved Pirate Bikes! Pirate Bike sugar cookies and decorating supplies will be provided. 
Red & Charline McCombs Campus Center, Bob and Vivian Smith Concourse



1:15 p.m. Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Art History Majors with a Paycheck
Successful Art History graduates come back to campus to share their personal and professional journeys. A dessert and wine reception to follow the discussion.
Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, Caldwell-Carvey Foyer

2:00–2:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes of “Kung Fu Panda” (2008)
Animated-film producer Susan Slagle Rogers ’83 will share secrets into the making of “Kung Fu Panda” (2008). Join us for an exciting presentation and Q&A before watching the featured film from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Fondren-Jones Science Center, Cullen Atrium

3:00–4:00 p.m. Special Collections: Preserving Our Shared Connections
The archives housed in SU Special Collections and Archives contains thousands of documents and artifacts related to Southwestern and Texas history.  As part of this session, you will get to tour Special Collections including getting to view facsimiles of the original charters of SU and the root institutions plus learn about how you can use the materials held in the University archives to research your own family genealogy.   
A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center, Special Collections

4:15–5:00 p.m. Historical Campus Tour
Meet under the Southwestern arch for a walking tour focusing on the evolution of Southwestern’s campus over the years.
Floyd and Annetta Jones Plaza, Southwestern Arch

4:00–5:00 p.m. Please Like and Subscribe: Sharing Your Life Online
Through his work in fan activism and LGBTQ+ advocacy, Jackson Bird ’12 has learned the deep power of storytelling and the impact that sharing one’s own story can have towards social good. Join Bird as he discusses the realities, risks, and rewards of projecting your story to the online masses, and how we can all use digital platforms for narrative-based change.
Fondren-Jones Science Center, Room 100