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July 24th, 2018

Washington, D.C. Chapter: Happy Hour at Hill Country Barbecue

Washington, D.C. Chapter: Happy Hour at Hill Country Barbecue


Hill Country Barbecue Market, 410 7th St NW Washington, DC 20004

Date & Time

July 24 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

July 29th, 2018

Southwestern Send-Off Party: Rio Grande Valley

Southwestern Send-Off Party: Rio Grande Valley

Join us for a Pirate celebration!


17620 Rabb Road, Santa Rosa, TX, 78593

Date & Time

July 29 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm CDT


Alumni News

  • Robert H. Simpson '32
    Robert H. Simpson ’32, Medal of Honor

    With his pioneering efforts into hurricane research, meteorologist Robert “Bob” Simpson ’32 did more than earn a place in history. His legacy is an ongoing one that still impacts the way storms are tracked and categorized. Dr. Simpson is the co-founder of the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with its well-known one through five categories. He was also instrumental in the advancement of surge forecasting models to issue urgent warnings that have saved hundreds of lives through the years, and continue to do so today.

  • Dr. Traci Giuliano, Ms. Homecoming
    Dr. Traci Giuliano, Ms. Homecoming

    For the past 23 years, Traci Giuliano has held the title of Professor of Psychology at Southwestern University. But in truth, she is so much more than a professor to her students. Mentor, supporter, confidant, counselor, friend—all of these words are used to describe her.

  • Distinguished Humanitarian
    Lawrence Kern ’01, Distinguished Humanitarian

    Lawrence Kern ’01 believes the transformative power of artistic expression is something that people of all cognitive and developmental abilities should have access to. Since 2010, he has served as a teaching artist for individuals with disabilities, and is a proud co-founder of A.B.L.E. (Artists Breaking Limits and Expectations) which offers performing arts experiences for individuals with developmental differences. With each performance, these young actors develop a new depth of emotional understanding, new carefulness and confidence in their verbal communication, new belief in their ability to have an impact on other people, and a new belief that they have something valuable to say in the world.

  • Distinguished Young Alumnus
    Stephen Foster ’09, Distinguished Young Alumnus

    With all that Stephen Foster ’09 has accomplished since his graduation from Southwestern University just eight years ago, it’s clear he is a talented computer scientist. But what is most remarkable about Dr. Foster, is his passion for sharing those talents with the next generation of coders.

  • Distinguished Professional Award Recipient
    Cile Spelce Elley ’91, Distinguished Professional

    For 25 years, Cile Spelce Elley ’91 has carefully assessed people, culture, and information as an award-winning journalist and documentarian. She began her career as a Cub reporter before working her way up to become a star on-camera field reporter, and then a major-market TV news anchor. Since co-founding her own media company, Elley has created, written, produced real-life stories for all types of media, including the nationally-acclaimed documentary television series Friday Night Tykes, currently in its fourth season.

  • Distinguished Southwestern Service
    Karen Hanson-Flowers ’75, Distinguished Southwestern Service

    Karen Hanson-Flowers ’75 is one of those inspiring people whose many accomplishments, successes, and commitments beg the simple question: how does she do it? In addition to her impressive day job as the Senior Vice President of Contract Administration and Human Resources at Alpheus Communications, Hanson-Flowers also finds time to be a member of The Junior League of Houston, to serve on the Board of The Women’s Resource Center of Greater Houston, and also on the Board of Visitors of Southwestern University.

  • Bill Engvall
    Comedian Bill Engvall ’79 shares his Southwestern memories

    This Homecoming, Bill Engvall ’79 performed in the Alma Thomas Theater with 100% of proceeds supporting Southwestern University’s lifelong learning initiatives. We called Bill to ask about his Southwestern Experience and why he decided to perform at this year’s Homecoming.

  • Primetime Emmy Award
    Southwestern Alumnus Nominated for a 2018 Primetime Emmy

    Andrew Mendelson, SU ’96, scores another Emmy nod, this time for his work on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

  • Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds ’87
    Leap of Faith

    Spotlight on Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds ’87