Virtual Engagement

The Southwestern University Alumni Association has no boundaries in the digital age. Below are a variety of ways that you can engage with your alma mater from the comforts of your home - wherever that may be.

“Attend” a Virtual Event

The University offers events that require no in-person attendance. Check out the schedule of activities:

Participate in Curious Conversations

During the Fall 2020 semester, several Southwestern alumni will be speaking about their professional work. Alumni and friends are invited to participate in these web conference events hosted by the Center for Career & Professional Development. Click on the links below to register to attend.

Download one of Southwestern’s Zoom Backgrounds

Students, faculty, and staff are often turning to Zoom video conferencing to conduct courses and meetings online. And now, although we can’t be together at our campus home, you can bring campus home to you—by changing your Zoom background to scenic images of our favorite SU landmarks. Learn more.

Explore the Research and Creative Works Symposium

Southwestern’s annual Research & Creative Works Symposium is a celebration of the work of students showcasing academic accomplishments. The presenters develop critical thinking, leadership, and time management while preparing for the event date. The Symposium includes poster presentations, art exhibits and performances, panel discussions, and oral presentations.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Research & Creative Works Symposium is a virtual experience, providing alumni, parents, donors, and friends the opportunity to participate. Please take a moment and explore the culminating work of Southwestern students.

Join us on a Social Media Platform

Participate in online conversations and social media challenges with fellow Pirates:

Network with Fellow Pirates

Create a profile on PirateConnect. PirateConnect is a platform where alumni and students can ask questions and seek guidance, coach and inspire, and find paths to professional aspirations. It is a digital space exclusively for Southwestern University. Here you can connect with classmates and students - all in a professional setting.

Participate in the SU Book Club

Register to participate in the SU Book Club. Receive information about the books we will read and the times we will gather through online platforms (e.g., Google Hangouts and Zoom) to engage in discussions surrounding the books. 

Share your Story with Special Collections

Special Collections & Archives is seeking contributions for its new digital archive, 20/20 Distance: A COVID-19 Digital Archive, documenting life of the SU Community [students, faculty, staff, and alumni] and residents of Georgetown, TX during the COVID-19 pandemic. Special Collections is looking for user submissions of what day to day life looks like during this time period. Submissions can be stories, images, documents, video, audio, and artwork.  Help us us capture and preserve what it is like to live during this time period.  More information can be found here:

Volunteer for Admissions

The Office of Admission is asking alumni to write congratulatory letters/notes  to the parents/families of admitted students, all in an effort to convey the importance of the investment they will be making in their student. Volunteer an hour of your time to help recruit future Pirates!