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:
- Stream Fall, Winter, and Spring athletic games
- Friday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. CST - Dr. MLK Jr. Dream Week and FNL present: Sonia Sanchez
- Saturday, January 23, at 10:00 a.m. PST - Pacific Northwest Chapter - Winter Social Hour
- Thursday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m. CST - Distinguished Alumni Awards Presentation
- Wednesday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. CST - Peace in Relationships: Why and how to leverage conflicts for a happier life, with Duana Welch ’91
- Thursday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. CST - Jim Swift’s “On the Porch”: 36 Years of Local TV News Storytelling
- Tuesday - Thursday, February 23 - 25 - Smart Planning for Smart Women (see below)
- Sunday, April 11, 2021 to Sunday, April 18, 2021 – Homecoming
Participate in Curious Conversations
Several Southwestern alumni will be speaking about their professional work with current students. 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.
- Friday, February 5, at 12:30 p.m. – Jimmy Stanton ’96, Sr. Assoc. Athletic Director, University of Oregon
- Friday, February 12, at 12:30 p.m. – Ellen Gass ’03, Conservation Director, Texas Land Conservancy
- Friday, February 19, at 12:30 p.m. – Thomas Mock ’11, Data Scientist, RStudio
- Friday, February 26, at 12:30 p.m. – Matt Trawick ’10, Regional Criminal Enforcement Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Tuesday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m. – Madeline Carrola ’19, Policy and Planning Analyst, South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless
- Friday, March 5, at 12:30 p.m. – Blithe Casterline Rocher ’05, Engineering Manager, Google
- Tuesday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. – Madison Godleski ’19, Combat Systems Engineer, The Johns Hopkins University
- Friday, March 12, at 12:30 p.m. – Christine Harris ’11, Senior Graphic Designer, LandDesign
- Friday, March 19, at 12:30 p.m. - Andrew Dornon ’11, Associate Director, BTS Consulting
- Friday, March 26, at 12:30 p.m. – Josh Franco ’06, National Collector, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Smart Planning for Smart Women Series
A complimentary virtual estate planning event designed especially for women. This event is led by Southwestern alumnae legal and financial professionals who will guide us through tools women need to successfully plan for our future.
Women’s roles in society and within the family have shifted dramatically over the past several generations and women have more earning power than ever before. It’s estimated that at some point, 9 out of 10 women will make financial decisions on their own, either because they have been widowed or divorced or because they were never married. And the fact that women tend to live longer than men means that it is often women who are faced with the task of estate administration and planning yet the majority of Americans don’t have a will or other plans. Proper planning not only ensures financial stability during your lifetime but also allows you to distribute your assets in the manner you choose after your lifetime. Whether you are a woman who is married or single—with $10,000 or $1 million dollars—planning for your long-term legal and financial future is essential to your loved ones’ well-being and your own peace of mind. Join us for these informative sessions designed specifically for women of all ages and in all stages of their lives.
- Tuesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. (CST): The Basics: Wills, Powers of Attorney and Other Essential Documents Every Woman Should Have
- Wednesday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. (CST): Creating Impact and Leaving A Legacy: Vehicles for Charitable Giving
- Wednesday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. (CST): Guardianship: Understanding How It Works for an Incapacitated Parent or Child
- Thursday, February 25, at 11:30 a.m. (CST): Modern Families, Modern Problems: Estate Planning Essentials for Unmarried and Same-Sex Couples
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.
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.
Join us on a Social Media Platform
Participate in online conversations and social media challenges with fellow Pirates:
- Southwestern University Facebook Page
- Southwestern University Alumni Association Facebook Page
- Office of Admission Annual Playlist on Spotify
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: https://2020distance.
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!