Student Foundation

Who We Are

Student Foundation serves as a link between students, staff, faculty, and administration at Southwestern. 

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. 

2017 Officer Council

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.

  • Elizabeth Wright, President
  • Deidra McCall, Vice President
  • Courtney King, Planning Coordinator
  • Michael Broyles, Membership Coordinator
  • Mylien Tran,  Public Relations Chair
Student Foundation Committees

Members of Student Foundation, with the exception of the President and Vice-President, 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. 

Student Foundation Advisor

Becky Rodriguez
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Office: 512-863-1482

Current Members of Student Foundation