Student Organizations

Special Interest

Below is a list of special interest organizations at Southwestern.  

ACTIVE MINDS AT SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Contact: Mickayla Garcia
Advisor: Bryan Neighbors
Purpose: to increase awareness of issues surrounding mental health, its symptoms, and resources available.

ALPHA PHI OMEGA

Contact: Amy Goodman
Advisor: Patti Penney
Purpose: to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide service to humanity.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR SOCIETY

Advisor: Fay Guarraci
 Purpose: to foster a student-wide interest in animal behavior and provide a forum for animal behavior majors, minors and other interested students to interact and explore animal behavior related opportunities.

ASIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Contact: Amiel Padayhag
Advisor: Carl Robertson
Purpose: to revive and maintain campus-wide interest, activity, and exploration within the distinctive cultures of Asia, and to provide a space to support Asian/Pacific/Islander/Desi American students.

BEST BUDDIES

Contact: Shelby Stegemann
Advisor: Don Gregory
Purpose: to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and development disabilities by providing opportunities for mutually enriching friendships and integrated employment.

BROOKS PRIZE DEBATE SOCIETY

Contact: Alesha Lewis
Advisor: Bob Snyder
Purpose: to encourage and execute informed discussion and thoughtful argumentation.

CAT PARTNERS OF SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Contact: Heather Turley
Advisor: Kelly Lessard
Purpose: dedicated to the care and safety of the campus cats.

THE CATALYST

Contact: Quinlan Kubacak
Advisor: Jason Chapman
Purpose: to identify, educate, and empower emerging leaders at Southwestern University.

COALITION FOR DIVERSITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE (CDSJ)

Contact: Marissa Madrid-Ortega
Advisor: Terri Johnson
Purpose: to serve as an umbrella organization comprised of representatives from registered cultural and identity organizations at Southwestern University.

COLLEGE DEMOCRATS

Contact: Teresa Cropper
Advisor: Paul Sicard
Purpose: to educate the campus on important issues, promote the advancement of Democratic candidates and ideals, and encourage a more politically active campus.

COLLEGE REPUBLICANS

Contact: Natalie DeCesare
Advisor: Tim O’Neill
Purpose: to promote and discuss Republican issues and candidates, to encourage a more politically active campus community.

COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER

Contact: Mason Tomasek
Advisor: Maria Todd
Purpose: to fight cancer by volunteering for and supporting the programs of the American Cancer Society.

Ebony

Contact: Selena Chisom-Payne
Advisor: Reggie Byron
Purpose: to promote unity among African Americans and the SU community; greater awareness and appreciation of the diverse African American culture by emphasizing acceptance not tolerance, and breaking stereotypes.

E.M.P.I.R.E.

Contact: Markell Henderson
Advisor: Alicia Moore
Purpose: to provide positive social and political context that will influence the success of African American males at Southwestern.

EXERCISE IS MEDICINE

Contact: Morgan Gilpin
Advisor: Edward Merritt
Purpose: to promote student interest in Kinesiology by providing leadership, programs, service, and certification opportunities.

THE GOLDEN PIRATES

Contact: John Rodriguez
Advisor: Eric Selbin
Purpose: to inspire a widespread student interest and participation in activities that cultivate friendship, community, and imagination through Esports competitions and board games.

H.E.A.T.

Contact: Kate Davis
Advisors: Don Gregory & Fay Guarraci
Purpose: to educate students on and improve situations for human rights, animal welfare, and environmental preservation and conservation.

HISPANICS & LATINOS ORGANIZATION (HALO)

Contact: Diana Trevino
Advisor: Omar Rivera
Purpose: to provide an understanding of Hispanic culture and to serve as a means for intercultural exchange.

KOROUVA MILKBAR

Contact: Zoe Watts
Advisor: Derek Timourian
Purpose: to provide beverages and a social space to students, faculty, and staff and valuable business experience to volunteers.

MODEL UNITED NATIONS

Advisor: Bob Snyder
Purpose: to expose participating students to contemporary international issues, and represent UN committees and countries at conferences.

 
PHYSICS CLUB

Contact: Susanna Beltran
Advisor: Steven Alexander
Purpose: to foster wide student interest and participation in the field of physics and engineering.

PIRATES FOR PRIDE

Contact: Kayla Ingram
Advisor: Jamar Keaton
Purpose: to promote education, communication, and understanding among all sexual orientations in order to unify the Southwestern community. We seek to provide a safe space for discussion of GLBTQ/sexual orientation issues, both personal and political.

PIRATE HOSTS

Contact: Elijah Ballesteros
Advisor: Dana Marchant
Purpose: to unite students with prospective students to enrich the recruitment experience.

PIRATETHON

Contact: Sarah Shields
Advisor: Jason Chapman
Purpose: to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Miracle Network and Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin.

PRE-DENTAL ORGANIZATION

Contact: Sydney Oorlog
Advisor: Michael Gesinski
Purpose: to guide students through the process of getting in to dental school, DAT requirements, various fields of dentistry, and opportunities for dental experience.

PROGRESSIVE STUDENT ALLIANCE

Contact: Dakota Cortez
Advisor: Eric Selbin
Purpose: to promote the education and awareness of social justice concerns on a group, societal, and international level.

RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT VEGANISM TO EVERYONE (RAVE)

Contact: Veronica Espinsoa
Advisor: Laura Hobgood
Purpose: to promote veganism and raise awareness about the benefits of adopting a vegan life.

ROBOTICS CLUB

Contact: Christine Gutierrez
Advisor: Steven Alexander
Purpose: to foster a wide student interest and participation in activities by providing leadership, programs, and service, and to assist the student in developing skills and experience in the world of robotics.

ROTARACT

Contact: Brandon Jennings
Advisor: Laura Senio Blair
Purpose: to provide an opportunity for young men and women to gain knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal growth, and to address the physical and social needs of their communities.

SAILORS AND SIRENS

Contact: Caroline Haywood
Advisor: Kenny Shephard
Purpose: to bring enthusiasm and engagement to the Southwestern community through acapella music.

SHE’S THE FIRST

Contact: Denise Sandoval
Advisor: Desi Roybal
Purpose: to promote awareness about complex global issues related to poverty, and the role education plays in alleviating poverty.

SOUTHWESTERN ASTRONOMY CLUB

Contact:Rachel Arco
Advisor: Mark Bottorff
Purpose: to encourage and increase community engagement and equal opportunity through hands-on experience with astronomy.

SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY GARDEN

Contact: Heather Zwiener
Advisor: Megan Danner
Purpose: to foster community through sustainable food cultivation

SOUTHWESTERN ECONOMICS CLUB

Contact: Diana Trevino
Advisor: Paul Emberton
Purpose: to encourage close and open relationships between economic students, mentoring with faculty, and to promote the application of knowledge learned inside the classroom.

SOUTHWESTERN MOCK TRIAL TEAM

Contact: Samantha Pentecost
Advisor: Taylor Kidd
Purpose: to bring students together in an organization that challenges and develops public speaking, debating, critical thinking, and acting skills; educates students on the inner-workings of the legal system; and allows students, professors and alumni to work together to achieve a common goal.

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CREATIVE WRITING CLUB

Contact: Walter Stroup
Advisor: John Pipkin
Purpose: to facilitate a community of students at Southwestern University who are engaged in a range of creative writing practices.

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PHILOSOPHY SOCIETY

Contact: Donte Houston
Advisor: Michael Bray
Purpose: to provide an environment in which all students of Southwestern University may participate in formal philosophical discussion.

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY VETERANS ASSOCIATION

Advisor: Daniel Orozco & Scott Sandoval
Purpose: to provide support and awareness to transitioning veterans and military dependents.

STUDENT FOUNDATION

Contact: Courtney King
Advisor: Becky Rodriguez
Web Site: link
Purpose: to serve as a liaison between the student body and the University administration and act as an ambassador and student representative on-campus and within the community.

STUDENT HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (SHAC)

Contact: Lauren Muskara
Advisor: Jennifer Spiller
Purpose: to promote student health and enlighten students on relevant health topics through health education, activities, and improvements on campus.

STUDENT PHILANTHROPY COUNCIL

Contact: Kirby Birk
Advisor: Becky Rodriguez
Purpose: to raise awareness among Southwestern University students about the importance of giving the University.

STUDENTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM AND KNOWLEDGE (SEAK)

Contact: Chandler Hyatt
Advisor: Laura Hobgood
Purpose: to improve sustainability policies on Southwestern’s campus, state-wide, and nationally. We strive to educate and involve the Southwestern community in environmental, energy, and conservation issues. We believe in thinking ahead by acting now to create a cleaner and more sustainable Southwestern future.

SU ANIMAL ALLIANCE

Advisor: Laura Hobgood
Purpose: to provide a place for animal advocates and enthusiasts, to foster an interest in animal welfare among its members and the community, and to support animals through volunteering and activism.

SU HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Advisor: Jason Chapman
Purpose: to facilitate opportunities which encourages the SU community to become involved with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County.

SU HISTORY CLUB

Contact: Kaitlyn Vinson
Advisor: Melissa Byrnes
Purpose: to foster a vast student interest in history and participate in activities that promote leadership, scholarship, and community.

SU NATIVE

Contact: Lainey Stary
Advisor: Ben Nava
Purpose: to raise awareness of Native American and indigenous teachings, values, and cultures to build a connection between the SU community and native issues in the Georgetown area.

SU PLANNED PIRATEHOOD

Contact: Madeline Carrola
Advisor: Alison Kafer
Purpose: to promote an understanding of reproductive justice on campus, which includes economic justice, the environment, immigrants’ rights, disability rights, discrimination based on race and sexual orientation, and a host of other community centered concerns.  We also provide resources on these subjects.

SU SOCIALISTS

Contact: Cole Whiteley
Advisor: Michael Bray
Purpose: to engage in political activism centered on socialist ideals.

SUSTAIN

Contact: Philip Moffatt
Advisor: Sarah Brackmann
Purpose: to foster ongoing relationships between Southwestern University, local and national organizations and businesses, and the local community.

T.E.A.C.H.

Contact: Miriam Richard
Advisor: Stephen Marble
Purpose: to promote an interest in teaching and learning.

 
THEATRE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Advisor: Kathleen Juhl
Purpose: to promote social justice through the medium of the stage.

TRANSFER & NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT SOCIETY

Contact: Kayleigh Hanna
Advisor: Sherry Adrian
Purpose: to provide and fulfill a sense of community to transfer and nontraditional students attending Southwestern University.

UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMING COUNCIL

Contact: Kaitlan Warmbrod
Advisor: Jason Chapman. Nick McGraw, & Derek Timourian
Purpose: to sponsor entertainment activities for the entire SU community.