The Class of 2023 embarked on a thrilling adventure and took on the challenges of kayaking and rappelling at scenic Lake Georgetown. Led by an experienced guide, Branndon Bargo, this trip created an unforgettable Southwestern Experience.

Southwestern’s Outdoor Adventure programs depend on charitable contributions to purchase equipment and cover trip expenses.

The Claude Carr Cody IV Memorial Fund is one example of how gift support is helping students. Claude was a great friend to Southwestern—the direct descendent of Southwestern’s first academic dean, Claude Carr Cody Sr.; he served on the Board of Visitors and was a guest speaker for the Financial Analyst Program. He was also an Eagle Scout, a Scout leader, and an avid outdoor enthusiast—a passion he shared with and passed on to his two sons and daughter. This fund was established by Claude’s sister, Carol Cody Herder, and her husband Charlie, to honor Claude and his love for outdoor exploration, and to provide opportunities for students to make lasting friendships while discovering an appreciation of the outdoors through memorable, safe, educational experiences.

If you have questions about supporting the University’s Outdoor Adventure programs, please call the Development Office at 512.863.1211. To support other student success initiatives, visit