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The new Wilhelmina Cullen Admission Building, which is the first “green” building at Southwestern, officially opened for business Jan. 21.

The one-story, 9,602 square-foot building houses all of Southwestern’s Enrollment Management staff, including admission counselors and financial assistance staff.

The $3.3 million building was funded by a gift from the Cullen Trust for Higher Education. Wilhelmina Cullen is the daughter of Roy and Lillie Cullen, for whom Southwestern’s existing Cullen Building is named.

Tom Oliver, vice president for enrollment management services, said the new building will enable his staff to better host the growing number of visitors to campus. For example, Oliver said, the new building has three to four times the reception space of their old office on the first floor of the original Cullen Building.

“Our previous space was not big enough if we had 30, 40 or 50 people coming for a visit,” Oliver said. He added that the new building, which has natural light, a high ceiling and contemporary furniture, “feels much more inviting and professional.” 

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Southwestern students and faculty members will have summer chemistry research opportunities for another three years, thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Robert A. Welch Foundation of Houston.

The Foundation has renewed Southwestern’s grant for its Welch Summer Research Program, which it has funded since 1985. The university will receive $50,000 a year for the next three years.

About 13 students are selected for the program each summer. Those who are selected receive a stipend as well as living expenses that enable them to spend eight weeks conducting research with Southwestern faculty members.

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The Fountainwood Observatory at Southwestern University will hold a public viewing night on Friday, Jan. 30, from 8 to 11 p.m.

Fountainwood Viewing Nights are always free and open to the public. The observatory is located on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the Rockwell Baseball Field (see #5 on campus map at Faculty members from the Physics Department at Southwestern as well as observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club will be on hand to guide viewing.

For weather-related updates about viewing nights, call the Fountainwood Observatory hotline at 512-863-1242.

For those interested in attending the Jan. 30 viewing night, the evening will begin with Venus next to a thin crescent moon low in the southwestern sky. The magnificent Orion nebula, a stellar nursery more than 1,200 light years distant, will be well placed for viewing. Beautiful star clusters such as the Double Cluster in Perseus, the E.T. cluster in Cassiopeia or the Pleiades in Taurus can also be viewed. Binary star systems such as eta Cassiopeia, a beautiful double star, or iota Cassiopeia, a charming triple star also will dot the sky.


Father Fernando Cardenal, a Jesuit priest who has been active in Latin America for more than 40 years, will give a lecture titled “A Jesuit Priest in Revolution” on Feb. 3, 2009, at Southwestern University. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. at the Howry Center (Building 14 on the campus map at and will be followed by a reception.

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The Department of Theatre in the Sarofim School of Fine Arts is again sponsoring a New York Theatre trip this spring. This trip, which will be held April 9-13, includes tickets to three Tony award-winning productions: the smash-hit musical from London “Billy Elliot,” the legendary musical “West Side Story” and the revival of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” starring Angela Lansbury.

The trip price includes round-trip airfare from Austin to New York City, three Broadway shows, four nights at the Edison Hotel right in the theatre district, airport-hotel transfers by private motor coach, and all hotel taxes and tips.

For more information on the trip, visit or call Rick Roemer at 512-863-1548.

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun interviewed several people from Southwestern who were going to the inauguration.

Community Impact News and the Williamson County Sun ran stories on the new admission building. Read the Community Impact News story at

The Taylor Daily News did a story on student Gillian Taylor’s work with Duck University in Taylor. Read the story at 


Sophomore Shaun Daniel Cooper has received a $5,000 scholarship from Freeman-ASIA to study abroad in China this semester. Cooper will be studying in Shanghai through IES. Cooper is an economics major with a minor in Chinese. 

Lynn and Frank Guziec from Chemistry and Biochemistry are co-authors on a publication “A Model for NADPH:Quinoneoxidoreductase (NQO1) Targeted Individualized Cancer Chemotherapy,” appearing in Drug Target Insights, 2009, 4,1-8.

Phil Hopkins, associate professor of philosophy, was invited to contribute a chapter on the presocratics to the forthcoming Continuum Companion to Ancient Philosophy (2010).

Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, had a 2003 book chapter “Agency and Culture in Revolutions” (re)published in a Russian book titled The Concept of Revolution in Contemporary Political Discourse. The original chapter appears in Revolutions: Theoretical, Comparative, and Historical Studies, pp. 76-84.