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Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes, will give the 2011 Shilling Lecture on Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The lecture is titled “The New Rules for Tomorrow’s Business: A Student’s Guide to Making a Difference in the World.”

TOMS Shoes donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased. Mycoskie got the idea for the company shortly after competing on the second season of “The Amazing Race.” While visiting Argentina, Mycoskie was compelled by the sight of children playing in their bare feet because their families could not afford shoes. He returned to Argentina in 2006 and came up with a plan to found a for-profit business with a non-profit goal: to give a pair of shoes to every child that lacks this basic necessity.

Several events have been scheduled in advance of the lecture. On Monday, Feb. 28, Political Science Professor Tim O’Neill will facilitate a multidisciplinary, faculty-led salon titled “Notions of Doing ‘Good.”

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Only one spot remains in Habitat for Humanity’s Old Mill Village in Georgetown, and Southwestern students are raising funds to build a house on it.

Students in the SU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity have committed to raising $55,000 to build a house for a single mother and her daughter. They hope to complete the fundraising by the end of the spring 2011 semester and begin construction the week before classes begin in fall 2011.

Students in the Southwestern Chapter are motivated and excited about the opportunity of taking on such a challenge for the betterment of the Georgetown community. “It makes Georgetown feel more like a home,” said chapter president Austin Painchaud.

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The Southwestern Theatre Department is presenting Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” March 2-6 in the Alma Thomas Theater. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Inspired by Bruno Bettelheim’s 1976 book, The Uses of Enchantment, “Into the Woods” brings to musical life Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and other well-known fairy-tale characters. Interwoven with these classic tales is the story of a baker and his wife whose longing for a child is thwarted by a mischievous witch who lives next door.  

In the upcoming production at Southwestern, journeying into the woods might be synonymous with getting through a day in our busy, fast-paced, technologically complex lives. Instead of being set in the woods, the characters find themselves in the middle of a modern-day city, surrounded by the imposing steel and glass structures of an urban landscape and far too many road signs indicating the best way for each of them to get to their desired destination. While these well-known characters remain much the same as those we met and grew to depend upon in childhood stories, we see them struggling with many of the same pressures and obstacles we face every day.  

Tickets for the Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and students with ID, and $12 for youth 16 and under. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students with ID, and $14 for youth 16 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 512-863-1378 Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m.


Roan McNab, program director for the Wildlife Conservation Society-Guatemala program, will give a talk on Thursday, March 3, from noon-1 p.m., in Olin 105 as part of the Fleming Lecture Series. His talk will be a discussion of the conservation challenges facing one of the largest and most important areas of tropical forest left in Central America, the Maya Biosphere Reserve of northern Guatemala. McNab’s talk will highlight the science-driven conservation efforts being undertaken by the Wildlife Conservation Society to protect forest and wildlife in this unique region.

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Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun did a preview of the 2011 Brown Symposium.

President Jake B. Schrum was interviewed for the “ReMIX” program on KOOP-FM in Austin. The interviewed aired Feb. 23.

The Williamson County Sun did a story on senior D’Artagnan Bebel receiving the 2011 Academic Internship Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association.


Reginald Byron, assistant professor of sociology, delivered Huston-Tillotson’s annual W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Feb. 24. His lecture was titled “From DuBois to Obama: Progress and Challenges on the Problem of the Color Line.”

Kimele Carter, assistant director for academic and access resources, has been named Social Worker of the Year for the TX Capital Area Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She will receive the award March 9 and will be recognized by her peers at the state conference in October. The award makes her eligible to receive the state award.

Alisa Gaunder, associate professor of political science, recently had her article titled “WIN WIN’s Struggles with the Institutional Transfer of the EMILY’s List Model to Japan:  The Role of Accountability and Policy” published in the Japanese Journal of Political Science.

Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton, associate professor of English, delivered the keynote address at the Southeastern Writing Centers Association conference at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa Feb. 17-19. Her talk was called “Shape or Be Shaped: Outcomes Assessment as a Defining Moment for Writing Centers.”

Ron Swain, senior advisor to president for strategic planning and assessment, delivered the keynote address for the Annual Heritage Lunch Program sponsored by the Texas Education Agency African American Employees Association (TEA-AAEA) on Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Austin. Swain spoke on the topic “Education for African Americans: Past, Present and Future” under the general theme of African Americans and the Civil War.


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