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Southwestern will host its annual Student Works Symposium on Monday, March 28, from 5-9 p.m. The event will showcase 114 presentations featuring the works of 130 students from 25 disciplines.

The event will begin with oral presentations in various locations throughout the Campus Center from 5-6 p.m. Creative works and exhibitions will be on display in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center from 6:15-7 p.m. Poster presentations will be on display in the Bishops Lounge (first floor of the Campus Center) from 6:45-7:45 p.m. and additional oral presentations will be given in other rooms in the Campus Center from 7:45-9 p.m.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information on the symposium, visit or go here.


Five Southwestern students have been selected to receive Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships beginning in the fall of 2011.

The scholarships, which are awarded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, are for $5,000 per semester, or a total of $10,000 per year. The scholarships are awarded in the sophomore year and are good for the junior and senior years.

The scholarships are designated for students majoring in political science, history, pre-law or education. Students are selected for the scholarships based on their academic history, extracurricular activities, and leadership experience. Selection for the scholarships includes an interview with the trustees of the Sumners Foundation, which was created in 1949 by former Congressman Hatton W. Sumners (1875-1962).

Students recently selected to receive Sumners Scholarships are Colin Berr, Cortney Carlson, Priscila Hernandez, Kylie LeBlanc and Katherine Tanner. Berr, Carlson, LeBlanc and Tanner are studying political science and Hernandez is studying history.

Read more here.



Jason Sokol, a lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, will give a talk titled “Forerunner: Edward Brooke and the Color of American Political History” on Monday, March 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Olin 110.

Edward Brooke was the first African American senator of the 20th century. He won election in Massachusetts in 1966 and to this day remains the only African American senator ever to win re-election. Sokol will discuss how Brooke pulled off these victories and what can his career tell us about black politics in America.

The talk is sponsored by the History Department. A reception will follow the lecture.


Southwestern will host a dinner to celebrate the life and legacy of César Chávez on Thursday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballrooms.

Featured speaker for the dinner will be Martha Cotera, a librarian, writer and influential activist of both the Chicano civil rights movement and the Chicana feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Her two most notable works are Diosa y Hembra: The History and Heritage of Chicanas in the U.S. and The Chicana Feminist. Cotera was one of six women featured in a documentary, “Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana,” which recounts the experiences of some of the Chicana participants of the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston.

Cotera will speak about the history of the Chicana and Mexican women’s rights movement within the workers’ rights movement, and what her experience was like as she paved the way for more independent Latina/Chicana activists.

The dinner is sponsored by Latinos Unidos, Kappa Delta Chi sorority and the Diversity Enrichment Committee. For more information, call Paige Schilt at 512-863-1342.  


The black comedy “Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh will be presented in the Black Box Theater March 30-April 3.

“Pillowman” is the story of a fiction writer, living in an unnamed police state, who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his writing and its similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town. Reminiscent of both Stoppard and Kafka, McDonagh’s complex, volatile, and thought-provoking drama questions violence, accountability and healing.

Performances will be given at 7 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5.

The Black Box Theater, formally known as Heather McGaughey Memorial Hall, is located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center. The play will be directed by senior Tyler King.

Media Coverage

Community Impact newspaper did a feature story on the recipient of Southwestern’s 2011 College Town Award, Esther Weir. Read the story here.

The Williamson County Sun covered the Shilling Lecture.

The Williamson County Sun ran a photo essay on the March 11 public viewing night at the Fountainwood Observatory.

The Williamson County Sun did a story on senior Juan Juarez, who has been accepted into Teach for America.


The Southwestern chapter of Circle K International received four awards at the Texas-Oklahoma District Convention which was held March 5-6. The chapter as a whole was awarded Outstanding Chapter in the Texas-Oklahoma District, secretary Nora Maus was recognized as Outstanding Chapter Secretary in the district, president Jenna Gaska was recognized as Outstanding Chapter President in the district and the chapter project, “Bead the Change,” won the Single Service award for having the most outstanding project in the district.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers Honors and Awards Committee has selected an entry submitted by Southwestern’s Career Services Office as a winner of the 2011 NACE Innovation Excellence Award in the category of Marketing and Branding - Small College. Southwestern’s entry was for its Facebook-based “Ichabod” campaign. The award will be presented June 2 during the 2011 NACE Annual Conference in Dallas.

Four faculty members and four students went to Dallas for the SIGCSE 2011 International Conference for Computer Science Education. Senior Computational Mathematics major Matthew Flatau presented a poster titled `”Implementing Ruppert’s Algorithm for Generic Curves in 2D,” a result of his honors thesis work with Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science. Suzanne Buchele, associate professor of computer science, moderated a panel on CS Fulbright Experiences Abroad. Students Erick Bauman, Leigh Daniel, Matt Flatau and Alex Parris volunteered with the conference. Rick Denman, professor of mathematics, and Barbara Owens, associate professor of computer science and past president of SIGCSE, also attended.

Southwestern’s Model UN Team took home three outstanding delegate awards at the Bilateral Model Arab League Conference hosted by the University of Houston Feb. 26-27. Awards went to partners Charlotte Griesel and Danielle VanZandt, partners Corbett Austin and Kate Hayden, and Kylie LeBlanc.


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