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Southwestern will reinstate football and add women’s lacrosse to its roster of NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, thanks to $6 million in gifts from two former student-athletes.

Joe Seeber, a 1963 graduate who played basketball while he was at Southwestern, has pledged $5 million to launch the new programs and San Antonio businessman Red McCombs, who also attended Southwestern and played football, has pledged $1 million. Joanne and Brent Austin of Houston also have made a gift to support the new programs.

“As the oldest University in Texas, we realize the importance many people place on football,” said President Jake B. Schrum. “There are many bright young men who want to play football in college who find NCAA Division III appealing. It is important for us to be back in the game. Additionally, Southwestern was on the forefront when we added men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport. It naturally follows that women’s lacrosse would also become a varsity sport at Southwestern. Both Mr. Seeber and Dr. McCombs were varsity athletes at Southwestern and their generosity is representative of the culmination of their love of amateur athletics and their commitment to Southwestern. We are deeply grateful to them and to all who have joined this effort.”

The new Southwestern football team will play its first game in the fall of 2013. The new women’s lacrosse team will begin competition in the spring of 2014.

Read more here.



The Fountainwood Observatory will host a special public viewing night on Friday, Nov. 4, from 8-10:30 p.m.

Members of the Southwestern Trombone Quartet will perform from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. The music will include a Beatles medley, “Stardust,” “Tiger Rag” and many other classical and popular selections. Trombone Quartet members are Benjamin Bracher, Allison Lingren, Michael Martinez and David Vaden.

Fountainwood Viewing Nights are always free and open to the public, but donations are accepted to help maintain the observatory. The observatory is located on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the Rockwell Baseball Field (see #6 on the 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.


The Southwestern University Jazz Band will give a concert on  Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in the Bishop’s Lounge. The concert will be conducted by David Guidi and will include “Night Dreamer” by Wayne Shorter, “On A Misty Night” by Tadd Dameron, “Sack of Woe” by Cannonball Adderley, “Seven Come Eleven” by Benny Goodman and “Jessica’s Day” by Quincy Jones.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504.


A Nov. 11 “Yoga Under the Stars” fundraiser will benefit the Georgetown Animal Shelter and the education and public outreach efforts of Southwestern’s Fountainwood Observatory.

The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. and will give participants an opportunity to practice yoga under the stars at the Fountainwood Observatory. Anna Easterling  from Moksha Yoga will lead the yoga practice and Southwestern Physics Professor Mark Bottorff will run the observatory.

The suggested donation for those wanting to participate in the event is $20, but any amount will be accepted. Space is limited, so anyone interested in participating in the event should reserve a space by writing


The SU Chorale will give its annual Fall Concert on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The concert will be conducted by Kenny Sheppard and will have Pam Rossman as pianist. The concert includes works by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Tomás Luis de Victoria, William Byrd, Francis Poulenc, Johannes Brahms, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Maurice Ravel and Antonín Dvorák.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1504.


The Theatre Department is presenting performances of the holiday musical The 1940’s Radio Hour” by Walton Jones Nov. 16-20 in the Jones Theater. Performances will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The play is set during Christmas in 1942 as a close-knit group of entertainers at a small New York City radio station are broadcasting the final holiday variety show for the troops overseas. Several local musicians will be performing in the production, along with 2007 graduate Joey Banks.

Tickets are $12-$18 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 512-863-1378 or going to


A Senior Art Exhibition by Kirby Crone titled “Threads Through Time” will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery from Nov. 16 through Dec. 2. The exhibition includes abstract oil paintings based on childhood photographs.

The gallery is open 1-5 p.m. daily. It is free and open to the public.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Nov. 18 from 4-6 p.m. 

Media Coverage

The Austin-American Statesman ran a photo of the students in Melissa Byrnes’ FYS on philanthropy. Read the story here.

The Williamson County Sun ran a preview of the Writer’s Voice lecture.

Southwestern is mentioned in a story the United Methodist Reporter did about sustainability efforts at Methodist-related colleges. Read the story here.

Media outlets across the state covered the announcement that Southwestern plans to reinstate football and add women’s lacrosse,  including KLBJ radio, KEYE-TV, KVUE-TV, the Austin American-Statesman, the Williamson County Sun, the Austin Business Journal, the San Antonio Business Journal, Community Impact newspaper, the Taylor Daily Press, the Dallas Morning News and Houston Community Newspapers.


Senior studio art major Jenna Foster has had an oil painting titled “Cling Trapped” accepted into a exhibition that will be on display at the Art Center of Waco from Friday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Feb. 5.

Hal Haskell, professor of classics and chair of the Classics Program, is principle author of the book Transport Stirrup Jars of the Bronze Age Aegean and East Mediterranean (Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press), published in October. He headed up an international team of scholars from Glasgow, Sheffield and Cambridge Universities. This interdisciplinary study integrates archaeological, chemical, petrographic and epigraphic analyses to document the exchange of olive oil, a very important commodity in antiquity, throughout the eastern Mediterranean world during the period ca. 1400-1150 BCE.

Phil Hopkins, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Philosophy Department, presented the Carol J. Worrell Lecture at St. John’s College Oct. 21. The lecture was titled “Lucky the One: Kierkegaard’s Search for Morality in the Stories We Tell” and was a presentation of some of the ideas about the relation of narrative and ethics from his current book project, Mass Moralizing

Alison Marr, assistant professor of mathematics, was one of four invited speakers at the 25th Midwest Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography, and Computing held in Las Vegas Oct. 20-21. Marr gave a talk titled “The Best Magic (Directed Graph) Show in Vegas!”

Capital IDEA, an Austin-based nonprofit that offers educational services to help lift working families out of poverty, has published the results of a research project done for them by senior sociology major Kristen McCollum. McCollum’s research focused on the impact that Capital IDEA has on the children of its participants. The results of McCollum’s study can be found here.

An interview with Kimberly Smith, associate professor of art history, appeared in the inaugural issue of Das Egon Schiele Jahrbuch, vol. 1 (September 2011). An international, academic journal, the Jahrbuch publishes current research on the artistic practice of Viennese Expressionist Egon Schiele (1890-1918), and also features those aspects of the arts, philosophies and culture of turn-of-the-century Vienna that could contribute to an understanding of Schiele’s work.

A print from Art Professor Victoria Star Varner’s “Crossed Paths” series has been selected for “Data In, Data Out,” an exhibition that opened Oct. 31 at the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University and continues through Dec. 16.

The exhibition is comprised of works by artists who are using algorithms to define the design and/or execution of their art.


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