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For the second year in a row, Southwestern has led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s College & University Green Power Challenge. The yearly contest determines which schools in each NCAA conference use the most green power.

Southwestern beat its conference rivals by purchasing nearly 18 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Southwestern has been using 100 percent green energy since January 2010, when it signed an 18-year contract with the city of Georgetown to receive only electricity generated from wind power.

Southwestern’s closest green power rival in the SCAC – Centre College – used 4.1 million kWh of green power.

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Teresa A. Sullivan, the first female president of the University of Virginia, will give the 2012 commencement address at Southwestern University. The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. in the Corbin J. Robertson Center.

Sullivan took office as the University of Virginia’s eighth president on Aug. 1, 2010. Before that, she was the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. She also was a professor of sociology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Prior to her work at the University of Michigan, Sullivan was Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for The University of Texas System.

Sullivan’s research focuses on labor force demography, with emphasis on economic marginality and consumer debt. Her most recent work explores the question of who files for bankruptcy and why. She is the author or co-author of six books and more than 50 scholarly articles.

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Ten different musical acts will be on stage as Southwestern students present their second annual “Clusterfest” music festival on Friday, April 20, in the Robertson Center.

The headline performer for this year’s festival is Sleigh Bells, an electro-rock duo from Brooklyn, New York. Other bands scheduled to perform at the festival are Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Future Islands, Suzanna Choffel, Mother Falcon, Whiskey Shivers and The Frontier Brothers.

Clusterfest also will have a stage featuring Southwestern University musicians, including first-year student Sarah Cook, Dream Shake (featuring seniors Justice Kinley and Stephen Adams), The Staylyns (featuring junior Joe Kraft), and 2011 graduate Jasmine SayGan.

Tickets are $15 for students; $20 for faculty, staff and alumni; and $25 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at or in person at the Student Activities Office on the 3rd floor of the Campus Center.

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The SU Orchestra will perform on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Lois Ferrari and includes Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Prelude and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, New World.  

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 512-863-1504.


The Dance Repertory Theatre will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Alma Thomas Theater. The group will perform five pieces in a variety of styles, including Modern, Ballet, Broadway and Jazz.  

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 512-863-1378 or visiting

Media Coverage

Community Impact newspaper did a story on the grant Southwestern received to start a new program for transfer students from ACC. Read the story here.

The Williamson County Sun did a story about students in Professor Joshua Long’s environmental studies class who are doing a study of local farmers markets.

The Williamson County Sun ran a story about Clusterfest.

The Williamson County Sun covered the SU Native Powwow.


The team of Colin Berr, Roberto Juarez, Madison Leeper and Rachel Nowlain has earned an invitation to participate in the Best-Strategy Invitational, a global competition among the highest-performing teams in the Business Strategy Game, an international competition that is done via the Internet and tests students in all aspects of business. The competition will be held May 17-18 and consists of 10 decision-making rounds, with deadlines each weekday at 10 a.m. Read more here.

Six Southwestern students and one faculty member participated in the 92nd Annual Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Dallas April 12-14.  Yvette Niyomugaba and Van (Zoe) Pham presented “A Mathematical Model of Pollution,” resulting from an independent study with Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics. Niyomugaba and Pham also competed in a Calculus Bowl with Southwestern students David Vaden, Sara Watson, Nina Baccam and Yasmin Leon. Shelton also attended the Texas Association of Academic Administrators in the Mathematical Sciences and was selected for a Nominating Committee of the Texas MAA.

Seven Southwestern students are presenting papers at the 20th Annual Latin American Studies Conference being held in Birmingham, Ala., this week. Melissa Garcia and Alexis Kropf are presenting capstone projects done under the direction of Brenda Sendejo, assistant professor of anthropology. Garcia is presenting a paper titled “Navigating Ambiguity: Solidifying Transnational Chicana and Nicaragüense Identities with a Mestiza Consciousness” and  Kropf is presenting a paper titled “Pro-Life, Pro-Voice: Perceptions of Abortion and their Biopolitical Regulation in Arica, Chile. Lauren Fellers, Jeffrey McKenzie, Karen Ramirez, Trey Thiele and Simon Tian, are presenting papers done under the direction of Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, assistant professor of Spanish. Fellers is presenting a paper titled “The eternal and the transitory: evolution of theme in two of Ruben Dario’s poems”; Thiele is presenting a paper titled “Fútbol is better than sex,” which discusses the proliferation and importance of soccer in Mexican advertisements and the reflection that this shows on Mexican culture; and Tian is presenting a paper titled “The Understanding of Love, According to Paz and Neruda.”

Three Southwestern students are presenting papers at the Southwestern Anthropological Association Annual Conference in Chico, Calif., this week. Griffin Ferry is presenting a paper titled  “Physio-Neutral Expectivity: Gender Performativity, Heteronormativity and Males with Eating Disorders.” Zoë Martin is presenting a paper titled “A Whole New Brawl Game: Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby as Embodied Counter-Hegemonic Resistance” and Meagan Moore is presenting a paper titled “The Story of Adherence: Living with HIV/AIDS.”

Senior Erick Bauman gave a talk titled “Creating an Educational Programming Language” at the 16th Annual North Texas Area Student Conference held at Midwestern University March 31. Bauman also gave a live demonstration of his simple educational programming language, which is a work in progress.

2010 graduate Chris Elford has been admitted into the Chinese Literature Ph.D. Program at the University of Oregon with a full scholarship.

Senior Greek major Trey Frye and senior classics major Georgia LoSchiavo were selected to present papers at the annual Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium being held in Washington, D.C., April 27. Frye’s paper is on the philosophical position of St. Justin Martyr and LoSchiavo’s presentation focuses on her recrystallization of the Antigone myth.

Thomas Howe, professor of art and art history, will present a paper titled “For Whom Did Vitruvius Write?” at a colloquium on Vitruvius being held in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, April 26-29. The paper combines his earlier work on a commentary and illustration of the Roman architect Vitruvius (Vitruvius, Ten Books on Architecture, with Ingrid Rowland, trans, Cambridge University Press, 1999) with his recent work on the architectural context of political activity in Republican Rome. His conclusion is that it was very typical of the senatorial elite to be very widely informed on numerous technical professions, that they really did read theoretical manuals such as Vitruvius intended.  

Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, gave an invited talk at the University of Wisconsin-Madison April 17. Her talk, “Practicing Feminist, Queer, Crip,” was part of UW’s lecture series on disability studies and intersectionality. She gave a shorter version of this talk in February at the “Past, Present, and Future of Feminist Studies” conference at UC-Santa Barbara.

Steve Kostelnik, assistant professor of music, was one of several classical guitar players who participated in a recent “Views and Brews” program sponsored b y KUT-FM at the Cactus Café in Austin. Listen to the show here.

President Jake B. Schrum has been elected the 2012 chair of the CIC/New York Times Partnership’s Presidents Council, succeeding Thomas Trebon, president of Carroll College. Members of the council will meet with reporters and editors from The New York Times in New York City Oct. 8.



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