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Work is starting this month on practice fields for Southwestern’s new football team, as well as a field house and track that will serve several varsity teams. Shown here next to a rendering of the new facilities is head football coach Joe Austin (left), along with assistant coaches Tom Ross and Kenneth Eboh (right).

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Pic Shows: DrJane Goodall DBE who has studied primates for the last 50 years with her Chimp mascot. Pic: STUART CLARKE. March 2010World-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall will be the featured speaker for Southwestern University’s 2013 Shilling Lecture. The lecture has been set for Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Information about reserving tickets for the lecture will be available next year.

Goodall’s research on the chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve has redefined the relationship between humans and animals. She is best known for challenging two long-standing beliefs of the day: that only humans could construct and use tools, and that chimpanzees were vegetarians. Her work also yielded surprising insights such as the discovery that chimpanzees engage in warfare.

Read more here.


Among the newest people on Facebook is a young lady who attended Southwestern University nearly 100 years ago.

Reba McMinn entered Southwestern as a 17-year-old student in 1913 and lived in the Ladies’ Annex, which burned down in 1925.

While she was at Southwestern from 1913 to 1914, McMinn wrote weekly letters to Mary Biggerstaff, her best friend from Childress, Texas. The letters detail all aspects of McMinn’s life at Southwestern – from her classes to social activities in the Ladies’ Annex. They were written at a time when Georgetown was transforming itself from a small town to a center of commerce and education. Nationally, women were seeking the vote and the country was on the verge of entering World War I.

In 1988, Biggerstaff’s daughter-in-law, Mrs. J. Rodney Lee, donated all the letters to Southwestern.

The letters have found a new life on 21st century social media thanks to the efforts of Anne Veerkamp-Andersen, a library assistant in Southwestern University’s Special Collections.

Read more here.


Two new associate vice presidents have recently joined the Southwestern University staff. Megan Frisque has returned to Southwestern to serve as associate vice president for alumni and parent relations and Craig Erwin has been named associate vice president for finance.

Read more about Frisque here. Read more about Erwin here.



Eileen Meyer Russell, associate professor of music at Southwestern,  will give a recital of music for organ and low brass on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Faith Lutheran Church, 4010 Williams Dr. in Georgetown. The program includes works by J.S. Bach, Alexandre Guilmant, Edward d’Evry, Alec Rowley and Alfred Schnittke. Russell will be accompanied by organist Don McManus.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Phyllis Draheim at Faith Lutheran Church, 512-863-7332. 

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun did a column about how President Schrum has helped bridge the town-gown divide in Georgetown.

The Williamson County Sun ran photos of the president’s ice cream social for new students.

The Williamson County Sun did a story on Southwestern graduate Steve Baldwin, who competed in the Paralympics.

Georgetown View magazine did a story on new head football coach Joe Austin.


A 2012 paper by Maha Zewail Foote, associate professor of chemistry, and Fay Guarraci, associate professor of psychology, was highlighted in the summer 2012 issue of CUR Quarterly, a newsletter published by the Council of Undergraduate Research. Read the summary here.

Dana Hendrix, head of collection development and acquisition in the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center, has been accepted to present a paper about organizational change in academic libraries at the Association of College and Research Libraries’ biennial conference in Indianapolis in April 2013. The paper also will be published in the proceedings of the conference.

Sandi Nenga, associate professor of sociology, presented a paper co-authored with Kathryn Gold Hadley of Hanover College titled “To De-Emphasize or Highlight Ethnicity? How Two Positive Youth Development Programs Empower Southeast Asian Youth” at the American Sociological Association meetings in Denver in August. She also was the organizer, presider and discussant for a panel on “Children and Youth.”

President Jake B. Schrum is one of 11 college and university presidents who contributed essays for the 2012-2013 edition of Presidential Perspectives, a series that examines topics impacting today’s higher education institutions. The theme of this year’s Presidential Perspectives series, “Responding to the Commoditization of Higher Education,” examines the changing perceptions of higher education and the struggle among higher learning institutions to differentiate their offerings while competing in a market that presents higher education degrees as items to be purchased. President Schrum contributed an essay titled “Edge Leadership in the Age of the Commoditization of Higher Education.” Read the essay here.

Pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa and several other members of the music faculty will be the featured performers in a Sept. 9 chamber music concert at the Cailloux Theater in Kerrville. The program will include a rarely performed version of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor arranged for piano, flute, violin and cello by Mozart’s pupil and protégé, Johann Nepomuk Humel; the Quintet in F minor for piano and string quartet by Johannes Brahms; and the regional premiere of a brand new work for piano, violin and cello by Composer in Residence Jason Hoogerhyde. Read more here.   

An exhibition curated by Mary Hale Visser, professor of art and Brown Chair holder, is on display this month at the Fine Arts Gallery at Arizona State University. The exhibiton, titled “Full Circle, A Decade of Rapid Prototyping in Sculpture: A New Expression” first opened at Southwestern in fall 2011.


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