Upcoming Exhibit

Artist Leticia Eldredge places some pieces of her work in the Special Collections area of the Smith Library Center. The library is sponsoring an exhibit titled  “The Creative Works of Letitia Eldredge” in conjunction with the 2012 Writer’s Voice Lecture. The exhibit open with a reception for the artist Oct. 11 from 4-6 p.m. Read more here.


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On Oct. 6, the Southwestern University Athletics Department will induct the 33rd and 34th members into its Hall of Fame − Carla Lowry and Matt Gelotti.

Lowry has been a trailblazer for the Southwestern Athletics Department and women’s athletics. She was the first director of athletics in the history of the University in 1984 and also served as chair of the Department of Kinesiology, another female first for Southwestern. During her 17-year tenure, Lowry led Southwestern through the challenge of transitioning from a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III institution.

In addition to serving as an administrator, Lowry’s career includes stints as an athlete, teacher, coach and noted scholar. She was an AAU All-America selection for the famous Wayland Baptist Flying Queens that won two AAU national championships. She also represented the United States on the gold medal-winning 1959 Pan American Games team and in 1961 captained the U.S. National Team that toured Russia.

Gelotti is one of the most decorated baseball players in the history of Southwestern. He was a three-time All-America pick and in 2000 was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III Player of the Year. He was also a four-time All-SCAC selection, was named to the SCAC All-Tournament team three times, and was the SCAC Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000.  

A pitcher’s nightmare at the plate, Gelotti still holds the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) season records for most hits (93), triples (12), home runs (18), runs scored per game (1.73) and runs scored (88). He also holds career records in hits (327), hits per game (1.71), home runs (47), RBI’s (285), doubles (73), triples (38), triples per game (.20), runs scored (263) and runs scored per game (1.37). He also holds the NCAA Division III career records for hits and triples and led the nation in an offensive category six times during his career.

Read more here.


Southwestern has received a $600,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will be used by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) to help liberal arts colleges transform their libraries to meet the needs of students and scholars in the 21st century. NITLE is headquartered at Southwestern.

“The trend is clear and irreversible,” said Joey King, executive director of NITLE and vice president for innovation at Southwestern. “Given the digitization of content, increased pressure to collaborate, and the rise of open access − among other factors − liberal arts colleges must shift their libraries toward models that emphasize access over collection.”

NITLE will use the grant over the next two years to provide colleges in its member network with resources and opportunities that help them enact this transition.

Read more here.


Korea is not a place many American education majors go to put their degree to use, but Danver Chandler is not your average education major.

Chandler said she wanted to travel to Korea for vacation since she was five years old and her aunt gave her a book called Seoul ’88 about the Summer Olympics in South Korea. The book contained a beautiful dress being worn by a Korean woman, and she was amazed. It was at that moment when she told her mother and aunt that she wanted to go to Korea to visit. She never dreamed about living or teaching there.

Read more here.



Tickets for the 2012 Writer’s Voice lecture featuring playwright Suzan Lori-Parks are now available to Southwestern students, faculty and staff and will be available to the general public Oct. 16.

Parks will be speaking at Southwestern on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. Check the library website for details on reserving tickets.

Parks received the Pulitzer Prize in drama for her 2002 play titled “Topdog/Underdog,” which depicts the struggles of everyday African American life.

Parks’ other plays include “The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World”;The America Play,” about a man obsessed with Abraham Lincoln; “In the Blood, which updates Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter;  and “The Book of Grace,” a biblically inflected examination of the familial relations of a racist patriarch.

Read more here.


A five-week film festival sponsored by the Spanish Department, along with the student groups Sigma Delta Pi (the Spanish honor society) and Latinos Unidos, will conclude Oct. 4 with the showing of “Chico y Rita,” a 2012 film from Spain. “Chico y Rita” is an animated love story starring the music, culture and people of Cuba. The film will begin at 8 p.m. in Olin 105.

Read more here.


The Georgetown Festival of the Arts is sponsoring two pre-Festival events in October. The first will be Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. in the original sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church and the second will be Sunday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Both are free and open to the public.

The concerts will feature works by Sergei Rachmaninov, Mikhail Glinka, Piotr Tchaikovsky, Anton Arensky and Reinhold Glière. Performers include Sue and Ellsworth Peterson, Jay Wikley, Theresa Ford, Eileen Meyer Russell, Mary Bert Denison, Bob Horick and Southwestern student Andrew Fields.

Both concerts are being held in conjunction with Georgetown’s annual Art in the Square event, which will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details on this event and participating artists, visit www.ArtInSquare.com. As part of the event, the Georgetown High School Orchestra will perform music from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and Handel’s “Messiah” on the Courthouse lawn Saturday at 3 p.m.

The 2013 Festival of the Arts will be held May 30-June 2 and will feature the works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Arensky.


Mezzo soprano Kathryn Findlen and tenor Nicholas Simpson will perform a program of opera duos on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program includes excerpts from “Carmen,” “Otello,” “Il Trovatore” and “Norma.”

Findlen and Simpson are both recent additions to the Southwestern University voice faculty. Findlen joined the Southwestern faculty in 2012 and Simpson joined the Southwestern faculty in 2011. The two will be accompanied by pianist David Utterback, who has been on the faculty at Southwestern since 1993.

Findlen has appeared with the Austin Lyric Opera, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, the Austin Civic Chorus, the Texas Choral Consort, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and has been presented in concert at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Lutheran University and Texas State University.

Simpson has performed with the Utah Opera Festival, the Jarvis Conservatory in Napa, Spotlight on Opera in Austin, the Dicapo Opera and the Gotham Chamber Opera.

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


John Agnew, a Distinguished Professor of Geography and professor of Italian at UCLA, will give a public lecture at Southwestern on Thursday, Oct. 18, as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program.

Agnew will give a lecture titled “Rethinking The World Water Problem ” at 4 p.m. in Room 105 of the F.W. Olin Building.

Agnew’s research concerns political geography, international political economy and European urbanization, with a special emphasis on Italy. He is past president of the Association of American Geographers, recipient of the association’s Distinguished Scholarship Award, and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

The lecture is sponsored by the Southwestern University Theta of Texas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.


Southwestern is hosting a conference titled “Deconstructing the Inner You: An Exploration of Diversity, Gender and Inclusion” on Friday, Oct. 19.

The conference will begin with a community forum on affirmative action from 1-2 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The forum will be facilitated by Melissa Johnson, a professor of anthropology at Southwestern.

The conference also includes a series of afternoon workshops, a film screening and a step and stroll show.

“The conference will be a great chance for dialogue to take place about controversial topics that people are not always so willing to address,” said Kadidatou Magassa, one of the student organizers of the conference.

Read more here.


Pianist Ning An will give a guest recital on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, Olivier Messiaen and Franz Liszt.

An made his concerto debut at the age of 16, performing the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra. He has since appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Belgian National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Flemish Radio Symphony, the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

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

Media Coverage

Georgetown View magazine did a story on the Operation Achievement program. Read the story here.

The Williamson County Sun ran photos of the Sep. 22 viewing night at the Fountainwood Observatory and the Sept. 22 kickoff event for the Friends of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts.


Sarah Brackmann, director of civic engagement, co-presented a paper at the annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) held in Baltimore Sept. 23-25. The paper was titled “Project FOCUS: Assessing long-term impact of service-learning on post-graduation civic behaviors.” Brackmann also served as an editorial fellow for the conference proceedings and received an honorable mention award for her dissertation research.

Eileen Cleere, professor of English, delivered a paper at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Madison, Wis., Sept. 27-30. The paper, “Mormon Fever: Sensationalizing the Saints in Mrs. Henry Wood’s 1863 Verner’s Pride,” is part of a new research project about female domestic privacy within representations of Mormon polygamy.

Alisa Gaunder, associate professor of political science, had a book review of Decoding Boundaries in Contemporary Japan: The Koizumi Administration and Beyond (edited by Glenn Hook) published in the Summer 2012 issue of the Journal of Japanese Studies. Read the review here

Shannon Mariotti, associate professor of political science, is editing a new volume titled A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson, to be published by the University Press of Kentucky. She also is participating in a Feminist Studies Brown-Bag at Southwestern Oct. 4 to present her own chapter for the volume titled “The Housekeeper of Homelessness: The Democratic Ethos of Marilynne Robinson’s Novels and Essays.” 

Michael Saenger, associate professor of English, has been offered a contract for his new book, Shakespeare and the French Borders of English, by Palgrave Macmillan. Saenger says France, French people and the French language were always very important to England; in fact, for centuries, they were not separate countries, populations or languages. His new book illuminates how the English perceived their more civilized neighbor, and how Shakespeare deals with this relationship in his plays. 



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