Awareness Project

Patrick Veerkamp, professor of art, and Kate Nelson, studio art technician, look over the 500 bones that Southwestern students and faculty members made Oct. 6 as part of the “One Million Bones” project. The project was started to raise awareness of victims and survivors of mass atrocities committed throughout the world and still being committed in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Burma, Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The project is collecting 1 million handmade clay bones that will be on display at UT-Austin Nov. 13 and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in June 2013.

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Alumni will have a chance to meet some new faces on campus and say goodbye to some familiar faces as Southwestern holds its 2012 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Nov. 2-4.

Alumni from 12 classes will be coming back to campus for reunions and more than 50 events are planned for alumni of all classes.

Highlights of the weekend include the annual Homecoming Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. Saturday on the Academic Mall, and the traditional Homecoming Picnic, where alumni will gather for local barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Alumni will have a chance to meet some of Southwestern’s new coaches at the picnic and also at the Saturday afternoon “T-shirt and Tennis Shoe” Reception.

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Eleven new members have joined the Southwestern University Board of Trustees.

The new members are Suzanne Blake, president of BlakeǀCooper Financial Strategies in Lubbock; Rev. Tim Bruster, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth; Pam Slaughter Bush, a retired English teacher and community volunteer in Dallas; Mary Medley, president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Society of CPAs; Steven Raben, a managing director in the Industrial, Natural Resources, and Board Services practices of Russell Reynolds Associates in Houston; The Honorable Henry A. Santana, presiding Justice Court Judge of Precinct 1, Place 2 in Nueces County; Joe Seeber, founder and president of a utility bill auditing firm called TriStem, Ltd.; Gwen Sherman, Operations CFO at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dr. Daniel Stultz, chief executive officer of the Texas Hospital Association; The Honorable Kathryn Yeager, former two-term mayor of Wichita Falls, Texas; and Ethan Lane-Miller, a 2012 graduate of Southwestern.

Miller was elected to serve a two-year term as a student-nominated trustee. The rest will serve four-year terms.

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Georgetown’s first citywide art gallery tour, “Gallery Georgetown,” will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.  Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to tour galleries around Georgetown while tasting wines and appetizers and enjoying live entertainment. Seven different galleries throughout the city will be on the tour. For more information, visit


The Fountainwood Observatory has two public events scheduled for November. On Saturday, Nov. 10, the observatory is hosting a “Yoga Under the Stars” fundraiser from 8-10:30 p.m. in collaboration with Moksha Yoga on the Square. The event will benefit the observatory’s education and public outreach efforts. For reservations, e-mail

The observatory will host its November public viewing night on Friday, Nov. 16, from 8-10:30 p.m. 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. The viewing nights are free, but donations are encouraged 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

For weather-related updates about viewing nights, call the Fountainwood Observatory hotline at 512-863-1242.


The Southwestern University Opera Theatre under the direction of Bruce Cain will perform on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The performances will consist of scenes from Don Pasquale and Il Campanello by Gaetano Donizetti, Guglielmo Tell by Gioacchino Rossini, The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore, Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mignon by Ambroise Thomas, Le Roi D’Ys by Edouard Lalo, The Pirates of Penzance by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, and Candide by Leonard Bernstein. 

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


Pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa will give a faculty recital on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Caldwell-Carvey Foyer. The recital will include special collaboration with Adrienne Inglis, flute; Eri Lee Lam, violin; Tim Washecka, violin; Hai Zheng, cello; and 2010 graduate Eileen Kwee, violin. The program includes works by Francis Poulenc, Jason Hoogerhyde, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms. 

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


The Southwestern University Percussion Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. Tony Edwards, principal timpanist for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, will join the ensemble as a guest performer and the program will include works by Mark Ford, James Romig, John Cage, Tony Edwards, Nebojsa Zivkovic and Ney Rosauro.

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


Southwestern’s Theatre for Young Audiences program will present four performances of the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” Nov. 16-18 in the Jones Theater.

The musical is based on the classic children’s story Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. This whimsical play features two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding. Often accompanied by other animals (birds, moles, squirrels, a mouse, a turtle, and a snail), they sing and dance through the seasons, with the song “Merry Almost Christmas” ushering in the holidays. They learn life lessons as they go, including one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. They find that true friendship never goes out of season.

Performances will be given at 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 - $14 and are available online at or by calling the Box Office at 512-863-1378.

In addition to these public performances, students from eight local schools will be attending free performances of the play Nov. 13-16.


The Southwestern University Wind Ensemble and Orchestra will perform on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Gounod, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Georg Strauss, Percy Grainger, Frank Ticheli, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst and Felix Mendelssohn. The group will be conducted by Lois Ferrari, with three pieces conducted by seniors Kailey Parker and Stacie Glowka.

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


“Top Brass,” a six-member brass ensemble from The United States Army Band, will perform at Southwestern on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The ensemble will present a concert of music spanning four centuries and showcasing the talents of the individual members. The program includes works by Anthony Holborne, Tielman Susato, Hans Hassler, George Frideric Handel, Victor Ewald, Edvard Grieg, Herbert Haufrecht, Francis Poulenc, Malcolm Arnold, John Cheatham, Morley Calvert and Kevin McKee.

Members of the “Top Brass” have performed at the White House and around the world for events of national and international significance. For more about the United States Army Band go to

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

Media Coverage

The Charleston Post and Courier ran a review of Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue that was written by Helene Meyers, professor of English and McManis University Chair. Read the review here.


Junior physics major Curran Johnson and senior physics major Ryan Staten presented posters at the Joint Fall 2012 Meeting of the Texas Sections of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers which was held Oct. 25-27 in Lubbock. Johnson presented a poster titled “Search for Z’ Bosons: A Summer Research Experience in Particle Physics Using Skype” and Staten presented a poster titled “A Computer Program to Search for Gravity Waves.” Johnson’s poster was based on work he did at Southwestern last summer in collaboration with Ballarmine University in Kentucky. Staten’s poster was based on work he did at UT Brownsville last summer as part of an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Steve Alexander, professor of physics, gave a talk on “Calculating Properties of Finite Mass Atoms” at the same meeting.

Senior mathematics majors from Southwestern presented nine of the 25 student talks at the 8th Annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, which was held at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches Oct. 26-27. The students also performed well in the fun math problem session at the conference. Several students solved 8 or 9 of the 10 problems, and Andy Clarage and David Ryan Scott solved all 10. Read more here.

Cortney Carlson, Eleanor O’Neil, Sarah Puffer and Gillian Ring are attending a Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series program at the Anatole Hilton in Dallas Nov. 2-4. Read more here.

Traci Giuliano, professor of psychology, and students Jordan Herselman, Kevin Hutzler and Sarah Johnson, are presenting two papers at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, which is being held Nov. 8-11 in Tampa. One paper is titled “Three’s a Crowd…Or is it? Examining Public Perceptions of Polyamorous Relationships.” The other paper is titled “Development of a Concise Measure of Attitudes Toward Polyamory.”

Ben Pierce, professor of biology at Southwestern University and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair in Biology, has been selected to receive the 2012-2013 Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Each year the Board allows Southwestern to designate one teacher to receive this award, which includes a $500 cash prize. Read more here.