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Members of the SU Veterans Association placed flags in front of the chapel to mark Veterans Day. From left to right are student veterans Arun Jacob, Lesley Ballard and Shannon Johnson.

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Jessica Olson’s first foray out of the United States is going to take her more than 8,000 miles from Georgetown.

Olson is a youth delegate to the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The conference is being held in Doha, Qatar, from Nov. 26 – Dec. 7.

Olson is one of 12 students who will be representing the Sierra Student Coalition at the conference. The Sierra Student Coalition is the national youth-led section of the Sierra Club. Olson sits on the Executive Committee of the Sierra Student Coalition and was selected in July to attend the conference.

Olson’s role at the conference will be to work with the youth delegation to make sure that people back in the United States are aware of what is being discussed and voice their opinions about different issues. While Olson will not be a part of the actual negotiations, she will get to sit in on the negotiations and draft different messages about what is being discussed to send to those who cannot attend the conference.

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As soon as she took her first communication course, Valerie Renegar realized that studying communication was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

“Studying rhetoric means that students have to bring in knowledge of literature, philosophy, religion, history, art, women’s studies and other topics,” she said. “Rhetoric really brings the liberal arts together.”

Renegar is the latest addition to the Communication Studies faculty at Southwestern. She joined the faculty this fall after spending 12 years teaching at San Diego State University.

“The job at Southwestern was perfect for me because I could do good work as well as engage with the students,” Renegar said. “Faculty here aren’t trying to teach students how to do some particular job; they are teaching young people the skills to be lifelong intellectuals who can make a difference in their families and communities.

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Daniel Lieberman, an evolutionary human biologist from Harvard University, will deliver Southwestern University’s 2012 Fleming Lecture in Science on  Thursday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. in Olin 105. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lieberman’s research combines experimental biology and paleontology to explore his interest in the look and function of the human body. “An evolutionary approach to human anatomy and physiology not only helps us to understand better why humans are the way they are, but also helps provide key insights on how to prevent many kinds of illnesses and injuries,” he says.

Lieberman has been intimately involved in the “barefoot running debate” and published the first article suggesting that one of the key components to human evolution was distance running. 

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A Senior Art Exhibition will be on display Nov. 29 – Dec. 7 in the Fine Arts Gallery.

The exhibit will include paintings, drawings and ceramics by Daniela Garcia, Noël Kalmus and Julia Page. The gallery is  open from 1-5 p.m. daily.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4-6 p.m..


Organist Joyce Jones will give a guest recital on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Lois Perkins Chapel. The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Marcel Dupré.

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


The Southwestern University Jazz Band will perform with guest pianist Scott McQuade on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.The concert will be conducted by David Guidi and will include Cute by Neal Hefti, In the Mood by Joe Garland and Glenn Miller, Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus, St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins, Joy Spring by Clifford Brown, Lil’ Darlin’ by Neal Hefti and Afrodisia by Kenny Dorham.

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

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun ran a story about the death of former trustee and donor Cammy Garey.


Erika Berroth, associate professor of German and chair of the Chinese, French and German Programs, presented her research and perspective on best practices in small German programs at the 37th annual conference of the Coalition of Women in German at Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., Oct. 21-25, for the Professional Praxis panel “Making German Count: Creative Courses and High Impact Practices.” At the conference, Berroth was appointed to serve on the Women in German Dissertation Prize Committee, a select group of scholars in charge of choosing a recipient whose work reflects the values of the Women in German Mission Statement, makes a substantial contribution to the current dialogue in the given area, and demonstrates solid and innovative scholarship. The editors of the Women in German Book Review recruited Berroth to provide reviews of two recent scholarly publications in her area of expertise, feminist approaches to literatures of migration.