Long-time Employee

Mail Service Supervisor Debbie Sanderfer is one of more than 40 employees who will be honored Jan. 11 for their long-time service to Southwestern. Sanderfer has worked at Southwestern for 30 years.

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Talking about sex can be difficult, but the consequences of NOT having frank, honest discussions about sex can be dangerous, including unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual abuse, and many others.

Traci Giuliano, a professor of psychology at Southwestern University, hopes to facilitate some constructive conversations about sex at Southwestern University’s 35th annual Brown Symposium, which will be held Jan. 28, 2013. Giuliano has titled the symposium “Sextalk: A Symposium with Benefits.”

“From an early age, we are bombarded with negative messages about sex and are socialized to be afraid or ashamed to talk about it,” Giuliano said. “This taboo surrounding sex is really unfortunate because the benefits of increased knowledge and communication about sex are many, including safe, responsible sexual decision-making and enhanced trust, honesty and closeness in relationships  − both with romantic partners and with family members.”

Read more here.


When students return for classes this spring, they will notice something slightly different on the first floor of the Prothro Center.

The two offices that were previously known as the Registrar and the Center for Academic Success will now be one office called the Center for Academic Success and Records.

Kim Murphy, who previously served as assistant dean for academic success and advising, will be in charge of the new office. Her new title will be assistant dean for academic success and director of records.  

While the creation of the new office was somewhat prompted by the retirement in December of registrar David Stones, Murphy said combining the two offices is something that makes sense.

“The idea behind the Prothro Building was to be a one-stop academic shop,” Murphy said. “We’re trying to get closer to that vision.”

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More than 40 Southwestern employees will be recognized Jan. 11 for their long-time service to the university. The recognition ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Bishops Lounge.

Five retiring employees will be recognized – Pam Conger, Karen Purdy, Mike Rossman and Dave Stones. Conger retired in 2012 after 14 years of service in the Business Office. Purdy retired from the Admission Office at the end of December after more than 25 years of service. Stones also retired at the end of December after more than 12 years of service in the Registrar’s Office. Rossman is retiring this spring after 40 years of service in the Admission Office.

Employees being recognized for 30 years of service are Steven Kamrath, senior preventative maintenance mechanic in Physical Plant; and Deborah Sanderfer, mail service supervisor.

James Gaeta, director of financial aid, is being recognized for 25 years of service and Cindy Locke, associate vice president for university relations – communications, is being recognized for 20 years of service.

Employees being recognized for 15 years of service areIdolina Cabral, Bill Dobbs, Anita Drake, Vince Martinez and Moses Ramirez from Physical Plant; Bob Mathis, associate vice president for facilities and campus services; Judy Offield, head cashier in the Business Office; and Todd Watson, director of systems and networks.

Employees being recognized for 10 years of servicearePatty Casady, Briseyda Eckert, Angie San Miguel and James Williams from Physical Plant; Rebecca Davis and Arden Treviño from NITLE; Dave Seiler, associate director of academic success; and Paul Sicard, coordinator of audio visual services.

Employees being recognized for five years of service are Javier Ahumada, Stefanie Alvarez, Antonio Banda, Carmelo Ceballos, Eli Davila, Anne Hines, Latoya Jenkins, Jane King, Tina Long, Neal Mann, Dinorah Martinez-Anderson, John McCann, Jonas Medrano, Susan Moore, Judy Sonnenberg, Diana Taylor, Leticia Terrazas, Maria Trevino, Daryl Tschoepe and Dottie Turner.



The Fountainwood Observatory has announced its spring 2013 public viewing schedule. Public viewing nights will be held on Friday, Jan. 18; Friday, Feb. 15; Friday, March 8 and Friday, April 19.

Viewing nights are from 8 to 10:30 p.m. The viewing nights are free, but donations are encouraged to help maintain the observatory. A “Yoga Under the Stars” fundraising event to benefit the observatory will be held on, Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The observatory is located on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the Rockwell Baseball Field (see #6 on the campus map at http://www.southwestern.edu/map). 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.

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


Southwestern is planning a series of events the week of Jan. 21  to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

The events will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, when students join members of the Georgetown community in a march to celebrate King’s memory. Students interested in joining the march will meet on the Academic Mall.

On Monday evening, Southwestern is hosting a reception and program beginning at 5 p.m. in the Bishops Lounge. The featured speaker for this event is Rev. Don Brewington, chaplain of Huston–Tillotson University. The event also will feature musical and spoken tributes to King from members of the Southwestern, Georgetown and Austin communities. 

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Southwestern will host a screening of the documentary titled “Brother Outsider - The Life of Bayard Rustin.” Rustin was a mentor to King and the architect of the legendary 1963 March on Washington. The film will begin at 6 p.m. in Olin 105.

Southwestern also will host an interfaith service in honor of King on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in the Lois Perkins Chapel. The service will be led by Rudy Williams, a Southwestern graduate and pastor of Friendly Will Missionary Baptist Church in Georgetown. 

Read more here.


Flute instructor Adrienne Inglis will give a faculty recital on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program includes works by Friedrich Kuhlau, C.J. Darnieder, Charles Tomlinson Griffes and Pedro Elías Gutiérrez, and some traditional Ojibwe, Scottish and English music.

Inglis will be accompanied by Kiyoshi Tamagawa, professor of piano.

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


Guitarist Lorenzo Micheli will give a guest recital on Thursday, Jan. 24, at7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program includes works by Sylvius Leopold Weiss, Alexandre Tansman, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Agustin Barrios, and original pieces by the artist himself.

Micheli is a guitar professor at the Conservatory of Aosta, Italy, and the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. He has taken first prize in some of the world’s most prestigious guitar competitions.

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

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun did a story on the SMArT program.

The Georgetown Advocate did a story about Professor Ed Kain and his sociology research.

The Williamson County Sun dida story on new Upward Bound Director Denise Garcia Simpson.

NITLE was featured in a University Business story about the value of consortia. Read the story here.

The Williamson County Sun didan update on the search for a new president. The Sun also listed the announcement of President Schrum’s retirement as the #8 top story of 2012.

The Williamson County Sun did a story on sophomore basketball player Travis Kurtz.


Fay Guarraci, associate professor of psychology, has had a paper accepted for publication in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. The paper is titled “Acute Withdrawal but not Long-Term Withdrawal from Methamphetamine Affects Sexual Behavior in Female Rats.” Several current and former Southwestern students contributed to the research, including psychology majors Rachel Thibodeau, Laura Ornelas, Jordan Romero, Alfred Avila, and Abby Schumacher, and animal behavior major Nicoletta Memos.

Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, has been invited to join the Advisory Council of the National Museum of Animals and Society. The museum focuses on human-animal studies, animal protection history, and humane education. Each year it launches two or three online or travelling exhibits, reaches 1,300 students with its free humane education programs, acquires hundreds of items for its collection, library and archive, and welcomes student interns. Other members of the Advisory Council include internationally recognized scholars Marc Bekoff, Linda Kalof, Gary Steiner and Brett Mizelle.

Senior mathematics major Yvette Niyomugaba is presenting a poster titled “Recycling toward a Better Earth through Math” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings being held Jan. 9-12 in San Diego.