Nineteen students were recently inducted into Alpha Chi, a national collegiate honor society that traces its roots back to Southwestern in the early 20th century. Some of the new members are shown here with chapter president Kira McEntire and vice president Rachel Thibodeau. Read more here. (Photo by Erica Grant)

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Southwestern is one of only 113 schools in the country that were named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for 2013.

Southwestern has been named to the Honor Roll every year since the program was started, but this is the first year it made the list of schools on the “Honor Roll with Distinction.” Only three other institutions in Texas made the Honor Roll with Distinction for 2013.

Alyson Banda, coordinator of civic engagement at Southwestern, said schools are named to the Honor Roll based on the percent of students who participate in community service, the number of hours they contribute, and institutional support for civic engagement activities. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the Office of Civic Engagement estimates that 1,042 Southwestern students were involved in some sort of community service or service-learning program and contributed 47,744 hours of service.

To move to the next level of recognition – the Honor Roll with Distinction – the Corporation for National and Community Service looks at descriptions of each school’s three most prominent community service programs. For the 2011-2012 academic year, Southwestern described its Operation Achievement program, its community garden program, and The Big Event, a new community service event that was started in 2012.

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Between his Jewish heritage, multinational family background and love of Shakespeare, English professor Michael Saenger is full of linguistic and cultural knowledge. Together, these have led him to his current project: a book titled Interlinguicity, Internationality and Shakespeare.

If the word “interlinguicity” sounds unfamiliar, that’s because it is. Saenger said he coined the term to encompass what he describes as “the overlapping and interlocking of different language systems within individual people, cities or countries.”

“By coming up with this term interlinguicity, I’m trying to create a conceptual space for that idea as a completely different way of thinking about what happens with languages,” Saenger said.

The book is a compilation of eight essays from professors across the United States, Canada and England, as well as two essays from Southwestern graduates Brian Gingrich and Lauren Coker.

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AWOLNATION, an electronic rock band from Los Angeles, will be the featured performer at Southwestern’s third annual Clusterfest music festival, which will take place April 26 in the Corbin J. Robertson Center.

AWOLNATION was formed in 2010 and released its first studio album, Megalithic Symphony, in 2011. Three hit singles came out of that album − “Kill Your Heroes,” “Not Your Fault” and “Sail,” which reached #10 on the U.S. Billboard Rock Songs chart. The band consists of four members and front man Aaron Bruno.

Other artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Clusterfest include Crizzly, Heems (of Das Racist), The Wheeler Brothers, Wild Child and Ghostbunny. Student performers include Flatline (featuring first-year student Mitch Peterson and senior Michael Flatley), DJ Lips (featuring junior Jake Phillips), sophomore Zac Cleveland, first-year student Pat Jara, Cooper Street Improv Troupe, sophomore Sarah Cook and senior Thomas Murphy, who will perform spoken word.

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The documentary “Jane’s Journey” will be shown at Southwestern on Thursday, March 21, in conjunction with the 2013 Shilling Lecture, which will feature Jane Goodall. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Olin 110.


Kristen Stoner and Kiyoshi Tamagawa will give a guest and faculty recital on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Caldwell-Carvey Foyer. The recital will feature works by Elizabeth Brown, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mathieu-André Reichert, Frank Martin, Cesar Vivanco and Eric Ewazen.

Tamagawa is a professor of music at Southwestern and Stoner is a flute professor at the University of Florida.

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

Media Coverage

Indian Country ran an article by Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies. The article was about Native American actor Jonathan Joss, and mentioned Joss’s visit to Southwestern in February. Read the article here.


Kinesiology majors Katelyn Bartell, James Charles, Katherine Forester, Sarah Nonaka, Lyndsey Resnik, Daniella Rodriguez and Kara Solomon presented their capstone research at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine held Feb. 28-March 1 in Austin. Bartell won third place in the undergraduate competition for her presentation titled “”and Statistical Effects of Changing the Three-Point Line in Division III Women’s Basketball.” Bartell also was recognized as TACSM’s 2013 Undergraduate Scholar, the highest honor for undergraduates in the chapter. Bartell is the second Southwestern student to receive this award. April Long also received the award in 2007.

Sophomores Anne Bransford, Lauren Gieseke, Lucero Pina and Jay Scheinman have been selected to receive Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships beginning in the fall of 2013. The scholarships, which are awarded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, are for $5,000 per semester, or $10,000 per year. Read more here.

Priscilla Hernandez, a senior and current Sumners Scholarship recipient, has received an additional $8,000 scholarship to participate in an internship program in Washington this summer. Hernandez plans to participate in the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service sponsored by the Fund for American Studies.

Patrick Hajovsky, assistant professor of art history, is giving a talk at the Third Triennial of the Association for Latin American Art, which will be held March 15-17 at the Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, in Washington, D.C. The conference theme is “Cities, Borders and Frontiers in Ancient, Colonial, Modern, and Contemporary Latin American Art” and his talk is titled “Aztec Built Environments and a Phenomenology of Scale: Between Bodily Presence and Body Representations.”

Melissa Johnson, associate professor of anthropology, has had an essay titled “Environment” published in the Handbook of Sociocultural Anthropology, which was edited by James Carrier of Indiana University and Deborah Gewertz of Amherst College.

Senior Kira McEntire tied for first place in the undergraduate competition for best oral presentation at the 116th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science held in Kerrville Feb. 28-March 2. McEntire won the award for her presentation titled “Nocturnal or diurnal? Day and night activity patterns of the Georgetown Salamander (Eurycea naufragia).” The presentation was based on research conducted with Ben Pierce, professor of biology.

Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communication studies, was an invited speaker at Texas State University’s 25th annual Communication Week in San Marcos.  Renegar gave a presentation Feb. 28 titled “Capitalistic Agency: The Rhetoric of BP’s Helios Power Campaign” based on a line of her research in environmental communication.