Senior Exhibit

This piece titled “Chardin’s Theater” is part of  senior Jamie Gardner’s exhibit called “The Presence of Words” that will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery through Dec. 8.

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Students who take Thom McClendon’s classes at Southwestern on African history, colonialism and apartheid may soon notice a familiar name on one of their textbooks.

That’s because McClendon is the co-editor of a new book that provides a broad overview of the history of South Africa.

The book is titled The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics, and will be published this month by Duke University Press as part of its World Reader Series. McClendon co-edited the book with Clifton Crais, a professor of history at Emory University who is one of the leading scholars on South African history.

The South African Reader is an anthology of historical primary sources related to all aspects of South Africa from initial contact with Europeans in the 1500s to the present, post-apartheid era.

Read more here.


Southwestern has formed a new chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national honor society for students who are interested in health professions. Thirteen founding members of the chapter were inducted during a ceremony that was held on campus Nov. 21.

Alpha Epsilon Delta is open to students from any majors who are interested in careers in health care. The society was founded in 1926 and more has more than 125, 000 members in more than 200 chapters.

Kerry Bruns, professor of chemistry, is serving as advisor to the new group. The initial inductees were Sarah Alpini, Shelby Beem, Tamara Belilove, Morgan Gallo, Hayley Hamilton, Zachary Jenner, Alexandra Klein, Mareah Lucio, Taylore Meyer, Rebecca Norcini, Tyler Poi, Daniel Poole and Genevieve Tyler.

Read more here.



The City of Georgetown and the Downtown Georgetown Association are sponsoring their annual Christmas Stroll Dec. 6-7. Vendors will line the downtown square on Friday night from 5-9 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Highlights of the event include a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, and pictures with Santa from 1-8 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit the DGA website.


Southwestern’s historic Roy and Lillie Cullen Building will be among the homes and buildings included on the Georgetown Heritage Society’s Annual Holiday Tour of Historic Homes & Buildings Dec. 14-15. The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.  

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Grace Heritage Center, The Escape, Georgetown Antique Mall, Sun City Community Association offices, Georgetown Convention & Visitor Center or online through the GHS website. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available for $18 at Grace Heritage Center, 811 South Main St.

Several homes on the tour have connections to Southwestern, including the John H. Reedy home at 908 University Ave., which was built around 1909 by chemistry professor John Reedy and later became home to the Kappa Sigma fraternity

The Heritage Society is also sponsoring a “Pancakes & Pajamas” event for families Dec. 14 at Burger University. Tickets are $7.50 for children and $10 adults and are available in advance only.

For more information on either event, call 512-869-8597, write or visit

Media Coverage

The Austin American-Statesman did a story about the First-Year Seminar on philanthropy taught by Melissa Byrnes. Read the story here (full access for subscribers only).

Georgetown View magazine did a story on the Shack-a-thon event put on by Southwestern students. Read the story here.

The Austin American-Statesman published an op-ed piece that was co-authored by Michael Douglas, executive director of the Texas Life-Sciences Collaboration Center. Read the piece here. (full access for subscribers only).

The Williamson County Sun did a feature story and editorial on professor emeritus Ellsworth Peterson, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday.


Three members of the football team were named to the SCAC’s 2013 All-Conference Football Team. Justin Broussard and Tyler Frisby were named to the defensive team and Matt Gillen was named to the offensive team. Five other members of the team made honorable mention.Read more here.

Southwestern students Kara Konis, Rebecca Petro, Steve Resnick, Joe Sponsel, Taylor Stephens and Allison Stubbs were named to the SCAC’s fall 2013 All-Sportsmanship teams. Read more here.

Junior Annie Bourne was named the SCAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 1. Read more here.

Dana Hendrix, director of library resources had an article titled “Trusting the Patrons, the Data, and One Another: Collection Development and Acquisitions in Two Texas Liberal Arts College Libraries” published in the fall 2013 newsletter for the Texas Library Association Acquisitions and Collection Development Round Table. The article describes new approaches staff members who work in the libraries at Southwestern and Trinity are taking in their work.

Thomas McClendon, professor of history, attended the annual meeting of the African Studies Association Nov. 21-24 in Baltimore. He presented a paper, co-authored with Professor Pamela Scully of Emory University,  on “South African Students and the U.S. Anti-Apartheid Movement in the 1980s: Activism and Opportunity,” as part of a panel on “Apartheid Migration and Anti-Apartheid Activism in Southern Africa.” He also served as discussant for a panel on “Scholars, Photographers and Chiefs: The Uses and Constructions of Zuluness.”

Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communication studies, presented a co-authored paper at the National Communication Association annual conference in Washington, D.C., in November. The paper, which was titled “Unmasking the Football Fraternity: A Burkean Analysis of the Penn State Sex Crimes,” was named one of the Top Four papers by the Kenneth Burke Society division of the conference.

Eric Selbin, professor of political science and University Scholar, gave a talk at Bielefeld University in Germany titled “Spaces and Places of (Im)Possibility and Desire: Transversal Revolutionary Imaginaries in the 20th Century Americas” and led a faculty/graduate student workshop on his work, “Local Stories−Global Impact? The Role of Stories and Imaginaries in Revolutions since the 19th Century.”