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Painting in an Unknown Landscape: Kelsey Baker ’16

Studio art alumna Kelsey Baker ’16 fills us in on what it’s like to finish her graduate degree during a pandemic and how she is creating art in a socially distanced world.

Christi Rodriguez Cottrell ’98
A Lawyer’s Appeal for Theatre

Christi Rodriguez Cottrell ’98 shares how her background in theatre has become an asset for her career in law.

Sophia Anthony
Exploring the Figure Through Fractals

Sophia Anthony
Awarded: KCF Walt Potter Award 2017-2018

Advisor: Victoria Star Varner

Cantata Group
The Continued Influence of Dr. Ellsworth Peterson

For more than 50 years, members of the Southwestern community have gathered on Sundays for two reasons – to spend time with a treasured friend and mentor, Ellsworth Peterson ’55, P’84, P’88, and to listen to the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Juror #3 (Carson Petocz ‘23) and Juror #8 (Abigail Vernier ‘20) go toe-to-toe in a heated debate. Photo by Carlos Barron ‘10.
Twelve Angry Jurors Brings Timeless Debate Back to the Table

Based on the classic Emmy Award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose, this production poses a powerful dialectic for the importance of civil discourse.

Julia O'Bryan, Beautiful Brokenness, porcelain and gold leaf, 21" x 30" x 11".
Studio Art Major Julia O’Bryan ’19 Wins Prestigious National Award

O’Bryan’s artwork, Beautiful Brokenness, will tour the U.S. in an esteemed exhibition as part of her award from the Kennedy Center VSA Emerging Young Artists with Disabilities Program.

Using Hands-on Learning to Engage in Physics at an Early Age

Christina Nissen ’20, Jon Smart ’23, and Audrey Colegrove ’21

Advisor: Pooja Shrestha, Coordinator of First-Year Physics Labs

Using AI to Sort Recycled Matrials

Claire Harding ’20 and Cameron Henkel ’21

Advisor: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics

Thermoacoustic Energy Generation

Michael May ’20 and Hayden Smith ’20

Advisors: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics and Lee Fellows, Coordinator of Science Facilities and Equipment

The Dairy-Free Milk Chocolate Project

Lauren Gonzales ’21

Advisor: Gabriel Flores, Assistant Professor of Business

Stars Among Us

Claire Harding ’20, Emma Harting ’21, Shea Henry ’21, and Sarah Friday ’21

Advisor: Mark Bottorff, Associate Professor of Physics

PVC Instruments

Katie Rosenkrantz ’22 and Max Schein ’22

Advisor: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics

“Impact”: a sculptural mixed media performance presentation

Hannah Mitchell ’22, Ila Dannelley ’22 , Lily Loose ’22, Calie Bell ’22, Paisley Humpert ’22, and Madison Mintline Wisniewski ’22

Advisor: Mary Visser, Professor of Art

Food Delivery Robot

Christine Gutierrez ’20, Sara Boyd ’20, Kirby Steckel ’21, and Joseph Roybal ’21

Advisor: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics

Finding Beauty in Disease

Sebastian Somolinos ’20, Karen Rativa ’20, Luis Ramirez ’21, and Vicente Lopez ’20

Advisor: Stacie Brown, Director of First Year Biology Laboratories

Exploring Relationships: The Art of Science

Lauren Muskara ’20
Awarded: KCF Walt Potter Award 2019-2020

Advisor: Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art

Between the Lines
Between the Lines

Christine Gutierrez ’20

Advisor: Victoria Star Varner, Professor of Art

Automated Ice Bag Maker

Madison Delmer ’21 and Mercedes González ’21

Advisors: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics and Debika Sihi, Associate Professor of Economics and Business

Arts & Disability - Stage Play & Film Project

Alejandra Reyes ’21 and Maddy Lamb ’22

Advisor: John Ore, Professor of Theatre

Thomas Vanderzyde ’19 and Myles Kellerman ’20. Photo by Olivia Wise ’18.
Press Play and Learn to Play

Four students combine pedagogy, performance and production value in a project to create high-quality online guitar tutorials.

Trauma Bag, Service Series
Tom Morin: 25, A Quarter-Century in Retrospect

Studio Art alumnus Tom Morin ’94 returns to Southwestern for an exhibition of his evolution in photography over 25 years.

Tom Morin, Untitled (eyeball on a plate with cracked egg), Digital archival inkjet print, 1993
Tom Morin: 25

October 3 – November 12, 2019

Award-Winning Violinist Alina Kobialka Comes to Southwestern

Taking the stage in the Alma Thomas Theater on Tuesday, November 19, the world class musician will perform works that honor special memories and personal connections.

Harpist Ann Yeung & flutist Jonathan Keeble
Aletheia Duo Concert Celebrates the Beauty of Life and Nature

This “spectacular pairing” will perform their critically acclaimed flute and harp music in the Caldwell–Carvey Foyer as part of the 2019–2020 Sarofim Music Series.

Members of the Southwestern Chorale. Photo by Carlos Barron '10
Inversion Ensemble brings Greatest Hits to the Alma Thomas Stage

The Austin-based choral collective will collaborate with Beth Everett and the Southwestern Chorale to perform favorites from their repertoire of new, original music.

Sarah Laursen examining gold in the Muwentang Collection in Hong Kong in 2018.
Guest Lecturer Sarah Laursen Presents Talk on Chinese Gold

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is thrilled to welcome guest art lecturer Sarah Laursen for her talk, “Chinese Gold: On the Bench, Under the Microscope, and in 3D.”

Yael Weiss, piano
Yael Weiss’s “32 Bright Clouds” Finds New Harmony in Beethoven

32 artists. 32 countries of unrest. 32 new compositions. Experience award-winning pianist Yael Weiss perform her groundbreaking peace project inspired by Beethoven’s 32 sonatas on the Alma Thomas Stage.

The Bridge Club, Wish We Were Here, from The Trailer Project, Huntsville, TX, Archival inkjet print, Ed of 9, 40” x 60”, 2013.
State Lines

September 20 – November 12, 2018 

Ride to a better future!
Oh The Places You’ll Go on the GoGeo

Have you heard? The GoGeo Bus is FREE for SU students, staff, and faculty! You may be wondering… what all can you do on the bus? Well, we got you covered! Learn about the places you’ll go on the GoGeo!

Hannah Mitchell, Morpheus, Mixed media, 2021
B.A. Senior Art Exhibitions

Ciaran Bell , Hannah Mitchell , and Vanessa Saldivar  | April 22–28, 2021

Data Science minor interest session with honored guest Alan Lowry
Interested in Data Science?

Alumnus Alan Lowry ’11, (business major, computer science minor) who is currently a Senior Decision Science Analyst at USAA, will talk about his role at USAA and his path to this current job, as well as opportunities he sees in Data Science.  Dr. Barbara Anthony will describe the structure of the Data Science minor, provide a list of upcoming courses in the minor, and be available to answer questions.  This will be a great opportunity to learn about the events and classes the Data Science minor will be putting on and supporting in 2018-2019.

Daily Campus Visits
Individual Daily Campus Visits

Want to know how Southwestern prepares you for 21st-century careers as well as our application process and financial aid? Get your questions about academics, student organizations, and life in the residence halls answered during an information session and a student-led tour of our beautiful campus.

NOTE: On-campus visits have resumed with new COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Click below for more details.

Patrick Firme, Admission Counselor

Recruitment Responsibilities
Texas Counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Delta, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston (county), Hunt, Jasper, Kaufman, Lamar, Liberty, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Panola, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rockwall Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood.
States: Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota.

Parents & SU

Southwestern offers an extensive network of resources so that students can help themselves, solve problems and build the confidence to manage their own education.We ask for the parents and family members of Southwestern students to partner with us by encouraging students to utilize these resources.

2018 Spring Breakaway t-shirt
Southwestern University Spring Breakaway program awarded 2018 T-Shirt of the Year by Breakaway!

We are happy to announce that in Breakaway’s 2018 T-Shirt of the Year Contest, they chose Spring Breakaway’s design!  Southwestern’s t-shirt design was awarded based on our story, inspiration, and design process for the shirt.

Visit Events
On-Campus & Virtual Open Houses

Meet with students, faculty, and admission staff one of our various open house programs throughout the academic year.

Relive Charter Day via Storify

See Southwestern’s Charter Day through the lens of social media

Back Issues: Sou’wester

Remember the yearbook? You can browse 92 years of them at!

Alma Raymer, Admission Counselor

Recruitment Responsibilities
Texas Counties: Andrews, Archer, Armstrong, Bailey, Baylor, Borden, Bosque, Brewster, Briscoe, Brown, Callahan, Carson, Castro, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Coke, Coleman, Collingsworth, Comanche, Concho, Cottle, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Denton, Dickens, Donley, Eastland, Ector, El Paso, Erath, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hill, Hockley, Hood, Howard, Hudspeth, Hutchinson, Irion, Jack, Jeff Davis, Johnson, Jones, Kent, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Montague, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, Palo Pinto, Parker, Parmer, Pecos, Potter, Presidio, Randall, Reagan, Reeves, Roberts, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Sherman, Somervell, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Swisher, Tarrant, Taylor, Terrell, Terry, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Upton, Ward, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Winkler, Wise, Yoakum, Young.
States: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming.

2017 Mileage Reimbursement Rate

IRS sets the 2017 standard mileage rate at 53.5 cents.

Photo by Carlos Barron Jr
Southwestern Graduate Named Chaplain

The Reverend Megan Davidson has been named as the new Director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain

WebAdvisor ACH & Credit Card Payment Process

ACH & Credit Cards Payments can be made  through WebAdvisor by student or with parent PIN!

Clayton Tucker stands near a water reservoir near Luoang, China. Tucker spent four weeks in China this summer as part of a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center.
A Rare Glimpse of China

Southwestern student gets to see parts of China this summer that few Americans have seen

Senior Andrew Waller
SU Students at National Conference

Two Southwestern Classics students presented papers at the annual Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium in Washington, DC.

Lighting the Future with LEDs

Light Emmitting Diode Technology has changed dramatically over the past decade, providing a leg up in energy conservation and fixture efficiency.

Sunoikisis Under Umbrella of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies

Sunoikisis, the national Classics collaborative program that Southwestern helped to establish, has a its home with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies.

BioScope - Biology Department Newsletter Fall 2020

Here is our release of our semi/annual newsletter highlighting the interests and goings-on of the Biology Department at Southwestern University.

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program supports summer study abroad in one of 15 languages critical to America’s national security and economic prosperity. 

Boren Awards

The Boren Scholarships fund intensive study of language and culture abroad by U.S. undergraduate students (25+ weeks preferred) and the Boren Fellowships fund language study by graduate students.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

National scholarship in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming the US’ next generation of research leaders in these fields. Scholarships entail up to $7,500 a year to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board.

Southwestern University Cullen Building
Virtual Information Sessions

Can’t come to campus? Let us bring the campus to you! Southwestern hosts a variety of sessions throughout the week, from general information sessions to interactive presentations on various aspects of campus life. These events are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Southwestern Experience from anywhere!

Saul Zuniga
Saul Zuniga

Class of 2022
Dallas, TX

Southwestern University Freshman Application
Southwestern University Application

Southwestern hosts its own institutional application for first-year students, as well as previous SU students applying for readmission, and those applying for non-degree visiting or audit status. (This application is not for transfer students).

Majors & Minors
Majors & Minors @ Southwestern

Southwestern offers a wide range of majors and minors in the areas of humanities, fine arts, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as seven pre-professional pathways including pre-medicine, pre-law, and pre-engineering.

Financial Aid
Scholarships & Financial Aid @ Southwestern

Southwestern offers a comprehensive list of financial merit scholarships and need-based financial aid for students.

Prospect Research

Start here by submitting your research idea. Foundation Relations can help you plan a multi-year funding timeline for long projects or focused on career goals, fund one specific project, find initial sources of funding, and/or pare down your options.

Ellie Crowley, '20 at the Up to Us Conference
It’s Up to Us

As the campus leader of the Southwestern University Up to Us team, I had the opportunity to travel to Oakland to participate in the winter training session. Going into the weekend, I knew the purpose of the session was to prepare each team leader, but I did not know how they would achieve this. 

crochet coral reef detail
Coral Reef and Book Display

See the beautiful coral reef, crocheted by SU students, faculty & alumni

Studying Abroad in Bolivia: Anna Beaver

Student comments on incredible diversity experienced during her study abroad program.

New Spaces for the Sciences

The Fondren-Jones Science Hall is undergoing renovations that will expand laboratory space, offices, and classrooms, and will allow the Inquiry Initiative’s transformative effects to continue moving forward.

Interpreting “Doctor Who”

As millions of “Doctor Who” fans anxiously await the Season 9 premiere, some Southwestern students are diving into the show right now.

Southwestern University Freshman Application

Southwestern hosts its own institutional application for first-year students (This application is not for transfer students).

Mathematics major Yvette Niyomugaba with Shelton at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in 2013.
In Service to Students

Mathematics Professor Receives Prestigious Award from MAA

US House Proclamation

View a proclamation from The US House of Representatives, honoring Southwestern’s 175th Anniversary

Bruce Beasley: internationally known lord of the rings

With more than 200 exhibitions internationally and dozens of public art commissions in numerous cities, Beasley has had a string of continuous successes in his 55-year career. 

Mia Zozobrado ’17, Admission Counselor

Recruitment Responsibilities
Texas Counties: Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Bexar, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Comal,De Witt, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kenedy, Kinney, Kleberg, La Salle, Lavaca, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Webb, Willacy, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala.
State: Oregon.

Back Issues: The Megaphone

Follow the student voice of Southwestern as it chronicles the early 20th century

SIRA Fitness is Good for You…

Pick your favorite workout and sign up for these fall semester classes today. Choose from Cardio Sculpt, Core Interval Pilates, Yoga and/or Zumba. Have fun and get fit with SIRA!!

Web Time Entry for Student Workers

Student Work Hours Entered On-Line in WebAdvisor!

LED lighting is regarded as more environmentally friendly as fixture for fixture they use far less power than other lighting.
Heather Hall design presentation by LED group

On May 10, group discusses research and designs for more efficient electrical systems in small theater.

Eating Animals Panel
Eating Animals: Bringing Religious Perspectives to the Table

An interactive panel discussion exploring the religious intersection of the treatment of animals and our food choices.

Admission Interviews

An interview with an admission counselor is a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know you beyond your application. These conversations allow you to highlight your unique combination of interests, involvements, and passions, while exploring how they may find a home at Southwestern.

Aydan Urias
Aydan Urias

Class of 2022
Austin, TX

Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship

The Fellowship aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Funds up to $30,000 toward graduate study for those pursuing careers as public service leaders seeking to be “change agents”. 

George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship funds up to 12 Scholars annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program seeks to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others, granting 22 awards annually to U.S. students to fund the cost of graduate study at Cambridge for PhD, MSc/MLitt or one year postgraduate course (with some exceptions), including most tuition, fees and living expenses. Two-thirds of awards go to PhD candidates.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

Supports three years ($27,000 annually) of graduate study leading toward the PhD or Sc.D. and a career in academia. Does not cover professional school programs.

Davies-Jackson Scholarship

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship presents a unique opportunity for students with exceptional academic records, who are among the first generation in their families to graduate college, to participate in a course of study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. 

Around Town

Find restaurants, hotel accommodations, and more.

From Senegal to New York City, Kadi Magassa ’13 Is Serving the Underserved

Magassa has volunteered with the Peace Corps, supported survivors of domestic violence, and develops community programs for poverty-stricken youth.

Common App
Common Application

Southwestern accepts the Common Application, a single application shared by over 600 institutions (for both first-year and transfer students).

Office Hours

President Burger will have class and open office hours at the following dates and times this academic year. 


Discover and connect with alumni and professionals who have been in your shoes and are more than willing to share their experiences. PirateConnect offers a directory of mentors along with scheduling, reporting and video chat tools. Alumni engagement is key to network development and student success, and SU alumni around the world are ready and eager to engage.

SU faculty met with Congressional staffers (beginning sixth from left) Mr. Anthony Triola - Representative John Carter's Field Director, Ms. Sandy Edwards - Senator John Cornyn's Regional Director, and Mr. Jeff Williford - Senator Cornyn's Deputy Regional Director.
SU Faculty Urge Congress to Act on Climate Change

In September 2017 the faculty of Southwestern University became the first university governing body to call upon Congress to address climate change.

BiG - The Brookwood Community in Georgetown
A BiG Change of Perspective

During the spring semester of my senior year, I took the community-engaged learning course “Survey of Exceptionalities” with Dr. Alicia Moore, which examined special education, the stigmas that surround it, and the policy that influences it. Students got to choose the location that they wanted to volunteer with. Most chose to be in a special education classroom within local elementary schools, but I chose to spend my time with the citizens of BiG: Brookwood in Georgetown, “a community where adults with intellectual challenges are celebrated and empowered by engaging their talents in meaningful work.”

Life at Southwestern
Life at Southwestern

Whether it’s Greek life, intramural sports, a religious organization or academic club, Southwestern has something for everyone.

Southwestern Alumni - A Lifelong Network of Support

Southwestern has a strong and active network of alumni. Once you’re a part of the family, you’re a Pirate for life.

Alumni Mentoring Program

The SU Alumni Mentoring Program pairs current students with alumni mentors - and both benefit from the process.

Alumni Events
On-Campus Alumni Events @ Southwestern

Join your Southwestern community for special events on campus.

Gifts to Southwestern

Southwestern relies on the generous gifts from alumni, donors, and friends to create a distinctive Southwestern Experience that teaches students to think, create, connect.

Alumni Director
Find Former Classmates using the SU Alumni Directory

Lost touch with an old roommate? Want to contact a former classmate? The SU alumni directory can help!

Southwestern Directory

Find SU classmates, faculty and staff.

SU Events & Activities Calendar

Check out our calendar of events for a complete list of SU activities.

Transfer Requirements
Transfer Student Requirements

Requirements and checklists for students transferring to Southwestern.

Rankings & Recognition

Southwestern is in an elite group. Check out our impressive rankings and recognition.

Campus Safety
Campus Safety is a Top Priority

At Southwestern, student safety is a top priority.

Kelly McKeon

Staff Supervisor- Social Media Specialist

Katie Costello ’16, Admission Counselor

Recruitment Responsibilities
Texas Counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris (South), Jefferson, Matagorda, Orange, Wharton.
States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington.

Accessing Pay Advices on WebAdvisor

Effective April 2015, paper pay advices (pay stubs) will no longer be distributed after each payroll period to employees paid via direct deposit as part of SU’s cost savings and green initiative efforts! For step-by-step instructions on accessing your pay advice through WebAdvisor click here .

City of Georgetown Proclamation

View a proclamation from The City of Georgetown, honoring Southwestern’s 175th Anniversary

Solar Lounge Design Process

Follow the Solar Lounge project from concept to execution.

Artist Bruce Beasley donates foundation for sculpture center

The bequest is valued at about $20 million — the largest private gift in the history of the Oakland Museum.

Here’s the SIRA Fall 2014 Calendar

We’ve scheduled all kinds of fun this semester including intramural sports (e.g. Flag Football, Dodgeball and Battleship), as well as a couple great outdoor adventures (rock climbing and caving).

Patrick Flanigan

Patrick Flanigan, sees himself as a mad scientist and considering his biochemistry major, as well as all he was involved in at Southwestern, one can see why. Patrick was an undergraduate researcher and chemistry tutor, a resident assistant, captain of the swim team , a healthcare volunteer, and a lifeguard.

Photo by Donald Tetto.
Lois Perkins Chapel - A Guide to Understanding its Symbolism

Take a virtual tour of the Chapel from professor emeritus E.H. Steelman’s guide to Chapel architecture, furnishings and stained glass windows.

Great SUmmer Reads 2021
Great SUmmer Reads

The new list of pleasure reading is here!

Faculty Contact Request (admitted students only, login required)

Want to connect with one of your future professors as you reach your decision? Submit this form, and we’ll make the match! This feature is only for students who have been offered admission to Southwestern. Login credentials are the same as for your Personal Application Portal.

Capstone presentations
Capstone in Religion Presentations, December 2020

Religion Capstone presentations from Elijah Timms, Madeline Boyd and Emily Dunn

Ana Olvera, Obligation, oil on panel, 50 x 36”, 2020
Ana Olvera

B.A. with a focus in Painting

Sarah Friday, Doomscroll, Prismacolor pencil on paper, 261 (to date) x 42 in, 2020.
Sarah Friday

B.A. with a focus in Painting

Constreñidos [4], Photo stills from video , 20 x 30 in, 2019.
Maria Garcia

B.A. with a focus in Painting

Academic Mall
Believe - The Southwestern Experience

The Southwestern Experience is like no other. Your days here will be busy, challenging, stimulating and rewarding – but never boring!

Jameson 5K Logo
50-State Challenge for the Jameson 5K

The Jameson 5K Race and 1-Mile Mosey has evolved into a virtual race for the weekend of October 23–25, 2020. This enables alumni, students, parents, and friends to participate in their own neighborhoods – no matter how close or far to Georgetown.

Lauren Muskara, Shared Genetics, Oil and hair on linen, 36” x 24,” 2019
Lauren Muskara

B.A. with a focus in Painting

Jacob Jimerson, The Oceans too have Seen Many Accidents, Ceramic, 2020
Jacob Jimerson

B.A. with a focus in Ceramics

Kari Darr, Retro Teal Rocket Cup, Stoneware, 2020
Kari Darr

B.A. with a focus in Ceramics

Julia Canfield, Ghost, oil on canvas, 2019
Julia Canfield

B.A. with a focus in Painting

Caden Cox
Caden Cox

Class of 2023
Centerville, TX

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships

The Fellowship attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State by funding two years of graduate study. The Fellowship welcoming the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need. 

Schwarzman Scholarship

The Scholarship is designed to prepare young leaders to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world as the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Students pursue a Master’s in Global Affairs for one year at Tsinghua University.

Rhodes Scholarship

The oldest (first awarded in 1902) and perhaps most prestigious international scholarship program enables outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholars are people who have a vision of how the world could be better and the energy to make a difference – whatever their sphere of interest. Scholars are selected on the basis not only of intellect, but also of character, leadership and commitment to service.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

This $90,000 merit-based fellowship exclusively supports immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The program draws more than 2,200 applications annually for just 30 fellowships.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. 

Marshall Scholarship

The Scholarship finances up to 50 young Americans of high ability to study for one or two years toward a graduate degree in most fields of study in the United Kingdom. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions.

Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

Knight-Hennessy Scholars exhibit independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and a civic mindset. They receive up to three years of full funding to pursue graduate study at Stanford to develop both the depth and range of subject expertise to confront the intractable challenges and opportunities of the future. 

James Madison Graduate Fellowship

The Fellowship provides up to $24,000 to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.

Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship

The Scholarship supports qualified students who demonstrate a passion for self-government with up to $15K annually during junior and senior year, as well as numerous professional development experiences (speakers, workshops, internships, etc.). Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence, a sense of civic responsibility and the potential for leadership. Apply as a sophomore.

Information regarding the Capstone Presentations
Biology Capstone Presentations

Biology majors will present the findings of their Capstones as 5-minute “Inspire” video talks that highlight the context, results and importance of their interests.  A live question and answer period (Q&A) will follow each of the Capstone presentations.
You can join us with the links below.

I'm In!
Deposited Student Next Steps

Now that your student is officially a Pirate, here is some information that may come in handy, with a few to-do items to consider as you move forward.

“I Work in a Dream Factory”: Julien Meyrat ’98 on Life as an Architect and Giving Back to a New Generation

Meyrat’s career path took him from SU political science and French major to senior designer at global architecture firm Gensler.

Front page of the Fall 2019 BioScope Issue
Biology Dept. Fall 2019 Newsletter

BioScope provides news and updates about the Southwestern University Department of Biology. Published on an (semi-)annual basis, the newsletter contains information about faculty-student research, classes, volunteer opportunities and more.

Shellsea Miller and Lauren Muskara at their poster
Student researchers present work at Society for Freshwater Science Meeting

Shellsea Miller and Lauren Muskara, both class of 2020, presented their undergraduate research at a national scientific meeting.


Use Self-Service Financial Aid to assist with managing your SU scholarship package. 

SU Radio App

Cameron Henkel ’21, Colin Scruggs ’19 

Advisor: Barbara Anthony, Associate Professor of Computer Science

San Gabriel River Research

Scout Gockel ’22, Nicole Rajtak ’22

Advisor: Rebecca Edwards, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Stacie Brown, Director of First-Year Biology Laboratories, and Willis Weigand, Director of General Chemistry Labs

Ocean Energy Conversion: Electrical Energy Conversion and Desalination

Michael May ’20, Justin McCormack ’20, Hayden Smith ’20, Kyle Howard ’20 

Advisors: Lee Fellows, Coordinator of Science Facilities and Equipment and Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics

Interpreting the Fourth Dimension Through Ceramics

Jacob Jimerson ’20, Aiden Steinle ’20 

Advisors: Fumiko Futamura, Professor of Mathematics, Ron Geibel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, and Melanie Hoag, Instructional Technologist

The Indie Rock Dyad-Cycle: Classical composition techniques influencing modern rock songwriting

Aleksandr “Alex” Nazaruk ’22, Ricky Olivares ’22, Dom Gomez ’21, Mark Fountain ’21

Advisors: Jason Hoogerhyde, Associate Professor of Music and David Asbury, Associate Professor of Music

GoGeo Improvement

Claire Harding ’20, Madison Godleski ’19 

Advisor: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics

Flex Controlled Wheelchair

Claire Harding ’20, Sara Boyd ’20, Cameron Henkel ’21 

Advisor: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics

Electromagnetic Accelerator

Ty Stubbs ’19,  William “Chris” Crawford ’20 

Advisor: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics

Determining Analyte Through NMR and IR Spectroscopy Software

Elijah Ballesteros ’21, Ethan Iverson ’21, Theo Perisic ’21, Luis Ramirez ’21

Advisor: Michael Gesinski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Bringing Global Awareness to Antibiotic Resistance Through “Lecture in a Box”

Sebastian Somolinos ’20, Alexis Dimanche ’20,
Dean Dulthummon ’20, Karen Rativa ’20 
Awarded: KCF Walt Potter Ward 2018-2019

Advisor: Stacie Brown, Director of First Year Biology Laboratories

Bias in Machine Learning

Elyssa Sliheet ’19, Will Price ’19 

Advisor: Jacob Schrum, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Baroque Economic Beauty

Ramish Nadeem ’19, Trevor Stoneburner ’20

Advisor: John Ore, Professor of Theatre

Automated Precision Ascent Parasail System

Gordon “Tripp” Williams ’19

Advisor: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics

Automated Dental-Health System
Automated Dental-Health System

Carl-Ake Willberg ’22

Advisor: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics

Sculptural teapot "Anxietea" by Sofia Payne '18
Studio Art Student and Alumnae Accepted into People’s Gallery Exhibition

Payne and Baker’s art will be on display at Austin City Hall beginning this February.

Apply Texas Southwestern University
ApplyTexas Application

Southwestern accepts the ApplyTexasApplication (for both first-year and transfer students).

Lisa Orr discusses her earthenware style with students. 
Ceramist Lisa Orr Hosts Workshop for Art Students

Art students gathered in the ceramics room at the Studio Arts building last Tuesday to attend a lecture and demonstration presented by local Austin ceramist, Lisa Orr.

Continuing Scholarships
Continuing Scholarships

These scholarships include leadership and services scholarships, departmental scholarships, Greek life scholarships, and United Methodist scholarships. They are awarded on both need and merit.

SCOPE: Collaborative Summer Research
Students SCOPE Out Engaged Research Possibilities

In this collaborative summer experience, SCOPE Scholars spend eight weeks conducting full-time research alongside Southwestern faculty mentors.

Budget Development

Budgets can be arduous and complex. Our office is happy to help at any stage.

Academic Mall
Admission - Make SU Your New Home

Welcome to SU! If you’re interested in making SU your new home, read on for helpful information.

Transfer Students - Making Southwestern Your New Home

Welcome to SU! If you’re interested in making SU your new home, read on for helpful information.

Pirate Athletics

The SU Pirates have a long history of both athletic and academic excellence.

Mar. 20, 2017 Community Update

Questions & Answers Regarding the Recent OCR Title IX Inquiry

Mar. 16, 2017 Community Update

A Note from President Burger on a Request for Information from the Office for Civil Rights


The Title IX Compliance Committee 2015-2016 Annual Report

Recap 2015’s The BIG Event

On March 28, 2015, Southwestern students, faculty, staff and alumni came together for The BIG Event, a day dedicated to sustained civic engagement and developing long-standing partnership within our community

Information on the hazards and precautions of heat stress

The Texas heat is bearing down! How to prevent heat disorders and who should be careful

Sculptor Bruce Beasley circles back to UC Berkeley

As a Cal freshman, Charlotte Sofranek is deep into her indoctrination on the mysteries of campus life, and one mystery is how that knot of steel in the reflecting pool got there.

Relda Comer (Photo by Daniella Barrera)
Non-Traditional Student Receives Statewide Teaching Scholarship

Relda Comer hopes to become a high school teacher specializing in math and special education

2007 graduate Rebecca Batlan was named the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year for Annie Purl Elementary School in Georgetown.
Teachers of the Year

Three Southwestern graduates are named Teacher of the Year at their schools

Julia Poritz, Class of 2010

French helps Julia conduct culturally sensitive research

Chandler Johnson, Keeley Coburn and Amir Hessabi stand next to the solar lounge chair they received a patent for.
Form and Function

Students from a variety of disciplines collaborate on an award-winning project for the Southwestern University campus.

Jordan and Taylor Hutchison show off their ceramics project that won the ,500 Walt Potter Prize at the King Creativity Symposium.
The Perfect Glaze

Teaming up earns sisters a $2,500 prize for creativity

Celia Caraccioli (left) and Meredith Rollins stand with Emilie Ross (right), an applied behavior analyst who works at R.O.C.K., and Shandy, one of the ponies the center uses to provide equine-assisted therapy to children. (Photo by Elizabeth Stewart)
Documenting the Power of Equine-Assisted Therapy

Partnership provides real-world research opportunities for students

SU Psych = Great Preparation for a Career in Psychiatry

If you’re interested in doing both medicine management and therapy, consider pursuing a Master’s in Psychiatric Nursing through an “alternate entry” program like I did. SU’s psych major provides an excellent foundation, and in only 3 years, you’ll be ready to practice psychiatry in a mental health facility or in private practice.

Southwestern Psychology Program is a Great Stepping Stone

I have been able to provide individual psychotherapy services to clients at both an outpatient community clinic as well as at the university’s student counseling center.

Senior English and education major Paige Duggins has been selected to receive a national award for the work she did as an intern at the state capitol in 2013.
Southwestern Student Receives National Recognition for Internship Work

Award spotlights students who excel in their internships as well as in the classroom and the community

Rory Jones, Class of 2012

History and German major Rory Jones is an English teaching assistant at the Ganztagsschule Friedrichstadt, in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

Prof. Haskell
Prof. Haskell’s Foundational Book

Reviewer notes “this volume deserves to be, at the very least, a must-read for everyone even peripherally interested in the LBA III Aegean economy and trade.”

2010 graduate Sarah Gould models the new "green" commencement robes with Xan Koonce, associate director of University Events (Photo by Carlos Barron).
A Green Graduation

2010 Commencement ceremony will feature graduates wearing biodegradable robes and other measures to reduce impact on the environment

Elma Benavides

Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Commencement Convocation: Class of 2020
Photo Gallery: Class of 2020 Commencement Convocation

On May 8, 2021, Southwestern University finally got to celebrate the Class of 2020

Justin McCormack '20
Southwestern: A Pirate’s Guiding Light Amidst Unknown Waters

Read Phi Beta Kappa speaker Justin McCormack’s ’20 remarks to the Class of 2020.

Sophia Kennedy ’21 (middle)
Putting the “Team” in “I”

Kinesiology major Sophia Kennedy ’21 defies gravity and demonstrates the importance of finding a support system in athletics and beyond.

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The Southwestern University Bucket List

SU offers a host of educational, professional, and recreational events and activities throughout the year.

Weaving Together Geometry and Biology: Hyperbolic Planes in the Natural World
A Close-Knit Community

Faculty, staff, and STEM majors crocheted together virtually all year, culminating in an on-campus exhibit and a new student organization.

Associate Professor of Education Sherry E. Adrian
The Professor Chronicles: Sherry E. Adrian

SU’s Board of Trustees recently conferred emerita status on the beloved associate professor of education, who will be retiring after 28 years with the university.

Anna Krolikowski ’20 studied abroad in London during the fall of her sophomore year.
Computers and Creativity

Anna Krolikowski ’20 sees creativity and story as the common denominators of her English and computer science majors.

Dr. Jesse Purdy
We Remember Dr. Jesse Purdy

Dr. Jesse Purdy , a beloved friend and professor who served the University for 35 years, passed away in Georgetown, Texas on April 16, 2018. He was 65.

Breely Peterson ’20
Holding Her Ground

Sumners Scholar Breely Peterson’s first job out of college? Working as a deputy press secretary for a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Brielle Read ’20 in Desierto De Atacama, Chile
A World Traveler

Fulbright Scholar Brielle Read ’20 has been traveling the world and making a difference since the tender age of 14.

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Tenacious Traditions

Southwestern University is home to a variety of time-honored annual events.

Norma Clark ’97
Norma Clark ’97, P’00 Earns the 2021 Martha Diaz Hurtado College-Town Award

President Laura E. Skandera Trombley presented the Southwestern alum with the honor at the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Randall Williams '00
When Life Gives You Opportunities, Use Them to Develop Skillsets!

A story of how Randall Williams ’00, a history major and economics minor, marketed himself during ambiguous times.

Caleb Brimmage, Southwestern University
Caleb Brimmage Thank You

“I am a junior here at SU pursing a degree in Religious Studies with a minor in communications” - Caleb Brimmage, Southwestern University

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Southwestern Honors Its Dedicated Faculty and Staff

SU recognizes six exemplary staff and faculty members with the 2021 Mundy Awards and honors 35 community members who have achieved milestone anniversaries with the university.

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COVID Creativity and Communication

Southwestern STEM students combine science, art, and community engagement in collaborative SciArt projects.

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Capstone in the Time of COVID

A Southwestern senior shares their experience tackling the biggest project of their college career in the midst of a global pandemic.

Social Media Internship
Social Media Internship

The Office of Marketing and Communications and the Office of Admission are seeking two motivated, resourceful and tech-savvy students to serve as social media interns.

Pirate Pet Contest

Submit a photo of your favorite Pirate Pet’s photo to

Theatre in a Pandemic
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 11: Improvising Theatre in a Pandemic

How is the pandemic shaping the future of theatre performance, production, and playwriting? Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola shares his insights.

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Southwestern University Again Earns Voter-Friendly Campus Designation

SU has been recognized for the third time for supporting civic education and voter participation.

Update of COVID FAQs — March 5, 2021

In response to the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic and availability of vaccines, Southwestern has issued an update to its COVID FAQs.

Ocean research
Of Whales in Research

Physics major Hayden Smith ’20 is studying ocean engineering in hopes of pursuing a career in renewable energy.

Southwestern University to Keep COVID-19 Health Protocols in Place

In response to Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to end the statewide face mask mandate, Southwestern University will continue our Pirate Pledge and COVID-19 health protocols.

College Expectations
Debunking Your Misconceptions about College

Wondering what college is really like? Get the inside scoop from an SU senior.

COVID-19 and Music
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 10: A Prolonged Intermission

Professor of Music Michael Cooper reflects on the many ways that the pandemic has affected musicologists and other musicians—and the lessons we can learn about the power of art.

Presidential Update for Spring 2021

President Laura E. Skandera Trombley shares an update on the University for the spring 2021 term.

The Truth about College
Subverted Expectations: The Truth about College

A graduating senior reflects on what surprised them the most about the college and SU experience.

George Cruz, Jr. '95
George Cruz, Jr. ’95

Distinguished Southwestern Service

Paula Boggs
Southwestern University Announces Paula Boggs as 2020 and 2021 Commencement Speaker

The corporate executive, lawyer, Army Airborne veteran, philanthropist, and musician will address the University’s 2020 and 2021 graduating classes.

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Andrews Endowed Fellowship supports graduate study in memory of James Robert Andrews ’04

Are you a graduating senior or recent grad (within two years of graduation) entering graduate school in Fall 2021? If so, please apply for this opportunity to earn $2,500 toward the cost of the first year of graduate/professional school study. Application deadline is March 31, 2021.

Sarah Friday ’20 and Lord Chair and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Fumiko Futamura in SCOPE 2019
Generating Art

Sarah Friday ’20 has published original research on art generated by artificial intelligence while double majoring in the seemingly disparate fields of art and computer science.

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Southwestern University Athletic Events will Continue to Be Held without Spectators

The University’s continued “no spectators” policy reinforces its commitment to keeping the Southwestern community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Beauty of Southwestern

Experience the beauty of Southwestern’s campus through the eyes of one of its students.

Inside Higher Ed

In an opinion piece published in Inside Higher Ed, President Trombley reflects on the seismic changes and disorder that college presidents are now being asked to negotiate.

Professor of Spanish and Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Endowed Professor Catherine Bourland Ross
The Professor Chronicles: Catherine Bourland Ross

Professor of Spanish and Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Endowed Professor Catherine Bourland Ross fosters transformation in her students by focusing on the 5 Cs of language learning: communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities.

Art and the pandemic
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 9: The Solace of Art

We’ve relied on the arts to help us cope with the pandemic, but will the arts survive COVID-19? Assistant Professor of Art Ron Geibel shares his insights.

Choosing your future university can be perplexing.
Confessions of an Unwise College Applicant

Deciding where to go to college? Learn from the mistakes of an SU senior.

Student conversation
The Pathways Experience: For Students

Pathways is a new tool to help Southwestern students learn, in a step-by-step process, how to navigate the world of networking.

Claire Harding ’20
Solving Earth’s Problems from Space

German and physics double major Claire Harding ’20 interned with NASA and will be teaching English in Germany as a Fulbright English teaching assistant.

Smart Planning for Smart Women

FEBRUARY 23-25, 2021

In this complimentary virtual estate planning event, Southwestern alumnae legal professionals will guide us through the tools women need to successfully plan for our future.

Shaping the Future, by Norma Clark ’97
Shaping the Future

A new painting by Norma Clark ’97, P’00, specially commissioned by Southwestern University, is now on display in the Commons.

Math/CS Lecture Series goes Virtual

The regularly occurring 403 lectures hosted by the Mathematics and Computer Science department found new life online during COVID-19.

Dr. Peter Hotez on COVID-19, the Current Pandemic Landscape, and Upcoming Vaccines

View the January 13, 2021, presentation and Q&A with Peter Jay Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts in tropical medicine and vaccine development.

Covid-19: Apocalypse or Dystopia?
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 8: Apocalypse or Dystopia?

Professor and Elizabeth Root Paden Chair in Religion and Environmental Studies Laura Hobgood shares how COVID-19 has shaped the conversation in her Apocalypse seminar.

The Capitol at night in fall 2020.
An Uncertain Semester in DC

Political science and environmental studies double major Keith Rupe ’22 makes the most of an anxiety-filled semester through public organizing in the nation’s capital.

ThuyMi Phung '23
Southwestern Student Wins Marketing EDGE Scholarship

ThuyMi Phung is the first SU student to receive the prestigious honor.

Associate Professor of Music Steve Kostelnik
An Award-Winning Guitarist’s Approach to Teaching

Associate Professor of Music Steve Kostelnik shares how he helps SU students become better musicians.

During fall 2020, SU Singers was limited to students only and converted to a handbell choir to assure the health and safety of the performers, director, and audiences.
A Choir That Strikes Accord

Members of the Southwestern University Singers share why finding community in the stress-free and accessible choir is a highlight of their Southwestern experience.

Katherine Tanner ’13 and Bradley Ottmers
Think Globally; Act Locally

International studies and political science major Katherine Tanner ’13 helps nourish a community as “the heart” of Hat & Heart Farm.

Strength in Diversity
Finding Strength in Diversity during Times of Adversity

SU alumni gather to discuss their experiences as individuals of color following their graduation.

Courtney King ’20
A Future CEO

With her sights set on running her own business one day, Courtney King ’20 shares that making the world a better place is at the heart of all her endeavors.

Sophia Anthony
Exploring the Figure Through Fractals

Sophia Anthony
Awarded: KCF Walt Potter Award 2017-2018

Advisor: Victoria Star Varner

Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu with the Marquis de Lafayette
The Professor Chronicles: Francis Mathieu

Associate Professor of French Francis Mathieu reflects on his love of teaching, delicious food, and history.

Internships in the virtual world
The Internship Must Go on

Noel Pratts ’21 and Audrey Payton ’21 gain real-world experience in the virtual world.

COVID-19 Pandemic
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 7: A Panorama of Pandemics

Associate Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones discusses the history of epidemic and pandemic disease—and how the future might look back on the present.

Social sustainability on university campuses
Southwestern University Nominated for a 2020 AASHE Sustainability Award

Selected from more than 400 applicants, SU is a finalist for the award based on its published research regarding the sustainability of higher-education institutions.

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Southwestern University Joins Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance

LACRELA provides participating institutions with a 12-month curriculum led by racial-equity experts; an online resource library of rubrics, readings, and case studies; guidance on designing action plans; and campus climate surveys for students, faculty, and staff.

Students at SU
Things You Didn’t Expect to Learn during College

Here are seven unexpected lessons from college that will stick with you for life.

Making music
Internationally Renowned Pianist Visits with Southwestern Students

Lara Downes talks classical music, social justice, and her new NPR series AMPLIFY with a Southwestern music literature class.

Learning opportunities at organizations
A Summer Well Spent

Four Southwestern students relate their experiences as community-engaged learning associates with nonprofit organizations during the summer of 2020.

Southwestern University students and staff members planted a 22-year-old live oak in its new home.
Southwestern University Celebrates Texas Arbor Day by Planting Oak Tree

The event fulfills SU’s commitment to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus Higher Education program.


Don’t miss out on the latest SU swag and apparel.

Preserving mental health during the pandemic.
Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

Here are our tips for preserving mental health during the pandemic.

“A Discussion on the Racialization of Political Movements: #BlackLivesMatter / #AllLivesMatter.” (Shay Salunkhe ’22)
Southwestern Students Engage in Difficult Dialogues

The student-led Project for Emerging Dialogues promotes open-mindedness through honest discussion about controversial topics.

Advanced Placement & Credit

Southwestern administers placement examinations  in Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish. Students with a high school background in language should place high enough to receive exemption from a beginning level course.

Austin Music
Spotlight on Austin, TX

Southwestern’s prime location gives its students the best of both worlds – the charm of historic Georgetown with convenient access to Austin, just 25 miles south.

Asian Students Association
A Place to Be

The Asian Students Association provides a safe community for Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American students at Southwestern.

Mike May ’20
With Energy to Spare

Recent physics graduate Mike May ’20 demonstrates how taking risks by learning outside your major is crucial to becoming a leader in innovation.

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Southwestern University Recognized in the The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges 2021 Edition

SU is determined to be a significant environmentally responsible college according to The Princeton Review.

The new normal
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 6: The Psychology of a Pandemic

Associate Professor of Psychology Bryan Neighbors reflects on COVID-19, “the most significant natural disaster to strike humankind in all of our lifetimes.”

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Changing Course

Five transfer students explain why—and how—they made the switch to Southwestern.

2020 Election
Across the Aisle

Southwestern University students reflect the nation’s diversity of political stances.

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Life after Southwestern

Three Southwestern alumni divulge the details of their lives postgraduation.

Mattie Mint
Fat over Lean

Mattie Mint ’22 shares about her journey into the professional world through the Kemper Scholar Program.

Megan Firestone
The Romance of the Archive

Librarian Megan Firestone provides a behind-the-scenes look at Special Collections and the magic of handling cultural artifacts past and present.

Transferring universities
A Change for the Better

A guide to navigating the transfer process to a new university

Gilman Scholarship for study abroad
Southwestern University Undergraduate Earns 2020 Gilman Scholarship

Sarah Shearin ’21 hopes to use the funding to study abroad in Amsterdam next summer.

Southwestern ranked among best colleges in the Southwest
Southwestern University Named a 2021 Best College by College Raptor

SU is recognized as #15 in the college planning platform’s Top 25 Best Colleges in the Southwest.

Sustainable menstrual products
Southwestern University Partners with OrganiCup to Provide Free Sustainable Period Products to Students

A student-led campaign aims to raise awareness about the social and environmental impacts of single-use menstrual products.

The impact of COVID-19 on the political climate
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 5: The Politics of a Pandemic

Political communication and political psychology expert Emily Sydnor weighs in on the ongoing outbreak.

Go to the Fall 2020 SCOPE Open House

The SCOPE Open House is a virtual event that gives SCOPE scholars and faculty mentors the opportunity to share their research presentations with the Southwestern community. Visit the site, view the different projects, and give your feedback!

Keeping it clean and simple
Keep it Clean and Simple

Tips for keeping your room and apartment clean and organized during the pandemic.

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships of up to $7,000 to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2021, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 55 scholarships.

Navigating Financial Aid
Understanding the Ins and Outs of Financial Aid

Looking for tips on how to pay for college, especially in the year of COVID-19? We’ve rounded up our suggestions for students and their families.

Student research
Collaborative Summer Research during a Pandemic

Southwestern students and faculty mentors engage in projects across the disciplines—remotely.

Sumners Scholar Danyale Kellogg ’19 studies International Affairs at TAMU

While pursuing a BA in history at Southwestern, Kellogg took full advantage of the Sumners Scholarship and then leveraged those experiences to secure a place at the Texas A&M Bush School of Government for graduate study in national security and diplomacy, with concentrations in East Asia and pandemics and biosecurity.

Distance Learning
Keeping an Open Mind: The Opportunities of Remote Learning

Garey Endowed Chair in Chemistry Maha Zewail-Foote publishes an article on how she successfully transformed her biochemistry lab to an online platform.

Washington Monthly
Southwestern Again Lands Washington Monthly’s Top Spot among Liberal-Arts Colleges in Texas

SU earns recognition for promoting social mobility, research, and public service among its undergraduates.

Pursuing Passion Projects

Southwestern’s Lab for Innovative Ventures and Entrepreneurship empowers students to take an idea from concept to business plan.

Summer Rodgers, The Life and Death of Desirable Objects: Beginnings, Charcoal and acrylic, 24 x 36 in., 2019
Summer Rodgers

B.A. with a focus in Painting

Alex Thompson, Digital archival inkjet print, 2019
Alex Thompson

B.A. with a focus in Digital Photography

600 Degrees Pizza, found on the Georgetown square. 
What Is There to Do around Here?

Places to eat, hang out, shop, and enjoy the great outdoors in Georgetown—as told by a local!

Studio Art
Art & Object Names Southwestern University One of the 10 Best Art Schools in the Southwest

The honor places the Sarofim School of Fine Arts among the top-tier art institutions in the nation.

CAS Fundraiser
Painting in an Unknown Landscape: Kelsey Baker ’16

Studio art alumna Kelsey Baker ’16 fills us in on what it’s like to finish her graduate degree during a pandemic and how she is creating art in a socially distanced world.

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Southwestern University Named One of the Best 386 Colleges by The Princeton Review

SU rises to #2 among Impact Schools while the Center for Career & Professional Development is recognized as #3 Best Career Services in the nation.

Erin Crockett, associate professor of psychology
The Professor Chronicles: Erin Crockett

In an interview with Erin Crockett, associate professor of psychology, we learn that her talents and passions extend well beyond the classroom.

Specific racial and ethnic groups have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic: Black, Indigenous, and Latinx populations.
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 4: Social Inequalities Writ Large

Maria Lowe, Southwestern professor of sociology, discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has revealed and exacerbated racial disparities.

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Aransas Haley

Class of 2021
Santa Rosa, TX

Southwestern also partnered with Lippert Components to equip the rooms in Brown and Moody–Shearn with EnviroSpring Mattresses, which are made from 100% recyclable materials and are also manufactured using zero-waste practices.
Sustainable Furniture Comes to Southwestern

Rooms in two residence halls will be furnished with environmentally friendly bed frames, dressers, desks, and mattresses.

Men's Lacrosse
Of Discipline and Determination

The graduating seniors of Southwestern’s men’s lacrosse seniors elevated their program.

Pandemic Economics
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 3: Pandemic Economics

Southwestern professors Saroj Dhital and Dirk Early explain the impacts of the pandemic on the U.S. economy.

Climate Strike
Supporting Environmental Activism and Personal Growth on Campus

Members reflect on how Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK) inspires and educates them beyond the classroom.

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The Pirate Pledge

In order to stay safe and remain on our beautiful campus, each of us must take personal responsibility and promise to follow the University’s guidelines for protecting the health and safety of every member of the Southwestern community. This promise is the Pirate Pledge.

Christi Rodriguez Cottrell ’98
A Lawyer’s Appeal for Theatre

Christi Rodriguez Cottrell ’98 shares how her background in theatre has become an asset for her career in law.

Pirate Football
Southwestern University and Texas Lutheran University Suspend 2020 Football Seasons

Southwestern University and Texas Lutheran University, affiliate football members of the American Southwest Conference, today jointly announced that both universities are suspending their intercollegiate football competitive seasons for the fall of 2020 due to ongoing health and safety concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021
Southwestern University Earns Place in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021

SU is again recognized as one of the “the best and most interesting” four-year colleges and universities.

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Southwestern University to Postpone Fall Athletics Season for Most Sports

Southwestern University President Laura E. Skandera Trombley announced that the presidents of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) unanimously decided to suspend fall intercollegiate competition for cross country, soccer, and volleyball. This is the first time in conference history that the fall season will be canceled. 

Dirk Early
Professor Chronicles: Dirk Early

The Hugh Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair in Economics shares his thoughts on his students, his dream vacation, and his 26 years at Southwestern.

Special Collections
WATCH: An Inside Look into Special Collections

Learn more about this phenomenal archive of historical records, documents, rare books, manuscripts, and other fascinating materials.

Alexis Dimanche '20
Alexis Dimanche ’20 Named SCAC Man of the Year

In exclusive voting by the senior woman administrators of the conference, Alexis Dimanche of Southwestern University has been selected Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Man of the Year. Dimanche is the first Southwestern student-athlete to earn SCAC Man of the Year honors.

Hugh Roy & Lillie Cullen Building
Southwestern University Pledges to Address Workforce Barriers through BridgesAlliance

Southwestern joins more than 50 universities in the BridgesAlliance to give students access to real-world career experiences through technology powered by PeopleGrove.

Erin Osterhaus '09
Fulbright Alumna Erin Osterhaus ’09 Leverages Language Skills in Global Business

Osterhaus, a Spanish and French major and German minor, earned an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany through the U.S. Student Fulbright Program. She currently works in marketing for a global trade association and does freelance translation work.

Chandler Dixon '22
Kemper Scholar Chandler Dixon ’22 Helps Organizations Tackle COVID-19-Related Problems

A financial economics major and president of SU’s Economics Club, Dixon spent Summer 2020 interning remotely with the Taproot Foundation’s Chicago office through the Kemper Scholars Program. The scholarship fosters professional development and leadership.

Nyaberi (fourth from left) was selected to engage in a premedical fellowship at Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra.
Becoming a Better Thinker through Science

Esther Nyaberi ’21 finds joy in researching apple snails, environmental DNA, and microplastics.

Associated Colleges of the South
Associated Colleges of the South Statement on Recent ICE Policy Change for International Students

As presidents of the sixteen member institutions of the Associated Colleges of the South, we stand united in firm opposition to the recent policy change announced by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that denies international students the full access to their education should their institutions need to return to fully online instruction.

Southwestern Arch
Southwestern University to Host a Check Presentation to The Caring Place

The Cullen Trust for Higher Education to Kick-off Spirit of Caring Campaign to Assist Georgetown Families in Need

Dr. Alicia Moore
The Professor Chronicles: Alicia Moore

The well-loved SU associate professor reflects on what she finds inspiring and rewarding as a career educator of educators.

When viewed through an electron microscope, the spikes that adorn the outer surface of a coronavirus suggest the appearance of a corona, or crown. A novel coronavirus, named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 2: Forecasting a Pandemic

Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics, discusses the process, value, and difficulty of modeling a pandemic like COVID-19.

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U.S. Student Fulbright Program Selects 2020 Southwestern Grads

Claire Harding ’20 and Brielle Read ’20 have received 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the English Teaching Assistant Program, and Sam Russek ’20 was named an Alternate.

Kalli Caldwell '22
Kalliopi Caldwell ’22 and Shay Salunkhe ’22 Earn Sumners Scholarships

Caldwell and Salunkhe are the most recent Southwestern students to secure this merit scholarship from the Sumners Foundation, which encourages “study, teaching, and research into the science and art of self-government, to the end that the American people may understand the fundamental principles of democracy and be guided thereby in shaping governmental policies.”

Mattie Cryer '17 during her Fulbright year in Argentina
Mattie Cryer ’17 Describes Fulbright English Teaching Experience

After graduation from Southwestern in 2017 with a BA in Spanish, Cryer embarked on a year in Posadas, Misiones, Argentina, as an English Teaching Assistant in the U.S. Student Fulbright Program.

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CCPD Supports LGBTQ+ Students!

June 2020 marks the 50th annual LGBTQ Pride Month! Though we are not all together on campus, the Center for Career and Professional Development wants to support the LGBTQ community of Southwestern in their professional development. For Pride month this year, we have compiled a list of resources to aid in job searches, interviews, and navigating the workplace as an LGBTQ individual.

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CCPD Supports Black Students!

Black lives matter. 

Southwestern’s Center for Career and Professional Development stands with Black students and alumni, and wants to support these members of the Southwestern community in their professional development. We have curated some resources specifically to help Black students and professionals in job searches and navigating the workplace. 

Pictured from 2019: (L-R) Mrs. Sharon Clark; Dr. Terri Johnson, SU Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs; Mr. Ernest Clark; Mrs. Paulette A. Taylor, Georgetown Community Member and Leader
Southwestern Renames Residence Hall in Honor of Its First Black Student and Graduate, Ernest Clark

Interim President Dale T. Knobel and Board of Trustees Chair Stephen G. Tipps announce the Board of Trustees has voted to rename Ernest L. Kurth Hall.

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The Payne Fellowship seeks students interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and provides up to $96,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities.

U.S. Student Fulbright Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, facilitates cultural exchange and provides grants for a one-academic-year individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs in a participating country outside the U.S.

Meredith Murphy ’16
Training for a Thoughtful Future

History and political science double major Meredith Murphy ’16 reflects on the many benefits of a liberal-arts education.

Trombley Trek
Trombley Trek

Southwestern’s 16th president, Laura Skandera Trombley, gives us an inside look into her move from Connecticut to Georgetown.

Student–Athletes Find Their Voices through EMPIRE

Current and alumni student–athletes share how a student organization facilitates dialogue about racial oppression.

When viewed through an electron microscope, the spikes that adorn the outer surface of a coronavirus suggest the appearance of a corona, or crown. A novel coronavirus, named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 1: “This Was Only a Matter of Time”

Southwestern microbiologist Martín Gonzalez weighs in on the science of the latest coronavirus.

Sydney Seavey ’20
A Musician’s Approach to Medicine

Chemistry major and cellist Sydney Seavey ’20 shares how she has found harmony in music and the path toward medical school.

“We landed in Asunción, which is obviously a major metropolitan area, being the capital, and we were immediately taken outside that and put in our communities. So right away, you’re fully immersed. There’s no transitional time.”
Chasing Curiosities

For Zack Nesbit ’13, a life worth living means always learning and never compromising one’s passions.

Carlos Barron ‘10 with his sculpture at his senior art exhibition.
Bringing a Decade into Focus: Carlos Barrón ’10

Ten years after graduation, this alumnus and primary photographer for Southwestern events looks back on how his education framed his vision for a successful artistic career.

Colton Hunter
Hunter Wins SCAC Baseball Elite 19 Award

Southwestern University’s Colton Hunter was named the 2020 SCAC Baseball Elite 19 award winner.

Emily Campbell and Leilani McDaniel
“Did You Get It?”

Golfers Leilani McDaniel ’20 and Emily Campbell ’20 demonstrate the importance of teamwork in an inherently individual sport.

Seniors Kaitlynn Copher, Andrea Hern, Lindsey Longuet, and Sydney Scott.
A Field of Memories

As the COVID-19 pandemic cuts their final season short, SU softball seniors visit Taylor–Sanders Field one last time to share memories of their time at SU.

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Southwestern University to Begin Fall Semester as Originally Scheduled but Will End Early

Southwestern University will begin the fall semester on August 24. Completion of on-campus instruction will end before Thanksgiving.

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Southwestern University Named #1 in Texas by PLEXUSS Global Rankings

SU earns the top spot among the most prestigious liberal-arts colleges in the state.

Georgetown, Texas
Georgetown Again Seventh Fastest-Growing City in U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau released population estimates showing that Georgetown is ranked seventh on the list of fastest-growing cities in the country with a population of more than 50,000.

Roy & Lillie Cullen Building
Southwestern Community Unites to Support the Class of 2020 Job Search

The University calls upon its network of alumni, parents, and friends to rally around the Class of 2020 and help connect them in their chosen career fields.

Rachel Hancock ’14
Painting for a Cause

Southwestern alumna Rachel Hancock ’14 uses her abilities to help a community she loves.

Several faculty report that the quietest students in their brick-and-mortar classes have blossomed in the online environment, contributing more frequently to both synchronous and asynchronous conversation
It’s Just Not the Same, Part 4

Southwestern faculty reflect on how remote teaching might change how they teach in the classroom when campus life resumes this fall.

"Bit different than likely imagined, BUT Biology Capstones made a great last impression & showed @SouthwesternU pirate pride! I’m certainly very proud 2 have steered the ship & excited to see where their journeys take them! #alldone #timetograduate" - @ProfRomi
It’s Just Not the Same, Part 3

SU faculty get creative in retooling their classes while students face the many difficulties of distance learning during the pandemic.

Alexis Dimanche '20 and Dean Dulthummon '20
The Race for the Record

Best friends and teammates Alexis Dimanche ’20 and Dean Dulthummon ’20 compete for most career wins in SU men’s tennis history.

Associate Professor of German Erika Berroth
It’s Just Not the Same, Part 2

SU faculty reflect on the challenges—and some unexpected rewards—of moving their classes online.

Remote Learning
It’s Just Not the Same, Part 1

Southwestern University faculty and staff share their experiences of transitioning face-to-face classrooms to remote learning.

COVID-19 Update
Southwestern Announces Campus Readiness Task Force

A team of faculty and staff will advise the President’s Office about campus operations during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Sevara Sobhani ’20 visited the Shrine of the Báb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Haifa, Israel, during a spiritual pilgrimage in December 2019.
Faith in Diversity

Sevara Sobhani ’20 cherishes how the Bahá’í Faith and the Southwestern community are devoted to inclusivity and independent thinking.

Building Your Online Presence
Build Your Online Presence

“If it’s not online, it didn’t happen” is feedback employers have shared with us. Take this down time to share your interests and accomplishments and build your brand. CCPD’s Internship and Employment Developer Craig Gilden shares tips for using social media to advance your professional self, not just your TikTok dance prowess.

Networking 101
Networking 101

At all times, but especially now, the relationships you build with advocates in the world of work are essential to netting your next opportunity. CCPD’s Internship and Employment Developer Craig Gilden shares tips and templates for leveraging your curiosity to learn about career opportunities.

Create Your Own Summer Experience
Create Your Own Summer Experience

COVID-19 put a crimp in your summer internship search? CCPD’s Internship and Employment Developer Craig Gilden shares tips for how you can still create an impactful summer experience.


Southwestern University students share their reflections on the COVID-19 crisis and the transition to remote learning.

Amanda McMillian ’95
Southwestern Alumna Appointed President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Houston

Current Board of Trustee Amanda McMillian ’95 has most recently served as chair of SU’s  Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

Southwestern University Campus Map
Vote for Southwestern University

Help Southwestern University win a Webby award for our new digital map! Vote now.

Shifting Narratives
Shifting Narratives

Southwestern’s English faculty help majors tout career skills

PirateConnect login screen
Nine Tips for Building Marketable Skills (and Best Positioning Yourself for a Job) During a Quarantine

Not a headline anyone pictured at the start of the Spring 2020 semester, yet here we are. The COVID-19 crisis has changed the Spring semester in many ways, as well as transforming the job and internship market. We recognize that this transformation presents obstacles for students, and the Center for Career & Professional Development is here to support the SU community as you tackle those complex and shifting challenges.

Grace Sexton ’22
Why You Should Participate in the Next SOAR Summit!

Inaugural SOAR Summit attendee Grace Sexton reflects on the value of her experience.

Rabati, the recently renovated castle that was in Ellermann's permanent site city of Akhaltsikhe.
Happy Accidents

Serendipity led Kristin Ellermann ’10 to major in Latin American studies, study abroad, join the Peace Corps, and become an educator.

Sage Clay '22 receiving a free plant!
SU Garden Club’s annual plant giveaway

See how Garden Club is making the Southwestern community more sustainable one step at a time. 

"[Southwestern University]–it’s a place I can’t wait to return to and will cherish even more when I leave." - Megan Betancourt ’21
What I Miss about Southwestern

SU students share what special things they miss about the campus we had to leave behind.

A Commitment to Undergraduate Research

At Southwestern University undergraduate students not only conduct original research, but often have the opportunity to publish and present their work alongside faculty.

Henna Night in Bishops Lounge
Muslim And Allies

Mosaic works with Muslim And Allies and hopes to work together again in the future.

“We Are Multitudes”

EBONY empowers Black students while embracing intersectionality.

Hollywood Sign
Writing Dreams into Reality

Television and film writer Samantha Montgomery McIntyre ’97 looks back at how SU shaped her vision for a creative career, and how chasing dreams in LA led to creating her debut feature film, Unicorn Store.

Zoom Backgrounds
Southwestern Launches Zoom Backgrounds

Bring your Pirate spirit to your at-home meetings or classes.

If you missed the announcement of our new president, watch it here.
Watch: Southwestern Announces 16th President

If you missed this historic announcement or Dr. Trombley’s moderated discussion, watch it here.

Laura E. Skandera Trombley, Ph.D.
Southwestern University Names Laura E. Skandera Trombley 16th President

Trombley is the first woman to hold the top leadership position at Texas’s first university.

Ben and Michael Patterson ’17
“The Best of Both Worlds”

For student–athletes Ben Patterson ’17 and Michael Patterson ’17, the Southwestern Experience included a foray into entrepreneurship.

Cupcake Wars
Activism Is “” up at Southwestern University

The SU chapter of H.E.A.T. is reaching out to communities near and far, one cupcake at a time.

Southwestern University - A 2019 Tree Campus USA®
In Good Company: Building a Climate of Sustainability at SU

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Paige Hemingson ’22
Caring for Others during a Pandemic

Paige Hemingson ’22 demonstrates the Southwestern spirit during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Julia Byrom Whatley ’44
A Life Well Lived

Julia Byrom Whatley ’44 reflects on Southwestern in the World War II era, her military service, and her 30-year teaching career.

Lindsey Knapton ’10 & Josh Spencer ’09
It’s a Journey, Not a Race

For Lindsey Knapton ’10, the Southwestern Experience, the Peace Corps, and a job at the Texas Senate shaped her current path as an assistant attorney general.

The Iron Throne, Game of Thrones
The Lure of History and Historical Fiction

Southwestern faculty and students study history through the lens of pop culture.

Softball Story
Lindsey Longuet Throws First Career No-Hitter

Senior pitcher Lindsey Longuet threw the first no-hitter of her collegiate career, shutting down the Austin College Kangaroos in the Southwestern University Pirates’ 8-0 victory to open the three-game conference series.

Baseball Story
Austin Smith Dominates In First Extended Action of the Season

In his first extended action of the season, junior pitcher Austin Smith dominated in the Southwestern University Pirates baseball team’s 3-2 victory over the Middlebury College Panthers.

Maureen Rendón ’21
Southwestern University Student Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

Music and political science double major Maureen Rendón ’21 is recognized as a campus leader for her commitment to public service.

Chip Evans ’94 (left) and Scott Herlihy ’92 (right)
From Graduates to Mentors: The Evans and Herlihy Law Firm

Southwestern alumni Chip Evans ’94 and Scott Herlihy ’92 provide unparalleled experiences for Southwestern students.

Civil Discourse Festival
Sights from the Civil Discourse Festival

The student organizers of the SU Project for Civil Discourse hosted the inaugural Civil Discourse Festival, a two-day event culminating in an election watch party on Super Tuesday.

Taking a campus tour, meeting faculty and current students, and attending information sessions can give you a much better sense of whether a university is the right fit for you.
Questions You Should Ask during a College Tour

Here are a few questions to ask during your college visit to make the most out of your decision-making process.

Allison Dickson ’02
Allison Dickson ’02

Distinguished Southwestern Service

Daniela Beckelhymer (left) and Sara Boyd (right) at the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity of Computing.
Outstanding Math and Computer Science Students Recognized

Students Sara Boyd, Daniela Beckelhymer, Mercedes Gonzalez, and Hannah Freeman were honored at the recent Honors Convocation.

Manchester from Kersal Moor, with rustic figures and goats, William Wyld, 1852
Southwestern Welcomes Path-Breaking Global Environmental History Scholar John McNeill to Campus

McNeill will deliver a public lecture on the global ecological impacts of the Industrial Revolution during the 2020 History Colloquium.

Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola, Kayla Ingram ’20, and Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger
Shakespeare across Time, Languages, and Disciplines

Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola and Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger coordinated a seminar on translating Shakespeare at an international conference in Rome.

How to strengthen your applications and earn college credit.
Preparing for College in High School

How to strengthen your applications and earn college credit

SU Project for Civil Discourse
Southwestern University Warmly Welcomes Civil Liberties Expert Nadine Strossen during the Civil Discourse Festival

The student organizers of the SU Project for Civil Discourse will host a two-day event culminating in an election watch party on Super Tuesday.

The College–Town Internship Connection

Southwestern students engage in local government through internships with the City of Georgetown.

David Pilgrim
Watch David Pilgrim’s MLK Keynote Speech

On Wednesday, January 22, Southwestern welcomed professor, speaker, and human-rights activist David Pilgrim as this year’s MLK keynote speaker. Pilgrim is the author of Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors: Stories from the Jim Crow Museum (PM Press, 2017) and Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice (PM Press, 2015).

Lily Rodriguez ’19
Leveraging a History Degree

Lily Rodriguez ’19 shares how her history major allowed her to succeed in a journalism internship with the Laredo Morning Times.

Norma Clark ’97
The Abstract Art of Evolving

Painting allows Norma Clark ’97 to express her “personal journey of transformation.”

Kindness Week Comes to SU

“Helping residents make meaning of their academic experience, develop 21st-century skills, shape identity, construct a well-managed life, and contribute as a global citizen” -Mary Beltran ’23

The Princeton Review
Southwestern University Is Again Ranked among the Nation’s 200 Best-Value Colleges

SU is featured in the 2020 edition of The Princeton Review’s guide to best colleges for return on investment.

How to take control of your schedule before it takes control of you.
Managing Time and Stress in College

How to take control of your schedule before it takes control of you

Lily Rodriguez ’19 conducts archival research while interning at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Washington, DC.
A History Major in the Nation’s Capital

Lily Rodriguez ’19 conducts archival research while interning at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in Washington, DC.

(from left to right) Nicole Rajtak, Olivia Gray, and Logan Davis.
SU Students Attend EarthX 2019

Students put classroom knowledge to real-world use at annual environmental conference.

2020 Mundy Award Recipients
Celebrating Southwestern University’s Exemplary Faculty and Staff

SU honors four outstanding members of the campus community with the 2020 Mundy Awards and recognizes those who have achieved milestone anniversaries with the University.

Kandace Lytle ’07
Stretching the Mind

Kandace Lytle ’07 combines yoga with writing to connect and heal.

Library & IT

The A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center in partnership with Information Technology provides resources, technology, and programming to meet the needs of Southwestern University.

Kati Hellmer '19 outside the PAFA Museum.
Alumnae Art Selected for National Exhibition at America’s Oldest Museum and Art School

Kati Hellmer ’19 and Sophia Anthony ’19 received the honor of having their artwork displayed at the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts.

Southwestern University - A 2019 Tree Campus USA®
The Arbor Day Foundation Program Honors Southwestern University with a 2019 Tree Campus USA Award

Southwestern University has earned a 2019 Tree Campus USA recognition for its contributions to urban forest conservation.

Picture of the Treasure Chest
Southwestern gets it’s own exchange store!

Aiming to make SU more sustainable, the “Treasure Chest” is a great addition to campus.

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12 Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education

A liberal arts education prepares students to examine ideas from multiple points of view, solve problems, adapt, and collaborate.

Johnson Elrod ’20
With Job in Hand

Finding a postgrad job is of no concern for Johnson Elrod ’20 thanks to the  J. P. Morgan Chase Leadership Development Program.

Kathryn Caudell '19
Mini-Grant Recipients

Attending the AASHE conference enabled students to “make meaning of their academic experience”.

CDSJ 10-year anniversary Reception
Creating Connections and Fostering Community

Diana Truumees ’21 leads the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice and Kappa Delta Chi.

MONTGOMERY, AL - MARCH 25: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking before crowd of 25,000 Selma To Montgomery, Alabama civil rights marchers, in front of Montgomery, Alabama state capital building. On March 25, 1965 in Montgomery, Alabama.
Southwestern University Hosts Dream Week in Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

The festivities include a student panel, a keynote speaker, the Race and Ethnicity Studies Symposium, a multifaith service, and a stand-up comedy set.

Interns in Turn
Interns in Turn

Southwestern students convert internships into postgraduate jobs.

SOAR Summit 2020
SOAR Summit 2020

Check out sights from the inaugural SOAR Summit.

Intro to Islam
Muslims and Allies bring guest speaker

This organization gives meaning to the Southwestern experience by educating fellow peers.

Molly McConnell
“Born into this”

Molly McConnell ’20 becomes a doula after attending the Born Into This conference in Austin, Texas.

SOAR 2020
Photo Gallery: SOAR Summit 2020

Presented by the award-winning Center for Career & Professional Development team along with a lineup of nationally renowned industry experts and Southwestern alumni, the SOAR Summit offers sophomores an immersive, two-day professional development conference to kick start their career exploration and the internship search process.

Stray cat found on campus
Stray cat found on campus

This lost pet cat was found by Physical Plant employees, trapped by Cat Partners, and taken to the Georgetown City Animal Shelter today.  The kitty was hanging out behind Physical Plant, by the SU Garden.   The kitty was very hungry and appeared friendly, but fearful.  A big thanks to one of the night custodians, Amelia, who reported the kitty to Kelly Lessard , Advisor to Cat Partners.  Kelly was able to trap the kitty and take it to the shelter.  The shelter scanned for a microchip, and will be contacting the registered owner.

Carlie Sulpizio ’13 with community members of Burkina Faso, Africa. 
Great Unexpectations

Carlie Sulpizio ’13 reflects on her serendipitous path as an SU anthropology major, a Peace Corps volunteer, and a global-health researcher.

Alumni Spotlight: Amanda McMillian '95
Listening for Understanding

Amanda McMillian ’95 negotiates change throughout a distinctive career.

Patrick Houston ’09 and Sarah Woolley Houston ’11 Bike Across the Country to Raise Water Awareness

The Houstons’ outreach project inspires audiences to learn about and protect their local water sources, from Hawi, Hawaii, to Flint, Michigan.

The Liberal-Arts Résumé
The Liberal-Arts Résumé

Tips for marketing your valuable college experiences to land a postgraduate job

SU students and faculty celebrate their 2019 Southwestern Experience.
Southwestern Year in Review

SU students and faculty celebrate their 2019 Southwestern Experience.

An anatomy of an SU student.
An Anatomy of the Southwestern Student

In which the author shares her observations of SU’s body of remarkable students and alumni.

A Journey to Remember

Alec McClure ’20 reflects on his time abroad in New Zealand.

Shelby Wilhite ’22 engages in a high-impact internship with physician Sandra Esparza ’96.
Southwestern Student Shadows SU Alum at Local Medical Center

Biology and kinesiology double major Shelby Wilhite ’22 engages in a high-impact internship with physician Sandra Esparza ’96.

History majors reflect on Hutching’s lecture

Historical thinking helps students see the multifaceted nature of human experience and use it to imagine scenarios for better futures.

Phil Hopkins
Seeing the Water

Professor of Philosophy Phil Hopkins’ special address to Southwestern’s 2019 December candidates for graduation.

Stained glass windows in Lois Perkins Chapel. 
Religious and Spiritual Life on Campus

Southwestern University students explore a diversity of faiths through campus organizations.

La Moneda Palace, Santiago, Chile
Southwestern University Student Awarded Gilman International Scholarship

Anthropology major Alex Bell ’21 will study comparative education and social change in Santiago, Chile.

A treasured Southwestern Tradition–Late-Night Breakfast.
Late-Night Breakfast

Scrambled eggs, karaoke, and a great time

Special Collections and Tower Library
Special Collections Seeks Alumni Treasures

The University Archives actively collects materials that document all aspects of Southwestern University. Consider donating your SU items to the Archives.

Finals Week
‘Tis the season! 6 Tips for Surviving Finals Week

You are oh so close to winter break. There is just one minor detail standing in your way: Finals week.

Bee Campus USA - Southwestern University
Southwestern Becomes the 87th Bee Campus USA

SU is certified by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Dr. Jim Kilfoyle
Pursuing a Passion and Embracing Discovery

Associate Professor of English Jim Kilfoyle shares his experiences as a student and teacher of English.

Matt Sanford '20 (left) and Hazel Hedrick '20 (right) being awarded first place in the CTF Hacking Competition at TexSAW 2019.
CS Students Win Hackathon and Engage in Programming Contest

SU students won 1st and 3rd place at the TexSAW CTF Hacking competition, and a separate group solved 4 problems at the ACM South Central Programming Competition.

The outreach project Wander Like Water was born: the Houstons would produce videos for YouTube and social media in which they would showcase not just their travels but also educate viewers about how each water source they’d visit “has a story, an issue, or a threat.”
Wander Like Water

Southwestern alumni adventurers raise awareness about water and educate the public about sustainability.

Kadidiatou (Kadi) Magassa ’13
Making a Difference

From Senegal to New York City, Kadidiatou Magassa ’13 has served communities as a Peace Corps volunteer, a domestic-violence case manager, and a coordinator for a children’s nonprofit.

Diana Trevino '20 and her internship supervisor  lawyer Abby Anna Batko-Taylor. 
Advocacy beyond Campus

Economics major Diana Treviño ’20 connects a summer research experience with a pre-law internship.

Office hours useful because they can offer a one-on-one learning experience in which your professor can address your questions and concerns directly.
Tips for Productive Office Hours

A guide for students to have productive meetings with their professors

Scarlett Moss
Southwestern University Appoints Scarlett J. Moss Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Moss’ experience in working with global brands, political campaigns, and public-relations agencies will continue to elevate SU.

Trevor Stoneburner ’20 with Baroque Economic Beauty.
Baroque Economic Beauty

Southwestern undergraduates explore the beauty of global economics through artful data visualization.

From day one to graduation, CCPD helps students shape their professional identity, develop 21st-century career-readiness skills, and construct a well-managed professional life.
More than Just “Career Services”

SU’s Center for Career and Professional Development offers students more than just help on a résumé; they offer a tailored approach to your career.

Star Varner, Sophia Anthony ’19, Kati Hellmer ’19, and Danbi Heo ’19 outside the Kennebunkport Post Office.
Art History Mystery, Part 3

The conclusion of the case of the missing mural.

Ms. Ella and her famous elbow bump.
Meet the Family ft. Ms. Ella

Southwestern students thrive in a genuinely warm, welcoming community.

Megan Nair’20, ISEP Direct Shanghai, China Fall 2018.
Adventure Is out There!

Southwestern offers multiple opportunities for students to engage in funded high-impact experiences.

A day in the life of T.J. Vela '19
A Day in the Life of T.J.

T.J. Vela ’19 takes over Southwestern’s instagram to give you a behind the scenes look at a day in the life of a student-athlete.

Cat trapped on campus
Stray cat trapped on campus

This beautiful cat is now at the Georgetown Animal Shelter , looking for someone to adopt him.  They named him Haddock.

Shi Solis ’20, one of Todd’s current research assistants, can attest that her mentor has been a delight to work with.
Researching the Future of Cancer Treatment

Professor of Biology Maria Todd mentors undergraduates while examining the mechanics of how cancer spreads.

Katiebeth Brandt ’19
Of Notes and Notations

Southwestern music literature major Katiebeth Brandt ’19 helps resurrect the long-archived manuscripts of composer Florence B. Price.

The absolute best thing about campus golf is that anyone can play.
Campus Golf

Campus golf provides a fun and free outlet for students to take a break from classes.

Debika Sihi
Associate Professor of Economics and Business Featured in Adweek

Professor Debika Sihi explains why retailers need to learn how to effectively juggle in-store and online shopping.

Mariscal Canyon in Big Bend National Park, where the Wild & Scenic designation of the Rio Grande in Texas begins.
The River and The Wall: A Wide Lens on Our Southern Border

Southwestern will screen the SXSW award-winning documentary on February 27, 2020.

When a World Series crowd booed Trump, some cringed – and some celebrated. That’s not just partisanship.
Professor Emily Sydnor featured in Washington Post

The Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage published Sydnor’s piece about the MLB World Series, the booing of President Donald Trump during game five, and the findings from her new book.

Marissa Shipp's ’19 Moonbuild.
Southwestern Alum and Professor Featured in International Art Exhibition

The artwork of Southwestern University graduate Marissa Shipp ’19 and Professor of Art Mary Visser will be on display online in the exhibition Sunder Pavilion of the Wrong beginning November 1, 2019.

Erica Hogue Gannon ’00 with Zorofla, République de Côte d'Ivoire villagers.
Just Say Yes

Accounting major Erica Hogue Gannon ’00 reminisces about serving with the Peace Corps.

Southwestern University is one of the nation’s 413 most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review.
Southwestern Featured in the 2019 Edition of the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges

SU is once again recognized for its strong commitment to green practices and sustainability programs.

How to choose a major.
A Major Attitude Adjustment

How to choose a major with 90% less crippling self-doubt!

For many alumni expats, Southwestern provided various springboards to becoming a global citizen—jumping-off points discovered not in a foreign country but, rather, directly on campus and within U.S. borders.
Finding Common Ground

Southwestern University alumni take a path to global citizenship.

Maria Garcia ’21
Finding the Way to Southwestern

Studio art major Maria Garcia ’21 reflects on her experiences as a transfer student at SU.

Rebecca Richardson ’20 & Alex Joseph ’20
Southwestern Student Spends Second Summer Interning at the Dallas Fed

Economics major and data science minor Alex Joseph ’20 recounts his high-impact learning experience.

Lois Durant ’20
The Environmental Diaries

Environmental studies major and architecture and feminist studies double minor Lois Durant ’20 shares her journey in environmental policy in the non-profit sector.

Although highly technical skills seem ideal at first glance, many that are in high demand today may become obsolete in the future.
The Future of Work

How a liberal-arts education will endure the future of job automation.

Professor of Music Lois Ferrari
Southwestern Professor of Music Takes Second Place in Two National Awards

Lois Ferrari has been honored twice by The American Prize 2018–2019 competitions for her work with the Austin Civic Orchestra.

Church Lunch
Church Lunch

Southwestern University’s best-known secret

Homecoming 2019
Homecoming 2019

Check out all the sights of Homecoming 2019.

Francis Su
Francis Su Will Present “Mathematics for Human Flourishing” at the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture

Southwestern University welcomes the renowned mathematician to campus as a guest speaker on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Burger Cart Conversations ft. Maya
Students in Golf Carts Getting a Ride

The second in our series of Southwestern Burger Cart Conversations.

Ellie Crowley ’19
The Art of Exploration

Getting the most out of your time at SU

Paideia Connections
Paideia Connections 2019

Southwestern’s exclusive lecture series invites audiences to consider art and psychology.

Dr. Romi Burks, Professor of Biology
Romi Burks, Ms. Homecoming 2019

The Southwestern University Alumni Association has selected Professor of Biology Romi Burks as the 2019 recipient of their Ms. Homecoming Award. The Ms. Homecoming Award is presented to one faculty member each year as a token of affection and respect of former students.  

Maria Elena Garcia ’21
Southwestern Studio Art Major Interns with Diversity in Arts Leadership

Maria Elena Garcia ’21, a business minor, provides an insider’s view of the 10-week internship.

Cullen Building
Southwestern Announces Presidential Advisory Committee Members

The Southwestern Board of Trustees has appointed fifteen members of the Southwestern community to serve on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee to assist in identifying Southwestern’s 16th President

Austin City Limits (ACL) is an annual music festival held at Zilker Park in downtown.
Austin City Limits: A Survival Guide

If you’re a first-time festivalgoer and aren’t sure what to expect from Austin City Limits, then you’ve come to the right place. From ticket information to the best napping location, I cover everything you need to know to make the most of your ACL experience.

Myriam Ibarra ’19, Amey Duarte ’21, Kirhyn Stein ’20, and Phillip Keys ’20 spent the summer as interns at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.
The Heart of Research

Phillip Keys ’20, a biochemistry major and biology minor, shares how his high-impact research internship has helped him prepare for medical school.

Southwestern’s 2018 Election Day Festival
Voting on Southwestern University Campus up in 2018

According to a national study, college-student voting doubled nationwide, and SU surpassed other institutions’ voting rate.

Coalition Application

Southwestern accepts the Coalition Application (first-year students only).

Nina Mitrofanova '23
Nina Mitrofanova Defeats Two Regionally Ranked Opponents to Win ITA Fall Regional Championship

First year Nina Mitrofanova becomes the second Southwestern University Pirates women’s tennis player to win a Flight A singles Intercollegiate Tennis Association Fall Regional Championship.

Southwestern Pirate Football
Dominant Second Quarter Pushes Football Past Louisiana College in 50-3 Win

The Southwestern University Pirates football team unleashed the full range of its depth on the Louisiana College Wildcats, beginning conference play with a 50-3 victory in the Pirates’ home opener.

Women's Soccer
Women’s Soccer Surge to 7-0 Winning Streak

The Southwestern women’s soccer team is now 7-0 in their season after defeating the JWU Wildcats 2-1,

(Foreground) Lilly Percifield ‘22, playing #11; (Background) Olivia Carroll ‘20, playing #8.
Southwestern Theatre Kicks off the Season with a Fierce Female Soccer Team

Director CB Goodman gives us the play-by-play on how the cast of The Wolves is preparing for performance.

Southwestern University
Southwestern Announces the Formation of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee

The board of trustees has adopted a plan for forming a presidential search advisory committee, as well as a timeline leading up to the committee’s first meeting.

EDtalk with President Edward Burger
A Case for Inefficiency in Higher Education

Due to competitive pressures, colleges and universities have been forced to become more corporatized and more “efficient” in how they operate. But what happens when the values of the market do not align with the values of the university? President Edward Burger examines how these so-called efficiencies endanger the invaluable, inherent mission of higher education.

A Comprehensive Guide for Writing Research Papers: Humanities Edition
A Comprehensive Guide for Writing Research Papers: Humanities Edition

Your one-stop shop for breaking old writing habits, navigating academic databases, not crying yourself to sleep over a C, and more!

Women's Golf
Pirates Win The TLU Lady Bulldog Fall Golf Classic

The Southwestern University Pirates women’s golf team opened its season with a victory, taking a first-place finish at the Texas Lutheran University Lady Bulldog Fall Classic.

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Southwestern Announces Presidential Search Consultants

Dr. Tom Courtice, of TBC Search Consulting, LLC, and of Susan Resneck Pierce, of SRP Consulting, LLC, to collaborate in consulting with the presidential search advisory committee and the board of trustees in identifying our next president.

Rebecca Richardson ’20 served as a human-resources analyst intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Southwestern Students Spend Summer Working at the Federal Reserve Bank

Rebecca Richardson ’20, a business major with a double minor in data science and communication studies, shares her experiences as a Fed intern.

Abigail Luna ’20 performing in Your a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Education Major Awarded Southwestern University’s 20th TASPA Scholarship

Senior Abigail Luna is the 20th recipient from SU to earn the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators scholarship.

Kyle Leon ’20
Curating the Arts

Art history major and Spanish minor Kyle Leon ’20 spent the summer as an intern at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Pirate Volleyball
Volleyball Upsets No. 23 Pacific Lutheran University

Head Coach Don Flora credited his young team for showing resilience and adaptability as the Pirates recovered from a 1-2 deficit to win sets four and five with 25-14 and 15-12 victories.

Southwestern Football
Football Dominates Defensively to Win Season Opener

The Southwestern University Pirates football team suffocated the Sewanee Tigers with a dominant defensive performance, clock-eating running game, and a few big passing plays to open the season with a 47-7 win.

Garrett Womack
Garrett Womack Named ASC Football Defensive Player of the Week

Southwestern University Pirates football senior defensive end Garrett Womack was named the American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Pirates’ 47-7 season-opening win over the Sewanee Tigers.

Southwestern Men's Soccer
Men’s Soccer Defeats TLU in Overtime

A penalty kick goal from Seth Holzmann in overtime seals the Pirates 2-1 win over TLU.

Ellie Crowley '19 interned with National Endowment for the Arts this past summer.
A View into the Nation’s Arts Ecosystem

Current senior Ellie Crowley describes how interning with the National Endowment for the Arts connects to her past experiences at SU and has shaped her future career path.

T.J. Vela '19 spent his summer as a marketing internship with the Round Rock Express Minor League Baseball team.
Creating Lifelong Memories

Business major T. J. Vela ’19 shares his memories of a marketing internship with the Round Rock Express Minor League Baseball team.

Southwestern University
Edward Burger Steps Down as Southwestern University President

Beginning January 2020, Southwestern trustee Dr. Dale Knobel, president emeritus of Denison University and former provost at Southwestern, will serve as interim president.

Philip Moffatt ’20
Southwestern Student Engages in Two Transformative Summer Internships

Business and economics major and data science minor Philip Moffatt ’20 shares his thoughts on working at the Texas Methodist Foundation and Morgan Stanley.

Southwestern Volleyball
Volleyball Opens Season with Three-Set Victory Over Hardin-Simmons

Southwestern utilized its serve to pressure HSU, scoring 11 service aces, including four in the first set.

Cross Country
Dennis Leads Men’s Cross Country Season Opener

The Southwestern University Pirates men’s cross country team started the season strong with freshman Noah Dennis and sophomore Nathan Botros winning first and second place in the Tornado Watch Invitational 5k at Williamson County Park.

Women's Soccer
Women’s Soccer Claims Season Opener Against Sul Ross

Sinking two goals in the first half, the Pirates gained the early lead and maintained the score 2-0 over the Lobos.

Washington, D.C.
Southwestern Sumners Scholars Explore Internships in DC

The Hatton W. Sumners Scholars Program creates high-impact experiences for SU’s best and brightest.

Art History major Anna Balch '21 interned with the Witte Museum this summer, cataloging and maintaining the Texas Art Collection.
Musings on Museum Management

Anna Balch ’21, an art history major with an architecture minor, recounts her experiences as the inaugural Southwestern art intern at the Witte Museum in San Antonio.

Jethro Hernández Berrones
History Professor Wins Prestigious NEH Grant

Assistant Professor of History Jethro Hernández Berrones was awarded a 2019 Summer Stipend by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

President Edward Burger
Welcome Home

A special welcome back message from President Edward Burger.

Students pictured: Justin McCormack ’20, Ana Sanchez de Tagle Cardenas ’22, Madison Delmer ’19, and Megan Melo ’21.
Southwestern Students Complete Summer Internships at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Ana Sanchez ’22, Justin McCormack ’20, and Megan Melo ’21 reflect on their hands-on internships in the operating room and in the research lab.

Blair Orr '19
Inside Baseball

Student-athlete Blair Orr ’19 shares his experiences as a marketing intern with the Round Rock Express.

Art History major Anna Balch '21 interned with the Witte Museum this summer, cataloging and maintaining the Texas Art Collection.
Musings on Museum Management

Anna Balch ’21, an art history major with an architecture minor, recounts her experiences as the inaugural Southwestern art intern at the Witte Museum in San Antonio.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020
Southwestern University Recognized in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020

SU ranks among “the best and most interesting” four-year colleges and universities.

Southwestern Burger Cart Conversations: Episode 1
Riding in a Golf Cart with the President

The first in our series of Southwestern Burger Cart Conversations.

Kati Hellmer, Installation view of "Indicies in Ultramarine," mixed media, 2018
Kati Hellmer

B.F.A. with a focus in Painting

Leigh Weinberg, "Tardigrade," Epoxy resin, acrylic, upholstery rope, ceramic, 2019
Leigh Weinberg

B.A. with a focus in Ceramics

Hayley Donnelly, View from below "Hang Time". Slip casted ceramic. 2019.
Hayley Donnelly

B.A. with a focus in Ceramics

Elliott Boone, "Tsubo," Soda-fired stoneware, 2019
Elliott Boone

B.A. with a focus in Ceramics

Zoe Watts, Installation view of senior art exhibition, 2019
Zoe Watts

B.F.A. with a focus in Sculpture

Marissa Shipp, "Space Jam," 3D Digital animation with sound(detail), 2019
Marissa Shipp

B.A. with a focus in Digital Art

Ayinde Hall, "Futuristic City Render 1," still from video created with Cinema 4D, 2019
Ayinde Hall

B.A. with a focus in Digital Art

Blair Orr '19
Inside Baseball

Student-athlete Blair Orr ’19 shares his experiences as a marketing intern with the Round Rock Express.

Students pictured: Justin McCormack ’20, Ana Sanchez de Tagle Cardenas ’22, Madison Delmer ’19, and Megan Melo ’21.
Southwestern Students Complete Summer Internships at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Ana Sanchez ’22, Justin McCormack ’20, Megan Melo ’21, and Madison Delmer ’21 reflect on their hands-on internships in the operating room and in the research lab.

The sights and sounds of Move-in Day 2019.
Celebrating Move-in Day 2019

The Southwestern community welcomes the Class of 2023!

SU also maintains its place as the #1 small, private, nonprofit liberal-arts college in Texas in the publication’s proprietary Grateful Grads Index.
Southwestern Ranks among Forbes’s Top Colleges 2019

SU maintains its spot as #1 among small, private, nonprofit liberal-arts colleges in Texas and in the Grateful Grads Index.

Valentina Olivieri-Puentes ’19 at the Île Saint Honorat in France.
A Student of the World

Hailing from Paraguay, Valentina Olivieri-Puentes ’19 reflects on the international student–athlete experience at Southwestern University.

Illustration by Robert Lin.
Innocents Abroad

Southwestern staff and students share their humorous stories of studying around the globe.

The Princeton Review
Southwestern Touted as One of the Best 385 Colleges by The Princeton Review

SU is recognized for career services and internships, return on investment, health services, and sustainability.

You can explore more of Jackson's work at and @joshkjack on Instagram.
Incredible Journeys

Southwestern students, staff, and faculty learn—and grow—abroad.

Tips for Crafting a Successful College Application
Tips for Crafting a Successful College Application

Many college admission offices begin accepting applications on August 1. Here’s how to navigate the process and put your best foot forward.

Reenactment at Goose Rocks Beach.
Art History Mystery, Part 2

Professor of Studio Art Star Varner and recent Southwestern alumni travel across the country to search for a missing mural.

Sam Russek '19 interns in New York City
The Working Artists of New York City

Sam Russek ’19 describes his time in New York City interning with the Awards Department of PEN America and Bloomsbury Publishing, mingling with working writers, and taking in all the Big Apple has to offer.

Colombia One
Our Shared Humanity

Darrel Young ’61 reflects on his experiences as a first-wave volunteer in the Peace Corps.

Kadidiatou (Kadi) Magassa ’13
The PC Thing to Do

For almost six decades now, Southwestern alumni have helped build community across the world through volunteer service in the Peace Corps.

"Cruising in an incredible exercise in team building. Confined living space, stressful situations, moments of pure bliss—it’s all a recipe for bringing you closer with your cruising partner/s."
Emma Davis ’14 Is on a Boat!

The environmental studies major is sailing around the world while practicing sustainable living.

Assistant Director of Student Activities Jennifer Frias
All Work and No Play Is Not the SU Way

Assistant Director of Student Activities Jennifer Frias is making connections and supporting student life at Southwestern.

Photo taken at the Bush Presidential Library during Public Service Institute Weekend during Kellogg's  time as a Bush School Fellow.
A Transformative Undergraduate Experience

Danyale Kellogg ’19 engaged in multiple internships, from the U.S. House of Representatives to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and studied abroad twice during her college career.

Washington, D.C.
My Summer in D.C.

Conner Joyce ’19 spends his summer interning with the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Teresa Cropper ’20
More than Politics

Political science and history double major Teresa Cropper ’20 believes that civic engagement is about “bettering your community through engagement.”

The Hands That Nurture Us
Augmenting Our Local History

Artist Ernesto Hernández debuts his augmented-reality mural The Hands That Nurture Usin Austin’s historic Rosewood community.

Elizabeth Tracy Montminy at her home. Photo courtesy of The Montminy Art Gallery at the Boone County History & Culture Center, Columbia, Missouri.
Art History Mystery, Part 1

Professor of Studio Art Star Varner and Southwestern students investigate the whereabouts of a controversial 1941 mural.

Scout gathers macroinvertebrates to take back to the lab and identify while Vanessa picks any extra insects off the sampling net.
What’s in Your Water?

Southwestern students Scout Gockel ’22 and Nicole Rajtak ’22 study water quality in the San Gabriel River.

Gillian Glover ’19 studying abroad in Spain.
A Triple Threat

Gillian Glover ’19 majored in business, math, and Spanish and studied abroad twice.

President Burger
President Burger Gives Talk At Google

President Edward Burger visited the Googleplex to discuss how we all can become more effective and creative problem-solvers.

Southwestern Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Terri Johnson
Southwestern Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs Attends the 2019 Peace Studies Summer Institute for Faculty

Terri Johnson attended the transformative 11th annual event at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

"BlossomeD," metal and spray paint
Angelina Palacios

B.A. with a focus in Sculpture

"Breath (back)," porcelain, cone 6 glaze
Julia O’Bryan

B.A. with a focus in Sculpture

"Lineup X (from ‘Garden of the Laws’)," 2019, oil on unstretched linen canvas, 8”x6”
Sophia Anthony

B.F.A. with a focus in Painting

"Water Gun," oil on canvas, 48 x 48 x 2"
Danbi Heo

B.A. with a focus in Painting

When Lizzie Barry ’21 arrived at Southwestern, she already had at least one major goal on her agenda: to study abroad.
A Broad World Experience

Lizzie Barry ’21 relishes her semester abroad in London.

SOAR Summit 2020
Southwestern University Sophomores SOAR

Second-year students can benefit from an exclusive new professional-development summit.

Late Night Breakfast ft. Elijah Velasquez '19
Pancakes, Karaoke, and Dance Moves

Check out one of our favorite Southwestern traditions–Late Night Breakfast

Huakai Chen, “Life-Releasing,” oil on linen, 40” x 40”, 2017
Huakai Chen

2018 B.F.A with a focus in Painting and Sculpture

Personifying the University’s core values of “respecting the worth and dignity of persons” and “encouraging activism in the pursuit of justice and the common good,” a group of Southwestern students spent their spring break exploring how the contributions of workers, and especially the labor provided by immigrants, have often been undervalued and even erased in popular narratives about the U.S.’s economic and social progress.
Uncovering Hidden Histories

Southwestern students explore workers’ rights in Asian-American communities.

EDtalk with President Edward Burger
EDtalk Episode 1: Moving the Frontiers of Higher Education Forward

Artfully bucking the tide of conventional thinking and lowered expectations in higher education, President Edward Burger embraces a vision of impactful and meaningful formal education — an unprecedented commitment to inquiry-based, active-discovery, and experiential learning.

Rendon says her favorite memory of the trip was watching the sun set over Golden Gate Bridge on the last day. "What made it special was being with the other students and Dr. Sydnor," she recalls. "It was a highlight of the semester and my year."
Sacrificing Spring Break for Social Justice

Southwestern students travel to San Francisco to learn about immigrant rights and labor.

Henna Karedia ’19
Seeking—and Finding—Change

Psychology major Henna Karedia ’19 experiences new cultures while studying abroad.

In summer 2018, Welsh embarked on an eight-week internship at the Brown University Investment Office, in Providence, Rhode Island.
A Head for Numbers

Jared Welsh ’19 interned at the Brown University Investment Office and served as the trader in Southwestern’s Financial Analyst Program.

President Edward Burger
Presidential Puzzles

Southwestern University’s president encourages effective failure and creative thinking through puzzle-solving.

E-Sprog Resources

We realize not all of our incoming students can attend one of our on-campus Sprog Pre-Orientation Days. If you are participating in our eSprog experience, we want to make sure you get the same information as students who attend our on-campus programs. Below you will find links to recordings of our various Sprog sessions.

For the third year running, SU has received an unprecedented number of applications.
Record-Breaking Number of Students Apply to Southwestern University

For the third year running, SU has received an unprecedented number of applications.

The Golden Pirates at Pop Con.
Going for Golden

Southwestern’s first esports team face down challenges and soar to success while flying under the radar.

"All hail Kyle. 6-0 #clinch#besouthwestern" - @southwestern10s
Billy Porter and the Order of the Clinch Belt

Southwestern’s nationally recognized student–athletes are pioneering a new tradition in DIII tennis.

President Edward Burger
President Edward Burger Featured in Austin-American Statesman

Dr. Burger talks Paideia, creating agile thinkers, and reinventing higher education.

Celebrating 50 Years of Black Excellence
Celebrating 50 Years of Black Excellence

Southwestern University commemorates the 50th anniversary of its first Black graduate.

President Edward Burger Addresses the Fulbright Education Forum in Athens, Greece
President Edward Burger Addresses the Fulbright Education Forum in Athens, Greece

Dr. Burger shared the importance of having practices of effective thinking intentionally incorporated in Southwestern’s courses in his keynote address at the Fulbright Education Forum.

Senior Brunch 2018
Senior Brunch 2018

Southwestern celebrated the Class of 2018 with the annual Senior Brunch on May 8.

Southwestern University
The Impact of Community-Engaged Learning

Southwestern’s Spanish III students volunteer in community-partnered classrooms, practicing their language skills and mentoring elementary-school students.

Southwestern’s E.M.P.I.R.E.

The Established Men Promoting Intelligence, Respect, and Efficacy of SU build community and promote intercultural learning on and off campus.

Senior Brunch 2019
Senior Brunch 2019

Southwestern celebrated the Class of 2019 with the annual Senior Brunch on May 7.

Georgetown ranked No. 3 for safest Texas cities.
Georgetown ranked No. 3 for safest Texas cities

In a recent scoring of the safest cities in Texas, Georgetown, home of Southwestern, was ranked No. 3 for cities above 50,000 population. Georgetown is one of only four cities in Texas to make it to the top 100 safest cities on the national level.

“Tanzania was the greatest opportunity to see [the cats and other animals] in their natural habitat.” - Sarah Barton '20
On the Plains of Africa

Sarah Barton ’20 spent a semester studying wildlife management at the School for Field Studies in Tanzania.

Southwestern University to be recognized as a leader in green energy for the eighth year in a row
EPA Recognizes Southwestern University As 2017-18 College and University Green Power Conference Champion

Southwestern University beat our conference rivals by using more than 18 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity use.

Dr. Debika Sihi teaches a marketing class.
My Southwestern Experience

Jonah Rohne ’19 reflects on his favorite part of the University: the faculty.

Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin
Professor of Political Science’s Article Published by Millennium Journal

Dr. Eric Selbin’s article “Resistance and Revolution in the Age of Authoritarian Revanchism: The Power of Revolutionary Imaginaries in the Austerity-Security State Era” was recently published by Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

Dr. Joshua Long, associate professor of environmental studies
It’s Not Easy Being Green

Southwestern Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long explores the social-justice impacts of cities implementing climate-resilient policy and planning.

Stopped for a photo on one of the many high passes the trail climbs up.
Life in 491 Miles and 107 Square Feet

Christina Hadly ’13, an art history and business double major, has traded in a conventional corporate career for a life of adventure and independence.

Southwestern University
6 Reasons You Should Choose SU

Deciding where you should attend college? There are a lot of reasons to choose Southwestern University, but here are 6 characteristics most students point to as reasons SU should be your top choice.

Southwestern First-Year Accepted to the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology

Carl-Åke Willberg, a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, accepted to the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology

Mauro Garcia ’18 participates in the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
From Chemist to Countertenor

Mauro Garcia ’18 expands his vocal horizons at the Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program.

Students rehearsing A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum under environmentally friendly stage lights.
Southwestern Featured in Smithsonian Magazine

A recent Smithsonian article, “Is a Texas Town the Future of Renewable Energy?,” wonderfully highlighted our city’s and Southwestern’s commitment to sustainability.

Lois Perkins Chapel
2019 Faculty and Staff Retirees to be Honored

On Friday, April 26, the University will recognize the 2019 faculty and staff retirees.

"When you attend a small school, you are going to sacrifice a few of the amenities that you might receive at a larger school, but you will receive a communal feel that sticks with you long after college."
Can I Get the “College Experience” at a Small University?

Often, students are concerned that they’ll miss out on opportunities they would enjoy at a larger university. Small universities won’t be for everyone, but here are a few aspects you may not have thought about.

Antonio Mendez ’20
The Undergraduate Research Experience at Southwestern

Antonio Mendez ’20 discusses how research at Southwestern is unique.

The Biology Department faculty and staff welcome you to the 2017-18 school year!
BioScope - Spring 2018 Ed.

BioScope provides news, updates and descriptions of the activities of the Biology Department at Southwestern.

Pirate Bike
Four Strange Years

A senior’s bizarre walk down memory lane.

Sustainability Begins with SU
Southwestern University Tops Campus Energy Rankings

Southwestern is ranked #1 among schools for using renewable electricity.

King Creativity Symposium
Southwestern Celebrates Interdisciplinary Innovation

King Creativity Scholars exhibit imagination and ingenuity at the 2019 King Creativity Symposium.

Scott Rocher ’04 and Blithe Casterline Rocher ’05
For the Love of Tech

Scott Rocher ’04 and Blithe Casterline Rocher ’05 reflect on their Southwestern Experience.

Southwestern University
Southwestern University Adopts a Test-Optional Admission Policy

Beginning in fall 2019, students can submit or withhold their ACT and SAT scores in their applications to SU.

First-Year Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to qualified students based on multiple facets presented in their application for admission.

Continuing Scholarships
Financial Aid Forms

Whether you are a prospective or returning Southwestern University student, our advice to you is simple- Apply early! Funds are limited, so we encourage you to meet all published application dates and remember, applying for financial aid is an annual process!

Outside Scholarships
FAFSA: Apply for Aid

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or grad school.

Determing Analyte..
Determining Analyte Through NMR and IR Spectroscopy Software

Elijah Ballesteros, Ethan Iverson, Theo Parisic, Luis Ramirez
Sponsor: Michael Gesinski

The Cullen Building
A Brief History of the Cullen Building

Southwestern University’s first building is filled with creaky floors, tales of mischief, and time-honored traditions.

Julien Meyrat ’98
Building Dreams

Southwestern alum Julien Meyrat ’98 is a senior designer at global design and architecture firm Gensler.

student on mountaintop
See the Winners of our Study Abroad/Away Photo Contest

See the spectacular places Southwestern students traveled in 2017 and 2018. Other than Antartica, our students touched every continent, all while learning, growing, and immersing themselves in different cultures.

Fondren Jones Science Center Phase II
Southwestern University Establishes the Jack and Camille Garey School of Natural Sciences

The new school advances research and learning in science and mathematics fields within the context of the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.

Ellie Crowley ’20 hiking at Camino de los Cruces in Uspallata.
The Magic of Studying Abroad

Ellie Crowley ’19 spent Fall 2018 learning, growing, and opening her mind in Córdoba, Argentina.

Alexis Dimanche ’20
Thinking Ahead

International student-athlete Alexis Dimanche ’20 is always planning for the future.

Laura Rativa ’19
Laura Rativa ’20 Recognized as a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow

Communication studies and political science double major Laura Rativa ’20 reflects on SU’s role in nurturing her lifelong dedication to servant–leadership.

2019 Shilling Lecture Speakers: Donna Brazile and Mary Matalin
Donna Brazile and Mary Matalin: 2019 Shilling Lecture Guest Speakers

Southwestern warmly welcomes renowned Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile and celebrated Conservative Advisor Mary Matalin as guest speakers at the 2019 Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture, Politics Aside, on Friday, October 4.

Southwestern's 2018 Election Day Festival
Southwestern University Designated as a Voter-Friendly Campus

SU is one of 123 campuses in 31 states recognized for promoting civic engagement.

Southwestern University
Southwestern University Joins the Coalition for College

The University joins institutions dedicated to making a college education more accessible.

Making the Most of Every College Tour
Making the Most of Every College Tour

Here are a few tips on what to look for during a campus visit and how to make your college decision a little easier.

Timothy B. Boone ’77
Southwestern Announces 2019 Commencement Speaker

Southwestern University President Edward Burger recently announced that Dr. Timothy B. Boone ’77 will speak at the 2019 commencement ceremony on May 11 at 10 a.m. in the Corbin J. Robertson Center.

SING! 2019
SING! 2019

Check out the sights of SING! 2019.

Photograph of composer Florence B. Price. Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
Rediscovering a 20th-Century Musical Master

Professor of Music and Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts Michael Cooper uncovers and edits unpublished works by African-American composer Florence B. Price.

Allison Miller
Associate Professor Allison Miller Discusses Theft of Ancient Terracotta Army Statue

Associate Professor of Art History Allison Miller speaks with CGTN America on the theft of part of an ancient terracotta army statue worth millions.

Dr. Ross takes her Spanish class outdoors. 
The Staying Power of the Humanities

Why a degree in the humanities is just as important as a degree in STEM.

Michael Nguyen ’03
The Many Colors of Michael Nguyen

A Southwestern alum turned patent attorney serves the community as an advocate of LGBTQ rights and livable cities.

SCAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Champions
SCAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Champions

Pirates win SCAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship for first time in program history!

Korouva Milk Bar
Korouva Milk Bar: What’s in Your Cup?

It’s a student organization, a coffee destination, and your newest hangout location.

Southwestern Sweethearts
Love among Pirates

Southwestern Sweethearts share their stories of courtship, partnership, and marriage.

Delta Desserts is the biggest fundraising event for Delta Delta Delta's national philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Truth about Joining a Sorority

English major and communication studies and business minor Marissa Morin ’19 examines how Southwestern breaks common stereotypes of undergraduate Greek life.

Madge Vásquez ’94
Mission: Possible

Southwestern alumna Madge Vásquez ’94 is now the CEO of nonprofit Mission Capital.

Financial Analyst Program
Playing the Stock Market in Real Life

Students in Southwestern’s Financial Analyst Program are responsible for managing a hefty portion of the University’s endowment.

Thomas Jefferson's Qu'ran: Islam and the Founders
Muslims in Academia Symposium

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala is coordinating a one-day event at Southwestern focusing on anti-Muslim sentiment and the needs of underrepresented students and faculty.

Southwestern University - A 2018 Tree Campus USA®
Arbor Day Foundation Honors Southwestern University with 2018 Tree Campus USA® Recognition

Southwestern University was honored with a 2018  Tree Campus USA ® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Worth Payton '18
An Education by Experience

Worth Payton ’18 demonstrates the importance of learning about oneself and connecting with others in building success.

2019 Staff Service Years and Mundy Award Recognition Event
Southwestern Honors Faculty and Staff for Their Exemplary Service

The University recognized four dedicated members of the campus community with the 2019 Mundy Awards.

The Princeton Review
Southwestern University Again Ranks among the Nation’s Best-Value Colleges

SU is featured in the 2019 edition of The Princeton Review’s guide to best colleges for return on investment.

Southwestern University
Spiritual Diversity and Religious Pluralism at Southwestern University

Southwestern Chaplain and Director of Spiritual and Religious Life Megan Danner ’06 discusses an important aspect of SU’s commitment to diverse perspectives: spirituality.

Jonathan Haidt
The Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture Series - A Signature Southwestern Event for Nearly Two Decades

The Shilling series showcases internationally prominent speakers on topics relating to ethics, public service and public policy. This year’s speaker is renowned social psychologist Jonathan Haidt,  one of the world’s leading experts on the  intuitive foundations of morality.

Brain Performance Institute in Dallas
Making Up Your Own Mind

President Edward Burger addressed the Brain Performance Institute in Dallas.

Shauna Davidson ’08 with a Nahla class.
Fulfilling the Dreams of Many

Shauna Davidson ’08 helps build primary schools and empower children to overcome poverty in Northern Uganda.

How to Survive That Dreaded 8:30 a.m. Class
How to Survive That Dreaded 8:30 a.m. Class

Here are some tips to make it a little easier to get through the morning.

Brown Symposium XXXIX
The Human Impact on Earth

Interdisciplinary scholars and artists explore the Anthropocene at Southwestern’s Brown Symposium XXXIX.

Lauren Gillespie '19
Patience, Grit, and an Open Mind

Lauren Gillespie ’19 reflects on what it takes to research, present, and publish successfully as a chemistry and computer science double major.

Savannah Ritz '20
The Business of Show Business

Savannah Ritz ’20, theater and business major, travels the world supporting the dramatic arts.

Tim McLaughlin ’86
What’s Next?

Tim McLaughlin ’86 builds athletic fields for Oklahoma City Public Schools through the nonprofit Fields & Futures.

Teachers, administrators, parents, children, and community members gathered to commemorate the generous donation of 18 laptop computers, a projector, and various textbooks to an elementary school in Miagao, Philippines.
Connecting the World

Marie Nugpo ’18, Southwestern Information Technology, and the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice received a certificate of appreciation for bringing learning technology tools to a school in the Philippines.

Zenas Wells Matthews Map Project
Featured: The Journey of Zenas Matthews

This interactive map traces the journey of Zenas Wells Matthews, a soldier in the War of 1846 with Mexico, connecting entries in his diary to the places they describe. 

Kira McEntire '13
The Science and Art of Salamanders

Kira McEntire ’13 explores creative expression while teaching and researching wildlife biology.

Ethan Bellamy '20 and SU study abroad students in London.
Becoming Southwestern in London

A Southwestern University communications major reflects on his experiences studying in the U.K.

Megan Schubert Leese ’01
Looking out for the Community

Inspired by a service trip to Honduras during one eye-opening spring break, Megan Schubert Leese ’01 now champions public health.

Dr. Debika Sihi teaches a marketing class.
Debika Sihi: Understand Your Consumer

Learn more about Assistant Professor of Business Debika Sihi and her love for research marketing strategy in her recent interview with Giraffe Social Media.

Southwestern University donor sponsors a paid trip to New York City to tour its galleries for art history students. 
Thirty-Five Hours, Four New York Museums

Three art history majors and their professor traveled to New York City this past spring to inspire ideas for the students’ capstone projects.

Forever a Southwestern Family
Forever a Southwestern Family

Justin McCormack ’20 didn’t originally plan to attend Southwestern. Now he calls it “the best decision of my life.” He is one of four brothers: two Southwestern alumni and two current SU students. The McCormack brothers–Joseph ’16, Jason ’18, Justin ’20, and Jared ’22–all selected Southwestern but for a variety of reasons.

Sand Table 2
Kinetic Sand Table

Alexander Hoffman, Christine Gutierrez, Claire Harding

Advisor: Steve Alexander

Currency Miner
Cryptocurrency Mining

Devon Fulcher, Alexander Hoffman, Bobby Garza, Stan Kannegieter

Advisor: Chad Stolper

KCF Auto Bac Counter
Automated Bacterial Counter Through Image Processing

Alexis Dimanche, Elyssa Sliheet, Sebastian Somolinos

Advisors: Dr. Rebecca Edwards and Dr. Steve Alexander

Southwestern University hosts its 103rd Candlelight Services Dec. 6.
A Treasured Holiday Tradition

Southwestern University hosts its 103rd Candlelight Services.

Cullen Building
Eleven Southwestern Faculty Members Awarded Prestigious Sam Taylor Fellowship Grant

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $1,600 will allow faculty to pursue graduate study or postgraduate research.

Southwestern Celebrates Ms. Ella
“What Day Is It? Friday! YAY!”

Southwestern University celebrates our beloved Ms. Ella in a bench ceremony.

Jim Wilson '69
Jim W. Wilson ’69

Distinguished Southwestern Service

Heath Dollar ’92
Without Work, There Are No Kolaches

Heath Dollar ’92, an educator, musician, and published author, wins the 2018 Texas Observer Short Story Contest.

Carin Perilloux
Dr. Carin Perilloux in the News

Media Coverage of Dr. Carin Perilloux’s research.

Navigating Financial Aid
Navigating Financial Aid

Here are some basic tips on paying for college for students and their families.

Frank Morgan
The Beauty of Bubbles and the Joy of Mathematics

Mathematics scholar Frank Morgan demonstrates the profound mathematical truths hidden within the whimsical world of bubbles.

Students at Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts present the laugh-out-loud farce Noises Off.
Jones Theater’s Revolving Stage

SU students reflect on the highlights and lessons learned after working with the innovative revolving-stage set, a multitude of fragile props, and a dedicated stage crew.

Southwestern first-year seminar Doing Good and Doing It Well: The Philosophy and Practice of Philanthropy awarded the Georgetown Family YMCA a grant of $3,500.
Southwestern Students Do Good and Do It Well

SU’s BC for Change Awards the Georgetown Family YMCA a $3,500 Grant

Southwestern first-year seminar Doing Good and Doing It Well: The Philosophy and Practice of Philanthropy awarded the Georgetown Family YMCA a grant of $3,500.
Southwestern Students Do Good and Do It Well

SU’s BC for Change Awards the Georgetown Family YMCA a $3,500 Grant

Bill Engvall
Comedian Bill Engvall ’79 shares his Southwestern memories

This Homecoming, Bill Engvall ’79 performed in the Alma Thomas Theater with 100% of proceeds supporting Southwestern University’s lifelong learning initiatives. We called Bill to ask about his Southwestern Experience and why he decided to perform at this year’s Homecoming.

Markell Henderson '19
Growth and Gratitude

Markell Henderson ’19 delivered a speech encapsulating his Southwestern Experience at the fall meeting of the Board of Visitors.

In head coach Dustin Norman's first season of running the program, the Pirates' six-win improvement from a season ago was enough to earn an at-large bid.
Men’s Soccer Earns NCAA Tournament Bid

The Southwestern University Pirates men’s soccer team (12-5-3) is going to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program’s history.

Manager of Facilities Services Randy Erben accepts Honor Award from The Professional Grounds Management Society.
The Professional Grounds Management Society Salutes Southwestern University for Grounds Management Excellence

The Professional Grounds Management Society recognized Southwestern University with an Honor Award in the Society’s 2018 Green Star Awards® competition.

Are you ready for a spooky tale?
The Ghosts of Southwestern

Mischief-making manifestations haunt the historic halls of the university.

Homecoming 2018
Southwestern Celebrates Its 109th Homecoming

October 26—28, Southwestern faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends gathered to celebrate Homecoming.

Adina Friedman at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, surrounded by a portion of the Stampede2 supercomputer.
CS Majors Attend Regional/National/International Conferences

Computer Science majors from SU attend TACCSTER, Grace Hopper, Tapia, SACNAS, and IEEE VIS conferences.

Sabrina Silva works as a curatorial intern for the International Center for the Arts of the Americas.
Art History Student Wins Coveted Internship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Sabrina Silva ’18 provided research and writing support for the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the leading art institute.

The Peach Tattoo
Southwestern Alumni and the Peach Tattoo

A tribute to lifelong friendships underscores the power of Southwestern’s community.
—by Josh Franco ’06

Armando Vidana ’19 in front of Cataratas del Iguazú, the largest waterfall system in the world.
Moody Fellow Studies Abroad in Argentina

Armando Vidana ’19 expands his worldview and builds lifelong relationships in Buenos Aires.

SU Makerspace Studios - Video Studio
Southwestern Debuts SU Makerspace Studios

The A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center houses makerspaces where Pirates can gather, create, invent, and learn.

Outside Scholarships
Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships, also known as private scholarships, are not managed or administered by Southwestern, but by outside entities. A large variety of scholarships can be found here. 

Dirt Rich
Southwestern Hosts Screening of Dirt Rich and a Q&A with Filmmaker Marcelina Cravat

The award-winning film—a powerful documentary about using regenerative agricultural practices, reforestation, and conservation strategies to combat climate change—comes to campus on Nov. 8.

English Spring Course Preview
English Spring Course Preview

Join the English Department faculty for a preview of the Spring classes and events.  We’ll talk about Spring 2019 courses and everything you always wanted to know about the English major but were afraid to ask.

Southwestern University
Apply Today!

Southwestern hosts its own institutional application for first-year students, as well as previous SU students applying for readmission, and those applying for non-degree visiting or audit status. (This application is not for transfer students).

Tips for Writing an Effective Admission Essay
Tips for Writing an Effective Admission Essay

Writing the college application essay is stressful. Here’s how to share your story and set yourself apart.

Carol Levin
World-Renowned History Scholar Carole Levin Visits Southwestern

Dr. Levin will deliver a public lecture—and students and faculty will stage a reading of her new play—during the 2018 History Colloquium.

Isabel Tweraser '19 at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in Kyoto with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum and Lauren Gillespie ’19.
Musician Presents Research at International Computer Science Conference

From soloing at the Austin Civic Orchestra to presenting at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in Japan, cellist Isabel Tweraser ’19 embodies Southwestern’s commitment to interdisciplinary study.

Ben Pierce
SU Alumna Reflects on Newly Published Paper on Threatened Salamanders

Professor of Biology Ben Pierce and former Southwestern students Areli Gutierrez (now Flannery) ’15 and Samuel Guess ’17 published an article titled “Within-Spring Movement of the Georgetown Salamander (Eurycea naufragia)” in the August 2018 issue of Herpetological Conservation and Biology.

Center for Career & Professional Development
Southwestern’s Career Services Relaunches as the Center for Career and Professional Development

The new CCPD offers expanded opportunities for students preparing for internships and postgraduate careers.

Students back on campus equals a happy Captain!
So Happy Together

Students are back! That means it’s time for a sequel to the “Missing You” video.

Southwestern Students Win the Young Invincibles’ Voter Action Plan Contest
Southwestern Students Win the Young Invincibles’ Voter Action Plan Contest

Promoting civic participation, the campus plan wins the top spot among entries submitted by four-year colleges.

Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History Thomas Noble Howe on site in Italy.
Preserving the Past for Posterity

Professor Thomas Howe leads SU students on a study-abroad experience in ancient Stabiae.

Watch the final beam ceremony.
Final Beam Ceremony

Watch special moments from the Final Beam Ceremony including: Jack Garey signing the final beam and a bird’s eye view of the construction.

The Bright Light Social Hour
The Bright Light Social Hour Performs at Pirate Parrrty!

The award-winning band, founded by SU alumni Curtis Roush ’05 and Jackie O’Brien ’07, returns to campus for a performance hosted by FNL Presents.

Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura & Robert Lehr '15
Southwestern Alum and Math Faculty Win Prizes for Coauthored Paper

Robert Lehr ’15 and Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura receive the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award

Madeline Carolla '19 with Congressman Lloyd Doggett
Why major in anthropology or sociology? Internship experiences!

Madeline Carrola ’19 interns with Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s San Antonio District Office this past summer.

The Captain Urges SU Pirates to Get out the Vote
The Captain Urges SU Pirates to Get out to Vote

Southwestern students premiere their entry for the Texas Voting Summit video contest.

Southwestern University
Welcome Back, Pirates

President Edward Burger welcomes the SU community back to campus. 

GoGeo bus features 18 comfortable vinyl seats and will transport you to nearly 30 exciting destinations.
Southwestern Students, Faculty, and Staff Can Now Ride GoGeo for Free

SU Pirates who don’t have personal transportation or prefer environmentally friendly options can explore downtown Georgetown.

Robertson Center Receives a Face-Lift
Robertson Center Receives a Face-Lift

SU renovates the weight room, upgrades the athletic track, and installs new weight and cardio equipment.

Move-In Day 2018
Move-In Day 2018

One word to describe Move-In Day 2018—community!

Rebecca Skinner '96
Southwestern Alumna Founds International Schools

Rebecca Skinner ’96, founder of the International School of Brooklyn, helps build the new Dwight School Dubai as associate head of school.

Cami Eagle '22 sits down with We Are Austin to talk about Beautifully Loved.
Incoming First-Year Student Promotes Clothing Drive for Children with Chronic Illnesses

Cami Eagle of Beautifully Loved hopes to alleviate the back-to-school anxiety of students coping with pediatric cancer.

Quincy Holland
Southwestern Education Major Wins TASPA Scholarship

Quincy Holland ’19 is the nineteenth recipient from SU to earn the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators

What Advice Would You Give a First-Year Student
Tips on How to Make the Most of Your First Year at SU

Current students have come together to give advice to first-years on everything from academic success and navigating extracurricular activities to managing your social life and maintaining your health.

Staying Connected
Top Five Reasons to Update Your Info

You’ve moved? Started a new job? Why should you let Southwestern know?

Chantal Gonzalez and Devon Lucero, both '19, working in their "Chamber of Secrets."
Southwestern Undergraduates Present and Publish Their Groundbreaking Research

Devon Lucero ’19 and Chantal Gonzalez ’19 engage with experts at an international neuroscience conference and coauthor publications in animal behavior.

PirateConnect Troubleshooting LinkedIn Checklist

Below is a handy checklist of the four most common reasons people have trouble connecting LinkedIn. This information was provided by PeopleGrove, our PirateConnect vendor.

Alumni Mentoring Network Program
Alumni Network Mentoring Program

Participate in this special program aimed at connecting SU community members through their professional areas and affiliations.

Your Career
Your Career

Whether you are a first-year student or a 10-year alum, the SU community is here for you. All you need to do is take the first step.

Alumni Directory
Alumni Directory

This Alumni Directory is a tool to help members of the Southwestern University community connect with SU alumni. Here you can look up alumni by name, city, or class year. You can also search through alumni class notes. Alumni can use this site to review their SU profile information.

The Princeton Review
Southwestern Recognized as One of the Best 384 Colleges by Princeton Review

SU is touted for career services, return on investment, sustainability, and student engagement.

Move-In Day Tips
Gearing up for College Move-In Day

Is it too early to start planning for college move-in day? No. But don’t panic! Here’s some savvy advice for students—and their families—on how to prepare.

Fostering Growth
Fostering Growth

Mentors invite students to see themselves as they could be.

PLGC to Host Send-Off Parties
Southwestern Rolls out the Welcome Mat for New Families

Parent Leadership Gift Council members and fellow parent volunteers warmly welcome new students and their families to Southwestern at send-off parties across the state.

Fiske Guide to Colleges
Southwestern University Featured in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019

SU makes the annual list of “the best and most interesting” four-year colleges and universities.

Glada Munt
Forty & Oh

Dr. Munt compiled a record of 554–301 during her 20-year career as SU’s women’s volleyball coach. What began as an entry-level coaching position has blossomed into a nationally recognized career including induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame.

Primetime Emmy
Southwestern Alumnus Nominated for a 2018 Primetime Emmy

Andrew Mendelson ’96 scores another Emmy nod, this time for his work on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Family Connections
Family Connections

A chance meeting of SU parents rekindles 8,000 miles of memories.

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds ’87
Leap of Faith

Spotlight on Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds ’87

Ambassador Edward A. Clark
Why We Collect Texana

On the collection of Texana in Special Collections at Southwestern University.

How To Make a Flower Crown
How to: make a flower crown/headband

For my first day as an intern at Floriography Flowers, we ran a booth at Nomadic Yoga Festival in Albuquerque, NM at The Yards. One of the activities at our booth was to make a flower crown.

Nomadic Yoga Festival Flowers from Floriography
First day as an intern for Floriography Flowers

My first lesson as an intern in an event planning business was that you do not get weekends off.

Courtney King '20
My Summer in New Mexico

While other students are enjoying the pool this summer, Courtney King ’20 headed to New Mexico to hone her event planning skills with an internship at Floriography Flowers.

Routing Process

The routing process can be confusing. Foundation Relations can help. Learn the steps of the process. 

photography by Natalia Mantini
Psychology Professor and SU Alumni Research Perceptions of Sexting

Newsweek and Refinery29 write articles highlighting Dr. Traci Giuliano’s new research.

Circle of Excellence CASE Gold Award Winner
Southwestern’s New Website Named Gold Winner in 2018 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards

Innovative design receives international recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

William S. Reese
William S. Reese, 1955-2018

Special Collections at Southwestern University mourns the passing of William S. Reese.

Sofia Payne, "She brought us fire", earthenware, wood, mixed media, 12” x 8” x 14”
Sofia Payne

B.A. with a focus in Ceramics

Kaitlin Murray, "Measured (detail)", plastic doll, measuring tape, gauze, t-pins
Kaitlin Murray

B.A. with a focus in Sculpture

Elena Gonzalez, “Roses”, mixed media on fabric
Elena Gonzalez

B.F.A. with a focus in Painting

Annie Elkington, Tulip Dreams (detail), 13” x 8” x 6”, Stoneware
Annie Elkington

B.A. with a focus in Ceramics

Liz Mazurek, “Untitled”, 3.5in. x 3.5in. x 4in., Porcelain, cone 10 gas reduction
Liz Mazurek

B.F.A. with a focus in Ceramics

Lanie Tunnell-Wilson, “Bathtub”, digital photograph
Lanie Tunnell-Wilson

2018 B.A. with a focus in Studio Arts

Sonja Lea, "Leaping Forward In Reverse", Oil on MDF, 35.5” x 22.5”
Sonja Lea

2018 B.F.A. with a focus in Painting

Jack Lyons '75, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Spurs Up! Giving Southwestern Scholarships

For Jack Lyons ’75, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s support for education is much more than a mission statement.

Discover Georgetown
Discover Georgetown: “SU Style”

Hang out with SU first-year Aransas as she explores Georgetown.

Alex Detmar ‘16
Unique Paideia Curriculum

Southwestern’s unique Paideia curriculum challenges our students to think, create, and connect in ways they never thought possible.

LinkedIn logo
Roadmap to Job Search Success with LinkedIn

LinkedIn helps job-seekers navigate successful paths to their dream jobs through exploration tools and mentorship. Learn more in this guest article by the LinkedIn Careers Team.

A case from my miniature book exhibit
My Time as a Student Worker in Special Collections

Recent SU graduate Natalia Kapacinskas ’18 shares how her time in Special Collections transformed her both academically and professionally.

SUmmer Reads
Great SUmmer Reads

Sit back & relax with one these SUmmer reads featuring recommendations from Southwestern faculty & staff.

Laura Rativa '21
From Southwestern to the Supreme Court

SU student Laura Rativa ’21 has her sights set on becoming a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

LinkedIn logo
Learn Something New with LinkedIn

LinkedIn is helping people discover and develop the skills they need through a personalized, data-driven learning experience. Learn more in this guest article by the LinkedIn Careers Team.


PirateLink is part of nationwide network of employers recruiting college students and graduates for full-time and part-time employment as well as internships. You can search for jobs and internships, store resumes and other supporting documents in the PirateLink database, and submit resumes directly to employers.

Alumni Directory
Alumni Directory

This Alumni Directory is a tool to help members of the Southwestern University community connect with SU alumni. Here you can look up alumni by name, city, or class year. You can also search through alumni class notes. Alumni can use this site to review their SU profile information.

Spring Picnic 2018
Biology Honors its Senior Graduates!

Every Spring, the Biology Department hosts a Spring Picnic honoring its Biology and Animal Behavior Senior Graduates. Faculty sign up for some potluck items and we order sandwich trays for a great picnic. We set-up this year’s’ picnic in the shadow of construction on FJS, but had such a nice day and some shade from the trees as well. Each graduate also got their own personalized graduate hat cookie thanks to Lab Director Dr. Stacie Brown.

Below are photos highlighting the event!

Dr. Catherine Chappell '03
Alumna Researches the Screening of Hepatitis C in Babies

Alumna Dr. Catherine Chappell ’03 finds that fewer than a third of infants exposed to hepatitis C are later screened to monitor and treat the potentially fatal virus.

Coach Smith retires after 20 years.
Larrieu Smith and Gregory Retire After 20 Years of Coaching

Two Southwestern University coaches – Francie Larrieu Smith, Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach, and Don Gregory, Head Men’s Soccer Coach – retire after 20 years of service to the Athletic Department.

Southwestern is located just 30 minutes north of Austin.
Austin Named Best Place to Live in the U.S.

For the second year in a row, US News & 
World Report names Austin the best place to live in the United States.

Commencement 2018
Congrats, Class of 2018

The Southwestern University Alumni Association welcomed 332 new alumni.

LinkedIn logo
Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn’s ProFinder

Interested in entrepreneurship? LinkedIn ProFinder connects top quality freelance or independent professionals with new clients and leads. Learn more in this guest article by the LinkedIn Careers Team.

Commencement 2018
Commencement 2018

Three hundred and thirty-two graduates received their diplomas from Southwestern May 12. Congrats, Class of 2018!

"Discussing the 'moments that encapsulate Our Southwestern Experience' with a few thousand of my closest friends" - Angelica Grayson '18
Signed, Sealed, Graduated: Our Southwestern Experience

New Southwestern alumnae Angelica Grayson ’18 addressed her peers at Saturday’s commencement ceremony. She spoke on the Southwestern experience, the value of her liberal arts education and not letting moments pass you by.

A group tests out Computational Math and Physics double-major Yash Gandhi's (second from left) facial recognition robot
Four King Creativity Fund Projects Supported By Computer Science

Computer Science and Computational Math students used King Creativity Funds to create a facial recognition robot, mine cryptocurrency for charity, create an automated medication dispenser, and count bacteria on petri dishes

Four members of the CS Capstone Group present their poster at CCSC: Kolton Noreen, Valentine Cantu, Marissa Madrid-Ortega, and Yash Gandhi. The CS Capstone work was supervised by Dr. Barbara Anthony.
Computer Science Students Present Research at Regional Conference

Nine students presented five posters at the South Central Regional Conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, and won two awards.

2018 Multicultural Recognition Ceremony
Southwestern Honors Graduating Seniors at the Multicultural Recognition Ceremony

The Multicultural Recognition Ceremony recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of students that have been advocates, leaders and champions for diversity and social justice at Southwestern University for numerous years.

Southwestern students share their favorite SU memories.
What’s your favorite Southwestern memory?

As the 2017-2018 academic year comes to an end, Southwestern students reflect on their favorite Southwestern memories.

Francie Larrieu Smith
Larrieu Smith steps down as Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach

Longtime Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Francie Larrieu Smith announced her retirement Wednesday after 20 years at Southwestern.

Assistant Professor of Music Hai Zheng Olefsky
Southwestern Music Professor to be Honored by Austin Mayor Steve Adler

Assistant Professor of Music Hai Zheng Olefsky will be honored with special proclamation on May 10 for her contribution to the Austin community.

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Find Your Earning Potential with LinkedIn Salary

LinkedIn Salary is a tool that provides detailed breakdowns of salary by job title and location. Learn more in this guest article by the LinkedIn Careers Team.

2018 Tower Society Reception
Senior Tower Society Reception

President Burger thanked Senior Tower Society members for their philanthropy to SU with a reception at his home.

Dr. Laura Hobgood
Professor of Religion Dr. Laura Hobgood’s Book “A Dog’s History of the World” Featured in Psychology Today

Dr. Hobgood was recently interviewed in an article on her 2014 book A Dog’s History of the World: Canines and the Domestication of Humans.

LinkedIn logo
LinkedIn Jobs: It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know

Your soon-to-be awarded degree is likely a requirement for your dream job. But what is going to set you apart from everyone else who just graduated college with the same qualification? Your network! Get more advice from this article by LinkedIn.

Southwestern Life Trustee Jack Garey, with honor to his late wife Camille Garey, has given $15,000,000 to Southwestern University in support of academic programming, scholarships and high-impact experiences.
Southwestern University Receives Largest Single Private Gift in its History

Southwestern Life Trustee Jack Garey, with honor to his late wife Camille Garey, has given $15,000,000 to Southwestern University in support of academic programming, scholarships and high-impact experiences.

Wilhelmina Cullen Admission Center
Thomas Delahunt Named Vice President for Strategic Recruitment and Enrollment

Delahunt is a highly respected leader with a track record of success in attracting talented students with diverse backgrounds, while increasing enrollment, diversity, academic profile, and net tuition revenue at every institution he’s worked for throughout his career.

Gregory "Bear" Reeves '17
Why Waste Your Time With a “Throw-Away” Degree

How a Classics degree helped one SU alumnus gain acceptance into highly competitive T14 law schools.

Student pottery by Kari Darr
New Exhibit: Ancient Mediterranean Ceramics

Special Collections collaborated with a history and ceramics course this semester to create a unique new exhibit.