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V11.7 NEWS FROM SU

News from SU (Vol. 11 No. 7)
November 20, 2009
An Electronic Newsletter for Southwestern University Alumni


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
We wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving. This season, we are particularly grateful for Southwestern alumni and the many ways you serve and support your alma mater and the communities to which you belong.

FEATURE STORY

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Breaks All-Time Attendance Record

ALUMNI NEWS
Southwestern's First African-American Graduate Receives Southwestern University Medal
Celebration Features Reflections of African-American Alumni
Volunteer Leadership Weekend
Planning Begins Again: 2010 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend
Alumni Propose University Columbarium
Class Note Spotlight
Southwestern Ring

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS
New Partnership Enables Students to Gain Real-Life Research Experience
Southwestern Team Brings Home Prize in Ethics Competition
Pirate Athletics: Pirate Volleyball Success and More
Southwestern In Focus

LIFELONG LEARNING
2010 Shilling Lecturer Announced

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Southwestern Candlelight Services - December 3
San Antonio Association Candlelight Service - December 3
Dallas Association Candlelight Service - December 10

Houston
Association Panto Sleeping Beauty at Stages Repertory Theatre - December 12
Washington
, D.C.
Association Candlelight Tour of Mt. Vernon - December 13
Houston
Association Candlelight Service - December 15
Volunteer Leadership Weekend - January 29-30, 2010
For more information, visit upcoming events.




FEATURE STORY

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Breaks All-Time Attendance Record

"What a wonderful time and such memories!," remarked one alumna.
Magnificent weather and record-breaking attendance contributed to a grand celebration of the 100th anniversary of Southwestern's first Homecoming. Total attendance exceeded 1450 alumni and guests breaking the all-time best attendance record for the fourth year in a row. Guests who attended were invited to complete the post-Homecoming survey. Feedback from that survey will be used to help plan next year's Homecoming. Results that have been received to date indicate that the overwhelming favorite events were (in no particular order):
  • Class Reunions
  • Homecoming Picnic
  • The Bob Schneider Band Outdoor Concert
  • Chapel Service
  • Celebrating 40 Years of African-American Achievement
  • Alumni Hospitality House
  • Panoramic Photo
  • SING!
If you came to Homecoming and would like to submit your feedback, please do so by November 30.

View photos from Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. If you took photos at Homecoming, send your best (or favorite) photos to alumni@southwestern.edu for publication on our Web site or in Southwestern, the University magazine, (with photographer credits to you, of course). For details, click here. Missed out on purchasing commemorative items? Purchase them here.

The Office of Alumni Relations would like to thank Homecoming and Reunion Chair Margaret Blair Fitzgerald ’01 and Student Homecoming Chair, Alex Burbey '11 for their leadership, the class reunion committees for their planning and efforts to inspire classmates to attend, the Alumni Council members for their constant support and encouragement, and the numerous volunteers who helped throughout the weekend. Homecoming and Reunion Weekend is successful each year because of you!


ALUMNI NEWS

Southwestern's First African-American Graduate Receives Southwestern University Medal
Ernest Clark '69, the first African-American to graduate from Southwestern University, has been awarded one of the University’s highest honors – the Southwestern University Medal. The medals are given by the Board of Trustees for contributions to the University, either through service or philanthropy. Clark enrolled at Southwestern in the fall of 1965 after having been a participant in the Negro Fine Arts School, an after-school music program for middle and high school students developed by Southwestern in partnership with the First Methodist Church of Georgetown. Clark participated in the program in 1959 and from 1962-1966. The medal was presented Nov. 6 during a gala event celebrating 40 years of African-American alumni achievement. Clark played an original composition during the ceremony and led the audience in the singing of Southwestern’s Alma Mater. “Ernest Clark was the one with whom 40 years of African-American achievement at Southwestern started,” said President Jake B. Schrum, who graduated from Southwestern the year before Clark did. “His achievement paved the way for the achievement of others.” In presenting the medal to Clark, Schrum praised him for his “courage in a turbulent time, for facing what no others had faced, and for putting Southwestern on a transformative path.” Read more.

Celebration Features Reflections of African-American Alumni
As part of the Homecoming and Reunion Weekend event "Celebrating 40 Years of African-American Alumni Achievement," a production featuring film, music, photography and live monologues paid tribute to Southwestern's African-American alumni.  Sammie Robinson '73, Janine Pope Mays '83, Angelyque Campbell '92, and LaToya Alexander '08 moved the audience with their personal stories of challenges and triumphs. Interwoven with the monologues were recorded interviews produced by Yesenia Garcia '03 of Echo Earth Media, on the experiences of African-American students at Southwestern over the last four decades. Click here to watch interviews with Ernest Clark '69, Jake B. Schrum '68, Larry Haynes '72, Cheryl Hughes Haynes '73, Rick Eason '73, Earl L. Moseley Jr. '84, Tracie Shelton Hervey '91, Liz Guillory Medina '97, Daria Russell '02, Ben Woods '06, and John Lind.
Audience members rose to their feet when the event culminated in President Jake B. Schrum '68 presenting the Southwestern Medal to Southwestern's first African-American graduate Ernest Clark '69.

Volunteer Leadership Weekend
Once a year, nearly 100 alumni, parent and staff volunteers gather on campus to hear updates on the University and The Association of Southwestern University Alumni, receive training specific for their roles, meet, plan and share ideas with one another. The 2010 Volunteer Leadership Weekend is scheduled for January 29-30. Volunteers who are invited to participate are Alumni Assembly Delegates, Alumni Council members, Annual Giving Board members, A.R.E.A. (Admission Recruiting Efforts by Alumni) volunteers, Class Agents, Local Association officers, Alumni Connection Group representatives and the 2010 Reunion Planning Committee members. The Alumni Assembly will hold its annual meeting, hear a report from the Alumni Council of the work of The Association of Southwestern University Alumni, elect new Alumni Council members and hear about the University's strategic plan. Volunteers and Alumni Assembly Delegates will receive schedules and registration information in December. If you are not currently a volunteer, but would be interested in attending Volunteer Leadership Weekend, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.

Planning Begins Again: 2010 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend
Thinking of holding an event at next year's Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Nov. 5-7, 2010? Please notify the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. Planning is underway for the following events:
  • 2010 Class Reunions: 2010 • 2005 • 2000 • 1995 • 1990 • 1985 • 1980 • 1975 • 1970 • 1965 • 1960 • 1955 • 1950
  • 100th Anniversary for Alpha Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha
  • 10th Annual Jameson 5K at Southwestern
  • Alumni Clergy Luncheon
If want to help ensure that your class reunion is a success, please contact Grace Josey Pyka '05, assistant director for alumni and parent relations at pykag@southwestern.edu.

Alumni Propose University Columbarium
Motivated by the sentiment that Southwestern played a sacred role in their lives, a committee of alumni have proposed building a columbarium next to the Lois Perkins Chapel on Southwestern's campus. A columbarium is a structure with niches that serve as a burial vault for the containment of urns holding cremated remains. Many churches have built columbaria on their grounds. Southwestern's architectural firm drafted some conceptual drawings so that the committee could share the idea of a columbarium with alumni and measure interest. Should they determine that there is enough interest to garner the necessary early commitments, they will ask the Board of Trustees to consider the columbarium as one of Southwestern's building projects. Niches in the columbarium would cost $5,000, which would include the cost of construction, maintenance for perpetuity and a scholarship contribution to the University Endowment. In order to proceed, 125 initial commitments of interest are needed. Visit http://.sualumni.net/columbarium for more information and to register your interest.

Class Note Spotlight
Bill Glaze '56, Georgetown, was honored at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in August. A symposium entitled, “Environmental Science and Technology: A Tribute to William ‘Bill’ Glaze” was held as part of the annual meeting. In 2008, he was also presented with the Legends of Environmental Chemistry Award from the ACS. Glaze is a professor emeritus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

Visit sualumni.net and click on "Connect" and "Class Notes." There you can view online Class Notes and submit your own. You will need to login to the community to view Class Notes. If this is your first visit to the new SUAlumni.net, you will need your Constituent ID before logging in. Contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 800-960-6363 to obtain your Constituent ID.

The Southwestern Ring
The Southwestern Ring makes a great gift! The esteemed history of Southwestern University, Texas' first institution of higher education, is represented in the Southwestern Ring. It bears the University seal and reminds the wearer of Southwestern's motto, "Not who, but what." To order a ring for yourself or deserving alumnus/a, visit the Balfour Web site. For questions, contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 800-960-6363.


CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS

New Partnership Enables Students to Gain Real-Life Research Experience
At the Ride On Center for Kids in Georgetown, families and staff members say “miracles happen every day” when children and adults with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder are given the opportunity to ride horses. Unfortunately, the center has no quantitative research to back up this claim. And they are not alone. “There are a lot of equine-assisted programs in the country, but peer-reviewed, published research is almost non-existent,” says Jacquie Muir-Broaddus, a professor of psychology at Southwestern. That may change soon, thanks to a new partnership between R.O.C.K. and Southwestern. This fall, Southwestern students are working on two different research projects for R.O.C.K. Read more.

Southwestern Team Brings Home Prize in Ethics Competition
For the second year in a row, a team of students from Southwestern won its division and placed second overall in the annual Business Ethics Match hosted by the Texas Independent College Foundation (TICF). This year’s Southwestern team consisted of Ross Harrison, Zach Joplin, Christopher McMartin and Ashley Richards. The team won its division, but lost in the final round to Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie in a match that had to be decided by a tiebreaker. Read more.


Pirate Athletics: Pirate Volleyball Success and More

After a banner season, the volleyball team fell to Trinity Saturday, Nov. 14, in their first ever all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) NCAA DIII South Regional Final. The loss ended the historic season for the Pirates that included a 33-game winning streak (the longest in Southwestern history), and a SCAC conference title with a perfect 15-0 record. We applaud our Pirate volleyball team for an impressive season! The men's and women's basketball teams opened their seasons Sunday, Nov. 15 at the University of Dallas. The men won a tight game, 48-46 while the women dropped their opening contest 72-60. The swimming teams have started out strong. They participated at the Hendrix Relays in their opening weekend and finished very well against difficult competition.The cross country teams have closed out their seasons with runs at the SCAC Championships and South/Southeast Regional Competition. The men's team finished in 10th place in the Regional while the women finished in 21st place. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams closed their seasons with home matches during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Both teams swept the final weekend of action as the men finished 9-9 on the year while the women ended 10-8-1 overall. For photos, scores and the latest athletics news, visit www.southwesternpirates.com.


Southwestern In Focus

For more news about campus events and happenings within the Southwestern community, visit the Newsroom and read In Focus, a weekly newsletter published by the Communications Office
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LIFELONG LEARNING

2010 Shilling Lecturer Announced
The 2010 Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture will feature Dr. William H. Foege. The Shilling Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11 in the Alma Thomas Theater on Southwestern University's campus. Dr. Foege is credited for the successful global campaign to eradicate smallpox. Listen to what President Jimmy Carter said at the dedication of the University of Washington’s Bioengineering-Genome Sciences Building named in Dr. Foege’s honor. Melinda and Bill Gates made the lead gift of $70 million for the construction of the building and requested that it bear Dr. Foege’s name. 


In 2007, Dr. Foege was identified as one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Foege directed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Carter Center’s Global 2000 program before joining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Senior Fellow for the Global Health Program.

Ticket information will be made available in future issues of News from SU.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Southwestern Candlelight Services - December 3
San Antonio Association Candlelight Service - December 3
Dallas Association Candlelight Service - December 10

Houston
Association Panto Sleeping Beauty at Stages Repertory Theatre - December 12
Washington
, D.C.
Association Candlelight Tour of Mt. Vernon - December 13
Houston
Association Candlelight Service - December 15
Volunteer Leadership Weekend - January 29-30, 2010
For more information, visit upcoming events.